Course Descriptions: Ministry and Music

College Ministry Courses

Course Prefixes:
PMIN Ministry
YMIN Youth Ministry
UIMN Urban and Intercultural Ministry
CEMN Educational Ministry
CMIN Children’s Ministry

PMIN 010 Spiritual Development (0 hours) Field experiences for all students enrolled in degree programs.

PMIN 145 Introduction to Evangelism (3 hours)
An examination of effective methods and principles to equip the Christian worker to evangelize in the milieu of American culture as well as cross-culturally.

PMIN 220 Biblical Preaching & Teaching (3 hours)
An introductory study of the art and science of preparing and delivering sermons, including discussions of text selection, sermon construction, and audience analysis. Men only. Prerequisite: SPCH 110.

PMIN 230 Introduction to Ministry (3 hours)
A survey of life and work in the vocational ministry, with special attention given to the various components of church life and the minister’s professional practice, including instruction in weddings, funerals, baptisms, ordinations, and programming for church vitality.

PMIN 310 Leadership (3 hours)
An investigation into developing leadership characteristics and competencies for working with paid and volunteer staff in church and parachurch settings. This course will also address project management.

PMIN 320 Communication for Leadership
An introduction to the concepts of effective oral and written communication for interpersonal exchanges, as well as for functioning in teams and in other organizational settings.

PMIN 325 Biblical Exposition (3 hours)
A study of the principles and techniques involved in expository preaching with attention given to responsible exegesis and exposition of the Biblical text. Men only. Prerequisite: PMIN 220.

PMIN 330 Women in Ministry (3 hours)
Theological, sociological, psychological and political issues encountered by women in ministry will be examined while highlighting examples of biblical, historical, and contemporary women of faith. Challenges and opportunities for women will be explored along with discussions relating to the personal responsibility required for ministry leadership. Course can be taken as a ministry elective with advisor’s prior approval.

PMIN 335 Problems of the Ministry (3 hours)
A consideration of the various problems encountered by the vocational minister, including discussions of conflict resolution, ministerial ethics, family life, depression and burnout, etc.

PMIN 336 Teams & the Work Process (3 hours)
The organization of work in the implementation of the strategic plan with work analyzed for how human efforts in teams and other small groups of various compositions and other structures can effectively bring that work to a quality level of completion as defined by the end-user.

PMIN 340 Church Growth and Planting (3 hours)
A survey of the principles and strategies necessary for planting and growing churches in the U.S. and around the world.

PMIN 345 Strategic Planning & Decision Making (3 hours)
A study of the current philosophies and strategies of ministry and non-profit programming. Special focus will be given to strategic planning, implementation of technology, volunteer and staff development, community outreach, and marketing.

PMIN 346 Organizational Finance
A study of the preparation, analysis, communication, and interpretation of financial information for organizational decision-makers; including church, non-profit, and for- profit organizations.

PMIN 355 Preaching & Teaching from the Old Testament (3 hours)
A study of the proper ways to responsibly and effectively prepare sermons from old testament texts, including instruction on preaching from narrative, poetry, and prophecy. Men only. Prerequisite: PMIN 220.

PMIN 358 Leading a Multi-Ethnic Church
A focused study of the biblical foundations and best practices in the church’s ministry to people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Emphasis will be given to equipping students to lead members of their own culture to build bridges to members of other cultures in the church.

PMIN 365 Preaching & Teaching from the New Testament (3 hours)
A study of proper ways to responsibly and effectively prepare sermons from New Testament texts, including instruction on preaching from narrative, epistle, and apocalyptic literature. Men only. Prerequisite: PMIN 220.

PMIN 370 Personal and Church Finance (3 hours)
An examination of the principles and methods of sound personal and church financial management, giving special attention to the effective organization of the minister’s personal finances as well as effective administration of the fiscal responsibilities of the local church.

PMIN 375 Advanced Preaching: Styles of Preaching (3 hours)
An historical and practical survey of trends in preaching style, also giving attention to devotional, evangelistic, life-situation, and special-occasion preaching. Men only. Prerequisite: PMIN 220.

PMIN 395 Ministry Internship (3 or 9 hours)
A field experience available in summer and school year formats focusing on functioning as a staff member of a church or church agency. The internship involves a pre-internship seminar and post-internship evaluations. Internships can be in the areas of Preaching, General, Youth/Children’s, Worship, or Urban and Inter-cultural ministries, depending on the student’s field of study.

PMIN 396 Ministry Practicum
Primarily designed for those who take the 3 credit hour internship experience, this course combines classroom instruction in congregational ministry practices with assignments that apply the material in local church settings.

PMIN 410 Contemporary Issues in Leadership (3 hours)
A capstone study of the major issues facing organizational leaders with an emphasis on the challenges facing the contemporary church and the leadership strategies needed to respond to these challenges.

PMIN 442 Principles and Practices of Teaching Adults (3 hours)
An in-depth examination of developmental issues for young adults through late middle-aged adults, focusing on faith development and its relationships to church, community, and world. appropriate teaching skills will be practiced and a mentoring relationship established. Prerequisites: SPCH 110

PMIN 450 Leading Change (3 hours)
A study of the forces that drive organizations to change. The course examines resistance to change, and investigates a range of approaches and theories for implementing successful change efforts in organizations.

UIMN 212 Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
An introductory overview of world mission from biblical, historical, cultural and strategic perspectives, taught by a series of scholars and professionals with wide mission experience. Either the “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” or the “Worldwide Perspectives” course will be accepted as credit.

UIMN 220 Modern World Religions (3 hours)
An introductory study in the beliefs and practices of the major non-Christian religions of the modern world.

UIMN/YMIN 260 Global and Urban/Intercultural Youth Ministry (3 hours)
Provides an overview of the challenges global youth are facing and how the church must respond to meet their holistic needs. Careful attention will be done to looking how youth ministry is done in the city and throughout the world. This will be done through readings, road trips, analysis, group discussion, and lecture. (Youth Ministry degree requirement)

UIMN 330 Preparing for Intercultural Ministry (3 hours)
A study of the personal and practical details involved in going to and working in a cross- cultural setting, including selecting a field, raising support, being accountable, learning another culture, and maintaining relationships, with application to a specific unreached people group of the student’s choice.

UIMN 341 Urban Ministries Seminar (3 hours)
A seminar course in which students do guided reading, discussion, and application in areas related to urban ministry with part of the time spent in class and the rest in local urban-ministry experiences.

UIMN 341 Urban Ministries Seminar (3 hours)
A seminar course in which students do guided reading, discussion, and application in areas related to urban ministry with part of the time spent in class and the rest in local urban-ministry experiences.

UIMN 346 Urban/Intercultural Field Study (3 hours)
A supervised field experience in the United States or overseas observing urban or cross- cultural ministry in action. Mandatory pre- and post-field orientations, independent readings and reports help the student reflect upon and assimilate lessons from this experience.

UIMN 351 Historical Perspectives on the Church’s Global Mission (3 hours)
A survey of the mission work of the church from Paul’s journeys to today including the dates, events, people, and policies at major milestones, studied in a way that helps the student understand and formulate present-day strategies.

UIMN 362 Cross-Cultural Evangelism and Discipleship (3 hours)
A study of the factors which affect evangelistic outreach and discipling efforts in cross- cultural settings including development of a plan for reaching and discipling a particular people group.

UIMN 365 Topics in Urban and Intercultural Ministry (3 hours)
A specialized study in a focused area of Urban and Intercultural Ministries, such as a specific people group, geographic region, ministry strategy, or social issue. The course will include interaction with people of another cultural or socio-economic group to broaden students’ perspectives. Students may take the course more than once for credit as the topics change.

UIMN 373 Spiritual Warfare
This course provides the student with an introduction to key issues surrounding spiritual warfare: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV). This course is interactive and built on generating and guiding proper exegetical discussion.

UIMN 375 Cross-Cultural Leadership Development (3 hours)
This course presents students with an overview of the Biblical foundations, cultural considerations, and delivery options required to develop and provide appropriate levels of leadership training in cross-cultural settings.
Prerequisites: UIMN 330

UIMN 380 Living Cross Culturally (3 hours)
This class will examine themes regarding cross-cultural living for missionaries and missionary families. Attention will be given to topics such as family issues and health, third culture kids, single missionaries, and urban workers.

UIMN 398 Cross-Cultural Language Experience (3 hours)
For students on an Urban/intercultural Ministries internship who do extensive language learning. a contract must be drawn up in advance requiring an acceptable level of documentation and evaluation of language proficiency.

UIMN 455 Seminar in Mission Theology (3 hours)
A seminar designed to help students develop a vision for holistic ministry rooted in a biblically sound theology of mission. Students will demonstrate foundational skills to equip and empower indigenous Christian communities to interpret and apply the Bible in their cultural contexts. Prerequisites: BSEG 200, HIST 230, SOCI 210, DOCT 210, DOCT 211.

YMIN 201 Christian Education for Adolescents (3 hours)
An in-depth examination of the theory of teaching youth (ages 11-18) with the study and practice of educational methods designed to “make learning happen” within the adolescent environment.

YMIN/UIMN 260 Global and Urban/Intercultural Youth Ministry (3 hours)
Provides an overview of the challenges global youth are facing and how the church must respond to meet their holistic needs. Careful attention will be done to looking how youth ministry is done in the city and throughout the world. This will be done through readings, road trips, analysis, group discussion, and lecture. (Youth Ministry degree requirement)

YMIN 301 Methods of Ministry with Children & Adolescents (3 hours)
An analysis of the fundamental components needed to find, design, begin, and build a youth ministry. an emphasis is placed on: the challenges faced, the relationships developed, and the organizational skills needed–specific to youth ministry.

YMIN 402 Youth Ministry Capstone (3 hours)
A study of current issues, philosophies, problems, and strategies of youth ministry. An emphasis is placed on learning, understanding, evaluating and implementing the programming elements needed to construct an effective youth ministry. Prerequisite: PMIN 395 Internship or previous church experience.

CMIN 201 Principles and Practices of Teaching Children (3 hours)
An examination of developmental issues for preschool and elementary children (birth to eleven), focusing on faith development and its relationship to family, church, community, and the world. Additionally, participants will explore the practical components of teaching including the implementation of teaching strategies and techniques specifically targeted for the child. Field experience is required.

CMIN 301 Children’s Ministry Organization and Planning (3 hours)
A study of the fundamental components needed to find, design, begin and sustain a children’ ministry. An emphasis is placed on specific issues unique to developing a ministry to children and their families.

CEMN 110 Foundations of Education (3 hours)
An overview of education as it applies specifically to instructing and nurturing people of all ages in the church.

CEMN 210 Ministry to Families (3 hours)
An examination of the family ministry model as a strategy for strengthening families through biblical and practical methods, focusing on ways to create community, empower parents and to understand, support and minister to diverse types of families.

Music & Worship

MUAP Applied Music Studies | Performance Techniques

The heart of any music degree program is applied music studies, where a student takes private lessons from an experienced instructor. All degree graduates will prove themselves to be proficient in both voice and piano. Cincinnati Christian University offers private applied instruction in piano, voice, guitar, brass instruments, percussion, and composition. Applied lessons in other instruments may be arranged through special agreement with an off-campus instructor. Students are assigned to teachers based on their level and ability, and on the teacher’s availability. No audit status is permitted. There is no refund of instruction fee after classes begin. Students enrolled in applied lessons on a major level are required to attend a weekly Music Convocation, which provides group instruction to supplement the private lessons. Major and minor level applied lessons require a board exam at the end of each semester (except semesters in which students perform a recital). Elector instruction requires recital participation at the end of each semester.

MUAP 100 MUSIC CONVOCATION (0 hours)
A weekly meeting of all students who are in a music degree program, whether minors or majors. One objective of the convocations is to provide opportunity for all applied students to have public performance in a master class format. The convocation is considered to be a group applied lesson. Other objectives of the convocation are to keep communication lines open, to provide training from local practitioners, and to provide a corporate worship experience.

MUAP 110g BEGINNING CLASS GUITAR (1 hour)
Group instruction (meeting two hours each week) for the student with little or no previous training in guitar. Considered to be elector level, though it can be counted as minor credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

MUAP 110p PIANO PROFICIENCY 1 (1 hour)
MUAP 111p PIANO PROFICIENCY 2 (1 hour)
MUAP 300p PIANO PROFICIENCY (0 hours)
Group instruction (meeting two hours each week) for the student with little or no previous training in piano. Covers piano technique, music reading, chord charts, and keyboard skills. Designed to prepare students for keyboard proficiency, though additional private applied lessons may be necessary to obtain proficiency.

MUAP 110v VOICE PROFICIENCY 1 (1 hour)
MUAP 111v VOICE PROFICIENCY 2 (1 hour)
A two-semester introductory course designed to establish basic vocal technique, a beginning understanding of the singing voice, performance and memory skills, and healthy practice habits. Topics covered include diction (international Phonetic alphabet) and methods of research. Successful completion of the course certifies vocal proficiency.

MUAP 121_ APPLIED MUSIC ELECTOR (1 hour)
A thirty-minute lesson each week whose credit does not count toward a music & worship degree program, with a minimum requirement of weekly practice.

MUAP 131_ APPLIED MUSIC MINOR (1 hour)
MUAP 132_ APPLIED MUSIC MINOR (1 hour)
MUAP 231_ APPLIED MUSIC MINOR (1 hour)
A thirty-minute lesson each week plus weekly Convocation attendance, with a minimum requirement of weekly practice. Performance in a Board and/or a Joint Recital each semester. (Prerequisite: acceptance by audition as an applied major, plus successful completion of previous level. Note: The instrument itself may change, but the numbers continue to progress.)

MUAP 151_ or 161_ APPLIED MUSIC MAJOR (1 or 2 hours)
MUAP 152_ or 162_ APPLIED MUSIC MAJOR (1 or 2 hours)
MUAP 251_ or 261_ APPLIED MUSIC MAJOR (1 or 2 hours)
MUAP 252_ or 262_ APPLIED MUSIC MAJOR (1 or 2 hours)
A thirty-minute lesson each week plus weekly Convocation attendance, with a minimum requirement of weekly practice. Repertoire is generally classical, in conjunction with student choice of material. Performance in a Board and/or a Joint Recital each semester. (Prerequisite: acceptance by audition as an applied major, plus successful completion of previous level.)

MUAP 300 ADVANCED LEVEL APPROVAL (0 hours)

MUAP 351_ or 361_ APPLIED MUSIC MAJOR (1 or 2 hours)
A thirty-minute lesson each week plus weekly Convocation attendance, with a minimum requirement of weekly practice. (Prerequisite: acceptance by audition as an applied major, plus receiving MUAP 300 Advanced Level Approval.) Five semesters of study culminate in a 30-minute (half) recital.

MUAP 390 HALF RECITAL (0 hours)

MUAP 490 SENIOR PROJECT (0 hours)

MUCO Conducting | Performance Leadership
An essential part of the preparation of any musician is to be able to lead and guide a collaborative group of musicians with clarity and musicality. Leadership skills include traditional groupings and historically established conducting methods, but also focus on rehearsal techniques for informal contemporary groups.

MUCO 250 CONDUCTING (2 hours)
A study of basic conducting techniques, with consideration given to leading both choral and instrumental music. (Prerequisites: MUTH 120.)

MUCO 310 MUSIC TEAM LEADERSHIP (2 hours)
A practical course in the organization and techniques of effective team rehearsals and performances. This course will develop your musical ear and your up-front leadership skills to efficiently and effectively accomplish the desired musical, artistic, spiritual and communal outcomes. Through tested and trending models students will be equipped with practical solutions to lead artists in various genres and to correct common musical issues.

MUCO 350 ADVANCED CHORAL LEADERSHIP (2 hours)
A continued development of conducting skills with emphasis given to rehearsal methods and techniques, performance practices, score preparation, and group ministry, including practical experience with choral and instrumental ensembles. Includes rehearsal time management, the changing voice, choreography and administrative issues. Prerequisite: MUCO 250.

MUED Music Education | Pedagogy
CCU offerings in music education help to prepare our graduates to teach others in turn to become excellent musicians. Our graduates have been trained in best practices to coach volunteer team members, or teach applied music lessons, including how to establish a private teaching studio.

MUED 150 SUSTAINABLE MUSIC INITIATIVES (1 hour)
An introduction to the business of music. How to create, structure, establish, market and grow a self-sustaining musical enterprise.

MUED 250p PIANO PEDAGOGY (2 hours)
A general survey of the materials and methods of piano teaching. Prerequisite: two semesters of applied piano study and instructor approval.

MUED 250v VOCAL PEDAGOGY (2 hours)
A survey of methods for teaching proper development of vocal technique, including emphasis upon proper breathing, freedom of tone production, diction and vowel formation, and tone placement, giving methods for dealing with vocal problems. Prerequisite: Four semesters of applied major voice study and advanced level approval.

MUEN Music Ensembles | Collaborative Performance
Certain aspects of musicianship are best learned in a collaborative environment, and a variety of types and sizes of ensembles will provide more opportunities for new learning. The BSM&W requires a minimum number of semesters of large ensembles, as well as specialized ensembles and a worship ensemble. These groups are also open to the campus as a whole, where non-majors are able to enrich their lives with musical participation.

Students enrolled in ensembles may be required to purchase an outfit as specified in the course plan.

MUEN 100_ NON-CREDIT ENSEMBLE (0 hours)
Membership is dependent on an audition and/or the director’s approval. Public performances are offered at the discretion of the director.
MUEN 100v First Light
A select ensemble specializing in a cappella vocal music. The ensemble performs at several venues during the year, both on campus and off.

The following ensembles are offered on a rotation basis.
MUEN 100g Guitar Ensemble
MUEN 100h University Handbell Choir
MUEN 100i Pep Band
MUEN 100j Jazz Ensemble
MUEN 100k Keyboard Ensemble
MUEN 100w World Music Worship Ensemble
MUEN 100x Percussion Ensemble

MUEN 110 WORSHIP ENSEMBLE (0 hours)
Worship Ensemble is a select small ensemble made up of music & worship students, plus others by audition and need. The ensemble focuses on a wide variety of global repertoire, but all is centered on expression of Christian worship. Some public performances or worship events may be held, at the discretion of the director. (Prerequisite: acceptance as a degree student in music & worship, or special permission from the director.)

MUEN 210 CONCERT CHOIR (2 hours/year)
Concert Choir is a select mixed choir. Literature and performances vary from year to year to include the following types of experiences: seasonal concerts, conferences, major choral works, musicals, and a spring tour. (Prerequisites: audition and approval of director.)

MUEN 220 SYNERGY (2 hours/year)
Synergy is a select mixed instrumental ensemble. The repertoire for the group varies widely, based on the makeup and needs of the group of musicians. (Prerequisite: acceptance as an instrumental applied major or special permission from the director.)

MUFE Field Experience | Practical Internship
The BSM&W requires field experience under the supervision of a practitioner. The reason for this requirement is that some things cannot be taught in a college classroom, but must be experienced in the real world. We partner with several local churches and schools to help provide intentional mentoring under professionals in the field.

MUFE 300 SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE (0 hours)
A field experience in music ministry, under the supervision of the Director of Service Learning and an approved field mentor. Prior approval must be granted and the student must register in advance to receive credit. Christian Service hours may be used for this requirement. (Prerequisite: junior level standing with 60 credit hours).

MUFE 390 MUSIC & WORSHIP INTERNSHIP (3-9 hours)
A field experience in music ministry, under the supervision of the Director of Service Learning, a music faculty representative and a full- time music or worship minister serving as field mentor. (Prerequisite: junior level standing with 60 credit hours).

MUFE 490 MUSIC & WORSHIP RESIDENCY (3-9 hours)
A field experience in music ministry, under the supervision of the Director of Service Learning, a music faculty representative and a full- time music or worship minister serving as field mentor. (Prerequisite: all course work completed toward degree.)

MUHI Music History and Literature | Musicology
All music students at CCU receive significant exposure to contemporary musical literature for worship, as well as traditional music presented within its historical and cultural context, including non-western cultures. Musicological studies here cover standard classical literature, but all courses are slanted toward music that would be useful in the church.

MUHI 110 MUSIC IN WORLD CULTURES (3 hours)
An introduction to the music of the world, including the history, styles, and composers of Western (European and American) music, as well as an overview of music from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The course is designed to teach an awareness of aesthetic value in music, and tools for listening to music effectively, as well as an approach to appreciate a culture through experiencing the art (especially the music) of that culture. The course fulfills Humanities electives for any students, and is required for all music degrees.

MUHI 310 MUSIC HISTORY & LITERATURE 1 (3 hours)
A survey of the development of Western music from ancient times through the Classical period, exploring the development of Western music in depth through biography, history, and analysis with an emphasis on selective listening and on the music of the church. (Prerequisite: MUHI 110.)

MUHI 311 MUSIC HISTORY & LITERATURE 2 (2 hours)
A survey of the music of Western culture from the Romantic period to the 20th century, exploring the development of Western music in depth through biography, history, and analysis, with an emphasis on selective listening and on the music of the church. (Prerequisite: MUHI 310.)

MUHI 312 PIANO LITERATURE (1 hour)
An historical survey of piano literature from the Baroque to the present, exploring major composers through biography, listening, analyzing and performing piano repertoire. (Prerequisites: MUHI 110, 310 and two semesters of applied piano study.)

MUHI 313 VOCAL LITERATURE (1 hour)
An historical survey of solo vocal literature from the Baroque to the present, exploring major composers through biography, listening, analyzing and performing vocal repertoire. (Prerequisites: MUHI 110, 310 and two semesters of applied voice major study.)

MUTC Music Technology | Technology Arts
At CCU, creative technology is an essential partner with live performance arts. Therefore, courses in music technology are required for every music degree program, and hands-on practical experience is included in most of our music courses. All music graduates are competent in multiple areas of music technology. These courses, though limited in size, are open to any students in the university.

MUTC 110 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (3 hours)
A lab-course introduction to various forms of technology arts, particularly as applied in music and worship ministry in the church.

MUTC 210 LIVE SOUND AND RECORDING (3 hours)
This course provides an overview of current tools and trends in audio technologies used in production and performance and worship environments. It also covers common practice of several aspects of studio digital audio recording. Prerequisite: MUTC 110 or equivalent.

MUTC 310 PRACTICAL KEYBOARD SKILLS (1 hour)
A lab course covering practical aspects of keyboard music for the contemporary worship musician. The course includes service playing, including underscore, hymn styles, Gospel music styles, chord voicing, reducing and rebuilding musical arrangements, chord chart realization, stylization, congregational leading from the keyboard, collaborative playing in an ensemble, improvisation, modulation, electronic keyboards, recording, choir accompaniment, score reading, and congregational hymn playing. (Prerequisite: general keyboard proficiency.)

MUTC 320 LIVE DESIGN AND STAGING (3 hours)
A lab course providing hands-on experience in stage design and set building. Also an overview of current tools and trends in lighting technologies appropriate for various worship venues. Includes virtual environment, presentation software and video applications.

MUTC 330 FILM SCORING AND POST-PRODUCTION AUDIO (3 hours)
This course provides an overview of current tools and trends in video production, including pre-production and post-production. Also, hands-on experience in use of the most useful presentation software in common usage. Prerequisite: MUTC 110 or equivalent.

MUTH Music Theory | Creative Methods
Music theory at CCU involves a thorough presentation of traditional theory, with emphasis on practical application for the contemporary worship musician. Music creation, including improvisation, songwriting, composition, arranging and recording are essential parts of our curricular offerings. Placement for music theory is done with written and aural testing at the time of audition for the program. All degree candidates must demonstrate an ability to read music before beginning applied lessons in their major area. This requirement can be fulfilled by the successful completion of Theory Proficiency.

MUTH 010 MUSIC THEORY PROFICIENCY 1 (2 hours)
MUTH 011 MUSIC THEORY PROFICIENCY 2 (2 hours)
A two-semester course designed to prepare practical musicians to begin study of college-level functional harmony from the perspective of application in music for congregational use. Includes musical notation, sight singing, ear training, introduction to fret board and keyboard, scales, key signatures and intervals. Earning a passing grade in MUTH 011 or an equivalent placement test constitutes proficiency in theory.

MUTH 110 PRACTICAL THEORY 1 (3 hours)
A course designed to prepare practical musicians for the study of functional harmony from the perspective of application in music for congregational use. Includes fretboard and keyboard theory, and introduces contemporary popular harmonic practices. (Prerequisites: MUTH 020 or equivalent skills.)

MUTH 120 PRACTICAL THEORY 2 (3 hours)
A course designed to continue to prepare practical musicians in the study of functional harmony from the perspective of application in music for congregational use. Includes fretboard and keyboard theory, and introduces contemporary popular harmonic practices. (Prerequisites: MUTH 110 or equivalent skills.)

MUTH 220 PRACTICAL THEORY 3 (3 hours)
This course is intended to complete the training in tonal functional harmony, from the perspective of application in music for congregational use. Includes fretboard and keyboard theory, with the goal of understanding all contemporary popular harmonic practices. (Prerequisites: MUTH 120 or equivalent skills.)

MUTH 215 WRITING AND ARRANGING FOR WORSHIP (2 hours)
Principles and practice in effective composition of hymns and worship choruses. Techniques of arranging for keyboard, worship team, choir, worship band, orchestra, and electronic instruments are approached through a combination of class instruction and individual writing projects. (Prerequisites: MUTH 120 or equivalent.)

MUTH 230 SONGWRITING WORKSHOP (1 hour)
A seminar/lab class in which all composition students and others who are interested gather for group presentations, instruction and discussion.

MUTH 310 ADVANCED MUSIC THEORY (3 hours)
An advanced study of harmonic and structural analysis of music. Introduces Twentieth-century analytical techniques, and features analytical writing projects. (Prerequisites: MUTH 230 or equivalent.)

MUTH 315 ORCHESTRATION (2 hours)
The principles of fundamental instrumentation (transposition, range, etc.) and more advanced orchestration (voicing, special effects, etc.). Also explores virtual electronic orchestration, and employs both written notation and software sequencing. (Prerequisites: MUTH 230 or equivalent.)

MUTH 490 INTEGRATION SEMINAR (2 hours)
An interdisciplinary capstone course designed to integrate all parts of the curriculum, including all aspects of music, as well as Bible, theology, humanities and professional studies. Especially focuses on writing about music, and applying various cross-sections of the curriculum through class assignments and individual projects. (Prerequisites: MUTH 230 and advanced level approval.)

MUWM Music and Worship | Worship Ministry
The intersection of music and worship is the center of our department. The BSM&W contains an appropriate mix of both disciplines, and all courses are constructed with a view toward application in ministry in the local church. The courses listed here have specific practical ministry preparation at their core.

MUWM 110 WORSHIP LEADERSHIP (2 hours)
A study of the practical and philosophical aspects of leading worship, especially song leading, including a survey of worship styles and materials.

MUWM 210 PSALMS AND HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS (3 hours)
A survey of worship materials intended for congregational singing. Covers scriptural, theological, and historical approaches to texts. Emphasis on hymn stories and backgrounds of authors and composers, as well as current trends in congregational song. Musical elements are dealt with on a basic level; no musical experience is required. (Prerequisite: MUWM 110.)

MUWM 220 WORSHIP AND THE ARTS (3 hours)
An introduction to the various expressions of the arts in worship, including an investigation of the biblical basis for the arts as well as contemporary application of the arts in worship. Forms studied will include but will not be limited to music, painting, sculpture, drama, technology, and expressive movement. (Prerequisite: MUWM 110.)

MUWM 310 LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION IN ARTS MINISTRY (3 hours)
A survey of the music program and its relationship to the various ministries of the church with philosophical and practical application of ministry in the church for the church musician. This course is offered to provide general acquaintance with principles and materials for the ministry of the arts. It gives an overview of the life and work of a minister of the arts. (Prerequisite: MUWM 110.)

Russell School of Ministry

Graduate Ministry Courses

Practical Ministries

PMIN 501 Introduction to Vocational Ministry (3 hours)
This course is designed for students with minimal experience in leading a local church. It is integrative in nature, giving attention to preaching, evangelism, education, administration, pastoral care, worship, plus other practical facets of ministry.

PMIN 502 Spiritual Formation (3 hours)
A course designed to help students recognize the importance of a disciplined Christian life. While the focus is on one’s spiritual development, attention is given to the relatedness of the physical, emotional, and mental to the spiritual. Resources and practices will be presented to help the Christian leader personally, as well as guide others to spiritual maturity. 3 hours (Also Offered Online and in Hybrid Format)

PMIN 505 Current Trends in Worship (3 hours)
A practical survey of major trends in the public worship assemblies of today. Worship is explored as a central ministry of the congregation and a key factor in forming the inner life of the Church. The aim of this course is to focus on the entire service of worship not only as trends and styles, but to examine the deeper issues that distinguish Biblical worship, promote spiritual growth and achieve active participation for worshipers in today’s church.

PMIN 514 Seminar in Christian Writing (3 hours)
This course surveys journalism related to the local church, such as news articles and church papers. It also introduces the student to freelance writing for non-fictional materials, giving attention to preparation and submission of materials for publication. 3 hours

PMIN 516/UIMN 516 Urban Ministry (3 hours)
This course is a study of ministry in modern cities both in North America and other areas of the world. Attention will be given to the dynamics, problems, and advantages encountered in an urban context. Ministry topics include leadership development, evangelism, church planting, and community development.

PMIN 520 Fundamentals of Biblical Communication (3 hours)
An introductory course designed to equip Christian workers to effectively communicate Biblical teaching and to improve speaking skills for various occasions in the church and community, meeting the needs of today’s society.

PMIN 521/PCAC 521 Theology of Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 hours)
A study of the Biblical and theological foundation for pastoral care and counseling. Discussions include the history of pastoral care and counseling and current theological trends in the modern pastoral care and counseling movement.

PMIN 524 Biblical Exposition (3 hours)
This course considers the integration of homiletical and hermeneutical principles. The student will be shown how to determine the main idea in a portion of Scripture and make application for today’s audience. (Prerequisite: PMIN 520 or equivalent.)

PMIN 540 Leadership and Management for Ministry (3 hours)
This course examines Biblical and contemporary principles of leadership and management, providing the student with foundational and relevant help in leading today’s church in transition.

PMIN 541 The Church in Transition (3 hours)
This course is designed to help the student understand the transitional atmosphere of the church in the post-modern era. It will assist in the interpretation of the world today and demonstrate how the church can be relevant while maintaining integrity and spiritual significance as the body of Christ.

PMIN 550/DOCT 570 The Church (3 hours)
A study of the nature, purpose, and structure of the church, with special attention to subjects that are the focus of discussion today, such as elders, preachers, deacons, the role of women, Sunday worship, and the Lord’s Supper observance. (Also offered in hybrid format.)

PMIN 560 Characteristics of a Healthy Church (3 hours)
This course will survey the characteristics, purpose, and function of the local church consistent with Scripture and relevant to the world in which it exists. Common challenges and opportunities for effective witness and service will be included in the material.

PMIN 561 Biblical and Contemporary Dynamics of Church Development (3 hours)
This course will be a study of the church’s development as found in the book of Acts, a review of church growth principles in the 21st century, and a study of church health dynamics currently found in thriving local churches.

PMIN 564 Renewing the Plateaued Church (3 hours)
This course will examine the plateau condition of the local church and the principles of bringing renewal to its life and mission. Developing a vision and implementing methodology to move that vision to reality is the intent of the course.

PMIN 570 Evangelism: Lifestyle of a Church (3 hours)
Evangelism is to be a lifestyle, not a program; it is more what one is than what one does. The course will focus on developing an every-member ministry that naturally is evangelistic in purpose and function.

PMIN 571 Strategies for Church Planting (3 hours)
This foundational course will concentrate on the Biblical and contemporary principles of church planting.

PMIN 574/EDFM 574 Assimilation and Involvement of Members (3 hours)
This course is concerned with developing an application of the concept of an every-member ministry in which people are assimilated, equipped, and involved in ministry to meet human needs and staff the activities of the church.

PMIN 575 Small Group Ministry and Discipling (3 hours)
Small Group Ministry and Discipling will discuss the philosophy, theology, planning, organization and execution of effective small group ministry and discipling in the local church and para-church ministry. Special attention will be given to the recruiting, training and development of lay leaders and their role in small group ministry.

PMIN 593 Extra-Curricular Learning Experience (1-3 hours)
Academic credit may be given for advanced seminars in practical ministries or pastoral leadership when offered by agencies and persons with appropriate academic credentials. Arrangements for course and number of credit hours must be made in advance of learning experience. Arranged with chairman of the field in which the student is studying.

PMIN 612 Seminar in Campus Ministry (3 hours)
This introductory course for campus ministry will introduce the student to the Biblical and philosophical basis for campus ministry. Basic strategies of ministry as well as organizational concerns will be addressed.

PMIN 618/PCAC 618/COUN 618 Biblical Resources for Counseling (3 hours)
A study of major counseling problems confronting the counselor and minister, and appropriate Biblical material to use with them. The course focuses on the study of the integration of psychological theory and practice with theology, spirituality and Christianity.

PMIN 620 Technology and Ministry (3 hours)
This course helps students use traditional, current, and emerging technologies as they become more aware of what technology is and how it may impact their ministry and society.

PMIN 625 Creativity in Teaching and Preaching (3 hours)
This course will equip students with rhetorical options for teaching and preaching events. Students will investigate both ancient and contemporary sermonic forms and patterns of public address with a view toward preaching or teaching. (Prerequisite: Basic homiletics course or advanced speech.)

PMIN 631 Pastoral Care and Communication (3 hours)
This course is intended to equip the student with a perspective for overall pastoral care in a church and the role that preaching and teaching plays in that care. A great deal of a minister’s time and energy is devoted to pastoral care, and preaching and teaching provides a major component of nurturing, discipling, encouraging, and developing the body of Christ.

PMIN 633 Contemporary Preaching and Teaching (3 hours)
Preaching and teaching occur in a cultural context and speak both from a culture and to it. This course will examine contemporary American culture with a goal of identifying its present worldview, metaphors, and values for preaching and teaching. (Prerequisite: PMIN 520)

PMIN 638 Seminar in Biblical Communication (1-3 hours)
This seminar allows students and faculty to explore various issues in preaching and teaching.

PMIN 648/BSNT 638 Pastoral Epistles (3 hours)
A study of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, which considers historical setting, gender issues, church leadership and exegetical significance. (Also Offered Online)

PMIN 652 Seminar in Leadership (1-3 hours)
This seminar is designed for students to interact with faculty on various issues in leadership.

PMIN 670 Seminar in Evangelism (1-3 hours)
This seminar is designed for students to explore with faculty various issues in evangelism.

PMIN 671 Seminar in Church Planting (3 hours)
This seminar is designed for students to examine with faculty Biblical and contemporary models of church planting, determining various applications to church planting contexts.

PMIN 770 Case Studies in Church Planting (3 hours)
Limited to twelve students active in church planting, this seminar will be a case study and application of principles to specific plants.

PMIN 790 Directed Study in Professional Ministries (1-3 hours)
The student is directed in reading and research in some aspect of preaching, ministry, counseling, or church administration according to the individual’s problems, needs, or interests. The course includes conferences with a faculty supervisor and papers, projects, or examinations. To be arranged with the approval of the Department Chair and the Dean of the Seminary.

PMIN 792/793 SLE/SME (Internship) in Pastoral Leadership (3 hours)
This is a program to provide a link between the classroom and the field. A student may observe and do work under the direction of a person who has developed expertise in a given area of ministry. May be arranged for additional hours in some cases.

PMIN 795 Field Research in Professional Ministries (3 hours)
This individualized study provides opportunity for students to conduct original research through field investigation, integrating classroom learning while responding to actual need in the ministry context.

PMIN 799 Thesis in Professional Ministries (3 hours)

Pastoral Care and Counseling

PCAC 502/COUN 502 Spiritual Formation and Counseling (3 hours)
The course will address questions related to the interaction of the mind with classical approaches to spiritual formation with attention to specific actions designed to facilitate healthy spiritual development in both counselors and clients. Topics include the impact of trauma, family of origin issues, and neuroscience on spiritual growth.

PCAC 510/COUN 510 Counseling Theories and Methods (3 hours)
A survey of contemporary counseling theories and techniques. Topics covered will include the counseling process, comparison of various theoretical approaches, and an introduction to professional ethical issues in counseling.

PCAC 515/EDFM 515/COUN 515 Human and Family Development (3 hours)
An examination of advanced material in human development and family life span with application to a variety of contexts, such as teaching, family life education, faith development, and counseling.
PCAC 521/PMIN 521 Theology of Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 hours)
A study of the Biblical and theological foundation for pastoral care and counseling. Discussions include the history of pastoral care and counseling and current theological trends in the modern pastoral care and counseling movement.

PCAC 534 Seminar: Premarital Counseling (3 hours)
An examination of the need for premarital counseling and a rationale and several methods to meet the need of helping couples prepare for a successful marriage.

PCAC 544/EDFM 544 Seminar: Sex Abuse Treatment and Prevention (3 hours)
An overview of the incidence and impact of sex abuse in our society. Methods of prevention, identification, intervention, and treatment will be emphasized.

PCAC 561/COUN 561 Group Counseling (3 hours)
This course provides theoretical and experiential knowledge of group counseling. Emphasis will be placed on understanding group purpose, development, dynamics, roles, leadership, theories, methods and skills.

PCAC 582/EDFM 582 Pre-Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 hours)
Practical application of basic helping skills. An experience of initiating, developing, and sustaining a professional relationship.

PCAC 618/PMIN 618 Biblical Resources for Counseling (3 hours)
A study of major counseling problems confronting the counselor and minister, and appropriate Biblical material to use with them. The course focuses on the study of the integration of psychological theory and practice with theology, spirituality and Christianity.

PCAC 620/EDFM 620/COUN 620 Marriage and Family Counseling (3 hours)
The treatment of individuals, couples, and families from a relational/ systematic perspective. Students will gain an understanding of healthy marital and family systems, the therapeutic process, and the practice of marriage and family counseling.

PCAC 634/COUN 634 Counseling Children: Play Therapy Techniques (3 hours)
Specific training designed for counselors who work with young children (under age 12) whose ability to communicate feelings verbally is limited. Students practice play therapy techniques with other students and with child clients (when legally and ethically appropriate). Discussion includes research literature, which supports the appropriate utility of play therapy techniques with young children affected by circumstances such as divorce, single parenting, ADHD, and sexual abuse.

PCAC 636/COUN 636 Counseling Adolescents (3 hours)
A didactic and experiential seminar focusing on intrapersonal dynamics of adolescents frequently referred to counselors. Counseling procedures, treatment plans and referral for resistant and recalcitrant youth will be covered.

PCAC 646 Advanced Group Practicum (3 hours)
A study of advanced group issues, including dynamics, roles, leadership issues, and problems. Course includes a supervised experience in leading and/or participating in a group.

PCAC 650/COUN 650 Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling (3 hours)
This course provides an examination of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation so that counselors can learn to be critical consumers of current and developing information related to the practice of counseling. (Offered online only.)

PCAC 750/COUN 750 Special Topics in Counseling (3 hours)
Presentations of special interest in the field of counseling.

PCAC 792/793 SLE/SME (Internship) in Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 hours)
Designed to increase professional expertise through delivery of professional Pastoral Care and Counseling services in a church/ community agency or human services setting under on-site supervision by an accredited supervisor. Students will process off-campus experiences in peer groups that focus on professional development.

Educational and Family Ministries

EDFM 510 Educational Ministries in the Church (3 hours)
This course emphasizes the practices of the teaching and learning of biblical faith that lead to spiritual maturity, faith formation and life transformation. The contexts, content and application of teaching ministries in the church are considered in some depth.

EDFM 515/PCAC 515/COUN 515 Human and Family Development (3 hours)
An examination of advanced material in human development and family life span with application to a variety of contexts, such as teaching, family life education, faith development, and counseling.

EDFM 520 The Spiritual Care and Nurture of Children (3 hours)
An examination of the spiritual lives and developmental patterns of children with emphasis on the roles of church and family in creating environments and practices that will help to maximize outcomes for their well-being, attachments, and faith formation.

EDFM 530 Children’s Ministries in the Church (3 hours)
An introduction to the church’s ministry with children. Attention will be given to the developmental issues, teaching and organization, family and intergenerational options, and the evaluation and development of curriculum and resources.

EDFM 534/PCAC 534 Seminar: Premarital Counseling (3 hours)
An examination of the need for premarital counseling and a rationale and several methods to meet the need of helping couples prepare for a successful marriage.

EDFM 540 Strategies and Methods of Student Ministries (3 hours)
A study of ministry that reaches, develops, and matures youth. This class looks at a number of models of youth ministry programming that develops 12 to 18-year-olds spiritually, and also builds the foundation necessary to keep young adults in the church after high school graduation.

EDFM 542 Adolescent Psychology and Culture (3 hours)
An examination of current psychological issues, cultural influences, and problems faced by adolescents. This course is a study combining adolescent psychology, cultural studies, counseling strategies, and developmental concerns in an effort to help one work with youth.

EDFM 544/PCAC 544 Seminar: Sex Abuse Treatment and Prevention (3 hours)
An overview of the incidence and impact of sex abuse in our society. Methods of prevention, identification, intervention, and treatment will be emphasized.

EDFM 546/UIMN 546 Cross-Cultural Youth Ministry (3 hours)
This course examines the state of youth ministry from a global perspective outside the typical white, suburban, middle class setting. Emerging models are explored and analyzed. This course will be offered as a field trip.

EDFM 565 Integrated Family Ministries (3 hours)
This course focuses on understanding the philosophy and principles of family life education and ministry, as well as the planning, implementation, and evaluation of such programs.

EDFM 567/UIMN 567 Cross-Cultural Educational and Family Ministries (3 hours)
This course considers how people learn in various cultures and how to design effective educational strategies for different contexts. (Prerequisite: EDFM 510.)

EDFM 569 Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 hours)
The purpose of this course is to examine cultural themes as they relate to family, and to discover how to better understand and serve families in light of cultural influences.

EDFM 571 Seminar in Parent/Child Relationships (3 hours)
An examination of principles of parenting and how parents most effectively teach, guide, and influence children and adolescents.

EDFM 574/PMIN 574 Assimilation and Involvement of Members (3 hours)
This course is concerned with developing an application of the concept of an every-member ministry in which people are assimilated, equipped, and involved in ministry to meet human needs and staff the activities of the church.

EDFM 582/PCAC 582 Pre-Practicum: Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 hours)
Practical application of basic helping skills. An experience of initiating, developing, and sustaining a professional relationship.

EDFM 593 Extra-Curricular Learning Experience (ECLE) (1-3 hours)
Academic credit may be given for advanced seminars in the area of study when offered by agencies and persons with appropriate academic credentials. Arrangements for course and number of credit hours must be made in advance of learning experience. Arranged with chairman of the field in which the student is studying.

EDFM 615 Issues and Ethics for Ministry and Family Professionals (3 hours)
An examination of ethical and professional issues that those who work with families confront in ministry and other professional settings.

EDFM 620/PCAC 620/COUN 620 Marriage and Family Counseling (3 hours)
The treatment of individuals, couples, and families from a relational/ systematic perspective. Students will gain an understanding of healthy marital and family systems, the therapeutic process, and the practice of marriage and family counseling.

EDFM 652 Seminar in Educational and Family Ministries (3 hours)
An introduction to various topics in this field. 3 hours

EDFM 790 Directed Study in Educational and Family Ministries (1-3 hours)
Students read and research a particular topic of interest, arranged with the approval of the Field Chair and the Dean of the Seminary.

EDFM 792/793 SLE/SME IN Educational and Family Ministries (3 hours)
Supervised field experience focusing on professional development. (By Permission Only).

EDFM 795 Field Research in Educational and Family Ministries (3 hours)

EDFM 799 Thesis in Educational and Family Ministries (3 hours)

Urban and Intercultural Ministry

UIMN 500 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Ministry (3 hours)
This course in cross-cultural ministry includes a Biblical rationale for missions, a survey of trends in world Christianity, and a practical introduction to preparing for cross-cultural ministry. Special attention will be given to a missionary call, selecting a field, cultural adjustment, and personal and practical work issues. (Also offered online.)

UIMN 512 Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (3 hours)
This course is an introductory overview of world missions from Biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives, taught by a series of scholars and professionals with wide mission experience. Either the “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” or the “Pathways to Global Understanding” course will be accepted for course credit.

UIMN 516/PMIN 516 Urban Ministry (3 hours)
This course is a study of ministry in modern cities both in North America and other areas of the world. Attention will be given to the dynamics, problems, and advantages encountered in an urban context. Ministry topics include leadership development, evangelism, church planting, and community development.

UIMN 546 Cross-Culture Youth Ministry (3 hours)
This course examines the state of youth ministry from a global perspective outside the typical white, suburban, middle class setting. Emerging models are explored and analyzed. This course will be offered as a field trip.

UIMN 551/HIST 551 History of Missions (3 hours)
This course is a survey of the mission work of the church from Paul’s journeys to today including dates, events, people and policies at major milestones, studied in a way that helps the student understand and formulate present-day strategies. Primary attention is given to the modern mission movement of the past two centuries.

UIMN 555 Seminar in Mission Theology (3 hours)
A study of the Biblical and theological foundation for modern- day mission and evangelism work and a look at how some current theological trends, such as liberation theology, are having an impact on mission work.

UIMN 562 Cross-Cultural Evangelism and Discipleship (3 hours)
This course is an introduction to the concepts and tools of cultural anthropology as it relates to cross-cultural missions: understanding other cultures, worldviews, languages, customs and social structures. Application is made to evangelistic outreach and discipling efforts in cross-cultural settings, including development of a plan for reaching and discipling a particular people group. (Also offered online.)

UIMN 567/EDFM 567 Cross-Cultural Educational and Family Ministries (3 hours)
This course considers how people learn in various cultures and how to design effective educational strategies for different contexts.

UIMN 570/APOL 570 Seminar in World Religions (3 hours)
This course is an introductory study of the beliefs and practices of the major religions of the modern world, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam. The course may be taken more than once for credit as the topic is changed.

UIMN 680 Seminar in Intercultural Studies (1-3 hours)
This course focuses on a specific topic of discussion in the area of urban and international studies according to the expertise of the instructor.

UIMN 790 Directed Study in Intercultural Studies (1-3 hours)
Students read and research a particular topic of interest, arranged with the approval of the Field Chair and the Dean of the Seminary.

UIMN 792/793 SLE/SME (Internships) in Urban and Intercultural Studies (3-6 hours)
An on-field urban or international ministry experience under the direction of a mentor actively involved in ministry.

UIMN 795 Field Research in Urban and Intercultural Studies (6 hours)
This individualized study provides opportunity for students to conduct original research through field investigation, integrating classroom learning while responding to actual need in the ministry context.

UIMN 799 Thesis in Urban and Intercultural Studies (3 hours)