Ministry and Business Degree Program
Youth and Family Specialization
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 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
CMIN 2003 FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING (3 hours)
This course is a study of principles of the teaching-learning process so students will gain skills necessary for transformational communication of the Bible. Methods of teaching and lesson preparation will be studied, followed by practical application experiences.
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 3413 INTRODUCTION TO YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY (3 hours)
This course explores the Biblical, theological and sociological view of youth and family ministry. It will investigate the various models and principles of youth and family ministry and look at the role of parents, youth workers and mentors. It will examine practical techniques for designing and implementing church programs to enrich family life and encourage church-home cooperation. It will include the study of strategies for implementing a multigenerational approach in local church ministry.
CMIN 3523 ADMINISTRATION OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (3 hours)
This course is designed to assist ministers and lay-leaders in the design, organization, and administration of educational ministries in the local church. Topics include planning, needs assessment, program design and development, recruitment, resource (human and material) management, training, and curriculum evaluation and selection. The general principles and practices covered in the course will also be applicable to para-church educational ministries.
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.
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 3103 CASE STUDIES IN ETHICS (3 hours)
This course includes readings, discussions, and development of papers pertaining to relevant case studies and readings involving ethical issues applied to actual situations.
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.
PSYC 2223 LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours)
This course is a survey of the psychological changes in the human race through the life cycle. This includes the changes in cognitive, social, and emotional physiological development from the prenatal stages through death. Prerequisite: PSYC 1123.
PSYC 3123 ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours)
This course is a study of the physical growth, glandular changes, and emotions of adolescents including interests, religious experience, and social adjustment. Prerequisite: PSYC 1123.
PSYC 3323 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 hours)
This course is a study of the application of psychological principles to learning and behavior. Results of research as applied to classroom learning and motivation are studied together with factors which help or hinder effective learning. A minimum of 20 hours field experience is required. Prerequisite: PSYC 1123, EDUC 2311, EDUC 3112.
PSYC 3353 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY (3 hours)
This course presents factors in self-understanding and interpersonal relations. Mate selection, changing roles of men and women, and problems of marital adjustments are investigated from a Christian perspective. Socialization of children and problems of parenthood are also considered. Prerequisite: PSYC 1123 and junior/senior standing.
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