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Associate of Theology (A.Th.) Degree Program
The basic structure of this degree program is made up of lower division courses of Biblical education which may be transferred in from an approved church educational program; ministry; Bible study fellowship or institute; college or seminary, in addition to the courses offered by the Seminary, for a total of ninety (90) quarter credit hours required for graduation. A minimum of fifteen (15) quarter credit hours must be taken through the Seminary in addition to any credits transferred in toward this degree program.
An example of subjects that may be taken for the Associate of Theology (A.Th.) Degree Program, by Independent Study, is as follows:
101 Pastoral Writing I
110 Biblical Inerrancy
115 All About the Bible
102 Pastoral Writing II
117 Gos of Matthew
118 Gospel of Mark
103 Pastoral Writing III
120 Christian Ethics
125 Church History
210 Gospel of Luke
215 Greek I
217 Gospel of John
218 Book of Proverbs
220 Greek II
225 Book of Genesis
230 Greek III
233 Book of Acts
235 Biblical Essay
The subjects for the A.Th. Degree Program may be substituted by Resident Study Classes or Elective Independent Study (EIS) subjects from the Curriculum for the M.Div. Degree Program, as presented in this catalog, but will remain on a 100— 200 course level.
Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) Degree Program
Students who have not fully completed their college, but have at least two years of college, may be admitted to this academic program which requires a total of one hundred eighty (180) quarter credit hours and leads upon completion to the Bachelor of Theology Degree for the graduating student.
An example of subjects that may be taken for the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) Degree Program, by Independent Study, is as follows:
310 1 Corinthians
312 2 Corinthians
316 1 Timothy
318 2 Timothy
320 John 1, 2, 3
103 Pastoral Writing III
120 Christian Ethics
125 Church History
410 Int. Christian Edu
412 Yth Min Teaching
414 Christian Adlt Edu
416 Creative Bible Teaching
418 Admin. of Christian Ed.
420 How Adults Learn Bible
230 Greek III
233 Book of Acts
235 Biblical Essay
The subjects for the B.Th. Degree Program may be substituted by Resident Study classes or Elective Independent Study (EIS) subjects from the Curriculum for the M.Div. Program, as presented in this catalog, but will remain on the 300-400 course level.
101, 102,103 PASTORAL WRITING (3)
This subject offers a review of basic grammar and composition for the purpose of assisting the student to write sermons in their complete form in preparation for pulpit delivery.
110 BIBLICAL INERRANCY (3)
This subject sets forth the doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy. This is an essential element of the Authority of Scripture and a necessary ingredient for soundness of doctrine in the Church.
115 WHAT THE BIBLE IS ALL ABOUT (3)
This subject offers a study in understanding the Bible in a way that enables you to see how everything, from Genesis to Revelation, fits together.
117 GOSPEL OF MATTHEW (3)
This study presents God’s redemptive Word, presented to the Jews, by one of the 12 Apostles, Matthew, who Jesus called as a despised tax collector.
118 GOSPEL OF MARK (3)
In this study you will see how Mark informs the Gentile people about who Jesus is and how He came to bring eternal life to all who will receive Him as their God and Savior.
120 CHRISTIAN ETHICS (3)
This subject offers a study of Christian ethics regarding honesty, conscience, peer pressure, business and work ethics, sexual morality, and development of Biblical convictions.
125 HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (3)
This study is an overview of the Christian Church from the Apostolic Period to the twentieth century.
210 GOSPEL OF LUKE (3)
Luke presents a connected and orderly narrative of the life of Jesus, as seen by eye witnesses, with emphasis on Jesus’ sympathetic attitude toward the poor and lowly people.
217 GOSPEL OF JOHN (3)
John presents Jesus as the Eternal Word, God incarnate in human flesh, as the Son of God; the Redeemer and Savior for all mankind and especially those who receive Him.
218 BOOK OF PROVERBS (3)
In this study you will find a collection of spiritually moral truths concerning the Biblically right way to live your life for the Lord and your fellow man.
225 BOOK OF GENESIS (3)
In this subject you will study God’s record of the origin of: the universe; the human race; sin; redemption; family life; corruption of society; the nations; the different languages of the human race, etc.
233 BOOK OF ACTS (3)
This subject covers the Church’s first three decades and will enable you to see the Church as it began it’s mission, by the power of the Holy Spirit and how the Lord used Paul to preach boldly to the Roman world.
235 BIBLICAL ESSAY (3)
There are three (3) essays that are to be Biblically based, written on a college level with at least 2,000 words for each essay. They are to be presented to the Seminary, one essay at a time, for approval before writing the second or third essay.
310 FIRST CORINTHIANS (3)
This subject presents the importance for all believers to practice purity, humility and love; to forsake factions; sexual immorality; pride and worldliness.
312 SECOND CORINTHIANS (3)
In this study the Apostle Paul defends the Gospel by reminding believers that what he taught was God’s truth. He provides us with a good example for when we too must defend the Word of God.
314 BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY (3)
This subject is a study of archaeology in the lands of the Bible.
316 FIRST TIMOTHY (3)
This Pastoral Epistle offers much needed instruction for today’s challenges for: (1) Pastoral Care in a local congregation and (2) Development of Youthful Leadership for the future in ministry.
318 SECOND TIMOTHY (3)
This subject teaches about who God is; who the believer is in Christ Jesus and what God’s will is for all believers, while living under much persecution.
320 EPISTLES OF I, II, AND III JOHN (3)
In this study you will see that these epistles are intimately related to one another and together offer a wonderful spiritual whole, where we find that they present God, who became man, in the person of Jesus Christ.
322 BOOK OF JAMES (3)
In this study you will see the practical application of good works, as being necessary in the life of a person who professes to have faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ.
324 EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS (3)
This subject presents the importance of Christian unity for all believers. We are to be one, in Christ, and walk in God’s love, light and purity.
326 THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS (3)
This Epistle was written to the Hebrew Christians who were in constant danger of relapsing into old Judaism. The primary doctrinal purpose was to show that Jesus is better and the only way for salvation.
410 INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (3)
This study will cover the philosophies of Christian education, evangelism, curriculum and methods used in education for children through adults, and more.
412 YOUTH MINISTRIES TEACHING (3)
This is a study of characteristics, needs, and interests of youth with special emphasis on program development and teaching techniques.
414 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION OF ADULTS (3)
This study covers methods, techniques, plans and curriculum ideas as well as how to recruit, train and utilize adult leaders in the total ministry of the church.
416 CREATIVE BIBLE TEACHING (3)
This subject will present the student with excellent insights into the theory and practice of Bible teaching creatively for children, youth and adults.
418 ADMINISRATION OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IN THE CHURCH (3)
You will learn, in this study, the importance of administration, organization, planning, delegation, leadership, coordination and control in teaching for the glory of Christ in the local church.
420 HOW ADULTS LEARN FROM THE BIBLE (3)
The emphasis of this subject is on how Biblical learning takes place during the years of adulthood with the “teacher as learner” with the responsibility to do the job of teaching the Bible to adults.
Electives may be chosen from the M.Div. Program as presented in this catalog, subject to the approval of the Dean, but will remain on a 100-400 course level.
Practicum Study in Ministry Program
Theological education should equip a person for real life experience. Therefore, Covenant Bible Seminary offers a practical educational program in ministry, under an approved Biblical ministry for practicum credit to students who have a baccalaureate degree or the equivalency. Upon approval by the Dean, other mature students my be admitted to this Program.
Academic credit for Practicum Study in a Biblical ministry accrue at a rate of four (4) quarter credit hours per 100 hours of practical ministry experience. No more than 1,125 hours, which equal forty-five (45) quarter credit hours, may be applied to the Undergraduate School or the Master of Divinity Degree Program, with the approval of the Academic Dean.
This Practicum Study in Ministry Program includes: chaplaincy, pastoring, parish administration, youth missions, Christian education, elder care, institutional ministries, such as prisons and mental hospitals, plus many more that may be of interest to the student in ministry. In these settings the student's activities are supervised and evaluated by an ordained minister or qualified supervisor. Please contact the Academic Dean for more information concerning this Ministry Program.
An example of subjects that may be taken for the Associate of Theology (A.Th.) Degree Program, by Independent Study, is as follows:
Master of Biblical Studies (M.B.S.) Degree Program
The basic structure of the M.B.S. Degree Program requires forty-five (45) quarter credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree if the student majored in Biblical Studies in undergraduate courses. Ninety (90) quarter credit hours are required if the student comes with a secular degree (did not major in Biblical Studies in undergraduate subjects).
This Program may be completed in either Resident or Independent Study, consisting of subjects offered from the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree Program. All classes are on a 500 level, or above. A minimum of forty-five (45) quarter credits must be earned in only academic subjects (not Practicum Study or Work Study Experience) in this Program.
Students who are qualified and desire to transfer their credits into the M.Div. Degree Program may do so prior to earning the M.B.S. Degree. Once credits are used to earn a degree, they may not be used again to complete another degree program. However, at the written request of the student, the Seminary may make a rescission of the M.B.S. Degree and permit the student to upgrade it by applying those Credits toward the Master of Divinity Degree Program, which requires a total of 135 quarter credit hours, beyond the baccalaureate degree, or its equivalency, at the Seminary.
Arrangements for these elective subjects are to be made with the approval of the Academic Dean, from the Master of Divinity Degree Program curriculum.
Thesis or Elective (3 Credits):
A Biblical theological paper on a graduate level with a minimum of 10,000 words, prepared by the student in an area of Biblical concentration or an Elective which may be selected for three (3) quarter credit hours from the Master of Divinity Degree Program. The student’s thesis proposal must be submitted to and approved by the Dean at the beginning of the quarter. Two copies are to be filed with the Registrar’s Office four (4) weeks prior to graduation.
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree Program
This Program of Biblical and Theological Studies is only for qualified college graduates, with a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalency. It requires a minimum of one-hundred-thirty-five (135) quarter credit hours.
Qualified students who desire to be admitted to this Program, but do not have a working knowledge of Greek will be admitted and be awarded the Master of Divinity Degree in Practical Theology upon completion of all the requirements of this Program.
Electives: Arrangements for elective subjects are to be made, with the approval of the Academic Dean, from Resident or Independent Study subjects as shown in this M.Div. Degree Program; the Master of Theology Degree Program or the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree Program.
Thesis (4 Credits or Elective (5 Credits): A Biblical theological paper on a graduate level with a minimum of 15,000 words is to be prepared, or an Elective subject may be selected for five (5) quarter credit hours from the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program. The student’s thesis proposal must be submitted to and approved by the Dean at the beginning of the quarter. Two copies are to be filed with the Registrar’s office four (4) weeks prior to graduation.
Master of Theology (M.Th.) Degree Program.
The basic structure of the Master of Theology (M.Th.) Degree Program requires forty-five (45) quarter credit hours beyond the Master of Divinity Degree Program. This M.Th. Degree Program may only be taken by Independent Study and is designed to provide the student with a greater opportunity for specialization in a particular theological and Biblical area of the student's own choice from subjects selected from the M.Div. Degree Program curriculum.
Each student's academic program is determined by consultation with the Dean. It is completely based on Independent Study subjects in areas where the student desires to study more in-depth, but was unable to do so while in the M.Div. Degree program. Each area of study is agreed upon between the student and the Dean, whereupon, a contract relating to the subjects to be studied is drawn up and signed by the student and the Dean.
This opportunity for specialization may be in an area of Practical; Systematic; Historical or Exegetical Theology. All subjects are on a 900 level classification for the M.Th. Degree Program. The student will select ten (10) subjects from the M.Div. Program, at four (4) credits for each subject selected and make an in-depth study of each subject for a total of forty (40) credits; plus the Thesis.
P-934 THESIS (5 Credits):
A detailed study on a post-graduate level is required, containing at least 20,000 words, prepared by the student in an area of concentration approved by the Academic Dean. It must demonstrate research ability and a thorough grasp of the subject. It must be doctrinally sound and presented to the Graduation Committee four (4) weeks prior to graduation. Five (5) quarter credit hours are granted for the completed and approved thesis.
This department of theology comprises all that relates to the exposition of the Holy Scriptures. It embraces Exegesis and all the branches of knowledge auxiliary to it. The purpose of Exegetical Theology is to study and interpret a word or a passage of the Holy Scriptures.
E-610 BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS (3)
This subject is an evaluation of the history and methods of the science of Biblical interpretation.
E-611 SELECTED PSALMS I. (3)
E-621 SELECTED PSALMS II. (3)
These subjects are composed of a general introduction to the Psalms and the exposition of selected Psalms.
E-620 NEW TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION I. (3)
E-630 NEW TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION II. (3)
These subjects survey the content of the New Testament with a brief analysis of each book and a careful study of selected texts. A study of an individual book of the N.T. may be offered by Independent Study or Resident Study, subject to the approval of the Dean.
E-631 OLD TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION I. (3)
E-710 OLD TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION II. (3)
These subjects survey the content of the Old Testament with a brief analysis of each book and careful study of selected texts. A study of an individual book of the O.T. may be offered by Independent Study or Resident Study, subject to the approval of the Dean.
E-711 GENESIS (3)
An in-depth study is presented with special reference to the first eleven chapters and the Messianic content of the entire book.
E-712 MATTHEW (3)
An in-depth study is presented with emphasis on structure, background, Judaism, use of the Old Testament and the synoptic parallels.
E-720 LUKE (3)
An in-depth study is presented with special reference to the orderly narrative of the life of Christ as seen by eyewitnesses, the parables of Jesus and the universality of the Gospel message.
E-721 JEREMIAH (3)
A general introduction to the book is given, including the study of political, moral and religious trends of the time of Jeremiah. Attention is given to his personal character, his rebukes and warnings against sin, and his Messianic hope.
E-730 GALATIANS (3)
An in-depth study is presented with emphasis on the timeless doctrine of justification by grace through faith, the warning against Judaizers and their present-day counterparts, and the vindications of Paul's apostleship.
E-731 PASTORAL EPISTLES (3)
The books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon are studied for their guidance and help to the pastoral ministry.
E-732 ISAIAH (3)
This subject is a general introduction to the book, including the historical background. Attention is given to prophecies and their fulfillment, and the spiritual richness of the book.
E-810 THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (3)
This subject is devoted to the study of the purpose and special characteristics of the fourth Gospel, its authenticity and unique value.
E-820 ROMANS (3)
An in-depth study is presented, with emphasis on the practical applications of justification by faith, and sanctification through the work of the Holy Spirit.
E502791-821 MINOR PROPHETS (3)
This is a general introduction and brief analysis of the books, giving careful consideration to selected passages.
E-830 HEBREWS (3)
The unique character of the Epistle to the Hebrews is studied, with emphasis on its Christology and ethics.
This department of theology embraces the findings of Exegetical Theology from the Holy Scriptures. It establishes the foundation of Historical Theology that maintains and adheres to what has been developed in the Church within the scope of the history of the Church and Church Doctrine, thus creating a bridge to cross over into Systematic Theology, in accordance with the Holy Scriptures.
H-612 CHURCH HISTORY I (3)
This is a study of the history of the Church from 5 B.C., the Apostolic Age, to A. D. 600, covering the Church’s struggle for survival, growth and victory over the Roman Empire.
H-622 CHURCH HISTORY II (3)
This is a study of the Church from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1517 of the Middle Ages and through the Renaissance period.
H-712 CHURCH HISTORY III (3)
This is a study of the Reformation from A.D. 1517 through A.D. 1648. The contributions of Luther, Zwingli and Calvin will be emphasized.
H-722 CHURCH HISTORY IV (3)
This is a study of the developments in the Church, in general, from A.D.1650 to the present.
H-831 CHURCH HISTORY V (3)
This is a study of the developments of the Church in America, from the Colonial period (when the American colonies declared themselves free and independent states from Great Britain on July 4, 1776) to the present.
This department of theology is comprised of two (2) areas of Biblical study:
(1) Apologetics, which is the defending of the faith and the showing of the falseness of the principles opposed to it.
(2) Dogmatics, which are the doctrines or dogmas taught in the Church.
These doctrines are systematized for the study, delineation, teaching and development of Biblical truths presented in the Holy Scriptures
S-613 INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPTURE (3)
This subject is designed to give the student an introduction to Scripture as God's Word, in written form.
S-623 LAW AND GOSPEL (3)
This subject offers a thorough study of the proper use of Law and Gospel, with the Law, as used in Scripture, showing the need for repentance and the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
S-713 DOGMATICS I: GOD (3)
This is a study of the nature and attributes of God and includes the doctrines of the Trinity, creation, and the fall into sin.
S-714 CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS (3)
This is a study of the positive proofs of the Christian faith.
S-723 DOGMATICS II: MAN (3)
This is a study of man's integrity, state and nature of sin, the meaning of faith and forgiveness.
S-733 DOGMATICS III: REDEMPTION (3)
This is a study of the Incarnation; Virgin Birth; Person of Jesus Christ; Atonement; Resurrection; Communion of Natures; Office of Christ, and His active and passive obedience.
S-811 DOGMATICS IV: THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (3)
This is a study of the call, illumination, faith, new birth, justification and sanctification as related to the Holy Spirit's work.
S-812 COMPARATIVE THEOLOGY (3)
This subject compares Biblical theology with other main line denominational doctrines as well as contemporary cults.
S-822 DOGMATICS V: MEANS OF GRACE (3)
This subject presents a study of the Word, the Sacraments, the Church, the ministry, and election with unlimited atonement.
S-833 DOGMATICS VI: ESCHATOLOGY (3)
This subject presents a study of:
(1) the state of all people between their death and their bodily resurrection;
(2) the Second Coming of Christ Jesus with the immediate bodily resurrection of all people who ever lived and died;
(3) the final judgment of all people;
(4) the end of the present heavens and this present evil world with all things being made perfect and new;
(5) the eternal damnation and separation to the lake of fire of all people who reject Christ Jesus as their personal God and Savior;
(6) the eternal Salvation, in the Kingdom of God, of all true believers who have received Christ Jesus, as their personal God and Savior.
This department of theology embraces the Ministry of the Church through the lives of the individual members, in the name of Christ Jesus and His Church. Practical Theology is last in the order of the four (4) departments of theology (Exegetical, Historical, Systematic and Practical) in that: it embraces the Christian faith and teachings with a sound knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. Practical Theology teaches the student, of the Gospel, to apply the Holy Scriptures to being fruitful in the Ministry of the Church with the knowledge already acquired through the study of the other three (3) departments of theology in accordance with the Holy Scriptures.
P-615 HOMILETICS I: METHOD (3)
P-624 HOMILETICS II: COMPOSITION (3)
P-634 HOMILETICS III: DELIVERY (3)
These subjects are designed to give the student the necessary skills to develop and preach sermons skillfully.
P-625 EVANGELISM (3)
This is a basic study in personal and congregational approaches to witnessing for Christ, with emphasis on concepts and methods.
P-725 WORSHIP SERVICES (3)
This subject presents the components of Christian worship and how the pastor should conduct both public and private worship services.
P-734 BIBLE TEACHING METHODS (3)
This subject presents different methods of teaching God's Word.
P-812-865 PASTORAL COUNSELING (3 Credits each)
These subjects will offer a basic Biblical approach of counseling principles concerning emotional and spiritual problems with nine (9) subjects, covering: Biblical Counseling; Psychological Problems; Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage; Counseling Parents With Children At Risk; Crisis And Stress Counseling; Counseling The Depressed; Intro. To Pastoral Counseling; Counseling The Lost To Christ; and Biblically Effective Counseling. Each class will be offered in Resident Study at three (3) credits or by Independent Study at three (3) credits, per each subject (see pages 30-31 for subject descriptions).
P-814 CHURCH OUTREACH AND GROWTH (3)
This subject is devoted to developing a Biblical concept of ministry to people in hospitals, jails, mental institutions, rescue missions, and nursing homes.
P-824 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (3)
This is a subject on the principles and practice of the pastor's ministry as overseer of the teaching offered in Sunday School as well as other classes for adults and children in the local congregation.
P-827 PARISH ADMINISTRATION (3)
This subject is a step-by-step guide through the administrative functions of the local congregation that a pastor must understand and relate to in order to fulfill the administrative responsibilities of the congregation.
P-834 THESIS (4)
The thesis is a theological paper on the graduate level, with at least 15,000 words, to be presented to the Graduation Committee by the candidate for approval no later than four (4) weeks prior to graduation. Two copies of the thesis are to be filed with the Registrar.
P-835 THE BOOK OF REVELATION - A PRACTICAL GUIDE (3)
This subject is designed to enable the pastor to give his parishioners a clear and practical understanding of the Book of Revelation.
PC-813 BIBLICAL COUNSELING (3)
This subject is an essential study which applies Biblical principles and methods to the problems that are most commonly found in the lives of people who the counselor will be ministering with the Word of God.
PC-836 PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS (3)
This subject covers three (3) major questions in Biblical counseling:
(1) What are common types of psychological problems?
(2) What causes deviant behavior?
(3) How may Biblical counseling help?
PC-838 MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE (3)
This study will consider the Biblical standards of marriage, divorce and remarriage. Pastors and counselors will be helped by this subject when they face one of many difficult kinds of divorce and /or remarriage problems that are ever so very common today. This study is Biblically based with sound counseling guidance.
PC-840 COUNSELING PARENTS WITH CHILDREN AT RISK (3)
This study will show pastors and counselors how to guide and inform parents about how television, the liberal church and popular culture are at war against Biblical faith-based family values and marriage today and what can be done about it.
PC-845 CRISIS AND STRESS COUNSELING (3)
This study is designed to help pastors and counselors to identify where a person is in their crisis situation. The ministry of helping children and adolescents in crisis make up a special part of this study.
PC-850 COUNSELING THE DEPRESSED (3)
In this study the personal life of a pastor who became mentally-ill is presented from the counselor’s viewpoint, offering an insight of the general nature of depression with Biblical concepts that are helpful to the depressed, as well as the counselor.
PC-855 INTRODUCTION TO PASTORAL COUNSELING (3)
This study is dedicated to the discipline and skill necessary for effective pastoral counseling in the role and function of the average pastor with the message of the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ to those who need His light.
PC-860 COUNSELING THE LOST TO CHRIST (3)
This study offers answers to the many objections people give for not giving their lives to God, with a personal relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ. This study seeks to encourage believers to share Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of Life.
PC-865 BIBLICALLY EFFECTIVE COUNSELING (3)
This study is designed to help a counselor or pastor to analyze a Biblical method of counseling that may be assimilated into the ministry of any Christ centered congregation. Biblical counseling is a ministry relationship between people who care, are trained, and want to help other people through a close walk with Jesus Christ.
C-866 A CHAPLAIN’S GUIDE FOR PRISON MINISTRY (3)
This study is designed for college and seminary students, as well as pastors in ministry, who seek to help people who are in jail or prison, as well as their family members. The need for this type of chaplaincy is very great as souls are waiting to be helped and saved through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
C-867 HOW TO START A VOLUNTEER PRISON MINISTRY (3)
This practical study offers a basic training guide with proven ideas that work as you minister the Gospel of Jesus to inmates who need to know Him. Become a volunteer chaplain, as an ambassador for Christ, in your local jail or prison. You will be blessed by this experience.
C-868 THE PREPARATION OF SERMONS (3)
This is an in-depth study of the art of preaching God’s eternal Word, as a chaplain, to men and women who are in nursing homes; mental hospitals; prisons and jails. Good preparation for sermon delivery is essential, because preaching is God’s method that still needs to be done very well, if we are to do His will in ministry today.
C-869 THE PASTOR/CHAPLAIN IN HOSPITAL MINISTRY (3)
In this study the practical approach toward helping pastors and chaplains minister to the needs of the surgical patient, the convalescent, the dying, the bereaved is presented in this study for those who have received God’s call to serve the sick in Christ’s name.
C-870 THE HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY (3)
This is a study that is intended for those who provide, receive or in any way collaborate with the delivery of pastoral care. This study is all about the art of hospital chaplaincy with the human bond of caring for those who are suffering, with the love of Christ.
C-871 MINISTERING TO THE TERMINALLY ILL (3)
Most of us don’t know much about dealing with the dying. It is not normally taught in a seminary. This study is about how to communicate Christ’s love to the terminally ill. Much of our personal spiritual growth comes only by the experience of ministering to one who is dying, especially that of a child, a spouse or a parent. This study is a must, especially for a chaplain.
C-872 THE GLORY OF CHRIST IN THE CHAPLAINCY MINISTRY (3)
The work of a chaplain is difficult, but in Christ it is worth it all. This study of “The Glory of Christ” is to help the chaplain to see our Lord Jesus Christ as our great example. This study will also give a deeper meaning of the chaplaincy ministry as souls are touched by Jesus, by the chaplain, for eternity.
PA-880 PASTORAL ADMINISTRATION (3)
The work of a pastor requires excellent administrative skills. This subject of study is for pastors; students preparing to be pastors and for officers of the church.
PA-881 CHURCH ADMINISTRATION (3)
This is an excellent study of Parish Administration, keeping the membership in mind, from the janitor to the pastor as well as the church offices who may take leadership roles if the pastoral office is vacant.
PA-882 ADMINISTERING CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (3)
This study covers principles and techniques of administration for ministers and Christian leaders and stresses the what, the why and the how of administration of a church’s Christian education program.
PA-883 CHURCH MANAGEMENT (3)
This is a study in the ministry of efficiency in the area of parish management, problems, departments, official board organization, church offices, plans and equipment.
PA-884 HOW TO BETTER MANAGE OUR WORK (3)
This is a helpful study on how the pastor may more effectively manage time and opportunities.
PA-885 PASTORAL MANAGEMENT (3)
This is a specialized 36 hour management study offered by the McGraw-Hill publishers.
PA-886 A BIBLICAL APPROACH TO MANAGEMENT (3)
This study offers a specialized Biblical view of how to manage the work one is doing for the Lord.
PA-887 THE GIFT OF ADMINISTRATION (3)
This study concerns itself with the gift, that God has given you in administration, and how to use and discover your talents in it.
PA-888 CHRISTIAN MANAGEMENT (3)
This study offers understanding and guidance regarding the profession of management in our technical world.
PA-889 THE CHRISTIAN WORKER AND MANAGEMENT (3)
This study is especially helpful for those who are in full-time Christian ministry and the importance of properly using their time in ministry.
PA-890 THE BUSINESS OF THE CHURCH (3)
The ministry of the church needs a pastor who has some knowledge of business, at least for the purpose of being able to offer guidance as an overview, which this study offers to the pastor.
PA-891 PASTOR/EXECUTIVE (3)
Like it or not the pastor is seen by most parishioners as the C.E.O. of the congregation and if administration does not run well the pastor is seen as doing a poor job. This study will help in your ministry as Pastor/Executive.
PA-892 A GUIDE FOR PARISH ADMINISTRATION (3)
The organizational function of the congregation is of key importance. This study offers principles that will help you to give an over-view of the general framework of function for the congregation.
PA-893 HOW TO KEEP YOUR MINISTRY SAFE FROM BEING SUED (3)
This study is designed to help you to not be sued, especially in youth ministry. Many a minister has been ruined by not being knowledgeable about the pit-falls that may cause legal trouble.
PA-894 ADMINISTRATION & MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP (3)
This study offers pastors and church leaders a practical insight into the daily issues of running a busy church, including: management; terms of a call; crisis & conflict; staff; fund drives; tax & law issues and more.
PA-895 YOUTH MINISTRY & MANAGEMENT METHODS (3)
This study will cover: how to get a job & leave it; building a ministry team; personal organization; office organization; budgets and finances; time and risk management; scheduling events and more.
PA-896 PASTOR, CHURCH AND THE LAW (3)
This study will cover legal questions regarding the church’s activities and its business. How liable the pastor is for the activities of the church; the Christian school; pastoral counseling and malpractice law suits; IRS matters and much more.
PA-897 CHURCH ADMINISTRATION GUIDELINES (3)
This subject will help you as a guidebook regarding most administrative matters with basic principles and guidelines in the area of parish administration. You will be blessed by the helpful topics covered.
PA-898 THE ORGANIZATION & ADMINISTRATION OF PASTORAL COUNSELING CENTERS (3)
This study offers much help regarding the conception; organization and administration of effective pastoral counseling centers that may be established by the church.
a. The applicant must be a graduate of an approved college or university with a baccalaureate degree or equivalent and must also be a graduate of an approved seminary with a minimum of 135 quarter credits in Biblical studies, with a Master of Divinity Degree or equivalent.
b. Since the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program is a professional course of post- graduate study in ministry, the prospective D.Min. student is required to have a minimum of three (3) years of experience in a Biblical Christian ministry, such as: pastoral, chaplaincy, administration or counseling, before entering the D.Min. Program.
c. Transcripts of all previous academic work in higher education must be submitted to the Dean of the Seminary.
d. The applicant shall submit a written statement giving reasons for seeking to participate in the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program, stating anticipated goals, and in general, outlining plans for reaching intended objectives.
e. Three (3) letters of recommendation are required from other ministers. The applicant will be interviewed by a representative of the Seminary (telephone communication will suffice, if necessary).
Part I. The Academic Course Work Requirements:
To be taken only by Independent Study subjects, where the Candidate shall earn a minimum of forty (45) quarter credit hours and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, as follows:
a. Fifteen (15) quarter credit hours of “Communicating the Gospel”.
b. Fifteen (15) quarter credit hours: five (5) credits each with study in two (2) areas; Practical and Historical Theology, and another five (5) quarter credit hours in the area of Systematic Theology
c. Fifteen (15) quarter credit hours in “electives” at five (5) credits for each subject. The D.Min. Candidate will receive a Study Guide for each subject by contacting the Registrar at the Seminary.
d. This Part I must be completed before being approved to begin Part II,
Part II. The Supervised In-Service Project and Dissertation Requirements:
The Supervised In-Service Project/Dissertation requires the student to present to the Supervisor, a written report in the form and quality of a doctoral dissertation. This report is to contain at least 30,000 words and demonstrate professional ability in regard to the In-Service Project.
The In-Service Project is to meet the specific needs of the student’s current ministry.
a. Proposal Statement for the In-Service Project: The Proposal Statement is to be presented to the Dean for approval prior to commencing on the In-Service Project, after Part I has been completed and graded on the Candidate’s Transcript.
The Proposal Statement should embody at least the following nine (9) elements:
In addition to supplying three names, indicate their qualifications and describe their roles in the D.Min. Program. The student shall meet at least three times with these peers during the progress of the In-Service Project and request them to write a statement concerning their personal viewpoint relative to the In-Service Project and its value in the student’s current ministry.
b. Formal Progress Report: Once the In-Service Project is well under way, the student must present, in writing, at least one formal progress report, high-lighting preliminary findings, problems and procedures to the Supervisor of the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program.
The Oral Examination Requirement:
The Oral Examination of the D.Min. Project Dissertation will be conducted at the Seminary before the Candidate graduates and in the presence of the Supervisor and other qualified persons appointed by the Dean.
Objectives and Time Limits of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree Program:
The objectives of the D.Min. Program are to impart to students a thorough understanding of and appreciation for the Church’s mission in the world, both as it applies to the local parish and to the world at large; to foster dedication on the part of the student; to uphold standards of excellence in the performance of ministry; to enable the student to evaluate one’s own ministerial performance through selfunderstanding and self-direction which will lead one to recognize their own strengths, weaknesses and needs; to sharpen the individual’s ability to relate theological knowledge and scholarship to the practice of ministry and to communicate the Gospel at home and in foreign lands; to develop the capacity to administer programs in missions, evangelism and stewardship; to help analyze and meet the needs of people in an effective and evangelical way; to create the necessary skills, both to work with and supervise other professionals, in a constructive and creative manner; to develop the ability to enlist the laity for meaningful participation in worship and service to the Church and society.
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree Program is designed for the minister who is a graduate of an approved theological seminary. The Program seeks to raise the student, who has at least several years of ministerial experience, to a higher level of professional competence.
The higher level of excellence of the D.Min. Degree Program is accomplished, not only by having the participant enroll in additional courses of study which will give a greater depth of Biblical knowledge, but also by requiring the student to participate in the Supervised In-Service Project. This Project shall meet the specific needs of the student’s own ministry.
Since the participant is expected to engage in self-directed study through Independent Study subjects, a large part of the learning experience will take place within the context of the student’s own parish or some other ministry. In this setting the student develops a special “In-Service Project” of substantial scope that will demonstrate professional qualities in the student’s current ministry.
The D.Min. Degree Program must be completed within a time limit of a minimum of three (3) years and a maximum of five (5) years.
Tuition and Fees for the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree Program:
The tuition is $65.00 per credit hour, plus a $40.00 Registration Fee. There are a total of Forty-Five (45) academic quarter credit hours. Total Tuition is $2,925.00. This covers tuition only and will not cover the cost of books, etc., for the Program, or the Graduation Fee of $100.00 that all graduates are to pay. A monthly payment plan is available at $48.75 a month or more for up to sixty (60) months at no interest charged.
Description of Academic Courses and Subjects for the D.Min. Degree Program:
Fifteen (15) quarter credits of “Communicating the Gospel”.
P-1000 CHRISTIAN COUNSELING (5)
An excellent study and summarization from a Biblical standard about counseling methodology and major problems which people face today. P-1010 ADULT EDUCATION (5) This study is a practical guide to "how-to" get results from adults through Biblical Christian education.
P-1015 PASTORAL THEOLOGY (5)
This subject is designed to give the pastor a Biblical and practical direction in the overall ministry of a congregation.
Fifteen (15) quarter credits: with five (5) credits each of advanced study in Practical Theology; Historical Theology and Systematic Theology, as follows:
P-1025 WORLD EVANGELIZATION (5)
An introduction to the practical evangelical outreach toward a world Christian movement to carry the eternal gospel to every nation.
H-1030 THE CONSERVATIVE REFORMATION (5)
A classical conservative study of the history and theology of the Reformation.
S-1035 CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY (5)
An in-depth study of evangelical orthodox Systematic Theology.
Fifteen (15) quarter credits of "Electives" which may be selected by the student in areas of advanced theological and Biblical studies, as follows (select only three (3) subjects) of the following:
H-1040 HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (5)
This study presents an overview of the Church from the beginning, around 60 AD, through seven (7) periods, including modern Christianity.
S-1050 THEOLOGY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT (5)
A sound conservative comprehensive and scholarly introduction of the theology of the New Testament.
P-1055 PARENTS AND TEENAGERS (5)
A guide to solving problems and building better relationships.
P-1060 CHRISTIAN MISSIONS (5)
This study gives the student an examination of the Divine Call, recruitment, theological issues, cultural problems and much more.
P-1065 RELIGION TODAY (5)
A study covering the major cults, occult, non-Christian and secular religions of today.