This course is a study and evaluation of characteristic Baptist emphases in theology, polity and practice with the aim of enabling Baptist leaders to function more effectively in the context of ministry today. Student examination, analysis and evaluation of selected topics constitute a vital part of the course.
This course explores three centuries of Methodist history, using standard denominational texts, classroom lectures and discussion. Meets the United Methodist ordination candidate's history requirement (Discipline, paragraph 315.4.d).
This course deals with Part II of the United Methodist Book of Discipline, "Doctrinal Standards and Our Theological Task," using standard denominational texts, classroom lectures and discussion; and introduces the student to United Methodist polity. Meets the United Methodist ordination candidate's doctrine and polity requirements (Discipline, paragraph 315.4.d).
Through a case study approach students will learn to apply the constitution of the church to specific issues at the congregational, presbytery, synod and general assembly levels. Attention will be given to the relationship between Reformed theology and Presbyterian polity. Attention will also be given to the theology and history of the sacraments, and to other rites celebrated by the church.
A reading course designed for, but not limited Confessions, giving special attention to distinctive features and concerns of Reformed theology.
This course is offered 100% online at Drew University Theological School as WESM610. It is a continuation of WESM 600 focusing on two concerns: 1) enabling the student to understand the nature, mission, and functioning of the United Methodist Church as the institutional expression of its historical development and theological assumptions, to affirm and explore the institutional structures as viable instruments for ministry, to understand the nature of authority and power as they relate to the United Methodist structure, and to contribute to the process of change in the church structure; 2) a study of the origins of the United Methodist doctrinal heritage in the theology of John Wesley, Philip Otterbein, and Jacob Albright; the development of that heritage in the Methodist, Evangelical, and United Brethren families of churches; and the distinctive marks of that heritage. This course is offered in conjunction with Drew Theological School.
A study of origins, mission, organization, outreach, religious life, and key ideas, issues, events, and figures in the development of United Methodism as an international denomination. Will enable students to understand and evaluate United Methodism in light of its antecedent organizations, the broader historical context of the history of Christianity, and especially its engagement in mission. Will enable students to engage in responsible and articulate participation in the life and leadership of the United Methodist Church, effectively represent the tradition, and perceptively participate in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. This course is offered in conjunction with Drew Theological School.