M.A.T. and Dip. Div. Course Descriptions

Biblical StudiesMORE [+]

BIB 201 - Old Testament: Torah and the Histories

The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the Torah and the histories (Genesis-2 Kings), focusing on theology and interpretation to show how Scripture unfolds as one magnificent drama that situates us in relationship to God and his world. (2 credits)

BIB 202 - Old Testament: Prophets and Poetry

The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (1 Chronicles-Malachi), focusing on theology and interpretation to show how these scriptures inform the grand narrative of God. (2 credits)

BIB 203 - New Testament: The Gospels

The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels. (2 credits)

BIB 204 - New Testament: From Acts to Revelation

The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on the early church’s understanding of Jesus, how to be the ‘body of Christ’, and the consummation of time in the Book of Revelation. Application is made to the church today. (2 credits)

BIB 300 - Advanced Biblical Studies

This advanced Bible course examines individual biblical books, types of biblical literature, or sections of scripture. The course covers text, interpretation, historical contexts, linguistic issues, theological themes, and ethical issues. The course content changes on a regular basis. (2 credits)

CommunicationMORE [+]

COM 201 - Preaching to Context: From Text to Hearer

This course studies preaching from sermon construction to the delivery of the message, with special attention given to preaching context, verbal delivery, and the variety of preaching styles. (2 credits)

COM 202 - Introduction to Pastoral Care, Counseling and Conflict

Introduction to Christian Counseling is one aspect of pastoral ministry, including self-evaluation, exploration of human spiritual/emotional frailty, practice of basic techniques, and understanding movement toward both personal and familial wholeness. (2 credits)

COM 300 - Advanced Pastoral Counseling

This course examines advanced approaches to pastoral counseling, with an emphasis on case studies and practicums. (2 credits)

COM 301 - Advanced Proclamation

This course examines advanced forms of the sermon, including narrative, dramatic and advanced exegetical forms. It continues to address issues related to sermon delivery. (2 credits)

COM 302 - Christian Recovery Group Ministries

This course is an introduction to group/systemic philosophies, principles, and practices necessary to empower movement toward spiritual-emotional healing and restoration in the church setting, including appropriate referral practices. (2 credits)

COM 303 - Pastoral Counseling Practicum

The practicum develops a student’s ability to interface theory and practice, theology and counseling, by integrating classroom learning with actual supervised pastoral counseling. This course should be taken after COM 302. (2 credits)

Entrepreneurial LeadershipMORE [+]

LED 201 - Entrepreneurial Leadership

Entrepreneurial Leadership explores what it means to be a Christian leader in a postmodern, post-denominational culture. The class explores the latest in contemporary leadership theory with a focus on creative or ‘entrepreneurial’ leadership. The class applies these leadership principles in conversation with biblical and theological resources in order to explore the student’s vocation, as well as enhance the mission of the contemporary ekklesia. (2 credits)

LED 202 - Basics of Mission: Regional and Global

Mission is at the heart of Christian existence. This course examines the practice of mission for the local church, addressing how the local church can engage in particular missional practices locally, regionally, and globally. The course examines cultivating a missional mindset in the congregation, missional partnerships with other congregations and organizations, and assembling and administering a ’mission‘ team for particular regional and global mission ventures. (2 credits)

LED 203 - Basics of Discipleship

This course examines the theology, necessity, and methodology of discipleship in the local church. (2 credits)

LED 300 - Advanced Leadership Studies

This course examines advanced trends in leadership with relevance for the contemporary church. Content changes regularly. (2 credits)

Mentored MinistryMORE [+]

MENT 201 - Mentored Ministry

Students enrolled in the M.A.T. degree program will enlist a mentor, in their location, who will mentor the student in a variety of ministry programs and projects. Mentored ministry assignments will be provided in the syllabus of each course in the M.A.T. program. (2 credits)

MENT 202 - Mentored Ministry

Students enrolled in the M.A.T. degree program will enlist a mentor, in their location, who will mentor the student in a variety of ministry programs and projects. Mentored ministry assignments will be provided in the syllabus of each course in the M.A.T. program. (2 credits)

MENT 203 - Mentored Ministry

Students enrolled in the M.A.T. degree program will enlist a mentor, in their location, who will mentor the student in a variety of ministry programs and projects. Mentored ministry assignments will be provided in the syllabus of each course in the M.A.T. program. (2 credits)

MinistryMORE [+]

MIN 201 - Introduction to Family Ministries

This course examines the seminal role of the family for ministry with an emphasis on relationships, human growth and development, contemporary dysfunctions, and ministry approaches. Course content may feature parents, children, teens, young adults, senior adults, divorced families or non-traditional families. May be repeated when content changes. (2 credits)

MIN 202 - Creative Worship Studies

This course is an overview of congregational worship in a postmodern context. Students will explore the integration of various art forms into the people’s worship and form connections between worship and redemptive art. (2 credits)

MIN 301 - Advanced Worship Studies

This course examines trends in worship studies and worship leadership with relevance for the contemporary church. Content changes regularly. (2 credits)

MIN 302 - Advanced Studies in Family Ministries

This course examines trends in family ministries (children, youth, adolescent, young adult, parents, senior adults) with relevance for the contemporary church. Content changes regularly. (2 credits)

SpiritualityMORE [+]

SPR 200 - Spiritual Practices

Study of the spiritual practices regards the manner in which ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual lives, as well as how they can help others in identifying and managing the spiritual issues in their lives. The spiritual disciplines focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality. (2 credits)

SPR 201 - Imaginative Spirituality: From Mysticism to Rationalism and Beyond

“Spiritual, but not religious” is a phrase often used in Western culture today. SPR 201 examines historic spiritual practices primarily from a Christian perspective, but also from relevant practices in other religious traditions, in order to re-establish spiritual practice as a meaningful aspect of discipleship in the local church, as well as for the individual. (2 credits)

SPR 300 - Advanced Studies in Spirituality

This course examines advanced topics in Spirituality. Content changes regularly and may be repeated twice for credit. (2 credits)

TheologyMORE [+]

THEO 201 - Thinking Theologically

Many Christians today have learned to think “biblically” but don’t understand how to think “theologically,” or even why such thinking is important. THEO 201 explains the why and how of thinking theologically, in addition to covering the basic teachings of the Christian faith (2 credits)

THEO 202 - Ecclesia: Church and the Mission of God

In this course, the student moves from a focus on the changed life to changing lives. The course explores the nature of the church as the body of Christ, community life in the Spirit, and the nature of movement, or better, mission, as the vocation of the church. The student finds out that the church is a ‘movement’ empowered and guided by the love of God (2 credits)

THEO 300 - Advanced Theological Studies

This course examines trends in theology with relevance for the contemporary church. Content changes regularly. Examples of possible topics include “The Trinity,” “Christianity and Science,” “Christianity and Literature,” “Faith, Beauty and the Arts,” “Salvation in a Pluralistic World,” “American Theology,” etc. (2 credits)

World and CultureMORE [+]

WCT 201 - Apologetics: Living Christ in a Pluralist World

What does it mean to live and promote the ‘good news’ of Jesus in a pluralist world? This course covers the practice of following and witnessing to Christ in a world of competing religions and worldviews. The course gives an overview of select world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), secularism, scientism and consumerism, with a selection of Christian engagements. (2 credits)

WCT 300 - Advanced Cultural & Religious Studies

This course covers a variety of subjects concerning culture, environment, science and theology, and world religions. The content rotates regularly. (2 credits)