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Biblical Counseling and Equipping

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.

 

Courses

HU 1110 College Life Mindset

Interdisciplinary thinking is introduced within a collegiate-biblical context. Students are exposed to study processes weaving academic goals with present situations. Orientation toward an interdependent, wholistic Christian life view is developed.

LA 1104 English Composition 1

This course enables students to learn to communicate effectively through writing which is essential for urban ministry. It places emphasis on different forms of writing by covering introductive, informative, comparative/contrast, descriptive, persuasive, and process types of writing. Students will also explore the use of visual aids in written materials and the necessary software.

LA 1105 English Composition 2

This course continues with further developing writing skills and gives an in-depth look at how to do a research paper which is essential for effective urban ministry. Time is spent developing a thesis statement, bibliography, outline, rough draft, and final paper. It offers an examination of the various types of research techniques, library uses, organizations, formats, citations, and documentations culminating in a research paper on an urban multicultural topic. Prerequisite: LA 104.

CO 1103 Public Speaking

This course is a study in the art and skills of public speaking and emphasizes audience adaptation, platform technique, and voice production. It includes practice in delivering various types of speeches. Instruction in the presentation of simple Bible messages is also included. Parliamentary procedure is studied and each student leads a meeting.

SC 1105 Introduction to Computers

This course discusses the basic use of a computer. Basic computer vocabulary is explained and operating system and Windows commands are taught. Main emphasis is placed on instruction in word processing, spreadsheet, online presentations and the Internet. It requires hands-on work in the computer lab.

HU 2220 Humanities

This course examines history through great works of art, music, architecture, theater, and literature by placing emphasis on how Christians have shaped and responded to world civilization.

HU ABC Church History of Soul Care

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HP 1108 Health and Physical Education

This course is designed to help students develop foundational understanding, actual activity and a Christian perspective of health, physical education and sports. Present, past and future lifetime activity and lifetime health are emphasized.

HU 2201 Introduction to Philosophy

This course examines the basic philosophical issues with emphasis on the major questions of philosophy in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. A Christian worldview is developed.

MA 2207 Business Math

This course is an introduction to a broad range of business basics of special relevance to those in ministry. It addresses the need of sound financial management in areas such as time value of money, cash flow analysis, financial planning, risk and capital budgeting. It includes management, marketing, finance and accounting procedures.

HU 4410 Senior Seminar

This course is designed to correlate the student’s academic and biblical college experience, evaluate proficiency through oral and written examinations, assess the value added by the college to the student’s education, introduce the student to lifetime learning methods, and focus the student’s thinking in key areas of a biblical worldview. Required during the senior year of graduating baccalaureate students.

SS Science Elective

PL 1101 Evangelism and Discipleship

A skill-oriented course designed to provide the student with the knowledge and ability to share the gospel, lead someone to Christ, and then follow up with discipleship training. Personal witnessing outside of class is required. Students are introduced to setting up a program for ongoing evangelism and discipleship in the local church. Demonstrates ways to nurture new Christians and build committed disciples who can spiritually reproduce themselves. Emphasis is on developing a thorough, workable follow-up program in the local church.

UL 1185 Intro to Holistic Urban Ministry

This course will assist students in developing the foundational skills necessary to aid the church in its missional responsibilities to urban communities. The course requires students to develop a biblical worldview concerning urban issues. Students will also be introduced to step-by-step processes of establishing a nonprofit ministry/organization.

UL 2203 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.

CE 2212 Principles and Methods of Teaching

Examines pedagogy and andragogy and the individual characteristics of each age level. Students are taught how to study the Bible inductively and from their study prepare, write, and teach Spirit-empowered Bible lessons.

CE 4411 Christianity in the 21st Century

A study of critical issues facing the church as it enters the new century with emphasis upon the key problems that both Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox churches face. The study will examine various New Testament considerations for unity, growth, and ministry needs.

 

 

BT 1102 Building a Biblical Lifestyle

Survey of the foundational concepts for Christian living including Bible study, prayer, God’s will, authority, the church, position in Christ, doubtful things, spiritual warfare, etc. Students develop a biblically balanced philosophy of godly living that will provide guidance for a lifetime. Emphasis is on continued personal growth in Christlikeness and practical application of biblical principles.

BL 2207 Hermeneutics

A study of the theory and praxis of biblical interpretation. Both evangelical and aberrant hermeneutical methods will be examined. Designed to give the student the method and skills to interpret all genres of biblical literature.

BL 1101 Old Testament Survey 1

A foundational study designed to give the student a grasp of the Old Testament as a whole. Over two semesters, the full scope of the Old Testament is studied within its historical and cultural context. Its basic teachings are discovered and applied.

BL 1102 Old Testament Survey 2

A foundational study designed to give the student a grasp of the Old Testament as a whole. Over two semesters, the full scope of the Old Testament is studied within its historical and cultural context. Its basic teachings are discovered and applied.

BL 2204 New Testament Survey 1

These courses comprise a survey of each book of the New Testament over two semesters. The study of each book will cover its historical setting, structure, theology, application, and place in the scope of redemptive-history. Trends in New Testament scholarship will also be discussed.

BL 2205 New Testament Survey 2

These courses comprise a survey of each book of the New Testament over two semesters. The study of each book will cover its historical setting, structure, theology, application, and place in the scope of redemptive-history. Trends in New Testament scholarship will also be discussed.

BT 2205 Theology of Culture

Establishes a Christian view of culture from a scriptural base. Proposes a biblical framework for lifelong, personal creational engagement. Develops an intrapersonal, interpersonal, and vocational directive for biblically lived tradecrafts. Applies the expertise of individual Christian practitioners within their current experiential roles toward godly wisdom. Engages practical skills to reinforce God-gifted infiltration of calling in specific cultural fields.

BT 2203 Systematic Theology 1

This course is a detailed study of the doctrines of God (theology proper), the Bible (bibliology), angels (angelology), including Satan and demons. We will cover revelation, inspiration, and illumination of Scripture; the character and attributes of the Godhead; trinitarianism; and the nature and activities of angels. Prerequisites: LA 104, 105, BI 207.

BT 2204 Systematic Theology 2

A detailed study of the doctrines of humanity (anthropology), sin (hamartiology), Christ (Christology), and salvation (soteriology). Covers the origin, fall, nature and guilt of the human race, conversion, repentance, faith, regeneration, justification, redemption, sanctification, glorification, and the person and work of Christ. Prerequisites: LA 104, 105, BI 207.

BT 3304 Biblical Worldview

An exploration of the biblical worldview and analysis of popular competing worldviews, particularly in relation to contemporary social trends and challenges unique to Christian ministry in multiethnic urban settings. The Philosophy of Ministry project begun in BT 102 is completed. Prerequisite: BT 102.

BT 3305 Systematic Theology 3

A detailed study of the doctrines of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology), the church (ecclesiology), and “last things” (eschatology). Covers the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the origin, organization, and administration of the local church, biblical prophecy, and future events. The premillennial, pretribulational coming of Christ is defended. Prerequisites: LA 104, 105, BI 207.

BT 3308 Cults and World Religions

This course emphasizes a thorough understanding of the Trinity, the authority of Scripture and salvation by faith alone. The student learns to analyze any religion, compare it with biblical truth, and develop an evangelistic strategy. Religions covered are Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, New Age, Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Wicca, and natural traditional religions.

BT 4407 Apologetics

A study of the Christian evidences that support the factuality and historicity of the Bible, with emphasis on the reliability of biblical documents, evidence for the bodily resurrection, and Old Testament accuracy. Christianity in a postmodern world of religious pluralism will be discussed. Presuppositions of unbelieving critics are examined to enable confident refutation of anti-Christian arguments. Prerequisites: one semester of BI 101 or 102, BI 204 or 205, and BT 203, 204, or 305.

BCE 1101 Biblical Counseling 1 

This foundational course explores the theology of biblical counseling in the local church (pastors and members). It assists church leaders to develop a Christ-centered, church-based, comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally-informed model of biblical counseling and equipping that embraces life issues in a biblical and relational way. In seeking to discern what makes biblical counseling ministry biblical, the course will explore the eight biblical categories of: God’s Word (“Where do we find wisdom for life in a broken world?”), the Trinity (“Whose view of God will we believe?”), Creation (“Whose am I?”), Fall (“What is the root source of our problems?”), Redemption (“How does Christ change people?”), the Church (“Where do we find a place to believe, belong, and become?”), Consummation (“How does our future destiny impact our present reality?”), and Sanctification (“How do we become like Jesus?”).

BCE 1102 Biblical Counseling 2

This foundational course is based upon the conviction that people learn to be effective biblical counselors by giving and receiving biblical counsel in the context of community. Thus, in the context of a nurturing small group lab experience, students will discover how to apply theology to personal ministry. Students will learn how to think biblically (diagnosis through biblical wisdom), relate deeply (treatment through care), and communicate skillfully (intervention through interaction). Interpersonal interaction and dynamics, live counseling, reading, lecture, role-play, evaluation of taped counseling, and observation will be used to facilitate personal and counseling growth. Must be taken concurrent with or subsequent to BCE 101.

BCE 1103 Cross Cultural Issues in Counseling

This foundational course equips students to explore how culture influences individuals, the church, society, counseling, and equipping. It helps students to become exegetes of the Scriptures, of the soul, and of society, preparing them to minister effectively to and with people from diverse backgrounds. Relevant counseling and discipleship issues related to multiethnic urban ministry will be explored. Prerequisites: BCE 101 and 102.

BCE 2201 Marriage and Family Discipleship and Counseling

Students will explore a biblical portrait of the healthy functioning of the family, causes and patterns of family breakdown, and marriage and family counseling and equipping intervention. Students will be equipped with a Christian approach to marriage and family ministry in the local church that applies biblical counseling theory to marriage and family discipleship and counseling. Students will also learn basic principles of biblical premarital preparation. Prerequisites: BCE 101.

BCE 2202 Small Group Ministry Leadership

Students will explore ways in which biblical counseling and equipping can and should be integrated into the context of Christian community. Students will be equipped to blend biblical directives and small group dynamics into a cohesive theory of small group ministry in the Body of Christ. Attention will be given to leading small groups, developing leaders of small groups, devising small group ministries to meet various needs (including mentoring groups, maturity groups, ministry groups, mending groups, mission groups, and model groups), and overseeing, organizing, and administering a small group ministry. The course will be organized as a lab small group experience, allowing students to observe, participate in, and facilitate a small group. Prerequisites: BCE 101, 102, and 103.

BCE 2203 Developing a Biblical Perspective on Theology and Psychology

This course equips students to examine the relationship between theology and psychology. Students will develop a biblical theology of the relationship between theology and psychology with special reference to Colossians. They will also develop a historical theology of the relationship between theology and psychology. Topics included are ways of knowing various theories of non-integration and integration, common grace, the noetic effect of sin, the sufficiency of Scripture, natural revelation and special revelation, the descriptive and the prescriptive role of psychology, and contrasts/comparisons of biblical versus secular psychology. Prerequisites: BCE 101, 102, and 103.

BCE 4401 Equipping Counselors for Ministry to the Church and Community

In this capstone course, students will be equipped to lead their churches toward becoming a place where one-another ministry, the sufficiency of Scripture, and progressive sanctification saturate the entire congregation (from the pulpit ministry of the Word, to the private ministry of the Word, to the personal ministry of the Word). Students will be equipped to implement in church-specific ways the “4E” training strategy of envisioning, enlisting, equipping, and empowering biblical counselors and one-another ministers to impact their church and community. Through lecture, interaction, group projects, church projects, and community -based ministry projects, students will learn how to apply a comprehensive model for shepherding a church toward being a church of biblical counseling for the church and community, not just a church with biblical counseling for the church. Prerequisites: BCE 101, 102, 103, 201, and 202.

BC 4402 Biblical Counseling Practicum

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.

6 Hours of BCE Electives

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