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RC – Residence Course – On Campus only

PC – Pack Course – Pack format only

DC – Distance Course – Distance Learning only

AF – All formats – Residence, Pack and Distance

3 Cr. Hrs. – Course is worth three (3) credit hours


School of Ministry Courses


SM 101           English                                                         RC - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Students will learn various reading strategies in order to increase their capacity to understand and assimilate a wide range of texts. Students will learn to comprehend at a high level by summarizing, critiquing, and evaluating author intent, bias, tone.  This course also teaches the fundamentals of research and writing and allows the studen to develop writing skills for term papers, research projects, and dissertations.


SM 104           E-Study the Bible                                        RC - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This is a basic computer skills course designed for the beginner computer user.  Since many students are returning to school in their later years, this course provides a foundation for using a computer to study the Bible on-line and through Bible study programs for the beginning computer user.


SM 105           Life Enrichment                                           AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course introduces the student to a wide range of ideas to help him or her grapple with the key issues of small group dynamics, fellowship with Father, and the personal disciplines necessary to successfully navigate educational and life challenges.

SM 107           Living the Blessing (on campus only)        AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

In this practical course the student will discover the power of speaking blessings into other people’s lives, to remove major obstacles that block blessings and discover a road map that will unlock an inheritance today.         


SM 108           Faith                                                             AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course focuses on the biblical promise that “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).  The student will learn various aspects of faith, including: where faith comes from, what kind of faith pleases God, what strengthens faith, what God promises through faith, and how to believe God for the impossible.            


SM 113           Marketplace Christianity                            AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.                         

This course will show how to step out of comfort zones and put God into everyday life, especially in the workplace.


SM 118           Missions: Our Final Instructions                AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This is a study of world evangelization in the life of the church and the lives of believers.  Emphasis is placed on fulfilling our Lord’s Great Commission and looking at biblical examples of missions in action. This course helps the student find his or her place in God’s worldwide plan.


SM 209           Small Group Dynamics                                 AF – 3 Cr. Hrs.

An examination of current church structures is made with emphasis on small group dynamics as they relate to our techno-urban society.  Students will experience small group life during class meetings on campus and/or via the internet.


SM 210           Simply Church                                              AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

In this course, two British doctors explore some dynamic trends in society and church that are pushing Believers into simpler ways of doing church. Students will study church planting movements and learn how Simply Church can work for them.  Students will be required to plant a church using the methodology presented in the course       


SM 212           The New Christianity                                   AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course is a baptism into the most radical of current church lifestyles around the world, one that strives to dovetail with other moves of God, yet goes well beyond the reforms of the 16th century and revivals of the 18th century, both of which retained the Roman Catholic power structures and sharp limitations on laity which remain today.  This open or team Christianity is the ultimate example of lay empowerment, every-member participation, responsible discipleship, and freedom from oppressive, post-biblical traditions.


SM 214           The Way Church Ought To Be                   AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This is a course that examines restoration of the New Testament Church using apostolic principles centered through relationships and home life. Indeed, church in the home is the way church ought to be.


SM 220           Ministry Practicum                                      AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

It is vital that students put into practice the ministry tools acquired through academic education.  This course challenges the student to step into practical Christian ministry, the results of which will be documented and presented as a class project.  This course will be planned and accomplished with the assistance and approval of the Student Advisor.


SM 306           Conflict Resolution                                       PC - 3 Cr. Hrs.

From this course, the student learns how to implement biblical conflict resolution. It includes how to confront biblically, how to prevent unnecessary conflict, and how the Body of Christ should handle church discipline; in short, how to deal with difficult people and situations.


SM 315           How to Meet                                                PC – 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course explores various ways of meeting in an open or interactive meeting: who leads, how participation is achieved, how problems are handled, and the role of children.


SM 316           The Art of Mentoring                                  AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course challenges the student to become an effective mentor by sharing his or her life with another person—helping them to develop their values and priorities.  Biblical models of mentors are examined to help the student master the art of mentoring.


SM 317           Developing the Healthy Leader                 AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course will help evaluate who the student is in Christ. Issues of the mind, emotions, and will are examined in light of beliefs, perceptions, and the Bible. Topics will empower the student to overcome fear of failure and rejection, performance orientation, and a need to acquire titles and positions as validation for one’s ministry. 


SM 319           Ministry Credits/Projects                           AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course credit will be awarded for ministry activity performed during the 3rd and 4th year of the student’s program.  It is important that students practice the ministry as opposed to waiting until after graduation.  The student’s academic advisor has a list of suggested ministries. Determination of acceptable ministries will be made by the Academic Dean’s office.  These credits may fill the elective requirements and/or replace one or more required courses


SM 406           Life Passages                                            AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course challenges the old demarcations and descriptions of adulthood as beginning at 21 and ending at 65 with death. Life Passages allows the student to make sense of life changes by examining the lives of similar people and to customize his or her own life cycle. In the end, this course will awaken and permanently alter the way the student views changes and thinks about life.


SM 417           Leadership Principles                                AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Who’s in charge in a meeting? Do the members of the group have a covering? What about a pastor, deacon, or elder? These questions and other issues involving group leadership are addressed in the course.


SM 418           Mission Outreach                                     AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

The student will prepare for and participate in a mission project either in the USA or in a foreign country.


SM 419           Ministry Credits/Projects                        AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course credit will be awarded for ministry activity performed during the 3rd and 4th year of the student’s program.  It is important that students practice the ministry as opposed to waiting until after graduation.  The student’s Academic Advisor has a list of suggested ministries. Determination of acceptable ministries will be made by the Academic Dean’s office.  These credits may fill the elective requirements and/or replace one or more required courses.





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School of the Spirit Courses


SS 125             Basic Prophecy                                              AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course examines the role of prophecy in the church today and encourages everyone to prophesy. Students are equipped to teach and model prophecy in small groups.


SS 230             Deliverance Ministry                                    RC - 3 Cr. Hrs.

The ultimate result of a life in Christ is freedom and deliverance from bondage. This course focuses on demonic oppression and bondage, presents a caring, biblical approach to wholeness using the gifts of the Holy Spirit and proven counseling techniques.                 


SS 226             Prophetic Evangelism                                      PC - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Reaching out to the world around us is the essential mandate of the call out ones.  This course reviews the history of evangelism in the church and assists the student in developing a personal evangelistic worldview through the use of the prophetic.


SS 240             Wholeness and Inner Healing Part I                AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

A specific journey must be undertaken to recover from pre-Christian life into abundant living in Christ. The student will be challenged to examine his/her own walk with Christ while preparing to minister in the area of personal ministry to others in the open/house church setting. This course is essential for such leaders and those assisting others in personal care.       


SS 326             Prophetic Intercession                                   AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course sets the subject of prayer and intercession on its ear. Students will be equipped in the areas of both personal and corporate intercession.        


SS 331             Deliverance Apprentice Practicum               AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Once a student has completed SS 230 Deliverance Ministry, an invitation will be extended to attend a deliverance weekend and train by joining an actual deliverance team.


SS 332             Spiritual Warfare                                            AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This comprehensive course is about spiritual intelligence; shedding light on who the Enemy is and who he is not.  Spiritual Warfare deals with the spirit realm and how that impacts the student’s daily life. The object of this course is to equip the student to be an effective soldier in God’s army.


SS 334             Breaking Curses                                              PC - 3 Cr. Hrs.

In this study, students will learn about walking out freedom and staying free.  The student will gain a better understanding of what causes bondage, how to recognize it, how to break it and stay free.        


SS 336             The Five-Fold Ministry                                    AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Students need to understand how the five-fold ministries work in conjunction with one another.  Special attention will be given to the five-fold ministries at work in the open/house church movement.


SS 342            Peer Counseling                                                AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Instead of training as professional counselor, the student will be exposed to a practical introduction to peer counseling skills usable in the open/house church setting. This course is essential for open/house church leaders.  


SS 427             Dreams and Visions                                       AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

The interpretation of dreams and visions is an essential part of a called out one’s life and ministry.  This course equips the student to understand how Father speaks through dreams and visions and how to put them to use.


SS 435            The Healing Ministry                                     AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the history of the Healing Movement and its lasting effects upon the church.  Healing will be presented as a practical part of the ministry in the open/house church setting.


SS 438             Signs, Wonders, and Miracles                       AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Rather than being the exception, signs, wonders, and miracles will be presented as normal Christianity in this course.  The history of such phenomena will be examined in order that the students develop the expectation that Father is still performing signs, wonders, and miracles today.


SS 440           Wholeness and Inner Healling Part II            AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

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SS 441             Abuse Counseling                                           AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course is designed to equip students to assist in recovery from sexual, verbal, mental, and physical abuse.  Since a majority of the population has experienced such abuses, this course answers the call to healing for the broken in our society.


SS 442             Peer Counseling Practicum                             AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course takes the student into greater depth in counseling often necessary in house church ministry. Personal ministry skills will be sharpened for the benefit of those to whom the student ministers.                                 


SS 444             Overcoming Spiritual Abuse                           AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course enters the realm of spiritual abuse happening throughout the Kingdom of God in the name of the Living God.  The student will discover the subtle and outright levels of spiritual abuse with two-fold result: recovering from one’s own damage, and knowing what and how to avoid spiritually abusing others in the house church setting.


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School of Biblical Studies Courses


BS 150            Old Testament Survey                                     AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course examines the Old Testament from a conservative theological position, dealing with difficult subjects of canonicity, historicity, inspiration, textual problems, and higher criticism.  Each OT Book is discussed.    


BS 152            Systematic Theology I                                     AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

An overview of Bible doctrine and Christian experience is given in this course.  


BS 160            Torah: Foundation of All Scripture                   AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Students will see how every theme in the entire Bible is first presented in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible). Students learn how to walk closer with God through a balanced study of His written Word.


BS 165            Life of Christ and the Disciples                        AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.         

This course examines the life of Christ and the early disciples with an emphasis on what the disciples learned from the Leader.  The student will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Christ.


BS 251            New Testament Survey                                     AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This analytic and historical survey sets forth the message of the New Testament against a fully integrated picture of the world of the 1st century.              


BS 255            Manners and Customs in the Ancient World     AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This fascinating study of biblical geography and culture will greatly improve the student’s understanding of God’s Word.  Since the Bible was written in a culture and land vastly different from our contemporary Western mindset, it is essential that the student understand biblical manners and customs in the ancient world.


BS 352            Systematic Theology II                                       AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course helps the student examine his or her beliefs in the context of Evangelical theology, to formulate and organize these beliefs in a systematic and orderly manner.


BS 354            Biblical Archaeology                                           AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course teaches fundamentals of modern biblical archaeology. The student will discover how archaeological excavations and artifacts support the history and culture recounted in the books of the Old and New Testaments.                      


BS 361            The Psalms                                                         AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course is an in-depth study of the Books of Psalms, their application for living and worship in the life of a believer.


BS 365            The Gospels                                                      AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

The four Gospels are studied in parallel format so the student can easily see similarities and differences in stories and events.


BS 366            Acts and Early Church History                        AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course is designed to trace the development of the New Testament Church as it relates to the open church paradigm. It leads students to explore the meaning and nature of church as presented in Scripture by integrating a comprehensive study of the Book of Acts with pertinent cultural, geographical, and historical facts.


BS 367            First John                                                         RC - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course is a comprehensive study of the book of I John.  It may be the most important book on the subject of Christian life and relationships. 


BS 371            Introduction To Greek                                     AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course is designed to teach the Greek alphabet and a limited vocabulary to make the study of Greek grammar purposeful and enjoyable.


BS 374            Hermeneutics                                                  AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Hermeneutics means “ways of interpreting” Scripture. How did Jesus interpret the Old Testament? This course answers this question as the four methods of Jewish biblical interpretation are examined, plus one additional method used widely today. The end result of this course is to help the student interpret Scripture in a meaningful way that will impact his or her life.


BS 456            The Story of Christianity                                 AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

The Story of Christianity examines the people, events, and ideas that shaped church history. Unique to this study is the attention given to major events such as the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the New World. The second portion of the textbook covers the Protestant Reformation to the present.


BS 457            Covenant                                                         AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

God’s overarching purpose revealed in Scripture is to bring together both Jew and Gentile as the One New Man (John 17). This is about biblical covenant, a process examined in this course. From the biblical basis of covenant, issues of integrity and loyalty in relationships are studied.


BS 458            Jewish Roots in the New Testament              AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course explores the Jewish roots of the Christian Faith and ways to restore the Church to its Hebraic heritage.


BS 459            Israel and the Purposes of God                       AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

This course traces the history of the covenant God made with the nation of Israel. Has the Church replaced Israel as the People of God? Are the Jews hopelessly lost from the promises of God? These and other frequently asked questions are addressed.


BS 462            Old Testament Prophets                                   AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

An overview of the Major and Minor Prophets is given in this course with emphasis on several themes presented in these books, especially as they are relevant to the student and his or her ministry.


BS 463            Old Testament History                                    AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

The study of history centers on the people and events of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Palestine.  Emphasis is also given to the biblical history of Israel.


BS 467            The General Epistles                                       AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Paul’s message and mission among the churches he wrote to are examined in this course. The student will form a better understanding of Paul’s missionary journeys to these churches.


BS 468            Romans                                                           AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Paul takes the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and thinks through its implications: why did this Man change the direction of world history?  What implication does this have for us today? These and other life-shaping issues are examined in the book of Romans, considered to be the premier of Christian theology.


BS 469            Book of Revelation                                       AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

Revelation may be the most difficult and intriguing book of the New Testament, pointing to events near the end of time. The student will grapple with symbolism and numerology, key verses, and other issues that help shape a biblical eschatology.


BS 472            Introduction To Hebrew                                AF - 3 Cr. Hrs.

The student will learn the Hebrew alphabet, preliminary vowel signs, and some Jewish culture. The course is designed to teach word studies using a concordance and Hebrew lexicon.

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