Master of Arts in Ministry/Lay Ministries Courses

RS 501 - Pastoral Project

(Credits: 2.00 - 3.00)

This is the final course to be taken as part of the requirement for the MAM/MALM degree (for ministry degree students admitted prior to Fall 2013). The pastoral project has four parts: 1). Present a pastoral problem or concern, identifying it within its social/pastoral/theological context; 2). Offer a means of addressing the pastoral problem or concern, explaining how it does so; 3). Implement the suggested course of action; 4). Assess the effectiveness of the course of action, suggesting what next steps or further stages of implementation might be warranted.

RS 513 - Sacramental Theology

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an historical, anthropological and theological investigation of the constitutive elements of Christian worship and sacrament (time, space, word, and ritual/symbolic act), with special attention to the sacraments of baptism and eucharist. It includes an overview of liturgical practices, texts, and theology from Jewish and scriptural origins to the 20th-century Vatican II reforms; basic principles of liturgical and sacramental theology; and groundwork for interpreting liturgical documents and ritual texts with a view to pastoral practice, multi-/inter-cultural concerns, and ecumenical considerations.

RS 514 - Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

(Credits: 3.00)

In this course, the class will focus on the Roman Catholic church's approach to and practice in ecumenical dialogue by studying the Vatican II Decree on Ecumenism and subsequent encyclicals, and by examining recent agreements between the Roman Catholic communion and the Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, and Reformed communities.

RS 516 - Relational Ministry

(Credits: 1.00)

This course enables participants to realize the importance of building relationships with volunteers through the use of human resource skills, volunteer management techniques and an understanding of peer ministry. It distinguishes between developing relational goals and managing programs.

RS 521 - Canon Law: Marriage/Parish Structure

(Credits: 2.00)

This course serves as an introduction to the legal system of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. It is a study of the universal law of the Church as well as local archdiocesan practice and regulations. Special emphasis is given to the law surrounding the preparation for and the celebration of marriage. The focus is directed toward those pastoral issues of particular importance to contemporary church ministers, especially those in parishes.

RS 526 - Foundations in Music and Liturgy

(Credits: 2.00)

This course studies music as an art form in worship and its role in ritual, particularly within the Roman Rite. The Order of Mass, sacramental liturgies (i.e., baptism, confirmation, marriage, etc.) and other rituals are studied for their musical requirements and components.

RS 534 - Pastoral Counseling

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of counseling with a special emphasis on the sub-discipline of pastoral counseling. Since all forms of counseling begin with listening, in order to accurately hear counselees and to create a helping relationship, this course trains students in the science and art of listening, as well as the development of basic counseling skills within a pastoral counseling framework.

RS 543 - Theology of Justice and Peace

(Credits: 3.00)

This course examines the historical settings and the biblical and theological foundations for the Christian commitment to a just and peaceful world. Employing a process of social analysis, the latter part of the course explores the ethical challenges facing the Christian community, especially the urban church.

RS 545 - Spirituality and Human Growth

(Credits: 3.00)

The spiritual journey moves people toward wholeness as integral human persons. The goals of this class are to explore the dynamic of Christian spirituality; to examine several psychological-theological views of the integration process; and to pursue the implications of the process for pastoral ministry.

RS 550 - Christian Moral Theology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course is an introduction to the biblical/theological foundations of morality in the Christian tradition.

RS 565 - Introduction to Urban Ministry

(Credits: 1.00)

This course introduces students to the theology and practice of urban ministry. Students will examine the biblical foundations and analytical skills necessary to plan effective strategies in urban ministry. Students will assess the needs of their own professional and spiritual formation for this ministry. The course is the initial learning experience for students seeking certification in urban ministry.

RS 568 - The Bible and the City

(Credits: 2.00)

The course explores the biblical authors' viewpoints about the city as a social and theological reality. Students also will review contemporary approaches to biblical interpretation, applying these skills to the use of the Bible in an urban pastoral setting.

RS 571 - Introduction to Scripture Studies

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides an overview of the contents and theological themes of both the Old and New Testaments for students preparing for work in ministry. Special attention will be given to the major critical methods employed by scholars in interpreting the biblical text. Corequisite: RS 591.

RS 572 - Introduction to Church History

(Credits: 3.00)

This course provides a basic survey of the sweep of 2000 years of church history, focusing on select and significant persons, events, movements, and ideas (theological, cultural, social and intellectual) that have shaped the Christian tradition in its diversity today. The course will approach the dynamic character of that history (the conflicts, challenges, and creative developments) with the tools of historical critical analysis so that students will come away with a sense of both what and why things happened as they did. Corequisite: RS 592.

RS 573 - Introduction to Pastoral Theology

(Credits: 3.00)

This is an interactive class which utilitizes the principles of adult learning. This course examines ministry as a vocation, explores the theological roots of lay and ordained ministry, outlines ministry as a leadership function, explores significant issues which influence and impact ministry, and reflects upon what it means to have a pastoral perspective in specific situations in the faith community and in society. Students will focus on resources and choose assignments pertinent to their ministry area. Corequisite: RS 593.

RS 574 - Introduction to Systematic Theology

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on an understanding of the dynamic by which the Christian community reflects in a systematic manner on its faith experience. Following the definition of theology as 'faith seeking understanding,' this course will demonstrate how the various aspects of the Christian communal faith experience blends into the formulation of the beliefs of the faith community. Corequisite: RS 594.

RS 591 - Formation: Pass on the Faith

(Credits: 1.00)

This course is designed to help the lay ministry student communicate the faith to others of the same or of another culture either through catechesis or evangelization.

RS 592 - Formation: Build a Worshipping Community

(Credits: 1.00)

This course is meant to help the lay ministry student gather and prepare the community for the worship of God.

RS 593 - Formation: Serve in Christ's Name

(Credits: 1.00)

This course is designed to provide the lay ministry student with insight into: 1) the call to serve individuals and communities in the Christian tradition; 2) elements of human, spiritual and pastoral formation aligned with "Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord"; and 3) basic aspects of Catholic social thought. In addition, students experience formation designed to deepen their own reflective and pastoral dispositions.

RS 594 - Formation: Guide the Christian Community

(Credits: 1.00)

This course guides the lay ministry student to develop leadership and administrative skills.