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REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR FALL 2017.  The Fall term is scheduled from September 5 to December 16, 2017.

Fall CLP/CRE courses BEGIN September 5 and run for 15 weeks; ending December 16, 2017.  Tuition is $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 opened up on June 30, and the course fee is $75.00. New students need to register/pay for this course and complete the assignments before starting a fall class. If you have any questions, please contact Carla Gibbons, Lay Education Coordinator, at 563-589-3630 / 1-888-207-8218 or at cgibbons@dbq.edu.  For additional information regarding the CLP/CRE lay ministry program, please access the desired link in the green box to the right.

FALL 2017 CRE COURSES TO REGISTER AND PAY FOR VIA PAYPAL.

A NEW ONLINE LEARNING COURSE FOR FALL 2017 OPENED UP FOR REGISTRATION ON JUNE 30 AND WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THE START OF THE FALL 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


Below are the fall CRE core courses offered and abbreviated course descriptions.  A complete syllabus with weekly assignments will be 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. Richard J. Shaffer Jr.
Phone: (630) 554-8194
Email: RShaffer@dbq.edu 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course provides an overview of Presbyterian Church (USA) polity, both in principle and in practice. There will be an emphasis on the use of the constitution in the local congregation as well as the governing bodies. Class structure will include lectures, discussion, case studies, quizzes and outside assignments.

OBJECTIVES

This course is designed to:

  • Equip students to become competent moderators of Session
  • Help students become knowledgeable interpreters for the local congregation of the polity of the church, as well as the denomination’s larger missional purposes
  • Instill in students an appreciation for our connectional nature

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Regular participation in class discussions.
  2. Completion of the assigned reading during the indicated time period.
  3. Attendance at one presbytery meeting (or one session meeting if it is completely unfeasible to get to a presbytery meeting) during the course period
  4. Timely submission of written work (an analysis of an observed governing body meeting [presbytery or session], agendas for a session meeting and for a congregational meeting)
  5. Completion of quizzes and the final exam.
  6. Evaluation will be based on class participation, evidence of knowledge of required reading, and quality of submitted work.
  7. The final grade for the course will be “Pass” or “Fail.” 

REQUIRED TEXTS 

  • P.C. (U.S.A.) The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Part I, The Book of Confessions [current edition with index].
  • P.C. (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 found as a PDF document at http://www.pcusa.org/media/uploads/oga/pdf/parliamentary_procedure.pdf]
  • Gray, Joan S. and Tucker, Joyce, Presbyterian Polity for Church Leaders (Fourth Edition) 

BOOKS NOT REQUIRED BUT RECOMMENDED FOR FURTHER STUDY:

  • Beattie, Frank A., Companion to the Constitution: Polity for the Local Church
  • Chapman, William E., Finding Christ in the Book of Order
  • 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
  • Rice, Howard L. and Calvin Chinn, The Ordination Questions: A Study for Church Officers

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INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT

Instructor: Dr. Jordan J. Ryan
E-mail:  jordanryan@dbq.edu

Phone: 563-589-3418

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES

This course is a survey and introduction to the content, message, interpretation, and background of the New Testament. The course will aim to 1) foster an appreciation for the message of the New Testament; 2) encourage students to grow in their appreciation and understanding of Scripture; and 3) strengthen students’ connection with Jesus Christ through their knowledge and understanding of the New Testament writings and their historical contexts.

By the conclusion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Identify the distinctive theological concerns of the New Testament authors.
  • Interpret the New Testament texts within their social and historical settings.
  • Analyze New Testament texts from historical and theological perspectives.

REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES

Online lectures and discussion, along with the assigned reading, will provide the platform for achieving the course objectives. Students are expected to be well-prepared, respectful, and insightful when participating in online discussion. Weekly reading assignments must be completed before viewing the lecture and before engaging in online discussion.

Each week, students will be expected to contribute to the online discussion by posting answers to a question that I will ask. Students are also expected to write no more than 2-3 paragraphs each week commenting on the aspects of the primary and secondary text readings that they found most interesting or engaging.

The primary text for this course will be the New Testament itself. It is strongly recommended that students make use of a good study Bible, such as the New Oxford Annotated Bible, to aid in their reading. The secondary text (the textbook) for the course will be Introducing the New Testament by Mark Allan Powell.

COURSE ASSESSMENT

Students who complete the readings and assignments, as evidenced by their contribution and participation in online discussions, will receive a “pass” for the course.

REQUIRED TEXTS

  • Powell, Mark Allan. Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary and Theological Survey. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.
  •  A good study Bible, such as the New Oxford Annotated Bible (4th ed.) is highly recommended. Other study Bibles, such as the Harper Collins Study Bible or the ESV Study Bible are also acceptable.

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

Instructor: Dr. Lyle D. Vander Broek
Phone: 563-581-5041
E-mail: lvanderb@dbq.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This introductory course in preaching leads the Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE) student through the basic steps of sermon preparation:  text selection, exegesis, formation of a sermon sentence, development of a sermon outline and choosing of a form, sermon writing, and delivery.

COURSE AND DEPARTMENT OBJECTIVES

Commissioned Ruling Elder training courses offered by UDTS  aim to embrace and work to fulfill the seminary mission statement, which reads as follows:

The purpose of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, an ecumenical seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is to serve the one God -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- and advance the ministry and mission of the church of Jesus Christ by preparing women and men for faithful, compassionate, and effective pastoral and lay ministry in congregations, with special attention to rural and native American constituencies, by research and publication in the theological disciplines, and by active participation in the life of the church.

 STRATEGIES FOR ASSESSMENT

This course may only be taken for a Pass/Fail basis. A passing grade is earned by successful completion of the following assignments:

  • Exegetical summary of sermon text (1-2 pp.), concluding with sermon sentence/function statements
  • Sermon outline, with sermon title (1 p.)      
  • Sermon (4 pp. max)
  • Regular on-line participation in posting assignments and responding to peers.
  •  Self-assessment of sermon and a statement of learnings.    

REQUIRED TEXTS

  1. Thomas G. Long, The Witness of Preaching, Third Edition (Louisville: Westminster John   Knox Press, 1989) ISBN-13: 978-0664261429 
  2. Eliot Young, The Word at Work (Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2014) ISBN-13: 978-1500332358

RECOMMENDED TEXTS

Ronald J. Allen, Interpreting the Gospel: An Introduction to Preaching (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1998) ISBN-13: 978-0827216198

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


INTRODUCTION TO OLD TESTAMENT
Instructor:
Rev. Dr. Mercedes L. García-Bachmann
Mobile Telephone: +54 9 11 303 979 32 (you may use Whatsapp, which allows you to send free messages and/or call, since this is a number from Argentina)
Email: mgarciabachmann@yahoo.com

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course provides students with a basic introduction to the Christian Old Testament, focusing on its content, historical context, theology, and significance for today. The Old Testament puzzles many Christians in our time. Yet, it comprises about two thirds of our Bible. Furthermore, as our first companion says (see below), the OT is a great friend, helping us address many thorny issues in honest conversation with God and each other.

Since there are so many good introductions to the Old Testament and it is impossible to follow them all at the same time in the order in which each presents the themes, this Instructor proposes, whenever possible, to follow Matthew Schlimm’s book (our first companion in this course), selecting 1-2 key biblical texts from each of his chapters and complementing the issues there presented with other readings. Therefore, there are several required texts (which should be available through the library as well), all of which will not be read from cover to cover, but will be often resorted to—and they are good life companions.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Students will be able to:

  • grow in love for the Old Testament;
  • grow in their knowledge of the content of the Old Testament;
  • learn some of the dominant themes that permeate the Old Testament texts;
  • learn where to find useful resources for further study of the Old Testament;
  • gain some sense of how to preach and teach the Old Testament in their various ministry contexts.

REQUIRED TEXTS

  • A study Bible (not based on a paraphrase), such as NRSV, NIV, Jerusalem Bible or other. You may use a study Bible in another language as well;
  • Matthew Schlimm, This Strange and Sacred Scripture: The Old Testament as Friend in Faith (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014);
  • Carol A. Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe, and Jacqueline E. Lapsley, ed., Women's Bible Commentary (3rd, twentieth anniversary ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012);
  • Bruce C. Birch, Walter Brueggemann, Terence E. Fretheim, and David L. Petersen, A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament (2nd ed. Nashville: Abingdon, 2005).

SUGGESTED READINGS/NOT REQUIRED

  • Walter Brueggemann and Tod Linafelt, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination (second ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012);
  • Ellen F. Davis, Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament. Cambridge: Cowley Publications, 2001;
  • Michael David Coogan, The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions, 181; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).

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


FOUNDATIONS OF PASTORAL CARE

Instructor: Dr. Beth McCaw
Phone:  563-589-3390 (office) OR 563-585-2220 (home – evenings or weekend for urgent needs)
Email:  BMcCaw@dbq.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION

An introduction to the caring aspects of pastoral ministry, including biblical foundations of care, the development of pastoral identity, various models of care, and varieties of essential pastoral communication skills necessary for entering diverse situations of crisis and need.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • to offer an introduction to the caring aspects of pastoral ministry
  • to articulate biblical and psychological foundations of care
  • to encourage the development of a healthy and faithful pastoral identity
  • to examine the primary contexts of pastoral care
  • to strengthen essential pastoral communication skills
  • to become acquainted with various models of pastoral care 

ENGAGEMENT AND EVALUATION

Weekly E&E (Exercises and Engagement).  Input from each class participant is needed for the mutual enrichment of all class members.  Credit is awarded for a minimum of 70% timely and thoughtful completing of weekly posts. 

REQUIRED TEXTS

  • Hunsinger, Deborah Van Deusen, Pray Without Ceasing: Revitalizing Pastoral Care (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006).
  • Killen, James L. Pastoral Care in the Small Membership Church (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005).  Selections.
  • Several articles provided as pdf’s on the course site.

RECOMMENDED AS A RESOURCE, NOT REQUIRED:

Franklin, Cynthia, and Rowena Fong.  The Church Leader’s Counseling Resource Guide (New York: Oxford, 2011) - selections.

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FOUNDATIONS OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Instructor: Dr. Susan Forshey
Phone: 206-963-0472
Email: sforshey@dbq.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course explores the role and practice of the teaching and discipling ministries of the church as graced means of cultivating the character of Christ personally and corporately. An incarnational model of teaching and learning—engaging the whole person—will be emphasized. Students will reflect on their own experiences of these ministries, both as teacher and student; engage texts on teaching and instructional design, the neuroscience of learning and habit formation; contemplative attention; spiritual formation in children and youth; and practice practical theological reflection as they build skills for teaching in various contexts. Models for learning, recent cognitive research, and instructional design models will be dialogue partners as students select and describe a context of teaching and learning; then design, teach, and evaluate a teaching/learning experience.

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES
By participating fully in this class, students will:

  • Be able to identify and build on biblical, theological, and practical foundations for the educational tasks of the local congregation.
  • Use models for structuring the worship and ministry of congregations in ways that call and shape disciples from spiritual infancy to maturity in Christian community and public witness, as measured by the evaluations of a teaching session.

CRE CURRICULAR GOALS

  • Be formed by, live in, and minister out of Scripture and the historical and theological tradition of the Church.
  • Educate and equip individuals and congregations to live and minister joyfully and faithfully as part of their own denomination and the ecumenical church.
  • Integrate theology and practice in all areas of life and ministry.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Demonstrate reflective understanding of the assigned reading and lectures by submitting online journals each week (20% of grade).
  • Comment on two colleague online posts each week (10%)
  • Write a context description of church or ministry that will be the setting for teaching a learning experience (35% of grade).
  • Plan, teach, and evaluate a learning experience (35% of grade).

REQUIRED TEXTS

  • Maria Lichtmann, The Teacher's Way: Teaching and the Contemplative Life
  • Parker Palmer, To Know as We are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey
  • David Sousa, How the Brain Learns

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


REFORMED WORSHIP & SACRAMENTS
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Richard J. Shaffer Jr.
Phone: (630) 554-8194
Email: RShaffer@dbq.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course in Reformed Worship and Sacraments introduces CLP students to basic scriptural, historical, and theological principles of Christian worship as viewed from a Reformed perspective, with special focus on liturgical practice in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Students who successfully complete this course will demonstrate and/or articulate the following:

  • An introductory knowledge of Christian worship from the Reformed perspective;
  • An introductory knowledge of the resources available for preparing and planning for worship;
  • An ability to plan a worship service with commentary, explaining the theological and liturgical spirit of each major component of the service;
  • A knowledge of the sacramental practices of the church; and
  • An introductory knowledge of the theological principles and practices in funeral and wedding services, as well as an introductory knowledge of resources available for planning these services.

COURSE ASSESSMENT

In order to successfully complete this course, each student shall do the following:

  • Keep up with weekly readings and lectures;
  • Participate in each weekly discussion forum; and
  • Complete an annotated worship service with commentary. This is a final project that demonstrates the student's ability to 1) plan a complete worship service and 2) provide a theological and liturgical explanation for the contents of the service as well as the decision-making process that produced the service.

REQUIRED TEXTS: (Students will need to have these texts available for use throughout the course.)

  • Bower, Peter C. ed. The Companion to the Book of Common Worship. Louisville: Geneva Press, 2003.
  • Byars, Ronald P. Christian Worship: Glorifying and Enjoying God. Louisville: Geneva Press, 2000.
  • P.C. (U.S.A.) The Book of Common Worship. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press,1993.
  • P.C. (U.S.A.) The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Part I, The Book of Confessions [current edition with index] (also available online)
  • P.C. (U.S.A.) The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Part II, The Book of Order [current edition] (also available online)

SUGGESTED TEXTS: (These texts are not required, but will provide added insight to our conversation.)

  • Old, Hughes Oliphant. Worship Reformed According to Scripture, revised and expanded edition. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.
  • P.C. (U.S.A.) Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013
  • P.C. (U.S.A.) Book of Occasional Services. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1999.

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

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