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CHST 3301 (3-3-0) Survey of Christian Education
This course is an overview of Christian education including foundations, history, components, and leadership. Emphasis is placed upon the development of Christian education as a vocation. Fall, Online.
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 3372 (3-3-0) Church Administration
A study of the principles, structure, and function of church administration. Students will be exposed to methods for administering personnel, financial, and physical resources of the church, as well as various aspects of church governance and planning.
CHST 4301 (3-3-0) Teaching Ministry of the Church
This course is a study of the biblical basis, curriculum development, educational principles, and instructional methods of the teaching ministry of the local church. Emphasis is on preschool, children, youth, and adult groups. Spring.
CHST 4302 (3-1-2) 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 Christian Studies major or minor, 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, Online.
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, Online.
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 4330 (3-3-0) Introduction to Missiology
This course is an intercultural exercise in learning how to personally engage a new population with the good news of the gospel, the course focuses on the role of the individual who serves others in a cross-cultural environment and analyzes issues of cultural adaptation, language acquisition, and contextualization of gospel witness. Helpful insights are given to improve inter-cultural skills because of the multicultural nature of modern society and most local church settings.
CHST 4331 (3-3-0) Cross-Cultural Living and Ministry
The course provides orientation to people who will work in international or ethnically diverse settings where personal adaptation to a different language and culture is required. The course focuses on acquiring insights and skills for cultural adaptation, language acquisition, and contextualization of lifestyle, communication practices and gospel witness. Students are involved in cross-cultural exercise to learn how to relate positively to those of other cultures and worldviews.
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.
CHST 4333 (3-3-0) Local Church on Mission
The class will provide practical steps in developing a missional church devoted to sharing the gospel in positive terms within its own community, in its region, nation and world. Leadership tools will be provided for church workers to lead their church to have a local and a global agenda. The course will examine best practices of churches who are engaging the unbelieving world.
CHST 4334 (3-3-0) Chronological Bible Storying
The course helps students learn to communicate more effectively to non-literate oral learners by using stories and narratives to communicate an essential Christian message. Students will come to understand that most of the world’s population does not learn by literate, but by oral methods, so that our communication style must reflect their preferred manner of learning. Worldview issues determine the precise choices of key Bible stories so that the Christian message can engage their cultural understanding at deep levels.
CHST 4335 (3-3-0) Biographies of Outstanding Missionaries
The course consists of reading biographies of inspiring examples of Christian living and ministry from the history of missions. Biographies from the early church, medieval missions, the modern missionary movement, and recent missionary leaders are read. These personal models for kingdom work are instructive in learning personal habits that can achieve greatness in servant leadership and provide case studies by which missiological principles and strategies may be arrived at inductively. The class considers how examples of lives lived to honor God have made significant contributions in very different settings around the world.
CHST 4340 (3-3-0) Integrating Faith and Cultures
The purpose of this course is to analyze how Christian faith intersects with cultures, whether one’s own or other cultures. Biblical, missiological, and cross-cultural principles are applied to provide perspectives, guidelines, and methods for ministry in the global marketplace. The course seeks to combine global professional expertise with strategies for inter-cultural communication of the Christian message.
CHST 4341 (3-3-0) Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
The course reviews recent and best thinking on the advance of world evangelization by reviewing the biblical basis for missions, the history of worldwide expansion of Christianity, cultural adaptation and competencies required for work among remote peoples, and missionary strategies. Students read from an anthology of top missiological thinking by evangelicals prepared by the US Center for World Mission. Students learn where missions has taken Christianity today and where global evangelization efforts should be going. Fall, Online.
CHST 4342 (3-3-0) Ethnography, Cultures, and Worldviews
The course introduces students to applied ethnography, where they will learn the essentials of how to conduct interviews with persons from a different cultural identity to ascertain customs, values, and worldview understandings. Students learn to “read” a culture and to understand its way of viewing reality. Principles from social sciences such as sociology, anthropology, and demographics enrich the methodology used to analyze how people from a different cultural background think, feel, act, and relate to one another.
CHST 4343 (3-3-0) Understanding Islam
This course is an introductory examination of Islamic faith and practice, designed for those with little previous understanding of Islamic culture and its doctrinal beliefs. Students will learn to describe the principle features of Islamic religious beliefs and to identify differences between sects and groups within Islam. They will analyze Islamic influence upon Middle Eastern culture and consider how this fast growing religion will influence the shape of global geo-politics in the future.