Learning Goals

Goal 1 – Students will be able to describe the central message and content, the historical content, provide hermeneutically defensible applications to current individual faith and life and to social issues of every book of the canon of scripture.  This goal is assessed through a final examination and in the Biblical knowledge section of the senior thesis (ATS Standard A.3.1.1.1).

Goal 2 – Students will be able to demonstrate their awareness of the history of theologies as they develop histories in varying cultural, intellectual, and economic contexts from the first century to today.  This goal is assessed in the Historical Knowledge section of the thesis (ATS Standard A.3.1.1.1).

Goal 3 – Students will be able to explain in lay-friendly language, the historical development and contemporary articulation of the doctrinal and theological tradition of the community of faith and in the social and institutional history of their community.  They will also be able to think theologically as distinct from a secular way of thinking.

This goal is assessed in the senior thesis (ATS Standard A.3.1.1.1).

Goal 4 – Students will develop the ability to analyze a critical incident taken from their ministry setting. The Supervised Ministry Faculty will provide samples of critical incidents to the students for analysis (ATS Standard A.3.1.2.1).

Goal 5 – Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the economic, political, social, and racial issues in their ministerial context and how they affect their ability to minister in that environment.  Sample papers are  used to assess this goal from courses directed toward Transformational Leadership, Community Development, The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Cultural Hermeneutics, and HIV.AIDS courses (ATS Standard A.3.1.2.1 and A.3.1.2.2).

Goal 6 – Students will develop their ability to keep a spiritual journal and can chronicle their spiritual walk and communication with God.  A baseline assessment will be given to the students.  This will be followed up with assessments at the beginning of the middler year and senior year and the end of the senior to determine growth (ATS Standard A.3.1.3.1 and A.3.1.3.2).

Goal 7 – Students will develop the ability to analyze a case study and to demonstrate their theological rationale for the resolution of a case during their supervised ministry experience.  A random sample of case studies that students have analyzed in supervised ministry will be selected for assessment (ATS A.3.1.4.3).