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Students should not purchase texts for courses until they have received an email from our program coordinator indicating that textbooks have been confirmed for the next semester. The textbook listing below is all-inclusive, reflecting texts for all courses in all GTOE programs. GTOE students only need to purchase materials for the courses in their particular program.



BIBL6540 Gospel & Culture (MDivML, MAML)

  • Green, Joel B. *Seized by Truth: Reading the Bible as Scripture. Nashville: Abingdon, 2007. (ISBN 978-0687023554)
  • McKnight, Scot. *The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016. (ISBN 978-0310531463)
  • Westphal, Merold. *Whose Community? Which Interpretation? Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church. The Church and Postmodern Culture. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009. (ISBN 978-0801031472)
  • Wright, N.T. *Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today. New York: HarperOne, 2013. (ISBN978-0062212641)

Other Recommended Books (Supplemental Readings):

  • Allert, Craig D. *A High View of Scripture? The Authority of the Bible and the Formation of the New Testament Canon, Evangelical Ressourcement. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007. (ISBN 978-0801027789)
  • Callen, Barry L. and Richard P. Thompson, ed. *Reading the Bible in Wesleyan Ways: Some Constructive Proposals. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2004. (ISBN 978-0834120488)
  • Davis, Ellen F. and Richard B. Hays, ed. *The Art of Reading Scripture. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2003. (ISBN 978-0802812698)

BIBL6760 Old Testament Interpretation (All MDiv, MAPM)

  • Barstad, Hans. A Brief Guide to the Hebrew Bible. Westminster John Knox Press, 2010. (ISBN 978-0664233259)
  • Blair, Christine Eaton. The Art of Teaching the Bible: A Practical Guide for Adults. Geneva Press, 2001. (ISBN 978-0664501488)
  • Davis, Ellen. *Wondrous Depth: Preaching the Old Testament. Westminster John Knox Press, 2005. (ISBN 978-0664228590)
  • Dempsey, Carol. *Justice: A Biblical Perspective. Chalice Press, 2008. (ISBN 978-0827217118)
  • Gorman, Michael. *Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers. Baker Academic, Rev Exp ed, 2010. (ISBN 978-0801046407)
  • Hopkins, Denise Dombkowski and Michael Koppel. Grounded in the Living Word: The Old Testament and Pastoral Care Practices. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2010. (ISBN 978-0802863683)
  • Moberly, R.W.L. *Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture. Baker Academic, 2015. (ISBN 978-0801097720)
  • Soulen, Richard and R. Kendall Soulen. *Handbook of Biblical Criticism. Westminster John Knox Press, 4th ed, 2011. (ISBN 978-0664235345)

BIBL7330 Youth, Children, Families & Faith Throughout Scripture (MDivYCFM, MAYCFM)

  • Green, Joel B. *Seized by Truth: Reading the Bible as Scripture. Nashville: Abingdon, 2007. (ISBN 978-0687023554)
  • McKnight, Scot. *The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016. (ISBN 978-0310531463)
  • Westphal, Merold. *Whose Community? Which Interpretation? Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church. The Church and Postmodern Culture. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009. (ISBN 978-0801031472)
  • Wright, N.T. *Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today. New York: HarperOne, 2013. (ISBN978-0062212641)

BIBL7580 Biblical Interpretation for Life & Ministry (MDivSF, MASF)

Required Texts:
  • Bowe, Barbara E. *Biblical Foundations of Spirituality: Touching a Finger to the Flame. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, November, 2003. (ISBN 978-0742531574)
  • Johnson, Luke Timothy. Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel. New York: HarperOne, 2000. (ISBN 978-0060642839)
  • Mulholland, M. Robert, Jr. Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation. Revised ed. Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2001. (ISBN 978-0835809368)
  • Resseguie, James L. Spiritual Landscape: Images of the Spiritual Life in the Gospel of Luke. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003. (ISBN 978-0801047527)

Recommended Commentaries (not required)

  • Green, Joel B. *The Gospel of Luke. (The New International Commentary on the New Testament). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997. (ISBN 978-0802823151)
  • Tannehill, Robert. *Abingdon New Testament Commentaries: Luke.  Abingdon Press, 1996. (ISBN 978-0687061327)

BIBL7760 New Testament Interpretation (All MDiv, MAPM)

Required Texts:
  • Blount, Brian, Cain Hope Felder, Clarice Martin, and Emerson Powery, Editors. True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary. Fortress Press, 2007. (ISBN 978-0800634216)
  • Gorman, Michael J. *Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers. Baker Academic, 2010. (ISBN 978-0801046407)
  • Gorman, Michael J. *Reading Paul (Cascade Companions). Wipf & Stock Pub, 2008. (ISBN 978-1556351952)
  • Green, Joel B. The Theology of the Gospel of Luck (New Testament Theology). Cambridge University Press, 1995. (ISBN 978-0521469326)
  • Soulen, Richard N. and R. Kendall Soulen. *Handbook of Biblical Criticism, Fourth Edition. Westminster John Knox Press, 2011. (ISBN 978-0664235345)
Optional Texts:
  • Attridge, Harold W. Harper Collins Study Bible - Student Edition. HarperOne, 2006. (ISBN 978-0060786830)
  • Spivey, Robert A., D. Moody Smith, and C. Clifton Black. *Anatomy of the New Testament. Fortress Press, 2013. (ISBN 978-0800699710)

BIBL8090 Advanced Biblical Exegesis: Acts of the Apostles (All MDiv)

Required Print Commentaries:

  • Fitzmyer, Joseph A. The Acts of the Apostles: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible. New York: Doubleday, 1998. (ISBN 978-0385468800) Please note that this commentary series has been taken over by Yale University Press with a new ISBN: 978-0300139822. Either number matches the volume needed, which may help when searching for a used copy.
  • Johnson, Luke T. The Acts of the Apostles. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier Books, 2006. (ISBN 978-0814659687). Please note that this ISBN number was previously used for a 1992 version published by Liturgical Press. Either version is acceptable.
  • Thompson, Richard P. Acts: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition (New Beacon Bible Commentary). Beacon Hill Press, 2015. (ISBN 978-0834132399)

Recommended Digital Commentaries (included in Logos Scholar's Library Gold):

  • Peterson, David G. The Acts of the Apostles. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009. (in Logos 6 only)
  • Polhill, John B. Acts. New American Commentary. Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman, 1992.
  • Modern translations of the Bible: NRSV, NIV, NASB, ESV, NCV, etc.

Recommended (but not required) Reading:

  • Thompson, Richard P. Keeping the Church in Its Place: The Church as Narrative Character in Acts. New York: T. & T. Clark, 2006. (ISBN 978-0567026453)

CHED6160 Congregational Education & Formation (All MDiv, MAPM)

  • Blevins, Dean G. and Mark A. Maddix. *Discovering Discipleship: Dynamics of Christian Education. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2010. (ISBN 978-0834124967)
  • Everist, Norma Cook. *The Church As Learning Community. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002. (ISBN 978-0687045006)
  • Foster, Charles R. *Educating Congregations: The Future of Christian Education. Abingdon Press, 1994. (ISBN 978-0687002450)
  • Palmer, Parker J. *The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life. Indianapolis: Jossey-Bass, 2007. (ISBN 978-0787996864)
  • Seymour, Jack. *Teaching the Way of Jesus: Educating Christians for Faithful Living. Abingdon Press, 2014. (ISBN 978-1426765056)

CHIS6540 Wesleyan Tradition in Context (MDivML, MAML)

  • Logan, James C. Theology and Evangelism in the Wesleyan Heritage. Kingswood Books, 1994. (ISBN 978-0687413959)
  • Outler, Albert C. Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit. Discipleship Resources, 2003. (ISBN 978-0881771510)
  • Watson, Kevin M. A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley's General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living. Discipleship Resources, 2009. (ISBN 978-0881775563)
  • Weems, Lovett H. Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit. Abingdon Press, 1999. (ISBN 978-0687046928)

CHIS6560 History of Christianity I (All MDiv, MAPM)

  • Brown, Peter. The Body & Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity. Columbia University Press, 2008. (ISBN 978-0231144070)
  • Gonzalez, Justo L. *Story of Christianity: Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation. New York: HarperOne, 2010. (ISBN 978-0061855887)
  • Ward, Benedicta. The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection. Liturgical Press, 1984. (ISBN 978-0879079598)

CHIS6580 Sources for Western Spirituality (MDivSF, MASF)

  • Bondi, Roberta C. *To Pray and to Love: Conversations on Prayer with the Early Church. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1991. (ISBN 978-0800625115)
  • Chilcote, Paul Wesley. Praying in the Wesleyan Spirit: 52 Prayers for Today. Nashville: Upper Room Books, July 2001. (ISBN 978-0835809504)
  • Foster, Richard J., ed. Devotional Classics: Revised Edition: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups. San Francisco: HarperOne; Revised edition, June 28, 2005. (ISBN 978-0060777500)

CHIS6960 History of Christianity II (All MDiv, MAPM)

  • Bebbington, David W. The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody (History of Evangelicalism). Downer's Grove: InterVarsity Press, October 2005. (ISBN 978-0830825837)
  • Hastings, Adrian, ed. *A World History of Christianity. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000. (ISBN 978-0802848758)
  • Jenkins, Philip. *The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South. Oxford University Press, 2008. (ISBN 978-0195368512)
  • Miller, Glenn T. The Modern Church: From the Dawn of the Reformation to the Eve of the Third Millennium. Abingdon Press, 1997. (ISBN 978-0687006052)

PHIL7330 Postmodern Culture & Families (MDivYCFM, MAYCFM)

  • Choldenko, Gennifer. *If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period. Orlando, FL: Harcourt Children's Books, 2007. (ISBN 978-0152057534)
  • Elkind, David. *Ties that Stress: The New Family Imbalance. Harvard University Press, 1998. (ISBN 978-0674891500)
  • Root, Andrew. *The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010 (ISBN 978-0801039140)

PHIL7540 Premodern, Modern & Postmodern Philosophies (MDivML, MAML)

Required Texts:

  • Aquinas, Thomas. Compendium of Theology. Oxford University Press, 2009. (ISBN 978-0195385311)
  • Augustine. * On Free Choice of the Will. Hackett Publishing Company, 1993. (ISBN 978-0872201880)
  • Brown, Colin. *Christianity and Western Thought: From the Ancient World to the Age of Enlightenment, Volume 1. IVP Academic, 2010. (ISBN 978-0830839513) NOTE: The 1990 edition is acceptable as well. Make sure you have the correct Volume since there are three volumes and each one cover a different time in history.
  • Crisp, Oliver and Michael Rea. *Analytic Theology: New Essays in the Philosophy of Theology. Oxford University Press, 2011. (ISBN 978-0199600427)
  • Decartes, Rene. *Discourse on Method and Meditiations on First Philosophy. Hackett Publishing Company, 1999. (ISBN 978-0872204201)
  • Plato, *Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo. 2nd ed. Hackett Publishing Company, 2002. (ISBN 978-0872206335)
  • Smith, James K.A. *Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church (The Church and Postmodern Culture). Baker Academic & Brazos Press, 2006. (ISBN 978-0801029189)

PHIL7560 Philosophical Foundations of Ministry (All MDiv, MAPM)

Required Texts:
  • Caputo, John. *Philosophy and Theology. Abingdon Press, 2006. (ISBN 978-0687331260)
  • Oord, Thomas Jay. *Defining Love: A Philosophical, Scientific, and Theological Engagement. Brazos Press, 2010. (ISBN 978-1587432576)

PHIL7580 Theoretical Foundations for Spiritual Formation (MDivSF, MASF)

  • Aristotle, F.H. Peters (Translator). Nicomachean Ethics. Barnes and Noble, 2004. (ISBN 978-0760752364)
  • Corcoran, Kevin. *Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialistic Alternative to the Soul. Baker Academic Publishing, 2006. (ISBN 978-0801027802)
  • DeYoung, Rebecca Konyndyk. *Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2009. (ISBN 978-1587432323)
  • Woodhouse, Mark B. *A Preface to Philosophy. Wadsworth Publishing, 2012. (ISBN 978-1133050032)
  • Wright, N.T. *After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters. HarperOne Publishing, 2010. (ISBN 978-0061730559)

PRTH6000 OnRamp Orientation (Required of all students)

Required Texts:
  • Brown, Michael Joseph. *What They Don't Tell You: A Survivor's Guide to Biblical Studies. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2015. (ISBN 978-0664235949
  • Stone, Howard W. and James O. Duke. *How to Think Theologically, 3rd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013. (ISBN 978-0800699321)
  • Tracy, Wes & Stan Ingersol. *What is a Nazarene? Understanding Our Place in the Religious Community. Kansas City: Beacon Hill, 2013. (ISBN 978-0834129627)

Recommended Resource Text:

  • Harvey, Van A. A Handbook of Theological Terms. New York: Collier Books, 1997. (ISBN 978-0684846446)

PRTH6140 Introduction to Ministry & Culture (MDivML, MAML)

  • Cloud, Henry. *Integrity: The Courage to Meet The Demands of Reality. HarperBusiness, 2009. (ISBN 978-0060849696)
  • Frost, Michael and Alan Hirsch. *The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church. Baker Books, 2013. (ISBN 978-0801014918)
  • Gibbs, Eddie. *Leadership Next. Downers Grove: Intervarsity, 2005. (ISBN 978-0830832835)
  • Stetzer, Ed and David Putman. *Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Become a Missionary in Your Community. B&H Academic, 2006. (ISBN 978-0805443592)

PRTH6180 Introduction to Spiritual Formation (MDivSF, MASF)

Required Foundational Texts:

  • Foster, Richard J. *A Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. 3rd ed. San Francisco: Harper, 2002. (ISBN 978-0060628390)
  • Leclerc, Diane and Mark A. Maddix. *Spiritual Formation: A Wesleyan Paradigm. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2011. (ISBN 978-0834126138)
  • Mulholland, M. Robert Jr. *Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993. (ISBN 978-0830813865)
  • Nouwen, Henri. Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming. New York: Doubleday/Image, 1994. (ISBN 978-0385473071)

Required Small Group Text:

  • Smith, James Bryan. *A Spiritual Formation Workbook. Rev. ed. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2007. (ISBN 978-0062516268)

Recommended Resource Texts:

  • Strunk, William Jr., and E.B. White. The Elements of Style. 4th ed. Longman, 1999. (ISBN 978-0205309023)

PRTH6760 Spiritual & Personal Formation (All MDiv, MAPM)

  • Hamman, Jaco. Becoming a Pastor: Forming Self and Soul for Ministry. Pilgrim Press, 2007. (ISBN 978-0829817492)
  • Jensen, L. Paul. Subversive Spirituality: Transforming Mission through the Collapse of Space and Time. Wipf & Stock, 2009. (ISBN 978-1606081549)
  • Peterson, Eugene. *Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing up in Christ. Wm B. Eerdmans, 2010. (ISBN 978-0802829559)
  • Scazzero, Peter. *Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: Unleash a Revolution in Your Life in Christ. Thomas Nelson, 2011. (ISBN 978-0849946424)

PRTH6840 Missional Discipleship (MDivML, MAML)

  • Beck, Richard. *Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality. Wipf & Stock Pub, 2011. (ISBN 978-1608992423)
  • Maddix, Mark A. and Jay Richard Akkerman. *Missional Discipleship: Partners in God's Redemptive Mission. Beacon Hill Press, 2013. (ISBN 978-0834130920)
  • Roxburgh, Alan J. *Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood. Baker Books, 2011. (ISBN 978-0801072314)
  • Wright, N.T. *After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters. HarperOne, 2012. (ISBN 978-0061730542)

PRTH6880 Nurturing the Inner Life (MDivSF, MASF)

  • Kelly, Thomas. The Eternal Promise. Friends United Press, 2006. (ISBN 978-0944350027)
  • Kelly, Thomas. A Testament of Devotion. HarperOne, 1996. (ISBN 978-0060643614)
  • Merton, Thomas. *New Seeds of Contemplation. New Directions, 2007. (ISBN 978-0811217248)
  • Merton, Thomas. *Thoughts in Solitude. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999. (ISBN 978-0374513252)
  • Willard, Dallas and Jan Johnson. *Renovation of the Heart in Daily Practice. NavPress, 2006. (ISBN 978-1576838099)

PRTH6960 Missiology & Contextualization (All MDiv, MAPM)

  • Gailey, Charles R. and Howard Culbertson. Discovering Missions. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2007. (ISBN 978-0834122574)
  • Winter, Ralph and Steven Hawthorne (editors). Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. William Carey Library Publishers; 4th edition, 2009. (ISBN 978-0878083909)

PRTH6990 Supervised Ministry (All MDiv)

  • Manning, Brennan. *Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging. Navpress, 2002. (ISBN 978-0891098263 or ISBN 978-1576833346) Either version is satisfactory.
  • Willimon, William H. *Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry. Abingdon Press, 2016. (ISBN 978-1501804908)

PRTH7540 Missional Practicum (MDivML, MAML)

Required Texts:
  • Browning, Dave. *Deliberate Simplicity: How the Church Does More by Doing Less. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009. (ISBN 978-0310-285670)
  • Henderson, Jim, and Matt Casper. *Jim & Casper Go To Church. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2007. (ISBN 978-1414313313)
  • Schwarz, Christian. A Natural Church Development: A Guide to Eight Essential Qualities of Healthy Churches. 7th ed. ChurchSmart, 2006. (ISBN 978-1889638003)
  • Sweet, Leonard. *Giving Blood: A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014. (ISBN 978-0310515456)
Required Small Group Curriculum:

During this eight-week course, students are required to lead a weekly small group in their own ministry context using Dan Kimball’s media curriculum titled They Like Jesus But Not the Church (TLJBNTC).  Kimball’s curriculum kit was published by Zondervan but is no longer in print in boxed form. However, students may obtain these required course materials in a variety of ways:
  • First, students may locate a used copy of the entire TLJBNTC curriculum kit.
  • Second, students may purchase a new or used trade paperback copy of TLJBNTC (ISNB 978-0310245902) and a used copy of the TLJBNTC DVD (ISBN 978-0310277880), both of which are required for this course. The trade paperback is in print, but the DVD is no longer distributed by Zondervan. Students may also elect to purchase one or more copies of the optional TLJBNTC participant’s guide (ISBN 978-0310277941) for their group members. This trade paperback resource is not required, however.
  • Third, students may purchase a new or used trade paperback copy of TLJBNTC (ISBN 978-0310245902) and copies of the optional TLJBNTC participant’s guide (ISBN 978-0310277941), then rent electronic copies of all six videos from Faith Gateway for $2.99 each.
Students must organize their sessions and recruit participants for their small group study prior to the beginning of this course. They must schedule their first weekly session to begin so it begins in Week Two, no later than Sunday. Since GTOE courses run from Monday-Sunday, this will be the second Sunday after the first day of the course. Following each of the six sessions, online debriefings will take place in the form of threaded class discussions the following week. The sixth session of Kimball’s material needs to take place during Week Seven of the course so that final online class discussion can occur during Week Eight. Please contact the professor, Dr. Jay Akkerman, at if you have any questions about the required course element and obtaining the corresponding small group curriculum. 

Recommended Reference Text:
The professor recommends students familiarize themselves with the following text, and especially encourages those who need to brush up on their English grammar to study it carefully. Feedback on written work in this class may include page references from Strunk & White’s text for student reference.

  • Strunk, William Jr., and E.B. White. The Elements of Style. 4th ed. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon, 2000. ISBN 978-0205309023.

PRTH7560 Pastoral Leadership (All MDiv, MAPM)

  • Abraham, William J. The Art of Evangelism: Evangelism Carefully Crafted into the Life of the Local Church. Wipf and Stock, 2011. (ISBN 978-1610976640)
  • Lathrop, Gordon W. The Pastor: A Spirituality. Fortress Press, 2011. (ISBN 978-0800698355)
  • Maddix, Mark and Diane Leclerc, eds. *Pastoral Practices: A Wesleyan Paradigm. Beacon Hill Press, 2013. (ISBN 978-0834130098)
  • Rowell, Jeren. *Thinking, Listening, Being: Wesleyan Pastoral Disciplines. Beacon Hill Press, 2014. (ISBN 978-0834132467)
  • Roxburgh, Alan and Fred Romanuk. *The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World. Jossey-Bass, 2006. (ISBN 978-0787983253)
  • Vickers, Jason. *Minding the Good Ground: A Theology for Church Renewal. Baylor University Press, 2011. (ISBN 978-1602583603)

PRTH7580 Spirituality of Soul Care (MDivSF, MASF)

  • Brother Lawrence. The Practice of the Presence of God. Paraclete Press, 2010. (ISBN 978-1557256942)
  • Earle, Ralph H. and Mark R. Laaser. The Pornography Trap. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press, 2012. (ISBN 978-0834127944)
  • Hagberg, Janet O. and Robert A. Guelich. *The Critical Journey: Stages in the Life of Faith. Sheffield Publishing Co.; 2nd edition, 2004. (ISBN 978-1879215498)
  • Nelson, Dean. *God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2009. (ISBN 978-1587432330)
  • Nouwen, Henri. *In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership. New York: Crossroad, 1992. (ISBN 978-0824512590)
  • Nouwen, Henri. *The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey. Image, 1990. (ISBN 978-0385416078) 
  • Peterson, Eugene. *Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1994. (ISBN 978-0802808486)

PRTH7940 Community, Context & Transition (MDivML, MAML)

  • Branson, Mark Lau and Juan F. Martinez. *Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities. IVP Academic, 2011. (ISBN 978-0830839261)
  • Crouch, Andy. *Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2014. (ISBN 978-0830837557)
  • Dudley, Carl S., and Nancy T. Ammerman. *Congregations in Transition: A Guide for Analyzing, Assessing and Adapting in Changing Communities. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002. (ISBN 978-0787954222)
  • Neumark, Heidi B. *Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx. Boston: Beacon Press, 2004. (ISBN 978-0807072578)
  • Stone, Bryan. *Evangelism after Christendom: The Theology and Practice of Christian Witness. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2007. (ISBN 978-1587431944)

PRTH7960 Preaching & Worship (All MDiv, MAPM)

  • Hipps, Shane. The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media Shapes Faith, the Gospel and Church. Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2006 (ISBN 978-0310262749)
  • Webber, Robert. Worship is a Verb: Celebrating God's Mighty Deeds of Salvation. Star Song Publishing, 2006. (ISBN 978-1565632424)
  • Wilson, Paul Scott. *The Four Pages of the Sermon: A Guide to Biblical Preaching. San Francisco: Abingdon Press, 1999. (ISBN 978-0687023950)
  • Wright, John W. Telling God's Story: Narrative Preaching for Christian Formation. IVP Academic, 2007. (ISBN 978-0830827404)

    *****NOTE: This class will require students to record a 20 minute sermon of themselves with a digital video camera which will be downloaded as part of the class. Students should have access to a video camera. Please contact the GTOE TA at for details.

PRTH7980 Spiritual Direction (MDivSF, MASF)

Required Texts:
  • Fryling, Alice. *Seeking God Together: An Introduction to Group Spiritual Direction. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2009. (ISBN 978-0830835249)
  • Moon, Gary and David G. Benner. Editors. *Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls: A Guide to Christian Approaches and Practices. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004. (ISBN 978-0830827770)
  • Smith, Gordon T. Spiritual Direction: A Guide to Giving and Receiving Direction. IVP Books, 2014. (ISBN 978-0830835799)
  • Watson, David Lowes. Covenant Discipleship: Christian Formation Through Mutual Accountability. Wipf & Stock Publishers, April 2002. (ISBN 978-1579109530)

Required Devotional Text:

  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. *Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community. HarperOne, 2009. (ISBN 978-00606068521)
Other Required Reading:
  • Wesley, John. The General Rules of the Methodist Class Meetings. Dennis Bratcher, ed. 2013.**  (**Note: This online version of the “General Rules” is a later text. The original version “The Nature, Design, and General Rules of the United Societies,” is found in The Works of John Wesley. Vol. 9. The Methodist Societies: History, Nature, and Design. Edited by Rupert E. Davies. Nashville: Abingdon, 1989. 67-75. ISBN: 978-0687462148 listed below.  If you are interested in furthering studying the Methodist Societies of the 18th century, the professor highly recommends that you purchase the book. However, for the purposes of this course we will read only “The General Rules.”) 
Optional Text (see note above):
  • ​Davies, Rupert. The Works of John Wesley Vol. 9: The Methodist Societies-History, Nature, and Design. Abingdon Press, 1989. (ISBN 978-0687462148)

THEO6580 Readings in Western Spirituality (MDivSF, MASF)

  • Oord, Thomas Jay. *The Nature of Love: A Theology. Atlanta: Chalice Press, 2010. (ISBN 978-0827208285)
  • Oord, Thomas Jay and Michael Lodahl. *Relational Holiness: Responding To The Call of Love. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press, 2005. (ISBN 978-0834121829)
  • Oord, Thomas Jay. *The Uncontrolling Love of God. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2015. (ISBN 978-0830840847)
  • Pinnock, Clark. The Most Moved Mover: A Theology of God's Openness. Grand Rapids: Baker House Books, 2001. (ISBN 978-0801022906)

THEO7130 Theological Foundations of Christian Education (MDivYCFM, MAYCFM)

  • Chilcote, Paul Wesley. Recapturing the Wesleys' Vision: Introduction to the Faith of John and Charles Wesley. Intervarsity Press, 2004. (ISBN 978-0830827435)
  • Leclerc, Diane and Mark Maddix. *Essential Church: A Wesleyan Ecclesiology. Beacon Hill Press, 2014. (ISBN 978-0834132429)
  • Maddox, Randy. *Responsible Grace: John Wesley's Pratical Theology. Abingdon Press, 1994. (ISBN 978-0687003341)
  • McGrath, Alister. Theology: The Basics. Blackwell Publishing, 3rd ed, 2011. (ISBN 978-0470656754)
  • Pazmino, Robert. *God Our Teacher: Theological Basics in Christian Education. Baker Academic, 2001. (ISBN 978-0801022845)

THEO7560 Christian Theology I (All MDiv, MAPM)

  • Boyd, Gregory A. and Paul Eddy. *Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology. Baker Academic, 2nd Edition, 2009. (ISBN 978-0801037931)
  • Oord, Thomas Jay. The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence. IVP Academic, 2015. (ISBN 978-0830840847) NOTE: This book will be available December 6, 2015.

THEO7940 Theology of Leadership (MDivML, MAML)

  • Clayton, Philip. *Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2009. (ISBN 978-0800696993)
  • Newbigin, Lesslie. *Lesslie Newbigin, Missionary Theologian: A Reader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006. (ISBN 978-0802829825)
  • Oord, Thomas Jay. *The Nature of Love: A Theology. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2010. (ISBN 978-0827208285)
  • Oord, Thomas Jay and Robert Luhn. *The Best News You Will Ever Hear. Russell Media, 2011. (ISBN 978-0982930052)
  • Truesdale, Al. *With Cords of Love: A Wesleyan Response to Religious Pluralism. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press, 2006 (ISBN 978-0834123069)

THEO7960 Christian Theology II (All MDiv, MAPM)

Required Texts:
  • Hovey, Craig. *To Share in the Body: A Theology of Martyrdom for Today's Church. Brazos Press, 2008. (ISBN 978-1587432170)
  • LaCugna, Catherine Mowry. God for Us: The Trinity and Christian Life. Harper San Francisco, 1993. (ISBN 978-0060649135)
  • Leclerc, Diane. *Discovering Christian Holiness: The Heart of Wesleyan-Holiness Theology. Beacon Hill Press, 2010. (978-0834124691)
  • Park, Andrew Sung, ed. The Other Side of Sin: Woundedness from the Perspective of the Sinned-Against. State University of New York Press, 2001. (ISBN 978-0791450420)
  • Pelzel, Morris. *Ecclesiology: The Church as Communion and Mission. Loyola Press, 2001. (ISBN 978-0829417265)
  • Vanhoozer, Kevin. *The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology. Cambridge University Press, 2003. (ISBN 978-0521793957)
Optional Texts:
  • Harvey, Van A. A Handbook of Theological Terms. New York: Collier Books, 1997. (ISBN 978-0684846446) NOTE: This text was an optional text for PRTH6000 OnRamp Program Orientation.
  • Smith, James K. A. *Introducing Radical Orthodoxy. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004. (ISBN 978-0801027352) 
  • Tracy, Wes & Stan Ingersol. *What is a Nazarene? Understanding Our Place in the Religious Community. Kansas City: Beacon Hill, 2013. (ISBN 978-0834129627) NOTE: This text was also required for PRTH6000 OnRamp Program Orientation.
  • Wynkoop, Mildred Banks. *A Theology of Love: The Dynamic of Wesleyanism. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press, 1972. (ISBN 978-0834120006)

YCFM6130 Foundations of Youth, Children & Family Ministry (MDivYCFM, MAYCFM)

  • Anderson, Ray S. *The Soul of Ministry: Forming Leaders for God's People. Westminster John Knox Press, 1997. (ISBN 978-0664257446)
  • Hine, Thomas. The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager. Harper Perennial, 2000. (ISBN 978-0380728534)
  • Root, Andrew. *Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation. IVP Books, 2007. (ISBN 978-0830834884)
  • Strommen, Merton P. and Richard A Hardel. Passing on the Faith: A Radical New Model for Youth and Family Ministry. Saint Mary's Press, 2008. (ISBN 978-0884899709)

YCFM6230 Family Ministry in Practice (MDivYCFM, MAYCFM)

  • Allen, Holly Catterton and Christine Lawson Ross. *Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship. IVP Academic, 2012. (ISBN 978-0830839810)
  • Hellerman, Joseph H. *When the Church was a Family: Recapturing Jesus' Vision for Authentic Christian Community. B & H Academic, 2009. (ISBN 978-0805447798)
  • Powell, Kara E. and Chap Clark. *Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids. Zondervan, 2011. (ISBN 978-0310329329)
  • Jones, Timothy Paul. *Family Ministry Field Guild: How Your Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples. Wesleyan Publishing House, 2011. (ISBN 978-0898274578)

YCFM6530 Leadership in Ministry (MDivYCFM, MAYCFM)

  • Daniels, Aubrey C. and James E. Daniels. *Measure of a Leader: The Legendary Leadership Formula for Producing Exceptional Performers and Outstanding Results. McGraw-Hill, 2006. (ISBN 978-0071482660)
  • DeVries, Mark. *Sustainable Youth Ministry. IVP Books, 2008. (ISBN 978-0830833610)
  • Godin, Seth. *Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us. Penguin Group, 2008. (ISBN 978-1591842330)
  • Lencioni, Patrick. *The Five Temptations of a CEO. Jossey-Bass, 2008. (ISBN 978-0470267585)

YCFM6730 Missional Ministry (MDivYCFM, MAYCFM)

  • Clark, Chap, Fernando Arzola Jr., Brian Cosby, Ron Hunter, and Greg Stier. *Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Five Views. Baker Academic, 2015. (ISBN 978-0801049675)
  • Hunter III, George *The Celtic Way of Evangelism: How Christianity Can Reach the West...Again. Abingdon Press, 2010. (ISBN 978-1426711374)
  • McKnight, Scot. *One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow.  Zondervan, 2010. (ISBN 978-0310277668)
  • Plantinga, Cornelius. *Not the Way It's Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1996. (ISBN 978-0802842183)
  • Root, Andrew. *Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry. Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2013. (ISBN 978-0310670797)

YCFM7930 Developmental & Spiritual Formation of Youth, Children & Families (MDivYCFM, MAYCFM)

  • Arnett, Jeffrey Jensen. *Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties. Oxford University Press, 2014. (ISBN 978-0199929382)
  • Clark, Chap. *Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers. Baker Academic, 2011. (ISBN 978-0801039416)
  • Estep, James R. and Jonathan H. Kim, eds. *Christian Formation: Integrating Theology and Human Development. B&H Academic, 2010. (ISBN 978-0805448382)
  • Schweitzer, Friedrich L. The Postmodern Life Cycle: Challenges for Church and Theology. Christian Board of Publication, 2006. (ISBN 978-0827229983)