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This course emphasizes the following themes: 1) Spiritual formation into Christlikeness is God's intention for us--and it is possible and suited to human nature; 2) Living in the Kingdom of the Heavens here and now; and 3) Application of these understandings from Christ to the realities of the human self and of actual existence in our circumstances.
This course emphasizes the following themes: 1) Spiritual formation into Christlikeness is God's intention for us--and it is possible and suited to human nature; 2) Living in the Kingdom of the Heavens here and now; and 3) Application of these understandings from Christ to the realities of the human self and of actual existence in our circumstances.
Ministry is a unique calling and a high privilege. It can be thrilling, invigorating and rewarding as one senses God at work in and through as an individuals. Much of ministry, as in life, is a walk of faith, requiring growth in leadership and continual self-management. This course will focus on several practical aspects of the life of a minister that are critical to his or her effectiveness in life and ministry.  Selected leadership ideas/models, both those that are explicitly Christian as well as others, will be examined and each student will be asked to apply these ideas/models to their own ministry setting.
This course is a survey of church history from the New Testament period to today.  The focus will be both on the historical and doctrinal developments of the Church.  Special attention will be given to the many ways that Christian thought contributed to the development of societies, including the distinctives of American Christianity.  The Church's monumental leaders and thinkers will be examined through both secondary and primary sources, from the early Church Fathers to twentieth century voices.
This course is an introduction to basic counseling methods with an emphasis on the helping skills of attending, responding, and personalizing.  Empathy and self-awareness skills essential to the helping relationship are developed.  Additionally, this course provides an introduction to understanding the life span and the issues that may arise--with an emphasis on spiritual transformation through the student's effective servant leadership and pastoral care.
This course emphasizes the following themes: 1) Gaining an experiential understanding of the Six Great Traditions of Christian faith; 2) Coming to a deeper appreciation of the importance of classical devotional literature; 3) Learning to better experience God and His character in Scripture; 4) Developing a deeper appreciation of the Bible's presentation of 15 ways of "being with” God.

This course emphasizes the following themes: 1) Gaining an experiential understanding of the Six Great Traditions of Christian faith; 2) Coming to a deeper appreciation of the importance of classical devotional literature; 3) Learning to better experience God and His character in Scripture; 4) Apply Spiritual Formation Practices on a devotional level.