Level 1 offers a broad background in theology, ethics, history, caring and respecting, faith formation, the Bible, world religions, the church, and leadership.

This course explores worship in an overview that highlights but is not limited to the “Sunday morning worship service”.  It considers the theological, biblical and historical underpinnings of Christian worship, the significance of the integration of “intensive” and “extensive” worship, individual and corporate worship, the sacraments and current worship issues and trends.  The format of the course further seeks to “open the arts” in the art of worship in appreciation and celebration of our Creator-God.

 

In this course, participants will first, critically examine and reflect on their worship perceptions and practices as worshippers “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23). Second, participants will discuss and articulate a theology of worship based on personal experiences, insights, course content and continued responses to the God who invites worship.

 

Ministry in the 21st Century is characterized by bridging sometimes wide and sometimes subtle differences in beliefs, languages of faith, and individual experience. The dimensions of those differences can be rooted in theological understanding and reflected by different cultural, ethnic, and life experience. This course allows participants to explore the evolution of differences within theiown experience while also considering several dimensions of diversity and difference likely to be encountered in ministry today.

In this course, participants will learn how to reflect critically on their lives and the world around them using the resources of traditional Christian theology. They will learn to differentiate between embedded and deliberative theologies; articulate their own theology at this point in time; differentiate between their theology and those of others; and reflect on the importance of doing theology in community.

Progressive ChristianityWhat are the essentials of the Christian faith? How do you understand the realm of God, salvation, and the message of Jesus? What is Christianity’s role in the pluralistic role? These are foundational questions for Christian life and theological formation. Over the next six weeks, you will explore, reflect on, and discuss these aspects of Christian theology from a progressive perspective. You will be asked to trace how your theological understandings have evolved as a result of church experience, study, and growth. You will also consider these topics and integrate them with the coursework already completed in the PATHWAYS program.

World ReligionsAs religious diversity in the United States heightens, individuals, congregations, and civic leaders wrestle with how to do what is right and good. This course introduces students to Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam, while tracing contrasting historical aims such as assimilation and pluralism to present day concerns.


Everyday we hear that the church as it was known in the late 20th century is gone. In its place is growing a church where people are looking for depth and meaning, families are needing to rest (even from church) on Sundays, outreach may bring more meaning than worship, and the Bible too often gets left on the sidelines. How do we support individuals and grow communities where faith formation in all its manifestations deepens everyone’s experience of the Holy? This class is a part of the conversation. The resources provided are readily available for nurturing all ages of faithful Christians.