Courses

The following documents list required courses for each program and a suggested course schedule.

Christian Ministries: 2015-2016 (PDF)


Summary

Note: Students may not be required to take all the courses listed below. See catalog for details.

Core Courses

Note: students are not required to take all the courses listed below. See catalog for details.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Concentrations

Adult and Family

Concentration-Specific Requirements

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.

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.

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.

Children

Concentration-Specific Requirements

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.

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.

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.

Diversified

Concentration-Specific Requirements

This option is for those who wish to design a concentration unique to their interests. Students interested in areas such as ministry-based camping, counseling, music and worship arts, intercultural ministry, media ministry, and the like will find an opportunity to integrate ministry training with those particular fields of study.

Youth

Concentration-Specific Requirements

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.

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.

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.