Christian Ministries (CM)
An integrated study of the historical and philosophical developments which have influenced Christian education. The course traces the development of Christian education throughout history to the present day. The philosophies and methods of significant Christian educators are considered in their historical settings. Contemporary trends are noted.
A general study of the educational ministry in the local church. Specific components in the development of the various organizations are examined. Approaches to leadership theories, roles, ministries, and training are studied briefly.
A study of the development of a church staff. Consideration is given to the qualifications and duties of staff members, to staff relationships, and to the place of each staff member in carrying out the functions of the church.
A foundational study of biblical and educational principles of teaching. Specific attention is given to the principles, forms, and methods of Jesus. Individual and group-teaching projects expose students to a practical application of teaching principles.
This course combines the principles of effective lesson preparation with those of lesson delivery in which students deliver biblically based lessons before the professor and class members. The content and delivery of each lesson are evaluated by means of class discussion, written evaluation, and videotape. It is designed to help the student enhance his or her teaching ability. Principles of Teaching 1,
A study of the philosophy and methodology of developing a Sunday school in a local church to promote evangelism, Bible study, and church growth.
A study of church growth principles applied to the Sunday school to produce qualitative and quantitative growth of local churches.
An integrated study of the development of Christian education. Consideration is given to the foundations of Christian education, the outstanding patterns of education, the teaching/learning process, and the philosophy and methodology of Christian education practice within the context of a local church.
A study of the relationship skills necessary for an effective ministry. Consideration is given to the skills necessary for establishing and maintaining effective relationships in the church. Barriers to communication, the development of listening, assertive, and conflict management skills are examined. Qualities that foster improved communication, such as genuineness, empathy, and non-possessive love, are also given consideration.
A study of educational curriculum and development. Consideration is given to choosing and writing curriculum that aids teachers in an effective Bible teaching ministry.
A practical course to help the student prepare for ministry in the church. It deals with the administration of educational programming, the role of age-graded ministers, issues of leadership, recruitment of church leaders, church-wide evangelism and discipleship and other related matters.
This course examines the lives and ministries of women in the Bible as well as key passages for understanding God's unique plan for women. This amplified study of womanhood in the Old and New Testaments serves to establish a foundation for systematizing a consistent and non-contradictory pattern and plan for biblical womanhood throughout the generations and especially for the present era.
An objective study of the ministry of the preschool, children, and youth divisions in the local church. Specific emphasis is given to the developmental stages of childhood. Consideration is also given to the knowledge of skills needed in developing effective workers. This course is also designed to equip leaders to integrate a comprehensive youth educational ministry based on the five biblical functions of the church. Emphasis will be given to factors that relate to youth education such as youth mental and physical development, the enlistment and training of youth lay leaders, and forming a sound intentional and biblical philosophy for youth ministry.
An objective study of adult ministry in the local church. Specific emphasis is given to the educational needs of singles, young adults, median adults, and senior adults. Consideration is also given to the skills needed to develop effective adult leaders.