Summer 2010

  • May 31, 2010
  • Category: General

Northern Seminary has many great courses available this summer. For a complete list, click here. Tuition for the summer is only $385/credit hour and all courses are three credit hours.

Below are the titles and descriptions of a few courses:

Christian Community Development

Taught by: Dr. Gordon

Course Description:

Offered in conjunction with the annual conference of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), this course addresses the topics within Christian Community Development. Students are required to attend the CCDA Conference which will be held in Chicago this year. For more information about the conference go to www.ccda.org.

Professor Bio:

Wayne GordonIn 1975 Wayne Gordon, a graduate of Northern Seminary, moved to North Lawndale located on Chicago’s Westside. At that time, North Lawndale was the 15th poorest neighborhood in the U.S. He was a teacher and coach at Farragut High School, also located in North Lawndale. During his time as a teacher and coach, some of his players asked he and his wife to plant a church in North Lawndale. Today, the church has over 1000 worshipping families and Wayne continues as pastor. In addition, the church has founded the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation to bring holistic revitalization to the lives and environments of Lawndale residents through housing improvements, educational enrichment and community advocacy, and the Lawndale Christian Health Center which strives to show and share the love of Jesus Christ to the Lawndale Communities by providing holistic, affordable and quality health care services.

Registration Information:
September 7-11 (One-week intensive which includes CCDA Conference)
CT 305 Christian Community Development
Student must register for conference as well

Urban Field Experience II: Chicago Immersion

Taught by: Dr. Gordon and Dr. Perkins

Course Description:

Dr. John Perkins and Dr. Wayne “Coach” Gordon, co-founders of the Christian community Development Association, will guide students through an intense week of immersion into the city of Chicago. The course is designed to acquaint participants with the socio-cultural dynamics that affect the quality of life, inform theology and challenge the manner in which ministry is conducted in our urban world. This course helps the student explore contemporary models of urban mission in the extraordinarily diverse context of Chicago. Much of the city will be our lab. There will be visits, observations and interviews throughout the greater-Chicago area.

The class will begin on Saturday evening June 26th at 7:00 pm and will include a required, vibrant Sunday tour of Chicago churches. The course will end at 2:00 pm Wednesday, June 30th.

Professor Bios:

Coach Gordon is the Senior Pastor of Lawndale Community Church Wayne Gordon(http://www.lawndalechurch.org) in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. During his time in Lawndale, Coach has seen the church transform Lawndale from a place of danger to a community of hope. Along with Dr. John Perkins, Coach founded the Christian Community Development Association (http://www.ccda.org) which has, for 20 years, inspired, trained and connected Christians who are restoring under-resourced communities throughout the world.

Registration Information:
June 26 - July 1 (One-week intensive in Lawndale)
UR 304 Urban Field Experience II: Chicago Immersion
Sat-Th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Rural and Small Town Ministry

Taught by: Dr. Kent

Course Description:

Rural and Small Town Ministry will help prepare you for the likelihood that someday you will serve a rural or small town church. The majority of Protestant pastors begin and/or end their careers in small communities. This class will teach you to listen to, respond, and lead churches which are a significant proportion of American Christendom. In this class we will emphasize a community-based ministry approach.

Professor Bio:

James KentJames Kent, Adjunct Professor of Ministry at Northern, has a D.Min. in Marriage and Family and is a long-time senior pastor of an active northern Michigan church that has focused on community outreach and growth in its rural setting. He teaches classes in rural ministry, youth ministry, counseling adolescents, clergy family care and equipping lay persons.

Registration Information:

June 26 - 30 One-week intensive, M-F 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CT 315

The Sermon on the Mount

Taught by: Dr. Noh

Course Description:

The "Sermon on the Mount" is probably the best known portion of Jesus' teaching, issuing a clarion call to his followers (e.g., beatitudes, salt and light, Christ and the Law, loving one's enemies, fasting, the Lord's prayer, judging others, etc.). But there's a raging debate about its intended audience, modern applicability, function as "a quintessence of Christianity." This course is an in-depth exegetical study of the Sermon in the light of its background, purpose and modern applications for a wholehearted discipleship in a shallow world.

Professor Bio:

Jay NohJay Noh, Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Northern, has a Ph.D. in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a study on reconciliation in Paul (2 Cor 5:16-21). His research interests include Greek exegesis and various themes in Pauline theology. He currently serves as a minister with a second generation ethnic congregation and resides in Naperville. He has served in pastoral ministry for over 25 years.

Registration Information:

June 23 - 25 (Three-day intensive with 2 weeks online)
NT 499 The Sermon on the Mount
W - F 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM and 2 weeks online Lombard & online

North-South Theoligical Dialogue

Taught by: Dr. Salinas

Course Description:

The center of gravity for Christianity is switching to the global south. Even though some of this is due to direct influence by Northern Christianity most of it is indigenous. This course presents a historical view of the factors that led evangelicals in the “Majority World” (emphasis in Latin America) to become numerically and theologically relevant. Students will have access to seminal writings, theological contributions to the global dialogue. What can the North learn from theologians from the South? Is there real dialogue between the North and the South? If so, what have been and are the forums for it? If not, what is blocking or impeding it? This course provides students, especially those who have interest in other parts of the world, with an introduction to an important view of God’s work among his people.

Professor Bio:

Daniel SalinasDr. Daniel Salinas is the foremost Latin American Theologian in the Latin American Theological fraternity and the only Spanish leader with a PhD in Historical Theology. Dr. Salinas is originally from Bolivia and now serves in Paraguay and earned his PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Registration Information:

August 30-September 3 (One-week intensive)
TH 411 North-South Theological Dialogue
M - F 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Lombard, IL

Influencing Transformation through Organizational Leadership

Taught by: Dr. Field

Course Description:

Christian leadership is not a mystery! Using biblical examples, case studies from participants, and the introduction of conceptual, evaluative and interventional tools, this course approaches Christian leadership as an exercise of purposeful influence that includes personal identity, contextual credibility, artfulness, mental models, and acquired skills all of which can be aligned to assist persons, groups, movements, and organizations toward a future in keeping with their calling, mission, vision, and values.

Professor Bio:

Scott FieldScott Field has served as the pastor of Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church in Naperville, Illinois since June of 1980. During his tenure the congregation has experienced the joys and pains of transition from a ready-to-close country church to a large, globally involved, suburban, multi-staff congregation. From Pastor Field’s perspective, he has served as the pastor of at least six different churches during his tenure as Sr. Pastor of this congregation. Currently the congregation is undergoing the transformation toward both the simplicity of fresh focus and the complexity of a second location for greater missional impact.

Registration Information:

DM 7603 and MN 442 INFLUENCING TRANSFORMATION THROUGH ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
June 7-11, 2010
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (including a lunch break); and Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Click here to go to Wheatland Salem’s website. http://www.wheatlandsalem.org

Trinitarian Creativity in Life and Ministry

Taught by: Dr. Waterman

Course Description:

Underneath this familiar prayer from the Psalms lies a great, often unexplored, spiritual reality. How is it that we human beings are to engage life as “a medium for creation” and not just “a problem to be solved?” How do we live in such a way that “establish the work of our hands” is simply the next prayer in a whole life of grounded, prayerful creativity? The format for this retreat course will consist of discussion of assigned readings in the morning, space for creative reflection in the afternoons and communal sharing and worship in the evenings.

Professor Bio:

Carla WatermanCarla A. Waterman has been teaching at the intersection of Trinitarian theology, corporate worship and everyday life since 1995. Dr. Waterman first came to Northern in 2000 to teach in the Worship and Spirituality Program established by the late Robert E. Webber. Dr. Waterman is currently Affiliate Professor of Spiritual Formation.

Dr. Waterman is the author of Songs of Assent (www.watermanuscripts.com), and President of In the Kingdom Ministries, Inc., a spiritual retreat and mentoring ministry in the United States and abroad. She is also active in the ancient-future worship world, and is on the faculty of the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies.

Registration Information:

NOTE: Course is both a doctoral and masters-level course
DM 7512/SP 7512 Trinitarian Creativity in Life and Ministry
Bishop Lane Retreat Center, Rockford, Illinois
June 28-July 2, 2010
Course is a retreat with an online component

Life in the Spirit

Taught by: Dr. Waterman

Course Description:

To ponder what it might actually mean to live “life in the Spirit” draws us quickly into relationship with all three members of the Trinity. This course seeks to explore the spiritual implications of a relational spirituality rooted in the ongoing life of the Trinity and lived out in community with others.

Results:

Those participating in this course will have a deeper appreciation of the relationship between the three dimensions of the Trinity and the implications these relationships have on our own spirituality. Students will also explore Christian ministry and worship as an expression of life in the Spirit.

Professor Bio:

Carla WatermanCarla A. Waterman has been teaching at the intersection of Trinitarian theology, corporate worship and everyday life since 1995. Dr. Waterman first came to Northern in 2000 to teach in the Worship and Spirituality Program established by the late Robert E. Webber. Dr. Waterman is currently Affiliate Professor of Spiritual Formation.

Dr. Waterman is the author of Songs of Assent (www.watermanuscripts.com), and President of In the Kingdom Ministries, Inc., a spiritual retreat and mentoring ministry in the United States and abroad. She is also active in the ancient-future worship world, and is on the faculty of the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies.

Registration Information:

WS 304 Life in the Spirit
September 22-25, 2010
Bishop Lane Retreat Center, Rockford Illinois
Course is a weekend retreat.