New Courses for Spring 2012

Unless otherwise listed courses begin the week of January 9, 2012.

Professor: Joni Sancken
Schedule: Tuesdays 8-10:40 a.m.

This course is for students and preachers who desire to explore the theology and practice of preaching at a greater depth. Topics addressed will include: awareness of different theological foundations for preaching and articulation of one’s own theology of preaching; different sermon forms; preaching without notes; preaching and the cross; preaching Paul; and the use of technology and visual arts in preaching. Students will engage these topics through readings, smaller written assignments, and preaching sermons in class. Prerequisite SMCL 601 or a similar introductory preaching class or by permission of instructor. Participation Audit fee only $460!

Professor: Mark Thiessen Nation
Schedule: Thursdays 2:25-5:05 p.m.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb. 13.8) This means that Jesus is always our contemporary. But how do we think about this in relation to theological claims about Jesus? How do the theological claims relate to being the peacemakers that Jesus says we are to be? And how do we explore the varied questions connected to theological claims and a commitment to peacemaking when our lives—and our reflections—are located in a global context where we are much more conscious of a plurality of cultures and religions? Engaging such contexts and exploring such questions are what this course is about.

Professor: Mary Thiessen Nation
Schedule: Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.- Jan 27-28, Feb 17-18, March 16-17, April 13-14

Jeremiah’s summons to “seek the peace of the city” animates this interactive course. Through multi-disciplinary study and participation, students will engage the complex interweaving stories (personal, family, historic, economic, political) that comprise the urban context and urban ministry. Students will examine how the Scriptures and Christian communal practices can offer Christ’s healing, hope and transformation to individuals, communities, institutions and structures within the urban context. This course will challenge students to creatively hold together word and deed, reflection and action, evangelism and social justice in a setting that threatens the very integration that is so vital for the peace of the city.

Cross-listed with MBA program
Professor: Jim Smucker
Schedule: Thursdays 8-10 p.m. (begins January 5)

All organizations are organic, interconnected systems that take on a life of their own regardless of the individuals that occupy various roles in the system. Leaders need to understand their organizational systems and the behavior of those systems if they hope to effectively lead or change them. This course will explore organizational behavior and organizational development from a systems perspective, including concepts of change and conflict. It will rely heavily on case studies and student participation.