Faith Matters.

Christian Worldview (IDS-220)

  • Course Description: An introduction to the development and function of the Christian worldview which includes an examination of the philosophical and theological foundations for a Christian view of reality, knowledge, ethics, and aesthetics. The course compares and contrasts the Christian worldview with those of naturalism, humanism, and transcendentalism.
  • Course Topics:
    • Worldview Terminology
    • The Development and Function of a Worldview
    • The Identity and Nature of Basic Beliefs
    • A Biblical Theory of Values
    • Essential Elements of the Christian Worldview
    • Christian View of Reality
    • Christian Theory of Ethical Obligation and Action
    • Christian Understanding of Aesthetics
    • Worldview Comparisons
  • Course Length: 6 Weeks
  • Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to Old Testament Wisdom Literature (REL-235)

  • Course Description: An introductory survey of the Old Testament Books of Wisdom including a study of their major themes, characteristics of Hebrew poetry and principles that can be applied to Christian living.
  • Course Topics:
    • Characteristics of Hebrew Poetry
    • An Introduction to Biblical Wisdom
    • Job and Suffering
    • Psalms and Worship
    • Proverbs and Wisdom
    • Ecclesiastes and the Purpose of Life
    • Song of Songs and Intimacy
    • Wisdom Literature and the Christian Worldview
  • Course Length: 6 Weeks
  • Credit Hours: 3

Writings of Paul (REL-234)

  • Course Description: A survey of the writings of Paul including backgrounds, themes, outlines and distinguishing features with special attention given to the book of Romans.
  • Course Topics:
    • The Life of Paul
    • Structures and Themes of Paul's Writings
    • The Corinthian Crisis
    • Writings from Prison
    • Pastoral Epistles
    • Pauline Elements of Soteriology
    • Ecclesiology
    • Pneumatology
  • Course Length: 6 Weeks
  • Credit Hours: 3

Strategy and Planning for Ministry Organizations (MGT-319)

  • Course Description: An examination of the successful and unsuccessful strategic planning practices in organizations with emphasis on the role of strategic planning in strengthening the ministry organization. Practical applications direct leaders in creating a planning process for their organizations.
  • Course Topics:
    • Determining a Ministry Organization's Readiness for Strategic Planning
    • The Importance of Planning for Ministry Organizations
    • Clarifying Organizational Mandates and Missions
    • Applying the Strategy Change Cycle
    • Using SWOC Analysis to Assess the Environment for Ministry Organizations
    • Recognizing Stakeholder and Leadership Roles in Formulating, Adopting, and Implementing Organizational Strategy
    • Establishing an Organization's Vision
    • Implementing a Continual Process of Strategic Planning for Organizations
    • Impacting Organizational Leadership and the Strategic Planning Process with a Christian Worldview
  • Course Length: 6 Weeks
  • Credit Hours: 3

Self-Paced Courses

The following are self-paced courses.  You may complete the work according to your own schedule; however, all work must be completed within the scheduled 8 weeks.

New Testament Survey I (REL-246)

  • Course Description: An overview of the New Testament Scriptures Matthew-Acts, guiding one to understand the historical and biblical context of the New Testament.
  • Course Objectives:
    • Describe the Historical Setting in which the New Testament Characters Lived
    • Contrast How the Gospel Authors Told the Story of Jesus' Life in Order to Accomplish Unique Goals
    • Apply Spiritual Significance of the New Testament to One's Life
  • Course Resources: A $90.00 resource fee covers the cost of all required resources for this course. All resources will be accessible directly from the course.
  • Course Length: 8 Weeks
  • Credit Hours: 3

New Testament Survey II (REL-248)

  • Course Description: An overview of the Pauline Letters, General Epistles, and Revelation, guiding one to understand the historical and biblical context of the New Testament.
  • Course Objectives:
    • Describe the Historical Setting in which the New Testament Characters Lived
    • Explain the Author, Audience, Purpose, and Context of the Pauline Letters, General Epistles, and Revelation
    • Apply Spiritual Significance of the New Testament to One's Life
  • Course Resources: A $90.00 resource fee covers the cost of all required resources for this course. All resources will be accessible directly from the course.
  • Course Length: 8 Weeks
  • Credit Hours: 3

Old Testament Survey I (REL-242)

  • Course Description: An overview of the Old Testament from Genesis to Job, noting its historical perspective and spiritual application.
  • Course Objectives:
    • Describe the Historical Story of the Old Testament
    • Describe the Eras within the Old Testament
    • Explain the Characteristics of the Types of Literature within the Old Testament
    • Applying the Spiritual Significance of the Old Testament to One's Life
  • Course Resources: A $90.00 resource fee covers the cost of all required resources for this course. All resources will be accessible directly from the course.
  • Course Length: 8 Weeks
  • Credit Hours: 3

Old Testament Survey II (REL-244)

  • Course Description: An overview of the Old Testament from Proverbs to Malachi, noting its historical perspective and spiritual application.
  • Course Objectives:
    • Describe the Historical Story of the Old Testament
    • Describe the Eras within the Old Testament
    • Explain the Characteristics of the Types of Literature within the Old Testament
    • Applying the Spiritual Significance of the Old Testament to One's Life
  • Course Resources: A $90.00 resource fee covers the cost of all required resources for this course. All resources will be accessible directly from the course.
  • Course Length: 8 Weeks
  • Credit Hours: 3