VIEN Courses
SCHOOL OF MINISTRY

 
BI 100: Hermeneutics: Introduction to Bible Study (3 Credit Hours)
A study of the basic principles of hermeneutics and methods of Bible study. The course is designed to give the new student a solid foundation for the coming four years of intensive Bible study. The course presents the Bible as literature as well as the inspired word of God with emphasis on the importance of textual and historical context in interpreting biblical passages.
$225.00
$37.50/month
BI 102: New Testament Survey (3 Credit Hours)
This course provides an overview of the New Testament, with a brief introduction to each of the 27 books of the Protestant canon, and a concise summary of their contents, enabling the learner to correctly relate the parts of the New Testament to each other, and to the Old Testament. The module allows the learners to enrich their knowledge of the Bible and their ability to read each part intelligently, with an understanding of the context in which each book occurs and of how doctrine evolved gradually over the centuries. Armed with this knowledge students are able to develop their ability to relate the Bible and its contents to daily life and to Christian witness.
$225.00
$37.50/month
BI 302: Major and Minor Prophets of the Old Testament (3 Credit Hours)
The ministry of the prophet and the gift and function of prophecy is explained from a historical and modern context. The place and environment of prophetic ministry, prophetic presbytery, and the office of the prophet is explained.
$225.00
$37.50/month
BI 400: Advanced Hermeneutics (3 Credit Hours)
This course is an advanced study in hermeneutics and interpretation theory from pre-modern times to the present, with a focus on the interpretation and method of reading biblical texts. The course is designed to prepare the student for advanced interpretation of scripture and will investigate biblical interpretation in light of current theological, philosophical, ecclesiological, historical and social challenges. The student will be exposed to current scholarship on a variety of hermeneutical topics. The student will learn to be humble and open-minded when approaching the text, even those that seem familiar. A scholarly approach will be presented.
$225.00
$37.50/month
BI 405: Authenticity & Authority of the Bible (3 Credit Hours)
This course explores the manuscript and archaeological evidence supporting and detracting from the reliability of the text of the Bible as an original ancient manuscript. The origins of the biblical texts, the establishment of the canon, and issues of higher criticism will be explored. The courses also introduces the student to unique perspectives concerning the authority of the Bible and its application in church and community life.
$225.00
$37.50/month
CC 101: Sociology of Marriage and Family Life (3 Credit Hours)
The major focal point of this course will be upon the family as viewed as a social institution. We will be interested in the tacit dialogue between the institution of the family and that social situation of which the family is a part. This course provides a careful examination of the modern issues inherent in marital and family relationships; offers suggestions for treatment on an individual and church-wide basis; and provides numerous counseling resources. This course is specifically designed to encourage and help pastors, church workers and counseling students fully engage in the task of learning and growing in the knowledge of the development process of Christian families. A fundamental premise presented in this course is that the best kind of learning occurs when the student is actively involved in the process of learning. The best education consists not of simply knowing, but of becoming; that is, becoming all that God created us to be. The format of the course materials briefly examines the external structures of family life throughout the cycle of human existence, from a Christian perspective. It also teaches the student how to communicate and interact in more conscious, deliberate, and constructive ways. He or she can then become more fulfilled in his or her intimate relationships.
$225.00
$37.50/month
CC 201: Introduction to Psychology: Christian Counseling Perspectives (3 Credit Hours)
This course proposes to help the student discover the basic concepts of Christian counseling and increase skill and competence in counseling situations. This introductory course in psychology covers many of the major ideas in contemporary psychology, but focuses mainly on psychology in the context of Christian Counseling. Examination of psychological phenomena from biobehavioral and sociobehavioral perspectives will be emphasized. The course will explore different approaches to counseling such as behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, biblical, and integrative Christian. In addition, the course describes different environments in which counseling is applied, especially in the context of the local church. The course will also explore the difference between counseling and other helping situations.
$225.00
$37.50/month
CC 402: Crisis Counseling: A Christian Perspective (3 Credit Hours)
The world we live in, because of the influence of sin, is filled with problems. When crises happen, whether by "accident" or design, they cause severe disruption to our lives. It is an inherent quality of ministry to be able to effectively minister to those in crisis times.
$225.00
$37.50/month
CC 404: Counseling the Dysfunctional Family (3 Credit Hours)
This course deals with the subject of dysfunctional families, especially as related to the psychological and spiritual dynamics of generational patterns. Attention is given to the need for understanding the theological and psychological patterns of reconciliation. Particular attention is given to showing the importance of relationship between the "Father Image" and it's influence on generational patterns
$225.00
$37.50/month
CC 406: Counseling and Family Violence (3 Credit Hours)
Counseling and Family Violence from a Christian Perspective is one of the required courses for students pursuing a degree in counseling with an emphasis in family counseling, domestic violence counseling, substance abuse and addiction counseling and/or pastoral counseling. Counseling and Family Violence focuses on the etiology, context, methodology and effects of domestic violence within the family. This course is designed to acquaint students, pastors, chaplains, educators and church workers with the psychological, sociological and theological aspects of family violence and abuse in its many forms. The underlying purposes of the course are to: 1) provide students an understanding of the biopsychosocial antecedents to family abuse and violence; 2) to provide students an understanding of the cycle of violence and the behavioral patterns associated with each phase of the cycle; 3) to educate students in the various forms of abuse that can escalate to violence; 4) to provide students an understanding of the nature of both expressive and instrumental violence; 5) to teach students how to conduct an assessment and psychosocial evaluation of a domestic violence perpetrator (batterer) and victim (battered spouse); 6) to train students in effective therapeutic intervention techniques, and; 7) to increase students' critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.
$225.00
$37.50/month
CE 503: Advanced Leadership and Administration (3 Credit Hours)
A church leader wears many hats. In this course learners discover how to maximize productivity in the various functions of church leadership. The course examines the biblical foundation and practical functions of administrative leadership in churches and Christian organizations, and focuses on developing successful, biblical attitudes and skills among team leaders. Students will analyze basic leadership principles from secular and evangelical sources, analyzing them through a biblical/theological grid. (This advanced course is built on ITS course CE 501 Church Leadership and Administration. However, CE 501 is not a prerequisite for this course.)
$285.00
$47.50/month
CH 505: Survey of Church History (3 Credit Hours)
Church history is the heart of God and His story and His kingdom work on earth. This course explores the development of the Christian church from Pentecost to the present day. It covers key people and events that God used throughout history to bolster His Church and also those negative influences that infected her. The goal of the course is to use lessons from church history to advance the kingdom of God in life and ministry. (This course serves as a synthesized combination of ITS courses CH506 The History of the Church to the Reformation and CH507 The History of the Church Since the Reformation.)
$144.00
$24.00/month
CH 510: A History of the Charismatic Movements (3 Credit Hours)
Charismatic theology is more than just a theology of spiritual gifts; worship, Bibliology, sanctification, and ecclesiology are also central. Learners will complete an historical and theological study of the origins and developments of Classical Pentecostalism, Charismatic Renewalism, and Restoration Movements, with emphasis given to theological backgrounds and trends. Lectures also analyze other related movements, including the "Jesus Only" Movement, the Vineyard Movement, and the Toronto Revival Movement. Throughout the course, the pros and cons of the various charismatic movements are presented so that students can make informed decisions on what a "victorious Christian life" entails.
$285.00
$47.50/month
ED 101: Dynamics of Teaching (3 Credit Hours)
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the principles of teaching in a structured environment. Emphasis is placed upon the principles of organization and presentation methodology including, Stating Objectives, Lesson Planning, Evaluation, Curriculum Selection and Development, Teaching Illiterate Students, and Teacher Training.
$225.00
$37.50/month
ED 620: Secondary Christian Education (3 Credit Hours)
This course reviews development of teenagers and young adults in several dimensions: cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual. Parental, family, church, and institutional-agency ministry critically reviewed with the purpose of encouraging students to develop a starting theology of ministry to persons in this age group and to practice skills fundamental to such ministry.
$285.00
$47.50/month
ED 650: Curriculum Development in Christian Education (3 Credit Hours)
This course includes a study of the principles and aims of curriculum development, with an emphasis on selection and creative use of curriculum materials and resources to fulfill the educational task of the church. Students will be presented with various views on the means of knowing God and differing views of Scripture, as well as how each of these views influences development and choice of curriculum. Students will be introduced to the inductive Bible study method, as well as a method of lesson planning known as the HBLT approach. Students will be led through a consideration of how both of these methods can be adapted to teach different age students, including adults, youth, children and pre-schoolers. Students will be presented with Maslow's and Herzberg's research on individual needs, along with an instrument for assessing learner's needs in a classroom setting. Bloom's Taxonomy will be used to motivate a consideration of the aims of a Bible lesson and the methods available to creative Bible teachers. Students will be exposed to common practices of truly great teachers, factors that motivate learning, and a method for evaluating the teaching-learning process. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to see the learner as an individual who, depending on age and experience, is motivated in different ways to achieve unique ends.
$285.00
$47.50/month
ED 750: Teaching Methodology (3 Credit Hours)
This course is designed as an introduction to basic methods for teaching from a dynamic biblical viewpoint. The purpose of the course is to assist the theology students in understanding the essential elements of effective instruction and learning. Students will be introduced to different genres of writing in the Bible, as well as appropriate methods of interpreting each genre. For any given biblical passage to be taught, students will be encouraged to consider the big idea that needs to be conveyed to students, how to bridge the gap between the world of the Bible and the students� world, and problems that might be encountered at the planning and presentation levels for the lesson. Students will be challenged to think about how their own teaching can be improved in terms of fostering active learning, motivating learning, communicating clearly, personalizing biblical truth, and building a constructive classroom atmosphere. Students will be guided through the process of choosing a lesson topic and theme, leading students to discover the thematic and structural unity of the biblical passage through the method of inductive Bible study, and evaluating the results of instruction and learning.
$285.00
$47.50/month
GE 103: English Composition (3 Credit Hours)
A study of the principles of composition with emphasis on language, the mechanics of writing, the types of discourse, and research and documentation. The course develops students' ability to write unified, well-developed and coherent expository essays that employ standard English usage and mechanics, and exposes the students to literary works that sharpen their critical-thinking and analytical skill necessary in college writing. The course also includes a study of rhetoric and short essay composition, and readings and responsive writing assignments. This is predominantly a skills course to develop the student's writing competency as a foundation for all future studies.
$225.00
$37.50/month
GE 112: Introduction to Management (3 Credit Hours)
This course introduces the subject of management, identifies leadership positions, and stresses the importance of the role of leadership and management skills in Christian Ministry. Biblical principles of leading like a servant and shepherd and qualifications for leaders are also discussed. Major tasks of leaders are reviewed, with emphasis on decision-making and handling conflicts. Guidelines for training leaders and followers are given, and principles of success and reasons for failure examined. Emphasis is placed on the contex of Management in Community Service, preparing the student to support Community Leadership.
$225.00
$37.50/month
GE 220: Financial Integrity and Stewardship (3 Credit Hours)
This course is an overview of financial management issues, principles and tools. The course involves discussion, theoretical understanding, and practical applications of basic financial management. Understanding basic financial management issues is important for analyzing the current and future financial health of an organization, church, or ministry, leading to more informed decision-making. For all managers of churches and nonprofit organizations, understanding the basic concepts of funding streams, stewardship, budgeting and financial statement analysis is essential to building and maintaining a strong organization.
$285.00
$47.50/month
LE 501: Introduction to Leadership and Leaders (3 Credit Hours)
This is a study of the nature of leadership. It will introduce a practical definition of what leadership is, briefly consider the recent history of leadership research, reflect on changing paradigms in Christian leadership today, and study the differences between leadership and management. Particular focus is given to the nature of transformational leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: 1) provide students with an understanding of the nature of leadership and leaders, 2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own roles as leaders and managers, 3) guide the students in making personal plans for their improvement as leaders, 4) give students a clear conceptual framework within which to understand the differences between leadership and management, along with the practical implications of those differences, and 5) increase students' critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.
$285.00
$47.50/month
LE 502: Ministry Leadership Foundations (3 Credit Hours)
This course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in leadership. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, church workers with a model of healthy Christian leadership as well as a clear understanding of both servant and abusive leadership. Particular focus is given to the centrality of Christ in Christian leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: 1) provide students with an understanding of a healthy Christian leader and servant leadership, 2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own lives and ministries, 3) guide the students in making personal plans for leadership improvement, 4) provide students with an understanding of the characteristics of abusive leaders, 5) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own strengths and weaknesses as leaders, 6) guide the students in making personal plans for avoiding being abusive leaders, and 7) increase students' critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.
$285.00
$47.50/month
LE 503: Dynamics of Effective Leaders and Followers (3 Credit Hours)
This course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in leadership. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, church workers with basic models of effective leadership and followership from a biblical perspective. Particular focus is given to the practices of effective leaders and effective followers. The underlying purposes of the course are to: 1) provide students with an understanding of the practices of effective leaders, 2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own leadership practices, 3) guide the students in making personal plans for leadership improvement, 4) provide students with an understanding of the characteristics of healthy followers, 5) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own strengths and weaknesses as followers, 6) guide the students in making personal plans for followership improvement, 7) provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the causes and prevention of leadership derailment, and 8) increase students' critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.
$285.00
$47.50/month
LE 504: Spirituality and Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
This course is the most important one in the leadership degree program. It is designed to acquaint students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, church workers with a clear biblical understanding of the core role of true spirituality in Christian leadership. Particular focus is given to union with Christ as the heart of healthy Christian leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: 1) provide students with an understanding of true spirituality in Christian leadership, 2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own spiritual lives and motives for ministry, 3) guide the students in making personal plans for improvement in their spiritual lives, and 4) increase students' critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.
$285.00
$47.50/month
LE 505: Contemporary Issues in Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
This course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in leadership. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, church workers with an understanding of several key contemporary issues in leadership: teams, change, organizational improvisation, multiculturalism and women in leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: 1) provide students with an understanding of these contemporary issues, 2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own leadership practices, 3) guide the students in making personal plans for leadership improvement, and 4) increase students' critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.
$285.00
$47.50/month
LE 506: Leader Development (3 Credit Hours)
This course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in leadership. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, church workers with a biblical and practical model of effective leader development. Particular focus is given to the 18 principles of how leaders are built. The underlying purposes of the course are to: 1) provide students with an understanding of how leaders are built, 2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own leadership development, 3) guide the students in making personal plans for building other leaders, 4) guide the students in making personal plans for their improvement as leaders, and 5) increase students' critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.
$285.00
$47.50/month
MT 504: Evangelism in the Local Church (3 Credit Hours)
This course is a study of evangelism ministry with special attention paid to the context of a local church setting. Students will be encouraged to make specific applications of the lectures and assignments to the particular setting of their present or intended ministry (e.g., urban core, commuting suburban, rural, single professionals, ethnically diverse, and so forth). The course begins with a study of the biblical and theological foundations for evangelism. On this basis we will study methods of personal and group evangelism, how to equip laity to witness (and why most Christians don't respond to training seminars on evangelism), the use and development of church and para-church structures in evangelism (both on-going and special), the care of new converts and discipleship, and selected current issues in evangelism. Assignments focus on practical application of workable solutions for evangelism in the local church. Those in para-church ministries will find much to relate to their particular and often unique needs.
$285.00
$47.50/month
NT 502: The Pastoral Epistles (3 Credit Hours)
Perhaps the greatest need in the Christian community today is Biblical leadership. Throughout the world, churches struggle with numerous issues because they lack relevant and effective leadership. A good leader possesses godly character, sound doctrine, and Biblical priorities. Yet today, there are differing views on several issues related to leadership, such as: What are the responsibilities and priorities of ministerial leaders and their work? Who is qualified for pastoral leadership? Can women serve as pastors? What should pastors expect in ministry?

This course identifies Biblical answers to crucial leadership questions from three of Paul?s letters, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, which primarily address issues of pastoral leadership and ministry. In his twenty lectures, Dr. John Stott walks his listeners through an exegetical analysis of Paul?s words to Timothy and Titus. He shares valuable insight from the historical background and an investigation of the Greek New Testament. Dr. Stott covers such topics as how a congregation should appoint leaders, the role of women in the ministry, the primary function of a minister?s work, and how to deal with false teachers while remaining true to ?sound doctrine.? .

$285.00
$47.50/month
NT 504: NT Survey: The Gospels/Life of Christ (3 Credit Hours)
The most compelling and important story in history is the story of Christ. In this course, learners complete a chronological and synthetic study of the Gospels' accounts of Christ's birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension. The course focuses on the time, place, circumstances, and people involved in the events of our Lord?s ministry. From the Incarnation to the Ascension, students will grasp a fuller understanding of Christ's words and works, especially in light of Old Testament prophecy and cultural context. The goal of the course is that Christ will impact learners' lives as He did those first generation followers, leading them to worship and serve Him as they minister to others.
$285.00
$47.50/month
NT 508: The Epistles and Revelation (3 Credit Hours)
Correct theology is inseparable from correct living. The New Testament epistles reinforce this concept as they demonstrate both the why and how of Kingdom living. This course surveys the New Testament epistles and the Book of Revelation, examining both the introductory issues and the basic content each book. Students will wrestle with significant and challenging passages by exploring the major issues and then interacting with specific passages through inductive Bible study. The goal of the course is to gain an increased commitment to and capacity for applying these portions of God's Word to the world and Christian living today.
$285.00
$47.50/month
OL 440: Conflict Management and Resolution (3 Credit Hours)
This course examines causes of dysfunctional anger and conflict, and provides Biblically consistent principles and methods for management and prevention. The course provides for both acquisition of knowledge and development of interpersonal skills.
$225.00
$37.50/month
OL 460: Ethics in Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
Leadership Ethics highlights the importance of fidelity, integrity, and value-based decision making. Contemporary ethical issues in church, community, and ministry leadership are examined from a biblical perspective. This course explores the sources, methods, disputes and insights of Christian ethics. Central themes and issues include freedom, conscience and the passions, the relation of God and morality, love and justice, virtue and law, and the question whether there is a distinctive Christian ethics. Because Christian ethics is a form of reflection which arises out of moral conflict, the course utilizes specific moral problems as a way of exploring these themes. Ultimately, these explorations will provide the student with a theoretical basis for understanding the nature of moral thinking itself and the form which it takes within a Christian context.
$225.00
$37.50/month
OT 505: The Book of Psalms (3 Credit Hours)
How important are songs in the life of Israel and the Church! In this course learners study the Book of Psalms, giving attention to the various forms of the Psalms and their function within the historical experience of Israel. The course begins by focusing on the formulation and interpretation of the psalms. Students then examine in detail the various types of psalms: lament, royal, pilgrimage, wisdom, messianic, and psalms of descriptive praise. Dr. Waltke gives sermonic treatment of selected psalms with application for today's Church.
$285.00
$47.50/month
OT 509: The Christian & Old Testament Theology (3 Credit Hours)
The Old Testament may be the central problem of theology. The problem is this: How do the people of God today relate to the people and teaching of the Old Testament, and how do they apply that teaching to life and ministry? While wrestling with this issue we must ask other important questions, such as, "How does the Old Testament relate to the New?" or "What is the main purpose of the Old Testament?" Stated practically, "What principles of the Old Testament should I be actively obeying?"

This course considers such important questions by examining the foundational theology of the Old Testament as applied to the New Testament and the Church. The course identifies the focal point for the Old and New Testaments, and includes discussions on continuity and discontinuity between the Testaments, saving faith, the people of God, law, worship, atonement, the Kingdom of God, the Messiah, the inclusion of the Gentiles, and the New Covenant. Throughout the course, Dr. Kaiser shows how Old Testament theology is vital to contemporary Christian living.
$143.00
$23.83/month
PT 504: Christian Worldview (3 Credit Hours)
How do you view reality? What is the source of your knowledge? Do you live what you believe? Such are the questions that a worldview answers. This course examines the nature and function of belief structures, and the value of developing and living a distinctly Christian life. The course develops a Christian worldview from a redemptive history model of Biblical theology, which is then clarified using the philosophical categories of metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology. Learners will gain an understanding of modern and postmodern thought and how to critique them biblically, and are encouraged to develop and apply a Christian worldview to life and ministry.
$285.00
$47.50/month
RS 101: Dynamic Christian Foundations (3 Credit Hours)
This foundational course explores detail the fundamental foundations of Christian belief. Orthodox Christian truths will be taught in detail and are prerequisite for a dynamic Christian life.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 102: Christian Life (3 Credit Hours)
Paul stated that whenever possible we are to live our lives at peace, especially within the household of faith. In our day, we need to learn the pattern for gracious living. While fundamentalism is regarded to view social controversy and moral issues with judgementalism and/or mean-spiritedness, this course will explore social issues in the context of a balanced "sweet reasonableness". Submission in the family, church, and society will be explored in detail.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 103: Introduction to Communication: Evangelism (3 Credit Hours)
The core of this course is practical training in the philosophy and methods of soul winning, visitation, discipleship follow-up and evangelistic outreach including signs and wonders.
$240.00
$40.00/month
RS 105: Theology of Worship (3 Credit Hours)
Thanksgiving, praise and worship are vital for the New Testament Christian. Worship is dynamically illustrated and taught in this course. Emphasis on who we worship and why is maintained throughout.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 109: Spiritual Formation: Journey to Wholeness (3 Credit Hours)
This course examines the biblical perspectives on God's plans and purposes for man and how God through his love and grace helps man to develop a believer's personality through stages of spiritual development.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 200: History of Civilization I: Church History Perspectives (3 Credit Hours)
A study of church history during the Apostolic Age, the ante-Nicene period, and the post-Nicene period. Topics include the rise of orthodoxy, the many transformations that took place after the conversion of Constantine, the rise of the papacy, the many forms of medieval religious life, and the emergence of new forms of both lay and clerical piety. The developmental history of Western Civilization, in relation to the History of the Church, is noted in particular.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 212: Speech and Communication: Homiletics (3 Credit Hours)
This course will explore a variety of experiences that develop basic concepts of the oral communication process. The class includes communication theory as well as speech preparation and delivery. Basic techniques of the oral performance of literature with emphasis on content analysis and performance. Application of public speaking, oral interpretation and debate skills to competitive situations. This course also focuses on the fundamental methods of sermon preparation. It emphasizes both structure and delivery. Attention is given to the determination of audience type, the proper use of voice and other principles of public speaking.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 217: Introduction to Charismatic Theology (3 Credit Hours)
This course explores the fundamental foundation of Christian belief in the area of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Orthodox Christian truths will be taught in detail and are prerequisite for a dynamic Christian.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 219: Christian Character Development (3 Credit Hours)
This course examines the biblical perspectives on Christian Character and how God through his love and grace helps man to develop a right Christian character and personality through clearly established Biblical processes.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 305: Introduction to World Missions (3 Credit Hours)
A study of the theology of missions from Pentecost to the present, culture, and the missionary, with special emphasis on the unreached people groups of the world.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 419: Systematic Theology (3 Credit Hours)
The course will introduce students to the study of theology using the method known as systematic theology. While, by and large, the faculty of Vision International University reject the validity of a rational attempt to systematize biblical reflection or to dogmatize the experience of the scriptures, this course will serve as general exposure to systematic methodology from a Renewal Theology perspective. This course will not be a survey of the content of systematic theology but rather will introduce the students to the major issues in the forefront of the discipline in the Pentecostal and Charismatic traditions. The course utilizes the reflective approach rather than a dogmatic approach. The course will establish foundational principles and definitions that will guide theological discussion. The student will engage the primary text to inform and elicit theological thinking. The student will engage theology proper, the doctrine of God, from a Renewal perspective, and probe the nature of God, basic Christian doctrine, Renewal distinctives, and theological anthropology.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 435: Christian Theology (3 Credit Hours)
In the church, we use words that are often not clearly understood by the new Christian or by the unchurched. In this course the student will study the meaning of each theological word and will be able to apply these words to their own life. An introduction to the basic teachings of the Christian faith, this course includes discussions of the nature and task of theology and of the Christian understanding of God, revelation, creation, spirituality, sin, and redemption.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 436: Ecclesiology (3 Credit Hours)
An examination of the New Testament church with particular concern given to its origin, distinctive nature, mission, government, offices, ordinances, and destiny. The course will explore the nature and development of the Christian church and its interaction with contemporary society. The emphasis of the course will be practical ministry and church structure. Biblical exposition and church tradition will be jointly examined. Critical thinking about the church, clergy, parishioners, and society will be stressed.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 437: Christology (3 Credit Hours)
This course examines and analyzes the development of the doctrine of Christ from a biblical-expositional perspective. The course provides a detailed and contemporary theological study of the person of Christ. Special attention will be given to the Christological controversies of the early Christian centuries, and the resolutions of the councils that dealt with those controversies. The student will develop a personal Christology rooted in scripture and tradition.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 438: Eschatology (3 Credit Hours)
A review of the classical concepts of Christian Eschatology (death, judgment, heaven and hell) and of various contemporary approaches to the same material. Issues concerning the Return of Christ and the Apocalypse will be explored from a hermeneutical perspective. An interpretive study of the biblical passages concerning the final things according to Christian scripture and tradition. Consideration will be given to various views of the return of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment, and the eternal state. Students will be presented with the array of diversity in the futurist and preterist views.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 439: Pneumatology: Pentecostal/Charismatic Perspectives (3 Credit Hours)
This course provides a simple presentation regarding Holy Spirit Baptism from a classical Pentecostal/Charismatic perspective. It establishes that every Christian experiences Holy Spirit Baptism, the new birth and the baptism in the Spirit are distinct, and that the miraculous gifts of the Spirit are still available and should be occurring in the worship of today's church. The course affirms that while glossolalia is the general biblical pattern for Holy Spirit baptism, it is not defensible dogma to assume that it is the only pattern that God uses.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 440: The Challenge of Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
The focus of this course is the development of Developing a sound biblical perspective in the challenge leaders face. Principles of both secular and spiritual leadership will be explained in depth. Leaders from government, business, education, and religion are analyzed for their positive strengths, leadership qualities, and ability to overcome adversity. The course is case study driven and provides real-world examples of leadership principles for the student to apply to her/his immediate context.
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 442: Church Growth and Development (3 Credit Hours)
A study of church growth and development with special emphasis on church health. Attention will be given to the skills of observation of the historical and contemporary roles of the church and society. Students will describe the socialization and dynamics of the church to culture, and develop skills for effective ministry. Common errors in church leadership and development will be explored. Leadership in the church and administration of church affairs are explored in detail. Methods of administration and forms of leadership style and responsibility are delineated
$225.00
$37.50/month
RS 444: Advanced Christian Worldview Studies (3 Credit Hours)
In almost every field, apologists recognise that "proof" will convince people only when they are already disposed to believe. The deepest human need is emotional, not rational; human hearts must be stirred before our intellects will respond. Thus the "proofs" of God in the end are valuable mostly as adjuncts to the witness of scripture. For that reason, many people, whose faith is already simple, untroubled, and firm, find no use for these proofs. But others are not so fortunate, and for them the proofs are an encouragement to faith, and a stiller of doubts. This course contrasts the Biblical concept of apologetics with various alternative positions, both theistic and non-theistic. This course will insist upon an intellectually humble and reasonable approach to apologetics, opposing the bombastic certainty espoused by some approaches to apologetics. This course will propose an apologetic that accounts for the inadequacies of arguing faith-dependent issues in rationalistic or emperical terms. This course is designed to refine the student's Christian Worldview to engage a humbled perspective of science, religion, culture, and human existence. This course also considers major problem areas such as authority, miracles, evil and evolution and sets forth a basis for Christian apologetic which is theologically and historically sound.
$225.00
$37.50/month
ST 503: Contemporary Theology I (3 Credit Hours)
For good or for bad, philosophy has played a pivotal role in the development of theology and culture. In this course, learners examine the major trends in contemporary theological thought in light of their philosophical contexts. The course begins with a review of the major developments in Western thought prior to Hegel, and then explores the theologies of Hegel, Kierkegaard, Barth, Bultmann, and Tillich. The course culminates in the "Death of God" theologies of Paul Van Buren and Thomas Altizer. The course enables learners to evaluate contemporary, non-evangelical theologies and to recognize their impact on everyday life.
$243.00
$40.50/month
WM 501: Introduction to World Missions (3 Credit Hours)
God has one unified, global purpose for all He does. This course introduces the exciting biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of His plan. It addresses key issues: the basis of and necessity for world missions, and the status of and plan for world missions. Students are introduced to the basics they need to pursue missionary training or to help lead their local church in its global ministry.
$285.00
$47.50/month