Course Descriptions

Carolina Evangelical Divinity School courses earn three (3) semester hours of credit unless otherwise noted in ( ) adjacent to course title.

Biblical Studies
Backgrounds

BG 501 Biblical World
A survey of the geographical, historical, political, spiritual, and social worlds of the Bible. This course stresses the importance of understanding those worlds for accurate interpretation of scripture.

BG 510 Drama of Redemption
A study of God’s redemptive plan as it unfolds historically and dramatically through the scriptures.

BG 610 Between the Testaments
A study of the history and development of Judaism during the Intertestamental Period. This course includes an introduction to the literature of the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, and Dead Sea Scrolls.

BG 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a topic or issue in biblical backgrounds under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Interpretation

BI 505 Methods of Interpretation
An introduction to the complexities of discovering the biblical writer’s original intent. This course teaches the principles and methods of interpretation and appropriate application of biblical truth.

BI 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a topic or issue in biblical interpretation under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Languages

BL 510 Greek I: Elementary
An introduction to the fundamentals of New Testament Greek grammar, including alphabet, vocabulary building, and syntax.

BL 520 Greek II: Intermediate
A continuation of the fundamentals of New Testament Greek grammar, syntax, and vocabulary building. This course includes readings from the Greek New Testament. Prerequisite: BL 510.

BL 530 Greek III: Exegesis
An extensive reading and translation of Greek from a Gospel (section A), Acts (section B), an Epistle (section C), or Revelation (section D) with emphasis on exegesis, grammar, and syntax as well as addressing critical and theological issues. This course may be repeated for credit as long as the passage for translation is not repeated. Prerequisite: BL 520.

BL 610 Hebrew I: Elementary
An introduction to the fundamentals of biblical Hebrew grammar and syntax. This course emphasizes conjugation of the strong verb and vocabulary building.

BL 620 Hebrew II: Intermediate
A focus on Hebrew vocabulary, the weak verb, morphology, and an introduction to exegetical methodology. This course includes selected readings from the Hebrew Bible in narrative, legal, prophetic, poetic, and wisdom literature. Prerequisite: BL 610.

BL 630 Hebrew III: Exegesis
Reading, translation, and exegesis of a prose (section A), legal (Section B), poetic (section C), or wisdom (section D) passage with emphasis on advanced grammar, syntax, morphology, and exegetical skills. This course may be repeated for credit as long as the passage for translation is not repeated. Prerequisite: BL 620.

New Testament

NT 501 New Testament I
An introduction to the Greco-Roman world of the first century, formation of the New Testament canon, literary genres, methods of interpretation, theological themes, and development of early Christianity.

NT 502 New Testament II
A survey of the content of each of the twenty-seven books comprising the New Testament.

NT 610 Life and Teachings of Jesus
A study of the teachings of Jesus set within the major events of his life. This course evaluates scholarly quests for the historical Jesus and analyzes the unique contributions each Gospel writer makes to an understanding of Jesus.

NT 615 Life and Writings of Luke
A study of the writings of Luke set within the major events of his life. This course addresses questions concerning authorship, date, and purpose; interprets Luke’s writings within their first century contexts and applies them appropriately to life and ministry today; and discusses the distinctive contributions of Luke to New Testament theology.

NT 620 Life and Writings of John
A study of selected writings of John set within the major events of his life. This course addresses questions concerning authorship, date, and purpose; interprets John’s writings within their first century contexts and applies them appropriately to life and ministry today; and discusses the distinctive contributions of John to New Testament theology.

NT 630 Life and Epistles of Paul
A study of selected epistles of Paul set within the major events of his life. This course addresses questions concerning authorship, date, and purpose; interprets Paul’s epistles within their first century contexts and applies them appropriately to life and ministry today; and discusses the distinctive contributions of Paul to New Testament theology.

NT 650 New Testament Book Study
An intensive study of a New Testament book and significant subjects relevant for understanding it. This course focuses on exegetical methods, historical and literary contexts, and proper interpretation and application of the truths of the book. This course may be repeated for credit as long as the biblical book is not repeated.

NT 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a topic or issue in New Testament studies under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Old Testament

OT 501 Old Testament I
A survey of the Old Testament from Genesis through Chronicles which includes an examination of background issues, history, content, major themes, and theological and critical issues relative to the selected books.

OT 502 Old Testament II
A survey of the Old Testament from Ezra through Malachi which includes an examination of background issues, history, content, major themes, and theological and critical issues relative to the selected books. Prerequisite: OT 501.

OT 610 Pentateuch
A study of the Old Testament Torah which includes an examination of its history, contents, theological themes, textual and critical issues, as well as current discussion in Pentateuch studies.

OT 620 History of Israel
A study of the history of Israel from the conquest of Canaan through the return from exile. This course also examines the development of characters and themes as well as theological, textual, and critical issues.

OT 630 Wisdom Literature of Israel
A study of Hebrew wisdom literature found in Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes along with comparisons to wisdom literature in surrounding cultures.

OT 640 Prophets of Israel
A study of selected writing prophets of Israel and Judah noting historical and political settings, theological implications, literary styles, and themes. This course may be repeated for credit as long as the selected prophets are not repeated.

OT 650 Old Testament Book Study
An intensive study of an Old Testament book and significant subjects relevant for understanding it. The course focuses on exegetical methods, historical and literary contexts, proper interpretation and application of the truths of the book. This course may be repeated for credit as long as the biblical book is not repeated.

OT 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a specific topic or issue in Old Testament Studies under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Theological Studies

TH 501 Christian Theology I
An overview of major figures and developments in the history of theology, the relationship of philosophy to theology, and the primary sources for theology.

TH 502 Christian Theology II
A systematic study of the major doctrines of Christianity designed to acquaint the student with the basics of the faith and establish a solid foundation for future theological studies. Prerequisite: TH 502.

TH 510 Person and Work of Christ
A study of the person and work of Jesus Christ as revealed in scripture and discussed in the writings of representative theologians from the first century to the twenty-first century.

TH 520 Person and Work of the Spirit
A study of the person and work of the Holy Spirit as revealed in scripture and discussed in the writings of representative theologians from the first century to the twenty-first century.

TH 615 Theologians of the Church
A study of theologians through the centuries who have affected the development of the church’s theology. This course will periodically focus on the life and work of a single theologian, such as Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, or Barth. This course may be repeated for credit as long as the theologian is not repeated.

TH 730 Apologetics
An examination of Christian responsibility to give a rational account of the faith that both answers the objections of unbelievers and bolsters the intellectual confidence of believers in the integrity of their faith.

TH 740 Christian Ethics
A study of biblical principles that guide and inform Christian action and decision-making. This course includes a survey of scripture, major philosophical and theological perspectives that have influenced Christian thinking about ethics, and contemporary ethical questions such as abortion, euthanasia, reproductive technology, and warfare.

TH 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a specific topic or issue in theology under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Historical Studies

CH 502 The Church through the Centuries I
A survey of the expansion of Christianity from its origin in the days of the apostles through the English Reformation.

CH 503 The Church through the Centuries II
A survey of the expansion of Christianity from its planting in the American colonies to its emergence as the fastest growing religion in the world at the beginning of the third millennium.

CH 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a specific topic or issue in church history under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that particular area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Ministerial Studies
Christian Education

CE 520 Christian Education Administration
A plan for investing Christian Education programs with intentionality. This course develops strategies for mission statements, recruitment and development of personnel, the latest in teacher training programs, selection of materials, and a model for effectiveness assessment.

CE 610 Family Ministry
A study of the family from its origins in the Old Testament to the various forms of expression found in contemporary culture. This course will propose ways the church can strengthen its families and those of the surrounding community through practical and creative ministries that span generational as well as structural differences.

CE 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a specific topic or issue in Christian Education under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Counseling

CO 501 Pastoral Counseling
An introduction to the basic skills necessary for the pastor to be effective in his role as counselor.

CO 610 Marriage and Family Counseling
A study of principles and methods for dealing with specific marriage and family problems. This course will consider preventive and pre-marital strategies for counseling. Prerequisite: CO 501.

CO 620 Crisis Counseling
A study of counseling methods appropriate for helping persons overcome traumas such as child and domestic abuse, divorce, job loss, death, mental illness, and drug addiction. Prerequisite: CO 501.

CO 630 Life Transitions Counseling
A study of counseling methods appropriate for helping persons move beyond the physical, psychological, and spiritual problems associated with the adolescent, mid-life, and retirement stages of life. Prerequisite: CO 501.

CO 760 Clinical Pastoral Education (6 hrs.)
A minimum of 400 hours of training in pastoral care at a hospital accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Prerequisite: CO 501. Satisfies the Ministry Experience requirements in the M.Div. program.

CO 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a specific topic or issue in Pastoral Counseling under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Evangelism

EV 515 Marketplace Ministry
A course teaching students to seize opportunities in the marketplace to achieve the Lord’s commission. This course will develop a theology of vocation, equip Christians to integrate their faith and work, and provide interaction with Christian professionals active in the marketplace

EV 525 Strategies for Reaching the Local Community
A study of the ways a local congregation can minister creatively and effectively in its surrounding community. This course will examine the different types of communities (urban, suburban, and rural) and the unique opportunities each offers for outreach.

EV 535 Impacting Youth Culture
A study of contemporary youth culture in North America. Attention will be given to the development of strategies for penetrating the world of the high school and college student with the gospel, producing commitment to Christ and his kingdom.

EV 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a specific topic or issue in evangelism under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Field Education

ME 750 Ministry Experience I
An opportunity for supervised field work. This course emphasizes the planning, organization, and execution of ministry responsibilities and includes meetings between the student and supervisor for reflection and evaluation. On Request.

ME 751 Ministry Experience II
Prerequisite: ME 750. On Request.

Missiology
MI 520 Creating a Global Vision in the Local Church
A course designed to help the local church see beyond its own community and develop a global perspective of God’s activity. This course covers culturally sensitive strategies for members to become involved with believers from other parts of the world through tactical support and enrichment projects as well as short-term mission trips.

MI 535 Religions of the World
A study of the major world religions and the cultures associated with them. This course investigates Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism and may include visits to local worship centers. The student will develop a Christian response to the claims of each religion as part of the course.

MI 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a specific topic or issue in missiology under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Pastoral Ministry

PM 515 Personal Preparation for Ministry
A course that prepares the student for a lifetime of ministry. Attention will be given to the minister’s relationship to God, self-understanding, family responsibilities, and appropriate ways to deal with pastoral roles within the congregation as well as the realistic and/or unrealistic expectations of parishioners.

PM 520 Pastoral Leadership in the Twenty-first Century
A study of some of the challenges awaiting those who pastor at the beginning of the third millennium. This course will discuss topics such as the four generations currently in the church and mobilizing the priesthood of believers.

PM 525 Church Administration
An examination of administrative principles and practices appropriate to the local church. This course will emphasize strategic planning, execution, and evaluation in the areas of faith develop-ment, finances, and facilities. Attention will also be given to day-to-day office management.

PM 530 Leadership Development in the Local Church
A course designed to help pastors develop servant leadership within their congregations. This course explores the stages of development, the needs at the various stages, and biblical examples and training that coordinate with the developmental process.

PM 610 Small Groups
A course which focuses on the formation of small groups in a church, the skills necessary to lead small groups and keep them vibrant, and the multiplication of small groups. This class will be constructed as a small group using small group principles.

PM 620 Strategies for Small Churches
A course that explores the dynamics of small churches. This class will propose strategies for revitalizing the ministry of a small church.

PM 630 Growing Healthy Churches
An study of eight specific elements that produce healthy spiritual and numerical growth in the local congregation.

PM 655 Coping with Stress in Ministry
An examination of the causes of stress and burnout in ministry. Significant attention will be given to personal skills which lessen the negative impact of stress on the minister and his family.

PM 715 Managing Ministry Relocation
An investigation into the dynamics of changing ministry positions. Course content includes the psychological effects of transition, recommendations for productive closure, the search for a new ministry position, and an intentional plan for a successful launch in the new place of ministry.

PM 720 Women in Ministry
A survey of the contributions women have made to the growth and ministry of the church through the centuries. This course will examine relevant biblical passages, biographies of women in ministry, and the resistance encountered by women as they respond to God’s call on their lives.

PM 730 Hospital Ministry
An introduction to the spiritual and pastoral care to patients and families in hospital and healthcare settings. Topics covered will include family system dynamics, spiritual assessment and interventions, ministry in times of crisis and loss, and working with medical staff as part of the healthcare team.

PM 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a specific topic or issue in pastoral ministry under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Preaching

PR 510 Expository Preaching I
An introduction to the principles of biblical interpretation where students learn how to organize and prepare sermons based on careful exegesis of a passage. This course includes preaching opportunities to be evaluated by the student’s peers and professor(s).

PR 520 Expository Preaching II
A discussion of the methodologies used when preaching through a book of the Bible. This course emphases background materials, book content and theology, study tools, and possible approaches to the selected book. Prerequisite: PR 510.

PR 610 Biographical Preaching
A course designed to encourage the student to preach on biblical characters and to equip him/her with the necessary tools. This course can be taken more than once for credit as long as the characters selected are not the same.

PR 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a specific topic or issue in preaching under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Worship

WO 515 Theology and Practice of Worship
An examination of the biblical, theological, and historical roots of worship. This course also evaluates current trends.

WO 615 Pastor as Worship Leader
A study of pastor’s role as he/she leads his/her congregation weekly into the presence of God. Attention will be given to the pastor’s personal preparation for worship, coordination with others who will be instrumental in the congregation’s approach to God, and the specific responsibilities of the pastor within the context of worship.

WO 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a specific topic or issue in worship under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Formational Studies

SF 501 Life in the Spirit
An introduction to the means used by the Holy Spirit to create the image of Christ in the believer. This course will include discussion of five views concerning sanctification and practical guidance for holy living.

SF 520 Spiritual Disciplines
An experiential course that introduces the student to the spiritual disciplines practiced by Christians through the centuries. This course will provide guidance as the student practices each of the disciplines and reflects on personal transformation.

SF 610 Devotional Classics
A study the spiritual classics often overlooked in contemporary Christianity. Selections will come from various periods of church history as well as the whole spectrum of Christian tradition.

SF 620 Theology and Practice of Prayer
An examination of the biblical, theological, and historical roots of prayer. This course is designed to encourage the student to develop intimacy with God through personal and community prayer practices.

SF 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a specific topic or issue in Spiritual Formation under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request

Quaker Studies

QS 510 Historical Survey of the Friends Church
A survey of the Friends Church from its origins in the 17th century to the present. Special attention will be given to the historical context out of which the movement arose and its rapid spread throughout Great Britain and the colonies, the key personalities contributing to its mission and message, theological controversies, changes to the movement over its three hundred fifty year history, and the distinctive contributions of the Friends Church to Christianity.

QS 520 The Friends Family Tree
A course that investigates the various branches of Quakerism . Students will examine the three major theological positions found within the Friends Church and the four denominations that grew out of them.

QS 530 The Life and Work of Selected Friends
A study of the life and work of various individuals who have impacted the development of the Friends Church. This course will focus on Friends such as George Fox, Robert Barclay, William Penn, John Woolman, and Elton Trueblood. May be repeated for credit as long as the selected Friend is not repeated.

QS 540 Faith and Practice of Friends
A study of the beliefs and polity of the Friends Church. This course is designed to partially fulfill the requirements for ministers seeking recording by North Carolina Yearly Meeting of Friends.

QS 610 Quaker Spiritual Classics
A study of those devotional writings that have had profound influence on the spirituality of the Friends Church since its origin in 1652. This course will also examine the Quaker contribution to other streams of Christian spirituality.

QS 620 Pastoral Leadership in the Friends Meeting
This course addresses the distinctives of the local Friends congregation and the impact those distinctives have on role of the pastor and the leadership he/she provides to the congregation. Traditional approaches will be examined as well as creative models faithful to the faith and practice of Friends.

QS 630 Challenges Facing Friends in the 21st Century
An examination of the internal issues (dwindling membership, theological controversies, and spiritual vitality) and the external issues (cultural relevance, geo-political concerns, and social debates) facing Friends. Proposals for how the Religious Society of Friends can speak to its own condition and well as to the global community will be developed through thoughtful analysis, in-depth research, and creative discussion.

QS 770 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a specific topic or issue in Quakerism under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

Research

RS 505 Introduction to Theological Education
A seminar that enhances the student’s study and research skills. This course will also prepare the student to write graduate level papers.

RS 610 Thesis
A course that culminates in the production of a seventy-five (75) page thesis. This course is required of students preparing for doctoral work in an academic field.

RS 625 Senior Seminar
An assessment of the readiness of the student to graduate. This seminar will evaluate knowledge acquisition and integration as well as skills development.

Doctoral Studies

DM 815 Biblical Principles That Shape Ministry
An in-depth look at those principles found in scripture which provide the foundation for a theology of ministry. As the orientation course for the DMin program, students will also receive instruction in the writing of doctoral papers as well as the Professional Doctoral Project.

DM 825 The Art of Transforming Text into Sermon
An investigation of the process through which a text moves from the pages of Scripture into the lives of God’s people. Students will sharpen their skills in the science of biblical interpretation and strengthen their ability to develop sermons built upon sound exegetical observations which also interest and challenge the hearers.

DM 830 Disciplines That Revitalize the Pastor
An experiential course that immerses the student in the spiritual disciplines practiced by Christians through the centuries. This course will provide guidance as the student practices each of the disciplines, reflects on personal transformation, and invites members of the congregation to experience their own renovation of the heart.

DM 845 The Pastor as Worship Leader
An examination of the pastor’s unique role as he/she leads the congregation into the presence of God. Students will develop a theology of worship, study historical models, identify the contribution of the sermon to worship, and enhance their skills as worship leaders.

DM 850 Professional Doctoral Project
A summative project which allows the student three options from which to choose: 1) the development of program to eliminate a personal weakness in pastoral leadership, 2) the teaching of a leadership course in a structured setting, or 3) the production of a publishable quality book. The Professional Doctoral Project will require approximately two hundred fifty (250) clock hours to complete, resulting in a report of one hundred twenty-five (125) pages.

DM 910 Preaching through a Book of the Bible
An exploration of the value of expository preaching which introduces the congregation to the spiritual riches of an entire book of the Bible. In addition to methods for grasping the message of the book as a whole, students will learn to unpack its smaller sections in light of the book’s purposes. Strategies for maintaining long-term congregational interest will also be developed.

DM 915 Pastoral Leadership in the Culturally Engaged Church
A study of cultural trends encountered by the church in the twenty-first century, appropriate strategies for turning the trends into opportunities for expanding the kingdom of God, and the pastor’s role in the implementation of the strategies in his/her local church.

DM 925 Equipping Servant Leadership
A course designed to help pastors develop leadership within their congregations. This course explores the stages of development, the needs at the various stages, and biblical examples and training that coordinate with the developmental process.

DM 935 The Pastor as Spiritual Director
An exploration of the use of spiritual direction as a means of counseling individuals within the congregation. Students will learn practical skills for helping people apply biblical and spiritual insight to the problems which disrupt their lives.

DM 940 Crafting Illustrations and Applications
An investigation into the transforming power of illustration and application. This course will provide strategies and resources for a lifetime of preaching that connects with audiences in ways that can be used by the Holy Spirit to change lives.

DM 945 Creating a Global Vision in the Local Church
A module designed to help the local church see beyond its own community and develop a global perspective of God’s activity. This course covers culturally sensitive strategies for members to become involved with believers from other parts of the world through tactical support and enrichment projects as well as short-term mission trips.

DM 955 Strategies for Long-term Ministry Effectiveness
A course that examines the issues which cause a pastor to lose his/her cutting edge and strategies for maintaining effectiveness over a lifetime of ministry. Students will develop and implement a personal plan for continued growth in ministry.

DM 985 Selected Topics in Pastoral Leadership
The selection and exploration of a topic having contemporary relevance to the practice of ministry. This module will be taught by noted pastoral leaders.

DM 990 Faculty Directed Research
Student research on a specific topic or issue in Pastoral Leadership under the supervision of a selected faculty member with expertise in that area. This course is available only to advanced students in good standing who have demonstrated the ability to work independently. On Request.

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