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The Christian Ministries concentration is designed for those interested and/or involved in ministry leadership. You’ll be prepared with an introduction to understanding the Bible, defense of the Christian faith, and spiritual formation.

You need to have 60 credits to start this program. Your enrollment counselor can help you explore your options for obtaining credits, including taking courses in our associate degree programs.

Face to Face

Face to Face Daytime

You'll meet during the day at one of our convenient locations.

Location: Anderson Center

Start Dates: Spring 2018

Face to Face Evening

You'll meet during the evening at one of our convenient locations.

Location: Anderson Center

Start Dates: Fall 2017

Online

Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Spring 2018

Total Credits

60

Approximate Program Length

21 months

Courses

  • Biblical Interpretation for Ministry (BIBL360)

    Introduction to biblical hermeneutics and exegesis including interpretive issues of presuppositions, authorial intent, metanarrative, historical context, genre and literary context. Biblical inspiration, canonicity, authority, and the nature of the Bible as communication will be explored. Study is designed to develop skills necessary for good Bible reading and contextualization to today's world.

    3 credits

  • Foundations of Business Management (BUSN301)

    An exploration of the foundations of modern management theory and practice including how external and internal environmental factors impact the practice of business management. Topics such as global forces, political and legal forces, socio-cultural forces and demographic forces will be used to develop an understanding of the complexities in business management today.

    3 credits

  • Global Management and Leadership in Business (BUSN310E)

    Equip managers and leaders with a framework for formulating strategies to thrive in a global marketplace. Develop global managerial and leadership perspectives on business opportunities and challenges in global trade, competition, modes of market entry, investment systems, power distance, communications, member cultures, and other leader/manager challenges.

    3 credits

  • Professional Project Management (BUSN320)

    Introduction to the principles of project management including the role of the project manager, types of projects, stages of a project, project variables, and project processes. Examines the organization, planning, and controlling of projects and provides practical knowledge on managing project scope, schedule and resources.

    3 credits

  • Foundations for Christian Ministry (CHMN300)

    Introduction to the theology and practice of Christian ministry. Students explore diverse concepts of ministry and how their unique strengths connect to what God is doing in the world. Students reflect on call and vocation and develop a philosophy of ministry.

    3 credits

  • Personal Spiritual Formation (CHMN320)

    Introduction to the process of spiritual and personal formation. Exploration of models and themes for formation and faith development, with attention to cultural and gender dimensions of formation models and traditions. Examination of both individual and communal spiritual journeys, practices, and connections to God.

    3 credits

  • Community, Self and Formation: Ancient and Contemporary Narratives (CORE300)

    An exploration of self in the world, based on personal experience and classical spiritual practices. Students are challenged to think systemically about contexts of family, faith community, workplace, and broader culture as they plan for lifelong formation and contribution to the well-being of others.

    3 credits

  • Scripture and Society (CORE310)

    An introduction to the Christian scriptures as a resource for responding to contemporary challenges facing humanity. The course will provide a broad understanding of complexities in interpreting sacred texts, major narratives of the Christian scriptures, and ways those narratives speak into ethical and social issues.

    3 credits

  • History, Faith and Society (CORE320)

    An exploration of historical expressions of the Christian faith from the 4th-20th centuries with a focus on its influence on the present. A look at selected historical events and the lessons they provide for understanding theological concepts and selected social issues, and their impact on the role of religious communities today.

    3 credits

  • Leadership and Adult Development (ORGL310)

    A developmental context for the study of leadership is introduced through Adult Development Theories generating a greater understanding of self in the areas of adult psychological, spiritual/faith, and cognitive development. Included in the emphasis of self understanding is an introduction to individual strengths with the correlation to life and vocation.

    3 credits

  • Theories of Organizations and Leadership (ORGL330)

    Introduction to organizational and leadership frameworks: (1) Providing an overview of organizational culture and structures, (2) Describing effective leadership within an organizational context, (3) Identifying core leadership issues. Analyzing an organization from the insights gained in course texts, presentations, and discussion.

    3 credits

  • Principles of Scholarly Writing and Research (ORGL340R)

    Instruction and practice in scholarly writing as preparation for the programs writing assignments. A practical approach to expository essay structure, and reading and writing research studies. Bibliographic instruction, writing portions of a literature review, and an introduction to principles of survey research are included.

    3 credits

  • Leadership Communication (ORGL350)

    Good communication as a foundation for effective leadership. A leaders communicates as a reflection of the ability to successfully influence and impact others with integrity. Practices, skills, and tools necessary to focus on the leader as the communication champion.

    3 credits

  • Leadership and Technology (ORGL370)

    Major technology developments and their impact on people and organizations. Examination of the role technology plays in empowering or disabling an organization. Analysis of personal and organizational issues related to technology in light of ethical and/or moral reasoning. Analysis of the connection between an organization's technologies and organizational culture.

    3 credits

  • Principles of Leading and Managing (ORGL400)

    Examination of principles of authority, power, politics, decision making, and influence. Consideration of questions such as "What is leadership?" and "What makes a good leader?" Exploration of differences between leadership and management and the role of follower. Examination of the impact of leader/manager behavior on the organization.

    3 credits

  • Organizational Research (ORGL440)

    Provides the foundations required for conducting a formal social research project within the context of an organizational setting. Encourages critical thinking through various quality research types. Data collection and sampling techniques, issues of effective measurement, and ethical questions are introduced. Application in understanding various facets of the basic social science research model.

    3 credits

  • Integrated Principles of Leadership (ORGL462)

    Focus on an integrated paradigm that brings together the broad field of leadership. Examination of framing real versus perceived issues, in real time. Discussion and practice of resolving identified issues. A study of the implications of managements best practices and how they impact morale, employee contribution, and organizational effectiveness.

    3 credits

  • Applied Leadership Ethics (ORGL465H)

    Study of the ethical and emotional intelligence dimensions of leadership. In particular, consideration of the impact of ethics on the resolution of internal issues through the application of authentic leadership, how ethical growth occurs from a biblical perspective, and the relationship of ethics with emotional intelligence.

    3 credits

  • Leadership and Change (ORGL490)

    Study of the various components of change and transformation related to leading, managing, and following. Examination of the leaders role in promoting an environment that allows for the well-being of both the individual and the organization. Designed as a senior seminar integrating and synthesizing personal learning experiences in the program.

    3 credits

  • Apologetics (THEO442)

    Investigation of the rational foundation of the Christian faith. Critical examination of historical and philosophical arguments for the faith as well as analysis of its relation to modern and non-Christian philosophies, movements, and worldviews will form the substance of the course.

    3 credits

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