Theological Method and Research Seminar

by Aaron Pederson on 30 May 2011

For Students and Pastors

Start Date: 10 June 2011
Facilitators: Dr. James A. Nestingen and Prof. Scott L. Keith

Course Description:

The ability to discern and evaluate what materials to include and exclude in a writing project, of any size, is foundational for students. As students of God’s Word it is necessary all the more. This introductory course to Research Methodologies will provide the basic skill-set needed to be successful when approaching a subject to study, be it a sermon text or a larger writing project. Organizing your thoughts and materials logically, narrowing your focus and writing to completion takes understanding and practice.

This course is an introduction to the importance and varieties of theological research methods, and to the nature and conduct of theological research. The seminar will assist students to learn how to employ theological method and research in their studies. Research students will learn the skills needed to complete an advanced research project. Pastors will learn to further hone the skills necessary to continue in their craft of sermon and Bible class preparation.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate research capabilities in the field of theology, which will facilitate future learning and ministry development.
  2. Have familiarity with theological research tools and their use within ministry.
  3. Evaluate theological resources, both in print and online for theological integrity and usefulness in the process of continuing research.
  4. Understand the process of research and writing involved in the thesis process and advanced theological research.
  5. Develop outlines for use in sermon preparation, Bible classes, Confirmation and writing for a lay audience.

Who is this course open to?

This course is open to M.Div. and M.Th students at Wittenberg Institute, as well as anyone who wants to better understand the craft of research. The course may be taken for credit ($600), or audit for half price ($300).


Lectures will be held online, Fridays 12:30pm to 2:00pm (PST). The first lecture will be held on Friday, June 10th. The class will run for eight consecutive weeks, the last lecture will be held on July 29th. For more information and a full course syllabus, email:

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