Ministry and Business Course Descriptions

Ministry and Business Program (Professional Studies)

Course Descriptions

Ministry and Business Core:

IDIS 4303 MINISTRY AND BUSINESS CAPSTONE   (3 hrs)

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 hrs)

This course is a study of the concepts of leadership presented in the Scriptures with the goal of maximizing leadership potential.

Ministry Requirements:

BIBL 2113 LIFE AND WRITINGS OF PAUL  (3 hrs)

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 hrs)

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 hrs)

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 2353 INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN MINISTRY (3 hrs)

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 3112 CHRISTIAN SPIRITUAL FORMATION (2 hrs)

This course is a study about Christian spiritual formation, which is the process of being shaped by the Holy Spirit into the likeness of Christ.  Studies help students identify how God transforms Christ-followers and what their individual collective responsibilities are in that process. Although much of the course is informative, the ultimate goal is that it will be transformative as students apply what they learn in their own spiritual journey and use what they learn in discipling others.

CMIN 3113 HOMILETICS   (3 hrs)

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 hrs)

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 4442 MINISTRY INTERNSHIP   (2 hrs)

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.

MISS 3223 GLOBAL MINISTRY  (3 hrs)

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.)

THEO 3303 CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY  (3 hrs)

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

Business Requirements:

ACCT 2523 ELEMENTARY ACCOUNTING I  (3 hrs)

This course presents the basic principles of financial accounting. Emphasis is given to the preparation and use of income statements, balance sheets, and statements of funds flow for corporations.  Also included in this course are the analysis and recording of financial transactions involving cash, inventories, fixed assets, bonds, and capital stock as well as closing, adjusting, and reversing entries for revenues and expenses.

ACCT 2623 ELEMENTARY ACCOUNTING II (3 hrs)

This course is an introduction to managerial accounting.  It includes analysis of cost behavior and the use of this knowledge for both short and long term decisions.  This course also introduces the student to budgeting and the accumulation of product costs for planning and performance evaluation.  Specific subjects covered include cost-volume-profit analysis, capital budgeting, allocations, variances from standard costs, and the measurement of divisional performance.  Prerequisite: ACCT 2523.

BUSN 2213 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (3 hrs)

This course provides a broad understanding of the business world and how it functions. It outlines the philosophy, objectives, and responsibilities of business in its relationship to its environment. The many aspects of business, such as management, organization, production, labor, accounting, data processing, marketing, finance, and ethics are covered.

BUSN 3323 BUSINESS LAW (3 hrs)

This course is a study of the general principles of law as they apply to the business world. This course includes the law of contracts, agencies, torts, bailments, and employer-employee relationships. Prerequisite: POLS 1523 and BUSN 2213 or permission of instructor.

BUSN 3333 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING (3 hrs)

This course is a survey of the marketing functions and role of marketing in the organization.  Emphasis will be given to the factors that affect consumer behavior, the development and evaluation of an organization’s marketing strategies, and the fundamental marketing variables. Prerequisite: BUSN 2213 or permission of Program Director.

BUSN 3503 BUSINESS COMMUNICATION (3 hrs)

This course is a study of business communication theory and techniques with emphasis on functional application of interpersonal skills, computer assisted presentations, oral presentations, letters, and reports.  Prerequisite: COMM 1113 and BUSN 2213 or permission of Program Director.

MGMT 3003 GOALS, PRIORITIES, AND ATTITUDES (3 hrs)

This course includes setting goals, prioritizing those goals, and studying personal management skills and attitudes necessary to be successful in life pursuits.  It focuses on Christian principles that should be integrated into personal management. Student success skill development, including information literacy, is emphasized. Prerequisite: Junior standing and MGMT 3303 or permission of Program Director.

MGMT 3303 MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES  (3 hrs)

This course is a study of the eight aspects of managing organizations: planning, decision-making, organizing, staffing, communicating, motivating, leading, and controlling/evaluating with the presentation of principles for application to both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.  Prerequisite:  Junior standing or BUSN 2213 or pass Business Proficiency Test.

MGMT 3403 MANAGING PEOPLE IN ORGANIZATIONS (3 hrs)

Organizational behavior is the composite of the values, behaviors, and attitudes of the organizational leadership, groups within the organization, and all individual behaviors.  Emphasis is on groups and individuals, how they interact with each other and the larger organizational culture. Prerequisites: Junior standing and MGMT 3303 or permission of Program Director.

MGMT 3503 MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (3 hrs)

This course is an introduction to management of information processing for rational decision-making.  Topics include records management and other computer applications related to functional business areas.  Prerequisite: CSCI 2723

For more information:

Contact the Director of Professional Studies
Michelle Coffman
Phone - 405-912-9058
Email - mcoffman@ru.edu