Select two courses you will teach during the upcoming year and develop one assignment for each course in which content is informed by faith.
I cheated a little by choosing four, but I think they have some potential. Tell me what you think.
1. Church History I: Students will consider the issues involved in the Christological debates of the early Church and work to design their own creed to answer the complicated questions of Christ’s divinity and humanity. This creed may be no more than 250 words, and should address the major concerns of the various parties involved. Students should supplement their creeds with 1-2 pages explaining their choices with regard to historical and theological issues as well as their personal beliefs.
2. Church History II: For this assignment students will imagine themselves to be a Christian believer during the Reformation. Though born into the traditional Roman Catholic Church, over the course of their lives numerous changes will have taken place. Among the new Reformation options include: the Lutheran Reformation, the Zwinglian Reformation, Calvin’s Geneva, the Radical Reformers, the English Reformation, and Tridentine Catholicism. Based on their personal beliefs, students will be asked to place themselves in the midst of the reforming options of the 16th century by means of a three page personal narrative.
Students should be prepared to stake out their opinion on a variety of issues including, but not limited to, the relationship of Church and State, faith/works, Church tradition, humanism, communion, heresy, baptism, Scripture, salvation, and sanctification. Students are not required to align themselves wholly with any one historic Reformation option, but must be prepared to justify their personal beliefs in light of the theological and historical climate of the era. On the date the assignment is due, students will come to class and, based on their beliefs, align in small groups for dialogue and debate with believers of other persuasions. Students will be evaluated on both the strength of their essays and participation during in-class discussion.
3. Discipleship and Spiritual Formation: Early in the semester, students will be assigned a small gender-based group of 2-3 individuals with which they will regularly practice the practice of confession (see Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, for more). Students are expected to meet weekly with their group and keep a journal of their experience and evaluation of its place in the practice of Christian discipleship. Groups discussions are expected to remain confidential and journals will be reviewed in kind by the professor at the end of the semester. During the last week of the course, a class session will be devoted to a discussion of the experience from students’ perspective.
4. Family Ministry Capstone: Students will review their “Philosophy of Ministry” projects from your earlier ministry courses and be prepared to illustrate that philosophy in action. Students will be expected to design an activity/event/curriculum/message that exemplifies their assumed priorities. Assignments are expected to be written professionally and must both align with their stated philosophy and explain the nature of that alignment. Students will present their projects for peer review and, following revisions, will include these as a part of their professional online ministry portfolio.