Christian Ministry Track
The goal of the Christian Ministry Track is to help men and women interested in Christian ministry to develop textual, hermeneutical, homiletical, social, and personal skills as they seek to serve Christ better in the varied ministries in which they find themselves. Each student who signs up for a track will receive a Certificate of Completion when the specific track requirements are met. This track requires the successful completion of 24 courses. The student will take several required courses (marked by an asterisk [*] below). The student also chooses 4 additional courses from the Topical Classes list, 1 from the Old Testament Textual Classes list, and 2 from the New Testament Textual Classes list below. Each course requires the passing of 3 tests administered by the teacher and the timely submission of a 4 to 6-page paper on a subject or text approved by the teacher. Each student who signs up for a track will have an academic advisor. It is not required that these classes be taken in order. The current semester’s class offerings are found here.
Topical Classes to choose from (9 required [*] plus 4 additional choices):
1. Basic Christian Beliefs.
2. Bible Geography and Archaeology.
3. *Biblical Interpretation.
4. *Christian Counseling 101.
5. Christian Counseling 201.
6. Christian Family Life.
7. *Christian Leadership.
8. *Christian Spirituality/Spiritual Formation.
9. *Christian Vocation & Ethics.
10. Christianity and World Religions.
11. Church History.
12. Happiness in Life.
13. *How We Got the Bible.
14. *Jesus in History and Culture.
15. Science and the Bible.
16. *Speech Communication 101.
17. Speech Communication 201.
18. Streams of Grace (A Look at the Variety of Christian Experience).
19. The Healthy Minister’s Family.
20. The New Testament Church.
21. *The Triumph of the 7 Virtues (A Look at Christian Character-Building Virtues).
22. Why Should I Believe?
23. Who is God?
24. Wonderful Words of Life (Great Bible Themes).
Old Testament Textual Classes to choose from (3 required [*] plus 1 additional choice):
1. *The Pentateuch.
2. Early Hebrew History.
3. Later Hebrew History.
4. *Biblical Poetics and Wisdom (Deals with The Wisdom Literature).
6. Jeremiah and Lamentations.
7. Ezekiel and Daniel.
8. The Book of the Twelve.
New Testament Textual Classes to choose from (5 required [*] plus 2 additional choices):
1. *The Synoptic Gospels – 1. (The Life and Ministry of Jesus).
2. The Synoptic Gospels – 2 (The Miracles of Jesus).
3. The Synoptic Gospels – 3 (The Parables of Jesus).
4. The Gospel of John.
5. *Acts and Early Church History.
6. *Romans and Galatians.
7. The Corinthian Letters.
8. The Prison Epistles.
9. *Letters to Ministers (Dealing with 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, 1 & 2 Thessalonians).
10. *The Letter to the Hebrews.
11. The General Epistles.