Master of Arts in Urban Christian Ministries Concentration in Church Planting
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CE 520 Oral Communication
A study of the basic principles of public speaking and the preparation and delivery of various types of speeches.
CE 521 World Religions
A comparative study of the world religions from ancient civilizations to modern day including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism and Confucianism.
CP 531 Spiritual Formation and Growth
This course introduces students to the immediate knowledge and skills of spiritual formation and growth of members in both parish and non-parish settings. Using a heuristic approach to study the sense and use of self and others in relations, students gain better insights into what it means to be a student, person, and a pastor. The course requires the completion of a spiritual formation and growth paper that highlights insights gained that can be translated into a specialized ministry of choice.
MS 531 Urban Anthropology
This course surveys the culture of cities, exploring their historical development and their current dynamism. The student will frame the urban experience from a number of perspectives, examining the distinctive forms of expressive culture, ethnic and racial conflict, and political or economic activity that cities generate. The course will rely on the intellectual contributions and methodological tools of anthropology to explore the “city”.
NT 631 New Testament Introduction
A critical introduction to the canon and text of the New Testament: composition, authorship, date, and content of each book.
OT 631 Old Testament Introduction
A critical introduction to the canon and text of the Old Testament: composition authorship, date, and content of each book. Special emphasis will be placed on the refutation of higher critical view.
TH 537 Apologetics
An in depth study of thought that reflects a valid and logical defense of the Christian faith. A working knowledge of Greek and Hebrew will be helpful but is not prerequisite.
TH 539 Christian Ethics
A systemic study of Christian ethics and various ethical systems.
UM 531 Advanced Demography
The student will study the demographic characteristics of an urban population center, and learn how to use the information to improve current ministries or begin new ministries.
UM 533 The Urban Church and City Government
The student will discover the inner working of city government and how churches can effectively maintain a positive role in that setting.
TD 531A Master’s Thesis
Required of all students in the Master’s Degree program and offered in the fall semester of the senior year, this course will function as a writer’s group in order to help the student significantly advance the process of conceptualizing, organizing, and writing a research-based text. In class students will read each other’s work, discuss the concepts, methods, and mechanics of constructing and writing a thesis, and provide comment to help with the process. Thesis topics will be approved and students will begin writing the thesis prior to the end of the semester.
TD 531B Master’s Thesis
This course is a continuation of TD 531A and is offered in the spring of the senior year. Students will work independently with the instructor writing the actual thesis according to the parameters set in the first semester. The completed thesis is submitted by mid-semester to a team of readers that will serve as the thesis defense committee (thesis reader fees apply).
MS 538 Church Planting: Set-Up
An in-depth study of the legal, sociological, and ethical requirements to establishing a new church. Students will learn how to research zoning and local ordinances, file for incorporation, write by-laws and a constitution, and create a working flow-chart of a fictitious church. (MS 333 recommended but not a prerequisite)
MS 539 Church Planting: Foundation Work
An in depth study of theological, sociological, and practical dimensions of establishing a new church. (MS 333 recommended, but not a prerequisite)
PS 523 Local Church Evangelism
Building on the biblical mandate for evangelism, the student will discuss personal and group methods for evangelism in a variety of settings, how to equip laity to witness, the use of apologetics, follow-up methods, and current issues in evangelism. Throughout the course, the student will focus on practical application and workable solutions for evangelism in their local church.
PS 532 Church Growth Strategies
Contemporary strategies in church growth are emphasized with implications for theology, ethics, church planting, Missiology and field practice.
UM 521 Church Planting Practicum
The student will experience in-class training and in-field supervision as they actually participate in a church plant under appropriate supervision.
UM 534 Urban Theology
This course explores how Scripture deals with the city, how God works in the city, and practical ways to apply theologies of neighbor, community, and geography that uniquely relate to urban dwellers. The application of the theology of sacred space, incarnation, and reconciliation will be explored along with methods of practical applications.
UM 536 Cross-Cultural Development
A study and practice of how to reach across cultural barriers to develop multi-cultural congregations and urban centers.