Course Descriptions:

Introduction to Leadership and Leaders

This is a study of the nature of leadership. It will introduce a practical definition of what leadership is, briefly consider the recent history of leadership research, reflect on changing paradigms in Christian leadership today, and study the differences between leadership and management. Particular focus is given to the nature of transformational leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: 1) provide students with an understanding of the nature of leadership and leaders, 2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own roles as leaders and managers, 3) guide the students in making personal plans for their improvement as leaders, 4) give students a clear conceptual framework within which to understand the differences between leadership and management, along with the practical implications of those differences, and 5) increase students’ critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.

Advanced Leadership Administration

A church leader wears many hats. In this course learners discover how to maximize productivity in the various functions of church leadership. The course examines the biblical foundation and practical functions of administrative leadership in churches and Christian organizations, and focuses on developing successful, biblical attitudes and skills among team leaders. Students will analyze basic leadership principles from secular and evangelical sources, analyzing them through a biblical/theological grid. 

Methods of Biblical Preaching and Teaching

This class is designed to assist both the veteran preacher and the beginning preacher in the development of exegetical skills appropriate for effective preaching in the local church. It provides a systematic method for studying the Bible in its historical and literary context. Emphasis will also be placed on the practical implementation of theory by requiring full development of a series of sermons.

Leadership Development

This course focuses on the dynamics of developing leaders focusing on assessing and developing skills in the major components of leadership activities: leadership character issues, vision-casting, relationships, leadership styles, leadership skills, servant leadership and developing God’s gifts and abilities. The underlying purposes of the course are to: 1) provide students with an understanding of how leaders are built, 2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own leadership development, 3) guide the students in making personal plans for building other leaders, 4) guide the students in making personal plans for their improvement as leaders, and 5) increase students’ critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.

Balancing Marriage, Family and Ministry

This course explores the principles of setting boundaries. It helps the student develop a realistic perspective of ministry, marriage, and family. The course also focuses on skills for maintaining a mutually meaningful marriage, and guides the student to identify areas of weakness and develop strategies for strengthening. This course will also guides participants to a deeper self-awareness and personal analysis of the dynamics of any imbalance in their lives. It provides resources and exercises that help them regain health and perspective in the four key areas of marriage, family, church, and work

The Life of Christ – Jesus and the Kingdom among Us

Students explore the purpose, structure, content, theological claims, and enduring significance of Matthew’s Gospel. Special attention is given to Matthew’s presentation of Jesus’ origin and identity, the nature and content of his Kingdom proclamation, and the facts and significance of his crucifixion and resurrection.

Research and Book Writing Methods

This course is designed to enable students to understand concepts, purposes, and methods that are fundamental to conducting the kind of systematic inquiry necessary for writing graduate level research papers. It will also show you the various methods of how to write a book to spread your message.