SCHOOL OF MINISTRY

Church Education


CE102   Introduction to Children’s Ministry     1 hour
An introductory study of what children’s ministry is and what it does. This course will include an overview of the biblical mandate of ministering to children and their families and the vital importance of reaching the current generation while they are still young.

CE201   Philosophy of Christian Education      3 hours
A projected model of Christian education with its critical concepts of objectives, curriculum, methodology, and roles of teacher and learner. Relevant terms, philosophies and movements of the past and present will be compared and contrasted to the biblical model for Christian education. A comparison of Christian and public education will also be included in course content.

CE202   Foundations of Children’s Ministry     3 hours
This course is a broad introduction to the essentials of children’s ministry. It includes an historical and biblical examination of the fundamentals which shape children and family ministries. Emphasis is placed on formation of a personal and biblical philosophy of children’s ministry, management of the ministry setting and the basic evaluation of ministries, facilities and curriculum.    
                       

CE301   Shepherding in Student Ministry     3 hours
A study of the essential qualifications and preparations of a youth leader in relationship to family, church, and teens. Consideration is also given to specific areas of ministry including evangelizing, discipling, teaching, counseling, working on the public school campus, promotion, and mission trips.

CE302   Materials and Methods of Teaching Children    3 hours
This course will explore current creative methods of effectively communicating the Gospel on a level appropriate for children. Strategies will include illustrated sermons, object lessons, puppetry, storytelling techniques and the effective use of the latest technology. Attention will also be given to evaluating and implementing resources for effective children’s ministry.

CE303   Christian Education of Children     3 hours
A course designed to aid students in the ministry of teaching Bible to children, preschool years through the elementary grades. Students will consider age-level characteristics, evangelism, developmentally appropriate methods, and biblical curriculum materials. During the latter half of the course, students will participate in both real and simulated teaching experiences.

CE304   Chalk Art for Christian Ministry     2 hours
A hands-on approach to train beginning and advanced art students in the art of chalk drawing for effective Christian ministry. This course takes the student from the basics of art to presenting the Bible message by teaching basic chalk strokes, reflections, waves, trees, rocks, mountains, people, perspective, skies, and black light hidden scenes. The student will use these pictures to communicate clear and compelling biblical and gospel messages.

CE308   Field Experience in Minor     2 hours
A course providing an opportunity for the student to apply his/her skills gained through classes in a selected minor. A University supervisor in the minor field will work with the student individually to implement an appropriate list of practical experiences.

CE309   Philosophy and Programming in Student Ministry     3 hours
A study of contemporary philosophies and program materials available for Student Ministry. Using scriptural principles, personal research, and class discussion, each student is required to develop a personal philosophy of ministry with students and guidelines concerning the selection and use of program materials. Each student will also participate in the ride-along program of the Winston-Salem Police Department during the in-depth unit on modern youth culture.

CE313   Children’s Ministry Internship     2 hours
A course designed to give the student “hands-on” experience. This course requires him to be placed in an intern relationship with a veteran children’s pastor in a local church. Working under the supervision of that children’s pastor, and still reporting to the course professor, the student structures his practicum around an assigned checklist of experiences which includes counseling, teaching, preaching, planning, visitation, and discipleship. While working through this checklist, the student is required to invest a minimum of 60 hours total. Students wishing to substitute an alternative children-related in practicum must receive permission from the Dean of the School of Bible and Theology.  

CE401   Administration of Children’s Ministry     3 hours
This course is an in-depth examination of the management responsibilities of a leader of a children’s ministry. Specific attention will include the pastoral care of children, the development of ministry budgets, service opportunities, promotion, nursery and preschool ministry, Vacation Bible School and camping ministry. Students have an opportunity to observe and evaluate area children’s ministries and their facilities. Other issues, such as special needs students, CPR/First Aid certification, and legal and safety issues are also addressed.

CE402   Camp Ministry     3 hours
A course that considers the planning and use of church-related camping activities such as day camp, resident camp, backpacking, and retreats. Students plan and participate in two “hands-on” experiences: 1) an overnight camping trip for college-age students and 2) a weekend retreat for teens from selected local churches.

CE407   Christian Education of Adults     3 hours
A fundamental examination of the church’s ministry to adults. The study will include discussion of singles, handicapped, shut-ins and especially senior adults. (Seniors are the fastest growing segment of American society and are a resource that is often untapped.) A brief study of the origin, roles and functions of the family will also be included in the course content, particularly as they relate to the mission of the church.

CE409   Methods and Techniques of Teaching     3 hours
A course designed to define, describe, and demonstrate a minimum of twenty different teaching methods. Students will demonstrate in class the use of each of these methods during the course of the semester. Another major component of the course is instruction in the proper preparation and use of both projected and non-projected visual aids. (Prerequisite: GS201)

CE410   The Christian Home     3 hours
A fundamental examination of the family (its origins, members, purposes, and roles in society and the church) from a distinctly biblical perspective. Practices and principles for promoting and maintaining Christian living in the home will be emphasized. Some “alternative” models for the family will also be discussed and evaluated in the light of biblical principles.

Student Ministry Internships

CE311   Student Ministries Para-Church Internship     3 hours
A course designed to give the student “hands-on” experience. This course should usually be taken during the summer preceding the student’s senior year. It requires the student to be placed in an intern relationship with a veteran youth worker in a “like-faith” para-church organization. Working under the supervision of that youth leader, and still reporting to the course professor, the student structures the internship around an assigned checklist of experiences which includes counseling, teaching, preaching, planning, and discipling. Up to one quarter of the experience on this checklist will be host-defined according to the particular ministry hosting the internship. While working through this checklist, the student is required to invest a minimum of 15 hours a week for 8 weeks.

CE312   Student Ministries Local Church Internship     3 hours
A course designed to give the student “hands-on experience.”  This course should usually to be taken during the summer preceding the student’s senior year. It requires the student to be placed in an intern relationship with a veteran youth pastor in a local church. Working under the supervision of that youth pastor, and still reporting to the course professor, the student structures the internship around an assigned checklist of experiences which includes counseling, teaching, preaching, planning, visitation, and discipling. While working through this checklist, the student is required to invest a minimum of 15 hours a week for 8 weeks.

CE316   Student Ministries Resident Camp Internship     3 hours
This course is designed to help students develop expertise in a resident camp and in its organization and administration. Students are placed in an intern relationship with the camp director of a Christian camp, mutually acceptable to the University and the students, for a summer sometime prior to their senior year. They are responsible for working through a checklist of experiences and submitting a final summary report of their camp experiences. The camp director also makes monthly reports on each student’s performance.

Electives

CE307   Camp Counseling     3 hours
The student spends a summer serving in the counseling training program of a Christian camp approved by the University.

CE408   The Christian Woman     3 hours
A study of women in biblical perspective. Issues dealing with both single and married women are discussed. Emphasis is given to the Christian woman as a church worker, wife, and mother.

CE412   Secondary Bible Internship     3 hours
This is the capstone experience in the Secondary Bible Education minor. The student spends a minimum of 60 hours in a secondary classroom under the mentorship of an experienced Bible teacher; activities include observing lesson planning instructing, and assessing students. Evaluations will be conducted by both the cooperating teacher and one or more PIU professors.