Doctoral

Course Description

 

BT701 Gospel Exegesis 
This course applies students’ exegetical skills to a study of the Greek text of John’s Gospel. The content, situation, historicity, literary character, and particularly theological message of John’s Gospel will be examined in relation to a careful exegesis of selected passages from John. The course also (inductively) introduces the student to intermediate Greek as he or she prepares translations of particular passages for each meeting of the class. Attention is given to each writer’s literary art, theological teaching, pastoral purpose, and message for today’s church and world.

BT705 Acts of the Apostles
This course seeks to understand the message of Acts by examining the following issues: origin and purpose, history of interpretation, theology, and the preaching and teaching of Acts. This course chronicles the characters and events in the book of Acts to study the early development of the Christian church from its Jewish base to the inclusion of all peoples. The lives of the Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul set the background for studies of the General Epistles and Pauline Epistles. The course provides students with a comprehensive exposition of the entire contents of the book of Acts while demonstrating the proper use of consistent, biblical hermeneutics. Special emphasis is given to using the book of Acts in understanding Church growth.

BT706 Advanced Hermeneutics 
This course is an advanced course in hermeneutics including a study of the history of interpretation, both biblical and extra-biblical, and an examination of the current status of various interpretive approaches to the Scriptures. The major focus of the course is practical—the course goal is that the students develop sound methods of exegesis and application of biblical texts. Special attention is given to the New Testament writers’ use of Old Testament passages, as well as to common hermeneutical fallacies.

BT707 Expository Preaching
Preaching is a course intended to deepen the minister’s understanding of soul care and the ways in which preaching is an act of soul care to persons and the faith community as a whole. Through this course students will explore Biblical foundations for soul care preaching with special emphasis on the preaching of Jesus and the prophets. Each student will have the opportunity to prepare and deliver sermons related to pastoral topics. The course includes a coaching element in which students will have the opportunity for feedback on sermons.

BT708 Bible Exegesis
This course will enable educators to use the Bible as their primary document for curriculum and instructional design. Students will learn to utilize basic hermeneutical principles when integrating faith and learning, design biblically integrated instruction, write biblical standards and objectives, and teach Christian critical thinking and worldview. Products from the course will include a comprehensive list of biblical standards for education, a list of Christian critical thinking skills, knowledge of models for biblical integration and examples of integrated lessons.

BT710 Spirituality
This course is designed to give students an overview of the dynamics involved in the formation of mature character in the life of the Christian leader. This course focuses on the development of the spiritual life in ministry. Attention is given to the spiritual disciplines, the prayer life, and the biblical nature of calling, ministry, and character. This course will help students: 1) Develop a theological approach to spiritual growth and renewal (Sanctification); and, 2) Experience the transforming power of the gospel through applying theological truths related to the Gospel of God’s grace to their lives and ministries.

BT807 World Evangelism
This course will train students to be thoughtful and passionate evangelists and to understand and use biblical principles and methods of church outreach. This course focuses on the recurring phenomenon of evangelization movement in the church as a key aspect of a biblical and contemporary ecclesiology. The course seeks an understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit in evangelism in the history of the church, drawing from biblical foundations, historical models, and contemporary examples of evangelism and discipleship movements. Personal, relational and corporate (organic) evangelism and motivating the laity for ministry will be considered. Students will study an examination of spiritual warfare, with a particular focus on the relationship between warfare and evangelism and missions.

BT809 Old Testament Survey
This course is a survey of the history, literature, and theological teachings of the Old Testament. The Old Testament provides its readers with a history of the people of Israel and a picture of Israel’s relationship with God. The material revealed in its pages functions as the theological and moral foundation for three of the world’s major religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. As such, it has shaped the history of western civilization and continues to influence the world today. Special attention will be paid to the geographical and historical contexts in which the Jewish scriptures arose, their social settings, political biases, and theological message.

BT810 New Testament Survey
This course is a survey of the history, literature, and content of the New Testament, with an emphasis on the historical background of the New Testament and the influence of the literature on Western culture. In addition to becoming familiar with the content of the New Testament, this course will teach the student to read the Scripture with two main emphases: redemption and precision. Additionally, this course intends to make Scripture very practical to everyday life.

BT811 Church Planting and Growth
In this course, students will examine the biblical and theological principles for church revitalization from a Reformed perspective. Simultaneously, the course will examine biblical paradigms, strategies, church leadership, and practical applications for healthy church growth both in terms of local congregations and leadership. Students will be exposed to several principles and issues for church revitalization and growth from a Reformed theological perspective. Also, Students will be exposed to several principles and issues for healthy church revitalization and growth by way of studying several selected healthy revitalizing and growing church examples.

BT812 Ethics and Morals
This course is designed to enable the student to delineate, interpret, and apply the central moral concerns of the Christian faith. This course tackles theological and conceptual issues having to do with the ways in which Christian moral discourse is generated in the life of the Church in order that students may gain a sense of basic methodological alternatives in various Christian traditions. The course teaches students to such matters as the Church’s relationship to the world, casuistry of various kinds, character formation, the moral psychology necessary for the development of Christian virtue, the place and function of Scripture, and how Christians understand social responsibility. The course also includes discussion of several models of ethical decision-making within the context of ethical dilemmas.

BT 813 Biblical Doctrine
In this course, students will explore the major areas of Christian theology and doctrine, learning of both their historical and philosophical development and contemporary issues surrounding people’s understanding. The over-arching purpose of the course is to ground students in Christian doctrine, improve students’ tools for doing theology, and also give students an awareness of the richness of the Great Tradition of Christian faith. Students will examine the main controversies in the development of basic Christian doctrines, explore some of the distinctive of Wesleyan theology, and see the vital importance of sound doctrine for the church’s ministry and mission today.

CP799 Chapel
Chapel presentations address the imperatives of the Christian message related to worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and ministry.  Students will be exposed to a broad repertoire that will help them minister in a variety of church settings using various musical styles, including: contemporary worship, youth-oriented worship, traditional worship, and contemporary gospel music. A key course objective will be to learn a blend of styles that creates a ministry opportunity for as many people as possible in each ministry engagement.

MI701 Intercultural Studies
This course is designed to give students an overview of the world missionary enterprise. The emphasis will be on equipping students to become a world mission leader by developing perspectives that inspire and motivate you to action on behalf of world missions. Students will study biblical, historical, strategic, and cultural perspectives relative to world missions. This course will survey the development of Christianity through mission and evangelization using a combination of historical and theological approaches. Students will trace changes in conceptions and practices of mission beginning with biblical and early church models, moving through historical paradigms of Christian mission, and exploring relevant postmodern approaches to mission today.

MI703 Christian Culture
In this course, students will explore Christian engagement with cultures. This course displays the life and thought of the Church in its relation to western culture over the course of two millennia. The readings for this course focus on the scriptural narrative, as well as patristic and medieval ways of thinking about the Church as the Body of Christ on pilgrimage through time. The relationship between power and the holy will be given special attention in our treatment of the medieval period, as students also consider famous conflicts. In addition to scriptural, patristic and medieval accounts, students will also look at contemporary ones. Students will explore contemporary questions and issues in light of the Christian religious and theological tradition. The course features the writing and presentation of a major paper, discussions, analysis and critique of research.

MI704 Current Issues in Missions 
This course is designed to help students understand contemporary issues in mission and world evangelization. Students will study the biblical evangelistic imperative, strategic processes and various contemporary methods of effectively communicating and contextualizing the Gospel in to an ever-changing culture. During the study, students will analyze current method of missions and conflicts that missionaries encounter. Particular emphasis is given to issues relating to genuine discipleship and especially the development of an authentic servant lifestyle that exemplifies Christ to the world.

MI705 Evangelism Strategies 
This course is a study of the theology and philosophy of the Christian world mission, evangelism with an emphasis on the biblical basis of missions, doctrinal foundations of missions and evangelism, issues which are impacting missions today, and overview of church missions and evangelism strategies and practices. Through this course, students will learn the biblical and historical development of world missions from creation up to the present, consider the present directions and remaining challenges of world evangelization, suggest strategies that might be used to complete the remaining task of world evangelization, and explore modern cross-cultural ministry. Emphasis will be on practical ways to extend the kingdom of God and to establish indigenous churches among unreached people groups. Also, the course will focus on helping students develop a more biblical and theological understanding of evangelism and equipping students to be more effective in students’ personal evangelism and in students’ ministry leadership roles as an equipper and facilitator of evangelistic ministries.

MI706 Multicultural Education
This course is a study of the church fulfilling its missionary function in the world. Students will learn to understand and articulate the biblical, historical, and theological bases for Christian mission. Also, students will learn overview of the church’s global mission with the principles of cross-cultural communications. It shares distinct strategies for reaching people in the variety of contexts to be found in multi-cultural urban centers, the changing dynamics of rural culture, the exploding outer rings of major cities, and the inner ring suburbs struggling to revitalize. A theological understanding of human care and evangelistic ministries will be developed for these multiple settings. The focus will be given to the nature of the church of Jesus Christ, biblical basis for missions, the church’s cross-cultural mission, and the role of the local church in world evangelization. And, special attention will be given to an examination of issues related to evangelism, mission, missions, and dialogue and to the special subjects of persecuted Christians, unreached peoples, cross-cultural communication, justice, ‘spiritual warfare,’ the place of mission in the local church, and contemporary issues in missions as well as current ways to do missions.

OT800 Dissertation and Oral Defense
This is a required seminar designed to assist the participant through the project design phase of their Doctor’s Program. Completing an approved proposal is one of the final steps that moves a participant to Candidacy status and allows the participant to proceed with the implementation and completion of their project. A review of the various research paradigms will assist the participant to design their doctoral project whether they use qualitative research (ethnographic), action-reflection or quantitative research. It is anticipated that participants will complete a penultimate draft of the project proposal during the seminar.

PC703 Spiritual Life Implication
This course will examine how one lives as a Christian in today’s world from a Christian perspective based upon Scripture, Tradition and Magisterial teaching. This course seeks to enable students to become a more effective pastoral staff through exposing them to Biblical norms and other proven models of ministry; by encouraging students to reflect on their previous experiences of caring for others; and by developing personal criteria and goals which will inform and promote their pastoral ministry in the future. Students will have opportunities to grow in self-knowledge through introspection, reflection, writing and inquiry and in self-awareness as to why people make the moral choices they make. Topics include theories of moral and social development, natural law, sin, virtues, vices, the Beatitudes and Commandments.

PC704 Christian Worldview
This course is for the students who would like to further their study in church and worldview relations. The course will consist of three parts. First, students will deeply survey the Biblical story in its progressive unfolding of God’s work of redemption. Emphasis will be placed on the unity of Scripture as it reaches its fulfillment and fullness in Jesus Christ and its final authority for life. Second, students will articulate a Biblical worldview in its significance for public life. Attention will be given to the implications of the creation, fall, and restoration/consummation narrative structure of the Bible as normative for our callings in public life. Third, students will examine Western story as the cultural context in which we live. Consideration will be given to the religious nature and comprehensive scope of the western worldview as it affects public life.

PC708 Advanced Educational Psychology
This course will allow students to demonstrate familiarity with contemporary issues and pertinent research and research methods in the field of educational psychology. Students study the areas of human growth and development in naturally occurring settings – such as homes, classrooms, peer groups, workplaces, and laboratories, learning theory and motivation, including humanist, behaviorist, and cognitive approaches in order to understand and improve educational practice. Program participants often base their analyses in specific domains, including mathematics, literacy, and science. The course will also focus on practical application of classroom management strategies.

SE701 Applied Theology Seminar with Interdisciplinary Practicum
This course is designed to help students to apply the theology they learned particularly to their     lives and church. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, students will learn how the theology they learned in seminary really applies to their ministry and how to make their congregation to view biblical theology as practical to life. The seminar will focus on practical theology and applications. The course seeks to develop in students the skills and wisdom for preaching, teaching, counseling, church leadership, evangelism, church planting, and mercy and cross-cultural ministries. In addition to training students for professional competence, practical theology seeks to encourage and foster spiritual development in students preparing for Christian ministry and service.

SE702 Research Seminar I
In an increasingly competitive society within a rapidly changing world, it is essential to formulate academic research agendas that are of enduring importance, with clean research designs that lead to generalize knowledge, and with high likelihood of yielding results that will have impact in the world. This course focuses specifically on general experimental design methodology and corresponding writing and reporting skills. More than that, this course explores the important connections between research design and writing. The broader social and political context in which research is situated and must respond to and interact with is also explored.

BT811 Church Planning and Growth 
This course is a continuation of SE702. This course introduces students to advanced process of academic research and allows students to open their mind to problem-solving strategies based upon formal inquiry and the detailed research of others. As previous course, it requires the synthesis of the techniques of critical thinking, research, writing, and documentation. As part of the development of the key deliverable – a research proposal detailing conceptual frameworks and methodologies that are imagined but not carried out – students will create a question that is of ultimate importance to you. Students will conduct their research into the literature of others who have considered the same questions. The final project for this course is an implementation-ready research proposal employing at least one research method.

BT813 Biblical Doctrine
In this course, students will explore the major areas of Christian theology and doctrine, learning of both their historical and philosophical development and contemporary issues surrounding people’s understanding. The over-arching purpose of the course is to ground students in Christian doctrine, improve students’ tools for doing theology, and also give students an awareness of the richness of the Great Tradition of Christian faith. Students will examine the main controversies in the development of basic Christian doctrines, explore some of the distinctive of Wesleyan theology, and see the vital importance of sound doctrine for the church’s ministry and mission today.

BT710 Spirituality
This course is designed to give students an overview of the dynamics involved in the formation of mature character in the life of the Christian leader. This course focuses on the development of the spiritual life in ministry. Attention is given to the spiritual disciplines, the prayer life, and the biblical nature of calling, ministry, and character. This course will help students: 1) Develop a theological approach to spiritual growth and renewal (Sanctification); and, 2) Experience the transforming power of the gospel through applying theological truths related to the Gospel of God’s grace to their lives and ministries.

SE703 Research Seminar II
This course is a continuation of SE702. This course introduces students to advanced process of academic research and allows students to open their mind to problem-solving strategies based upon formal inquiry and the detailed research of others. As previous course, it requires the synthesis of the techniques of critical thinking, research, writing, and documentation. As part of the development of the key deliverable – a research proposal detailing conceptual frameworks and methodologies that are imagined but not carried out – students will create a question that is of ultimate importance to you. Students will conduct their research into the literature of others who have considered the same questions. The final project for this course is an implementation-ready research proposal employing at least one research method.