Distance Learning Online at EMS

Eastern Mennonite Seminary has offered online courses for over a decade in the areas of Anabaptist theology, church history, and the practice of ministry (pastoral care, missional church, and leadership). More than a dozen online courses are offered on a two-year cycle, with several course offerings each semester as well as during the summer.

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Tuition

Tuition for online and hybrid courses is the same tuition as courses on EMS main campus in Harrisonburg, Va. Online and hybrid courses may be available for participation audit. To learn more about our audit policy for online and hybrid classes email

Registration

Students who have already filled out an application may register by emailing the seminary registrar, .

Fall 2017 Hybrid Courses

SMCL 671 Leadership and Administration

This course engages leadership and administration in both traditional and emerging congregations as well as missional involvement in the broader community. Initial attention will focus on the leadership formation of the student from a wholistic perspective. An exploration of biblical and spiritual perspectives will prepare the way for an examination of transformational leadership through both a contextual and cultural lens. Finally, students will have the opportunity to practice and reflect on leadership and administration via the exploration of a variety of specific topics including planning, budgeting, communication, team building, and conflict transformation.

  • Instructor: Dr. Lonnie Yoder
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Schedule: On-campus August 21-25, online to end of semester
  • On-Campus Schedule

CTE 702 Christian Ethics

Christian ethics attempts to reflect in a clear, consistent and accountable way on the moral significance of the church’s claims regarding the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Theological ethics thus requires attentiveness to basic Christian convictions regarding God, the Church, and the world. Moreover, with the power of the Holy Spirit and in the midst of a worshiping people of God, it requires the cultivation of wisdom and discernment to form lives capable of embodying the holiness, righteousness, justice, compassion and truth to which we are called in Christ. Therefore Christian ethics requires a commitment to the life of the Church, a life that is joined to a love for the world for which Jesus died.

  • Instructor: Dr. Mark Thiessen Nation
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Schedule: On-campus August 21-25, online to end of semester
  • On-Campus Schedule

BVG 511 Basics of Biblical Languages

Students learn the Greek and Hebrew alphabets and enough of the basics of the languages to work with various language tools, such as lexicons, analytical lexicons, concordances and interlinear Bibles. Also treated are some of the difficulties and challenges of translating the Scriptures into modern language. Workbook exercises, lectures, readings and class discussions serve as the basic format of the course.

  • Instructor: Dr. Nancy Heisey
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Schedule: August 29-Dec 15, Tuesdays 1-2:15 p.m., online components throughout semester

Fall Online Courses

New Testament: Text in Context

This course is a basic introduction to the study of the New Testament. It focuses on the historical/social/cultural/theological worlds of the New Testament Scriptures in order to discover the context out of which the Scriptures have grown and the communities to which they are addressed. The course works at these questions by means of inductive exercises which introduce a variety of methodological approaches: historical, sociological, redactional, literary. Attention likewise is given (1) to the concepts of canon and inspiration and (2) to the range of contemporary settings within which the biblical text is read and understood.

  • Instructor: Dr. Dorothy Jean Weaver
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Schedule: August 29-Dec 15

Christian Tradition I

An overview of ways in which the Christian church has attempted to live and express its faith in various cultures from the second century to the Reformation. Special attention is given to developments in worship and in theological reflection and to the significance of these in particular social and historical contexts. Additional resourcing in writing and research is provided for students at the beginning of their seminary studies.

  • Instructor: Dr. David Evans
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Schedule: August 29-Dec 15

Formation in God’s Story I

Formation in God’s Story I is the first in a series of formation classes, each of which offers a different focus as students attend to their personal, spiritual, and ministry formation while in seminary. This basic course provides time and space for students to pay prayerful attention to their formational journey through listening to their life narrative from birth until the present. Along with this picture of story-listening they will also locate their personal story in the larger picture of God’s story as recorded in scripture. Through reading, meditation, and biblical story-telling, they will internalize the flow of God’s salvation story and attend to how God’s story speaks to their own. Interwoven with these practices, they will also discern and reflect on God’s presence and action in their life, meeting in guided small group sessions for listening and soul care.

  • Instructor: Dr. Emily Peck-McClain
  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Schedule: Intensive week in Harrisonburg Va., January 2-6, online until end of spring semester

SMCL 751 Marriage and Family Counseling

This course provides an introduction to marriage and family dynamics in all of their diversity and complexity. The concept of family will be addressed from a variety of perspectives including theological, historical, sociological and cultural understandings. Marriage will be explored in both its traditional and emerging perspectives. Students will have opportunity to reflect on the implications of their own family experiences both past and present. Students will also be empowered to address marriage and family issues in the context of ministry and life.

  • Instructor: Dr. Lonnie Yoder
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Schedule: Intensive week in Harrisonburg Va., January 2-6, online until end of spring semester

Spring Online Courses

CM 643 Missio Dei in Cultural Context

This course calls and equips participants to join in the drama of God’s mission in the world, as ambassadors of the New Community forming in response to the work and teaching of Jesus Christ. Every human culture is a context for this awareness of God’s activity. We review the many diverse shapes the Gospel has taken in order to be intelligible across many social settings and historical epochs. The God who becomes incarnate among us is passionate about engaging human cultures.

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  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Schedule: January 10 – May 4, 2018

CM 631 Churches and Social Transformation

This course focuses a vision for congregations of the faithful at work with God in the world on the urgent moral and social crises of our times. While churches are widely seen as frequent defenders of establishment injustices, their potential for effective, focused moral witness against the major ills of human society is often overlooked. Their proven track record of work to reduce human misery, to minister to the poorest and persons most at risk is an important history to be retrieved and critically evaluated. We will direct our critical attention to Christian churches during Civil Rights Era, and their legacies, in hopes that we will be inspired to engage Christian communities in the ongoing quest for social justice today.

  • Instructor: Dr. David Evans
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Schedule: January 10- May 4, 2018



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