Certificate of Church Ministry

Program Objectives

Students completing a Certificate in Church Ministry will be able to do the following:

One

Identify the principles of Christian character development.

Two

Know the contents of the books of the Bible and their backgrounds.

Three

Identify and comprehend the fundamentals of Christian doctrine.

Four

Identify and exhibit the principles of intercession.

Five

Interpret and exegete the Word of God as he ministers the Word through preaching and teaching.

Six

Articulate and model a biblical philosophy of leadership, vital church ministries, and ethical issues.

Degree Requirements

Biblical/Theological Studies (36 Hours)

A study of the basic Christian character: humility, selflessness, forgiveness, moral purity, clear conscience, seeking God, sensitivity to God, and living for God.

An in-depth Biblical study of the principles of intercession based on the book Rees Howells, Intercessor. Emphasizes principles of faith, obedience, and possession by the Holy Spirit.

A study of the New Testament books with respect to title, author, date, background, key words, key verses, purpose, message, outline, summary, and application.

A study of the Old Testament books with respect to title, author, date, key words and verses, purpose, message, outline, summary, and the way each book points to Jesus Christ.

An examination of how the prophetic tradition of Israel developed and how it continues to operate in the New Testament church. This course includes a study of the Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel.

General survey of doctrines of the Bible, Christ, the goodness and greatness of God, Holy Spirit, man, and sin.

A continuation of Basic Theology I with an emphasis on the doctrines of salvation, end-times, demons and angels, and the church.

An intense study and practical expression of the working of the five-fold ministry within the church today.

The course includes an examination of worship as explained in the Old and New Testaments. Emphasis is placed on the study of the Tabernacles of Moses and David, the Temple, the Psalms, and other patterns of worship seen in the Bible.

9 hours Biblical/Theological Elective

Christian Service (4 Hours)

(or one credit per semester enrolled, whichever is shorter)

Professional Studies (24 Hours)

A study and practicum of preaching with an emphasis on personal preparation, structure of the message, text selection, and delivery of the message.

A study of the biblical basis of local church evangelism and personal evangelism.

A study of the theology and strategy of missions, as well as the spiritual and practical preparation of the missionary for cross-cultural work as part of a world ministry team. An understanding of world history from 70 AD to the present provides a helpful background to this course.

This course will introduce the student to the literature, skills and philosophy that will enable him/her to lead in the planting of a new congregation. The student will be led through the church-planting process and see the decisions this church made to grow into a vibrant congregation.

A comprehensive study of Christianity and a comparative analysis of various world religions and cults.

A study of the life and service associated with the pastoral office gift, leadership principles and pastoral duties.

A study of biblical ethics with special emphasis on the ethics of Jesus and Paul. Modern ethical issues will be addressed from this biblical perspective.

3 hours Professional Studies Elective
Degree Summary
Biblical/Theological Studies
36 Credit Hours
Professional Studies
24 Credit Hours
Christian Services
4 Credit Hours
Total
64 Credit Hours