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MS 651 Women in Ministry


Reading Draft Check for changes at the beginning of the semester Catherine Stonehouse, Ph.D. Professor of Christian Education Asbury Theological Seminary Wilmore, KY 40390 Course Prospectus CL/MS 651: WOMEN IN MINISTRY Three Hours The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with matters relating to women in the ordained and lay ministries of the church. Consideration is given to both the impact of the Church on women, and the impact of women on the Church, from biblical times to the present. The course is interdisciplinary in its structure, investigating the topic of women in ministry from biblical, historical, theological, psychological, sociological, anthropological, and pastoral perspectives. COURSE OBJECTIVES Students who complete the course with basic competency will be able to: 1. Use the Wesleyan quadrilateral to work through their questions on, and develop their theology of women and ministry. 2. Articulate biblical perspectives on women in ministry and use biblical perspectives to evaluate the varying views on women in ministry. 3. Use research findings on the developmental patterns and ways of knowing for both women and men to identify the significant contribution women as well as men have to offer in ministry. 4. Discuss the contributions women have made to the Church throughout history. 5. Reflect on the impact of women on their personal lives and spiritual growth. 6. Meet the challenges of being a woman in ministry or support women ministers, and affirm the ministry of all women in the Church, based on increased understanding of the experiences of contemporary women in the Church. ASSIGNMENTS Equal to the Task: Men and Women in Partnership, Ruth Haley Barton Two Views on Women in Ministry, James R. Beck and Craig L. Blomberg, Eds., Part Two (175- 327). Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry, Stanley J. Grenz with Denise Muir Kjesbo Not Without a Struggle: Leadership Development for African American Women in Ministry, Vashti M. McKenzie Origins of Difference: The Gender Debate Revisited, Elaine Storkey.

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January 2006


Asbury Theological Seminary


MS651, CL651, Fall, Wilmore



CL MS 651 Women in Ministry