Worship Ministries Course Descriptions


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WSP 101: Biblical and Historical Foundations of Worship I
Part one of a two course study of the theology, institutions, and practice of worship in Scripture, this course explores the ways in which Biblical models can inspire worship renewal today.

WSP 201: Biblical and Historical Foundaitons of Worship II
Part two of a two course study of the theology, institutions, and practice of worship in Scripture, this course explores the ways in which Biblical models can inspire worship renewal today.

WSP 310: Music and the Arts in Worship
This course is designed to assist students in thinking critically about effective worship design as well as music and other arts in worship. In light of the current dramatic changes and flux in worship practices throughout the world, it is more important than ever for worship leaders to establish biblical and theological grounding for their decisions related to worship renewal through music and the arts. In addition, this course will introduce students to fresh and creative ways to enhance the Christian community’s worship of God through the utilization of various art forms that are appropriate to one’s context.

WSP 320: Sunday Morning and Beyond: A Practical Worship Approach and Methodology
This Saturday Intensive is a exciting, fast paced, interactive examination of corporate worship. Not only will participants be presented with a concise, yet meaningful, Scriptural and historical foundation of corporate Worship, but participants will be given practical, powerful ideas for application! Learn on Saturday, use the information on Sunday!

WSP 408: Psalms, Hymn and Spiritual Songs
Briefly covers the history of Biblical songwriting and examines the role of song writing in the history of the church. Students are then given hands on instruction for song writing and composition. Guest speakers include noted contemporary Christian music artists.

WSP 410: Senior Worship Project
Guided individual action research project.

GRK 101: Introduction to Biblical Languages I
This practical Greek course teaches the student how to intelligently use Biblical tools, such as commentaries and reference materials, that require a working knowledge of the Greek Language. Time is also spent briefly examining the Hebrew language.

GRK 201: Introduction to Biblical Languages II
Continuing on where GRK 101 left off, this practical Greek course further examines the Greek language. Time is spent developing the skills needed to translate brief passages of scripture from the original Greek into english. Pre-requisite: GRK 101

PTH 208: Foundation of Church Ministries
This course is a foundational biblical and theological study of building a ministry. Every ministry is driven by something. The same may be said for the minister as well. This course will open the eyes of expectation and give information on what is needed to fulfill a calling to ministry.

Elective Blocks (Students can choose one block or mix and match electives from each area):

Christian Counseling Electives

CNS 234: Codependency
Codependency is the fallacy of trying to control interior feelings by controlling people, things and events on the outside.  This class provided the student with an analysis of the skills necessary to recognize and treat codependency.

CNS 331: Marriage and Family Counseling
An examination of the foundation of a successful marriage, the basic building block of the family and the church.  Also examined are counseling methods used with married couples undergoing conflicts, child nurturing and disciplining, and cross-cultural ramifications.

CNS 337: Crisis, Trauma and Grief Counseling
This course is designed to examine major stress and crisis from birth to death.  Attention is given to programmatic and therapeutic responses to crisis. Attention will also be spent studying the dynamics of counseling situations guiding families and patients through the stages of grief and death.

Christian Education Electives

CED 101: Introduction to Christian Education
This course presents an overview and examines the materials and methods for Christian teaching, the function and place of Christian education in the local church, and summarizes the Biblical, theological, historical, philosophical foundations, and the basic objectives of Christian education.

CED 111: Dynamic Methods of Teaching
The basic study of various audio and visual methods and models of instruction to equip students to communicate their ideas and subject matter clearly and concisely.

CED 301: Administration of Christian Education
An emphasis is placed on the principles and practices of organizing, administering, and supervising various programs in the local church.

Pastoral Ministries Electives

PRE 101: Homiletics
A basic study in sermon preparation dealing with the parts of the sermon, structure and delivery.  Emphasis is given to the analysis of student-prepared outlines, along with the actual delivery of sermons.

PTH 308: Advanced Leadership Principles
This course is designed as a continuation of PTH 301, specifically geared towards pastoral leadership in a church setting. Secular and Christian ideas of leadership are examined and applied to Christian education in the local church. Pre-requisite: PTH 301

PTH 408 Conflict Management
This course is designed to equip the student in understanding the dynamics of stress, assessing the level of stress, integrating principles designed to alleviate stressful personal or ministry situations.

Women’s Ministries Electives

CNS 331: Marriage and Family Counseling
An examination of the foundation of a successful marriage, the basic building block of the family and the church.  Also examined are counseling methods used with married couples undergoing conflicts, child nurturing and disciplining, and cross-cultural ramifications.

CNS 433: Counseling Domestic Violence
This course will help one to recognize constructively confront and bring hope and healing to individuals and their families who are caught in the deadly snare of domestic violence/abuse. We will look at all forms of abuse, including verbal. Over 20% of all women will be physically and/or sexually abused in their lifetime. Of particular interest is the denial, secrecy and concealment of abuse within the family system that may perpetuate the abuse for years without intervention. It frequently is passed down from one generation to the next until the generational curse is broken through Biblical Christian counseling that brings repentance reconciliation and restoration. As we shall see, the prevalence of abuse within the church is almost the same as that of society as a whole.

PTH 402: Theology of Gender in Ministry
A study of ministry to and by women, including Biblical foundations for roles of women in the home, church, and society. The course is designed to aid men and women who will be responsible for various areas of ministry. Both the Egalitarian and the Complementarian view will be addressed and assessed for Biblical historicity and contemporary application.

Youth Ministries Electives

YM 101: Introduction to Youth Ministry
Examines purpose of youth ministry, youth in modern American culture, needs of youth and their parents, the history and future of the youth ministry profession, and elements of programming.

YM 241: Counseling Youth
Examines needs and problems of normal and troubled adolescent experience. Attention given to developing a strategy of ministry through counseling.

YM 310: Speaking to Youth
Explores communication strategy and elements of homiletical theory in effective presentation of gospel message to youth. Opportunities to design and deliver youth talks.

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