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

Biblical StudiesMORE [+]

BIB 200 - Hermeneutics: The Craft of Biblical & Theo-Cultural Interpretation

Hermeneutics examines the process of interpretation. The student will learn to understand and appreciate the Biblical text and all of its various literary genres, as well as the historic approaches to interpreting the text. The course will also discuss various means by which to understand theological trends and the interpretations of cultures. (2 credits)

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 and Counseling

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)

LanguagesMORE [+]

LAN 200 - Introduction to Exegetical Tools (LOGOS)

LAN 200 gives students a basic understanding of how to use contemporary computer Bible programs to accurately accomplish scriptural exegesis in the service of general research as well as lesson and sermon preparation. Logos 6 software required (Bronze level minimum; Silver level recommended). (2 credits)

LAN 201 - Introduction to Biblical Languages

LAN 201 gives students a basic understanding of either Biblical Hebrew or Biblical Greek, and demonstrates how the student can use contemporary computer programs in the language learning process. This course is offered as either Hebrew or Greek, and may be repeated when the content changes. Logos 6 software required (Bronze level minimum; Silver level recommended). (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)

MinistryMORE [+]

MIN 200 - Basic Church Care: Counsel & Conflict

MIN 200 covers basic approaches to pastoral care, as well as limited approaches to counseling and an approach to identifying and dealing with church conflict. The student will learn to appreciate the function of pastoral care as an aspect of leadership in the local church. (2 credits)

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 - Transformation

Transformation is the root of Christian theology. This course enables the Christian student to understand the exchange of God’s grace and humankind’s faith in a transformative process that results in a life-long conversation with God (prayer) and a human life marked by a transformed approach to living (ethics), identified by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the active interior presence of the Holy Spirit. (2 credits)

THEO 202 - Doctrines: Basic Christian Beliefs

A set of cognitive affirmations result from the Christian transformation process. As human persons ‘live in Jesus’, they acquire certain perspectives on God that informs how they think and live. These perspectives are called ‘beliefs’ and are taught to others as ‘doctrines’. In this course, the student will become familiar with general doctrinal categories, particular doctrines, and historical approaches to the understanding of these teachings. (2 credits)

THEO 203 - Church: A Theology for the Mission of God

Ecclesia – “the called out ones” is the outworking of Christian faith in the life of the individual believer and, more importantly, in the church in particular. 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)