Course Descriptions—2014-2015

Christian Ministries

A division of Talbot School of Theology

Faculty

Dean: Clinton E. Arnold, Ph.D.
Dean of the Faculty: Scott B. Rae, Ph.D.
Chair: Frederick Cardoza, Ph.D.
Professors: Carr, Eguizabal, Issler, Lawson
Associate Professors: Cardoza, Esqueda, Keehn, Kim
Research Professor: Anthony, Wright

Courses

CEED 150 - Foundations of Ministry

An overview of the discipline of Christian Education Ministries. Topics of study include the historical and theological nature of the church, principles of evangelism and edification, spiritual gifts, training and equipping lay leadership, and an examination of contemporary career opportunities and parachurch ministries.

When Offered: Fall / Spring
Grade Mode: A.
Credit(s): 3

CEED 242 - Psychology of Learning and Development

An overview of theories related to educational psychology and human development with specific application to ministry contexts in the local church and other ministry agencies.

When Offered: Spring
Grade Mode: A.
Credit(s): 3

CEED 254 - Leadership Development

Overview of biblical and contemporary leadership theories applied to personal leadership development and the equipping of volunteer leaders within the local church.

When Offered: Spring
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 3

CEED 255 - Foundations of Spiritual Formation

This course will provide a biblical overview of the fundamentals of developing and maintaining a deep and abiding relationship with God through theological, integrative and experiential perspectives.

When Offered: Fall
Grade Mode: A.
Credit(s): 3

CEED 260 - Interpersonal and Cross Cultural Relationships in Christian Ministry

Focuses on development of relationships and communication skills between individuals, small groups and within multiracial and multi-ethnic congregations. Includes conflict resolution in ministry.

When Offered: Fall / Spring
Grade Mode: A.
Credit(s): 3

CEED 312 - Christian Ministry Skills

Includes instruction and skill development in a variety of functions expected of those in full-time Christian ministry, including examples such as: public speaking and giving extemporaneous remarks, public prayer, worship service introductions, worship service coordination, working with church boards and pastoral leadership, conducting meetings, leading church staff, selecting staff, conducting the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper; and essentials regarding conducing weddings, funerals, hospital visitation, and pre-engagement training as time permits.

When Offered: Spring
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 3

CEED 313 - Christian Ministry Discipleship

A comprehensive overview of discipleship in the local church. Course includes equipping on the needs, expectations, roles, responsibilities, and competencies related to discipling believers, reproducing disciples, and for leading effective Christian discipleship ministries.

When Offered: Fall
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 3

CEED 319 - Media in Ministry

Skill development in the design and use of audio-visual technology for use in ministry to all age levels and in a wide variety of teaching settings.

Cross-listed: TTCE 649
Note(s): By arrangement.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2

CEED 320 - Methods of Bible Study

Foundational development of the Inductive Bible study method applied to narrative and epistolary literature with additional methods explored including biographical, topical, book, and word study.

When Offered: Fall / Spring
Cross-listed: BBST 320
Prerequisites(s): BBST 103
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 3

CEED 326 - Counseling Methods

Investigation of foundations for pastoral counseling to individuals and families in ministry settings. Study of psychological theories and a vision for church community will be followed by the development of personal counseling skills for listening and compassion.

When Offered: Spring
Restriction(s): Must be a Christian Ministries (CHMN) major
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 3

CEED 330 - Biblical Research and Interpretation

Evaluation of various Bible translations and instruction in the use of computer-based biblical research tools with an emphasis on the use of these tools for the development of instructional lesson plans.

Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 3

CEED 406 - Parachurch Youth Ministries

Focus on the various types of parachurch ministry to middle school and senior high age students available. Includes principles which make parachurch ministry different from local church youth ministry and principles for beginning a new parachurch campus club.

When Offered: Spring
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2

CEED 411 - Women’s and Men’s Ministry in Christian Education

An examination of the biblical, historical, and contemporary perspectives of women and men in leadership roles within a ministry. Assessment of role expectation, relationships and vocational opportunities.

When Offered: Fall
Prerequisites(s): 150
Cross-listed: TTCE 514
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2

CEED 412 - Missions Education in the Church

Basic administration of a program within the church’s educational ministry through which missions is taught to all age levels.

Cross-listed: TTCE 612
Note(s): By arrangement.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2

CEED 415 - Organization and Administration of Christian Ministries

An introduction to the biblical principles and current practice of management: planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and evaluating with special emphasis upon the application of these functions to church and parachurch administration.

When Offered: Fall
Prerequisites(s): 150, 260
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 3

CEED 416 - Curriculum Development

Essential principles in curriculum formulation including evolution of existing curricula and curriculum writing experience.

Cross-listed: TTCE 616
Prerequisites(s): One of the age level courses: 372, 373 or 374.
Note(s): By arrangement.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2

CEED 419 - Models of Children’s Ministry

An exploration and assessment of various contemporary approaches to Children’s Ministry, from birth to age 12. Includes practice in the development of ministry strategies involving family, community, and church resources.

When Offered: By arrangement.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2

CEED 422 - Singles Ministries in the Church

Issues and needs of never-married and formerly married persons, including identity crisis, role definition, self-acceptance and the development of intimacy. Resources, programs and skills for ministering to these needs are emphasized.

Cross-listed: TTCE 716
Note(s): By arrangement.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2

CEED 430 - Camp Leadership

Study in the philosophy, objectives, leadership, program and administration of the Christian camp. Investigation into the trends of camping, both centralized and decentralized. Techniques in organizing and directing a camp program, including counselor training. Emphasizes utilization of camping to enhance church’s ministry.

When Offered: Interterm/Summer.
Cross-listed: TTCE 683.
Restriction(s): Must be Junior or Senior class.
Fee: Fee may be required.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2.

CEED 433 - Family Ministries in the Church

Biblical concepts of the family; survey of the needs of whole and fragmented families in the church; resources and techniques available to meet these needs.

When Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2

CEED 436 - Worship in the Church

A survey and critical evaluation of contemporary Christian music of various worship styles and trends within the local church and parachurch ministries.

Note(s): By arrangement.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2.

CEED 441 - Adolescent Culture and Development

This course is designed to help the professional youth worker design and implement the entire scope of an effective church-based junior high or high school youth ministry.

When Offered: Fall.
Cross-listed: TTCE 661.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2.

CEED 465 - Internship in Christian Ministries

Full-time laboratory experience in a local church or parachurch ministry under the direction of a qualified supervising Ministry Mentor and university supervisor. Guided instruction in the skills necessary for effective service as ministry leaders in vocational Christian ministry. These will include, but not be limited to: special event planning, teaching a volunteer leadership training workshop, speaking in front of a ministry audience, observations at church board meetings, special ordinances, etc.

Prerequisites(s): Application
Note(s): Students doing Internship in Christian Ministries are limited to 15 credits that semester.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 9

CEED 470 - Current Topics in Christian Education

Designed for upper-division students in Christian Education who want to study specialized topics not currently covered in catalog course offerings.

Note(s): May be taken two times with different emphasis. By arrangement.
Fee: May be required.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 1 - 3.

CEED 472 - Special Studies in Children’s Ministries

Examines contemporary movements and trends in children’s ministry. Addresses legal, social, and administrative issues surrounding the practice of children’s ministry.

When Offered: By arrangement.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2.

CEED 478 - Adult Development and Education

A study of issues and development tasks of adults. Attention to the ministry of meeting the needs and utilizing the potential of adults.

When Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2.

CEED 479 - Programming for Christian Ministries

Equipping on age-specific church ministry (children, youth, adult, family) as it relates to evangelism and discipleship, with special emphasis on cultural exegesis and ministry program leadership. Key focus of the course will include internship preparation.

Prerequisite(s): CEED 433 or 441 or 478.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2.

CEED 480 - Independent Study in Christian Ministries

Development of skills in an independent study of topics in the field of Christian Ministries.

When Offered: Fall/Spring
Restriction(s): Must be Senior class, Christian Ministries (CHMN) major.
Note(s): May be repeated. Offered by arrangement.
Credit(s): 1 - 3.

CEED 482 - Advance Studies in Children’s Ministries

In-depth analysis of issues related to leadership roles in children’s ministry. Topics to include integration with family ministries, event planning, staff supervision, training volunteers, budget management, scheduling, counseling, and parent relations, etc. Students are required to be serving in a children’s ministry location during the semester for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

When Offered: Spring.
Prerequisite(s): 465.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2.

CEED 484 - Advanced Studies in Youth Ministries

In-depth analysis of issues related to leadership roles in youth ministry. Topics to include integration with family ministries, event planning, staff supervision, training volunteers, budget management, scheduling, counseling, and parent relations, etc. Students are required to be serving in a youth ministry location during the semester for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

When Offered: By arrangement.
Prerequisite(s): 465.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2.

CEED 486 - Advanced Studies in Family Ministry

In-depth analysis of issues related to leadership roles in family ministry. Topics to include event planning, staff supervision, training volunteers, budget management, scheduling, counseling, and parent relations, etc. Students are required to be serving in a family ministry location during the semester for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

When Offered: Spring.
Prerequisite(s): 465.
Grade Mode: A
Credit(s): 2.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the 39-credit core, each student is encouraged to select a concentration of 8 credits to be taken within the Christian Ministries Department to fulfill his / her elective requirements. There are four concentrations from which a student may choose that reflect a broad variety of ministry options in this field: Child, Youth, Adult & Family, or Diversified. The Diversified concentration allows the student to design a program that best suits his / her vocational interests. Regardless, all students in Christian Ministries must complete a minimum of 24 upper division credits in CEED coursework in order to graduate.

Diversified

This option is for those who wish to design a concentration unique to their interests, such as ministry-related camping, counseling, communication, business, music, intercultural involvement, computer science, etc. For those who desire to pursue graduate work, the undergraduate major has been designed to prepare the student for continued academic and professional development through enrollment in a theological seminary. The student graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries may be able to take advantage of accelerated Master of Arts or Master of Divinity programs offered at Talbot School of Theology. Several concentrations are offered with the M.A. degree. Specific information and qualifications for these degree programs may be secured through an academic advisor in the C.E. department or from the Talbot admissions office.

Adult & Family

Vocational opportunities with this concentration include director / pastor of adult and family ministries or associate pastor with responsibilities in these areas.

Youth

Vocational opportunities for youth concentration would include a local church youth director or minister, a club director for youth parachurch agencies, a youth camp director, a Christian education director in a church that emphasizes youth or an assistant or associate pastor with responsibilities for youth.

Children

Vocational opportunities with this option include children’s director or minister in a local church, a staff member with organizations that minister to children in the United States or on a mission field, or a writer of programming materials and curriculum for use with children and preschoolers.

Retreat

Each year during the Fall Semester, the Christian Ministries department sponsors an all student retreat for the purpose of facilitating department-wide community building, communication, spiritual formation, team building, and academic advising. There is a non-refundable $175 fee assessed at the beginning of each academic year for this event. All students are expected to attend this event. Any student seeking an exception should contact the Chair of the Department.