Introduction to Biblical Counseling
BCoun 103, 123 3 Hour Credits
An introduction to the theory and practice of personal counseling in the context of Christian pastoral ministry, with critical analysis from a biblical point of view of trends in contemporary secular and Christian approaches to counseling.
Homiletics I: Fundamentals of Expository Preaching
Hom 122 2 Hour Credits
This fundamental course moves the student from the biblical text to the basic structure and components of an expository sermon based upon a variety of genres. An emphasis is also placed upon the man and the message.
Homiletics II: Building Expository Preaching
Hom 222 2 Hour Credits
This course builds upon the foundation laid in “Fundamentals of Expository Preaching.” Greater emphasis is placed upon the art of shaping the sermon for clear explanation, illustration and application. Skills are honed through audio/video evaluations of contemporary preaching, as well as the student’s own sermon construction and delivery.
Minis 121, 122, 123 1, 2 or 3 Hour Credits
Supervised ministry experience, normally in a local church setting, including written reflection on the experience, with a view to developing practical skills in ministry as well as the ability to engage in critical self-analysis of ministry.
Women and Ministry
MinW 103,123 3 Hour Credits
The nature and function of women are examined from a biblical perspective. This includes a consideration of the principles that affect the ministry of women in the home, in society, and in the local church particularly in light of the emergence of feminism.
Ministry in a Local Church
Mwork 522, 622 Non-academic credit
Supervised field work ministry, normally in a local church setting.
Ministerial Field Work
MWork 522, 622 Non-academic credit
Supervised field work ministry, normally in a local church setting.
Pastoral Theology I: Leading God’s People
Past 302, 322 2 Hour Credits
An examination of the biblical teaching on the exercise of leadership within the local church, with a focus on men called to be ministers of the Gospel. This course considers such questions as “Is leadership necessary” and “What qualifies a man to lead in God’s church?” It also examines the meaning of Godly risk-taking “servanthood” as the heart of Biblical leadership, developing resolve, the act of leading and how to finish well. A one hour practicum gives students opportunities to develop leadership skills amongst their peers.
Pastoral Theology II: Running a Baptist Church
Past 402, 422 2 Hour Credits
Team taught by several experienced Baptist pastors, this course aims to give the student a thorough look at many key activities of pastoral ministry. Topics covered include weddings, ministering to the aged and infirm, hospital visits, systematic visitation, running meetings, administrating an office, planning worship services, and much more. Emphasis will be given to hands-on experience and the assembly of a practical manual.
Speak 103, 123 3 Hour Credits
This course will help the student to acquire and learn the skills necessary for various types of public speaking in the life of the church.
Principles and Methods of Teaching
Teach 103, 123 3 Hour Credits
This course examines the teaching-learning process, the qualifications of a teacher, and the preparation of a lesson. Various methods of teaching are studied including the use of audio- visual materials. Students are required to be involved in a teaching-learning ministry in a local church during this course.
The Worshipping Church
Worsh 102, 122 2 Hour Credits
In this course we will explore the theology, history and practice of Christian worship, as well as current trends. In addition, students are required to attend 1 hour of practicum which is designed to develop techniques and tools for leading dynamic and expressive worship.
Spirituality I: Prayer
SpEv 103,123 3 Hour Credits
Prayer is absolutely vital for the Christian life. This course is an introductory exploration of what the Scriptures have to say about the nature of prayer and its practice. There is also an examination of what certain strands of the Christian tradition (notably, the Ancient Church in the patristic era, the Puritans, and the Calvinistic Baptists in the “long” eighteenth century) have taught about prayer. The actual praxis of prayer also finds a place in the course through what is known as “the concert of prayer.” The main goal of the course is to deepen the student’s commitment to a life of prayer, both personal and corporate.
Spirituality II: Early Christian Spirituality
SpEv 303,323 3 Hour Credits
A detailed study of four major traditions of Christian spirituality in the period between the Apostolic Fathers (second century A.D.) and the late Middle Ages (fifteenth century A.D.). Particular focus is placed upon the Greek and Latin patristic traditions, Celtic spirituality, and medieval English Roman Catholic spirituality.
Spirituality III: Puritan and Evangelical Spirituality
SpEv 503, 523 3 Hour Credits
A study of and reflection on various aspects of Puritan and Evangelical spirituality, including both foundational elements, such as knowing God, justification by faith, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, sanctification, and the cross, and those secondary elements sometimes described as means of grace, such as friendship, prayer and meditation, and the Lord’s Supper. The means employed in this study and reflection are texts from two classical eras of biblical spirituality, namely, seventeenth-century Puritanism and eighteenth-and nineteenth-century evangelicalism.
Introduction to Islam
Islam 103, 123 3 Hour Credits
A brief survey of the history of Islam, including considerations of background, doctrinal issues and the role of women.
Language Acquisitions for Cross Cultural Effectiveness
Lace 123 3 Hour Credits
LACE is an integrated combination of activities and techniques which serious language learners, notably Bible translators and missionaries, have used to learn language from local helpers. LACE also looks at the evaluation and management of different language programs, grammar and syntax in other languages, morphology, phonetics, semantics and non-verbal communication.
Introduction to Missions
Miss 103, 123 3 Hour Credits
This course introduces basic missionary issues, including the Biblical basis of missions, Mission history, and Missions and the local church. It also covers various contemporary issues, including contextualization and cross-cultural communication, tent-making, raising support, security issues in “closed countries” and the challenge of the 10/40 Window.
Theology of Missions
Miss 203, 223 3 Hour Credits
An examination of the principal biblical passages which relate to that activity of the Church which is called “Missions.” Emphasis is placed upon the doctrinal basis as well as the practical outworking of missions today. Subjects such as calling, culture, strategy, sending and supporting, tensions, methods and team work will be addressed.
English Grammar/Writing I & II
Eng 103NC, 203NC 3 Non-Academic Hour Credits
These courses in English are designed to assist the student in using English correctly and effectively. Students failing a Diagnostic English Test are required to attend classes covering grammar, and essay writing.