Church Planting – Applied Marketing (4 Credits)
The essence of marketing is “getting the word out”. This Church planting class takes many of the timeless principles of marketing and brings them into a Biblical context for the theory of Church Planting. This class can be used as a marketing core requirement for the Degree program or can be used as an elective in all programs. You can only use this course once in your program. This course looks at the intentional efforts necessary to plant reproducible and sustainable churches.
Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
The aim of this course is to present students with an overview of the understanding, prediction, and control of human behavior. This course provides students with a basic understanding of how psychologists interpret and research human behavior. Psychology influences the way we understand ourselves and the interactions with people connected to us. This class seeks to analyze and evaluate these psychological perspectives through a Christian worldview
Management by the Book (3 Credits)
Management by the Book is a core management class that covers both traditional management topics and also core leadership topics. This class will contextualize the best practices of management theory including an in-depth survey of leadership principles taught in the book of Philemon.
English, Writing, and Comprehension (4 Credits)
This class will give you a complete simple review of your English from the ground floor. For those who can speak English but have not mastered the basic rules, this will really help you. This class will focus on English grammar, Writing for the Web, and Comprehension Skills. In this class, Dr. Chris Engelsma will expand your English knowledge so that you will do well in studying more difficult concepts. The goal is to have you be able to read for clear comprehension. We also desire for you to be able to write English clearly understanding the rules that guide your grammar.
Introduction to Philosophy (3 Credits)
In this course, we will be introduced to the field of philosophy. While it sounds intimidating, it really is all about the One who made this world and ourselves as a part of this world. This is a survey course which gives an overview of the thinking of several of those who are acknowledged as great thinkers in history, as well as the thoughts of contemporary philosophers.
Old Testament Literature (3 Credits)
Old Testament Literature examines Old Testament history and teaching within the cultural, geographical and literary backgrounds of the ancient Near East. Archaeology, comparative history, and literature, as well as key theological themes underlying the New Testament and Western culture, are explored. The Old Testament is one of the greatest pieces of literature of all time. Its text will be explored to answer some of the great questions that have faced humankind for millennia
New Testament Survey (3 Credits)
This class explores God’s Word in the New Testament, paying particular attention to literary, historical, and theological dimensions.
Old Testament Survey (3 Credits)
This ministry training course examines the historical writings of the Old Testament, focusing on the stories of God’s dealings with Israel in preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ. The class also shows some applications for contemporary Christian living and preaching. (The Old Testament’s detailed laws, Psalms, wisdom writings, and prophets are featured in other classes.)
Church and Ministry (3 Credits)
This course explores some key aspects of pastoring a church including: Your Family and Ministry, Leading the Leaders, Helping People Through Grief, The Nine Facets of Training your Ministry and Small Group Volunteers (Carl George), Sharing the Gospel, Hospitality, and tools for pastors as they set up a discipleship culture in homes of those they influence. This course also offers guidance for dealing with important transitional events, such as baptisms, weddings, and funerals.
Church History (4 Credits)
This course looks at major events and key persons in the history of the Christian church. Such study helps us to see God’s faithfulness in the past and to better understand the church’s present challenges and opportunities.
Pastoral Care and Marriage (3 Credits)
This course discusses caring for others pastorally as well as strengthening your own marriage. Whether you are married or not, this course gets at the spiritual principles of what makes a powerful kingdom partnership as a husband and wife become one spiritually, emotionally and sexually. If you are married, it is recommended that your spouse participates with you in going through this course.
People Smart for Ministry (3 Credits)
This course discusses people intelligence for life and ministry. This class will help you identify common principles for effective communication and how to improve your effectiveness. This course also will help you minister to people better as you learn to hear what they are really saying. This course is designed for you to learn how to express your love in ways that people will understand.
Theology I (4 Credits)
This course considers in-depth doctrines about Scripture, God, creation, humanity, sin, and Christ.
Theology II (4 Credits)
This course considers Christian doctrines about the Holy Spirit, the application of salvation, the church, and the future. (You must take Theology I before you take Theology II.)
Hermeneutics and Exegesis (3 Credits)
This ministry training course deals with key issues in how to interpret the Bible. Students learn basic elements for studying a passage and practice using methods to become more skilled in understanding biblical passages and preparing sermons.
Sermon Construction and Presentation (4 Credits)
This preaching class will strengthen your preaching as you learn basics of communication, study how to prepare and preach sermons, and watch a variety of preachers and teachers in action.
Christian Apologetics (3 Credits)
This ministry training course introduces students to basic issues in apologetics (defending and contending for the faith). Students learn biblical worldview, cultural analysis, and presenting the gospel in a way that shows its plausibility and addresses common objections.
Christian Ethics (3 Credits)
This course focuses on living according to God’s pattern for us. We study biblical commands and their wise application to various life situations. We expose demonic strategies of temptation and learn about spiritual warfare. We seek ways to express the Christ-life within us by the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Biblical Interpretation 1: OT Themes (4 Credits)
This course explores Scripture in its original historical, cultural, and geographical context, focusing mainly on Old Testament people, places, and events. Professor Ray Vander Laan takes us to locations where biblical history unfolded and shows the relevance for contemporary cultures and people. You must complete Old Testament Survey before taking this course.
Biblical Interpretation 2: NT Themes (4 Credits)
This course looks at some major Biblical events, key persons, important Biblical archeological sites, and themes in the history of the Biblical revelation. This class tends to highlight the New Testament, but also will jump back to Old Testament characters and themes. The articles will mainly feature New Testament topics. Our noted professor Rev. Ray Vander Laan takes us to onsite locations where Biblical history unfolded. Such study helps us to see God’s faithfulness in the past and better to understand the church’s present challenges and opportunities. You must complete New Testament Survey before taking this course.
Church Planting (4 Credits)
Church planting begins with the church planted in your own life, marriage, and family. This course looks at the intentional efforts necessary to plant reproducible and sustainable churches. This course will also help you come up with a “Bible culture,” home discipleship style church planting plan.
Early Church History (3 Credits)
Using written materials with our accrediting partner Christian History Institute and a textbook written by Dr. James Orr, Early Church History surveys the history of the early church from the Resurrection of Jesus Christ until St. Augustine.
Evangelism: Presenting Grace (3 Credits)
This class looks at mighty things the Holy Spirit does in the thought, work, and practice of presenting God’s grace to others through evangelism.
Missions and Revivals (4 Credits)
This class looks at mighty things the Holy Spirit has done at various times and places, causing the church to grow in holiness, power, and numbers. By examining major mission advances and revivals, we gain insights for mission and revival in our own time and place.
Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology (3 Credits)
Old Testament History, Literature, and Theology examines Old Testament history and teaching within the cultural, geographical and literary backgrounds of the ancient Near East. Archaeology, comparative history, and literature, as well as key theological themes underlying the New Testament and Western culture, are explored. The Old Testament is one of the greatest pieces of literature of all time. Its text will be explored to answer some of the great questions that have faced humankind for millennia.
Biblical Greek I (Elective | 4 Credits)
This is the first in a sequence of three courses on the basics of New Testament Greek. (Note: Greek is very hard for most people. Usually, it is best to take Greek only after you have already successfully completed some other CLI classes.)
Biblical Greek II (Elective | 4 Credits)
This is the second in a sequence of three courses on the basics of New Testament Greek. You must complete Greek I before taking this course.
Biblical Greek III (Elective | 4 Credits)
This is the third in a sequence of three courses on the basics of New Testament Greek. You must complete Greek II before taking this course.