The Seminary in Progress (7-6-09)

We continue to put the finishing touches on the August and Fall courses for the MDIV, and it’s looking pretty good.

August 3: The Pastor, Church, and World one week intensive course begins, taught by Russ Gunsalus, with a cast of seminary characters dropping in and out to orient everyone to the program.

August 9: The first seminary convocation takes place as students and adjuncts alike meet together.  If you are an alumnus or alumna of IWU’s MA in Ministry program–or are currently in the program–feel free to join us at 6:30 in the student center banquet halls at IWU.  All the new MDIV students will be there.  Keith Drury will be speaking.  Adjunct professors Charles Arn and Robert Vaughan will be there, as well as regular professors like Bob Whitesel and Ken Schenck and members of the newly formed undergraduate School of Ministry and Theology (the old Religion and Philosophy division).

August 10: The Cultural Contexts of Ministry one week intensive course begins, taught by Norm Wilson, covering everything from your local church demographics to the coming two thirds world Christianity.

August 21: The online 6 hr Missional Church course begins (with Charles Arn), as well as the 1hr spiritual formation course, Change and Transformation (with Robert Vaughan).

August 25: The onsite 6 hr Missional Church course begins (with Bob Whitesel), as well as the 1 hr spiritual formation course, Change and Transformation (with Ken Schenck).

  • kenschenck

    Since I said I was only planning to do one main post a week, let me slip in the textbooks for the first two courses here for those who are interested!

    Pastor, Church, and World
    1. Reggie McNeal, Practicing Greatness: Seven Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders

    2. Stephen Seamands, Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service

    3. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: A Discussion of Christian Fellowship

    4. Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership

    5. William Willimon, Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry

    Cultural Contexts of Ministry
    1. Charles Kraft, Christianity in Culture

    2. Robert Webber, The Younger Evangelicals

    3. Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom

    4. Harvie Conn and Manuel Ortiz, Urban Ministry

    5. Mark Noll, A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada

  • Kerry Kind

    Great choice of texts!

  • Bonhoeffer, Nouwen, Willimon, Webber, Jenkins, and Noll? The students better carve out some time to read these beauties!

    I’m looking forward to the Kern Foundation’s retreat for senior MDiv students this fall. Willimon is the guest speaker. I’m giddy.

  • kenschenck

    Crucial for this degree will be helping everyone shift thinking about reading from “every word” to skimming, probing, and a “a page every two minutes” read.