BACHELOR OF ARTS IN
SPIRITUAL FORMATION & CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
This program is designed to deepen your biblical knowledge, teach you practical ministry principles, and prepare you for a lifelong calling by focusing on your spiritual formation. It also prepares you to become a deep theological thinker with a biblical foundation. You will be better equipped to know how to respond to issues facing today’s Church and society.
BIB100 – Old Testament Survey - 3 credits
An introductory overview of the Book of Genesis the book of beginnings. This course emphasizes the sovereignty of God in the establishment of creation, the fall, and redemption. The course begins with the books of the Pentateuch, then a review of the Historical books, followed by meditations in the Wisdom books, and ending with the voices of the Prophets.
JUS100 – Theology of Justice & Compassion - 3 credits
This course reviews the biblical foundation for compassion and traces the Church’s theological interpretation and practical application of compassion throughout history. Students will study the heroes of justice and compassion through history. The course will provide grounding for understanding the connection between spiritual formation and justice.
SPF100 – Spiritual Formation & Soul Care - 3 credits
This course focuses on how the Holy Spirit equips God’s people for service, a development of a plan for lifelong spiritual growth, and appreciation for the historic spiritual disciplines. Drawing on the fields of cognitive development, moral development, and physical development, this course will focus on the process of spiritual development; how it happens in identifiable, sequential stages (i.e. James Fowler). Learners will also unpack the five aspects of the human personality—cognitive, physical, affective, moral, and relational—and discover how each contributes to our spiritual formation.
CHM100 – Neighbors & Nations - 3 credits
This course is designed to help students develop the confidence to live out their spiritual purpose with eternal impact. Students will be exposed to tools and techniques that will equip them to: 1) FIND the people with least access to Jesus 2) enter their world WELL, and 3) OFFER spiritual hope in a way they can receive it.
BIB110 – New Testament Survey - 3 credit
This course will focus on the Story of Redemption portrayed in the Book of John. An introductory examination of the characteristics of John’s Gospel together with an analytical and expository study of the contents of this Gospel, and an overview of the New Testament, including the gospels, the Pauline epistles, and Revelation.
SPF200 – Women in Ministry & Leadership - 3 credits
Students will learn about and explore the stories of significant women in the Bible and Christian history, as well as their cultural contexts. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how these women worked within their cultures and used their influence to make a positive difference and applying principles learned from their examples into today’s culture.
BIB200 – Joshua: The Teachings of Dr. J.W. Chinchen - 3 credits
This course focuses on the story of God’s people as foretold in the Old Testament. A contemporary study of biblical exegesis and investigation into the books of Joshua and Judges. An exploration is made, not only concerning the extraordinary person of Joshua and his spiritual leadership characteristics, but more important attention is given to the perfect and sovereign character of God in relation to historical Israel and the present-day Church. The course outline will follow the teaching notes of Dr. J.W. Chinchen.
CHM200 – Leading Student Ministries - 3 credits
Students are not miniature adults, they reason differently, they behave differently, and they have unique emotional needs. Students in this class will gain a working understanding of the unique approaches to leading, teaching, relating to students, and learn how to grow a thriving ministry to students. Students will examine cultural trends and how they affect the spiritual formation of adolescents and student life on the junior and senior high school campus and the world at large.
BIB210 – Romans - 3 credits
This course is an in-depth exposition of Paul's letters to the Church in Rome. A detailed doctrinal analysis will be presented and their practical applications will be examined. Our study will center on the perfect character and the sovereignty of God in relationship to mankind.
GLD220 – Missiology & Introduction to Missional Theology - 3 credits
A study of the centrality of God’s redemptive acts on behalf of people of all nations. The study introduces, enhances, and assists the student in understanding the mission of God as God’s grand plan to reach the nations of the world through the church. The ultimate purpose of the course is to help the students come to an understanding of God’s invitation to join him in reaching the unreached people of the world. The study introduces, enhances, and assists the student in understanding the mission of God as God’s grand plan to reach the nations.
CHM300 – World Religions - 3 credits
This course gives an overview of the development of religions around the world. The course also examines how the key concepts have been employed in each of these religions and compared against Christianity. Students will understand the connection between religion and society, and will have a more complete understanding of beliefs, life, values, culture, and conflict around the globe.
CHM310 – Ministry Skills - 3 credits
Based on a theological foundation, this course will prepare the student for the various ministry responsibilities that will be faced in the local church. This includes but is not limited to practicing the sacraments, working with elders and leaders, planning and leading worship services, dedications, weddings, and funerals. It will also include an introduction to various expressions of pastoral care including pre-marital counseling, public speaking and teaching, planning and leading worship services, leading a ministry staff, working with a board of Elders, planning missions’ trips, and leading compassion and justice efforts.
SPF310 – The Spiritual Practices - 3 credits
An introductory study into the practices of spiritual formation and the various ways that Christians have sought to deepen their relationship with God, with special emphasis given to the practice of reflection on scripture, silence, contemplation, meditation, prayer, journaling, simplicity, serving, confession, and worship, to name few.
SPF320 – Hermeneutics & Bible Study Methods - 3 credits
Students will understand and apply principles of Biblical interpretation. Students will study the history of interpretation, general hermeneutical principles, specific hermeneutical lenses, and how to apply them to different kinds of Biblical literature, interpretation and its application to the process of spiritual formation.
GLD400 – Sustainability / Eco-Theology - 3 credits
Christians today need a theology, eco-theology. The goal of this class is to establish and explain the relationship between God, his creation, and the people who live in it. Sustainability is a key means of caring for our environment. Sustainability is rooted in the basic principle that everything we need for life and well-being depends, directly or indirectly, on our environment. We have a biblical obligation to care for our environment.
SPF400 - Systematic Theology - 3 credits
The word “theology” comes from two Greek words: “Theos,” meaning “God,” and “Logos,” or word. Theology proper is the study of God, and includes the study of humankind, and how we relate to God. Students will study both general and special revelation, the inspiration and canonicity of Scripture. The doctrine of God, His plan for humanity, and His continued kingdom work today.
BIB400 – Daniel & Revelation - 3 credits
An expository study of Daniel and Revelation, including an examination of their historical backgrounds, literary structures, and thematic developments. Special attention is given to the prominent systems of interpretation and eschatological prophecies of these books.
CHM400 – Sermon Preparation & Delivery - 3 credits
This course addresses total communication for pastors with an emphasis on preaching philosophy and style, textual exposition, and sermon structure. Written and oral, verbal and non-verbal communications are included.
BIB410 – The Gospels & Acts - 3 credits
The book of Acts is the bridge, which connects the gospels and the epistles. It is our primary authority for the history of early Christianity written from a historical, political and theological perspective. This course is a contemporary study of biblical exegesis and investigation into the book of Acts.
BIB420 – The Pauline Epistles - 3 credits
This course is a study of the apostle Paul and his letters as found in the New Testament. By studying New Testament biographical information for Paul and the historical context in which he lived, students will then focus on the specific epistles with a special emphasis on major gospel and theological themes that appear throughout Paul’s writing.
CHM410 – Christian Ministry Internship - 4 credits
The internship experience is vital to the student’s preparation for full-time ministry. The theories and principles acquired in the Christian Ministries program would be incomplete without a place to put them into practice. During student’s senior year, they will begin an internship of one semesters of service at a church or para-church organization.
LOWER AND UPPER DIVISION TOTAL CREDITS: 55 Credits
(Students are required to take 9 of the 10 lower division courses and 9 of the 11 upper division courses, CHM410 is required)
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
PSY100 – Psychology of Personal Development - 3 credits
This course provides students with basic knowledge of psychology in order to better understand the psychological needs of people, how to understand human behavior and how to deal with interpersonal problems while integrating Christianity and Psychology. A Biblical view of human beings, their behavior and their relationship to learning is the starting point of the course.
PHL100 – Introduction to Philosophy - 3 credits
This study covers major areas of analytic philosophy: epistemology and metaphysics, ethics, cognitive philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of the sciences. Students will be challenged to wrestle with issues of moral behavior and the nature of good and evil.
WRI100 – College Composition - 3 credits
Critical reading and writing; emphasizes strategies of academic discourse. Discovers, organizes and develops ideas in relation to the writer's purpose, subject and audience. Emphasizes modes of written discourse and effective use of rhetorical principles.
WRI110 – Creative Writing - 3 credits
This course is designed to challenge students to compose original forms of writing, poetry, drama and fiction. The curriculum will increase vocabulary, teach creative writing techniques, and explore major works in creative fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
ENG200 – World Literature - 3 credits
This course introduces students to a diverse collection of literature from authors around the world. The class will include reading, analyzing, and discussing various genres of literature and is designed to provide awareness of literary elements in poetry, fiction, and drama. A thematic approach will be used, and literature will be analyzed from a Christian perspective.
COM100 – Introduction to Communications - 3 credits
Develop an understanding of how communities gather, communicate, and seek a place where their relational, prophetic, and spiritual needs are met. Students will learn how to use the discernment process to develop forms of communication and practices to build relationships. Students will learn effective communication in one-on-one situations, effective small group tools, for a variety of settings. Areas for application include public speaking, mass communication, business presentations, organizational communication, intercultural communication, and rhetoric.
MTH100 – College Algebra - 3 credits
The course is designed to develop fluency in working with linear equations including writing, graphing and solving linear equations and the use of radical and rational expressions. The course will introduce the practical application of statistical analysis, provide an introduction to geometry, congruence, symmetry, and measurement, and will cover algebraic expressions and equations and their manipulation and use in problem solving and word problems.
PED100 – Sports & Physical Education - 2 credits
(Students will have the choice of the following, PED101- Basketball, PED102- Soccer, PED103- Volleyball, PED104- Golf)
Introduces physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health as a global economic and cultural force. Through this course, Students will form theoretical and theological foundation for the study of Sports Ministry, develop a Christ-centered, Biblical and theological framework for their ministries, and gain a deeper understanding of how sports and Sports Ministry can change lives.
GLD100 – Global Community Development - 3 credits
Students will explore the relationships and how to understand cultures in ways that create change in people and communities, igniting change on the local, societal, and national levels. Macro and micro-development perspectives provide strategies that are vital in understanding Christ’s message to the world regarding global development and justice.
GLD310 – Social Entrepreneurship - 3 credits
Social Entrepreneurship examines the practice of identifying, starting and growing successful mission-driven, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, that strive to advance social change through innovative solutions to affect change in varying areas; including poverty alleviation, energy, health and sustainability. Students will learn to think strategically and act opportunistically with a socially and Biblically-conscious business mindset.
HIS100 – World Civilization - 3 credits
Designed to familiarize students with basic facts of world history, and culture and the impact and interactions of the world community., This course will examine the development of and interactions between people, states and civilizations around the world beginning with the foundations of civilization to the Renaissance.
HIS110 – History of Christianity - 3 credits
An introduction to early church history beginning with the desert fathers. Attention is given to the philosophies of history, a study of the early church, its officers and polity, early heresies, early church councils, early church persecution, the development of church hierarchy, monasticism, early missions, the Crusades, the reformation, and the modern global spread of Christianity.
ART100 – Introduction to Art - 3 credits
Provides an introduction to the understanding, history, and enjoyment of art through the study of painting, sculpture, design, photography, and the decorative arts. Students gain an awareness of meaning, functions, and significance of art, while learning an art-related vocabulary and a set of analytical tools for discussing and understanding art from around the world.
MUS100 – Introduction to Music - 3 credits
An introductory course in music theory and composition, with the fundamentals of that subject. The course will also cover elements of music and media of performance in historical perspective and provide a basic background in music literature.
SPA101 – Spanish I - 4 credits
Students will develop a basic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will acquire an intercultural understanding of Spanish-speaking countries and Latin/Hispanic communities throughout the country and the world. The focus in class is on using Spanish to exchange real-life information and ideas, and on the functional grammar and vocabulary to accomplish this.
SPA102 – Spanish II - 4 credits
Students will continue their development of functional proficiency in Spanish. Students will further develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through grammar and composition, as well as build upon their vocabulary. They will deepen their intercultural understanding of Spanish-speaking countries and Latin/Hispanic communities throughout the country and world.
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: 49 Credits
AVAILABLE ELECTIVE CREDITS: 16 Credits
(Any college level courses will fulfill general electives requirements)
TOTAL CREDITS FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION & CHRISTIAN MINISTRY: 120 Credits