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All students coming to Knox from out of town, please know that Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) is the nearest airport to the seminary.


Book the Courtyard Marriott–Fort Lauderdale East with Knox Discount

LaQuinta Inn

The Hampton Inn–Cypress Creek

The Forum–Pompano Beach


Experience time away to pray, study, and focus on the future of your ministry during one-week intensive sessions offered throughout the year here in Fort Lauderdale. Whether you are studying with us online or on-campus, you will sit under world-class faculty.


Master-level students can gain permission to participate in Doctor of Ministry courses with written permission from the vice president of academic affairs.


To optimize a student’s course experience and success, Knox recommends that all students register for master- and doctoral-level classes at least one month in advance. Students will then receive the syllabus that outlines reading requirements and course expectations. There is a substantial amount of pre-course reading and preparation for these one-week intensive courses so it is suggested that a student register as early as possible.

Summer 2016 Course Offerings

DM825 Doctoral Research and Writing

3 credits  •  June 13-17, 2016  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

The purpose of this course is to develop and refine skills for doctoral research and writing by means of addressing a wide range of topics and issues. Students will increase their abilities in technical matters including structure, format, style, syntax, grammar, and proper citation of sources while also refining skills in logic, biblical exegesis and hermeneutics, and the use of digital resources such as the online library holdings and Logos Bible Software. Particular attention is also given to the requirements for the Doctor of Ministry Major Project and the intersection of academic, theological, and ministerial considerations. Together, these categories work to inform and accomplish the overarching aim of this course, which is to understand how scholarly research and writing is a pastoral vehicle for declaring and demonstrating the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Taught by Dr. Scott Manor.

DM869 Jeremiah: Exegesis and Theology

3 credits  •  June 20-24, 2016  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

A study of Jeremiah that focuses on its literary and canonical argument, drawing on the history of interpretation and considering its implications for Christian faith (doctrine) and practice (ministry). In so doing, we consider a number of major issues in theology and ministry such as the Word of God, OT Theology, salvation, and covenant. Taught by Dr. Seth Tarrer.

AT613 Christ, Culture, and Mission

**MASTER LEVEL** 3 credits  •  June 27-July 1, 2016  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

The second-century Christian writer Tertullian asked, what has “Jerusalem” to do with “Athens?” For two millennia the church has responded to this question in a myriad of different ways.

One of the ways Tertullian’s question has been answered in the twentieth century has been through the framework of H. Richard Niebuhr’s book, Christ and Culture, published in 1951.

This course will begin with Niebuhr’s influential book in order to survey how the North American church in the twentieth-and into the twenty-first centuries has understood how “Jerusalem” relates to “Athens,” how “Christ” relates to “Culture.” We will also explore the importance of differentiating “culture” from “politics; how to resist the temptation of abstractions and generalizations that obscure the concrete relationships and experiences we have with particular cultural artifacts; and discuss the implications for the church’s witness and ministry to the world. Taught by Dr. Dan Siedell.

DM924: Theology for Ministry: Doctrine for Preaching and Pastoral Care

3 credits  •  July 25-29, 2016  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

What is the relationship between theology and the real life of Christian ministry? This course is a consideration of this question. Taking a dialogical approach, we will facilitate a conversation between doctrine and the daily stuff of ministry—from baptisms to funerals and the often painful life that’s lived between. By moving from doctrinal themes or topics to pastoral case-studies we will work to uncover the “pastoral payoff” of theology. The thesis of the course is this: theology is for ministry—it is for preaching and pastoral care, for sinners and sufferers, for the weary and wounded. To focus (and limit) the conversation, the doctrinal themes will be introduced and studied with reference to The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. This makes the course ideal for those in the English Reformation track, but as the Articles of Religion were intended to be a broadly Reformational confession they will serve well for all who want to think through preaching and pastoring in the Protestant tradition. Taught by Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh.

DM928 Church Issues in Science and Technology

3 credits  •  August 1-5, 2016  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

This course examines issues and opportunities facing the church today in theology, ethics, and apologetics related to modern science and technology. Taught by Dr. Tim Sansbury

Fall 2016 Course Offerings

AT608 Ministry and the Church

**MASTER LEVEL** 3 credits  •  October 10-14, 2016  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

This class will explore the foundations of ministry in the church. Beginning with the call to ministry, the class will explore what gospel-centered ministry looks like in a post-Christian world. It will include discussion on the importance and development of a well-thought-out philosophy of ministry and resources on how to effectively minister in the stream of the Great Tradition. Taught by Dr. Steve Brown.

AT503 Discipleship

**MASTER LEVEL**  3 credits  •  October 17-21, 2016  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

Taught by Dr. Pete Alwinson.

DM932 Reformation Revisited

3 credits  •  October 10-14, 2016  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Protestant Reformation is the centerpiece of reformed theology, and yet there are many other often forgotten but extraordinarily significant “reformations” that occurred throughout the history of the church. Alongside revisiting the complexities and outcomes of the Reformation, this course will focus on a number of these “other” moments of reform that, although distinct, work together as evidence of God always reforming His church by the Holy Spirit through scripture. Thus, the goal of this course is to revisit both common and overlooked or underappreciated aspects of God’s reformation of his church and how that bears influence on our ministry and work today. The first half of this course will focus primarily on pre-Reformation reforms in the church; the second half on reforms amidst and after the Reformation. Taught by Drs. Scott Manor and Orrey McFarland.

DM824: Christ and Culture

3 credits  •  October 17-20, 2016  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

This course explores Christian participation, engagement, and witness in culture. Beginning with Richard Niebuhr’s book, Christ and Culture (1951), this course will survey the prominent approaches in North American Christianity to Tertullian’s question, “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” Special attention will be paid to thinking theologically about the relationships that we have with creative cultural artifacts like paintings, poems, films, television shows, and songs. Taught by Dr. Dan Siedell.

Winter 2017 Course Offerings

DM865 New Testament Textual Criticism

3 credits  •  January 9-13, 2017  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

Taught by Dr. Dan Wallace.

ME702 The Missional Church

**MASTER LEVEL**  3 credits  •  January 16-20, 2017  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

This class will explore the missional church. Topics will include God’s grand narrative of mission, perspectives on the missional church, and analyzing gospel-centered mission in the local church. Taught by Dr. Seth Tarrer.

DM851 Formation of the Canon

3 credits  •  January 16-20, 2017  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

Scripture is central to ministry, and yet questions concerning the formation of the canon of scripture and its legitimacy are becoming more and more common. As Christians who declare and demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ, it is imperative that we understand how we got that gospel and the other texts of scripture in the first place. This course examines the history and theology behind the early stages of the development of the canon of scripture by means of a detailed study of the formation of the canon within the context of the development of orthodoxy in the early church. Central focal points of this course include key texts, figures, historical events, and the role each played in the discussions and development of textual authority. Specific attention is paid to the issues of textual and manuscript concerns and questions, orthodoxy and heresy, extra-canonical literature, and questions of inter-textual compatibility and biblical interpretation. The aim of this course is to provide students with an informed perspective from which they may engage in ministerial questions about the history, theology, and authority of scripture. In addition to course lectures students will engage with historical surveys, and primary source texts from an array of early ‘orthodox’ and ‘heretical’ writers including the Apostolic Fathers, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, Augustine, Marcion, Valentinus, and others. Taught by Dr. Scott Manor.

DM888 Theological Ethics for Ministry

3 credits  •  January 23-27, 2017  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

This doctoral-level class combines a theological and philosophical study of ethical theory with the practical demands of ethical ministry work. By means of a survey of approaches to ethics, secular and theological, the class will approach ethical problems to examine them in the complexities of practical application. Students should expect to be equipped for the usual and expected ethical issues in practical ministry with congregants, with the means to approach the unusual and unexpected when they arise. Furthermore, students will be challenged to consider organizational structures to both define and provide accountability to appropriate ethical standards for themselves personally as ministry leaders and to the ministries to which they are called. Taught by Drs. Robbie Crouse and Tim Sansbury.

NT504 New Testament II

**MASTER LEVEL**  3 credits  •  January 23-27, 2017  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL

This course will present critical and introductory issues in the New Testament epistles. The issues will include such topics as authorship, normative vs. cultural understanding of commands contained in the epistles, the authorship of disputed epistles, and the life and work of the apostle Paul. These issues will be in addition to the typical introduction and overview of the books from Romans to Revelation. Taught by Dr. John Markley.

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