A series of five two-credit courses that actively integrate faith, theological studies, spiritual practices, relationships, and ministry by exploring the challenges of shaping lives of faith, ministry, and leadership. Each student enrolled in the Master of Divinity program is required to participate for four full semesters in an assigned Ministry Seminar group consisting of a small group of seminarians, a ministerial guide and a faculty advisor.
Level 100 Shaping a Life of Faith
MS 101 First-Year Master's Student's Retreat Interpretive Task
Required for MDiv. Recommended for MA(R). Usually scheduled for Monday through Thursday, 9am-4:00pm, in late August just prior to the beginning of the Fall term, plus an overnight retreat typically scheduled the Friday night and Saturday after Labor Day.
MS 106 Integrative Formation I
In this seminar, students begin the discipline of processing and integrating the various aspects of the Master of Divinity Program. Practice, reflection, writing, presentations, and group discussions are the main methods. Students are introduced to three spiritual practices from different traditions and required to engage each of those practices for a three-week period. Ministerial Guides and Faculty Advisors lead each section of students through focused reflection and discussion. (Note: Part-time students need to complete a minimum of 12 credits before enrolling in this course. Before completing the requirements, they may participate in a Peer Group that meets several times each semester and provides the opportunity to discuss their progress, meet other students, and receive course selection guidance.)
MS 107 Integrative Formation II
In this seminar, students continue integrating the various aspects of the Master of Divinity Program through spiritual practices, reflection, writing, presentations, and discussion. In addition, students research and explore the explicit and implicit expectations for ministry within their denominational context to become more fully equipped to discern the mission of their denomination and their willingness and ability to commit themselves to that mission. Students remain in the same sections for the Spring semester.
Level 200 Shaping a Life of Ministry
MS 206 Integrative Formation III
In these seminars, students reflect theologically on their field education experiences. Utilizing both their experience and the accounts of other ministers, students carefully consider what it means to make a commitment to a life of ministry. Students convene in person every other week and make contributions to an on-line classroom on the opposite weeks.
MS 207 Integrative Formation IV
These seminars continue with the same themes and tasks as MS 206. In addition, students are required to complete the Comprehensive Vocation Review (CVR). Preparation for the CVR is included among the tasks of these seminars. Students convene in person every other week and make contributions to an on-line classroom on the opposite weeks.