The Spring Term is underway at Midwestern Seminary and I am enjoying seeing new and returning students again on campus.
Here are the courses I am teaching this spring in addition to my ongoing academic administrative responsibilities:
History of Christianity 2 – St. Louis
This is second semester of our required Church History survey course (at the graduate and undergraduate levels) and will cover events and doctrinal development from the Reformation to the Present. In this class I especially enjoy weaving together both a straight Church History approach where we review biography, dates, events and why they matter, as well as a Historical Theology approach that discusses and evaluates specific doctrines as they developed in their unique historical contexts.
Particularly, I am looking forward to this semester as I have the opportunity to co-teach the course with John Mark Yeats, Dean of Midwestern College. We will take turns traveling to St. Louis, Missouri to teach Midwestern students at the The Journey Church – Tower Grove campus. The Journey Church and Midwestern are joyfully like-minded partners and the opportunity to meet with these present and future pastors and church workers make this extension campus one of Midwestern’s most exciting ventures ‘for the church.’ Here are the syllabi (Graduate; Undergraduate) for History of Christianity 2, Mondays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in St. Louis. If you are ever in the area, please stop by and say hello.
History of Christianity 1 & 2 – Online
Since coming to Midwestern in August 2014, I set out to ensure that I would, as quickly as possible, teach a course at every level and delivery system. This Spring, I complete that goal by teaching History of Christianity 1 and 2 in our Online Studies program at the Graduate level. Online Courses at Midwestern are offered at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and take place in 8 week terms. Rather than watching prerecorded lectures by video, Midwestern Online courses are facilitated discussion and interaction with the professor and students combined with directed and customized research and writing. With capped class sizes, this ensures that while not the same as an on-campus course, there is still a high level of interaction between professor and student. That, and it is impossible to hide at the back of class in an online learning environment!
Doctoral Studies Colloquium
Doctoral Studies at Midwestern are available in modular and residential formats for both professional (DMin, DEdMin, DCoun) and Research (PhD) degrees. Students can reside on or nearby campus or continue their ministry in a distant state or country. Seminars are 15 weeks long, but only require one of those weeks for on campus instruction. The Doctoral Studies Colloquium is our introductory seminar for all doctoral students and is offered several times a year. When the Colloquium meets on campus, I get to join them for 1-2hrs of their time to discuss how to succeed in a doctoral program. It never gets old welcoming new students at the start of one of the most rewarding educational journeys upon which one can embark.
Are you interested in taking a class at Midwestern or seeing what degree program might be the best fit for you? Find more information here or make plans to attend our next Preview Day on campus or online. I would love to meet you and welcome you to Kansas City.
The Spring semester marks the return of regular articles and other resources here at JGDuesing.com or what I have titled as Footnotes: the collection of ancillary quotes, remarks and imagery of Jason G. Duesing. I am grateful to have the assistance of Jason Kees as a Provost Fellow. Kees serves as pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Florien, Louisiana, current MBTS PhD student and regular contributor to For the Church (FTC.co). You can follow him on twitter at @jpkees.