You must take one of the “E” courses below based on your Major. You may choose to major in Pastoral Leadership (PL, HO, CS or CL courses), Christian Education (CE or AP courses), Christian Counseling (CC or PC courses), Evangelism and Missions (EV, HO or MI courses), Bible and Theology (BI, NT, OT or TH courses) or General Christian Studies (Any Courses).
If you have chosen to write a Thesis, complete one Elective course, complete the Thesis, and then finish the program by taking the Curriculum Analysis and Graduation course. If you choose NOT to write a Thesis, take three (3) Elective courses (one of which must be in your major) and then finish by taking the Curriculum Analysis and Graduation course.
WHAT IS DISCIPLESHIP?
Whose idea was this anyway? This is the first thing you as someone who is being discipled or who is discipling another should know. The word DISCIPLE, means- LEARNER. A disciple is one who learns and a discipler is one who teaches. Jesus had disciples or learners but He also told us in His Word to “…make disciples (learners) of all nations. Let’s look at what He said. Matt. 28:18 says,
“ALL POWER IS GIVEN UNTO ME IN HEAVEN AND IN EARTH. GO YE THEREFORE AND TEACH ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY GHOST TEACH THEM TO OBSERVE WHATSOEVER I HAVE COMMANDED YOU AND LO I AM WITH YOU ALWAY, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD. AMEN.
So the reason we involve ourselves in discipleship is simple-JESUS SAID FOR US TO. The reason you should be discipled is because Jesus said for His church to teach those who have decided to believe and follow Him. This is why you should also teach others, we are simply following a direct command from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So you see that this is not a program of the church; this is Jesus instruction for you to learn and teach.
The book of Psalms is the very heartbeat of God’s Word. Located in the center of the Bible, this hymn-book of the second temple consists of 150 spiritual songs. These songs teach us the meaning of worship and our relationship with God. As with all of the Bible, Christ is the central figure. The King and His Kingdom is displayed throughout the book.
J. Vernon McGee says: There is a more complete picture of Christ in Psalms than in the Gospels. The Gospels tell us He went to the mountain to pray; Psalms gives us the prayer. The Gospels tell us He was crucified; Psalms tells us what went on in His heart during the crucifixion. The Gospels tell us He went back to Heaven; Psalms shows us Christ seated in Heaven.
Christ is the subject of the Psalms. I think He is the object of praise in every one of them. Sixteen are technically called Messianic psalms. These specifically record and discuss the birth, life, death, resurrection, glory, priesthood, kingship or return of Christ. But all 150 psalms are about Him. The book of Psalms is a hymn book and a HIM book; it is all about Him!
Prominent themes include prayer and praise. But the psalms discuss every spiritual and psychological experience possible to man…from trouble to triumph, from sadness to gladness, from fear to courage.
The book has been called an anatomy of the soul…a mirror that shows us the truth about sorrow, love, grief, peace, fear, doubt, hope, cares, faith, worries, stress…and every type of failure or success we will ever face in our own lives.This course touches on every chapter of the Psalms.
E318CC Principles of Christian Counseling
Some of us may begin this course with positive anticipation about counseling. Either because we have been helped by counseling, or have seen good results in dear ones around us, or, we are gifted helpers and see how much we could help others. Some of us may have been hurt by incompetent counseling, or have seen its negative results, or have equated any kind of counseling with humanistic psychology or we are more gifted in other areas of ministry.
As this course progresses I hope we all can see the good that competent and godly Christians can do through biblical counseling. And, how Christian counseling provides one of the most opportune teaching situations with people who recognize and express need in their coming for help, acknowledging a desire to be helped and display a trust in the counselor.
E319CE Laws of Teaching
Good questions are the key to success in leading a guided discussion, teaching a lesson or preaching a sermon. In any Bible study, the teacher/facilitator should have a specific outcome that he or she wants to lead the group to. This is generally a response or application of the lesson to the students’ lives. We have found that preparation beforehand is crucial to the effectiveness of the group. This course explains a description of a method called Hook, Book, Look, Took that will help you put together your own Bible study in an interesting and effective manner. You will also find suggestions designed to help you to construct good questions to fit the Hook / Book / Look / Took Outline.
Also included in this course is the teaching of the principle of “The Seven Laws of Teaching.” As the most obvious work of the schoolroom is that of studying the various branches of knowledge, so the work of teaching—the work of assigning, explaining, and hearing lessons—is that which chiefly occupies the time and attention of the instructor. To explain the laws of teaching will, therefore, seem the most direct and practical way to instruct teachers in their art. It presents at once the clearest and most practical view of their duties, and of the methods by which they may win success in their work. Having learned the laws of teaching, the teacher will easily master the philosophy of training.
E320PL Pastoral Leadership
You have the potential to be the most influential force on planet Earth. Yours is the staggering responsibility and the matchless privilege of rallying believers and mobilizing their spiritual gifts in order to help people who are far from God become fully devoted followers of Christ. Life transformation and the eternal destinies of real people depend on the redemptive message entrusted to the local church. Are you willing to do whatever it takes to lead your church effectively so God’s message of hope can change the world?
Too much is at stake for you not to maximize your spiritual gift of leadership, insists Hybels. In this passionate, powerful book, he unpacks the tools, tasks, and challenges of your calling. You’ll discover the power of vision and how to turn it into action. You’ll gain frontline insights for developing a kingdom dream team, discovering your leadership style, developing other leaders, making decisions, walking with God, embracing change, staying your God-given course, and much, much more.
If unchurched people matter to you . . . if you love seeing believers serve passionately with their spiritual gifts . . . if God’s heartbeat for the church is your heartbeat as well . . . then this book is a must. Courageous Leadership will convince you to lead with all your might, all your skill, and all your faith. And it will give you the tools to do just that.
E328 Typing (FREE)
This Typing course is completely free, but you will not receive any credit hours for it. It is a service to help you learn or better learn the keyboard to help in preparing your sermons, documents, and correspondence for the ministry…as well as life itself.