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Christian Formation and Ministry

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Departmental Mission Statement

Requirements for Christian Education and Ministry Major and Minor

Requirements for Certificate in Youth Ministry

Requirements for Certificate in Leadership

Wheaton Passage

Authority, Action, Ethics: Global Learning Program (AAE)

Christian Education Course Descriptions

 

Chair, Associate Professor Laura Barwegen

Professor of Core Studies and Scripture Press Ministries Professor of Christian Education, James Wilhoit

Price-LeBar Professor of Christian Education David Setran

Associate Professors Barrett McRay, Tom Schwanda

Visiting Assistant Professor Mimi Larson

Director of Wheaton Evangelism Initiative, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, and Associate Professor Jerry Root

Director of HoneyRock, Assistant Professor Rob Ribbe

Instructor and Internship Coordinator Dan Haase

 

Disciple-making is central to the work of the Church in the world. This is the educational ministry of the Church ~ to help people as they are being formed toward the likeness of Christ. It is for this purpose that the Christian Formation and Ministry Department (CFM) of Wheaton College exists. Our mission is to facilitate the development of academically grounded, spiritually maturing, and practically skilled leaders who minister the Gospel and build up God's people in a constantly changing world. We seek to nurture wisdom and compassion in students who are becoming…

 

Academically grounded in that they:

 

*       Articulate a biblical, theological, historical, and philosophical perspective of formation and ministry.

*       Identify a theoretical framework for ministry context analysis.

*       Demonstrate an understanding of the educational, spiritual, and ministry practices by which people mature in Christ.

 

Spiritually maturing in that they:

 

*       Demonstrate a life of discipleship and spiritual growth as the foundation of effective ministry.

*       Identify one's gifts and calling, responding to areas of strength and challenge in preparation for serving the needs of the church and the world.

*       Respect every person, valuing the diversity of cultures, ethnicities, and traditions within the church.

 

Practically skilled in that they:

 

*       Minister and teach effectively, integrating theory and scripture into creative practice with integrity, humility, and grace.

*       Serve collaboratively and compassionately, balancing the needs of others with adequate self-care.

*       Demonstrate the necessary skills of a ministry practitioner/scholar: critical analysis; oral communication; written communication; program evaluation.

Christian Education and Ministry Major and Minor

Undergraduates in the CFM Department earn a major in Christian Education and Ministry. This is a liberal arts program that emphasizes biblical, theological, historical, and social science foundations integrated with traditional and contemporary philosophies and practices of ministry and spiritual formation. Students are encouraged to mature in their personal walk with Christ and to develop patterns of deep personal integrity and reflection upon their experiences to prepare them for ministry. An internship is required. Internship applicants must exhibit the presence of essential ministry skills and dispositions, as well as demonstrate a commitment to growth in Christian virtues.

The Christian Education and Ministry major meets the undergraduate requirements for seminary study suggested by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). Students contemplating graduate studies should consult with the institution in which they are interested to be informed of any particular undergraduate courses needed. Students interested in an accelerated curriculum leading to the completion of a master’s along with their bachelor’s degree in only five years should consult with their advisors regarding the prerequisites for the Wheaton graduate program.

Requirements for the major are 38 hours: including a core of 36 hours plus 2 hours of electives. The required core of 36 hours includes:

CE 115 Intro to Christian Formation and Ministry (4)

HNGR 114 Poverty Justice and Transformation (4)

CE 222 Transformational Education (4)

CE 223 Human Development and Ministry (4)

CE 226 Christian Spiritual Practices (4)

CE 251 Ministry Practicum (0)

CE 339 Compassion and Crisis Ministry (4)

CE 346 Discipleship (4)

CE 421 Philosophy of Ministry (4)

CE 494 Senior Capstone (4)

CE 496 Internship (0)

Elective Hours (2)

 

Requirements for a Christian Education and Ministry minor are 22-24 hours, including:

CE 115 Intro to Christian Formation and Ministry (4) or 131 Intro to Spiritual Formation (2)

CE 222 Transformational Education (4)

CE 226 Christian Spiritual Practices (4)

CE 223 Human Development and Ministry (4) or 339 (4) Compassion and Crisis Ministry: Responding to Trauma and Suffering

CE 346 Discipleship (4)

CE 421 Philosophy of Ministry (4)

Certificate in Youth Ministry

The purpose of the Youth Ministry Certificate is to equip and empower college students for leadership in disciple-making youth ministry. This certificate involves 24-26 hours of course work in the Christian Formation and Ministry Department.

Courses required for completion of this certificate include:

COMM 221 Interpersonal Communication (4)

CE 223 Human Development and Ministry (4)

CE 234 Youth Ministry (4)

CE 346 Discipleship (4)

CE 337 Compassion in Ministry (2) (HoneyRock only)

                OR CE 339 Compassion and Crisis Ministry (4) (on-campus only)

CE 461 Leadership in Christian Ministry (2)

CE 494 Senior Capstone (4)

CE 496 Internship (0)

 

Students who complete the certificate in youth ministry may choose to complete a major in Christian Education and Ministry or any other undergraduate major. Students choosing to add the Christian Education and Ministry major to this certificate must complete the following 20-22 hours to fulfill the requirements for the major: CE 115 (4), HNGR 114 (4), CE 251 (0), CE 226 (4), 222 (4), 421 (4), and 2 hours of electives in CE if 337 (2) was completed instead of 339 (4).

Certificate in Leadership

The Leadership Certificate seeks to foster the development of emerging leaders who seek a depth of character and skill that will enable them to contribute to effective and redemptive communities, organizations, and churches. This certificate integrates coursework with a progression of transformation experiences that involve hands on leadership in real world settings. Participation in the program will encourage students to…

*       Deepen learning and transformation

*       Cultivate character and personal integrity

*       Explore the theology and theories of leadership

*       Develop proven leadership competencies

*       Engage their learning in leadership of self and others

 

This certificate involves a minimum of 20-22 credit hours, at least 8 of which are completed at HoneyRock, Wheaton College's Outdoor Center for Leadership Development. Participation in Summer Leadership School at HoneyRock (CE 251 (0)) and completion of an approved additional leadership practicum or internship is also required. The internship can be taken in the CE department (CE 496 (0)) or in the department of your major with CE department approval.

Courses required for completion of this certificate include:

Wheaton Campus:

CE 131 Introduction to Spiritual Formation - Wheaton Passage (2)* OR

CE 226 Christian Spiritual Practices (4)

CE 222 Transformational Education (4)

CE 223 Human Development and Ministry (4)

CE 339 Compassion and Crisis Ministry: Responding to Trauma and Suffering (4) (if CE 337 not already taken at HoneyRock)

 

HoneyRock Campus:

CE 251 Ministry Practicum (0) in Summer Leadership School at HoneyRock

CE 241 Leadership Development (4)

CE 337 Compassion in Ministry (2) (if CE 339 not already taken on Wheaton campus)

CE 353 Leadership and Human Systems (2)

CE 474 Integrative Leadership (2)

 

Students who complete the certificate in Leadership may choose to complete a major in Christian Education and Ministry or any other undergraduate major. Students choosing to add the Christian Education and Ministry major to this certificate must complete the following hours to fulfill the requirements for the major: HNGR 114 (4), CE 115 (4), CE 226 (4) if not already taken for certificate, CE 346 (4), CE 339 (4) if not already taken for certificate, 421 (4), 494 (4), and 496 (0).

Visit Leadership Certificate website at HoneyRock.

Wheaton Passage

Wheaton Passage is designed to introduce incoming freshmen and transfer students to spiritual formation and to ignite the Wheaton College experience for them. Students will experience eight to eighteen days--depending on the chosen track--filled with adventure, challenge, and new friendships. They will also be part of a mentoring relationship with Wheaton College faculty from various academic departments while enjoying the beautiful setting of HoneyRock, Wheaton's Northwoods campus.

Students choose either the wilderness track (a 12-day wilderness trip), the urban track (7 days living and doing ministry in Chicago), the Northwoods track (5 days at the HoneyRock campus in Northern Wisconsin) or the equestrian track (5 days at the HoneyRock campus but with program focus on equine activities and care). All tracks culminate with 5 days at HoneyRock during which time a faculty member will join each of the established small groups and lead them through a curriculum based on the themes of foundations of a worldview, community, spiritual formation, and service.

In addition to the program at HoneyRock, students will gather for two sessions over the fall semester with their faculty member. This time is designed to help students transfer their learning into the context of life at Wheaton. Faculty members will help students process through transitional issues that often arise during the first semester. Through this experience, students earn 2 hours of elective academic credit (CE 131).

Visit Wheaton Passage website.

Authority, Action, Ethics: Global Learning Program (AAE)

The Authority, Action, Ethics: Global Learning Program (AAE) is a deep analysis of the fundamental stories (authority), practices (action), and systems of evaluation (ethics), implicit in leadership around the world, including 'ministry' leadership and service learning. This program consists of two courses which will provide an introduction to a specific international context which will be the focus of that particular year's study. The courses will explore the underlying themes of the narratives that shape individuals and cultures in that context, the practices found within the outworking of those narratives (be they religious, political, ethnic, economic, cultural, sociological, anthropological, theological, etc.) and supportive challenge in the exploration of how we evaluate global situations and experiences. These themes will then be further developed as students explore major differences between cultural systems while building attitudes and skills necessary for effective intercultural ministry. A program trip to the particular country in focus, in May, will offer contextualized experiences and debriefing for the theory explored in the classroom. Application and acceptance into this program is required, and there will be additional fees required for the second course.

This program will not result in a degree, major, minor, or certificate. It is solely an elective program. Two courses would be required for participation in the program.

CE 351 Intercultural Studies I: Authority, Action, Ethics - Theory (2)

CE 352 Intercultural Studies II: Authority, Action, Ethics - Praxis (2)

Christian Education Courses (CE)

CE 111. Foundations of Ministry. This course provides a foundation for the work of ministry through an introduction to evangelism and discipleship. Through an overview of the ministry of Jesus, students will learn the basic principles involved in the kingdom work of presenting the Gospel and making disciples in an ever changing world. (2)

CE 115. Introduction to Christian Formation and Ministry. This course is designed to introduce students to central themes and concepts in Christian Formation and Ministry, including biblical foundations, historical foundations, social science foundations and essential practices of spiritual formation, discipleship, and Christian teaching.

CE 131. Introduction to Spiritual Formation. Provides for the self-evaluation of personal faith and character and opportunities for expressing a greater commitment to life in Christ. Students choose one of three tracks-- wilderness expedition, urban track, or camp experience--which is combined with reading assignments, Scripture studies, and group discussions. Open to incoming students accepted to the Wheaton Passage wilderness, urban, or camp programs at HoneyRock held prior to fall semester. (2)

CE 219. Christian Formation Forum. Each semester, the CFM department will offer a forum on a topic related to the discipline. The focus of these forums will be to expose students to key issues in the field and to foster interdisciplinary discussion. Students majoring in CE will be required to attend 4 of these forums before graduation. Graded pass/fail (0)

CE 222. Transformational Education. Considers historical educational theory and processes as well as current learning theory in light of the biblical genres. Includes various teaching methods and introductory curriculum development.

CE 223. Human Development and Ministry. Explores the application of human development and other social science theory and research to Christian Education. Spiritual development through the lifespan is highlighted, as well as the importance of understanding social context and organizational dynamics for effective ministry. SI

CE 226. Christian Spiritual Practices. An introduction to Christian Spiritual Formation as the integration of theological understanding, faith, and spiritual practice. This laboratory course in spiritual formation explores the relational, spiritual and missional practices of the Christian spiritual life—Christian formation in community and service to the world (e.g., corporate worship, spiritual friendship, spiritual direction, small group accountability, hospitality, evangelism, compassion, social justice, creation-care). Students will study, practice, and theologically reflect on these as biblical, historical, and psychological perspectives are brought to bear on the experience of class members individually and in the context of congregational leadership.

CE 231. Evangelism. Provides an overview of the Gospel, Great Commission, and Great Commandment. Emphasis is given to surveying the tools needed for the task of world evangelism with emphasis on personal preparation for one-to-one evangelism within a variety of contexts. (2)

CE 232. Spiritual Guidance and Discernment. This course is designed as a practicum experience in Christian spiritual guidance and discernment. Out-of-class attention will be given to a protestant interaction with the spiritual exercises of Ignatius Loyola and the experience of meeting with a spiritual guide or listener. In-class lectures will entail seminar format discussion and debriefing of class readings and practices as they pertain to guidance and discernment. (2)

CE 234. Youth Ministry. This course introduces students to the theories and practices of ministry with adolescents, including biblical and theological foundations, developmental and socio-cultural theories and research, historical and contemporary models of youth ministry, and the development of a philosophy of youth ministry.

CE 241. Leadership Development. This course will develop students' leadership potential for a life of kingdom service. Students will understand and critically assess their personal leadership and develop an integrated philosophy of leadership. This philosophy will be implemented and assessed during the summer as students create formational experiences in an adventurous setting, discipling campers for God's mission back home.

CE 251. Ministry Practicum. Integrating the theories learned in the classroom with the practices of ministry, students will participate in a specific ministry context approved by the CFM Internship Co0rdinator and their faculty advisor. The practicum includes a summative assignment in which students consider the links between ministry principles, personal spiritual formation, and practical skills. Graded pass/fail. (0)

CE 259. Topics in Christian Education. Examines ministry concerns, problems, and trends in light of a holistic Christian Education theory. (2 or 4)

CE 321. Teaching the Bible. Designed to acquaint students, through both theory and practice, with the principles of effective biblical instruction. Methods of interpretation and literary aspects of the Bible are emphasized. Prerequisite: CE 222

CE 333. Student Care in College Ministry. An introduction to the basic concepts and skills involved in the student care aspect of residence life ministry at Wheaton, including a brief overview of historic and biblical foundations for caring ministry, categories of student struggle most commonly experienced in college residence life ministry, rudimentary person-to-person helping skills, and small group supervision. This course is limited to residence assistants. (2)

CE 337. Compassion in Ministry. Compassion is central to effective ministry leadership. This course introduces students to the types of human suffering encountered by those in ministry leadership and to rudimentary skills for responding effectively. We will consider biblical, historical and contemporary models for compassion in ministry. Only one of CE 337 and CE 339 may be taken for credit. Mainly taught at HoneyRock. (2)

CE 339. Compassion and Crisis Ministry: Responding to Trauma and Suffering. Introduction to the basic concepts and skills involved in ministry responses to trauma and suffering. Course content will include an overview of the historic ministry of soul care, biblical foundations for crisis ministry, major categories of human suffering and trauma across cultures and contexts, and rudimentary compassion and crisis ministry skills. Only one of CE 337 and CE 339 may be taken for credit. Mainly taught on campus.

CE 341. Spiritual Theology: Knowing & Experiencing God. Spiritual theology is the practical, experiential exploration into the major themes of Christian theology. It is concerned with both how we think about God and how we live our lives with God and others. Therefore, this course seeks to integrate the principles and practices of doctrine and life. Special attention will be placed upon our experience of God and how we can reflect upon those experiences to deepen our knowledge and love of God and our neighbor.

CE 345. Worship and Spirituality. This course introduces students to the dynamic and formative power of worship. The central question “what happens when people worship God?” will be examined from a number of different angles. Further, we will explore how Christian formation through worship shapes our experience of God and how thoughtful and biblically planned worship can increase that experience.

CE 346. Discipleship. This course introduces students to the foundational principles for effectively using the Bible and theology in discipleship. It recognizes that all believers are challenged to discover their vocation as ministers in whatever career they pursue. Within that context various methods for studying and teaching Scripture and the doctrines of the Trinity, Natural and Special Revelation, Anthropology, Grace and Community will be examined to equip students in their life-long calling of discipleship.

CE 351. Intercultural Studies I: AAE-Theory. Theory is a deep analysis of the fundamental stories (authority), practices (action), and systems of evaluation (ethics), which are always implicit in any case of leadership around the world, including 'ministry' leadership and service learning. This course will provide an introduction to a specific international context and the underlying themes of the narratives that shape individuals and cultures, the practices found within the outworking of those narratives (be they religious, political, ethnic, economic, cultural, sociological, anthropological, theological, etc.) and supportive challenge in the exploration of how we evaluate global situations and experiences. Application and acceptance into this program is required. (2)

CE 352. Intercultural Studies II: AAE-Praxis. Praxis builds upon the corequisite work completed in Intercultural Studies I. The fundamental stories (authority), practices (action), and systems of evaluation (ethics) implicit in leadership around the world are further developed as students explore major differences between cultural systems while building attitudes and skills necessary for effective intercultural ministry. A program trip to the context in study, in May, offers contextualized experiences and debriefing for the theory explored in the classroom. Additional fees required. Prerequisite: CE 351. (2) GP

CE 353. Leadership and Human Systems. This course provides the next level of development after the Leadership Development course of SLS for supervisory leadership roles at HoneyRock. Prerequisite: CE 241 (2)

CE 412. Ministry Practicum. This is an experience-based course designed to provide students an opportunity to implement leadership concepts and theories and develop their own leadership qualities through direct experience and team development. Graded: pass/fail (2)

CE 421. Philosophy of Ministry. Integrates various academic disciplines into a logical philosophy of ministry by studying major foundational concepts and issues of Christian Education.

CE 422. Curriculum and Instruction. Studies curriculum theory, development, and evaluation as they relate to one's philosophy of ministry. Attention is also given to instructional design based upon principles of human learning and development. Prerequisite: CE 421.

CE 425x. Ministry with Children. See CFM 621.

CE 451x. Ministry with Families. See CFM 611. (2)

CE 452. Camp Ministry. Provides a study of and involvement in the use of a camping environment for the growth and development of people. Special attention is given to program philosophy and principles for designing, conducting, and evaluating an effective camp ministry for young people. Offered at HoneyRock. (2 or 4)

CE 459. Advanced Study in Christian Education. Provides small group study of special areas of interest in Christian Education. Topics will vary from term to term. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing or permission of instructor. (2 or 4)

CE 461. Leadership in Christian Ministry. Involves a study of organizational structures and administrative procedures which are useful in Christian Education programs. Emphasis will be given to the management of resources such as time, personnel, and information. (2)

CE 462. Ministry Research and Evaluation. Explores methods of research and evaluation in ministry contexts, including needs analysis, purpose statements and research goals, data collection/ongoing assessment, and analysis of results. Attention will be given to reading and writing research reports, as well as application of existing research to ministry contexts. (2)

CE 471x. Prayer. See CFM 533. (2)

CE 472. Adventure Challenge Ministry. Explores the theory of experiential education and its ministry applications through the medium of engaging adventure challenge experiences. Includes the role of facilitative leadership, group and individual problem solving, and disciplined reflection in promoting Christian maturity in others. Offered at HoneyRock.

CE 474. Integrative Leadership Seminar. A course designed to develop advanced critical thinking and personal philosophy of leadership. Students will integrate their knowledge of leadership and faith while collaboratively identifying and assessing a real world leadership issue. This is a 400 level course that necessitates a major research paper and analysis/integration paper that draws on their multiple leadership experiences and all the courses they have taken up to this point as part of the certificate. Offered at HoneyRock. (2)

CE 494. Senior Capstone. The Core Curriculum Capstone Experience allows students to pursue deep integration of their major and the concepts they have explored throughout the entire Christ at the Core curriculum. The Capstone Experience also considers how the First Year Seminar, the Advanced Integrative Seminar, and course work in their major prepares them for their vocation after Wheaton. The Capstone enables students to reflect upon their practical ministry experiences and therefore is taken after or concurrent with the internship in the major. This course, in combination with CE 496 Internship, meets the general education Christ at the Core graduation requirements. Pre or Corequisite: CE 496.

CE 495. Independent Study. Focuses on field or library research according to individual interests and competencies in Christian Education. (1-4)

CE 496. Internship. Provides practical experience under supervision in a setting appropriate to the student's major interests. Prerequisites: junior standing and a minimum of 16 hours completed in Christian Education including background courses appropriate to the internship setting. Graded pass/fail. (0)

CE 497. Internship Seminar. Provides student debriefing on their internship experiences from several perspectives while making preparations for post-graduation plans. (CE 496 is a prerequisite, but with approval from the Internship Coordinator, a concurrent enrollment is allowed.) Graded pass/fail. (2)

Revision Date: June 1, 2017

 

 

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