Preaching Lab I - 2.00 Hours

Prerequisite: PT5100
Students will preach multiple sermons. Women and other non-ministerial candidates will substitute additional elective course hours for all Preaching Labs.

04PT5125/1
Rev. Aaron Messner
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:20 PM
October 8 - November 19

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. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND COURSE; AUGUST 23 & 24, SEPTEMBER 13 & 14, OCTOBER 4 & 5, AND OCTOBER 25 & 26.

04HT5100/1
Dr. Kenneth Stewart
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
August 23 - August 24

Greek I - 3.00 Hours

An introductory study concentrating on basic vocabulary and analysis of the grammar of New Testament Greek.

04NT5100/1
Dr. David P Barry
Monday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
August 26 - December 9

Greek Exegesis - 2.00 Hours

By studying the text of selected passages students learn
grammatical analysis, apply hermeneutical principles,
and develop exegetical skills.

04NT5150/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
August 22 - December 9

Gospels - 3.00 Hours

Attention is given to each writer’s literary art, theological teaching, pastoral purpose, and message for today’s church and world.

04NT5200/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 27 - December 9

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.

04NT5250/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
August 26 - October 28

Hebrew I - 3.00 Hours

This course introduces basic elements of the Hebrew language. Lectures and small group sessions cover the Hebrew alphabet, pronunciation, and elementary grammatical structures.

04OT5100/1
Mr. William Wood
Monday 12:05 PM - 3:20 PM
August 26 - December 9

Hebrew Exegesis - 2.00 Hours

This course introduces basic tools for interpreting the Old Testament. Attention is given to a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew and to principles of interpretation.

04OT5150/1
Mr. William Wood
Thursday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
August 22 - December 9

Genesis to Deuteronomy - 3.00 Hours

This course takes an expository approach to the major developments in the history of redemption: creation, covenant, promise, and fulfillment of the promises. This portion of the biblical revelation covers the period from Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden to the second giving of the Law.

04OT5200/1
Mr. William Wood
Monday 6:00 PM - 9:15 PM
August 26 - December 9

Communication I - 2.00 Hours

This course introduces the theological framework and basic skills required for interpreting and communicating the Bible within the context of the church’s ministry (both formal and informal).

04PT5100/1
Rev. Aaron Messner
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:20 PM
August 27 - October 1

Leadership & Discipleship - 2.00 Hours

REQUIRED COURSE FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY IF YOU DID NOT TAKE PT512 LEADERSHIP UNDER THE OLD CURICULUM. This course is a study of leadership philosophy, principles, and skills through which a pastor can lead a session in cultivating a culture of discipleship in order to fulfill the church’s mission in its life and witness. A variety of leadership, discipleship, Christian education, and philosophy of ministry topics will be discussed.

04PT5275/1
Rev. Mark Lowrey
Monday 6:00 PM - 8:10 PM
August 26 - December 9

Personal Sanctification - 1.00 Hours

This course emphasizes methodology and responsibility for personal growth in Christ. This involves the study of Scripture for personal nurture and the exercise of certain disciplines necessary for spiritual growth.

04PT5375/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Tuesday 11:35 AM - 12:35 PM
August 27 - December 9

Theological Research & Writing - 2.00 Hours

This course is designed to take the intimidation out of research and writing for seminary studies. Students will develop competency in developing a topic into a focused argument, library research, paper formatting, avoiding plagiarism, and other critical skills for seminary student success. Class sessions will be highly interactive with a workshop feel. Students will be coached in the production of a high quality research paper as a key outcome of the course.

04PT6115/1
Dr. Jonathan D. Stuckert
Tuesday 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
August 27 - December 9

Intro to Pastoral & Theological Studies - 3.00 Hours

This course introduces students to the biblical, theological, and pastoral aspects of ministry preparation in the Reformed tradition.

04ST5100/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 27 - December 9

Systematic Theology: Scr/Th Prop/Anthr - 3.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine from a systematic perspective. Topics include Scripture, theology proper, and anthropology. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND COURSE; SEPTEMBER 6 & 7, SEPTEMBER 27 & 28, NOVEMBER 1 & 2, AND NOVEMBER 15 & 16.

04ST5150/1
Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
September 6 - September 7

Pastoral and Social Ethics - 3.00 Hours

Students are introduced to terminology, major views, and problems in the study of ethics and to a biblical basis for morality. Basic concerns and current issues in social ethics are covered. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND COURSE; SEPTEMBER 20 & 21, OCTOBER 18 & 19, NOVEMBER 8 & 9, AND DECEMBER 6 & 7.

04ST5500/1
Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
September 20 - September 21

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.

04ST5550/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
August 27 - October 22

Christ, Culture, and Contextualization - 2.00 Hours

REQUIRED COURSE FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY AND MASTER OF ARTS (RELIGION) IF YOU DID NOT TAKE HT506 CHURCH AND WORLD UNDER THE OLD CURRICULUM. This course will explore a biblical theology of culture from a Reformed perspective, evaluate different models for Christian cultural engagement, and develop a biblical perspective on the principles and practice of contextualization. Attention will be given to the application of cultural analysis and contextualization in church ministry. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND COURSE; SEPTEMBER 6 & 7, SEPTEMBER 27 & 28; AND NOVEMBER 1 & 2.

04ST5600/1
Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr.
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
September 6 - September 7

Field Education 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 Mentored Ministry page https://rts.edu/campuses/atlanta/students/mentored-ministry/ concerning the necessary paperwork required for the completion of Field Education internships.

04PT5900/219
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
September 11 - September 11

Field Education 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.

04PT5905/219
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
November 20 - November 20

Church Polity - 1.00 Hours

Students examine the biblical data relative to church government and the Book of Church Order. The organization and function of church courts, including discipline and appeals, are considered, and parliamentary procedure is examined.

04PT5325/1
Mr. John R. Muether
Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
January 3 - January 4

Systematic Theology: Christ/Sot/Esch - 3.00 Hours

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

04ST5200/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Mon to Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
January 6 - January 10

Poets - 2.00 Hours

An examination of the literary structure, themes, and history of the Psalms and wisdom literature of the Old Testament.

04OT5300/1
Dr. John Currid
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 13 - January 16

Theology and Mission of Prayer - 2.00 Hours

This course will help you train others and build a culture of prayer, right from the beginning of the life of a church or ministry, through to maturity. It is designed for prayer leaders, pastors, planters, and ministry leaders who want to disciple their teams or churches in kingdom prayer and develop praying leaders who develop praying churches, churches that pray for their communities. Through key readings on prayer and group interaction, you will be challenged to come back to the heart of prayer, the gospel and mission. Each day will feature practical tools in developing new or deeper prayer habits, personally and corporately.

04PT6395/1
Rev. John Smed
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
FriSat 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 15 - January 18

Worship - 2.00 Hours

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the biblical foundations for worship. This course will convince students that gathered worship is legitimate, necessary, important, and should be conducted biblically in both form and content. In addition, the course will address the crucial matters of music, congregational singing, contextualization, “worship styles”, and more. The goal is to prepare students to be biblical worshippers, to help others be biblical worshippers, and to be effective leaders in worship.

04PT5300/1
Dr. Gabriel Fluhrer
TueWedThur 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
January 21 - January 24

Preaching Lab II - 2.00 Hours

Students will preach multiple sermons. Women and other non-ministerial candidates will substitute additional elective course hours for all Preaching Labs. THIS LAB WILL MEET A TOTAL OF SIX TIMES. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES.

04PT5175/1
Dr. Aaron Menikoff
Tuesday 5:00 PM - 9:20 PM
March 24 - May 19

History of Christianity II - 3.00 Hours

A continuation of HT5100, 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: FEBRUARY 7 & 8, MARCH 6 & 7, APRIL 3 & 4, AND MAY 8 & 9.

04HT5200/1
Dr. Brian H. Cosby
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 7 - February 8

Greek II - 3.00 Hours

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

04NT5125/1
Dr. David P Barry
Monday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
February 3 - May 15

Pauline Epistles - 3.00 Hours

An exposition of the the epistles in chronological order that emphasizes the application of Paul's theology to the pastoral needs of the churches of his day and ours.

04NT5300/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 3 - May 15

Hebrews - Revelation - 3.00 Hours

An introduction the General Epistles and Revelation that includes the history, setting, theme, purpose, and message of each book.

04NT5350/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 4 - May 15

Hermeneutics - 3.00 Hours

Emphasis will be placed upon the relationship of the OT and the NT. Background hermeneutical issues will also be covered, including the role of the interpreter, the use of creeds and confessions in interpretation, and the relationship between original meaning and modern meaning.

04ON5100/1
Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
February 3 - May 15

Hebrew II - 3.00 Hours

A continuation of OT5100

04OT5125/1
Mr. William Wood
Monday 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
February 3 - May 15

Joshua - Esther - 3.00 Hours

This overview of the literature, history, and themes of Joshua through Esther gives particular attention to the relevance of these books for the church and world today.

04OT5250/1
Mr. William Wood
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
February 4 - May 15

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.

04OT5350/1
Mr. William Wood
Monday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 3 - May 15

Communication II - 2.00 Hours

A continuation of Communication I. This course continues to develop the skills required for interpreting and communicating the Bible. Special emphasis is given to sermon composition, including its constituent parts, as well as to the different ecclesial contexts of sermon delivery (e.g., wedding, funerals). THIS COURSE WILL MEET A TOTAL OF SIX TIMES. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES.

04PT5150/1
Dr. Aaron Menikoff
Tuesday 5:00 PM - 9:20 PM
February 4 - March 17

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. THIS CLASS WILL MEET A TOTAL OF EIGHT WEEKLY MEETINGS. THERE IS A HALF-DAY PRACTICUM ON A SATURDAY. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES.

04PT5200/1
Dr. James Saxon
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
February 4 - May 15

Pastoral Ministry - 2.00 Hours

This course will lay the foundations of a biblical theology of the pastor in relation to the church and the world. Students will begin to formulate a philosophy of ministry, assess readiness, and attain progress in their calling. A variety of pastoral skills and competencies will be included. THIS COURSE WILL MEET A TOTAL OF NINE WEEKS. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES.

04PT5250/1
Dr. Stephen Estock
Dr. Ed Dunnington
Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
February 6 - May 15

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 FOUR WEEKEND CLASS: FEBRUARY 21 & 22, FEBRUARY 28 & 29, MARCH 13 & 14, AND MARCH 20 & 21.

04PT5350/1
Dr. Guy Richardson
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 21 - February 22

Classics of Personal Devotions - 1.00 Hours

Devotional writings from the history of the church, as well as from more contemporary Christians, are read and discussed to deepen the student’s knowledge of and love for God. THIS CLASS WILL MEET EIGHT TIMES. SEE SYLLABUS FOR DATES.

04PT5400/1
Dr. Jason Dees
Thursday 3:50 PM - 5:30 PM
February 27 - May 15

Minority Ministry in a Majority World - 2.00 Hours

A look at how ministry has been done from a position of disadvantage — disadvantage arising from an environment of anti-Christian hostility to ethnic minority status to cultural marginalization. This course looks at the people of God in biblical history and how they were able to function as a distinct and unique minority in their societies. Also included is a survey of several historical and contemporary church communities in hostile situations and the biblical wisdom we can learn from them. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND COURSE; FEBRUARY 7 & 8, MARCH 6 & 7, AND APRIL 3 & 4.

04PT6228/1
Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr.
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
February 7 - February 8

Systematic Theology: Ecc/Sac - 2.00 Hours

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

04ST5250/1
Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
February 4 - May 15

Christian Thought & Philosophy - 3.00 Hours

An introduction to Christian philosophy from a Reformed perspective. Topics include the relationship between philosophy and theology, major figures and movements in the history of Christian thought, and the application of philosophical thinking to Christian faith and practice. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS: FEBRUARY 21 & 22, FEBRUARY 28 & 29, MARCH 13 & 14, AND MARCH 20 & 21.

04ST5400/1
Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 21 - February 22

Apologetics - 2.00 Hours

Students examine the various approaches to apologetic methodology and engage the most frequently raised objections to the Christian faith. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND COURSE; FEBRUARY 14 & 15, MARCH 27 & 28, AND APRIL 17 & 18.

04ST5450/1
Dr. David Filson
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
February 14 - February 15

Evangelical Roots and Future - 2.00 Hours

Since 1989, global evangelical Christians have been asked to consider the novel idea that their movement did not arise until 1730. The earlier conviction was that the evangelical faith had been the original version of Christianity and that this expression had experienced ongoing resurgences across Christian history. Since 1989, the thesis of recent origin has made possible an argument by some Christians of a post-modernist type in favor of now being ‘post-evangelical’. Others have concluded that evangelical Christianity, as an evidently novel movement, is a poor substitute for Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy. Still more recently, triggered by political developments within the U.S.A., there are commentators who maintain that the term ‘evangelical’ has suffered damage by its too-close association with politics. Has this name for vital Christian faith passed its best-before date?

04HT6150/1
Dr. Kenneth Stewart
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
June 1 - August 14

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.

04NT5250/1
Dr. David P Barry
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
June 1 - August 14

Theology of the Minority Church - 2.00 Hours

This course focuses especially on the development of theology within the major ethnic minority groups in the United States. Special attention is given to exploring the theology of the African American church and discussing such issues as the prosperity gospel and liberation theology and their consequent impact within the church.

04PT6226/1
Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr.
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
June 1 - August 14

Systematic Theology: Scr/Th Prop/Anthr - 3.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine from a systematic perspective. Topics include Scripture, theology proper, and anthropology.

04ST5150/1
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
June 1 - August 14

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.

04ST5300/1
Dr. John W. Tweeddale
TBA 8:00 AM - 8:01 AM
June 1 - August 14