CFM 111. Foundations of Ministry. (2 Credits)

This course provides a foundation for the work of ministry through an introduction to evangelism and discipleship. Through an overview of the ministry of Jesus, students will learn the basic principles involved in the kingdom work of presenting the Gospel and making disciples in an ever changing world.

CFM 115. Introduction to Christian Formation and Ministry. (4 Credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to central themes and concepts in Christian Formation and Ministry, including biblical foundations, historical foundations, social science foundations and essential practices of spiritual formation, discipleship, and Christian teaching.

CFM 121. Ministry Skills: Backpacking. (1 Credit)

This course is specially designed to equip students with tools for ministry and the holistic, spiritual formation of others in a variety of contexts. Students will be fully immersed in developing backpacking skills as a means to explore how physical activity within a Christian community and in an outdoor setting can contribute to holistic formation of self and others. Students will experience a formational process in their own life through course readings, community based outdoor experiences, and critical reflection and discussion. They will also consider how to facilitate similar formational experiences for others.

CFM 122. Ministry Skills: Rock Climbing. (1 Credit)

This course is specially designed to equip students with tools for ministry and the holistic, spiritual formation of others in a variety of contexts. Students will be fully immersed in developing rock climbing as a means to explore how physical activity within a Christian community and in an outdoor setting can contribute to holistic formation of self and others. Students will experience a formational process in their own life through course readings, community based outdoor experiences, and critical reflection and discussion. They will also consider how to facilitate similar formational experiences for others.

CFM 123. Ministry Skills: Horsemanship. (1 Credit)

This course is specially desgined to equip students with tools for ministry and the holistic, spiritual formation of others in a variety of contexts. Students will be fully immersed in developing horsemanship as a means to explore how physical activity within a Christian community and in an outdoor setting can contribute to holistic formation of self and others. Students will experience a formational process in their own life through course readings, community based outdoor experiences, and critical reflection and discussion. They will also consider how to faciliate similar formational experiences for others.

CFM 124. Ministry Skills: Cross-country Skiing. (1 Credit)

This course is specially designed to equip students with tools for ministry and the holistic, spiritual formation of others in a variety of contexts. Students will be fully immersed in developing cross-country skiing as a means to explore how physical activity within a Christian community and in an outdoor setting can contribute to holistic formation of self and others. Students will experience a formational process in their own life through course readings, community based outdoor experiences, and critical reflection and discussion. They will also consider how to facilitate similar formational experiences for others.

CFM 125. Ministry Skills: Downhill Skiing. (1 Credit)

This course is specially designed to equip students with tools for ministry and the holistic, spiritual formation of others in a variety of contexts. Students will be fully immersed in developing downhill skiing as a means to explore how physical activity within a Christian community and in an outdoor setting can contribute to holistic formation of self and others. Students will experience a formational process in their own life through course readings, community based outdoor experiences, and critical reflection and discussion. They will also consider how to facilitate similar formational experiences for others.

CFM 131. Introduction to Spiritual Formation. (2 Credits)

Provides for the self-evaluation of personal faith and character and opportunities for expressing a greater commitment to life in Christ. Students choose one of four tracks - wilderness expedition, urban track, equestrian, or camp experience - which is combined with reading assignments, scripture studies, and group discussions. Open to incoming students accepted to the Wheaton Passage Wilderness, Urban, Northwoods or Equestrian programs at HoneyRock held prior to fall semester.

CFM 215. Spiritual Formation in Community. (2 Credits)

Moving beyond an individualistic focus of spiritual formation, this course engages the lived experience of being God's "called out ones". Following the framework of the weekly chapel program at the college along with the student's engagement in the local church, this course explores the experiences and best practices of how the body of Christ is formed within a communal setting. Attention is given to multicultural expressions and the diversity of styles and traditions in worship.

CFM 216. Discipleship Practicum. (1 Credit)

Integrating the theories learned in the classroom with involvement in a campus sponsored ministry, students will participate in a leadership role approved by the CFM Department. The practicum includes a summative assignment in which students consider the links between ministry principles, personal spiritual formation, and practical skills. Practica may be repeated up to a maximum of four times for credit. Graded pass/fail.

CFM 222. Teaching for Transformation. (4 Credits)

This course examines historical educational theory and processes as well as current learning theory in order to create transformational experiences to promotes an individual's spiritual growth. Methods of teaching, the role of the Holy Spirit, basic curriculum design, character of the teacher, and biblical genres are considered.

CFM 223. Human Development and Ministry. (4 Credits)

Explores the application of human development and other social science theory and research to Christian Education. Spiritual development through the lifespan is highlighted, as well as the importance of understanding social context and organizational dynamics for effective ministry.

Tags: SI

CFM 224. Christian Spiritual Practices. (2 Credits)

An introduction to Christian Spiritual Formation as the integration of theological understanding, faith, and spiritual practice. This laboratory course in spiritual formation explores the relational, spiritual, and missional practices of the Christian life - Christian formation in community and service to the world (e.g., corporate worship, spiritual friendship, spiritual direction, small group accountability, hospitality, evangelism, compassion, social justice, creation care). Students will study, practice, and theologically reflect on these as biblical, historical, and psychological perspectives are brought to bear on the experience of class members individually and in the context of congregational leadership.

CFM 231. Evangelism. (2 Credits)

Provides an overview of the Gospel, Great Commission, and Great Commandment. Emphasis is given to surveying the tools needed for the task of world evangelism with emphasis on personal preparation for one-to-one evangelism within a variety of contexts.

CFM 232. Spiritual Guidance and Discernment. (2 Credits)

This course is designed as a practicum experience in Christian spiritual guidance and discernment. Out-of-class attention will be given to a protestant interaction with the spiritual exercises of Ignatius Loyola and the experience of meeting with a spiritual guide or listener. In-class lectures will entail seminar format discussion and debriefing of class readings and practices as they pertain to guidance and discernment.

CFM 234. Youth Ministry. (4 Credits)

This course introduces students to the theories and practices of ministry with adolescents, including biblical and theological foundations, developmental and socio-cultural theories and research, historical and contemporary models of youth ministry, and the development of a philosophy of youth ministry.

CFM 241. Leadership Development. (4 Credits)

This course will develop students' leadership potential for a life of kingdom service. Students will understand and critically assess their personal leadership and develop an integrated philosophy of leadership. This philosophy will be implemented and assessed during the summer as students create formational experiences in an adventurous setting, discipling campers for God's mission back home. This course is offered each summer at HoneyRock as part of the Leadership Certificate.

CFM 251. Ministry Practicum. (0 Credits)

Integrating the theories learned in the classroom with the practices of ministry, students will participate in a specific ministry context approved by the CFM Internship Coordinator and their faculty advisor. The practicum includes a summative assignment in which students consider the links between ministry principles, personal spiritual formation, and practical skills. Graded pass/fail.

CFM 259. Topics in Christian Formation and Ministry. (2 or 4 Credits)

Examines ministry concerns, problems, and trends in light of a holistic Christian Education theory.

CFM 322. Historical Foundations. (2 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to explore key persons and movements in the expansion of the Christian church from early monasticism and the Celtic Church to Moravianism and Methodism. Our missiological reinterpretation of church history will focus on the dynamics of the expansion such as the Spirit's renewal, structure of mission, role of leadership, and implications for contemporary strategies of mission. This process develops an appreciation of historio-missiological reflection in Christian community that will affect the student's missionary vocation.

CFM 331. Teaching the Bible. (2 Credits)

Designed to acquaint students, through both theory and practice, with the principles of effective biblical instruction. Methods of interpretation and literary aspects of the Bible are emphasized.

CFM 332. Theological Foundations. (2 Credits)

This course uses evangelical principles of biblical hermeneutics to explore intercultural encounters of God's mission from the Philistines of Abraham and David's time to Jesus' ministry among the marginalized in first-century Palestine. The process develops an appreciation of theological reflection within Christian community, which will affect the student's missionary vocation.

CFM 333. Student Care in College Ministry. (2 Credits)

An introduction to the basic concepts and skills involved in the student care aspect of residence life ministry at Wheaton, including a brief overview of historic and biblical foundations for caring ministry, categories of student struggle most commonly experienced in college residence life ministry, rudimentary person-to-person helping skills, and small group supervision. This course is limited to residence assistants.

CFM 337. Compassion in Ministry. (2 Credits)

Compassion is central to effective ministry leadership. This course introduces students to the types of human suffering encountered by those in ministry leadership and to rudimentary skills for responding effectively. We will consider biblical, historical and contemporary models for compassion in ministry. Only one of CFM 337 and CFM 339 may be taken for credit. Mainly taught at HoneyRock.

CFM 339. Compassion and Crisis Ministry: Responding to Trauma and Suffering. (4 Credits)

Introduction to the basic concepts and skills involved in ministry responses to trauma and suffering. Course content will include an overview of the historic ministry of soul care, biblical foundations for crisis ministry, major categories of human suffering and trauma across cultures and contexts, and rudimentary compassion and crisis ministry skills. Only one of CFM 337 and CFM 339 may be taken for credit. Mainly taught on campus.

CFM 353. Leadership and Human Systems. (2 Credits)

This course provides the next level of development after the Leadership Development course of SLS for supervisory leadership roles at HoneyRock. Prerequisite: CFM 241

CFM 359. Discipleship. (4 Credits)

This course prepares lay ministers to be disciples of Jesus Christ and to learn various ways of making disciples. The course explores various discipleship models, examines Scripture for discipleship directives, and engages in contemporary experiences of discipleship within the local church. While we probe the knowledge of God and the knowledge of self, the course will help students understand and embrace the calling to be a disciple of Jesus and to help others become disciples of Him. This course is a requirement for the undergraduate major and for the Discipleship Certificate in the Christian Formation & Ministry department.

CFM 412. Ministry Practicum. (2 Credits)

This is an experience-based course designed to provide students an opportunity to implement leadership concepts and theories and develop their own leadership qualities through direct experience and team development. Graded: pass/fail

CFM 414. Ministry with Children and Families. (2 Credits)

See CFM 613.

CFM 416. Spiritual Formation in the College Years. (2 Credits)

Emphasizes the developmental, cultural, and spiritual dynamics of the college years, looking specifically at implications for Christian discipleship. Examines the key components of collegiate formation (spiritual formation, identity development, vocational exploration, relationships and sexuality, mentoring, and church participation) and the processes of Christian formation in each domain.

CFM 418. Apologetics in a Global Context. (2 Credits)

Examines apologetics as the study and practice of establishing the plausibility of the Christian faith within particular cultures and contexts. Explores various philosophical and cultural frameworks for apologetics and then applies them to modernist, postmodern, multi-ethnic and global contexts and questions.

CFM 421. Philosophy of Ministry. (4 Credits)

Integrates various academic disciplines into a logical philosophy of ministry by studying major foundational concepts and issues of Christian Formation & Ministry.

CFM 422. Designing for Transformational Learning. (4 Credits)

Utilizing curriculum theory, human development, and philosophy of ministry, students will explore how these theories and practices shape and support an individual's spiritual formation through the development of sound curriculum design and evaluation. Includes preparation of curriculum scope and sequence, development of lesson plans, design of evaluation instruments, and an explanation of how these strategies affect the learning experience.

CFM 452. Camp Ministry. (2 or 4 Credits)

Provides a study of and involvement in the use of a camping environment for the growth and development of people. Special attention is given to program philosophy and principles for designing, conducting, and evaluating an effective camp ministry for young people. Offered at HoneyRock.

CFM 457. Christian Proclamation. (2 Credits)

This course is designed to help the student understand an prepare for the unique kinds of verbal communication required of the Christian Educator. It will have components related to communication theory and application of such theory to the ministry context. It will have components related to understanding and discerning many forms of speaking unique to a ministry context particularly situated to the church environment but having applications beyond the local church; these will include: introductions, funerals, weddings, preaching, teaching, conducting meetings, etc. The course will also explore the unique and valuable aspects of narrative, illustration and story as they facilitate the communication endeavor of the Christian Educator. It will also provide limited opportunity for oral presentation and critique.

CFM 459. Advanced Study in Christian Formation and Ministry. (2 or 4 Credits)

Provides small group study of special areas of interest in Christian Formation and Ministry. Topics will vary from term to term. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing or permission of instructor.

CFM 461. Leadership in Christian Ministry. (2 Credits)

Involves a study of organizational structures and administrative procedures which are useful in Christian Formation and Ministry programs. Emphasis will be given to the management of resources such as time, personnel, and information.

CFM 472. Adventure Challenge Ministry. (4 Credits)

Explores the theory of experiential education and its ministry applications through the medium of engaging adventure challenge experiences. Includes the role of facilitative leadership, group and individual problem solving, and disciplined reflection in promoting Christian maturity in others. Offered at HoneyRock.

CFM 474. Integrative Leadership Seminar. (2 Credits)

A course designed to develop advanced critical thinking and personal philosophy of leadership. Students will integrate their knowledge of leadership and faith while collaboratively identifying and assessing a real world leadership issue. This is a 400 level course that necessitates a major research paper and analysis/integration paper that draws on their multiple leadership experiences and all the courses they have taken up to this point as part of the Leadership Certificate. Offered at HoneyRock.

CFM 494. Ministry in Culture. (4 Credits)

The Core Curriculum Capstone Experience allows students to pursue deep integration of their major and the concepts they have explored throughout the entire Christ at the Core curriculum. The Capstone Experience also considers how the First Year Seminar, Advanced Integrative Seminar, and coursework in their major prepares them for their vocation after Wheaton. This capstone engages students in ethnographic research while deepening intercultural competency as they prepare to be ministers of the Gospel. It enables students to reflect upon their practical ministry experiences and therefore is taken after or concurrent with the internship in the major. This course, in combination with CFM 496: Internship meets the general education Christ at the Core graduation requirement. Prerequisites: CORE 101, CFM 115, HNGR 114, AIS course; prerequisite or concurrent with CFM 496.

General Education: SHAR

CFM 495. Independent Study. (1 to 4 Credits)

Focuses on field or library research according to individual interests and competencies in Christian Formation and Ministry.

CFM 496. Internship. (0 Credits)

Provides practical experience under supervision in a setting appropriate to the student's major interests. Prerequisites: junior standing and a minimum of 16 hours completed in Christian Formation and Ministry including background courses appropriate to the internship setting. Graded pass/fail.

CFM 497. Internship Seminar. (2 Credits)

Provides student debriefing on their internship experiences from several perspectives while making preparations for post-graduation plans. (CFM 496 is a prerequisite, but with approval from the Internship Coordinator, a concurrent enrollment is allowed.) Graded pass/fail.

CFM 513. History and Philosophy of Ministry. (4 Credits)

Helps students become more informed and effective ministers through the analysis of ministry and educational philosophies that have guided the church throughout its history. Provides a framework within which to formulate a biblically and historically informed philosophy of ministry.

CFM 516. Teaching for Transformation. (4 Credits)

Promotes Christian growth through educational planning and evaluation. Methods of teaching, curriculum design, and character of the teacher are considered.

CFM 517. Developmental Theory and Spiritual Formation. (2 Credits)

An introduction to biblical, historical, and theological understandings of the nature of persons and the integration of relevant psychological and sociological understandings of human development. In addition, students will be encouraged to consider the application of these foundations to the contemporary work of Christian formation and ministry.

CFM 518. Research Methods for Ministry. (2 Credits)

An introduction to the theory and practice of research methodologies as they relate to Christian formation and ministry.

CFM 521. Personal Spiritual Formation. (2 Credits)

An introduction to personal spiritual formation, including spiritual health and the practice of spiritual disciplines. Includes an off-site weekend retreat.

CFM 522. History and Traditions of Spiritual Formation. (2 Credits)

This course traces some of the dominant themes of Christian spirituality. Through biblical, theological, and historical study, we will examine how various individuals and movements have experienced and sought to nurture their relationship with the Triune God. Particular attention is paid to developing the skills of discernment for reading these primary sources.

CFM 523. Ministry Leadership and Organization. (4 Credits)

Introduction to issues of ministry leadership, including organizational theory, ethics, conflict management, and personal concerns for integrity and spiritual health.

CFM 525. Camp Ministry in Global Context. (4 Credits)

This course explores the theory and practice of doing ministry in diverse cultural contexts in the United States and globally. Students cultivate active cultural sensitivity through tools that include taking an inventory, conducting an ethnographic study, and partnering with a Christian camp ministry from a different geo-cultural context.

CFM 532. Discipleship. (2 Credits)

This course examines the biblical and historical models and principles for the life-long process of making disciples in a changing culture. Built on the foundation of spiritual formation and mentoring, students will be challenged to grow as disciples so that they might also equip and encourage others to grow in following Jesus.

CFM 533. Prayer. (2 Credits)

Provides a theory-based examination of prayer, especially within the historic evangelical faith.

CFM 535. Advanced Curriculum Development for Ministry. (2 Credits)

This course focuses on advanced curriculum design and development for ministry purposes, and the roles of learning environments and experiences in facilitating spiritual growth. Includes practical components integral to these issues.

CFM 545. Student Development Leadership and Organization. (4 Credits)

An introduction and overview of the administration and organization of College Student Affairs with an emphasis on its historical and philosophical foundations, its basic documents and leadership strategies and issues. Staff selection, training, supervision, policy development, and program implementation and evaluation are addressed.

CFM 547. Philosophy of Ministry. (2 Credits)

This course helps students become more informed and effective ministers through the analysis of key ministry and educational philosophies. Provides a framework within which to formulate a biblically, theologically, and philosophically informed philosophy of ministry.

CFM 612. Ministry with Children and Families. (4 Credits)

This course examines the nature of family relationships and the spirituality of children in light of biblical, theological, and developmental perspectives. The course is intended to equip ministry students to understand these dynamics in their own families, in the families of those to whom they minister, and the impact of these on their ability to be effective ministers. The course also includes a consideration of church as the family of God.

CFM 613. Ministry with Children and Families. (2 Credits)

This course examines the nature of family relationships and the spirituality of children in light of biblical, theological, and developmental perspectives. The course is intended to equip ministry students to understand these dynamics in their own families, in the families of those to whom they minister, and the impact of these on their ability to be effective ministers. The course also includes a consideration of church as the family of God.

CFM 631. Youth Ministry. (4 Credits)

Introduces students to biblical foundations, developmental and socio-cultural theories and research, historical and contemporary practice, and philosophy of youth ministry.

CFM 651. Adult Ministries. (2 Credits)

Examines the principles and methods of adult ministry in the church with particular attention given to non-formal education. Explores the nature of defining, developing, and evaluating educational experiences in non-formal settings with an eye for their unique ministry contributions.

CFM 683. Integrative Seminar. (0 Credits)

Integrates the various courses of the CFM program into a unified whole. The Integrative Seminar fosters reflection on the academic, spiritual, and practical aspects of the degree while also assisting in plans for future growth and development in these areas. Includes a summative case study evaluation. Prerequisite: All CFM core courses must be completed or in process.

CFM 691. Concentration Mentoring Group. (0 Credits)

Within each concentration of the CFM masters program, students will meet in a small mentoring group to discuss their academic progress, spiritual formation, and development of practical ministry skills. Taken every semester, repeatable.

CFM 692. Creative Project. (2 Credits)

Prerequisite: Department approval of student's Final Project proposal.

CFM 693. Ministry Practicum. (0 Credits)

Provides students the opportunity to participate in a ministry context, integrating the theories learned in the classroom with the practices of ministry. Includes a summative assignment in which students consider the links between ministry principles, personal formation, and practical skills.

CFM 694. Current Issues in Christian Formation and Ministry. (2 or 4 Credits)

Provides opportunity for advanced students to study collectively some topic or concept in greater depth, or to explore a specialized topic and its relationship to an understanding and practice of Christian Formation and Ministry. Topics will vary and will be determined by department faculty members.

CFM 695. Independent Study. (1 to 4 Credits)

Focuses on field or library research according to individual interests and competencies in Christian Formation and Ministry.

CFM 696. Internship. (2 to 4 Credits)

Provides advanced students the opportunity to have a better understanding of ministry theory and practice by working and studying alongside a competent, authorized professional in Christian ministry. Includes a summative paper or reflection and analysis of the learning that occurred and its significance for future ministry (due after the internship). Prerequisite: Internship application approval.

CFM 698. Applied Thesis/Thesis. (2 Credits)

Prerequisite: Dept. approval of student's Final Project Proposal.

CFM 699. Final Project Continuation. (0 Credits)