Graduate

Ministry Studies



MIN500   Leadership and Vision Casting   3 hours
A study of the models of biblical leadership and application of biblical principles in sharing a vision and communicating it to certain groups. This course will examine how leaders can develop a strong vision and share it for effective achievement of goals.

MIN502 Issues in Contemporary Missiology     3 hours
An investigation of the crucial issues and trends facing the Church in worldwide missionary activity. Topics include ecumenism, militant Islam, radical religious movements, church planting strategies for the 21st century, effects of social issues on missions, etc.

MIN503   Bridging Cultural Gaps     3 hours
A consideration of the dimensions and manifestations of culture as they influence ministry with special attention given to specific skills for analyzing a cultural setting for ministry.

MIN504 The Missionary Career      3 hours
A course focusing on the personal decisions, tasks, and developmental processes of the intercultural missionary. Consideration is given to the life and work of the cross-cultural worker by exploring the background, personality traits, values, understandings, sensitivities, attitudes, and skills which tend to contribute to psychological adjustment, healthy interpersonal relationships, and effective ministry.  Issues and trends that are relevant to intercultural ministry today will also be considered.

MIN505  Cross-Cultural Church Planting     3 hours
A study of Biblical principles behind church planting in the New Testament and their application within the framework of extant world cultures.  This is facilitated by doing case studies and research relative to church planting today.

MIN506  Urban Evangelism     3 hours
A course focusing on Christian missions and ministry in the world’s growing cities. The Biblical basis for urban ministry is presented and case studies of effective urban strategies worldwide are examined. Attention is given to urban issues such as ministry to the poor and homeless, pastoring and raising a family in the city, and planting urban churches.

MIN507   Evangelism     3 hours
A practical and motivational study of the biblical mandate of the Great Commission in its contextual and contemporary setting. The theological, strategic, and practical aspects are discussed and applied in a variety of contexts. An important component of the course is the application of instruction by every student.

MIN509   Origins     3 hours
A theological and biblical study of the doctrine of creation and God’s plan of redemption designed to strengthen Christian witness. A comprehensive review of the theory of evolution and other alternate views are carefully evaluated in the light of the absolute truth revealed in the Scripture.

MIN510   Evangelism and Church Growth     3 hours
A study of the contemporary models of evangelism and church growth with an emphasis placed on developing a method of Biblical evangelism. Students will participate in weekly evangelism through selected local church ministries.

MIN511   Church Planting      3 hours
A strategic analysis of the biblical mandate of applying evangelistic outreach in the planting of New Testament churches. Emphasis is placed on an understanding of biblical models and principles that focus on calling, preparation, team work, and strategy.

MIN512   Biblical Church Growth     3 hours
A study of principles and practices applicable in planting dynamic, evangelistic churches. Principles which will promote the development of biblical goals for maturity, service, worship, and evangelism are explored. Also included is a study of strategies for attracting new members.

MIN520   Homiletics     3 hours
A study of the principles of sermon preparation that emphasizes both preparation and delivery.  The methodology involves the utilization of expository preaching which focuses on sermons that are biblical in content and sound in theology.

MIN522   Biblical Preaching     3 hours
A course promoting intensive discussion of pulpit problems and giving limited experience in classroom preaching. It presupposes the value of the expository approach and works toward vital and earnest platform communication.

MIN524 Teaching the Bible     3 hours
An inductive Bible study skills course designed to teach the principles and techniques of teaching the Bible in a church, a school, or small groups, including objectives, teaching aids, and evaluation.

MIN525   Discipleship and Christian Education     3 hours
This class is an introduction to the foundations, means, and organizations of discipleship ministries of a local church.

MIN540 Spiritual Discipline and Development     3 hours
A consideration of the biblical principles for cultivating a balanced spiritual life. This embraces the emotional, physical, and practical, and includes personality development.

MIN550   Critical Issues of the Ministry      3 hours
A study of some of the most frequent and most important issues facing the pastor today. Included are such topics as marriage, divorce, remarriage, abortion, dysfunctional families, conflict management, finances, legal issues, alternative teachings and practices, unrealistic expectations, and the pastor and his family.

MIN552   Problems in Ethics     3 hours
A seminar to discuss the problems facing the believer in a technological age.  Special attention is given to bioethics, law, finance, and counseling.

MIN555   Special Studies in Ministry     1-3 hours
A study of selected topics in Ministry. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

MIN556   Special Studies in Ministry     1-3 hours
A study of selected topics in Ministry. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

MIN557   Communication in Ministry     3 hours
A course dealing with the pastor’s leadership techniques and interpersonal relationships, giving attention to such things as stress and power, motivational style, veto power, verbal expression, body language, and principles of suggestion.

MIN560   Program Planning, Budgeting, and Evaluation     3 hours
A careful study of the methods and values for the use of program planning, budgeting, and evaluation systems in the local church.  Included are applications of these systems to an actual church setting relating directly to the student’s ministry.

MIN562   Ministering to the Modern Family     3 hours
A study of the needs and interests of the modern family and the ways churches can target ministry to meet existing conditions.

MIN563   Ministry to Children and Youth     3 hours
A course designed to equip the student to minister directly to children and youth within the local church or para-church context through events, programs and curriculum. A portion of the course will also prepare ministry leaders to provide parents with necessary tools and resources for discipling their own children and youth. Attention will be given to current literature and the practical application of children and youth ministry principles and resources relevant to a broad range of settings.

MIN564   Women’s Ministry     3 hours
A theological and practical analysis of the role of women in the ministry of the church. Attention is given to historical development, theological arguments, cultural influences, social and legal conflicts, personal and ministry preparation, and ministry opportunities for women in a postmodern world.

MIN600   Islam     3 hours
An introductory course on Islam and Christian witness to Muslims. Special attention is given to standard Islam, including an overview of the life of Muhammad, the Qur’an, the doctrines of Islam, Islamic fundamentalism, Folk Islam, the main sects of Islam, and the principal approaches for reaching out to Muslims.

MIN610   Evangelism in Foreign Cultures     3 hours
A study of strategies for carrying out the Church’s mission of global outreach.  Special attention is given to worldviews that confront Christians in various cultures and apologetic methodology useful in evangelizing different people groups in their own religions and cultures.

MIN612 (A-Z)   Missions Electives      3 hours each
A study of a selected missions issue based on student interest and/or need and faculty expertise.

MIN620   Issues in Counseling     3 hours
A study of some of the common counseling situations and problems faced by the pastor and a look at some of the pitfalls. Also included is a study of today’s social environment.

MIN621   Marriage and Family Counseling     3 hours
A focused study of issues affecting marriage and family life, noting the most frequent causes for breakdown. Components of the course include biblical concept of marriage and family, premarital counseling, the Christian home, influences attacking the family, and restoration.

MIN624 (A-Z)   Ministry Electives     1-3 hrs each
A study of a selected ministry issue based on student interest and/or need and faculty expertise.

MIN626   Critical Contemporary Issues     3 hours
A course to examine and discuss current ministry and philosophical and theological trends, particularly as they affect missions, church evangelism, and worship.

MIN628    Mentored Internship     3 hours
A supervised field experience implementing biblical principles of effective, program-related servant leadership with significant responsibility over a ministry component under the mentorship of a competent, experienced, degreed ministry professional.  Requirements include setting personal, family relational, and ministry goals; guiding and participating in local church or related ministry; and providing accountability reports for evaluation and assessment.

MIN655   Special Studies in Ministry     1-3 hours
A study of selected topics in Ministry. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

MIN656   Special Studies in Ministry     1-3 hours
A study of selected topics in Ministry. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

MIN700   The Strategic Ministry Leader     3 hours
A study of biblical principles and strategies for effective leadership in the ministry.

MIN710   Philosophy and Practice of Ministry     3 hours
Courses centering upon the development of a biblical philosophy in the various spheres of ministry in the contemporary church (worship, evangelism, music, women’s ministries, etc.).

MIN740   Challenges to the Christian World View     3 hours
A critical discussion of several of Christianity’s major, strategic competitors in contemporary and continual global society. The systems to be studied include pluralism, postmodernism, open theism, and post-liberalism. The examination includes how these forces affect the world at large and how they are influencing both mainline and evangelical Christians.

MIN755   Special Studies in Ministry     1-3 hours
A study of selected topics in Ministry. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

MIN756  Special Studies in Ministry     1-3 hours
A study of selected topics in Ministry. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

MIN810   Leadership: Teams, Transition, and Conflict      3 hours
A course introducing student to and developing the student in initiating effective strategic team-building, transitioning, conflict management, and change.

MIN820   Biblical Preaching or Teaching     3 hours
A study of how the various tasks of leadership are addressed through biblical preaching and teaching. The course includes a study of major discourses from biblical leaders and how those discourses directly related to specific leadership responsibilities. Students will develop sermons or lessons to address specific leadership responsibilities in modern ministry settings.

MIN822   Preaching and Teaching the Old Testament     3 hours
A course stressing the interpretation of Old Testament books and applying it to contemporary life situations.

MIN824   Preaching and Teaching the New Testament     3 hours
A course stressing the interpretation of New Testament books and applying it to contemporary life situations.

MIN825  Developing Relevant Expository Messages     3 hour
This course bridges the gap between biblical exposition and relevant homiletical application. Students are taught how to recognize relevant biblical principles in a given passage and how persuasively to apply the principles to contemporary life situations. Emphasis is placed on evangelism and on developing spiritual maturity in the audience.

MIN830   Biblical Counseling     3 hours
An introduction to a strategic, short-term counseling model adapted for biblical[MG5]  counseling in a local church setting.

MIN834  Counseling Ethics and Administration     3 hours
A study of ethics and administration, and their application, in pastoral and local church counseling contexts.

MIN838   Marriage and Family Counseling     3 hours
A course focusing upon the needs and often delicate problems involved in premarital, marital, and family counseling in the present day. Attention is also given to proper principles and strategies involved in such counseling. (Prerequisite MIN830)

MIN841   Contemporary Theological Issues in Missions      3 hours
A study of theological issues indigenous to selected mission fields.

MIN842   Contemporary Strategic Issues in Missions     3 hours
A study of methods to design a local church-based outreach ministry and also strategies for establishing local churches on the mission field.

MIN855   Special Studies in Ministry     1-3 hours
A study of selected topics in Ministry. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

MIN856   Special Studies in Ministry     1-3 hours
A study of selected topics in Ministry. Courses from this series may be selected to meet specific needs of students who desire to advance their research in a chosen area within the discipline.

MIN860   Christian Education Curriculum     3 hours
This course is an introduction to the development of curricula for local church educational ministries. Students will develop a curriculum for a local church ministry. The developed curriculum could be the pilot for the Doctor of Ministry project.

MIN864   Innovations in Church Ministries     3 hours
In this course students will be introduced to innovative programs and methodologies currently being used in church ministries. Students will plan an innovation for their current Christian ministries.

MIN868   The Christian Education Director in the Local Church     3 hours
This course is designed to provide practical guidance on such subjects as how to get started as a minister of Christian education and how to navigate the maze of personal relationships with church leaders, staff, volunteers, and individual members. Students will also be introduced to foundational leadership principles.

MIN872   Current Impact of World Religions      3 hours
A course evaluating the current expansion of the world religions and providing a strategy for meeting this contemporary challenge to the Christian faith.

MIN890  Professional Development     3 hours
This course provides a structured approach for D.Min. students to use when fulfilling their degree program requirement for 3 hours of professional development. Three options are provided in the course for professional development: (1) a reading list with appropriate related assignments; (2) attendance at a professional conference or seminar and related assignments; or (3) participation in a mission trip with related assignments. N.B. Conferences, seminars, and mission trips will have their own financial requirements.