Dr. Milton offers directed study in missions, evangelism, preaching, worship, pastoral counseling, and other pastoral theology courses.
Directed Study is an intensive time of study with Dr. Milton that aims for a more independent, research-focused experience of learning. The syllabi for the courses offered to students look very similar to those of a residential or online course. The difference is in “delivery.”
Directed Study is different than Independent Study in that the syllabus for a given course is identical except for how the course is delivered (research) and how the student’s proficiency is demonstrated. In Independent Study, the respective courses are also delivered by research but the topics are more specific. For instance, while DF 978Z is Church Planting and Church Renewal, an Independent Study course could be DF 991, Independent Study in Functions; Subtitle: “Church Renewal in Aging, Rural Congregations.” An application to study is made to Dr. Milton. Together, the professor and the student (master-level or doctoral-level) determine a suitable bibliography and deliverables.
Directed Study requires three updates by email. The student writes Dr. Milton at [email protected] and copies Mrs. Hartung, [email protected]. The update demonstrates progress in reading, research, and writing. The update may also be a prompt to make an appointment. There may be questions or issues that arise in research that require consultation.
Directed Study concludes with 3-5 page research papers on each book or article read (usually three papers); and a Capstone Project. This final paper will demonstrate theological reflection, critical thinking, and pastoral application of the presenting issues of the independent study. This paper is 5-7 pages for master-level students and 10-12 pages for doctoral-level students.