Ministry and Business Degree Program
Pastoral Ministry Emphasis
BIBL 3013 BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION (3 hours)
This course is a study of the process that led to the creation of the English Bible and its authority. It includes a survey of the principles and practice of independent Bible study, including an emphasis on the grammatical, historical approach to Biblical interpretation. The student will study methods of application leading to the development of theme, proposition, and, finally, the lesson itself. Prerequisite: ENGL 1513 and ENGL 1613
BIBL 2113 LIFE AND WRITINGS OF PAUL (3 hours)
This course includes a survey of the basic events in the life of the Apostle Paul and an introduction to his writings. Special attention is given to the important position occupied by Paul in the life, literature, and worship of the early church.
BIBL 2313 LIFE OF CHRIST (3 hours)
This course is a study of the basic events of the life and ministry of Christ based upon the four Gospels. Special attention is given to His teachings and the history of the interpretation of the Gospels.
BIBL 3113 OLD TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL ISSUES (3 hours)
This course is an introduction to the study of the Old Testament with special reference to the history of its interpretation and an examination of the critical problems (date, author, etc.) which relate to it. Attention is also given to the relationship between the literature of the Old Testament and that of the other cultures of that period. Prerequisite: ENGL 1513 and ENGL 1613
BIBL 3213 NEW TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL ISSUES (3 hours)
This course is an introduction to the study of the New Testament with emphasis upon the history of its interpretation and consideration of current debate concerning date, authorship, text, etc. Attention is also given to the theological development presented in the books of the New Testament. Prerequisite: ENGL 1513 and ENGL 1613
CMIN 2353 INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN MINISTRY (3 hours)
This course is a broad overview of various aspects of Christian ministry. It includes an introduction to missions, pastoral and youth ministries, worship leadership, and educational ministry. The biblical basis, principles, and practices of each area of ministry are examined. The course is designed for students pursuing either vocational or lay ministry.
CMIN 3113 HOMILETICS (3 hours)
This course is an in-depth study of the science and art governing the preparation and delivery of sermons. The student is taught the classification of knowledge and the art of applying it through speech communication. Various types of sermons, such as topical, textual, and expository, are prepared and preached. Emphasis is placed upon effective message transmitting and receiving activities.
CMIN 4223 ADVANCED BIBLICAL PREACHING (3 hours)
This is an advanced course designed to prepare the student for an effective preaching ministry in a local church. Attention is given to the preparation and delivery of various types of Biblical sermons and to the further development of proper speech technique. Attention is also given to planned programs of Biblical preaching. Prerequisite: CMIN 3113.
CMIN 4333 CHURCH PLANTING AND GROWTH (3 hours)
This course is a study of basic principles and methods of church planting and growth. The study integrates relevant insights from history and sociology with foundational Biblical materials related to development of churches and church-planting movements. Application for ministries within one’s own cultural context and cross-cultural contexts are included in the study. Cross-listed as MISS 4333.
CMIN 4442 MINISTRY INTERNSHIP (2 hours)
This course is designed to provide the ministerial student with practical experience and on-the-job training through involvement in the work and ministry of a local church on a regular basis. Classroom time is devoted to discussion and analysis of the student’s church involvement. The course may be repeated. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.
IDIS 4303 MINISTRY AND BUSINESS CAPSTONE (3 hours)
Seniors must complete a capstone course prior to graduation under the combined direction of the Ministry Advisor and the Business Advisor. The student will present a proposal to his or her faculty advisor in both departments. The proposal must be approved by both advisors, and it will be designed to demonstrate that the student has accomplished the degree purposes of common literacy, communication skills and critical thinking in regards to a local and global perspective in a ministry specialization as well as a business specialization. The course is to be taken during the final semester in the degree program. Prerequisite: Senior standing.
LANG 4103 NEW TESTAMENT GREEK APPRECIATION (3 hours)
This course is an introductory study of the basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Greek Language. Emphasis is given to the use of Greek study aids. Facility in translation and use of Greek study aids is developed through the use of practice exercises.
LEAD 3823 CONCEPTS OF LEADERSHIP (3 hours)
This course is a study of the concepts of leadership presented in the Scriptures with the goal of maximizing leadership potential.
MISS 3113 PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT (3 hours)
This is an in-depth study of world missions. It includes extensive study of God’s global mission for all every tribe, tongue and nation. This course is offered for credit from the U.S. Center for World Mission and is held in local churches. (With approval from the program director this course can replace the in-class course MISS 3223 Global Ministry).
MISS 3223 GLOBAL MINISTRY (3 hours)
This is a comprehensive study of missions from four perspectives: Biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic. It provides students of all Christian ministry degree programs the opportunity to intensely study and understand the global mission of God and their responsibilities in it. (With approval from the program director this course can be substituted with MISS 3113 Perspectives on the World Christian Movement.)
PHIL 4213 ADVANCED APOLOGETICS (3 hours)
This course is an advanced study of the case for Christianity and a critical evaluation of common objections to Christian truth claims. Attention will be given to theoretical arguments for/against the truth of the Christian faith. Emphasis will also be given to the practical application of the ideas discussed for ministry and personal evangelism. Prerequisite: PHIL 1122 or permission of the instructor.
THEO 3303 CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY (3 hours)
This course is a study of the most important theological teachings of the Christian faith. It examines the doctrines of the Bible, God, Christ, Salvation, the Holy Spirit, and the Church. Key Scripture passages relating to these doctrines will be studied. Prerequisite: ENGL 1513 and ENGL 1613