PROGRAM GOALS & OBJECTIVES
Vine program goals and learning outcomes objectives are articulated to support the mission statement and institutional goals.
- That students begin developing leadership skills and expertise in a specialized area such as Pastoral Ministry, Missions, Christian Education
- That students deliver the biblical truth to the mission field (full-time or part-time)
- That graduates be equipped for doctoral studies
- Become a candidate for an ordained pastor
- Work as an educational administrator
- Teach in a college level classes
- Full-time ministry in mission
- That students tackle the relationship of Missiology proper to the Christian faith
- That students develop skills in applying academic concepts and writing dissertation.
- That students facilitate a number of seminars in which the issues are thoroughly discussed
- That graduates be ready for defense of a doctoral dissertation
- Full-time or Part-time teaching faculty
- Church leadership as senior pastor
GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
BI 500 OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY (3)
A broad survey of Genesis through Song of Solomon including overall themes, divisions, main problems, and spiritual principles of these books in relation to their background and Christianity today.
BI 501 NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY (3)
A general overview of the New Testament including themes, major divisions, problems and lessons from each book.
BI 502 PENTATEUCH (3)
A critical introduction to the first five books of the bible. Examination of the Higher Criticism of the Pentateuch, the chronological issues, and the archaeological and cultural background of the Pentateuch.
BI 503 HISTORICAL BOOKS (3)
A study of the books of Joshua through Esther with special emphasis on a historical overview of this period.
BI 507 GENESIS (3)
An in-depth study of the first book of the Old Testament.
BI 510 ELEMENTS OF HEBREW (3)
Basic grammar with translation and written exercises including the reading of selected biblical texts.
BI 511 ADVANCED HEBREW (3)
Grammar and syntax with selected readings and exegesis in biblical texts including passages in Zechariah.
BI 512 ADVANCED HEBREW READING (3)
Selected passages of Hebrew text with emphasis on reading and translation.
BI 513 ADVANCED HEBREW GRAMMAR (3)
A study of the details of Hebrew grammar and syntax along with readings in the Hebrew text.
BI 515 INTRODUCTION TO GREEK (3)
An introductory study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek.
BI 516 INTERMEDIATE GREEK (3)
Continued study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek including translation of portions of the New Testament.
BI 517 ADVANCED GREEK GRAMMAR (3)
An intensive study of A.T. Robertson’s A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research along with other standard works on grammar.
BI 520 POETIC & WISDOM LITERATURE (3)
Various types of poetic and wisdom literature emphasizing poetic devices and principles of interpretation.
BI 522 OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY (3)
A study of the main doctrines of the Christian religion and how they are traced and developed in the Old Testament.
BI 525 MAJOR PROPHETS (3)
An in-depth study of the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.
BI 526 ISAIAH & JEREMIAH (3)
A study of the life and times of each prophet, his character, message and Messianic emphasis, including discussion of the value of each book for the church today.
BI 528 MINOR PROPHETS (3)
A study of the place and function of the prophet in Israel and Judah, including a rapid survey of each book in view of the political, social and religious conditions of the times.
BI 529 ADVANCED STUDIES IN MINOR PROPHETS (3)
An in-depth study of the special message of each prophet as clarified by the exposition.
BI 535 FEASTS AND FESTIVALS OF ISRAEL (3)
An in-depth study of the feasts and festivals of Israel and their theology in the New Testament.
BI 536 DANIEL (3)
A study of the book of Daniel, including discussion of the identity of the writer, the purpose and theme of the book, and a survey of the nine general divisions of the book.
BI 542 THE BOOK OF JOSHUA (3)
A study of the book of Joshua, including discussion of the identity of the writer, the theme and purpose of the book, and a survey of the four general divisions.
BI 551 SYNOPTIC GOSPELS (3)
Introduction to and examination of the Synoptic problem in a Greek harmony of the Gospels and scholarly works. Discussion of similarities, differences, and the importance of each gospel account.
BI 552 THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
A study of John’s Gospel in the light of the author’s stated purpose with emphasis on its contribution to the knowledge of the person and work of Christ.
BI 553 THE JOHANNINE EPISTLES (3)
A detailed study of these epistles which unfold the practical solution to the problems of fellowship and falsehood.
BI 554 JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (3)
An in-depth study of the person, character, and completed work of Christ as presented in the Gospel of John.
BI 555 THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES (3)
Introduction to the book with emphasis placed upon its importance and its historicity. Comparison studies of the style of Luke’s Gospel and Peter’s and Paul’s speeches with their epistles.
BI 556 ROMANS (3)
An exegetical study of the epistle to the Romans with special study of the major doctrines of Salvation by Grace through faith. Includes discussion of the identity of the writer, the theme and purpose of the book, and five general divisions in the epistle.
BI 557 GALATIANS (3)
An exposition of the epistle which devotes special attention to interpretive questions concerning justification by faith and the life of the Christian according to the principles of grace.
BI 558 I CORINTHIANS (3)
An exposition of the epistle devoting attention to the concept of grace through Christ, divisions in the body and disorders in the Church, marriage, and Christian liberty. Includes discussion of the writer, theme, and purpose of the epistle.
BI 559 II CORINTHIANS (3)
An exposition of the epistle in light of the social and moral conditions of the times with special focus on doctrinal and ethical values and their application to church problems of today.
BI 560 EPHESIANS (3)
An exposition which unfolds divine revelation about the church and its calling, its relationship to Christ and its life in the world today.
BI 561 PHILIPPIANS (3)
An exposition which continues study of divine revelation about the church and its relationship to Christ and its role today. Includes discussion of the author, theme, and the purpose of the epistle.
BI 562 COLOSSIANS (3)
An exposition which continues study of divine revelation about the church, the believer, and their respective relationship to Christ. Includes discussion about the writer, theme, purpose of the epistle, and covers four major divisions of the book.
BI 563 I & II THESSALONIANS (3)
An exposition of each Thessalonian epistle with special emphasis on discussions of the ideal church and the ideal servant. Includes discussion of the five major divisions of the first epistle and two divisions of the second and mention of the writer, theme, and purpose of the epistles.
BI 564 THE PRISON EPISTLES (3)
An exposition of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon which unfolds divine revelation about the church and its calling, its relationship to Christ, and its life in the world today.
BI 565 THE PASTORAL EPISTLES (3)
The epistles to Timothy and Titus expounded in the light of their special emphasis upon pastoral ministration and church discipline.
BI 570 HEBREWS (3)
An exposition showing the relation of the Old Testament priesthood and sacrificial systems to New Testament fulfillment in Christ.
BI 571 GENERAL EPISTLES (3)
An overview of the main teachings and problems of interpretation of the New Testament books of James through Jude.
BI 580 DANIEL AND REVELATION (3)
An exposition related closely in each case to the historical background, theme, flow of argument through chapters and sections, problem areas and spiritual applications. Discussion of the prophetical relationship between the two books and their correlation to other books.
BI 581 ADVANCED STUDIES IN REVELATION (3)
An in-depth chronological study of chapters one through six of the Book of Revelation and topical studies of the remaining chapters with special discussion of their significance in view of current events today.
BI 582 THE OLD TESTAMENT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT (3)
A study of quotations in the New Testament from the Old Testament showing the specific adaptation of the quotations by the New Testament writers and how they compare with the Old Testament context.
BI 590 NEW TESTAMENT BACKGROUNDS (3)
An investigation of the Jewish and Hellenistic backgrounds of the New Testament world, of Jesus, and of the early church.
BI 592 NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY I (3)
A study of important theological concepts in the New Testament focusing on the orthodox understanding of major doctrines in light of their first century environment.
BI 593 NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY II (3)
Directed studies with expensive reading and preparation of written materials under the direction of a faculty member. Includes written thesis for completion.
BI 594 ADVANCED STUDIES (1-3)
A research oriented course with directed reading and seminar discussion on selected biblical subjects. Requires a written thesis for completion.
BI 595 LEARNING CONTRACT IN BIBLE (1-3)
Development of a learning program on a particular subject under the direction of a faculty member. Requires a written thesis providing explanation of conclusions and demonstration that the subject has been learned.
CE 500 INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (3)
Overview of the Christian education as ministry in the church and mission field. Covers topics as of teaching methods, curriculum selection, recruiting and training of teachers and supervisors.
CE 501 THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (3)
Biblical and theological disciplines and examples in Christian education as ministry in the church and the mission field.
CE 510 PSYCHOLOGY OF EDUCATION (3)
Study of psychology in education in relation to the ministry and the mission field.
CE 512 THEOLOGY OF YOUTH EDUCATION (3)
This course will draw on sound biblical and theological principles as well as lessons from the social sciences and personal experience.
CE 515 PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (3)
Exploration of the purpose of the Christian Education. In depth comparison and exploration of philosophical differences with the philosophy of the secular education.
CE 520 ADVANCED CHILDREN’S MINISTRY (3)
A study of the advanced principles underlying children’s ministry at the local church and the mission field.
CE 530 ADVANCED YOUTH MINISTRY (3)
A study of the advanced principles underlying children’s ministry at the local church and the mission field.
CE 550 BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION (3)
Biblical basis and in-depth study of its methods and examples in the bible.
CE 580 EDUCATION STUDY (1-6)
A research oriented course with directed reading and seminar discussion on selected biblical subjects pertaining to Christian education. Requires a written thesis for completion.
CE 590 PRACTICUM IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (1-6)
Under the guidance and tutelage of professor, the candidate must complete a field project pertaining to the discipline of Christian education.
THEOLOGY AND CHURCH HISTORY
TH 500 SURVEY OF CHURCH HISTORY I (3)
Church history from Pentecost to the Reformation. Emphasis upon the development of doctrine, organization and the Roman Catholic Church. Discussion of the place and importance of monasticism, scholasticism, mysticism and the Renaissance. Mentions the influence of leading personalities.
TH 501 SURVEY OF CHURCH HISTORY II (3)
An in-depth study of Church history from 1517 to the present day. Emphasis on the causes and development of the Reformation, Protestant denominations, and English and American Christianity. Opportunity is provided for each student to familiarize himself with the history and polity of his church.
TH 502 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I (3)
The nature, method and rationale of Christian theology. Revelation, both general and special, inspiration, canonicity, authority and illumination of the Word of God. The doctrine of God, including His existence, attributes, and Trinitarian nature. Includes discussion of both good and fallen angels.
TH 503 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II (3)
Man, his creation in the image of God, his nature, fall and the effect of sin upon the race and salvation of God, including the person and work of Christ. The application of salvation to men including election, regeneration, justification, sanctification, and perseverance.
TH 504 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY III (3)
A study of the broad kingdom purpose of God and the future events relating to the destiny of individuals and history, including the second coming of Christ in its phases, the millennial reign of Christ, the resurrection, the judgments and eternal state. Discussion of the church, its inception, its nature, including its organization, ordinances, place, and mission in the purpose of God.
TH 505 TRINITY & THE PERSON OF CHRIST (3)
An in-depth study of the doctrine of the trinity with special emphasis on the person of Christ.
TH 506 BIBLICAL THEOLOGY
This course is an introduction to the theology of the Old and New Testaments, with attention given to methodology, the unity and diversity of theologies in both the Testaments.
TH 507 SURVEY OF MODERN THEOLOGICAL THOUGHT (3)
The study of contemporary theological positions including a survey of the philosophical and theological thought leading up to the present day.
TH 509 REFORMATION THEOLOGY (3)
The history of the doctrine beginning with the reformers and continued into the twentieth century with a refutation of heterodox views.
TH 510 HERMENEUTICS (3)
A study of fundamental principles for sound interpretation of the Bible, including general rules and special principles for poetic, parabolic, prophetic and typological portions.
TH 511 A BIBLICAL VIEW OF MAN (3)
The study of man in his origins, nature and perfections in the image of God. Includes discussion of the origin, character, transmission, effect and punishment of sin; the saving work of the triune God as carried out in the redemptive act centering in Christ.
TH 514 ACTS 29- PAUL TO AUGUSTINE (3)
A historical study of the life and exploits of Paul, as recorded in the Bible an Church tradition up through Augustine.
TH 515 VERSIONS OF THE BIBLE (3)
A study of the stages through which our English version of the Bible came into existence, including discussions relating to the strengths and weaknesses of the various versions.
TH 520 APOLOGETICS (3)
The acceptability of the Christian faith in the light of the biblical, historical and archaeological records, Christian experience, science and philosophy.
TH 523 CULTS AND THE OCCULT (3)
A study of the basic doctrines of some of the major cults including an analysis of the nature of the demonic influence behind them.
TH 526 CULTS OF AMERICA (3)
The distinctive features of the cults of America with their significance in the development of religious thoughts with particular reference to their treatment of the central features of orthodox Christian doctrine.
TH 530 MINISTERIAL ETHICS (3)
A study of the ethical issues unique to the pastor, his family, and the congregation. A study of the practice of church discipline as it’s relates to scripture and society.
TH 540 PNEUMATOLOGY (3)
The person and work of the Holy Spirit in both the Old and New Testaments with particular attention to his ministries in this age to the individual believer and the church.
TH 543 BIBLE PROPHECY (3)
A broad overview of biblical prophecy in the Old and New Testaments contrasted with a rapid survey of historical events which fulfilled the prophecies.
TH 548 DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH- 20TH CENTURY (3)
An examination of the fundamental doctrines concerning the church, including its nature, organizational structure, ministry, ordinances, purpose and place in God’s design. Discussion of the significance derived from each of these practical life of the church with special focus on current theological issues.
TH 550 ESCHATOLOGY (3)
A study of the doctrine of future things relating to the destiny of individuals, nations, and the universe.
TH 554 CURRENT EVENTS IN ESCHATOLOGY (3)
An overview of current events and trends with special emphasis on their relation to the biblical sequence of final things.
TH 580 CHURCH HISTORY (3)
A broad overview of the history of the church from the time of Christ to the present.
TH 590 SELECTED STUDIES IN THEOLOGY (1-3)
Supervised reading and research in selected areas of systematic theology.
TH 591 ADVANCED STUDY IN THEOLOGY (1-4)
A research oriented course including directed reading and seminar discussion on selected theological subjects; extensive written thesis required for completion.
TH 595 LEARNING CONTRACT IN THEOLOGY (1-6)
Development of a learning program on a particular subject under the direction of a faculty member. Requires extensive directed reading and a written thesis for completion.
TH 596 THEOLOGY IN SPIRITUALITY (3)
In depth study of theology embedded in spirituality.
PRACTICAL THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY
MN 500 EVANGELISM (3)
The practical examination of the theology of evangelism and discipleship with an emphasis on developing the skills of personal evangelism and equipping others to share their faith.
MN 501 CHURCH ADMINISTRATION AND I.T. (3)
This course will go over church administration and information technology and the overall understanding of the church and non-profit agencies.
MN 502 ADVANCED EVANGELISM (3)
A survey of the history of evangelism and revivals. An examination of various strategies such as T.V., mass crusade, street and pulpit evangelism and the giving of invitations and altar calls.
MN 503 MINISTRY OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION (3)
This course provides an introduction to the important elements of nonprofit management.
MN 504 SOUL WINNING (3)
A study of the programs and methodology of mass evangelism.
MN 506 MINISTRY FORMATION I (1)
Ministry Formation I is a study of the various means of preparation for ministry. Attention will be given to an examination of a call to ministry and the minister’s role in the mission of the church.
MN 507 MINISTRY FORMATION II (1)
This course is an introduction to field–based internship in practical theology utilizing the dynamics of mentored ministry which integrat91es academic learning with character formation and professional competencies.
MN 508 MINISTRY FORMATION III (1)
This course is a study of the day-to-day tasks and challenges of the contemporary minister.
Attention will be given to such tasks as conducting weddings, funerals, church ordinances, and to the ministry of pastoral care.
MN 509 MINISTRY FORMATION IV (1)
This course is an advanced field-based internship in practical theology which utilizes the dynamics of mentored ministry. It includes utilization of case studies, theological reflection and the development of an integrative plan for personal and professional growth.
MN 510 CHURCH PLANTING IN THE USA (3)
The study of the components, such as geography, demography, strategy and implementation that go into church planting in the USA.
MN 511 PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH GROWTH IN THE USA (3)
A biblical study of church growth principles. An analysis of contemporary practices.
MN 512 SMALL GROUP MINISTRIES (3)
A study of the role of small groups in the church in providing fellowship, mutual ministry and edification. Identification of the skills necessary to organize and lead small groups. Discussion of the dynamics of small group interaction.
MN 513 DISCIPLESHIP (3)
An examination of the interpersonal relationships and character development as applied to the process of discipleship.
MN 514 ADVANCED CHURCH GROWTH (3)
Advanced studies in church growth with special emphasis on specific methodologies for accomplishing goals.
MN 515 THEOLOGY OF CHURCH GROWTH (3)
Advanced studies in the biblical theology of the Church growth.
MN 520 PASTORAL THEOLOGY (3)
A study of the pastoral call, philosophy of ministry, spiritual life, role, ethics, and orientation. Discussion of the pastoral role as a leader in worship and special services including administration, community relations, and long range planning.
MN 525 ADVANCED STUDY IN MINISTRY (1-3)
A research oriented course with directed reading and seminar discussion on selected ministerial subjects. An extensive written thesis is required for completion.
MN 527 PASTOR AND PERSONAL FINANCE (3)
An in-depth study of the various investment and tax strategies which may be used to enhance and supplement the pastor’s income and provide retirement benefits.
MN 528 PASTOR AND CHURCH FINANCE (3)
An in-depth study of the strategies and methods for enhancing the financial standing and structure of the local church. Includes discussion of the pastor’s role in organizing and guiding fund-raising activities, bookkeeping, and investments for interest income.
MN 530 CREATIVE PREACHING (3)
A study of various ways to proclaim God’s Word, such as topical, inductive, dialogical, evangelistic, dramatic narrative, textual and life situation preaching.
MN 531 HOMILETICS (3)
A study and application of the procedures designed to assist the student to improve preaching skills by the creation of sermons through predetermined Scriptural texts and predesignated themes.
MN 532 ADVANCED HOMILETICS (3)
Continued studies of the various ways to proclaim God’s Word with special emphasis in developing skills for sermon delivery. Prerequisite MN 531.
MN 533 ADVANCED HERMENEUTICS (3)
See course description listed as course number Th210-510.
MN 534 HERMENEUTICS & BIBLE STUDY (3)
A study of hermeneutical principles for sound interpretation of the Bible, including general rules and specialized principles for parables, types, prophesies and poetry. An application of Bible study methods, including the synthetic, analytic, doctrinal, biographical and others.
MN 535 EXEGETICS (3)
The development of the student’s expositional ability through exercises in the critical explanation of scripture.
MN 536 SERMON PREPARATION (3)
A study of the techniques and fundamentals of sermon construction and persuasive delivery of scriptures.
MN 537 ADVANCED SERMON PREPARATION (3)
A skill-refining practicum in the essentials of expository preaching, including evaluation of off-campus ministry.
MN 540 PASTORAL COUNSELING I (3)
A study of basic techniques for pastoral counseling with a biblical orientation with emphasis on the characteristics of an effective counselor, the development of counseling skills, the making of referrals, the place of counseling in the church, and the various theories of counseling.
MN 542 ADVANCED COUNSELING (3)
A study of the conflict between the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light with emphasis on the techniques of counseling the spiritually afflicted. Discussion of the vulnerability of the believer, his authority, power, and protection.
MN 544 MARRIAGE & FAMILY COUNSELING (3)
Advanced course dealing with problems and conflicts within marriage and family settings. Explores various counseling methods and practical behavioral methods designed to meet problems and conflicts from a biblical perspective.
MN 545 FAMILY DYNAMICS (3)
This course will study the dynamics of family structures, communications and expectations of all members. Additionally, the course will examine the functions of nontraditional family structures.
MN 546 COUNSELING ETHICS (3)
This course will examine the ethics of pastoral counseling. Emphasis will be placed upon when the pastor is required or should refer the person to professional expertise and what areas that the pastor should concentrate on for effective ministry.
MN 547 COUNSELING ISSUES (3)
This course will examine the problems and issues of pastoral counseling that are faced within the context of culture and society.
MN 548 HANDLING STRESS (3)
Identification of sources of stress and discussion of biblically based methods for effective resolution. Includes discussion of “burn-out.”
MN 549 PASTORAL COUNSELING II (3)
This course will place specific focus on utilizing the truths of Scriptures to assist believers at times of important decision making. Also, it will provide additional information that will assist the pastor in protecting the integrity of his ministry.
MN 550 CHURCH PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT (3)
An examination of contemporary personnel management concepts, organization and interpersonal theories as applied to the local church.
MN 551 PASTORAL MINISTRY (3)
A study of the pastor’s call, philosophy of ministry, orientation, role, ethics, spiritual life and ministry with attention to leadership in worship and special services.
MN 552 LIFELONG LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT (3)
The biblical principles and practices of developing leaders within the church, including discussion of theological truth, spiritual character and practical skills.
MN 553 CHURCH MANAGEMENT (3)
An examination of contemporary management concepts, organization and interpersonal theories as applied to the local church. Pre-requisite MN 551.
MN 554 CHURCH FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION (3)
An examination of the biblical principles of financial stewardship, fund-raising and budgeting. Discussion of financial bookkeeping procedures and the use of the computer in the church.
MN 555 ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION & LEADERSHIP (3)
A course designed to lead the student through a biblical organizational and psychological understanding of leadership, motivation, planning, managing conflicts, worker training, evaluation, change principles and organizational development.
MN 556 POWER MINISTRY (3)
This course engages in biblical, theological and historical research to develop a framework for understanding the Holy Spirit and a personal experience of the Spirit-filled life God intends for every Christ follower.
MN 558 CONTEMPORARY CHURCH AND LEADERSHIP (3)
This course will introduce and reflect theologically on different contemporary models of the church including multi-site megachurch, multi-ethnic, liturgical, small church, missional, intentional communities, and disciple-making models of the church.
MN 559 LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT MINISTRY (3)
A holistic study of the developing individual in the span of life from birth through early adulthood. The course is designed to provide a foundation for understanding human personality, describe the processes of human growth and development, give an in-depth treatment of the characteristics and needs of the major life stages, and integrate the biblical perspective of human personality and development.
MN 560 CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY (3)
A course designed to prepare the student to meet the challenges of ministering in contemporary churches that are increasingly becoming multi-ethnic and multi-cultural.
MN 566 THE CONSTITUTION OF CHURCH (3)
Study of by-laws of church. Includes in depth exploration of the Bible as basis to church by-laws. Also includes case studies of different church denominations.
MN 574 HISTORY OF PENTECOSTALISM (3)
This course examines the rise of the modern Pentecostal movement as a worldwide church renewal movement in both the 20th and 21st century.
MN581 MENTORING AND DEVELOPING GIFTEDNESS (3)
The biblical principles and practices of developing and mentoring leaders within the church. Also includes biblical principles behind identifying and developing giftedness within the church.
MN 585 LEARNING CONTRACT IN MINISTRY (3)
Development of a learning program on a particular ministry subject under the direction of a faculty member. Requires student to produce an extensive research project for completion.
MN 590 FIELD PRACTICUM (3)
This course will allow the student to design a field practicum within a local church or para-church ministry setting. The student must develop the contract for educational services with the Academic Dean and with a field supervisor.
MS 500 MISSIOLOGY SURVEY I (3)
The nature of man and his culture with special emphasis on the principles, history, and methodology of worldwide missions.
MS 501 BIBLICAL PRINICPLES OF MISSIONS (3)
This course will allow the student to articulate the biblical basis of missions and understand key principles and practices of mission and their application to current situations in the global Christian movement.
MS 502 BIBLICAL STRATEGIES OF MISSIONS (3)
A practical and theological analysis of contemporary efforts to be and become missional churches – in both domestic and international settings.
MS 503 WORSHIP AND MISSIONS (3)
This course is a comprehensive study of the purpose and practice of a theology of worship in the local church.
MS 505 MISSIOLOGY SURVEY II (3)
A continuation of the study of the nature of man and his culture with special emphasis on the principles, history, and methodology of worldwide missions.
MS 510 CONTEMPORARY THEOLOGY OF MISSIONS (3)
An overview and critique of the various theologies of mission advocated by various branches of the Church through the decades beginning with Edinburgh 1910 to the liberation theology debate of our day.
MS 511 URBAN MISSION (3)
Applied study of the mission in the urban areas.
MS 515 FOLK RELIGION AND MISSIONS I (3)
Study of various native folk religion and obstacles it presents to the mission field. In depth exploration of solutions regarding presenting the Gospel.
MS 516 FOLK RELIGION AND MISSIONS II (3)
An enhanced study of various native folk religion and obstacles it presents to the mission field. In depth exploration of solutions regarding presenting the Gospel.
MS 520 INNER HEALING AND SPIRITUAL WARFARE IN MISSION (3)
Exploration of inner healing and identifying spiritual warfare in the mission field.
MS 521 HEALING MINISTRY FOR WORLD EVANGELIZATION (3)
A ministry-oriented course intending to help students discover and understand assumptions concerning the relevance of God’s power in miraculous healing and to develop skills for applying it to the local church as to the contemporary task of world evangelization.
MS 530 A STUDY OF MISSIOLOGY IN JONAH (3)
Biblical study of missions that place in Jonah.
MS 533 A STUDY OF MISSIOLOGY IN ACTS (3)
Biblical study of missions that place in the Acts.
MS 534 PAULINE THEOLOGY OF MISSIONS (3)
This course examines the cultural and historical background to the life and teachings of Paul the Apostle.
MS 540 HISTORY OF MISSIONS I (3)
The background, development and spread of Christianity through world missions. Includes discussion of geographical thrusts, growth dynamics and church structures.
MS 541 HISTORY OF MISSIONS II (3)
Advanced studies in the background, development and spread of Christianity through world missions. Includes discussion of geographical thrusts, growth dynamics and church structures.
MS 542 THE MAKING OF A LEADER (3)
This course takes students through a process of development, refining them into the godly leaders they are called to be.
MS 544 HISTORY OF PROTESTANT CHURCH MISSION (3)
Study of the history of the missions by the protestant churches.
MS 545 MISSIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA
Study of missions in the South East Asia. Historical study as well as the study of challenges and successes contemporary missions in that region
MS 546 ASIA MISSION HISTORY
Study of history of missions that took place in Asia.
MS 550 THEOLOGY OF MISSIONS (3)
An analysis of the tension within the church focusing around the mission of the church in the contemporary world with an attempt to formulate a biblical contemporary expression of the theology of the Church’s mission in light of those tensions.
MS 560 WORLD MISSIONS & LOCAL CHURCH (3)
Designed to integrate principles of cross-cultural communication, theology, and strategy of missions within the framework of the local church.
MS 562 CROSS-CULTURAL MISSIONS & ANTHROPOLOGY (3)
Applied Anthropological study of cultural clashes and challenges in the mission field.
MS 563 KOREAN WORLD VIEW AND CROSS-CULTURAL MISSIONS (3)
Applied study of the Korean view of the world missions. Study of cultural clashes and challenges in the mission field pertaining to the Korean missionaries.
MS 565 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (3)
Studies in the literature of inter-cultural communication, with attention to understanding cultural contexts and barriers, with applications to Christian witness across and within cultures.
MS 570 PRINCIPLES & STRATEGIES OF MISSIONS IN THE OT (3)
A case by case analysis of the instances of missions in the OT, their significance, and the driving principles & strategies behind the movements.
MS 571 PRINCIPLES & STRATEGIES OF MISSIONS IN THE NT (3)
A case by case analysis of the instances of missions in the NT, their significance, and the driving principles & strategies behind the movements.
MS 575 MISSION FIELD & EVANGELISM
Applied study of the evangelism in the Mission field. In depth exploration of the challenges, strategies and methods of spreading the gospel in the Mission field.
MS 577 MISSIONARY’S COOPERATIVE MINISTRY
Applied study of the methods of cooperative ministry amongst missionaries. In depth exploration of the challenges, rewards and methods of forming a strategic cooperation amongst missionaries local and abroad.
MS 580 MISSION PROJECT I
The student may do individual work in an approved area of Mission under the supervision of a department member. Student’s topic must be approved by the Dean of the Seminary or the supervising professor.
MS 581 MISSION PROJECT II
The student may do individual work in an approved area of Mission under the supervision of a department member. Student’s topic must be approved by the Dean of the Seminary or the supervising professor.
MS 582 MISSION FIELD SURVEY
Course is designed to instruct methodical and critical analysis of the mission field as well as reporting of the status of the mission field.
MS 587 RELATIONSHIP-CENTRIC MISSIONS AND THE ROLE OF COMMUNICATION
Studies in the roles communication plays within missions, with attention to understanding cultural contexts and barriers in building relationships in missions across and within cultures.
MS 589 REPORT OF MISSION FIELD
In depth exploration of the challenges, strategies and methods of spreading the gospel in the Mission field including a reporting of the status of the mission field.
MS 591 MISSION HISTORY OF KOREA
A study of the methods, principles, aims and progress of apostolic ministry. Attention is given to the various periods of missionary endeavor, through the beginning of Korean church and the period of modern Korean missions.
MS 592 ISLAM
This course seeks to introduce the core theological, ritual, legal, textual, and historical components of Islam, with a special focus on how these components have manifested in diverse cultures throughout Islam’s vast history.
MS 598 RESEARCH DESIGN
Students explore the interpretation and design of qualitative and quantitative research in mission work.
CS 500 CHRISTIAN FAITH DEVELOPMENT (3)
An advanced study of the biblically based view of ways in which faith is developed and brought to maturity in Christ. Pre-requisite TH 540.
CS 510 MINISTRY OF HOLY SPIRIT (IN BELIEVER’S LIFE) (3)
An exposition of the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life with discussion of conviction, manifestations (gifts), sanctification, and instruction. Special emphasis on living the Spirit led life.
CS 511 DEVELOPING DEVOTIONAL LIFE (3)
A study of practical methods and helps for developing and maintaining a strong devotional life.
CS 520 DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS (3)
An in-depth study of the student’s personal gifting or manifestation of the Holy Spirit for the work of the ministry. Pre-requisite TH 540.
CS 530 CULTIVATING SPIRITUAL GROWTH (3)
A study of practical methods and helps for stimulating and maintaining spiritual growth.
CF 500 THE PASTOR’S SPIRITUAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH (3)
A consideration of the special and unique spiritual and emotional problems faced by vocational Christian workers and their families, including all phases of occupational ministry. Discusses a variety of practical methods for maintaining a balanced approach to ministry.
CF 504 MORAL AND VALUE DEVELOPMENT (3)
An advanced study of the leading theories of moral and faith development with attention directed toward implication for intentional education ministries that develop a Biblical values system.
FM 500 INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY MINISTRY (3)
The student will engage a study of the Old and New Testaments, their content and theology as they provide foundation for the ministry to families. Particular emphasis will be placed on an understanding of biblical anthropology.
FM 502 PRE-MARITAL COUNSELING (3)
This course introduces students to a variety of approaches that have been developed for thorough premarital counseling. The course also teaches students a conceptual model for understanding the variety of ways marriages can become dysfunctional, and introduces them to short-term methods that can be used when those kinds of problems develop.
FM 502 PASTORAL CARE AND COUNSELING (3)
This course demonstrates the foundational principles of pastoral care and counseling as part of community-based service by distinguishing the unique ministries of pastoral/spiritual care, pastoral counseling, and spiritual direction and community counseling and articulating one’s own pastoral focus in light of the following themes: holistic attention to self-care; personal, communal, and organizational-graced history; and commitment to advocacy
FM 504 FAMILY COUNSELING (3)
This course constitutes an introduction to the theory and methodology of marriage and family counseling. Attention is given to the major family interactional patterns which lead to family system breakdowns as well as the development of skills in the identification of such patterns. Topics include family process assessment techniques, beginning work with families, dealing with resistance in family counseling, use of “self,” doubling, sculpting, etc., are interventions which are taught using an experiential format.
FM 506 DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE (3)
This course offers practical assistance to those facing divorce, contemplating remarriage, or desiring to serve God but unsure they are qualified. Some issues addressed are: Bible grounds for divorce, ministry to problem marriages, living with an unbeliever, the pitfalls and joys of remarriage, marriage and the Ministry.
FM 508 PSYCHOLOGICAL FOUNDATION ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (3)
This course introduces students to the central issues in the basic areas in human development. The course will explain relationships between biological, cognitive, social, and cultural aspects of development across the life span.
FM 510 BIBLICAL FOUNDATION OF FAMILY (3)
This is a sociology course that examines the nature and needs of various family systems. Students study family structures, issues, concerns, problems, and dynamics. A theology of the family will be developed. As part of this course, an examination of the Christian family will be considered, including the biblical basis, distinctives, and functions for the family; preparing for Christian marriage; family roles and relationships; and parenting and child training.
FM 512 INTRODUCTION TO IMMIGRANT FAMILY (3)
The primary objective of this course is to provide students with a critical overview of immigration to the United States from a socio-historic perspective.
FM 514 HUMAN SEXUALITY, CULTURE, AND MINISTRY (3)
This course examines the variety of ways that human sexuality is expressed in attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors in the context of the interplay between social, physiological, and psychological factors. Methods of studying sexual behavior, concepts of variation and difference, psychosexual development in life stages, and sexual dysfunctions and treatment are addressed.
FM 516 MINISTRY FOR REMARRIAGE AND BLENDED FAMILY (3)
Through this course, students will glorify God through their own sanctification and growth as they study Scripture, prayerfully seek wisdom, and think carefully about how to minister to people who are experiencing more challenging life topics.
FM 520 FAMILY MINISTRY (3)
This course will study the family as a social system, including your own family of origin and ministry families, the theology of the family, marriage and family development, and ministry to the family in light of the family of God.