Programs in the Local Church Ministries Department

The purpose of any church ministry is discipleship. The Local Church Ministries Department specializes in equipping students to be disciple-makers in their churches. Students in this department learn how to make disciples through the Sunday School and other church programs, through women's ministries, and through Biblical counseling. Discipleship is a great need in churches today. If you desire to help people become fully devoted followers of Christ, consider becoming part of the Local Church Ministries program at Faith.

Faith offers five options in the Local Church Ministries program:
• Local Church Ministries major with a Biblical Counseling minor
• Local Church Ministries major with a Christian Education minor
• Local Church Ministries major with a Missions minor
• Local Church Ministries major with a Music minor
• Local Church Ministries major with a Women's Ministry minor

Core Courses in the Local Church Ministries Department

• Introduction to Local Church Ministries
• Principles of Bible Teaching

• Christian Education of Children


Biblical Counseling Minor
Counseling people from a Biblical perspective is a major need in churches today. Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, and women's ministry leaders have many opportunities to counsel people and help them find answers to the problems of life. Combine your Local Church Ministries major with this intensive study of Biblical counseling to enable you to help people develop as disciples of the Christ.
Specialized Courses in the Biblical Counseling Minor

• Foundations of Biblical Counseling
• Methods of Biblical Counseling
• Counseling Children
• Crisis Counseling

• Counseling Adolescents
• Ministry to the Aging
• Marriage and Family Counseling
• Biblical Counseling Practicum


Christian Education Minor
Churches today are in great need of men and women to lead church ministries. This minor not only gives you the skills to teach people successfully in Sunday School and other ministries, but it also trains you how to lead these ministries. Students who graduate with this minor are well qualififed in how to lead Sunday School and other church programs. This minor prepares you for a lifetime of effective service in your church.
Specialized Courses in the Christian Education Minor

• Administering Christian Education
• Christian Education of Adults

• Ministry Media



Missions Minor
A large part of mission work is teaching people. After you win people to Christ and start a church, you need to teach them what the Bible says. In many situations you will teach them through Sunday School, women's classes, and children's meetings. In this minor you gain important training in missions and education so you are prepared to lead these teaching ministries and help people become disciples of Christ.
Specialized Courses in the Missions Minor

• MAP Seminar
• Current Issues in Missions
• Non-Christian Religions
• Readings in Missiology
• Sharing in Jewish Culture

• Survey of World Missions
• International Students Ministry
• Cross Cultural Communications
• Cults
• Missions Seminar

Music Minor
Many churches today lack good musicians. A person who can lead in educational and musical ministries is a valuable asset to a church. With this minor you can be an effective teacher in children, youth, or adult programs, and you can fill an important role in the church's music program. The music training in this minor will equip you to lead congregational singing as well as children's and youth choirs.  
Specialized Courses in the Music Minor

• Music Theory I and II
• Elementary Conducting
• Advanced Conducting
• Church Music Administration

• Choral Methods
• Hymnology
• Applied Music
• Ensemble

 

Women's Ministry Minor
Women's ministry is a growing part of church work today. Many churches have women's Bible studies and special outreach events for women. Choosing this minor will help you lead effective women's ministries in your church. You will learn how to plan a women's program, prepare devotions and Bible studies for women, and mentor other women. In essence, you will learn how to make disciples.
Specialized Courses in the Women's Ministry Minor

• Women's Ministry Foundations
• Women's Ministry Programming

• Mentoring Women
• Devotional Preparation for Women

 

Overview of the Local Church Ministries Department

Local churches need trained teachers and leaders for Sunday School and other Christian education programs. Churches needs women who can mentor and disciple other women. Churches also need trained men and women who can counsel others from a distinctly Biblical perspective. The Local Church Ministries Department helps meet those needs by providing training in three areas:general Christian education, women's ministries, and Biblical counseling. If you sense the Lord is leading you to serve in your local church, this program is for you.

Faculty in the Local Church Ministries Department

Don Anderson, Th.M.
Chair, Department
of Local Church Ministries

964.0601 ext. 284

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Mr. Anderson has had more than 30 years experience in leading and teaching in local church educational ministries. In addition, he spent 23 years at Regular Baptist Press as a writer, editor, and trainer of teachers. This experience helps him understand local church ministries from the viewpoint of the practitioner and the publisher. Mr. Anderson and his wife, Elly, live in Ankeny and are active members of Ankeny Baptist Church.

Education
• B.A., Th.B., Faith Baptist Bible College
• M.Div., Th.M., Grace Theological Seminary

Ministry Experience
• Vacation Bible School editor, Regular Baptist Press
• Director of Training Resources, Regular Baptist Press
• Assistant to the GARBC National Representative
• Faculty and Director of Communications, Faith Baptist Bible College
• Adjunct Faculty, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary

Classes
Administering Christian Education
Christian Education of Adults
Christian Education of Children
Introduction to Local Church Ministries
Principles of Bible Teaching

Contact
Contact Mr. Anderson to learn more about the Local Church Ministries program at Faith.

Mrs. Martha Hartog teaches the Women's Ministry courses at Faith. She is an energetic, passionate teacher who combines years of women's ministry experience with a solid theological background. The result is courses that are Biblically-based and imminently practical. Mrs. Hartog is known for her personal attention to her students and her mentoring of them in ministering to other women. She and her husband, Dr. John Hartog II, are active members of Faith Baptist Church in Cambridge.

Education
• B.A., Faith Baptist Bible College
• M.A., Faith Baptist Theological Seminary.

Teaching and Ministry Experience
• Pastor's wife, Lipscomb Community Church, Lipscomb, Texas, and Maranatha Baptist Church, Grimes, Iowa
• Child Evangelism, Billings, Montana
• Library Clerk, Dallas Theological Seminary and Montana Institute of the Bible
• Dean of Women, Montana Institute of the Bible
• Academic Dean's Secretary, Calvary Bible College
• Assistant Librarian, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
• Adjunct Faculty, Faith Baptist Bible College

Classes
Devotional Preparation for Women
Mentoring Women
Ministering to Aging
Seminar: Women's Min. Issues
Women's Ministry Foundations
Women's Ministry Programming

Contact
Contact Mrs. Hartog  for information about the Women's Ministry program at Faith.

Martha Hartog, M.A.
Women's Ministry 

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The name, Dr. Jeff Newman, has become synonymous with Biblical counseling. He has taken his training and experience in the Biblical Counseling field and built Faith's Biblical Counseling program into a strong and effective part of the college and seminary. He teaches college counseling courses during the school year and offers counseling modules in the seminary. Students find his courses challenging and helpful. Dr. Newman and his family live in Ankeny are active members of Altoona Regular Baptist Church in Altoona.
 
Education
• B.A., Faith Baptist Bible College
• M.A. and M.Div., Faith Baptist Theological Seminary
• D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary

Ministry
• Admissions Coordinator, Faith Baptist Bible College
• Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Faith Baptist Bible College,
• Faculty, Faith Baptist Bible College
• Adjunct Faculty, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary

Classes
Biblical Counseling Practicum
Crisis Counseling
Christian Experience
Counseling Children
The Family
Foundation of Biblical Counseling
Greek I & II
Intro to Psych and Counseling Sec 1
Intro to Psych and Counseling Sec 1
Intro to Psych and Counseling Sec 1
Intro to Psych and Counseling
Methods of Biblical Counseling

Contact
Contact Dr. Newman for information about the Biblical Counseling programs at Faith.

Jeff Newman, D.Min.
Bible, Biblical Counseling,
and Greek

964.0601 ext. 254

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Ministry Opportunities

Churches are in great need of trained educational leaders for Sunday School and other ministries. Churches need men and women who can counsel people Biblically. Churches needs mature and godly women who will disciple and mentor other women. A Faith graduate with a Local Church Ministries degree has many opportunities for ministry in these areas. While some may serve vocationally, most will serve in their local churches as teachers and leaders in the different church programs. This degree is also ideal for ladies who want to serve as the wife of a pastor or missionary.

Faculty in the Local Church Ministries Department (2)

Don Anderson

Martha Hartog

Jeff Newman

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