Christian Education

RE 111 Introduction to Psychology and Counseling (Every Fall)
This course is designed for those who have little or no background in the field of psychology. Students are made aware of the meaning and Christian application of the elementary concepts of psychology. Topical areas of pastoral care are assigned to involve students with current studies in human behavior.

RE 211 Teaching for Results (Every Spring)
This is a study of the principles, techniques, and methods of Christian teaching. The course is designed to improve the Christian worker’s lesson planning and teaching ability. Emphasis is given to the goal of teaching for results.

RE 311 Church Administration (Fall 2014; Summer 2015)
Students are made aware of the general organization and activities of the local church. The study includes consideration of how the church can and should use organizations in fulfilling the Lord’s Commission.

RE 312 Computer Arts I (Fall 2015)
Students learn a variety of practical applications for personal (micro) computers. Emphasis is given to developing a basic vocabulary for computer operators and making efficient and practical use of word processing, data base management, spreadsheet, and other types of software that are beneficial to people in management and leadership positions. Note: Lab fee, $35.00. Prerequisite: Keyboarding proficiency.

RE 313 Introduction to Christian Education (Fall 2014)
A study of the history of religious education is made. Various philosophies of Christian education as they have developed are highlighted with emphasis given to the student developing his/her philosophy of religious education. Trends and issues in the practice of Christian education today are identified.

RE 314 Composition Skills for the Seminary Student (Every Fall)
Students are directed through the study and application of the writing process and the skills of composition with a focus on analytical reading and writing. Attention will be given to principles of grammar and punctuation, as well as such standard methods of exposition as narration-description, comparison-contrast, classification-division, and argumentation. Attention may be given to research methods, such as gathering, evaluating, summarizing, synthesizing, and citing source information.

RE 315 Computer Arts II (Spring 2016)
A continuation of Computer Arts I. Emphasis is given to special features of word processing, data base management, spreadsheet, and other types of software that are beneficial to people in management and leadership positions. Prerequisite: RE 312. Note: Lab fee, $35.00.

RE 317 Creative Teaching (Summer 2015)
A detailed study is made of effective teaching/learning methods. The areas of art, books, home-living, music, nature, puzzles, Bible verses, creative writing, discussion, drama, games, learning centers, prayer, and research are explored. Teacher training conferences are designed and demonstrated in class presentations.

RE 321 Ministry of Youth (As Needed)
This course consists of a study of the position of youth minister, i.e., qualifications, job description, staff relations, and administration, relationship to parents and youth, and the problems encountered by the Youth Minister. Emphasis is given to resources for personal and professional growth.

RE 325 Christian Psychology (Fall 2015; Summer 2016)
Students are introduced to the basic principles of psychology. A study of human behavior and how it applies to specific functions of the minister is also made: preaching, efforts to strengthen the congregation, community work, and evangelism.

RE 326 Introduction to Christian Counseling (Spring 2015; Winter 2016)
Theories and techniques which are necessary for Christian counseling are taught. Development of the student’s own philosophy of the counseling process is initiated. Practical counseling and evaluation techniques are introduced.

RE 327 Group Counseling (Spring 2016)
This course provides experience in interpersonal relationships through the group counseling process. Theory and procedures of group counseling and group leadership are explored. Applications of the small group process to the ministry of the local church are examined. Prerequisite: Either RE 325 or RE 326.

RE 331 Biblical Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management (Spring 2015)
The course is a study of Biblical principles of interpersonal communication and conflict management in human relationships. The course gives attention to communication models, self-concept, non-verbal messages, stress, and other strategies that assist Christian leaders in developing interpersonal communication skills. In addition, the course focuses on the nature of conflict, how to identify common styles of conflict management, and how to manage conflict acceptably and productively.

RE 413 Special Studies in Natural Science (Spring 2016)
Studies in various facets of natural science are made. These may include physics, chemistry, ecology, and biology. Emphasis is generally given to origins and scientific method.

RE 422 Special Studies in Religious Education (Every Semester)
This course is a supervised study designed to develop selected skills in the field of religious education. Particular goals, skills, and requirements are selected according to the individual needs of the student. Note: The course may be repeated once with approval of the Dean and an appropriate professor.

RE 511 Principles of Church Administration (Fall 2014; Summer 2015)
Through study and specialized research, students should be able to identify various components of church administration. The course is intended to make students aware of administrative principles for leading and organizing a church and to develop competency for guiding a church in carrying out a Biblical ministry program.

RE 512 Administrative Christian Leadership (Spring 2015)
A study of theories, types, and principles of administrative leadership is made. Special emphasis is given to the pastoral ministries field; educational, music, and youth directors; and lay persons involved in leadership positions.

RE 514 Principles of Christian Teaching (Summer 2015)
This course consists of a study of the teaching ministry of the church: its importance, principles, techniques, and methods. The course is designed to improve the Christian worker’s teaching ability in planning and presenting a lesson.

RE 515 Christian Education of Various Groups (As Needed)
This is a study of the characteristics, nature, and needs physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually either of children, youth, or adults. Focus is placed upon the ministry of the church to the particular groups.

RE 525 Adult Development and Aging (Spring 2016)
This course surveys human growth and development during adulthood. Special emphasis is placed upon how practicing the spiritual disciplines effects counseling needs, transitions, and ethical decisions of adults at various stages of development.

RE 527 Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling (Fall 2014)
This course is designed to help the minister in his counseling relationships with persons who are contemplating marriage. Such problems as courtship, choosing a life companion, engagement, and marital, social and emotional adjustments are studied. Prerequisite: RE 326 or 536.

RE 528 Crisis Counseling (Fall 2015)
The student is instructed in a specialized approach to counseling in crisis situations. Such crises as attempted suicide, death in the family, unwed motherhood, alcoholism, drug abuse, and other related subjects are considered. Prerequisite: RE 326 or 536.

RE 531 Advanced Biblical Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management (Spring 2015)
Through study and specialized research students should be able to identify Biblical principles of interpersonal communication and conflict management in human relationships. The course gives attention to communication models, self-concept, non-verbal messages, stress, and other strategies that assist Christian leaders in developing interpersonal communication skills. In addition, the course focuses on the nature of conflict, how to identify common styles of conflict management, and how to manage conflict acceptably and productively.

RE 532 Religious Education Internship (Every Semester)
This internship provides for a student to serve in some educational capacity in a church or other agency under the supervision of a professor and a field supervisor. A minimum of nine (9) hours per week (eight hours of supervised ministry plus one hour of formal instruction) for fifteen weeks is required. Note: The course may be repeated once when a different area is covered.

RE 533 Clinical Pastoral Education (Every Semester)
BMA Seminary grants academic credit up to six semester hours to those students who satisfactorily complete the work-study program at an approved CPE training center. In this program, students learn pastoral skills within a clinical context under the direct supervision of a trained clergyman.

RE 535 Advanced Christian Psychology (Fall 2015; Summer 2016)
Students are introduced to the basic principles of psychology. A study of human behavior and how it applies to specific functions of the minister is made: preaching, efforts to strengthen the congregations, community work, evangelism. Students conduct appropriate research into current applications.

RE 536 Principles of Christian Counseling (Spring 2015; Winter 2016)
Theories and techniques which are necessary for Christian counseling are taught. Development of the student’s own philosophy of the counseling process is advanced. Practical counseling and evaluation techniques are introduced. Research into practical applications is made.

RE 631 Special Studies in Religious Education (Every Semester)
This course is a supervised study designed to develop selected skills in the field of religious education. Particular goals, skills, and requirements are selected according to the individual needs of the student. Note: The course may be repeated once with approval of the Dean and an appropriate professor.

RE 634 Advanced Clinical Pastoral Education (Every Semester)
This is Clinical Pastoral Education promoted on the advanced level. The course may be taken for from six to twelve semester hours of credit. Prerequisite: The student must have completed a minimum of one unit of Basic CPE (RE 533).