Upcoming Classes


The class schedule is subject to change. To register for open courses, visit Self-Service. ×

ST:Christology, Soteriology, Eschatology - 3.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine from a systematic perspective. Topics include Christology, Soteriology, and Eschatology.

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas
TueWedThur 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
FriSat 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
January 2 - January 6

Discipleship and Pastoral Ministry - 2.00 Hours

The vision of this course is to equip participants to biblically grasp and hopefully implement the life of Jesus and His ministry of discipleship impacting them personally, their families, and the church worldwide. This course will begin by looking at the meaning of a disciple in the Old and New Testaments, along with how the word has been used historically. The life of Jesus and the principles he used for transformation will be specifically examined, with an additional look at Paul’s life of discipleship. Students will learn detailed steps to apply life-on-life missional discipleship to their personal lives and church ministry. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; JANUARY 5 & 6, 12 & 13, AND 19 & 20.

Dr. Monte T. Starkes
Friday 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
January 5 - January 6

Apologetics - 2.00 Hours

Students examine the various approaches to apologetic methodology and engage the most frequently raised objections to the Christian faith.

Rev. David Filson
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 15 - January 18

Introduction to Preaching - 2.00 Hours

An introduction to the principles and process in the preparation and delivery of sermons.

Dr. Brian H. Cosby
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 22 - January 25

History of Christianity II - 3.00 Hours

A continuation of HT502, concentrating on great leaders of the church in the modern period of church history from the Reformation to the nineteenth century. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND COURSE; MARCH 2 & 3, MARCH 16 & 17, APRIL 6 & 7, AND MAY 4 & 5.

Dr. Daniel J. Steere
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
March 2 - March 3

Missions - 2.00 Hours

This course examines issues in the world mission enterprise in light of today’s challenges, opportunities, and obligations. The call to mission service is examined, the theological mandate for missions is clarified, the historical advance of the Church through missions is reviewed, and strategies for effective contemporary missions are considered. THIS CLASS WILL MEET A TOTAL OF NINE TIMES. CONSULT SYLLABUS FOR EXACT DATES.

Dr. Thomas L. Austin
Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
February 8 - May 11

Greek II - 3.00 Hours

This course continues the study of grammar, builds vocabulary, and develops techniques for the exposition of the Greek text.

Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 5 - May 11

Acts & Romans - 2.00 Hours

A study of Acts and Paul's Epistle to the Romans that emphasizes both the original meaning and the modern meaning.

Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 1 - April 12

Advanced Biblical Exegesis - 3.00 Hours

Emphasis will be placed upon OT-NT issues, particularly redemptive-historical considerations and covenant theology. Background hermeneutical issues will be covered, including the role of the interpreter and creeds/confessions. In addition, the course will include a brief overview of the history of interpretation of the Bible from the early church to modern day. Finally, the class will explore the relationship between original meaning and modern meaning. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND COURSE; FEBRUARY 2 & 3, FEBRUARY 23 & 24, MARCH 23 & 24, AND APRIL 20 & 21.

Dr. Richard Belcher Jr.
Dr. Robert J. Cara
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 2 - February 3

Intermediate Hebrew - 3.00 Hours


Dr. Jud Davis
Thursday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 8 - May 11

Communication I - 2.00 Hours

This course addresses total communication for pastors with an emphasis on preaching philosophy and style, textual exposition, and sermon structure. Written and oral, verbal and non-verbal communications are included. Aspects of oral communication include preaching, extemporaneous speaking, story telling, vocabulary development, elocution, and elements of drama. 04PT506 is a prerequisite. THIS CLASS WILL MEET A TOTAL OF NINE TIMES. CHECK SYLLABUS FOR MEETING DATES.

Rev. Aaron Messner
Monday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 5 - April 9

Pastoral Counseling - 3.00 Hours

An overview of current trends in counseling theory and practice and the role of counseling in public, private, and church settings. Basic counseling skills taught in this course include interviewing, assessment, and therapeutic listening in a laboratory situation. Application is made to premarital, family crisis, grief and substance abuse counseling, with emphasis on developing strategies and applying scriptural principles. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; FEBRUARY 23 & 24, MARCH 23 & 24, AND APRIL 20 & 21.

Dr. James Coffield
Friday 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
February 23 - February 24

Pastoral Ministry - 2.00 Hours

A study of general pastoral care, biblical and professional standards of ministerial conduct, self-image, etiquette, interpersonal relationships, typical problem areas, and possible pitfalls for pastors.

Dr. James Saxon
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
February 6 - April 10

Preaching Lab II - 2.00 Hours

4PT522 Communication II is a prerequisite. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; FEBRUARY 2 & 3, MARCH 23 & 24, APRIL 20 & 21.

Dr. Aaron Menikoff
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
February 2 - February 3

Field Ed Seminar - 0.00 Hours

This seminar provides opportunity for theological reflection and discussion of problems, needs, and experiences in ministry. Students are required to write papers about their field experiences and present them to the class for discussion led by the professor. This is the final seminar. Prerequisite: 400 hours of field education experience.

Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
March 28 - March 28

Field Ed Internship - 0.00 Hours

Each student in the M.Div. degree program is required to complete 400 hours of Field Education in either the local church or a specialized ministry internship. To start this process, the student must register for this course and meet with the Field Education Officer at this seminar. During internships, students are under the supervision of pastors/mentors and the Field Education Officer of the seminary. Students should consult the welcome guide found on the Resource page http://www.rts.edu/site/rtsnearyou/atlanta/resources.aspx concerning the necessary paperwork required for the completion of Field Education internships.

Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
February 21 - February 21

Hist. of Philosophy & Christian Thought - 3.00 Hours

A critical, historical survey of the development of the main schools of philosophy and the principal developments in Christian doctrine and thought. After a brief introduction to philosophical thinking, the course concentrates on philosophical movements from Heraclitus to contemporary existentialism. Each school of thought is evaluated from a distinctively Reformed perspective. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND COURSE; FEBRUARY 16 & 17, MARCH 9 & 10, APRIL 13 & 14, AND APRIL 27 & 28.

Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 16 - February 17

ST:Ecclesiology and Sacraments - 2.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine from a systematic perspective. Topics include Ecclesiology and Sacraments.

Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
February 6 - May 11

Christian Encounter with Islam - 2.00 Hours

An introduction to the history, culture, traditions, beliefs, and practices of Islam. Students will reflect on the ways in which Islamic faith and life have been shaped by historical and cultural circumstances, study the diversity of Islam both in history and in contemporary expression, and develop a deeper understanding of Islam in order to love Muslims as their neighbors and witness more effectively to them.

Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
February 5 - April 16

The Church and the World - 2.00 Hours

A course examining the relationship of the church and society. Particular attention is given to differing Christian approaches to the relationship of Christ and culture and to the impact of secularization, industrialization, and modern science. The growth of Christianity in thirdworld countries and in urban settings is considered. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; JULY 8 & 9, JULY 15 & 16, AND JULY 22 & 23.

Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
June 8 - June 9

Isaiah - Malachi - 3.00 Hours

An expository study of the message and times of the prophets that emphasizes the themes day of the Lord, judgment, restoration, promise and fulfillment, Messiah, kingdom, and the new people of God.

Dr. William B. Fullilove
Mon to Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
June 18 - June 22

Covenant Theology - 2.00 Hours

An examination of covenant theology from exegetical and historical perspectives. Consideration is given to such issues as the relation of the Old and New Testaments, the significance of the covenants for sacramental theology, and the hermeneutics of Dispensationalism and Theonomy. Emphasis is placed on the role of the biblical doctrine of the covenants in preaching and pastoral ministry.

Dr. John V. Fesko
TueWedThur 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
June 26 - June 29

Worship - 3.00 Hours

The biblical foundations of worship, including music, worship strategies, creative styles, and worship for special occasions are considered in the course. The goal is to prepare students to be worshippers and effective leaders in worship.

Dr. Burk H. Parsons
Mon to Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
July 9 - July 13

Evangelism - 2.00 Hours

The purpose of this course is to train students to be effective evangelists and to understand and use biblical principles and methods of church growth. Emphasis is placed on having an intense desire to reach the lost for Christ. The value of small group ministries and mobilizing the laity for growth and ministry are considered.

Dr. James Saxon
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
FriSat 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
July 25 - July 28

History of Christianity I - 3.00 Hours

This general introduction to Christianity in the early and medieval periods focuses on key Christian doctrines and great leaders from Justin Martyr to Martin Luther who made contributions of lasting significance to the Christian Church.

Dr. Sean M. Lucas
Mon to Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
July 30 - August 3

Church Planting: What You Need to Know - 2.00 Hours

This course is designed to provide an overview of the process of effective gospel centered church planting, to assist a prospective church planter in assessing his calling, and to provide practical instruction in key areas of church planting. The course will include hands-on exercises for application, as well as interaction with experienced and successful planters. Students will complete a group church planting ministry plan for an assigned target area, and an individual initial ministry plan for a student’s choice of location. This class has what you need to know to start a church or to grow a church you have already started.

Rev. Bob Cargo
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
August 13 - August 16

Contact Us

Whether you're a prospective student, current student, alumnus, donor, or friend of RTS, we would love to hear from you.

  • 1580 Terrell Mill Road
    Marietta, GA 30067
  • Phone: (770) 952-8884
  • Fax: (770) 952-8686
  • Contact Us Form