All Courses By Discipline

BT 510 • Biblical Hermeneutics 4 Credits

Introduction to biblical interpretation. Analysis of relationship of author, text, and reader in the interpretive process. Analysis of biblical books using sound exegetical method, within their original cultural and literary contexts. Summarization and exploration of overarching biblical story. Application of scriptural messages to contemporary contexts, respectfully engaging realities of human diversity.

BT 615 • Exegesis and Biblical Theology 4 Credits

Exegesis of Old and New Testament texts. Tracing and synthesizing of select themes throughout biblical literature and the developing storyline of Scripture. Evaluation of personal assumptions and framework. Application of scriptural messages to contemporary contexts.
Prerequisites: BT 510, and NT 516 or OT 516.

BT 670 • Directed Study in Biblical Theology 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Prerequisites: BT 510. Special Notes: Permission is required.

BT 697 • Thesis Extension 0 Credit

Extension course for continued enrollment ; required when the thesis course is incomplete. The extension allows students continued access to university resources. Student must be registered in an extension course at the time the dissertation is granted final approval and receives a grade.
$375.

BT 699PT • Portfolio in Biblical Theology 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Biblical Theology.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

BT 772 • Seminar in Biblical Theology 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular biblical theology or Old and/or New Testaments theme.
Prerequisites: BT 510. Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

BT 774 • Seminar in Biblical Theology 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular biblical theology or Old and/or New Testaments theme.
Prerequisites: BT 510. Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

BT 795A • Thesis Proposal 2 Credits

Development of a thesis proposal and prospectus. Survey of existing research and delineation of tentative argument and preliminary bibliography. To be developed in consultation and under supervision of a faculty member as thesis advisor.
Grade exceptions: This course is graded Pass/Fail. Special Notes: Approval of faculty member in relevant discipline is required.

BT 795B • Thesis Writing 4 Credits

Implementation of research plan, under the supervision of thesis advisor and with input from a second reader. To include survey of existing research and thesis that is well argued and supported by the literature.
Prerequisites: BT 795A.

BT 899PT • Portfolio in Biblical Theology 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Biblical Theology.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

CF 510 • Introduction to Children's, Youth and Family Ministry 4 Credits

This foundational course will present an overview of ministry to children, youth and families. Students will explore the biblical foundations of ministry to children, youth and families set within the broader educational ministries of the church. An overview of current theories and models of ministry to children, youth and families will be offered. These learning experiences will guide the students in developing a personal philosophy of ministry to children, youth and families.

CF 610 • Ministry with Families Throughout the Life Cycle 4 Credits

This course is an exploration of church ministry with families; focusing on leadership functions towards strengthening family ministry in the church and faith formation in the home. Students will examine the developmental life cycle of individuals and families. Participants will be introduced to five models of family ministry including the educational model, the counseling model, the nuclear family model, the family of families model, and the family in service model. Varied resources for family ministry will be referenced.

CF 620 • The Teaching Learning Process 4 Credits

This course is a study of the concepts that undergird learning theory, curriculum development, and curriculum assessment in children's, youth and family ministry. It is designed to provide an understanding of the teaching-learning process, the process of curriculum planning, curriculum evaluation and writing of curriculum materials. It also includes planning, implementing and evaluating teaching/learning experiences. The areas of creativity, strengths-based teaching, learning styles, brain-based learning and multiple intelligences will be investigated through reading, discussion, classroom experiences and student-led teaching opportunities. Students will present in class, receive peer review and instructor feedback. Learning through evaluation is a key component of this course including self-evaluation.
A participation fee is associated with this course.

CF 630 • Leadership in Children's, Youth, and Family Ministry 4 Credits

This course explores the essence of Christian leadership development and its influence on staff dynamics and the many facets of the administrative process within the context of a staff ministry position. Leadership emergence theory,grounded in the comparative study of life histories of biblical, historical, and contemporary leaders, forms the basis of analysis. Students will be encouraged to examine biblical leadership and the practical skills of creating and maintaining effective ministry teams, healthy staff relationships and dynamic programs for children and families.

CF 670 • Directed Study in Children's and Family Ministries 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Special Notes: Permission is required.

CF 699PT • Portfolio in Children's and Family Ministry 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Children's and Family Ministry.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

CF 772 • Seminar in Children's, Youth, and Family Ministry 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Children's, Youth, and Family Ministry theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

CF 774 • Seminar in Children's, Youth, and Family Ministry 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Children's, Youth, and Family Ministry theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

CF 899PT • Portfolio in Children's and Family Ministry 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Children's and Family Ministry.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

CM 670 • Directed Study in Community Ministry 1-6 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Special Notes: Permission is required.

CM 699PT • Portfolio in Community Ministry 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Community Ministry.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

CM 772 • Seminar in Community Ministry 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Community Ministry theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

CM 774 • Seminar in Community Ministry 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Community Ministry theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

CM 899PT • Portfolio in Community Ministry 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Community Ministry.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

CP 510 • Preaching for Transformation 4 Credits

Demonstration of the effective communication of God’s Word using clarity, purpose, and relevance to contemporary contexts. Creation of transformational opportunities for listeners. Application of Scriptural messages in both personal and professional practice while integrating exegetical insights and intercultural understanding. Articulation of the human psychological value of weddings and funerals in contrast to forgoing such gatherings. Development of an approach to a Christian officiating a wedding from serving as a Christian witness in a largely secular situation to proclaiming principles of an ideal Christian marriage. Development of a biblical-theological response to tragic death considering God’s providence and Jesus’ mourning over death. Articulation of ways weddings and funerals have been harmed by overly passive or harsh approaches by pastors.
Prerequisites: BT 510, can be taken concurrently.

CP 699PT • Portfolio in Communications and Preaching 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Communications and Preaching.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

CP 772 • Seminar in Communications and Preaching 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Communications and Preaching theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

CP 774 • Seminar in Communications and Preaching 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Communications and Preaching theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

CP 870 • Directed Study in Communications and Preaching 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor. Permission is required.

CP 870P • Independent Study Project in Communications and Preaching 1-9 Credits

Research and study project by arrangement with the professor. Permission is required.

CP 899PT • Portfolio in Communications and Preaching 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Communications and Preaching.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

DC 635YL • Foundations of Incarnational Youth Ministry (Young Life Staff Training) 4 Credits

This course gives an overview of contemporary culture, especially as it affects youth ministry, and provides historical and theological youth ministry concepts and grounding. In addition, a broad spectrum of ministry programs and issues will be addressed, such as “youth ministry as practical theology,” the changing family, organizing a ministry program, missions and service, and ministering in a multi-cultural, multi-contextual world.

DC 636YL • Life of Christ: Communicating Christ to Adolescent Culture (Young Life Staff Trng) 1.5,3 Credits

Focuses on the process of communicating the person and work of Jesus to adolescents. Communication principles involving small and large groups as well as individual discussions will be applied as the student seeks to understand insights from the four Gospels and learns to communicate those effectively in contemporary youth culture.

DC 637YL • Youth Ministry Leadership and Community Dev (Young Life Staff Training) 1.5,3 Credits

This course provides students with the foundational principles and skills involved in leading/managing a team of people as a youth minister. Special attention will be given to thinking and living biblically as a leader and also to strategic planning for building ministry. Emphasis will also be placed on developing community resources for ministry and clarifying one’s theology of leadership in the context of their ministry calling.

DC 645YL • Foundations of Youth Ministry 1.5,3 Credits

A philosophy of ministry to young people and their families is developed. The needs and characteristics of youth and methods of relating to them for purposes of Christian commitment and growth are presented. Family context is studied to understand youth and develop a holistic approach toward ministry.

DC 646YL • Communicating the Gospel to Teens 1.5,3 Credits

A study of the communcation process as it relates to teenagers. Strategies to communicate the gospel, evangelize, and nurture faith in teenagers are discussed. Effective proclamation and teaching techniques are studied.

DC 670 • Directed Study in Discipleship in Community 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Special Notes: Permission is required.

DC 699PT • Portfolio in Discipleship in Community 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Discipleship in Community.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

DC 772 • Seminar in Discipleship in Community 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Discipleship in Community theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

DC 774 • Seminar in Discipleship in Community 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Discipleship in Community theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

DC 795A • Thesis Proposal 2 Credits

Development of a thesis proposal and prospectus. Survey of existing research and delineation of tentative argument and preliminary bibliography. To be developed in consultation and under supervision of a faculty member as thesis advisor.
Grade exceptions: This course is graded Pass/Fail. Special Notes: Approval of faculty member in relevant discipline is required.

DC 795B • Thesis Writing 4 Credits

Implementation of research plan, under the supervision of thesis advisor and with input from a second reader. To include survey of existing research and thesis that is well argued and supported by the literature.
Prerequisites: DC 795A.

DC 899PT • Portfolio in Discipleship in Community 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Discipleship in Community.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

GC 520 • Mission and Evangelism 4 Credits

Demonstration of effective communication of the gospel of Jesus Christ to meet the needs of the whole person (physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual). Evaluation of various non-Christian worldviews while planning ways to articulate the gospel as truly good news. Intentional sensitivity in developing missional strategies to reach people from different religious or cultural backgrounds, as well as across differences related to gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and economic status. Appreciation for the variety of ways Christians can love others and steward creation well through the helping professions and through involvement in business and engagement in politics.

GC 618YL • The Kingdom of God and Cultural Intelligence (Young Life Staff Training) 1.5,3 Credits

This course addresses cultural self-awareness and cross-cultural competence for building healthy relationships within diverse communities. Drawing upon biblical, anthropological, sociological and cross-cultural communication theories, students gain basic tools for researching and interacting among a variety of cultural, ethnic, and religious groups.

GC 670 • Directed Study in Global and Contextual Ministries 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Special Notes: Permission is required.

GC 699PT • Portfolio in Global and Contextual Studies 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Global and Contextual Studies.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

GC 772 • Seminar in Global and Contextual Studies 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Global and Contextual Studies theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

GC 774 • Seminar in Global and Contextual Studies 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Global and Contextual Studies theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

GC 795A • Thesis Proposal 2 Credits

Development of a thesis proposal and prospectus. Survey of existing research and delineation of tentative argument and preliminary bibliography. To be developed in consultation and under supervision of a faculty member as thesis advisor.
Grade exceptions: This course is graded Pass/Fail. Special Notes: Approval of faculty member in relevant discipline is required.

GC 795B • Thesis Writing 4 Credits

Implementation of research plan, under the supervision of thesis advisor and with input from a second reader. To include survey of existing research and thesis that is well argued and supported by the literature.
Prerequisites: GC 795A.

GC 899PT • Portfolio in Global and Contextual Studies 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Global and Contextual Studies.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

GS 001 • Graduate Research Seminar: Masters Level 0 Credit

The Graduate Research Seminar is a requirement for all students in a masters degree program. The seminar teaches students to design their research methodologies to most effectively complete course assignments. By learning how to efficiently use library tools and services, a student will save time and effort when completing assignments. The class will also focus on evaluating, citing, and using source material properly.
Grade exceptions: This course is graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

GS 006 • Graduate Research Seminar: MFT Degree 0 Credit

The Graduate Research Seminar is a requirement for all students in the MFT degree program. The seminar teaches students to design their research methodologies to most effectively complete course assignments. By learning how to efficiently use library tools and services, a student will save time and effort when completing assignments. The class will also focus on evaluating, citing, and using source material properly.

GS 007 • Graduate Research Seminar: Doctoral Level 0 Credit

The Graduate Research Seminar is a requirement for all students in a degree program. The seminar teaches students to design their research methodologies to most effectively complete course assignments. By learning how to efficiently use library tools and services, a student will save time and effort when completing assignments. The class will also focus on evaluating, citing, and using source material properly.
Grade exceptions: S/U Grading.

GS 670 • Directed Study in General Studies 1-3 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Special Notes: Permission is required.

GS 699PT • Portfolio in General or Interdisciplinary Studies 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of General or Interdisciplinary Studies.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

GS 772 • Seminar in General Studies 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular General Studies theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

GS 774 • Seminar in General Studies 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular General Studies theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

GS 780 • Senior Integrative Seminar 4 Credits

Integration of theology, leadership, formation, intercultural awareness, and worldview analysis into personal, professional, and interdisciplinary understanding and practice. Exploration and analysis of diverse case dilemmas across multiple disciplines, with the ability to contextualize the messages of scripture in respectful and engaging ways. Demonstration of critical thinking, intercultural competence, and integration, within the context of respectful, professional dialogue. Special Notes: This course must be taken in the student’s final year.

GS 801 • Integral Research and Writing 4 Credits

The culmination of all doctoral level work is a research project commonly called a thesis or dissertation. Because the Doctor of Ministry degree is a "professional" doctoral degree, its focus is more practical than academic. However, it still requires a very high level of research, analysis, synthesis and writing. The purpose of the research project is to contribute new knowledge, models, and/or methodologies to the practice of ministry. The research project may also focus on discovering solutions to ministry challenges. Integral Research and Writing provides students with a comprehensive conceptual framework for conducting effective qualitative (and/or mixed method) research. This course also introduces students to a variety of research methodologies from which to pursue their research. Additionally, students will participate in an Integral Research Inventory to help them discover their most natural “research path” and begin the process of developing an integral research proposal. Students will also be exposed to matters related to doctoral level research writing and become familiar with the style guide that dictates the final form the research project report will take. The specific expectations of the course project will be approved by the course instructor. This is a required course and should be taken by all students no later than their second course.
Special Notes: This should be the very first course that DMin students take.

GS 897 • Dissertation Extension 0 Credit

Extension course for continued enrollment ; required when the thesis course is incomplete. The extension allows students continued access to university resources. Student must be registered in an extension course at the time the dissertation is granted final approval and receives a grade. Fee applies.

GS 899PT • Portfolio in General or Interdisciplinary Studies 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of General of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

GS 901 • Thesis Proposal Foundations 2 Credits

Orientation to the nature of research proposals and the purpose of doctoral research. Identification of research topic, a problem and response statement, exploration of relevant literature and development of a preliminary bibliography. Thesis Proposal Foundations (GS 901) and Thesis Proposal Workshop (GS 902) are a combined course unit to be taken sequentially in subsequent terms.
Special Notes: Students cannot take this course until all other required and concentration courses are completed. .

GS 902 • Thesis Proposal Workshop 4 Credits

All students in the Doctor of Ministry program will participate in a one-week thesis proposal workshop. Each participant will develop and bring to the workshop a preliminary thesis proposal developed according to guidelines stated in the pre-course assignments and based upon the work done in GS 901. The week will be spent in a process of modification, expansion and refinement of this proposal as well as in development of a strategy for proposal implementation and for the writing of the thesis project report.
Prerequisites: GS 901.

GS 991 • Thesis Project A 4 Credits

Completion and defense of an approved thesis proposal, involving thesis writing, and engagement with their Thesis Advisor, keeping in line with the requirements and deadlines listed in the DMin Manual for finishing the thesis during GS 993.
Prerequisites: GS 901, GS 902. Grade exceptions: This course is required and is Pass/ Fail grading.

GS 992 • Thesis Project B 4 Credits

Continuation of working toward completion and defense of an approved thesis, involving thesis writing, and engagement with their Thesis Advisor, keeping in line with the requirements and deadlines listed in the DMin Manual for finishing the thesis during GS 993.
Prerequisites: GS 991. Grade exceptions: This course is required and is Pass/Fail.

GS 993 • Thesis Project C 2 Credits

Completion and defense of an approved thesis proposal, involving thesis writing, and engagement with their Thesis Advisor, keeping in line with the requirements and deadlines listed in the DMin Manual for finishing the thesis. It is taken in the spring semester of the year they intend to graduate. This course is required and is graded by the Thesis Advisor based on the entire thesis and the oral defense. Students not meeting the guidelines will be put in extension status and required to meet graduation deadlines again the following year.
Prerequisites: GS 991, GS 992.

HS 510 • Church History 4 Credits

Introduction to the major movements, ideas, figures, and events within Christian history from the beginnings of the Church to the present era. Introduction to methodology and bibliographical tools used to study the past. Analysis of primary and secondary church history materials. Application of ecclesiastical and doctrinal traditions of the past to contemporary movements, theological thinking, and Christian ministries.

HS 670 • Directed Study in Church History 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Special Notes: Permission is required.

HS 697 • Thesis Extension 0 Credit

Extension course for continued enrollment ; required when the thesis course is incomplete. The extension allows students continued access to university resources. Student must be registered in an extension course at the time the dissertation is granted final approval and receives a grade.
$375.

HS 699PT • Portfolio in Historical Studies 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Historical Studies.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

HS 772 • Seminar in Historical Studies 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Historical Studies theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

HS 774 • Seminar in Historical Studies 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Historical Studies theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

HS 795A • Thesis Proposal 2 Credits

Development of a thesis proposal and prospectus. Survey of existing research and delineation of tentative argument and preliminary bibliography. To be developed in consultation and under supervision of a faculty member as thesis advisor.
Grade exceptions: This course is graded Pass/Fail. Special Notes: Approval of faculty member in relevant discipline is required.

HS 795B • Thesis Writing 4 Credits

Implementation of research plan, under the supervision of thesis advisor and with input from a second reader. To include survey of existing research and thesis that is well argued and supported by the literature.
Prerequisites: HS 795A.

HS 815 • Christian Lives and Traditions as Ministry Resources 4 Credits

Concentration content course to fulfill DMin requirement for either Congregation and Family Care or Church Leadership.
Prerequisites: GS 801. Special Notes: This course will fulfill concentration requirements for CFC or CL concentration students or an elective requirement for other concentrations.

HS 862 • Topics in Historical Studies 4 Credits

Concentration content course to fulfill DMin requirement when paired with the corresponding project course, HS 862P. Concentration topic varies based on scheduling and student interest.

HS 862P • Project in Historical Studies 4 Credits

Concentration project course to fulfill DMin requirement.
Prerequisites: HS 862.

HS 899PT • Portfolio in Historical Studies 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Historical Studies.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

MF 611 • Foundations of Marriage and Family Studies 3 Credits

This course examines the historical development and theoretical foundations of marriage and family studies, as well as theological issues in the study of marriage and family and the practice of marriage and family therapy. Special attention is given to family systems theory. Students are encouraged to examine their own assumptions about families and to develop increased congruence between their theological convictions and their theoretical perspectives.
Special Notes: Enrollment limited to students in M.A.M.F.T.

MF 612 • Families in Context: Gender, Class and Culture 3 Credits

This course explores differences in family structure and interaction related to race, ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic status. The influences of gender role perceptions are examined. Students identify challenges of providing therapy and pastoral care to families who differ from themselves in terms of gender, class, and culture.
Prerequisites: MF 611. Special Notes: Enrollment limited to students in the M.A.M.F.T.

MF 613 • Dynamics of Family Interaction: Sexuality, Spirituality and Socialization 3 Credits

This course analyzes dynamic processes of family and couple relationships such as love and intimacy; communication; shame; power; family stress; and coping. Family changes such as divorce, remarriage, and grief are also addressed. Special attention is given to the ways couples and families interact around issues of sexuality and spirituality. Students are encouraged to develop an awareness of the influences of these family dynamics in their own families of origin.
Prerequisites: MF 611. Special Notes: Enrollment limited to students in the M.A.M.F.T.

MF 621 • Individual Development Within the Family 3 Credits

This course explores the development of individuals within the family over the life cycle. Childhood, adolescent, and adult development and aging are examined with attention given to physical, spiritual, intellectual, and social development and their implications for the practice of therapy and pastoral care.
Prerequisites: MF 611.

MF 622 • Individual and Family Psychopathology I 3 Credits

This course helps students understand and identify individual and relational problems and gain awareness of abnormal and/or unhealthy development of individuals and relationships. The course includes introduction to and critique of the most current DSM diagnostic criteria.
Prerequisites: MF 611, MF 621, or concurrent with MF 621. Special Notes: Enrollment limited to students in M.A.M.F.T.

MF 623 • Individual and Family Psychopathology II 3 Credits

This course helps students assess and diagnose relational problems and mental illness and disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. The course includes thorough interaction with the most current DSM diagnostic criteria.
Prerequisites: MF 611, MF 622.

MF 624 • Challenges over the Family Life Cycle 3 Credits

Students examine therapeutic strategies for addressing developmental issues throughout the family life cycle, such as marriage preparation, transition to parenthood, parenting over the life cycle, work and family issues, chronic illness, and aging.
Prerequisites: MF 611.

MF 631 • Professional and Ethical Issues in Marriage & Family Therapy 3 Credits

This course address legal and ethical situations arising in the practice of marital and family therapy and examine unique challenges of maintaining appropriate boundaries within ministry settings. Issues of professional development are discussed, and students are encouraged to develop strategies for continuing professional, personal, and spiritual growth.
Prerequisites: MF 611. Special Notes: Enrollment limited to students in M.A.M.F.T.

MF 640 • Clinical Skills in Marriage and Family Therapy 3 Credits

This course provides a survey of theory and essential skills in the practice of Marriage Family Therapy. The main focus of the course is to develop a better understanding of the therapy process through the lens of foundational theories and concepts. This course will introduce students to theories and techniques of individual, group, couples and family therapy. This course will focus on beginning training and practice in basic therapy skills, providing experiential exposure to the therapy process.

MF 641 • Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy 3 Credits

Students review and critique, from theological and theoretical perspectives, major approaches to family therepy, including structural, strategic, transgenerational, experiential, object relations, contextual, systemic, and other emerging models of therapy. Application of techniques from these approaches is practiced in class. Students also examine the place of marriage and family therapy in pastoral care and begin to articulate their own approaches to working with families.
Prerequisites: MF 611. Special Notes: Enrollment limited to students in M.A.M.F.T.

MF 642 • Couple and Family Assessment 3 Credits

Theoretical perspectives on marital and family assessment are presented, along with an overview of and experience with frequently used personality and relationship assessment tools. This course also introduces the student to the fundamental skills necessary for mental health diagnostic assessment and treatment planning. Students will learn and practice the skills essential to the first three sessions of family treatment. Both medical model and systems integration will be addressed so that students may become bilingual in their ability to negotiate professional relationships with insurance companies, Rule 29 agencies, and other professionals who use a medical model as their primary approach to mental health, while retaining an inherently systemic approach to treatment.
Prerequisites: MF 611. Special Notes: Enrollment limited to students in M.A.M.F.T.

MF 643 • Advanced Clinical Issues 3 Credits

This course focuses on developing therapeutic and pastoral care strategies based on research, theory, and theological reflection to address issues such as separation and divorce, single-parent and remarried families, infertility, adultery, sexual dysfunction, abuse and violence in the family, and addictive and compulsive behaviors.
Prerequisites: MF 611 and MF 642. Special Notes: Enrollment limited to students in M.A.M.F.T.

MF 651 • Research Design & Evaluation in Marriage & Family Therapy 3 Credits

Students explore the interpretation and design of qualitative and quantitative research in family issues and in processes and outcomes of marriage and family therapy. Principles of understanding and critiquing published research are examined, with the goal of enabling students to use current literature to ground their therapeutic and pastoral responses to family concerns.
Prerequisites: MF 611. Special Notes: Enrollment limited to students in M.A.M.F.T.

MF 670 • Directed Study in Marriage and Family Studies 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Special Notes: Permission is required.

MF 699PT • Portfolio in Marriage and Family 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Marriage and Family.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

MF 711 • Supervised Clinical Experience I 3 Credits

MF 711 and MF 712. These two units constitute a nine month practicum including 300 hours of clinical contact and 80 hours of supervision by a licensed marriage and family therapist and/or an AA M.F.T.- approved supervisor. The practicum must conform to the guidelines of the M.F.T. program manual.
Prerequisites: MF 631 and permission of the director of the M.F.T. program. Special Notes: Audit unavailable. A continuation fee of $375 is assessed for any semester of participation in group supervision beyond the second S.C.E. unit for M.F.T. students, or for any extension required in certificate programs. $200 software fee.

MF 712 • Supervised Clinical Experience II 3 Credits

MF 711 and MF 712. These two units constitute a nine month practicum including 300 hours of clinical contact and 80 hours of supervision by a licensed marriage and family therapist and/or an AA M.F.T.- approved supervisor. The practicum must conform to the guidelines of the M.F.T. program manual. A continuation fee of $375 is assessed for any semester of participation in group supervision beyond the second S.C.E. unit for M.F.T. students, or for any extension required in certificate programs.
Prerequisites: MF 631 and permission of the director of the M.F.T. program. Special Notes: Audit unavailable.

MF 713 • Supervised Clinical Experience Extension 0 Credit

Continued enrollment beyond the last term of Internship registration, required when the internship is incomplete. The extension allows students continued access to university resources. Student must be registered in an extension course at the time the internship is finalized and receives a grade.

MF 780 • Senior Integrative Seminar: Worldview, Ethics, and Practice 3 Credits

This seminar is designed to encourage students to integrate theoretical, theological, and clinical elements into a coherent worldview that will facilitate congruence in professional therapy and ministry practice. Attention will be given to epistemological theories in shaping integrative knowledge; the moral nature of clinical practice, research, and theory; and the value of paradigms of virtue ethics and wisdom for effective ministry to individuals and families.
Prerequisites: MF 611. Special Notes: Limited to graduating seniors in the M.A.M.F.T. degree program. Audit not available.

MF 899PT • Portfolio in Marriage and Family 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Marriage and Family.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

ML 540 • Transformational Leadership 4 Credits

Development of the ability to lead well and manage a congregation. Articulation of a biblical-theological rationale for leadership as individual human agency in helping a group to work toward noble goals despite the Bible’s warnings against corrupt leaders. Articulation of the biblical-theological claim that personal moral character affects long-term leadership effectiveness. Analysis of the dynamic of collaboration and individual agency in effective leadership. Consideration of the insights from the Bible, history, and psychological research in describing effective leadership. Development of the ability to be a valuable contributor to an organization. Analysis of the biblical-theological basis and organizational strengths of different church polity structures. Develop the ability to work effectively with both women and men. Development of strategies to prevent and manage conflict in an organization. Appreciation of cultural differences in approaches to leadership. Development of strategies for innovation and change in organizations. Development of management and administrative approaches that prevent harm of the vulnerable. Awareness of common legal and financial issues in congregations. Development of approaches to effective meetings and supervision.

ML 545 • Discipleship and Worship 4 Credits

Articulation of a biblical-theological rationale for intentional discipleship, spiritual growth, spiritual formation, and Christian education in a congregational context. Analysis of different approaches to discipleship throughout church history. Utilization of insights from educational psychology. Teaching of the Bible effectively in a variety of settings. Fostering of in-person and online community in response to loneliness and isolation. Evaluation of contemporary trends in discipleship in community for different ages and in different cultures. Development of the ability to conduct worship. Articulation of a biblical-theological basis for planning weekly worship. Develop a biblical-theological understanding of prayer. Analysis of the formational and expressive ideals of worship. Analysis of the value of human physical community gathering in comparison to rarely attending or only gathering online. Exploration of the range of biblical-theological approaches to communion and baptism. Drawing from historical and global resources in planning worship.

ML 612YL • Leadership I (Young Life Staff Training) 3 Credits

This course is designed to equip individuals to lead an effective incarnational ministry with young people. Trainers in the field lead students through a curriculum in which action and reflection are emphasized. This course equips people specifically in the areas of spiritual formation, direct ministry with young people, leadership development of volunteers, fundraising, and administration. Emphasis is placed on incarnationally expressing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the world of adolescents.

ML 613YL • Leadership II (Young Life Staff Training) 3 Credits

This course is designed to equip individual to lead an incarnational youth ministry with effective discipleship of young people. Building volunteer teams for ministry is also an important element of the course. Focus is given to spiritual development of the student, the ministry of discipleship, development of volunteer teams for ministry, fundraising and administration. The role of camping ministry and its implications for discipleship is also emphasized.

ML 615YL • Supervision and Organizational Leadership (Young Life Staff Trng) 4 Credits

This course focuses on the theory, reflection, and practice of effective supervision in ministry. Students will explore the philosophical foundations for effective organizational leadership as well as practical guidance on such issues as personal leadership style, the emotional intelligence of the leader, team building, conflict resolution, interviewing, placement, delegation, supervision, and evaluation.

ML 620YL • Equipping Leaders Who Volunteer (Young Life Staff Training) 4 Credits

This course will provide students with a biblical/theological and theoretical foundation and the practical experience in equipping leaders who volunteer. The course will focus on recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers within the ministry context of several organizations. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the contextual impact of “age and stage.”.

ML 621YL • The Kingdom of God and Cultural Intelligence (Young Life Staff Training) 3 Credits

This course addresses cultural self-awareness and cross-cultural competence for building healthy relationships within diverse communities. Drawing upon biblical, anthropological, sociological and cross-cultural communication theories, students gain basic tools for researching and interacting among a variety of cultural, ethnic, and religious groups.

ML 627YL • Supervision and Organizational Leadership (Young Life Staff Training) 3 Credits

This course focuses on the theory, reflection, and practice of effective supervision in ministry. Students will explore the philosophical foundations for effective organizational leadership as well as practical guidance on such issues as personal leadership style, the emotional intelligence of the leader, team building, conflict resolution, interviewing, placement, delegation, supervision, and evaluation.

ML 670 • Directed Study in Ministry Leadership 0.5-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Special Notes: Permission is required.

ML 682 • Missional Innovation (Gateway Church) 3 Credits

For transfer only from Gateway Church. God's heart for every nation, people group, and tribe means His message of faith, love, and hope should be communicated in light of the context. The Apostle Paul seemed to use different methods in the different places he would travel even as his message remained the same. Whether he was in Athens, Berea, Thessalonika, or any other location, Paul strategically communicated the message of Jesus in way that was contextually appropriate. In fact, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:20-22 the following: "To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” If we are rejected, we want to be rejected because of the message rather than because of our methods or cultural insensitivity. We all know people who were “persecuted” because of their obvious lack of relational intelligence (and sometimes we have fallen into that trap), but we want to make sure we don’t create any barriers between us and the message of God.

ML 685 • Gateway Cultivate Experience (Gateway Church) 9 Credits

For transfer only from Gateway Church. "Cultivate" is a proprietary process, built on software designed for individualized instruction in entrepreneurial contexts, and delivered by Gateway Leaders. It is framed as 60 sequenced learning experiences, which lead students through a learning/application/reflection process integrating 12 key themes. These experiences contribute toward the goal of building successful church plants. It is intended only for the Gateway Leaders Church Planting concentration in the MAMP and MDiv programs.

ML 699PT • Portfolio in Ministry Leadership 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Ministry Leadership.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

ML 772 • Seminar in Ministry Leadership 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Ministry Leadership theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements. Prior completion of ML 540 recommended.

ML 774 • Seminar in Ministry Leadership 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Ministry Leadership theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements. Prior completion of ML 540 recommended.

ML 795A • Thesis Proposal 2 Credits

Development of a thesis proposal and prospectus. Survey of existing research and delineation of tentative argument and preliminary bibliography. To be developed in consultation and under supervision of a faculty member as thesis advisor.
Special Notes: Approval of faculty member in relevant discipline is required.

ML 795B • Thesis Writing 4 Credits

Implementation of research plan, under the supervision of thesis advisor and with input from a second reader. To include survey of existing research and thesis that is well argued and supported by the literature.
Prerequisites: ML 795A.

ML 810 • Personal Well-Being and Ministry Effectiveness 4 Credits

Ministry remains a marathon rather than a sprint. This course will help you build the character and the foundation necessary to experience long-lasting personal transformation, rejuvenation, and create a plan for transforming others. Jesus gave us a great example of how to do this. Knowing who He was, where He came from, and where He was going, Jesus chose to serve by washing the disciple’s feet (John 13:3-4). Along the same lines, you will discover your identity, core values, calling, and your path towards personal rejuvenation and effectiveness. The specific expectations of the course project will be approved by the course instructor.
Prerequisites:GS 801.

ML 812 • Theological and Organizational Approaches to Discipleship and Missions 4 Credits

Concentration content course to fulfill DMin requirement for Church Leadership.
Prerequisites: GS 801. Special Notes: This course will fulfill concentration requirements for CL concentration students or an elective requirement for other concentrations.

ML 815 • Innovation and Change for Long-term Ministry Effectiveness 4 Credits

Concentration content course to fulfill DMin requirement for either Congregation and Family Care or Church Leadership.
Prerequisites: GS 801. Special Notes: This course will fulfill concentration requirements for CFC or CL concentration students or an elective requirement for other concentrations.

ML 826 • The Transformed and Transforming Leader 4 Credits

This course is designed to facilitate personal reflection for transformational ministry leaders. Effective transformational leadership begins with effective self-leadership. While theories associated with self-leadership will be explored in light of general leadership theory, the emphasis of this course will be on the individual student’s reflective journey throughout the course. Because, for better or worse, leaders cast their shadow on many people inside and outside of their organizations, a commitment to personal and spiritual transformation will be a high priority for students in this Doctor of Ministry program and course. The specific expectations of the course project will be approved by the course instructor.
Prerequisites:GS 801.

ML 827 • Transformational Ministry Leadership: Theory and Practice 4 Credits

Focused on providing an introduction to the theory and practice of transformational ministry leadership, this course will expose students to foundational leadership and organizational theories, encourage thoughtful reflection on the nature of studying leadership from a Christian perspective, introduce students to the priorities and expectations of doctoral studies, and challenge students to implement empowering models of leadership in their unique leadership contexts. The specific expectations of the course project will be approved by the course instructor.
Prerequisites: GS 801.

ML 862 • Topics in Ministry Leadership 4 Credits

Concentration content course to fulfill DMin requirement when paired with the corresponding project course, ML 862P. Concentration topic varies based on scheduling and student interest.

ML 862P • Project in Ministry Leadership 4 Credits

Concentration project course to fulfill DMin requirement.
Prerequisites: ML 862.

ML 870 • Directed Study in Ministry Leadership 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Special Notes: Permission is required.

ML 899PT • Portfolio in Ministry Leadership 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Ministry Leadership.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

ML 923 • Leading Transforming Organizations 4 Credits

Focused on the role of executive leaders in churches and organizations, this course explores the application and impact of transformational leadership at an organizational level. Complementing self, dyadic, and team-oriented leadership theories, a focus on systems thinking at both the organizational and working group levels will be engaged alongside the executive ministry leader’s role in empowering others within the context of organizational leadership. In addition to examining the executive leader’s role in facilitating organizational transformation, the leader’s role of working with boards, working over distance and culture, managing conflict and crucial conversations well, and engaging with effective communication practice will be considered. The course will also introduce students to the priorities and expectations of doctoral studies. The specific expectations of the course project will be approved by the course instructor.
Prerequisites: GS 801.

ML 924 • Teams, Groups and the Transforming Leader 4 Credits

The course is focused on the art and practice of team leadership. Research and theories associated with effective team leadership will be explored. Special attention will be given to the biblical foundations for decentralized leadership structures, and students will consider the opportunities and challenges associated with teams in contemporary organizations. Factors associated with effective team members will be explored alongside strategies for effective team development and team practice. The course will also introduce students to priorities and expectations of doctoral studies. The specific expectations of the course project will be approved by the course instructor.
Prerequisites: GS 801.

NT 516 • Reading New Testament Literature 4 Credits

Introduction to the New Testament writings, focused on the message and proper interpretation of New Testament books, their historical and literary contexts, and theological purposes. Summarization of the New Testament’s main theological themes. Contextualization of New Testament messages for Christian ministry contexts today and for personal faith and practice.
Prerequisites: BT 510, can be taken concurrently.

NT 516YL • Gospels and Acts (Young Life Staff Training) 4 Credits

An introduction and survey of the New Testament Gospels and Acts. The course will examine methodologies for the study of the Gospels (historical-critical and literary approaches), historical and cultural setting, the unique portrait of Jesus and narrative theology of the Gospels and Acts, and an introduction to the study of the historical Jesus.

NT 541 • Greek I: Beginning Greek 4 Credits

Introduction to biblical interpretation using NT Greek. Translation of Greek texts containing common New Testament Greek words and basic grammatical forms and syntax. Identification of the forms and basic grammatical/syntactical functions of nouns, adjectives and pronouns and the indicative mood of verbs. Definition of common New Testament Greek words.

NT 625 • Greek II: Intermediate Greek Grammar and Exegesis 4 Credits

Advancement of biblical interpretation using NT Greek. Translation of Greek texts at an intermediate level of proficiency, attending to a greater range of grammatical/ syntactical functions. Use of exegetical tools, including textual criticism, diagramming, lexical analysis, and intertextual analysis. Definition of additional common New Testament Greek words.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of NT 541 with a grade of B or higher; or passing of Greek Qualifying Exam.

NT 670 • Directed Study in New Testament 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Prerequisites: BT 510. Special Notes: Permission is required.

NT 697 • Thesis Extension 0 Credit

Extension course for continued enrollment following the term in which NT 795B was taken; required when the thesis course is incomplete. The extension allows students continued access to university resources. Student must be registered in an extension course at the time the dissertation is granted final approval and receives a grade.
$375.

NT 699PT • Portfolio in New Testament 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of New Testament.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

NT 772 • Seminar in New Testament 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular New Testament theme .
Prerequisites: BT 510. Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

NT 774 • Seminar in New Testament 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular New Testament theme .
Prerequisites: BT 510. Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

NT 795A • Thesis Proposal 2 Credits

Development of a thesis proposal and prospectus. Survey of existing research and delineation of tentative argument and preliminary bibliography. To be developed in consultation and under supervision of a faculty member as thesis advisor.
Grade exceptions: This course is graded Pass/Fail. Special Notes: Approval of faculty member in relevant discipline is required.

NT 795B • Thesis Writing 4 Credits

Implementation of research plan, under the supervision of thesis advisor and with input from a second reader. To include survey of existing research and thesis that is well argued and supported by the literature.
Prerequisites: NT 795A.

NT 814 • Topics in the New Testament 4 Credits

Concentration content course to fulfill DMin requirement for either Biblical and Theological Engagement or Church Leadership.
Prerequisites: GS 801. Special Notes: This course will fulfill concentration requirements for BTE or CL concentration students or an elective requirement for other concentrations

NT 899PT • Portfolio in New Testament 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of New Testament.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

OT 516 • Reading Old Testament Literature 4 Credits

Introduction to the Old Testament writings, focused on the message and proper interpretation of Old Testament books, their historical and literary contexts, and theological purposes. Exploration of connections between the Old Testament story and the New Testament. Contextualization of Old Testament messages for Christian ministry contexts today and for personal faith and practice.
Prerequisites:BT 510, can be taken concurrently.

OT 516YL • Old Testament Introduction (Young Life Staff Training) 3 Credits

The course introduces the study of the Old Testament as the Word of God by an exploration of the Writings (Ketubim), the third portion of the Hebrew canon in English translation. This section includes Psalms, Job, Proverbs, the Scrolls (Ruth, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, and Esther), Daniel, Ezra-Nehemiah, and Chronicles. These varied books will be studied from a historical, literary, and theological perspective. Focus will be on original meaning, contemporary significance and the hermeneutical principles that allow us living at the beginning of the twenty-first century to appropriate these ancient books.

OT 541 • Hebrew I: Beginning Hebrew 4 Credits

Introduction to biblical interpretation using OT Hebrew. Translation of Hebrew texts containing common Old Testament Hebrew words and basic grammatical forms and syntax. Identification of the forms and basic grammatical/syntactical functions of Hebrew nouns, adjectives, pronouns, and verbs. Definition of common Old Testament Hebrew words. Includes emphasis on production of biblical Hebrew in communication to facilitate mastery of grammar and syntax.

OT 625 • Hebrew II: Intermediate Hebrew Grammar and Exegesis 4 Credits

Advancement of biblical interpretation using OT Hebrew. Reading of Hebrew texts at an intermediate level of proficiency, attending to a greater range of grammatical/ syntactical functions. Use of exegetical tools, including textual criticism, diagramming, lexical analysis, and intertextual analysis. Definition of additional common Old Testament Hebrew words.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of OT 541 with a grade of B or higher; or passing of Hebrew Qualifying Exam.

OT 670 • Directed Study in Old Testament 0.5-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Special Notes: Permission is required.

OT 697 • Thesis Extension 0 Credit

Extension course for continued enrollment ; required when the thesis course is incomplete. The extension allows students continued access to university resources. Student must be registered in an extension course at the time the dissertation is granted final approval and receives a grade.
$375.

OT 699PT • Portfolio in Old Testament 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Old Testament.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

OT 772 • Seminar in Old Testament 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Old Testament theme .
Prerequisites: BT 510. Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

OT 774 • Seminar in Old Testament 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Old Testament theme .
Prerequisites: BT 510. Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

OT 795A • Thesis Proposal 2 Credits

Development of a thesis proposal and prospectus. Survey of existing research and delineation of tentative argument and preliminary bibliography. To be developed in consultation and under supervision of a faculty member as thesis advisor.
Grade exceptions: This course is graded Pass/Fail. Special Notes: Approval of faculty member in relevant discipline is required.

OT 795B • Thesis Writing 4 Credits

Implementation of research plan, under the supervision of thesis advisor and with input from a second reader. To include survey of existing research and thesis that is well argued and supported by the literature.
Prerequisites: OT 795A.

OT 811 • BTE Topics in Old Testament 3 Credits

Concentration content course to fulfill DMin requirement for Biblical Theological Engagement.
Special Notes: This course will fulfill concentration requirements for BTE concentration students or an elective requirement for other concentrations.

OT 899PT • Portfolio in Old Testament 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Old Testament.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

PC 512 • Pastoral Care 4 Credits

Preparation for effective care of self, others, and the larger society. Evaluation of resources available through faith, science, church, and the community to meet the needs of persons, families, and groups, including those with frequently present critical needs. Reflection on both pastoral care and counseling and consideration of the impact that culture and ethnicity have on those relationships. Exploration of the unique needs of caregivers, the development of programs to provide care to individuals and groups, and strategizing to avoid burnout and fatigue in the process of providing care.
Prerequisites: SP 540.

PC 566A • Chaplaincy Internship A 2 Credits

This course provides students opportunity to intern in the work of chaplaincy. Students complete a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (a total of 400-440 hours of ministry and reflection) in a CPE center accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Students contract with a CPE site for a supervised experience in a hospital, hospice site, elder care facility, homeless shelter, or other accredited CPE site.
Prerequisites: TL 002A, TL 002B, SP 540, PC 512. CPE site fees are paid directly to the CPE center. These fees are reimbursed to students at the completion of the CPE unit with the submission of a valid invoice or receipt documenting the amount paid to the CPE site. Special Notes: Internship should be taken in the student's final year. Registration by permission of the Director of Supervised Ministry/Internship.

PC 566B • Chaplaincy Internship B 2 Credits

This course provides students opportunity to intern in the work of chaplaincy. Students complete a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (a total of 400-440 hours of ministry and reflection) in a CPE center accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Students contract with a CPE site for a supervised experience in a hospital, hospice site, elder care facility, homeless shelter, or other accredited CPE site.
Prerequisites: For MA and MDiv students, PC 566A. Special Notes: Internship should be taken in the student's final year.

PC 607YL • The Minister as Person (Young Life Staff Training) 3 Credits

This course is designed to equip individual to lead an incarnational youth ministry with effective discipleship of young people. Building volunteer teams for ministry is also an important element of the course. Focus is given to spiritual development of the student, the ministry of discipleship, development of volunteer teams for ministry, fundraising and administration. The role of camping ministry and its implications for discipleship is also emphasized.

PC 632 • Pastoral Care of Children, Youth and Families 4 Credits

This course provides students the theological, theoretical, and practical applications necessary for providing effective pastoral care to children, youth and families. A variety of issues facing children, youth and families are explored. Practice will be given in helping relationships and helping skills. Emphasis will be placed on the personal and professional self-understanding of the pastoral role.

PC 670 • Directed Study in Pastoral Care and Counseling 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Special Notes: Permission is required.

PC 699PT • Portfolio in Pastoral Care 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Pastoral Care.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

PC 705 • Clinical Pastoral Education 1-4 Credits

Students contract under an accredited CPE center for one unit of CPE, a 400-hour supervised experience, usually in a hospital or nursing care center. CPE is particularly important for persons who plan to enter chaplaincy posts of various kinds, but it is also applicable to many other ministry settings. The credits may be applied as pastoral care electives but may not be applied to professional internship requirements.
Prerequisites: PC 512. CPE site fees are paid directly to the CPE center. These fees are reimbursed to students at the completion of the CPE unit with the submission of a valid invoice or receipt documenting the amount paid to the CPE site. Grade exceptions: This course is Pass/Fail. Special Notes: A passing grade will be assigned when the Office of the Registrar receives, from the student, a notarized copy of the ACPE Certificate of Completion.

PC 772 • Seminar in Pastoral Care 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Pastoral Care theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements. Prior completion of SP 540 recommended.

PC 774 • Seminar in Pastoral Care 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Pastoral Care theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements. Prior completion of SP 540 recommended.

PC 795A • Thesis Proposal 2 Credits

Development of a thesis proposal and prospectus. Survey of existing research and delineation of tentative argument and preliminary bibliography. To be developed in consultation and under supervision of a faculty member as thesis advisor.
Grade exceptions: This course is graded Pass/Fail. Special Notes: Approval of faculty member in relevant discipline is required.

PC 795B • Thesis Writing 4 Credits

Implementation of research plan, under the supervision of thesis advisor and with input from a second reader. To include survey of existing research and thesis that is well argued and supported by the literature.
Prerequisites: PC 795A.

PC 812 • Understanding and Managing 4 Credits

Concentration content course to fulfill DMin requirement. Concentration topic varies based on scheduling and student interest.
Prerequisites: GS 801.

PC 815 • Models for Pastoral Care in the Local Church 4 Credits

Concentration content course to fulfill DMin requirement for either Congregation and Family Care or Church Leadership.
Prerequisites: GS 801. Special Notes: This course will fulfill concentration requirements for CFC or CL concentration students or an elective requirement for other concentrations.

PC 862 • Topics in Pastoral Care 4 Credits

Concentration content course to fulfill DMin requirement when paired with the corresponding project course, PC862P. Concentration topic varies based on scheduling and student interest.

PC 870 • Directed Study in Pastoral Care 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor. Permission is required.

PC 899PT • Portfolio in Pastoral Care 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Pastoral Care.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

PH 670 • Directed Study in Philosophy of Religion 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Special Notes: Permission is required.

PH 699PT • Portfolio in Philosophy of Religion 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Philosophy of Religion.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

PH 772 • Seminar in Philosophy of Religion 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Philosophy of Religion theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

PH 774 • Seminar in Philosophy of Religion 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Philosophy of Religion theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

PH 899PT • Portfolio in Philosophy of Religion 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Philosophy of Religion.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

SP 001 • Formation Assessments: Masters Level 0 Credit

Formation assessments are a program requirement for all masters degree seeking students. Formation is an important value at Bethel Seminary. With a focus on self-awareness, Formation Assessments are designed to promote spiritual and personal development.

SP 004 • Formation Assessments: MFT Degree 0 Credit

Formation assessments are a program requirement for all MFT degree seeking students. Formation is an important value at Bethel Seminary. With a focus on self-awareness, Formation Assessments are designed to promote spiritual and personal development.

SP 540 • Spiritual and Personal Formation 4 Credits

Demonstration of ability to develop and monitor both individual and communal formation strategies using various biblical, theological, and theoretical perspectives. Consideration of the implications of one’s own personal formation journey in contrast with those on differing formation trajectories, while expressing a non-anxious, reflective, and dialogue-centered approach. Exploration and facilitation of individual, relational and corporate health and spiritual well-being within one’s own community setting.
Prerequisites: SP 001 or SP 004; can be taken concurrently.

SP 670 • Directed Study in Spiritual Formation 1.5,3 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor.
Special Notes: Permission is required.

SP 699PT • Portfolio in Spiritual and Personal Formation 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Spiritual and Personal Formation.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

SP 772 • Seminar in Spiritual and Personal Formation 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Spiritual and Personal Formation theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements. Prior completion of SP 540 recommended.

SP 774 • Seminar in Spiritual and Personal Formation 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Spiritual and Personal Formation theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements. Prior completion of SP 540 recommended.

SP 795A • Thesis Proposal 2 Credits

Development of a thesis proposal and prospectus. Survey of existing research and delineation of tentative argument and preliminary bibliography. To be developed in consultation and under supervision of a faculty member as thesis advisor.
Grade exceptions: This course is graded Pass/Fail. Special Notes: Approval of faculty member in relevant discipline is required.

SP 795B • Thesis Writing 4 Credits

Implementation of research plan, under the supervision of thesis advisor and with input from a second reader. To include survey of existing research and thesis that is well argued and supported by the literature.
Prerequisites: SP 795A.

SP 870 • Directed Study in Spiritual Formation 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor. Permission is required.

SP 899PT • Portfolio in Spiritual and Personal Formation 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Spiritual and Personal Formation.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

TL 001 • Vocational Assessments 0 Credit

TL 002 • Vocational Assessments 0 Credit

TL 002A • Professional Internship Assessment and Preparation A 0 Credit

Vocational Assessments MDiv/MAMin, students will complete two assessment inventories and an individual conversation with a professional counselor to interpret and discuss the results of the inventories. The TL 002A inventories focus on the student's vocational and conflict management skills, promoting vocational discernment and integration as well as helping students assess and develop their vocational skills.

TL 002B • Professional Internship Assessment and Preparation B 0 Credit

Students will explore the ten modules in preparation for the internship. The modules will address Internship plans, outcomes, pedagogy, the site supervisor and mentor role, and required experiences. Essential pre-coursework includes the Internship Agreement and Personal and Professional Development paper. The students will use the experience from the TL 002A course and chosen measurable goals to craft their personal and professional development papers.

TL 003 • Vocational Assessments 0 Credit

TL 005 • Doctor of Ministry Assessments 0 Credit

TL 566A • Professional Internship for MDiv A 2 Credits

Spiritual, personal and vocational formation through goal setting based on degree outcomes and in a context that considers the individual’s design for ministry and vocational direction. Participation in ministry in an approved vocational setting. Development of core capacities for spiritual leadership through action reflection.
Prerequisites: SP 001, TL 002A, TL 002B, SP 540, CP 510, ML 545, PC 512. Special Notes: Internship should be taken in the student's final year. Registration by permission of the Director of Supervised Ministry/Internship. Course credit is only granted for internship experiences that have received pre-approval from the Director of Supervised Ministry/Internship. 400 hours are required between TL 566A and TL 566B. This course is intended for MDiv students.

TL 566B • Professional Internship for MDiv B 2 Credits

Spiritual, personal and vocational formation through goal setting based on degree outcomes and in a context that considers the individual’s design for ministry and vocational direction. Participation in ministry in an approved vocational setting. Development of core capacities for spiritual leadership through action reflection.
Prerequisites: TL 566A. Special Notes: Internship should be taken in the student's final year. Registration by permission of the Director of Supervised Ministry/Internship. Course credit is only granted for internship experiences that have received preapproval from the Director of Supervised Ministry/Internship. This course is intended for MDiv students.

TL 568A • Professional Internship for MA in Ministry A 2 Credits

Spiritual, personal and vocational formation through goal setting based on degree outcomes and in a context that considers the individual’s design for ministry and vocational direction. Participation in ministry in an approved vocational setting. Development of core capacities for spiritual leadership through action reflection.
Prerequisites: SP 001, TL 002A, TL 002B, SP 540. Special Notes: Internship should be taken in the student's final year. Registration by permission of the Director of Supervised Ministry/Internship. Course credit is only granted for internship experiences that have received pre-approval from the Director of Supervised Ministry/Internship. 400 hours are required between TL 568A and TL 568B. This course is intended for MA Ministry students. The corresponding MDiv internship course is TL 566A.

TL 568B • Professional Internship for MA in Ministry B 2 Credits

Spiritual, personal and vocational formation through goal setting based on degree outcomes and in a context that considers the individual’s design for ministry and vocational direction. Participation in ministry in an approved vocational setting. Development of core capacities for spiritual leadership through action reflection.
Prerequisites: TL 568A. Special Notes: Internship should be taken in the student's final year. Registration by permission of the Director of Supervised Ministry/Internship. Course credit is only granted for internship experiences that have received preapproval from the Director of Supervised Ministry/Internship. This course is intended for MA Ministry students. The corresponding MDiv internship course is TL 566A.

TL 670 • Directed Study in Transformational Leadership 1-9 Credits

Research and study by arrangement with the professor. Permission is required.

TL 699PT • Portfolio in Transformational Leadership 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Transformational Leadership.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

TL 772 • Seminar in Transformational Leadership 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Transformational Leadership theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

TL 774 • Seminar in Transformational Leadership 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Transformational Leadership theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements.

TL 899PT • Portfolio in Transformational Leadership 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Transformational Leadership.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

TS 525 • Survey in Systematic Theology for MFT and MACYFM 4 Credits

Exploration of methods and foundations in systematic theology, covering the subjects of the nature of God and God’s self-revelation through scripture; humanity in its created and fallen condition; the person of Jesus Christ and the provision of salvation through Christ; the person of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit’s redemptive and reconciling mission; and God’s purposes for both the church and the future of all creation. Evaluation of one’s personal theology in light of historical Christianity and emerging theologies. Contextualization of the gospel and integration of key learnings into one’s faith and ministry.

TS 535 • Theology and Ethics I 4 Credits

Exploration of methods and foundations in systematic theology and ethics, including the subjects of the nature of God, God’s self-revelation through scripture, and humanity in its created and fallen condition. Evaluation of one’s self-identity, personal theology, moral agency, and cultural framework in light of historical and emerging theologies. Contextualization of the gospel and integration of key learnings into faith and practice.

TS 536 • Theology and Ethics II 4 Credits

Builds on the knowledge of Theology and Ethics I. Includes the exploration of the person of Jesus Christ and the provision of salvation through Christ; the person of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit’s redemptive and reconciling mission; and God’s purposes for both the church and the future of all creation. Evaluation of one’s self-identity, personal theology, and cultural framework in light of historical and emerging theologies and ethical issues. Exploration of select ethical issues and the self as a moral agent in relation to others. Contextualization of the gospel and integration of key learnings into faith and practice.
Prerequisites: TS 535 recommended.

TS 605 • Christian Worldview in Global Perspective 4 Credits

An engagement with current, popular forms of cultural expression - movies, music, television, sports, social media, etc. - and their relevance to Christian thought and practice. This course emphasizes cultural hermeneutics: how interpretations of culture can shape and inform theological reflection, public action, vocational identity, and missional engagement. Consideration is also given to global perspectives and cultures.
Special Notes: Recommended prerequisite of TS 535 or TS 536.

TS 670 • Directed Study in Theology 1-9 Credits

Research focused on a particular theological issue or topic may be pursued under independent arrangement with the professor involved.
Prerequisites: TS512. Special Notes: Permission is required.

TS 697 • Thesis Extension 0 Credit

Extension course for continued enrollment ; required when the thesis course is incomplete. The extension allows students continued access to university resources. Student must be registered in an extension course at the time the dissertation is granted final approval and receives a grade.
$375.

TS 699PT • Portfolio in Theological Studies 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Theological Studies.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

TS 772 • Seminar in Theology 2 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Spiritual and Personal Formation theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements. Prior completion of TS 535 and TS 536 recommended.

TS 774 • Seminar in Theology 4 Credits

A Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry concentration course; an in-depth study of a particular Theological Studies theme.
Special Notes: Fulfills DMin elective requirements. Prior completion of TS 535 and TS 536 recommended.

TS 795A • Thesis Proposal 2 Credits

Development of a thesis proposal and prospectus. Survey of existing research and delineation of tentative argument and preliminary bibliography. To be developed in consultation and under supervision of a faculty member as thesis advisor.
Grade exceptions: This course is graded Pass/Fail. Special Notes: Approval of faculty member in relevant discipline is required.

TS 795B • Thesis Writing 4 Credits

Implementation of research plan, under the supervision of thesis advisor and with input from a second reader. To include survey of existing research and thesis that is well argued and supported by the literature.
Prerequisites: TS 795A.

TS 814 • Topics in Theological Studies 4 Credits

Concentration content course to fulfill DMin requirement for either Biblical and Theological Engagement or Church Leadership.
Prerequisites: GS 801. Special Notes: This course will fulfill concentration requirements for BTE or CL concentration students or an elective requirement for other concentrations.

TS 899PT • Portfolio in Theological Studies 0.5-6 Credits

Portfolio course of preselected topics within an existing course in the field of Theological Studies.
Special Notes: Portfolio courses are created upon request with permission by an overseeing Program Director.

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