Summer Term 2014

Wesley's summer program is sub-divided into two terms:

  • Summer Term 1 running from May 27  - through the end of June
  • Summer Term 2 running from July 1 - through through the end of August

Please note that if you are a current student looking up courses in My Wesley you must first choose either Summer Term 1 or Summer Term 2 to see your courses.  The tuition rates will change at the end of Summer Term 1. (see Finances below)

Pre-course advance assignments and reading are required for many summer term courses. Pre-course assignments are available by either clicking  the drop down box for the correct term below or by going to Blackboard.  If you don't have a Blackboard ID, please contact  Blackboard Support. Courses are taught in both face to face and on-line formats.  Please check the course descriptions below for pre-course requirements.  We will continue to update this as we receive information from the faculty.

Information for New and Returning WTS Summer Students

View or print the 2014 class schedule here    

View or print the 2014 list of courses that fulfill requirements here

View or print the 2014 summer school brochure

Registration for the summer term will open in March 17, 2014. Look for an announcement from the Registrar's Office.

Textbook lists can be both viewed and ordered directly from Amazon via the Wesley Virtual Bookstore. Click here to go to the bookstore. In addition, textbooks for each class are also listed on WesleyWeb. ** Please note: We will continue to update this information as we receive book lists from faculty.



Registration processing begins on March 17, 2014. Students currently enrolled at Wesley Theological Seminary must register for Summer Term using WesleyWeb. New students are asked to complete the 2014 summer registration form, attach any necessary documentation/applicable fees and mail the materials to:

Admissions Office
Wesley Theological Seminary
4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Credit Type Change Policy

  • For a 1 week class - students have until the end of the first day of class to change registration type (P/F or Credit)
  • For a 2 week class - students have until the end of the second day of class to change registration type (P/F or Credit)
  • For the 6 week class - students have until the end of the first week to change registration type (P/F or Credit)


Payment of tuition invoices are due by or on the first day of class. Tuition rates vary by academic year and type/number of credits being pursued. The rates are listed below:


  • $ 540.00 per credit for academic credit (For classes beginning before July 1, 2014 - Summer Term 1)
  • $568.00 per credit hour  for academic credit (For classes beginning after July 1, 2014 - Summer term 2):

Other fees:

  • $ 100.00 per Continuing Education Unit*
  • $ 40.00 non-refundable fee for first time students only
  • $10.00 per week parking fee

* Continuing Education Unit (CEU) registration is available for ordained clergy, diaconal ministers, or full-time lay professional employees of any denomination.

Cancellation Policy

Cancelation and Refund Policy

Cancelations must be received by the registration deadline to receive a full refund of tuition charges. Students canceling after the registration deadline through the first day of class will be charged a $100.00 cancelation fee. Cancelation following the first day of class will be charged the full tuition and payment is expected. Students who need to cancel their registration should download the Registration Form and return it to the Registrar's Office requesting to drop the course within the time line above. Non-attendance does not constitute a cancelation.


Dormitory housing is available on limited basis at Wesley Theological Seminary. Summer housing reservations will be available March 20.

Read more about and apply for summer housing online here. For questions about housing, please contact the Housing Office

You may also wish to stay at a near-by hotel. A list of hotels is available here.

Book lists and pre-course assignments for Summer 2014

Summer Term courses are listed in order by course number

BI-263 New Testament Greek -
Grammar, vocabulary, and thought forms. (6 credits or 9 CEUs) Credit only.
June 23– August 1| 9am- 12 noon; Registration Deadline June 9 | Summer Term 1
Claudia Barnes, Adjunct Faculty

Required Books:

  • Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar
  • Mounce, William D. Basics of Biblical Greek Workbook
  • Robinson, Maurice & House, Mark. Analytical Lexicon of New Testament Greek
  • The Greek New Testament (UBS, 4th Rev, Ed)

BI-442 New Testament Exegesis: Mark - English texts, with attention to literacy and interpretive features, methods, and theological issues. (2 Credits or 3 CEUs)
July 21– August 1| 6pm - 9pm; Registration Deadline July 7 | Summer Term 2
Carol Wilson, Faculty


CF-133 Teaching and Learning in Christian Education -  Explores the theory and practice of learning in the faith community and examines the teaching office in the church and contextual issues of teaching. (3 credits or 4.5 CEUs) 
June 16 - June 20, 2014 | 9 am - 5pm Registration deadline June 2 | Summer Term 1

Jana Strukova, Faculty
Required Books:


  • Bracke, John M. and Karen B. Tye.  Teaching the Bible in the Church
  • Moore, Mary Elizabeth. Teaching as a Sacramental Act
  • Packer, J.I. and Gary Parrett. Grounded in the Gospel. Building Believers the Old Fashioned Way.

Download syllabus here


CF-205 Spiritual Gifts for Congregational Ministry- Exploration of the diverse gifts of the Holy Spirit found in the New Testament based on insights from classical Pentecostal, charismatic and mainline traditions in order to assist members in recognizing, developing and sharing their ministry with the local church. (2 credits or 3 CEUs)
July 21– August 1| 6pm - 9pm; Registration Deadline July 7 | Summer Term 2
Art Thomas, Faculty

Required Books:

  • Bryant, Charles V. Rediscovering our Spiritual Gifts
  • Carraway, Bryan. Spiritual Gifts: Their Purpose & Power
  • Bugbee, Bruce, Don Cousins, and Bill Hybels. Network: Participant’s
    Guide Revised
  • Fortune, Don and Katie Fortune. Discover Your God-Given Gifts
  • Wagner, C. Peter. Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow

Download pre-course assignment here

CF-206 Hope and Healing for Creation - Discovery of more harmonious relationships with creation through study of, and spiritual experience in, the local Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.  Emphasis on spiritual practice. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 
June 9 - June 13, 2014 | 9 am - 4pm Registration deadline May 27 | Summer Term 1
Beth Norcross, Adjunct Faculty

Required Books:

  • Alden, Peter, et al.  National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Mid- Atlantic States
  • Chase, Steve. Nature as Spiritual Practice
  • Macy, Joanna and Christ Johnstone. Active Hope


Download pre-course assignment here

CM-133 Best Practices for Church Leadership and Administration - Positive models for approaching specific leadership and administration issues typically faced by pastors in the first years of ministry; emphasis on local church experience and the constant need to filter that experience through the lenses of vocation, polity, and theological reflection. An introductory level course that will help students identify particular issues for further study while in seminary. (2 credits or 3 CEUs)
July 14 - July 20, 2014 | 9 am - 4pm Registration deadline June 30 | Summer Term 2
Lovett Weems, Distinguished Faculty and Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and Ann Michel, Assistant Director for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Required Books:

  • Gifford, Mary Louise. The Turnaround Church
  • Hotchkiss, Dan. Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership
  • Weems, Lovett. Church Leadership: Vision, Team, Culture, and Integrity revised edition (2010)

Download precourse assignment here

CM-205OL The Mission of the Church in the Contemporary World - Reflection on foundations of mission, the role of the Church in God's mission in the world and exploration of current missiological topics such as ethnocentrism, secularism, religious fundamentalism and the theology of religions. Fulfills the "mission of the church in the world" requirement for election to probationary membership and commissioning in The United Methodist Church as specified in The Book of Discipline 2008, Par. 324.4a. (3 credits or 4.5 CEUs) 
June 16 - July 3, 2014 | on-line Registration deadline June 2 | Summer Term 1
This course is taught fully on-line and requires access to Blackboard.
Joe Conte, Adjunct Faculty

Required Books:

  • Bosch, David J. Transforming Mission
  • Skreslet, Stanley H. Comprehending Mission


CM-206 Introduction to Deaf Ministry - An introduction to the dynamics of deaf ministry: communication, education, and worship with the deaf and hearing impaired. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 
June 9 - June 16, 2014 | 9am - 4pm Registration deadline May 27 | Summer Term 1
Dominique Evans, Adjunct Faculty 

Required Books:

  • Holy Bible
  • Costello, Elaine. Religions Signs
  • Fant, Lou & Miller, Betty. The American Sign Language Phrase
  • Morris, Wayne. Theology Without Words
  • Yates, Leo. Interpreting at Church


CM-251OL Polity of the United Methodist Church - The Constitution and structural relationships of The United Methodist Church are examined with a particular focus upon the workings of the local church. Fulfills the UM Polity requirement for election to probationary membership and commissioning in The United Methodist Church as specified in The Book of Discipline 2008, Par. 324.4a. (2 credits or 3 CEUs)
July 7– July 18 | 8am - 12 noon; Registration Deadline July 7 | Summer Term 2
This course is taught on-line and synchronous. Access to Blackboard required.

Lewis Parks, Director, Doctor of Ministry program

Required Books:

  • The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (2012)
  • Richey, Russell. Denominationalism Illustrated and Explained
  • Warner, Laceye.The Method of Our Mission: United Methodist Polity and Organization


ES-251 Sociology for Religion - An introduction to the social scientific study of religion with emphasis on understanding the organization and function of the church as a social institution, and patterns of interaction between ideas, structures and processes in religion and society. (3 credits or 4.5 CEUs) 
June 23 - July 3, 2014 | 5pm - 9pm Registration deadline June 9 | Summer Term 1
James Shopshire, Professor of the Sociology of Religion


PC-280 Pastoral Care with Young Adults - Examination of theological, developmental, and socio-cultural issues of young adulthood. Appropriate and effective care practices for individuals and congregations ministering with persons in late teens through mid-thirties. (2 credits or 3 CEUs)
July 21– July 31| 9am - 12 noon; Registration Deadline July 7 | Summer Term 2
Michael Koppel, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Congregational Care

Required Books:

  • Derson, Herbert and Kenneth Mitchell. Leaving Home
  • Parks, Sharon Daloz. Big Questions, Worthy Dreams
  • Wuthnow, Robert. After the Boomers


PW-301 Pastoral Liturgics - The pastor as leader of Sunday worship, both eucharistic and non-eucharistic, and as leader of the occasional rites (including initiation, marriage, and burial). Emphasis upon the planning and conduct of the services within the various denominational traditions represented in the class.Pass/Fail only. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 
May 27 - June 6, 2014 | 9am - 12 noon Registration deadline May 12 | Summer Term 1
Carol Cook-Moore, Assistant Professor of Worship and Preaching

Required Books:

  • Long, Kimberly Bracken. The Worshiping Body
  • Gilvert, Martea. The Work of the People
  • Stookey, Lawrence. Let the Whole Church Say Amen!

PW-340 Preaching Practicum - Development of skills of sermon preparation, delivery and critical analysis, based on sermons written for and preached to the class. Offered in topical or general sections. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 
June 30 - July 11, 2014 | 6pm - 9pm Registration deadline June 16 | Summer Term 1
William B. McClain, Professor Emeritus of Preaching


RA-112 Holy in Washington, DC Art - Theological themes and major styles of art encountered through studio lectures, slide presentations, and field trips to this city's painting, sculpture, manuscript illumination, icons, and stained glass. Application of learnings to local church. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 
June 16 - June 20, 2014 | 9am - 4pm Registration deadline June 2 | Summer Term 1
Catherine Kapikian, Faculty


RA-125 Tour- Art and Spirituality of Europe - The influence of spirituality (Benedict, Francis de Sales, Thomas a Kempis, the Beguines, Calvin) upon the creation of masterpieces by artists (de Champaigne, Van Eyck, Memling, Rubens, Rembrant, Van Gogh) in France, Belgium, and Holland. (2 credits or 3 CEUs)
August 10 – August 20 | Registration Deadline July 7 | Summer Term 2
Click here for the brochure, itinerary and additional cost information.

Catherine Kapikian and Art Thomas, Faculty


RA-136 Songs of Zion: Spirituals in the Life of the Church - The heritage of the African-American spiritual and its manifold presence in the contemporary church; major theological themes of the spiritual and the nuances of translating those themes into music; strategies for the effective use of the Songs of Zion in contemporary worship. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 
June 30 - July 11, 2014 | 1pm - 4pm Registration deadline June 16 | Summer Term 1
Eileen Guenther, Professor of Church Music and William B. McClain, Professor Emeritus of Preaching

Required Books:

  • Fulop, Timothy Earl and Raboteau, eds., African American Religion: Interpretive Essays in History and Culture
  • McClain, William B., Come Sunday: The Liturgy of Zion
  • Raboteau, Albert J., Slave Religion: The "Invisible Institution" in the Antebellum South
  • Songs of Zion (hymnal)


RA-175 Biblical Storytelling - An exploration of biblical storytelling -- traditional oral presentation, electronic renderings, and a combination of the two -- in various ministry settings in the context of our digital culture, including the role and practice of biblical storytelling. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 
June 9 - June 13, 2014 | 9am - 4pm Registration deadline May 27| Summer Term 1
Tracy Radosevic, Adjunct Faculty

Required Books:

  • Boomershine, E. Thomas. Story Journey: An Invitation to the Gospel as Storytelling.
  • Hearon, E. Heron & Ruge-Jones, Philip. The Bible in Ancient and Modern Media: Story & Performance.
  • Ward, F. Richard & Trosbisch, David J. Bringing the Word to Life.
  • Lipman, Doug. Improving Your Storytelling.


ST-180 Philosophy for Theology - Introduces students to the history and questions of philosophy with special emphasis on developments that are important for understanding Christian theology. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 

May 27- June 6, 2014 | 6pm - 9pm Registration deadline May 12| Summer Term 1
Christopher Dreisbach, Adjunct Faculty

Required Books:

  • Allen. Philosophy for Understanding Theology
  • Allen Primary Readings for Philosophy for Theology
  • John Paul II. Fides et Ratio



ST-204OL Sacramental Theology and Practice: A United Methodist Perspective- A seminar format exploration of the theology and practice of sacrament in an ecumenical context with particular emphasis on the sacraments of eucharist and baptism in the life of communities of faith. (1 credits or 1.5 CEUs) 
July 21– July 31| 9am - 12 noon; Registration Deadline July 7 | Summer Term 2
This course is taught fully on-line. Access to Blackboard is required.
Joe Conte, Faculty

Required Books:

  • White, James F. Sacraments in Protestant Practice and Faith


ST-231 Bonhoeffer- Theology and Social Justice -   A historical, theological, and socio-cultural analysis of the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer with particular focus on the implications of Bonhoeffer's work on the contemporary church and society.  (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 
June 23- July 3, 2014 | 6pm - 9pm Registration deadline June 9 | Summer Term 1
C. Anthony Hunt, Adjunct Faculty

Required Books:

  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich.  The Cost of Discipleship
  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich Life Together
  • Kelly, Geffrey and Nelson, Burton.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Testament of Freedom
  • Young, Josiah.  No Difference in the Fare


ST-463 OL History of the United Methodist Church- Introduction to the narratives forming personal and corporate identity of United Methodists today, including founders' stories, phases of the denomination, persons representative of major developments, and stories that counter present perceptions. Fulfills the UM History requirement for election to probationary membership and commissioning in The United Methodist Church as specified in The Book of Discipline 2008, Par. 324.4a. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 
May 19 - June 13, 2014 | on-line Registration deadline May 5 | Summer Term 1
This course is taught fully on-line. Access to Blackboard is required.
Robert Kohler, Adjunct Faculty


ST-464 OL Doctrine of the United Methodist Church- Introduction to the primary sources for United Methodist theology; preparation for the candidacy and provisionary membership examinations in theology; experimentation in translating Methodist doctrine into sermons, lessons, and liturgy; and engaging the contemporary issue of clergy health in conversation with John Wesley. Fulfills the UM Doctrine requirement for election to probationary membership and commissioning in The United Methodist Church as specified in The Book of Discipline 2008, Par. 324.4a. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 
June 16 - July 3, 2014 | on-line Registration deadline June 9 | Summer Term 1
This course is taught fully on-line. Access to Blackboard is required.
Mark Teasdale, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary Faculty

Required Books:

  • Wesley Ministry Network Doctrine DVD set.  Order this item through the Wesley Ministry Network
  • Campbell, Ted. Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials
  • Hymnal for your denomination


ST-485 Contemporary Issues in Science and Religion- Introduction to the dialogue between science and religion; exploration of resources for pastors and congregations; discussion of existing scholarship, future directions, and dialogue issues such as evolution, the environment, and cosmology. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 
May 27 - June 6, 2014 | 9am - 12 noon Registration deadline May 12 | Summer Term 1
Connie Bertka, Adjunct Faculty

Required Books:

  • Clayton, Philip. Religion and Science the Basics
  • Thomson, Anderson J. and Aukofer, Clare. Why We believe in God(s)
  • Campbell, Heidi A. and Looy, Heather.  A Science and Religion Primer (recommended)


WR- 210 Life and Death in World Religions and Secular Thought - Conceptions of life after death in major world religions and secular thought.  Consideration of scientific, philosophical, and theological challenges.  (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 
June 23 - July 3, 2014 | 9am - 12 noon Registration deadline June 9 | Summer Term 1
Karen Borek, Adjunct Faculty

Required Books:

  • Alexander, Eben. Proof of Heaven
  • Moreman, Christopher. Beyond the Threshold
  • Hick, John.  Death and Eternal Life


Download pre-course assignment here


WR- 240 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature*  the dates for this class have changed Intro to Rabbinic literature, including Mishnah, Talmud, Responsa, and Midrash. Focused on when life begins and ends, according to legal and literary traditions of the ancient Rabbis. (2 credits or 3 CEUs) 
May 27 - June 6, 2014 | 1pm - 4pm Registration deadline May 12 | Summer Term 1
Rabbi Fred Reiner, Adjunct Faculty

Required Books:

  • Dorff, Elliot. Matters of Life and Death
  • Feldman, David. Marital Relations, Birth Control, and Abortion As Set Forth in the Classic Texts
  • Gersh, Harry. Mishnah, The Oral Law
  • Gersh, Harry. Talmud, Law and Commentary
  • Holtz, Barry. Back to the Sources
  • Plaut, Gunter & Washofsky, Mark. Teshuvot for the Nineties
  • Rosner, Fred. Modern Medicine and Jewish Ethics


Additional Information

Listed below are links to information that will assist you when you are on campus during the summer.  If you have questions about anything that is not listed here, please let us know.


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