Certificate

Certificate of Christian Leadership (32 hrs)

Purpose

The purpose of this certificate is to provide students with the opportunity to develop leadership abilities that will better equip them for general Christian service.

Course Requirements
CCL Requirements 32 hrs
New Testament 12 hrs
New Testament Survey 3 hrs
Gospels 3 hrs
Acts 3 hrs
Epistles 3 hrs
Old Testament 6 hrs
Old Testament Survey 3 hrs
Old Testament Electives 3 hrs
History/Theology 3 hrs
Electives 11 hrs

Degree Programs

Associate of Sacred Literature (66 hrs)

Purpose

This degree intended to provide students with a basic Bible overview and fundamental studies in the foundational books of the New Testament along with basic doctrine and general studies to equip them for general Christian service. This degree also servęs as a significant step towards the Bachelor Degree programs, since every credit achieved here will apply to the Bachelor of Sacred Literature in HS respective majors. At the conclusion of these studies, the student should expect to demonstrate:

  1. Christian character and commitment to ministry.
  2. The ability to interpret correctly the Word of God.
  3. A familiarity of the scope of the Bible, the life and ministry of Jesus, and the beginning of His church.
  4. Fundamental rhetorical communication skills in both writing and speaking.
  5. The concepts of Christian servanthood.
  6. An appreciation for the Restoration Movement both in history and the contemporary Christian world.
  7. Personal evangelistic skills.
  8. Both an appreciation for and an application of personal Christian disciplines and the Christian context for general foundational studies.

Course Requirements
General Studies 24 hrs
Communicative Arts 9 hrs
(GCA-111) College English 1: Grammar and Composition 3 hrs
(GCA-112) College English 2: Research and Writing 3 hrs
(GCA-121) Fundamentals Of Public Speaking 3 hrs
Philosophy 6 hrs
(GPH-210) Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs
(GPH-340) Worldviews Analysis 3 hrs
History 3 hrs
(GHI-241) History of the Restoration Movement 3 hrs
Social Sciences 3 hrs
(GSO) Social Sciences Elective 3 hrs
Science 3 hrs
(GSC) Science Elective 3 hrs
Biblical Studies 33 hrs
General Bible 3 hrs
(BGB-220) Hermeneutİcs 3 hrs
Old Testament 6 hrs
(BNT-110) New Testament Survey 3 hrs
(BOT) Old Testament Elective 3 hrs
New Testament 12 hrs
(BNT-110) New Testament Survey 3 hrs
(BNT-221) Life of Christ 1 3 hrs
(BNT-222) Life of Christ 2 3 hrs
(BNT-230) Acts of the Apostles 3 hrs
Theology 6 hrs
(BTH-221) Christian Doctrine 1 3 hrs
(BTH-222) Christian Doctrine 2 3 hrs
Biblical Studies Electives 6 hrs
Includes any BAP, BGB, BLA, BNT, BOT, BTH 6 hrs
Professional Studies 9 hrs
Ministry 5 hrs
(PMN-110) Introduction to Ministry 2 hrs
(PMN-250) Homiletics (men) 3 hrs
Missions 2 hrs
(PMI-220) Biblical Basis of Missions 2 hrs
Music 2 hrs
(GMU) Music Elective 2 hrs

Bachelor Of Sacred Literature (132 hrs)

Purpose

The purpose of the Bachelor of Sacred Literature is to develop spiritual and academic excellence sufficient for entry-level vocational ministry within a local church congregation or Para-church organization. CIBS will accomplish this through an emphasis on relevant General, Biblical and Professional Studies. At the conclusion of these studies, the student should expect to demonstrate:

  1. Christian character and commitment to ministry.
  2. The ability to interpret correctly the Word of God.
  3. The ability to articulate the Christian worldview and how to challenge non-Christian worldviews in their chosen ministry field.
  4. In addition, the Bachelor of Arts students should expect to demonstrate the academic ability to pursue graduate studies.

Course Requirements
General Studies 36 hrs
Communicative Arts 12 hrs
(GCA-111) College English 1: Grammar and Composition 3 hrs
(GCA-112) College English 2: Research and Writing 3 hrs
(GCA-121) Fundamentals Of Public Speaking 3 hrs
(GCA) Communicative Arts Elective 3 hrs
Philosophy 9 hrs
(GPH-210) Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs
(GPH-340) Worldviews Analysis 3 hrs
(GPH) Philosophy Elective 3 hrs
History 9 hrs
(GHI-221) Church History 3 hrs
(GHI-241) History of the Restoration Movement 3 hrs
(GHI) History Elective 3 hrs
Social Sciences 3 hrs
(GSO) Social Sciences Elective 3 hrs
Science 3 hrs
(GSC) Science Elective 3 hrs
Biblical Studies 54 hrs
General Bible 3 hrs
(BGB-220) Hermenêutics 3 hrs
Old Testament 15 hrs
(BOT-110) Old Testament Survey 3 hrs
CHOOSE ONE

(BOT-321) Pentateuch: Genesis
(BOT-323) Pentateuch: Exodus
(BOT-325) Pentateuch: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
3 hrs
CHOOSE ONE

(BOT-331) History: Joshua, Judges, Ruth
(BOT-335) History: United Kingdom
(BOT-341) History: Divided Kingdom
(BOT-345) Posț-Exlic Israel
3 hrs
CHOOSE ONE

(BOT-351) Wisdom Literature: Job
(BOT-335) Wisdom Literature: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song Of Solomon
(BOT-353) Wisdom Literature: Psalms
3 hrs
CHOOSE ONE

(BOT-361) Prophets: Isaiah
(BOT-363) Prophets: Jeremiah, Lamentations
(BOT-366) Prophets: Ezekiel
(BOT-368) Prophets: Daniel
(BOT-371) Prophets: Minor Prophets 1
(BOT-372) Prophets: Minor Prophets 2
3 hrs
New Testament 18 hrs
(BNT-110) New Testament Survey 3 hrs
(BNT-221) Life of Christ 1 3 hrs
(BNT-222) Life of Christ 2 3 hrs
(BNT-230) Acts of the Apostles 3 hrs
CHOOSE ONE

(BNT-341) Pauline Epistles: Romans
(BNT-345) Pauline Epistles: 1 Corinthians
(BNT-347) Pauline Epistles: 2 Corinthians
(BNT-351) Pauline Epistles: Galatians
(BNT-353) Pauline Epistles: Prison Epistles 1 - Ephesians, Philippians
(BNT-356) Pauline Epistles: Prison Epistles 2 - Colossians, Philemon
(BNT-361) Pauline Epistles: 1, 2 Thessalonians
(BNT-364) Pauline Epistles: Epistles To The Evangelists - 1,2 Timothy, Titus)
3 hrs
CHOOSE ONE

(BNT-371) General Epistles: Hebrews
(BNT-373) General Epistles: James
(BNT-375) General Epistles: 1,2 Peter, Jude
(BNT-379) General Epistles: 1,2,3 John
(BNT-383) General Epistles: Revelation
3 hrs
Theology 12 hrs
(BTH-221) Christian Doctrine 1 3 hrs
(BTH-222) Christian Doctrine 2 3 hrs
(BTH-261) Ethics 3 hrs
CHOOSE ONE

(BAP-250) Introduction to Apologetics
(BAP-351) Science and Theology
3 hrs
Biblical Studies Electives 6 hrs
Includes any BAP, BGB, BLA, BNT, BOT, BTH 6 hrs
Professional Studies 22 hrs
Ministry 5 hrs
(PMN-110) Introduction to Ministry 2 hrs
(PMN-121) Theology of Evangelism 2 hrs
(PMN-122) Personal Evangelism 2 hrs
(PMN-250) Homiletics (men) 3 hrs
Missions 2 hrs
(PMI-220) Biblical Basis of Missions 2 hrs
Christian Education 6 hrs
(PCE-110) Introduction to Education 3 hrs
(PCE) Christian Education Elective 3 hrs
Music 2 hrs
(GMU) Music Elective 2 hrs
Degree Specific Courses 20 hrs
Degree Specific Courses 20 hrs
Each Major 18 hrs
Internship 2 hrs
* One of the electives above will be replaced with a specific course particular to the student's major

Courses

Key To Courses

Courses numbered in the 100’s are generally for freshmen, and will typically be completed in the freshman and sophomore years. Courses numbered in the 200’s will generally be taken by sophomores and juniors. Courses numbered in the 300's are primarily intended for students who are juniors and seniors.

In order to meet the needs of students who have irresolvable schedule conflicts creating an obstacle to graduation in a timely manner, it may be appropriate to arrange instruction in an out-of-class setting. Students classified as juniors and seniors are eligible to use this alternative arrangement, but only with advanced approval of the Registrar, instructor, and Academic Dean.

A master schedule showing the courses to be offered and the faculty who will be teaching them is published prior to Pre-Registration for each semester.

The three letter designation before the course number indicates the area of study:

B - Biblical Studies
G - General Studies P - Professional Studies

The second two letters designate the more specific field of study.

If a course number is followed by a small case extension, the key is as follows:

m - Module course
S - Satellite or Outreach Course

Course Descriptions

Biblical Studies
Apologetics
BAP-250 Introduction to Apologetics 3 hrs
A study of how to defend the Christian faith in light of current cultural and philosophical criticisms. Emphasis will be placed upon the nature of truth, existence of God, reality of miracles, inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible, and the veracity of the Resurrection.
BAP-351 Science and Theology 3 hrs
A critical review of the Pentateuch and the New Testament passages that speak to scientific concepts by examining their grammatical-historical context in the light of the modern sciences.
General Bible
BGB-220 Hermeneutics 3 hrs
The study of the science of Biblical interpretation. This class is designed to introduce the student to the various types of literature that are contained in the Bible and to assist them in interpreting these types in a systematic way. It also includes an introduction to Biblical languages.
Biblical Languages
BLA-221 Beginning New Testament Greek 3 hrs
An introduction to Koine Greek. Emphasis in this course is upon learning Greek vocabulary, grammar, and syntax in order to translate the Greek New Testament.
BLA-222 Intermediate New Testament Greek 3 hrs
A continuing study of Koine Greek, An emphasis upon vocabulary, grammar, and syntax will be continued in order to translate the Greek New Testament. Prerequisite: BLA-221.
BLA-251 Beginning Old Testament Hebrew 3 hrs
An introduction to the grammar and vocabulary of the Hebrew language.
BLA-252 Intermediate Old Testament Hebrew 3 hrs
An introduction to the grammar and vocabulary of the Hebrew language and the beginning of the translation of Old Testament passages, Prerequisite: BLA 251.
New Testament
BNT-110 New Testament Survey 3 hrs
An overview of the New Testament, emphasizing chronology, continuity, and content rather than exegesis. Attention will be given to each book as part of a unified revelation from God. Points of consideration in looking at each book will be: authorship, date of writing, destination, purpose, theme, and contents.
BNT-221 Life of Christ 1 3 hrs
A basic introduction to the Gospels and the childhood and early Galilean ministry of Jesus. The four gospel accounts will be harmonized into a chronological study to prepare the student with a working knowledge of the life and teachings of Jesus.
BNT-222 Life of Christ 2 3 hrs
A study of the Judean Ministry and the Final Week in the life of Jesus on earth through the Ascension.
BNT-230 Acts of the Apostles 3 hrs
An exegetical study of the Book of Acts with an in-depth review of the beginning of the church and the expansion of the gospel first in Israel and throughout the Roman Empire as recorded in the book of Acts. This course is aimed to acquaint the student with the establishment and early history of the Lord's church and to emphasize the Biblical pattern for today's Christian congregation.
BNT-321 Gospel of Matthew 3 hrs
An exegetical study of the Gospel of Matthew. Focus will be on the message of Matthew to his original readers and what applications can be made for today.
BNT-323 Gospel of Mark 3 hrs
An exegetical study of the Gospel of Mark. The student will become familiar with the history, background, occasion of writing, and the text of the Gospel of Mark.
BNT-325 Gospel of Luke 3 hrs
An exegetical study of the Gospel of Luke with an introductory discussion of authorship, date, and purpose of the gospel.
BNT-327 Gospel of John 3 hrs
An exegetical study of the Gospel of John. The student will become familiar with the history, background, occasion of writing, and the text of the Gospel of John.
BNT-341 Pauline Epistles: Romans 3 hrs
An exegetical study of Paul's letter to the Romans with attention to the Biblical application of the relationship of the Law and the Gospel. The student will learn the Biblical application of ion, and sanctification to the Christian life.
BNT-345 Pauline Epistles: 1 Corinthians 3 hrs
An exegetical study of Paul's first message to the Corinthians.
BNT-347 Pauline Epistles: 2 Corinthians 3 hrs
An exegetical study of Paul's second letter to the Corinthians.
BNT-351 Pauline Epistles: Galatians 3 hrs
An exegetical study of the Book of Galatians with an examination of Paul's response to legalism and the priority of justification by faith.
BNT-353 Pauline Epistles: Prison Epistles 1 - Ephesians, Philippians 3 hrs
An exegetical study of Paul's letters written to the churches in Ephesus and Philippi while in prison. Emphasis will be placed upon knowing the doctrine of salvation and living the life of the saved.
BNT-356 Pauline Epistles: Prison Epistles 2 - Colossians, Philemon 3 hrs
An exegetical study of Paul's letters to the Colossians and to Philemon with special attention given to present application.
BNT-361 Pauline Epistles: 1,2 Thessalonians 3 hrs
An exegetical study of the two letters written to the young Thessalonian church. Special attention will be given to the passages relating to the 2nd coming of Christ, the man of lawlessness, the Christian work ethic, and the Apostle Paul's personal relationship with the young congregation.
BNT-364 Pauline Epistles: Epistles to the Evangelists - 1,2 Timothy & Titus 3 hrs
An exegetical study of the three pastoral epistles of Paul with attention given to the local congregation and the role of the evangelists, the inerrancy of the Bible, qualifications for elders and deacons, the role of women, relationship of church and state and other current issues.
BNT-371 General Epistles: Hebrews 3 hrs
An exegetical study of the epistle to the Hebrews, The student will become familiar with the history, background, occasion of writing and the text of the Epistle to the Hebrews.
BNT-373 General Epistles: James 3 hrs
An exegetical study of the message of James and its importance in Christian Development.
BNT-375 General Epistles: 1,2 Peter & Jude 3 hrs
An exegetical study of the letter of Peter and Jude, addressing the problem of heresy, apostasy, other issues confronting the early church and a discussion of the return of Christ.
BNT-379 General Epistles: 1,2,3 John 3 hrs
An exegetical examination of John’s letters to the early church including a discussion of knowledge, truth, eternal life, light and darkness, and love.
BNT-383 General Epistles: Revelation 3 hrs
A exegetical study of John's message to the Church concerning the reign of God and the ultimate destiny of the world. Attention will be given to the various interpretations of the text.
Old Testament
BOT-110 Old Testament Survey 3 hrs
An overview of the Old Testament, emphasizing continuity and content. Attention will be given to each Bible book as part of a unified revelation from God.
BOT-321 Pentateuch: Genesis 3 hrs
A thorough study of the book of Genesis, including persons, places, and events in the text and the study of the historical origins of the nation of Israel.
BOT-323 Pentateuch: Exodus 3 hrs
An exegetical study of the book of Exodus, covering the Israelite deliverance from Egypt, the giving of the Law, and the building of the Tabernacle. Special emphasis is placed upon God's covenant with the Israelite nation.
BOT-325 Pentateuch: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy 3 hrs
A focus on the development of the Law and the wilderness experiences.
BOT-331 History: Joshua, Judges, Ruth 3 hrs
An historical study of the conquest of Canaan and the settlement of Israel, as recorded in Joshua, Judges and Ruth.
BOT-335 History: United Kingdom 3 hrs
A study of the period of the history of Israel from David to Solomon, as recorded in the Books of Samuel, portions of Kings and Chronicles.
BOT-341 History: Divided Kingdom 3 hrs
A study of the history of Judah and Israel from the time of Jeroboam to the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem as recorded in the Books of Kings and Chronicles.
BOT-345 History: Post-Exilic Israel 3 hrs
A study of the history of the exiles and their return from captivity and a survey of Intertestamental Period, as recorded in Ezra, Esther and Nehemiah.
BOT-351 Wisdom Literature: Job 3 hrs
A detailed study of the nature of God from the Book of Job and a consideration as to why the righteous suffer.
BOT-353 Wisdom Literature: Psalms 3 hrs
The introduction and examination of the collection of Psalms. A review of selected Psalms, chosen either for their evidential value, or because they are representative of a category of psalms, or for their practical value in pastoral ministry.
BOT-355 Wisdom Literature: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon 3 hrs
A study of the content, development and purpose of the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon, in order to find a storehouse of homiletical material and divine wisdom for daily living.
BOT-361 Prophets: Isaiah 3 hrs
An examination of the authorship, date, historical background, themes,literary features, history and message of the Prophet Isaiah, noting the significance of his message for the people of his time. Emphasis is placed upon the Messianic Prophecies.
BOT-363 Prophets: Jeremiah, Lamentations 3 hrs
An examination of the authorship, date, historical background, themes, literary features, history and message of the Prophet Isaiah, noting the significance of his message for the people of his time. Emphasis is placed upon the Messianic Prophecies.
BOT-366 Prophets: Ezekiel 3 hrs
A study of the writing and history of Ezekiel in order to gain an understanding of the prophet's message for his generation and today's.
BOT-368 Prophets: Daniel 3 hrs
A study of the life and prophecy of Daniel.
BOT-371 Prophets: Minor Prophets 1 3 hrs
A study of the prophets Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, and Jonah.
BOT-372 Prophets: Minor Prophets 2 3 hrs
A study of the prophets Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk,Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
Theology
BTH-221 Christian Doctrine 1 3 hrs
A systematic study of foundational Christian doctrines,including the nature of the Bible, the doctrine of God, angels, the nature of man, sin, the person and work of Christ, and the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
BTH-222 Christian Doctrine 2 3 hrs
A systematic study of foundational Christian doctrines,including the nature of the Bible, the doctrine of God, angels, the nature of man, sin, the person and work of Christ, and the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
BTH-229x Basic Bible Doctrine 3 hrs
Focusing on the classical passages of the Old and New Testament, the study includes the basic theological concepts related to Scripture, God, Jesus Christ and His work, man and his salvation, the Holy Spirit and the church. The text allows exploration of the historical development of these doctrines as well as their Biblical basis.
BTH-261 Ethics 3 hrs
An examination of contemporary ethical issues facing Christians. Includes how to appreciate and dialogue with those whose ideas differ in order to broaden one's range of influence.
BTH-342 Eschatology 3 hrs
A study of the doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ.
BTH-371 World Religions (PMI) 3 hrs
An introduction to a variety of cultures and religious traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism. These various religions will be contrasted with Christianity. Emphasis will also be placed upon readings in religious biography and autobiography.
General Studies
Communicative Arts
GCA-111 College English 1: Grammar and Composition 3 hrs
An introduction to the mechanics and use of standard English through guided practice and study. The study and practice of the skills needed for essay writing.
GCA-112 College English 2: Research and Writing 3 hrs
A thorough study of the different aspects of a research paper, such as: the thesis statement, outlining, note taking,writing the paper, endnotes, and bibliography.
GCA-121 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 hrs
An introduction to the preparation and delivery of speeches. Opportunities will be given for the students to speak publicly.
GCA-227 Dynamics of Communication (PMN) 3 hrs
Focuses on the processes of interpersonal and group communications as dynamic and complex systems of interaction. Provides theory, actual practice and criticism for examining and changing human interactions in work,family, church, and other social contexts. Includes such topics as perception, personality types,listening skills, conflict management, feedback, and other factors affecting interpersonal and group communications.
GCA-281 Media and Technology for Ministry (PMN) 3 hrs
A study of new media tools used connecting people to Christ and to each other. Students will learn practical and essential skills in Powerpoint, video, sound,graphic design, web, public relations and worship presentation.
GCA-341 Restoration Literature (GHE) 3 hrs
This course is designed to introduce the student to selected documents and writings of importance in the Restoration Movement and their influence upon the development and growth of the movement. The course will document how the movement began and how it has changed over time.
GCA-342 Literature Of C.S. Lewis 3 hrs
This course will explore the life and literature produced by C. S. Lewis in order to gain perspectiive into his theology, the various genre in which he wrote, and the principle that makes his writing meaningful nearly 50 years after his death.
GCA-362 Creative Writing 3 hrs
A study of the principles required for the student to express himself in terms of writing for publication. Prerequisites: GCA 111, GCA 112.
History
GHI-221 Church History 3 hrs
In an effort to understand the religious milieu that gave birth to the movement to restore New Testament Christianity, a review of Church History from the first century to the present is necessary. A practical and applicable understanding of important events, persons, and doctrines will be covered.
GHI-241 History of the Restoration Movement 3 hrs
A study of the development and realization of the Restoration Movement in the United States. Its major leaders in the first generation will be identified, its principles, goals, and historical influence will be discussed.
GHI-342 History of Preaching In The Restoration Movement 3 hrs
This is a study of the preachers and their preaching since the 18th century, examining their lives, messages and influence upon the Restoration Movement.
GHI-361 History of Missions (PMI) 3 hrs
An introductory study of Christian missions from AD 30 to the present. The student will become acquainted with the expansion of the Church as it struggled with the state, critics, and rival religions. The student will also gain a greater appreciation of the history of the Church in general. Emphasis will be placed upon the background and character of the Renaissance as it influenced learning in the Western world and influenced the Protestant Reformation, which gave rise to new methods of missionary outreach.
Music
GMU-271 Worship Ministry In The Church (PMN-271) 2 hrs
An introduction to the ministries of worship and music and their relationship to the overall mission of the church with philosophical and practical implications for churches of all sizes.
GMU-272 Planning and Leading Congregational Worship (PMN-272) 2 hrs
An introduction to the various elements in, planning and leading worship services. Topics include musical styles,planning processes,working through teams,developing musicians and congregational singing.
Philosophy
GPH-210 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs
An introduction to the problems of philosophy, its nature, and relationship to the Bible.
GPH-340 Worldviews Analysis 3 hrs
The course is designed to introduċe the students to the idea of worldview. Various worldviews will be studied and critiqued, such as pantheism, deism,naturalism, modernism and postmodernism, Emphasis will be placed upon developing a Biblical worldview.
Science
GSC-221 Earth Science 3 hrs
Earth science including physical and historical geology, meteorology and descriptive astronomy; the economic, social and philosophic aspects of the subject matter.
Social Science
GSO-210 Introduction to Psychology (PFC) 3 hrs
An introduction to the key concepts in psychology with an emphasis upon their application in ministry contexts.
GSO-220 Introduction to Sociology 3 hrs
The course will introduce the students to the fundamental concepts of interrelationships and group activities. The adult student will be able to integrate experience from his or her life and work.
Professional Studies
Christian Education
PCE-110 Introduction to Education 3 hrs
An overview of education in the Church, including its biblical and historical foundations. Some consideration will be given to the philosophy of Christian education and effective programming in the local congregation.
PCE-220 Principles of Teaching 3 hrs
A study of the theoretical and practical concepts of teaching. The course will consider the teaching-learning process, development of aims, the preparation of lessons, and an overview of various methodologies.
PCE-225 History and Philosophy of Education 3 hrs
An in-depth study of the history of the development,methods, and various philosophies of education. The impact of this study on church education will be stressed.
PCE-351 Instructional Methodologies 3 hrs
A study of different methods of teaching. It is designed to teach students how to analyze audiences and lesson content in order to formulate highly effective lesson plans. Students will also learn how to formulate objectives for lessons and learn how to accomplish stated objectives.
PCE-361 Early Childhood Education 2 hrs
An in-depth examination of developmental issues for elementary children, ages six through eleven. This course will focus on faith development and its relationship to family, church, community, and the world with practical application.
PCE-371 Adolescent Education 2 hrs
An examination of the learning behavior of the adolescent. The course includes a consideration of the history, philosophy, organization, and administration of relevant programming, including church recreation, camping, and retreats.
PCE-372 Ministry with Youth (PMN) 2 hrs
An overview of current issues affecting youth leaders. Topics covered include working on a multiple staff team, integrating personal ministry goals in the overall mission statement of the church, working with church boards and parents, working in various size congregations,curriculum development, and building a strategy for long-term ministry.
PCE-376 Adult Education 2 hrs
A study of the characterístics and needs of adults with emphasis on the formation of a continuing program of adult education in the church.
Family Ministry and Counseling
PFC-210 Introduction to Psychology (GSO) 3 hrs
An introduction to the key concepts in psychology with an emphasis upon their application in ministry contexts.
PFC-212 Basic Counseling Skills & Issues 3 hrs
A review and examination of selected methods and theories of counseling as they relate to the local church setting. Attention will be given to legal and medical considerations with an emphasis given to theological and ethical concerns.
PFC-221 Principles of Counseling 3 hrs
A study of the major models of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), the assessment and treatment of clients from an MFT perspective, and the integration of those ideas in away most helpful to clients.
PFC-226 Life Stages Development (PCE) 3 hrs
This course, sometimes called Development Psychology, is designed to help the student understand human growth from birth through adulthood, emphasizing psychological factors involved in physical, social.
PFC-336 Ministerial Counseling (PMN) 2 hrs
Advanced study designed to assist the student in critical situations relative to ministry.
PFC-356 Premarital Counseling 2 hrs
A look at the value and methods of preparing a couple for Christian marriage.
PFC-362 Children and Families 2 hrs
A study of the problems of children in crisis with special attention to equipping the student to engage in basic Christian care and counseling of children. Special attention is given to the role of children within families and how to utilize parents and other family members as resources in treating children in families.
PFC-365 Adolescents and Families 2 hrs
A study of the characteristics, issues, and areas for undergirding during the years between childhood and adulthood. Special attention is given to the role of the adolescent within families and how the problems that adolescents experience impact other family members and how other family members problems impact the adolescent.
PFC-367 Counseling the Aging, Dying and Bereaved 3 hrs
This course is a study of the problems, situations, decisions facing senior citizens and their families, a study of the grief process, and how the counselor may assist in grief process.
PFC-374 Crisis Counseling 3 hrs
An examination of the definition, characteristics, and types of crises to be faced by the Christian counselor in a local church setting with special attention given to appropriate response techniques.
Missions
PMI-220 Biblical Basis of Missions 2 hrs
An introduction to the rationale for missions as taught in the Bible, and how the Bible challenges Christians to be concerned about missions. Through a survey of Biblical history, this course will help students discover that it has always been God's will for all peoples to praise Him. In addition to the study of the theology of missions, students will also be introduced to cultural anthropology and its relationship to the study of missions.
PMI-221 Cultural Anthropology 3 hrs
A study designed to help the student understand and recognize the impact of the culture on the progress of the Gospel. Students will develop a philosophy that seeks to overcome intricate cultural problems facing missions. Students will understand the necessity of studying the people they serve in their historical and cultural settings in order to proclaim the Gospel effectively.
PMI-322 Cross Cultural Communication (GCA) 3 hrs
A course designed to help the student develop skills necessary to communicate effectively in intercultural contexts in order to evangelize, Racial, ethnic, and international differences are examined in light of Christian evangelism. Emphasis is also placed upon the exploration of paralinguistic and nonverbal communication.
PMI-331 Missionary Life and Work 3 hrs
An examination of how a missionary lives and works in a specific chosen field of service. Emphasis will be placed upon the discovery of the many aspects and opportunities of the work of a missionary.
PMI-345 Short-Term Missions 3 hrs
In view of the changing role of the missionary, this course introduces the student to the methods and financing of short-term mission work. Special emphasis is placed upon methods of evangelism, the how and why of church building construction, and the methods of raising funds to support short-term missionary work. With the classroom instructional time reduced, the student is then expected to participate in a short-term mission trip with the professor to complete the requirements for this course. Short-term missions trips are scheduled at least two to three times a year to allow for the student's choice of a mission field. This trip also satisfies the internship requirement for mission majors.
PMI-361 History of Missions (GHI) 3 hrs
An introductory study of Christian missions from AD 30 to the present,The student will become acquainted with the expansion of the Church as it struggled with the state, critics,and rival religions. The student will also gain a greater appreciation of the history of the Church in general. Emphasis will be placed upon the background and character of the Renaissance as it influenced learning in the Western world, and influenced the Protestant Reformation, which gave rise to new methods of missionary outreach.
PMI-371 World Religions (BTH) 3 hrs
An introduction to a variety of cultures and religious traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism. These various religions will be contrasted with Christianity. Emphasis will also be placed upon readings in religious biography and autobiography.
PMI-374 Islamic Evangelism 2 hrs
A survey of key elements in the life of Islam(beliefs, practices, institutions) from a Biblical perspective, with the goal of preparing Christians for ministry to Muslims. Special attention will be given to the role of Muhammad; the Quran; diversity within Islam; as well as Islamic values, thought, social structure, and theology.
PMI-379 Urban Mission and Ministry 2 hrs
A focus on Christian missions and ministry in the world's growing cities. This course exams the Biblical basis for urban ministry and examines case studies of effective urban strategies worldwide. Attention is given to urban issues,such as ministry to the poor and homeless, raising a family in the city,and planting urban churches.
PMI-390 Missions Internship 2 hrs
As an intern the student will travel to a mission field in order to experience firsthand the work of missions. Assignments include keeping a daily journal, readings, and a paper.
Practical Ministries
PMN-011 Christian Service 0 hrs
Any student enrolled in a degree program and all on-campus students are required to be involved in some approved form of Christian service in a local church each semester of their college careers. This is recorded on the student's transcript. Failure to fulfill this requirement may result in the student’s being placed on Behavioral Probation or expelled. The Board of Regents of Louisville Bible College may refuse to grant a degree to anyone who fails to satisfactorily complete this requirement. To be repeated each semester.
PMN-110 Introduction to Ministry 2 hrs
An introduction with an emphasis on ministry in Christian service, especially looking at the characterístics necessary to succeed in ministry. The setting of goals, as well as the priorities among those goals with an emphasis upon how these goals and priorities relate to the realities and aspirations of life. The attitude of the individuals, including other aspects of psychological makeup,and how it impacts upon the ability and willingness to set goals and priorities. There is an emphasis upon how goals,priorities, and attitudes can lead to effective Christian personal management.
PMN-121 Theology of Evangelism 2 hrs
A bíblical study of the concept, rationale,and imperative for world evangelism as a priority for ministry for every congregation,church leader, and every Christian.
PMN-122 Personal Evangelism 2 hrs
A practical study of the principles and methods of leading people to Christ. This course provides samples of many different approaches in sharing the Gospel along with overcoming the barriers to effective witnessing.
PMN-227 Dynamics of Communication (GCA) 3 hrs
Focuses on the processes of interpersonal and group communications as dynamic and complex systems of interaction. Provides theory, actual practice, and criticism for examining and changing human interactions in work, family, church, and other social contexts. Includes such topics as perception, personality types, listening skills, conflict management feedback and other factors affecting interpersonal and group communications.
PMN-240 Administrative Principles for the Local Church 3 hrs
A course designed to acquaint the student with effective administrative practices in the local congregation.Certain contemporary challenges will be considered with a view to developing applications of Biblical forms. The concept of servant-leadership will be emphasized.
PMN-246 Organizational Behavior 3 hrs
Organizational goals, priorities and strategies interfacing with the behavior of groups and individuals inside the organization and affecting organization. Attention will be given to the effect of organizational culture, government laws, and regulation and economy upon organizational behavior.
PMN-250 Homiletics 3 hrs
An introduction to preaching. Skills are developed in the area of sermon construction, delivery, and evaluation. Attention is also given to the history and theology of preaching. (Men only)
PMN-271 Worship Ministry In The Church (GMU) 2 hrs
An introduction to the ministries of worship and music and their relationship to the overall mission of the church with philosophical and practical implications for churches of all sizes.
PMN-272 Planning and Leading Congregational Worship (GMU) 2 hrs
An introduction to the various elements involved in planning and leading worship services. Topics include musical styles, planning processes, working through teams, developing musicians and congregational singing.
PMN-281 Media and Technology for Ministry (GCA) 3 hrs
A study of new media tools used for connecting people to Christ and to each other. Students will learn practical and essential skills in Powerpoint, video, sound, graphic design, web, public relations and worship presentation.
PMN-321 Minister's Life and Work 3 hrs
A practical overview of the located minister with a balanced emphasis upon “being” and “doing”-- who the minister is and what he does. Special attention is given to the minister’s identity and function in the context of daily ministerial experience.
PMN-336 Ministerial Counseling (PFC) 2 hrs
An advanced study designed to assist the student in critical situations relative to ministry.
PMN-342 Leadership Development (PCE) 2 hrs
A study of the principles and methods in training and motivating leaders for the local church. The Biblical concept of servant-leader will be stressed, along with a consideration of the various styles of leadership.
PMN-345 The Church and the Law 2 hrs
A study designed to acquaint ministers and other church leaders with legal issues that affect the Church on a daily basis.
PMN-346 The Church and Tax Law 1 hrs
A review of the tax laws as they relate to minister's pay package and contract, payroll tax reporting requirements, and tax exempt organizations.
PMN-351 Planning Your Preaching 2 hrs
A practical study of preaching, emphasizing the importance for planning sermons in advance, particularly up to one year. This course deals with the rationale, as well as a methodology for planning along with building flexibility within the student’s preaching plan, (Men only.)
PMN-353 Expository Preaching 3 hrs
A course designed to aid in the construction and delivery of the expository sermon. Attention is given to the preparing of sermons from one book of the Bible. (Men only)
PMN-356 Inductive Preaching 3 hrs
This course applies inductive methods to the delivery of Biblical principles in the preaching event. The student will learn to use induction in the study of the text as well as in the preparing of the sermon. (Men only)
PMN-358 Evangelistic Preaching 2 hrs
An examination of the Biblical role of preaching and proclaiming the Gospel leading to the conversion of the non-Christian. Attention will be given to the role of invitations. (Men only)
PMN-372 Ministry with Youth (PCE) 2 hrs
An overview of current issues affecting youth leaders. Topics covered include:working on a multiple staff team, integrating personal ministry goals in the overall mission statement of the church,working with church boards and parents,working in various sizes congregations, curriculum development, and building a strategy for long-term ministry.
PMN-390 Preaching Ministry Internship 2 hrs
(Men only)

Non-Traditional Studies

In an attempt to provide educational opportunities to meet the needs of the largest number of Christians, CIBS has developed several non-traditional programs.

Home Studies

Home Studies are undergraduate courses offered for study and mastery in the student's home. These courses are designed to fit the needs of those wishing to earn credits to be used in a college program of study, to be prepared as a qualified Sunday school teacher, a knowledgeable witness for Christ, or an effective local leader. Home Studies students may eventually earn the Certificate of Christian Leadership and/or apply hours toward a degree. The Home Study courses are available from the Academic Office, plus an enrollment fee of $10.00 for each course, a $10.00 fee for the proctor of the final test for each course and the cost of the textbook(s).Additionally, the one-time application for admission fee applies. Spouse tuition grants do not apply to Home Studies courses, and no refunds will be made for these courses. An extension of six months will be granted at the discretion of the Academic Committee when requested in writing to the Registrar and with a fee of $25.00 for each course.

Home Studies
New Testament Studies
(BNT-110) New Testament Survey 3 hrs
(BNT-230) Acts of the Apostles 3 hrs
(BNT-325) Gospel of Luke 3 hrs
Old Testament Studies
(BOT-110) Old Testament Survey 3 hrs
History/Theology Studies
(GCA-341) Restoration Literature 3 hrs
(BAP-250) Introduction to Apologetics 3 hrs
Electives
(PMI-220) Biblical Basis of Missions 2 hrs
(PCE-110) Introduction to Education 3 hrs

Modules

Modules are short-term courses offered on campus. These courses are designed to allow the student who may not be able to attend a full semester to earn credits in a compressed, intensive study that meets in two day segments over two or three weekends with assignments to be mailed in within an eight-week period after the class has ended. Modules also allow CIBS to offer courses taught by widely recognized experts (often from distant locales) who would not otherwise be available. Tuition for Modules is the same as for any other on-campus course; however, spouse tuition grants do not apply to these courses, and no refúnds will be made for these courses once each class has begun.To make a change in his or her Module schedule, the student must contact the Registrar's office either by phone or in person. Module students may change from audit to credit during the first weekend of the module only. A student desiring to withdraw from a module or to change from credit to audit must make this change prior to the final weekend of the respective module. Change-of-schedule forms must be completed for all registered courses even if the student has not attended the class. (Failure to comply with this procedure will result in an "FW"grade for the course.) There will be a change-of-schedule fee of $4.00 for each schedule change made.

Online Education

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Outreach Classes

Outreach Classes are courses which CIBS "takes to the student" by offering classes at local congregations throughout the region. This allows the commuting student to earn some credits close to home, as well as providing opportunities for congregations to offer training to their local leadership and reaching out to regional ministers who may not be able to commute to the campus. Tuition for Outreach Classes is the same as for any on-campus course; however, spouse tuition grants do not apply to these courses, and no refunds will be made for the courses once the class has begun. Outreach Classes may be scheduled through the office of the Academic Dean.

Schedule

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