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UNDERGRADUATE COURSES (A.A./B.A./B.Min.)


THEOLOGY/RELIGIOUS STUDIES


BI 100: Hermeneutics: Introduction to Bible Study A study of the basic principles of hermeneutics and methods of Bible study. The course is designed to give the new student a solid foundation for the coming four years of intensive Bible study. The course presents the Bible as literature as well as the inspired Word of God with emphasis on the importance of textual and historical context in interpreting biblical passages.


BI 101: Old Testament Survey This course provides an overview of the Old Testament, with a brief introduction to each of the 39 books, and a concise summary of their contents, enabling the learner to correctly relate the parts of the Old Testament to each other, and to the New Testament. The module allows the learners to enrich their knowledge of the Bible and their ability to read each part intelligently, with an understanding of the context in which each book occurs and of how doctrine evolved gradually over the centuries. Armed with this knowledge, students are able to develop their ability to relate the Bible and its contents to daily life and to Christian witness.


BI 102: New Testament Survey This course provides an overview of the New Testament, with a brief introduction to each of the 27 books of the Protestant canon, and a concise summary of their contents, enabling the learner to correctly relate the parts of the New Testament to each other, and to the Old Testament. The module allows the learners to enrich their knowledge of the Bible and their ability to read each part intelligently, with an understanding of the context in which each book occurs and of how doctrine evolved gradually over the centuries. Armed with this knowledge, students are able to develop their ability to relate the Bible and its contents to daily life and to Christian witness.


BI 103: The Pentateuch The foundation for the revelation of God and his dealings with man throughout the Old and New Testaments are found in the Pentateuch or Five Books of Moses. In these books we see the unity and authority of the Bible which always points forward to the Savior.


BI 109: The Book of Matthew This course is based upon the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew, a former despised tax collector, penned the gospel that bears his name. He addressed the deteriorating state of the church and set out to bring correction to disillusioned, wayward and overconfident believers. Matthew left his readers a true meaning of: righteousness of the gospel, the standard of discipleship, the reason for the Lord’s delay in returning. This message is applicable for the church in every generation in all lands.


BI 201: The Gospel of John The fourth Gospel is studied in light of its historical context and its stated evangelistic purpose to discover its testimony of the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and to his saving work. The course will also explain and demonstrate some basic interpretative principles and methods of Bible study.


BI 202: The Book of Acts A detailed study of the origin and development of the apostolic church and of the ministry of the ascended Christ as carried on through the church by the power of the Holy Spirit.


BI 203: Pauline Epistles: Romans An intensive study of the book of Romans and Galatians (for personal devotional purposes) in the light of the principles of sound exposition and analysis.


BI 205: Interpreting Signs and Symbols The majority of the symbols and types, and the principles of interpretation, are presented in this course with a view towards present meaning.


BI 220: Corinthians An analysis and exposition of each book stressing the historical background and doctrinal matters with special emphasis on the Holy Spirit as treated by Paul in I and II Corinthians.


BI223: Ephesians An analysis and exposition of this dynamic letter of Paul the apostle to the church in Ephesus, expand the horizons of his readers, so that they might understand better the dimensions of God’s eternal purpose and grace and come to appreciate the high goals God has for the church.


BI 302: Major and Minor Prophets of the Old Testament The ministry of the prophet and the gift and function of prophecy is explained from a historical and modern context. The place and environment of prophetic ministry, prophetic presbytery, and the office of the prophet is explained.


BI 400: Advanced Hermeneutics This course is an advanced study in hermeneutics and interpretation theory from pre-modern times to the present, with a focus on the interpretation and method of reading biblical texts. The course is designed to prepare the student for advanced interpretation of scripture and will investigate biblical interpretation in light of current theological, philosophical, ecclesiological, historical and social challenges. The student will be exposed to current scholarship on a variety of hermeneutical topics. The student will learn to be humble and open-minded when approaching the text, even those that seem familiar. A scholarly approach will be presented.


BI 405: Authenticity & Authority of the Bible This course explores the manuscript and archaeological evidence supporting and detracting from the reliability of the text of the Bible as an original ancient manuscript. The origins of the biblical texts, the establishment of the canon, and issues of higher criticism will be explored. The course also introduces the student to unique perspectives concerning the authority of the Bible and its application in church and community life.



HUMAN BEHAVIOR


CC 101: Sociology of Marriage and Family Life This course provides a careful examination of the modern problems inherent in marital and family relationships; offers suggestions for treatment on an individual and church-wide basis; and provides numerous counseling resources.


CC 201: Introduction to Psychology: Christian Counseling Perspectives This course proposes to help the student discover the basic concepts of Christian counseling and increase skill and competence in counseling situations.


CC 218: Marriage and Family II: Parenting on Purpose from a Christian Perspective A careful examination of the modern problems inherent in marital and family relationships, with special emphasis on parenting and its importance in church life.


CC 301: Self-Concept: Studies in Biblical Inner Healing This course contains the biblical bases for the concept of inner healing and healing of the memories. The student will be able to deal with issues in his or her own past that may be preventing them from being a “real person.”


CC 303: Assessment in Christian Counseling This course is the examination of emotional problems, their antecedents and consequences with a special emphasis on the destructiveness of sin. The course will look at different methods of assessing psychological problems.


CC 304: Developing a Counseling Ministry This course is intended to help the Christian develop a counseling ministry. It presents the various laws and ethical requirements related to counseling and studies the many forms needed to conduct a successful counseling ministry.


CC 305: Human Sexuality This is an introductory course dealing with the subject of human sexuality. The student will learn about what the Bible teaches about acceptable sex in the life of the Christian. Sexual deviations will also be considered.


CC 402: Crisis Counseling: A Christian Perspective The world we live in, because of the influence of sin, is filled with problems. When crises happen, whether by "accident" or design, they cause severe disruption to our lives. It is an inherent quality of ministry to be able to effectively minister to those in crisis times.


CC 403: Biblical Manhood and Womanhood An examination of Biblical equality of men and women. This study addresses clarity on history, biology, psychology and theology and how women have played a vital role in ministry.


CC 404: Counseling the Dysfunctional Family This course deals with the subject of dysfunctional families, especially as related to the psychological and spiritual dynamics of generational patterns. Attention is given to the need for understanding the theological and psychological patterns of reconciliation. Particular attention is given to showing the importance of relationship between the Father Image and its influence on generational patterns in the family.


CC 405: Addiction Counseling Exploration of the significant issues in chemical dependency is the core of this course. Counseling the poly-abuse client on an inpatient and outpatient basis with special emphasis on 12-step models will be studied.


CC 406: Counseling and Family Violence Counseling and Family Violence from a Christian perspective is one of the required courses for students pursuing a degree in counseling with an emphasis in family counseling, domestic violence counseling, substance abuse and addiction counseling and/or pastoral counseling, Counseling and Family Violence focuses on the etiology, context, methodology and effects of domestic violence within the family. This course is designed to acquaint students, pastors, chaplains, educators and church workers with the psychological, sociological and theological aspects of family violence and abuse in its many forms. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) provide students an understanding of the biopsychosocial antecedents to family abuse and violence; (2) to provide students an understanding of the cycle of violence and the behavioral patterns associated with each phase of the cycle; (3) to educate students in the various forms of abuse that can escalate to violence; (4) to provide students an understanding of the nature of both expressive and instrumental violence; (5) to teach students how to conduct an assessment and psychosocial evaluation of a domestic violence perpetrator (batterer) and victim (battered spouse); (6) to train students in effective therapeutic intervention techniques, and; (7) to increase students critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.


CC 415: Human Development This course is an introduction to human development from the perspective of physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. This course offers a broad overview of perspectives, principles, theories, and research findings associated with the field of human life-span development. The aim of the course is to provide a foundation of knowledge that will help the student become a more effective counselor, educator, and leader.


The Save our Families (SOF) Domestic Violence Counseling course series :


SOF501 Soul Care: An Introduction to Pastoral Care Soul Care: An introduction to Pastoral Counseling, is an introduction to Integrative Therapy, incorporating both theological and psychological principles, written by authors/instructors, Dr. James V. Potter and Paula M. Potter, MA.

The text provides an overview of the history of "soul care" both secular and sacred, and "soul cure." It reviews several well known integrative therapies (those that draw both from both fields of knowledge: theology and psychology). Finally, the author sets forth an integrative modality of his own that is solidly faith-based and client-focused. Described by former counseling students as "life-changing" the course is designed as a guide for those desiring to integrate their faith and counseling art. 


SOF502 Mastery Over Anger: Using anger constructively Mastery Over Anger is designed for Pastoral and Counselor Training, enabling students who complete the course to appropriately and effectively intervene in situations requiring Anger-management and/or Domestic Violence Abatement.

Mastery Over Anger will help you to acquire the skills necessary to effectively instruct others, to manage their anger, to use it effectively -- to resolve problems rather then create them, to heal, rather than hurt the ones they love.

In nine dynamic information-packed lessons, author/instructor, James V. Potter, Ph.D., provides keys to: understanding the nature of family abuse and violence, stopping angry outbursts, getting below the anger into the underlying negative emotions, how to examine the real or perceived injustices that gave rise to such emotions, and how to release these emotions, thus facilitating resolution of past injustices, and the reconciliation and restoration of relationships. The course closes with a comparison of destructive and ineffective 'dirty-fighting' techniques compared to a proven 10-step approach to effective conflict resolution.

Mastery Over Anger comprises Part 1 of a proven personhood healing and relationship restoration and enhancement program. In fifteen years of clinical use, program graduates have demonstrated a recidivism, or relapse, rate of less than ten percent (10%)!


SOF503 Assertiveness, Individuation & Autonomy (Faith-based Assertiveness Training) The lack of assertiveness affects many individuals and their relationships. If you or someone you know often says yes when they really feel like saying no, have difficulty handling criticism, or want to become a Domestic Violence Counselor or Anger-Management Facilitator, this course is for you. The skills learned through this course will prepare you for your job, enhance your relationships and improve your parenting skills. Learn to say NO effectively. Discover how to manage criticism, how to reframe information to avoid conflict, and how to maintain self-control. If you say yes when you'd rather say no? If you are afraid that refusing another's request might result in rejection, or have a lot of bitterness and/or resentment toward certain people because they somehow overpower and control you? Then you need this course! Learning and practicing assertiveness will help you stay in control and set you free! 


SOF504 Conquering Codependency: Restoring Your Self-identity Conquering codependency will provide you the skills necessary to guide those you minister to in their journey out of Codependency and Conflict into a Healthy Self-Identity and fulfilling relationships. Codependency has aptly been called the "common cold" of relationships. It is not only associated with all addictions and obsessive-compulsive disorders, but, is in many ways, an addiction disorder in its own right: an addiction to pathological relationships, acceptance and approval. If you presently provide counseling to individuals, couples or families, or facilitate groups working on codependency issues -- this course is designed for you!

The course imparts skills such as the relationship between self-confidence and self-understanding; the differences between codependency & self-identity; how to identify personal codependent traits; the relationship between shame, codependence and addiction; developing healthy personal boundaries; how to track one's recovery; and the relationship between conquering codependency and spiritual awakening and growth.

There are nine information and skill-development packed lessons that will enable you to positively impact your counselees' life-style, setting them free from codependency and facilitating healing in dysfunctional, troubled families. The completion of this course, together with the courses: "Mastery Over Anger," and "Assertiveness, Individuation & Autonomy" fulfills the didatic requisites for certification as a Domestic Violence Specialist I through the American Association of Christian Therapists (AACT). 


SOF505 Arrested Development & Personality Disorders: Healing the Jekyll & Hyde Schism Jekyll & Hyde: Breaking Bondages - Restoring Wholeness (Understanding Arrested Development & Personality Disorders) contains twelve information-packed lessons designed to:

Introduce the Human Life-span Development,

Cover Developmental Stages and Age-appropriate behavior,

Examine the cause and effects of disruptions in the developmental process,

Examine Character Deformations & Personality Disorders,

Look at the process of Human Bonding and the effects of emotional trauma on the ability to bond,

Provide keys for determining at what stage an individual is arrested, and

Provide basic keys for healing the "Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde personality Schism, thus facilitating personhood wholeness.


SOF506 Healing Inner-Child Wounds: Breaking Negative Life-Commandments There is an age old proverb that where there is the fruit, there are the roots. Beneath all problem behavior, addictions, codependency and other life-controlling problem lies unresolved wounds - hidden wounds experienced by our inner-child or true-self. These wounds trigger the onset of aberrant coping skills and negative life-commandments (what we have told ourselves that we must do under certain situations and circumstances). No amount of behavior-modification, or cognitive counseling will resolve these wounds since they are not cognitive (or intellectual) wounds, but emotional and spiritual. To be healed, our spirit and our emotions must be healed. Only then will we be willing to give ourselves new life-commandments. Only then, will our thoughts and the resulting behaviors change. This course provides details into the early-life span development stages: what development tasks one should have completed; what rites of passage one should have traversed; and the disorders manifest when these tasks were not completed, the rites of passage not taken. Finally, the course provides therapeutic interventions, including healing prayer, designed to resolve the unresolved, set aright one's life-orientation, and help one create and implement healthy life-commandments. This course and its accompanying text will provide an excellent resource for pastors, chaplains, pastoral counselors, recovery counselors; as well as self-help enthusiasts who are seeking answers to their reactive behavior and wounded emotions. 


SOF507 Toxic Shame & The Journey Out: A 12-Step Journey Toxic Shame and The Journey Out A course designed for both self-help and growth as well as for counselor and facilitator training.Do the words, "Shame on you," "You are a bad girl/boy," "You can't do anything right," etc. etc. still ring in your mind? Do you struggle with guilt and shame? Are you now, or have you been, in recovery for chemical dependency or another addiction, abuse recovery, or dependency? Do you have trouble making healthy relationships and/or keeping them? If, so, this course is your answer.

Toxic Shame and The Journey Out is a faith-based course designed to facilitate recovery from the issue underlying all addictions, family abuse and violence, sexual-deviancy, and many other personal ills, including codependency: Toxic shame.

The course, while a stand-alone course, is part six of the comprehensive faith-based personhood healing and relationship reconciliation program -- the "Save Our Families" curricula that has been used successfully by clinical counselors for nearly two decades, and has just recently been made available online.The course incorporates the 12-step principles, and is designed as a self-help guide for use by individuals, a text for counselor and facilitator training, and is equally beneficial when used by facilitators and counselors in individual or group counseling.

Don't let shame keep you in bondage to addiction, dependency and/or codependency. Don't let it rob you of peace, happiness, joy and the intimacy you long for and deserve. Enroll today and begin the journey out of Toxic Shame!

Course Requirements:  book, 'Toxic Shame & The Journey Out

Course Goals The primary goal for this course is to help you -- the student -- and/or those you work with -- find freedom from toxic shame and help you develop a positive self-concept that will enable you to become everything you were created to be.

Grading Policy Grading is on a percentage basis with points given for lesson quizzes, short research papers, etc, as set forth in the assignments.

Disclaimer Recovery is a journey -- not an event. Recovery is personal work. No one can do it for you, nor can you help another person with theirs. Recovery is hard work, requiring the acquisition and use of proper recovery tools. And, this is the purpose of this course -- to provide you with tools for recovery and illustrate their use. Best wishes on your journey. 


SOF508 Growing Beyond Our Genetics: Escaping Adolescence & Becoming An Adult Growing Beyond Our Genetics: Adolescence & Beyond This course provides an essential resource for pastors, chaplains, pastoral counselors, school counselors and others who work with teens and/or those who have experienced trauma during their teens.The course's effectiveness is attested to by the fact that it has been successfully used in Individual and Family Counseling, and in Certified Anger-Management and Batterer's Intervention programs for nearly twenty years.

Many had a difficult relationship with either or both parents, or other authorities they had to be accountable to as an adolescent who was someone that they had little or no respect for. As a result they frequently grow up and have major authority figure issues. They tend to have poor time-management, financial-management, and sexuality management skills and are usually very impulsive.As adults, many have trouble discipling their own teenagers, and often feel "stuck" like there's nothing that they can do to change their unfulfilling life.

Growing Beyond Our Genetics: Adolescence & Beyond while a stand-alone course, is part of the "Save Our Families" series designed to provide an intense personhood healing, family restoration and relationship enhancement program.

The course facilitates the resolution of past, unresolved injustices, the cessation of family violence and abuse; the reconciliation of families; the healing of one's personhood; the restoration of societal values and norms concerning the family structure and the appropriate roles of adulthood.

The course provides keys to letting go of past injustices, breaking destructive life-commandments, and maturing into functional adulthood. This course also examines parenting styles and the effects of various styles on the developing adolescent. It provides invaluable information for those struggling through parent-child issues of the past, and those seeking to develop positive parenting skills for their own family, as well as those seeking information to help a family member or friend. 


SOF509 Marriage Bonding vs. Relationship Bondage: Key to Affair-proofing Your Marriage Bonding vs. Bondage: Keys to Successful Marriage, is designed specifically for pastors, chaplains, and marriage and family counselors, for use in their ministry to those planning marriage as well as to those who are seeking to heal marriage wounds. It is also a most useful course for individuals seeking personal guidance and help in restoring their marriage or enhancing the level of intimacy in their relationship. The author provides biblical answers to difficult questions regarding a variety of sexual expressions in relationships. The course also provides guidelines for restoring fallen brothers and sisters and church leaders. 


SOF510 Counseling Addicts & Offenders: A Guide to Criminal Justice Counseling Counseling Addicts & Offenders fills a much-needed niche in treatment literature, providing a faith-based guide to criminal justice and addiction counseling.This course is designed specifically to provide training for counselors, pastors, chaplains and others working with addicts and offenders. It offers the counselor new techniques and new hope for those trapped in these life-controlling dysfunctions.Through this course, the student will learn just how differently addicts and offenders think, and how to enter the world of their mind and use their own thought processes to help them find freedom and fulfillment.

Students learn: how to improve treatment retention rates; how to 'hook' individuals who are in counseling just to satisfy the courts; and how to increase the probability of lasting and meaningful change.In fifteen information-packed lessons, the student will gain understanding in the factors contributing to lives of addiction, violence and crime; the differences in this population's thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values and defense mechanisms; how to select the appropriate treatment plan and level of care; and how to best advocate for clients without enabling them. 



PRACTICUM


PC 100: Practicum: Servanthood The focus of this course is to provide a rewarding learning experience for the Bible College student at a beginning level. The focus of this practical ministry experience is servanthood.


PC 200: Practicum: Stewards in God’s House The focus of this course is to provide a rewarding learning experience for the Bible College student at an intermediate level. The focus of this practical ministry experience is stewards in God’s house.


PC 300: Practicum: Practical Ministry The focus of this course is to provide a rewarding learning experience for the Bible College student at an advanced level. The focus of this practical ministry experience is practical leadership ministry



GENERAL EDUCATION


GE 103: English Composition A study of the principles of composition with emphasis on language, the mechanics of writing, the types of discourse, and research and documentation. The course develops students’ ability to write unified, well-developed and coherent expository essays that employ standard English usage and mechanics, and exposes the students to literary works that sharpen their critical-thinking and analytical skills necessary in college writing. The course also includes a study of rhetoric and short-essay composition, and readings and responsive writing assignments. This is predominantly a skills course to develop the student's writing competency as a foundation for all future studies.


GE 112: Introduction to Management This course introduces the subject of management, identifies leadership positions, and stresses the importance of the role of leadership and management skills in Christian Ministry. Biblical principles of leading like a servant and shepherd and qualifications for leaders are also discussed. Major tasks of leaders are reviewed, with emphasis on decision-making and handling conflicts. Guidelines for training leaders and followers are given, and principles of success and reasons for failure examined. Emphasis is placed on the context of Management in Community Service, preparing the student to support Community Leadership.


GE 201: Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective Students will examine cultural anthropology from a Christian perspective, with particular emphasis on environmental analysis for missions. The students will gain a deeper understanding of different approaches to cultural anthropology and the applications of cultural theory for understanding cultural and religious diversity in the modern world. The importance of applied cultural anthropology to address the challenges of cross-cultural living and ministry will be emphasized.


GE 220: Financial Integrity and Stewardship This course is designed to prepare students to maintain integrity in Christian Ministry when dealing with finances and issues of stewardship. The course includes spiritual and financial blockades to financial integrity, proper use and distribution of personal and ministry funds, budgeting, ethical fundraising, financial responsibility and accountability, and matters of finance pertaining to the local church.


RS 103 Introduction to Communication: Evangelism The core of this course is practical training in the philosophy and methods of soul winning, visitation, discipleship follow-up and evangelistic outreach including signs and wonders.


RS 212: Speech and Communication: Homiletics This course is on the fundamental methods of sermon preparation. It emphasizes both structure and delivery. Attention is given to the determination of audience type, the proper use of voice, and other principles of public speaking.


RS 200: History of Civilization I: Church History Perspectives A study of church history during the Apostolic Age, the ante-Nicene period, and the post-Nicene period. Topics include the rise of orthodoxy, the many transformations that took place after the conversion of Constantine, the rise of the papacy, the many forms of medieval religious life, and the emergence of new forms of both lay and clerical piety. The developmental history of Western Civilization, in relation to the History of the Church, is noted in particular.


CC 101: Sociology of Marriage and Family Life This course provides a careful examination of the modern problems inherent in marital and family relationships; offers suggestions for treatment on an individual and church-wide basis; and provides numerous counseling resources.


CC 201: Introduction to Psychology: Christian Counseling Perspectives This course proposes to help the student discover the basic concepts of Christian counseling and increase skill and competence in counseling situations.


Fine arts: Ignitia Digital Arts Encourage the development of digital skills! Ignitia Digital Arts introduces students to the effective use of digital cameras and the manipulation of digital images with imaging and editing software. Students also explore audio recording and editing, cinematography, and 3D technology. Project-based, this fun, one-semester course places a strong emphasis on student inquiry, research, and writing to develop 21st century tech-based skill sets.


Ignitia Business Computer Information Systems Enhance your students' computer skills with Ignitia Business Computer Information Systems! Accessible 24/7, this online elective for grades 9-12 teaches desktop publishing, computer networks, operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Videos, animation, and interactive games help explain concepts. (Keyboarding is a recommended prerequisite.)


Ignitia Macroeconomics (for use with AP* courses) An advanced course for high school students, Ignitia Macroeconomics (for use with AP* courses) provides students with an in-depth study of the performance of the economy as a whole. Created for college-bound students, this year-long course covers in detail basic economic concepts, measurement of economic performance, national income and price determination, the financial sector, unemployment and stabilization policies, economic growth and productivity, inflation, and international trade and finance. This course also trains students to interpret economic news and understand the effects of government policies



CHRISTIAN EDUCATION


ED 255: Local Church Education An investigation of the history, philosophy, and psychology of Christian Education and an examination of the methodology, equipment, and materials needed for effective implementation in the local church. The course addresses the role of the pastor in enhancing education in the local church, administering a program of Christian Education, and recruiting and training volunteers. Various models of Christian education in the contemporary church are also considered.


ED 255P Local Church Education Practicum Each student will be involved in practical experiences in a local ministry setting providing the student with a "laboratory" for the application of Christian education principles.


ED 230 Teaching the Bible to Children This course will provide theoretical foundations and practical strategies for teaching children in the church. Based on current research and models of effective teaching, students will design lessons and engage in practice teaching under the supervision of the professor. Critiques and suggestions for improvement will be provided by the professor and by fellow students.


ED 240 Teaching the Bible to Youth and Adults A course exploring the methods of teaching the Bible to youth and adults seeking life change. The course content includes learning theory, teaching methods, and small group leadership skills. As part of the course each student completes a segment of practice teaching both in and out of the classroom which is evaluated professionally with an eye toward improvement. Prerequisites BI-101 and BI-102


ED 360 Curriculum Theory and Development This course explores the curriculum design process for Christian education of children, youth, and adults. We consider methods for assessing needs, developing a scope and sequence, projecting outcomes, and objectives. Writing of actual curriculum sessions is included as well. Prerequisite: ED-255


ED 357 Christian Education Practicum I The student will complete twelve weeks of Christian Education ministry in a local church (or similar setting) with mentoring by a professional Christian Education worker and supervision by a professor from the college. Prerequisite: ED-255.


ED 358 Christian Education Practicum II The student will complete twelve weeks of Christian Education ministry in a local church (or similar setting) with mentoring by a professional Christian Education worker and supervision by a professor from the college. The student will be expected to teach or give leadership to a significant group (or ministry) throughout the course of this practicum. Prerequisite: ED-357.


ED 359 Christian Education Practicum III The student will complete twelve weeks of Christian Education ministry in a local church (or similar setting) with mentoring by a professional Christian Education worker and supervision by a professor from the college. The student will be expected to teach or give leadership to a significant group (or ministry) and to gain experience in additional areas of leadership which were not included in ED-357 and ED-358. Prerequisite: ED-358


ED 401 Christian Education: Principles and Practice A study will be made of theological concepts that form the philosophical perspectives and principles of Christian education. Organization and administration of church educational programs so as to integrate them within the total ministry of the local church is a primary focus of this course. This course includes a study of the major religious and secular developments in history and education along with a comparison of those developments with biblical principles. The goal is to develop an understanding of the church’s role in education and to develop a personal philosophy of Christian education


ED 432 Classroom Management This course reviews the various influences on student behavior in the classroom and surveys effective strategies for managing that behavior. Various approaches to management are considered, including Responsibility Training and Omission Training. In addition, the positive influences of teacher behaviors such as lesson planning and documentation of student behavior are discussed. Students will be encouraged to consider methods of classroom management they would be most comfortable implementing in their own classrooms.


ED 455 Christian Education in the Family A study of the relationship of the church and the home in the joint enterprise of strengthening the family, nurturing children and bringing them to mature Christian discipleship. Attention is given to current problems facing the family and to strategies that Christian parents and Christian educators can employ in an attempt to resolve these issues. Prerequisite: ED-255


ED 490 Leading Christian Education Leading Christian Education is the capstone course focusing on leading and managing the local church's Christian education process. The course focuses on recruiting, training and supervising volunteers, organizing and motivating volunteers, budgeting, managing finances in the local church, curriculum planning, office administration, designing and furnishing learning facilities and working with other professional staff.  Prerequisites: ED-255.


CC 415: Human Development This course is an introduction to human development from the perspective of physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. This course offers a broad overview of perspectives, principles, theories, and research findings associated with the field of human life-span development. The aim of the course is to provide a foundation of knowledge that will help the student become a more effective counselor, educator, and leader.


OL 440: Conflict Management and Resolution This course examines causes of dysfunctional anger and conflict, and provides biblically consistent principles and methods for management and prevention. The course provides for both acquisition of knowledge and development of interpersonal skills.


OL 460: Ethics in Leadership Leadership Ethics highlights the importance of fidelity, integrity, and value-based decision making. Contemporary ethical issues in church, community, and ministry leadership are examined from a biblical perspective. This course explores the sources, methods, disputes and insights of Christian ethics. Central themes and issues include freedom, conscience and the passions, the relation of God and morality, love and justice, virtue and law, and the question whether there is a distinctive Christian ethics. Because Christian ethics is a form of reflection which arises out of moral conflict, the course utilizes specific moral problems as a way of exploring these themes. Ultimately, these explorations will provide the student with a theoretical basis for understanding the nature of moral thinking itself and the form which it takes within a Christian context.



LEADERSHIP


OL 440: Conflict Management and Resolution This course examines causes of dysfunctional anger and conflict, and provides biblically consistent principles and methods for management and prevention. The course provides for both acquisition of knowledge and development of interpersonal skills.


OL 460: Ethics in Leadership Leadership Ethics highlights the importance of fidelity, integrity, and value-based decision making. Contemporary ethical issues in church, community, and ministry leadership are examined from a biblical perspective. This course explores the sources, methods, disputes and insights of Christian ethics. Central themes and issues include freedom, conscience and the passions, the relation of God and morality, love and justice, virtue and law, and the question whether there is a distinctive Christian ethics. Because Christian ethics is a form of reflection which arises out of moral conflict, the course utilizes specific moral problems as a way of exploring these themes. Ultimately, these explorations will provide the student with a theoretical basis for understanding the nature of moral thinking itself and the form which it takes within a Christian context.



RELIGIOUS STUDIES


RS 101: Dynamic Christian Foundations This foundational course explores detail the fundamental foundations of Christian belief. Orthodox Christian truths will be taught in detail and are a prerequisite for a dynamic Christian life.


RS 102: Christian Life Paul stated that whenever possible we are to live our lives at peace, especially within the household of faith. In our day, we need to learn the pattern for gracious living.


RS 103: Introduction to Communication: Evangelism Perspectives The core of this course is practical training in the philosophy and methods of soul winning, visitation, discipleship follow-up and evangelistic outreach including signs and wonders.


RS 105: Theology of Worship Thanksgiving, praise, and worship are vital for the New Testament Christian. Worship is dynamically illustrated and taught in this course. Emphasis on Who we worship and why is maintained throughout.


RS 106: Principles and Power of Prayer This course shows the vital contribution of prayer in developing the whole person mentally, physically, and spiritually. A study is made of both Old Testament and New Testament prayer life, with special emphasis on the prayer life of Jesus and the early church. This approach helps the student to realize how prayer becomes a resident creative force in Christian living.


RS 109: Spiritual Formation: Journey to Wholeness This course examines the biblical perspectives on God’s plans and purposes for man and how God through his love and grace helps man to develop a believer’s personality through stages of spiritual development.


RS 110: Spiritual Warfare As a child of God we must understand that our Heavenly Father is GOOD. His chief motivation in our life is to make us the best person we can possibly be. On the other hand, Satan is totally evil. Jesus gives us Satan’s job description in John 10:10. This course is about the battle of Good against evil.


RS 111: Kingdom Living This course deals with the concepts of living by the laws and principles of the Kingdom of God.


RS 121: Fruit of the Spirit This course is a study on the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. How much fruit do you want in your life? Is your love for God reflected in your love for others? Has your love for God led to self-control? This course defines and discusses the fruit of the Spirit and urges you to permit the Holy Spirit to transform your character to become progressively more like Christ. The Holy Spirit is the creator of the Church and the fruit of the spirit is the ‘glue’ that holds it together.


RS 122: New Creation Living This course is intended to help the student to know and understand who they are in Christ. The Scriptures say that believers are created in the image of Christ.


RS 200: History of Civilization I: Church History Perspectives A study of church history during the Apostolic Age, the ante-Nicene period, and the post-Nicene period. Topics include the rise of orthodoxy, the many transformations that took place after the conversion of Constantine, the rise of the papacy, the many forms of medieval religious life, and the emergence of new forms of both lay and clerical piety. The developmental history of Western Civilization, in relation to the History of the Church, is noted in particular.


RS 201: Authority of the Believer This course is designed to equip the student to understand and operate under the authority given to us by Christ. The student will learn from scripture the nature of Christ's provision for us and our authority under His Lordship to function as Kings and priests.


RS 202: Cults and the Occult The course will focus upon several modern cults. We will study the historical aspects of the beginning of each cult, their basic doctrinal positions, and their position relative to Biblical Christian beliefs. While not primarily a course designed for witnessing your faith, the course will aid the student in future contact with cult members and those influenced by cult members.


RS 203: Soteriology The Doctrine of Salvation is clearly delineated and expanded in this course. Questions regarding the process of salvation, its importance, etc. will be covered.


RS 205: Healing Covenant The healing ministry of the church has essentially been given over to health care professionals. This course will explore issues such as historical, Biblical foundations, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of healing. The goal of this course is to recover this vital ministry in the church.


RS 209: Faith Dynamics Living a life of victory, power, and sufficiency requires faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. This course discusses in detail the dynamics of faith and their relationship to the believer.


RS 210: The Blood Covenant The covenant of God to his people has always been sealed with blood. The course of this covenant between God and his people is demonstrated throughout the Word of God.

 

RS 212: Speech and Communication: Homiletics This course is on the fundamental methods of sermon preparation. It emphasizes both structure and delivery. Attention is given to the determination of audience type, the proper use of voice, and other principles of public speaking.


RS 217: Introduction to Charismatic Theology This course explores the fundamental foundation of Christian belief in the area of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Orthodox Christian truths will be taught in detail and are prerequisite for a dynamic Christian.


RS 219: Christian Character Development This course examines the biblical perspectives on Christian Character and how God through his love and grace helps man to develop a right Christian character and personality through clearly established Biblical processes.


RS 248: Angelology A thorough study of the role and function of angels in relation to the church of Jesus Christ and the believer is detailed in this course.


RS 249: Demonology A thorough study of the role and function of angels and demons in relation to the church of Jesus Christ and believers is detailed in this course.


RS 250: Faith Dynamics II: Mountain Movers Living a life of victory, power and sufficiency requires faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. This course discusses in detail the dynamics of mountain moving faith and their relationship to the believer.


RS 301: Pastoral Ministry This is a study of the practical side of a minister's life and duties. It will include instruction in the proper manner of services, and a discussion of many of the problems a pastor faces.


RS 304: Introduction to Leadership A detailed study of the basic principle of leadership as it applies to the local church. This will include the Dynamics of Leadership, Qualifications of Leadership, Counseling and Ethics, Church Administration and Government, etc.


RS 305: Introduction to World Missions A study of the theology of missions, history of missions from Pentecost to the present, and culture and the missionary, with special emphasis on the unreached people groups of the world.


RS 307: Finding God’s Will Finding one's place in the body of Christ as well as direction for one's life and ministry is essential for effective Christian service. There are many theories of Divine guidance and each are explained within a solid Biblical perspective.


RS 314: Principles and Philosophy of Church Growth The Great Commission of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20) is the continuing mandate of the church. Though methods of evangelism and church planting have changed, the mandate remains the same. How to “grow the church” is the focus of this course.


RS 349: Royal Priesthood This course presents studies on the priesthood of the believer. It is intended to help the believer to “come boldly to the throne.” The course examines the functions, responsibilities and blessings of being a priest in the Body of Christ.


RS 350: Dynamics of Revival This is not so much a course on the techniques of planning a revival meeting, as it is a course in the true dynamic of true revival that comes from the Lord.


RS 403: Women’s Roles in the 21st Century Church: A Christian Perspective This course will explore the interdisciplinary study of the changing identity and roles of women in the family, church, society, and ministry from history, psychology, philosophy, sociology, and theology. The course explores other ministries available that are relevant in today’s Christian community.


RS 405: History of Women in Ministry An in-depth study of daughters of the church from the New Testament times to the present. This course endeavors to survey history and insight regarding women’s significant ministries in variety of ways throughout the history of the church.


RS 407: Women of Excellence in Home and Ministry A course intended to help women in Christian Leadership with a ministerial career. It addresses the issues and special concerns with helpful teaching guides, the process of prioritizing ministry and family life in modern society and church.


RS 419: Systematic Theology The course will introduce students to the study of theology using the method known as systematic theology. While, by and large, the faculty of Vision International University reject the validity of a rational attempt to systematize biblical reflection or to dogmatize the experience of the scriptures, this course will serve as general exposure to systematic methodology from a Renewal Theology perspective. This course will not be a survey of the content of systematic theology but rather will introduce the students to the major issues in the forefront of the discipline in the Pentecostal and Charismatic traditions. The course utilizes the reflective approach rather than a dogmatic approach. The course will establish foundational principles and definitions that will guide theological discussion. The student will engage the primary text to inform and elicit theological thinking. The student will engage theology proper, the doctrine of God, from a Renewal perspective, and probe the nature of God, basic Christian doctrine, Renewal distinctives, and theological anthropology.


RS 435: Christian Theology In the church we use words that are often not clearly understood by the new Christian or by the unchurched. In this course the student will study the meaning of each theological word and will be able to apply these words to their own life. An introduction to the basic teachings of the Christian faith, this course includes discussions of the nature and task of theology and of the Christian understanding of God, revelation, creation, spirituality, sin, and redemption.


RS 436: Ecclesiology This course is an examination of the New Testament church with particular concern given to its origin, distinctive nature, mission, government, offices, ordinances, and destiny. The course will explore the nature and development of the Christian church and its interaction with contemporary society. The emphasis of the course will be practical ministry and church structure. Biblical exposition and church tradition will be jointly examined. Critical thinking about the church, clergy, parishioners, and society will be stressed.


RS 437: Christology This course examines and analyzes the development of the doctrine of Christ from a biblical-expositional perspective. The course provides a detailed and contemporary theological study of the person of Christ. Special attention will be given to the Christological controversies of the early Christian centuries, and the resolutions of the councils that dealt with those controversies. The student will develop a personal Christology rooted in scripture and tradition.


RS 438: Eschatology This course is a review of the classical concepts of Christian Eschatology and of various contemporary approaches to the same material. Issues concerning the Return of Christ and the Apocalypse will be explored from a hermeneutical perspective. It is an interpretive study of the biblical passages concerning the final things according to scripture and Christian tradition. Consideration will be given to various views of the return of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment, and the eternal state. Students will be presented with the array of diversity, from the futurist to the preterist views.


RS 439: Pneumatology (The Holy Spirit) This course provides a simple presentation regarding Holy Spirit Baptism from a classical Pentecostal/Charismatic perspective. It establishes that every Christian experiences Holy Spirit Baptism, the new birth and the baptism in the Spirit are distinct, and that the miraculous gifts of the Spirit are still available and should be occurring in the worship of today's church. The course affirms that while glossolalia is the general biblical pattern for Holy Spirit baptism, it is not defensible dogma to assume that it is the only pattern that God uses.


RS 440: The Challenge of Leadership The focus of this course is the development of developing a sound biblical perspective in the challenge leaders face. Principles of both secular and spiritual leadership will be explained in depth. Leaders from government, business, education, and religion are analyzed for their positive strengths, leadership qualities, and ability to overcome adversity. The course is case study driven and provides real-world examples of leadership principles for the student to apply to her/his immediate context.


RS 441: Strategic Church Administration When spiritual leaders are asked about their least desirable ministerial activities, administration is usually at the bottom of the list. A main reason cited for this antipathy for administration is that few leaders feel adequately equipped for this onerous task. Strategic planning, staffing, and management are explored in ways that those serving in ministry can understand and appropriate. Practical application will be emphasized.


RS 442: Church Growth and Development This course is a study of church growth and development with special emphasis on church health. Attention will be given to the skills of observation of the historical and contemporary roles of the church and society. Students will describe the socialization and dynamics of the church to culture, and develop skills for effective ministry. Common errors in church leadership and development will be explored. Leadership in the church and administration of church affairs are explored in detail. Methods of administration and forms of leadership style and responsibility are delineated


RS 444: Advanced Christian Worldview Studies In almost every field, apologists recognize that "proof" will convince people only when they are already disposed to believe. The deepest human need is emotional, not rational; human hearts must be stirred before our intellects will respond. Thus the "proofs" of God in the end are valuable mostly as adjuncts to the witness of scripture. For that reason, many people, whose faith is already simple, untroubled, and firm, find no use for these proofs. But others are not so fortunate, and for them the proofs are an encouragement to faith, and a stiller of doubts. This course contrasts the Biblical concept of apologetics with various alternative positions, both theistic and non-theistic. This course will insist upon an intellectually humble and reasonable approach to apologetics, opposing the bombastic certainty espoused by some approaches to apologetics. This course will propose an apologetic that accounts for the inadequacies of arguing faith-dependent issues in rationalistic or empirical terms. This course is designed to refine the student's Christian worldview to engage a humbled perspective of science, religion, culture, and human existence. This course also considers major problem areas such as authority, miracles, evil and evolution


RS445: Women’s Effective Ministries This is an Advanced course of various concepts on how to develop a woman’s effective ministry in your church or community. It develops techniques on how to start, build, implement, maintain and expand ministry that will meet the needs of today’s women.


RS 447: Discipling the Ex-Offender This course examines the causes of recidivism and answers the question – Why do they go back? The course discusses topics including: Preparation of inmates through pre-release programs, the first 30 days, and long-term aftercare requirements.


RS 448: Ministry in Correctional Institutions An intensive survey designed to provide a basis for study of, and sharpening of skills for ministry in the jail and prison setting. It Is an overview of the types of facilities in which ministry takes place, types of ministry being carried out, and opportunities for ministry within the facility and post-facility setting.


RS 449: Ministry in Juvenile Correctional Settings This course is an in-depth study of correctional ministry to juveniles as it relates to understanding troubled youth, influences which lead to juvenile delinquency, skills and qualifications of those who minister, and working within the limitations of the Juvenile Justice System.


RS 451: Worship Leading This course is a study of the purpose and function of leading worship and how it involves the roles of the pastor, worship leader and worship team in the worship service. We will examine how to properly prepare for a worship service through effective preparations and how to lead in a small and large group. In addition we will seek to understand different expressions in Christian worship and its relationship to the presence of God.


RS 452: Quest for God The Worship Team plays a vital role in helping people come into the presence of God. Every worship team member has great potential for ministry. It is unfortunate, however, that many worship team members never realize their potential... never develop their gift to be in the presence of God. The purpose of this course is to teach the worship team member how to enter into God’s presence as well as how to lead others into God’s presence.


RS 453: Biblical Theology of Worship The purpose of this course is a study of the biblical theology and historical foundations of worship, especially as it is expressed in the contemporary worship and the renewal movement. Focus will be on worship’s purpose, priority, personification, and portrayal. The study will be conducted by discovering worship’s definition, history and renewal in the context of contemporary worship trends.


RS 454: Theology of Music: A Christian Perspective The purpose of this course is a study of the theology of music; its importance and purpose. Focus will be on the real meaning and purpose of music from a biblical perspective. The study will be conducted by discovering kingdom music’s role and power in prophecy, praise and worship and revival. We will further discover the relationship of music to the (S) spirit world. This course teaches the basics of music in the kingdom of God.


RS 462: Future Worship This course is a study of worship in the future and how a changing world can enter God's presence in the new millennium. The study will examine models of worship in the church's changing culture and how God wants worshippers to worship Him.



COURSE DESCRIPTIONS


GRADUATE COURSES


THEOLOGY/RELIGIOUS STUDIES



BI 799: Master’s Thesis Registration in this course entitles the student to the services of a thesis committee to direct his masters or doctoral thesis research and writing and to appropriate credit therefore. The candidate may register for these credits in any quarter but MUST register for these credits no later than the final quarter in which he completes course work for his degree program. The student will prepare, and submit for approval, a proposal for either a dissertation or project. 18 Credit Hours.


CH 505: Survey of Church History Church history is the heart of His story, God’s kingdom work on earth. This course explores the development of the Christian church from Pentecost to the present day. It covers key people and events that God used throughout history to bolster His church and also those negative influences that infected her. The goal of the course is to use lessons from church history to advance the kingdom of God in life and ministry. (This course serves as a synthesized combination of ITS courses CH506 The History of the Church to the Reformation and CH507 The History of the Church Since the Reformation.)


CH 506: The History of the Church to the Reformation This course is designed to provide the student with a basic introduction to the development of the Christian church’s doctrine, faith and practice from its founding at Pentecost to the time of the Protestant Reformation.


CH 507: The History of the Church Since the Reformation This course is designed to provide the student with a basic introduction to the development of the Christian church since the time of the Protestant Reformation.


CH 510: A History of the Charismatic Movements Charismatic theology is more than just a theology of spiritual gifts; worship, Bibliology, sanctification, and ecclesiology are also central. Learners will complete an historical and theological study of the origins and developments of Classical Pentecostalism, Charismatic Renewalism, and Restoration Movements, with emphasis given to theological backgrounds and trends. Lectures also analyze other related movements, including the “Jesus Only” Movement, the Vineyard Movement, and the Toronto Revival Movement. Throughout the course, the pros and cons of the various charismatic movements are presented so that students can make informed decisions on what a “victorious Christian life” entails.


MT 501: Spiritual Formation This course is an investigation into the meaning of biblical Christianity and it relationship to faith and practice within contemporary cultural contexts. Special attention is given to the corporate dimensions of spirituality and spiritual formation as defined in the New Testament. Those historical and cultural factors which have led to the privatization of Christianity are analyzed and discussed. A paradigm of spiritual growth and maturity which focuses on the assembly rather than the individual is developed.


MT 502: The Role of Women in Ministry This course is a study of ministry to and by women, including biblical foundations for roles of women in the home, church, and society, and principles for evangelizing, discipling, and counseling women. The course is designed to aid men and women who will be responsible for various areas of women’s ministries.


MT 504: Evangelism in the Local Church Christ’s final charge was the Great Commission: to “make disciples of all nations.” We fulfill that charge when we take the Gospel to the nations and to our own nation through our own local church. In this course, Dr. Green instructs us on how to do evangelism within a local church setting. Building on the biblical mandate for evangelism, he discusses personal and group methods for evangelism in a variety of settings, how to equip laity to witness, the use of apologetics, follow-up methods, and current issues in evangelism. Throughout the course, Dr. Green focuses on practical application and workable solutions for evangelism in local church and parachurch ministries.


NT 501: The Sermon on the Mount This course is an expository and reading study of the Sermon on the Mount with emphasis on the practical and spiritual application and upon the theological issues and various interpretations therein.


NT 502: The Pastoral Epistles Perhaps the greatest need in the Christian community today is Biblical leadership. Throughout the world, churches struggle with numerous issues because they lack relevant and effective leadership. A good leader possesses godly character, sound doctrine, and Biblical priorities. Yet today, there are differing views on several issues related to leadership, such as: What are the responsibilities and priorities of ministerial leaders and their work? Who is qualified for pastoral leadership? Can women serve as pastors? What should pastors expect in ministry?

This course identifies Biblical answers to crucial leadership questions from three of Paul’s letters, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, which primarily address issues of pastoral leadership and ministry. In his twenty lectures, Dr. John Stott walks his listeners through an exegetical analysis of Paul’s words to Timothy and Titus. He shares valuable insight from the historical background and an investigation of the Greek New Testament. Dr. Stott covers such topics as how a congregation should appoint leaders, the role of women in the ministry, the primary function of a minister’s work, and how to deal with false teachers while remaining true to “sound doctrine.”


NT 504: NT Survey: The Gospels/Life of Christ The most compelling and important story in history is the story of Christ. In this course, learners complete a chronological and synthetic study of the Gospels’ accounts of Christ’s birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. The course focuses on the time, place, circumstances, and people involved in the events of our Lord’s ministry. From the Incarnation to the Ascension, students will grasp a fuller understanding of Christ’s words and works, especially in light of Old Testament prophecy and cultural context. The goal of the course is that Christ will impact learners’ lives as He did those first generation followers, leading them to worship and serve Him as they minister to others.


NT 508: The Epistles and Revelation Correct theology is inseparable from correct living. The New Testament epistles reinforce this concept as they demonstrate both the why and how of Kingdom living. This course surveys the New Testament epistles and the Book of Revelation, examining both the introductory issues and the basic content each book. Students will wrestle with significant and challenging passages by exploring the major issues and then interacting with specific passages through inductive Bible study. The goal of the course is to gain an increased commitment to and capacity for applying these portions of God’s Word to the world and Christian living today.


NT 509: Fundamentals of New Testament Greek This course presents an introduction to the basic features of grammar and vocabulary of New Testament Greek, and utilizes the textbook by William Mounce, Basics of Biblical Greek: Grammar (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993).


NT 511: The Christian and New Testament Theology The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the discipline and task of New Testament theology as a subset of biblical theology and to enable the student to take steps toward formulating his/her biblical theology of the New Testament. 3 Credit Hours.


OT 505: The Book of Psalms How important are songs in the life of Israel and the Church! In this course learners study the Book of Psalms, giving attention to the various forms of the Psalms and their function within the historical experience of Israel. The course begins by focusing on the formulation and interpretation of the psalms. Students then examine in detail the various types of psalms: lament, royal, pilgrimage, wisdom, messianic, and psalms of descriptive praise. Dr. Waltke gives sermonic treatment of selected psalms with application for today's Church.


OT 506: Understanding the Old Testament This course surveys the history of salvation in the Old Testament, especially as it relates to the universal of the Old Testament theology which is the rule of God: the establishment of His Kingdom upon the earth.


OT 509: The Christian & Old Testament Theology The Old Testament may be the central problem of theology. The problem is this: How do the people of God today relate to the people and teaching of the Old Testament, and how do they apply that teaching to life and ministry? While wrestling with this issue we must ask other important questions, such as, “How does the Old Testament relate to the New?” or “What is the main purpose of the Old Testament?” Stated practically, “What principles of the Old Testament should I be actively obeying?”

This course considers such important questions by examining the foundational theology of the Old Testament as applied to the New Testament and the Church. The course identifies the focal point for the Old and New Testaments, and includes discussions on continuity and discontinuity between the Testaments, saving faith, the people of God, law, worship, atonement, the Kingdom of God, the Messiah, the inclusion of the Gentiles, and the New Covenant. Throughout the course, Dr. Kaiser shows how Old Testament theology is vital to contemporary Christian living.


PT 501: Christian Ethics This is an examination of the theories of obligation and theories of value from a philosophical perspective. A biblical theology of obligation and a biblical theology of value are presented along with their implications for decision-making in personal life and church life.


PT 504: Christian Worldview How do you view reality? What is the source of your knowledge? Do you live what you believe? Such are the questions that a worldview answers. This course examines the nature and function of belief structures, and the value of developing and living a distinctly Christian life. The course develops a Christian worldview from a redemptive history model of Biblical theology, which is then clarified using the philosophical categories of metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology. Learners will gain an understanding of modern and postmodern thought and how to critique them biblically, and are encouraged to develop and apply a Christian worldview to life and ministry.

 

ST 503: Contemporary Theology I For good or for bad, philosophy has played a pivotal role in the development of theology and culture. In this course, learners examine the major trends in contemporary theological thought in light of their philosophical contexts. The course begins with a review of the major developments in Western thought prior to Hegel, and then explores the theologies of Hegel, Kierkegaard, Barth, Bultmann, and Tillich. The course culminates in the “Death of God” theologies of Paul Van Buren and Thomas Altizer. The course enables learners to evaluate contemporary, non-evangelical theologies and to recognize their impact on everyday life.


ST 504: The Doctrines of Man and Sin This lecture series is designed as a critical and historical overview of views regarding the nature of mankind, both as the image of God and as a being corrupted by sin. The course presents both a distinctive Reformed anthropology and a fair treatment of differing views and objections, evidence for both sides being carefully weighed.


ST 505: The Doctrine of Salvation This lecture series is designed as a critical and historical overview of the plan and order of salvation, tracing each movement of the process from our regeneration to our final glorification. The course material provides both a reformed theology of salvation and a fair treatment of differing views and objections, evidence for both sides being carefully weighed.


ST 506: The Doctrine of the Trinity This course presents the historic, classic and orthodox doctrine of the Holy Trinity. It follows a biblical, historical and dogmatic approach. It seeks to show how and why the classical doctrine/dogma emerged in the fourth century; what have been the major ways this dogma has been understood; and how crucial is this teaching for a right understanding of the relation of God to man and of man to God.


ST 507: Contemporary Theology II In this course we continue to examine some of the major trends in contemporary theology. Discussion focuses on theologies prevalent especially since the 1960s. Theologies covered are Theology of Hope, Liberation Theology, the Feminist Theology of Elizabeth Johnson, Process Theology, New Age Theology, and four forms of Postmodern Theology.


WM 501: Introduction to World Missions God has one unified, global purpose for all He does. This course introduces the exciting biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of His plan. It addresses key issues: the basis of and necessity for world missions, and the status of and plan for world missions. Students are introduced to the basics they need to pursue missionary training or to help lead their local church in its global ministry.

 

WM 502: The History of Missions This course traces the historic development of the Christian world mission in chronological sequence from Pentecost to William Carey (1793). The modern period is developed along geographical lines: Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. The course closes with an attempt to evaluate the achievements of the past and the prospects of the future.


WM 503: Urban Mission and Ministry This course focuses on Christian mission and ministry in the world’s growing cities. A Biblical basis for urban ministry is presented and case studies of effective urban strategies worldwide are examined. The course provides key logistics, strategies, models, and insights from one of the day’s leading experts in urban missions. Throughout the lessons the instructor emphasizes holistic ministry, i.e., meeting the social, civil, and political needs as well as the spiritual.



EDUCATION/ADMINISTRATION


CE 501: Church Administration and Leadership A course designed to develop leadership potential in students and to give them a familiarity with the various elements of the administrative process, including: goal setting and achieving, organization, delegation, human relations, group dynamics, supervision, and the training of other leaders. Though the principles are universal, the focus of the course is the local church.


CE 502: Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management An examination of the process of interpersonal communication and conflict management in human relationships within Christian organizations, with attention given to communication models, self-concept, nonverbal messages, stress and other strategies that will assist the Christian leader in developing interpersonal communication skills and the productive use of conflict. 3 Credit Hours. Prerequisite: CE501 or CO 500


CE 503: Advanced Leadership and Administration A church leader wears many hats. In this course learners discover how to maximize productivity in the various functions of church leadership. The course examines the biblical foundation and practical functions of administrative leadership in churches and Christian organizations, and focuses on developing successful, biblical attitudes and skills among team leaders. Students will analyze basic leadership principles from secular and evangelical sources, analyzing them through a biblical/theological grid. (This advanced course is built on ITS course CE 501 Church Leadership and Administration. However, CE 501 is not a prerequisite for this course.) 3 Credit Hours. Prerequisite: CE502


CE 504: Adult Ministries in the Church Students review the principles of andragogy and its application to various adult age levels and special adult groups such as singles, single parents, and families. Students will analyze and synthesize the church's entire ministry to adults. 3 Credit Hours. Prerequisite: CE503


CE 505: Effective Administrative Leadership The purpose of this course is to assist in the training of Christian administrative leaders. A helpful balance has been produced in this course with an emphasis on both the biblical information concerning leadership as well as the practical, day-to-day information needed for successful leadership. The goal of this study is for the student to obtain a fresh understanding of the practical application of biblical leadership principles in his/her ministry setting. 3 Credit Hours. Prerequisite: CE504 or LE504


ED 500: Philosophy of Christian Education This course includes a study of the major religious and secular developments in history and education along with a comparison of those developments with biblical principles. The goal is to develop an understanding of the church’s role in education and to develop a personal philosophy of Christian education. The course also teaches introductory concepts related to education in the local church and Christian school contexts.


ED 600: Primary Christian Education This course reviews development of infants and children in several dimensions; cognitive, emotional, social, and religious. Parental, family, church, and institutional-agency ministry reviewed with the purpose of encouraging students to develop a starting theology of ministry to persons in this age group and to practice skills fundamental to such ministry.  Prerequisite: ED500


ED 620: Secondary Christian Education This course reviews development of teenagers and young adults in several dimensions: cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual. Parental, family, church, and institutional-agency ministry critically reviewed with the purpose of encouraging students to develop a starting theology of ministry to persons in this age group and to practice skills fundamental to such ministry.


ED 650: Curriculum Development in Christian Education This course includes a study of the principles and aims of curriculum development, with an emphasis on selection and creative use of curriculum materials and resources to fulfill the educational task of the church. Students will be presented with various views on the means of knowing God and differing views of Scripture, as well as how each of these views influences development and choice of curriculum. Students will be introduced to the inductive Bible study method, as well as a method of lesson planning known as the HBLT approach. Students will be led through a consideration of how both of these methods can be adapted to teach different age students, including adults, youth, children, and pre-schoolers. Students will be presented with Maslow’s and Herzberg’s research on individual needs, along with an instrument for assessing learners needs in a classroom setting. Bloom’s Taxonomy will be used to motivate a consideration of the aims of a Bible lesson and the methods available to creative Bible teachers. Students will be exposed to common practices of truly great teachers, factors that motivate learning, and a method for evaluating the teaching-learning process. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to see the learner as an individual who, depending on age and experience, is motivated in different ways to achieve unique ends.


ED 750: Teaching Methodology This course is designed as an introduction to basic methods for teaching from a dynamic biblical viewpoint. The purpose of the course is to assist the theology students in understanding the essential elements of effective instruction and learning. Students will be introduced to different genres of writing in the Bible, as well as appropriate methods of interpreting each genre. For any given biblical passage to be taught, students will be encouraged to consider the big idea that needs to be conveyed to students, how to bridge the gap between the world of the Bible and the student’s world, and problems that might be encountered at the planning and presentation levels for the lesson. Students will be challenged to think about how their own teaching can be improved in terms of fostering active learning, motivating learning, communicating clearly, personalizing biblical truth, and building a constructive classroom atmosphere. Students will be guided through the process of choosing a lesson topic and theme, leading students to discover the thematic and structural unity of the biblical passage through the method of inductive Bible study, and evaluating the results of instruction and learning.  Prerequisite: ED650



HUMAN BEHAVIOR


CO 500: Psychology and Theology  This study is intended to help pastors and other Christian leaders develop proficiency in enabling people to solve their problems while understanding and balancing the tensions between psychology and theology.


CO 510: Human Development It is the purpose of this course to focus on the anatomical, physiological, intellectual, sociological and spiritual development of the human organism from conception until death. The major theorists in the area of human development will be researched and the various major theories of human development will be critically compared. Specifically, this course views human growth and development as a psychological, biological, and spiritual process that demands an integrated analysis. The course addresses the development and wellness of individuals and families throughout the life cycle. The aspects of development including biological, social, cognitive, emotional, and moral will be covered. The course will examine how the abilities, needs, problems, and concerns of humans change throughout life, and how people are shaped by their experiences throughout their development.


CO 530: Counseling Theories and Strategies This course will introduce students to counseling psychology concepts and interventions related to lifespan development, prevention of mental health problems, social justice, and optimal human functioning in both the church and society. An emphasis will be placed on psychopathology, in order to provide strategic counseling for specific issues in the congregation and family. The course provides preparation in the core counseling skills essential for the practical counseling and effective treatment outcomes.


CO 540: Crisis Counseling Crisis Counseling is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in counseling with an emphasis in family counseling, domestic violence counseling, pastoral counseling and substance abuse and addiction counseling. Crisis counseling focuses on the etiology, context, process and effects of victimization. This course is designed to acquaint students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, and church workers understand the theoretical basis for, and acquire the practical skills necessary to carry out effective therapeutic interventions in a diversity of crisis situations. Emphasis is given those types of crises typically encountered by the Christian Counselor including: 1) Grief and Bereavement, 2) Emotional Traumatization, 3) Sexual Molestation and Incest, Domestic Violence and The Abuse of Children and Elders. The underlying purposes of the course are to: 1) provide students an understanding of the nature, effects and consequences of crises, to perpetrator, the victim and witnesses as well as society in general, 2) educate students in the types of trauma inducing crises 3) teach students the signs and symptoms of unresolved trauma, resulting in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and manifesting itself in numerous associated personality disorders, thereby enabling students to identify victims of trauma, traumatized witnesses and their abusers, 4) teach students how to conduct an assessment and psychosocial evaluation of a traumatized individual, 5) teach students how and when to use direct and indirect counseling techniques, 6) how to develop appropriate social service networks and guide clients to hotlines, victim support groups and other support services that can assist them in regaining control of their lives, 7) train students in effective therapeutic intervention techniques including stress-reduction, and 7) increase students critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.


CO 550: Marriage and Family Counseling This course is designed to expand on the basic concepts and procedures for marriage and family counseling from a pastoral perspective. The purpose of the course is to assist theology students in their development of a ministry to family systems. The course provides a comprehensive understanding of various approaches to marital and family therapy. Within the context of systems theory, emphasis will be placed on understanding various methods of conceptualizing family dynamics and intervention strategies.


CO 560: Assessment and Diagnosis This course provides an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in counseling. There will be an emphasis on assessment strategies and psychometrics. The phenomenology of emotional disorders and their diagnosis will be explored in detail. The course will also explore the means of assessment and diagnosis that are consistent with effective counseling techniques.


CO 610: Group Dynamics Group Dynamics: A Christian Perspective, is one of the required courses for students pursuing a degree in counseling. This course explores the history of the development and growth of groups (an outgrowth of social psychology), the varied kinds of groups, and the process and structure of individual and group behavior as it relates to group dynamics, Christian maturity and ministry. The course will acquaint students, pastors, chaplains, educators, church workers and group facilitators with the theory and research relating to small and large groups; the benefits and detriments of homogeneous groups vs. gender-specific, or problem-specific groups; and the benefits and detriments of democratically governed groups vs., facilitator directed groups. Students will gain insight into a number of different types of groups, including: problem solving groups, decision making groups, recovery groups, support groups, process groups and Christian Growth Groups. Students will learn how to develop, organize and govern groups to optimize the effectiveness of group dynamics for behavioral change and cognitive restructuring.


CO 620: Addiction Counseling The course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in counseling. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, church workers with the etiology, cultural context, prevailing patterns and outcomes of alcohol and drug abuse, the phenomenon of addiction as an illness of body, mind and spirit, and the resources, treatment approaches, models and methods for helping alcoholics and addicts in their recovery.  A Particular focus in given to the medical aspects of illnesses and recovery in addiction. The underlying purposes of the course are to: 1) provide students an understanding of the nature and consequences of substance abuse, to the individual abuser as well as society, 2) educate students in the drugs of abuse 3) teach students the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, thereby enabling them to identify substance abusers, 4) teach students how to conduct an assessment and psychosocial evaluation of a substance abuser, 5) teach students how to select the most appropriate treatment approach, setting and modality, 6) train students in effective therapeutic intervention techniques, and 7) increase students critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation. Prerequisite: CO610


CO 630: Cross-Cultural Counseling This course provides an overview of the theories of multicultural counseling and development from a culture-centered perspective. Issues related to social and cultural diversity will be examined as well as guidelines for developing multicultural counseling competencies and sensitivity in counseling service. The impact of diversity, within and between group differences, is examined. Various psychosocial developmental factors of diverse cultural and ethnic groups, and the influence of these variables on the counseling relationship will be explored.

Prerequisite: CO620


CO 640: Ethics and Law This course provides an introduction to professional ethics with special application for the Christian Counselor. The course includes an analysis of professional ethics, training and practice standards, educational requirements, and mental health law. Attention will be given to co-provides students with the knowledge of legal and ethical guidelines for the practice of community and religious counseling. Students will learn to use these guidelines to make sound decisions about professional practice. The course examines ethical and legal standards related to professional practice and the impact of personal values on the counseling process. Prerequisite: CO630


CO 680: Pastoral Care of the Elderly This course provides an overview of issues, problems, and challenges that older individuals face so that those involved in pastoral care are able to recognize and respond to the needs of the aging population. Physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychological changes in the over 65 age group will be reviewed to assist the pastoral care giver in understanding issues of dependence, security, affiliation, loss, and mental health in light of elderly persons’ spiritual needs.


CO 710: Human Sexuality In an atmosphere designed to de-mythologize sexuality, this course examines different sexual styles, behaviors, cultural values, and over-reaction to sexual stimuli. Resources from Biblical theology and the behavioral sciences are utilized as each student is asked to develop a stance about sexuality of modern times for an effective spiritual ministry.



LEADERSHIP


LE 501: Introduction to Leadership and Leaders This is a study of the nature of leadership. It will introduce a practical definition of what leadership is, briefly consider the recent history of leadership research, reflect on changing paradigms in Christian leadership today, and study the differences between leadership and management. Particular focus is given to the nature of transformational leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) provide students with an understanding of the nature of leadership and leaders, (2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own roles as leaders and managers, (3) guide the students in making personal plans for their improvement as leaders, (4) give students a clear conceptual framework within which to understand the differences between leadership and management, along with the practical implications of those differences, and (5) increase students’ critical thinking, writing skills, and report preparation.


LE 502: Ministry Leadership Foundations This course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in leadership. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, and church workers with a model of healthy Christian leadership as well as a clear understanding of both servant and abusive leadership. Particular focus is given to the centrality of Christ in Christian leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) provide students with an understanding of a healthy Christian leader and servant leadership, (2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own lives and ministries, (3) guide the students in making personal plans for leadership improvement, (4) provide students with an understanding of the characteristics of abusive leaders, (5) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own strengths and weaknesses as leaders, (6) guide the students in making personal plans for avoiding being abusive leaders, and (7) increase students’ critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.


LE 503: Dynamics of Effective Leaders and Followers This course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in leadership. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, and church workers with basic models of effective leadership and followership from a biblical perspective. Particular focus is given to the practices of effective leaders and effective followers. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) provide students with an understanding of the practices of effective leaders, (2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own leadership practices, (3) guide the students in making personal plans for leadership improvement, (4) provide students with an understanding of the characteristics of healthy followers, (5) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own strengths and weaknesses as followers, (6) guide the students in making personal plans for followership improvement, (7) provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the causes and prevention of leadership derailment, and (8) increase students critical thinking, writing skills, and report preparation.  Prerequisite: LE502


LE 504: Spirituality and Leadership This course is the most important one in the leadership degree program. It is designed to acquaint students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, and church workers with a clear biblical understanding of the core role of true spirituality in Christian leadership. Particular focus is given to union with Christ as the heart of healthy Christian leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) provide students with an understanding of true spirituality in Christian leadership, (2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own spiritual lives and motives for ministry, (3) guide the students in making personal plans for improvement in their spiritual lives, and (4) increase students critical thinking, writing skills, and report preparation.  Prerequisite: LE503


LE 505: Contemporary Issues in Leadership This course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in leadership. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, and church workers with an understanding of several key contemporary issues in leadership: teams, change, organizational improvisation, multiculturalism, and women in leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) provide students with an understanding of these contemporary issues, (2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own leadership practices, (3) guide the students in making personal plans for leadership improvement, and (4) increase students’ critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.  Prerequisite: LE504


LE 506: Leader Development This course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in leadership. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, and church workers with a biblical and practical model of effective leader development. Particular focus is given to the 18 principles of how leaders are built. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) provide students with an understanding of how leaders are built, (2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own leadership development, (3) guide the students in making personal plans for building other leaders, (4) guide the students in making personal plans for their improvement as leaders, and (5) increase students’ critical thinking, writing skills, and report preparation.  Prerequisite: LE505


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