Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Pastoral Certification

Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies

Bachelor of Arts (Core)

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling

Bachelor of Arts in Ministry

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education

Bachelor of Arts in Theology

Master of Arts in Ministry

Master of Arts in Christian Education

Master of Arts in Theology

Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

Master of Divinity

Doctorate of Christian Education

Doctorate of Theology

Doctorate of Ministry

Doctorate of Christian Counseling                                                                                                          

 

Pastoral Certification

PCD 201 - Biblical Themes - This course covers the studies of God, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Faith, Love, Miracles, Angels and the Ten Commandments.

 

PCD 202 - Bible Basics - Bible Basics provides a quick reference to the people, places, events, and content of the books of the Bible. Assuming no previous biblical knowledge, this book is an ideal starting point for study.

 

PCD 203 – Evangelism - In this course, you will trace the essence of evangelism - its history and character – and learn how to preach the Gospel effectively. Using methods built upon biblical, historical, and theological foundations, this exhaustive guide integrates doctrinal issues with practical matters of methodology, while developing the personal spirituality of those who seek to carry out the Great Commission.

 

PCD 204 – Missions - This course is an introduction to Christian social ministry and is filled with illustrations and stories which breathe life into its analysis of this aspect of the church's theology, philosophy, and methodology. Each chapter clearly outlines its goals for learning and provides exercises to help readers achieve those goals and objectives.

 

PCD 205 - The Four Gospels - The Four Gospels is a study manual, a textbook commentary, and a reference source on that portion of the Bible. The work is structured on the basis of the life of Christ arranged according to a chronological harmony. Each of the Gospels is introduced individually, however, and its unique contribution is consistently recognized throughout.

 

PCD 206 - Old Testament Survey - This book attempts to chart some elements that unify the Old Testament. Hopefully, it can serve as a companion to Bible reading. Characters, plot, structure, and themes are highlighted so the reader will know what is in the Old Testament. History, theology, and criticism are not absent, but they play a secondary role. The reader is referred to other good studies of these subjects. This book will seek to help readers appreciate the unity of the Old Testament.

 

PCD 207 - New Testament Survey - Understanding: Introduces readers to issues of canon, inspiration, authority of the New Testament and approaches to its interpretation.          

Influences: A review of biblical and secular history introduces formative influences on the New Testament from early Jewish through the intertestamental period.

Witness: Introducing the New Testament reviews the content of each New Testament book with an eye toward its witness to Jesus Christ. This review presents the books in canonical order and discusses authorship, original audience, structure, major themes, and the unique features of each book. 

 

PCD 208 - Basic Christian Theology - A Popular Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth. In this course you will find a basic handbook of theology written in plain English for every Christian. A systematic overview of the Bible’s major doctrines, including God, the Bible, the Holy Spirit Jesus Christ, the church, Satan, sin, salvation, man, angels, demons, events to come, and more. You will also learn theological terms and key passages of the study of theology.

 

PCD 209 – Doctrine - A clearly outlined examination of ten major doctrines: God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Man, Salvation, the Church, Scripture, Angels, Satan, and the Last Things. Eighty more subjects are arranged topically for easy reference. Each entry points to relevant Bible texts so you can search the Scripture for yourself.

 

PCD 210 – Prayer - E. M. Bounds truly followed the charge to pray without ceasing. It was normal and essential to him as breathing. But though he was in prayer constantly, it never became a chore to him. Throughout his life, whether he was ministering to troops during the Civil War or bringing God’s Word to his congregation, E. M. Bounds relished his time in conversation with God.

Included in this definitive volume are: Power through Prayer, Prayer and Praying Men, Purpose in Prayer, The Essentials of Prayer, The Necessity of Prayer, The Reality of Prayer and The Weapon of Prayer.

 

 

 

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Associate of Arts Degree

(Biblical Studies)

 

BIB 201 - Bible Basics - Bible Basics provides a quick reference to the people, places, events, and content of the books of the Bible. Assuming no previous biblical knowledge, this book is an ideal starting point for study.

 

BIB 202 - Biblical Themes - This course is designed as a tool for spiritual growth, offering a valuable introduction into Christian doctrine. It sees the Bible as the inspired Word of God, focusing on its subject and purpose as a vehicle of divine revelation. The character and attributes of God are examined, with several chapters dedicated to each member of the Trinity. Other topics include the dispensations, the covenants, Satan, sin, the church, the end times, and more.

 

BIB 203 - History of Christianity - This course is organized around thirteen key moments in the history of Christianity, this popular introduction to church history provides contemporary Christians with a fuller understanding of God as he has revealed his purpose through the centuries.

 

BIB 204 - Introduction to Christian Education - This course will help guide you in basic Christian education principles in the church. You will receive practical advice for daily administration to help organize educational programs, train volunteers, and teach new Christians.

 

BIB 205 - Introduction to Church Administration - This course will help you organize and implement a wide variety of programs---from office administration and finances to special events and new ministries. You will learn newly updated features that emphasize adaptive multi-context management skills and tools; lifelong spiritual formation; a comprehensive mission consciousness; vocational, bi-vocational, and lay ministers; and leadership competence.

 

BIB 206 - Introduction to Evangelism - In this course, you will trace the essence of evangelism - its history and character – and learn how to preach the Gospel effectively. Using methods built upon biblical, historical, and theological foundations, this exhaustive guide integrates doctrinal issues with practical matters of methodology, while developing the personal spirituality of those who seek to carry out the Great Commission.

 

BIB 207 - The Four Gospels - This course is an intensive study of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and the events narrated in those writings.     You will explore the life of Christ through the first four books of the New Testament.

 

BIB 208 - Origin of the Bible - This course will help you gain a better understanding about the context of the Bible. You will gain understanding of each book of the Bible and the message of that book.

 

The following courses will use the text from Origin of the Bible “What the Bible is all About”, to do an in-depth study of each book of the Bible.

BIB 301 - Genesis – Numbers

BIB 302 - Deuteronomy – Ruth

BIB 303 - 1 Samuel – Nehemiah

BIB 304 - Esther – Ecclesiastes

BIB 305 - Isaiah – Daniel

BIB 306 - Hosea – Malachi

BIB 307 - The Gospels

BIB 308 - Acts – Romans

BIB 309 - 1 Corinthians – Ephesians

BIB 310 - Philippians – Philemon

BIB 311 - Hebrews – 2 Peter

BIB 312 - 1 John - Revelation

 

 

 

 

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Bachelor of Arts Degree

(Core Courses)

 

 

BAC 401 - Doctrine - This course will explain what theology is and then progresses through the doctrines of revelation, God, creation and providence, humanity, sin, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the atonement and salvation, the church, and eschatology.  It will also give you pedagogical aids and chapters on post-modernity and contemporizing the gospel.  

 

BAC 402 - Basic Christian Theology - This course reminds us that, as humans, we are all theologians. Just experiencing ourselves, others, and the world raises theological questions in our minds.  Questions to be answered: Can God be known?  Where did the universe come from?  How do I know what is right and wrong?  Who is Jesus Christ?  What is our ultimate destiny as humans?

 

BAC 403 - New Testament Survey - This course will introduce the New Testament and give a broad understanding of the context and themes of the individual 27 books of the New Testament.

 

BAC 404 - Old Testament Survey - This course will introduce the Old Testament and give a broad understanding of the context and themes of the individual 39 books that make up the Old Testament.  You will understand the covenants that God made with His chosen people, the Children of Israel.

 

BAC 405 - Prayer - E.M. Bounds truly followed the charge to pray without ceasing. It was as normal and essential to him as breathing. But though he was in prayer constantly, it never became a chore to him. Throughout his life, whether he was ministering to troops during the Civil War or bringing God's Word to his congregation, E.M. Bounds relished his time in conversation with God.

 

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 Bachelors of Arts Degree

(Christian Counseling)

 

 

The following courses are required in addition to the Bachelor Core Courses.

 

BCC 401 - Christian Counseling - This course in pastoral counseling includes recent research and strategies for dealing with problems such as AIDS, homosexuality, violence, and eating disorders; and new sections covering terrorism, trauma, and crises; death and grief; and multicultural and multiracial issues. It includes practical, professional guidance from an experienced source.

 

BCC 402 - Competent to Counsel - This course offers profound insight into the way sin affects human personality, and how confession and taking responsibility restore counselees to wholeness in Christ. It will teach you to implement a nouthetic, or Spirit-led, approach to counseling.

 

BCC 403 - Contemporary Family Issues - This course is a comprehensive text analyzing theological and social perspectives on family life, including marriage, parenting, sexuality, communication, social dynamics, and the effects of modern society---all from a strong Christian perspective.

 

BCC 404 - Counseling in Forgiveness - We live in a world where we get wounded - deep, painful wounds that are not easy to mend, but to heal our wounds we must forgive those who wound us. Forgiveness is not merely a feeling; it's a choice and a healing process. This course provides practical insight and advice for dealing with forgiveness, understanding the importance of effective prayer and understanding our purpose in light of God's plan for our lives.

 

BCC 405 - Crisis and Trauma Counseling - When tragedy strikes, be prepared to provide hope and help to the hurting. This course offers updated advice on comforting those who've lost a loved one, supporting people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, counseling children and teens in crisis, and more.

 

BCC 406 - Christian Ethics - This course includes chapters on animal rights, sex ethics, as well as examining how the Bible teaches us to make ethical decisions. It also contains for appendixes addressing drugs, gambling, pornography, and birth control.

 

BCC 407 - Helping People Change - If change is the essential goal of the counseling process, how can a Christian counselor facilitate that change and bring about an alteration of the heart? This course is based solely on Scripture and has much to say about the relationship between theology and psychology in the enterprise of Christian counseling.

 

BCC 408 - Strategic Pastoral Counseling - This course will give you a valued practical handbook on pastoral care and counseling. Therapeutic counseling in a Christian context can be highly effective when it maintains narrowly focused goals in a time-limited setting.

 

BCC 409 - Scripture and Counseling - This course will give a balanced view of the relationship between Christianity and psychology. The text will emphasize clinical applications, survey classic psychology models and theories and explore distinctively biblical methods of family and individual counseling.

 

BCC 410 - Financial Management - With this course you will learn to be a faithful steward and manage financial challenges with wisdom. This study is based on four economic principles - ownership, stewardship, giving, and contentment - that teach Christians how to establish a foundation for life in order to manage their finances in terms of God's economy.

 

BCC 411 - Introduction to Ministry - This course is an introduction to Christian social ministry and is filled with illustrations and stories which breathe life into its analysis of this aspect of the church's theology, philosophy, and methodology. Each chapter clearly outlines its goals for learning and provides exercises to help readers achieve those goals and objectives.

 

BCC 412 - Church Evangelism - This course addresses the gap between thousands of contemporary churches and the churches we see in the Acts of the Apostles. The course presents the basic principles and the diversity of applications of those principles in local churches.

 

BCC 413 - Disciple Making - Despite a flood of church programs, is there a drought of disciples? Help your congregation become a true disciple-making body. This course will examine what today's leaders are doing to more effectively fulfill Christ's Great Commission. Learn which strategies and resources are working---and which aren't---and discover practical models for growing enthusiastic, mature believers.

 

BCC 414 - Psychology and Theology - When troubled people seek guidance from the church should they hear the same advice they'd receive from a secular counselor? This course explores the role of the church in "soul care," advocating a method of counseling that anchors modern therapy in timeless biblical principles.

 

BCC 415 - Church History - This course includes exploring church history from the day of Pentecost to the modern age; the truth about worldviews such as Buddhism, Islam, and various cults; and Biblical Ethics. It guides you through the introduction to Christianity's roots, distinctives, and cultural implications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree

(Christian Education)

 The following courses are required in addition to the Bachelor Core Courses.

 

BCE 401 - Apologetics – This course will help equip you to understand and uphold the validity of the Christian faith. Avoiding the pitfalls of mere emotional arguments, it prepares students intellectually to withstand both the frontal attacks and subtle influences of other worldviews.This course is divided into three parts: surveying, verifying, and applying the unique claims of historical Christianity.

 

BCE 402 - Christian Education I – In this course is an introduction to Christian Education that is undergirded by timeless biblical truths. The book is divided into four sections: Foundations of Christian Education Ministry, Christian Education Ministries across the Lifespan, Organization and Administration of Christian Education, and Specialized Educational Ministries. These sections introduce you to the cutting edge of contemporary Christian Education.

 

BCE 403 - Basics on Christian Education - A topic of frequent discussion in religious education circles is the relationship between theology and practice. How does Christian theology work itself out in the teaching ministries of the church? This course reveals the essential role theology plays in developing educational practices.

 

BCE 404 - Developmental Education – Can faith in God begin early in a child's life? Yes, but both the faith community and the family must be involved in the nurturing process. This course will show how the spiritual life of a child develops and how caring parents and teachers can enhance this development.

 

BCE 405 - Principles in Teaching – This course helps you develop an innovative, biblically based education program to take you into the 21st century. You'll discover how to choose and train leaders, minister to all ages, plan lessons, manage a classroom effectively, and much more.

 

BCE 406 - Youth Ministry – This course reveals distinct philosophical and ecclesiological views regarding how youth ministry relates to the church at large-- what's profound and what's not in the four typologies: Inclusive Congregational; Preparatory; Missional; and Strategic.

 

BCE 407 - Christian Ethics - How should Christians use Scripture to make decisions about integrity? Has God given a "natural law" that governs all people everywhere? Answers to such questions may differ widely, even among evangelical Christians. This can be confusing and disturbing when secular and Christian worldviews collide over matters that seem to cause debate among leaders. This course will uncover foundational philosophies of theory and practice to show why difference runs so deep.

 

BCE 408 - Church Evangelism – This course addresses the gap between thousands of contemporary churches and the churches we see in the Acts of the Apostles. The course presents the basic principles and the diversity of applications of those principles in local churches.

 

BCE 409 - Introduction to Missions – This course will introduce you to biblical foundations, challenges and issues of Christian missions. We are called in Matthew 28:18-20 to “Go and make disciples!”

 

BCE 410 - Introduction to Ministry – This course is an introduction to Christian social ministry filled with illustrations and stories which breathe life into the analysis of the aspect of the church's theology, philosophy, and methodology. It will clearly outline goals for learning and providing exercises to help you achieve these goals and objectives.

 

BCE 411 - Introduction to Teaching – This course blends spiritual insights and disciplined academics into a potent philosophy of teaching. Using biblical examples, learning theories and personal experiences challenges us to engage in the never-ending process of growing into seasoned teachers.

 

BCE 412 - Structuring Small Groups – This course will produce unique and practical models for teaching and leading. It identifies and integrates the strategic ideas that promote excellence in discipleship and produce service that is truly great and global.

 

BCE 413 - Church Administration I – This course identifies the basic skills church leaders need for effective administration; outlines the major principles of an "equipping ministry"; and explains how to successfully administer your church's human, physical, and financial resources.

 

BCE 414 - Pentateuch – This course will lead you to better understanding of the Five Books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy).

 

BCE 415 - Church History- This course includes Exploring Church History from the day of Pentecost to the modern age; The Truth About World views such as Buddhism, Islam, and various cults; and Biblical Ethics. It guides you through the introduction to Christianity's roots, distinctive, and cultural implications.

 

 

 

 

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree

(Ministry)

 

The following courses are required in addition to the Bachelor Core Courses.

 

BMN 401 - Christian Counseling: This course in pastoral counseling includes recent research and strategies for dealing with problems such as AIDS, homosexuality, violence, and eating disorders; and new sections covering terrorism, trauma, and crises; death and grief; and multicultural and multiracial issues. It includes practical, professional guidance from an experienced source.

 

BMN 402- Contemporary Family Issues: This course is a comprehensive text analyzing theological and social perspectives on family life, including marriage, parenting, sexuality, communication, social dynamics, and the effects of modern society---all from a strong Christian perspective.

 

BMN 403- Christian Education I:  In this course is an introduction to Christian Education that is undergirded by timeless biblical truths. The book is divided into four sections: Foundations of Christian Education Ministry, Christian Education Ministries Across the Lifespan, Organization and Administration of Christian Education, and Specialized Educational Ministries. These sections introduce you to the cutting edge of contemporary Christian Education.

 

BMN 404 - Church Administration: This course identifies the basic skills church leaders need for effective administration; outlines the major principles of an "equipping ministry"; and explains how to successfully administer your church's human, physical, and financial resources.

 

BMN 405 - Church Evangelism I: This course addresses the gap between thousands of contemporary churches and the churches we see in the Acts of the Apostles. The course presents the basic principles and the diversity of applications of those principles in local churches.

 

BMN 406 - Christian Ethic: This course includes chapters on animal rights, sex ethics, as well as examining how the Bible teaches us to make ethical decisions. It also contains appendixes for addressing drugs, gambling, pornography, and birth control.

 

BMN 407 - Financial Management: With this course you will learn to be a faithful steward and manage financial challenges with wisdom. This study is based on four economic principles - ownership, stewardship, giving, and contentment - that teach Christians how to establish a foundation for life in order to manage their finances in terms of God's economy.

 

BMN 408 - Introduction to Missions: This course will help you understand missions and challenge you to apply Christ’s missionary command from Matthew 28:18-20.

 

BMN 409 - Introduction to Ministry: This course is an introduction to Christian social ministry and is filled with illustrations and stories which breathe life into its analysis of this aspect of the church's theology, philosophy, and methodology. Each chapter clearly outlines its goals for learning and provides exercises to help readers achieve those goals and objectives. 

 

BMN 410 - Introduction to Teaching: This course blends spiritual insights and disciplined academics into a potent philosophy of teaching.  Using biblical examples, learning theories and personal experiences challenge us to engage in the never-ending process of growing into seasoned teachers.

 

BMN 411 - Helping People Change: If change is the essential goal of the counseling process, how can a Christian counselor facilitate that change and bring about an alteration of the heart? This course is based solely on Scripture and has much to say about the relationship between theology and psychology in the enterprise of Christian counseling.

 

BMN 412 - Disciple Making: Despite a flood of church programs, is there a drought of disciples? Help your congregation become a true disciple-making body. This course will examine what today's leaders are doing to more effectively fulfill Christ's Great Commission. Learn which strategies and resources are working---and which aren't---and discover practical models for growing enthusiastic, mature believers.

 

BMN 413 - Structuring Small Groups: This course will produces unique and practical models for teaching and leading. It identifies and integrates the strategic ideas that promote excellence in discipleship and produce service that is truly great and global.

 

BMN 414 – Eschatology: This course will cover questions such as:  What did Jesus teach on Mt. Olivet about the End Times? What generations will witness the End? Who is the Antichrist?  When is the Millennium?

 

BMN 415 - Church History: This course includes exploring church history from the day of Pentecost to the modern age; the truth about worldviews such as Buddhism, Islam, and various cults; and Biblical Ethics. It guides you through the introduction to Christianity's roots, distinctive, and cultural implications.

 

 

 

 

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree

(Theology)

 The following courses are required in addition to the Bachelor Core Courses.

 

BTH 401 - Apologetics – This course will help equip you to understand and uphold the validity of the Christian faith. Avoiding the pitfalls of mere emotional arguments, it prepares students intellectually to withstand both the frontal attacks and subtle influences of other worldviews. This course is divided into three parts: surveying, verifying, and applying the unique claims of historical Christianity.

 

BTH 402- Christian Education I-  In this course is an introduction to Christian Education that is undergirded by timeless biblical truths. The book is divided into four sections: Foundations of Christian Education Ministry, Christian Education Ministries Across the Lifespan, Organization and Administration of Christian Education, and Specialized Educational Ministries. These sections introduce you to the cutting edge of contemporary Christian Education.

 

BTH 403 - Christian Ethics - This course deals with the most pressing issues of the day in accordance with Scripture. It includes issues on animal rights, sex ethics, as well as examining how the Bible teaches us to make ethical decisions. It also contains for appendices addressing drugs, gambling, pornography, and birth control.

 

BTH 404 - Contemporary Family Issues - This course is a comprehensive text analyzing theological and social perspectives on family life, including marriage, parenting, sexuality, communication, social dynamics, and the effects of modern society---all from a strong Christian perspective.

 

BTH 405 - Financial Management - This course you will learn to be a faithful steward and manage financial challenges with wisdom. This study is based on four economic principles - ownership, stewardship, giving, and contentment - that teach Christians how to establish a foundation for life in order to manage their finances in terms of God's economy.

 

BTH 406 - Introduction to Missions - This course will help you understand missions and challenge you to apply Christ’s missionary command from Matthew 28:18-20.

 

BTH 407 - Introduction to Ministry - This course is an introduction to Christian social ministry and is filled with illustrations and stories which breathe life into its analysis of this aspect of the church's theology, philosophy, and methodology. Each chapter clearly outlines its goals for learning and provides exercises to help readers achieve those goals and objectives.

 

BTH 408 - Introduction to Preaching - This course blends spiritual insights and disciplined academics into a potent philosophy of teaching.  Using biblical examples, learning theories and personal experiences challenge us to engage in the never-ending process of growing into seasoned teachers.

 

BTH 409 - Church Administration- This course identifies the basic skills church leaders need for effective administration; outlines the major principles of an "equipping ministry"; and explains how to successfully administer your church's human, physical, and financial resources.

 

BTH 410 - Disciple Making - Despite a flood of church programs, is there a drought of disciples? This course will help us see strategies and resources that are  and are not, as well as discover practical models for growing enthusiastic, mature believers.

 

BTH 411 – Eschatology- This course will cover questions such as:  What did Jesus teach on Mt. Olivet about the End Times? What generations will witness the End? Who is the Antichrist?  When is the Millennium?

 

BTH 412 – Homiletics – This course covers the aspect of preaching, analyzing its nature, outlining the main features which should characterize powerful preaching and describing the approach, plan, actual construction and refinements of a sermon.

 

BTH 413 – Introduction to Hebrew Prophets - This course uses communication theory and the sociology of knowledge to analyze how the preaching of the Old Testament prophets changed individual lives, influenced the world's greatest leaders, and caused entire nations to repent.

 

BTH 414 - Pentateuch – This course will lead you to better understanding of the Five Books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy).

 

BTH 415 - Church History- This course includes Exploring Church History from the day of Pentecost to the modern age; The Truth About Worldviews such as Buddhism, Islam, and various cults; and Biblical Ethics. It guides you through the introduction to Christianity's roots, distinctive, and cultural implications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master of Arts Degree

(Christian Counseling)

 

MCC 501 – Addictive Behavior Counseling - This course provides a model of recovery for substance and alcohol abusers. This is a model that will also work for individuals struggling with other kinds of addictions. We are saints according to God's Word (Ephesians 1), and true freedom comes from realizing our identity in Christ.

 

MCC 502 – Competent To Counseling - This course is a practical counseling guide that integrates cutting-edge scientific data with psychological theory, biblical insight, and pastoral wisdom.

 

MCC 503 – Counseling Anger - Are you a captive to unresolved resentment? Has anger "broken into" your heart and robbed you of joy and peace? Gain the upper hand when you discover these biblical principles and constructive methods for overcoming such overwhelming emotions. In this course, you will learn about righteous vs. unrighteous anger, how to trust Jesus for emotional control.

 

MCC 504 – Depression Counseling - This course addresses the spiritual roots of depression and encourages readers to tackle the difficult personal issues that precipitate spiritual depression.

 

MCC 505 – Counseling Abuse – This course will address emotional, spiritual, spousal, or sexual victimization.  You will learn how to help identify and deal with unresolved anger, grief, and pain; rely on Christ for strength; how to forgive your offender; regain confidence, hope, and peace; and place complete trust in God.

 

MCC 506 – Counseling Fear - This course will examine the causes of fear-filled strongholds in your life, including rejection, disapproval, failure, and the unknown. Once you identify the source of your anxieties, you're well on your way to conquering them!

 

MCC 507 – Grief Counseling - This course will provide much needed support from a unique perspective - empathy.  Losing a spouse is something no married couple wants to imagine. 

 

MCC 508 – Marriage Counseling - This course provides an integrated, biblically based theory of marriage and marriage therapy with analysis at three levels: the individual, the couple and the family. Marriages are in trouble today. Counselors, pastors and social workers need a practical and comprehensive model for understanding couples and their problems; a thoroughly Christian perspective that is biblical, compassionate and human.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master of Arts Degree

(Christian Education)

 

MCE 501 - History of Christian Education - The roots of Christian education go deep into Hebrew educations. Jesus of Nazareth participated fully in the Hebrew educations of his time and was often called a teacher. His commission to His disciples commanded them to teach. This course teaches the two major educational traditions, the Greek and the Roman, had converged with the Hebrew tradition to be influential in shaping the early stages of Christian education.

 

MCE 502 - Teaching Ministry - This course offers a step-by-step plan for establishing and maintaining an effective teaching program for every age group. Also, it offers an overview of Christian education in the areas of theological foundations, biblical curriculum, equipping teachers, and structuring your church's educational ministry.

 

MCE 503 – Evangelicism - This course charts the embryonic and earliest stages of Evangelicalism's rise from its precursors in the Anglican Church, to the movement's explosive revivalist power in the American Colonies under the leadership of Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield, and John and Charles Wesley.

 

MCE 504 - Servant Leadership - This course covers how to submit yourself to God and let him empower you to be the leader he needs. Using King David as a model, this course shows you what a scriptural approach to leadership can teach you about networking, coping with difficult people, delegating tasks, making decisions, etc.

 

MCE 505 - Historical Books - This course introduces the content and the context of Old Testament historical books. They view them within the setting of ancient history and history writing, and come to appreciate their literary artistry, their role within the Scriptures of Israel, and their lasting value as theological and ethical resources.

 

MCE 506 - New Testament History - This course introduces featured revised sections that examine the text of the New Testament and the synoptic problem; updated outlines that reflect recent work on the discourse structure of some books; and new bibliographies.

 

MCE 507 - Created for Community - This course uses the resources of the biblical message, the heritage of the church, and the thought forms of our culture as tools to construct a helpful theology that is biblical, historical, and contemporary. With the goal of offering a systematic statement of the faith in a manner that can speak to contemporary culture, it centers its reflections around the concept of community.

 

MCE 508 – Hermeneutics - This course combines hermeneutical theory with practical steps for exegesis, has been translated into eight languages and has been used in a variety of settings to teach students how to study the Bible responsibly. The authors outline a five-step hermeneutical procedure that includes: (1) historical-cultural and contextual analysis, (2) lexical-syntactical analysis, (3) theological analysis, (4) genre identification and analysis, and (5) application. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master of Arts Degree

(Ministry)

 

MMN 501 – Pastoral Ministry - This course issues a call away from the temptation to treat church as a business, but instead to see pastoral ministry as a call to prayer, worship, servanthood and compassion as a humble shepherd of Christ's flock.

 

MMN 502 – Technology of Ministry - In this course you will study practical strategies for integrating technology and ministry while keeping a watchful eye on potential technological pitfalls. Remembering that technology is the medium and not the message, you will study specific ways that tools such as the Internet, digital video, and music can enhance youth groups, worship services, educational ministries, and evangelism.

 

MMN 503 – Evangelicalism – This course addresses the gap between thousands of contemporary churches and the churches we see in the Acts of the Apostles. The course presents the basic principles and the diversity of applications of those principles in local churches.

 

MMN 504 – Addictive Behavior Counseling - This course provides a model of recovery for substance and alcohol abusers a model that will also work for individuals struggling with other kinds of addictions. We are saints according to God's Word (Ephesians 1), and true freedom comes from realizing our identity in Christ.

 

MMN 505- Church Evangelism - This course addresses the gap between thousands of contemporary churches and the churches we see in the Acts of the Apostles. The course presents the basic principles and the diversity of applications of those principles in local churches.

 

MMN 506 – Church Mission - This course reveals that the typical Christian understanding of 'missions' encompasses only a small part of God's overarching mission for the world. God is relentlessly reclaiming the entire world for himself. This course will show how God's big-picture plan directs the purpose of God's people, the church.

 

MMN 507 – Administrative Leadership - This course will teach you how to increase the effectiveness of who you are leading.   Placing the team leadership model squarely within the context of biblical theology, this course helps you build your own "home team" and work together to make decisions, set goals, resolve conflicts, mentor new leaders, create training programs, and plan for the future.

 

MMN 508 – Marriage Counseling - This course provides an integrated, biblically based theory of marriage and marriage therapy with analysis at three levels: the individual, the couple and the family. Marriages are in trouble today. Counselors, pastors and social workers need a practical and comprehensive model for understanding couples and their problems; a thoroughly Christian perspective that is biblical, compassionate and human.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Master of Arts Degree

(Theology)

 

MTH 501 – Pastoral Ministry - This course issues a call away from the temptation to treat church as a business, but instead to see pastoral ministry as a call to prayer, worship, servanthood and compassion as a humble shepherd of Christ's flock.

 

MTH 502 - Servant Leadership - This course covers how to submit yourself to God and let him empower you to be the leader he needs. Using King David as a model, this course shows you what a scriptural approach to leadership can teach you about networking, coping with difficult people, delegating tasks, making decisions, etc.

 

MTH 503 – Pauline Theology - Understanding Paul’s theology of law is fundamental to understanding the doctrine of salvation, how God ends the separation people have from God due to sin by reconciling them with God's self.  Also, you will gain understanding of the death of Christ, Christian ethics, the relationship between Jews and Gentiles in the church, and the continuity between the Testaments.

 

MTH 504 – Creation Theology - Did God create the universe from nothing? This course will tackle philosophical issues of creation vs. conservation and the finite vs. infinite past. It will provide a full-fledged definition and explanation of the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo. Providing biblical, theological, philosophical, and scientific support for this foundational concept.

 

MTH 505 – Prophets of Israel - Through this course, you will understand the continuity that exists between Israel's earlier non-writing prophets and its later prophets. Instead of concentration upon the prophetic writings, this course focuses on the prophets themselves, both those who recorded their messages and those who did not. This course begins with an informative introduction to the Israelite prophets represented in the canon; then discusses the non-writing prophets of both the premonarchy era (including Miriam, Deborah, and Samuel) and the monarchy period (including Gad, Nathan, Ahijah, Iddo, Shemaiah, Azariah, Hanani, Jehu, Jahaziel, Eliezer, Elijah, Micaiah, Zechariah, and Elisha).

 

MTH 506 – New Testament History - This course introduces featured revised sections that examine the text of the New Testament and the synoptic problem; updated outlines that reflect recent work on the discourse structure of some books; and new bibliographies.

 

MMN 506 – Church Mission - This course reveals that the typical Christian understanding of 'missions' encompasses only a small part of God's overarching mission for the world. God is relentlessly reclaiming the entire world for himself. This course will show how God's big-picture plan directs the purpose of God's people, the church.

 

MTH 508 – Moral Absolutes - This course deals with the most pressing issues of the day in accordance with Scripture. It includes issues on animal rights, sex ethics, as well as examining how the Bible teaches us to make ethical decisions. It also contains for appendixes addressing drugs, gambling, pornography, and birth control.

 

 

 

 

Master of Divinity Degree

 

MDIV 601 – Servant Leadership - This course covers how to submit yourself to God and let him empower you to be the leader he needs. Using King David as a model, this course shows you what a scriptural approach to leadership can teach you about networking, coping with difficult people, delegating tasks, making decisions, etc.

 

MDIV 602 – Administrative Leadership - This course will teach you how to increase the effectiveness of whom you are leading.   Placing the team leadership model squarely within the context of biblical theology, this course helps you build your own "home team" and work together to make decisions, set goals, resolve conflicts, mentor new leaders, create training programs, and plan for the future.

 

MDIV 603 – Teaching Ministry - This course offers a step-by-step plan for establishing and maintaining an effective teaching program for every age group.  Also, it offers an overview of Christian education in the areas of theological foundations, biblical curriculum, equipping teachers, and structuring your church's educational ministry.

 

MDIV 604 – Pastoral Ministry - This course issues a call away from the temptation to treat church as a business Providing the pastor with an understanding of the call to prayer, worship, servanthood and compassion as a humble shepherd of Christ's flock.

 

MDIV 605 – Church Evangelism - This course addresses the gap between thousands of contemporary churches and the churches we see in the Acts of the Apostles. The course presents the basic principles and the diversity of applications of those principles in local churches.

 

MMN 506 – Church Mission - This course reveals that the typical Christian understanding of 'missions' encompasses only a small part of God's overarching mission for the world. God is relentlessly reclaiming the entire world for himself. This course will show how God's big-picture plan directs the purpose of God's people, the church.

 

MDIV 607 – History of Christian Education - The roots of Christian education go deep into Hebrew educations. Jesus of Nazareth participated fully in the Hebrew education of his time and was often called a teacher. His commission to His disciples commanded them to teach.  This course teaches the two major educational traditions accepted by the Greek and the Roman who converged with the Hebrew tradition to be influential in shaping the early stages of Christian education.

 

MDIV 608 – New Testament History - This course introduces featured revised sections that examine the text of the New Testament and the synoptic problem; updated outlines that reflect recent work on the discourse structure of some books; and new bibliographies.

 

MDIV 609 – Hermeneutics - This course combines hermeneutical theory with practical steps for exegesis, has been translated into eight languages and has been used in a variety of settings to teach students how to study the Bible responsibly. The authors outline a five-step hermeneutical procedure that includes: (1) historical-cultural and contextual analysis, (2) lexical-syntactical analysis, (3) theological analysis, (4) genre identification and analysis, and (5) application.

 

MDIV 610 – Pauline Theology I - Understanding Paul’s theology of law is fundamental to understanding the doctrine of salvation, how God ends the separation people have from God due to sin by reconciling them with God's self.  Also, you will gain understanding of the death of Christ, Christian ethics, the relationship between Jews and Gentiles in the church, and the continuity between the Testaments.

 

MDIV 611 – Creation Theology - Did God create the universe from nothing? This course will tackle philosophical issues of creation vs. conservation and the finite vs. infinite past.  It will provide a full-fledged definition and explanation of the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo. Providing biblical, theological, philosophical, and scientific support for this foundational concept.

 

MDIV 612 – Prophets of Israel - Through this course, you will understand the continuity that exists between Israel's earlier non-writing prophets and its later prophets.  Instead of concentration upon the prophetic writings, this course focuses on the prophets themselves, both those who recorded their messages and those who did not.  This course begins with an informative introduction to the Israelite prophets represented in the canon; then discusses the non-writing prophets of both the premonarchy era (including Miriam, Deborah, and Samuel) and the monarchy period (including Gad, Nathan, Ahijah, Iddo, Shemaiah, Azariah, Hanani, Jehu, Jahaziel, Eliezer, Elijah, Micaiah, Zechariah, and Elisha).

 

MDIV 613 – Evangelicalism - This course charts the embryonic and earliest stages of Evangelicalism's rise from its precursors in the Anglican Church, to the movement's explosive revivalist power in the American Colonies under the leadership of Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield, and John and Charles Wesley.

 

MDIV 614 – Historical Books - This course introduces the content and the context of Old Testament historical books. They view them within the setting of ancient history and history writing, and come to appreciate their literary artistry, their role within the Scriptures of Israel, and their lasting value as theological and ethical resources.

 

MDIV 615 – Moral Absolutes - This course deals with the most pressing issues of the day in accordance with Scripture. It includes issues on animal rights, sex ethics, as well as examining how the Bible teaches us to make ethical decisions. It also contains for appendixes addressing drugs, gambling, pornography, and birth control.

 

MDIV 616 – Technology for Ministry - In this course you will study practical strategies for integrating technology and ministry while keeping a watchful eye on potential technological pitfalls. Remembering that technology is the medium and not the message, you will study specific ways that tools such as the Internet, digital video, and music can enhance youth groups, worship services, educational ministries, and evangelism.

 

MDIV 617 – Created for Community - This course uses the resources of the biblical message, the heritage of the church, and the thought forms of our culture as tools to construct a helpful theology that is biblical, historical, and contemporary. With the goal of offering a systematic statement of the faith in a manner that can speak to contemporary culture, it centers its reflections around the concept of community.

 

MDIV 618 – Addictive Behavior Counseling - This course provides a model of recovery for substance and alcohol abusers a model that will also work for individuals struggling with other kinds of addictions. We are saints according to God's Word (Ephesians 1), and true freedom comes from realizing our identity in Christ.

 

MDIV 619 – Competent Counseling - This course is a practical counseling guide that integrates cutting-edge scientific data with psychological theory, biblical insight, and pastoral wisdom.

 

MDIV 620 – Counseling Anger - Are you a captive to unresolved resentment? Has anger "broken into" your heart and robbed you of joy and peace? Gain the upper hand when you discover these biblical principles and constructive methods for overcoming such overwhelming emotions. In this course, you will learn about righteous vs. unrighteous anger, how to trust Jesus for emotional control.

 

MDIV 621 – Depression Counseling - This course addresses the spiritual roots of depression and encourages readers to tackle the difficult personal issues that precipitate spiritual depression.

 

MDIV 622 – Counseling Fear - This course will examine the causes of fear-filled strongholds in your life, including rejection, disapproval, failure, and the unknown. Once you identify the source of your anxieties, you're well on your way to conquering them!

 

MDIV 623 – Grief Counseling - This course will provide much needed support from a unique perspective - empathy.  Losing a spouse is something no married couple wants to imagine. 

 

MDIV 624 – Marriage Counseling - This course provides an integrated, biblically based theory of marriage and marriage therapy with analysis at three levels: the individual, the couple and the family. Marriages are in trouble today. Counselors, pastors and social workers need a practical and comprehensive model for understanding couples and their problems; a thoroughly Christian perspective that is biblical, compassionate and human.

 

 

 

 

Doctorate of Arts Degree

(Christian Counseling)

 

DCC 601 - Tests and Measurements - As a pastoral counselor, you face many challenges from hurting people. Sorting through the problems can be a major undertaking. Psychological tests are tools, that when properly administered and interpreted, can lead you in the pursuit of truth. This course will provide you testing procedures and measurement concepts.

 

DCC 602 - Counseling Therapies - This course will accomplish a full integration of psychology and theology with the goal of endorsing a biblical psychology that can guide Christ-centered counseling.

 

DCC 603 - Anxiety Counseling - Anxiety or what is sometimes names the "disquieted soul"---requires spiritual treatment. Addressing the collaborative roles of psychiatry and ministry, this course focuses on cognitive-based methods and faith practices for providing relief.

 

DCC 604 - Christ Centered Therapy - This course will accomplish a full integration of psychology and theology with the goal of endorsing a biblical psychology that can guide Christ-centered counseling.

 

DCC 605 - Conflict Resolution - This course will help you experience the healing power of biblical peacemaking as you learn to apply scriptural principles to conflict in the world. Parse the elements of arguments and begin to see that there's not really any difference that cannot be overcome with the right perspective. It is practical guidance for resolving all types of conflict and hope for relationships you thought were unsalvageable.

 

DCC 606 - Counseling Adolescents - Teens have special mental and emotional issues that need to be addressed by pastors and their colleagues in ministry. This course identifies twenty-two of the most common mental health conditions that occur among adolescents and provides illustrative cases.

 

DCC 607 - Christian Counseling IV - This course in pastoral counseling, includes recent research and strategies for dealing with problems such as AIDS, homosexuality, violence, and eating disorders; and sections covering terrorism, trauma and crises; death and grief; and multicultural and multiracial issues.

 

DCC 608 - World Religions - This course will help you understand the beliefs and practices of religious people around the world. You will learn how to communicate your beliefs and faith to people of other religions.

 

 

 

 

 

Doctorate of Arts Degree

(Christian Education)

 

DCE 601 - Developmental Perspective - This course you will receive the discipline of developmental psychology in understanding spiritual growth. You will examine developmental theory from a Christian perspective and suggests practical applications of it to local church ministry contexts.

 

DCE 602 - Teaching for Results - This course lays out a carefully crafted, step-by-step approach to help improve effectiveness in identifying teaching objectives, choosing the appropriate one for each situation, and developing a plan to meet the objective.

 

DCE 603 - Teaching the Faith - Why does the church teach? And what should it teach? Many Christians have not learned the fundamental doctrinal content of the faith. As a response, a growing number of church ministries have moved toward an emphasis on Christian spiritual formation, But churches must hold together education and formation, the teaching of the faith and the forming of the faithful.

 

DCE 604 - Across Cultural Barriers - This course defines seven characteristics that best enhance the effectiveness of discipliners in overcoming cultural barriers and emphasizes the importance of personally growing in spiritual maturity with every outreach opportunity.

 

DCE 605 - Martyrs to Missionaries - This course reminds us that, as humans, we are all theologians. Just experiencing ourselves, others, and the world raises theological questions in our minds. Questions to be answered: Can God be known? Where did the universe come from? How do I know what is right and wrong? Who is Jesus Christ? What is our ultimate destiny as humans?

 

DCE 606 - Theology of the Reformers - This course will primarily focus upon the theological self-understanding of the four major reformers-Luthur, Calvin, Zwingli, and Simons. You will gain insight to understand the mindset of each reformer and of the age in which the Reformation occurred.

 

DCE 607 - Wisdom & Poetry of the Old Testament- This course helps you to understand major interpretive approaches, strategies for understanding documents, and skills of interpreting the Old Testament.

 

DCE 608 - World Religion- This course will help you understand the beliefs and practices of religious people around the world. You will learn how communicate your beliefs and faith to people of other religions.

 

 

 

 

 

Doctorate of Arts Degree

(Ministry)

 

DMN 601 - Conflict Resolution - This course will help you experience the healing power of biblical peacemaking as you learn to apply scriptural principles to conflict in the world around you. Parse the elements of arguments and begin to see that there's not really any difference that can't be overcome with the right perspective. It is practical guidance for resolving all types of conflict and hope for relationships you thought were unsalvageable.

 

DMN 602 - Missiology - For the past thirty years mission theology has taken a backseat to mission practice. However, people of all theological stripes have begun to reexamine the theological presuppositions that underlie the mission enterprise. This course will give you new biblical solutions to key issues raised by the modern mission movement that can help move us beyond the impasses that characterize so much of current thinking.

 

DMN 603 - Vision & Strategic Planning - Vision is a key foundation on which church plans and activities must be built. This course will have sample vision statements and new graphics and visuals. It also show how vision relates to a ministry's mission, core values, and strategy.

 

DMN 604 - Apologetics IV - This course presents the Savior at His convincing best. The most tentative Christian--or belligerent skeptic--will find meaty arguments for the Godhood of Christ through His parables, prophecies, and more.

 

DMN 605 - The Church's Mission - This course reveals that the typical Christian understanding of 'missions' encompasses only a small part of God's overarching mission for the world. God is relentlessly reclaiming the entire world for himself. This course will show how God's big-picture plan directs the purpose of God's people, the church.

 

DMN 606 - Ethics of Evangelism -

 

DMN 607 - Systematic Theology - This course focuses on the philosophical underpinnings of Christianity, and displays grasp of the foundations and implications of Christian theology. It will examine and defend the philosophical essentials (preconditions) which make Christianity both possible and viable. The preconditions include: the metaphysical, the supernatural, the revelational, the semantical, the epistemological, the oppositional, the linguistic, the hermeneutic, the historical, and the methodological.

 

DMN 608 - World Religions - This course will help you understand the beliefs and practices of religious people around the world. You will learn how to communicate your beliefs and faith to people of other religions.

 

 

 

 

 

Doctorate of Arts Degree

(Theology)

 

DTH 601 - Sermon on the Mount - This course explains Christ's teaching in the Sermon on the Mount and incisively applies it to the Christian life. It is a comprehensive and exhaustive study of our Lord's words as recorded in Matthew chapters five, six and seven.

 

DTH 602 - Prophets as Preachers -This course uses communication theory and the sociology of knowledge to analyze how the preaching of the Old Testament prophets changed individual lives, influenced the world's greatest leaders, and caused entire nations to repent.

 

DTH 603 - Pauline Theology II - This course’s task is not merely to reproduce Paul's thinking on various topics but to rightly estimate what is most important in his thinking and to set forth the inner connections between the various themes . This course will give us a sound and insightful exposition and assessment of Paul's theology.

 

DTH 604 - Apologetics IV - This course presents the Savior at His convincing best. The most tentative Christian - or belligerent skeptic--will find meaty arguments for the Godhood of Christ through His parables, prophecies, and more.

 

DTH 605 - Theology of the Reformers -This course provides an overview of the apostle Paul's missionary task, message, goals, and methods. It will shed light on first-century geographic and ethnic realities; means of communication; and ideological, cultural, and apologetic confrontation.

 

DTH 606 - Martyrs to Missionaries - This course reminds us that, as humans, we are all theologians. Just experiencing ourselves, others, and the world raises theological questions in our minds. Questions to be answered: Can God be known? Where did the universe come from? How do I know what is right and wrong? Who is Jesus Christ? What is our ultimate destiny as humans?

 

DTH 607 - Systematic Theology - This course focuses on the philosophical underpinnings of Christianity, and displays the foundations and implications of Christian theology. It will examine and defend the philosophical essentials (preconditions) which make Christianity both possible and viable. The preconditions include: the metaphysical, the supernatural, the revelational, the rational, the semantical, the epistemological, the oppoistional, the linguistic, the hermeneutic, the historical and methodological.

 

DTH 608 - World Religions - This course will help you understand the beliefs and practices of religious people around the world. You will learn how to communicate your beliefs and faith to people of other religions.