May Immersion Courses



Multi-Religious Immersion, Columbus

c bus oh graphicEncounter Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other lived religions in the United States. Sample Somali, Vietnamese, Indian, and other cuisines in Ohio. Consider best practices in interreligious relations and examine various Christian perspectives on other religions as part of your seminary training for leadership in the 21st century.

Experience all of this in the Multi-Religious Immersion Course, May 20-30, 2013. This three semester-hour course includes firsthand interaction with selected religious organizations and leaders in the United States’ 15th most populous city and its surrounding region.

Special attention will be given to the lived experiences of non-Christian religious groups, various types of interreligious relations, and a range of Christian perspectives on other religions. The class begins with orientation on Monday evening, May 20, and concludes Thursday afternoon, May 30. (There are no scheduled activities on Memorial Day, May 27). Course activities include religious site visits, presentations by local religious leaders, discussion and debriefing sessions, and a variety of eating experiences. Students must provide their own transportation to Trinity’s campus each day. Overnight lodging is available. The course activities fee (approximately $385, contingent on final enrollment) covers transportation for course activities, two meals per day (excluding Memorial Day), and other costs (excluding tuition). Enrollment is limited to 14. Three semester hours. For course information, contact the course instructor, Dr. Paul D. Numrich, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 740-362-3443.
                                                
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Life and Ministry in Appalachia

appalachia regionAn interaction with the history, culture, and religion of Appalachia in an eight-day visit to Jefferson and Indiana Counties, Pennsylvania.  Explore the impact of lumber, oil, fracking, and tourism; visit campus ministry, an Amish community, and Punxsutawney; consider how to do ministry with fewer than 10 people. Visit in homes, churches, tourist, and ministry sites. Pre-immersion study and post-trip reflections will guarantee an extensive understanding of ministry that is faithful to its unique context. Additional travel costs apply, estimated $250 - 300. Three semester hours J-Term credit for Trinity M.Div. students. For course information contact the course instructor, Dr. Mary E. Hughes, senior research professor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Statement of Educational Effectiveness

Trinity Lutheran Seminary, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, offers the following degrees as part of its mission to form leaders for Christ’s church at work in the world:  

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
Master of Arts in Church Music (MACM)
Master of Arts in Christian Education  (MACE)
Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry (MAYFM)
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Master of Sacred Theology (STM)
Doctor of Ministry Degree (D.Min. - in partnership with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio)

Year by year as a key marker of its educational effectiveness the seminary tracks how many of its graduates, within a year of graduation, are in vocational placements (positions for which their degree programs prepared them) or are pursuing further theological study. Some students desire a degree for personal enrichment rather than vocational preparation; such students who are in placements after graduation that reflect their vocational choices are also tracked.

As of May 2015 Trinity graduates from the class of 2014 were situated as follows:

M.Div. – 17 of the 18 graduates were in vocational placements and one was seeking vocational placement. Effectiveness rate: 94%

MACE – There were no graduates from the Master of Arts in Christian Education program in 2014.

MACM – All four graduates were in vocational placements directly related to music ministry. Effectiveness rate: 100%

MAYFM – The one Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry graduate was engaged in further study.  Effectiveness rate: 100%

MTS – Three of the seven graduates were in vocational placement, two were engaged in further study, one was seeking vocational placement, and one was in placement that does not fall within these categories. Effectiveness rate: 71%

STM – One of the four graduates was in a placement reflecting personal enrichment, two were engaged in further study, and one was in a placement that does not fall within these categories. Effectiveness rate: 75%

D.Min. – A relatively new degree, with the first students entering the program in 2009, there were not yet any graduates from the Doctor of Ministry program in 2013.
 
Altogether, of the 34 Trinity graduates in the class of 2014, 30 were pursuing their vocations through meaningful employment or further study in fields for which their degrees prepared them.
Overall effectiveness rate: 88%

New Testament Commentaries

Professors Mark Allan Powell and Walter F. Taylor Jr. recommend the following:

Gospel of Matthew

Davies, W. D. and Allison, Dale C. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to Matthew. International Critical Commentary 28, pts. 1-3 (Matthew 1-7; Matthew 8-16; and Matthew 17-28). Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1988-1997.

Hagner, Donald. Matthew 1-13 and Matthew 14-28. Word Biblical Commentary 33A and 33B. Dallas: Word Books, 1993.

France, R. T. The Gospel of Matthew. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.

Keener, Craig S. A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.

Luz, Ulrich. Matthew 1-7, Matthew 8-20, and Matthew 21-28. Trans. Wilhelm C. Linss and James E. Crouch. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1989-2005.

Nolland, John. The Gospel of Matthew: A Commentary on the Greek Text. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

Talbert, Charles H. Matthew. Paidea Commentaries on the NT. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010.

Gospel of Mark

Boring, Eugene M. Mark: A Commentary. New Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2006.

Collins, Adela Yarbro. Mark. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007.

Edwards, James R. The Gospel According to Mark. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Leicester, UK: Apollos, 2002.

France, R. T. The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary on the Greek Text. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Press, 2002.

Guelich, Robert A. Mark 1-8:26. Word Biblical Commentary 34A. Dallas: Word Books, 1989. Evans, Craig A. Mark 8:27-16:20. Word Biblical Commentary 34B. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2001.

Marcus, Joel. Mark 1-8: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 27. New York: Doubleday, 2000. (A second volume is forthcoming).

Moloney, Francis J. The Gospel of Mark. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2002.

Gospel of Luke

Bovon, François. Luke 1: A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke 1:1-9:50. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2002. (Covers Luke 1:1-9:50; two more volumes are forthcoming).

Fitzmyer, Joseph. The Gospel According to Luke I-IX and The Gospel According to Luke X-XXIV. Anchor Bible 28, 28A. Garden City: Doubleday, 1981-1985.

Green, Joel B. The Gospel of Luke. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.

Marshall, I. Howard. The Gospel of Luke: A Commentary on the Greek Text. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Exeter: Paternoster Press, 1978.

Nolland, John. Luke 1-9:20; Luke 9:21-18:34; and Luke 18:35-24:53. Word Biblical Commentary 35A, 35B, and 35C. Dallas: Word Books, 1989-1993.

Gospel of John

Barrett, C. K. The Gospel according to St. John: An Introduction with Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1978.

Beasley-Murray, George R. John. 2nd ed. Word Biblical Commentary 36. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1999.

Brant, Jo-Ann A. John. Paideia Commentaries on the NT. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011.

Brown, Raymond E. The Gospel according to John I-XII: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, and The Gospel according to John XIII-XXI: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 29, 29A. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1966-70.

Bruner, Frederick Dale. The Gospel of John: A Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.

Keener, Craig S. The Gospel of John: A Commentary. 2 vols. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2003.

Köstenberger, Andreas J. John. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the NT. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.

Lincoln, Andrew T. The Gospel According to Saint John. Black's New Testament Commentary. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2005.

Michaels, J. Ramsey. The Gospel of John. New International Commentary on the NT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.

Morris, Leon. The Gospel According to John. Rev. ed. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

O'Day, Gail R. The Gospel of John. New Interpreter's Bible 9. With R. Alan Culpepper, The Gospel of Luke. Nashville: Abingdon, 1995.

Von Wahlde, Urban C. The Gospel of John and the Letters of John: Vol. 2 The Gospel of John. Eerdmans Critical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.

Book of Acts

Fitzmyer, Joseph. The Acts of the Apostles: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 31. New York: Doubleday, 1998.

Haenchen, Ernst. The Acts of the Apostles: A Commentary. Trans. Bernard Noble and Gerald Shinn. Ed. R. McL. Wilson. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1971. (translated from a German original from 1965).

Michaels, J. Ramsey. The Gospel of John. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.

Witherington, Ben III. The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Press, 1998.

Romans

Achtemeier, Paul. Romans. Interpretation. Atlanta: John Knox, 1985.

Dunn, James D. G. Romans 1-8 and Romans 9-16. Word Biblical Commentary 38A and 38B. Dallas: Word Books, 1988.

Fitzmyer, Joseph A. Romans: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 33. New York: Doubleday, 1993.

Hultgren, Arland J. Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.

Jewett, Robert. Romans: A Commentary. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006.

Käsemann, Ernst. Commentary on Romans. Trans. and ed. Geoffrey W. Bromiley. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980.

Stuhlmacher, Peter. Paul's Letter to the Romans : A Commentary. Trans. Scott J. Hafemann. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1994.

1 Corinthians

Collins, Raymond F. First Corinthians. Sacra Pagina 7. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1999.

Fitzmyer, Joseph A. First Corinthians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. The Anchor Yale Bible 32. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.

Hays, Richard B. First Corinthians. Interpretation. Louisville: John Knox, 1997.

Murphy-O'Connor, Jerome. St. Paul's Corinth: Texts and Archaeology. 3rd ed. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002.

Thiselton, Anthony C. The First Epistle to the Corinthians: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Press, 2000.

Witherington, Ben III. Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Press, 1995.

2 Corinthians

Witherington, Ben III. Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Furnish,Victor Paul. II Corinthians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 32A. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984.

Harris, Murray J.. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

Martin, Ralph P. 2 Corinthians. Word Biblical Commentary 40. Waco: Word Books, 1986.

Matera, Frank J. II Corinthians: A Commentary. New Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2003.

Thrall, Margaret E. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians. International Critical Commentary 36, pts. 1-2. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1994-2000.

Wan, Sze-kar. Power in Weakness: Conflict and Power in the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians. The New Testament in Context. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2000.

Galatians

Betz, Hans Dieter. Galatians: A Commentary on Paul's Letter to the Churches in Galatia. Hermeneia. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1979.

de Boer, Martinus C. Galatians: A Commentary. New Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2011.

Esler, Philip F. Galatians. New Testament Readings. London/New York: Routledge, 1998.

Martyn, J. Louis. Galatians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 33A. New York: Doubleday, 1997.

Matera, Frank J. Galatians. Sacra Pagina 9. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1992.

Witherington, Ben III. Grace in Galatia: A Commentary on St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.

Ephesians

Best, Ernest. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Ephesians. International Critical Commentary. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1998.

Lincoln, Andrew T. Ephesians. Word Biblical Commentary 42. Dallas: Word Books, 1990.

MacDonald, Margaret Y. Colossians and Ephesians. Sacra Pagina 17. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2000.

Schnackenburg, Rudolf. The Epistle to the Ephesians: A Commentary. Trans. Helen Heron. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1991.

Taylor, Walter F., Jr. Ephesians. Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament. With John Reumann, Colossians. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1985.

Philippians

Cousar, Charles. Philippians and Philemon: A Commentary. New Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009.

Fee, Gordon D. Paul's Letter to the Philippians. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Hawthorne, Gerald F. Philippians. Revised and expanded by Ralph Martin. Word Biblical Commentary 43 (Rev. ed.). Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2004.

O'Brien, Peter T. Epistle to the Philippians: A Commentary on the Greek Text. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991.

Reumann, John. Philippians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 33B. New York: Doubleday, 2008.

Thurston, Bonnie B., and Judith Ryan. Philippians and Philemon. Sacra Pagina 10. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2004.

Witherington, Ben III. Friendship and Finances in Philippi: The Letter of Paul to the Philippians. The New Testament in Context. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1994.

Witherington, Ben III. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.

Colossians

Barth, Markus, and Helmut Blanke. Colossians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Trans. Astrid B. Beck. Anchor Bible 34B. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1994.

Dunn, James D. G. The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 1996.

MacDonald, Margaret Y. Colossians and Ephesians. Sacra Pagina 17. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2000.

Reumann, John. Colossians. Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament. With Walter F. Taylor, Jr., Ephesians. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1985.

Sumney, Jerry L. Colossians: A Commentary. New Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2008.

Wilson, Robert McL. Colossians and Philemon: A Critical and Exegetical Commentary. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2005.

1-2 Thessalonians

Fee, Gordon D. The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.

Furnish, Victor Paul. 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians. Abingdon New Testament Commentaries. Nashville: Abingdon, 2007.

Gaventa, Beverly Roberts. First and Second Thessalonians. Interpretation. Louisville: John Knox, 1998.

Malherbe, Abraham J. The Letters to the Thessalonians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 32B. New York: Doubleday, 2000.

Richard, Earl J. First and Second Thessalonians. Sacra Pagina 11. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1995.

Wanamaker, Charles A. Commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians: A Commentary on the Greek Text. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Exeter: Paternoster Press, 1990.

Witherington, Ben III. 1 and 2 Thessalonians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.

1-2 Timothy, Titus

Collins, Raymond F. I & II Timothy and Titus. New Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.

Fiore, Benjamin. The Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy, Second Timothy, Titus. Sacra Pagina 12. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2007.

Johnson, Luke Timothy. The First and Second Letters to Timothy: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 35A. New York: Doubleday, 2001.

_____. Letters to Paul's Delegates: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus. The New Testament in Context. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1996.

Marshall, I. Howard. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles. The International Critical Commentary 41. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1999.

Quinn, Jerome D. The Letter to Titus: A New Translation with Notes and Commentary, and Introduction to Titus, I and II Timothy. Anchor Bible 35. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1990.

_____, and William C. Wacker. The First and Second Letters to Timothy: A New Translation with Notes and Commentary. Eerdmans Critical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.

Philemon

Callahan, Allen Dwight. Embassy of Onesimus: The Letter of Paul to Philemon. The New Testament in Context. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1997.

Cousar, Charles. Philippians and Philemon: A Commentary. New Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009.

Dunn, James D. G. The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon: A Commentary on the Greek Text. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Press, 1996.

Fitzmyer, Joseph A. The Letter to Philemon: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 34C. New York: Doubleday, 2000.

Petersen, Norman R. Rediscovering Paul: Philemon and the Sociology of Paul's Narrative World. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1985.

Thurston, Bonnie B., and Judith Ryan. Philippians and Philemon. Sacra Pagina 10. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2004.

Wilson, Robert McL. Colossians and Philemon: A Critical and Exegetical Commentary. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2005.

Hebrews

Attridge, Harold W. The Epistle to the Hebrews. Hermeneia. Philadelphia : Fortress, 1989.

DeSilva, David A. Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle "to the Hebrews." Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.

Ellingworth, Paul. The Epistle to the Hebrews: A Commentary on the Greek Text. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Carlisle,UK: Paternoster Press, 1993.

Johnson, Luke Timothy. Hebrews: A Commentary. New Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2006.

Koester, Craig R. Epistle to the Hebrews: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 36. New York: Doubleday, 2001.

Lane, William L. Hebrews 1-8 and Hebrews 9-13. Word Biblical Commentary 47A and 47B. Dallas: Word Books, 1991.

O’Brien, Peter T. The Letter to the Hebrews. Pillar NT Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.

Pfitzner, Victor C. Hebrews. Abingdon New Testament Commentaries. Nashville: Abingdon, 1997.

Witherington, Ben, III. Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Hebrews, James, and Jude. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2007.

James

Adamson, James B. The Epistle of James. Rev. ed. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Davids, Peter H. James. New International Biblical Commentary 15. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1989.

Johnson, Luke Timothy. The Letter of James: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 37A. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2005.

Laws, Sophie. The Epistle of James. Black's New Testament Commentary. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1993.

Martin, Ralph P. James. Word Biblical Commentary 48. Waco: Word Books, 1988.

McKnight, Scot. The Letter of James. New International Commentary on the NT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.

Moo, Douglas J. The Letter of James. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.

Wall, Robert W. Community of the Wise: The Letter of James. Valley Forge, Penn.: Trinity Press International, 1997.

Petrine Letters and Jude

Achtemeier, Paul J. 1 Peter. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996.

Bauckham, Richard. Jude, 2 Peter. Word Biblical Commentary 50. Waco: Word Books, 1990.

Boring, M. Eugene. 1 Peter. Abingdon New Testament Commentaries. Nashville: Abingdon, 1999.

Davids, Peter H. The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.

Donelson, Lewis R. I & II Peter and Jude: A Commentary. New Testament Library. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2010.

Elliott, John H. 1 Peter: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 37B. New York: Doubleday, 2000.

Jobes, Karen H. 1 Peter. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.

Kelly, J. N. D. A Commentary on the Epistles of Peter and of Jude. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1988.

Kraftchick, Steven J. Jude, 2 Peter. Abingdon New Testament Commentaries. Nashville: Abingdon, 2002.

Senior, Donald and Daniel J. Harrington. 1 Peter, Jude, and 2 Peter. Sacra Pagina 15. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002.

Johannine Letters

Brown, Raymond E. Epistles of John. Anchor Bible 30. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1982.

Kruse, Colin G. The Letters of John. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.

Marshall, I. Howard. The Epistles of John. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.

Painter, John. 1, 2, and 3 John. Sacra Pagina 18. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002.

Rensberger, David. The Epistles of John. Westminster Bible Companion. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2001.

Schnackenburg, Rudolf. The Johannine Epistles: Introduction and Commentary. Trans. Reginald and Ilse Fuller. New York: Crossroad/Herder and Herder, 1992.

Smalley, Stephen S. 1, 2, 3 John. Word Biblical Commentary 51. Waco: Word Books, 1984.

Revelation

Aune, David E. Revelation 1-5, Revelation 6-16, and Revelation 17-22. Word Biblical Commentary 52A, 52B, and 52C. Dallas: Word, 1997, and Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1999.

Blount, Brian K. Revelation: A Commentary. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

Boring, M. Eugene. Revelation. Interpretation. Louisville: John Knox, 1989.

Harrington, Wilfrid J. Revelation. Sacra Pagina 16. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993.

Roloff, Jürgen. The Revelation of John. A Continental Commentary. Trans. John E. Alsup. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1993.

Schüssler-Fiorenza, Elisabeth. Revelation: Vision of a Just World. Proclamation Commentaries. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1991.

Doctor of Ministry

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Why a D.Min. Degree at MTSO or TLS?


dmin studentsThe Doctor of Ministry degree program is a flexible cohort-based, ecumenically-focused degree, designed with the student in mind:
  • Small classes
  • Full-time and Affiliated Faculty taught
  • National, ecumenical student base
  • Attentive project advisors

The degree is designed to:
  • Provide ministering professionals with advanced educational experience
  • Serve the church by providing leaders with advanced professional development
  • Integrate classical and practical disciplines for theological work
  • Enhance analysis of changing contexts with a focus on transformation

Specializations


  1. Leadership for Transformational Change
  2. The Mission and Practice of Preaching
  3. Ecology, Justice, and Ministry

Admission to the D.Min. Program


Qualifications

  1. Do you hold an ATS-approved* M.Div. degree (or its theological educational equivalent)?*
  2. Have you spent 3 years in professional ministry after graduating from a Master’s degree program?
  3. Are you currently engaged in some form of ministry?
  4. Do you hold a 3.0 GPA (or P/F equivalent) in your Master’s degree work?
If you answer “yes” to all of these questions, proceed to application!

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*Exceptions may be granted for schools with regional accreditation
*What is the definition of “theological educational equivalent”?
  • Theological method, formation, and theological study and writing are components of education requisite for D.Min. work.
  • If applicants have no theological degree, then we ask them to earn a Master’s level degree with a theological focus (preferably M.Div.).
  • If the applicant has a non-M.Div. theological degree, we will take a case-by-case look at the application.
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries (MTSO) must add a full year of classical disciplines – including 2 theology courses at an advanced (not introductory) level, advanced history and biblical work, advanced practical course, for a total of at least 24 hours.

Application


Application involves completion of the application form and submission of a $50 non-refundable application fee.

Students applying for admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree program should normally have at least a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in all of their graduate work. Students with less than a 3.0 may apply to the program with the understanding that their application will be evaluated by the entire D.Min. Committee and the Academic Dean. Additional materials may be required of applicants in this situation. MTSO and TLS will not consider D.Min. applicants whose graduate GPA is lower than 2.7 cumulative. Students who took their academic work in a Pass/Fail system should provide letters of reference from professors testifying that their performance is rated at A or B level coursework.

Applicants must give evidence of their ability to undertake advanced professional study by
  1. submitting official transcripts of all coursework completed at the college level and higher
  2. providing three references:
    1. one must be from a denominational judicatory official (for example bishop, district superintendent., regional minister,executive presbyter, et. al., or in the case where there is no denominational official, a supervisor within the ministry setting, such as chair of deacon board)
    2. one from a person with leadership responsibility in a ministry setting who can speak to your competence and appropriateness for the program
    3. one from a professor who can attest to the applicant’s ability for doctoral work in the area of specialization. In cases where the applicant has graduated more than 10 years earlier, the applicant may substitute a letter from a ministerial colleague or other professional leader who can comment on the applicant’s fitness for doctoral study. Those writing references can return their completed forms to Director of Admissions, Methodist Theological School in Ohio or Trinity Lutheran Seminary by standard mail.
  3. submitting an essay of 4-6 double spaced pages tracing professional growth through continuing  education since graduation, and identifying areas of professional strength and weakness
  4. including a statement of the initial goals for D.Min. study

Matriculating Classes


New cohorts of 5-15 students begin each July. Application due date for July matriculation is April 20. Courses run the last week of July/first week of August and one week in January.

Students should apply by April 20 for July matriculation. The Institution to which the applicant applies will be the school from which the applicant graduates.     

Tuition and Fees


  • The total tuition for the D.Min. currently is $12,000, if the degree is completed in 4 years.
  • A project fee of $500 will be paid when the Project Proposal is submitted.
  • A $250 Second Readers fee will be paid when the project is completed.
  • Technology fees, project fees, continuation fees and other such costs are subject to annual change.

The tuition charge will be reviewed annually and also is subject to change. Costs such as books, course materials, travel, housing and meals are not covered by tuition.

Financial Aid


MTSO and TLS do not provide direct financial aid for D.Min. students but may advise students on the pursuit of funding from various sources. Students are encouraged to pursue continuing education funds, grants or support from local congregations.

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Contact Information


Dr. C. Lynn Nakamura
Trinity Lutheran Seminary
2199 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43209
614-384-4636
Dr. Jeffrey Jaynes
Methodist Theological School in Ohio
3081 Columbus Pike
Delaware, Ohio 43015
740-362-3446

Master of Sacred Theology

About the Program


For many seminary graduates, the first theological degree is just the beginning. Students in the S.T.M. program may continue formal theological study at an advanced level and concentrate on an area of special interest, such as pastoral leadership or Christian spirituality.

Interest in Christian spirituality has burgeoned in the last two decades. The popularity of books, retreats, and workshops on spirituality attests to this. Trinity introduced the S.T.M. concentration in Christian Spirituality during the 2008-2009 academic year.

A special focus on church leadership and administration is possible under the Pastoral Leadership and Practice concentration by combining Trinity course work with selected courses in the Capital University School of Management’s Master of Business Administration program. Trinity students need to meet all Capital University prerequisites before taking such courses.

Trinity S.T.M. students may receive preferential standing in the Ph.D. program of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. This program is available to students with concentrations in Theological Studies, Biblical Studies, or Mission and Evangelism Studies. Trinity students in these fields who are admitted to the Ph.D. program at LSTC may be able to transfer all or most of the Trinity S.T.M. credits to LSTC.

Further details may be obtained from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Academic Requirements


25 hours of course work
  • 19 hours earned in S.T.M. seminars, senior level M.Div. courses, independent study, and advanced research
  • 6 hours in thesis research and writing
  • Candidacy exam based on the student’s S.T.M. course work

Language Requirements


  • Biblical Studies – Greek and Hebrew
  • Theological Studies – one modern language
  • Mission – one modern language

Degree Outcomes


Graduates of the Master of Sacred Theology degree program should be able to demonstrate the ability to do advanced scholarly work in an area of academic interest.

Areas of Concentration


  1. Biblical Studies
  2. Theological Studies
  3. Mission and Evangelism
  4. Pastoral Leadership and Practice
  5. Christian Spirituality

 500 Years of the Reformation


2017 marks five hundred years since Martin Luther posted the Ninety-five Theses in Wittenberg, Germany. As we await this celebration in the church, we prepare for the milestone that 500 years is. In the coming months, we will feature different resources and publications here. We hope to engage you, in conjunction with Hamma Library, in celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! For now, these two websites offer additional information about preparing for the anniversary and about the Reformation's history. 

        elca500        lutheranworld

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