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.
Refresh in theology, renew in ministry! Passion for Christ ignites passion for pastoring. Delving deep into the events of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ revives our own work in ministry more surely than any strategy or technique of practice. Readings and class discussion will concentrate on historic Christology expressed freshly through contemporary authors, each of which draws deeply from the ancient faith of the Church. From this Christological foundation, we will also consider how to a) articulate a renewed personal theology for ministry, b) resolve challenging issues in present ministry contexts, and c) develop practices that foster healthy ministers.
This course explores the doctrine of the Trinity: its biblical foundations, historical development and controversy, and practical implications. Special attention will be given to the place of the Trinity in biblical interpretation and preaching.
Hebrews and the General Epistles (James–Jude) contain some of the most neglected books in the New Testament. Yet these epistles have a contemporary word for the church today. The purpose of this class is to equip you to grasp the message of these epistles more fully, with an eye to contemporary application. We will thus consider both exegetical and practical issues arising from these texts.
This online course will assist the student to understand the required components of the D.Min. Project and to prepare an acceptable Project Proposal. As an outcome of the course, students will write the first draft of a Project Proposal with bibliography and be prepared to submit this draft to the D.Min. Committee on their home campus – Charlotte or Orlando. Registration opens April 1 – (Prerequisite: Must have completed 7 D.Min. courses.)
January 13–17, 2025
Calvin’s Pastoral Theology
Dr. Derek Thomas
DM8310 (RTM emphasis)
An examination of the pastoral theology of John Calvin and its relevance for ministry in the 21st century. This will mainly involve a grasp of The Institutes of the Christian Religion. The integration of theological principles and pastoral application will be the central role of the course.
January 20–24, 2025
Preaching Old Testament Narrative
Dr. Bill Fullilove
DM8100 (REP emphasis)
An examination of the challenges, both hermeneutical and homiletical, of preaching Christ from the Old Testament narratives. Attention will be paid to interpretation of Old Testament passages in their historical and cultural context, the bridging from that context to the present day, and the task of preaching Christ from these passages.
January 6–10, 2025
Introduction to Political Theology
Dr. Mark McDowell
DM8365 (RTM emphasis)
This introductory course examines the history of political theology from ancient beginnings to modern perspectives as well as considering various approaches to political participation by Christians. It attempts to provide students with an historical and biblical understanding of the topic as a foundation that will help students to understand their Christian commitments in light of living in the world and pursuing the common good together.
January 13–17, 2025
Abuse in the Church
Dr. Justin Holcomb
This course explores how to prevent, recognize, and respond to abuse. Specifically, it will focus on how to minister to those who are survivors of abuse, how to respond to perpetrators of abuse, how to respond in a crisis, and how to build a healthy church culture before there is a particular crisis. This course will be a study of various forms of violence and abuse and the theological and practical implications of the Gospel for these topics. First, we will investigate sexual assault, domestic violence, spiritual abuse, and other types of abuse to better understand each issue as well as the prevalence of the issues and the effects on survivors. Second, we will study the theological subjects of the gospel of the kingdom to lay a foundation for how these biblical and theological themes affect our view of violence and abuse. Third, we will explore how the Gospel offers help, hope, and healing to survivors.
January 30, 2025 – July 15, 2025
Doctoral Project Research Methodologies
Dr. William A. Ross
This online course will assist the student to understand the required components of the D.Min. Project and to prepare an acceptable Project Proposal. As an outcome of the course, students will write the first draft of a Project Proposal with bibliography and be prepared to submit this draft to the D.Min. committee on their home campus – Charlotte or Orlando. (Prerequisite: Must have completed 7 D.Min. courses.)