I’m now a student at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. I’m easing my way in, via their M.Div. Online program. I’m very happy that PC(USA) has stepped forward with utilizing technology in preparing pastors. It’s not a degree mill, trust me. This is just me taking one class per semester until the time is right to move to Dubuque and do the bulk of my coursework in residence.
The class I’m taking is “Theology of Mission and Evangelism.” Very excited. Here’s why:
This course begins a series of 3 courses on the contextual nature of the Church’s life in mission and evangelism. It seeks to rethink Mission and Evangelism, seeing them both as part of the essence of the Church and of every local congregation. Beginning with the Triune God as a missionary God this course will focus on changing paradigms of mission and its influence on how we do evangelism in today’s post-modern, post-Christendom, pluralistic society. Thus, evangelism and mission are grounded in a missiological ecclesiology. This required course is part I of the Evangelism/Mission/Contextual Theology sequence.
4 of the 6 books assigned for this class have arrived (alpha by author).
- Logic of Evangelism, by William J. Abraham
- A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey, Brian McLaren
- The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, Lesslie Newbigin
- Reader’s Guide To Transforming Mission, by Stan Nussbaum
- Whose Religion Is Christianity?: The Gospel beyond the West, by Lamin Sanneh
Mission After Christendom, by David Smith
- The New Global Mission: The Gospel from Everywhere to Everyone, by Samuel Escobar
Looks like a provocative selection.
Also, this is turning out to be a really affordable semester. Tuition was $1,485, books were $100, and there were some miscellaneous fees, to total about $1,600. Two ecclesiastical entities I’m tied to kicked in $1,350; and an awesome family from my church contributed $100. So, this class only cost me about $150. What a great way to start off, especially considering I had originally budgeted to spend up to $900 out of pocket.
So… yeah… seminary. I’m excited.
- New pastor
- Swamped @ work