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Christian Education and Formation Course Descriptions

CEDF 5111 – Teaching and Learning for Christian Formation
The theoretical foundations and practical applications of the teaching-learning process will be explored, informed by findings from psychology, pedagogy, and theology. A comprehensive model of Christian education and formation will be developed, paying particular attention to major learning theories, the processes and stages of human development, curriculum and lesson development, and effective methods of teaching.

CEDF 5113 – History & Theology of Christian Formation
Christian formation and education as presented in the Scriptures and developed throughout the history of the church will be surveyed, including the impact of various theologies and world views. The contemporary state of Christian formation and trends and issues for the future will be discussed.

CEDF 6205 – Models of Christian Formation
Current basic approaches by which Christians are formed through the agency of the church, including small group ministry, discipleship, praxis education, spiritual formation, didactic instruction, intensive community, local church services and programs will be outlined and explored.

CEDF 6210 – Ministry With Children
A framework for ministry to and with children will be developed by examining biblical foundations, current needs, and effective models of ministry. Child development and the spiritual formation of children will be explored. Sound curriculum and effective teaching techniques for children will be addressed.

CEDF 6218 – Teaching Confirmation
Theological and pedagogical issues in teaching confirmation will be discussed. There will be an orientation to the confirmation materials and support literature used in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

CEDF 6228 – Management Issues in Youth Ministry
One of the constant challenges for those in youth work is the management of the ministry and of one's self. This practical course will address such issues as managing finances, managing risk, building a team ministry, and organizing time, office, events, and meetings.

CEDF 6231 – Ministry With Families
An approach to family ministry, particularly for parents with children will be developed. Students will become familiar with specific programs and resources that build and strengthen healthy families. This will be done with an awareness of family systems, family development, families in various cultures and configurations, traits of healthy family life, and biblical portrayals of the family.

CEDF 6232 – Ministry With Adults
Drawing on biblical and theological foundations, current needs, research in andragogy, and effective models of ministry, a framework for ministry to and with adults will be developed. Certain groups will receive special attention, including opportunities and challenges for single adults (including divorced and widowed), older adults, and men and women.

CEDF 6273 – Camping and Retreat Ministry
Camping and retreat ministries have proven to be very effective means of Christian formation. A rationale for camping ministry, retreats, and weekend-intensive ministry for youth, adults, and local churches will be developed along with how to plan, implement, and evaluate camping and retreat programs and resources.

CEDF 6300 – Foundations of Youth Ministry
A framework for ministry with youth will be developed by examining biblical and theological foundations and the systems that impact youth. This will lead to designing programs, service-education, retreats, leadership development and other support systems. Students completing this course will have developed their own youth ministry plan based on their considerations of key foundational components for ministry.

CEDF 6310 – Special Topics in Youth Ministry
This course is offered in conjunction with the Center for Youth Ministry. Various current and practical topics in youth ministry will be highlighted, usually featuring a guest presenter. This course can be taken more than once. This is a weekend intensive offered each semester where seminary students will be interacting with others of diverse ministry experiences.

CEDF 6990 – ECC Christian Formation Cohort
This is the first of two semester seminar sequence conducted by the Evangelical Covenant Church. The cohort is designed as a bridge experience to ordination, enabling students to reflect on practical issues in ministry and to envision ways of bringing their learning at Seminary into the practice of ministry. The cohort seeks to resource future pastors for personal and vocational growth and discernment. There are five areas of focus: personal skills, people skills, leadership skills, administrative skills, biblical/theological and pastoral skills. For the purposes of satisfying ordination requirements, the Board of Ordered Ministry recognizes the cohort as equivalent to 3 credit hours of theological education for each semester, for a total of equivalent to 6 credit hours. It is not possible to use a single semester of the cohort experience; the entire cohort experience must be completed in order to fulfill ordination requirements.

CEDF 6991 – ECC Christian Formation Cohort II
This is the second of two semester seminar sequence conducted by the Evangelical Covenant Church. The cohort is designed as a bridge experience to ordination, enabling students to reflect on practical issues in ministry and to envision ways of bringing their learning at Seminary into the practice of ministry. The cohort seeks to resource future pastors for personal and vocational growth and discernment. There are five areas of focus: personal skills, people skills, leadership skills, administrative skills, biblical/theological and pastoral skills. For the purposes of satisfying ordination requirements, the Board of Ordered Ministry recognizes the cohort as equivalent to 3 credit hours of theological education for each semester, for a total of equivalent to 6 credit hours. It is not possible to use a single semester of the cohort experience; the entire cohort experience must be completed in order to fulfill ordination requirements.

CEDF 7190 – Special Topics in Christian Education
This open category allows periodic focus on various special topics in Christian education and formation. This course may be taken more than once.

CEDF 7200 – Christian Education and Formation In the Church
This course will introduce the tensions and dimensions of historical, theological, and pedagogical foundations of Christian Formation. Time will be given to discussing leadership concerns as pastors of Christian Formation. Students will be encouraged to engage the material realizing other courses will pursue the topics in more detail. This course will facilitate a broad awareness of Christian formation in the Church.

CEDF 7390 – Independent Study in Christian Education and Formation
An opportunity for students to explore a topic of interest outside the regular curriculum. Instructor's permission required. Submission of course proposal/syllabus to the academic dean is required.

CEDF 7490 – Thesis I: Topics in Christ Edu

CEDF 7491 – Thesis II: Topics Christ Edu