RTS Charlotte


July 18 - 22, 2016
Preaching from the Gospels
Dr. Bob Cara
03DM878 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens April 1

This course will include an overview of the content and theological emphases of each Gospel, various hermeneutical issues related to interpreting and preaching the Gospels, and strategies for preaching through a Gospel. 

July 25 - 29, 2016
Reformed Worship
Dr. Terry Johnson
03DM810 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens April 1

The primary purpose of this course is to study the history and principles of the worship of Reformed Protestantism, beginning with the Reformers and continuing to the present day. We will look at the biblical and theological justification for the sixteenth century reforms and evaluate their relevance for today, particularly interacting with the student’s current convictions and practices. 


January 16 - 20, 2017
The Westminster Assembly and Pastoral Ministry
Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn
03DM855 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1

The years 1643 - 1653 mark the one decade of English puritanism where godly divines could serve as architects for the remodeling of a national church. The instructor will narrate the assembly’s debates and discussions about preaching, pastoral care, and church governance. The class will then examine the ideals and realities of the puritan experiment and consider how lessons from the past can impact our ministries today. 

January 23 - 27, 2017
Wrestling with the Issues of Life: Preaching from Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes
Dr. Dick Belcher
03DM879 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1

 Wisdom literature deals with the practical, nitty-gritty issues of life. The practical nature of this literature should not overshadow the difficult aspects of understanding how a proverb works, how to respond to suffering, and how to deal with life when everything seems to go wrong. This course will seek to understand the theology of wisdom literature and how to preach it effectively to God's people today.

January 19 - 22, 2017 (Course in Birmingham)
Church Revitalization
Dr. Harry Reeder
02DM819 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1

This course will address the contemporary church profile and the pressing need of church revitalization in North America, by seeking to acquaint the students with specific quality literature, dealing with the issues of church renewal and revitalization.  We will determine Biblical models and theological principles applicable to church revitalization, and identify those factors which bring stagnation and decline to the local church, with a goal to develop a plan to initiate church revitalization in the student’s ministry that is faithful to the Scripture, relevant to a specific situation and clearly prioritized for practical application. 


July 17 - 21, 2017
Preaching OT Narrative
Dr. John Currid

July 23 - 27, 2017
Dr. James Anderson

RTS Orlando


July 11 - 15, 2016
Covenant Theology & Ministry
Dr. Ligon Duncan
02DM879 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens April 1

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. 

July 18 - 22, 2016
Preaching the Book of Hebrews
Dr. Michael Allen
02DM880 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens April 1

Hebrews remains relatively unfamiliar to many modern Christians and remarkably understudied in the modern Reformed tradition, yet it should play a decisive role in helping us know Christ and follow him in faith through difficult times. In this class we consider the style, structure, and scriptural argument of this remarkable text and focus on how it contributes uniquely to contemporary pastoral theology and preaching. Our efforts to understand and expound the text more effectively will be especially benefitted by studying it alongside the most perceptive readers of the classical and Reformed tradition. 


January 23 - 27, 2017
One with Christ: The Sacraments and the Christian Life
Dr. Howard Griffith
02DM850 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1

The riches of Christ are our life.  Of the Lord’s Supper, Calvin wrote, “All, like hungry men, should flock to such a bounteous repast.”  Yet, too often, division in the Church weakens the ministry of Christ’s ordinances.  Returning to Reformation theology, through lecture and student presentations, we will study both the administration and the delight of the Sacraments.  The professor’s tradition is Presbyterian, but students will be free to develop projects within their own tradition. 

January 30 - February 3, 2017
Pastoral Counseling
Dr. Jim Coffield
02DM811 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1

Surviving a 2 am call…how to deal with difficult persons and difficult situations.  A practical discussion of counseling. Most pastors spend much of their time dealing with difficult situations.  One pastor said it this way “I should have been trained in crisis management…I often feel more like a fireman than a pastor”.    We will look at the 10 most common “counseling issues” that a pastor typically deals with.  Participants will be able to practice and participate in training activities. 


July 17 - 21, 2017
Theology of Ministry
Dr. Gerrit Dawson

July 23 - 27, 2016
Preaching from the Epistle to the Romans
Dr. Guy Waters

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