Arts & Theology

There are pastors who possess a gift beyond their gifts for day-to-day ministry, an ability to weave beautiful fabrics for instance, or an appreciation for Ansel Adams landscapes. There are church leaders who know the right song is often the difference between vision lost and vision kept; so Moses composes (Deut 31) and David plays the harp (1 Sam 16). And there are ministers who have no particular ability to play or dance, paint or sculpt, but have a deep-seated desire to capture the therapeutic benefits and renewing energy of the arts for the people of God on their way to the beautiful city of God (Rev 21).

For these ministers, Wesley offers the Arts and Theology Doctor of Ministry track. This track provides such persons with the company of like-minded souls, the confidence of biblical and theological apologetics, and exposure to a broader menu of media and media application.  Graduates from this track have created well-documented projects that transform landscapes, enlarge sympathies toward a cause, and bring excellence into the execution of worship. They have found new fulfillment in sharing their gifts publicly or in leading the people of God to discover and release their artistic gifts.

The next cohort for The Arts and Theology track will begin in January 2018. Click here to Apply Now.  

The Schedule of Classes for the current track (started January 2015):
To view pre-course assignments and booklists for the current term click here. Information will be uploaded as it is received. Please check back if you don't see what you are looking for.

January 5-9, 2015                  
Art and Arts Ministries—Dr. Deborah Sokolove                             

January 12-16, 2015             
Drama and Ministry – Dr. Lisa Coles Smith

February - March 2015 Online electives available
March - April 2015 Online electives available

May 12-15, 2015                    
Theological Aesthetics—Dr. Kendall Soulen             

May 18-22, 2015                                
Classroom electives available at Wesley                           

September - October 2015 Online electives available
October - November 2015 Online Core: Poetry for Spiritual Formation in Ministry -- Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt      

January 4-8, 2016 Classroom electives available at Wesley      
January 11-15, 2016 The Arts in the Bible – Dr. Denise Dombkowski Hopkins

February - March 2016 Online electives available
March - April 2016 Online Core: Project Seminar –Dr. Lew Parks

May 10-13, 2016
Singing God’s Praise through the Ages – Dr. Eileen Guenther

May 16-20, 2016                                
Holy Spaces: Architecture in the Western Church - Mr. John Runkle

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