Children's Ministry

Bachelor of Arts127 Credits

The program in Children’s Ministry is designed to prepare the student with foundational knowledge in administration, Bible, Christian education, church music and worship, church polity, missions, preaching, theology and other essentials designed to develop skill in ministry and related areas.

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  1. Students will communicate the biblical text in oral and written forms in an audience appropriate manner.
  2. Students will locate, evaluate, and utilize biblical, theological, and related information in ministry-related endeavors.
  3. Students will establish and maintain professional demeanor and relationships within the church and community.
  4. Students will articulate and model the essential spiritual disciplines for personal spiritual growth and the uniqueness of a Christian Worldview when examined in light of other world views.
  5. Students will perform pastoral responsibilities in the development and administration of the local church.

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

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Core Requirements

BIB 200 Biblical Theology 3 credits

A study of the major biblical and theological themes of both testaments. Emphasis on discovering the flow of ideas that bind the different books of the Bible into a unified whole.
Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113.

BIB 213 Hermeneutics 3 credits

An advanced study of the history, theory, and practice of biblical interpretation. This course emphasizes knowledge, understanding, and skills for pastoral and scholarly study of the Scripture including a review of current approaches and developments.
Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113

COM 123 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 credits

A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research.
A passing grade of C- or higher is required.

HIS 213 Ancient and Medieval World History 3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the beginning of civilization to the Renaissance. Special attention is given to major events, individuals, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 223 Modern and Contemporary World History  3 credits

A survey of world civilization from the Enlightenment to the present. Special attention is given to major events, individuals, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.

HIS 233 U.S. History – Colonization to Reconstruction 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIS 243 U.S. History – Reconstruction to the Present 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, Imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, etc.

HIS 373 Ancient and Medieval Christian History 3 credits

A survey of Christianity from the post-apostolic Church through 1500 A.D. Emphasis is placed on major events, individuals, and developments in historical theology. Special topics include persecution, heresies, monasticism, and the development of the institutions of the Church.

HIS 383 Modern and Contemporary Christian History 3 credits

A survey of Christianity from 1500 AD to the present. Emphasis is placed on major events, individuals, and developments in historical theology. Special topics include the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, evangelization of the Western Hemisphere, Puritanism, the development of denominations, revivalism, fundamentalism, the rise of theological liberalism, Vatican II, and the 20th Century Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

LIT 273 Children’s Literature 3 credits

A survey of children’s literary classics. Students will learn to analyze and evaluate a wide range of children’s literature. In addition, the role of literature in children’s growth and development will be explored.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497, and EDU 103 or PSY 283.

LNG 243-53 Beginning Greek I – II 3 credits each

An introduction to the basic elements of New Testament Greek, with emphasis upon grammatical forms, syntax, and vocabulary. Greek II is a continuation of Greek I and includes readings in the Greek New Testament.

LNG 263-73 Beginning Hebrews I – II 3 credits each

An introduction to the basic elements of Old Testament Hebrew, with emphasis upon basic vocabulary, syntax, and grammar. Hebrew II is a continuation of Hebrew I.

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHE 281 Health and Nutrition 1 credit

This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. Maybe taken one time only.
This course is required of all students.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PSY 223 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits

An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credits

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

THE 233An Introduction to the History & Theology of the A/G 3 credits

An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.

Major Requirements

PST 303 Caregivers at Risk 3 credits

This course is a study of the basic principles essential to maintaining health in the context of church-related ministries. An emphasis is given to developing a Christ-centered lifestyle. Psychological assessments are administered to assist students in identifying personal issues that hinder psychological well-being and impede transformational change. Through small group exercises and non-judgmental community, students are encouraged to develop relationships that facilitate support and accountability.

PST 313 Principles of Leadership 3 credits

A study of the basic principles of leadership philosophy, goals and strategies. Includes an overview of leadership styles, time management, conflict resolution, communication, legal issues, development of mission statements, and professional etiquette and ethics.

PST 433 Church Finance and Resource Management 3 credits

The role of the pastor in financial and physical plant oversight in the local church. An overview of office and personnel management, facilities management, fundraising, accounting procedures, budgeting, fiscal accountability, record keeping, and annual reporting. Introduces computer software useful for church administration, legal and tax records, and general church business.

CRE 153 Children’s Ministries 3 credits

A specialized study providing an overview of children’s ministries, theology and resources as it pertains to specific programs such as small groups, mid-week clubs, children’s church, music, drama, and other children’s activities.

CRE 223 Technology in Children’s 3 credits

Ministries A study of the philosophy for and pragmatics of contemporary usage of technology within children’s ministry. Exemplary examples of technology integration within the local children’s ministry setting will be explored and common software applications will be utilized to create technological tools to enhance ministry to children.

CRE 233 Puppetry 3 credits

A practical course designed to give the student a working knowledge of the creative art of puppetry. Includes techniques for making and using puppets, puppet staging, writing puppet scripts, and administering a puppetry ministry. Students will be involved in puppet productions designed to reach children with biblical truth. Practical field experience will be required. $75 lab fee.

CRE 393 Children’s Presentations 3 credits

An overview of needs, opportunities, and resources for education of adults in the church. Theories of andragogy, adult faith development, continuing education, and specialized ministry to young, middle, and older adults, as well as special-needs groups will be explored.

CRL 233 Evangelizing Children 3 credits

This course is an in-depth focus on evangelism and children. Topics include: the history of evangelizing children in America, traditional as well as cutting edge evangelism thrusts, age-appropriate evangelism techniques, how to lead a child to Christ, the art of the altar call, making the most of holidays, preparation of age-appropriate evangelism materials, and how to organize and present evangelistic events for children. This class will require students to prepare and execute a plan for evangelizing children, write, and illustrate an age- appropriate Gospel tract, and participate in several evangelistic programs in local churches. Some time outside of the class will be required as we present the Gospel to children in a variety of venues.

PRE 213 Foundations of Biblical Preaching3 credits

An introduction to sermon preparation and preaching combining theory and practice. Lectures cover theoretical and practical aspects of sermons and their preparation, structure and delivery.
Prerequisites: COM 123 or 494, BIB 103 when applicable, BIB 213, OLT 123 and NWT 113.

PRE 453 Imaginative Communication 3 credits

This course will explore creative ways in which to communicate biblical truths to contemporary culture. The student will develop skills to responsibly study passages or themes of the Bible and then communicate them in ways that will not necessarily follow traditional preaching modes. This course contains a laboratory component, which allows students to practice and experiment with presentation forms and content.
Prerequisite: PRE 213.

PRE 473 Preaching in Children’s Ministry 3 credits

How to plan and construct sermons for children. Methods of visualizing the Gospel will be presented. Special emphasis is given to altar calls, altar ministry, and age-level appropriate preaching for response.
Prerequisite: PRE 213.

PST 363 Pastoring Children 3 credits

This course will help the student to minister to children in their life situations. Attention is given to teaching children to worship and pray, relating theological concepts and biblical truths to children, identifying social influences which affect children, and understanding the unique spiritual needs of children.

PST 423 Pastoral Ministry and Practice 3 credits

An overview of the character, qualifications and call of the pastor. Instruction is given in conducting common church ceremonies: water baptism, communion, infant dedication, installation of officers, weddings, and funerals. Includes principles for conducting church business meetings, parliamentary procedure, visitation and pastoral care.

PST 471 Internship Seminar 1 credit

This course is to prepare the student for his/her internship. Emphasis will be placed upon self understanding, conflict resolution, and the practical concerns faced by interns. Time will also be given to formalize the specifics for each internship.
This course is a Prerequisite for PST 481.

PST 481 Internship1 credit

This phase of the student’s education is to provide a supervised experience in direct ministry. All internships must be approved and processed through the Internship office. Internships can range from 6 to 15 weeks. Students are required to complete practical field work in addition to written work, and field supervisors will assess student performance during the internship. Internships must be major-specific.
Prerequisite: PST 471.

PSY 283 Lifespan Human Development 3 credits

A survey of human development from conception to death. Focus is on the biological, intellectual, and psycho-social development of the individual person.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

EDU 103 Child Development 3 credits

This course examines the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual development of the child from early childhood through adolescence, including the study of how children/adolescents learn and acquire knowledge. Special attention will be given to leading theories of development and their implications in educational settings.

PSY 333 Pastoral Counseling 3 credits

An introduction to the pastoral perspective in counseling. A study of the biblical basis for counseling will be conducted. Emphasis will be given to a survey of techniques for premarital, marriage, family, career guidance, grief, and pre-referral counseling.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

SPE 223 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3 credits

This course provides an overview of the basic characteristics and unique life and educational needs of individuals who have been determined to be exceptional in mental, physical, and/or emotional characteristics. Students will explore the validity of previously held beliefs, formulate new concepts, and acquire the tools necessary to challenge misconceptions, whether personal or other. The application of new information relating to the understanding of individuals with disabilities is achieved through activities promoting self-awareness and reflection.

PSY 414 Marriage and Family Therapy 3 credits

Students will receive specialized training in marriage and family counseling from a systems perspective. Hypothetical cases will be conceptualized, assessed and diagnosed from this orientation. Interventions unique to this approach will be examined.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

THE 243 Theology I 3 credits

A study of the introduction to theology, the defense of the faith, and the doctrines of the Bible and revelation, God, creation, and angels. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues (Technically: Pro-legomena, Apologetics, Bibliology, Theology Proper, Cosmology, and Angelology.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123 and NWT 113.

THE 303 Theology II 3 credits

A study of the doctrines of humanity, sin, Christ, and salvation. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues. (Technically: Anthropology, Hamartiology, Christology, and Soteriology.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123, NWT 113.

THE 353 Theology III 3 credits

A study of the doctrines of the Holy Spirit, the Church, and death and the end times. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues. (Technically: Pnuematology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology: Personal and General.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123, NWT 113.