Academic Departments

Courses in Educational Ministries and Leadership

  • CE101 Education Process of the Church
    A study of the educational ministry of the local church, with attention to aims, principles, leadership, organization, and agencies of a biblical program for all age-groups. Enrollment limited to 40 students. (3 hours)
  • CE102 History & Philosophy of C.E.
    A survey of the history of religious education from Old Testament times to the present and a study of theories of Christian education with emphasis on developing a biblical philosophy of  education. (3 hours)
  • CE103 Teaching Process
    A study of spiritual dynamics in effective Bible teaching and principles of learning and teaching, with practice in using creative classroom methods in an actual teaching experience. Prerequisite: BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics. Corequisite: CE104 Audiovisual Presentations. Enrollment limited to 40 students. 2 hours. (2 hours)
  • CE104 Media Presentations
    A hands-on exploration of speaker-support media for face-to-face teaching, with emphasis on clear communication and aesthetic design. (see CE105 and MW502). (1 hour)
  • CE105 Teaching Process & Audiovisual Presentations
    A study of spiritual dynamics in effective Bible teaching and principles oflearning and teaching, with practice in using creative classroom methods in anactual teaching experience. The course includes hands-on exploration of currentmedia techniques in Christian education, with emphasis on computer-basedtechnology. This course integrates the requirements for CE103 Teaching Processand CE104 Audiovisual Presentations, and is offered at the Seminary's extensionlocations in place of CE103 and CE104. Prerequisite: BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics. 3 hours. (3 hours)
  • CE205 Small Group Process in Ministry
    The examination and practice of communication skills in small-group settings with emphasis on exercises that enhance those skills. Current small-group ministry models will be reviewed. Enrollment limited to 20 students. (3 hours)
  • CE210 Designing Biblical Instruction
    Analysis of the teaching-learning process; practice in writing instructional objectives and designing plans for biblical instruction; and a study of task descriptions, motivation, and evaluation in teaching and learning. (3 hours)
  • CE215 Teaching in Christian Higher Ed
    A seminar on the philosophy, organization, process, and procedures of designing an academic course in a Christian college or seminary. Students in the Academic Ministries track may take WM410 Theological Education in Intercultural Contexts in place of CE215. (3 hours)
  • CE220 Evaluating Ministry Effectiveness
    A study of the process of assessment as applied to program evaluation and measurement of achievement in schools, churches, and Christian organizations with emphasis on design of valid instruments and appropriate use of findings to enhance ministry effectiveness. (3 hours)
  • CE310 Admin in Christian Higher Educ
    A study of the principles of academic governance, including the nature and function of church-related institutions of higher education, with attention to the responsibilities of leaders in academic affairs, student services, business affairs, development, and general administration. (3 hours)
  • CE315 Administrative Process
    A study of the biblical principles for effective leadership ministry in local churches and other Christian organizations, with attention to assessing needs, setting goals, organizing works, selecting priorities, making long-range plans, managing time, working with boards and staff members, delegating work, managing change, and relating to people. 3 hours (3 hours)
  • CE325 Legal & Financial Issues in Ministry
    A study of legal issues affecting ministry organizations with attention to administration, compliance with state and federal regulations, plant and property concerns, and various forms of liability coupled with an analysis of good financial practice for nonprofit ministries, including budgeting, accountability, and general stewardship of gifts and revenues. (3 hours)
  • CE401 Age-level Ministries
    (3 hours)
  • CE405 Early Faith Foundations
    This course will explore the biblical rationale for faith development within the family from birth through age 12 and will present models where partnerships are taking place between families and churches in the spiritual development of children. Students will be provided with opportunities to learn from guest speakers and participate in field trips. (3 hours)
  • CE410 Church Ministries with Children
    A study of the nature and needs of children from birth through grade six, methods and materials for working with children, and administration of the children's division of the church. Students participate in two teaching demonstrations to integrate classroom learning. (3 hours)
  • CE412 Ministry to Children at Risk
    (3 hours)
  • CE415 Church Ministries with Youth
    A study of the nature and needs of young people and objectives and methods of Christian education for youth. Group dynamics and discussion of practical problems and issues related to youth work are also discussed. Students will develop a working philosophy of youth ministry. (3 hours)
  • CE420 Christian Camping
    A study of the philosophy, objectives, administration, and counselor leadership of camp activities with attention to curriculum, program planning, worship, recreation, crafts, counseling, and leadership development. (3 hours)
  • CE425 Church Ministries with Adults
    A study of the characteristics, needs, and problems of adults of various ages, and the program of local-church adult education, with attention to principles, programs, and resources. (3 hours)
  • CE430 Programming for Youth Ministries
    A course on contemporary strategies for reaching today's youth with emphasis on evangelism and discipleship. Attention is given to the philosophy of and principles for the four levels of youth programming: outreach, growth, ministry, and multiplication. (3 hours)
  • CE435 Effective Ministry with Women
    A study of the principles and strategies in understanding, developing, administering, and directing women's ministries in local churches and other Christian organizations. (3 hours)
  • CE445 Young Adult Ministry in the Post modern Era
    A study of postmodernism and its effect on the ministry of the churchspecifically focused on strategies for reaching young adults. Young-adultdevelopment and needs are discussed in light of shifting cultural forces.Students will develop a working philosophy of young-adult ministry. 3 hours. (3 hours)
  • CE450 Women Teaching Women
    (3 hours)
  • CE505-1 The Christian Home: Dynamics of a Christian Marriage
    (1 hour)
  • CE505-2 The Christian Home: Communicat & Conflict Resolution
    (1 hour)
  • CE505-3 The Christian Home: Dynamics of a Christian Family
    (1 hour)
  • CE505-4 The Christian Home: Family Research & Assessment
    (1 hour)
  • CE515 Family Life Education
    Biblical principles and practical techniques for designing and implementing church programs of instruction in marriage, family relationships, child-rearing, and other aspects of family life and church-home cooperation. (3 hours)
  • CE605 Christian Journalism
    A course designed to help students develop basic skills in writing for publication. Students research, write, and submit work to publications in a variety of formats during the semester. Enrollment limited to 12 students. (3 hours)
  • CE705 Principles Discipleship
    A study of the philosophy and methodology of disciple development, based on selected portions of the life of Christ. (3 hours)
  • CE710 Practice of Discipleship
    A small-group seminar emphasizing the process of discipleship. The professor and students share together the discipleship experience, using various techniques of sound discipleship ministry. 3 hours. (3 hours)
  • CE715 Role of Associate in Ministry
    From candidating to ministry development, this course will enable the student to be effective from the first day in ministry. Key program issues will include recruiting, training, and working with professional staff. A comprehensive approach to evaluating various church ministries will be developed. Weddings, funerals, and baptismal services will be discussed. Field trips to various local ministry organizations provide opportunities for practical experience in weddings, funerals, baptism, camping, hospital visitation, and homeless ministry. 3 hours. (3 hours)
  • CE720 Creativity
    Principles and motivation for developing creativity in oneself and for teachingothers to be creative. Enrollment limited to 30 students. Closed to first-yearstudents except those in the M.A./MC degree. M.A./MC students needing to do so may register for 2 hours credit. 3 hours. (3 hours)
  • SF100 Spiritual Formation
    (0 hours)
  • SF100-1 Spiritual Formation
    (0 hours)
  • SF101 Spiritual Formation I
    This course challenges students to grasp more fully the reality of identity in Christ both personally and corporately. Life Inventory is the primary resource used in discovering and establishing identity. An adequate understanding of one's identity in relation to God, self, the body of Christ, and the world is presented as a precursor to developing authentic community. Attendance at three initial class sessions and an all-day Saturday class session (the third Saturday of the semester) is required during this semester in advance of regular group meeting times. (Dates and class locations are identified in the class syllabus.) Transcripted nonacademic credit, fall only. (0 hours)
  • SF102 Spiritual Formation II
    This course challenges students to pursue new depths of trust out of common commitment to discovering God's authorship in their lives. Life Story is the primary resource used in guiding each group toward the development of authentic community. Transcripted nonacademic credit, spring only. (0 hours)
  • SF103 Spiritual Formation III
    This course challenges students to examine the personal and corporate implications of sin and grace in their lives. Life Change is the primary resource used in developing integrity in the lives of group members. Transcripted nonacademic credit, fall only. (0 hours)
  • SF104 Spiritual Formation IV
    This course challenges students to implement their divine design in harmony with the mission of Christ and the uniqueness of others. Life Vision is the primary resource used in establishing each group member's vision for future ministry. The course helps focus the remainder of the students' academic experiences by providing an opportunity to anticipate carefully how they might serve the Lord for a lifetime. Transcripted nonacademic credit, spring only. (0 hours)
  • SF110 Spiritual Formation
    (0 hours)
  • SF110-1 Spiritual Formation
    (0 hours)
  • SF110-2 Spiritual Formation
    (0 hours)
  • SF201 Spiritual Formation I
    (1 hour)
  • SF202 Spiritual Formation II
    (1 hour)
  • SF203 Spiritual Formation III
    (1 hour)
  • SF204 Spiritual Formation IV
    (1 hour)
  • SF245 M.A./BEL Spiritual Formation
    This course focuses on building community through an understanding of and appreciation for God's sovereign and gracious work in the student's life. It is an orientation uniquely suited to a cross-cultural experience. This course may not be taken as a substitute for SF101. Required of and limited to M.A. in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics students. Transcripted nonacademic credit, spring only. (0 hours)
  • SF310 Spir Form in Hist Perspective
    (2 hours)
  • SF320 Spir Form Min in Contemp Culture
    (2 hours)
  • SF330 Spiritual Disciplines
    (2 hours)
  • SF355 Readings in Christian Spirituality
    (2 hours)
  • SL105 Master of Theology Internship
    Supervised field-based education in the student's intended vocational ministry context, under the supervision and encouragement of an experienced ministry mentor. Enrollment limited to Th.M. students. Prerequisite: SF101 Spiritual Formation I (Identity). 3 hours (with optional 4th hour available). (3 hours)
  • SL140 MA in Cross-cult Min Internship
    Supervised field-based education in cross-cultural church planting or church nurture in a foreign country or in the United States, under the supervision and encouragement of an experienced ministry mentor. Enrollment limited to M.A./CM students. Prerequisite: SF101 Spiritual Formation I (Identity). 2 hours (with optional 3rd hour available). (2 hours)
  • SL150 MA in Media & Comm Internship
    (2 hours)
  • SL155 MA in Christian Ldshp Internship
    Supervised field-based education in the student's intended vocational minstry context, under supervision and encouragement of an experienced ministry mentor. Enrollment limited to M.A./CL students. Prerequisite: SL305 Dynamics of Christian Leadership. 3 hours. (3 hours)
  • SL165 MA in Christian Ed Internship
    Supervised field-based education in one or more forms of Christian education ministry and educational leadership, under the supervision and encouragement of an experienced ministry mentor. Enrollment limited to M.A./CE students. Prerequisite: SF101 Spiritual Formation I (Identity). 2 hours (with optional 3rd hour available). (2 hours)
  • SL170 Mast of Sacred Theol Internship
    (1 hour)
  • SL205 TESOL Internship
    Supervised field-based education in cross-cultural TESOL classroom situations in a foreign country or the United States, under the supervision and encouragement of an experienced ministry mentor. Enrollment limited to TESOL Certificate students. Prerequisite: WM615 Methodology and Practice of TESOL. (2 hours)
  • SL210 Specialized Internship
    Supervised field-based education in the student's intended vocational ministry context, under the supervision and encouragement of an experienced ministry mentor. Enrollment requires consent of the department. (1 hour)
  • SL215 MA (Biblical Studies) Internship
    (1 hour)
  • SL305 Dynamics of Christian Leadership
    An analysis of the qualities and practices of the effective Christian leader based on principles in Scripture and related literature, with attention to devising a personal philosophy of spiritual leadership. (3 hours)
  • SL310 Emotional Intelligence and Relationships in Leadership
    (2 hours)
  • SL315 Developing Leadership Through Mentoring and Coaching
    (2 hours)
  • SL320 Change and Resistance in Christian Leadership
    (2 hours)
  • SL330 Personal and Organizational Leadership Development
    (2 hours)
  • SL335 Personal Assessment & Min Vision
    A course designed to assess and define a person's ministry strengths and weaknesses and to develop leadership and interpersonal skills for more effective ministry, for the purpose of building confidence in future ministry decisions and developing vision. Limited enrollment. (2 hours)
  • SL340 Team Leadership
    A study of principles and procedures that relate to leadership in a team environment. This course will focus on the essential elements necessary for effective teamwork on ministry leadership teams in church and parachurch settings. (2 hours)
  • SL345 Christian Leadership and Organizational Culture
    A course designed to help ministry leaders understand why culture matters in ministry and how to create,discover and form or transform their organizational culture. (2 hours)
  • SL350 Leadership Seminar: Career Match Assessment
    (2 hours)
  • SL355 Readings in Leadership/Current Issues in Leadership
    (2 hours)
  • SL365 Strategic Planning
    A course designed to train ministry leaders in how to plan strategically. The focus is on the four-fold process of developing a ministry organization's mission and vision, discovering its core values and designing a strategy to accomplish the mission and vision. (2 hours)
  • SL801 Ministry Residency I
    (6 hours)
  • SL802 Ministry Residency II
    (6 hours)