Students choosing the Minor in Christian Ministry must take:
BIBL 240 Studying and Teaching the Bible (3)
BIBL 320 Ministry Communication Skills (3)
BIBL 401 Christian Ministry (3)
Plus two (2) courses from the following:
BIBL 301 Apologetics (3)
BIBL 321 Youth Evangelism and Discipleship (3)
BIBL 360 Contemporary Issues in the Church (3)
BIBL 410 Christian Discipleship (3)
BIBL 430 Christian Ethics (3)
BIBL 440 Christian Missions (3)
BIBL 460 Practical Evangelism (3)
BIBL 470 Coaching and Mentoring (3)
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TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 15
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Exploration of the inductive method of Bible study and its place in preparing group Bible studies and teaching the Bible in a variety of contexts. Students examine a wide range of teaching methods and consider their potential for engaging children, adolescents, and adults. Student projects are to be related to their current or proposed ministry setting. Prerequisite: BIBL 104 or BIBL 105.
Exploration of the branch of theology that deals with articulating the reasonableness of Christian faith as well as developing meaningful responses to common objections. Students examine theoretical and applied apologetics and the nature of the relationship between faith and reason, as well as specific problems and implications arising from our postmodern, pluralistic cultural context.
Introduction to basic public speaking, reading, and written communication skills necessary for the ministry environment. The course emphasizes verbal communication (voice, diction, and pronunciation), written communication (specialized publications), and specialized communication strategies for media and pulpit ministry.
Analysis of strengths and weaknesses of current methods of evangelism and discipleship among adolescents in youth ministry contexts. Students consider the biblical and philosophical foundations of approaches to evangelism and discipleship of youth as these are practiced today with the goal of formulating their own approach to these aspects of youth ministry.
Introduction to special topics that affect ministry in the twenty-first century. Course examines gender, racial, and post-modern cultural issues that have a major impact on the practice of ministry today.
Introduction to various kinds of ministry found in church and parachurch organizations with an emphasis on the leadership and involvement of the laity. The course also explores team ministry strategies in a ministry context and a model for natural church growth as the basis for ministry health.
Students examine the biblical and philosophical basis of personal spiritual formation and growth as well as strategies that can be used to facilitate formation and growth in church and parachurch ministry.
Exploration, assessment, and application of historical and contemporary approaches to Christian ethics, as well as an examination of the role of Scripture in processes of moral discernment.
Study of the worldwide mission of the Church, presented in the context of world perspectives and evangelism, including the theological basis for world missions, a practical survey of mission strategies, and applications to local church and parachurch ministries.
Introduction to practical strategies for evangelism in local and parachurch ministries. The course presents a biblical basis for evangelism along with major strategies. Students apply their learning in a field-based evangelistic guided experience within ministry settings.
Study of transformational leadership coaching as the basis for mentoring strategies within local church and parachurch ministries. Students concurrently examine mentoring-based personal growth strategies in ministry contexts.