BACHELOR OF ARTS IN
SPIRITUAL FORMATION & CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
The Bachelor of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Christian Ministries is a program designed to equip students with a deep understanding of Christian spirituality and the role of the Church in serving its communities. This program draws from a variety of fields, including theology, biblical studies, ministry, and the social sciences, to provide students with a comprehensive education in the areas of spiritual formation, leadership, and Christian ministry.
The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including the Bible, theology, spiritual practices, Church history, and the contemporary cultural context. Students will gain an understanding of the biblical and theological foundations of the Christian faith and will explore the role of the Church in promoting justice, compassion, and service in the world. The program also emphasizes practical skills and hands-on experiences, including opportunities for ministry and mission work, as well as internships in local churches and other Christian organizations.
In addition to coursework, students will also engage in spiritual practices and reflection, as well as opportunities for personal growth and spiritual formation. The program encourages students to be grounded in their faith, to develop a deep and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and to be equipped and empowered to serve as leaders and ministers in their communities.
SPF100 – Spiritual Formation & Soul Care - 3 credits Spiritual Formation & Soul Care is a course designed to help students cultivate a deeper understanding of the spiritual life and develop habits for spiritual growth and well-being. This course will explore the biblical foundations of spiritual formation and provide practical tools for students to care for their soul and nurture their relationship with God Students will learn about various spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, worship, fasting, and Bible study, and will be encouraged to practice these habits in their own lives. The course will also examine the role of community in spiritual formation, including the importance of relationships, accountability, and support. BIB100 – Old Testament Survey - 3 credits Old Testament Survey is an introductory course to the study of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament. This course provides an overview of the literary, historical, and theological content of the Old Testament, including its books, themes, and major figures. Students will learn about the historical context and cultural background of the Old Testament, as well as God’s covenants, and the role of the successive divine covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David. JUS100 – Theology of Compassion & Justice - 3 credits Theology of Compassion & Justice is a course that explores the biblical and theological foundations of compassion and justice. This course will help students understand the biblical basis for compassion and justice and the importance of these values for Christian faith and practice. Students will examine the biblical teachings on compassion and justice, including the role of the Church in addressing social issues and promoting the common good. The course will also explore the relationship between compassion and justice and will examine the ways in which these values are expressed in the lives of individual believers and the Church as a whole. CHM100 – Neighbors & Nations - 3 credits Neighbors & Nations is a course that explores the biblical and theological foundations of missions and global engagement. This course will help students understand the biblical basis for the Church's involvement in God's mission in the world, including both local and global dimensions. Students will examine the biblical teachings on God's mission, including the mandate to make disciples of all nations, to care for the poor and marginalized, and to work for justice and peace. The course will also explore the history of Christian missions and will examine contemporary issues related to global engagement, such as cross-cultural communication, poverty, and human rights. BIB110 – New Testament Survey - 3 credit New Testament Survey is an introductory course to the study of the New Testament, which is the second part of the Christian Bible. This course provides an overview of the literary, historical, and theological content of the New Testament, including its books, themes, and major figures. The course will explore the overarching themes and messages of the New Testament, including the life and work of Jesus Christ, the nature of the Church, and the role of the Holy Spirit. Students will also study key figures such as Paul, Peter, and John, and will examine their teachings and impact on the New Testament and the early Christian Church. SPF200 – Women in Ministry & Leadership - 3 credits Women in Ministry & Leadership provides an exploration of the experiences and perspectives of women in ministry and leadership, with a focus on the challenges and opportunities facing women in these roles. In this course, students will delve into the rich history of women's leadership in the Bible and examine the impact of their influence on communities and organizations. From promoting social justice, equality, and diversity to overcoming the challenges of sexism, gender bias, and balancing personal and professional responsibilities, this course will provide a comprehensive exploration of women's leadership in ministry. By examining real-world examples, students will gain a deeper understanding of the unique experiences and perspectives of women in leadership roles. BIB200 – Joshua: The Teachings of Dr. J.W. Chinchen - 3 credits Joshua: The Teaching of Dr. J.W. Chinchen 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 Leading Student Ministries is a comprehensive course designed to prepare future leaders for success in student ministry contexts. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics that are critical for effective student ministry leadership, including the history, theology, and philosophy of student ministry and its role within the larger church community. The course also covers best practices for planning and implementing student ministry programs and events, as well as effective communication and interpersonal skills for working with students, parents, and volunteers. In addition, students will learn about the role of worship, discipleship, and evangelism in student ministry, and will be introduced to innovative approaches to engage students in these activities. BIB210 – Romans - 3 credits Romans delves deeply into the epistle written by the apostle Paul to the church in Rome, widely considered one of the most significant books in the New Testament. This comprehensive study provides a thorough examination of the letters to the Romans. The letters provide a rich and complex understanding of the gospel of God, the righteousness of God revealed in Jesus Christ, and the role of faith in salvation. Students will delve into the historical, cultural, and theological context of Romans, exploring its central themes and teachings, including the relationship between Jews and Gentiles in the plan of God, the nature of Christian freedom, and the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. GLD220 – Missiology & Introduction to Missional Theology - 3 credits Missiology & Introduction to Missional Theology is 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. Students will engage in critical analysis of current missional practices and will be introduced to various models of mission, including evangelism, social justice, and community development.
CHM300 – World Religions - 3 credits World Religions is an interdisciplinary course that provides a broad overview of the major religions of the world, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and indigenous and new religious movements. Students will study the historical, cultural, and philosophical foundations of these religions, and explore their central beliefs, practices, and rituals. They will also examine the relationships between religion and society, politics, and the arts. SPF300 – The Spiritual Practices - 3 credits The Spiritual Practices is a course designed to deepen students' spiritual lives and enhance their understanding of the role that spiritual practices play in the Christian faith. Throughout the course, students will explore a variety of spiritual practices, including prayer, worship, meditation, fasting, solitude, and service. Students will study the historical, biblical, and theological foundations of spiritual practices, as well as the ways in which they have been practiced and adapted throughout the Christian tradition. The course will also examine the role of spiritual practices in spiritual formation, and students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own spiritual journeys and explore their own spiritual practices. CHM310 – Ministry Skills - 3 credits Ministry Skills is a practical course designed for students interested in developing the necessary skills for effective ministry in a variety of settings. Students will learn about the principles and practices of ministry, including communication, leadership, organization, and conflict resolution. The course will cover a range of topics, including preaching, teaching, counseling, evangelism, and discipleship, as well as the role of technology in ministry. Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills through hands-on experiences and projects, such as preparing and delivering sermons, teaching Bible studies, and planning and executing ministry events. SPF310 – Hermeneutics & Bible Study Methods - 3 credits Hermeneutics & Bible Study Methods is a comprehensive course that explores the theories, methods, and practices of biblical interpretation. Throughout the course, students will gain a deeper understanding of the principles of biblical interpretation, including historical, literary, and theological contexts. The course will examine the various methods of biblical interpretation, including grammatical-historical, canonical, reader-response, and postmodern approaches. Students will also learn about the tools and techniques used in biblical interpretation, such as lexicons, concordances, and commentaries. Students will be challenged to think critically about the meaning and significance of the texts they are studying, and to develop their own interpretive skills. SPF400 - Systematic Theology - 3 credits Systematic Theology is a comprehensive course that explores the central themes and doctrines of the Christian faith. Throughout the course, students will study the major themes of theology, including the nature of God, the work of Jesus Christ, and the role of the Holy Spirit. The course will examine the historical development of Christian theology, from the patristic period through to contemporary debates and discussions. Students will learn about the major schools of thought and the key figures who have shaped the field of systematic theology and will be encouraged to engage with the ongoing debates and controversies in the field. GLD400 Sustainability & Eco-Theology Sustainability & Eco-Theology is a course that explores the intersection of business, environment, and spirituality. Students will learn about the concepts of sustainability and the principles of environmental stewardship, and how they relate to business practices and decision-making. Key topics include sustainable business strategies, corporate social responsibility, green marketing, and the role of religion and spirituality in shaping attitudes and behaviors towards the environment. Students will also examine the ethical and moral dimensions of environmental issues, and how we as Christians have a biblical obligation to care for our environment. BIB400 – Daniel & Revelation - 3 credits Daniel & Revelation is a course that centers on the study of two key prophetic books in the Bible. Students will delve into the book of Daniel, exploring its historical and cultural context, as well as its literary and theological themes. The book of Daniel contains powerful visions and apocalyptic imagery that are central to the understanding of end-time events and the coming of the Messiah. The course will also focus on the book of Revelation, which provides a comprehensive overview of the end of the age and the return of Jesus Christ. Students will explore the symbols and imagery used in the book of Revelation and will learn about the various interpretations of its meaning and significance. CHM400 – Sermon Preparation & Delivery - 3 credits Sermon Preparation & Delivery focuses on the art of sermon preparation and delivery. Students will learn various approaches to sermon preparation, including exegetical, topical, and textual methods. The course will also cover the principles of effective communication and the elements of powerful sermon delivery, including voice, gestures, and body language. Throughout the course, students will have opportunities to practice and receive feedback on their sermon preparation and delivery skills. The goal of this course is to equip students with the tools and techniques needed to craft and deliver sermons that are engaging, impactful, and grounded in sound biblical interpretation. BIB410 – The Gospels & Acts - 3 credits The Gospels & Acts is a comprehensive study of the first four books of the New Testament. Students will delve into the historical, cultural, and religious context in which these books were written and explore their literary and theological features. Through a close examination of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, students will gain an understanding of the life, teachings, and ministry of Jesus Christ, as well as the early Christian movement. The course will also cover the book of Acts, which recounts the history of the early Church and the spread of the gospel to the Gentiles. Through lectures, discussions, and independent study, students will gain a deeper appreciation for the richness and diversity of the New Testament and a clearer understanding of its significance for the Church today. CHM410 – Apologetics - 3 credits Apologetics is a course that focuses on the defense and explanation of the Christian faith. Students will study the historical and philosophical foundations of Christian apologetics and learn how to effectively communicate and defend the faith in various contexts. The course will also explore challenges and objections to Christianity, including philosophical and scientific objections, and students will learn how to respond to these challenges with clarity and confidence. Additionally, students will delve into the study of apologetics in relation to different worldviews and religious traditions. The course will include lectures, discussions, debates, and written assignments, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of Christian apologetics and the tools to engage in meaningful dialogue and evangelism. BIB420 – The Pauline Epistles - 3 credits The Pauline Epistles focuses on the analysis of the letters the apostle Paul wrote to various early Christian communities. Students will investigate the literary and rhetorical elements of these letters as well as the historical, cultural, and theological circumstances in which they were written. Paul's primary topics and teachings will be covered in this course, including justification by faith, the function of the Holy Spirit in Christian living, and the role of the Church. Students will learn more about the depth of Paul's theology through lectures, discussions, and individual study, as well as how important it is for the Church today.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
PSY100 – Psychology of Personal Development - 3 credits Psychology of Personal Development is a course that explores the psychological principles and theories that underlie personal growth and development. Students will learn about the key factors such as living a healthy and effective lifestyle, human behavior, and how to integrate faith into Psychology. Key topics will include self-awareness, listening, goal setting, and interpersonal communication. Students will also examine the ways in which individual differences and cultural factors influence personal development and will have the opportunity to reflect on their own life experiences and growth. PHL100 – Introduction to Philosophy - 3 credits Introduction to Philosophy is a course that provides students with an overview of the major branches and themes of philosophy. The nature of reality, knowledge, ethics, religious philosophy, and the nature of human existence will all be topics covered by students as they examine both traditional and modern philosophers' perspectives. Students will get the chance to participate in philosophical debates, examine and assess arguments, and hone their own critical thinking abilities. The course will provide a historical perspective on the development of philosophy and will encourage students to think deeply about fundamental questions and to reflect on their own beliefs and values. WRI100 – College Composition - 3 credits College Composition is a foundational course that prepares students to write clear, effective, and well-organized essays in a variety of academic and professional contexts. This course will introduce students to the writing process, from prewriting and drafting to revision and editing. Students will learn to write effective thesis statements, develop arguments, and use evidence to support their ideas. The course will also focus on the use of MLA & APA writing styles and how to cite sources. Students will have the opportunity to practice their writing skills through a variety of assignments, including in-class writing, essays, and research papers. WRI110 – Creative Writing - 3 credits Creative Writing is a course designed for students who are interested in exploring their own voice and imagination through writing. This course will introduce students to the various elements of creative writing, including fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students will learn about the craft of writing, including characterization, point of view, setting, dialogue, and other elements of style. The course will also emphasize the importance of revision, both in workshop settings and in independent work. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to read widely, to experiment with different forms and styles, and to develop their own unique voice as writers. ENG200 – World Literature - 3 credits World Literature is a course that introduces students to the rich and diverse canon of literature from across the globe. Students will read and analyze works from a variety of cultures, including European, African, Asian, and Latin American, and from a range of historical periods, from ancient Greece to contemporary times. The course will focus on the development of literary genres, including epic poetry, drama, the novel, and short fiction, and will examine the cultural, historical, and social contexts in which these works were written. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in critical analysis of the texts, examining themes, symbols, and techniques used by the authors. Discussions, written assignments, and group projects will allow students to explore the connections between literature and the world around us. COM100 – Introduction to Communications - 3 credits Introduction to Communications is a foundational course that explores the theories, principles, and practices of human communication in various contexts. Students will learn about the various modes of communication, including interpersonal, small group, public, and mass communication. By examining the factors that influence communication, such as culture, identity, power, and technology, students will also learn how to build community with others and help answer spiritual needs. The course will cover the basics of communication theory, including models of communication, perception, and nonverbal behavior, and will also introduce students to the skills necessary for effective communication, such as listening, presenting, and negotiating. MTH100 – College Algebra - 3 credits College Algebra is a course designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and techniques of algebra. The course covers topics such as linear equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and their graphs, radical and rational expressions, and introduction to matrices. Students will learn how to use algebraic techniques to model and solve real-world problems. PED100 – Health & Wellness - 2 credits Health & Wellness teaches and explores the influence of physical activity and dietary choices on a person’s mental, psychical, and emotional well-being. This course covers topics such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition, stress management, physical activity, and health promotion. This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge about athletic training, topics include running, cycling, stretching, and strength training. Students will not only learn about the benefits of living a healthy life, but they will also be required to complete aerobic workouts on their own time. HIS100 – World Civilization - 3 credits World Civilization is a survey course that examines the history, culture, and political systems of major civilizations from ancient times to the present day. The course covers topics such as the rise and fall of empires, the development of religions, the influence of colonialism and imperialism, and the impact of revolution and modernization. HIS110 – History of Christianity - 3 credits History of Christianity is a course that examines the development and evolution of Christianity from its origins to the present day. The course covers topics such as the life and teachings of Jesus, the spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire, the emergence of different Christian denominations, the Reformation, and the impact of Christianity on modern society. The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key events, people, and movements that have shaped the history of Christianity, and to foster a deeper appreciation for the religious and cultural diversity of the Christian tradition. ART100 – Introduction to Art - 3 credits Introduction to Art introduces 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. Students will spend time in the classroom as well as engaging in hands-on learning in our art studio. MUH100 – Introduction to Music - 3 credits Introduction to Music is a course that explores the fundamentals of music history, theory, styles, the music business, and music in film and media. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to listen to a variety of musical styles and genres, including classical, jazz, rock, and pop. Students will also learn about the evolution of music genres and styles throughout the world and its subsequent impact on culture and society, and how this impact can lead to social justice movements. SPA101 – Spanish I - 4 credits Spanish I is an introductory course designed to develop basic communicative skills in the Spanish language. The course focuses on the four key language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and aims to develop a solid foundation in grammar and vocabulary. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, greetings, introductions, basic conversation, simple verb conjugation, common expressions and common verb tenses such as the present, preterite and the future tense. Additionally, students will learn about Spanish-speaking cultures, customs and traditions. Emphasis is placed on practical usage and everyday scenarios to encourage interaction and build confidence in using the language. SPA102 – Spanish II - 4 credits Spanish II is a continuation of Spanish I, designed to build upon the foundation of the language skills developed in the previous course. This course is designed to help students achieve a more advanced level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish. In Spanish II, students will continue to expand their vocabulary and grammar knowledge, with a focus on more complex sentence structures and verb tenses, including the present perfect, imperfect, conditional and subjunctive. Students will also continue to develop their listening and speaking skills through class discussions, debates, and oral presentations, as well as reading and writing skills through comprehension activities and composition exercises. GLD100 – Global Community Development - 3 credits Global Community Development is a course that explores the social, economic, and political factors that impact communities globally. The course covers topics such as community development theories, globalization and its impact on communities, cultural diversity, social justice, and sustainable development. Students will also learn how Christ’s message to the world was based on global development and justice. GLD310 – Social Entrepreneurship - 3 credits Social Entrepreneurship is a course that explores the intersection of business and social impact. Students will learn about the concepts and practices of social entrepreneurship, including the creation and management of socially responsible and sustainable businesses. Key topics include identifying social problems and opportunities, developing and implementing innovative solutions, securing financing, and scaling social impact. Students will also examine case studies of successful social entrepreneurs and organizations and will have the opportunity to develop their own social venture proposals. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of ethics, accountability, and stakeholder engagement in the pursuit of both financial and social returns.
Total Lower and Upper Division Credits: 54 Credits
(Students are required to 9 of the 10 lower division courses and 9 of the 11 upper division courses)
Total General Education Requirements: 49 Credits
Total Electives: 17 Credits
(Any college level courses will fulfill elective requirements)
Total Credits for Spiritual Formation & Christian Ministries: 120 Credits