The Certificate in Christian Minsitry requires three (3) completed courses in Bible, three (3) completed courses in Theology, and two (2) completed courses in Ministry.
Example Program Outline:
- BI-001 Bible Introduction
- BI-002 Old Testament Survey
- BI-003 New Testament Survey
- TH-001 Introduction to Docrtine
- TH-002 Biblical Application in the Modern World
- TH-003 Introduction to Church History
- MS-002 Prayer: Communing with the Triune God
- MS-003 Studying and Teaching the Bible
BI-001 BIBLE INTRODUCTION
An introduction to the origin, transmission and translation of the Bible, including its inspiration, canonization, preservation and textual reconstruction. Addresses the major historical-critical questions relating to the Bible’s authority and provides the student with an apologetic for the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible.
BI-002 OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY
A chronological survey of Old Testament people, places and events, this course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline and their significance for Christian thought and practice. This course will also briefly look at specific issues in the Old Testament that present challenges for 21st-century people. These could include such issues as origins, genocide and prophecy.
BI-003 NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY
A chronological survey of the New Testament people, places and events, this course highlights the basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline and their significance for Christian thought and practice.
BI-004 PSALMS: PRAYER BOOK FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD
The Psalms has served as the prayer book of the People of God for three thousand years. The
Book of Psalms is divided into 5 sections, and each psalm belongs to a particular class of psalms, including the penitential psalms, the imprecatory psalms, and doxological psalms. Following this course, the student will be familiar with several classification systems for the psalms and be able to incorporate the Psalms into private and public prayer.
BI-005 JESUS THE MESSIAH: GOD’S PLAN OF REDEMPTION
Jesus Christ stands as the central figure of the entire Bible, and his crucifixion and resurrection
stand as the central event of God’s revelation in the Scriptures. This is a Bible survey course that
examines the prophecies about the messiah in the Old Testament and the fulfillment of these promises in Jesus the Christ in the New Testament. The course introduces the fundamentals of the gospel. Following this course, the student will be able to outline the entire structure of the Bible and relate any major section of the Bible to the gospel story.
BI-006 ACTS OF THE APOSTLES: CHRISTIAN MISSION
The Apostle Paul is remembered as the greatest Christian missionary of the early church and
perhaps of all time. In this class, we will map out the expansion of the early Christian movement as detailed in the Book of Acts. We will explore the missionary strategy of Paul and consider how these principles of Christian mission may be applied today. The Book of Acts presents the biographical and missional framework for understanding the Pauline Epistles, and following this course, students will know the historical context for each of the Pauline Epistles. This course includes a project dedicated to the analysis and presentation of the missional principles of one of the ministries of the host church.
BI-007 EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS: BIBLE STUDY METHODS
This class represents an in-depth investigation of the doctrines Paul teaches in his Epistle to the
Romans. The course will also teach Bible study methods. Following this course, the students will be familiar with the standard tools of Bible study, including commentaries and Bible dictionaries; the students will be able to prepare Bible study lessons for use in small groups.
TH-001 INTRODUCTION TO DOCTRINE
Sound doctrine is important because our faith is based on a specific message, what we believe affects what we do and we must be able to ascertain truth in a world of falsehood. This class will study the core doctrines of the evangelical church.
TH-002 BIBLICAL APPLICATION IN THE MODERN WORLD
This course will explore current issues and challenges to evangelism and discipleship in the modern, Western world. It will help students think through the issues and instruct them in how to bring relevant Scripture into the conversation in a grace-filled, life-giving way. Following this course, students would have an understanding of each issue and how to address these issues from a biblical perspective.
TH-003 INTRODUCTION TO CHURCH HISTORY
The church has experienced many waves of progress―and some waves of regress―in its
journey over the past two-thousand years. This course gives students an overview of the history of the various expressions of the Christian faith and orients students to the differences in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, and Pentecostal forms of Christianity
MS-001 EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP IN THE MODERN WORLD
This is a capstone course for the Certificate in Christian Ministry program. The course will
introduce discipleship as a relationally-driven form of mentorship or Christian spiritual direction. Following this course, students will be prepared to provide mentorship for new believers.
MS-002 INTRODUCTION TO PRAYER: COMMUNING WITH THE TRIUNE GOD
As Evagrius of Ponticus said, “He who prays truly is a theologian; he who is a theologian prays
truly.” Prayer stands at the foundation of the study of God, and learning about the practice of prayer across various denominational traditions stands at the foundation of understanding Christian unity. In this course, we will study the prayers of the Bible and the ways that the church has practiced prayer through church history. Following this course, the students will be increasingly aware of the dynamics and health of their personal prayer lives; the students will also know how to structure and lead corporate prayer services.
MS-003 STUDYING AND TEACHING THE BIBLE
This course develops skills in inductive Bible study, assessment of learner needs and issues, and the design of effective Bible lessons. This course seeks to equip students to study the English Bible accurately using basic principles of observation and interpretation of the biblical text. Building on this foundation, students learn to assess their audience and develop an appropriate Bible-based lesson for that audience. Students are introduced to fundamental principles of the teaching-learning process and are guided in the application of those principles to the teaching of the Scriptures.