Online Learning

Online Learning

Denver Seminary offers a variety of online classes each semester and a fully-online Master of Divinity program. In 2016 Denver Seminary began reimaging the online course format. The result, our Next Generation Online Learning format, is characterized by active learning and engagement. Visit our Next Generation Online Learning page for more about this fresh approach to online seminary education.

Each fall or spring course is 15 weeks long and follows the regular semester schedule. Summer online courses range in duration from 8 to 15 weeks. While many of our online courses have a synchronous meeting component, most weeks are asynchronous. These courses are not self-paced, and require regular engagement with the learning community.

Students in Denver Seminary distance education programs will need to have regular and reliable access to a computer, internet connection, and necessary software in order to participate in online and blended courses. A full list of technical requirements are posted below. Students should possess a basic set of computer skills and proficiency in online communication. The best way for prospective students to evaluate their skill level and readiness for the online components of distance education is to take the Denver Seminary Student Readiness Assessment.

Online Courses Fall 2018

CH 500 XD History of the Christian Movement

Provides an overview of the expansion of the Christian faith from its origins in first century Jerusalem to its global influence in the early decades of the twenty-first century. Major events, ideas, people, and forces are introduced that have facilitated as well as hindered the growth of Christianity through the centuries. By developing a historical, theological, and apologetic foundation, subsequent seminary courses are undergirded, and a context as well as motivation for both personal and corporate ministry is provided. Three hours.

GS500 XD Thinking Biblically and Theologically

Provides an introduction to Denver Seminary’s missional framework for theological education; key biblical and theological foundations for all major seminary disciplines; key principles of biblical interpretation; and practices of integrative theological reflection. Two hours.

HOM 500 XD Introduction to Expository Preaching

Provides students with both instruction and practice in the discipline of Big Idea expository preaching. Students are introduced to the exegetical and homiletical steps involved in the exposition of New Testament texts with a goal of initiating them in the practice of preaching the Bible in a clear and relevant fashion. Offered fall and spring semesters. Two or three hours.

LD 501 XD Theological and Theoretical Foundations for Leadership

Focuses on helping students formulate a biblical foundation for leadership coupled with the latest research findings in the field of leadership practice and development. Examined are the basic functions of leadership required across different organizations and cultural contexts and helps students to discover their gifts, leadership style, and specific skills in leadership. Offered fall semesters. Two or three hours.

PME 601 XD Pastoral Leadership and the Practice of Ministry

Designed to provide some of the primary theological, practical, and culturally relevant foundations for pastoral and parachurch ministry in the twenty-first century. Teaching will focus on leadership in church and parachurch contexts, pastoral roles and their functions, relational skills, administrative competence, people development, and both personal and congregational vision, mission and values. While much of what is taught and read will have clear implications for ministry in cross-cultural contexts, the course will reflect an emphasis on the society and ethos of North America. Two hours.

NT 501 XD New Testament Greek I

Introduces the morphology and syntax of the Greek language of the New Testament. The first semester covers the essentials of grammar and the development of a basic working vocabulary. NT 501 offered fall, spring, and summer. Three hours each semester.

NT 511 XD Gospels and Acts

This course provides an overview of the intertestamental period, including the religious and political backgrounds to the first century A.D. world. It studies issues of introduction for the four Gospels and Acts, and, using the English New Testament, provides a harmonistic study of the life of Christ with a focus on his essential teachings, the theology of evangelism, and the planting of the church as recorded in Acts. Pre- or corequisite: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

NT 512 XD Understanding Epistles and Revelation

Using the English New Testament, this course surveys the New Testament epistles and the Apocalypse. Issues of introduction and content receive emphasis as well as a continual focus on the theology of evangelism and on the contemporary relevance of issues these documents raise for contemporary life. Pre- or corequisite: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

NT 601 XD New Testament Theology

Taking the approach of biblical theology, this course will focus on a careful analysis of the dominant and distinctive theologies of the various New Testament authors and books and grapples with some of the major themes that unify the New Testament. The course is designed for students who have previously taken acceptable courses in New Testament introduction and general content. It is required for the MA (New Testament) program but it may also be taken as an elective. Pre- or corequisite: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically; NT 511 Gospels and Acts; and NT 512 Epistles and Revelation. Offered spring semesters, odd years (alternates with NT 670). Three hours.

NT 611 XD Using Greek in New Testament Exegesis

Aims to develop increased proficiency in Greek grammar by building on the skills introduced in first-year Greek. The student translates selected passages from throughout the New Testament with an emphasis upon the significance of understanding grammar as the necessary basis for adequate exegesis. The various tasks of exegesis receive regular reinforcement through discussion and an exegetical paper. Prerequisite: NT 502 New Testament Greek II (or passing of the Greek advanced standing exam). Offered fall semesters. Three hours.

NT 635 XD Letter to the Romans: Analysis, Hermeneutics, and Theology

The student engages in a detailed study of the English text of Romans, composes an inductive Bible study on a selected passage from that epistle, and studies some of the reception history of the letter with a view to integrating biblical studies with systematic or historical theology. The class builds on beginning Greek but without introducing new grammar or vocabulary and without translating more of the Greek NewTestament. An alternative to NT 611 Using Greek in New Testament Exegesis for those who do not desire additional Greek beyond first-year grammar, it is designed to enable them to consolidate and apply what they have already learned in Greek and in the hermeneutical portions of the New Testament survey courses. Prerequisite: NT 502 New Testament Greek II (or passing of the Greek advanced standing exam). Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

OT 511 XD Israel’s Early History and Poetry

Surveys the content, historical background, critical issues, and key texts found in Genesis through Ruth and the poetic and wisdom literature. Journey with Israel through the wilderness, and experience its conquest and settlement in the land; listen to the poetry and song of Israel’s psalms, consider their place in the ancient world; and sit with the sages of the Bible. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

OT 512 XD Understanding the Kingdom of Israel and Prophets

Explores how God involved himself in the life and politics of ancient Israel. This course surveys the history of Israel from the rise of the monarchy to the return from exile and the prophets during this time period. Includes 1 Samuel to Esther and Isaiah to Malachi. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

TH 501 XD Survey of Christian Doctrine I

Introduces students to the grand narrative of Scripture—creation, fall, redemption, consummation—and to the study of theology by examining prolegomena, theological method, the Trinity, the attributes of God, the person and work of the Father, the person and work of Christ, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, creation, universal revelation, and human being. The course will critique alternate views, consider exegetical issues, help students to develop their own theological views, and examine the relevance for life and ministry for each topic studied. Pre- or corequisite: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

TH 502 XD Survey of Christian Doctrine II

Continues the introduction of students to the grand narrative of Scripture—creation, fall, redemption, consummation—and to the study of theology by examining the work of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things The course presents and critiques alternate views, considers exegetical issues, helps students in developing their own theological views, and examines the relevance for life and ministry of each topic studied. Prerequisite: TH 501 Survey of Christian Doctrine I. Pre- or corequisite with TH 501 for MA (Theology). Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

Online Courses Spring 2019

BTS 790 XD Biblical and Theological Studies Summative

Two hours.

AE 500 XD Apologetics and Ethics

This course helps students develop a Christian worldview that can be defended as objectively true, rational, and pertinent to all of life, and develop a Christian moral philosophy that can meet the challenges of the day. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

CH 500 XD History of the Christian Movement

Provides an overview of the expansion of the Christian faith from its origins in first century Jerusalem to its global influence in the early decades of the twenty-first century. Major events, ideas, people, and forces are introduced that have facilitated as well as hindered the growth of Christianity through the centuries. By developing a historical, theological, and apologetic foundation, subsequent seminary courses are undergirded, and a context as well as motivation for both personal and corporate ministry is provided. Three hours.

CO 500 XD Pastoral Care and Counseling Relationships

Centering on the role of the pastor as an agent of spiritual care, this course considers the common spiritual, emotional, and relational difficulties which people experience, along with the basic skills needed to provide pastoral care to individuals and families within church and parachurch contexts. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

GS500 XD Thinking Biblically and Theologically

Provides an introduction to Denver Seminary’s missional framework for theological education; key biblical and theological foundations for all major seminary disciplines; key principles of biblical interpretation; and practices of integrative theological reflection. Two hours.

LD 521 XD Management for Leaders

The purpose of this course is to enable leaders to develop and manage effective organizational structures with a focus on creative problem solving, wise decision-making, strategic planning, managing human resources, and providing administrative effectiveness within the context of organizational constitutions and bylaws. Suggested prerequisite: LD 501 Theological and Theoretical Foundations for Leadership. Offered spring semesters. Three hours.

NT 501 XD New Testament Greek I

Introduces the morphology and syntax of the Greek language of the New Testament. The first semester covers the essentials of grammar and the development of a basic working vocabulary. NT 501 offered fall, spring, and summer. Three hours.

NT 502 XD New Testament Greek II

In the second semester of Greek the student is introduced to the fundamental tasks of exegesis and textual criticism, and students translate selected New Testament texts, practice exegetical methods and do introductory grammatical layouts. NT 502 prerequisite: NT 501. NT 502 offered fall, spring, and summer. Three hours.

NT 511 XD Gospels and Acts

This course provides an overview of the intertestamental period, including the religious and political backgrounds to the first century A.D. world. It studies issues of introduction for the four Gospels and Acts, and, using the English New Testament, provides a harmonistic study of the life of Christ with a focus on his essential teachings, the theology of evangelism, and the planting of the church as recorded in Acts. Pre- or corequisite: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

NT 512 XD Understanding Epistles and Revelation

Using the English New Testament, this course surveys the New Testament epistles and the Apocalypse. Issues of introduction and content receive emphasis as well as a continual focus on the theology of evangelism and on the contemporary relevance of issues these documents raise for contemporary life. Pre- or corequisite: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

NT 565 XD The Parables of Jesus

Examines the nature and significance of the parables of our Lord in the context of Jesus’ teaching, the evangelists’ editing and the church today. Two hours.

OT 501 XD Hebrew I

An introduction to the Hebrew language. Students will understand the basic structure of the language of the Old Testament and will learn about nouns, adjectives, the regular strong and weak verbs in the Qal stem, basic syntax and the vocabulary essential to begin reading the Hebrew Bible. Students will become acquainted with the most important tools for its exegesis. Offered fall, spring, and summer. Three hours.

OT 512 XD Understanding the Kingdom of Israel and Prophets

Explores how God involved himself in the life and politics of ancient Israel. This course surveys the history of Israel from the rise of the monarchy to the return from exile and the prophets during this time period. Includes 1 Samuel to Esther and Isaiah to Malachi. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

OT 661 XD Old Testament Theology and Religion

Course includes three components: (1) Discover significant issues and achievements of recent scholarly endeavor in Old Testament theology; (2) consider the history of the discipline and read the most influential theologies of the Old Testament—how have modern believers understood their faith in the Old Testament and its relationship to the New Testament?; and (3) examine the actual beliefs and practices of ancient Israel using archaeological and textual evidence—how did the ancient people of God live out their faith in the contexts of other religions and cultures? Special attention is given to Old Testament teachings on gender and the global mission of God. Offered spring semesters. Three hours.

TH 501 XD Survey of Christian Doctrine I

Introduces students to the grand narrative of Scripture—creation, fall, redemption, consummation—and to the study of theology by examining prolegomena, theological method, the Trinity, the attributes of God, the person and work of the Father, the person and work of Christ, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, creation, universal revelation, and human being. The course will critique alternate views, consider exegetical issues, help students to develop their own theological views, and examine the relevance for life and ministry for each topic studied. Pre- or corequisite: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

TH 502 XD Survey of Christian Doctrine II

Continues the introduction of students to the grand narrative of Scripture—creation, fall, redemption, consummation—and to the study of theology by examining the work of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things The course presents and critiques alternate views, considers exegetical issues, helps students in developing their own theological views, and examines the relevance for life and ministry of each topic studied. Prerequisite: TH 501 Survey of Christian Doctrine I. Pre- or corequisite with TH 501 for MA (Theology). Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

TH 615 XD Historical Theology

Introduces the field of historical theology, and selectively surveys the history of major theological topics, events, writings, and figures. Prerequisite: TH 501 Survey of Christian Doctrine I. Recommended prerequisite: TH 502 Survey of Christian Doctrine II. Two or three hours. (MA[BTS] students must register for three credits.)

TM 500 XD Introduction to Mentored Formation

This course provides a theological framework for Christian formation, which prepares students for mentored learning in subsequent training and mentoring courses. Students will integrate a biblical understanding of calling, work, mission and spirituality into personal reflection assignments that will create a theological framework for the formation process while in seminary. They will also be prepared to identify and begin meeting with a mentor in TM 501 and beyond. One hour.

Online Courses Summer 2019

CH 500 XD History of the Christian Movement

Provides an overview of the expansion of the Christian faith from its origins in first century Jerusalem to its global influence in the early decades of the twenty-first century. Major events, ideas, people, and forces are introduced that have facilitated as well as hindered the growth of Christianity through the centuries. By developing a historical, theological, and apologetic foundation, subsequent seminary courses are undergirded, and a context as well as motivation for both personal and corporate ministry is provided. Three hours.

CO 500 XD Pastoral Care and Counseling Relationships

Centering on the role of the pastor as an agent of spiritual care, this course considers the common spiritual, emotional, and relational difficulties which people experience, along with the basic skills needed to provide pastoral care to individuals and families within church and parachurch contexts. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

GS500 XD Thinking Biblically and Theologically

Provides an introduction to Denver Seminary’s missional framework for theological education; key biblical and theological foundations for all major seminary disciplines; key principles of biblical interpretation; and practices of integrative theological reflection. Two hours.

HOM 500 XD Introduction to Expository Preaching

Provides students with both instruction and practice in the discipline of Big Idea expository preaching. Students are introduced to the exegetical and homiletical steps involved in the exposition of New Testament texts with a goal of initiating them in the practice of preaching the Bible in a clear and relevant fashion. Offered fall and spring semesters. Two or three hours.

JM 501 XD Knowing Justice: Theological Foundations

This course offers a biblical and theological framework for understanding issues of justice as an aspect of the mission of God. It explores the meanings of justice as encountered within the cultural contexts of the biblical world and as applied to the injustices of the contemporary world. Special attention will be paid to the relationship between evangelism and social concern, the process of social transformation, and the distribution of wealth, power, and privilege. Offered fall semesters. Three hours.

LD 601 XD Personal Life of the Christian Leader

When leaders fail, there are devastating consequences in their personal lives, families, areas of ministry, and the community. This course examines the integrity and spiritual vitality required to be a godly leader. Students will be given opportunities to grow in intimacy with God. The learning environment for deepening a love for God will include not only classroom interaction but also a practicum. Offered spring semesters. Two hours.

LD 630 XD Negotiating Conflict and Working with Volunteers

This class trains leaders from church and parachurch organizations to promote an environment that mobilizes volunteers by focusing on the practical application of methods to recruit, select, train, and motivate people. Also emphasized is the importance of building healthy relationships through trust and negotiating conflict. Suggested prerequisite: LD 501 Theological and Theoretical Foundations for Leadership. Offered spring semesters. Two hours.

NT 502 XD New Testament Greek II

In the second semester of Greek the student is introduced to the fundamental tasks of exegesis and textual criticism, and students translate selected New Testament texts, practice exegetical methods and do introductory grammatical layouts. NT 502 prerequisite: NT 501. NT 502 offered fall, spring, and summer. Three hours.

NT 511 XD Gospels and Acts

This course provides an overview of the intertestamental period, including the religious and political backgrounds to the first century A.D. world. It studies issues of introduction for the four Gospels and Acts, and, using the English New Testament, provides a harmonistic study of the life of Christ with a focus on his essential teachings, the theology of evangelism, and the planting of the church as recorded in Acts. Pre- or corequisite: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

NT 512 XD Understanding Epistles and Revelation

Using the English New Testament, this course surveys the New Testament epistles and the Apocalypse. Issues of introduction and content receive emphasis as well as a continual focus on the theology of evangelism and on the contemporary relevance of issues these documents raise for contemporary life. Pre- or corequisite: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

NT 611 XD Using Greek in New Testament Exegesis

Aims to develop increased proficiency in Greek grammar by building on the skills introduced in first-year Greek. The student translates selected passages from throughout the New Testament with an emphasis upon the significance of understanding grammar as the necessary basis for adequate exegesis. The various tasks of exegesis receive regular reinforcement through discussion and an exegetical paper. Prerequisite: NT 502 New Testament Greek II (or passing of the Greek advanced standing exam). Offered fall semesters. Three hours.

OT 502 XD Hebrew II

Develop a deeper understanding of the classical Hebrew of the Old Testament. This course covers the strong and weak verbs in all derived stems and introduces skills in reading and interpreting the Hebrew Bible with a full examination of the variant readings from ancient manuscripts. Students will practice translating excerpts from narrative, law, and prophecy. Prerequisite: OT 501 Hebrew I. Offered fall, spring, and summer. Three hours.

OT 511 XD Israel’s Early History and Poetry

Surveys the content, historical background, critical issues, and key texts found in Genesis through Ruth and the poetic and wisdom literature. Journey with Israel through the wilderness, and experience its conquest and settlement in the land; listen to the poetry and song of Israel’s psalms, consider their place in the ancient world; and sit with the sages of the Bible. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

OT 512 XD Understanding the Kingdom of Israel and Prophets

Explores how God involved himself in the life and politics of ancient Israel. This course surveys the history of Israel from the rise of the monarchy to the return from exile and the prophets during this time period. Includes 1 Samuel to Esther and Isaiah to Malachi. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

PME 604 XD Worship Theory and Practice

This interactive course introduces students to the principles and practice of designing and implementing various forms of Protestant worship experiences. It includes theological instruction and hands-on practice within their own faith tradition, in Protestant settings, the wider Ecumenical Christian community, multi-faith contexts, and secular, community settings. Students will learn how to create, structure, organize, lead, and implement a wide variety of worship and religious services without compromising their personal beliefs and those of their faith community. This course focuses on a holistic worship experience and is not limited to musical worship. Particular attention is given to prayer in secular vs. religious settings. Offered fall semesters. Two hours.

TH 501 XD Survey of Christian Doctrine I

Introduces students to the grand narrative of Scripture—creation, fall, redemption, consummation—and to the study of theology by examining prolegomena, theological method, the Trinity, the attributes of God, the person and work of the Father, the person and work of Christ, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, creation, universal revelation, and human being. The course will critique alternate views, consider exegetical issues, help students to develop their own theological views, and examine the relevance for life and ministry for each topic studied. Pre- or corequisite: GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically. Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

TH 502 XD Survey of Christian Doctrine II

Continues the introduction of students to the grand narrative of Scripture—creation, fall, redemption, consummation—and to the study of theology by examining the work of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things The course presents and critiques alternate views, considers exegetical issues, helps students in developing their own theological views, and examines the relevance for life and ministry of each topic studied. Prerequisite: TH 501 Survey of Christian Doctrine I. Pre- or corequisite with TH 501 for MA (Theology). Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours.

TM 500 XD Introduction to Mentored Formation

This course provides a theological framework for Christian formation, which prepares students for mentored learning in subsequent training and mentoring courses. Students will integrate a biblical understanding of calling, work, mission and spirituality into personal reflection assignments that will create a theological framework for the formation process while in seminary. They will also be prepared to identify and begin meeting with a mentor in TM 501 and beyond. One hour.


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Technology Requirements

PC: Minimum Requirements

  • Any Intel processor with the word "Core" in the specifications or
  • AMD equivalent
  • 512 MB RAM
  • High color (16 bit) at 800 x 600
  • Windows XP
  • Sound card
  • Speakers
  • 8X CD-ROM Drive
  • Cable modem or DSL
  • Internet Service Provider with web and email
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Firefox or Chrome – At this time we are unable to support Microsoft Edge or Explorer
  • Current/up to date Antivirus software
  • All current windows updates
  • Webcam

Recommended

  • 2.3 GHz (or higher) Core Duo processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • True Color (24/32 bit) at 1024 x 768
  • Windows 7
  • Sound card
  • Speakers
  • 24X CD-ROM Drive
  • Cable modem or better
  • Internet Service Provider with web and email
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Firefox or Chrome – At this time we are unable to support Microsoft Edge or Explorer
  • Current/up to date Antivirus software
  • All current windows updates

Note: Some classes may require additional downloadable software.

Macintosh: Minimum Requirements

  • 1.5 Ghz Intel Dual Core Processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Thousands of colors (16 bit) at 800 x 600
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8
  • Speakers
  • 8X CD-ROM Drive
  • Cable modem or DSL
  • Internet Service Provider with web and email
  • Microsoft Office 2008
  • Firefox or Chrome – We are unable to support Safari at this time
  • Current/up to date Antivirus software
  • All current operating system updates
  • Webcam

Recommended

  • 2.3 GHz (or higher) Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Millions of colors (24/32 bit) at 1024 x 768
  • Mac OS X Lion
  • Speakers
  • 24X CD-ROM Drive
  • Cable modem or better
  • Internet Service Provider with web and email
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Firefox or Chrome – We are unable to support Safari at this time
  • Current/up to date Antivirus software
  • All current operating system updates

Note: Some classes may require additional downloadable software.