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)and for students in the MARS with Ministry Concentration program. 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 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 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 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.