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Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Core Courses

  • Dynamics of Discipleship (3 credits) The core of ministry leadership is the business of shepherding individuals toward God, helping them grow in their faith, and mobilizing them as productive parts of the body of Christ. This course is designed to introduce students to concepts of spiritual development, a biblical understanding of what it takes to be a shepherd, and approaches for growing people of various age groups through each stage of growth.
  • Principles of Ministry Strategy (3 credits) This course is designed to introduce students to practical competencies and skills for the effective development and use of a wide range of programming as tools for accomplishing biblical ministry objectives.
  • Developing Dynamic Teams (3 credits) Organizations are increasingly realizing the need for a team orientation yet, despite the rhetoric, there remain significant cultural impediments to team development and maintenance. This course leads students in an application of group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing, and mending teams of employees and volunteers for maximum effectiveness.
  • Governance & Administration of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits) This course will examine structural models for governance of non-profit organizations. It will also introduce students to principles and practices employed by boards and administrations for the management of such agencies. Key topics will include board structure, finance, publicity, program planning, strategic planning, and consultants.
  • Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits) This course will introduce students to basic budgetary principles and procedures for not-for-profit agencies. Key topics will include budgeting, reporting, financing, cost analysis, fundraising, stewardship, and donor management.
  • Risk Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3 credits) This course will introduce students to situational analysis of the legal systems impacting the delivery of recreation and leisure services. Emphasis will be placed on applied legal understanding and loss control strategies. Key topics will include insurance, release forms, record keeping, risk transference, signage, and supervision.

Camp & Recreation Program Courses

  • Foundations of Camping and Outdoor Education. (3 credits) This course is designed to familiarize the student with the history, philosophies, and current trends within the outdoor education and organized camping movement. The following major topics will be addressed: centralized vs. de-centralized programming; residential & wilderness environments; needs-based & age graded programming. Students will be introduced to the roles that many of the major professional organizations play such as the American Camping Association, Christian Camping International, Association for Experiential Education, and Association for Challenge Course Technology. The students will be helped to develop and clearly articulate a solid philosophic approach to developing a camping ministry.
  • Introduction to Impact Ministry Leadership. (3 credits) This course is designed to train individuals in the effective use of impact ministry environments and dynamics, as tools for introducing others to a growing, intimate relationship with their God. While the focus is on the camping and wilderness laboratory, this is a leadership course. The skills that are introduced are skills that are highly transferable into any environment. Our goal is to help students to acquire tools that will help them increase their effectiveness in moving people toward God.
  • Foundations of Experience Based Learning. (3 credits) This course is designed to introduce the student to current experience based learning theories, models, and tools. Students will interact with these theories, investigating, evaluating, and adapting them in order to develop skills for facilitating learning for a wide range of students in a variety of environments and experiences.
  • Recreational Programming: Vision, Assessment, Design. (3 credits) The student will be introduced to the recreational program development cycle endemic to typical camping environments, from assessment and design to implementation and evaluation. Assessment of human development, spiritual development, and group dynamics will be addressed along with basic principles of strategic program development. Students will be introduced to the necessary skills, techniques and methods for effectively and safely implementing a learning strategy in the context of recreational programming. Attention will also be given to proper evaluation methods and post event learning integration.
  • Counseling in Active Learning Environments. (3 credits) This course is designed to help students understand principles and acquire competencies necessary to move participants towards growth in the context of short-term impact ministry environments such as retreats, resident camps, mission trips, and wilderness trips. Key subjects include group dynamics, relationship building, camper discipline, facilitation, framing, debriefing, processing, and Bible study.

Family Ministry Program Courses

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  • Family Ministry Philosophy (3 credits) Explore the values of establishing an integrated ministry strategy that extends from birth to adulthood while integrating the church and family together. This foundational course for family ministry philosophies will evaluate various models. The course will explore methods for transitioning from a youth, child, and adult departmental model to an essential family ministry model.
  • Refining the Message (3 credits) Develop communication, curriculum, teaching, and preaching approaches that are age appropriate, relevant, and life changing.
  • Reactivating Families (3 credits) Explore patterns for empowering and supporting the family as the primary discipler in the life of a child. An emphasis will be placed upon spiritual disciplines, rites of passage, and milestones. Students will be introduced to various family “maps.”
  • Elevating Community (3 credits) Develop approaches that maximize the benefit of community, relationships, and mentors to a student’s overall maturity and development. The course will examine approaches designed to provide multiple intergenerational mentors into each young person’s life for maximum impact.
  • Leveraging Volunteerism & Advocacy (3 credits) Explore how advocacy and volunteerism plays an important role in a young person’s spiritual development. Integrated models of youth ministry, strategic service, outreach, and advocacy will be explored. Best-practice management of volunteer principles will be explored for the purpose of increasing recruitment, retention, and organizational commitment.

Intercultural Ministry Program Courses

  • Intercultural Ministry Philosophy (3 credits) This course is designed to help students to establish a Biblical foundational philosophy for ministering in intercultural environments and to introduce students to basic skills and competencies necessary for effective ministry in any culture. Emphasis will be placed on understanding non-negotiable Biblical principles, exploration of characteristics unique to intercultural and cross-cultural communities, and applying ministry principles to the specific needs of individuals across the globe.
  • Cultural Anthropology (3 credits) This course is designed to provide students a working foundation toward understanding global cultures, languages, world views and belief systems. Emphasis will be placed on comparing and contrasting these dynamics with an eye toward both productive and proactive engagement with people of and in different cultures.
  • Intercultural Communication (3 credits) This course is designed to develop the student’s understanding of what culture is, how cultures communicate, increase sensitivity to and understanding of intercultural differences and similarities so that this awareness can lead to more effective communication by helping the student build an effective approach to communicating effectively in intercultural settings, including those where language barriers may exist. A focus will be placed on the many elements and processes involved in the sending and receiving of messages within intercultural contexts.
  • Intercultural Evangelism (3 credits) This course is designed to help students develop an effective practical approach to bringing the unchanging Gospel to culturally diverse settings in today’s world. Core Gospel concepts will be reviewed along with an evaluation of methods of engagement, challenges of communication, indigenous worldviews, cultural patterns and identification of local practical needs will be explored with a view to determining the logical starting point when communicating the Gospel to the target culture.

Urban Ministry Program Courses

  • Foundations of Urban Ministry (3 credits) This course is designed to lay a foundation for urban ministry by introducing the history, trends and challenges that shape it uniquely. Building on that context, the course will challenge learners to integrate Scripture into every aspect of urban ministry and create programming driven by a clear sense of mission and purpose.
  • Urban Ministry Culture (3 credits) This course is designed to help students understand and engage the cultural dynamics of urban ministry in America and worldwide in a way that helps to position them and their urban ministry organization as servants to the local church and urban world unit.
  • Communication in Urban Ministry (3 credits) This course is designed to help students establish a comprehensive strategy for effective communication in urban ministry. Emphasis will be placed on engaging the various stakeholders in urban ministry with relevant, timely and clear communication across various contexts and channels.
  • Engaging America 2024 and Beyond (3 credits) The goal of this course is to help individuals develop ministries which will enable them to engage and influence urban environments with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the coming decades. A secondary goal is to help students develop a plan to have an effective personal outreach ministry in their own urban contexts.

Youth Ministry Program Courses

  • Youth Ministry Philosophy (3 credits) This course is designed to help students to establish a Biblical foundational philosophy for ministering to youth and to introduce students to basic skills and competencies necessary for effective youth ministry in any culture. Emphasis will be placed on understanding non-negotiable Biblical principles, exploration of characteristics unique to youth and youth culture, and applying ministry principles to the specific needs of adolescents.
  • Adolescents & Youth Culture (3 credits) This course is designed to help students understand modern youth culture and its impact on adolescents, then engage them from a biblical worldview.
  • Communication in Youth Ministry (3 credits) This course is designed to help students establish a comprehensive strategy for effective communication in youth ministry. Emphasis will be placed on engaging the various stakeholders in student ministry with relevant, timely and clear communication across various contexts and channels.
  • Youth Ministry Evangelism (3 credits) The goal of this course is to help students develop ministries which will enable them to train teens to influence their world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A secondary goal is to help students develop a personal plan to have an effective outreach ministry themselves.

Wilderness Courses

  • Principles of Leadership and Discipleship (3 credits) Wilderness experiences have been used by God throughout history to teach people and to draw them to Himself in extra-ordinary ways. Wilderness continues to be a classroom that provides an exceptional environment for helping people to learn and grow, in ways that just don’t happen in traditional classroom settings. While the classroom may not be traditional, the concepts and skills introduced are highly transferable into any environment. Our goal is to help you to acquire tools that will help increase your effectiveness in moving people toward God.
  • Leading and Discipling Relationships (3 credits) Wilderness experiences have been used by God throughout history to teach people and to draw them to Himself in extra-ordinary ways. Wilderness continues to be a classroom that provides an exceptional environment for helping people to learn and grow, in ways that just don’t happen in traditional classroom settings. While the classroom may not be traditional, the concepts and skills introduced are highly transferable into any environment. Our goal is to help you to acquire tools that will help increase your effectiveness in moving people toward God.
  • Intro to Accelerated Learning (3 credits) Wilderness experiences have been used by God throughout history to teach people and to draw them to Himself in extra-ordinary ways. Wilderness continues to be a classroom that provides an exceptional environment for helping people to learn and grow, in ways that just don’t happen in traditional classroom settings. This course was developed to train individuals in the effective use of the wilderness environment, as a tool for introducing others to a growing, intimate relationship with God. While the focus is on the wilderness laboratory, this is a leadership course. Skills introduced are highly transferable into any environment. Our goal is to help you to acquire tools that will help you increase your effectiveness in moving people toward God.
  • Wilderness Leadership (3 credits) Wilderness experiences have been used by God throughout history to teach people and to draw them to himself in extra-ordinary ways. Wilderness continues to be a classroom that provides an exceptional environment for helping people to learn and grow, in ways that just don’t happen in traditional classroom settings.

Graduate Courses

Organizational Leadership Program Courses

  • Leading in Active Learning Environments. (3 credits) This course is a study of organizational leadership theory and practice as it relates to the development and facilitation of active learning environments. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and evaluating students’ personalities and leadership styles, adapting and using leadership approaches, and exploring principles for moving individuals and organizations toward growth and development. The course content is designed to serve as a catalyst for applying leadership principles to the student’s organizational environment.
  • Organizations as Learning Communities. (3 credits) The rapidly changing environment has produced significant shift in organizational theory and practice. In times of rapid change the ability of an organization to learn emerges as a primary competency. Students will interact with organizational theory to help them identify and understand the unique organizational culture within which they function and to formulate interventions to enhance learning and innovation. Students will also interact with learning theory to help them develop effective approaches to encouraging and facilitating learning within the organization.
  • Strategic Thinking. (3 credits) In a fast paced environment organizations must be able to respond quickly to emerging challenges. Planning processes must keep pace with the changing realities. The ability to think with strategic flexibility in producing effective approaches to fleeting opportunities and imminent crises places a leader in a position to be of great service. This course engages students in the application of strategic theory, change theory, and implementation disciplines applied to real challenges within their organizations.
  • Developing Dynamic Teams. (3 credits) Organizations are increasingly realizing the need for a team orientation yet, despite the rhetoric, there remain significant cultural impediments to team development and maintenance. This course leads students in an application of group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing, and mending teams of employees and volunteers for maximum effectiveness.
  • Governance and Administration of Nonprofit Organizations. (3 credits) Leadership of a non-profit organization presents unique challenges, limitations, and advantages. This course exposes students to theories of governance and administration with a view to helping them interact effectively with all levels of an organization from any position within that organization.
  • Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations. (3 credits) Prudent planning and management of organizational finances is essential to continued success. Financial management challenges in the non-profit organization include planning, fundraising, marketing, oversight, and accountability. Students interact with all aspects of their organization’s finances to gain proficiency in the rudiments of financial oversight.
  • Risk Management in Nonprofit Organizations. (3 credits) This course is designed to familiarize students with current law and industry standards over against which liability is determined. Students also interact with accreditation agencies and processes and the development of sound risk management policy.

Other Graduate Courses

  • An Interpretive Study of Biblical Discipleship (3 credits) As Christians, we are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ, followers in His way, participants in His mission in the world. Ministry leadership, in all of its variances, is about helping people become such followers of Jesus Christ. This course will focus on facilitating discovery of the New Testament teachings related to the discipleship mission in order to provide strong biblical foundations for the pursuit of that mission.