Fall 2012 Events

August 14, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

The 2012-2013 academic year is underway. Classes began last week with an intensive course and continue with the first week of semester-long courses. Here are some important events to get on your calendar for the semester.

Coming Together

Friday, August 17: 6:00 in the Hospitality Room
Each year, we re-discover ourselves as a community. We celebrate and miss those who have completed their studies. We welcome in new students. Some have left Memphis to become distance students in a new context, others have left their previous context to become residents.

The Student Association helps students, faculty, staff, and families get to know each other at our annual Coming Together. Students and their families get together along with leaders of local congregations for a meal, devotional, and some games.


Monday, August 20: 7:00 in the West Education Center
We kick off the year with our annual convocation. Dr. Monte Cox, Dean of the College of Bible and Ministry at Harding University (Searcy, AR) will speak on our theme for the year, “Lord of the Nations”. Dr. Cox served as a missionary in Kenya for ten years prior to becoming a full-time teacher at Harding.

W.B. West, Jr. Lectures

September 6-7
The 2012 West lectures will be presented by Dr. Daniel A. Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Religion and Hispanic Studies at Pepperdine University. The main lectures are Thursday evening. Friday morning will be a time of discussion with Dr. Rodriguez for students, faculty, and staff.

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Church Audit Courses for Fall 2012

August 3, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

The church audit program at HST has been a blessing for years. It is one of several ways that we partner with churches in the area and even a few that are farther away. Congregations that financially support HST at a certain level are entered into the church audit program. Members of those congregations are then eligible to audit select courses each semester for a minimal fee. The church auditors attend the same classes that our graduate students are in, and thus are able to study the Bible and ministry with our faculty.

Some auditors choose to complete all of the reading assignments and even take exams; others simply soak up the classroom part of the course. Either way, it is a great opportunity to sit in class with a highly trained professor for a terrific learning opportunity.

Fall 2012 options have been announced, and this diverse line-up features church history, ministry, and biblical text courses. Click on the course name to see the syllabus and get details for the class. Click on the professor’s name to get to know the teacher.

History of Christianity 1: Dr. Mark Powell (Tuesdays, 6-7pm, August 14 – December 4) surveys the theological and doctrinal history of Christianity in its cultural setting from the beginning of the church to the high medieval period. Attention is given to developments in Western Christianity.

Ministry and Community through Small Groups: Dr. Eddie Randolph
(This course meets in the one week intensive format, October 15 – 19, 8 – 5 Monday – Thursday, and 8 – 4 on Friday) studies how small groups are used in contemporary Christian settings and strategies for beginning and maintaining healthy small group ministries in different contexts.

Historical Books of the Old Testament: Dr. Phil McMillion (This course meets in the one week intensive format, October 15 – 20, 8:15 – 3:45 Monday – Friday, and 8:15 – noon Saturday) is an opportunity to look more carefully at the historical books, especially Joshua – Kings. The class will focus on the content of the material, why and how this material was recorded, and how this message is still relevant for a modern audience.

For more information or to register, click or call 901-761-1356

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