Hartford Seminary - Black Ministries Certification Program

Hartford Seminary - Black Ministries Certification Program

Credits Available with Dates Valid

  • BMP 120: Ministries of Prayer and Praise (1 credit, lower division level) Fall 1998 through Fall 2007
  • BMP 140: Church Administration (1 credit, lower division level) Winter/Spring 1989 through June 2016
  • BMP 181: Pastoral Care & Church Ministry (1.5 credits, lower division level) October 2001 through October 2007 (NOTE: Replaces Introduction to Pastoral Counseling, formerly Community Leadership Development & Advocacy Program; which replaced Leadership in Crisis Ministry); (1 credit, lower division level) Fall 1990 through Fall 2000
  • BMP 231: Education for the Life of the Church (2.5 credits, lower division level) 2001 through 2007; (1.5 credits, lower division level) 2007 through 2016 (Replaces Christian Education,[Part A for 1 credit and Part B for 1.5 credits] 2.5 credits total, both lower division level. Offered Winter/Spring 1986 through Fall 2001)
  • BMP 235: In Our Own Voices (1 credit, lower division level) 2001 through 2007; (1.5 credits, lower division level) 2007 through 2016
  • BMP 250: Shared Urban Spaces (1.5 credits, lower division level) November 2006 through June 2016
  • BMP 251: The Black Church and the American Experience (formerly Religion in American Culture); (1.5 credits, lower division level) Fall 1996 through May 2007
  • BMP 260: Survey of the Old Testament (2 credits, lower division level) October 2000 through June 2016 (Replaces Introduction to the Old Testament, 1.5 credits, lower division level, baccalaureate/associate degree category. Offered Fall 1988 through September 2000)
  • BMP 261: Expository Preaching (1 credit, lower division level) Fall 2006 through June 2016 (formerly BMP 161: Expository Preaching, 1 credit, lower division level; Fall 2001 through Fall 2006; prior to that, offered as Preaching in the Black Context: 1 credit, lower division level; Winter/Spring 1989 through Fall 2001)
  • BMP 261: Expository Preaching (1 credit, lower division level) June 2006 through June 2016
  • BMP 270: Survey of the New Testament (2 credits, lower division level) January 2001 through June 2016 (Replaces Introduction to the New Testament, Former Title: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1.5 credits, lower division level. Offered Fall 1988 through December 2000)
  • BMP 275: Who Are You, Adam? Explorations of Male Spirituality (1 credit, lower division level) Fall 2008 through June 2016
  • BMP 280: Black Theological Ethics (1 credit, lower division level) May 2002 through June 2016
  • BMP 290: Theology and the Black Experience (formerly BMP190: Theology and the Black Experience); (1 credit, lower division level) Spring 1988 through June 2016
  • BMP 300: Charismatic Praise and Worship (1 credit, lower division level) March 2008 through June 2016

Source of Records

Registrar's Office; Hartford Seminary; 77 Sherman Street; Hartford, CT 06105About the Reviewed Program

About the Training Sponsor

The Hartford Seminary, established as the Pastoral Union of Connecticut in 1833, provides graduate education for laity and clergy as well as a wide variety of non-degree continuing education opportunities. It is "an educational institution seeking to serve God by supporting faithful living in a multi-faith and pluralistic world."

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

BMP 120: Ministries of Prayer and Praise (1 credit, lower division level) Fall 1998 through Fall 2007
Course objectives are to increase knowledge regarding the origin and evolution of liturgical ministries in the Christian tradition; to help students develop an understanding of liturgy and the role of liturgical ministries in bridging the gap between liturgy and life. The course focuses on the study of the Black experience within the Christian worship heritage, with an emphasis on understanding social justice as liturgical action and individual gifts as the basis for developing ministries of prayer and praise.

BMP 140: Church Administration (1 credit, lower division level) Winter/Spring 1989 through June 2016
The objective of this course is to help students to develop knowledge of administrative procedures of main line African American Christian Churches. The course is designed to probe the ways church and ministries are a business. Topics include techniques for managing and developing a budget, record-keeping, fundraising, supervision of staff, marketing and community relations. The course focuses on the roles of pastors, officers, the Board, and auxiliaries and how these roles developed. Specific topics include conducting meetings, conflict management, counseling, general organizational skills, ecumenical relations and multiple ministries.

BMP 181: Pastoral Care & Church Ministry (1.5 credits, lower division level) October 2001 through October 2007 (NOTE: Replaces Introduction to Pastoral Counseling, formerly Community Leadership Development & Advocacy Program; which replaced Leadership in Crisis Ministry); (1 credit, lower division level) Fall 1990 through Fall 2000
This foundational course is designed to assist clergy and lay leaders in addressing social and personal issues that occur within their churches and communities. Students will: develop foundational tools necessary for effective personal counseling; explore the relationship between social issues and spiritual responses; gain a better understanding of the Biblical basis of pastoral counseling. Lectures, case studies, discussions and examinations are used to assist participants to acquire pastoral care and counseling skills.

BMP 231: Education for the Life of the Church (2.5 credits, lower division level) 2001 through 2007; (1.5 credits, lower division level) 2007 through 2016 (Replaces Christian Education,[Part A for 1 credit and Part B for 1.5 credits] 2.5 credits total, both lower division level. Offered Winter/Spring 1986 through Fall 2001)
This is an introductory level course. Participants explore their understanding of Christian Education within the context of Black Church tradition. The course provides fundamentals for curriculum development, educational program planning and organization and strategies for teaching and learning. Careful attention is given to how the gifts of spirit, to include the significance of visions, witnessing and prophecy, empower believers to instruct, guide and lead their communities of faith. The goal of this course is to develop leadership and practical skills important to the ministry of Christian Education. Participants are encouraged and challenged to develop an understanding of what is Christian Education and what Christian Education means to African American and diverse communities of faith; to explore different models of instruction and learning; to examine and develop curriculum and assessments tools; to apply educational planning, developmental, and organizational strategies; and to grow as members of a spirit-filled world in knowledge and know-how through the re-presentation of Christ.

BMP 235: In Our Own Voices (1 credit, lower division level) 2001 through 2007; (1.5 credits, lower division level) 2007 through 2016
This preaching course offers women the opportunity to explore and discern their own voices in preaching. Students reflect on the historical, theological and biblical significance of women in the pulpit and will have an opportunity to participate in practical preaching exercises.

BMP 250: Shared Urban Spaces (1.5 credits, lower division level) November 2006 through June 2016
Although the majority of Connecticut residents live in suburban towns and communities, the urban population still impacts State dynamics. As life in Connecticut has changed the dynamics of doing ministry in urban settings, particularly by mainline denominations, these dynamics have raised questions regarding how effective ministry can be executed. In these urban settings (in particular, Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford and Waterbury) where the population is predominantly African American and Latino, both Protestant and Catholic congregations needed to design ministries that are both reverent to their tradition and relevant to their constituency. This course will give a broad overview of a paradigm of ministry that has been categorized as Urban Ministries.

BMP 251: The Black Church and the American Experience (formerly Religion in American Culture); (1.5 credits, lower division level) Fall 1996 through May 2007
The objective of this course is to probe the diverse character of American religion and its influence on American culture. The course explores the cultural significance of religion in American history. Participants assess the role of religion in issues such as racial injustice, gender equity, public morality, and political rights. The experiences of diverse groups are used to examine how religion both influenced and was shaped by broader cultural norms and social forces.

BMP 260: Survey of the Old Testament (2 credits, lower division level) October 2000 through June 2016 (Replaces Introduction to the Old Testament, 1.5 credits, lower division level, baccalaureate/associate degree category. Offered Fall 1988 through September 2000)
This course is an introduction to biblical studies including historical and critical approaches. It provides students with a working knowledge of the contents of the Old Testament and to assist them to acquire the basic exegetical skills necessary for the interpretation of Old Testament text; to introduce students to the historical critical method of interpretation of scripture; and to assist students to reflect on ways in which biblical material may be used by Christian communities to deal with contemporary situations.

BMP 261: Expository Preaching (1 credit, lower division level) Fall 2006 through June 2016 (formerly BMP 161: Expository Preaching, 1 credit, lower division level; Fall 2001 through Fall 2006; prior to that, offered as Preaching in the Black Context: 1 credit, lower division level; Winter/Spring 1989 through Fall 2001)
The purpose of this course is to help students develop skills needed to prepare and deliver sermons, with a special emphasis on African American needs and traditions. Topics include sermon types, development of the sermon, parts of a sermon (introduction, body and conclusion), and the effective use of rhetorical techniques and illustrations.

BMP 261: Expository Preaching (1 credit, lower division level) June 2006 through June 2016
The basic purpose of this course is to instruct each student in the necessary "how to" of sermon preparation and delivery. Particular emphasis will be placed on the distinctiveness of preaching in the Black religious context. Participants cultivate exegetical and hermeneutical skills for preaching to reach an understanding of the connection between their theology and preaching. Participants examine a variety of rhetorical strategies (forms/structures) to sustain congregational interest, and broaden their communication skills for effective sermon delivery within the denomination from which they emanate and Black Church tradition in general.

BMP 270: Survey of the New Testament (2 credits, lower division level) January 2001 through June 2016 (Replaces Introduction to the New Testament, Former Title: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1.5 credits, lower division level. Offered Fall 1988 through December 2000)
This course is designed to increase understanding of New Testament writings by assisting students to engage in critical examination of the New Testament documents. New Testament documents are considered in historical context, which will assist students to understand the theological message of the documents.

BMP 275: Who Are You, Adam? Explorations of Male Spirituality (1 credit, lower division level) Fall 2008 through June 2016
This course is designed to offer an introductory exploration into the connection between male sexuality and male spirituality. Definitions of both sexuality and spirituality will be given from African American and Euro American perspectives. These perspectives will be compared for their similarities as well as differences. Through African American and Euro American male perspectives, definition of both will be discussed. These perspectives will be compared for their similarities and well as their differences. Each student will be able to describe the historical evolution of both perspectives and how race and class has impacted them.

BMP 280: Black Theological Ethics (1 credit, lower division level) May 2002 through June 2016
To identify moral traditions, evaluate differing moral arguments, understand basic Christian social ethical concerns, develop self-critical tools for evaluating our own moral actions and to learn to make persuasive moral arguments. The course is a practical examination of Christian social ethics designed to assist laypeople in developing understanding of moral obligations, understanding of the task of the church in moral leadership, and developing their understanding of social, economic, cultural, and political problems in America.

BMP 290: Theology and the Black Experience (formerly BMP190: Theology and the Black Experience); (1 credit, lower division level) Spring 1988 through June 2016
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study of theology through the lens of the Black experience. Black theology arises from within the entire Black experience, which begins in Africa, encompasses the Middle Passage, chattel slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. (Previous description, BMP190: In this course, students develop an understanding of the central issues of Liberation or Black Theology and the contrast between them and Western theology. Students gain a rudimentary knowledge of African American history. The course provides a review of the classic literature of Liberation Theology emphasizing its genesis and parameters, and prepares students for the "doing" of theology in the field.)

BMP 300: Charismatic Praise and Worship (1 credit, lower division level) March 2008 through June 2016
This course explores the Charismatic Tradition in relationship to the Charismatic Movement. It will also trace the history of the charismatic tradition from the Book of Acts to the origins of the Charismatic Movement at the turn of the 20th Century and how the charismatic movement spread to mainstream churches in the 1970s. Students learn how the charismatic movement has impacted churches, especially the black church, and detect characteristics of the charismatic movement in today's black church. The course also examines worship models which promote freedom in the worship experience.