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The Master’s College 2015-2016 Catalog

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TMC ONLINE PROGRAMS

BC300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling (3)

A general introduction to basic concepts and

distinctive features of biblical counseling. Students

will discuss what biblical counseling is and what

it involves, the role of the counselor in biblical

counseling, the different kinds of counseling that are

needed, the place of counseling in the ministry of

the church, and how biblical counseling theory and

practice relate to and differ from some of the more

common secular models and theories. Part of the

course will involve a personal improvement project

in which the student will evaluate his or her own

counseling qualifications, design a plan for improving

some area of his or her life, put that plan into action,

and then evaluate his or her progress as the course

draws to a close.

BCW363 Apologetics (3)

A survey of the main approaches to apologetics and

an examination of evidences for the Christian faith

from such fields as science, history, archaeology, and

philosophy. This will satisfy the requirement for P311

Introduction to Philosophy.

BIB301 Christian Worldview & Ethics (3)

This course is designed to re-introduce the student

into the rigor of college life. Academic skills such

as becoming a master student, time management,

goal setting, and study principles are examined. The

process of critical thinking and analysis as well as

the concept of a Christian worldview will be cov-

ered. The characteristics of successful leaders and

the traits they exhibit in everyday decision-making

responsibilities are identified and studied.

BIB310 Foundations of Biblical Study (3)

This course introduces the student to the necessary

skills and techniques that promote educational

success in the online environment. Academic writing

and research techniques promoting information

literacy are examined and applied. This course is

also undergirded by an essential focus on spiritual

formation foundational to healthy ministry—

personal as well as corporate—within the life of

the church. Guiding principles constituting biblical

ministry within the curriculum are established.

BIB349 Dynamics of Grace (3)

The course will examine why the gospel is the ener-

gizing truth that drives the believer’s sanctification.

In-depth attention will be paid to the spiritual disci-

pline 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 “dis-

connect” which commonly exists between faith and

life, between doctrine and practice.

BIB355 Worldview, Apologetics, Evangelism (3)

This class will examine why a biblical worldview is

about total reality, not just 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 methodol-

ogy used in pre-suppositional apologetics. It will also

consider the appropriate use of Christian evidences

and their proper place in the apologetic presentation.

BIB375 Church History (3)

This course presents an overview of church history,

tracing the growth and development of Christianity

from the Apostolic Age to the present. The course

will include discussions of the church fathers, major

councils, the Reformation, and key church leaders

over the last 2,000 years.

BIB380 Christian Education (3)

This course is a survey of the history, philosophy,

principles, and practice of Christian education. The

student will be exposed to, discuss, and evaluate

the varied contexts of Christian education. Differ-

ing age levels will be considered. The student will

be expected to interact with the course materials,

instructor, and other students in an effort to refine

the understanding and practice of Christian educa-

tion. The student is also expected to explore various

ministries within their local church and evaluate each

biblically.

BIB390 Principles of Effective Teaching (3)

A seminar on the teaching-learning process with

attention given to current research, the dynamics

of classroom instruction, curriculum development,

and the application of instructional methodology

and technology.

BIB400 Church Administration (3)

This course will consider key issues in church admin-