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REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR SPRING 2019

Spring Term: Feb. 4, 2019 - May 17, 2019
The term runs for 15 weeks (12 weeks of classes, 2 readings weeks, and 1 exam week).  

Prospective Students
Apply to the program by filling out an online application (click on "Apply" in the green box on right).
Once you are accepted, the next step is to take the Online Learning Course (OLC), a requirement for all new online students. 

Newly Accepted Students

The OLC is open and the course fee is $75.00. Please register/pay for this course and complete the assignments before starting a core class. 

For additional information, please find the applicable link in the green box to the right.
If you have any questions, please contact Emily Blue, Coordinator of Lay Education, at 1-800-369-UDTS or DERegistration@dbq.edu.  

CLP/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.

Spring 2019 Course Offerings   Tuition is $350.00 per course. To register via paypal, please click on the title of the course below.
***Please keep scrolling down for more in-depth course descriptions and list of required texts for each course.***

Online Learning Course (OLC) 
Introduction to Old Testament (Course will be available to register Nov. 19)
Introduction to New Testament
Reformed Theology
Pastoral Care
Presbyterian Polity
Introduction to Preaching (Course will be available to register Nov. 19)
Christian Education
Worship & Sacraments
Interfaith Bridge Building

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.


Check below for Fall course descriptions! 


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 a 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 2017-2019
  • Goodwiller, Gregory A., A Guide to Parliamentary Procedure in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)  (This is a PDF document at http://www.pcus.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)
  • Wilton, Carlos E. Principles of Presbyterian Polity

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

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.

I will post video lectures each week along with questions for discussion. In addition, I would like to offer you all the chance to have an optional video chat Q&A time with me, where you can ask questions both to me and to each other. Please let me know if you are interested in this.

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:

  1. Regular participation in weekly class discussions responding to each week’s assigned readings. At least one post of at least 250 words is required in each week’s discussion forum. I ask that you post by Wednesday to allow time for others to read and respond to your comments.
  1. Completion of the final project (PICK ONE):
    1. A personal “Statement of Faith” drawing upon the readings, concepts, and themes explored during the course. Using parenthetical citations or footnotes, the statement of faith should make reference to at least two of the confessions. References to Scripture are also recommended. Do not give me your testimony: this should be your creed, not the story of your faith journey. (2 pages)
    2. A lesson plan for teaching the Reformed confessions and catechisms as part of your church’s Confirmation class, in which you have between 2 and 4 classes to cover the material. Explain what you would choose to cover and why, along with how you would present it. (2-3 pages)
    3. A short essay responding to the following prompt (2 pages):

In a 1942 essay, “Two Creeds for Every Church,” the philosopher William Pepperell Montague addresses the fact that modern Christians exist in a very different world from the ancient creeds (he was thinking of the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds). Some people no longer accept the traditional ideas of virgin birth or the second coming, for example, while others see those creeds as missing key items like talk of Jesus’ ministry and social justice. But Montague disagreed both with those who thought we should interpret the ancient creeds symbolically and with those who wanted to replace those creeds with a modern creed that matched the faith of people today. His solution was to propose that churches adopt two creeds: a classic creed representing the traditional faith of the church and a modern creed representing the views of Christians today. The latter would be a creed open to constant revision as our knowledge of science, philosophy, religion, and other subjects continues to advance. Do you agree with Montague’s proposal? Why or why not? How does the Reformed tradition help inform your position? What doctrines or ideas would you include in the second, modern creed?

Required Texts

  • PC                 Rogers, Jack. Presbyterian Creeds: A Guide to the Book of Confessions. Westminster John Knox, 1985.
  • COF              Burgess, John P. Confessing Our Faith: The Book of Confessions for Church Leaders. Westminster John Knox, 2018.

Recommended Texts (Not Required)

  • McKim, Donald K. Presbyterian Beliefs: A Brief Introduction. Revised Edition. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2017.
  • McKim, Donald K. Introducing the Reformed Faith: Biblical Revelation, Christian Tradition, Contemporary Significance. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001.
  • McKim, Donald K. Presbyterian Questions, Presbyterian Answers. Revised Edition. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2017.
  • McKim, Donald K. More Presbyterian Questions, More Presbyterian Answers. Revised Edition. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2017.
  • 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 - TBD

Instructor:  
Email: 

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. 

REQUIRED TEXTS - TBD

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


Introduction of New Testament

Instructor: Rev. Kate Rupert
Email:  krupert@dbq.edu
Phone:  712-261-3661 (cell)

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


 PASTORAL CARE
 Instructor:  Dr. Beth McCaw
 Phone: (563) 589-3390 
 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
  1. To offer an introduction to the caring aspects of pastoral ministry
  2. To articulate biblical and psychological foundations of care
  3. To encourage the development of a healthy and faithful pastoral identity
  4. To examine the primary contexts of pastoral care
  5. To strengthen essential pastoral communication skills
  6. To become acquainted with various models of pastoral care

ENGAGEMENT AND EVALUATION:
Ten 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.
  • Franklin, Cynthia, and Rowena Fong.  The Church Leader’s Counseling Resource Guide (New York: Oxford, 2011) – selections.
To register for this course: CLICK ON THE NAME OF THE COURSE LINK AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE


INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING - TBD
Instructor: 
Email:
Phone:

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This introductory course in preaching leads the CLP students through the basic steps of sermon preparation: liturgical/contextual considerations, text selection, exegesis, formation of a sermon sentence, choosing of a form, developing a sermon outline, sermon writing, and preaching.

ASSESSMENT  
This course is offered pass/fail only.  A passing grade is earned by successful completion of the following assignments:

REQUIRED READING: TBD

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

 FOUNDATIONS OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
 Instructor: Rev. Jennifer Pattee
 Phone: 563.589.3219
 Email: jpattee@dbq.edu 

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course introduces students to principles of teaching and learning framed in the context of Christian education and formation.  Each week’s content explores the role and practice of the teaching and discipling ministries of the church as 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 while incorporating texts and videos on teaching methods, learning and habit formation, and spiritual formation in children and youth.  As skills are built for teaching in various contexts, students will practice theological reflection.  By the end of the course, students will design a teaching and learning experience on a topic of their choice which integrates the course content and can be presented in their local settings.  

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES
By completing this class, students will be able to:

  • Apply foundations of learning from theology and education to the development of teaching and learning experiences in a local congregation. 
  • Evaluate their personal habits in relation to impacts on learning, contemplation, and worship.
  • Discuss thoughts and research about Christian education with others in a supportive and encouraging manner.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Demonstrate understanding of the assigned reading and lectures through reflection and conversation.
  • Write a context description of a church or ministry that will be the setting for teaching a learning experience
  • Develop a plan for a teaching and learning experience and submit a full script for the session. 
REQUIRED TEXTS
  • Maria Lichtmann, The Teacher’s Way: Teaching and the Contemplative Life: 2005. ISBN 978-0809143030
  • Parker Palmer, To Know as We are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey: 1993.  ISBN 978-0060664510
RECOMMENDED TEXTS (Selections from these resources will be included as PDFs in the course)
  • Susan A. Ambrose, et al.  How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching;  2010.  ISBN 978-0470484104
  • David A. Sousa, How the Brain Learns, 5th ed.  ISBN 978-1506346304
  • Christian Smith with Patricia Snell, Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults; 2009. ISBN  978-0195371796

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

REFORMED WORSHIP AND SACRAMENTS 

Instructor:  Rev. Dr. Richard J. Shaffer Jr.
Phone: (568) 845 - 9028 
Email: rshaffer@dbq.edu 

Course Description  
This course in Reformed Worship and Sacraments introduces 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;
  • An understanding of worship leadership and the ability to adapt Reformed practices to a particular context;
  • A knowledge of the sacramental practices of the church; 
  • An introductory knowledge of the theological principles and practices in funeral and wedding services, as well as an introductory knowledge of resources available forplanning 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;
  • 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, 2018.
  • 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 for students who want to dig deeper)

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


INTERFAITH BRIDGE BUILDING 
Instructor: Dr. Bonnie Sue Lewis
Phone: (563) 589 3648
Email: bslewis@dbq.edu 

Course Description

This course will provide resources for helping pastors and lay people to engage in faithful and fruitful interfaith relationships for the love of God and neighbor.   We will meet throughout the semester in Severance 202 or by ZOOM.  Discussion will focus around two texts, in which we will address issues of interfaith communication, learn how to approach neighbors who understand faith differently through seeking common ground, and encourage one another to build friendships with those who also are seeking to know and honor God.

Course Objectives

Students who complete this course will be able to:
1.  Identify the biblical foundations for participation in interfaith relationships.
2.  Identify avenues of Christian hospitality for building interfaith friendships.
3.  Evaluate the elements of faithful and fruitful witness to the Gospel among those of other faiths.

Required Texts

Patel, Eboo, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America
Larson, Marion and Sara Shady, From Bubble to Bridge: Educating Christians for a Multifaith World

Course Format

This course is, essentially, a book study.  The two books chosen for the centerpiece of our weekly conversations raise awareness of the gift and necessity of interfaith friendships, as well as inspire us to participation in best practices for building such relationships.  They remind us that the goal is not proselytizing, but loving our neighbor that they may know the love of God through Christ who dwells within us.  Students will come to the class (which will be done via Zoom for those unable to come to Dubuque) having done the week’s reading and bringing with them a one to two page response to the reading that lifts up what was learned, a question or two that was raised, and how this might be useful to the congregation or the ministry in which you serve.  The greater the participation, the more rewarding the experience for all of us!    

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

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