The Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Leadership in the School of Church and Ministry Leadership will prepare leaders to live out the Irreducible Core (IC) of the Christian life in an integrated fashion through one’s life, vocation and ministry. In addition, the particular emphases provided by the School of Church and Ministry Leadership allows essential knowledge base along with skill competencies to be acquired and validated in preparation for vocational and bi-vocational leadership roles in local churches, church planting, para-church ministries and missionary work. 

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Course & Project Descriptions 

 

The Pre-Entry Module and Module 1 are common to all schools. Currently, this catalog lists only the Degree Modules for The School of Church and Ministry Leadership; Modules 2-4 for subsequent Schools will be listed at a future date. 

PRE-ENTRY MODULE

CO 101 - INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH, WRITING & ACADEMIC READING METHODS 

This course had been designed to give the student a solid foundation in research skills, the writing process and academic reading methods that will strengthen their ability to study, research and communicate his or her learning. Research skills include collecting, evaluating and organizing data. Academic reading skills include note-taking skills and PSR reading method. The writing process includes clear thesis development, genre-specific logical order and final paper presentation. Students will write a variety of papers to demonstrate the integration of these skill sets. 

PH 101 - INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC & CRITICAL THINKING 

The Great Commandment instructs us to love the Lord with all of our mind. This course explores the capacity of men and women made in the Imago Dei to think clearly and critically about God, themselves and the world they inhabit. Students will gain the ability to identify and understand classic and modern rules of logic in order to evaluate and produce consistent and clear arguments. 

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Module 1 

TH 101 - THE KINGDOM OF GOD 

There is nothing more important than the Kingdom of God. Central to the scriptural narrative in both the Old and New Testaments, the concept of the Kingdom and the principle of God’s dominion are fundamental to the Christian life and faith. Through this course you will explore the Biblical foundation of the Kingdom, understand the various aspects of God’s Kingdom rule and discover how to live a Kingdom-centered life. 

BS 101 - BIBLE STUDY METHODOLOGIES 

In Bible Study Methodologies you will discover the art and science of studying and interpreting the Word of God with a systematic and consistent process. This methodical approach to Bible study will allow you to interpret scripture with an understanding of the hermeneutical realities of history, culture, rhetoric and grammar with an appreciation of the relationship between the author, the text & the audience. You will acquire knowledge of overarching narrative of scripture and be able to identify where individual books and passages fit within the larger narrative. 

SF 101 - SPIRITUAL FORMATION 1: SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES (SILENCE, SOLITUDE, PRAYER) 

The life of the spiritual leader has many emotional hazards and pitfalls to spiritual growth. This course will examine these hazards as they pertain to the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and maturation of the believer, helping the student understand and practice a life of personal renewal daily with specific emphasis in this course on the disciplines of silence, solitude and prayer. 

BS 102 - OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY 

A survey of the books of the Old Testament, with an emphasis on the chronological foundational books, God’s providential dealing with His people Israel, poetic and wisdom literature, and the messages of the prophets and their contribution to Israel’s history and faith.

SF 102 - SPIRITUAL FORMATION 2: PHYSICAL DISCIPLINES (BODY, FINANCE, TIME, WORK) 

The life of the spiritual leader has many emotional hazards and pitfalls to spiritual growth. This course will examine these hazards as they pertain to the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and maturation of the believer, helping the student understand and practice a life of personal renewal daily with specific emphasis in this course on the disciplines for the body, finance, time and work. 

BS 103 - NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY 

A survey of the books of the New Testament with an emphasis on author, genre, structural outline, and main teachings of every book of the New Testament that reveal God’s plan for the salvation of His people and the world as spoken of by OT prophets and fulfilled with the incarnation of His Son Jesus Christ and the revelation of the promised Holy Spirit. 

SF 103 - SPIRITUAL FORMATION 3: RELATIONAL DISCIPLINES (WORSHIP, FAMILY, CHURCH) 

The life of the spiritual leader has many emotional hazards and pitfalls to spiritual growth. This course will examine these hazards as they pertain to the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and maturation of the believer, helping the student understand and practice a life of personal renewal daily with specific emphasis in this course on the disciplines for worship, the family and church. 

TH 102 - THEOLOGY OF WORK 

Your work matters to God. As our whole lives are meant to be an act of worship, our work – job and career – are significant aspects of our lives. Work has a purpose in extending God’s Kingdom and is a creative expression of our partnership with Him. Through this course you will understand the biblical framework for vocation as a significant element of life as well as discern how the practice of your vocation adds to God’s Kingdom extension. 

BS 104 - THE LIFE & MINISTRY OF JESUS 

This course is a study of the life and ministry of Jesus as recorded in the four gospels, beginning with Jesus’ birth and childhood and continuing through his death and resurrection. It examines the life and ministry of Jesus as a Rabbi within His social milieu, as the Son of Man in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy as written and interpreted by Judaism, as the sacrifice (vicarious death) and administrator of God’s eternal plan, and as an example and model for all to follow in life (vicarious life) and ministry. 

 

AN 101 - INTRODUCTION TO MISSIONS 

God’s heart is to reclaim and restore His children to Himself. In Introduction to Missions you will study biblical, historical, strategic, and cultural perspectives relative to world missions in light of the redemptive plan of God. The emphasis will be on equipping you to become a world mission’s leader by gaining an understanding of God’s redemptive plan and an awareness of your inclusion in it. 

MP 100 - LOCAL SERVICE PROJECT: 30 HOURS IN AN EXISTING SECULAR SERVICE ORGANIZATION 

In Module 1 Project students will find and serve in a local, secular service organization. Students will demonstrate being leaders by being servants and observe and learn leadership principles from existing organizations. 

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Module 2 

LD 201 - INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP 

Leadership is influence, and the leader’s influence is rooted in their own personal spirituality. Through our lives, both in action and in our words, we can influence people towards God’s preferred future for their lives. This course will help you understand the biblical concept of leadership, identify your key leadership strengths and develop more fully your own leadership ability. 

BS 201 - THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK 

This course will look at the mission, ministry, and model of Jesus life and leadership as recorded by Mark in relationship to its historical context of Roman persecution under Nero and its theological themes of the Kingdom of God, the wilderness, the restoration of Eden, the heightened power conflict between good and evil, the radical failure of Jesus’ followers and Jesus as the suffering Messiah. This course will also explore the clarity of mission, views of people, an empowerment model of leadership, and Mark as a storyteller that leads his readers along certain lines of thought and behavior as he describes what God has done, calling and challenging his readers to respond. 

TH 201 - PARAMETER THEOLOGY 

One cannot do a living theology without a relationship with the living God. Theology done in the confines of academia that limits the Trinitarian reality of community, unity and mutuality undermines the relational cohesion of the Godhead, reducing the Incarnation to a wrath satisfying atonement for our sins that is expressed more in propositional truths (epistemology) than a relationship with God in and through Jesus Christ. This course, will help the student build a holistic, coherent and cohesive theology based upon the Trinity, the Torah, and the Irreducible Core as it pertains to God’s eternal plan and original design for and final consummation of creation. 

EC 201 - INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS 

Through this class you will build a foundation of understanding of general economics and the principles of modern economic systems. This class will give you and understanding of the major institutions involved in the public and private sector of the US economy, and the relationship which they have, individually and collectively, on contemporary economics.

TH 202 - TRINITY, COMMUNITY & HOLISTIC MISSION 

The keys to effectively understanding the holistic mission of the church lie within our understanding of God ontologically and economically. How God is within Himself is then the foundation for how we were meant to holistically live as sons and daughters of God the Father, servants and stewards of His Kingdom. 

LD 202 - NEW TESTAMENT LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES 

The keys to effective spiritual leadership are found within the New Testament Scriptures. Based in the life and ministry of Jesus, as well as the writings of the Apostles, this course will help you identify the essential leadership principles from the New Testament, understand them conceptually and make concrete application in your life, family, vocation and ministry. 

BS 202 - THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS 

Ephesians has been called the ‘quintessence of Pauline theology’ (F. F. Bruce). It is a prayerful epistle that explores the reality of a lived theology and the ethical ramifications of peace in Christ. This course is an exegetical and theological/ethical study of this remarkable epistle of Paul that will aid the student in grasping the larger, eternal themes contained in Ephesians that pertain to God’s eternal plan, Christ as the full expression of that plan and the mystery of Christ that is now revealed. 

TH 203 - ECCLESIOLOGY 

What is the Church? What does it exist? Who does it exist for? How should it gather? Does ecclesiology inform mission or does mission inform ecclesiology? This course will help the student be able to biblically answer these questions as well as understand that ecclesiology deals with the origins of Christianity in relationship to Jesus, its role in salvation, its polity, its discipline, its destiny, and how the Church is led.. The focus of the course will aid the student in not only understanding the church in its function, but also in its ontology, being as it flows from and pertains to the relationship of the Trinitarian community. 

LD 210 - ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY 

In human collaboration there is always a system, a structure – an organization. They come in all shapes and sizes, with a varying degree of complexity. Through this course you will learn the basic theories behind human organizations and the sociological realities of such organizations and their interactions with the environments within which they exist. This course will give you a core understanding of the organization, its components as well as the ability to evaluate existing organization structures for effectiveness. 

SO 201 - FAMILY SYSTEMS 

Life is essentially about a set of relationships. The first relationship is with God. The second is relationship with self. The third is relationship with others. The final relationship is with creation. This course will deal with the first three relationships, understood from the world of the New Testament, specifically from the perspective of Jesus as a Rabbi. Seeking to understand how Jesus related to his band of followers, the system of relationship He fostered will then inform us on how these three relationships inform our understanding and practice of being a family at home and a family in our spiritual community.  

MP 200 - LOCAL ADVOCACY PROJECT: 30 HOURS ADVOCATING FOR AN INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP 

In Module 2 Project students will identify a need of an individual or group in their local community. Students will then lead a team that will build and execute a ministry designed to meet the need. While students may, as a part of their plan, partner with existing ministries/ organizations, the focus is on the creation of something that does not currently exist. 

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Module 3 

LG 301 - INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW 

This course will introduce the basics of biblical Hebrew (Classical), including the alphabet, pronunciation, parts of speech, and a small amount of common vocabulary. The focus will not be on mastering syntax or morphology of the language, but gaining a basic foundation in the principal parts and concepts of the language for the sake of better utilizing Old Testament study tools. 

LD 301 - LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 1: IDENTITY & CAPACITY 

The foundation of our leading is who we are in Christ, our leadership being an expression of His nature and heart. Within this course you will discover more about who you are personally as a child of God, and how this is the foundation of how you lead. In addition, you will understand the servant heart of Jesus and how the concept of servant-leader undergirds everything in leadership. 

SF 301 - INTRODUCTION TO DISCIPLESHIP: THE WAY OF JESUS 

Jesus, the Master Rabbi, commission His disciples to make more disciples everywhere they went in life. In this course you will come to understand the Jesus way of discipleship, and how you can continue in effective partnership with Him in the contemporary role-of disciple-maker. 

LG 302 - INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL GREEK 

This course will introduce the basics of biblical Greek (Koine), including the alphabet, pronunciation, parts of speech, and a small amount of common vocabulary. The focus will not be on mastering syntax or morphology of the language, but gaining a basic foundation in the principal parts and concepts of the language for the sake of better utilizing Greek New Testament study tools. 

HI 301 - THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE/THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES 

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to understand the nature and purpose of Luke/Acts with greater clarity and humility. In this course, the student will learn what the heart of Luke was about, the importance of the Holy Spirit in the early church, how to apply the key principles from the book into one’s life, and will be better equipped to: (1)Understand the purpose behind Luke’s writing; (2) Recognize the critical role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the early church and His importance for any life-giving ministry today; (3) Articulate the mission of the early church in relationship to Jesus and the Irreducible Core; (4)Comprehend just how powerfully the message of the gospel crosses over cultural barriers to bring unity and how desperately the church is in need of such a move today. 

HI 302 - CHURCH HISTORY 

This course will give a large scale overview of the theological and historical life of the Church since its birth with an overview of the major events in the life of the church. A primary method in the course will be the study of individuals who made major contributions to the life of the church over the centuries. 

LD 302 - LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 2: DESTINY & COMMUNITY 

Everyone has a contribution to God’s Kingdom – their destiny – which is discovered and engaged in within the context of a relationship network of community. The continuation and expansion of LD 301, this course will help you understand how to form communities which help people discover God’s calling for you and your contribution to His Kingdom. 

PH 301 - INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS 

Too many Christians are concerned with being right rather than being righteous. In Introduction to Ethics you will analyze and interpret the implications of being a follower of Jesus as it relates to how you make moral decisions. Special emphasis will be placed on helping you navigate moral issues with integrity and consistency within a post-modern pluralistic society 

 

LD 310 - ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP 

Human collaboration expresses itself in organization towards a goal, and leadership is required for such a collaboration to be successful. Understanding leadership in the context of an organization is essential for seeing such success realized. Through this course you will gain both the understanding of the theories behind organizational leadership and key skills sets which will empower you to lead your organization well. 

SO 301 - CULTURAL EXEGESIS 

For far too long the church has been answering questions people are not asking. Cultural Exegesis will empower you to understand your community and identify the moral, social, political and relational values that uniquely drive it. This understanding will equip you to adapt and develop strategies and resources that allow you to bring the gospel into the unique cultural reality you live and minister in. 

MP 300 - NATIONAL MISSION TRIP: MUST LEAD A COMPONENT 

In Module 3 Project students will participate in and lead a component of a national mission trip. The focus will be on learning to lead in a new environmental context that is similar to their own.

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Module 4

ED 401 - INTRODUCTION TO RABBINICAL METHOD 

Jesus was the Master Rabbi, and like the Jewish Sages of His era, leading, teaching and developing new leaders happened through a unique methodology. Sharing common elements of leading and educating with other ancient cultures, the rabbinical method engaged those being led, taught and developed in a holistic, whole-life pursuit. Rediscovered in the current era, and perhaps as relevant in leadership application today as it was in Jesus’ day, this course will equip you with the basic understanding how Rabbi Jesus lead and taught, and how you can undertake your own leadership engagement through Jesus’ rabbinical way. 

LD 401- LEADER DEVELOPMENT SYSTEMS 

Leadership is the underpinning of all endeavors and leader development is key to undertaking and broadening the ability of any group to undertake its task. This course will help you understand both the purpose and process of leader development from a holistic (whole-life) perspective and help you discover and design your own pathways to facilitate the leadership development in others. 

BS 401 - THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN 

The Gospel of John presents a unique perspective of the life and ministry of Jesus. This course will examine the distinct message of John in contrast to the synoptic gospels with special emphasis on John's Christology. Students will use their exegetical and homiletic skills to study, analyze, contextualize and communicate the theology of the Gospel of John in a creative and current setting. 

CO 401 - COMMUNICATION DYNAMICS 

The art and skill of communication requires a deep understanding of the content being communicated as well as an understanding of the audience being communicated to. This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles of communication for the purpose of engaging a hearer so that they hear, understand and implement and integrate the information into their lives. 

ED 402 - CREATING LEARNING COMMUNITIES 

Adults learn through discovery and learn best in the context of shared praxis with others. Creating environments for such learning to be realized is essential in all of life’s endeavors. Through this course you will acquire the core understanding of what learning is, how it happens and how to create environments where collaborative learning can happen amongst adults. 

 

LD 411 - ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEMS: INFRASTRUCTURE, LEGALITIES & FINANCE 

This course provides students with an understanding of systems and subsystems within an organization and their interrelationship as they work together to accomplish the organizations objectives. Special focus will be given to infrastructure, legal compliance and financial systems and how technology can be best leveraged within an organization. 

 

BS 402 - THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE ROMANS 

Romans may be described as the Apostle Paul’s magnum opus. This course is an analytical and exegetical study of his magnum opus, giving attention to the life situation of the church in Rome, the great doctrinal issues of condemnation, justification, sanctification, the place of Israel, and how Christians are to live out their faith in this world. The student will come to appreciate more deeply the impact and influence of Romans in our history. 

 

LD 412 - ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE PROCESSES 

Change happens – but it only happens well in organizations when it is led well. Leading change process is essential to helping an organization, as it can be unsettling to the stakeholders within any group or organization. This course will help you learn the dynamics of change in a group setting and the perspectives and skills that will allow you to lead such change well. 

 

LD 421 - ORGANIC LEADERSHIP - LIVING SYSTEMS: ADAPTATION & INTEGRATION 

“Organic” means to be something which is alive, and can give life. Organic leaders are those which allow leadership to emerge naturally from the context of who they are within the living system of relationship around them – at home, at work, wherever they are. This course will allow you to understand the ideas of a living system, and how leaders serve to facilitate the life and life-giving of such systems. You will gain essential understanding of the process of such leadership as well as the skills sets which will allow you lead in these environments. 

LD 431 - CATALYZING, DEVELOPING & SUSTAINING MULTIPLICATION MOVEMENTS 

Like the mustard seed in the biblical parable, the Kingdom-extending movement of Jesus started out small and has multiplied to fill the Earth. And it is not finished yet. All such movements have key people who serve as catalysts, as progenitors, as well as those whose leadership develops and sustains these multiplication movements. This course will help you understand the organic nature of such movements, their slide from organic to organization as well as help you determine what kind of of leader you are – catalyst, developer or sustainer. 

MP 400 - INTERNATIONAL MISSION TRIP: MUST LEAD A COMPONENT 

In Module 4 Project students will participate in and lead a component of an international mission trip. The focus will be on learning to lead in a cultural context that is dissimilar to their own. 

 
 
 
 

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