Audit Program

Phillips Theological Seminary offers classes for no academic credit through an audit program. A limited number of auditors may be permitted in some courses, depending on course size and type.

Fall 2019 Audit Courses


Weekly On-Campus Courses: Aug 26-Dec 13

NT 500 Introduction to New Testament

On Campus: Tuesdays

An introduction to the writings of the New Testament, to the worlds from which they emerge, and to a range of interpretive methods or
questions that interpreters might ask in making meaning of these texts.

No Prerequisites. Instructor: Warren Carter, LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament.

CE 685 Education as a Practice of Freedom

On Campus: Tuesdays

This introductory course will examine different approaches to Christian Education and provide basic teaching, teacher training, and
educational ministry-development skills. Students will begin to explore the multiple purposes that the teaching ministry of the church
serves and learn how these principles can be used in a variety of settings. Students will also learn to articulate and challenge their own
approach to Christian education and develop focused educational planning for their current envisioned ministry context that would also
lead the church and participants into public life, mission and justice.

No Prerequisites. Instructor: Annie Lockhart-Gilroy, Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology.

DS 625 United Methodist Polity

On Campus: Tuesdays

This course, required for candidates for or orders in the United Methodist Church, is designed to acquaint students with the 2016 Book of
Discipline and a sense of how its rules and requirements come to life in the practical affairs of the church, as well as to help students
understand how polity is related to the church’s historical and theological development.

Recommended Prerequisites: Phase I courses. Instructor: Grayson L. Lucky, Affiliate Instructor of United Methodist Studies.

DS 725 Presbyterian Polity

To be Arranged

A reflective and practical study of leadership in church government (polity) as defined in the Presbyterian Book of Order. The class will
learn how to apply current polity to a variety of pastoral situations. The course will also help students become familiar with parliamentary
procedure in order to plan and moderate session meetings.

Recommend Prerequisites: Phase I courses. Instructor: Rev. Todd Freeman, Presbyterian Denomination Formation Director and Pastor of College Hill Presbyterian Church, Tulsa.

Online Courses: Aug 26-Dec 13

HB 500 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Students will learn about the historical backgrounds
of these texts as well as the process of their composition and canonization. The biblical materials will be approached from an
academic/critical perspective with insights into how they might be used in different contemporary contexts. Successful completion of the
course will satisfy one of the basic Bible requirements for the Master’s degree programs.

No prerequisites. Instructor: Lisa W. Davison, Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible.

HC 502 History of Christianity I

This course is a survey of the development of the Christian church from the second century C.E. through the Middle Ages, examining the
institutional history of the church as well as the theological developments in the church. Attention will be given to various theologians,
theologies, and movements that shaped the period. The course highlights Christianity’s intellectual and cultural history with an emphasis
on the church’s evolving relationship to political and social structures that allowed Christianity to be both a religion of protest and
liberation as well as a religion of empire and conquest.

No Prerequisites. Instructor: Lisa D. Barnett, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity.

PT 530 Daughters of God: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Girlhood

By placing sociology and developmental theology in conversation with practical theology, this interdisciplinary course explores the
development of girlhood from birth to late adolescents. This course is divided into three parts. Part I focuses on readings from theology,
psychology, and sociology as we explore what it means to be a gendered person. Part II explores developmental psychology and sociology
as we look at developmental concerns specific to girls and ways that that gendered norms are created, with particular attention to how
girls form their own sense of girlhood and how this sense is influenced by others. Part III explores the work of practical theologians as we
move our focus towards the church and the implications for ministry.

No Prerequisites. Instructor: Annie Lockhart-Gilroy, Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology.

On-Campus Intensive Courses

Some courses may have prerequisites.

HC 770 Religion and the Civil Rights Movement

On Campus: August 5-9 8:30am–5:00pm

This course examines the ways in which religious beliefs, practices and institutions helped to form and inform the modern Civil Rights
movement in the United States. What role did religion play in igniting the quest for civil rights? How did religion form and inform the
Anti-Civil Rights Movement and its key players? How did the religious identities of movement leaders impact the content and contours
of the civil rights project? Was the Black Church a source of support for or resistance to the ideals and practices of the movement?
What role did white churches play in supporting and/or resisting the modern Civil Rights Movement? This course explores these broad
questions through an interdisciplinary study of primary and secondary sources (speeches, sermons, video presentations, essays,
songs, scholarly texts and articles) related to the modern Civil Rights movement.

Recommend Prerequisite: HC 504. Instructor: Ray A Owens, Affiliate Instructor of Christian Social Ethics and Black Church Studies and Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Tulsa.

PT 575 Introduction to Moral Injury in the Context of Ministry

September 27-28 9:00am-5:00pm

This course will explore an understanding of trauma-related moral injury from the context of a caregiver in pastoral ministry or other
professional caregiver roles such as social work, education, counseling, and healthcare. Participants will discover primary publications
and resources, including real life examples and stories of the effects of trauma-related moral injury with reflection form both a theological
and life situation framework. This course will meet on campus September 27 and September 28 .

No Prerequisites. Instructor: Dr. Tommy Goode, Director of the Moral Injury Institute in Missouri.

AH 700 Social World of Early Christianity

September 5 2:30pm-6:30pm; September 6-7 8:30am-5:00pm; October 3 2:30pm-6:30pm; October 4-5 8:30am-5:00pm

This course examines some NT Texts as participants in the discourses (literature; archeology; material objects/coins etc.) concerning
societal structures, practices, and personnel of the first-century Roman imperial world in which the early Jesus movement came into
being. Methods include literary, social science, imperial-critical, and historical approaches.

Prerequisite: successful completion of NT 500 Introduction to the New Testament. Instructor: Warren Carter, LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament.

AH 525 The Bible and Contemporary Issues

September 19 2:30pm-6:30pm; September 20-21 8:30am-5:00pm; November 7 2:30pm-6:30pm; November 8-9 8:30am-5:00pm

This course is designed to provide students with skills that will be useful in leading their congregations/communities in the study and
discussion of the bible and the difficult issues confronting people of faith in the 21st century (e.g., Stem Cell Research, Science & Religion,
Immigration, Human Sexuality, etc.). Students will gain an appreciation for how their particular reading location influences how they
interpret texts, and they will continue to identify and develop their own hermeneutical approach for reading/interpreting biblical
texts. Students will learn about exegetical approaches to the study of the bible (focusing on the Hebrew Bible) and sharpen their skills in
biblical interpretation. Through readings and class discussions/lectures, students will struggle with the question of “What is ethical biblical
interpretation?” Students will apply this knowledge and awareness to the examination of some contemporary issues in order to determine
a responsible way to apply the bible in difficult ethical discussions and decision-making.

Prerequisites: HB 500 or PC 500. Can fulfill a HB Upper-Level Exegesis requirement or a Faith and Public Discourse requirement. Instructor: Lisa W. Davison, Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible.

AH 880.11 Jesus in America, A Cultural History

October 7-11 8:30am – 5:00pm

Jesus has an American history, and the meanings around the imagery of Jesus in literature, film, music, and other forms of mass media
are interwoven with the history of that imagery in specific social, political, and theological contexts. Many depictions of Christ tell a story
about race, class, gender, and religion in America. As Stephen Prothero says, “Jesus may or may not be God, but he is certainly an
American hero.” The aim of this course is to study the various identity constructions of Jesus of Nazareth throughout America’s historical
experience. The course will explore the multifaceted cultural histories of Jesus in America that transformed him from an abstract
theological principle into an American icon.

No Prerequisites. Instructor: Lisa D. Barnett, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity.

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