Certificate in the Social Gospel

Certificate in the Social Gospel
(15 Credit Hours)

  • Program Objectives

This term is offered in the effort of training men and women in preaching the Gospel in thought, word, and deed and to aid him or her in mirroring God’s love in a broken world, a role which has traditionally been done within the sacred order of the diaconate. During this term the student will come face to face with a Social Gospel and become familiar with what it means to carry the Good News to the hurting, the poor, the lost, and the marginalized of the 21st century and its application in today’s society.

  • Student Expectations

A fifteen hundred word or five page expectation paper is required of the student offering his or her personal expectations and goals regarding the course and a synopsis of what his or her current understanding of Christian theology prior to beginning the course work.

  • Certificate Program Outline and Required Texts
  1. Bruce Bawer, Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity
  2. Barbara Brown Taylor, Gospel Medicine
  3. Philip Gulley and James Mulholland, If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person
  4. Marilyn Alexander and James Preston, We Were Baptized Too
  5. John Shelby Spong, A New Christianity for a New World
  6. Matthew Fox, Original Blessing
  7. Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality
  8. Mel White, Stranger at the Gate
  9. Richard Cleaver, Know My Name: A Gay Liberation Theology
  10. Dorthee Soelle, On Earth as in Heaven: A Liberation Spirituality of Sharing
  11. Brian D. McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy
  12. Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out
  13. Sara Miles, Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion
  14. Gaylord Enns, Love Revolution: Rediscovering the Lost Command of Jesus
  15. Rosemary Radford Ruether, Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology
  • Reaction Paper

A fifteen hundred word or five page reaction paper is required for each of the reading selections The reaction paper is to serve as a talking paper in lieu of discussion held during actual class time.

  • Practicum

Students will keep a journal in which to record notes, meditations, impressions, and ministerial applications of the Social Gospel within their day to day lives for the duration of the program. Students will be expected to fill one page of their journal every day while enrolled in the program.

  • Final Paper

At the completion of the program the student will write a final fifteen hundred word or five page essay detailing his or her personal journey and discovery of what the Social Gospel means to them within the 21st century and the implications of such within the context of his or her own life and ministry.

  • Method of Evaluation

-Expectation Paper 5%
-Reaction Papers 50%
-Practicum 30%
-Final Paper 15%