Course Descriptions: Music and Worship

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)