Gateway Courses are a series of four courses designed especially for pastors called to Mennonite congregations who do not have Anabaptist background and training. Many pastors are asked to take these courses as an expectation with being licensed or ordained. The courses are offered by Eastern Mennonite University in collaboration with Mennonite Conferences in southeastern Pennsylvania and can be taken for graduate credit or for non-credit.
One course will be offered each semester on a two-year cycle:
- Bible Survey and Anabaptist Hermeneutics
- Anabaptist Mission and Peace
- Anabaptist Leadership, Polity and Effectiveness
- Anabaptist History and Theology
Tuition: $437 per credit hour
Audit: $90 per credit hour
Technology fee: $50 per semester
Textbooks not included.
=Core degree requirement.
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CM 663 Mennonite Faith and Polity (Traditional Classroom Course – 2 credits)
This course is concerned with the question of how biblical authority is made effective in the church today through proper interpretation. Such interpretation attempts both to uncover the inherent meaning of the text and to contextualize that meaning in contemporary life. The course gives attention to reading the biblical texts in their original context while attending to the way interpreters read from the perspective of their own cultural context. Methods are learned that preserve the normativity of Scripture in the process of relevant application to the life of particular cultures. Prerequisites (not applicable for online): BVOT 511, BVNT 512. Also BVG 511 for MACL program and BVG 511 or BVOT 532 and BVNT 531 for MDiv.
Schedule: Fri.-Sat. sessions, 9:00am-5:00pm, Feb. 9-10; Mar. 23-24
Location: Conestoga Mennonite Church, Morgantown, PA
Instructor: Steve Kriss, PhD