Upcoming Classes


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The Church and the World - 2.00 Hours

A course examining the relationship of the church and society. Particular attention is given to differing Christian approaches to the relationship of Christ and culture and to the impact of secularization, industrialization, and modern science. The growth of Christianity in thirdworld countries and in urban settings is considered. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; JUNE 8 & 9, JUNE 15 & 16, AND JUNE 22 & 23.

Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
June 8 - June 9

Isaiah - Malachi - 3.00 Hours

An expository study of the message and times of the prophets that emphasizes the themes day of the Lord, judgment, restoration, promise and fulfillment, Messiah, kingdom, and the new people of God.

Dr. William B. Fullilove
Mon to Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
June 18 - June 22

Covenant Theology - 2.00 Hours

An examination of covenant theology from exegetical and historical perspectives. Consideration is given to such issues as the relation of the Old and New Testaments, the significance of the covenants for sacramental theology, and the hermeneutics of Dispensationalism and Theonomy. Emphasis is placed on the role of the biblical doctrine of the covenants in preaching and pastoral ministry.

Dr. John V. Fesko
TueWedThur 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
June 26 - June 29

Evangelism - 2.00 Hours

The purpose of this course is to train students to be effective evangelists and to understand and use biblical principles and methods of church growth. Emphasis is placed on having an intense desire to reach the lost for Christ. The value of small group ministries and mobilizing the laity for growth and ministry are considered.

Dr. James Saxon
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
FriSat 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
July 25 - July 28

History of Christianity I - 3.00 Hours

This general introduction to Christianity in the early and medieval periods focuses on key Christian doctrines and great leaders from Justin Martyr to Martin Luther who made contributions of lasting significance to the Christian Church.

Dr. Sean M. Lucas
Mon to Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
July 30 - August 3

Advanced Pastoral Counseling - 2.00 Hours

This course offers strategies to deal with difficult people and problems from a pastoral counseling perspective. Students explore practical Biblical categories for understanding, interpreting, and intervening in the lives of parishioners. Skill development and practice are included in the course. This course builds on the foundation of 04PT516 Pastoral Counseling but does not replace it. Also, 04PT516 is not a prerequisite.

Dr. James Coffield
Thursday 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FriSat 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
August 9 - August 11

Church Planting: What You Need to Know - 2.00 Hours

This course is designed to provide an overview of the process of effective gospel centered church planting, to assist a prospective church planter in assessing his calling, and to provide practical instruction in key areas of church planting. The course will include hands-on exercises for application, as well as interaction with experienced and successful planters. Students will complete a group church planting ministry plan for an assigned target area, and an individual initial ministry plan for a student’s choice of location. This class has what you need to know to start a church or to grow a church you have already started.

Rev. Bob Cargo
Mon to Thu 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
August 13 - August 16

Preaching Lab I - 2.00 Hours

This course will focus upon cementing the skills required to prepare a good exegetical sermon and the "skills" required for a life of ongoing improvement. Through class exercises, speaking experience and critique, students will gain practice in all that is basic to good preaching.

Rev. Aaron Messner
Monday 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 27 - December 3

Theological Research and Writing - 2.00 Hours

This course is designed to take the intimidation out of research and writing for seminary studies. Students will develop competency in developing a topic into a focused argument, library research, paper formatting, avoiding plagiarism, and other critical skills for seminary student success. Class sessions will be highly interactive with a workshop feel. Students will be coached in the production of a high quality research paper as a key outcome of the course.

Dr. Jonathan D. Stuckert
Tuesday 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
August 28 - December 3

Educational Ministry of the Church - 2.00 Hours

A study of the pastor's role as teacher and administrator within the educational program of the church. Careful attention is given to philosophy, history, organization, curriculum, recruiting and training teachers, and the special needs of each age group. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; SEPTEMBER 21 & 22, OCTOBER 12 & 13, NOVEMBER 16 & 17.

Dr. Brian H. Cosby
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
September 21 - September 22

Theology of the Minority Church - 2.00 Hours

This course focuses especially on the development of theology within the major ethnic minority groups in the United States. Special attention is given to exploring the theology of the African American church and discussing such issues as the prosperity gospel and liberation theology and their consequent impact within the church. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; AUGUST 24 & 25, SEPTEMBER 21 & 22, AND NOVEMBER 2 & 3.

Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr.
Ms. Karen Ellis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
August 24 - August 25

Greek I - 3.00 Hours

An introductory study concentrating on basic vocabulary and analysis of the grammar of New Testament Greek.

Dr. David P Barry
Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
August 23 - December 3

Greek Exegesis - 2.00 Hours

By studying the text of selected passages students learn grammatical analysis, apply hermeneutical principles, and develop exegetical skills.

Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
August 27 - December 3

Gospels - 3.00 Hours

Attention is given to each writer’s literary art, theological teaching, pastoral purpose, and message for today’s church and world.

Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Monday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
August 27 - December 3

Pauline Epistles - 3.00 Hours

An exposition of the the epistles in chronological order that emphasizes the application of Paul's theology to the pastoral needs of the churches of his day and ours.

Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 23 - December 3

Hebrew I - 3.00 Hours

This course introduces basic elements of the Hebrew language. Lectures and small group sessions cover the Hebrew alphabet, pronunciation, and elementary grammatical structures. THIS CLASS MEETS A TOTAL OF TEN TIMES.

Dr. Jud Davis
Thursday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 23 - November 8

Hebrew Exegesis - 2.00 Hours

This course introduces basic tools for interpreting the Old Testament. Attention is given to a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew and to principles of interpretation. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; SEPTEMBER 14 & 15, OCTOBER 19 & 20, AND NOVEMBER 9 & 10.

Dr. J. Nicholas Reid
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
September 14 - September 15

Genesis to Joshua - 3.00 Hours

This course takes an expository approach to the major developments in the history of redemption: creation, covenant, promise, and fulfillment of the promises. This portion of the biblical revelation covers the period from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to Israel in the Promised Land. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS; SEPTEMBER 7 & 8, SEPTEMBER 28 & 29, OCTOBER 26 & 27, AND NOVEMBER 30 & DECEMBER 1.

Dr. John Currid
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
September 7 - September 8

Communication I - 2.00 Hours

This course addresses total communication for pastors with an emphasis on preaching philosophy and style, textual exposition, and sermon structure. Written and oral, verbal and non-verbal communications are included. Aspects of oral communication include preaching, extemporaneous speaking, story telling, vocabulary development, elocution, and elements of drama.

Rev. Aaron Messner
Monday 5:00 PM - 6:59 PM
August 27 - December 3

Leadership - 2.00 Hours

The historical development and biblical principles of management theory and leadership style are examined. Attention is given to strategic planning, setting goals, budgeting, directing programs, and evaluating results. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS; AUGUST 24 & 25, OCTOBER 5 & 6, AND NOVEMBER 2 & 3.

Rev. Nicholas Batzig
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
August 24 - August 25

Intro Pastoral & Theological Studies - 3.00 Hours

An introduction to biblical, theological, and practical ministry studies within the Reformed tradition. This class should be completed within the first year of a student's study with RTS.

Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Tuesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 28 - December 3

ST:Scripture,TheologyProper,Anthropology - 3.00 Hours

This course explores biblical doctrine from a systematic perspective. Topics include Scripture, theology proper, and anthropology.

Dr. Guy Michael Richard
Monday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
August 27 - December 3

Pastoral and Social Ethics - 3.00 Hours

Students are introduced to terminology, major views, and problems in the study of ethics and to a biblical basis for morality. Basic concerns and current issues in social ethics are covered. THIS IS A FOUR WEEKEND CLASS; SEPTEMBER 7 & 8, SEPTEMBER 28 & 29, OCTOBER 26 & 27, AND NOVEMBER 30 & DECEMBER 1.

Dr. William Davis
Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
September 7 - September 8

Field Ed Seminar - 0.00 Hours

This seminar provides opportunity for theological reflection and discussion of problems, needs, and experiences in ministry. Students are required to write papers about their field experiences and present them to the class for discussion led by the professor. This is the final seminar. Prerequisite: 400 hours of field education experience.

Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
November 28 - November 28

Field Ed Internship - 0.00 Hours

Each student in the M.Div. degree program is required to complete 400 hours of Field Education in either the local church or a specialized ministry internship. To start this process, the student must register for this course and meet with the Field Education Officer at this seminar. During internships, students are under the supervision of pastors/mentors and the Field Education Officer of the seminary. Students should consult the welcome guide found on the Resource page http://www.rts.edu/site/rtsnearyou/atlanta/resources.aspx concerning the necessary paperwork required for the completion of Field Education internships.

Dr. Bruce A. Lowe
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
August 29 - August 29

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