Course Descriptions—2012-2013

Regularly Offered 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

CEED 242: Psychology of Learning & 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
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
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
Credit(s): 3

CEED 260: Interpersonal & 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
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
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
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
Note(s): Christian Ministries majors only.
Credit(s): 3

CEED 330: Biblical Research & 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.

Credit(s): 3

CEED 415: Organization & 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
Credit(s): 3

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.
Credit(s): 9

BBST 320: Methods of Bible Study

Essentials of inductive Bible study will be applied to Old and New Testament genres of literature in order to equip the student with skills for observation, interpretation, application, and edification.

Cross-listed: CEED 320
Prerequisite(s): 103
Credit(s): 3

BBST 465: Integration Seminar

Senior level capstone seminar in which the student will search the Bible and the literature dealing with the topic(s) under discussion in the course leading to the discovery of means whereby the subject area may be “integrated” with Biblical truth. The results of the research will be incorporated in a paper or project, which will be critiqued by the seminar members and by the professor.

Prerequisite(s): 103, 105, 109, 110, 251, 254
Note(s): May be repeated with different content for a maximum of six credits counted toward graduation.
Credit(s): 3

  • BBST 320 is to be taken as one of the two upper division Bible Elective options.
  • BBST 465 is a course offered by various departments, but Christian Ministries majors are required to take the “Christian Ministries” Integration Seminar, specifically

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.


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.


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.


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.


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 $150 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.