“John and Charles Wesley and the early Methodists understood the importance of Christian community, lay leadership in ministry, small groups and mutual accountability, and supporting the work of Christian formation. Faith was increased, hope confirmed, and persons perfected in love by the system of small...

The Methodist Class Leader, a new online course from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary, examines the historic significance and contemporary relevance of class leaders, a role essential to the success of early Methodism and an effective means of nurturing discipleship. The...

SMIN 596 and SMIN 597 Practicum in Specialized Ministry Part I and Part II. The practicum involves real work experience in a ministerial setting. Established practicum settings include working at the United Methodist reporter and the campus ministries office on the main campus of Southwestern...

SMIN 530 Theology of Youth Ministry. A survey of root convictions regarding the action of God in the lives of young people. The course will follow the standard systematic categories in theology and challenge students to consider how content in each category gives shape to...

SMIN 531 Ethical Issues in Youth Ministry. A survey of legal and ethical concerns affecting youth leaders: boundary awareness, sexual ethics, counseling referral, rights to privacy, crisis response and management. This course will take a case study approach.This course will take a case studies approach....

SMIN 532 Faith and Formation in Developing Adults. A study of the relationship between psychological development and doctrines of the Christian life as they apply to youth and developing young adults. The course will cover topics such as entry into the Christian faith, the role...

SMIN 533 Program Design and Development in the Local Church. An introduction to and practice in designing and developing a youth ministry in the local church. Attention will be paid to context (i.e. urban, rural, suburban and geographic or regional characteristics), theology of youth ministry,...

If you know it’s important to study God’s Word, and you want to read your Bible faithfully, but sometimes you just don’t know how or where to begin… If you sometimes wish you knew how to go about understanding what you are reading in more detail… Or...

SMIN 509 Survey of Church History. A survey of the social, institutional, and intellectual history of Christianity. Topics will investigate how various church traditions give shape to ministry. Credit 3 hours....

SMIN 507 Theology. In this course, students learn to link scriptural, historical, and theological sources in order to both create and understand theological constructs for youth ministry. It gives attention to how context (race, class, gender, other) shapes theological convictions. Credit 3 hours....

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