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Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

MA - Christian Leadership - RELI

5013 - Bible Survey - 3 credit hours
A survey of the Bible with theological implications for Christian thought. Course rotation: Arranged course.

5023 - Practical Ministry - 3 credit hours
An introductory study of the mission of the church and its various ministries in evangelism, social outreach, education, age level ministries, and spiritual formation. Course rotation: Arranged course.

5103 - Foundations of Servant Leadership - 3 credit hours
Introduction to the concepts of Christian leadership including the principles and practices that exemplify servant leadership in the church and the world.  Course rotation: Summer.

5203 - Transformational Ministry - 3 credit hours
An in-depth examination of the church's service through educational ministry and leadership development, primarily in the areas of evangelism, discipleship, and social justice. Prerequisite: RELI 5103.  Course  rotation: Fall.

5303 - Leading Groups and Organizations - 3  credit hours
Integrated study of psychology, strategic management and equipping strategies to assist students in understanding organizational and group dynamics as it applies to all organizations, including the church. Prerequisite: RELI 5103.  Course rotation: Fall.

5403 - Effective Church Leadership - 3 credit hours
Focus on various areas of church leadership responsibilities in administration, vision, church growth, proclamation and worship.   Prerequisite: RELI 5103.  Course rotation: Summer.

5503 - Conflict, Crisis and Change - 3 credit hours
Introduction to the theories of both personal and organizational crisis/conflict with an emphasis on ecclesiology  and how adversity brings about change. Prerequisite: RELI 5103. Course rotation: Spring.

5603 - Christian Doctrine - 3 credit hours
A theological study based on the Christian tradition incorporating the primary doctrines of Christianity with a special application in ministry.  Prerequisite: None.  Course rotation: Fall.

5703 - Church History - 3 credit hours
A survey of Christian history from Pentecost to the present with emphasis on formation of orthodoxy  and its interrelation and impact on surrounding society. Prerequisite: None   Course rotation: Spring.

5803 - Small Church Ministry - 3 credit hours
The study of the dynamics of the small church particularly as it relates to missional effectiveness in its community setting. Course rotation: Varies.

5813 - Pastoral Counseling- 3 credit hours
Study of the human life cycle with application to the church's role of nurturing, sustaining, healing, guiding, and reconciling.  Includes primary theories of counseling with attention to informal and formal structures within the church for personal and spiritual growth. Course rotation: Varies.

5823 - Church-Related Higher Education and Leadership - 3 credit hours
A Study of the contemporary university and the relationship of religion to its function as well as significant aspects implicit in formulating a church-related philosophy of higher education.  A special focus will be on administrative leadership. Course rotation: Varies.

5833 - Readings in Leadership - 3 credit hours
Guided, independent research in Christian Leadership.  Course rotation: By Individual Contract

5843 - Internship - 3 credit hours
Utilization of field experience to test theory and develop skills in the practice of ministry.  Goals and objectives as well as procedures and strategies for leadership in churches, agencies, and communities are the focus for reflective learning. Course rotation:  Individual Contract.

5853 - Missional Leadership - 3 credit hours
Investigation of cultural dynamics in various emerging and functioning leadership contexts in both North America and other cultural settings.  A contemporary theology of missions will be explored. Course rotation: Varies.

5901 - Church Growth Strategies - 1 credit hour
Foundational principles and practices of church growth. Course rotation: Varies.

5911  Ethical Leadership - 1 credit hour
Explores ethical church leadership for the 21st century and assists students to better analyze and respond to moral problems in culture. Course rotation: Varies.

5931 - Youth Ministries Seminar - 1 credit hour
Contemporary issues in youth ministry, resources and program planning. Course rotation: Varies.

5951 - Campus Ministry - 1 credit hour
Introduction to the philosophy and practices of successful campus ministry. Course rotation: Varies.

5961 -  Discipleship and the Family - 1 credit hour
A seminar on the church's ministry to the family. Course rotation: Varies.

5991 -  Seminar in Ministry Leadership - 1 credit hour
Special seminars in various areas of ministry leadership. Course rotation: Varies.

5993 - Special Topics in Religion - 3 credit hours
Special selected topics in the field of practical theology. Course rotation: Varies.

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