NYSB

Department of Ministry

 

Department of Ministry

Any course in the Department of Ministry not marked as Required can be taken as a ministry elective in the Intermediate Certificate program oran elective-at-large in the Advanced Certificate program.

 

300 Ministry of the Local Church

Effective ministry in the urban church requires an ability to view the problems, resources, and purpose of the Church through the perspectives of Scripture, history, and culture.  This course will involve students in an examination of how urban Christians can minister through leadership, education, evangelism, worship, community formation, and social involvement.

Required for the Intermediate Certificate.

 

302 What Should the Church Look Like?

Over the centuries, have the mission and method of the Church gotten out of focus?  An examination of the Church through the lenses of Scripture, history and culture will enable you to distinguish between form and function and formulate a philosophy of ministry that will make your church most effective in providing the kind of corporate experience necessary for producing mature believers.

Required for the Advanced Certificate.

  • Spring II - 2017 Mondays, 6:00 pm
  • Spring II - 2017 Saturdays, 10:35 am - Lawrence Taylor
 

303 A Theology of Worship

Worship in the local church is often limited to one thing, preaching, music, etc.  In this course you will develop a Biblical understanding of what worship is, how we can worship, and critique several different models of worship in the local church.

 

303A The Sacred Actions of Sunday Worship

What is the intent of our gathering as a corporate body in the weekly rhythm of worship?  What is the content of this gathering?  How does the structure of our time together inform that content?  What role does style have in forming us as a body?  This course will focus on the design of Sunday worship.

 

303B Worshiping as a Way of Life

This course will focus on the life-style of worship.  How can we help our people worship God between Sundays, where they live, work, and play?  What are the disciplines that enable us to worship God intentionally in the everyday rhythms of life?

 

303C TrueWorship--Religion or Relationship?

Jesus, in John 4, talks about “true worshipers” who worship God in spirit and in truth.  Humanity is incorrigibly religious.  What is religion?  To what degree does religion enhance or detract from true worship?  How has the modern church’s quest for a personal relationship with Jesus impacted this search for true worship?

 

303D Leading Worship

He Must Increase.  I Must Decrease.  From the time of humanity’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden, our approach to God has always involved some form of mediation.  But now in the economy of the new covenant, we read that there is “one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).  How can those who lead in worship function without getting in the way?

 

303E Worship and Spiritual Formation

Lex orandi.  Lex credendi.  (The way of worship is the way of belief.)  This phrase from the ancient Church highlights the role that worship has held in the formation of the Church’s faith.  What implications does this concept contain for us as we seek to see Christ formed in the hearts of our people (Gal. 4:19)?

 

304A Seven Practices of Effective Ministry

Like having your own personal trainer, this course gives insight for any leader who yearns for a simpler, more effective approach to ministry.  Here are seven strategic principles that when put into play will bring focus and clarity to everything you do and turn your ministry into a winning team.

 

305 Sharing Your Faith/Using Your Gifts

Have you ever asked the question:  Me, an evangelist?  When people think of evangelism, they usually think of preaching the Gospel.  Then, depending on how they see themselves as public speakers, they rate themselves as good or bad evangelists.  But evangelism is more than content; it also involves one's own gift(s) and personal style.  This course will help you clarify the message of the Gospel, identify your gift(s) and personal style, and challenge you to become an ambassador in the Kingdom by impacting your world.

Required for the Preliminary Certificate.

 

306 The Dynamics of Spiritual Gifts

This course will examine both revelatory and non-revelatory spiritual gifts.  One major factor that has divided the Evangelical community from the Pentecostal and Charismatic communities is the duration of certain spiritual gifts.  Most Evangelicals argue that the revelatory gifts, such as prophecy and tongues, ceased after the Apostolic Age.  Modern-day Pentecostals and Charismatics argue for the continuation of the revelatory gifts.  Both sides present compelling exegetical arguments to support their positions.  This course will examine all sides of this most controversial issue.  Students will read and discuss papers presented by both Evangelical and Pentecostal/Charismatic scholars.  This is a complex issue that requires careful consideration.  We will also explore the ways in which one can discover his or her spiritual gift.

 

307A Not Normal: Seven Quirks of Incredible Volunteers

When it comes to that certain something in volunteers, we are looking for something a little more extraordinary, something a step above, something not normal.  This course will address ways you can make the most of your volunteering:  1) Why Not Normal Volunteers are more like owners than renters.  2) Why Not Normal Volunteers are always looking for a way out.  3) Why Not Normal Volunteers are constantly imagining things.  Are you tired of working so hard to be just like everyone else?  Whether you are leading a team of volunteers to find their own volunteering voice, or you are searching for your own, this course will help volunteers find not normal in their own unique way.

 

307B Anatomy of a Christian Worker, Part 2

Being a Christian worker called by God to serve in the local church is a great privilege with many responsibilities and usually leads to multiple blessings!  However, even the most dedicated servant can become overwhelmed and/or sidelined, if proper care is not taken to make sure the worker himself/herself does not overlook a proper and appropriate maintenance schedule!  This course will seek to answer a series of important questions—each designed to help keep a Christian worker in great shape to serve.

 

310 The Biblical Mandate for Evangelism

This course examines the theology and practice of evangelism.  We will examine the Biblical basis for evangelism through study of the Great Commission texts in the Gospels and Acts.  Emphasis will be given to understanding the Gospel message concerning Jesus and being able to articulate it in an accurate way.  Students will also be given practical tools and training to be able to share their faith with confidence.  Through this course, students will learn the why and what, and develop greater ability in the how of evangelism.

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate required evangelism elective.

 

310A Personal Evangelism

Satan wants nothing more than that people will be confused and ignorant about the true means of salvation (2 Cor. 4:4), because it is through the Gospel alone that people can escape his realm (Acts 26:18).  Only we have the message that can bring release.  It is imperative for the Christian to have the absolute assurance of his own eternal life before he can live a productive life for God and help others to come to the position and assurance of right standing before God.  The aim of the course is to explain the indispensable content of the message we need to proclaim, to determine whether or not our hearers understand the message, and to provide a method that will lead them to believe the message that “has delivered us from the domain of darkness.” (Col. 1:13)

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate required evangelism elective.

 

310B How to Evangelize When Nobody Wants to Listen

How can Christians be the salt of the earth and the light of the world in order to be more effective witnesses and thus make Christ more attractive to our culture?  Admittedly, there are many ways and dogmas about how to evangelize.  This hands-on course will attempt to survey and critique the various approaches while also looking at our culture, human inclinations and needs, and our own limitations and the necessity for personal growth.

Fulfills Intermediate Certificate evangelism elective requirment.

 

312A Fundamentals of Islamic Faith and Practices

This course deals with the fundamentals of Islamic faith practices.  While looking at the history of Islam, the course seeks to understand the present and future of Islam.  Answers to very basic questions will build a foundation for other more critical courses in the Understanding Missions and Islam Certificate program, courses that will instruct about the articles of Islamic faith and the pillars of Islam that Muslims believe Islam stands on.  This course will begin to lay the foundations for Islamic beliefs.  Students will learn why Muslims dress in particular ways (the women in veil and some men in long shirts worn as a gown).  Other questions to be answered—Why do Muslims believe as they do? What is Ramadan? Why do Muslims go to Mecca for pilgrimage?

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate.

 

312B Understanding Jihad, Qur'an, and Hadith

History exits to teach us about the good and evil done by people in the past so that we may avoid in the present such conflicts that cause evil.  President Ronald Reagan said,  “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.  It is not ours by inheritance, it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.  Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”  Many Americans are anticipating an ideological invasion of Islam in the United States of America.  They are afraid that Sharia is creeping into our society, and taking over inch by inch.  This class will provide a brief history of Islam to show the expansion of Islam as a political, social, cultural, militaristic, and religious movement.  It will reveal how the development of Islam in the past 1400 years has brought greater conflict in the world and will examine the behavior of Muslims toward other non-Muslim nations, while revealing hidden agendas of Arabic invasion in the past and the connection of these invasions with the present and future events.

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate.

 

312C Jesus in the Qur'an and Hadith

Muslims claim to believe in Jesus yet they deny His divinity, death, and resurrection.  What type of Jesus is mentioned in the Qur'an and Hadith?  Muslims believe that whatever the Qur'an says becomes the final authority to determine decisions which may cause death or life.  One of the ways Christians can communicate to a Muslim is through bringing Jesus up-front from the pages of the Qur'an.  Did you know that in the Qur'an Jesus is called Messiah, the Spirit of God, and the healer and provider?  That the Qur'an describes some of the miracles performed by Jesus in a way that proves Jesus Christ is God?  That the Qu'ran states no Mulim can be a Muslim unless he or she believes in Jesus?  One of the best ways to reach out to a Muslim friend or a Muslim neighbor is through their own beliefs and knowledge.  The books of Islam shape both the culture and philosophy of the Muslim world.  The Qur'an means "reading" the holy book of Islam.  The Hadith means "tradition."  After the death of Muhammad, his followers collected his sayings and actions in books to guide and direct their beliefs.  This collection gives additional meaning behind the Surahs (chapters) of the Qur'an and help interpret their meanings.  In recent years it has become imperative for Americans to understand the Qur'an and Hadith.

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate

 

312D Comparison of Jesus and Muhammad

The Islamic prophet Muhammad became a legend and one of the most influential persons in the world within 23 years of his ministry.  His life and instruction continues to influence the world.  No one can understand Islam without understanding the life of Muhammad.  The Qur'an teaches that Muhammad was the best person to follow because he was the best in all of creation.  This claim is in direct conflict with the Bible's claim about Jesus.  This course will present the ministry of Muhammad, his life and life-style, in comparison to Jesus' ministry, His life and life-style, and will examine their lives before, during, and after their ministries and the proclamation of their message.  The comparison will be made in what the Qur'an and the Bible teach about Jesus and Muhammad.

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate

 

312E Missions and the Muslim Next Door

Muslims make up 40% of the total unreached people groups.  Therefore, Islamic countries and communities are the largest missions fiield.  The Islamic holy book, Qur'an, claims to be the last and complete revelation of God that was given to the most favorite prophet of Allah, Muhammad at the age of 40.  Muslims throughout the world claim that the Qur'an is pure and infallible, promised by Allah to protect it until the very end of the world from any corruption or change.  Meanwhite, Muslims claim that the Bible has been changed and thus no longer a valid revelation of God.  This course is an intense comparison of the Qur'anic cliams and the Biblical claims regarding the text and the historical preservation of each.  The teaching of both books and the fulfillment of some of the claims both books have made will be examined.  This is a course for those who wish to understand Islamic apologetics.  The course will focus on Muslim communities in New York City as local mission fields

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate

 

A Christian Response to ISIS

This course deals with some of the fundamental questions that the world is raising today concerning Islam, terrorism, the rise of ISIS and the threat it poses to the West as well as the Islamic world.  It will discuss ISIS and its brutality in the context of Christian missions and persecution.  When confronted with Christians being buried alive or barbarically decapitated . . . when confronted with the burned bodies of our little ones . . . when confronted with the reality that ISIS terrorists are growing in power . . . how should the Church respond?
Fulfills Intermediate ministry elective or Advanced elective.

 

313 Prison Ministry, Me, and My Church

Many in NYC have relatives or know of others who have been in prison or are in prison.  Prison is a place where even a mighty man seeks to look for a supreme being, someone who can come to his aid. This course is based on the belief that crime, at its core, is both a moral and a spiritual problem.  Learn how to have a ministry with prisoners and their families that will effect authentic and lasting change that takes place from the inside out—beginning with a reconciled relationship with God through Jesus Christ and then, as people learn more about the truth and the power of Christ, learning to think in a new way, to act in a new way, and to relate to others in a new way.

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate.

 

320 Spiritual Formation: Growing in Character, Obedience, and Service

In Matthew 28:19–20, Jesus said the Church is to “make disciples of all the nations” but few concepts are more ignored or misunderstood in many local churches.  In this course, students will seek to understand what discipleship (also called spiritual formation) is, what God uses to accomplish this, and prayerfully evaluate their own discipleship journey.  This course will seek to help students develop a thoughtful definition of discipleship/spiritual formation; identify the different ingredients of spiritual formation; evaluate their own spiritual formation progress in character, obedience, and service; and develop a basic framework for discipling others.

 

322 Discipling as Jesus and Paul Did

In the Great Commission we hear Jesus loud and clear say GO!  Yet, His command was not to “go” but to make disciples while going.  God has called us to make disciples.  Discipleship should be the purpose of any outreach whether it is local or global.  Jesus discipled twelve men.  Paul in 1 Cor. 11:1 says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”  Both Jesus and Paul left a legacy of discipleship.  This course will follow the tracks of Jesus’ and Paul’s teaching with the examples of the lives they ived.  Biblical discipleship is a model of how Christians could and should live their lives.

Required for the Christian Missions Certificate.

 

325 Leading a Small Group Bible Study

One of the most effective means of both evangelism and growth in the spiritual life is through a small group Bible study.  This course will examine how to start, host, and lead a study at home, work, or church.  You will explore the elements of a successful study group by examining discussion and study techniques, how to develop a sense of community, how to set the climate for maximum growth of group members, and how to make a small group Bible study one of the most rewarding Christian experiences.

 

331A Leadership and Relationships in Ministry

For ministry to be effective in the local church, there must be effective leaders, enthusiastic followers and energizing relationships.  Unfortunately, you and I sometimes get in the way of what God wants to accomplish.  This course will take an in-depth look at developing good relationships with others as well as handling the responsibilities and joys of leadership.

Eligible for the 2014–15 Church Leadership Diploma.

 

331B The Most Excellent Way to Lead

This leadership course is simple, practical, and profound as it develops the leadership traits as outlined for us by Paul in I Corinthians 13.  It all starts with those famous two words—Love is . . .  Remember, “the best leaders don’t have titles, but they do have a voice people want to listen to!”

Fulfills course requirement for Church Leadership Diploma.

 

335A The Church Today in Social and Cultural Context

Recent years have brought significant change to society and culture in an age of globalization seemingly at an ever-increasing pace.  This course studies the social factors and cultural considerations that influence the life of the church as an institution.  Relevant issues including globalization, postmodernism, social differentiation, renewal, and institutionalization will be discussed.  Students will become aware of and evaluate factors that shape the social life of the local church.  Various strategies for addressing the challenges within our social context and current cultural implications of the church with the Gospel will also be considered.

 

335B Avoiding Worldly Wisdom within the Church

What exactly is worldly wisdom? . . . and how do we guard against it as church leaders today?  The challenges seems to mount more intensely as time unfolds.  Often we find ourselves on guard resisting what the business world might bring in to contaminate the life of the church.  But what exactly are we to resist?  Godly wisdom and discernment are essential.  This course takes you on a Scriptural journey developing a clear and practical theology in this regard.

 

337 Managing Conflict: Reframing Challenges as Opportunities for Biblical Peacemaking

Conflict emerges as one of the most significant challenges encountered in life and ministry.  It is often dreaded and viewed as an obstacle as it seems to inevitably invade our churches, homes, and hearts.  When viewed, however, as an opportunity to honoring God through Biblical peacemaking, harmony can be restored to our relationships and real peace is made possible.  Come explore the nature of conflict and learn Biblical steps to heal disputes.  Various tools will be explored to bring lasting change to individuals, families, and congregations through the power of His Word.

 

339D Embracing God's Passion of Diversity in Your Church and Ministry

NYC is packed with diversity!  Our churches and ministries must embrace God’s heart and be intentional about reaching people from cultures and ethnicities other than our own.  What does God’s Word say?  How do I effectively navigate the unique circumstances, challenges and situations that arise?  What are practical ways I can effectively serve EVERY child, student, or adult?  How do I walk alongside those whose story, cultural background, and life situations are different than my own?  May the church, on earth, be as it is in Heaven.

Fulfills Ministry elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

Fulfills new required elective for Children’s Ministry Certificate in 2016-17.

 

340 Biblical Foundations for Christian Education in the Local Church

The Christian Education ministry in a local church does not just happen—it is a prayerful and careful culmination of planning, training, equipping, and encouraging your CE leaders to train, equip, and encourage those who attend your church!  Courses 340 and 341 will help to equip you to establish a CE program where there is none or to be able to evaluate and improve an existing one.

This course’s objective is defining and understanding the role of Christian Education in today’s church.

 

341 Administration of Christian Education in the Local Church

This course’s objective is developing and implementing an effective teaching ministry and strategy for today’s church.

 

342L Seven Laws of the Learner

If you could learn how to be a master teacher, would you be interested?  The design of this course is to examine, define, explain, and apply the seven laws of the learner.  These seven irrefutable laws are essential tools for any serious communicator of the Bible.

 

344G Lead Small: Five Big Ideas every Small Group Leader Needs to Know

This course clarifies the responsibilities of the small group leader who works with children, teenagers, and even adults.  It establishes five common threads so all small group leaders can work off the same blueprint.  When you lead small, you realize that what you do for a few has more potential than what you do for the many.  When you lead small, you choose to invest in the lives of a few to encourage authentic faith.

Fulfills Ministry elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

Or, fulfills new required elective for Children’s Ministry Certificate in 2016-17.

 

344L Seven Laws of the Teacher

Whether you’re a pastor, Sunday School teacher, Bible Study leader,  School teacher or parent, let this course show you how to teach with life-changing impact.  Discover the Seven Laws of the Teacher and unleash your effectiveness as a communicator for Biblical truth.  Teaching to change lives requires a commitment to timeless principles that have proven to be effective.  In this video-based course, Dr. Howard Hendricks introduces these principles and shares insights that will revitalize your teaching ministry.  Each session will include a discussion designed to enhance the application process.

Fulfills Children’s Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

Teaching with Style

People really do want to learn, whether in church, school, or in a training class at work.  But one giant obstacle often stands in their way:  BOREDOM!  That’s right.  Boredom is the #1 hindrance to learning.  Communicators do not want to bore their students—it happens when they fail to see teaching as a role to which they are called.  It happens when personality and methodology are not empowered with style.  In this course, participants will learn how to gain and maintain attention and to put excitement and creativity back in teaching—where it belongs!
Fulfills Intermediate ministry elective or Advanced elective.

 

350 Biblical Foundations for Children's Ministry

This course will be an in-depth look at the Biblical basis for evangelizing and discipling children.

Required for the Children’s Ministry Certificate.

 

351 Developing an Effective Local Church Children's Ministry

This course will provide ideas, tools, and strategies to help the local church establish effective ministries or improve upon their existing ones.

Required for the Children’s Ministry certificate.

 

352A Just a Phase--Leveraging Time Frames in the Life of a Child

A phase is a time frame in kids’ lives when we can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future.  Children are transitioning through critical periods that we are called to discover, celebrate, and navigate strategically with them. This course presents a challenge to churches to treat all kids like they are made in the image of God.  It can change how every kid sees God, and that can change every kid’s future.

Required for the Children’s Ministry Certificate.

 

353 Evangelizing and Discipling Children

What is the Gospel message?  How do you give an invitation for salvation to a child?  How do you counsel according to the need of the child?  What can I do at home? in my own neighborhood? around the corner? around the world?

What do today’s children need to know in order to become established in their new faith?  This course will examine the many basic spiritual needs of Christian children and then discover how to meet those needs from the Word of God.  Too many evangelized children lose their teen years to the world because they have not been established in the Word as children.

Required for the Children’s Ministry Certificate.

 

353N Spiritual Formation of Children in a Postmodern World

If today’s child is going to become tomorrow’s church, then we need to help him develop a Biblical worldview and then help him to learn why he believes what he believes so that he can defend that worldview with a child-sized apologetic.  The spiritual formation of children will happen in this unbiblical world—the principles in this course will help you make sure your children remain Biblically-focused.

Fulfills Children’s Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

353T Children—Tomorrow's Church but Today's Challenge

The better we understand today’s children, the mor effective we will be in preparing ourselves and others to teach those children so that the church of today will be ready and equipped to make sure that there is a church for tomorrow!

Fulfills Ministry elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

Or, fulfills new required elective for Children’s Ministry Certificate in 2016-17.

 

354T Training Teachers--Who Me?

Teachers need to be trained, but who will do the job?  This course will provide both tools and helps to enable the student to become the teacher trainer.

Spring II 2016, Velardo

Required for the Children’s Ministry Certificate.

 

355 Teaching Children--A Privilege and a Responsiblity

This course provides a look at 24 principles that will help you become more effective in your ministry of teaching children.

Required for the Children’s Ministry Certificate.

 

355A How to Teach a Bible Lesson to Children

This course is designed to help you take any Bible story and turn it into a Bible lesson.  It will include a study of the principles and methods of Bible lesson preparation and presentation.

Required for the Children’s Ministry Certificate.

 

356A Making the Classroom Come Alive!

This course will look at Review Games as a teaching tool, will reveal how to teach the memory verse with renewed enthusiasm for learning God’s Word, and will demonstrate how visual aids can help to create an active and fun learning environment. The use of PowerPoint will be explored.

Fulfills Children’s Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

356D Discipline or Disaster?

This course will examine how to create a safe environment for the student and the teacher in today’s increasingly challenging world while maintaining control of the classroom.

Required for the Children’s Ministry Certificate.

 

360 The Theology and Practice of Youth Ministry

This course provides a Biblical and theological grounding for the many tasks a youth worker does, explaining what each of these jobs entails, and helping youth workers identify where their gifts lie and where they still need to grow.  Whether you are a first-time youth minister or a seasoned youth ministry veteran, this course gives you valuable tools for evaluating your ministry and calling.

Fulfills Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

360A Founations for Growing a Healthy Youth Ministry

Need help with your youth ministry?  This course will give you help to develop priorities for relational disciple-making, to plan effective meetings, and to strategize an action plan to grow your group.  The course will also assist in discovering methods for resolving conflict positively, as students will be equipped to turn daily challenges into opportunities for growth.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

360B Strategy for Growing a Healthy Youth Ministry

How can I grow an effective ministry for youth?  This course will provide answers based on a solid spiritual foundation of prayer and the call to discipleship.  The class will explore ways to develop dynamic adult leaders, evangelize youth, provide spiritual formation, and develop teen leadership.  Youth leaders of all skill levels will find inspiration and practical tools to grow their youth ministry.  Also in this class there will be a focus on leadership and administration within your ministry.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

362 Understanding Today's Youth Culture

Teens today face tough issues and tough choices.  Parents and youth leaders can make a difference by really understanding the culture in which teens live.  Without such understanding, attempts to provide directions may not be heard and may even be misquided.  This course is for parents, teahers, and youth leaders who want to make an impact on this generation.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

363 Theology 101 for Youth Ministry

The word theology tends to lead people to think that it is only meant for seminarian scholars.  However, the word speaks for itself by the sole definition meaning “the study of God’s Word.”  This course takes a fresh look at what it means to be justified, reconciled, forgiven, and Who God is.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

363A Spiritual Formation in Youth Ministry

There is an increased interest in spirituality in our culture lately—young people have a deep hunger and thirst towards something that transcends them.  This course focuses on how youth can grow in Christlikeness by participating in the reading of Scripture, the means of grace, and the spiritual disciplines.  The course also provides guidance in spiritual direction, and mentoring while displaying practical methods for adolescents, families, and college-bound student to cultivate growth.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

363G Youth Growing into Christ-likeness

Parents and youth leaders clearly understand the importance of youth being trained in Christian doctrine so that they ever mature into disciples of Christ.  Spirituality is one aspect of being a mentally and emotionally balanced Christian.  The other components are:  physical health, intellect, and relationships.  This course will concentrate on growing into Christ-likeness from a holistic perspective.

Fulfills Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

363L Developing Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Group Advisors, Teachers, and Parents

Leadership skills are what you need to manage a team, to stand out as an employee, to start a business, and to nail that interview.  The skills required to inspire and motivate others, to communicate effectively, to take initiative, and to make and execute plans are as important as a high grade score.  But how do you teach these skills to teenagers?  Parents, teachers, youth counselors and advisors strive to do so every day—but often have limited training on how best to accomplish that goal.  This course will assist in giving practical steps to effectively guide teens to become leaders.

 

363P Helping Teenagers to Pray

How far do you think your teenagers’ prayers scope extends?  Are they mostly praying about their own personal stuff?  Help me pass this test.  Help me make the team.  Help me get that guy/girl to like me.  Now do not get me wrong.  Those are important requests to bring to God.  Jesus taught us to bring our personal needs to the Father in the Lord’s Prayer.  But He also taught us to do more than that.

In this course, we will equip Christian leaders to assist teens in encountering God in quiet, contemplative ways.  This course will help you introduce students to a life-style of prayers.  Not only are there explorations of classical methods of prayer that involve silence, solitude, and Scripture, but you will also discover more recent forms of prayer that use creative media, music, writing, movement, and acts of compassion.  As you help teens bring prayer into their everyday lives, your students will find that they long for those times when they can step away from it all and find rest and comfort in God

Fulfills Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

365 Teaching Youth in the Church

Prerequisite: 360A

Young people have enthusiasm and energy that can make teaching them a delight.  But to teach them the Gospel, one must know how to help them channel their energy in the right direction.  It is important to understand them and their concerns and challenges.  This course will help teachers guide their students to discover, understand, and live the truth.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

366A Youth Defending the Faith in the Religion Marketplace

Recent surveys have suggested that Christianity is on the decline as other faiths and those considering themselves nonreligious have increased.  What are the major differences between Christianity and the other major religions in the spiritual marketplace?  Why are Christ and Christianity preeminent amongst other religious claims?  This course will take an interactive-approach in examining the differences so youth can effectively defend the faith.

Fulfills Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

366B Needed in Today's Youth Culture: Apologetics

With the rise in acceptance of the homosexual life-style, youth leaders are faced with dealing with the cultural issue of that day.  Many people of faith feel they do not have a voice and will be ostracized for not conforming to society’s new normal.  This course will look at understanding and responding to the homosexual life-style from a cultural, biological, psychological, and Biblical perspective, so that youth can 

Fulfills Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

366C Let God's Bold Truths Speak for You

With the integration of the homosexual and transgender worldview and life-style into the mainstream of culture, followers of Christ are seeking a response that is thoughtful, sensitive, and Biblical.  This course is geared to give youth leaders, youth, and parents a voice in the public debate that is objective, balanced, and geared to win souls for Christ.

Fulfills the Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

366D Urban Apologetics for Today's Youth

Much of the New Testament was written in urban settings, in which the Christian communities had to deal head-on with issues such as race, equality, justice, sexuality, money, and economics.  But much of today’s apologetics (engagement with the questions that people are asking about Christianity) come from suburban churches and academic studies.  Urban believers—those who live and minister in America’s inner cities—often face unique issues, not often addressed by the larger Christian community.  In this course, we seek to connect the riches of the Gospel with the issues facing cities to bring about healing.

Fulfills the Youth Ministry Certificate required elective.

 

367M Leading Youth in Missions

Take a group of teenagers—of all shapes, sizes, and spiritual maturity.  Add the challenge of sharing Jesus Christ in both familiar and unfamiliar cultures.  Mix in ample amounts of preparation, good role models, culture shock and experience, adventure, and affirmation.  Season with Bible study and prayer.  It all adds up to a dynamic recipe for spiritual growth that can turn your youth group members into world Christians.  This course will help youth leaders develop teens to think more thoroughly about mission opportunities wherever and however they serve.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

368 A Key to Youth Discipleship: Getting the Family Involved

Scripture calls parents to train their children in the faith and to nurture their children’s souls.  Yet few parents actively engage in their children’s spiritual development.  How can churches best equip parents to engage in their divine calling to disciple their children?  This course guides church leaders to develop a ministry system that equips parents to be the primary faith-trainers in their children’s lives, moving beyond mere programming into a deeper spiritual life at home, within the church, and beyond.

Required for the Youth Ministry Certificate.

 

375 Adult Education Ministries in the Local Church

Class instruction will integrate the theoretical basis of adult education into the practice of Christian education.  We will discuss the issues surrounding adult education in the church such as curriculum resources, organization, program development, and recruitment.

 

381 Leading Productive, Effective, and Attractive Men's and Women's Ministries

Deuteronomy 31:12 clearly states that we are to “gather . . . the men and women”.  However, what happens after they have been “gathered” is often far from productive, effective, or attractive.  This course will establish the Biblical foundations for men’s and women’s ministries—will provide strategies for establishing new ministries and/or enhancing existing ones—will provide helpful solutions to those age-old questions:  What should be done? Why should it be done? Where should it be done? When should it be done? How does it get done?  Men and women are the backbone of the church and the church has a responsibility to keep that “backbone” healthy, growing, and energized!

 

382A A Titus 2 Model for Mentoring: Women to Women

Mentoring is transforming the lives of women while developing faith and spiritual maturity as we enter into nurturing relationships with younger women in order to encourage and equip them to live for God’s glory.  Titus 2:3 reminds us, “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderous or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  They can train the younger women . . .” (NIV)  This course will help to develop an effective mentoring program in the local church.  We will search the Scriptures to find answers to questions concerning mentorships.  What is an effective mentor?  What exactly is a mentor supposed to do?  What does the Bible have to say about mentors?

 

382B The Disciplines of Balancing Life and Ministry for Women

As we equip saints for the work of ministry, we must create balance in our active lives.  This class will help women to recognize the tensions that exist in balancing responsibilities of ministry and personal life.  It will help to develop ways in which she can live life on purpose by setting priorities in better time management, spiritual disciplines, and marriage.  Mark 6:30–31 states, “The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.  Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’” (NIV)    Are you a Sunday School teacher?  Do you lead a women’s prayer group? Are you a leader in the women’s ministry in your local church?  Let us explore how to balance our active lives and ministry.

 

386 Biblical Principles for Homeless Ministry

The objective of this course is to equip the student to create a personal response to “the least of these,” whom we know Jesus Christ loves.  Topics addressed will include sources of evil, addiction, and the second greatest commandment.  Students will also develop key strategies for working with this people group in a state of exaggerated need, such as living in community, handling correction, and reckoning with discouragement

 

The Mission of God in the Local and Global Church

God is the initiator of missions.  It is the very heart of God—He sent His only Son to reconcile mankind back to Himself.  The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18–19 tells us to GO.  It does not say that we are to urge them to “come and see.”  Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”  This authority gave Jesus power over death.  This is the context for His next word, “Therefore, go.”  It is as though Jesus is saying that the time to “come and see” is over.  Jesus triumphed over death.  If you believe it, GO and make disciples.  Is the Great Commission a part of our everyday life-style?  In this course, we will study the importance of both local and global missions and the significance of short-term and long-term missions.  This course is the story of those who took the command seriously and then faithfully made a difference.  We will study the efforts of missionaries to bring the Word of God from Jerusalem to the ends of the world.  We will also study the emergence of mission methods.  Is God calling me to ministry or missions?

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate.

 

400A Biblical Foundations for Missions - Old Testament

This course is not offered at this time.

 

400B Biblical Foundations for Missions - New Tesatment

This course is not offered at this time.

 

401 A Brief History of Missions

God is the initiator of missions.  It is the very heart of God—He sent His only Son to reconcile mankind back to Himself.  The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-19 tells us to GO.  It does not say that we are to urge them to “come and see”.  Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”  This authority gave Jesus power over death.  This is the context for His next word, “Therefore, go.”  It is as though Jesus is saying that the time to “come and see” is over.  Jesus triumphed over death.  If you believe it, GO and make disciples.  This course is the story of those who took the command seriously and then faithfully made a difference.  We will study the efforts of missionaries to bring the Word of God from Jerusalem to the ends of the world.  We will also study the emergence of mission methods.

 

402 Local vs. Global Missions

The last words of a person who is leaving you become a memory.  And if the person happens to be the king and his last words were his final command, then his followers ought to obey that command even if it costs them their lives.  Such are the words of Matthew 28:19-20.  If we truly believe these last words of Jesus, what more motivation do we need to be involved in outreach?  His promised presence provides the confidence and boldness needed to obey.  Yet many people are afraid of missions because they feel they have to leave their families or have to relocate to another country where they have to learn a new language and culture.  But Jesus’ other last words in Acts 1 about “Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria” mean that we start from our own home town.  The study of missions challenges us to ask how we are investing our lives when we go out from times of worship and edification at church.  Is the Great Commission a part of our everyday life-style?  In this course, we will study the importance of both local and global missions and the significance of short-term and long-term missions.

 

403 Changing the City with the Gospel

In the year 2007, the number of people living in the cities of the world—finally and irreversibly—exceeded the number of people living in rural areas.  The earth’s population is now more urban than rural and Christian leaders are trying to figure out what this means for the Church.  Pastors and kingdom-minded leaders know they need to engage the surrounding community with the Gospel but are unsure about how to do so.  Ministering in diverse and populous areas brings a unique set of challenges and promises.  Transformation in cities is vital.  In this course, we will help students explore the reality of cities, the potential of their own communities, and the broad strategies churches and Christian leaders need for kingdom impact.

 

405 Recognizing Our Calling and Following the Steps of Jesus and Paul

All the followers of Jesus Christ are called to the mission of God.  Many Christians though have asked at a pivotal moment, “Am I called to be a missionary?”  One of the most important decisions in life after the decision to accept Jesus for salvation is to determine how you can please God.  How can you serve Him?  What ultimate sacrifice can you offer to Him Who offered His life as a sacrifice for you?  God calls us, regardless of our age, gender, and ethnicity to serve Him.  This course will lead you through the Scriptures to help you determine if His call includes being a missionary.  In the Great Commission we hear Jesus loud and clear say “GO!”  Yet, His command was not to “go” but to make disciples while going.  God has called us to make disciples as a part of our calling.  Discipleship should be the purpose of any outreach whether it is local or global.  Both Jesus and Paul left a legacy of discipleship.  This course will follow the tracks of Jesus’ and Paul’s teaching with the examples of the lives they lived.  Biblical discipleship is a model of how Christians could and should live their lives.

Required for the Understanding Christian Missions and Islam Certificate.

 

409S Value of and Preparation for Short-term Missions

There is no doubt that short-term missions is very important to expose our congregations in North America to the needs around the world.  A cross-cultural experience for a short period of time outside one’s daily routine can bring lasting change in the life of the believer and the church.  This course will look at the structure, challenges, and benefits of short-term missions.  It is designed for both the church leaders who lead short-term mission trips (such as medical, construction, or simply helping a local church overseas) and the congregants who join the team.  The course will offer a step-by-step technique to plan for and implement  an effective short-term mission trip, including how to find a legitimate church or organization to partner with, how to recruit team members, how to inspire giving in the church for short-term missions, how to prepare in terms of medical needs, visas, fund raising, flight arrangements, and how to get feedback after each trip.

 

410 Understanding the Duties of Pastors and Church Leaders

This is a course on the practices of local church ministry, such as visioning and leadership, hospital and home visitation, administering communion and baptism, being a part of weddings and funerals, church service order and leadership, and church relationships with their secular and religious communities.  This course is not only for those in ministries or preparing for ministry, but also for those who want to learn how to better support their ministers by understanding a lot of the work that they do.

Fulfills course requirement for Church Leadership Diploma.

 

411 Biblical Preaching Foundations

Prerequisites: 101A101B or equivalent, or consent of the instructor

This course is designed for all those who desire to improve their ability to communicate God's Word accurately, clearly and relevantly.  The student will learn how to develop the “Big Idea” from Scripture, organize it according to principles of public speaking, and then illustrate, apply, and preach it. Students will be given the opportunity to present a sermon to the class and evaluate the effectiveness of their communication.

NOTE:  Limited to 15 students.

 

411A Expository Teaching and Preaching--Theory, Part 1

Prerequisites: 101A101B

There are many styles and methods of teaching and preaching.  At New York School of the Bible, we promote the expository method because it is most faithful to the Biblical text.  In each Quarter in the Fall and Spring, this expository method will be examined.  Students will study the theory of the expository method in the two Fall Quarters.  Students will get a chance to practice the expository method in the two Spring Quarter practicum courses.

NOTE:  Students who complete 411A, 411B, 412A, and 412B will be eligible to earn the Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma.  See pages 42–43 of the catalog, or Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma in the Certificates and Diplomas section for details. 

Required for the Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma.

 

411B Expository Teaching and Preaching--Theory, Part 2

Prerequisite: 411A

There are many styles and methods of teaching and preaching.  At New York School of the Bible, we promote the expository method because it is most faithful to the Biblical text.  In each Quarter in the Fall and Spring, this expository method will be examined.  Students will study the theory of the expository method in the two Fall Quarters.  Students will get a chance to practice the expository method in the two Spring Quarter practicum courses.

NOTE:  Students who complete 411A, 411B, 412A, and 412B will be eligible to earn the Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma.  See pages 42–43 of the catalog, or Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma in the Certificates and Diplomas section for details. 

Required for the Expository and Teaching Diploma.

 

412 Biblical Preaching Practicum

Prerequisite: 411

Learning the “basics” in preaching is only the first step.  Principles that will add to your confidence and skill in the pulpit are the focus of this course.  Since good preaching comes only with evaluated experience, each student will preach and be evaluated in this course.

NOTE:  Limited to 15 students.

 

412A Expository Teaching and Preaching--Practicum, Part 1

Prerequisite: 411B

There are many styles and methods of teaching and preaching.  At New York School of the Bible, we promote the expository method because it is most faithful to the Biblical text.  In each Quarter in the Fall and Spring, this expository method will be examined.  Students will study the theory of the expository method in the two Fall Quarters.  Students will get a chance to practice the expository method in the two Spring Quarter practicum courses.

NOTE:  Students who complete 411A, 411B, 412A, and 412B will be eligible to earn the Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma.  See pages 42–43 of the catalog, or Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma in the Certificates and Diplomas section for details. 

Required for the Expository Teaching and Preaching Certificate.

 

412B Expository Teaching and Preaching--Practicum, Part 2

Prerequisite: 412A

There are many styles and methods of teaching and preaching.  At New York School of the Bible, we promote the expository method because it is most faithful to the Biblical text.  In each Quarter in the Fall and Spring, this expository method will be examined.  Students will study the theory of the expository method in the two Fall Quarters.  Students will get a chance to practice the expository method in the two Spring Quarter practicum courses.

NOTE:  Students who complete 411A, 411B, 412A, and 412B will be eligible to earn the Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma.  See pages 42–43 of the catalog, or Expository Teaching and Preaching Diploma in the Certificates and Diplomas section for details. 

Required for the Expository and Preaching Diploma.

 

413E Expository Teaching and Preaching

Prerequisites: 101A101B or equivalent

One of the Church’s major functions is to teach and preach the Word of God.  How the Bible is taught depends on a person’s theology.  Expository teachers and preachers of the Bible accept the doctrine of divine, inerrant, and infallible nature of Scripture.  The Biblical expositor must examine Scripture verse by verse in order to extract the intended meaning of the passages.  This course will prepare the student for the task of expository teaching and preaching.

 

413I Preaching from Isaiah

While Isaiah contains more clearly messianic passages than any other Old Testament book other than the Psalms, it was still written to the people of Isaiah’s day.  How can a preacher or teacher be faithful to a grammatical-historical approach to Bible study and still bring out clearly the Christo-centric aspects of Isaiah’s expressive texts?  In this course, we will look at passages from Isaiah that provide rich sermon material that exalt Christ while remaining faithful to the history of the text.

 

415A Overcoming the Perils of Leadership

This course is a survey of the major challenges ministry leaders face and how to overcome them.  Students will study Biblical examples of how individuals dealt with power, criticism, sexual infidelity, depression, marital stress, etc.  In addition, they will identify their personality traits which can hinder their ability to overcome the major challenges they will face as discussed above.

 

415M The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make

This course will be a help and an encouragement to those who are in leadership roles, being considered for leadership roles, or wanting to build a skill set which will be ready to use when that call comes!  This course will take advantage of that age-old truth—great lessons can be learned from the mistakes of others!  We will explore both bad habits often developed by leaders as well as helpful hints which can lead to productive changes in leadership style and ministry outcome.

 

419C Leading Congregational Change

The church today is, in a sense, more powerful, influential, and wealthy than ever before.  Our pastors are better educated, technology and media tools abound, staff and outreach capacity surpasses any time in history.  We have been empowered with the keys of the Kingdom.  Have you ever wondered why, despite all this, Christianity does not have an unprecedented impact or even seem to make much of a difference?  Clearly, the church has yet to become a model for society, let alone reach its redemptive potential.  As individuals, we are prone to become comfortably numb and even complacent.  Church dynamics are indeed complex.  Leaders must leverage the opportunities of challenge and conflict in love, by grace, with the wisdom of Solomon, the resolve of Paul, and the patience of Job.  This course focuses on an understanding of the strategic leadership issues associated with Biblically balanced change.  It will help church or para-church leaders navigate these challenges more effectively and to improve the health of the organizations they lead.

 

421 Effective Church Governance

Local churches grow or diminish in size, maturity, and effectiveness based in large part on the way they are governed.  It is one of the major challenges a church faces.  This class will help students to consider and identify different models of church governance and their practical application in a local church setting.  This course will seek to help students understand the purpose and qualification for church leaders; explain the different kinds of church governance; identify the challenges of local church governance; and evaluate and provide suggestions to improve church governance in their local church.

 

426 Managing Church Finances

The management of money in the Church is often seen as something separate from worship and ministry.  However, a close examination of the Scriptures reveals that giving and managing money is dear to the heart of God.  Some churches believe when it comes to money that they can ignore what the State requires in terms of the collection and disbursements.  This course will examine what the Bible says about giving and the management of money in the Church.

Fulfills course requirement for Church Leadership Diploma.

 

431 Personal Spiritual Formation

Emphasis will be placed first on the discovery of each student’s personality style, spiritual gift, and passion.  In the context of this self–discovery, each student who demonstrates serious discipline in the course will develop substantial familiarity with several of the classic religious disciplines such as prayer, fasting, study, and meditation.

 

431A Balancing Career and Ministry

Faithfulness, fruitfulness, stewardship ... how do we fit it all together in the busyness of life?  Moving from the more general purposes evident in Scripture, we will probe more specifically our individual calling, then apply Biblical and practical principles to our personal, family, ministry, and vocational context.

 

437 Soul Care: Leading from a Healthy Soul

Every leader functions on two stages—the front stage or public world, and the back stage or private world.  One cannot lead successfully front stage when one is completely depleted back stage.  This course will show leaders how to prioritize matters of the soul, to develop healthy spiritual practices, to address problems that lead to burnout, to create a healthy rhythm in their lives, to improve their people skills, and to discover how to lead an unhurried life.  For the many ministry leaders who feel alone, in over their heads, or simply worn out, this course will offer welcomed relief and a healthy way forward.

 

442A Reading Music and Music Theory I

This is a basic music reading course for those who do not know the difference between a sharp and a flat, and can serve as a refresher for those who do.  The course will cover the basic elements of reading and writing music notation and will develop these skills to enhance participation in a church choir, worship team, or children’s music ministry.  Choir directors and those otherwise involved musically with children or adults will observe effective techniques for teaching the basic elements of music and for introducing groups to the keyboard, rhythms, and matching pitches.  Aspects of church music ministry will also be discussed.

 

442B Reading Music and Music Theory II

Prerequisite: 442A or consent of the instructor

This course is a continuation of 442A Reading Music and Music Theory I.

 

442C Sight Singing I

Prerequisite: 442B or consent of the instructor

This course is an introduction to sight singing, ear training, and dictation techniques for those who possess basic music reading skills.  Extensive work on major  and minor scales, intervals, and rhythms are among the fundamental aspects to be covered.  Also included will be a survey of the historical aspects and spiritual principles of effective music ministry.

 

442D Sight Singing II

Prerequisite: 442C or consent of the instructor

This course is a continuation of 442C Sight Singing I.

 

442F Which Worship Style for Church?

There are many styles of worship in the various Christian communities.  When one examines the New Testament, one is impressed with the diversity of communities, concluding that Christianity was not a monolithic faith.  Expressions of worship and practice differ from particularistic monistic styles evident in the Jerusalem and Judean congregation to the anti-hierarchical charismatic Pauline fellowships.  In this course, we will study the variety of worship styles practiced in churches and evaluate them in the light of Scripture.

 

460 Making Marriage Work

Marriage has always been an institution under siege.  However, the institution is not the problem, the personnel make it a problem.  This course will attempt to diagnose relational problems and provide some positive, Biblical solutions.  Ultimately, however, it will offer a Biblical reconfig-uration of our understanding and expectations of marriage, recognizing that our Savior God stands at the helm, sculpting us, through His precious institution, into the image of His Beloved.

 

Improving Your Dating or Marriage Relationship

Every romantic relationship whether it is dating or marriage has different seasons.  This course seeks to help students identify the different stages of dating and marriage relationships and discover some Biblical and practical ways for navigating and growing through every season.
Fulfills Ministry elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

462 Spiritual Sexuality: God's Design for Sexual Intimacy

While society has perverted sex into a twisted tale of lust without love, God is the author of sex and we should seek to understand His design for sexual intimacy.  This course will uncover God’s handiwork in creating the joy of sex by surveying the Song of Solomon.  We will explore the framework for joyous sex—holy covenant (marriage), internal work (emotional intimacy), and external work (anointed love making).

 

475A Using Biblical Principles to Manage Your Finances

In this class, you will learn Biblical principles about finances and how to apply them to create simple yet practical giving, saving, debt-management, and spending plans.  Thereby, developing the discipline of Biblical financial management.  As a result of participating in this class, you will develop a customized yet simple financial plan that can release you from the bondage of debt, help you to have a better handle on where your money goes, create a foundation to build a successful financial future, and leave a legacy for your family and loved ones.

 

476 Biblical Financial Planning

This course will take a look at the Biblical models which are available to God’s people to help them with their employment, personal giving, saving plans, and investment programs considering both the risks and rewards involved!  The student will have the opportunity to learn principles which will aid in developing a personal portfolio from an instructor who loves the Lord and has spent time working on Wall Street.  You will learn why it is important to Start Early!  and to Invest Wisely!

 

481 What the Bible Says About Homosexuality

Homosexuality is one of the hottest topics in the public sphere.  From the Stonewall Uprising in 1969 to the cultural acceptance of same-sex marriage and the “Gay Christian” movement of today, the LGBT community has championed and been a catalyst for a number of fundamental changes in the culture of the United States.  How does the Christian respond to these changes?  Can someone be gay and Christian?  Are people born gay?  How do Scriptures that were written 200 or more years ago remain relevant to this discussion?  How should we engage our gay neighbor next door?  Or in the pew next to us?  This class will examine these issues from a theologically conservative perspective and equip the student to speak in private and in public settings.

 

482 The Role of the Church in Government

Historically the Church has found herself under every type of government.  Some governments have been friendly to the Church while others have been hostile.  In the book of Acts, Luke depicts the Roman government as ambivalent and sometimes the rescuer of Christians.  By the second and third centuries, the Roman government intermittently persecuted Christians.  This course will examine what the New Testament says the role of the Church and Christians is in government.

 

482A Can I Be Both Christian and Political

When a disciple of Christ walks to a polling site to cast a ballot, the question should be, “How should I vote?”, instead of “Whom should I vote for?”  This course will look at the political influence in the lives of Joseph, David, Daniel, Jesus, and Paul to frame principles to look for when voting.

Fulfills Ministry elective for Intermediate Certificate.

Or, fulfills elective for Advanced Certificate.

 

Christian Counseling, Spirituality, and Christian Growth

What is Christian counseling and how does it compare with secular counseling?  This answer depends on our understanding of biblical growth and maturity and how to direct others in this direction.  We will also examine the role of the “spiritual disciplines”, self-esteem, self-love, trials, suffering, and mental illness, and the conflicting ideas associated with these topics.
Fulfills Intermediate ministry elective or Advanced elective.

 

490H Biblical Lay Counseling: What To Do If . . .?

People you counsel have a great variety of life situations and responses.  This course will provide basic principles to help you handle different situations.
Fulfills Intermediate ministry elective or Advanced elective.

 

494D Divorce Recovery/Choosing Well for Marriage

There are increasing numbers of families who have experienced the pain of divorce.  Many individuals never recover or are severely handicapped.  As a result they are unable to trust or be vulnerable in future relationships as God intended.  It does not have to be that way.  You can recover from and grow spiritually through divorce and learn how to make better Godly choices in choosing a spouse.  In this hands-on interactive class, you will have a unique opportunity to do both.

NOTE:  Class limited to 20 students in order to facilitate class discussion and group interaction.

Fulfills Intermediate ministry elective or Advanced elective.