SESSION 1: June 10 – 21
Foundational Seminar 1
Pastor as Person
Instructor: Rev. Jeanne Porter King, Ph.D.
, Principal and Founder, TransPorter Consulting Group,
Chicago, Illinois; Adjunct Faculty in Executive Leadership, McCormick Theological Seminary.
This foundational seminar considers each student’s experience as a ministry leader/ministry
practitioner—with her/his unique personal traits, relationships, talents, and limitations—as
he or she confronts the expectations, tensions, and other complex realities that accompany
the practice of ministry and leadership. Serving as an opportunity to share personal and
professional issues with ministry peers, the course focuses on the themes of calling, spiritual
leadership, self awareness, family and congregational systems, and spiritual disciplines.
Resource Seminar 1A: Gospel and Global Media Culture
Instructor: Mary Hess, Ph.D.
, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Luther Seminary, St.
Paul, Minnesota.
This course explores the emerging discussion at the intersection of biblical studies, cultural
studies, public theology and digital media environments. Students explore how Christian
faith informs the narrative identities and practices of missional congregations as they engage
their communities and the world. Students use at least two digital tools to create their own
interpretation and confession of Christian witness. Essential question: What consequences
does interpreting and confessing the Trinitarian relationality of God have for how we -- as
individual persons of faith and as leaders of Christian communities -- participate in public
spaces in global civil society through different kinds of media
Resource Seminar 1B: Narrative Theology in Context:
When the Living Word Encounters Shifting Urban Realities
Instructor: Rev. Gerardo de Jesus, Ph.D.,
Mental health counselor and Jungian therapist; Adjunct
Professor of Pastoral Counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary-Florida Campus; former Senior
Pastor, First Baptist Church of Philadelphia.
If proclamation is the living Word thinking and acting today, how might church leaders
speak this word while reflecting upon an ancient document that was intended to address its
own respective context
As someone once wrote, “We live our theology before it’s written.”
Assuming this premise, how might academic theology contribute practically to “doing
theology” in the midst of shifting social-cultural realities
This course examines narrative theology as a way towards that end. Narrative theology’s use
of the Bible speaks to and reflects from the social-cultural narratives of shifting urban realities
while remaining true to its historic apostolic antecedents. As such, it creates a hermeneutical
tension that is not easily resolved with systematic theology’s more propositional approach
to “truth.” Can a praxis approach discover biblical “truth” in one’s reality
This course will
encourage biblical proclamation from a narrative theological perspective and its praxiological
approach to truth.
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