Christian Ministries

Bachelor of Arts127 Credits

The major in Christian Ministries is designed to provide the student with a foundational knowledge in Bible, education, church ministry, and the variety of Christian ministry opportunities within the local church, outside the church, and in parachurch organizations. It is flexible enough to allow the student to choose an area of particular interest, but also exposes the student to a broad perspective of the church as a whole and the various ministries it provides.

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  1. The student will be able to communicate the biblical text in oral and written forms in an audience appropriate manner.
  2. The student will be able to locate, evaluate, and utilize biblical, theological, and related information in ministry related endeavors.
  3. The student will be able to establish and maintain professional demeanor and relationships within the church and community.
  4. The student will be able to articulate and model essential spiritual disciplines for personal growth.
  5. The student will be able to perform pastoral responsibilities in the development and administration of the local church or perform skills in a marketplace setting.

Students are encouraged to take PHL 323 Apologetics for their PHL course. Students who desire to be considered for ministerial credentials should take PST 433 and take six elective credits in the area of BIB/NWT/OLT/THE.

*Special Note: The student has the option of selecting any minor from the catalog and inserting it into the electives within the Christian Ministries major and in so doing receives not only a major in Christian Ministries, but also a minor within the 127 credits. Normally it would require the student to take 148 credits to accomplish this.

Course Code
Course Name
Credits
BIB/NWT/OLT/THE
Courses
9 cr
CMS/DIG/MTN
Courses
2 cr
FNA
Fine Arts Course
3 cr
HIS 213, 223, 233, 243
History Course
3 cr
Culture/Society
Courses
6 cr
LIT
Literature Course
3 cr
MTH
Math Course
3 cr
PHE
Activity Course
1 cr
SCI
Science Course
3 cr
TOTAL
 
64 credits
Course Code
Course Name
Credits
Choose one
Courses to choose from:
3 cr
 
Elective Courses
24 cr
ICS
Intercultural Studies Course
3 cr
PHL
Philosophy Course
3 cr
PRE
Preaching Course
3 cr
 
Professional Studies Courses
12 cr
TOTAL
 
63 credits

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

Course Descriptions & Related Information

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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 binds 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.

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 credits

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 credit

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 credit

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 credit

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

Major Requirements

CRL 223 Outreach and Discipleship Programs 3 credits

A study of the total church program of evangelism and follow-up ministry. Provides a theoretical and practical basis for the establishment of outreach and discipleship programs in the church. Evaluates the philosophy and design of several established programs.

CRL 243 Developing Strategic Outreaches 3 credits

A practical study of outreach strategies with special attention to awareness of specific people groups, interface with community organizations, prayer, out-reach designing, team building, financial issues, follow up, and evaluation. Fieldwork will be an integral part of this course.

PST 443 Disciple Making & Equipping Ministry 3 credits

A biblical foundation for understanding Christian discipleship through both academic study and a community lab experience. Attention is given to both personal development and the discipleship of others.

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.

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 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 credits

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 Internship 1 credits

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.

PST 483Senior Capstone Experience1 credits

The culminating preparation for ministerial vocation for seniors in practical ministry majors. In com- munity, students reflect on their experiences, refine skills, prepare portfolios, and work on job placement. (Theological and Biblical Studies Majors take THE 483, Theological Studies Capstone, instead.)

PSY 283 Lifespan Human Development 3 credit

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.