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MDM 612S Knowing God and Self (3 credits)

In this course, we start with God’s triune relational love and then consider the believer’s soul-awakening response to that love. The spiritual journey begins with meeting and knowing God as eternal Father, Son, and Spirit. It progresses with the believer’s union with Christ through the Spirit. It brings recognition of sin and repentance, and it grows by gaining a heartfelt confidence in Christ. We will pursue biblical paradigms and language in order to better understand and live the spiritual life.

MDM 613S Knowing God and Self Forum (1 credit)

The follow-up online course to the in-class seminar. The discussion forum is an opportunity to put what was learned in class into action in the student’s ministry setting.

MDM 614S The History of Christian Spirituality (3)

In church history, a variety of spiritual traditions have emerged. Some are biblically sound while other endorse questionable human impulses. This course offers a pathway to spiritual reformation and renewal by examining Christ’s ministry to his followers and be engaging lessons provided in other New Testament teachings.

MDM 615S The History of Christian Spirituality Forum (1)

The follow-up online course to the in-class seminar. The discussion forum is an opportunity to put what was learned in class into action in the student’s ministry setting. 

MDM 622S The Role of the Spirit in Christian Formation (3)

This course will focus on the unique role of the Holy Spirit in the process of Christian transformation. The apostle Paul’s call for the believers in Galatia to “keep in step with the Spirit” will be employed as a crucial biblical calling. The Spirit’s ministry will both be distinguished from the persons of the Father and Son and engaged as God’s bonding presence in the believer’s union with Christ and communion with the Father. The Spirit’s work in shaping the New Testament Church will be taken as an applied model for both our personal faith and for reforming the practices of today’s Christian communities.

MDM 623S Spiritual Theology Forum (1)

The follow-up online course to the in-class seminar. The discussion forum is an opportunity to put what was learned in class into action in the student’s ministry setting.

MDM 624S Following Christ in a Life of Love (3)

This course will first review how the Spiritual Formation movement emerged along with its use of Spiritual Disciplines. The course will then elevate God’s love in Christ as his spreading goodness that captures and transforms souls. Within this inside-out relational model, course participants will explore various biblical pathways that stimulate spiritual growth. Time will be given to asking when and how God speaks today and about how to discern God’s voice among the alternative calls upon our heart. Partnership pathways to growth will be considered and applied.

MDM 625S Following Christ in a Life of Love Forum (1)

The follow-up online course to the in-class seminar. The discussion forum is an opportunity to put what was learned in class into action in the student’s ministry setting.

MDM 632S Christian Transformation in Community (3)

The authentic spiritual life is heart-based and whole-life. In this course, we will consider how the affective power of God’s Trinitarian love, poured out in hearts by the Holy Spirit, brings change to every realm of life. This includes work, leisure, sexuality, the use of time and money, and more. The mutual love that emerges in a transformative Christian community then grows and spreads to the world as a natural missional outreach.

MDM 633S Christian Transformation in Community Forum (1)

The follow-up online course to the in-class seminar. The discussion forum is an opportunity to put what was learned in class into action in the student’s ministry setting.

MDM 634S Integrated Spirituality (3)

This course seeks to integrate the core elements of a renewed spiritual life in the real world. A Christian shares in union and communion with the Father and Son, by the Spirit, so the basis for loving both God and neighbor emerges as a response to God’s active love. This, in turn, stirs both the desire and energy to shape personal and corporate ministry in line with Christ’s life.

MDM 635S Integrated Spirituality Forum (1)

The follow-up online course to the in-class seminar. The discussion forum is an opportunity to put what was learned in class into action in the student’s ministry setting.