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REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR Spring 2018.  The Spring 2018 term is scheduled from January 29 to May 12, 2018. 

Spring 2018 CLP/CRE courses BEGIN January 29 and run for 15 weeks; ending May 12, 2018.  Tuition remains at $390.00 per course.  Interested new students will first need to apply to the program (see application link in green box on right), be accepted and then take the Online Learning Course (OLC), which is required of all new online students.  A new OLC will open in April, and the course fee is $75.00. New students need to register/pay for this course and complete the assignments before starting a spring class. If you have any questions, please contact Joy Lee, Coordinator of Lay Education, at 563-589-3630 / 1-888-207-8218 or at DERegistration@dbq.edu.  For additional information regarding the CLP/CRE lay ministry program, please access the desired link in the green box to the right.

A NEW OLC OPENED UP IN APRIL REGISTRATION AND WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THE START OF THE SUMMER TERM.
ONLINE LEARNING COURSE
Instructor: Nicky Story

Email: NStory@dbq.edu 

There are no prerequisites or required textbooks for this course. The Online Learning Course is designed to prepare students for all online courses with the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

To Register for this course via PayPal: CLICK ON THE  NAME OF THE COURSE LINK ABOVE


A complete syllabus with weekly assignments is provided at the start of each class. For coursework technology requirements, please click on the "Program Info" in the green box to the right above. Please direct any issues or problems of a technical nature to the Director of Seminary Technology, Nicky Story, at semtech1@dbq.edu  Please do not contact professors with technical issues.


PRESBYTERIAN POLITY
Instructor:
Rev. Dr. Gary S. Eller
Phone: (888) 244-6714
Email: GEller@dbq.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course provides an overview of Presbyterian Church (USA) polity, both in principle and in practice. Particular emphasis will be given to the use of the constitution in the local congregation and governing bodies.  The class will include lectures, discussion posts, case studies, quizzes, and outside assignments.

OBJECTIVES

The primary objectives of the course are to:

  • Equip students to become competent moderators of Session
  • Help students become knowledgeable interpreters of Presbyterian polity for the local congregation
  • Increase student's awareness of the denomination's broader missional purposes
  • Instill in students an appreciation for Presbyterian connectional polity

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Regular participation in class discussions
  2. Timely completion of the assigned readings
  3. Attendance at one presbytery meeting (or one session meeting, with permission) during the course
  4. An analysis of an observed governing body meeting
  5. Completion of quizzes and final essay
  6. Course evaluation will be based on class participation, quality of submitted work, and test scores
  7. The final grade for the course will be “Pass” or “Fail.” 

REQUIRED TEXTS 

  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Part I, The Book of Confessions [current edition with index]
  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Part II, The Book of Order [current edition]
  • Goodwiller, Gregory A., A Guide to Parliamentary Procedure in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) [This is a PDF document at http://www.pcusa.org/media/uploads/oga/pdf/parliamentary_procedure.pdf]
  • Gray, Joan S. and Joyce Tucker, Presbyterian Polity for Church Leaders (Fourth Edition)
  • Hooker, Paul K., Faith, Hope, Love, and Witness: The PC(USA) Form of Government (Leader's Guide and Participant's Book, Being Reformed Series)

RECOMMENDED FOR FURTHER STUDY:

  • Beattie, Frank A., Companion to the Constitution: Polity for the Local Church
  • Chapman, William E., History and Theology in the Book of Order: Blood on Every Page
  • Olsen, Charles, Transforming Church Boards Into Spiritual Communities
  • Robert, Henry M., Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, (most recent edition)
  • Rogers, Jack, Presbyterian Creeds: A Guide to the Book of Confessions
  • Wilton, Carlos E., Principles of Presbyterian Polity

To Register for this course via PayPal, CLICK ON THE NAME OF THE COURSE LINK AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE


INTRODUCTION TO REFORMED THEOLOGY

Instructor:  Dr. David W. Congdon
Phone: (503) 341-8746 (good for texting as well)
Email:  dwcongdon@gmail.com

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course will introduce the theology of the Reformed tradition. It is designed to familiarize you with the broad contours of the tradition that flows from the Protestant Reformation and was heavily influenced by the writings of John Calvin, and it will meet the particular needs of those training to be Commissioned Ruling Elders in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Our journey through the Reformed tradition will be historical in nature, meaning we will trace the development of this tradition from its origins to the present day by looking at key Reformed confessions and catechisms. Taking this approach will illuminate what Reformed theologians mean when they say their tradition is “Reformed and always reforming.”

We will follow a “seminar” format in this class, which means our exploration will combine readings, discussion, and occasional lectures or notes from the professor. Each week I encourage you to raise questions and make observations about the readings. As we go along I will clarify complicated concepts and provide historical context for the document in question. You are not expected to memorize these texts but rather to become familiar with the main themes and ideas, so that you can draw upon them in your personal faith and in discussions with others. Whether you are a member of the PCUSA—and possibly in training to become a Commissioned Ruling Elder—or a member of another church, hopefully you will find these documents enlightening.

COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. To give you a working knowledge of the major themes in Reformed theology.
  2. To familiarize you with the Book of Confessions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
  3. To enable you to personally engage these confessions and catechisms as part of your own faith journey.

COURSE ASSESSMENTS

In order to receive a passing grade, students must demonstrate:

Regular participation in weekly class discussions responding to each week’s assigned readings.

Completion of the final project (PICK ONE):

  • A personal “Statement of Faith” drawing upon the readings, concepts, and themes explored during the course. (1-2 pages)
  • A lesson plan for teaching the Reformed confessions and catechisms as part of your church’s Confirmation class, in which you only have two classes in which to cover the material. Explain what you would choose to cover and why, along with how you would present it. (2-3 pages)

REQUIRED TEXTS

  • The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Part I, The Book of Confessions. Louisville: Office of the General Assembly. Available online: https://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/oga/pdf/boc2014.pdf 
  •  McKim, Donald K. Presbyterian Beliefs: A Brief Introduction. Louisville: Geneva Press, 2003.
  •  Rogers, Jack. Presbyterian Creeds: A Guide to the Book of Confessions.  Westminster John Knox, 1991.

 RECOMMENDED TEXTS (NOT REQUIRED)

  • Book of Catechisms: Reference Edition. Louisville: Geneva Press, 2001. 
  • Guthrie, Shirley C. Christian Doctrine. Rev. ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1994. 
  • Leith, John H. Basic Christian Doctrine. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1993. 
  • McKim, Donald K. Introducing the Reformed Faith: Biblical Revelation, Christian Tradition, Contemporary Significance. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001. 
  • Migliore, Daniel L. Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014.

To Register for this course: CLICK ON THE NAME OF THE COURSE LINK AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE


INTRODUCTION TO OLD TESTAMENT
Instructor:
  Dr. Mercedes Garcia Bachmann



COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course provides a basic introduction to the Old Testament, focusing on its content, historical background/context, theology, and significance for the life of faith.  Even though The Old Testament makes up most of our Bible, many Christians avoid it due to lack of understanding or distaste for its content.  This course is designed to illuminate the great story of God’s redeeming love that is told through the Old Testament, and to empower the students to share the story of the Old Testament with others through preaching and teaching.


 To Register for this course: CLICK ON THE NAME OF THE COURSE LINK AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE

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