ONLINE UNDERGRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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

 


A directed reading/study course in the area of Bible designed to allow students to complete a guided analysis of specified topics in the Old or New Testaments. To be arranged in consultation with the Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning.This course introduces students to the literature of the New Testament including the Epistles and Revelation. Distinctive features and functions of various literary types are discussed. Course also surveys a variety of New Testament themes.

BIBLE / THEOLOGY COURSES

 

Acts

(BI 2214)

3 Hours

Encounter the major changes in God's dealing with the world and His people in this key transitional book of the Bible. Trace the six major sections of the book, consider the purpose and historical context of the book and study the major events in each section. You will learn the significance of the beginning of the church at Pentecost, the gift of tongues, Stephen's speech, the conversion of Cornelius, the Jerusalem Council, Paul at Mars Hill and the place and purpose of baptism. Apply the material in Acts to your personal Christian life and local church. Two exams test your knowledge of the content of Acts. A paper gives you the opportunity to do an in-depth topical study of the Holy Spirit in Acts, principles of evangelism from Philip's ministry, or principles of missionary strategy.

This course is only offered in the Independent Studies format.

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Analyzing and Engaging Worldviews

(TH 4450)

3 Hours

Peter exhorted believers to “always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you.” This course helps equip you to understand the truth and to present it in a way that it makes a difference to those who question it. Evidences for biblical positions and thought systems that compete against it are studied. Special attention is given to the key issues of creation, evolution, the presence of evil, and the lack of morality in today’s world. Two exams and four practical application papers are required.

Course was previously titled Apologetics.

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Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds and the Old Testament

(BI 3301)

3 Hours

This course leads the student in the use of comparative studies in the interpretation of the Old Testament. Emphasis is placed on the review of broad themes drawn from the ancient Near East and their relevance to the study of Scripture. Perspectives on the method of comparative studies are also addressed.

 

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Applying Scripture in the Contemporary World

(BI 4404)

4 Hours

This course will address contemporary issues impacting the church through the analysis of biblical texts. Emphasis is placed on the development of action plans to address identified concerns.

 

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Bible Introduction

(BI 2230)

3 Hours

A survey of the areas of general and special introduction that include inspiration, the canon of Scripture, the transmission of the biblical text from the original writings to the many modern versions and an examination of the major critical questions concerning the Bible that provide the student with an apologetic for the Christian faith.

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Bible Studies Capstone Course

(BI 4495)

3 Hours

The purpose of this course is to review, discover and cement the overall goals of the Biblical Studies program. Objectives include the testing and refining of the following: writing, critical thinking and communications skills; analytical, synthetic and hermeneutical skills in interpreting the Bible and theology; and the development of a personal doctrinal statement. Normally this course is taken at the end of the program.

Open only to seniors in the B.S.B.S. degree program.

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Christian Anthropology and Hamartiology

(TH 4401)

3 Hours

This course investigates the doctrines of anthropology and hamartiology. The creation and fall of humanity, as well as the nature of sin and its consequences will be evaluated. Course will also address the reciprocal relationship between structural evil and individual humans and the manner in which this relationship impacts the contemporary church.

 

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Church and Its Doctrines

(TH 1110)

3 Hours

A foundational course using primarily a Bible Doctrine approach, which surveys basic doctrines of the Church and their implications for the Church. Specifically, the course will survey the following within the context of historic and contemporary Christianity: Theology Proper, Christology, Anthropology, Bibliology, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Angelology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology. Special attention will be paid to key terms, concepts, and biblical texts. This course is an introduction to, and overview of, basic theology.

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Church and Salvation

(TH 4402)

3 Hours

This course examines the doctrines of ecclesiology and soteriology. The relationship between these two doctrines is explored. Emphasis is placed on the role of the church in society and the manner in which the body of Christ functions within God's overall plan of restoration. Eschatology will also be addressed with regard to its position at the end of salvation, as well as the implications of one's eschatological views for understanding the role of the church in society.

 

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Church History

(TH 2270)

3 Hours

Preparation of the Ancient World for the coming of Christianity; founding and development of the Christian Church; a brief outline of history from the Apostolic Age to the Reformation; a more careful study of the Reformation era; spread of the Protestant Church in Europe; transplanting and growth of the Church in North America.

This class does not count as a theology elective.

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Directed Study in Bible

(BI 4499)

3 Hours

A directed reading/study course in the area of Bible designed to allow students to complete a guided analysis of specified topics in the Old or New Testaments. To be arranged in consultation with the Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning.

 

 
 
 

Directed Study in Theology

(TH 4499)

3 Hours

A directed reading/study course in the area of theology designed to allow students to complete a guided analysis of specified topics in Theology. To be arranged in consultation with the Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning.

 

 
 
 

Doing Theology in the Church

(TH 4405)

4 Hours

This course focuses on the communication of theology within the church. Emphasis is placed on the explanation of academic theology within a specific ecclesial context for the promotion of theological literacy. Models and strategies for cultivating theological reflection in the church are evaluated. Students will create an action plan for cultivating theological literacy within their local church.

 

 
 
 

Elements of Bible Study

(BI 1120)

3 Hours

Emphasizes the inductive Bible study method, basic principles of biblical interpretation and uses other methods and tools of Bible study. Students will learn how to get an overview of any book of the Bible, make observations and ask interpretative questions, distinguish between figurative and literal language, outline passages and make applications from biblical principles.

This course is designed to be coupled with Educational Foundations (ED-1100), where the learner will use the papers written in Elements of Bible Study (BI-1120) and create lesson plans for teaching.

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Father, Son and Holy Spirit

(TH 3304)

3 Hours

This course guides students in the investigation of theology proper, Christology, and pneumatology, as well as evaluating various views of the trinitarian relation and its implications for the Christian life. Emphasis is placed on the implications of these theologies for the practice of Christian ministry.

 

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Genesis

(BI 3312)

3 Hours

A holistic presentation of the book that also seeks to examine specific exegetical problems. Introduces the student to historical, cultural, literary and methodological issues. Emphasis is on the book’s purpose and message through its biblical-theological development in order to reclaim its practical use and teaching in the church. 

Prerequisites: Studying and Teaching the Bible (MS 1102).

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God and Politics: Kingdom, Sovereignty, and Freedom

(TH 4409) 3 Hours

Theological investigation of God as King. Special emphasis given to the evaluation of Divine sovereignty and Divine freedom, as well as the establishment of the kingdom of God and the implications of God's kingship for believers. Prerequisite: TH-3302 Method for Biblical Theology.


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Greek Grammar I

(BI 2281) 4 Hours

An introduction to New Testament Greek, this course includes an intensive drill in vocabulary, conjugations, declensions, and grammatical constructions, with translation of sentences from the textbook. This course cannot be credited as a Bible elective.

 

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Greek Grammar II

(BI 2282) 4 Hours

A continuation of Greek Grammar I, this course marks the completion of Greek Grammar and forms the basis for developing proficiency in translation. Prerequisite: BI-2281 Greek Grammar I. This course cannot be credited as a Bible elective.

 

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Hebrews

(BI 3333)

3 Hours

Emphasizes the preeminence of Jesus Christ in His deity and high priestly ministry as a fulfillment of Old Testament theology. Applies the great spiritual truths of Hebrews to everyday living and Christian service.

Course not open to freshmen. Only offered in the Independent Studies format.

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Historical Geography of Ancient Israel

(BI 2260)

3 Hours

This course is a survey of the principal physical features of the land of Israel, and a review of the historical geography of Israel for all the important periods in the Old and New Testaments, with attention to the relationship between Israel's geography and her history.

 

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Interpreting Isaiah for Teaching

(BI 4405)

3 Hours

Evaluates the book of Isaiah utilizing a variety of interpretive techniques. Specific passages and theological issues will also be addressed. Emphasis placed on the development of interpretations of the book that will be utilized to create teaching and/or preaching outlines for use in various ministry contexts.

 

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Interpreting Romans for Teaching

(BI 4406)

3 Hours

Evaluates the book of Romans utilizing a variety of interpretive techniques. Specific passages and theological issues will also be addressed. Emphasis placed on the development of interpretations of the book that will be utilized to create teaching and/or preaching outlines that will serve as the foundation for student work in BI-4402 Teaching the Scriptures and/or PS-3330.

 

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Interpreting Scripture

(BI 2201)

3 Hours

This course guides students in the interpretive techniques utilized in the study of the Scriptures. Emphasis is placed on understanding the primacy of the Scriptures in the intersection of text and experience, as well as the benefits and hindrances of one's own preunderstandings in the study of the biblical text. Necessity of interpreting culture and context to adequately apply the Scriptures will also be discussed.

 

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John

(BI 2211)

3 Hours

Come to know Jesus Christ better through the study of His life as uniquely presented by the apostle John. Learn the basic content of each chapter, follow the flow of John's emphasis on belief throughout the book, delineate the key events and teachings of Christ, and experience personal growth in your own life through them. One exam covers the content of the book of John. The paper allows you to do a more in-depth study of a miracle of Christ or John's teaching of Jesus as the Son of God.

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Major Prophets I

(BI 3316)

3 Hours

Examines the book of Isaiah, giving attention to historical background and the critical issues surrounding the book while focusing primarily on detailed analysis of the content. Emphasis is on the theological significance of the purpose and message of the book for both Old and New Testaments.

Course was previously titled Isaiah. This course is only offered in the Independent Studies format.

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Method for Biblical Theology

(TH 3302)

3 Hours

This course guides students through the application of methods used in the development of biblical theologies. Features of specific authors, literary genres, and the purpose of specific works, as well as historical and cultural influences, will be examined. Course is focused on a selected topic in biblical theology. Distinction between biblical and systematic theology will also be addressed.

 

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The New Testament and Theology

(TH 1106) 3 Hours

Investigation of a variety of theologies derived from the New Testament. Targets areas of theology in both Western and non-Western theological thinking. Emphasis placed on the construction of theology based on the interpretation of New Testament texts. Prerequisite: GSU- 1107 Foundations of Learning; can be taken concurrently.


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New Testament Literature I

(BI 1115)

4 Hours

This course introduces students to the literature of the New Testament including the Gospels and Acts. Distinctive features and functions of various literary types are discussed. Course also surveys a variety of New Testament themes.

 

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New Testament Literature II

(BI 1116)

4 Hours

This course introduces students to the literature of the New Testament including the Epistles and Revelation. Distinctive features and functions of various literary types are discussed. Course also surveys a variety of New Testament themes.

 

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New Testament Survey

(BI 1112)

4 Hours

A survey of the entire New Testament in its historical and cultural context including the Intertestamental period in order to gain knowledge of the life of Christ, the establishment of the church and the teachings concerning the believer’s faith and practice.

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The Old Testament and Theology

(TH 1105) 3 Hours

Investigation of a variety of theologies derived from the Old Testament. Targets areas of theology in both Western and non-Western theological thinking. Emphasis placed on the construction of theology based on the interpretation of Old Testament texts. Prerequisite: GSU- 1107 Foundations of Learning; can be taken concurrently.


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Old Testament Literature I

(BI 1113)

4 Hours

This course introduces students to the narrative, legal, and genealogical literature of the Old Testament. Distinctive features and functions of various literary types are discussed. Course also surveys students to a variety of Old Testament themes.

 

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Old Testament Literature II

(BI 1114)

4 Hours

This course introduces students to the poetic, prophetic, apocalyptic, and wisdom literature of the Old Testament. Distinctive features and functions of various literary types are discussed. Course also surveys a variety of Old Testament themes.

 

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Old Testament Survey

(BI 1111)

4 Hours

A survey of the entire Old Testament in its historical and cultural context in order to understand the general content of the Old Testament books (including the outstanding features and basic teachings), to understand the place of each book in God’s total, progressive revelation and to understand how to apply practical principles for contemporary Christian living.

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Pastoral Ethics

(PS 2262) 3 Hours
 
This is a study of ethics as they relate to the church and its ministries. It will focus on the biblical principles that should shape values and guide practices in the church's ministry. Particular attention will be given to current ethical issues facing the church. Students will formulate a personal code of ethics for ministry.

 

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Pauline Epistles 1

(BI 3325)

3 Hours

A study of 1 and 2 Corinthians with attention given to the background, church problems, doctrine and practical application of these books.

This course is only offered in the Independent Studies format.

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Philosophy and Theology

(TH 4403)

3 Hours

This course guides students through the investigation of various philosophical positions and their bearing on Christian theology. Emphasis is placed on the application of theological concepts to the study of Christian theology.

 

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Reading the New Testament

(BI 1104) 4 Hours
 
Examination of the interpretive techniques necessary in the interpretation of the major genres of the New Testament. Emphasis placed on the discussion of key theological themes appearing in a variety of New Testament texts. Methods for moving from the interpretation of New Testament texts to the development of theology introduced.


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Reading the Old Testament

(BI 1103) 4 Hours
 
Examination of the interpretive techniques necessary in the interpretation of the major genres of the Old Testament. Emphasis placed on the discussion of key theological themes appearing in a variety of Old Testament texts. Methods for moving from the interpretation of Old Testament texts to the development of theology introduced.


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Romans

(BI 4410)

3 Hours

An expository study of this doctrinally foundational book that stresses its contribution to the doctrines of salvation, sanctification and the place of Israel and the church in the divine plan. Applies practical principles of Christian living to our contemporary society. 

This course is only offered in the Independent Studies format.

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Second Temple Jewish Backgrounds

(BI 3302)

3 Hours

This course provides students with an introduction to various social, cultural, political, and religious aspects of the Second Temple Jewish world. Emphasis is placed on the use of Second Temple Jewish backgrounds in the interpretation of various New Testament texts. Course focuses on the application of Jewish backgrounds in a specific biblical book.

 

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Survey of Contemporary Theology

(TH 1103)

4 Hours

This course introduces a variety of approaches to the development of contextual theology including theologies of liberation, feminist theology, and other non-Western theological formulations. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of approaches and the identification of strengths and weaknesses. Perspectives on the similarities between contextual and western theologies will also be addressed.

 

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Survey of Historical Theology

(TH 1102)

4 Hours

Course surveys historical movements in theology up to the eighteenth century. Major figures, controversies, creeds, and theological works will be addressed. Significance of historical theology to the modern church emphasized.

 

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Survey of Theology I

(TH 3321)

4 Hours

Covers Bibliology (the claims of the Bible and their substantiation, revelation and inspiration; the canon of Scripture), Theology Proper (the existence of God; anti-theistic systems; the nature, attributes and names of God; the doctrine of the Trinity; the decrees and works of God), Anthropology (the origin and nature of man, the Fall and its consequences, duty and destiny), and Christology (the pre-existence of Christ, the Incarnation, the hypostatic union, His earthly ministry, His exaltation and high priesthood).

Course was previously titled Systematic Theology I.

This course is not intended to be transferred to the resident (day school) B.A. degrees.

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Survey of Theology II

(TH 3331)

4 Hours

Covers Soteriology (the doctrine of grace; the death and mediatorship of Christ; the doctrines of election, regeneration, justification, sanctification, eternal life, etc.), Pneumatology (The personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, His work in creation and inspiration, His place in the life and work of Christ, His ministry in the age of grace), Ecclesiology (The nature, constitution, and origin of the Church; its relation to Israel and its present mission; the local church- its organization, ministers and ordinances), Eschatology (The present age and its consummation, the Second Coming of Christ, the millennial kingdom, eternity).

Course was previously titled Systematic Theology II.

This course is not intended to be transferred to the resident (day school) B.A. degrees.

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Teaching the Scriptures

(BI 4402)

3 Hours

This course guides students through an investigation of a setting (e.g., church, family, workplace) and the social groups and/or individuals that operate within it. Emphasis is placed on the use of frameworks for contextual and audience analysis and effective communication. Students will create a teaching outline and lesson as part of this course.

 

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The Theological Task and Bibliology

(TH 2201)

3 Hours

This course guides students in the investigation of theological prolegomena, the character of theology and bibliology. Emphasis is placed on the essentially active nature of theology and the methods utilized in theological research. The role of the Scriptures in the life of the church is also addressed, as well as developing a theology of the Word.

 

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Theological Thought

(TH 4404)

4 Hours

This course leads students through the development of responsible theological thought in relation to issues and concerns in society and the church. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of specified issues and concerns through reflection on multiple theological themes. Methods for analyzing and defending various positions of the church are also introduced.

 

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Theology and Culture

(TH 2210) 3 Hours

An evaluation of the relationship between theology and culture. Emphasis placed on the transformative nature of theology. Prerequisite: BI- 2201 Interpreting Scripture.

 



 
Theology in a Globalized World

(TH 2211) 3 Hours
 
An examination of the factors impacting the global community, as well as the interdependence between individuals, corporations, and nations. Emphasis placed on the impact of globalization on theological method. Issues related to human rights and social concerns are also addressed. Prerequisite: BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture.


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MINISTRY COURSES

 
 
Analyzing Cultural Challenges: Action Research

(CUL 3301) 3 Hours
 
An introduction to the theory and practice of action research methodologies. Focus on the application of action research methods to a cultural challenge. Data gathering, organization, and analysis will also be addressed.


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Christian Missions

(MS 1103)

3 Hours

A study of the church fulfilling its missionary function in the world. Particular attention is given to the nature of the church of Jesus Christ and its biblical basis for missions, the church’s cross-cultural mission, the historical dynamic of its mission today and the role of the local church in world evangelization.  

Prerequisite: The Church and its Doctrines (TH-1110).

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Christian Worship

(HUM 2267)

3 Hours

This course examines biblical models and principles of worship in order to form an understanding of worship that is God-pleasing, Christ-centered and applies to both corporate worship experiences and all of life.

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The Care of the Ministry Leader's Soul

(PS 3382)

3 Hours

This course will attempt to help students assess and diagnose the state of their soul and
acquire habits and practices promoting spiritual health. Included is an exploration into
concepts of soul care, spiritual formation, and spiritual direction. Focus is placed on
developing the spiritual health of those going into ministry in order that they may foster
spiritual vitality in those to whom they minister.

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The Church and Its Ministries   

(PS 3310)

3 Hours

Students will study the nature of the church, its structure and purpose, and how these shape its approach to ministry. This course will survey historical approaches to church leadership and provide students with an opportunity to explore their own congregational heritage.

 

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The Church and the Community

(PS 4410)

3 Hours

This course will provide students with a framework for engaging the community. Students will learn principles and strategies for church and individual community involvement and development. Students will also acquire skills for grant writing and community networking.

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Communication of Biblical Truth

(PS 3330)

3 Hours

An examination of the structure and preparation of expositional messages. Major emphasis is on formulating a homiletical idea from a biblical text and developing and supporting it, with appropriate application to a given audience.

Prerequisites: Speech Communications (GSU 1120) and Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods (BI 2280).

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Contemporary Strategies for Ministry to Women

(PS 2264)

3 Hours

The student will be exposed to a variety of contemporary models and current programs of ministry to women. Students will study principles of team building, ministry assessment, techniques for planning special events, and will develop strategies for implementing a ministry to women in the local church.

 

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Cultural Dynamics of Congregational Ministry

(PS 4463)

3 Hours

This course examines the human and religious dynamics that affect congregational ministry. It will explore the differences in thinking and values that affect ministry. Special attention will be given to the differences between ministry in the smaller church and the larger congregation and to the nature and importance of congregational culture.

 

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Developing a Social Outreach Ministry

(PS 3320)

3 Hours

A study of the missional ministry of the local church with a focus on the development of practical strategies and skills related to the development and evaluation of biblically sound social outreach ministries including their fitness for a particualr ministry context.

This course is only available as an Online Self-Paced course.

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Development and Delivery of Narrative Messages

(PS 4430)

3 Hours

 A study of homiletical style, delivery, and development of effective communication with an audience. Special emphasis is placed on preaching from a biblical narrative. Student messages are evaluated by both professor and classmates. Prerequisite: PS-3330 or CM-2240.

 

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Directed Study in General Studies

(GSU 4499)

3 Hours

A directed reading/study course in the area of General Studies designed to allow students to complete a guided analysis of specified topics in Math, Science, Social and Behavioral Science, or the Humanities. To be arranged in consultation with the Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning.

 

 

 

 
 

Discipling and Mentoring Women

(PS 3321)

 3 Hours

In this course the student will study the practice of discipleship and mentoring as it relates to women. Biblical patterns of discipleship and mentoring will be explored with special emphasis on the task of mentoring women.

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Discourse and Globalization

(CUL 4400) 3 Hours
An exploration of discourse from a variety of sources including academic and popular literature, podcasts, and other social media. Issues related to qualitative research and the development of themes will be addressed. Prerequisites: CUL-2201 Understanding Worldviews and TH-2210 Theology and Culture.

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Evangelistic Messages

(PS 4433)

 3 Hours

A study of effective principles of communication as they relate to the proclamation of the gospel. Exploration of concepts of audience analysis and its relationship to persuasive preaching. Students will prepare several evangelistic messages and deliver them in class. Prerequisite: PS-3330 or CM-2240.


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Field Education Elective

(FE 1999)

3-4 Hours

Students enrolled in this course will reflect on ministry practices and service learning as it relates to church or para church ministry. Students will also be involved in a mentoring and/or internship  as it relates to ministry practice in a church or para church setting
 


 
 
Introduction to Cultural Studies

(CUL 2200) 3 Hours
 
An introduction to the theories, concerns, and methods in cultural studies. Emphasis placed on the evaluation of various works within cultural studies, as well as on the application of particular methods. Prerequisite: GSU-1107 Foundations of Learning; can be taken concurrently.

 

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Life-on-Life Discipleship

(EV 3302)

3 Hours

This course provides inspiration and information to enable students to become more effective in witnessing for Christ, winning the lost to Christ and discipling young believers to follow Christ.

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Marriage and Family Systems

 (ED 3340)  

 3 Hours

This sociaology course examines the nature and needs of various family systems. Students study family structures, issues, concerns, problems, and dynamics. A theology of the family will be developed. As part of this course, an examination of the Christian family will be considered, including the biblical basis, distinctives, and functions for the family; preparing for Christian marriage; family roles and relationships; and parenting and child training.

Course offered every semester.

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Ministry Internship

(FE 4400)

Varied

The Ministry Internship will develop students into mature and competent servants of the Living Christ. The student will learn to integrate his/her classroom work into practical ministry with special emphasis on leading, caring, winning, proclaiming, relating and growing.

Internship involves supervised work in an applied ministry setting. Students continue to apply, adapt, and improve their skills in specialized ministry situations. Students work under the supervision of Moody Distance Learning faculty as well as a qualified professional Christian mentor. Internships are usually scheduled for one of the student’s last two years. The student’s internship program must be approved by the course faculty member.

Guidelines for a Ministry Internship
Syllabus for bachelor's degree (3 credit hours)

Syllabus for associate's degree and certificate (1 credit hour)

To Register:

Step 1: Open and read the Ministry Internship Syllabus. The last page gives you information on how to choose an appropriate ministry. Use this to develop a ministry in your local community that you can get involved with. Note: As a part of the three credit hour ministry internship for the bachelor's program, you are required to read Experiencing Ministry Supervision (see below). It is suggested that you begin reading this book to assist in choosing a ministry internship.

Step 2: When you are within a month of the actual time you would begin this ministry, please fill out the Ministry Proposal Form to let us know what you would like to do for your ministry. Academic Records and administration will then approve it (or contact you if there are any concerns).

Step 3: After approval of your internship has been granted, you will be given access to Blackboard, in which you can download all appropriate documents for the course. Then read through the syllabus completely and follow the instructions. If you have further questions, please contact us at mdlc@moody.edu.

 

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Ministry Leadership and Staff Relations

PS 3342

3 Hour

This course includes a study of the principles of effective leadership and administration
for church-based ministries. It integrates biblical principles for church leadership with
principles of organizational communication and management. Attention will be given
to the dynamics of ministering in a congregational setting where there are multiple staff
members. It will discuss the nature and techniques of successful ministry in such a context.

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Ministry to Women in Pain

(PS 3322)

 3 Hours

This course concentrates on those whose special needs are a particular challenge within the context of women's ministry. Special attention will be given to those who have experienced physical and sexual abuse, single women, and mothers.


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People Helping Skills

(ED 3366)

3 Hours

This course systematically introduces students to the fundamental ministry skills needed to assist people in times of difficulty. Students gain an understanding of the people-helping process and are equipped with skills in listening and responding to the needs of others in a thoroughly Christian manner.

Course was previously titled Interpersonal Ministry Skills

Course is open to juniors in the B.S. degree only.

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Principles of Discipleship

(EV 2210)

3 Hours

When we see better men and women in the church, we will have a better church, one equipped to minister in and to the culture. The approach of this course is threefold. Initially, you will examine the nature of a disciple. Unit 1 will assist you in defining what a disciple is as well as understanding the role of a disciple. It will also consider issues of growth. This material will lay the foundation for the course. Unit 2 emphasizes Christ’s example in discipleship as it relates to individuals. This unit will equip you to begin the discipleship process in the life of another individual. Unit 3 will equip you to approach discipleship through the small group. You will be instructed concerning the multiplication process as it is realized through a small group setting.

This course is only offered in the Independent Studies format.

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Spiritual Life and Community

(MS 1100)

3 Hours

This course is a study of the nature of discipleship that introduces the student to the foundational principles of the spiritual life. It will examine the nature and obligations of the spiritual life and the principles and practices that nurture it. It will also explore the relationship between the spiritual life and the church.

This course is only offered to FYOP students.

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Structure and Style in Biblical Exposition

(PS 4440)

 3 Hours

A study of biblical exposition with an emphasis on advanced expositional techniques. Special attention will be given to structure, style, imagination, and the use of creativity in message development and delivery. Prerequisite: PS-4430. May be taken concurrently.

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Studying and Teaching the Bible

(MS 1102)

4 Hours

This course develops skills in inductive Bible study, assessment of learner needs and issues and the design of effective Bible lessons. This course seeks to equip students to accurately study their English Bible using basic principles of observation and interpretation of the biblical text. Building on this foundation, students learn how to assess their audience and to develop an appropriate Bible-based lesson for that audience. Students are introduced to fundamental principles of the teaching-learning process and are guided in the application of those principles to the teaching of the Scriptures.

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Theological Exposition

(PS 3340)

3 Hours

This course examines both the theology of biblical exposition and the place of theology in the sermon. It explores the nature of exposition by analyzing the divine and human dimensions of the preaching event. Students will develop a theological framework for the practice of biblical proclamation and will study the theological content of classic and contemporary sermons.

 Prerequisites: PS 3330 Communication of Biblical Truth or CM 2240 Message Preparation for Women or ED 2201 Communication of Biblical Truth for Adolescents.

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Theology and Philosophy of Women's Ministry

(PS 2253)

3 Hours

A biblical and theological study of the role of women in the ministry of the local church. It will examine the significant contribution women have made in the church’s ministry, from the New Testament era to the present. It will discuss the nature and place or women’s ministries in church and parachurch contexts. The student will formulate a biblically based philosophy of ministry as a result of this course.

Prerequisite: None

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Understanding Worldviews

(CUL 2201) 3 Hours

An application of methods for analyzing worldviews. Emphasis placed on the development of multi-faceted perspectives on a variety of worldviews. Prerequisite: GSU-1107 Foundations of Learning; can be taken concurrently.


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Worship and Music

(MU 1113)

1 Hour

Designed to help non-Music majors explore the relationship between worship and music.
Accepted in lieu of MU-1110 Music, Worship, and the Church. For Chicago campus undergraduate students only. Offered self-paced only.

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GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

 

Applied Human Development I

(SOC 4402)

 3 Hours

This course guides students in the analysis of human growth and development across major life stages spanning birth to adolescence. Emphasis is placed on integration of a biblical perspective on human development. Insights from human development will be utilized in conjunction with the Scriptures to create developmentally appropriate discipleship strategies.


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Applied Human Development II

(SOC 4403)

 3 Hours

This course guides students in the analysis of human growth and development across major life stages beginning after adolescence and spanning the various stages of adulthood. Emphasis placed on integration of a biblical perspective on human development. Insights from human development will be utilized in conjunction with the Scriptures to create developmentally appropriate discipleship strategies.


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College Writing

(GSU 1110)

3 Hours

This course trains students in college-level essay writing and critical reading using a process approach to composition. Students will engage in prewriting, organizing, developing ideas and revising written essays in the most common modes of college writing. 

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Communicating in Organizations

(OWC 3302)

 3 Hours

This course analyzes the significance of organizational communication. Emphasis is placed on the development of effective communication strategies with attention being given to diverse modes of communication. Discussion of the impact of leadership, culture, and teamwork will also be addressed, as will the ethics of communication.


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Communicating Scripture through Audio and Video Technology

(OWC 2206)

 3 Hours

This course guides students in the effective use of web-based audio and video technology, identifying online resources for audio and video production, storage, and hosting, as well as discussing strategies for marketing podcasts and vodcasts. Emphasis is placed on strategic, responsible, and innovative use of technology in communicating Scripture in media settings.


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Directed Study in General Studies

(GSU 4499)

 3 Hours

A directed reading/study course in the area of General Studies designed to allow students to complete a guided analysis of specified topics in Math, Science, Social and Behavioral Science, or the Humanities. To be arranged in consultation with the Assistant Dean of Teaching and Learning.

 
 
           

Educational Foundations

(ED 1100)

3 Hours

This course is designed to challenge you, the student, to think about ministry from an educational perspective, to provide an introduction to educational theory and practice with specific attention given to a study of the teaching-learning process and lesson design. You will gain skills necessary in preparing lesson plans for use in teaching the Bible.

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is recommended that you will have completed Elements of Bible Study (BI 1120). You will create lesson plans based on assignments completed in Elements of Bible Study.

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Foundations of Learning

(GSU 1107)

 3 Hours

This course focuses on the attitude, knowledge, practice, and skills needed to become a successful learner. Emphasis is placed on principles of personal effectiveness and study strategies. Course also includes an introduction to the philosophy of learning utilized throughout the program, as well as incorporating a variety of assessments to assist students in understanding their personal learning style.


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Intermediate Computer Skills

(GSU 1113)

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to computers that focuses on the primary computer skills needed by all college students such as using MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel; manipulating digital images; using search engines to find information on the Internet; searching college library databases; recognizing security problems such as computer viruses and SPAM; and understanding issues related to copyright, fair use, and file sharing on the Internet. The course includes discussion questions that students respond to. Assignments will use SimNet and MS Office products.*

*The student is required to have Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Microsoft Office 2010. All SimNet and textbook materials will be presented in MS Office 2010.

Prerequisites: Basic ability to work and maneuver within the computer environment along with the basic skills of creating, saving, and sending documents.

This course is not a beginning computer course. Basic ability to work and maneuver within the computer environment along with the basic skills of creating, saving, and sending documents is required. If you do not have these basic skills, consider taking an introduction to computers and basic word processing skills class at your local community college or reading books on basic computing.

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Introduction to Critical Thinking

(GSU 2202)

 4 Hours

This course provides students with the skills necessary for analyzing and critiquing the messages and arguments presented by the world around us in a variety of media. Emphasis is placed on the construction of reasoned, defensible responses to specified instances of discourse. Reflective thinking in which the student identifies the weaknesses of one's own arguments is also addressed.


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Introduction to Literature

(HUM 1109)

3 Hours

This course is a college-level introduction to literature in which the student will learn to think and react to literature in a meaningful manner. Students will be able to distinguish between literary genres and build general and specific interpretive skills that will make them capable and discerning readers of imaginative literature. The structure of this course is two-fold: materials will be presented according to genre and fewer texts will be examined in order to provide a more in-depth study rather than an extensive sampling. The successful completion of this course will yield a recognition of how literature and human imagination plays a vital part in the Christian pilgrimage and ministry and learn to evaluate ideas and apply learning to life situations.

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Introduction to Philosophy

(GSU 2250)

3 Hours

If we love wisdom and search for truth, the study of philosophy is essential. This course deals with the basics of philosophy from a Christian perspective and gives many opportunities to apply biblical truth to the realities of Christian life and ministry. It deals with areas of logic, knowledge, truth, God and the supernatural and ethics. The course has four exams; two reflection papers deal with key issues in philosophy from a Christian perspective.

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Introduction to Psychology

(GSU 2210)

3 Hours

Receive a balanced and accurate understanding of the field of psychology and its practical applications to life. Learn the most common terms, theories, methods and conclusions of psychology. Discuss the complexity and uniqueness of God’s creation.  Distinguish between various Christian approaches to psychology and counseling. Point out weaknesses and strengths in modern psychology, especially as seen from the Christian perspective. The course has two exams. Two papers allow you to explore in-depth some key issues, such as the nervous system and the brain, roles in human development and mood disorders.

This course is only available in the Independent Studies format.

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Introduction to Sociology 

(GSU 2213)

3 Hours

A survey course dealing with the principles of social structure, social institutions, social processes, and social change. Gives special attention to religious institutions to help the student understand and relate Christianity to a secular society.

Fulfills the 3-semester-hour General Studies social science requirement.

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Introductory English

(GSU 1101)

3 Hours

Emphasizes expository writing (e.g., narration, definition, persuasion and expressive dialogue) as well as a review of English grammar. Reading of essays and novels enhances the student's skills.

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Life Sciences

(GSU 1132)

3 Hours

Introduces the student to the universal principles that operate in biology and chemistry. Provides the facts, vocabulary and concepts necessary for understanding issues in contemporary society and for the integration of faith and natural science.

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Math for Liberal Arts

(GSU 2230)

3 Hours

This course will develop mathematical reasoning and give the student a general overview of basic mathematics with an emphasis on the skills needed for aviation. Students will be exposed to basic algebra, geometry and triangle trigonometry. Also to be explored is unit conversion, percentages, ratios and a variety of applied formulae.

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Marriage and Family Systems

(ED 3340)

 3 Hours

This is a sociology course that examines the nature and needs of various family systems. Students study family structures, issues, concerns, problems, and dynamics. A theology of the family will be developed. As part of this course, an examination of the Christian family will be considered, including the biblical basis, distinctives, and functions for the family; preparing for Christian marriage; family roles and relationships; and parenting and child training.

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Media, Culture and the Church

(SOC 2204)

 3 Hours

This course surveys the field of media ecology, as well as identifying the workings of media in relation to culture. The goals and values, organization, and potential for constructing reality will be discussed with reference to the local church or other Christian ministry. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of specific examples of media and the manner in which those examples shape one's view of reality.


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People Helping Skills

(ED 3366)

 3 Hours

This course introduces students to fundamental ministry skills as a lay counselor that assists people in times of difficulty. Students gain an understanding for the people-helping process and are equipped with skills in listening and responding to needs of others in a Christian manner. Only open to juniors in the Bachelor of Science degrees.

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Physical Sciences

(GSU 1131)

3 Hours

Introduces the student to the universal principles that operate in our physical world. Provides the facts, vocabulary and concepts necessary for understanding issues in contemporary society and for the integration of faith and natural science.

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Practices of Leadership

(ED 4424)

3 Hours

Practices of Leadership is the last of a three-course series that brings into practice the principles learned in the Principles of Administration and Principles of Leadership courses. This course will engage students in real-life leadership situations and circumstances. It approaches leadership first by the personal/spiritual evaluation of the leader, and then transitions into the practice of solving distinct leadership problems based on biblical principles and critical thinking.

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Principles of Accounting   

(GSU 2215)

3 Hours

A basic understanding of the logic behind the principles of accounting for the nonaccounting student enabling students to prepare, read, analyze, and interpret financial statements for the purpose of decision making. Ethical business practices are stressed throughout all phases of the course.

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Principles of Administration

(ED 3314)

3 Hours

Principles of Administration establishes a biblical foundation and basic strategies for effective administration in ministry. Teachings and examples found in Scripture are combined with proven ministry experience to describe five key elements of effective administration: planning, organizing, recruiting, leading and evaluating. Students practice strategies of effective administration by applying it in a ministry context.

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Principles of Leadership

(ED 3309)

3 Hours

This course is an in-depth examination of trait and behavioral theories of leadership. Special attention is given to cultivating spiritually healthy leadership qualities within the leader. Attention is also given to the function of the leader in facilitating positive team relationships and environments within Christian organizations.

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Problem Solving and the Challenges of the Church

(GSU 4401)

 3 Hours

This course will guide students in the development of a critical consciousness through the analysis of various issues facing the contemporary church. Emphasis is placed on the ability to think critically, assess information, and develop consistent and coherent arguments which seek to address the challenges of the Christian church worldwide.

 
 
           

Quantitative Reasoning

(GSU 2231)

2 Hours

This course is an overview of mathematics intended to equip students with the knowledge necessary to understand various mathematical concepts, real life applications with respect to probablility and statistics, basic logical thought, personal financial management and basic algebraic equations. There is an emphasis on critical thinking skills and reasoning. The course includes discussion questions that the student will respond to. Instruction and assessment for the content covered takes place through My Math Lab. Discussion question forums will take place on Blackboard.

 

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Race, Gender and Class in World Systems and the Church

(SOC 3301)

 3 Hours

This course evaluates the concepts of race, gender, and class from a sociological and biblical perspective. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of race, gender, and class within various institutional contexts including the Christian church. Discussion of the manner in which race, gender, and class are related to the development and persistence of specific power relations will also be addressed.


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Research Writing

(GSU 1112)

3 Hours

This course trains students in research writing and analytical reading by focusing on a research paper including thesis development, gathering and evaluation of source material, organization and documentation.

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Self and Social Identity in Christianity

(GSU 2203)

 4 Hours

This course surveys contemporary theories of identity paying special attention to the relationship between identity and one's social context. Students will participate in a variety of activities to foster reflection on the manner in which personal activities and social trends impact identity. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of identity shaping structures, as well as on the development of strategies for cultivating a biblical identity.


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Speech Communications

(GSU 1120)

3 Hours

This course is a practice-oriented introduction to interpersonal communication, small group and public speaking skills. Attention is given to the fundamental process of ideas, organization of materials, speaker-listener relationship, group dynamics, along with the use of the voice and nonverbal expression.

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The Story and Structure of the Bible

(GSU 1115)

 3 Hours

An overview of the main plotline of the books that form the canon of Protestant scripture. Important subthemes and characters will also be explored.


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