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MIN 201. Foundations for Theology and Ministry – This course explores the relationship between Christian theology and ministry. Basic theological concepts and doctrines will be introduced and studied in terms of their relationship to Christian worship, discipleship, and proclamation. The importance of worship, the Church, Christian theology, Christian spirituality, and contemporary culture for the practice of ministry will be explored. This course is a prerequisite for applying to the Studies in Ministry minor.
Two credits McCoy Spring Semester (Open to all Hope students.)

MIN 321. Theology of Worship and Music – This course will explore the unique role that music plays in the spiritual growth of a Christian disciple and in a corporate body of believers. We will consider how different types of music may be more or less appropriate for the various movements of worship (exaltation, celebration, confession, supplication, intercession, remembrance) and how the pious practices of the faith intersect with our ordinary and mundane lives by studying the movements of worship in the church calendar, with particular emphasis given to the sacraments and the Trinity.
Four credits McCoy Fall Semester (Open to all Hope students.)

MIN 323. Theology of Social Witness and Mission –An introduction to the intercultural dimension of the church’s life and mission, including insights drawn from cultural anthropology, communications theory, mission history, biblical hermeneutics, and mission theology. Special attention is given to developing a theology of cultural plurality with implications for witness, conversion, and ministry.
Four credits Brouwer Fall Semester (Open to all Hope students.)

MIN 325. Theology of Youth Ministry- This course will offer an examination of contemporary youth culture and adolescent religious development with a view to developing a faithful Christian ministry to young people, as well as to developing skills to analyze aspects of culture and the ministry of the church.
Four credits Lindell Fall Semester (Open to all Hope students.)

MIN 371. Theology of Ministry I – This course is the first part of a two-part course sequence designed to help integrate the different classroom, experiential, and spiritually nurturing components of the Studies in Ministry minor within a theological framework for Christian life and ministry. Taken concurrently with students' required internship, in most cases, the course will provide opportunity for reflection upon both students' ministry experience and the theological underpinnings for ministry.
Two credits McCoy Fall Semester (Open to Ministry minor's only.)

MIN 372. Theology of Ministry II – This is the second course in a two-part course sequence designed to help students integrate the different classroom, experiential, and spiritually nurturing components of the Studies in Ministry minor within a theological framework for Christian life and ministry. The end result of this course will be the development by each student of a theology and philosophy of ministry that can help to frame and sustain his or her current and future life of ministry.
Two credits McCoy Spring Semester (Open to Ministry minor's only.)

MIN 398. Internships in Ministry I – A closely supervised practical experience in a church, para-church ministry, community development organization, or other relevant setting. This experience will involve nine hours a week of supervised involvement with the ministry or organization for a full academic year. The internship includes regular meetings with an on-site supervisor and bi-weekly meetings between student and mentor, as well as the creation of a Learning Covenant by each student.
Two to four credits McCoy Fall Semester (Open to Ministry minor's only.)

MIN 399. Internships in Ministry II – This course is a continuation of 398. See 398 for more information.
Two to four credits McCoy Spring Semester (Open to Ministry minor's only.)