Area IV Course Descriptions

MIN510. Vocational Discernment for Ordained Ministry in the Wesleyan Tradition
Credit, one hour. (Faculty)
This course is designed for students who are in the process of vocational discernment. It will explore the call of God using the theological framework of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, look at the history and theology of the Orders of Elder and Deacon and will consider some of the unique issues that surround ordained ministry. For United Methodist Students, this course will fulfill the requirements for becoming a Certified Candidate in the United Methodist Church.

Church and Community

CC501. Church and Community Ministries
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
An introductory praxis course dealing with church and community ministries in urban and rural settings. (Introductory Arts of Ministry)

CC502. Church and Community Leadership
Credit, three hours. (Jenkins)
This is the foundation course for the certificate in church and community ministries, although it is open to all Candler students. Students in this class are introduced to various models and strategies of church-community partnerships such as Asset Based Community Development and Training for Transformation. Visits to various church related sites in metro Atlanta for observation of programs dealing with affordable housing, neighborhood economic renewal, urban youth initiatives, refugee and immigrant ministries, and community organizing are included. (Introductory Arts of Ministry) (letter grade only)

CC503. Town and Country Ministries
Credit, three hours. (Rogers)
An introductory praxis course that focuses on issues of ministry within the town and country church and community. (Introductory Arts of Ministry) (letter grade only)

CC511. Urban Ministries
Credit, three hours. (Smith, L.)
This course examines the issues, dynamics, interactions, and theologies that influence ministry in the urban context. Strategies of ministry are examined for both the local church and other contexts of ministry. (Introductory Arts of Ministry)

CC519. Nonviolent Strategies of Social Change
Credit, three hours. (Smith, L.)
The course will examine historical, biblical, theological, ad theoretical bases for nonviolent initiatives. The empowerment of the local church, organizations, and individuals will be a central concern in the analysis of strategies.

CC602. The Church and Public Policy
Credit, three hours. (Jenkins)
This class follows the Georgia State legislative session from January through April. Students learn the skills of lobbying and advocacy as they track certain bills through the legislative process and engage congregations in lobbying efforts. The class also studies other forms of faith-based strategies for social transformation, including the Civil Rights Movement, with the hope of gaining the skills needed to analyze and influence public policy. (letter grade only)

CC623. The Church's Mission with Impoverished Children
Credit, three hours. (Faculty) (Same as M623)
Theological, sociological, and psychological study of poor children, their families, and their communities. This course also explores religious and civil religious attitudes that inform public and church policy in institutions serving poor children.

CC645. Non-Profit Leadership and Management
Credit, three hours (Jenkins)
This course is designed for those students considering vocations with non-profit agencies, social-service organizations, and faith-based, social justice ministries. It focuses on the practical skills needed to direct these organizations: board development, grant-writing and fund-raising, personnel management, collaboration, strategic planning, community relations, program planning and evaluation. Faith-based initiatives and charitable choice legislation will also be reviewed. (letter grade only)

CC655. The Church on the Border
Credit, three hours. (Jenkins)(Also listed as M655)
This January course focuses on immigration policy and realties facing communities on the U.S.-Mexico border. The class will travel to Arizona and Mexico in early January, hosted by Borderlinks (, for five days of home stays and meetings with migrants, U.S. and Mexican federal agents, Mexican social justice agencies, community organizers, and congregational leaders. Federal and state immigration policies will also be critiqued. Following the trip to the border, the students will meet in metro Atlanta with Hispanic pastors, legislators, and community leaders. (letter grade only)

CC698. Seminar: Issues in Church and Community

Church Music

CM516. Organ Improvisation and Service Playing
Credit, three hours. (Albrecht)
This course is designed for advanced organ students, focusing on hymn playing and hymn introductions for church organists.

CM528. Organ Literature
Credit, three hours. (Albrecht)
This course surveys music for the pipe organ from the late Renaissance to the twentieth century.

CM530R. Chapel Choir
Credit, one hour or noncredit. (Shiell)
Open to the Candler community without audition. Weekly rehearsals and regular participation in chapel services. A maximum of four hours of credit in CM530R may count toward elective requirements for the MDiv or MTS degree.

CM610. Congregational Song
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
A survey (for nonmusic majors) of hymnody, psalmody, and other congregational music from the sixteenth century to the present.

CM615. Music for Pastors
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
This course provides students inexperienced in church music with a practical foundation for nurturing a pastoral ministry through music. The fundamentals of singing, song leading, working with musical groups and musicians, and service planning will be discussed.

CM620. Music and Worship in the Black Church
Credit, three hours. (Abbington)
(Race, Ethnicity, and Gender)


EV501. Enabling an Evangelizing Church
Credit, three hours. Offered each semester. (deSouza)
This introductory course equips the student to understand and accept the challenge of intentionally communicating the gospel, by word and deed, to the uncommitted, within and without the local church. Special attention is given to defining evangelism theologically for practice in a plural society. (Introductory Arts of Ministry)

EV511. Renewal and Revitalization of the Church
Credit, three hours. (deSouza)
Designed for MDiv and MTS students, this course focuses on the recurring phenomenon of revitalization and renewal in the church as key aspects of a biblical and contemporary ecclesiology. It seeks to develop a biblical, historical, relevant, and contemporary understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit in renewing and revitalizing the life and mission of the church. Primarily student led, the professor will direct and encourage the students to assimilate some of the classical text in renewal and revitalization. Application will be made especially to the life of the local congregation.

EV621. Theology of Evangelism
Credit, three hours. (Faculty) (prerequisites: CT501 or CT502)
Beginning with the earliest Christian impulse to evangelize, this course will review ways in which the emphasis on evangelism has continually influenced Christian theological traditions, including the liberation theology movement of the late twentieth century. Special attention is given to the modern and "post-modern" period, with the attendant task of developing the theological plausibility of evangelism.

EV625. Evangelism and the Camp Meeting Movements in North America
Credit, three hours (Faculty)
This course is rooted in the premise that revivalism and evangelism (personal and mass) have been among the dominant forces in shaping Protestant religious identity in North America. This revivalist impulse took structure through the organization of annual camp meetings and ultimately the National Camp Meeting Association. Significant attention will be given to the leadership and influence of women in shaping (in many cases, decisively) the revivalist ethos. Of significance also is the role played by African Americans, especially the social contextualizing of the biblical themes of captivity and release, and the ways in which this came to be expressed in oral testimony and music. (Race, Ethnicity, and Gender)

EV697 Evangelism Travel Seminar
Credit, three hours. (de Souza)
One or more topics may be offered during any given year, including travel seminars to regions of the world. Recent travel seminars have included: Singapore, Bulgaria, Cuba, Fiji, England, France, and Korea. Meets United Methodist evangelism requirement, but not the Candler Arts of Ministry requirement.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

PC501. Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
Credit, three hours. Offered each semester. (Hunter, Lartey, Scheib)
Introduction to caregiving dimensions of ministry through theological and psychosocial analysis of personal, family, and congregational need, and on principles and methods of care in response to them. Prerequisite for other pastoral care courses. (Introductory Arts of Ministry)

PC 605: Pastoral Care of Marriage and Family
Credit: three hours. (Faculty) (Prerequisite: PC 501 or permission of instructor)
This course provides strategies for the care of marriages and families throughout the life cycle. Theological and biblical perspectives on family are integrated with psychological perspectives, such as family systems theory and narrative theory.

PC607. Pastoral Dimensions of Biomedical Decisions
Credit: three hours. (Scheib)
This course critically examines the impact of current developments in medical genetics on pastoral care and pastoral practices. Contemporary developments in medical genetics pose significant questions for theological and ethical reflection and pastoral practice. This course will introduce students to some of the recent developments in medical genetics. We will then examine the theological, ethical, and pastoral dimensions of these developments. Specific issues examined will include reproductive technologies, genetic testing, gene therapy, stem cell research, cloning, eugenics, and the ecological impact of genetically modified organisms.

PC610. Crisis Ministry
Credit, three hours. (Scheib) (Prerequisite: PC501 or permission of instructor)
Psychological, social, pastoral and theological dimensions of crisis, death, loss, grief and bereavement, and hope will be explored. Attention is given to both individual and communal forms of crisis, trauma, and loss, as well as the cultural and social contexts in which these events occur. Strategies for pastoral care in specific situations of crises will be developed in light of pastoral theological reflection.

PC 620: Short-Term Counseling in the Parish
Credit: three hours. (Faculty.) (Prerequisite: PC 501 or permission of instructor)
This course provides an introduction to basic principles of short-term, structured pastoral counseling in the parish, with special attention to pastoral assessment and the ministry of referral.

PC621. Understanding Religion and Health in the Context of HIV
Credit: three hours. (Faculty)
Advances in medical knowledge have led to tremendous clinical changes in HIV care. However, the cultural and theological perspectives that provided a framework for understanding the meaning of HIV have not changed significantly. This course will explore the cultural and Christian theological responses to HIV in light of this shift in medical knowledge and clinical care in an effort to point toward new perspectives that would provide a basis for a different kind of response from Christian communities.

PC640. Pastoral Care of Women
Credit: three hours. (Scheib) (Prerequisite: PC 501 or permission of instructor)
This course examines the impact of issues facing women in both church and society, such as women's development, sexual and physical abuse, self-esteem, aging, and gender roles on the practice of pastoral care and counseling. The primary theoretical resources for this course are feminist and womanist pastoral theologies and theories of care. (Race, Ethnicity, and Gender)

PC650. Global Perspectives on Pastoral Care
Credit, three hours. (Lartey)
This course enables participants to examine pastoral care practices in different cultural and regional contexts. Key questions consider what can be learned for pastoral care and ministry in particular contexts through the exploration of practices in different places. By means of detailed explorations of case studies, students engage in social, socio-economic, cultural, and pastoral analysis of contextual issues in pastoral care practice and ministry. The course builds students' skills in empathy, interpathy, social and cultural analysis, and theological reflection with a view to strengthening the practice of intercultural pastoral care.

PC670, 671, 672, 673. Pastoral Care: Special Topics
Credit, one hour. Multiple topics each semester. (Prerequisite: PC501)
Offered by the staff of the Emory Center for Pastoral Services or other adjunct faculty. Several one-hour modules on a variety of pastoral care topics are offered each semester. Students may take one or more of these modules, each of which meets for approximately four weeks. The courses are separable and not inherently sequential. Recent modual topics have included: pastoral care and aging, pastoral care and family violence, pastoral care and grief in a multicultural perspective, clergy sexual ethics, and pastoral care and mental health.

PC698. Issues in Pastoral Care


P501. Introduction to Preaching
Credit, three hours. Taught each semester (Faculty)
Introduction to the theology, history, literature, art, and practice of preaching. This is a foundational class that prepares students for other courses in homiletics. (Introductory Arts of Ministry)

P502. Sermon Development and Delivery
Credit, three hours. (Long) (Prerequisite: P501 or the permission of the instructor)
The main goal of this course is to build upon the knowledge and skills gained in the basic course in preaching (P501) by encouraging creativity in sermon content and lively, engaged delivery of the sermon. The course will involve a mixture of lecture, discussion, reading, and workshop-style activities, all designed to improve the various skills of sermon design and delivery.

P612. Homiletical Resources
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
This course helps the student discover various sources of homiletical material, such as the Bible, literature, current events, and real situations.

P613. Oral Presentation of Scripture and Sermon
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
Practice and study of factors that increase the interest of a sermon as it is preached. The class emphasizes word as sound, and sensitivity of the preacher to the involvement of the body and feelings in sermon delivery.

P617. Lectionary Preaching.
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
This course examines the lessons of the common lectionary for the major liturgical seasons. It addresses issues of exegesis, hermeneutics, and preaching within the context of the church year.

P620. Prophetic Voices for a New Century
Credit, three hours. (Fry Brown)
This course examines contextualization of the preached word, prophetic and pastoral preaching, and critical engagement of contemporary social issues and "-isms" in the preaching moment. Sociopolitical issues covered will include racism, ethnocentrism, white privilege, heterosexism, sexism, domestic violence, marriage and family human rights, global issues, health, disease, ableism (handicappism), criminal justice, capital punishment, denominationalism, classism, economic justice, just war, resistance, militarism, environmental and ecological issues. The course will include examination of the preacher's social location, worldview, and theology of preaching. It will explore the definition of transformation in preaching praxis. The difference between prophetic and pastoral preaching and the relevance of each in specific social contexts will be discussed. The course will distinguish between preaching liberation and liberatively preaching which will involve use of language, metaphor, and images. Finally, the course will focus on proactive versus reactive preaching as a means of social change.

P626. The Preacher as Theologian
Credit, three hours. (Long, McDougall) (Also offered as ST626)
This course helps students with the act of theological reflection and emphasizes the crafting of sermons that express in accessible ways careful thinking about theological issues.

P631. Contemporary Black Preaching
Credit, three hours. (Fry Brown, Faculty)
Analysis of historical and contemporary elements of the genre of black preaching. Homiletical preparation; textual integrity; spiritual-social-political content; and style, delivery efficacy, and receptivity of sermons through lecture, multimedia presentations, and preaching opportunities. (Race, Ethnicity, and Gender)

P642. Women and Preaching Credit, three hours. (Fry Brown) Study of the preaching tradition of North American women, feminist/womanist hermeneutical techniques, and the social-historical reality of religious foremothers. (Race, Ethnicity, and Gender)

P647. Preaching the Parables of Jesus Credit, three hours. (Long, Faculty) This course helps students recognize and interpret the parables of the synoptic gospels in terms of contemporary pastoral situations. Through this, students produce sermons faithful to the New Testament text and relevant to modern people. This course attends to text, interpretation, and sermon production. May be cross-listed as NT647.

P649S. Bible and Sermon: Mark
Credit, three hours. (Faculty) (Same as NT649S)
This course helps students improve and interrelate the skills of exegesis, hermeneutics, and preaching. To this end, the course will focus specifically on the interpretation of the Gospel of Mark with a view to preaching it.

P697R. Colloquy Leadership
Credit, two hours.
Offered each semester by invitation of the instructors of P501. Does not fulfill area requirements.

P698. Issues in Preaching

Preaching with Children and Youth
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
Preaching with Children and Youth Credit, three hours. (Faculty) The purpose of this class is to assist preachers with preparing sermons for the children and youth of their faith communities. This class will prepare the students to lead children and youth in the process of thinking theologically and creatively about who God is. Students will be expected to use the assigned readings and other resources to prepare and to preach sermons appropriate for young listeners.

Religious Education

RE501. Religious Education as Formation and Transformation
Credit, three hours. Offered each semester. (Faculty)
This course explores practices and theories of education that aim to form, renew, and transform Christian faith in persons and communities. Special attention is given to the interaction of faith and culture in congregations, schools, community agencies, and public life. (Introductory Arts of Ministry)

RE510. Practicum in Religious Education: Campus Ministry
Credit, one hour. (Faculty)
Critical engagement with educational strategies and practices addressing campus ministry.

RE515. The Art of Teaching
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
This course explores theories and practices of teaching and learning with an eye toward their aesthetic and religious dimensions. The course aims to enhance theological understanding of the teaching dimensions of ministry and the ministry dimensions of teaching. Teaching practicum experience is included in the course to facilitate the advancement of teaching skills. (Contextual Education Elective)

RE517. Introduction to Youth Ministry
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
This course introduces students to a range of approaches to youth ministry. Each approach exists as a distinctive vision of youth ministry involving congregations, youth, adult mentors, the Bible and Christian tradition. Students will be challenged to engage these various approaches critically and appreciatively in order to construct specific approaches appropriate to their contexts. A special focus will be on practical dimensions of youth ministry.

RE520. Issues in Educational Ministry with Youth

RE525. Prophetic Pioneers in Religious Education
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
The course explores religious education history and visions through life story, contextual analysis, and the educational theories, practices, and cultural products of prophetic pioneers. The primary subjects of the course are religious education pioneers of the past century, including both famous and locally known pioneers. The primary method is oral history, which the class will study and implement in interviews with three contemporary pioneers. Oral history allows the class to discover the textures of scholars' life work, along with their central values and social-religious-intellectual contexts, thus to draw upon their work for envisioning the future of educational practice.

RE530G. The Congregation as Educator: Cross-Cultural Perspective
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
This course helps students to understand the congregation's role of education and mobilizing members in partnership with God's work in the world. Educative strategies are explored for attending to the wounds and blessings of faith communities in particular cultural contexts, and discerning God's call to vocation within those contexts. In particular, the course explores a range of strategies for engaging the multiple intelligences of congregations-prayer, art, drama, ethnography, historical-cultural memory, Bible study, theological reflection and activism-as means of reflecting on their context and God's call within and beyond it.

RE530H. The Congregation as Educator: The Black Church Experience
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
This course explores practices and theories of religious education that aim to form, renew, and transform Christian faith in persons and communities, with particular attention to religious education in the Black Church in the U.S. The course introduces students to the historical emergence of the Black church, its dual function as religious community and socio-political institution, and investigates contemporary challenges and demands confronting the Black Church, black community and broader American culture. (Race, Ethnicity, and Gender)

RE540. Teaching the Bible
Credit, three hours. (Faculty) (Same as NT540)

RE601. Dynamics of Identity and Faith
Credit, three hours. (Faculty) (Same as RP601)
Theological and developmental psychological perspectives on the formation and transformation of persons in faith. The course deepens participants' understanding of self and others and strengthens participants' approaches to ministry.

RE605. Dynamics of Difference
Credit, three hours (Faculty) (Prerequisite: RE501 or permission of instructor)
An exploration of ways perspectives of group identity and difference are developed and affect the church. We will consider theological perspectives on cultural, racial/ethnic, gender and other particularities, and constructively assess ways that religious education can intervene so as to enhance the dynamic interplay of diverse peoples within faith communities.

RE619. Modernity, Meaning, and Youth Ministry
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
Explores ways to engage and support youth in discerning and living out their Christian vocations in contemporary culture.

RE621. Creativity and Pedagogy
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
Examines the pedagogical and theological significance of human imagination and creativity. A variety of creative or artistic activities are studied, experimented with, and reflected upon during the course. Students learn to use creative media in informed and critical ways to enhance the educational dimensions of their ministry.

RE622. Christian Spirituality
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
(Contextual Education Elective)

RE623. Spirituality and Liberative Pedagogy
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
Draws from the depths of Christian spirituality and liberative pedagogy to discover insights, questions, and directions for future educational practice. Through action-reflection, students will explore and construct educational practices that can potentially deepen spiritual life and contribute to liberation in this world.

RE649. Moral Development and Education
Credit, three hours. (Snarey) (Same as EDU711v, ES648 and RP649)
A fundamental dimension of being human is the inevitable necessity of making moral judgments. Promoting the ability to make mature moral judgments is a core component of pastoral leadership and religious education. This course considers moral development as evidenced in the formulation and resolution of ethical dilemmas during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We begin with the classic theories of Emile Durkheim and Jean Piaget. We proceed to focused studies of two developmental psychologies of morality: Lawrence Kohlberg�s approach to an ethical voice of justice and Carol Gilligan�s approach to an ethical voice of care. The course also places moral psychology in relation to gender, race, ethnic, and cultural differences. A major segment of the course will focus on the practice of moral education through a variety of pedagogical methods.

RE670A. Research Practices for Theological Inquiry
Credit, one hour. (Faculty)
An introduction to critical resources, strategies, and techniques for effective theological reading, research and writing.

RE670B. Technology for Ministry
Credit, one hour. (Faculty)
An introduction to creative techniques and reflective practices for the effective use of digital technologies in the arts of ministry.

RE698. Issues in Religious Education

Religious Leadership and Administration

LA501. Introduction to Religious Leadership and Administration
Credit, three hours. Offered each semester. (Faculty)
This course explores the church as an organization and ministry as a vocation of organizational leadership. It draws on resources of organizational studies and theology to develop a practical theology of leadership with a particular focus on the local church congregation and church-related non-profit organizations. The course addresses specific areas of administration, including organizational development and planning, conflict and decision-making, stewardship of resources � people, money, buildings - and legal issues for the contemporary church. (Introductory Arts of Ministry)

LA503. Leading Congregational Culture
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
This course introduces methods of understanding the story, symbols, rituals, character, and context of a congregation. It develops a model of imaginative pastoral leadership - leading a congregation toward deeper awareness of its strengths and assets in order to use its cultural resources more effectively for ministry and mission. The course emphasizes skills for initiating pastoral ministry with a congregation.
(Introductory Arts of Ministry)

LA505. Leading the Small Membership Church
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
(Introductory Arts of Ministry)

LA515. The Theology and Ministerial Practice of Priesthood: Leadership in the Community of Faith
Credit, two hours. (Faculty)
An overview of the historical context of priestly ministry, i.e., the ministry of the ordained leader within the community of Christ, "the royal priesthood," as symbol bearer, presider, pastor, proclaimer, and prophet. Reflection on this ministry from an Anglican/ecumenical perspective will be included.

LA521. Administration, Leadership, and Stewardship
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
Taken in conjunction with the National Institute of Church Finance and Administration (NICFA). Advanced resources in multiple-staff relations, personnel management, stewardship and fundraising, information system, and office and property management.

LA525. Planning for Mission
Credit, three hours. (Faculty)
Taken in conjunction with the National Institute of Church Finance and Administration (NICFA). Advanced recourses in congregational self-study, community analysis, and long-range planning, grounded in biblical and theological understandings of the mission of the church.

LA612. Leadership and Administration in Black Church Traditions
Credit, three hours (Faculty)
(Race, Ethnicity, and Gender)

LA613. Women in Religious Leadership and Administration
Credit, three hours (Faculty)
Theological, sociological, psychological, and political issues raised by the participation of women in ministerial training and vocation. The class explores these issues in reflection groups and resource/research sessions. (Race, Ethnicity, and Gender)

LA645. Nonprofit Leadership and Management
(Same as CC645.) Credit, three hours. (Jenkins)
This course is designed for those students considering vocations with nonprofit agencies, social service organizations, and faith-based, social justice ministries. It focuses on the practical skills needed to direct these organizations: board development, grant writing and fund-raising, personnel management, collaboration, strategic planning, community relations, program planning, and evaluation. Faith-based initiatives and charitable choice legislation also will be reviewed. (letter grade only)


W501. Public Worship
Credit, three hours. Offered each semester (Faculty, Abbington)
Introduction to the history, theology, and practice of Christian worship, including the Sunday gathering, sacraments, wedding, funerals, and daily prayer offices. (Introductory Arts of Ministry)

W603. Liturgy, Spirituality, and Community Formation
Credit, three hours. (Rogers)
This course uses social semiotics and other critical theories in order to analyze the way that communities are formed through their liturgical practices. Through classroom liturgical experimentation and reflection as well as readings from historical and contemporary sources, the participants in this class will develop tools for analyzing and promoting community formation. This course is particularly suited to students who are engaged in 12-15 hours per week of parochial and community ministry.

W622, W623, W624. Practica in Liturgy
Credit, one hour each. (Day Miller)
Experience in designing and presiding at the most frequent services of public worship. Students may take one, two or all three one-credit modules. Each module last four weeks, with meetings once a week. Each module includes a basic introduction to the historical and theological structure of the services, including methods of adapting modern liturgies to architectural and sociological realities. Students also practice performing the services. The modules include:
- W622. Services of the Word and Baptism
- W623. Eucharist
- W624. Weddings, Funerals, and Services of Confirmation

W638. Planning Worship
Credit, variable (Rogers)
This course explores the historical, theological, pastoral, and practical dimensions of planning for services of Christian worship including styles and patterns of congregational worship, organizing and encouraging laity in planning worship, development and critique of resources for planning and practice, and understanding ecclesial contexts.

W642, W643, W644, W645, W646. Practica in Worship
Credit, one hour each. (Day Miller)
Students may take one, two, or all three one-credit modules. Each module lasts four weeks, with meetings twice a week. The modules include:
- W642. Writing Liturgical Texts
- W643. Ash Wednesday to Pentecost
- W644. Advent to Epiphany
- W645 Finding Voices (New Hymns by Women Writers)
- W646 Contemporary Worship: Models and Resources

--Last updated 09.13.2008