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Christian Worldview

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.
Credits: 3    Weeks: 6

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

Introduction to Old Testament Wisdom Literature

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.
Credits: 3    Weeks: 6

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

Writings of Paul

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.
Credits: 3    Weeks: 6

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

Strategy and Planning for Ministry Organizations

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.
Credits: 3    Weeks: 6

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

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.
Credits: 3          Weeks: 8

Objectives

  1. Describe the historical setting in which the New Testament characters lived.
  2. Contrast how the gospel authors told the story of Jesus’ life in order to accomplish unique goals
  3. Apply spiritual significance of the New Testament to one’s life.

Resources

A $90 resource fee covers the cost of all required resources for this course. All resources will be accessible directly from the course.
 

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.
Credits: 3        Weeks: 8

Objectives

  1. Describe the historical setting in which the New Testament characters lived.
  2. Explain the author, audience, purpose, and context of the Pauline letters, General Epistles, and Revelation.
  3. Apply spiritual significance of the New Testament to one’s life.

Resources

A $90 resource fee covers the cost of all required resources for this course. All resources will be accessible directly from the course.

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.
Credits: 3         Weeks: 8

Objectives

  1. Describe the historical story of the Old Testament
  2. Describe the eras within the Old Testament
  3. Explain the characteristics of the types of literature within the Old Testament
  4. Applying the spiritual significance of the Old Testament to one’s life

Resources

A $90 resource fee covers the cost of all required resources for this course. All resources will be accessible directly from the course.

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
Credits: 3         Weeks: 8

Objectives

  1. Describe the historical story of the Old Testament
  2. Describe the eras within the Old Testament
  3. Explain the characteristics of the types of literature within the Old Testament
  4. Applying the spiritual significance of the Old Testament to one’s life

Resources

A $90 resource fee covers the cost of all required resources for this course. All resources will be accessible directly from the course.