Course Codes Identified as 100's = Associate | 200's = Bachelor | 300's Master | 400's Doctorate
Each course is worth 3-credit hours.
GOSPELS - The Message of the Kingdom from Matthew – John
Discovering the Kingdom Instruction and the Gospel Message as presented by the Apostle’s Matthew, Mark, Luke, John. This is an introduction to the Bible but keeping in touch with God’s Kingdom Message.
LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF CHRIST – Part 1 (Interaction with Humanity)
This course presents a journey through the steps of Christ’s life on the earth, where you can experience the authentic and transformative Christ-life in us which prepares students to follow the steps of Christ and serve the Church as well as society. Students will explore contextual, life examples, teachings, and theologically sound truth about the life of Christ in order to develop a personal belief that prepares you to interact with humanity as Christ did.
REDEMPTION IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
This course will provide the student with an overview of the Old Testament teachings and applications of the doctrine of redemption for both individuals and the community of Israel, from a New Covenant perspective. An emphasis, both on the contextual relationships and the preparation for an understanding of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will be included in this course so that the student gains insight in the foundational knowledge of the Christian view of redemption.
PAULINE EPISTLES – Part 1 (Romans through Ephesians)
The epistles of the Apostle Paul are diverse, yet passionately from the Father’s heart. In part 1 of this course, we will look at Romans through Ephesians which are written to the church at Rome, Corinth, Galatia and Ephesus. As an example, the epistle of Romans was composed to explain that salvation was offered through the person of Jesus Christ and His message. While Ephesians contains an explanation of our positional truth and practical truth. It is our position that we have in Christ, and how to walk it out in everyday life.
PAULINE EPISTLES – Part 2 (Philippians through 2nd Thessalonians)
The epistles of Philippians through 2nd Thessalonians is part 2 in this course. Philippians was written to the Christians at Philippi. While Paul was likely imprisoned at Rome about A.D. 62, he writes this epistle to the congregation he had established in Macedonia. In Colossians, Paul wrote to warn against false teachings that was a treat to the believers there, and to encourage them in their growth toward Christian maturity. People in general must be united with the risen Christ, especially those who consider themselves to be Christians. Paul also encourages these believers to walk in the attributes the Christ-life provided for them in His Finished Work.
PAULINE EPISTLES – Part 3 (1 Timothy through Philemon)
When Paul wrote 1 Timothy, it was probably about A.D. 64 or 65. This letter’s theme is that the gospel leads to a practical, visible change in exhibiting the character of Christ once revelation is unveiled. In exercising practical truth, the true gospel of Christ within, in contrast to false teaching, will always lead to godliness. Titus for example, speaks of the unbreakable link between faith and practice, belief and behavior. This truth is the basis for Paul’s criticism of false teaching in its message, without condemning the individual, yet his instruction pertaining to Christian living, and the standards he sets for church leaders.
GENERAL EPISTLES – Hebrews
This is one of the most powerful books in the Bible in terms of its meaning, “to pass over” or to “cross over.” A great transition had been made from living by the law to living by grace. Jesus Christ is greater than any angel, priest, or old covenant practice. We must not forsake the great salvation that Jesus has brought about to all men. Each one must embrace true rest that is only found in Christ and must encourage others to do the same.
LETTERS OF PAUL – James through Jude
The letters of Paul, to the Church introduces the cultural and theological background of Hebrews and the general epistles, especially, James through Jude. This is often taught from an evangelical perspective in respected to New Testament scholars. However, this course presents a New Covenant perspective based on the Finished Work of Jesus, which did not change just because these letters were written after the cross. This course will address issues of historical relevance as well as connecting us to the mindset of the first century in which these words were first spoken. The letters to the Church cover historical backgrounds for each book focusing on authorship, genre, date, and content, as well as an exploration of the major themes in each book.
This program prepares the student for effective youth ministry by introducing them to the cultural and practical characteristics, ministry philosophies, and strategies for today’s youth ministry. This program helps the student plan appropriate approaches that are geared toward youth ministry.
GRACE VS LAW
God’s desire for us is that we should prosper and succeed in every area of life. Grace moves us toward this success. However, God does not want us to become stunted in our growth or our thinking process, just because we have allowed legalism to cut off our belief system to develop into God’s Grace. In this course we will discover how Grace empowers you to become all that God designed you to be, apart from the Law or expectations of others. You will learn how Grace, apart from the Law, gives all mankind security and stability to grow and change.
LEARNING TO APPRECIATE YOUR SPOUSE
This course offers a biblical and practical perspective of appreciating the spouse God has given to you. It is all too easy for couples to look forward to marriage and anticipate “the smooth road ahead” through the mindset of romance. But after an adjustment period, too often most couples quickly realize just how much work is needed to maintain a healthy, thriving marriage. This course provides ways to learn how to value and appreciate their spouse as we look at a marriage-focused, or pre-marital focused view of what it takes to build a marriage of love and respect.
LIFE & TEACHINGS OF CHRIST – Part 2 (Living IN Humanity)
The purpose of this course is to survey the earthly life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the four canonical gospels. This will be accomplished by focusing the student’s attention primarily on the narrative flow of the events pertaining to the basic scriptural pattern of development in Jesus’ actions and teachings. Particular emphasis will be placed on incidents rather than the long discourses.
PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION
This course is a study of the basic principles of Biblical Interpretation. The student will be introduced to the order, organization and divisions of the Bible. Fundamental procedures for considering contextual setting, author or speaker, audience relevance, and language in understanding and interpreting Biblical passages will be looked at. Consideration may also be given to the constructs of figures of speech, poetry and prophecy.
OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY – Part 1 (Genesis – Deuteronomy)
The first 5-books of the Old Testament are better known as “The Pentateuch” which is the term commonly applied to the first five books of the Bible: aka, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Pentateuch was the first collection of literature acknowledged by the Hebrew community as Scripture. The writing of these books has been ascribed to Moses. They are first or supreme in rank when it comes to the Old Testament canon ascribing to respect and holiness. This Greek expression means “five scrolls” and was popularized by the Alexandrian Jews in the first century A.D. who had come under the influence of Greek culture. The Hebrew-speaking Jewish community referred to these five books as “The Law,” “The Torah,” or “The Law of Moses.” This course explores and analyzes the five books of Moses and the historical books of the Old Testament in light of theological, historical, cultural, political, and geographical backgrounds. Their theological and practical message in relation to the unfolding divine plan of redemption is examined. Critical questions regarding inspiration, canonization, interpretation and authorship will also be introduced.
OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY – Part 2 (Joshua through Esther)
The Historical books include Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings, 1st and 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. These books share a prophetic view of history describing how the obedience or disobedience of God's people is directly tied to the blessings and curses of the covenant. In the Hebrew arrangement, Joshua, Judges, and the books of Samuel and Kings form a group of books called “the Former Prophets” due to the prophetic view from which they are written. In this course, we will shed light of the New Covenant and the Finished Work of Christ.
OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY – Part 3 (Job through Song of Solomon)
The Poetic and Wisdom writings include Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Unlike classical and modern poetry, ancient Hebrew poetry has no distinctive scheme of accentuation, meter, or rhythm to differentiate it from prose. It is noted for its parallelism, or the counterbalancing of ideas in phrases. To the Hebrews, wisdom included skill in living and the powers of observation. It also included the capacity of human intellect and the application of knowledge and experience to daily life. All of this came from a viewpoint that was firmly rooted in "the fear of the Lord," which is the beginning of wisdom.
OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY – Part 4 (Isaiah through Daniel)
The Major Prophets include Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. These books were declared "major" because of the amount of text, and not because they were considered more important than the "minor" prophetic books. The Old Testament prophet tended to be revealed during times of crisis. God used the prophets to provide direction and wisdom during times of crisis. They were also used by God to remind the people of their covenantal promises. The relevance of biblical prophecy is not only the information revealed to the audience about the circumstances being faced in their time or in a time to come, but also what the message reveals about the nature of God. Prophecy in the Bible is part of God's self-revelation, by which we come to know God through what he has done in the past and what He plans to do in the future.
OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY – Part 5 (Hosea through Malachi)
The Minor Prophets include Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. The books of the major and minor prophets were considered to be part of the "classical prophecy" era of the Old Testament. The classical prophecy era began in the eighth century during the reign of Jeroboam II in the northern kingdom of Israel. Amos and Hosea were the earliest examples in the north, while Micah and Isaiah were the first known classical prophets in the southern kingdom of Judah. These prophets addressed both the king and the people and became social-spiritual commentators for the Jewish people.
This course will look on the role of the Administrator as a form of taking a leadership position and the tasks involved in a church organization. A definition and description of leadership in the context of the necessary administrative function of an Administrator provides the framework for understanding the principles to create organization, a mission statement, vision, and a strategic operating structure as well as the procedures for it.
WORSHIP IN THE 21st CENTURY
This course will explore the current status and evolution of the culture of modern worship, worship team and music styles within the contemporary mindset of today. Students will seek to understand the importance of modern methodologies as pertinent to the pursuit of worshipping God within the context of a post-modern society. How one worships is important, yet the style of music is not as important. Worship songs with words that are aligned with a proper understanding of scripture is most helpful. The course will discuss the ever-changing and ever evolving condition making a worship experience personal and effective for all generations, in the ongoing discourse regarding worship as the church of the 21st century. We will seek to reconcile concepts of worship, service, and performance, while understanding the significance of building the bridge between cultures.
ADVANCED BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION (How to Understand Words)
Students are given the task of following the instruction of their teacher. In the case of Christians, they are obligated to follow the word of their Teacher through the time span of thousands of years from an ancient document colored by different cultures, languages, immediate contextual issues, unique theological insights and then process what has been communicated to respond appropriately. How does one do that effectively? The answer is hermeneutics.
PROPHETIC INTERPRETATION – Matthew 24
This course offers the student a look at Matthew chapter 24, which is one of the most significant and yet most misunderstood prophetic words in all of scripture. This passage is not prophetic of what many call “the end time,” but it is a prophetic word concerning “the end of a certain time.” In this course, the student will learn why Jesus addresses these particular issues at this particular time and how they are related prophetically in His life-journey on the earth. What was the message to the Jews and the answers containing the revelation to the questions asked by the disciples of Jesus? We will see why Jesus wanted this prophetic word to be heard around the world.
SCIENCE AND THE BIBLE
In this course, you’ll explore the toughest questions about faith and science, from Adam and Eve, to the age of the earth, miracles, and evolution. You’ll even learn about concepts such as string theory and multiverse. By the end, you will have a thorough grasp of the relevant concepts, theories, terms, movements, individuals, and debates.
THE TRUTH ABOUT TESTS, TRIALS, AND TEMPTATIONS
In this course, we are going to discover the truth about TESTS, TRIALS & TEMPTATIONS by primarily observing the revelation of James 1:12-15. In this interpretation of scripture, we will see the unveiled truth about why Christians are not supposed to suffer by the will of God, but only by their own belief-systems. We will look at what our modern Bibles actually say, compared to the proper lens of interpretation as viewed through the heart and mind of Father-God. We will look at many familiar scriptures and we will see what Holy Spirit points out to us in those scriptures.
UNDERSTANDING HEAVEN AND HELL
Many have been taught a view of “heaven” and “hell” which has caused people to suffer in their emotions with worry and fear of either missing out of one, versus the thought of eternal torment. In this course, we will look at the evidence of what heaven is and where heaven is located. The student will be faced with the idea of embracing unveiled truth or rejecting that which is presented as the revelation of scriptural interpretation. Where is “hell” and what are the word meanings of “hell” as viewed in the first century New Testament? The student will be introduced to deep Greek meanings, the Greek culture, and how they understood many things that have simply been misunderstood. Were these two words simply used in the English language to scare people into a decision for Christ? This course will offer a fresh view of interpretation of the first century language as we consider the meanings of every word in the New Testament which refer to heaven and hell.
THE TRUTH ABOUT LUCIFER, SATAN, AND DEMONS
This course will offer the student a fresh look at the so called “boogie man” that many have feared even from childhood. Is there a devil or a satan, and what do these many words actually mean? As we look at “the law of first mention,” it will help us to understand who lucifer actually was referring to in the book of Isaiah which was written by King Hezekiah, who reigned from 715 B.C. to 686 B.C. The student will discover some surprising points of view pertaining to the truth about lucifer, satan, and demons.
The Fruit and the Gifts of the Spirit
This course deals with the characteristics of the Believer that is on his way to maturity. It discusses each of the Fruit of the Spirit and how they should be cultivated and nurtured in the life of the Believer. The second part of the course discusses the Gifts of the Spirit. We will discuss the aspect that the gifts are still for Believer’s today. It discusses each gift in detail and gives information on how to recognize and use those giftings.
This course discusses all of the Old Testament Covenants and how they climax in the Messianic Covenant and have viable information for us in today’s society. The true biblical definition of the word “covenant” is discussed and how it relates to our modern world today. It also compares the word covenant from both the Old and New Testament perspective.
The Person of Christ
This course deals specifically with the life of Jesus. It follows his life from birth to his resurrection and ascension. It compares the four gospels in helping the Believer gain a historical as well as a spiritual look at Jesus’ life. Some of the highlights in the course are: His early life, The Temptation, Judea and Galilee, His miracles, Training Disciples and His trials.
THE JEWISHNESS OF JESUS
This course reveals the characteristics of Jesus in his daily life as a Jew. It introduces some of the prophecies that must be filled by the candidate of Messiah. It gives a historical perspective of the life and times of Jesus explaining what was going on politically during the first century. It discusses Rabbinic Hermeneutics and the Kingdom of God. The latter part of the course gives an overview of the Feasts of the Lord.
GOD’S STORY THROUGH THE BIBLICAL COVENANTS AND THE KINGDOM
This course traces the biblical story of how God made covenant with Israel of the Old Testament through four distinct Covenants which were the Noahic Covenant, the Abrahamic Covenant, the Mosaic Covenant, and the Davidic Covenant. These Covenants are a prelude to understanding the heart of God toward the upcoming New Covenant. The study of the New Covenant is not included in this course except for the mention of the type and shadow of better things to come.
BIBLICAL ETYMOLOGY AND EXEGESIS
Etymology is a study of the origin of English words from their roots in ancient languages, such as the Greek, Latin, Anglo-Saxon, and Germanic languages as well as their association to the words and literature of today. Exegesis is the critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture. Therefore, careful, and logical study of biblical passages are necessary in order to produce useful interpretations of biblical passages. Exegesis involves the analysis of the biblical text in the language of its original or earliest available form. The student will be taken through an extensive study of analyzing the meanings of English words, by placing emphasis on Old Testament and or New Testament passages as we seek to gain a proper understanding of the theology behind various misunderstood concepts. This course will include a brief look at the history of interpretation of biblical passages from the early church to modern times, as we look at the relationship between original meaning and modern meaning.
THE BIBLE AND THE PASTOR
This course offers a look at the function of the Bible within pastoral ministry, with a specific focus on the use of the Bible when it comes to preaching, teaching, counseling, church administration, and the pastor’s devotional life. We will examine the unique purpose of the Bible in each setting and a methodology for applying the Bible in each context.
INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL LITERATURE
This course provides a study of the contents and development of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Apocrypha, and the New Testament, with emphasis being placed on critical methods for biblical study. We will look at the influence of the cultures of the ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds toward the biblical view. We will also examine the formative traditions of Judaism and Christianity, and the interpretation of biblical texts in light of this subject.
BASIC CHRISTIAN PSYCHOLOGY
In this course, you will be introduced to the Biblical Structure for living life with the goal of understanding and counseling common personal, marital, and family problems.
THE COUNSELING PROCESS
In this course, discussion of Scripture will be used to teach basic biblical counseling procedures. Students will learn how to organize and develop a counseling session from start to finish from the basic biblical counseling procedures taught.
COUNSELED BY GOD
In this course, you will let God speak to our hearts and counsel us about the basic emotional pressures of life. These include anger, doubt, depression, condemnation and inferiority. You will learn to let God replace these with His opposites, as His voice releases His grace within your hearts.
COUNSELING FOR DEPRESSION
In this course, you will learn the dynamics of the causes and cures of depression. This course is designed to study how depressed individuals can be helped in understanding themselves and recovering favorably from depression.
COMMUNION WITH GOD
This course teaches you how to clearly hear God’s voice, see divine vision and journal what God is speaking to you. Holy Spirit is a Wonderful Counselor, and when you can hear His voice on a regular basis, He provides wonderful counsel to you. A big percentage of the counseling needs of a church will disappear once they are taught how to hear God’s voice.
Through the working of Almighty God, He has joined His Spirit to our spirits. We will study and experience the glory of Christ living within us, as well as ways of approaching Him and releasing His indwelling presence. We abide in Christ to the extent that we know that Christ abides in us. We will also learn how to allow the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit within us to flow out through us and how we can share those love vibrations of God with others.
CORNERSTONES OF COMMUNICATION
In this course, you will understand that communication is the center of all relationships, and yet most people are untrained in the dynamics of great communication skills. With practice, every relationship you have can be more successful and satisfying.
ADVANCED BIBLICAL COUNSELING - 1
Biblical exposition and the Biblical structure methodology will be used to evaluate and diagnose the defining features of Anxiety, Mood, Childhood, Dissociative, Personality, Sexual, and Somatoform Disorders to demonstrate that the root causes of these disorders are most effectively addressed by the Bible.
ADVANCED BIBLICAL COUNSELING - 2
Biblical exposition and the Biblical structure methodology will be used to evaluate and diagnose the defining features of Eating, Sleep, Disruptive, Impulse Control, Conduct, Bereavement, Substance Related, Addictive, and Shyness Disorders to demonstrate that the root causes of these disorders are most effectively addressed by the Bible.
EQUIPPED TO SUCCEED
In this course, the student will learn how each one has been given the measure of Christ’s gift…And He gave some as apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints.” Do you know which of these heart motivations God has given to you? Is God asking you to express this heart motivation within or outside the structured church, or both? Which ministry or vocation is He asking you to express yourself through? What kinds of people do you need next to you to make you most effective? These questions and many others will be answered.
FATHER GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
This highly experiential course is designed to draw you into a closer relationship with your heavenly Father, in which you have not only a theological understanding of His deep love and affection for you, but you also know it because you have personally experienced it. You will also learn how to help others overcome any hindrances in their lives that prevent them from experiencing the love of the Father for themselves.
WISDOM THROUGH DREAM INTERPRETATION
Psalms declares that God counsels us at night through our dreams (Ps. 16:7). The dreams in the Bible illustrate this principle, and all of us can learn to hear from God during the two hours of dream life we have each night. In this course, we will examine some of the dreams of the Bible seeing how God interprets the symbolism and speaks to His children through their dreams (Num. 12:6; Acts 2:17).
The discussion of Scripture will be used to effectively provide biblical counsel, encouragement, support, and Father God’s love vibrations to those in crisis. An overview of crisis in the pages of Scripture and contemporary life will be presented along with a Biblical crisis counseling model.
Most counseling involves dealing with forgiveness in one area or another. There are cases that require the discussion of forgiveness, even though few counselors seem to have an understanding of the dynamics concept of biblical forgiveness. This course examines the basic biblical passages on the subject of forgiveness, as well as what often becomes an alternate or substitute for forgiving someone.
PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES FOR THEOLOGY AND COUNSELING
Philosophical issues related to the study of counseling and theology are rooted in how one practices or uses their understanding of scripture in various counseling sessions. In this course we will emphasize the importance of having a theological foundation when understanding God’s mind toward His creation. There are only two basic views when it comes to people. Man’s personal world view, and the Father’s eternal view. We will examine how to interact with people from a Christian perspective, for the local church, and the general public, as a proficient Christian minister when it comes to being a counselor to others.
MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, AND REMARRIAGE
Marriage is the covenant union intended by God for a man and a woman. God created them, both male and female. We will look at scriptural passages that deal with marriage, divorce, and remarriage from God’s perspective. Marriage can be a wonderful union. However, divorce can feel like an end of life experience. We will look at examples for divorce and remarriage from a biblical view, leading the student to understand the Father’s heart for us when things in life go wrong. This information should provide some practical answers for a variety of counseling situations.
THE USE OF SCRIPTURE IN COUNSELING
When it comes to giving counsel to others, it can be difficult to convey the heart of God without first having a basic understanding of the scriptures. In this course, the student will receive instruction in the fundamentals of hermeneutics and exegesis as related to biblical counseling. It could be that the greatest downfall among pastors who give counsel to others would be a lack of understanding a proper interpretation of the scriptures. Therefore, this course will offer some simple areas of biblical concepts which is the basic need for all counselors.
Church discipline today is greatly misunderstood. The idea that anyone can be forced into any type of disciplinary action for the wrongs they might do to another must have a greater degree of clarity given to such situations. Some problems may become a matter for legal authorities. That is why this course is a counseling course, but counseling can only be given to someone who requests it. There is much confusion today about the necessity for church discipline and what it actually means. A better way to understand disciples in found in the world “counsel.” It is important that people are loved as opposed to scolded, which becomes the “make or break” tool which often helps them arrive at an understanding of the blessing of being a part of a local church, through the demonstration of the Father’s love as properly displayed as the preferred method of churches policy for practicing discipline.
INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
This course is an introduction to the educational ministry of the church. We will pay special attention to the “why” the church must be involved in various types of education. The student will be taught five aspects or fundamental foundations concerning Christian Education: 1) the biblical and theological foundations 2) the philosophical foundations of education; 3) the neuroscience foundations of the teaching or concerning the learning process; 4) how to respond to the diverse needs of those who need to learn in the Church; and 5) the supernatural empowering of Holy Spirit within a teaching ministry. This course will look at the design of the Christian Education ministries within the Church.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (Philosophy)
This course is designed to promote critical reflection about the nature of what it means to know something (a thing, a thought, an idea, et. al). Students will be encouraged to formulate a biblical worldview and examine values of education and learning from a Christian perspective.
EDUCATIONAL MEASUREMENT THEORIES
This course is designed to introduce students to theories of tests and measurements. Students will receive a brief introduction to content validity, items analysis, test construction, reliability, etc. It covers areas that provide tools necessary to make the teaching/learning process effective. Students will be exposed to the various learning styles and be able to use these styles to solve practical problems associated with learning and teaching.
HOW TO TEACH THE BIBLE
This course introduces students to a systematic way of teaching the Bible. The course includes how to use reference books, such as commentaries, expository dictionary, etc. The course will also provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for examinations. For students who have teaching experience, this course will enhance their current teaching ability and offer new and exciting teaching techniques that will promote class discussion and participation.
TEACHING PRACTIUM I
This course will allow students to gain insights into the realities of teaching through weekly classroom observation. The students will be required to log 2 hours per week of observation time in a classroom setting.
This course will include desirable teacher traits and religious foundation of Christian Education and development of biblical philosophy of education. The student will learn classroom management and routine procedures, as well as to provide training in bible-based, God-like discipline techniques.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (Advanced)
This course is a study of theories, types, techniques and perils of leadership. Special emphasis is placed on time management, personal planning and training others to improve themselves. This course will provide students with knowledge that will enable the educator to apply Biblical principles in education. An examination of the basic principles of understanding axioms of Old and New Testament ethics and how to apply them today are highlighted. The basic principles of ethics within the context of Christianity and the implications of applying Christian ethics within contemporary society will be examined.
Various methods of teaching are covered in this course preparing the student for a versatile ministry in presenting the Word of God in the classroom or the pulpit.
TEACHING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES
This course provides the basic principles of teaching and learning to improve the student’s success as a teacher in the classroom. The course includes styles of learning, evaluation, record keeping, ministry skills, basic principles of teaching and learning.
A complete look at childhood education in the church prepares the student for a fuller ministry with children.
TEACHING PRACTIUM II
The second part of this practicum will provide an opportunity for students to design a course of study and be responsible for teaching one lesson by video for the Professor of that class. Evaluation of the study and learning principle will be critical. (The students will be divided up into 5 weeks).
JESUS AS THE MASTER TEACHER
The role of Jesus as teacher has been given considerable attention over time. This course considers the mindset, methods, and results of Jesus as teacher based on the biblical text. The course will develop a theology of teaching ministry based on critical review of biblical material, first from the life of Jesus, second from the entire canon as read through a Christological lens. The interpretation of Jesus as teacher throughout church history will be given attention. Strategies will be developed to assimilate the methods of Jesus into the student’s teaching ministry.
SPIRIT-FILLED TEACHING STRATEGIES
This course reviews the basic principles of instruction and learning in the context of research supported strategies for teaching. The role of the Spirit as primary Christian teacher will be considered. The principles addressed will be team ministry, stages of learning, motivation for learning, level of symbolic representation and communication and cultural context. Instructional guidelines cover writing goals and objectives, documenting progress, planning and scheduling instruction.
THE LAND OF THE BIBLE
This course offers a look at the physical land of Israel, as well as some of the cultural backgrounds in both Old and New Testaments which influenced the lives of the Jewish people. In this course we will take a closer look at some of the locations and sites mentioned in the stories of the Bible, which will allow the student to gain a greater understanding of the land of the Bible today.
STUDY OF PSYCHOLOGY CONTRASTED WITH THE BIBLE
This course is designed to look at the contrast between what exactly is the view of general psychology versus the overall Christian view based on the present truth of revelation. We will basically analyze the secular world view in contrast to the evangelical or Christian world view based on some of the modern data we have available. This course will consider issues like theories of the subconscious, and psychoanalytic approaches to the human personality and what should be the normal thought patterns of a believer in the Eternal Christ. We will look at what should be the normal versus abnormal pertaining to some mood disorders that many believers face today. We will also look at some scriptural solutions to some of these disorders.
This course gives instruction in basic writing skills and concepts of grammar. It is designed to prepare the student with a working knowledge of the English language, both in oral and written form. This course will prepare the student with the tools for paragraph organization, sentence structure, and grammar and usage skills.
This course explores how writing and communication contribute to the development and understanding of ethical values, choices, and actions and thus contribute to the good life for individuals and communities. The course may also explore ethical issues involved in common writing practices like conducting research, articulating a viewpoint, engaging contrary values, and communicating to different audiences. Students research, analyze, and practice writing about ethics and about the ethics of writing in assignments that may include reading journals, textual analyses, research papers, and other genres. At every stage in the writing process, students receive feedback from the instructor which is designed to develop advanced writing skills.
ENGLISH COMP 1
This course is designed to help the student to develop the necessary writing and research skills: Prewriting, writing, revision, editing, paraphrase, summary, and analysis. This course will allow the student to study and apply the rhetorical principles of writing in developing effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays, with particular emphasis on writing expository papers about anything.
ENGLISH COMP 2
Writing is an important skill for academic, ministry, and vocational success. This course focuses on developing writing skills, providing students opportunities to break down the writing process. Students will learn how to create strong thesis statements to drive an academic paper to the point of professional creativity. Students will learn how to develop introductory and concluding paragraphs, build the body of a paper, consider their audience, and improve writing skills to communicate more effectively. This course will assist the student in developing basic skills in proper formatting and citations, as well as working on refreshing grammar skills and especially, how to prepare a thesis.
An introduction to basic Greek forms, syntax, pronunciation and accents. Emphasis is placed on the conjugation of regular verbs, and various nouns, pronouns and adjectives.
Introductory principles of communication emphasizing public speaking. Aspects of verbal and nonverbal delivery, speech organization, and the effective use of supporting material and presentational aids are addressed. Students will give a speech designed to better equip them for future speaking endeavors. This can be done by an online video with the professor or by creating a video. Your Professor will let you know.
CAPSTONE PROJECT PREREQUISITES
This will be the Capstone of the Student’s work at WBSU. The goal is for the student to identify a project that they can become involved in that will impact society with the Gospel in a genuinely life- changing way, both for them and for those to whom they are/will be sent to minister. In this course the Student will present their CSP Draft and Final Project. This Capstone Project will take the place of a Master’s Thesis. However, if you choose to write a thesis, it should be typed, Times New Roman Font, size 12, double spaced and at least 100 pages and the title will need to be approved before the thesis is started.
MASTER SENIOR THESIS (6-Hr Course)
A research project designed to give students of exceptional qualifications the opportunity to compose a lengthier essay than is possible in a traditional course (# of pages to be determined). The student works with a professor as an advisor; the thesis will receive a combined grade that will be given by a faculty committee. At least one student in the Master program and the Doctorate program will be chosen for having the highest grade of their thesis to have it turned into a book by Inspired Creations Publishing Company. It will be up to the student to purchase their copies.
DOCTORATE SENIOR THESIS (6-Hr Course)
A research project designed to give students of exceptional qualifications the opportunity to compose a lengthier essay than is possible in a traditional course (# of pages to be determined). The student works with a professor as an advisor; the thesis will receive a combined grade that will be given by a faculty committee. At least one student in the Master program and the Doctorate program will be chosen for having the highest grade of their thesis to have it turned into a book by Inspired Creations Publishing Company. It will be up to the student to purchase their copies.
INTRODUCTION TO EVANGELISM
This course is theologically based and traces the biblical basis for evangelizing at home and the nations. An introduction to the biblical models, paradigms and practice of personal and group evangelism is given. Special emphasis is also given to the practical implications of evangelism in the world today.
METHODS OF EVANGELISM
This course is a of the methods of personal and group evangelism, equipping laypersons to evangelize, using the methods of Jesus and His Apostles in our modern world. Once potential disciples have been recruited, then they must be cared for through a practical discipleship program.
GREAT COMMISSION STRATEGIES
This course establishes a biblical and theological view of the Great Commission. While the words “Great Commission” do not appear in the Bible, yet it has been proved to be a biblical concept of simply going to the world around us and developing those who are willing to learn. This course presents an in-depth study of evangelism and its application. Important elements of Great Commission Strategies include the nature of the gospel message, the biblical definition of discipleship, and the methodology of Jesus.
This course will help the student to know and understand the correct mindset of pre-evangelism work in congregations or other Christian groups, as well as define ways for raising awareness of the need to inform the world that God has reconciled them to Himself in Christ. This course will also help us determine what a community project might be designed as when it comes to serving our community as a form of evangelism. Theoretically, how would Christ serve today’s fellow man? As we develop outreach plans for congregations and other evangelistically minded groups, we will see some strategies that will help us improve on ideas that have not worked in the past.
In this course we will look at a concept which may be a common practice among evangelicals and other similar movements you might better know, as one-on-one evangelism. To use friendship as a means of evangelism is extremely important. The Christian message has been covered with threats of hell, eternal punishment and many other scare tactics. But the message of God in Christ has always been “God’s love.” Jesus’ message to the Jews was often an offence to them. But once His message of love was spread abroad, and even to today’s generation, we will find that the most effective evangelistic thrust today is friendship evangelism with its message declaring, “God loves you.”
HOW TO PREPARE AN EVANGELISTIC MESSAGE
This course deals with all aspects of evangelistic preaching including the need to proclaim Jesus Christ effectively. This course will outline for the student a clear explanation as to how one develops an expository evangelistic message, as well as a topical evangelistic message such as one would give in an after-dinner address to a single individual. Often times a person that is an evangelistic preacher is also an evangelistic person. Special emphasis will be given as to how to make the gospel of grace understandable and clear to communicate to all.
EVANGELISM FROM A CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
The Gospel has exploded around the world throughout history with great periods of evangelism. This course considers evangelism throughout history on a global perspective. Since culture profoundly influences evangelism, this course will consider how evangelism has evolved.
This course offers an advanced study of the content, structure and delivery of evangelistic preaching. It is important to pay attention to the preparation of expository, textual, topical and narrative evangelistic sermons as well as sermon evaluation of the great evangelist’s past and present. This course also incorporates study of signs and wonders within the context of evangelistic preaching.
EVANGELISM AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The course is built around a careful analysis of the central evangelistic message preached by Jesus and the apostles. In this course the student will examine the gospel of the Kingdom and how it was interpreted, preached and demonstrated by Jesus and His followers and the relevance of the message for today.
HISTORY OF AWAKENINGS - I
A biographical history of 18th and 19th century evangelism in America. The lives and ministries of America's greatest evangelists during this era will be examined and evaluated. Special attention will be given to our nation's two great awakenings.
EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS DEFINED
This course will give an overall definition of Missions and the need for Worldwide Missions from the Old Testament and New Testament perspective. It will discuss the Great Commissions, the Post Resurrection Ministry and the Voyages of Paul.
TRENDS IN MISSIONS I
This course deals with the methods and systems developed by God for an intended World Harvest of His creation. Knowing that all mankind is the creation of the Father, mankind must be redeemed in his mind back to the same mind that was in Christ Jesus. This course discusses the need for proper evangelism and defines the various groups of people who are unreached within the strategies of what we call Christian Missions. We will provide the student with informative tips on how to evangelize the nations around you, as well as where Christianity is forbidden to be practiced.
TRENDS IN MISSIONS 2
In this course, we will discuss some strategies within the global trends and demographics of countries that are open to the gospel message. Other topics in this course may include some of the Major Mega Trends, the rise and influence of Post Modernism, as well as some of the current challenges in Missions in a proper context.
HISTORY OF AWAKENINGS - II
A Third Great Awakening span from the late 1850s to the early 20th century. Some scholars, however, disagree that this movement was ever a significant event. This doctorate course offers a deeper look into the history of the spiritual awakenings as manifested in various movements within the church worldwide. This course examines the biblical, theological, historical, and sociological impact on the relevance these movements had on the ever-evolving contemporary ministry worldwide.
WORLD GEOGRAPHY FOR MISSIONS
This course gives an overall look at World Geography and its relationship to the Bible. It will use demographics and other information to explain the work of Missions and Missionary leaders throughout the World.
ISSUES IN EVANGELISM
This course offers an intensive study should be considered as to what has worked in the general field of evangelism, and what has not worked in the past. As the world changes, so must the revelation of our message change, as well as our approach as to how we interact with society. We will look at some of the evangelistic tools that have been rejected and how we can make corrections so that the message of Jesus Christ would be accepted more and more.
At least one half of the world’s population today is on some form of social media. Social media or simply media-based evangelism has become more and more accessible by the world. This course offers a look at how to use various forms of media such as radio, television, movies, literature, social networking, and the internet for the purposes of personal and church-based evangelism. We will examine how to implement forms of media such as text-chatting to live broadcasting to promote the gospel message.
THE METHODS AND INFLUENCE OF AMERICAN EVANGELISTS
This course offers a very specific look at some of the American Evangelists who have influenced the world throughout history. We will look at some of their methods and biblical and theological views which shaped the Christian mindset in our modern world and how God used their message to influence the world.
This course offers the student a look at the major beliefs and devotional practices of various world religions, including views of the absolute, ceremonial rituals, sacred experiences and prevalent stories. However, this course also offers a view of God in all people, yet their individual encounter that could be a path to God. Although Buddhism, Judaism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity have varying indigenous traditions, God loves the person even if the religion does not hold to Christian values.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY- 1
This course is a beginning course to an exploration of cultural diversity in the world today from a Christian perspective. This course provides a process for understanding today’s diversities in various age groups. This course is also designed to initiate and provide ongoing effective interaction with everyone in our culturally diverse world. Growth in these skills equips individuals with the social graces needed to form bonds of mutual trust and respect that will bridge the differences that ordinarily divide people.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY - 2
This course is a continuation of HUM-102 as you continue to explore cultural diversity in the world today from a Christian perspective. This course provides a process for understanding today’s diversities in various age groups. This course is also designed to initiate and provide ongoing effective interaction with everyone in our culturally diverse world. Growth in these skills equips individuals with the social graces needed to form bonds of mutual trust and respect that will bridge the differences that ordinarily divide people.
FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR
The basic facts, principles, and methods of human behavior are presented through an interdisciplinary lens. An emphasis is placed on fundamental principles underlying normal human behavior. Critical thinking skills are developed through analysis of various theories of behavior.
The cultural complexity created by globalization permeates demographics around the world. The study of culture theoretically and practically assists students with appreciation and adjustment to varied cultural representations around them. Students will learn the importance of cultural considerations, qualities of subcultures, and means of adjusting to cultural variations with the other, either across the street or across the world. This course will be taught from inter-disciplinary approach considering the ways various disciplines treat culture and insight offered by specific disciplines. Further consideration will be given to the way that culture intertwines with language and symbolic meaning.
THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH
This course offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church has spread and developed. The church did so not in a vacuum, but in a setting of times, cultures, and events that both influenced and were influenced by the church. This course looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church, from the days of Jesus to the years prior to the Reformation. It offers overviews of the Roman, Greek, and Jewish worlds; insights into the church’s relationship to the Roman Empire, with glimpses into pagan attitudes toward Christians and much more as it spans the time from the first group of believers all the way to the twenty first century.
THE HISTORY OF ISRAEL
This course provides an examination of the history and the religion of ancient Israel within the context of the Old Testament and beyond. This examination will allow the students to identify the similarities and differences between the texts of the Old Testament Hebrew Bible and the texts in the ancient history of Israel.
THE HISTORY OF THE BIBLE
This course is a study of the history of the Bible from the time of the first written documents until the modern English translations. In this course the student will be taught the general themes of the Bible, include the development of the Old Testament canon, the development of the New Testament canon, the transmission of the text, and the modern English versions of the Bible.
THE CHURCH: FROM PENTECOST TO REFORMATION
This course investigates and examines the history of the church from the first century to the dawn of the Reformation in A.D. 1500. Attention will be given to the major events, people, and issues that have shaped church history within this time period, as well as how these things integrate with biblical norms.
THE CHURCH: FROM REFORMATION THROUGH THE 20TH CENTURY
This course is an introductory study of the history of Christianity from the Reformation in the sixteenth century to the present day. It describes renewal periods, organizational matters, theological issues, and geographical expansion during this period. It also gives special attention to the lives and contributions of significant Christian preachers, leaders, and theologians. It concludes with an assessment of current trends such as the charismatic renewal and the nonwestern missionary outreach. The lessons are structured to enable students to apply insights gained from the past to contemporary situations in the church.
This course is designed to present the major fields of apologetics with the purpose of equipping students to defend their faith, present truth, and give answers to questions for personal and corporate evangelism and edification.
This course offers the student a look at what was included vs what was excluded in the canonization of scripture and why. Keep in mind that a Biblical Canon or the canon of scripture is a set of texts or books which a particular religious community regards as the authoritative scripture. Many believers consider the recognized books as inspired by God or as expressive as the authoritative history of the relationship between God and His people.
FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP 1 - Biblical Models of Leadership
This course will study varied models of leadership reflected in the Bible though examining the leadership styles of prominent Biblical leaders, (i.e., Moses, Joshua, Nehemiah, among others). Special attention will be given to Christ’s leadership mentoring and leadership practices and how these practices can be translated to present day Christian service and ministry.
DEVELOPING THE LEADER WITHIN
This course is designed to help you develop the attitudes, skills and character traits you will need to become the leader God has called you to be. You may need to establish new patterns of thought and action and break old habits that have been keeping you back. If you truly devote yourself to the requirements of this course, you will be a more effective leader at the end of this course.
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS OF LEADERSHIP
An in-depth examination of the interpersonal leadership skills required for effective organizational leadership. These include time management, communication skills, conflict resolution, management principles, and leadership development through mentoring.
TEAM LEADERSHIP, EMPOWERMENT, AND GROUP DYNAMICS IN ORGANIZATIONS
This course includes the theories and practices of group dynamics, the characteristics of effective teams, and the skills necessary to develop high-performing group collaboration as well as intervention strategies to solve group problems that accompany team development. Special emphasis is upon the values of empowerment, participative leadership, and collaboration in the organizational setting.
FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP 2: Theoretical Foundations
This course provides a foundational understanding of leadership from contemporary theory and applications with particular discussion regarding the evolution of leadership/management thought from 1900 to the present. Students examine leadership as a group application and learn to solve organizational problems that have leader-follower interaction as a cause.
ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE AND THE VISIONING PROCESS
In this course, the students will be offered a thorough examination of the power of clear purpose in organizations through the establishment of and integrity toward vision, mission and values. This course helps students understand human motivation, organizational mission, and the leadership skills required for the change process. Organizational skills such as visioning, understanding culture, communication, and team leadership are examined. Time will also be spent on creating a vision and mission statement for the student’s ministry work.
ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE AND CHANGE PROCESSES
In this course, a thorough examination will be given of structure, values, and culture of organizations as well as an analysis and implementation of the leadership skills required for the change process, strategic, tactical, and operational planning, organizational behavior and change.
CASE STUDIES IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS
This course provides opportunity for students to conduct a critical review of various real-life challenges that organizations face today. Following the analysis, students will state the leadership strengths and weaknesses in the individuals and organizations cited, articulate suggested remedies for these specific leadership dilemmas, and develop an approach for effectively dealing with ethical issues based upon biblical principles.
COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP
This course will investigate the importance of communication in organizations and in leadership. Organizational communication will be studied within the context of today’s global intercultural, technological, strategic and ministerial developments. The course will deal with principles in interpersonal relationships, organizational communication, the benefit of teamwork, and the value of networking.
LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE
This course will take a look at the theories and realities of the role of the process of managing organizations today. We will also explore what organizational leadership is, as well as some of the “followership” issues that exist today. We will look at some of the biblical principles that relate to organizational leadership.
THEOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP
This course offers a look at the “Theology of Leadership” in an understandable way so that the student can learn to apply their biblically based philosophies of leadership on a day to day basis. This course will bring the student into an understanding of their leadership role as he/she so that they will be able to teach others the same principles and philosophies learned in this course.
We will look at making right and wrong Kingdom decisions when it comes to “Biblical Stewardship” pertaining to money management. What does the Bible say about stewardship, and how we should be a good steward over everything that God has given us. This course offers a look at how to be accountable with the resources God has placed in our hand. We will look at the biblical perspective of work, spending, saving, giving, investing, in light of an eternal perspective.
GRACE: Foundational Truths
Understanding the Foundation of Grace in scripture will give you a much clearer picture of the sovereignty of God. From the early church fathers to those on the cutting edge of Radical Grace today, you will find a long line of men and women who have upheld the “Grace-Foundation” clearly shared from God’s Word. In this course we will explore a survey of scriptures to show that the Bible in its entirety teaches the doctrinal Foundation of Grace.
UNDERSTANDING WHO GOD IS: Our Union with Him
One of the greatest downfalls in all of Christendom, is that people do not understand how God has brought mankind into Union with Him through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The starting place for life and ministry is to have a strong and intimate relationship with our Creator. This course brings the learner to a new level of understanding regarding who God is and how the blood of Jesus has brought mankind to a unified state of existence. What God desires is relationship and fellowship with His people. Here, we will use the framework of the message of Christ for studying the Christian faith and its theological position.
The purpose of this course is to provide a deeper theological education for students in the area of discipleship from the revealed mind of Christ. When Jesus first called Peter, James, and John to Him, He did not treat them like novices or lessors. He treated them as Apostle Trainees. We need to see the gift of God in everyone, and then learn how to assist the person in bringing the gift outwardly, for the benefit of all.
This course explores personal stewardship from a Christian perspective. The course focuses on the ideas and practices of living responsibly with respect to one’s own health & wellness, management of personal & family finances; engagement in civic responsibilities; and oversight of God’s creation. Emphasis is given to the application of these practices with respect to the student’s stage of life.
This course is a general study of many of the practical issues related to ministry. Topics range from the personal life to the professional life, such as the skills needed for ministry. This course includes content from a variety of experiences from the instructor to those we read about in scripture. This course provides the how-to or hands-on approach to the application of ministry. Students will interact by answering questions, doing research when requested, and reading materials when directed.
KNOWING GOD IS LOVE
This course provides an in-depth study of the theology or character and nature of God the Father. Included with this will be understanding the Trinity, with an emphasis on biblical, historical and theological dimensions of knowing God as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The course supports not only knowing more about God, but actually knowing God better through the application of Christian truths pertaining to both life and godliness.
The course will familiarize the student with balanced information concerning who and what the five-fold ministry is. Are they simply offices or giftings that God has placed in some individuals? We will look at how they function individually, as well as with each other. This course offers a look at the concept of gifts training gifts. This course will enhance the learner’s theological understanding of the fivefold ministry offices and prepare them to clearly recognize the office that they are called to before they enter that particular placement by God.
ACTS 1 – ACTS OF GOD THROUGH HIS CHURCH
This course offers a look at how the King of the Universe is often the forgotten as to how God manifests Himself when it comes to the book of Acts, and how He operated in the early church, but certainly recognized, revealed, and otherwise revered in the church today. His work will be the emphasis in this study as the course helps us see the central role of the GOD in action thru His Saints in the earth. Understanding how God works thru His people, empowers and shapes us into comfortably embracing the Gospel Mission within the local church as well as presenting the Gospel message to the world.
CHRISTIAN MARRIAGES – Ideal or Real
This course examines the nature and needs of the marriage union. Students will be taught how to look at the family structure, issues, concerns, problems, and the dynamics of true relationship. As part of this course, an examination of the biblical basis of preparing for Christian marriage; family roles and relationships; and parenting and child training.
This course provides a practical look at the important role of the Christian Pastor in an endeavor to care for the souls of his or her congregation members. This course will cover the theological and practical issues when it comes to sitting with someone on the other side of the desk. This course will provide insights into pastoral counseling, giving spiritual direction, as well as providing the tools for responding to real life-issues in those who cry out for pastoral help.
Marriage problems can seem overwhelmingly complicated and disheartening, not only for the coupes who are struggling with them, but also for those who might be family members, and even close friends. This course covers the fundamental foundations of family, marital, and couple-challenges which occasionally can seem insurmountable and present themselves as impossible challenges that may come up in life. This course will offer simple biblical as well as practical solutions for the counsellor.
IDENTIFICATION: Who God Says You Are
The Identity that God has established for you began before the foundations of the world and in this course, it is key that the student understands that “who you are today, is who you have always been.” Identification is the single most important factor in the life of a believer. In this course you will learn your Identity in Christ and you will come to a complete understanding that we live in Him, and He lives in us. This Identity gives the same power and authority to walk in heavenly realms as He does, even in this earthly realm. We are then able to declare the kingdom of God on earth with signs and wonders following.
SPIRIT, SOUL, AND BODY
This course offers a deeper look at the concept of who God made you to be as a three-part being. Understanding who you were first created as is essential to understanding everything else you are. If God made mankind as a living-soul, then what was he before that? We will investigate the biblical concept of the spirit, soul, and body which allows you to interact with your Creator, and with your fellow man.
SUPERNATURAL SPIRITUAL GIFTS
In this course we will look at one main fact, surrounded by many other truths. The main fact offered in this course is that God not only likes but desires to talk to His creation. The student will learn about the principles of Spiritual Gift stewardship and how to stir up their faith to operate in the gifts of the Spirit. The student will also learn how to minister the heart of God while speaking to the potential within another individual. This course offers some practical, hands-on instruction which will allow the student to tap into a deeper, more mature, and more accurate flow of ministry concerning spiritual gifts.
POWER GIFTS AND PRAYER WORKSHOP
Prayer has not been about warfare since Jesus won all victory at the cross. Prayer is about personal fellowship with our Creator. This course will offer a look at the prayers of the Bible, especially in the New Covenant. When we fellowship and verbally communicate with God, often times it opens up a dialog for both speaking and hearing God speak to us. This type of communication often enhances the individual’s ability to tap into the power of God’s giftings which He has placed in us.
ACTS 11 – Acts of the Apostles
This course chronicles the characters and events in the book of Acts as a study in the early development of the ministry of individual disciples who became the great leaders of the early church.
THE BIBLE AND MISSIONS
This course offers the methods of what Missions may have looked like in the Bible days of the first century. This course is designed to help the student understand the concept of the Bible view of Missions throughout Scripture. The underlying principles found in the scriptures reveal the Mission, Purpose, Passion, and the Global Mandate of the Father heart for the world.
MINISTERIAL ETHICS - 2
This course is designed to give students a biblical understanding of the core role of true leadership. Attention will be given to models, essential qualities, disciplines of spiritual leadership, and the perils or dangers of leadership.
MARRIAGE AND MINISTRY
This course will address how serving in ministry can present a unique set of challenges to any marriage. We will learn from stories and or examples that couples have encountered that will help your marriage to succeed. In this course, we will include the necessary tools for marriage communication, working in agreement, and the art of kindness when approaching each other. There are some questions that will present some very surreal answers which couples can apply to aide them in experiencing a successful marriage and ministry.
REST vs WARFARE
Modern Christendom has believed in the idea that we need to battle through things in the Spirit if we are going to have the victory. As one translation says, “From the moment John stepped onto the scene until now, the realm of heaven’s kingdom is bursting forth, and passionate people have taken hold of its power.” (Matthew 11:12 TPT). However, from a more traditional version, we have always viewed Matthew 11:12 to be about the kingdom of heaven suffering some sort of violent act against it, so now the violent must take it or overcome that violence by force. What is the truth about warfare when those who believe are clearly instructed to be at rest in their union with God? This course offers a look at the more common view of warfare, and the truth about living in God’s rest and peace created within us, so that nothing in life will ever overtake us.
THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
In this course, we will study and look at the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, their contents, the community that produced them, the historical events that shaped the origin and development of the community, and the continuing significance of these Jewish writings. This will be an in-depth study revealing the necessary information which will aid the student in developing further biblical truths.
MY FAITH VS HIS FAITH (THE FAITH OF JESUS)
This course offers a look at the faith of Jesus Christ vs a personal belief system. People can be persuaded of something, but it is the faith of Jesus intertwined with their personal persuasion that brings it to manifestation. This course will look at why Paul wrote Galatians 2:20 and how the faith of the Son of God helps us in our daily lives.
This course targets moral responsibilities as represented by character of Christ in you and should manifest in all of us. Topics included in the course are: conviction, falsehoods, accountability, integrity of heart, and being a person of discernment.
THE HEART OF WORSHIP
The Pentecostal-Charismatic tradition historically has embraced the necessity of having an authentic heart in worship. A formalized study of the affections in relationship to worship provides a meaningful approach to connect the whole person to God in worship. The study provides a biblical approach to the affections in worship, with consideration of literature from human studies (i.e. sociology, anthropology, communication, or psychology). Since the Pentecostal-Charismatic tradition historically embraces the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in worship, the course will develop biblical ways to clear the pathway for that process. The many pitfalls of the worship leader’s heart will be considered (such things as pride, teachability, submission to leadership, and social responsibility). The potential pitfalls of the worshiper will be studied with biblical solutions provided for the development of a lifestyle of worship that does not compartmentalize worship to a weekend church service.
TRADITIONAL AND RITUAL CEREMONIES
What are the ritual ceremonies in the Bible, also known as the sacraments? Are they valid for believers to practice today? In this course, we will examine some of these sacraments which many hold dear today and see why the disciples of Christ were told to practice them. What is baptism and what did Jesus have in mind regarding it? What some call the holy eucharist, is what some call communion. Does God still intend for us to practice it today? Does the bread and wine cause some eternal transformation? This course will review these and other biblical sacraments such as marriage, child dedication, death, and more as we look at the revelation of truth concerning traditionalism when it comes to the practice of ritual ceremonies.
RITUALS, RELIGIONS, AND MYTHS
Religion changes across the globe. Different parts of the world have different beliefs and rules that maintain their religion. Not all religions follow the same practices but there are some similarities between most, if not all, religions. In this course, we will look at some rituals (like fasting) and some Jewish feasts which are specific to one religion, while others are practiced throughout. Religions incorporate myths into how they practice, and why they practice by conveying messages about the supernatural through stories or metaphors. We will look at the true reasons for fasting, baptisms, and other rituals and feasts, which are used to help express ideas and concepts as well, which they believe will help the followers achieve spirituality. The practice of religious rituals will not help people find peace of mind, give them hope, turn their life around, or even change their point of view. However, many use various religious practices to attempt to justify things and to motivate others. Rituals and ceremonies are practiced demonstrating dedication and faith toward a religion. This course offers a look at ritual feasts and fasts with the emphasis on Jewish feasts and Christian fasts. We will also look at the complex relationship between religion and food cultures.
THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS
Many writings in biblical history were eliminated from our modern texts as the scriptures were canonized. However, that does not mean that some should have actually been included such as “The Gospel of Thomas.” Was Thomas traditionally known as the “twin brother of Jesus” and why? Was “The Gospel of Thomas” excluded because of a strong Gnostic influence? This course offers a look at the writings of the Apostle who may have wrongly been given the title, “doubting Thomas” from the translators perspective.
Gender and Difference in Biblical Texts and Traditions
In this course, we will examine the role that gender portrays in various biblical text. Often times the Bible will use the word “man” which may or may not have a gender-specific application. Therefore, we will give attention to male, female, or overall interpretation of mankind in scripture. Any text that suppress the feminine role in scripture has been greatly mistranslated and most definitely misunderstood. We will examine this in the light of the role of women historically, and the influence of the foundation of biblical text when it comes to shaping our contemporary world.
LIFE AND LETTERS OF PAUL
This course will examine the life and background of Saul, who became Paul, as we do an extensive investigation of his conversion, which lead to the purpose and content of his letters. This study is of one of the most important figures in the history of Christianity concerning Saul of Tarsus.
THE FINISHED WORK – Sozo
This course takes the student to the answer of what exactly is the finished work of Jesus? He said, “It is finished!” This course offers a look at a few Greek words and how they are defined based on contextual meaning, historical consideration and the mindset of the period. This course will offer the student a look at how to walk in the finished work of Jesus.
HERMANEUTICS: Bible Study Skills
This course involves the act of scriptural interpretation which empowers the student to gain a proper understanding of the meaning behind scripture, from the century it was written in. We will take a deeper look into the skills of studying the Bible. In particular, learn to deal properly with matters of context, language, theological perspectives, and applications. This course involves the process of investigating the meaning and significance of biblical texts.
THE BOOK OF REVELATION UNVEILED – Part 1 (Chapters 1 – 5)
This course provides a non-traditional look at the book of Revelation. In this course, you will get a glimpse of what a man saw from his imprisonment on the Isle of Patmos as the Lord shows him another realm that was just as real as the one, he had known since his birth. This course offers the spiritual and symbolic truths which are consistently evident from this book. This course is required in the Associate, Bachelor, Master, and Degree programs.
INVESTIGATING CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
This course introduces the student to the dynamics of Theology. This course involves the study of the nature of God and His Word. But also, we will consider of the nature of the Triune God who reveals Himself to us as one, and why. Understanding Theology has more than one mode of interpretation. This course offers a fresh perspective concerning how to see God within the writings of the Bible and beyond.
HOMILETICS: Teaching and Preaching
This course reviews the method and impact of those who communicate the gospel to others, both to a congregation, as well as to the individual. The fundamentals of communicating the gospel to others is not only about the time you put into your studies, and also the way you deliver of what you studied. Teaching and preaching involves a sincere dependence upon the Holy Spirit. This course is an introduction of the theories and practices of preaching in pastoral and liturgical settings.
SALVATION – Life from the Cross
This course is a study of the nature of salvation through the life of Jesus from the cross. This course will focus on what Jesus did in His Finished Work, relating to His sacrifice. This course an invitation to enter into the narrative of salvation from the history told through the lens of the Old and New Testament scriptures. The students will recognize the role of God in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself. It will focus on the process and benefits of the gift of salvation, as it relates from God to mankind.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD
This course provides answers as to what the kingdom of God is and where the kingdom of God is. In this course, the Kingdom of God, also called the Kingdom of Heaven, holds the revelation of a reality provided in Christ. The Kingdom of God is a spiritual realm over which God reigns as king, of which is the fulfillment of God’s will pertaining to heaven coming to our earth. This subject occurs frequently in the New Testament and is primarily used by Jesus Christ in the first three Gospels as an expression of His person and an explanation of what came to our earth in Him. It is generally considered to be the central theme of the teachings of Jesus, even though there are differing views among theologians about the Kingdom of God and its relation to the world around us.
CHRISTOLOGY - The Person and Nature of Christ
This course offers an in-depth look at the elements of Christology, which is a branch of theology relating to the person, nature, and role of Christ in the earth. The person of Christ has been the centerpiece of theological reflection in the Christian tradition. But who is Christ really? What was His function in coming to the earth and living within mankind? This course will begin with the New Testament in an attempt to understand the uniqueness of a first century Christ, who still lives in His creation, in the twentieth century.
THE THEOLOGY OF CREATION
In this course, students will learn the foundational concepts concerning the origin of Creation from a biblical and historical perspective. How much information can be found about Creation from the Bible? And while not all scripture can interpret all other scriptures, there are key scriptures which lead us to a historical view of just how amazing Creation really is. We will look at Creation from the foundation of the world and see the Father’s plan unfold. This study will focus on the origin of the Creation and more.
This course is not designed to diminish the teaching of God’s grace, nor is it to support the idea of taking any liberties of the flesh. Ministerial Ethics could be defined as living the love of God through service to others. In this course you will be helped to develop your leadership skills through understanding conduct becoming of a minister. In this course, we will gain a better understanding of the various ethical issues which impact a person’s life and ministry. This course will assist the minister in understanding the issues of potential misconduct and equip them to better minister in these times.
THE BOOK OF REVELATION UNVEILED – Part 2 (Chapters 6 – 10)
This course will show the student why the book of Revelation is perhaps the most popular book, yet least understood book in the Bible. There is no greater need for an individual than to understand the book of Revelation. While recognizing that Revelation has been interpreted in countless ways by various Christian groups, we will attempt to understand the book in this class in light of its contextual, historical, and cultural setting. To have a proper understanding of the symbolism and spiritual meanings of this book in THAT DAY, will assist the student concerning how to live life today.
PNEUMATOLOGY – THE HOLY SPIRIT
Pneumatology is primarily the study of the theology concerning the Holy Spirit. The basic purpose of the course is to help the student understand the person and work of the Holy Spirit, who is at all times in union with the triune Godhead. This course will also help the student to experience the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in their personal life of devotion and in ministry.
SALVATION – Life After the Cross
In this course, we will look at the word “salvation” in the light of the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Primarily, this course will teach the student about both Jew and Gentile who were brought to God literally by an act of Jesus Himself. We will understand why it was the blood of Jesus which brought us to God. This course will assist the student in embracing what God in Christ did for us, enabling the believer to walk as He is in this world.
This course provides an overview of the basic leadership approaches to ministry, with an application in both a personal and structural context. Being able to create and communicate the vision to others, empowers and helps others to recognize the opportunity to contribute their efforts to various projects. In this course, we will look at five foundational issues in the following areas: Integrity, Communication, Leadership Development, Conflict Management and Personal Management of oneself. The student will be asked to evaluate their own personal leadership practices according to these concepts.
THE THEOLOGY OF CREATION – 2
This course offers a deeper look at some further foundational concepts regarding the origin of Creation from a biblical and historical perspective. How much further information can be found about Creation from the Bible? In this course, we will be venturing into the realm of pre-creation and taking a deeper look at mankind before Adam. Who we are today as spirit, soul, and body, is who we have always been from before time began. We will look at a historical view of mankind from as many clues in scripture as we can, while we look at Creation from the foundation of the universe from within the mind of the Father. As in part I, this study will focus on the origin of Creation and bring more detail to the student.
This course provides an in-depth study of the field of biblical hermeneutics with special emphasis on the interpretation of difficult passages in a variety of genres. The task of correct biblical interpretation (hermeneutics) can be an intimidating one. Yet, it must be looked at through the proper interpretative lens. We must understand what biblical interpretation is. We must also be aware of the danger of poor interpretation and poor interpreters. So, we must acknowledge how one ought to approach the ancient text of the Bible. Then we must make application of our findings, so that we must understand how to cross the bridge of meanings to make the application. We take our study and insight from then to now or as it has been said, “Between two worlds.”
THE BOOK OF REVELATION UNVEILED – Part 3 (Chapters 11 – 16)
In this course, we will show the student some corrections in the interpretation of how traditional Christendom has viewed the Book of Revelation from a worldview. When interpreting the meaning of things like the two witnesses, the seventh trumpet, or the great-fiery dragon, much of theology today does not use the true heart of the Father when explaining these things. Who is the Woman and the Child, or even the Beast spoken of in these chapters? We will look at the one hundred forty-four thousand and the symbolism that the Eternal Christ desires to unveil to us.
PRACTICAL THEOLOGY I
This course is an exploration of leading thinkers, ideas, and texts in practical theology, with special attention to pastoral and lay responses to contemporary concern.
SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I
This is the first in a two-course rotation designed to introduce students to a deeper understanding of Christian doctrine than can be accomplished in earlier Theology classes. It is intended to replace the same or similar class in seminary or graduate school. It considers the Revelation of the doctrine of election, sin, salvation, and incarnation.
THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE OF EVANGELISM
This course will investigate the biblical doctrines supporting the practice of evangelism. Students will hear about the historical development of these concepts as well as contemporary applications available. Current theological issues concerning evangelism will also be addressed. We will focus on the methods and motivations for a theologically sound practice of evangelism in the 21st century.
BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES: THEOLOGY OF RELIGIONS
In this course, we will look at how Christians understand the concept involving other religions. Is God in all people, even though God was not the author of all religions? Are there consequences for accepting or rejecting the Christian’s claim to truth? Do all religions believe in Heaven as Christians understand it? This course will look at further concepts of what some people believe about other religions. We will look at a brief survey of inter-religious beliefs about the final destiny of human beings, theories of approaches to the theology of religion, and weigh the implications of such approaches with Christian missions.
THE APOCRYPHA AND THE LOST BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
The word Apocrypha means ‘hidden things’ in Greek. The Apocryphal books of the Bible seem to fall into two categories: 1) texts which were included in some canonical version of the Bible at some point, and 2) other texts of a Biblical nature which have never been established. These include other apocryphal texts which never made it into any official canon, which apparently shed light on the Bible and its history. In this course, we will look at some of the books that were left out of the Bible and attempt to understand why such decisions were made.
THE FORGOTTEN BOOKS OF EDEN
In this course, we will go over the popularized translation of the OT writings, allegorical-Biblical writings which never achieved canonical status or inclusion in any of the official Apocrypha. We will look at the reason they were not considered to be a part of the Biblical text by those who compiled the Bible in the first millennium.
THE BOOK OF REVELATION UNVEILED – Part 4 (Chapters 17 – 22)
In this course, we will look at a non-traditional view of who the Scarlet Woman refers to as well as what the judgement of Babylon is a symbol of. If the city of Babylon was destroyed in the time of the Old Testament, then what is Jesus revealing to John in this vision? Are the kingdoms of this world destined to become the kingdoms of our God, or have they already become the kingdoms of our God and why? Who is the heavenly Jerusalem and does that relate to us today and why? All of this unveiled revelation will conclude by showing the believer who we are from the beginning of time is still who we are today. This course will inconclusively reveal to the student how that the Father’s original plan remains unbroken from the beginning to the end, presenting the spiritual and symbolic truths which remain consistently evident in this book.
PRACTICAL THEOLOGY II
In this course, we will look at practical theology as an academic discipline that examines and reflects on religious practices in order to understand the theology that is relevant to such beliefs. We will consider how theological theories and theological practices can be more fully aligned, changed, and improved through the revelation of Jesus Christ.
SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II (Christology, Soteriology, Church)
This course will examine Christology, which is the divinity and humanity of Jesus; Soteriology, which is the concept of salvation and the atonement; as well as Ecclesiology, which is the nature of the Church. What was the first century view of these concepts to the Jewish culture and how should they be interpreted when considering present-day truth? We will look at each concept, including their forms and functions.
BIBLICAL THEOLOGY: OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY
In this course, we will look at the story of the Old Testament pertaining to the working of the Triune Godhead who was involved in developing a people over time, to whom the Redeemer would eventually reveal Himself to the world. The course will theologically reflect on those interactions, corresponding themes, and theological importance of God as Trinity in the Old Testament, studied through the lens of the fullness of the Spirit.
BIBLICAL THEOLOGY: ISAIAH’S SOTERIOLOGY
This course will look at the soteriological development of Isaiah and how it shaped the foundational understanding of all New Testament authors, making the rich theology of Isaiah a foundational interest. Consideration within the course will be given to the various ways that Isaiah uses the term “salvation.” A description will be given for understanding what is deep, both theologically and biblically. As the subject is expanded throughout the entire canon, a full understanding of salvation will be developed.
BIBLICAL THEOLOGY: JEREMIAH’S THEOLOGY OF HOPE
In this course, we will look at the Old Testament concerning Jeremiah’s prophecy which often contained a message of judgement; however, it also pointed to deep hope for new realities under God’s rulership. We will seek to find the abounding hope of the “weeping prophet,” as Jeremiah is often called. This course will explore the expression of hope as well as the assessment brought to accepted standards of society. A biblical approach to hope will be developed, grounded in offering an alternative to the accepted mindset of the twenty-first century.
One of the greatest concepts discussed today is that of spiritual awakening to the revelation of the truth of the Father’s mind. Waking up from the believed Adamic-sleep that was religiously imposed upon mankind is a necessity for us all. To awaken to truth in our mind means to become aware of a higher plane of thought is beyond what the carnal mind embraces. All mankind must awaken to the awareness of the same mind that was in Christ Jesus, so that we can think like the mind of God that was implanted within us at creation. For us to understand the concept of awakening, we must know where the awakenings of truth actually takes place. Therefore, the Theology of Awareness is necessary.