Bachelor of Arts in Urban Christian Ministries Concentration in Church Planting
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General Education Requirements
GS 130 New Student Seminar
Students will receive personal assessment for academic skills in mathematics and English, computer skills and word-processing; Populi; computer on-line research; how to use the NLTS media resources and educational consortium; formal research writing foundations (Turabian); NLTS educational resources and personnel; community resources, etc.
GS 132 Introduction to Composition
A course that stresses writing as a process, focusing on narrative essay. The goal is to develop fluency, coherence, style, and effectiveness. (Prerequisite GS 131)
GS 133 Basic College Math
An introduction to logic, sets, number systems, geometry, probability, and statistics.
GS 135 Church History 1 or GS 233 History of Civilization 1
GS 135 Church History 1
A survey of the history of the church from apostolic times up to the Reformation.
GS 233 History of Civilization 1
A survey of major civilizations from the dawn of recorded events to 1600 AD with emphasis in the inter-relationship of ancient cultures, medieval civilization, and the Renaissance and Reformation eras.
GS 136 Church History 2 or GS 234 History of Civilization 2
GS 136 Church History 2
A survey of the history of the church from the Reformation to the present, including Protestant origins and development.
GS 234 History of Civilization 2
A survey of major developments in world civilizations since 1600 AD with an emphasis on colonialism, the Enlightenment, the great world wars, and interrelated cultural movements.
GS 137 Introduction to Basic Science
This course provides a basic introduction to the elementary principles of physics, chemistry, and biology.
Social Science Course
GS 138 Introduction to Sociology is recommended, but any Social Science transfer is also acceptable.
GS 230 Oral Communication
This course is designed to introduce the student to public speaking. The student will learn to be aware of habits, mannerism, diction and enunciation that interfere with good communication. The student will strengthen his/her oral communication skills.
GS 231 Functional Composition
A course designed to enhance the student’s writing skills in the context of the study of literature. Attention is given to grammar, rhetoric, and critical writing. (Prerequisite GS 131, GS 132)
Choice of any one literature or music course, providing the course does not carry a prerequisite.
LA 130 Introduction to Biblical Languages
The student will be introduced to the ancient languages used when Scripture was originally written and collected into the Bible. Students will learn the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek alphabet and begin to understand the importance of learning the ancient languages used in the writing of the Bible. Lab required.
2 Language Courses
Can be Greek 1 and 2, Hebrew 1 and 2, or another, depending on degree needs.
UM 131 Introduction to Urban Christian Ministry
An in-depth survey in the study of the major social, economic, political, and environmental forces unique to large urban areas. Emphasis is given to an analysis of these forces from a Christian perspective. This is demonstrated in part through a Christian challenge to the growing linkage between urbanization and secularization and how each process has influenced the other. Students are required to write a brief pre-approved research paper and to give an oral report on a “walk-in-my-shoes” urban ministry program experience.
TH 238 Theology of Urban Ministry
An introduction to what Scripture teaches concerning the city, how God works in the city, and explores the role of the Church as it relates to ministering in the urban area.
MS 234 Christian Message and World Religions
The study of the beliefs and practices of contemporary world religions from the standpoint of the Christian faith, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and pagan religions.
MS 235 Christian Message and American Religions
The study of the beliefs and practices of contemporary American religious groups from the standpoint of the Christian faith, including Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, the Unification Church, Witchcraft, and Astrology, the New Age Movement and Hare Krishna.
NT 131 New Testament Survey
An overview of the background, history, and major teachings of the Gospels, Acts, Pauline Letters, General Letters, and Revelation.
OT 131 Old Testament Survey
A survey of the literature of the Old Testament .with special reference to background, history, contents, and major teachings.
PS 131 Personal Evangelism
An introduction to and personal preparation for the opportunity for presenting the gospel to the individual. The basis of the study is founded on Biblical foundations and demands for evangelism.
PS 134 Personal Spiritual Development
This course covers the formation and maintenance of a personal and disciplined Spiritual life.
TH 131 Systematic Theology I
An introduction to the practice of theological reflection, including theological methodology, revelation, and the doctrine of the Triune God.
TH 134 Basic Christian Ethics
An introduction to the study and practice of Christian Ethics. This course examines the philosophical and theological backgrounds for ethics, the role of biblical authority, and the historical relation between church and society in order to develop a valid method of moral decision making and to lead the church in applying the gospel to life.
UM 233 Urban Community Development
Restoring urban centers by applying Biblical principles to embrace individual respect and family unity thereby redeveloping and maintaining urban neighborhoods.
UM 237 Demography
The study of demographic characteristics of urban population, as age, sex, income, family size and make-up, etc. for analysis. Students learn how to use demographics to plan and implement urban ministries.
UM 322 Urban Ministry Research
A course designed to increase the knowledge of the student in the area of their specific concentration by researching and writing about a specific project. Instruction will include how to choose, design and write a project, with specific pieces due through the duration of the course, culminating in a finished research project.
UM 333 The Urban Church
The study of the historical and cultural role that the church has played in society and new methods that are being implemented to build churches in cities. An emphasis is placed on structural framework and the use of outside organizations to the work of ministry.
MS 333 Church Planting: Foundational Work
A basic orientation to the biblical, theological, sociological, and practical dimensions of establishing a new church.
PS 230 Sermon Preparation
The study and practice of sermon construction.
PS 236 Special Services
The study of the design and praxis of the special services, in which a pastor takes part, including: weddings, funerals, baptisms, the Lord’s Supper, baby dedications, church dedications, and ordinations.
PS 237 Understanding Church Finances
A detailed study will be made of the pastor’s role in the stewardship of the church’s resources including the managing of finances, working with finance teams, development of budgets, prioritizing current needs, planning for future ministries, preparing for the building program, and policies and procedures pertaining to human resources as they relate to the church’s finances. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate critically the management system in their home church or place of ministry.
PS 332 Social Media and Ministry Development
Coordination and production of an effective radio ministry including preparation of programs for radio broadcasting, visiting radio stations, and conducting a 15 minute live radio broadcast.
TH 331 The Doctrine of the Church
A theological study of the doctrine of the Church.
UM 232 Planting and Growing Urban Churches
A basic orientation to the Biblical, theological, sociological, and practical dimensions of establishing an inner city church.
UM 332 Non-Profit Ministries: From Vision to Reality
This course teaches the student how to take a vision and help it become a reality by stressing the development of a strategic plan, Constitution and By-laws, finding and recruiting the right Board, etc to help the vision truly become reality.
UM 436 Practicum in Church Planting
A course designed to be a hands-on practicum involving an internship in a recent local church plant. The main components of the course include in-depth analysis and assessment of the work being observed.
PS 231 Sermon Delivery
The practice of preaching to specific audiences. (Prerequisite PS 230)