To Glorify God by Training Christian Leaders to Reach a Multiethnic Urban World for Christ
Urban Leadership

Urban Leadership

Bachelor of Science

The vision of the Urban Leadership degree is to equip any individual or organization with the skills necessary to assail spiritual, moral, and social poverty for the glory of Christ. Graduates of this program will be able to motivate and mobilize community members and organizations to confront the negative pathologies that keep them from having a positive impact in their own lives and the communities they serve.

 

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, delivery techniques, voice production, research, outlining, and messaging. It includes practice in delivering various types of speeches. Instruction in the presentation of simple Bible messages is also included.

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 2200 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 2220 Defining Moments in Church History

This course covers the major turning points in church history that have most contributed to shaping our current theological climate. Special attention will be given to the first apologists, the 4th and 5th century ecumenical councils, the lasting influence of St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, the continental and English Reformations, as well as the most significant events in American evangelicalism.

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.

SS Science Elective

Wild card! Take any class you want on this topic!

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.

 

 

 

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.

BC 3300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling

This course is a general introduction to the basic concepts and distinctives of biblical counseling, including definitions and foundations of biblical counseling, the unique and comprehensive nature of the Bible, the role of the gospel in counseling, the heart of man, a comparison to major theories and models in psychology, the role of the counselor, and the relationship of biblical counseling to the local church.

BC 4401 Marriage and Family Counseling

This course examines common marriage and family counseling issues. These will include a biblical view on gender roles, singleness, and marriage; premarital counseling issues; financial problems, conflict resolution, parenting, sexual and in-law problems, abuse, and divorce. Major theoretical approaches and findings in psychology are presented. Prerequisites: BC 200, 202.

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 Christ-likeness 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 1102 is completed. Prerequisite: BT 1102.

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.

 

UL 1190 Understanding Modern Street Gangs

This course will require students to critically examine the theories of origin, structures, typologies, cultures/subcultures, operations, and problems associated with urban street gangs. Students will be required to review these aspects from a local, national, and international perspective. This course will also require students to address street gang problems from a biblical perspective.

UL 2290 Social Services and Theology

This course will require students to study and reflect theologically upon models for social change locally and globally. Students will research and when possible visit community models that reflect positive and negative change. Students will be introduced to the nature of social welfare systems, its history, development, and growth as well as the range of problems they attempt to address. Using the Bible as our theological guide, students will evaluate programs to determine how they promote or negate orthodoxy and orthopraxis.

UL 3315 Studies in Urban Leadership

This course studies styles, skills, roles, and functions of leaders within organizations. Students will gain a broad understanding of theoretical approaches of leadership for effective administration in local and global urban context. This course will require students to apply various leadership styles to ethical issues facing contemporary urban leaders with the intent of developing holistic solutions.

UL 3355 Social Research Methods and Poverty

This course will require students to study social research methodologies in order to develop scientific research skills. Students will also delve more deeply into the issues of poverty (economically and spiritually) by analyzing neighborhoods locally and globally. Students will develop holistic strategies in order to rebuild communities locally and globally. Prerequisites: SS 2204, UL 2290, and another social science (preferably SS 2204).

UL 4460 Urban Entrepreneurship

This course will require students to address specific challenges and opportunities within at-risk urban centers. Students will utilize asset based community development as well as other successful entrepreneurial ventures in local, national, and global settings in order to develop entrepreneurial models that will bring about holistic solutions in targeted communities.

UL100-498 Specialized Topics in Urban Leadership

An independent study in some topic of urban leadership designed to give the student experience in theological research of some topic of interest. Research paper required. Offered on demand.

UL 4499 Urban Leadership Internship

This course requires the student to gain leadership experience in an urban environment in a cross-cultural setting with people from one or more ethnic groups other than the student’s own for a minimum of 180 hours. Students will interface theory and practice along with theology and ministry by integrating classroom learning, hands-on practice, spiritual formation, mentoring, and critical reflection on the practice of Christian faith in urban settings.

 

 

+6 hours of free electives

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