The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries provides adults with an in-depth understanding of the Word of God, equipping students with personal and spiritual disciplines necessary to become an effective servant of Christ. By learning about the character of God, theological foundations of the Church, biblical counseling, and the practical application of God's Word, students develop a strong foundation for a biblical life and gain greater clarity and understanding of what God is doing in His church.
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The Christian Ministries major is designed to be broad enough to prepare the student for a variety of ministry opportunities and specific enough to give the student the in-depth knowledge and character development to succeed in full-time ministry. Prior students have gone on to the following roles:
This course begins with a focus upon the tools and techniques for the adult learner. Critical skills for those transitioning into adult education such as time management, goal setting, reading improvement, and study principles are examined. A brief foundation is laid for use of current technology in the classroom. This is followed by a discussion of three elements essential to ministry: a high view of God, a high view of God's Word, and a high view of the Church. Each of these theological components establishes the necessary foundation for building a philosophy of ministry.
The student will be introduced to the methods of biblical and theological research in terms of traditional library methods as well as various computer and on-line systems.
The various hermeneutical systems demonstrating the soundness and superiority of the historical-grammatical approach to biblical interpretation are discussed. In addition, the doctrine of Bibliology and its foundational relationship to all of theology and ministry is presented. Finally, practical considerations in the study of God's Word are reviewed.
The first theology seminar will cover the major fields of systematic theology beginning with Prolegomenon and continuing with Cosmology, Theology Proper, Christology and Pneumatology. The areas of study will center on the biblical defense for these areas as well as an examination of classic understanding of these doctrines from church history.
The second theology seminar covers the doctrinal subjects of Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology. In addition, a brief discussion of the various Protestant theological systems will be included.
The course will examine why the Gospel is the energizing truth that drives the believer's sanctification. In-depth attention will be paid to the spiritual discipline of ongoing faith in the Gospel ("preaching the Gospel to oneself each day"). Attention will also be given to the biblical connection between the Gospel and the believer's worship, walk, warfare, witness, oneness, and worldview. The practical theology of this course is designed especially to address the "disconnect" which commonly exists between faith and life-between doctrine and practice.
This class will examine why biblical worldview is about Total Reality; not just about religious truth. It will equip the student to critique erroneous worldviews for the purpose of becoming effective in evangelism. The class will also examine the need for, and the methodology used in, presuppositional apologetics. It will also consider the appropriate use of Christian evidences, and their proper place in the apologetic presentation.
This course is an introduction to the philosophy and process of Christian education for all age levels.
The biblical approach to missions and evangelism in the local church setting is presented. Examination of both local and international missions from a biblical perspective and a basic model of a local church missions program are discussed. Personal evangelism and discipleship are pursued as an integral part of the course. Christian apologetics will be reviewed and discussed also.
The basic concepts and distinctive features of biblical counseling are introduced. Discussion in this course will include a description of what biblical counseling is and what it involves, the qualifications of biblical counselors, the roles of the counselor in biblical counseling and the role of the counseling in the ministry of the local church. Emphasis will be placed on the theological foundations of biblical counseling and the key aspects of progressive sanctification. In addition, practical suggestions will be given concerning the counseling process. Case studies will be utilized to enhance learning.
The final theology seminar presents an overview of church history tracing the growth and development of Christianity from the Apostolic Age to modern American Evangelism. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the major Protestant denominations and associations emerging from the different traditions of the Reformation era.
This course is designed to allow the student to make use of the theological material and skills acquired throughout the program. Along with short research papers in which students will interact with various issues and challenges facing the contemporary church, they will also identify and present in written form the philosophy of ministry, statement of leadership philosophy, doctrinal foundation, and curriculum strategy they would use to start a church.