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Biblical Counseling and Equipping (Online)

Biblical Counseling and Equipping

Bachelor of Science

Biblical counseling and equipping fulfills the mandate in Ephesians 4:11-16 for church leaders to equip God’s people to do the work of the ministry by speaking the truth in love—the personal ministry of the Word. This course of study equips students for local church and para-church counseling, equipping, discipleship, mentoring, and shepherding of men, women, and youth of various ethnic backgrounds. It positions graduates for pursuing advanced studies in biblical counseling, including seminary and graduate school.

SSSW 1131.1 Skills for College Success 

This course will focus on competency in the implementation of strategies for managing time, increasing reading comprehension, employing rules of grammar and usage, completing assignments, taking tests, writing essays, and using technology within the educational setting. Upon completion of the course, the student

ENGW 131.1 Composition and Reading I 

This course is an exercise in critical reading and thinking and effective strategies of persuasion. It is also a study of paragraph and composition structure, focusing on expository and persuasive writing as well as the “rhetorical modes” with their use individually and cooperatively.

ENGW 132.1 Composition and Reading II 

An exercise in the ability to read and think critically and to write persuasively. A study of the collection and synthesis of information from a variety of sources, focusing on the ability to use such information to logically construct an argument.

CO 3301.1 Communication Concepts 

An introduction to the concepts of effective oral and written communication to include functioning in teams and other organizational settings as well as interpersonal exchanges.

KEEN  Any History Elective

KEEN  Any Science or Math Elective

BI 2203.1 Understanding and Applying the Bible 

A study of the process that led to the creation of the English Bible and its authority, a survey of the principles and practice of independent Bible study, including an emphasis on the grammatical historical approach to biblical interpretation. The student will study methods of application leading to the development of theme, proposition and finally the lesson itself.

BIBW 2231.1 Old Testament Survey 

An overview of the books of the Old Testament designed to give the student a basic understanding of the history of the People of God, the geography of the Near East and the basic theme of the theology of the covenants.

BIBW 2232.1 New Testament Survey 

A survey of the New Testament including events in the life of Christ, the development of the early church, the work of the followers of Christ, and the influence on organizations and people in the first century.

BT 3304.1 Biblical Worldview 

A study of the biblical worldview as presented in the Old and New Testaments. Use of the Scripture to explore the role of general revelation (the creation) and special revelation (the Scriptures) and to experience God at work in the modern world.

CTH 3331.1 Christian Theology             

A systematic study of such Bible doctrines as God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, man, sin, salvation, and related topics. These themes will be examined through the focus of New Testament literature, predominately from the epistles.

UL 203.1 Culture, Race and the Church 

This course examines opportunities, problems, and hindrances to ministry in a multicultural society with emphasis on urban North America. The history of culture, contributions, religion and family life of major minority groups are surveyed. A biblical view of racism, segregation, interracial marriage, the origin of races, culture, and church responsibilities is developed.

BC 200.1 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 

This course is an introduction to the theological foundations, basic concepts, and distinctive features of biblical counseling.

BC 202.1 Dynamics of Change 

This course is an overview of the various process elements of biblical counseling. A detailed model for conducting biblical counseling will be presented and discussed.

BC 205.1 Counseling Theology 

This course is an overview of various theological and historical aspects of biblical counseling. Specific Doctrines of the Christian Faith along with key historical figures of biblical counseling movement will be presented and discussed.

BC 320.1 Counseling Observations 

This course consists of observations and detailed discussions of recorded counseling sessions. Students will put into practice the counseling skills that they have learned in previous classes. Students will enhance their learning by engaging in thoughtful evaluation of the observation, gracious critique, and forum discussion.

BC 305.1 Marriage and Family Counseling 

This course is to help students apply basic biblical counseling understanding to marriage and family counseling situations.

BC 310.1 Counseling Common Problems 

This course is an overview of various issue people go through in life and the basic insights from Scripture to address these matters comprehensively.

BC 406.1 Biblical Counseling Practicum 1 

This is a practical course where students conduct and critique biblical counseling. Students will grow in their counseling skills by encountering and addressing various challenges while conducting counseling. Prerequisites: Introduction to Biblical Counseling, Dynamics of Change, Counseling Theology, Counseling Observations, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Counseling Common Problems.

BC 490.1 Specialized Topics in Biblical Counseling 

This independent study course focuses on a biblical counseling area that is of interest to the individual. The course is designed to give the student experience in performing comprehensive research. Requires a significant amount of reading and a detailed research paper.

SS 215.1 Psychology 

This course is designed to help students understand the field of psychology and how to interact with it from a biblical perspective.

BC 410.1 Counseling Cross Culturally 

This course is a study of biblical counseling in various cultures. Specific emphasis will be placed on equipping biblical counselors to minister the Word of God effectively to people of different cultural groups.

BC 499.1 Biblical Counseling Internship 

This is a practical course where students function in a biblical counseling and/or discipleship capacity in a local church or parachurch organization for a total of 100 hours. This could include, but is not limited to, a combination of conducting biblical counseling, assisting in counseling, assisting in the administration of a counseling ministry, developing and/or teaching counseling or discipleship materials, and researching biblical counseling topics. Advisor approval required.