Graduate Religion Program

Master of Arts: Religion

Biblical Studies

Theological Studies

Pastoral Arts


Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry

McClurkan Building

615-248-1378 or Fax 615-248-7418

Mission Statement

The Graduate Program in Religion at Trevecca Nazarene University seeks to provide women and men the opportunity to pursue graduate work in theology, Bible, and preaching for service to the world through the church.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Graduate Program in Religion offers the master of arts degree. The graduate of this program should be able to:

  1. Define the most significant issues arising from his/her major.
  2. Identify the most significant contributions to his/her major.
  3. Define and value the role of the Church for theological reflection.
  4. Define and appropriate the practices of the Christian faith.
  5. Define the meaning and significance of Biblical authority for theological reflection and Christian practice.
  6. Engage in disciplined and independent research.
  7. Frame and critique arguments.
  8. Use research skills appropriate to the field of religious studies.

The Nature of Graduate Study

Graduate study presupposes a broad background of knowledge and preparation at the undergraduate level for the desired graduate program. It is recognized that graduate studies differ both quantitatively and qualitatively from undergraduate studies.

All graduate work should exhibit no less than three of these characteristics. Superior graduate work should exhibit all of these characteristics:

  1. Demonstrates freedom from spelling and grammatical errors
  2. Reflects a serious engagement with secondary literature
  3. Reflects a serious engagement with primary literature
  4. Makes a sustained argument.

It is expected that graduate work be substantially more advanced than undergraduate work in at least the following ways:

  1. Level of complexity
  2. Depth of specialization
  3. Quality of analysis
  4. Capacity to synthesize material
  5. Intellectual creativity
  6. Breadth and depth of explanation
  7. Pursuit of significant questions and issues
  8. Reconsideration of the history of the discipline.

Generally, only students with a strong undergraduate record should pursue graduate study.

Admission Procedures and Policies


When applying for admission, each applicant must submit:

Admission decisions are based on the total picture prescribed by the applicants. No one item will necessarily lead to a denial of admission.

(1) Undergraduate Degree

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution evidenced by an official transcript. The undergraduate degree should include at least 18 semester hours in religious studies. Any student who does not meet this requirement may be granted admission with "academic restriction" to the program by the graduate religion faculty if all other criteria have been met. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 is required for regular admission. If an applicant does not have the required GPA, the applicant may petition the director of the Graduate Religion Program to consider alternative evidence of scholastic ability, including graduate work from other schools or acceptable test scores. According to the recommendations of the graduate religion faculty, an applicant may be admitted with restrictions, or denied admission. Applicants admitted with academic restriction may be granted regular admission upon completion of his or her file and 9 semester hours with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

(2) Nationally Recognized Aptitude Measurement

All applicants are required to complete the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The MAT is offered on Trevecca's campus at regular intervals. Scores will be accepted from tests taken within the previous five years. All International Students are required to take the TOEFL. Any student for whom English is a second language may also be required to take the TOEFL before regular admission. (International students, see the Admissions section of this Catalog for TOEFL requirements.)

Miller Analogies Test Trevecca Policies and Procedures


The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required for admission to the Graduate Religion Programs.

Call for Registration Information

Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service
Trevecca Nazarene University
333 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, TN 37210

Test Dates and Times

Monday through Friday by appointment

Test Fee


Registration Procedure

Mail or bring the following information to the Center for Leadership Calling and Service:

Note: Institution will receive scores in approximately 3 weeks. For any further questions please call Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service, TNU at 615-248-1346. The Psychological Corporation may be contacted at 1-800-622-3231 for the nearest testing site.

(3) Letters of Recommendation

Two recommendations must be provided by each applicant. These should be from former teachers, with one being from a teacher in the field of religious studies, if possible. Forms will be provided to the applicant.

(4) Acceptance of Application

All credentials must be accepted by the director of the Graduate Religion Program. A review of the application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other relevant data will be conducted. Final approval for admission or denial is determined by the Graduate Advisory Committee, and applicants will be notified in writing at least two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. Students may not take courses beyond the first semester until all admission requirements have been met.

Admission Status

Students will be classified in the following ways:

1. Regular Admission

Admission file is complete and acceptable with no restrictions.

2. Admission with Academic Restriction

Prospective students who do not meet all requirements for Regular Admission may be granted Admission with Academic Restriction. The Admission with Academic Restriction status may become Regular Admission when the applicant completes nine (9) semester hours in the M.A. graduate program at Trevecca Nazarene University with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Failure to meet all requirements for regular admission during the first nine (9) consecutive semester hours may result in disenrollment. Appeals may be made to the Graduate Religion Advisory Committee.

3. Candidacy Status

Students who have earned 24 hours of credit with a 3.0 GPA or better will be considered as candidates for the M.A. degree.

4. Graduate Transfer Students

An applicant who has earned graduate credit from another regionally accredited institution may transfer a maximum of 9 semester hours into the student's approved degree program. Transfer credits must carry a grade of B or higher in order to apply directly to the M.A. in religion program at Trevecca.

5. Dual Admission

Undergraduate students may begin their graduate work if they are within twelve hours of receiving their B.A. and are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in religion. Students in this category will be admitted with "academic restriction."

6. Academic Probation

Any graduate student in religion will be placed on academic probation when his or her cumulative GPA falls below 3.0. The student will be informed in writing of the probation by the director and given no more than two semesters to raise the cumulative GPA to at least a 3.0. If the student does not raise the GPA within two semesters, he or she will be dismissed from the program.

Academic Counseling

Each student admitted to the program may select a member of the graduate faculty in religion for academic advising. The advisor will assist the student in planning his/her course of study.

Master of Arts: Religion Program

The M.A. program at Trevecca Nazarene University is designed to provide advanced study and training for those who wish to pursue such programs beyond the baccalaureate degree. Its goal is to provide the depth of training, the specialized skills, and the sense of creative independence that will allow students both to practice and to contribute to their profession and to develop competence in methods of study appropriate to their areas of interest.

Two types of instruction are available in the M.A. program.

First, the primary course structure for the M.A. program is offered in the form of a concentrated seminar consisting of three days per session with at least two sessions required per semester. In some cases and when appropriate to the nature of the class, the second session may be in the format of online instruction. Students will know at the time of registration whether two on-site sessions or one on-site followed up by on-line instruction comprise the course. These sessions will be preceded and followed by extensive preparation and research on the part of the students in order to maximize the time with the instructor. This special course structure is provided to allow ministers as well as others who are actively engaged in their professions to be involved in the program without seriously interfering with their normal responsibilities.

Second, certain courses in the undergraduate curriculum are designated as available to graduate students. A clear distinction will be made between undergraduate and graduate work in these classes, and provision will be made for personal guidance to the graduate student who will normally be involved in a research project related to the subject area of the class, one which will go significantly beyond the normal undergraduate requirements. No more than 9 hours may be taken from the undergraduate curriculum to apply towards the M.A. degree.

Typical Master of Arts Seminar Schedule


2:00 5:00 Class Session I


8:00 12:00 Class Session I


1:00 5:00 Class Session I


8:00 11:00 Class Session I


2:00 5:00 Class Session II


8:00 12:00 Class Session II


1:00 5:00 Class Session II


8:00 11:00 Class Session II

Graduate Religion Program Grading System

Points Per Credit Hour





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Incomplete (see Incomplete Policy)


Withdrawn granted to students who officially withdraw from a class during the first five weeks or by approval of the director of the Graduate Program in Religion.


Four areas of study are available for students to choose from for their major.

Academic Load

Six (6) semester hours is considered a full load per term with a recommended maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.

Student Progress

In order for a student to remain in good standing he/she must accumulate at least six hours toward a degree each year. Students must apply for a leave of absence for any semester in which they are not registered. Failure to notify the director of the Graduate Religion Program may result in dismissal from the program.

Class Attendance

Regular class attendance is an important obligation, and each student is responsible for all work conducted in class meetings. Graduate faculty members should state clearly on each course syllabus the attendance policy that will govern the class. Faculty are required to accept the decision of the graduate religion faculty on all attendance policy appeals.

M.A. in Religion Degree Requirements

To receive the master of arts degree in religion, a student must earn thirty-six semester hours of credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a four-point scale in total work attempted while he or she is registered in the program, including any work transferred into the program. No more than three (3) grades below a B will be counted towards the degree (but will be counted towards the GPA). No grade below C- will count toward the degree.

Course Hour Requirements

The requirements for completing the M.A. in Religion are:



REL 5025 Method and Research in Religion


Specific courses in concentration area (Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Pastoral Arts, or Preaching )




Thesis/Research Project




Every degree candidate must complete all requirements within a seven-year period. Any student who exceeds the seven year period will be subject to dismissal from the program or additional course work to be determined by the director of the program. Any exceptions must be approved by the director of Graduate Religion Program and the student's committee.

Thesis/Research Project

All students will complete 6 hours of thesis or research project in relationship to their concentrated area of study (i.e., Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Pastoral Arts, or Preaching). The student may begin working informally with a full-time faculty member in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at any point during the student's enrollment in the program concerning topics and areas of interest for the thesis or research project. However, by the end of the semester in which the student has completed 21hours of coursework, she or he must complete a formal request (to be received from the Administrative Assistant in the Graduate Program) for a specific faculty member to serve as her/his primary advisor on the thesis /research project. At the beginning of the first semester of Thesis/research project enrollment, the student will submit to her/his primary research advisor in writing a proposed topic of study. Students may either develop a thesis on a topic related to her/his concentration or may engage in an area of research in her/his concentration in direct relationship to a ministry setting in which the student is actively engaged. In the event that the thesis/research project has not been completed by the end of the second semester of enrollment, the student will be required to register for REL 5503 Thesis Research Extension for 0 credit hours and will pay an extension fee of $200. A maximum of two semesters of REL 5503 is permitted.

Master of Arts Course Descriptions


REL 5025 Method and Research in Religion (3)

An introductory course to the graduate program in Religion focused on methodology and research that will be employed by the student throughout their program.

REL 5500-5501 Thesis Research (3-6)

For those students who choose to write a thesis/research project in lieu of 2 courses within their major field. Both sections must be taken at regular tuition charges.

REL 5503 Thesis Research Extension (0)

Must be taken by students who have registered for REL 5500-5501 and have not completed their thesis/research project within one year. A $200 extension fee will be charged for the course, and a student may only resister for REL 5503 twice.

REL 5505 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Religion (3)

A course designed to facilitate a topic, theme, or issue that requires an interdisciplinary scope.


BIB 5100 The Histories of Israel (3)

A study of the literature and theology of the Deuteronomistic and Chronicler's Histories.

BIB 5110 The Megilloth (3)

A study of the festival scrolls Ruth, Esther, Lamentations, Song of Songs, and Ecclesiastes.

BIB 5120 The Book of Twelve (3)

A literary and theological study of the message of the book of the twelve (Minor Prophets) and the diverse contexts into which the independent books speak.

BIB 5711 Genesis (3)

A study of the first book in the Bible, with particular emphasis on major sections, themes, or theological issues.

BIB 5713 Deuteronomy (3)

A study of the "second law," with major consideration of the biblical and theological theme of law in the Old Testament.

BIB 5717 Eighth-Century Prophets (3)

A study of the golden age of prophecy including the works of Amos, Hosea, Micah, and the early Isaiah.

BIB 5722 Pentateuch (3)

A historical and theological study of the first five books of the Old Testament.

BIB 5723 Deuteronomistic History (3)

A historical, literary, and theological study of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah as presented in Joshua, Judges, I and 2 Samuel, and I and 2 Kings.

BIB 5724 Old Testament Prophets: Pre-Exilic and Exilic (3)

A study of the phenomenon of prophecy in the Old Testament. Specific attention will be given to historical and exegetical analysis of those prophets preaching prior to and during the exile.

BIB 5725 Post-Exilic Literature and Faith (3)

A historical, literary, and theological survey of the post-exilic period through the study of the post-exilic prophets, the Megilloth, and the chronicler's history. Selected apocryphal materials of the era will also be examined.

BIB 5726 Psalms and Wisdom Literature (3)

A study of the devotional literature compiled in the Psalms and those books in the third division of the Hebrew canon commonly called wisdom literature

BIB 5727 Apocalyptic Literature (3)

A study of the literary genre known as apocalyptic that flourished in the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. and A.D., including the canonical books of Daniel and Revelation.

BIB 5731 Intermediate Hebrew (3)

Further study of Hebrew language with emphasis on translation from the original text.

BIB 5732 Advanced Hebrew (3)

Emphasis on translation of selected passages from the Hebrew Bible, stressing grammatical and textual matters.

BIB 5733 Readings in Hebrew Bible (1-3)

Primary emphasis on rapid reading the language; may be taken in conjunction with another Hebrew Bible course.

BIB 5734 Directed Study in Hebrew (1 -3)

A particular study in a selected portion of the Hebrew Bible under the direction of a qualified professor.

BIB 5740 Old Testament Theology (3)

A historical and methodological examination of the discipline of Old Testament Theology, with a survey of the various theological genres within the Old Testament and the major theological themes developed therein.

BIB 5742 Theology of Exile (3)

A study of the theological impact of the devastating reality of exile with in the life and faith of Israel in the 6th century.

BIB 5744 Theology of Wisdom (3)

A study of the major theological themes and motifs that are characteristic of Old Testament wisdom literature.

BIB 5760 New Testament Theology (3)

A study of the historical, methodological, and conceptual development of the discipline of New Testament Theology, with particular focus on the unique contributions of major New Testament authors to the holistic theology developed in the early Christian Church and implications of such study for the contemporary Church.

BIB 5761 Pauline Theology (3)

A study of the major theological themes and issues dealt with in Paul's epistles, with a focus on Paul's influence on the theology of the early Christian Church as a whole.

BIB 5762 Lukan Theology (3)

A study of the major theological issues found in Luke-Acts, with particular emphasis on their relationship to Pauline theology and the theology of the Synoptic Gospels.

BIB 5763 Intermediate Greek (3)

More detailed study of the grammar and syntax of New Testament Greek accompanied by sight translation of selected readings in the Gospels and epistles.

BIB 5764 Johannine Theology (3)

A study of the dominant theological emphasis of the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John, and the Apocalypse in relation to the rest of the New Testament.

BIB 5766 Resurrection in the New Testament (3)

A Biblical and theological investigation of the key New Testament texts that deal with resurrection, with special emphasis on the Pauline Epistles and the Gospels, as well as attention to significant secondary literature on resurrection.

BIB 5771 Synoptic Gospels (3)

A study in the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke with special emphasis upon the Synoptic problem, the issue of the priority of Mark, and the essential structure of all three Gospels.

BIB 5772 Mark/Matthew (3)

A study of the life and teaching of Jesus as presented in the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Matthew, with special attention to their literary relationship and the uniqueness of each.

BIB 5773 Luke-Acts (3)

A study of the Lukan material as a literary unit embracing the life and ministry of Jesus and the development of the early Christian Church around the confession of the resurrected Messiah, with attention also given to the relationship of Luke-Acts to the other Gospels.

BIB 5774 Johannine Literature (3)

An investigation of the characteristics, purposes, and central themes of the gospel and Epistles of John, with attention also given to their relationship with the Synoptic Gospels.

BIB 5775 Hebrews and General Epistles (3)

A study the major themes and motifs of Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, and Jude.

BIB 5776 Readings in the Greek New Testament (1-3)

A specialized study in the Greek text of selected portions of the New Testament designed to facilitate a more rapid and thorough ability to read the Greek text.

BIB 5777 Advanced Greek (3)

A specialized study of selected portions of the Greek text that provides the opportunity to translate with enhanced grammatical and syntactical facility, providing greater understanding of the text.

BIB 5780 Pauline Epistles (3)

A study of the life, teaching, and theology of the Apostle Paul based on a thorough analysis of the Pauline Epistles and consideration of pertinent secondary sources including Luke-Acts.

BIB 5781 Romans (3)

A study of the major literary and theological themes explicated in Paul's epistle to the church at Rome.

BIB 5782 Corinthian Correspondence (3)

A thorough study of the books of I and II Corinthians, with a focus on major theological themes and significant literary problems within the books.

BIB 5783 Galatians (3)

A study of the major themes and issues addressed in Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, with emphasis on the theological relationship of Galatians to the rest of Paul's epistles and the remainder of the New Testament.

BIB 5784 Christological Epistles (3)

A study in the books of Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, with a primary emphasis on the development of the understanding of Christology within each book.

BIB 5785 The Thessalonian Epistles (3)

A thorough study of I and II Thessalonians with special emphasis on the major themes of sanctification and eschatology developed therein.

BIB 5786 The Pastoral Epistles (3)

A study in I and II Timothy and Titus, with special emphasis on the relationship of these works to the other Pauline Epistles.

BIB 6000 Seminar in Old Testament (3)

Designed to provide the opportunity for thorough study of selected portions of the Old Testament canon or special issues in Old Testament studies.

BIB 6100 Seminar in New Testament (3)

A specialized course designed to provide thorough study in an area of special interest within New Testament studies.

BIB 6110 Isaiah (3)

A literary, historical, and theological examination of the canonical book of Isaiah.

BIB 6120 Jeremiah (3)

A study of the prophet Jeremiah and his message to both the pre-exilic and exilic communities.

BIB 6130 Ezekiel (3)

A study of the prophet Ezekiel and his message to the exilic community, with particular emphasis upon the priestly understanding of holiness as reflected in the book of Ezekiel.

BIB 6200 Seminar in Biblical Theology (3)

A study of a significant biblical theme, concept, or motif, with special emphasis on the development of that idea throughout the entire Christian canon.

BIB 6300 Seminar in Old Testament Theology (3)

A specialized study in one of the major theological themes or motifs in the Old Testament.

BIB 6400 Seminar in New Testament Theology (3)

A specialized study of one or more major theological themes as developed within the entire New Testament.

BIB 6500 Prophet and Society: Communicating the Prophetic Message in Contemporary Culture (3)

An examination of the message of the eighth and seventh century B.C. prophets in light of the political, economic, social, and religious milieu of their day and the manner in which that message is communicated in the contemporary setting.


THE 5100 Survey of Christian History (3)

A survey of movements and issues in the history of Christianity and their implication for contemporary ministry.

THE 5200 20th Century Southern Religion (3)

An investigation of the history of the church in the American Southeast in the 20th Century. Special attention will be given to the development of southern religious identity through revivalism, holiness camp meetings, and the rise of the mega-church in the southern urban areas in the late twentieth century.

THE 5801 Systematic Theology I (3)

A study of the nature, scope, and sources of theology; revelation; the doctrine of God; Christology.

THE 5802 Systematic Theology II (3)

A continuing study of Christology, anthropology, sin, salvation, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and eschatology.

THE 5812 Doctrine of the Trinity (3)

A study of the fundamental Christian affirmation that God is triune. Attention will be given to historical development of the doctrine of God, especially in its Latin and Greek formulations. The course will look at various systematic intersections. (i.e., christology, ecclesiology, soteriology, pneumatology, etc.). Particular attention will be given to recent discussions of the Trinity in contemporary theology.

THE 5813 Christology (3)

A study of the person, work, and nature of Jesus as the Christ, with emphasis on the historical development of the doctrine and the implications for the rest of the theological enterprise.

THE 5814 Pneumatology (3)

A study of the person, nature, and work of the Holy Spirit, with particular emphasis on that doctrine within the holiness movement.

THE 5815 Eschatology (3)

A study of the Christian doctrine of the "last things." Special attention will be given to understanding Christian eschatology in terms of the apocalyptic expectation of the coming reign of God. The course will consider the systematic intersections of various doctrinal themes, such as death and resurrection, creation and new creation, possibility and hope, advent and parousia, the final judgment, etc.

THE 5818 Ecclesiology (3)

A theological study of the doctrine of the Church.

THE 5820 Theology of Holiness (3)

A study of the biblical, historical, theological, and practical implications and applications of the doctrine of holiness.

THE 5821 Theology of Atonement (3)

A study of the biblical and historical understandings of the atoning work of Christ, with special emphasis on developing an understanding of atonement that is consistent with a Wesleyan theology.

THE 5823 Theology of Worship (3)

A biblical and historical examination of the nature and meaning of worship as it has developed through the centuries, with special emphasis on developing a contemporary theology of worship.

THE 5830 The Theology of John Wesley (3)

A study of the life, thought, and doctrinal commitments of John Wesley with special attention to the doctrine of perfection.

THE 5835 John Wesley's Theological Forbearers (3)

An investigation into the sources of John Wesley's theology and thought with special attention given to the original source writings that informed Wesley's bourgeoning theological idealisms throughout his life and ministry.

THE 5871 History of the Ancient and Medieval Church (3)

A survey of the major movements of the Christian Church from the New Testament through the end of the 15th Century A.D. Doctrine, polity, church life and worship in each period will be covered.

THE 5872 History of the Reformation and Modern Church (3)

A survey of the major movements and figures of the Christian Church from the Reformation of the 16th Century A.D. to the present. Doctrine, polity, church life and worship in each period will be covered.

THE 5873 History of the Church in North America (3)

A survey of the major movements and figures of the Christian Church in North America. Doctrine, polity, church life and worship in each period will be covered.

THE 5874 History of Holiness Theology (3)

A study of the historical development of the doctrine of holiness from biblical times to the present, with special emphasis upon the Wesleyan understanding of Christian perfection and its subsequent development within the American Holiness Movement.

THE 5875 History and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene (3)

The history of the Church of the Nazarene with special attention given to its organization and distinctive mission. The place of the Church of the Nazarene in the history of the Christian Church in North America and its relation to the holiness movement and other holiness churches will be covered. Non-Nazarenes may petition for a special study in their own denominational history and polity.

THE 6000 Seminar in Theology (3)

Designed to provide the opportunity for thorough study of selected topics in theology or particular theologians.

THE 6100 Seminar in Philosophical Theology (3)

A study of a special topic or an influential philosopher.

THE 6150 Medieval Wisdom for the Modern Church (3)

An investigation into the contributions of medieval thinkers such as Gregory the Great, Thomas Aquinas, Peter Abelard, Julian of Norwich, et. al. and their contribution to Christian thought as a way of wisdom or "knowing and doing the faith" for the practice of Christian thought in the following areas: Creation, Tradition, Theology or fides quaerens intellectum--"faith seeking understanding," Ethics or "faith formed by love," Monastics life and missions, Mysticism or "heart religion," Incarnation or the embodied life of faith, and Death, i.e. the "art of dying well" (ars morendi).

THE 6200 Seminar in Historical Theology (3)

Designed to provide opportunity to study selected movements or developments within a selected era or area.

THE 6300 Seminar in Contemporary Theology (3)

A study of particular theologians or selected movements within contemporary theology, from the early 20th century to the present.


PRA 5201 Spiritual Formation (3)

Graduate study in the heritage, theology, and practices of Christian spiritual formation, including a Wesleyan perspective articulated through the means of grace.

PRA 5210 Church and Community (3)

An examination of the processes of forming a witnessing people shaped by an outward journey of gospel engagement with their unique context. The course will emphasize skill development in exegesis of the community and the church's interaction with that community.

PRA 5220 Formation of the Congregation (3)

An examination of ways in which a congregation is formed, including formal education settings, informal or non-formal methods of training and discipleship, and the formation that happens in the sharing of life through story, ritual, and relationship.

PRA 5230 The Congregation in Multicultural Context (3)

An examination of multicultural ministry in all its complexity which explores cultural dynamics, change theory, principles of intercultural leadership and contextualization, and the strengths and weaknesses of various multicultural models for the congregation.

PRA 5300 Lifespan Development: The Foundation for Pastoral Care and Counseling (3)

Examination of the process of human development and that which occurs both within the person and in response to the environment in which they are living. Emphasis upon pastoral guidance for healthy lives and practical intervention in seasons of crisis.

PRA 5310 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling Theory and Practice (3)

Examination of the foundations to the theory and process of Pastoral counseling. This course will include both theory and practice.

PRA 5709 Preaching the Old Testament (3)

A study of the most effective ways to preach specific genres, forms, and types of Old Testament texts to contemporary Christian audiences.

PRA 5799 Preaching the New Testament (3)

A study of the most effective ways to preach the various genres, forms, and types of New Testament literature to contemporary Christian audiences.

PRA 5916 Youth, Culture, Ministry (3)

An exploration of the various cultural influences that influence contemporary youth (including adolescence) and youth ministry.

PRA 5932 Leadership Skills and Conflict Management (3)

A study of leadership styles, personal leadership skills, and concepts of conflict management.

PRA 5940 Homiletics (3)

A study of the varieties of effective homiletical styles and methods, including the theoretical basis, the theological underpinnings, and an evaluation of working models of various kinds of sermons.

PRA 5941 Principles of Communication in Ministry (3)

Examines the relationship of principles of communication to the practice of leadership and service in Christian ministry contexts. This course will equip the student to analyze, interpret, critique, and influence human communication in diverse forms: intrapersonal communication, small group transactions, organizational communication, and mass communication.

PRA 5945 Transformational Preaching (3)

A careful examination of the basic paradigms for effective preaching of the gospel in a post-modern culture with special emphasis on transformational models and the varieties of homiletical methods that can be utilized as means of change.

PRA 5949 Biblical Preaching (3)

An intensive study of a particular biblical book as a preaching resource, with emphasis on the historical and theological background of the book. The student will be exposed to a variety of types of sermons that can be developed from selected passages within the book.

PRA 5952 Youth Ministry (3)

Preliminary course addressing the practice of youth ministry; includes both a theoretical introduction to youth and youth ministry as well as a practical overview of the practice of educational ministry with youth.

PRA 5953 Issues in Associate Ministry (3)

An integrative course designed to interact with various contemporary issues within the discipline of associate and Christian education ministries, including youth ministry, worship, and compassionate ministry. Attention will be given to the study of practical theology, issues in multiple staff, and the development of individual research with the student's particular area of interest within Christian education.

PRA 5970 Preaching: A Contemporary Introduction (3)

Designed to acquaint the student with homiletical theory especially as it has been framed over the last decade. Attention will be given to the moves, framework, images, and language of contemporary homiletical theory and how that relates to preaching in the twenty-first century.

PRA 5971 A History of Preaching (3)

Surveys the history of preaching in the Christian tradition from the early church to the present. Special attention will be given to the notable preachers, characteristic rhetorical styles, and general themes of preaching in the Early, Medieval, Reformation, Modern, and Contemporary eras of Church history.

PRA 5972 Preaching as an Interpretative Act (3)

Encourages participants to become aware of, acquire a fresh perspectives upon, and sharpen their interpretative practices of both biblical text and the social realities in which our preaching is embedded.

PRA 5973 Preaching in the Postmodern World (3)

Examines the postmodern milieu and its implications for preaching. We will think together about what demands postmodernity makes upon us as preachers, and what opportunities it affords us.

PRA 5975 Preaching and Imagination (3)

Focuses on the ways the preacher can utilize the imagination in the service of proclaiming the gospel. Together we will discover how to approach the text with an imaginative eye (and ear) and how the use of imagery can assist in the formation of both interesting and compelling sermons.

PRA 5980 Preaching as Testimony (3)

Examines an emerging field of homiletics called "testimonial homiletics." The benefits, effects, and distinctiveness of this model will be evaluated with attention given to its usefulness as a paradigm for preaching in a postmodern, Wesleyan, evangelical context.

PRA 6101 Narrative Preaching (3)

Examines the narrative form of scripture and seeks to train preachers in the art of creating narrative-shaped sermons. Specific skills to be taught include storytelling, narrative plot, and congregational exegesis.

PRA 6250 Preaching the Lectionary: Year A (3)

Focuses on the upcoming church year, attends to the biblical texts of the lectionary readings (Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospel), and explorse sermonic resources for the particular seasons of the church in Year A.

PRA 6260 Preaching the Lectionary: Year B (3)

Focuses on the upcoming church year, attends to the biblical texts of the lectionary readings (Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospel), and explores sermonic resources for the particular seasons of the church in Year B.

PRA 6270 Preaching the Lectionary: Year C (3)

Focuses on the upcoming church year, attends to the biblical texts of the lectionary readings (Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and Gospel), and explores sermonic resources for the particular seasons of the church in Year C.

PRA 6300 Seminar in Practical Theology (3)

Designed to provide the opportunity for thorough study of selected areas or topics of practical theology.

PRA 6320 Pastoral Counseling and Care for the Entire Family (3)

Exploration of opportunities to assist families both in preventive, as well as, how to intervene in difficult times. This will include but is not limited to premarital counseling, marital counseling, family spiritual planning, and family counseling using a systemic approach to health and healing. This course will include both theory and practice.

PRA 6330 Pastoral Ministry to the Sick and Dying (3)

In light of the pastor's ministry in the context of sickness, suffering, the process of dying, and death itself, an exploration of pastoral counseling and care for both the one who is suffering, as well as family members. Practical application for dealing with sickness, suffering, dying, death, and bereavement based upon the unique practice of "crisis counseling." This course will include both theory and practice.

PRA 6400 Seminar in Preaching (3)

Designed to offer opportunity for special areas of interest in the field of preaching to be treated.

PRA 6401 Preaching as Pastoral Care (3)

Designed to link preaching ministry with pastoral care. Attention will be given to how preaching renders the grace of God to a congregation such that pastoral care is accomplished. Some attention will be given to how preaching joins other pastoral care practices in order to provide a larger ministry to a congregation.

PRA 6402 Preaching and Old Testament Narratives (3)

Define, discuss, and engage in study of Old Testament narrative for the sake of preaching.

PRA 6405 Preaching the Message of Holiness from Old Testament Texts (3)

An examination of both the priestly and prophetic calls to holiness and the manner in which these voices might be preached in light of contemporary homiletical theory and recent studies in imagination and preaching.

PRA 6406 Preaching to Exiles (3)

An examination of the significance of Babylonian exile and the diverse texts written in the midst of this time, including Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah 40-55, and Lamentations, in light of the enduring significance that these texts have for preaching in the contemporary setting.

PRA 6407 Preaching Gospel Narratives (3)

Define, discuss, and engage in study of Gospel narrative for the sake of preaching.

PRA 6408 Preaching the Epistles (3)

Define, discuss, and engage in study of the New Testament Epistles for the sake of preaching.

PRA 6409 Preaching the Parables (3)

Define, discuss, and engage in study of Jesus' parables for the sake of preaching.

PRA 6410 Preaching Psalms and Wisdom (3)

This course will examine the nature, form, and themes of Old Testament Psalms and Wisdom Literature and the preaching possibilities of this literature for the church today.

PRA 6425 Preaching and the Christian Year (3)

Focuses on the utilization of the revised common lectionary for preaching through a three-year cycle. Preaching the overarching themes of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost will be explored. The sermonic possibilities for "ordinary time" will also be examined.

PRA 6500 Prophet and Society: Communicating the Prophetic Message in Contemporary Culture (3)

An examination of the message of the eighth and seventh century B.C. prophets in light of the political, economic, social, and religious milieu of their day and the manner in which that message is communicated in the contemporary setting.

Faculty of the Graduate Religion Program

Full-time Faculty

TIMOTHY M. GREEN, Director of Graduate Religion Program, Dean of Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry, Professor of Old Testament Theology and Literature, 1991- B.A., Olivet Nazarene University, 1983; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1997.

DAN BOONE, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Preaching, 2005 -
B.A., Trevecca Nazarene University, 1974; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1977; D.Min., McCormick Theological Seminary, 1996.

BRYCE FOX, Professor of Christian Education and Youth Ministry, 2001-
B.A., Olivet Nazarene University, 1986; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1995; Ph.D., Indiana University, 2001.

STEVEN T. HOSKINS, Associate Professor of Religion, 1995-
B.A., Trevecca Nazarene University, 1986; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1990; M.A., St. Louis University, 2004; Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University, 2009; PhD Graduate Theological Foundation, 2010.

MICHAEL D. JACKSON, Associate Professor of Religion, 2010-
B.S., Jacksonville University, 1975; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1978; D.Min., McCormick Theological Seminary, 2003.

KATHY MOWRY, J.B. Elizer Chair of Christian Ministry; Associate Professor of Mission and Christian Education, 2007
BA, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1985; MA, Wheaton Graduate School, 1987; MA, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1992; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2011.

DANIEL B. SPROSS, Professor of Bible and Theology, 1988 -
B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University, 1971; M.A. Mennonite Brethren Bible Seminary, 1979; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1981; Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1988.

Part-time Faculty

H. RAY DUNNING, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Philosophy, 1964 -
B.A., Trevecca Nazarene University, 1948; B.D., Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1951; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1952; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University 1969.