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 303 Youth Foundations (2) A study of the Biblical and practical elements involved in developing a local church youth ministry. Special attention is given to the relation of youth ministry to the church and to the family, the development of a Biblical philosophy of youth ministry, and several practical ministry issues related to professional youth ministry.
M-LC 306 Youth Programming (2) An exploration and evaluation of current curriculum programs for the minister of youth in today's church. Strengths and weaknesses will be discussed. Hands-on class demonstrations of youth activity times will be part of the class curriculum. Prerequisite: M-LC 303 Youth Foundations
M-LC 310 Administering Christian Education (2) An examination of the principles and procedures involved in leading a church educational ministry as a pastor, assistant pastor, or a ministry leader. Special attention is given to the Sunday School since it is the largest church educational program.
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 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 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
M-PT 202 Introduction to Homiletics (2) Introduces students to preaching, the preacher, the audience, and basic elements of the sermon with concentration on expository preaching. Prerequisite: G-CO 205 Introduction to Communication and concurrent enrollment in G-CO 206 Public Speaking
M-PT 301 Homiletics I (3) Basic principles necessary for the preparation and delivery of sermons. The various parts of a sermon, such as subject, theme, introduction, proposition, divisions, development, and conclusion are studied thoroughly. Prerequisites: M-PT 202 Introduction to Homiletics
M-PT 306 Preaching to Youth (3) An examination of the elements of clear, practical, Biblical communication to teenagers. The principles taught in class will be practiced by the students in real-life situations. Students will be critiqued by their professor, their peers, and their audience. Prerequisite: M-PT 301 Homiletics I
M-PT 400 Pastoral Internship (0) A required ministry course for all pastoral students to be done after the completion of the third full year in the program. The student will work under a successful pastor or assistant pastor in a local church as approved by the program chair. The supervising pastor submits periodic evaluations of the student's ministry, and the student keeps records and completes assignments by both the pastor and the instructor of the course.
M-PT 401 Serving on the Pastoral Staff (2) A study of theology of the local church, giving particular attention to the theology of the pastoral office and the outworking of this theology in local church ministry. The course is designed to prepare the student to work effectively as part of a pastoral staff (e.g., education pastor, youth pastor, minister of music), or as part of a field council on the mission field.