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Online Discipleship Courses

DISC 5302   (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 developing people skills, team building skills, and conflict management skills. Students must take this course during their first year in the program. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

DISC 6301   (3-3-0)   Christian Education in the Local Church

This course provides an overview of the field of Christian education as a means for making disciples through the local church: including a theological and philosophical foundation, basic concepts and models, organization, and methods. Consideration will be given to current church practices and to developing a criterion for building a Great Commission-driven teaching ministry for all age groups in the local church.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

DISC 6302   (3-3-0)   Biblical Strategies for Discipleship

This course examines the Scriptures, history, and current church practice to identify intentional strategies for making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ. Emphasis will be focused on defining essential terms, relating the practices of the church to disciple-making functions, and exploring the varying environments and relationships through which disciples are matured most effectively.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

DISC 6304   (3-3-0)   Principles for Bible Teaching

This course explores the teaching/learning process in the context of biblical instruction, with an emphasis on small group environments, and for the purpose of developing effective teachers who will, in turn, lead disciples to greater knowledge of and obedience to the word of God. Topics include models and methods of study and instruction, the learning process, curricular development and design, and lesson planning and presentation.   

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

DISC 6307   (3-3-0)   Church and Business Administration

This course reviews the philosophy and principles of church and business administration in relationships to ministry objectives. Areas considered in the study are: functional areas of church administration, preparing of a constitution and by-laws, church organization, planning, church staff development, staff meetings, office management, finances, facilities, food services, insurance, and legal issues related to personnel, taxes, and the security of children and others involved in church ministry.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

DISC 6310   (3-3-0)   Ministry Practicum (S-L)

This course is designed to give each student one semester of supervised practicum experience related to the student's vocational goal. Each student will be paired with a full-time practitioner for guidance and for hands-on experience. Every effort will be made for students to observe the practitioner in his/her role, to carry out assignments or projects under the supervision of the practitioner, or to serve part-time or full-time in a staff position related to his/her vocational goal. The student will receive guidance from the practicum professor and their respective supervisor during the semester for reporting and for discussions related to ministry. Students should take this course during their final semester in the program.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component.

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: Approval of the Director.

DISC 6314   (3-3-0)   Ministry with Adults

This course is designed to help students identify foundational issues of effective educational ministries with adults (married and single) in the local church. Adult developmental theories, ministries, programs, and educational approaches appropriate with adults will be included. Special attention will be given to reaching adults for Christ, church membership and ministry involvement.  

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

DISC 6315   (3-3-0)   Ministry with Senior Adults

This course is a study of the characteristics, needs, and potential of later adulthood. A review of biblical and theological foundation for senior adult ministry will be considered. Special emphasis will be given to church and education programming for ministry with seniors.   

  • Offered: Periodically, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

DISC 6355   (3-3-0)   Recreation Ministry in the Church

This is a survey class designed to help students learn how to develop a comprehensive recreation ministry for the local church. This course will include an overview of various recreational elements including but not limited to sports and games, physical fitness, camping, adventure recreation, drama, interpretive movement, clowning, puppetry, and crafts. Special attention will be given to a philosophy of church recreation and ministry as well as to the work of the recreation minister in a local church. In addition, students will explore church recreation administration and discover the benefits of a recreation program that meets the needs of various age groups in the local church.  

  • Offered: Online, Periodically.
  • Prerequisite: None.

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