Course Descriptions

 

Biblical Literature

BL110  Exploring the Old Testament
A survey of the historical, literary, and cultural context of the Old Testament.

Textbook:  Discovering the Old Testament

BL120  Exploring the New Testament
A survey of the historical, literary, and cultural context of the New Testament.

Textbook:  Discovering the New Testament

BL130  Pentateuch
An exegetical study focusing on the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the first five books in the Old Testament.

Textbook: TBD

BL140  New Testament Gospels
A study of the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in the four gospels.

Textbook:  TBD

BL210  Pauline Epistles
An exegetical study focusing on the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the Pauline epistles in the New Testament.

Textbook:  TBD

BL220  Hebrew Prophets
An exegetical study focusing on the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the prophetic books in the Old Testament.

Textbook:  TBD

BL230  Interpreting Scripture – Hermeneutics
An introductory study of the principles of biblical hermeneutics. Emphasis is given to the methods and tools applied to the exegetical study of the Bible.

Textbook:  TBD

 

Christian Education

CE210  Christian Education Ministries for All ages
A survey of the historical development and contemporary forms of Christian educational ministry programs.

Textbook:  Discovering Discipleship: Dynamics of Christian Education

 

Christian History

CH210  Christian Heritage – Apostles to the Medieval
A survey course that traces the social forces (sacred and secular) contributing to the development of Western civilization in global context from the Early Church to the Reformation era. The study of key events, ideas, personalities, and movements that have contributed to the major periods of history and the passages between them increases students’ understanding of and appreciation for God’s redemptive purposes.

Textbook:

CH220  Christian Heritage – Reformation to Modern Era
A survey course that traces the social forces (sacred and secular) contributing to the development of Western civilization in global context from the Reformation era to the present. The study of key events, ideas, personalities, and movements that have contributed to the major periods of history and the passages between them increases students’ understanding of and appreciation for God’s redemptive purposes.

Textbook:

CH310  History & Polity of the Church of the Nazarene
A study of the history of the Church of the Nazarene with special attention given to its organization, heritage, and distinctive mission.

Textbook:  Called Unto Holiness & Manual of the Church of the Nazarene

 

Doctrine & Theology

DT110  Introduction to Theology
An introduction to basic theology, this class explores the Bible’s amazing story, beginning with creation and ending with the return of Christ. The leading doctrines of Christianity and how they have been shaped throughout the centuries will be discussed.

Textbook:  Discovering Our Christian Faith: An Introduction to Theology

DT210  Exploring Christian Holiness
An overview of the essential beliefs of the Christian faith from a Wesleyan-Holiness perspective.

Textbook: Discovering Christian Holiness: The Heart of Wesleyan-Holiness Theology

DT310  Systematic Theology 1
A systematic study of the Christian faith from a uniquely Wesleyan-Holiness perspective with emphasis on the doctrines of God, humanity, sin, and the person and work of Jesus Christ. Related areas covered will be revelation, the inspiration and authority of Scripture, the Trinity, creation, and the atonement.

Textbook:  God, Man & Salvation

DT320  Systematic Theology 2
A systematic study of the Christian faith from a uniquely Wesleyan-Holiness perspective with emphasis on the doctrines of salvation, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the Church, and the Second Coming of Christ. Related areas covered will be the way of salvation, the teaching and life of holiness, the nature of ministry, the sacraments, and views of the millennium.

Textbook:  God, Man & Salvation

Language & Communication

LC110  Principles of Effective Communication
An overview of basic writing and public speaking skills in the context of Christian ministry.

Textbook:  Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, John Maxwell;
Writing That Works: How to Communicate Effectively in Business,
Roman, Kenneth

 

Missions & Evangelism

ME310  Developing a Missional Church
A study of the principles and strategies required to develop a healthy congregation that fulfills the great commission as a missionary church within our diverse cultural context.

Textbook:  TBD

ME320  Missions

Textbook:  Discovering Missions

 

Philosophy

PH300  Living Ethical Lives – Philosophy & Ethics
A study of the major moral theories of western philosophy with particular attention given to intellectual, cultural, and philosophical influences. The course will include a survey of the philosophical task and the language of philosophical discourse.

Textbook:  TBD

 

Practical Theology

PT110  Spiritual Formation
A course integrating fundamental Christian doctrine with personal experience in the journey toward wholeness in Christ emphasizing scripture, discipline, and community as essential Wesleyan patterns of devotion.

Textbook: The Upward Call; Reflecting God

PT120  Principles of Leadership
A course examining the nature, functions, and strategies of leadership through a survey of current leadership and management literature.

Textbook:  The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell

PT200  Exploring Christian Ministry
An exploration of a Christian’s call to service and ministry and the nurture and development of that call within the context of contemporary society.

Textbook:  TBD

PT310  Pastoral Care & Counseling
A course designed to prepare students to minister to the needs of the faith community through effective pastoral care and counseling.

Textbook:  TBD

PT320  Declaring the Story of God (Preaching)
An introduction to exegetical and homiletical methods and the basics of sermon preparation.

Textbook:  TBD

PT320  Church Administration & Finance
An overview of the role of the pastor in relation to the organization and management of the local church. Special attention will be given to the various aspects of local church finances.

Textbook:  TBD

 

John Maxwell Leadership Courses

JM110 Principles of Leadership  (Also PT120)
A course examining the nature, functions, and strategies of leadership through a survey of current leadership and management literature.

Textbook:  The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell

JM120 Principles of Effective Communication  (Also LC110)
An overview of basic writing and public speaking skills in the context of Christian ministry.

Textbook:  Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, John Maxwell;
Writing That Works: How to Communicate Effectively in Business,
Roman, Kenneth

JM130 Personal Development & Growth
John C. Maxwell says in order to reach your potential, you must be intentional about personal growth. This training curriculum will help you understand how personal growth really works, and how you can develop yourself to become a more effective and fulfilled individual. You will learn how to build up your sense of purpose and become more successful in every area of your life.

Textbook:  15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John Maxwell

JM140 Becoming A Person of Influence
Whatever your vocation or aspiration, you can increase your impact on others by Becoming a Person of Influence. Learn simple, insightful ways to interact more positively with others, and watch your personal and organizational success go off the charts.  With influence, you can achieve success at home, at work, and in every other area of life.

Textbook:  Becoming a Person of Influence, John Maxwell