Summer Courses 2014

The Harrisonburg, Va. campus offers summer courses in May and June.

To take summer courses contact either the 540-432-4257 or the 540-432-4274


Cross-Cultural Experience

Instructor: David Evans
Schedule: May 2,5, and 12; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day
Credits: 3

This seminar involves at least three weeks of immersion in a cultural setting distinctly different from one’s past experience. This includes interaction with religious, social, cultural, political, economic and commercial groups and their leaders. The basic goals of the seminar include becoming a learner at the feet of the people of this community, acknowledging that they alone know what their world is like. Approaches to learning in this seminar emphasize the methodology of “participant observation ” with careful attention to personal reactions and responses to one’s experiences through journaling and group reflection. Special attention is given to how the Christian gospel is communicated and expressed in that setting and how it engages the realities of that world. The particular characteristics and requirements of a given seminar vary depending on the particular setting and who is leading the seminar. The seminar does not assume other-than-English language capability, but learning the basics of another language is sometimes a part of what we learn through participant observation. Descriptions of specific cross-cultural seminars offered are circulated each year.

Christian Movement in the Mediterranean

Leader: Linford Stutzman
Dates: May 8-21, 2014
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On Campus Courses


Instructor: Andrea D. Saner
Schedule: May 6-23, Tues-Fridays 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Credits: 3 SH

This course explores the texts, content, and themes of the Pentateuch/Torah, particularly the books of Exodus to Deuteronomy. Historical, literary, canonical, and ideological contexts for understanding the Pentateuch will be addressed, as well as how modern criticisms illuminate or obfuscate the sense of its texts. Students will acquire resources, knowledge, and skills for reading the Pentateuch for the growth of individuals, churches and society today.

Healing Ministry in the Missional Church

Instructor: Lawrence Yoder
Schedule: May 6- 28, Tuesdays and Wednesdays- 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Credits: 3 SH

Jesus taught his disciples to confront the kingdom of darkness by announcing the arrival of God’s kingly reign, inviting repentance, loving enemies, embracing the excluded, forgiving sinners, and healing the sick and demonized. This course focuses on the biblical mandate for healing ministry, the current recovery of healing ministry, and the crucial place of healing ministry in the church’s life and mission. Special emphasis is placed on learning through experience some of the dynamics of spiritual ministries for healing and deliverance in collaboration with social action, psychotherapy and medical care. Special attention is given to facing squarely some of the hard questions related to healing ministry and its abuse.

Instructor: Nancy Kauffmann
Schedule: May 15- 23, Monday-Friday 9 a.m – 3 p.m.
Credits: 2 SH

This course examines two aspects of contemporary Mennonite reality. First, what the Mennonite Church has said and, especially, what it is currently saying about what it believes concerning the Christian faith; and second, how it structures itself in the light of those beliefs to carry out its ministry in the world. Focus will be on the expression of faith, its features and trends, in the last half century in the General Conference Mennonite church and the Mennonite Church, now integrated as Mennonite Church USA. Polity at the denominational, area conference and congregational levels will be studied with special interest in the emerging structures of the integration process. Particular attention will be given to polity and ethical guidelines for ministerial leadership.

Sermon on the Mount: Justice, Peace, and the Reign of God

Instructor: Mark Thiessen Nation
Schedule: May 26- June 3, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Credits: 3 SH

More than a study of a few select texts that deal with peacemaking, this course will explore and examine the various dimensions of peace in the Bible, with special attention to how the Bible as a whole functions as a foundation for peacemaking. The course will explore texts which reflect the everyday dimensions of wholeness, wellbeing, and security, as well as those which describe God’s attempts to make peace with rebellious humanity. A central figure in the biblical story of peace is Jesus, both as foundation of peace and as model for peacemaking. Texts and issues which present peacemakers with serious difficulties, such as the wars of Israel or the image of God as judge and warrior, will also be examined.
This course has an additional fee of $50 to cover course readers, special supplies, guest speakers, coffee breaks, snacks, etc. with the Summer Peacebuilding Institute.

Managing Congregational Conflict

Instructors: David Brubaker and Mary Thiessen Nation
Schedule: June 5-13, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Credits: 3 SH

This course will focus on managing conflict in churches. Attention will be given to ecclesiology and theology related to conflict, development of skills for dealing with interpersonal conflicts, managing polarities, teaching communication in the congregation, and intervention skills for addressing deeper, more difficult conflicts in the congregation. The course will be taught with primary attention to the role of pastors, congregational leaders, conference ministers and overseers in managing congregational conflict and creating healthy churches. Class sessions will include lectures, videos, case studies, role plays and sharing of personal experience.
This course has an additional fee of $50 to cover course readers, special supplies, guest speakers, coffee breaks, snacks, etc. with the Summer Peacebuilding Institute.

June 16-27

Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation- 1-4 SH

The Institute is a two-week summer program which offers classes, worship and experiential learning in the area of spiritual formation. It teaches spiritual directors and ministry leaders how to deepen their own faith and lead others in doing the same. Students can receive up to four seminary credits each summer and a certificate from the Institute after completing three summers.