Graduate Course Catalog

Ministry Studies

MT 501 – Spiritual Formation

  • Course Number: MT 501
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Spiritual Formation presents a study of various spiritual disciplines that help foster the spiritual formation of a Christian believer. Each discipline will be studied through the lens of the Scriptures, the course textbook by Foster, Celebration of Discipline, and readings by John Robert Stevens whose ministry has a strong emphasis on spiritual formation. Readings from other scholars are required also. While disciplines in themselves are not an end result, they can facilitate an exposure to God that brings transformation and spiritual maturity.

MT 505 – Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

  • Course Number: MT 505
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation provides an overview of the historical and cultural background and the literary genres of the Bible as a foundation for the study of Scripture. The student will study the integration of history, literature, and theology to ensure a proper interpretation of the Bible. The student will gain insights into the various genres of Old and New Testament literature and the best guidelines to interpret each type. This course will explore various applications of these truths.

MT 506 – Homiletics

  • Course Number: MT 506
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Homiletics is a course designed to teach the principles of developing and delivering anointed expository sermons. The practical goal of this course is to familiarize students with the principles involved in each step of developing and delivering an expository message; from prayerfully looking to the Holy Spirit for the initial selection of a text, through the development of a main idea, preparing an outline and draft of the sermon, to the oral delivery of the message God is giving.

MT 507 – Biblical Hermeneutics

  • Course Number: MT 507
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Biblical Hermeneutics is the study of the process of interpreting the Bible. The course will survey the historical movements and contemporary approaches in biblical hermeneutics, the levels of meaning of a biblical passage, and the role of the Holy Spirit in biblical interpretation. The student will gain an appreciation for the study of the Bible through a relational theological lens. The student will also apply the hermeneutical principles learned in the class to a passage of Scripture.

MT 509 – Missions and Evangelism

  • Course Number: MT 509
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Missions and Evangelism offers a dual focus. It begins with a study of how the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20) to the Christian Church has been viewed and fulfilled throughout history. This course covers a broad sweep of missionary and evangelistic outreach in church history, from the Early Church to modern day churches. For several weeks it focuses on missionary-eras and particularly on the life and work of specific missionaries and evangelists. The course concludes with a series of studies concerning the necessity for and practicalities of evangelism. Through these studies, students are guided to find their belief and expression in fulfilling the Great Commission in this day.

MT 510 – Divine Healing and Miracles

  • Course Number: MT 510
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Healing is an integral aspect of God’s love expressed in salvation, and a right and responsibility of every believer. This course will address the history, teachings, and accounts, and application of divine healings and miracles found in the Scriptures. The student will also explore the workings of these gifts throughout the history of the church. The purpose, motivation, and process for these divine gifts will be examined.

MT 511 – Principles of Spiritual Counsel

  • Course Number: MT 511
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

This course is a scriptural approach to ministering personal change and growth. The student will be presented with a scriptural basis for reaching the depths of the heart and addressing the roots that cause people’s issues to remain “unresolved.” This course will cover examples and application of key principles of spiritual counsel, as well as, the outcomes of exercising these principles – healing, deliverance, growth, and maturity. The course will include a study of legal safeguards.

MT 512 – Biblical Curriculum Development

  • Course Number: MT 512
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Biblical Curriculum Development guides the student in planning a series of Bible studies and sermons. The student will study principles of effective teaching, including planning, preparation and presentation. The course will present opportunities to prepare inductive and deductive study outlines. The student will learn how to identify the “big idea” of an individual study or series of lessons, and how to develop content around that idea. For a series of lessons or sermons the student will identify the topic, goal, objectives, and lesson outlines.

MT 513 – Practical Crisis Counseling

  • Course Number: MT 513
  • Department: Ministry Studies
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Graduate

Practical Crisis Counseling will present some of the basic historical, theological, spiritual, and practical foundations for crisis counseling. The functional, pragmatic, and philosophical aspects of crisis counseling will be covered as well. This class will be focused on the practical application of learned principles and behavior in the participant’s unique situations. The goal is that students will gain real-life application in local church and other ministry settings.