The Certificate in Wesleyan Studies nurtures Wesleyan theological formation within the ecumenical environment of Memphis Theological Seminary. The purpose of the Certificate in Wesleyan Studies is two-fold. For students, the certificate offers a way to focus a certain amount of their coursework on theological formation in the Wesleyan/Methodist tradition. For denominational bodies, the certificate program demonstrates that MTS graduates earning the certificate have been trained with significant reference to the heritage of the Wesleyan/Methodist tradition and adequately prepared for pastoral ministry in Wesleyan/Methodist ecclesial contexts.
Earning the certificate in Wesleyan Studies requires the completion of 15 hours of coursework in courses carrying the “Wesleyan Studies” designation (normally 5 three-hour courses). Earning the certificate in Wesleyan Studies also requires active participation in the Methodist House of Studies during the time period when the student is enrolled at MTS.
Course offerings in Wesleyan Studies
There are a number of course offerings in the MTS curriculum that fall within the category of Wesleyan Studies. They include courses in church history, theology, evangelism, pastoral care, and leadership studies.
Recent examples of courses taught include:
Early Methodism: History, Doctrine, and Polity
American Methodism: History, Doctrine, and Polity
The Practical Theology of John Wesley
Pastoral Care in the Wesleyan Tradition
Religion, Slavery, and the U.S. Civil War
Death & Dying
Women in Methodist History
The Means of Grace in Wesleyan Theology
Models of Wesleyan Pastoral Leadership
Evangelism and Discipleship in the Wesleyan Tradition
Covenant Discipleship in the Local Church
For students pursuing ordination as deacon or elder in the United Methodist Church, the “Early Methodism” and “American Methodism” courses above are designed to fulfill the disciplinary requirements for history, doctrine, and polity as outlined in the United Methodist Book of Discipline, 2012 (see ¶324.4, ¶330.3, & ¶335).