M-LC 201 Introduction to Local Church Ministries (2) An introduction to the field of local church ministries with an emphasis on the Biblical foundation of teaching. Attention is given to the different teaching ministries in a church and the development of a Biblical philosophy of local church ministries.
M-LC 202 Principles of Bible Teaching (3) A study of the principles and procedures of teaching the Bible effectively in a church setting. The focus of the course is on the preparation of a Bible lesson from a published curriculum utilizing a written lesson plan.
M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling (2) Provides the student with a foundational theology and philosophy of Biblical counseling. Topics considered are the qualifications of the Biblical counselor, the sufficiency of the Scriptures and its epistemological consequences (including a survey of various approaches to the integration of psychology and theology), the sufficiency of Christ, a Biblical anthropology (including motivation, the role of faith in change, the immaterial/material make-up of man), basic principles of progressive sanctification, and the responsibility of the local church in Biblical counseling. Prerequisite: G-SS Introduction to Psychology and Counseling
M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling (2) Builds on the theology and philosophy of Biblical counseling taught in Foundations of Biblical Counseling by connecting it to a Biblical counseling methodology. The student will be taught the basic methods of counseling Biblically including assisting him or her (1) to understand the character and role of relationship in counseling, (2) to gather and interpret Biblically the details of the people's lives to whom they minister, (3) to have conversations with people who help them interpret and live their lives through the lens of the Bible, (4) to give structure and direction that provide people with encouragement and the opportunity to live life in its details with faith in Christ. Prerequisites: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology and Counseling and M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling
M-LC 301 Christian Education of Children (2) A study of the principles and procedures of teaching children in church ministries. The course examines the characteristics of children and the skills involved in effectively teaching them. The focus of the course is on children's Sunday School ministries, but the course content is applicable to any children's ministry. Prerequisite: M-LC 202 Principles of Bible Teaching
M-LC 310 Sunday School Administration (2) An examination of the principles and procedures involved in leading a Sunday School program as a pastor, a Sunday School superintendent, or a Sunday School leader. Special attention is given to the recruitment, training, and motivating of Sunday School teachers and to the management of the Sunday School.
M-LC 321 Women's Ministry Foundations (3) A delineation of a Biblical philosophy for women's ministry in the local church. Special attention is given to Biblical principles for women's ministry, the development of women's ministry in the local church through a cultural and historical overview, and a practical application of the principles learned.
M-LC 322 Women's Ministry Programming (3) An examination of the practical programming issues related to women's ministry in the local church. Emphasis is placed on planning strategies, curriculum, and organizing activities and meetings. Class time is devoted to hands-on planning, organizing, and administering women's ministry events, activities, and meetings. Prerequisite: M-LC 321 Women's Ministry Foundations
M-LC 400 Local Church Ministries Internship (0) The student, under the supervision of a church teacher or leader, utilizes his or her training in the Local Church Ministries Department to teach in a church ministry or evaluate and lead a church educational program.
M-LC 403 Biblical Counseling Practicum (2) A capstone course that considers the practical application of the principles and methods of Biblical counseling. The class is a seminar discussion course leading the student to greater application of the principles and methods of Biblical counseling to his or her own life, friendships, and formal ministry opportunities. An extended self-counseling project, along with discussions of Biblical counseling opportunities and experiences will provide the core of this course. Prerequisites: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology and Counseling, M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling, and M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling
M-LC 411 Ministry Media (2) A study of the Biblical and educational importance of the use of media in local churches. Special attention will be given to the various uses of the computer to enhance the communication of the Word of God. Practical hands-on experience will be used in producing quality media productions.
M-LC 413 Christian Education of Youth (2) An aid to understanding adolescence and the different problems that teens face today. Special attention is given to discipleship methods for contemporary teens. Relational youth ministry will be stressed, and the opportunity to practice the Biblical methods of discipleship will be given.
M-LC 414 Christian Camp Administration (3) Focuses on the needs, methods, and materials, as well as the administration of a camp and recreation program. Qualifications of camp directors and recreational leaders are studied with practical guidance for planning and administering a constructive recreational and social program among various age groups.
M-LC 415 Camping Ministry Apprenticeship (0) An 8-12 week practical experience at an approved summer camp ministry. This apprenticeship includes the successful completion of on-the-job leadership and ministry training and practical leadership and ministry experience. Evaluation by camp leadership and completed written assignments by the student are required.
M-LC 416 Christian Education of Adults (2) A study of the principles and procedures of adult Christian education with a special focus on the Adult Bible Fellowship (Sunday School class). Attention is also given to organizing and growing an adult class and effective ways of teaching adults. Prerequisite: M-LC 202 Principles of Bible Teaching
M-LC 418 Seminar: Contemporary Youth Issues (2) An exploration of the top issues that face today's fundamental youth ministers. The issues will be selected from a survey taken among youth ministers. The class also examines how these issues affect the future ministries of the class members.
M-LC 421 Mentoring Women (3) Guides a student in developing a strategy based on God's Word to exhort, encourage, and comfort other women. The student will become acquainted with major issues that women face today and learn how to deal with them Biblically. Mentoring women requires an intimate knowledge of God and His Word. Thus, the course will include a survey of theology and a brief journey through the sanctification process of the believer. Prerequisite: M-LC 321 Women's Ministry Foundations
M-LC 422 Devotional Preparation for Women (3) Helps the student prepare and deliver Biblical devotionals to women's groups. It includes a study of hermeneutical principles and the components of a well-organized Biblical devotional. The student will have opportunities to practice the skills she has learned in this course. Prerequisite: M-LC 321 Women's Ministry Foundations
M-LC 610 Wilderness Leadership Training (3) An introduction to wilderness camping as a medium for "in-process learning". Emphasis is placed on the development of skills for experiential learning, problem solving, communication, and team building, all with the goal of helping the individual develop a growing, intimate relationship with God.
M-LC 614 Introduction to Accelerated Learning (3) Trains individuals in the effective use of the wilderness environment and dynamic as a tool for introducing others to a growing, intimate relationship with God. While the focus is on the wilderness laboratory, this is a leadership course. The skills that are introduced are highly transferable into any environment.
M-LC 620 Women's Ministry Issues Seminar (2) A study of the leading issues facing women in the context of local church ministry. The gospel of Luke, with some of its theological themes and emphases, provides the background for the class. The course also involves a brief overview of the history and culture concerning a few of the subjects emphasized by Luke, especially those relating to women. Prerequisites: Women's Ministry Foundations (M-LC 321) and at least one other women's ministry course: Women's Ministry Programming (M-LC 322), Mentoring Women (M-LC 421), or Devotional Preparation for Women (M-LC 422)
M-LC 621 Ministering to the Aging (2) A survey of the physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs of the aging. The course also discusses ministering to the aging and involving them in the Lord's service.
M-LC 632 Crisis Counseling (2) A look at understanding what a crisis is and how to counsel in such a situation from a Biblical perspective. A theology of crisis and suffering along with a Biblical model for counseling the suffering are presented. Specific crises considered include hospital emergencies, unexpected pregnancy, suicide, death, desertion (divorce), abuse and others. Prerequisites: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology & Counseling, M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling, and M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling
M-LC 633 Counseling Children (2) Opportunities and procedures for having a ministry of Biblical counseling to children and their parents in the home, local church, and school are presented. A special emphasis is placed on parenting principles and key issues in life as children grow and develop. Prerequisites: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology & Counseling, M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling, and M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling
M-LC 641 Marriage and Family Counseling (2) A study of the family relationships including how the Christian family functions according to Scripture, some points of stress and causes of breakdown, parent-child relationships, and appropriate counseling strategies for marriage and family harmony.
M-LC 642 Counseling Adolescents (2) Studies the basic Biblical skills needed in counseling adolescents along with the challenges that today's teenagers face. A study of the methods used to Biblically counsel through these challenges will be covered. Additional emphasis is placed upon uniting principles of a Biblical counseling ministry with various local church programs for adolescents and their parents. Prerequisite: G-SS 102 Introduction to Psychology & Counseling, M-LC 203 Foundations of Biblical Counseling, and M-LC 204 Methods of Biblical Counseling
Youth ConferenceApril 17–19
Pastor David Tebbenkamp will challenge teens to live Unashamed.
Walton Lecture SeriesApril 23-25
Dr. Roy Beacham from Central Baptist Theological Seminary will present this year's Walton Lecture Series on the topic of "Those Pesky Prophets: Toward a Clearer Understanding of Old Testament Prophecy."
Commencement ServicesMay 8, 9
Join graduates, family, and friends for our special Commencement events.