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Christian Education and Formation Course Descriptions

CEDF 5100 – 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 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 6220 – Incorporating Children in Worship

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 6230 – College Teaching

CEDF 6232 – Adult Education in the Church
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 6240 – Intergenerational Communities: Families and Children in Congregations

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 7180 – 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 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 Christian Education

CEDF 7491 – Thesis Ii: Topics Christian Education