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CHST 3301 (3-3-0) Introduction to Religious Education
A survey of religious education, including history and principles of religious education. Emphasis is placed upon the development of religious education as a vocation. Fall.
CHST 3304 (3-3-0) Religion and Older Persons
A study of the relationships between religion and the lives and needs of older persons. This study will include an examination of the attitudes toward and the treatment of older persons in the Judeo-Christian and other selected religious traditions. Offered periodically.
CHST 3309 (3-3-0) Spiritual Formation for Christian Ministry
The course is designed to overview the student’s resources for spiritual growth and examine various methods of discipleship, including Bible study, prayer, and scripture memorization. The student will learn to nurture interdependent spirituality within the context of our contemporary culture. Service-Learning component. Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: RELI 1301, 1302, and instructor approval.
CHST 3320 (3-3-0) Principles of Camp/Sport Ministry
Students will explore various recreational elements including but not limited to camps and retreat centers, local and international sports ministries, camping, athletic team chaplaincy, adventure recreation, and physical fitness ministries. Special attention will be given to the philosophy of recreational ministry and the role of a recreational minister. In addition, students will explore the benefits of using various forms of recreation to reach a variety of ages with the Gospel.
CHST 4301 (3-3-0) The Educational Ministry of the Church
A study of the organization and methods used in the educational ministry of the local church. Emphasis is placed on the programs for pre-school, children, youth, adult, and senior adult groups. Spring.
CHST 4302 (3-3-0) Practicum in Christian Studies (S-L)
Internship training program to be supervised by a professor and an official in the local church or church-related institution. This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: Biblical Studies or Chirstian Studies major, junior or senior status and faculty approval.
CHST 4306 (3-3-0) Children’s Ministry in the Church
A study of children, ages 6-12, from a Biblical and present-day perspective and the church’s opportunity to build foundations for faith through effective Bible teaching, ministry to needs, and outreach to the home. Considerations will be given to the church learning environment, effective methods of teaching children, leadership enlistment and development, and curriculum for children’s organizations in church. Fall.
CHST 4307 (3-3-0) Youth Ministry in the Church
A study of the social and spiritual development of youth. The course will seek to equip the youth minister with cognitive skills, resources, and techniques for ministry with young people through the church. Emphasis will be placed on the planning and administering of a youth ministry in the local church. Spring.
CHST 4308 (3-3-0) Practicum in Camp/Sport Ministry (S-L)
Internship training program for Camp/Sport Ministry majors supervised by the professor and a staff person of an organization relating to Camp/Sport Ministry. This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Fall.
Prerequisite: Camp/Sport Ministry major. Junior or senior status.
CHST 4309 (3-3-0) Strategies and Practices of Camp/Sport Ministry
A comprehensive study of Camp/Sport Ministry that assimilates the entire course work to challenge the students' knowledge and ability to manage a camp/sport ministry. Students will create a business plan for a camp/sport ministry including strategies in ministry, marketing, finance, employment, and development. In groups, students will present completed business plans at the end of the semester. Fall.
Prerequisite: Graduating seniors. Instructor approval required.
CHST 4312 (3-3-0) Biblical Servant Leadership
This course will explore the practice of leadership from a Biblical servant leader point of view and the various styles of leadership. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal set of leadership principles reflecting those of a servant. Considerations will also be given to the developing people skills, team building skills, and conflict management skills.
CHST 4332 (3-3-0) Strategies for Missionary Work
An in depth study of strategies and tactics for modern missionary work will be the goal for the classroom. Interaction within the classroom will bring discussion of strategic approaches in missions, culminating with current strategies for reaching unreached people groups (UPGs). The class will include an overview of the development and nature of the UPG paradigm and how it challenges evangelical believers to seek models of ministry that will reach these people with the gospel of Christ. The students will use case studies, existing strategy approaches, and interaction with field-based mission teams and personnel to develop a thorough understanding of the mission endeavor and relevant approaches.