The church audit program serves members of congregations which support the school with at least $1200/year ($100/month). Members of these congregations may audit select courses each semester for $50 per course. That’s right – any member of a supporting congregation can attend the same graduate courses as credit students and learn from world class professors for next to nothing!
What is an auditor?
An auditor takes a course, but does not receive credit. Auditors don’t have to do any assignments or even come to class every time if they have a conflict. Some will read some or all of the assigned texts and even take the exams, others will simply come to the class meetings to hear the lectures. Click here for registration information.
What courses are available?
HST offers a variety of courses in ministry and theology, and we try to make as wide a range as possible to our church auditors. These are the upcoming church audit courses. Click the course name for the syllabus (if available), and the professors name for information about the professor.
Spring 2021 – ONLINE ONLY*
Ethics and Character Formation taught by Dr. Mark E. Powell
Tuesdays, 6-8:45 pm, January 12th – May 4th
We will examine the virtuous life and moral decision making from a Christian perspective. In the first half of the course, we will consider major approaches to Christian ethics and biblical and theological themes for moral reflection. In the second half we will analyze contemporary ethical issues regarding sexuality, race, immigration, ecology, war, and the end of life.
The Book of Revelation taught by Dr. Richard E. Oster, Jr.
Thursdays, 6-8:45 pm, January 14th – May 6th
Bewildered believers will benefit from a better perspective about the book of Revelation. The book was written to Christians who needed encouragement, correction, and a revelation from God to help them remain faithful. Recipients of Revelation lived in cities we can locate on a map today. It was a prosperous region in the greatest empire of ancient civilization. The visions and imagery of Revelation, often drawn from John’s scripture, are instructive and compelling for modern readers, too.
You will gain an understanding of John’s imagery that depicts an epic, cosmic battle between God and Satan. The battle is mirrored in struggles of the newborn church and the various political, cultural, and religious forces within a Hellenistic-Roman empire that threatened them. This prophetic scripture is still relevant for modern Christians in the U.S. and abroad.
How do I participate?
If you are a member of a supporting congregation, you may click here for the registration page.
If you are not sure if your congregation is a participating church, or to help your congregation join this program, contact the Advancement Office at HSTadvancement@hst.edu or by calling 901.432.7723.
*ONLINE ONLY: These classes are only meeting online via Zoom. When your registration form is processed, you will receive instructions on how to access the class via Zoom. If you are unable to attend class in real time, you have the option of downloading a video of the class meeting.