ONLINE GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

All courses are available in the fall, spring, and summer semesters, unless otherwise noted below. Moody Bible Institute is fully accredited and all Bible/Theology courses qualify for ACSI certification.

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BIBLE / THEOLOGY COURSES

 
Action Research and Biblical Interpretation (BI 7700) 3 Hours

Investigation of the principles and processes related to the field of action research. Emphasis placed on the value of action research for the application of Scripture in everyday situations. Students will complete and action research study as part of the course.


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Advanced Homiletics

(BE 6602) 3 Hours

This course is a study of stylistic differences in biblical exposition, with an emphasis on advanced expositional techniques. Special attention will be given to structure, style, and the use of creativity in message development and delivery. Prerequisites: BE-5501 Hermeneutics for Preaching and BE-5502 Communicating Scripture; BE-5502 can be taken concurrently.

 


 
Apologetics and World Religions

(IS 6600) 3 Hours

This course is an introduction to the biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations of Christian apologetics. It includes an examination of various apologetic methodologies. Attention is given to defending the Christian worldview in response to the challenges of the twentyfirst century. This course also surveys the history, worldview, and theology of major world religions. It also includes a critical evaluation of these religions from a biblical perspective in order to develop a Christian response to them. Where possible, students will make site visits to various houses of worship.


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Applying Scripture in Leadership (BI 5541) 4 Hours

This course is designed to equip individuals to serve effectively as leaders, agents of change, facilitators of mission and administrators in the parish or in other related vocational settings. Emphasis placed on the analysis of one's particular leadership context to better diagnose the situation into which Scripture must be allowed to speak. Various leadership assessments are also taken as part of this course.

 

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Biblical Hebrew I
(OT 5503) 3 Hours

This course is an analysis of basic biblical Hebrew grammar, with a focus on the nature and structure of the Hebrew language. It includes a study of grammar, morphology, pronunciation, vocabulary, linguistics, and basic syntax, as well as translation work. Prerequisite: BI-5531 Introduction to Theological Research and Digital Literacy, which may be taken concurrently.


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Biblical Hebrew II

(OT 5504) 3 Hours

This course is a continuation from Biblical Hebrew I, completing the survey of grammar, morphology, and basic syntax and introducing discourse analysis. It includes a continuation of vocabulary acquisition and translation work in the Hebrew text. Students will develop skill in the use of Bible research software and digital resources to enhance their understanding of grammar and syntax. Prerequisite: OT-5503 Biblical Hebrew I.

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Biblical Interpretation Capstone: Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament (BI 7702) 4 Hours

Integration of student case study with an interpretive project evaluating New Testament epistolary passages utilizing Old Testament quotations. Emphasis on comparison of varying methodologies for the interpretation of the Old Testament in the New Testament, as well as the examination of specific examples of the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament. Exploration of uses of the Old Testament in Second Temple literature addressed with special attention paid to the implications of such use to contemporary biblical interpretation. Integration of student action research with a biblically interpretive project covering multiple biblical genres. Students will also reflect on their understanding of biblical interpretation at the completion of the program.

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Biblical Interpretation and Leadership (BI 5542) 4 Hours

This course evaluates specific biblical passages drawing implications for issues related to leadership. Emphasis is placed on the manner in which specific biblical passages influence theories of leadership and the activities of the leaders. Course includes a discussion of leadership as a Christian vocation. Various assessments are taken as part of this course.

 

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Biblical Spiritual Formation


(SF 5506) 2 Hours

This course is an analysis of biblical principles that develop and maintain one’s relationship with God and one’s thoughts about God’s character. It includes a study of responses to principles such as presentation; walking by the Spirit; dealing with guilt, trials, anger, and fear; discerning God’s will; spiritual warfare; and prayer.


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Biblical Theology of the New Testament (BT 5502) 3 Hours
A study of New Testament theology from the perspective of each author, the progress of his thought, his historical background and his culture. This will include the three Synoptic Gospels, Acts, the Pauline letters, the Johannine writings and the General Letters. Attention is given to equipping the student to trace themes in Biblical Theology.
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Christian Character and Family
(BI 5561) No Credit

The student will explore the role of one’s family of origin in the shaping of the minister’s soul and worldview. Theological concepts from TH- 5525 will be incorporated as a redeeming influence in the ongoing development of the student’s spiritual formation.


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Christian Character and Talents
(BI 5563) No Credit

The student will explore the role one’s spiritual gifts and talents play in God’s calling to life and ministry. Theological concepts from TH-5525 will be incorporated as a redeeming influence in the ongoing development of the student’s spiritual formation.


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Christian Character in Biblical Interpretation I (BI 5527) 1 Hour

An exploration of techniques and philosophies related to the cultivation of Christian character with particular emphasis on the role of Christian character in biblical interpretation. Emphasis placed on the development of disciplines that foster spiritual formation through reflection on self, society and Scripture under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as well as on the manner in which one's understanding of God's character influences interpretation. The spiritual formation component of the program portfolio is introduced.

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Christian Character in Biblical Interpretation II


(BI 6619)

1 Hour

Compilation and completion of assignments related to the fulfillment of program portfolio requirements. Includes completion of exercises designated in the Program Portfolio Guide.

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Church and Culture
(TH 6601) 3 Hours

This course is an examination of the relationship between church and the broader contemporary culture. It examines how the biblical metanarrative can be used as a hermeneutical tool to analyze, interpret, and renew culture. The course will be divided into four sections: The Narrative, The Community, The Space, and The Time. Students will be required to define and evaluate the way contemporary culture defines these things, and will then create proposals for change-producing ministries in the local church and in the broader Christian community.

 


Church History (HT 5500) 3 Hours

This course is a panoramic survey of the past two millennia of Church history. It includes an emphasis on original sources, expansion of the Church, key people, theological debate, and development, as well as major movements and influences that have shaped the current Church. This course allows you to conduct research on a subject that has particular relevance to your interest and/or future ministry goals. It also includes a brief history of the English Bible

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Communicating Scripture
(BE 5502) 3 Hours

This course is designed to equip students to structure and prepare messages from biblical passages. Students will learn to analyze biblical texts, formulate a central idea statement from the text, and explain and support the central idea with appropriate applications in a message. Students will prepare and deliver messages in class to the instructor and classmates.

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Developing a Biblical Theology (TH 6631) 4 Hours

This course utilizes Old and New Testament texts to develop a biblical theology related to a specialized area of study. Emphasis placed on the application of various interpretive skills in the treatment of biblical texts.

 

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Essentials for Excellence in Ministry Leadership

(MN 5500) 3 Hours

This course is an analysis of the biblical, historical, theoretical, and personal foundations of leadership. It includes a study of organizational planning, structure, and processes. It emphasizes the importance of a leader’s character, discusses methods for personal and spiritual assessment, and analyzes strategies to develop leadership competencies for ministry in diverse settings.

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Greek Syntax and Exegetical Method

(NT 6652) 3 Hours

This course provides training in the use of Greek to interpret and apply the New Testament through proper attention to literary features of the text (grammar, syntax, rhetorical structure, and genre) and to canonical context (transmission issues and biblical theology). It includes an exegetical methodology that will pay attention to current exegetical fallacies and incorporate the use of Bible software and other resources. Prerequisite: NT-5504 New Testament Greek II.


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Hermeneutics for Preaching

(BE 5501) 3 Hours

This course examines foundational exegetical methods for analyzing biblical texts for preaching. Students will learn to analyze a particular passage for sermon preparation. The class will focus on the examination of passages from a variety of genres and the preparation of sermon outlines from these passages. Prerequisites: BI-5528 Methods for Biblical Interpretation and TH-5525 Theological Foundations for Biblical Interpretation; BI-5528 can be taken concurrently.


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Interdisciplinary Theology Seminar

(ST 7704) 3 Hours

This course is a capstone addressing selected issues in exegetical, practical, biblical, and systematic theology. It includes discussions and presentations of research. Prerequisites: ST-5534 Systematic Christian Theology I, ST-5535 Systematic Christian Theology II, NT-6652 Greek Syntax and Exegetical Methods, and OT-6603 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis.


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Interpreting Acts and the Epistles (BI 6617) 3 Hours

Examination and utilization of various interpretive methods employed in the study of Acts and the New Testament Epistles. Emphasis placed on the development of skills and techniques in analysis of narrative and epistolary texts, the exposition of themes within these texts and the use of Acts in the interpretation of the epistles. Study focused on one of the New Testament Epistles along with the book of Acts. Application of interpretive results to contemporary contexts achieved through case study method.

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Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature (BI 6618) 3 Hours

Examination of apocalyptic literature in the Old and New Testaments and in literature from the Second Temple period. Emphasis placed on the development of skills and techniques for the analysis and interpretation of apocalyptic literature. Interpretive aspects of the course focused primarily on the book of Revelation. Application of interpretive results to contemporary contexts achieved through case study method.

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Interpreting Old Testament Historiography (BI 6613) 3 Hours

Examination and utilization of various interpretive methods employed in the study of Old Testament historiography. Emphasis placed on the development of skills and techniques in analysis of historiography, the exposition of theological themes from Old Testament historiography, the use of ancient and modern sources in the interpretation of historiography and the relevance of the relation between history and historiography for interpretation. Study focused on one of the Old Testament historical books. Application of interpretive results to contemporary contexts achieved through case study method.

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Interpreting Old Testament Poetry and Wisdom Literature (BI 6614) 3 Hours

Examination and utilization of various interpretive methods employed in the study of Old Testament Poetry and Wisdom. Emphasis placed on the development of skills and techniques in the analysis of Old Testament poetic and wisdom texts. The relation between poetic and historiographical texts, as well as strategies for reading wisdom texts addressed. Application of interpretive results to contemporary contexts achieved through case study method.

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Interpreting Old Testament Prophetic Literature (BI 6615) 3 Hours

Examination and utilization of various interpretive methods employed in the study of Old Testament prophetic texts. Emphasis placed on the social context of the prophets and its bearing on the interpretation of specific prophetic texts. Study focused on one of the Old Testament prophetic books. Prophetic forms and the functions of prophecy addressed. Application of interpretive results to contemporary context achieved through case study method.

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Interpreting the Gospels (BI 6616) 3 Hours

Examination and utilization of various interpretive methods employed in the study of the Gospels and parables. Exploration of the social context of the gospels and its bearing on the interpretation of various gospel passages. Study focused on one of the synoptic gospels. Analysis of forms in the gospels and the use of parallel passages in interpretation addressed. Application of interpretive results to contemporary contexts achieved through case study method.

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Interpreting the New Testament (BI 5538) 4 Hours

This course utilizes New Testament texts to develop theological themes. Emphasis placed on the application of various interpretive skills in the treatment of various biblical texts. Specific theological concepts prominent within the Old Testament will also be addressed.

 

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Interpreting the Old Testament I (BI 5536) 4 Hours

This course utilizes Old Testament texts from Genesis through Esther with special focus placed on the analysis of the narrative genre to develop theological themes. Emphasis placed on the application of various interpretive skills in the treatment of various biblical texts. Specific theological concepts prominent within the Old Testament will also be addressed.

 

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Interpreting the Old Testament II (BI 5537) 4 Hours

This course utilizes Old Testament texts from Psalms through the prophetic literature to develop theological themes. Emphasis placed on the application of various interpretive skills in the treatment of various biblical texts. The broad story line of the Old Testament is also addressed as part of this course.

 

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Interpreting the Pentateuch  (BI 6612) 3 Hours

Examination and utilization of various interpretive methods employed in the study of the Pentateuch. Emphasis placed on the development of skills and techniques in the analysis of narrative and legal texts, the exposition of themes within the Pentateuch, the use of ancient and modern sources in the interpretation of the Pentateuch and the contextualization of these interpretations within contemporary contexts. Contextualization of textually interpretive results to contemporary contexts achieved through case study method.

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Introduction to Digital Research for Biblical Exposition (BI 5535) 4 Hours

This course provides an overview of Logos Bible Software™ covering a variety of basic search functionality, as well as addressing methods for biblical expositions, such as word and phrase studies, use of reference works, commentary evaluations and literary genre analyses. Emphasis placed on the development of foundational skills that will be utilized throughout the rest of the program. Interpretive methods will also be addressed.

 

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Introduction to Theological Research and Digital Literacy
(BI 5531) 3 Hours

The course is an introduction to theological research techniques, Bible software tools, writing skills, and provides an orientation to the development of a personal philosophy for the academic study of the Bible to the life of the contemporary church. An academically discounted version of Logos Bible Software is required for this course. This course may be taken concurrently with BI-5500 Hermeneutics.


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Methods of Biblical Interpretation (BI 5528) 4 Hours

An exploration of contextualization as an aspect of biblical interpretation and an orientation to the principles, practice and philosophy of biblical interpretation. Specifies biblical interpretation as a holistic activity spanning the analysis of self, society and Scripture with the help of the Holy Spirit. Provides a broad overview of hermeneutics with an emphasis on the grammatical-historical hermeneutic, the hermeneutical spiral, the formation of themes from biblical texts and the role of research in the interpretation of the Scriptures. Provides students with the framework necessary for bringing interpretation of Scripture to bear upon contemporary contexts using methods bearing on the interpretation of various gospel passages. Study focused on one of the synoptic gospels. Analysis of forms in the gospels and the use of parallel passages in interpretation addressed. Application of interpretive results to contemporary contexts achieved through case study method.

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New Testament Greek I

(NT 5503) 3 Hours

This course is a study of the language and grammar of the Greek New Testament, with a focus on morphology and a systematic introduction to syntax. It includes vocabulary acquisition and translation from Greek to English, pronunciation of the Greek text, and an introduction to the proper use of Bible software and digital resources. Prerequisite: BI-5531 Introduction to Theological Research and Digital Literacy, which may be taken concurrently.


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New Testament Greek II
(NT 5504) 3 Hours

This course is a continuation of vocabulary acquisition and functional literacy in the grammar of the Greek New Testament. It includes a study of morphology and syntax in more detail, with a focus on exegesis. Selections from the New Testament will be translated. Students continue to develop skill in the proper use of Bible software and digital resources. Prerequisite: NT-5503 New Testament Greek I.


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New Testament History, Literature, and Theology
(BI 5532) 3 Hours

This course is an introduction to the history, literature, and theology of the New Testament. It addresses the background of the New Testament, historical issues of date, authorship and occasion, literary issues of genre, structure, and content, and theological themes that are unique to the book.


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Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology
(BI 5533) 3 Hours

This course is an introduction to the study of the Old Testament with a focus on its trustworthiness and purpose. It will review each Old Testament book, addressing both matters of general introduction and contribution to the larger message that emerges out of the Old Testament canon. It includes attention to history, geography, authorship, culture, literary genre, and biblical theology as well as application to contemporary life.


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Old Testament Literature (BI 5501) 3 Hours
A consideration of Old Testament books in their historical and cultural contexts. Stresses outstanding features and essential contributions in light of progressive revelation applied to contemporary life and world.
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Preaching Narrative and Parabolic Literature

(BE 5503) 3 Hours
 
This course examines the method of preparing and delivering sermons from the narrative and parabolic genres of scripture. Issues related to interpreting these genres will be addressed. Students will prepare sermons from Old and New Testament narratives and Jesus’ parables in the Gospels. Prerequisites: BE-5501 Hermeneutics for Preaching and BE-5502 Communicating Scripture; BE-5502 can be taken concurrently.
 



Preaching from the Old Testament
(PS 6604) 3 Hours

This course is an analysis of the structures and methods used to prepare biblical, “Big Idea,” messages from the Old Testament. It includes a study to ensure literary competence for interpreting and applying the literary genres in the Old Testament (e.g., narrative, poetry, law, and prophecy) and a study of the methods and principles for preaching creatively and redemptively. Prerequisites: GM-5500 Communication of Biblical Truth, OT-5504 Biblical Hebrew II, and BI-5533 Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology.

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Preaching Poetic and Prophetic Literature
(BE 6601) 3 Hours

This course examines the method of preparing and delivering sermons from the poetic and prophetic genres of scripture. Issues related to interpreting these genres will be addressed. Students will prepare sermons from Old Testament poetic and prophetic passages. Prerequisites: BE-5501 Hermeneutics for Preaching and BE-5502 Communicating Scripture; BE-5502 can be taken concurrently.

 


Principles of Biblical Research and Interpretation (BI 5500) 3 Hours
Focuses on foundational principles of biblical research and interpretation, covering various hermeneutical approaches and Bible study methods. The student will develop skills in how to interpret the Scriptures historically, culturally, grammatically and theologically.
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Romans (BI 6601) 3 Hours

This course is an analysis of Romans and the contributions of the book to an understanding of salvation, sanctification, biblical anthropology and soteriology. It includes a study of applying principles to the Christian life.

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Systematic Christian Theology I
(ST 5534) 3 Hours

This course is a systematic study of the biblical doctrines of Bibliology, Trinitarianism (Theology Proper, Christology, and Pneumatology), and Angelology. It includes an examination of theological prolegomena, major features pertaining to the Holy Scriptures, a study of the identity and works of the Triune God, of modern angelmania, and the reality of and the resources for spiritual warfare. Key concepts, issues, and the practical implications and integration of these doctrines in church and Christian life are discussed. Prerequisite: BI-5531 Introduction to Theological Research and Digital Literacy, which may be taken concurrently.

 
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Systematic Christian Theology II
(ST 5535) 3 Hours

This course is a systematic study of the biblical doctrines of Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology. It includes an examination of the constitution of humanity as created, fallen, and redeemed; sin in all its ramifications; the marvelous grace of God leading to salvation, sanctification, glorification; the purposes and paradigms of church; Israel and the church; and God’s prophesied program pertaining to last things. Key concepts, issues, and the practical implications and integration of these doctrines in church and Christian life are discussed. Prerequisite: BI-5531 Introduction to Theological Research and Digital Literacy, which may be taken concurrently.
 
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Systematic Theology 2 (ST 5504) 3 Hours

This course is a systematic study of the biblical doctrines of Anthropology, Hamartiology and Soteriology. It includes an examination of the constitution of humanity as created, fallen and redeemed; sin in all its ramifications; and the marvelous grace of God leading to salvation, sanctification and glorification. Key concepts, issues and the practical implications and integration of these doctrines in church and Christian life are discussed.

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Systematic Theology 3 (ST 5505) 3 Hours

This course is a systematic study of the biblical doctrines of Angelology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology. It includes an examination of modern angelmania, the reality of and the resources for spiritual warfare, the purposes and paradigms of church, Israel and the church and God’s prophesied program pertaining to last things. Key concepts, issues and the practical implications and integration of these doctrines in church and Christian life are discussed.

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Theological Foundations for Biblical Interpretation (BI 5525) 3 Hours

An exploration of theological and doctrinal concepts and their bearing on Christian interpretations of Scripture. Emphasis placed on evaluation of various theological perspectives and the bearing such perspectives have on biblical interpretation. Specific continuity and discontinuity positions, including dispensationalism, will be examined. The impact of one's own theological perspectives on interpretation is also introduced.

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Theological Foundations for Leadership (TH 5503) 4 Hours

This course evaluates several theological and doctrinal positions that have bearing on leadership. Emphasis is placed on the implications of specific theologies upon the role of the leader and on the task of leadership more generally. The identity of the Christian leader as a member of the body of Christ is also addressed.

 

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Theology and Practice of Intercultural Ministry
(IS 5500) 3 Hours

This course engages the Bible, analytical lenses, the global body of Christ, current issues and trends, collaborative methodology, and spiritual disciplines to develop and practice a theology of intercultural ministry. This process will form the students and their responses to specific issues and phenomena encountered in local contexts, with a view to developing mutually beneficial relationships, becoming more like Christ, and discipling the nations.

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LEADERSHIP COURSES

Building Teams that Transform and Achieve (CL 7701) 3 Hours

This course frames team-building as context for theological reflection and personal transformation. The course examines the strategies required to welcome new members onto a team. Emphasis is placed on the development of high performing teams and the manner in which group dynamics impact the character of individual team members. Course also addresses issues related to clarity and communication within the framework of teams.

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Christian Life and Organizational Life (CL 6602) 3 Hours

The purpose of this class is to investigate the impact that individuals, groups and structures have on the development of an organization for the purpose of applying such knowledge toward resolving conflict and change in organizations. Emphasis is placed on the theologically formative capacity of organizational structures and politics and on the development of strategies to ensure faithful leadership while negotiating organizational structures, group dynamics, communication, conflict, leadership and motivation. Various assessments are taken as part of this course.


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Creating A Leadership Development Plan (CL 7703) 3 Hours

This course addresses the philosophy, methods, skills and character for becoming a leader through the creation of a leadership development plan. The plan is based upon assessments taken throughout the program and 360-degree reviews of the student that will be performed as part of the course requirements. The course is intended to prepare students to become more effective Christian leaders. Students learn to assess leadership development needs and examine options to meet those needs. Students will create an initial leadership development plan that will be implemented throughout the rest of the program.

 

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Cultivation Character and Trust as a Christian Leader (CL 5505) 3 Hours

This course will survey the resources available to a Christian for personal spiritual growth and effectiveness as a leader. The study will include practical guidance and personal disciplines for self-management. Emphasis is placed on strategies for the development of trust in connection with Christian character.

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Leadership Coaching I (CL 7704) 4 Hours

This course addresses areas identified in the student leadership development plan through one-on-one and/or small group coaching sessions with a leadership coach, faculty mentor or professional in a leadership position.

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Leadership Coaching II (CL 7705) 4 Hours

A continuation of Leadership Coaching I, this course addresses areas identified in the student leadership development plan through one-on-one and/or small group coaching sessions with a leadership coach, faculty mentor or professional in a leadership position.

 

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Leadership Seminar (CL 7706) 4 Hours

This course is designed to integrate student learning related to biblical, theological and leadership scholarship, as well as reflecting upon student experience in leadership. Students will complete a second 360-degree review, as well as updating their leadership development plan. Students will also create a philosophy of Christian leadership.

 

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Leading Teams within an Organizational Context (CL 7702) 3 Hours

This course examines the skills needed to successfully leverage the resources and expertise across the whole organization. Emphasis is placed on the development of communication strategies between various stakeholders with the framework of biblical instruction related to communication.

 

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Principles of Management (CL 6601) 3 Hours

This course guides students in the development of skills related to various tasks of management within an organization. Human resource management, the development of organizational structures and policies, the use of effective documentation, and other essential tasks will be addressed.

 

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MINISTRY COURSES

 
Analysis of Communities (GM 6606) 4 Hours

This course introduces students to techniques used in the analysis of communities and congregations. Emphasis placed on the identification and development of tools required for the accumulation and interpretation of data for student projects. Students will also develop their project proposal as part of this course.

 

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Biblical Spiritual Formation (SF 5506) 3 Hours

This course is an analysis of biblical principles that develop and maintain one’s relationship with God and one’s thoughts about God’s character. It includes a study of responses to principles such as presentation; walking by the Spirit; dealing with guilt, trials, anger, fear; discerning God’s will; spiritual warfare; and prayer.

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Biblical Spiritual Formation Lab 1       (IL 5500) 1 Hour

This course may be offered in conjunction with SF 5506 Biblical Spiritual Formation. This course is designed to aid the student to process his or her spiritual life under the guidance of the professor. It includes such things as aiding the process of a proper view of God, cultivating Christlikeness and the utilization of the spiritual disciplines. Course is offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: SF 5506. May be taken concurrently.


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Communication of Biblical Truth (GM 5500) 3 Hours

This course is an introduction to the structures and methods used to prepare and deliver biblical "Big Idea" expositional messages. It includes a consideration of the exegetical process as it leads to the development of a homiletical idea from the epistolary literature, in order to craft an application relevant to the audience and an emphasis on clarity in outlining and delivery. Prerequisite: BI-5504.

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Doing Theology in Context (GM 7707) 4 Hours

This course allows students to develop the biblical and theological rationale for their ministry project. Emphasis is placed on the use of interpretive skills developed earlier in the program and the construction of a theological treatment of the ministry topic addressed in the student project.

 

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Frameworks for Community Analysis (GM 7706) 4 Hours

This course analyzes communities and community dynamics from varying perspectives including socio-economic, political, symbolic, cultural and theological. Emphasis placed on the development of a multi-faceted interpretive treatment of viewpoint community related to one’s ministry project.

 

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Internship Lab I and II

(FE 6600) No Credit

This course is offered in conjunction with FE-6601–FE 6632. It is designed to aid the students to process their internship experiences under the guidance of an instructor. It includes the integration of course work to the ministry context, theological reflection on the ministry experience, prayer, and accountability. Prerequisite: SF-5506 Biblical Spiritual Formation (offered in semester and online formats).

 


Ministry Project (GM 7708) 4 Hours

This ministry project is an experience-based course designed to provide an opportunity to implement concepts and theories, sharpen critical and analytical skills and reflect the student’s depth or expositional aptitude for use in ministry. It is intended to be the practical application of concepts learned in the M.A. in Biblical Exposition program. Students have up to six months to complete the ministry project.

 

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Narrative Preaching

(PS 6602) 3 Hours

This course is an analysis of the structures and methods used to prepare biblical, “Big Idea,” narrative messages from the Gospels. It includes a study of the unique features of biblical narrative as well as the exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological principles learned in New Testament History, Literature, and Theology. Prerequisites: GM-5500 Communication of Biblical Truth, NT-5504 New Testament Greek II, and BI-5532 New Testament History, Literature, and Theology.

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Pastoral Counseling

(PS 6603)  3  Hours 

This course is an analysis of a biblical theology of pastoral counseling. It includes a study of the nature of men and women, children and families, and how and why problems develop. This course will deal with the assessment of relational dynamics, problem resolution, and biblical principles related to emotional and spiritual well-being.

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Pastoral Procedures and Practices
(PS 6601)

 3 Hours

 


This course is an analysis of the personal responsibilities and work of the pastor. It includes such personal matters as credibility, financial planning, family priori- ties, and stress management, as well as such work as administration, cultivation of church leaders, oversight of baptisms and the Lord’s Supper, preparation for ordination, visitation, and weddings.


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Professional Ethics

(PS 6607) 3 Hours

This course is a review of Christian ethics methodology, including central concepts and their relation to broader theological and philosophical concerns. It includes biblical, theological, and philosophical perspectives on select contemporary issues relevant to Christian living. This course will also address legal, practical, and ethical considerations associated with ministry-related practices.

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Women’s Ministry Internship I
(FE 6601) 3 Hours

This field-based internship in practical theology utilizes the dynamics of mentored ministry by integrating academic learning with character formation and professional competencies. It includes the clarification of one’s calling to ministry, the identification of personal strengths and weaknesses, and the development of character and ministry-specific skill sets in women’s ministry areas such as counseling, discipleship, administration, and evangelism, which results in transformational servant leadership. Prerequisite: SF-5506 Biblical Spiritual Formation.

 


 

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