1003 -- Christian Beliefs -- 3 credit hours
A survey of Christian thought, beliefs, and traditions
through the ages. Doctrines concerning the nature of God, the
fall of man, sin, Jesus Christ, atonement, and salvation are
discussed. The Church of the Middle Ages, the Reformation,
the Puritan Age, and the contemporary Church are examined.
Key figures in Christian thought from St. Augustine to Mother
Teresa are introduced. Course rotation: All
1013 -- Old Testament -- 3 credit hours
A survey of the Old Testament dealing with its making,
meaning, and literature; designed to lead to an appreciation of its
content and application. Course Rotation: All
1023 -- New Testament -- 3 credit
A survey of the New Testament dealing with its making, meaning,
and literature; designed to apply teachings of the New Testament to
present times. Course rotation: All semesters.
1203 -- World Religions -- 3 credit
A survey of the varieties of religious beliefs, emphasizing the
relationship of the world's great religions to one another and to
society. Course rotation: All semesters.
2113 -- Gospel, Church & Culture -- 3 credit
This course examines trends of postmodern culture while preparing
missional leaders for effectiveness in Christian ministry amid the
ideologies and cultural milieu of contemporary society. The
nature and mission of the Church and its witness and service to the
world is examined in light of the diverse cultural values
encountered in the various cross-cultural contexts within our
society. Focus will be given to renewed efforts at effective
cultural engagement with the Christian gospel in multi-cultural
contexts. Course rotation: Fall.
3103 -- Christian Ministry -- 3 credit hours
An introductory study of the nature of the church and its
mission. Students will be exposed to the various issues and
literature in the field of Christian Ministries with special
emphasis on discipleship.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing
and RELI 1003. Course rotation: All
3113 -- Youth Ministry -- 3 credit hours
Consideration of the nature and needs of adolescents from
junior high through the college years. Philosophy of youth
ministry objectives, organizations, and methods are studied with
emphasis on effective ministry to reach and develop youth to their
fullest potential. Prerequisite:
RELI 1003. Course rotation: Spring.
3123 -- Worship -- 3 credit hours
Understanding Christian worship and church music through
consideration to its biblical and historical backgrounds and
through observation of its current practice. Experience in
planning and conducting worship in a variety of settings.
Also listed as MUSI 3123.
Prerequisite: RELI 1003. Course
3133 -- The Gospels -- 3 credit hours
A study of the basic teachings of Jesus in the synoptic
gospels and the Gospel of John in light of critical studies.
Prerequisite: RELI 1003.
Course rotation: Spring even years.
3143 -- New Testament Letters -- 3 credit
A historical study of the spread of Christianity into Asia and
Europe as seen in the life and writings of the apostles.
Prerequisite: RELI 1003.
Course rotation: Fall odd years.
3153 -- Age-Level Ministry -- 3 credit hours
An examination of the periods of childhood through
adulthood from the perspective of ministry needs, developmental
tasks, and spiritual formation. Attention is given to the
principles of moral and spiritual development of children and
programs to integrate all persons into the community of
faith. Prerequisites: RELI
1003 and RELI 3103. Course rotation:
3163 -- Children's Ministry -- 3 credit
The purpose of this course is to educate and train leaders in
various aspects of children's ministry including effective teaching
methods, program organization, age-level development, volunteer
recruitment and training, service on a church staff, and ministry
3203 -- Christian Education -- 3 credit
Study of the historical, Biblical, theoretical, and psychological
concepts central to the field of educational ministry. Reference to
various applications in children's, youth, and adult ministries
will be included. Course rotation: All
3213 -- Pentateuch/Historical Books -- 3
An analysis of the general content and spiritual teachings of the
Torah as well as the historical books from Joshua to Esther.
Prerequisite: RELI 1003. Course
rotation: Spring even years.
3253 -- Poetical Books/Prophets -- 3 credit
A study of wisdom literature and the prophetic writings
of the Old Testament. Prerequisite:
RELI 1003. C ourse rotation: Spring even years.
3273 -- Women in Religion -- 3 credit hours
Drawing on the insights of Biblical theology, history,
and cross-cultural studies, this course examines the places of
women in society and in the church -- both as they are and should
and could be. Explores the views of female/male roles in the
church over the centuries. Critically examines feminist
thought and experiences of women with Christianity as well as other
3293 -- Contextual Ministry -- 3 credit
This course prepares students for ministry in a multicultural
society. It is designed to provide historical, theological,
sociological, and ethical foundations for ministry in diverse
cultures. Special attention will focus on ministries of
evangelism, discipleship, and social justice, including an
examination of various models of ministry to persons in recovery
and others on the margins of society.
Prerequisites: RELI 1003, RELI 2113 and
RELI 3103. Course rotation: Spring odd years.
3413 -- Christian Apologetics -- 3 credit hours
A basic introduction to a rational defense for the historic and
apostolic claims of the Christian faith. Attention is focused
on the classic arguments for the existence of God, the reliability
of the Bible, and the historical evidence for the life, death, and
resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Contemporary issues in the
area of Christian apologetics within a postmodern, secular culture
are examined. Course rotation: Spring even
3423 -- Discipleship -- 3 credit hours
This course covers the primary philosophy and methodology for
making Christian disciples and examines problems, possibilities and
processes for building a disciple-making culture in the local
church. Special attention is given to the integration of
biblical and theological principles of discipleship for
cross-cultural applications in a postmodern world. Course
3503 - Christian Theology - 3 credit
An advanced course in the primary doctrines of the Christian
faith. Prerequisite: RELI
1003. Course rotation: Spring.
4103 -- Spiritual Formation -- 3 credit
An examination of the theological and practical dimensions of
spiritual life with an emphasis on prayer, solitude and social
responsibility. The history of spirituality and great
Christian spiritual writers, past and present will be
examined. Prerequisite: RELI
1003. Course rotation: Spring.
4393 -- Psychology of Religion -- 3 credit
Presents psychological, philosophical, and the theoretical factors
associated with religious practice.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1003. Course
4403 -- Recreational Ministries -- 3 credit
Objectives, principles, methods, organizations, and administration
of church recreation and camping. Emphasizes the building of
a sound recreational program along with the various facets of
Christian camping. Prerequisite:
RELI 1003. Course rotation: Fall.
4413 -- Missional Leadership -- 3 credit
A course that combines biblical theology, sociological
foundations, and principles of leadership development to equip
students for effective ministry in missional contexts, including
church plants, urban ministries, cross-cultural missions, and
related ministry systems in a postmodern culture.
Prerequisites: RELI 1003, RELI 2113
and RELI 3103. Course rotation: Spring.
4553 -- Wesleyan Studies -- 3 credit
A survey of Methodist theology, history and practice from the time
of John Wesley to the present. It integrates theology and
practice of ministry by showing the impact and relevance of
Wesleyanism for the contemporary church.
Prerequisites: RELI 1003
and RELI 3103. Course rotation: Fall of odd
4603 -- Homiletics -- 3 credit hours
A consideration of the essential qualifications of a preacher; the
need for preaching; and proper preparation of sermon material,
including discovery and arrangement of ideas, and the effective
presentation and reception of the message.
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in COMM
2103. Course rotation: Varies.
48X1 -- Ministry Seminar -- 1 credit hour
Special topics courses in various areas of
ministry. Prerequisite: RELI
1003. Course rotation: All
4933-4943 -- Practicum I, II -- 3 credit
Provides exposure to ministry as a vocation. Students
participate in two, 120-clock hour practica under skilled
supervision. Corequisite or
Prerequisite: Second semester junior standing.
Course rotation: All semesters.
4950 -- Senior Practicum III -- 1-3 credit
An additional 120-clock hour practicum experience in the field of
church work. Course rotation: All semesters.