PhD in Religious Education
Core courses in the degree programs develop competencies for six roles that define a religious educator. Within each role, students study and practice to attain competencies in the affective, coginitive, and behavioral domains of learning. Courses and the comprehensive exams are built upon these competencies. The roles, along with their specific competencies, are listed below.
A Christian Apologist
A Pastor Teacher
A Servant Leader
A Reflective Researcher
A Lifelong Learner
A Maturing Christian
A Christian Apologist is one who:
Informed about the theology, ideology, and theory that impacts religious education in the contemporary context, ably and by grace articulates the Christian position so as to win the hearts and minds of others to Christ.
A Pastor Teacher is one who:
In response to the Gospel Commission, uses transformational teaching and learning strategies to disciple others toward Christian maturity across the life span.
A Servant Leader is one who:
In humble surrender to the Holy Spirit, is able to lead groups and organizations to make positive change using contextually appropriate means.
A Reflective Researcher is one who:
Sees the universe as a revelation from God, and seeks to understand that revelation and the work of others who have explored it using appropriate and well-honed methods of inquiry.
A Maturing Christian is one who:
Through a well-lived and joyful life gives evidence of spiritual, mental, physical, and social growth and transformation through on-going submission to Christ's Word and the Holy Spirit.
A Lifelong Scholar is one who:
Reflects the creative expression of the imago dei through sustainable habits of scholarship.
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