Leadership and Ministry Course List
Old Testament Survey (BOT 1702) 3 credits
This course is a survey of the Old Testament literature in its historical setting. Attention is given to outstanding persons, events, and theological emphases.
New Testament Survey (BNT 1000) 3 credits
This course is a survey of the background and content of the New Testament with an emphasis on learning to ask questions that will give the student a deeper understanding of the Scriptures. It is designed for students who desire to use the New Testament for the purposes intended by God both in their personal lives and in their teaching. The course is designed from a conservative and evangelical framework.
Interpretation of Biblical Literature (BSA 1002) 3 credits
Introduction to the principles of biblical interpretation in order to better understand the Bible. Emphasis placed on the application of these principles.
Fundamentals of Theology (TH 2705) 3 credits
This course surveys the essential ideas of Christian thought and doctrine. Emphasis is placed on the biblical foundations of Christian belief as well as the application of doctrine to the Christian life and worldview.
Advanced Interpretation of Biblical Literature (BSA 3019) 3 credits
Study of various interpretive issues including the canon, translation issues, text criticism, and contemporary methods of interpretation.
Biblical Theology of Leadership (TH 3752) 3 credits
This course provides a biblical, Christ-centered perspective of leadership ideas. Historical trends in the development of leadership thinking—both from a secular and Christian perspective—are discussed and evaluated in light of biblical truth, and students will be challenged to apply this truth to their own lives and their understanding of organizational behavior.
Redemption in the OT (BOT 3740) 3 credits
This course will provide the learner with an overview of the Old Testament teachings and application of the doctrine of redemption for both individuals and the community of Israel. 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 to provide the learner with a foundational knowledge of the Christian view of redemption.
Life of Christ (BNT 3708) 3 credits
This course is a journey in the steps of Christ to experience authentic and transformative Christian living, which prepares students to follow the steps of Christ and serve the Church and society. Students will explore context, life examples, teachings, and theology inherent in the life of Christian order to develop a personal theology. The four Gospels serve as the knowledge base.
Letters of Paul (BNT 4742) 3 credits
This course examines the background and ministry of Paul, as well as the origin and purpose of each of the Pauline epistles in the context of the development of his ministry. Synthesis of major themes of Paul, including the Pauline concept of the church and its mission.
Knowing God (TH 4754) 3 credits
This course provides an in-depth study of Theology Proper, the study of God the Father. Included with this will be understanding the doctrine of the Trinity, with an emphasis on biblical, historical and theological dimensions of knowing God. Beyond knowing more about God intellectually, this course seeks the application of Christian doctrine to life experientially knowing God in worship and mission.
College Writing and Research (ENG 1000) 3 credits
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to expand writing and thinking skills through close reading of essay models, peer discussion and practical application. Students will produce original essays - expository, analytical, persuasive, reflective, and descriptive – and will utilize the writing process to improve skills at research, revision, and editing. The course will help students to develop the skills in analytical reading, critical thinking and writing that they will need to be successful in many college courses.
Introduction to Business (BUS 1002) 3 credits
This course provides an overview of the fundamental practices and issues involved in managing and operating a business in today’s marketplace. Areas of business explored in this course include various management theories, economic concepts, management and organization, human resources, sales and marketing, and operations. The course also examines the challenges of operating in both domestic and global markets, business ethics and business strategy.
Philosophy and Worldview (HUM 2799) 3 credits
This course addresses the fact that our culture is confronted with a vast assortment of differing philosophies and worldviews; each claiming to be true. Focus is provided to understand and evaluate these various belief systems in an increasingly pluralistic society. Main ideas of eight different worldviews will be explored while the student develops and expresses a personal worldview. Topics will center around the nature of God, reality, nature of man, death, truth, morality, and the meaning of life. The primary purpose of this course is to challenge students to examine the timeless truths of Christianity.
Personal Financial Management (BUS 1001) 3 credits
This course will provide a practical introduction to personal finance management and assist the student in being a good steward of God-given resources. It addresses realistic ways to manage personal assets effectively. Topics include the development of personal financial goals, planning and budgeting; avoiding fraud and swindles; buying, insuring and financing major assets; consumer credit; banking services; investments; insurance; retirement and estate planning; and income tax.
Communication for Leaders (LM 1703) 3 credits
This course provides a general overview of basic leadership communication skills and strategies. Attention is given to listening, audience evaluation, public speaking, small work groups and business writing. Opportunities to discuss and practice leadership communication are built into the course.
Cultural Diversity (HUM 2733) 3 credits
This course is an exploration of cultural diversity and multiculturalism from a Christian faith perspective. This course provides a process to understand and practice cultural diversity competence. It is designed to initiate and provide ongoing preparation for 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 that will bridge the differences that ordinarily divide people.
World History (HI 2003) 3 credits
This course will provide students with skills in historical research and analysis, a chronological understanding and factual knowledge spanning from the dawn of civilization to 1700. Emphasis is placed on the origins and achievements of the core civilizations of Asia, Africa, America, and Greco-Roman civilizations. In addition, Christian, Islamic and Byzantine cultures will be studied. The ultimate focus will be to provide students with a historical, factual, cultural, and geographical knowledge of ancient history and its relationship to the Bible. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments up to the early modern world civilizations within the interrelations of societies and cultures.
Environmental Science (SCI 2703) 3 credits
This course is designed to provide a general overview of environmental science, with an emphasis on sound science, stewardship, and sustainability. Topics include basic concepts of environmental science, relationships between living and nonliving things, human impact upon the environment, and care of earth’s resources to support future generations of living things. Critical thinking skills will be utilized throughout this course, as these skills underlie one’s ability to carefully consider scientific concepts and their effects upon human interactions. The study of environmental science is approached with an understanding of the grave responsibilities of human beings to practice wise stewardship of God’s creation.
Introduction to Psychology (PS 1001) 3 credits
This course is a general survey of the discipline of psychology. Topics covered will include thinking critically, neuroscience, life span development, sensation and perception, learning, memory, thinking/language/intelligence, personality, psychological disorders, and social psychology. Attention will be given to the relationship between Psychology and Christianity with selected application for life and ministry.
Group Psychology (PS 2731) 3 credits
This course examines the dynamics of communication, particularly in group settings; committees, task forces, church boards, small groups, etc. Topics include factors which influence communications and relationships, verbal and non-verbal behavior, barriers to effective communication, persuasion, attitude change, motivation and conflict resolution. Current theory and skill exercises will be utilized.
Research Statistics (PS 2782) 3 credits
An introduction to research methodology and statistics as a liberal arts discipline, this course will not primarily be a “number crunching” course, though many statistical concepts will be presented in context. The emphasis of the course will be on developing an understanding of the principles and concepts underlying the use of statistics in social sciences research and applications. Topics to be explored include the formulation of questions and hypotheses, appropriate experimental design, sampling methodology, data analysis, and the presentation of results using graphical summaries and proper statistical notation.
Research & Concept Development Skills (ENG 3701) 3 credits
This course will help students develop the skills and strategies to be successful as an adult learner. Focus is on the topics of adult learning, effective team work, and discovering one’s personal calling. Team dynamics, the MLA formatting guidelines for academic writing, understanding personal learning styles and personality types, and personal goal setting is included in these broader topics.
Personal and Social Ethics (LM 3731) 3 credits
This course lays the foundation for a Christian response to ethical issues arising in 21st Century Western culture. Attention is given to the biblical foundation of Christian personal and social ethics, the history of ethics, ethical decision-making, and personal character development. Application of these topics will be made to a range of contemporary issues.
Leadership and Ministry
Living the Christian Faith (CM 1001) 3 credits
This course is designed to provide an entrance into the lifestyle of biblical Christianity, and the role of spiritual disciplines. This course will also help one discover how God has gifted people for His service in the body of Christ and the world at large.
Introduction to Computers (BUS 1715) 3 credits
This course will prepare the adult learner with foundational computer skills, enabling the student to achieve academic and professional success in this technical age. Topics include chronological advancements of the personal computer, common keyboard and mouse functions, internet innovation and usage, a definition of computer hardware and software, and effective usage of office software applications. This course will also focus on developing a working knowledge of three applications within the Microsoft Office software suite. Specific skills will include word processing with Microsoft Word; creating slide presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint; and developing spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel. The student will have the opportunity to engage in practical application of the concepts learned, whether for ministry, business, or any other profession.
Sharing and Defending the Faith (CM 1002) 3 credits
This course will define faith in Christ (the gospel), and will explore ways to share the gospel. Students will consider the various hindrances to the effective communication of the gospel, as well as develop strategies for answering objections to the gospel in a way that points individuals to Jesus Christ.
Introduction to Leadership (BUS 1701) 3 credits
This course provides an overview of the basics of leadership with application in both a personal and organizational context. Creating and communicating the vision, empowering others and recognizing their contributions, challenging the status quo and leading change, and celebrating team and organizational success are all key ideas addressed in this course. Moreover, students will be asked to evaluate their own personal leadership practices according to these concepts.
Issues in Christian Leadership (LM 2730) 3 credits
Issues in Christian Leadership addresses the seminal issues in Christian leadership in both the church and para-church settings, including the foundational issues of each of the five following areas: integrity, communication, leadership development, conflict management and self-care.
Teaching the Christian Faith (CM 2763) 3 credits
This course is intended to equip Christian leaders with an understanding of the principles and practices of teaching the Word of God. The course will include biblical perspectives on teaching, as well as practical methods for teaching effectively. The focus will be on teaching the Christian faith, yet learned skills will apply to other fields as well.
Working with Teams (LM 4734) 3 credits
This course emphasizes the importance of teamwork in organizational or professional settings. In addition to reviewing the components of effective teams, the dysfunctions of teams, accountability within teams, and values will also be discussed. Success in organizations is largely dependent on teamwork. Students will become more effective team members as well as equipping them to improve team relationships. Characteristics of dynamic and thriving teams will be explored, with a special emphasis on the common dysfunctions of teams and how to avoid them.
Mobilizing Volunteers (CM 4720) 3 credits
This course will investigate ways to mobilize and engage volunteers. It will defend the value of volunteers and their relationship within an organization. The topics examined will include: types of recruitment methods, importance of background checks, communicating organizational mission statements, goals and values, training, retention, volunteer tasks and expectations, motivation, reward systems and performance improvement for both volunteers and staff. Throughout the course, you will develop a practice scenario of organizing volunteers and staff for a specific event.
Biblical Counseling (PS 4766) 3 credits
This course will provide an overview of counseling from a biblical perspective. This course will discuss an overview of the change process, with brief exploration into personality structure and the origin of personal struggles, from a biblical perspective. This course will also provide a study of the modern day integration perspectives of theology and psychology.
Organizational Leadership (LM 3732) 3 credits
This course will provide an understanding of organizational leadership from a biblical, theoretical and practical point of view. The topic of leadership will be discussed in four contexts that include intrapersonal, interpersonal relationships, organizational structure and processes, and organizational culture. The biblical approach of the covenant will be used as a unifying theme for leadership best practices within each of these contexts.
Marketplace Ministry (CM 3762) 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to learn and live the foundational tenets of biblical Christianity in the marketplace of life; at home, at work, and in the school; in short, in the public arena. Attention will be given to the lifestyle of the believer as a statement to the non-Christian, relationship building, lifestyle evangelism, spiritual conversation with the non-Christian, and the biblical elements of conversion.
Pastoral Care (CM 4764) 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to equip leaders with the understanding and skills necessary to offer support and services to those in need. Special attention is given to developing practical ways to demonstrate the love of Christ in obedience to the biblical mandate to serve one another in love.
International Issues in Business (BUS 4780) 3 credits
This course provides a context for understanding the global context for businesses seeking to grow internationally. Issues related to ethical and cultural differences among various countries are discussed, as well as strategies for entering the global market and competing successfully. Further, a biblical perspective on international business will be introduced.
Strategic Management (BUS 4785) 3 credits
This course examines the art and science of formulating, implementing, and evaluating cross-functional decisions that enable an organization to achieve its objectives. The course focuses on integrating management, marketing, finance/accounting, production/operations, research and development, and information systems to accomplish organizational success in a rapidly changing global economy.
Ministry Leadership Capstone (LM 4710) 3 credits
Throughout the course of study, students will experience ministry first-hand in a local church or organizational setting under the direct supervision of a mentoring leader. Students will be exposed to and involved in all dimensions of the selected ministry.
Free Electives 9 credits
Biblical Studies 30 credits
General Education 36 credits
Leadership and Ministry 45 credits
Free Electives 9 credits