It's so cool that we have classes for these topics. This is stuff I just want to talk about anyway. To think that I'm getting credit towards a master's degree is just incredible.
Spiritual and Ministry Formation - learning about our particular call to ministry, analyzing our strengths, weaknesses, desires, how God made us and what it will take for us to serve the church.
Preparation and Delivery of Sermons - It's an academic discipline (homelitics), but it's also an art! So cool that we get set aside time to do nothing but seek to make us all better preachers. Plus, as a first year student we get to be taught in a class by Bryan Chapell, President of the Seminary and leading scholar in the field!
Covenant Theology I - to learn God's story. It's a bibical theology course team taught by professors from every discipline. We'll destroy any false notion we have about God based only on assumptions and conjecture and develop a solid,bedrock of a Biblical worldview and develop theology from understanding the story of the Bible. Composed of lecture and small group discussion times lead by a professor.
Greek in Exegesis - the third Greek Course (303). I was most scared of this class going into it. While it still will be a lot of work and require hard effort, the professor convinced me that he's for us. Nothing in the class will be academic futility or exercises in learning just for the sake of it. He wants everything we do to be useful for us at least fifteen years down the road. He's very practical - no ivory tower stuff here.
Introduction to Counseling - the largest class I've ever been in. It's going to be a great class to teach us the basics of seeing the Gospel affect our conversations and counseling of people. The first class we spent the whole time talking about the importance of listening actively and well. It's going to show us how to minister to people who've experienced great suffering (assault, divorce, death, etc.) and how to just communicate with others.
Calvin's Legacy - this is a once a week and one credit hour course. It's going to be a celebration of John Calvin's Legacy - each week one pastor (many of whom are or have been faculty) will come to give a lecture about a certain topic of Calvin's work and how their ministries have been influenced by Calvin's accomplishments.
I'm so excited.