Church Ministries

The field of Church Ministries includes the subjects of Evangelism, Missions, Pastoral Ministry, and Preaching.

Evangelism

EV 311 Biblical Evangelism I: Evangelism Explosion (As Needed)
A careful study of the biblical, theological, and historical bases for evangelism is made. Using the Evangelism Explosion model, each student is assigned to a three-member team under the supervision of an “EE certified trainer.” Teams meet together for one hour of study each week and then go out into the community to call on prospects. Following the visits, the teams meet again for a report and praise session.

EV 411 Biblical Disciple-Making and Evangelism (Every Semester)
This course is a continuation of PM 312. Attention is given to the DiscipleWay spiritual disciplines of giving, witnessing, and serving for the purposes of personal spiritual formation and disciple-making. Prerequisite: PM 312 or EV 311.

EV 511 Biblical Evangelism and Discipleship I (As Needed)
The course is a practical study of the biblical, theological, and historical basis for evangelism. Students will be exposed to both academic and practical aspects of the discipline. Through supervised field experiences, class activities and special studies, students are expected to enhance their skill for organizing and promoting a program of evangelism in a local church. Through lecture, discussion, additional research, and reading students are expected to develop a theology of evangelism.

EV 512 Biblical Evangelism and Disciple-Making (Every Semester)
This course is designed to provide advanced study of Biblical principles and theory for Christian evangelism, outreach, and discipleship. The course uses regular field ministry to give attention to the development of communication and evaluation skills and effective methods for training others in evangelism and outreach. The course includes student exposure to persons within varied cultural and social contexts. Attention is given to selected spiritual disciplines such as giving, witnessing, and serving. Prerequisite: PM 312, PM 514, EV 311, or EV 511.

EV 521 Special Studies in Evangelism (As Needed)
This course allows a student to explore different emphases in evangelism as applied to different themes, age groups, cults, world religions, or as applied in specialized geographical settings (e.g. urban or resort areas). Particular goals, skills, and requirements will be selected according to the individual needs of the student. Prerequisite: EV 311, EV 411, EV 511, or EV 512.

Missions

Miss 311 History & Philosophy of Missions (Spring 2017)
This is an introductory course in the history and philosophy of missions from the first century to the present. Major emphasis is given to the development of mission fields in modern times in such locations as Mexico, India, China, Philippines, and Africa. Attention is also given to world conditions as they influence the strategy of missions work.

Miss 312 Church Planting (Summer 2018)
This introductory course explores the basic principles of planting churches and helping small existing churches to fulfill the commission of Christ, and to grow to meet contemporary needs. Special attention is given to problems facing the new or small developing church. The course is structured as follows: 1) biblical basis for new churches; 2) a vision for church planting; 3) prerequisites for doing the work of a church planter.

Miss 315 Cross-Cultural Church Planting (As Needed)
The purpose of the course is to equip students in leading churches to develop a strategy for reaching out to Hispanic populations within their communities and to develop a strategy for locating and training Hispanics who can become leaders in Hispanic churches. Principles learned may also be applied to non-Hispanic cultures.

Miss 316 Missionary Internship (Every Summer)
Practical internship training is made available on a home mission field in the United States, or with an ethnic or language minority group within the United States, or on a field outside of the United States, under the supervision of a full-time missionary. 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.

Miss 317 Missions Practicum (As Needed)
This class is designed to expose students to mission fields on a short-term basis. Students visit a mission project in the U.S. or abroad for a minimum of 5 days under the direction of a missionary. Preparatory reading and research and a journal and analysis of field activity are required.

Miss 421 Studies in Missions (As Needed)
This course is a supervised study in the field of Christian missions. Possible areas of study may include but are not limited to leadership in missions, anthropology in missions, cross-cultural communication, and missionary biographies. Note: The course may be repeated when different material is studied.

Miss 511 Advanced History & Philosophy of Missions (Spring 2017)
This course is an advanced study in the history and philosophy of missions from the first century to the present. Emphasis is given to the modern world missions movement and the increasing globalization of missionary effort. The course allows students to develop understanding of cultural realities and structures that have historically shaped missions philosophy.

Miss 512 Principles of Church Planting (Summer 2018)
The course is an in-depth analysis of effective church planting models. Attention is given to the discovery of common church planting principles applicable to a variety of multicultural and cross-cultural contexts. Emphasis is given to the evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of various church planting models. Primary focus is given to biblical foundations for church planting from a New Testament perspective.

Miss 513 Cultural Anthropology and Traditional Religions (As Needed)
The course is a survey and analysis of basic cultural concepts and social organizations that affect missionary communication of the Gospel in a culturally diverse world. The Traditional Religions emphasis of the course deals with evaluation of effective evangelism and character of the church in an environment where traditional religious manifestations (animism, mana, magic, tabu, veneration of ancestors, nature worship, and the concept of High God) underlie the more developed religions such as Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Miss 514 Intercultural Communication (As Needed)
This course is a survey and analysis of intercultural communication through varied cultural and multicultural contexts, relationships, societal roles, and everyday life. Special emphasis is given to communicating the Gospel through creation of an incarnational model of ministry appropriate for ministerial and public leadership.

Miss 516 Graduate Missionary Internship (Every Semester)
Research and practical training is made available on a mission field in the United States, or with an ethnic or language minority group within the United States, or on a field outside of the United States, under the supervision of a full-time missionary. Attention is given to effective ministerial leadership, cultural interaction, and applicable issues of missiology. For requirements see “Practical Internship Training” above. Prerequisite: Miss 521. Note: The course may be repeated once when a different area is covered.

Miss 517 Graduate Missionary Practicum (Every Semester)
This course is designed to expose students to mission fields on a short-term basis. Students visit a mission project in the U.S. or abroad for a minimum of 5 days under the direction of a missionary. Attention is given to the logistics of short-term mission endeavors. Preparatory reading and research and a journal and analysis of field activity and mission philosophy are required.

Miss 521 Selected Topics in Missions (As Needed)
Specialized and advanced studies are made in various topics related to missions. Attention is given to theological reflection and skills in designing, implementing and assessing selected mission endeavors. Topics of special interest addressed in the course may include but are not limited to church planting, history and philosophy of missions, missions in a cross-cultural setting, specific regions or nations, college campuses, and internships.

Pastoral Ministries

PM 111 Introduction to the Christian Ministry (Every Spring)
This course provides an orientation to Christian ministry in the contemporary culture. Special attention is given to the theology, nature, mission and ministry of the church. Different aspects of pastoral care, administration, and ministry are covered. Images of the ministry in varied contexts are also considered.

PM 311 The Christian Ministry (January 2017; Spring 2018)
Principles of pastoral ministry and church administration are studied both inductively and deductively. Essential elements are gleaned inductively from analytical and interpretative studies in the pastoral epistles. Aspects not found in the pastorals are covered deductively. Practical matters are covered experientially such as baptism, Lord’s Supper, weddings, and funerals.

PM 312 Biblical Disciple-Making I (Every Semester)
A careful study is made of the biblical and philosophical bases for disciple-making. Using the DiscipleWay model, attention is given to spiritual disciplines such as Bible study, prayer, and worship for the purposes of personal spiritual formation and disciple-making.

PM 321 Worship Leadership (Fall 2016)
This course is designed to prepare the student for a leadership role in Christian worship. Study is made of the biblical concepts, nature, and principles of worship. Special attention is given to the orders, methods, and materials which are conducive to the planning and implementation of worship in various settings.

PM 411 Ministry and Finance (As Needed)
Concepts of accounting relating to church business (or to the pastor) will be introduced. Students will be taught in detail laws affecting the Christian ministry and the responsibilities they might have, as ministers, to the Internal Revenue Service.

PM 412 Ministry and the Smaller Church (As Needed)
This course is designed to explore challenges of ministering in a small church. Attention will be given to time management, spiritual discipline, administrative tasks, preaching style, financial management, and other ministry tasks which are shaped by the requirements of the small church. Emphasis is given to the development of ministry characteristics which will be satisfactory to both the church and the pastor.

PM 413 Studies in Ministry (As Needed)
This course is a supervised study in the field of Christian ministry. Specific topics, goals, and requirements are selected according to the needs of students. Possible areas of study include leadership in ministry, pastoral ministry, preaching, evangelism.

PM 414 Principles of Church Health and Revitalization (Every Spring)
The course is designed to explore the various dynamics that contribute to church size, culture, and growth. Information presented will allow the student to formulate a critical understanding of the Church Growth movement that has dominated the evangelical landscape since the 1970’s. Leading adherents and opponents to the movement will be examined. The concept of Church Health will be evaluated in light of the current trends in Church Growth.

PM 415 Cultural Diversity in Ministry (As Needed)
The course is a study designed to help students increase their knowledge and understanding of issues related to cultural diversity (age, economic, ethnic) within various ministerial contexts. Attention is given to developing skills and strategies needed for effective multicultural ministry to individuals, church congregations, church-related entities and the broader civic community. Special emphasis may be given to appropriate themes.

PM 416 Women in Ministry (As Needed)
The purpose of this course is to examine and evaluate the Biblical teachings on women serving in ministry. Key Scriptural texts are emphasized that outline a framework for women within the local church and kingdom of God. Special attention is given to the creation account, an explanation of egalitarian vs. complimentary views, women’s roles in the local church, and use of spiritual gifts.

PM 421 Leadership and Disciple-Making (Every Semester)
The course is a continuation of PM 412 and EV 411. Attention is given to issues regarding leadership development and experiential learning. Students apply strategies for making disciple-makers through actual Bible study and evangelistic visits. Prerequisite: EV 411.

PM 511 Pastoral Ministry (January 2017; Spring 2018)
Attention is given to the nature of a call to pastoral ministry or a staff position in church ministries. A study is made of church organization and administration, finances, and staff relationships and the understanding of varied ministerial contexts. Brief attention is given to parliamentary procedure, denominational (associational) work, and public relations. Note: Master’s students who have taken PM 311 must substitute another level III course for this one.

PM 512 Special Studies in Ministry (As Needed)
This is a supervised course offering advanced studies in the field of Christian Ministry. Specific topics, goals, and requirements are selected according to the needs of particular students. Attention is given to theological reflection and skills needed in designing, implementing and assessing each specified ministry topic. Possible areas of study include pastoral ministry, preaching, evangelism, and missions. Note: The course may be repeated once with the approval of the Dean and the appropriate professor. Prerequisite: Either PM 311 or PM 511.

PM 514 Principles of Disciple-Making (Every Semester)
This course explores biblical principles and experiential learning theories as they relate to the overall philosophy and practice of disciple-making within Christian ministries and religious education. Special attention is given to theological reflection and skills needed for developing personal faith and strategies for disciple-making through study of selected spiritual disciplines such as Bible study, prayer, and worship. Attention is given to both classical and contemporary literature regarding disciple-making.

PM 515 Special Studies in Discipleship (As Needed)
This course is a specialized study in the area of Christian Discipleship. Emphasis is given toward the student’s development of a proper understanding and the application of Biblical principles for discipleship. Students are exposed to practical resources, topics and strategies for effective discipleship. Prerequisite: PM 312 or PM 514.

PM 516 A Pastoral Theology of Women in Ministry (As Needed)
The purpose of this course is to examine and evaluate the Biblical teachings on women serving in ministry in order to develop a pastoral theology of women in ministry. An emphasis is placed on key Scriptural texts that develop a framework for women within the local church and the kingdom of God. Special emphasis will be placed upon the creation account, an explanation of egalitarian vs. complimentary views, women’s roles in the local church, and use of spiritual gifts.

PM 517 Theology of Disciplemaking (As Needed)
A specialized study into the development of various contemporary discipleship trends in primarily ecclesiastical settings with focused attention upon their biblical, theological, philosophical, and historical bases.

PM 521 Theology of Worship (Fall 2016)
As a specialized study into the theology, traditions and history of worship, development of worship styles in relation to historical theology are researched. These developments are related to the various contemporary trends in churches. Students develop their own practical theologies of worship.

PM 631 Supervised Ministerial Leadership Experience (Every Semester)
This course provides opportunity for supervised field experience in ministry. Evaluation is made of the student’s strengths, weaknesses, prospects, and potentials for effective ministry by connecting field experiences in ministry with seminary academic studies. Attention is given to relevant ministerial, spiritual formation, personal integrity, cultural and social issues. Through actual leadership experiences, students apply philosophies and strategies for making disciple-makers. Prerequisite: EV 411 or EV 512. Note: Supervised Ministry Fee: One hour of tuition.

PM 632 Master’s Research Project (As Needed)
Students may enroll in this course for six to twelve hours of credit. The course consists of a research project or thesis with individualized and specialized assignments. Faculty members will approve, supervise and evaluate the project.

PM 633 Pastoral Internship (Every Semester)
This course provides an opportunity for students to serve in some pastoral capacity in a church under the supervision of a full-time pastor approved by the faculty. 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: Internship Fee: One hour of tuition. The course may be repeated once when a different area is covered.

Preaching

PR 111 Oral Communication (Fall 2016; Summer 2017)
This course introduces the student to the principles of sermon/lesson construction and delivery. Students are directed in the selection and exegesis of texts, from which sermon/lesson ideas, theses, and objectives for sermons/lessons are formulated. The principles and procedures learned are implemented in the preparation of sermon/lesson manuscripts.

PR 311 Sermon Preparation (Fall 2016; Summer 2017)
This course is designed to provide comprehensive instruction in homiletics. Students are tutored in the gathering, organizing, discarding, and filing of materials related to the texts, ideas, theses, and objectives of their sermons.

PR 412 Sermon Delivery (Spring 2017; Winter 2018)
The specific emphasis of this course is upon sermon delivery with a review of basic principles of preaching. Special attention will be given to the key elements of verbal presentation, body language, grammar, history, context, and proper attire as it relates to expository preaching. Students will preach several sermons in class and participate in constructive evaluation of their peers. Class size will determine the number of sermons delivered by students. The course will also include critique of selected preachers. Prerequisite: Pr 311

PR 421 Studies in Preaching (Spring 2017)

This course consists of an in-depth examination of a particular aspect of preaching. Possible areas of study may include a particular method of sermon preparation, a style of preaching, the particularities of preaching through a specific book of the Bible, or methods utilized by notable preachers. Note: The course may be repeated when a different subject matter is studied. Prerequisite: PR 311

PR 511 Expository Preaching (Fall 2016; Summer 2017)
Students are guided in the techniques and skills of expository preaching by inductive means. Expository sermons are developed from assigned passages in the Bible and delivered during the class sessions. Each sermon prepared and preached is given a detailed evaluation with regard to its nature, type and formulation.

PR 611 Homiletics (Spring 2017; Winter 2018)
The course offers advanced study of oral communication theory and the implementation of skills required for an effective pulpit ministry. Attention is given to preparation of individual sermons, sermon series, special occasions, and year-long preaching calendars. Students also study the preparation processes and sermon delivery styles of notable preachers, past and present. Prerequisite: PR 311 or PR 511.

PR 621 Special Studies in Preaching (Spring 2017)

Specialized and advanced studies are made in a particular aspect of preaching. Aspects that may be studied include the exegesis and interpretation of a particular book of the Bible for the purpose of preparing a series of sermons, the utilization of specific styles of preaching, or an examination of the methods of significant preachers. Note: The course may be repeated when a different subject matter is studied. Prerequisite: PR 311 or PR 511