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ASSOCIATE COURSES

 

CF100 Guide to Intercessory Prayer

This course is an introduction to the ministry of intercessory prayer as given in James 5:16, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

 

CF101 Foundations of Faith

This course stresses the importance of proper spiritual foundations for life and ministry by focusing on foundations of the Christian faith identified in Hebrews 6:1: repentance, faith, baptism, laying on of hands, resurrection, and eternal judgment.

 

CF102 – The Names Of Jesus

To really know God, you must get to know Him by name. The names of God in Scripture are really a self-revelation of God in His nature and attributes. The sheer number of such names and titles in Scripture suggests something of the immensity of God. The Bible identifies more than 700 descriptive names and titles of Jesus Christ. This study will help the student to get to know Jesus Christ more fully by studying several of His key names and titles.

 

CF103 Knowing Gods Voice

This course explains how God speaks to man and how to find God’s will for your life. Guidelines are given on knowing the voice of God and determining His will. The pattern of God’s will and Scriptural examples of how God reveals His will are discussed.

 

CF104 Old Testament Survey

This survey provides an overview of the Old Testament. Study outlines of each book of the Bible are provided for further development by the student.

 

CF105 New Testament Survey

This survey provides an overview of the New Testament. Study outlines of each book are provided for further development by the student.

 

CF106 Strategies For Spiritual Harvest

This course explain how to expand the vision you have received by sharing with others what you have learned. You will learn how to train laborers for spiritual harvest who will be able to train others also.

 

CF107 Creative Bible Study Methods

This course equips students for personal study of the Word of God. Students learn how to study the Bible by book, chapter, paragraph, verse, and word. Other methods taught include biographical, devotional, theological, typological, and topical. Special guidelines for studying Bible poetry and prophecy are presented, and methods of charting and outlining are taught.

 

CF108 Covenant of Abraham

A great story–but much more than a story. The student will learn a historical record of the birth of the nation of Israel. More than the story of one man. It is the story of a divine covenant the supernatural promises of God intended to pass from generation to generation, down through the centuries.

 

CF109 – Altar Counselors Guide

Serving as an altar counselor can be an exciting and rewarding spiritual experience: You

have the opportunity to “reap” spiritual fruit for the Kingdom of God. As a minister

shares God’s Word, he is actually “sowing” it in the hearts of those who listen. This lesson will teach the student how to properly respond as an alter worker.

 

CF110 – Manners and Customs

Many passages of Scripture that are hard to understand, are readily explained by a knowledge of the customs and manners of Bible lands. The student will learn the Manners and Customs of Bible Lands

 

CF200 Ministry of the Holy Spirit

This study focuses on the ministry of the Holy Spirit, spiritual fruit, and spiritual gifts. Students are guided in discovery of their own spiritual gifts and position of ministry in the Body of Christ.

 

CF201 Spiritual Warfare – The Disciple’s Basic Training

The entire record of God’s Word, the Bible, describes men and women who faced difficult battles of life. In fact, the Apostle Paul describes life as a combat, conflict, and continual wrestling. This is the spiritual arena of life known as “spiritual warfare”.

 

CF202 Developing a Biblical World View

Three courses explain how to expand the vision you have received by sharing with others what you have learned. You will learn how to train laborers for spiritual harvest who will be able to train others also.

 

CF203 Bible Teaching Methods

This course examines the methods Jesus used to teach and preach the Gospel. Students are taught how to prepare and present lessons and how to teach and preach the Gospel.

 

CF204 Biblical Leadership Principles

A review of Biblical management principles with emphasis on servant leadership, Biblical leaders, and Scriptural strategies for success.

 

CF205 Strategies For Spiritual Multiplication

This course shares Biblical methods of spiritual reproduction which will enable you to multiply in obedience to God’s command. You will learn how to multiply spiritually as an individual and corporately within the context of the local church.

 

CF206 Power Principles

Power principles taught in this course will enable you to experience the spiritual power taught in the Bible. This course answers the heart cry of those who have hungered for reality instead of religion. It will move you from being a spectator to a demonstrator of the power of God.

 

CF207 Spiritual Environmental Analysis

This course introduces principles of environmental analysis necessary for organizing and mobilizing spiritual resources for evangelizing. This study stresses the importance of environmental analysis in planning strategies to reach the world with the Gospel.

 

CF208 Multiplication Evangelism

The initial call of Jesus Christ to men was to be spiritually reproductive: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” His final command, that of the Great Commission, also challenged followers to spiritual reproduction. Using the analogy of the natural harvest, this course focus on promises of spiritual harvest, things that prevent harvest, and the keys to effective harvest. It communicates the vision which the remainder of Institute training equips student to fulfill.

 

CF209 Prison Ministry

This class provides instruction for every level of involvement: The minimal level of corresponding with an inmate, visiting one-on-one with inmates, Ministering in group worship services, special programs, or Bible studies inside an institution, Assisting inmate’s families, providing post-prison ministry upon an inmate’s release from a penal institution.

 

CF210 Healing Ministry

In this course we are making a careful evaluation of the strategies available to win the war against Satan in the battle for your body. You will learn to do battle for your physical body and to minister these truths to other wounded warriors in God’s army.

 

CF300 Divine Provision

This book, “Divine Provision,” will prepare you personally and your ministry corporately to face what is happening now and what will occur in the future in the financial realm. Your position in the face of the current and impending crises will not be one of weakness, but it will be a stance of strength, faith, and power,  “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”  (2 Timothy 1:7).

 

CF301 Management by Objectives

“Management By Objectives” is a method for conducting Christian ministry in an orderly, effective manner.  It is not enough to just know God’s will for your life and ministry.  You must make definite plans to fulfill your spiritual calling. You must learn to work with God to fulfill His purpose and plans.

 

CF302 Power Principles

Power principles taught in this course will enable you to experience the spiritual power taught in the Bible. This course answers the heart cry of those who have hungered for reality instead of religion. It will move you from being a spectator to a demonstrator of the power of God.

 

CF303 Methodology of Multiplication

This course shares Biblical methods of spiritual reproduction which will enable you to multiply in obedience to God’s command.  You will learn how to multiply spiritually as an individual and corporately within the context of the local church.

 

CF304 Principals of Environmental Analysis

This course introduces principles of environmental analysis necessary for organizing and mobilizing spiritual resources for evangelizing. This study stresses the importance of environmental analysis in planning strategies to reach the world with the Gospel.

 

CF305 Kingdom Living

This course concerns the Kingdom of God.  It introduces the two spiritual kingdoms, their rulers, and residents.  It provides spiritual keys for gaining access to the Kingdom of God and warns of things which result in being cast out of the Kingdom.  The past, present, and future of this Kingdom are examined, Kingdom parables are explained, and its patterns and principles of living are stressed.

 

CF306 Developing a Biblical World View

Three courses explain how to expand the vision you have received by sharing with others what you have learned.  You will learn how to train laborers for spiritual harvest who will be able to train others also.

 

CF307 Jail and Prison Ministry

This class provides instruction for every level of involvement: The minimal level of corresponding with an inmate, visiting one-on-one with inmates, Ministering in group worship services, special programs, or Bible studies inside an institution, Assisting inmate’s families, providing post-prison ministry upon an inmate’s release from a penal institution.

 

CF308 Battle for the Body

In this course we are making a careful evaluation of the strategies available to win the war against Satan in the battle for your body.  You will learn to do battle for your physical body and to minister these truths to other wounded warriors in God’s army.

 

CF309 Knowing Gods Voice

This course explains how God speaks to man and how to find God’s will for your life.  Guidelines are given on knowing the voice of God and determining His will.  The pattern of God’s will and Scriptural examples of how God reveals His will are discussed.

 

CF310 Mobilization Methodologies

This course presents methods (a clearly defined way) of mobilizing believers (channeling their abilities for action) to achieve the vision of worldwide spiritual harvest.

 

CF311 Women – A Biblical Profile

This course summarizes all the Bible teaches regarding women. It is not only a study guide, but a reference tool as it lists all the passages about women and references to all the individual women mentioned in the Word of God.

 

CF400 Pneumatology

The word Pneumatology comes from two Greek words which mean “wind, air, spirit” and “word” – combining to mean “the study of the Holy Spirit.” Pneumatology is the study of God the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. The student will learn and answer important questions about the Holy Spirit and His work in the life of the believer.

 

CF401 Biblical Numbers

This study explains the importance of biblical numerology and provides guidelines for properly interpreting numbers. You will learn the meaning of selected numbers, their prophetic significance, and how to apply what you learn. These foundational studies will equip you to interpret the spiritual meaning of numbers used in scripture and provide the skills necessary for you to continue this fascinating study independently.

 

CF402 Soteriology

Soteriology is the study of the doctrine of salvation. Soteriology discusses how Christ’s death secures the salvation of those who believe. The student will learn the meaning of the doctrines of redemption, justification, sanctification, propitiation, and the substitutionary atonement.

 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

 

Level 100

 

BITH100 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE

This course traces the history of the Bible and includes discussions of inspiration, the biblical canon, major manuscripts, textual criticism, early translations, and modern versions.

 

BIOT101 UNDESTANDING THE OLD TESTAMENT

A survey of the Old Testament. Emphasis is placed on the major themes, key scriptures, and major personalities of each book. Historical and literary backgrounds of the books are covered.

 

BINT102 UNDERSTANDING THE NEW TESTAMENT

An introduction to the New Testament that examines major themes, broad divisions, key scriptures, major personalities, and the structure and context of each book. Literary and historical backgrounds are also examined.

 

BITH103 SUMMARY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE

This course stresses the importance of a proper spiritual foundation for life and ministry by providing an overview of Bible doctrines identified in Hebrews 6:1: Repentance, faith, baptism, laying of hands, resurrection, and eternal judgment.

 

BITH104 PRAYING WITH POWER

This course aims at inspiring students; giving them the courage to pray for the impossible and helping them find the persistence to see their prayers to completion.

 

BITH105 PERSONAL EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLEMAKING

This course will challenge students to commit themselves to the fulfillment of the Great Commission to “go make disciples of all the nations”. A step-by-step guide to disciple making is proposed.

 

BITH106 CHRISTIAN LIVING

This course introduces the student to patterns and principles of Kingdom living applicable to life and ministry.

 

BICM107 FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP

From Moses to the Lord Jesus, to the Apostles, the Bible is a great text on leadership. Basic principles of leadership and practical insights will be covered from a biblical perspective.

 

BICM108 STARTING AND LEADING A SMALL GROUP

Small groups have the power to change lives. They’re the ideal route to discipleship a place where the rubber of biblical truth meets the road of human relations. Students will receive practical guidance on how to start and lead effective small groups.

 

BICM109 PREPARING FOR CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

This course will help students discover their calling and inspire them to place their God given gifts at the Lord’s disposal. Principles of biblical vision and spiritual leadership are covered so as to help students become powerful servants of the Almighty.

 

Level 200

 

BITH200 BIBLICAL HISTORY OF ISRAEL

The Bible tells the story of God’s redemptive work in the life and death of Jesus Christ through the human history of the nation of Israel and the early church. This course helps the student pinpoint the place and time of major events in salvation history.

 

BICM201 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IN THE CHURCH

This course provides the student with biblical, historical, and theological foundations of Christian education. The student will be led to explore principles for an effective implementation of education programs in the local church.

 

BICM202 CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

After exploring the biblical and historical perspectives of children’s ministry, the course covers such topics as children ministry programs administration, childhood development, discipline, learning styles, summer ministries, and more.

 

BINT203 THE GOSPELS

This course will review the historical Background of the Gospels, the message of the four Gospels, and the Life and ministry of Christ.

 

BIOT204 THE PENTATEUCH

The Pentateuch—Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy—are the vital first books in the Bible. Understanding the scope, meaning, and events of these five books is integral to understanding the whole of Scripture that follows.

 

BIOT205 HISTORICAL BOOKS

The background information and the major themes of the 12 historical books of the Old Testament are reviewed in greater detail.

 

BICM206 PREACHING 101

This course provides an overview of aspects of biblical preaching, including the development and delivery of biblical sermons.

 

BICM207 INTRODUCTION TO CHURCH GOVERNANCE

Basic models of church government which have developed over the course of church history are presents. The student will be exposed to the biblical, historical, and theological underpinning of each church governance tradition.

 

BITH208 FOUNDAMNETALS OF BIBLICAL EXEGESIS

This course teaches students how to carefully read Scripture in the biblical context, and to dig deeper into the Word of God so they will be able to understand the Bible correctly and apply its meaning to their lives and ministries.

 

BICM209 INTRODUCTION TO MISSIOLOGY

“Missio Dei” is the idea that God is actively working to reconcile his creation to Himself through Jesus Christ. This course presents an overview of the theology of missions, as well as current trends in missions.

 

BICM210 FIELD MINISTRY

This course is designed to help students gain greater confidence and competence in the actual practice of those ministry skills that will be needed in the student’s anticipated ministry role. Mentoring is provided through both individual meetings with an experienced practitioner and peer ministry reflection groups.

 

Level 300

 

BINT300 ACTS

The book of Acts, also referred to as the “Acts of the Apostles” or the “Acts of the Holy Spirit”, presents the exciting story of the beginning of the church. Through a rigorous exposition of the book of Acts, students gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the early disciples’ commitment to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

 

BIOT301 OLD TESTAMENT BOOKS OF POETRY

The poetic books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon are covered in detail. Historical Background information and theological themes of each book are outlined.

 

BINT302 EPISTLES OF PAUL I

This course is a study of the ministry and teachings of the Apostle Paul as recorded in the Pauline Epistles. The life setting of each letter is related to Paul’s journeys described in the book of Acts. Special attention is given to the major theological themes of the epistles. Part I covers the Book of Galatians through II Thessalonians.

 

BINT303 EPISTLES OF PAUL II

This course is a study of the ministry and teachings of the Apostle Paul as recorded in the Pauline Epistles. The life setting of each letter is related to Paul’s journeys described in the book of Acts. Special attention is given to the major theological themes of the epistles. Part II covers I and II Corinthians, I and II Timothy, Titus and Philemon.

 

BINT304 ROMANS

This course will provide an in-depth and exegetical study of the Epistle to the Romans emphasizing its contribution to Christian theology and life.

 

BITH305 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I

This course is an overview of the theological areas of prolegomena, revelation, theology proper, anthropology, and Christology.

 

BITH306 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II

This is an overview of the theological areas of anthropology, Christology, and pneumatology.

 

BITH307 CHURCH HISTORY I

This course is an overview of how the Church’s doctrine, faith, and practice developed from Pentecost to the time of the Protestant Reformation.

 

BITH308 CHURCH HISTORY II

This course is an overview of the development of the Christian church’s doctrine, faith, and practice from the Protestant Reformation to the present.

 

BITH309 SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND DIVINE HEALING

This course moves participants beyond the natural world into the realm of the Spirit. Tactics of the enemy are analyzed and strategies of spiritual warfare assuring victory over the principalities and powers of the spirit world are explained. Guidelines for receiving and ministering healing will also be covered.

 

BICM310 FIELD MINISTRY

This course is designed to help students gain greater confidence and competence in the actual practice of those ministry skills that will be needed in the student’s anticipated ministry role. Mentoring is provided through both individual meetings with an experienced practitioner and peer ministry reflection groups.

 

Level 400

 

BICM400 CHURCH PLANTING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

This course will provide the student with an overview of the theology, theory, and practice of a church-planting ministry. Special attention will be given to a model of evangelism for church planting, to the Pauline cycle, and to contemporary models of church planting.

 

BITH401 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY III

This course is an overview of the theological areas of soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology.

 

BINT402 GENERAL EPISTLES

The course provides a close reading of James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III, and Jude with special attention given to literary, socio-historical and theological understandings of the epistles.

 

BITH403 REVELATION

A chapter by chapter exposition of Revelation. The various schools of interpretation are explained.

 

BICM404 PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

The purpose of this course is to help each student identify, understand and develop the fundamental skills of church administration and leadership in a Christian setting.

 

BITH405 CHURCH HISTORY III

The goal of the course is to see the sovereign, merciful workings of God throughout American history and to gain insight into the state of Christendom today.

 

BIOT406 OLD TESTAMENT – MAJOR PROPHETS

This course is a study of the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel. Historical Background information and theological themes of each book are outlined.

 

BIOT407 OLD TESTAMENT – MINOR PROPHETS

This course is a study of the books of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. Historical Background information and theological themes of each book are outlined.

 

BINT408 HEBREWS

This course is a detailed study of the Epistle to the Hebrews.

 

BITH409 BIBLICAL PREACHING (HOMELETICS)

The principles and practice of crafting and delivering a biblical sermon will be outlined and demonstrated.

 

BITH410 CHRISTIAN WORSHIP

This course is a Study of the Principles and Practice of Biblical Worship.

 

GRADUATE COURSES

 

Old Testament Course Descriptions

 

BITH 506 Basic Hebrew

Essentials of biblical Hebrew grammar: orthography, morphophonemics, vocabulary; historical developments; readings and exercises.

 

BITH507 Hebrew Exegesis (The Book of Isaiah)

In addition to surveying the contents of the book, the course develops the understanding and skills of exegetical exposition.

 

New Testament Course Descriptions

 

BITH508 Basics of Biblical Greek

Prescribed for students without knowledge of Greek. Rudiments of NT Greek and basic vocabulary are learned; practice in reading.

 

BITH509 NT Exegesis I

Exegesis of a selected NT book with special attention given to Greek grammar and syntax of the text; prerequisite: Basic NT Greek.

 

BITH510 NT Exegesis II

Exegesis of a selected NT book with special attention given to Greek grammar and syntax of the text; prerequisite: Basic NT Greek.

 

Systematic Course Descriptions

 

BITH570 Foundations of Christian Theology

In addition to establishing a foundation of concepts and terminology of Christian theology, this course covers the essentials of all major areas of systematic theology with the goal of guiding students to the basic material necessary to understand and study God’s Word.

 

BITH600 Apologetics

In this course, students compare biblical, historical, and recent approaches to defending faith in God, Christ, and Scripture.

 

BITH601 Contemporary Theology I

The course explores the theologies of Hegel, Kierkegaard, Barth, Bultmann, and Tillich.

 

BITH602 Contemporary Theology II

The course explores contemporary theologies, including Theology of Hope, Liberation Theology, Feminist Theology, Process Theology, New Age Theology, and Post-modern Theology.

 

Historical Studies Course Descriptions

 

BITH630 Church History to the Reformation

In this course, students discover how the Church’s doctrine, faith, and practice developed from Pentecost to the time of the Protestant Reformation.

 

BITH631 Church History Since the Reformation

In this course, students survey the development of the Christian church’s doctrine, faith, and practice from the Protestant Reformation to the present.

 

BITH632 The American Church

The birth of the European church in the new world; various groups and their leaders, and the rise of American cults; awakenings and New England theology, revivalism and the western frontier, the Civil War, the industrial revolution and social concerns; the World Wars, the modernist-fundamentalist controversy, the Sixties and the church in American government.

 

Church Ministry Course Descriptions

 

BITH700 Evangelism and Discipleship

A study in basic principles of personal evangelism; definition and biblical examples of evangelism; resources available for evangelism; memorization of key Scripture verses for evangelism; field experience in evangelism.

 

BITH703 Advanced Biblical Preaching

Theology of preaching; practice in all types of sermons; refining of personal style; includes preaching outside of class.

 

BITH533 Church Organization and Administration

Biblical basis of the church; its government and discipline; the offices, qualifications, and duties of church leaders; effective church management.

 

BITH534 Survey of Church Ministry

Biblical mandates and principles governing the task of the church in edifying and equipping the saints for service; the church and foreign missions; church planting; home and hospital visitation; religious education; worship; church ceremonies.

 

BITH535 Christian Worship and Church Revival

A biblical, historical, and contemporary look at gospel-centered worship with emphasis on understanding, planning, and leading corporate public worship in a local congregation. In addition, the dynamics of spiritual renewal are explored.

 

BITH537 Church Planting

Biblical and historical perspectives on church planting; starting new churches in the age of the Internet; steps and procedures for establishing a mission and developing it into an organized church; practical methods and techniques used in church planting.

 

Biblical Counseling Course Descriptions

 

BITH800 Introduction to Biblical Counseling

The nature and principles of biblical counseling, techniques and theories of counseling; patterns of problem solving, the counselor and counselee relationship; the sufficiency of Scripture; and biblical conflict resolution.

 

FINANCE AND CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

 

MFCA700 FINANCE AND CHURCH ADMINISTRATION   (5 Credits)

The Internal Revenue Code specifies certain types of organizations that are exempt from federal income tax.  The most common types are charitable, religious, and educational organizations, civic associations, labor organizations, business leagues, social clubs, fraternal organizations, and veterans” organizations.  The focus of this course is on organizations exempt under section 501(c) (3), commonly referred to as charities or charitable organizations.

 

The Legal steps to Proper Formation

The FEIN

The Constitution and Bylaws

501 (C)(3) Status

Licensing and Ordination of Ministers

Sales Tax Exemption

Housing Allowance

Self-Employment Tax Exemption

Franchise Tax

Attorney General Registration

 

MFCA701 FINANCE AND CHURCH ADMINISTRATION   (5 Credits)

This course is designed to provide Clergy and Administration with information pertaining to business decisions or concerns that may jeopardize the Federal Tax Exemption Status of a Church.  Essentially, the 501(c)(3) organization must engage primarily in activities that accomplish exempt purposes. This course will also focuses on the Church providing adequate financial support and other types of support for full-time Clergy members.

 

Board Meeting Minutes

Create the Accounting System

Accountable Reimbursement Plan

Minister Compensation Package

Setting up payroll for the Church

Form 1099-Misc

Form 1042S and Nonresident Alien Guest

The W-9 and Guest Speakers

Form 941 and Salaries at the Church

Accepting Credit Cards

 

MFCA702 FINANCE AND CHURCH ADMINISTRATION   (5 Credits)

This course will also focus on the application of applying policies concerning Pastoral Love Offering, Tithes and Offering, Setting up a Petty Cash, Church Credit Card Policy, Paying Guest Speakers Cash from the Offering and more.

 

Pastoral Love Offering

Tithes and Offering

Setting up a Petty Cash

Gifts and Bonuses Paid to Board Members

Paying Guest Speakers Cash from the Offering

Benevolence and Form 1099-Misc

Setting up a Benevolence Fund Policy

Setting up a Petty Cash

Church Credit Card Policy

Establish Credit for the Church

 

MFCA703 FINANCE AND CHURCH ADMINISTRATION   (5 Credits)

Create a Holding Corporation

Adding a For Profit Arm

Starting A CDC

Policy and Procedures

Examination of tax deductible contributions

IRS inquiries

The Law

Pastor’s Employment Contract                                                                                        

Pastors Compensation Plan

The Envelope System

 

DOCTORAL

 

THD890 Introduction to Theological Research

This course will provide students with the tools for doctoral level research and opportunities for reflection on becoming scholar-pastor. Students are introduced to the conduct and reporting of scholarly theological research.