Description of Courses

Biblical Archaeology BARC

 

BARC 2301        Biblical Archaeology I
No study of Scripture can be considered complete without a solid foundation of archaeology. This class is designed to teach about the major discoveries in the land of Israel along with recent discoveries. In addition to the discussion of major and minor finds, this class will also offer instruction in biblical archaeological methods. 

 

BARC 3301        Biblical Archaeology II
This is the second class in the study of Biblical Archaeology. This class will deal with the importance of the study of findings outside the land of Israel. Understanding elemental factors concerning research into the past is necessary for the world of believers today. 

 

BARC 4311       Biblical Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of 981 texts discovered at Qumran from 1946-1956. This course will explore the historical, theological, and linguistic impact upon the Church and the understanding of both the biblical text and extra-biblical writings.

 

Biblical Feasts BFEA

 

BFEA 3301        The Biblical Feasts of the Lord – External
The Feasts of the Lord are called in Hebrew the Moed’im (Appointed or Set Times) and the Miqrot (Holy Convocations or rehearsals). These Feasts form a picture of the life and ministry of Jesus. The root of the word Moed’im is “ed” and this word means both “witness” and “eternity.” Therefore, the Feasts of the Lord are the witnesses of Jesus from eternity. The Jews were required to travel to Jerusalem for three of the Feasts – Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. This class also explores the reasons for this. 

 

BFEA 3302        The Biblical Feasts of the Lord – Internal
This fascinating class teaches how the Feasts of the Lord are to be the measurements of growth in our relationship with the Lord. In any relationship it is important to know where you stand. This is no less the case in our relationship with the Lord. This fascinating class teaches the students how to know each moment of each day where they stand in their relationship with the Lord. 

 

Biblical Geography BGEO

 

BGEO 2304       Biblical Regional Settings I
The focus in this geographical study of the Middle East is on the physical settings of history both in the Hebrew Bible and in the New Testament. This course is invaluable to understanding times and places in which texts were written.

 

BGEO 3304       Biblical Regional Settings II
While Biblical Regional Settings I focused on the geographical settings of Scripture, Settings II deals with history surrounding the biblical story played out in such a small region of the world. This fascinating and helpful study will be applied to every other study in this program as a foundation for understanding the working of God in the lives of His people.

 

Biblical Hermeneutics BHER

 

BHER 2304        Greek Bible Study Methodology
This course provides a tool for understanding the New Testament from its historical and cultural Hebraic background by taking the English back into the Greek of first the New Testament and then the Old Testament. Once the student finds the Greek word in the Septuagint, they can discover the Hebrew behind the Greek word and then trace the Hebrew word throughout the biblical text.

 

BHER 2305        Hebrew Bible Study Methodology

This course provides an understanding of the use of the Hebrew Language in effective Bible study in the complete text of the Bible. It stresses the importance of the Hebrew verb in developing the cultural, linguistic, and grammatical meaning of the Bible text.   This is only one aspect of biblical interpretation that must be added to other disciplines such as Talmudic, Midrashic and Pardes study.

BHER 3303       Midrashic Interpretation of New Testament Scripture
Midrashic interpretation is the specific name for the biblical interpretation practiced by the rabbis in the land of Israel for the first five centuries of the Common Era. Midrash means to inquire and search after and refers to the study activity that seeks to understand and walk out the will of God. Jesus knew and understood the discipline of Midrashic interpretation and how it differed from the 7 Rules of Hillel. The writers of the New Testament understood Midrashic interpretation as well.

 

BHER 3306       Protestant Biblical Interpretation
Much of Protestant biblical interpretation has deviated from interpretive methodology of the First Century. Though loosely connected with the 7 Rules of Hillel, today’s protestant biblical interpretation has taken on a life of its own where application is often substituted for interpretation. Interpretive methodology today is more abstract than conceptual. This course will demonstrate the common mistakes of today’s Protestant biblical interpretation and show how they can easily be recognized and corrected.

 

BHER 4301       Biblical Hermeneutics – Seven Rules of Hillel
This course introduces biblical interpretation from a Hebraic perspective. Jesus knew, understood and practiced the 7 Rules of Hillel which are rules of interpretation for exposing and teaching the biblical text known as Tanak. These rules form a solid interpretive methodology that every biblical student and teacher should understand and use.  

 

Biblical/Jewish Culture BCUL

 

BCUL 1301        Hebrew Concepts of the New Testament I
Presenting Hebrew thought compared to Greek as applicable to the New Testament, this foundational Hebraic/Christian course lays the groundwork for studies which follow. It is vital to the student of Scripture to search for understanding of Eastern thought in the biblical text.  This course is designed to create an atmosphere of understanding comparable to that in which the New Testament was written. 

 

BCUL 1302       Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers I
What does the word “ethics” mean, and is the application of ethical principles really possible or necessary today? From corporate world to classroom and from home front to battlefield, this question is being argued. Ethics and ethical standards go back much farther than the New Testament, although Jesus had much to say on the subject. Ethics of the Fathers, called Pirkei Avot, is a compilation of the ethical teachings of early Jewish rabbis which form the framework of much of what we know about early ethical teachings. Pirkei Avot is unique in that it deals solely with ethical and moral principles.

 

BCUL 1307        Jewish Jesus and His Times
Jesus lived and ministered within the framework of Judaism. He was, in fact, a Torah-observant Jew and needs to be studied in light of the culture of the times in which He lived. How did Temple observance affect His ministry? With which religious party was He most closely aligned? What Torah understanding formed His theology? What were common traditions during His life that He spoke against? The student will find this a fascinating, eye-opening class.

 

BCUL 2301        Hebrew Concepts of the New Testament II
This is a continuation of Hebrew Concepts of the New Testament I that explores the conceptual understanding of the biblical text. This class examines such concepts as the love of God, achdut, echad, chesed, and yadah. This course will change the way you love and walk with the Lord and will increase your understanding of God’s desire for relationship with you.

 

BCUL 2302       Pirkei Avot, Ethics of the Fathers II
This is the second class in the study of Pirkei Avot which deals with the second set of three chapters. This class will concentrate on the application of these ethical principles in not only the church world but in everyday life. 

 

BCUL 3309        Hebraic Understanding of Home and Family
To the Hebraic mind, the home was the center of spiritual growth. Both parents had specific roles in preparing the children to become sons and daughters of the Law. They were to be a part of the ED, the witnessing community. It was believed that how a person lived their life would bring Baruch HaShem (blessings to the name of God) or Hallul HaShem (disrespect to the name of God). This course offers insight and practical application into the Hebraic understanding of home and family.

BCUL 3312        Hebraic Culture of the New Testament
The cultural environment of the early church and the New Testament was Jewish. To understand the New Testament in depth, it must include discussions of the text in light of the culture of the day. This course begins the process of teaching many of the cultural aspects of the New Testament and how they should be incorporated to interpret the biblical text. There was a major difference between Judaism and Hellenism; and it is important to understand the cultural implications of both.

BCUL 3313        Midrashic Biblical Interpretation Methodology

This form of biblical interpretation is called Midrash Rabba which is different from Midrash. Midrash Rabba is a collection of stories, legends, and parables on the Torah. Even though these parables and legends may not be "true," they do convey a spiritual message that helps to understand the depth of many of the parables that Jesus used.

Biblical Languages BLAN

BLAN 1301        Biblical Hebrew I          
This class teaches the fundamentals of learning Biblical Hebrew. The student will learn the aleph-bet and the basic vowel points. The student will also learn to pronounce and read simple Hebrew from the biblical text. The students will also learn the picture meaning of the Hebrew letters and how to begin to interpret the biblical text using the language of Hebrew. This is a very exciting class as you begin to learn not only the Hebrew language but the differences in thought processes from Greek/English to that of Hebrew.

 

BLAN 1302        Biblical Greek I
An introduction to basic Greek. Emphasis will be on forms, syntax, vocabulary, and pronunciation. This introduction will also study the regular, contract, and mi verbs as well as learning the declension of some nouns. 

 

BLAN 2301        Biblical Hebrew II
This is a continuation of Hebrew I. This course will emphasize vocabulary, reading, and understanding the biblical text. The student will learn to recognize and use the other six Hebrew verb patterns as well as word pairs, prepositions with pronoun endings, the reversing vav, and irregular verb forms.

 

BLAN 2302        Biblical Greek II
This is the continuation of Greek I. Emphasis will be placed on reading and translating from the Greek New Testament as well as from the Septuagint. This will be a time in Greek II to discover the Hebrew behind the Greek in the Septuagint and how that can be used as an interpretive tool.

BLAN 3301        Biblical Hebrew III
This is a continuation of Hebrew II. This course will emphasize a continued study of verb forms, commands, numbers, drop-letter verbs, as well as adjectives and drop-letter imperfects. Proficiency in reading and interpreting the biblical text will be a major focus of the class. By the end of Biblical Hebrew III the student will have the ability to read, understand, and interpret the entire book of Ruth.

BLAN 4301        Biblical Hebrew IV – Logos
Logos Bible Software will aid the student in doing original research in the original languages. This tool also provides the student with an entire library that can be accessed anywhere, at any time. This class will focus on the proper use of this software to maximize its usefulness in the process of research. In-class research projects will be a part of this class as well as discussions on how to maximize the library.

 

Biblical Ministry BMIN

 

BMIN 1301        Practical Biblical Ministry
This course is about having a solid foundation, continued spiritual and ministry development, and finishing well. The instruction will explore various spiritual and ministry gifts and assist the students in identifying their spiritual gifts and abilities. In addition to the study of spiritual gifts and their application, students will be given practical examples of those who do not finish well and characteristics of successful ministry through the study of successful biblical and contemporary spiritual leaders. Close attention will be paid to personal application of principles. 

 

BMIN 2301        Biblical Consecration - Holiness
This course is designed to show the believer how vital it is to live consecrated before God. This class will help the student understand what it means to walk holy before God as well as the benefits and fruit of such a relationship. This class will show the student how to develop and maintain a consecrated life before God.

 

BMIN 2305        Life of Ministry and Prayer
This course offers practical instruction on how to live a life of avodah before the Lord. The life of ministry and prayer is explained by three Hebrew words in the biblical text. These words are devakut, teshuva, and kavannah. These are, in fact, not simply three Hebrew words but three Hebrew concepts that will change a person’s life. Any person with a call on their life will not only benefit but spiritually grow as a result of being part of this class.

 

BMIN 3309        Biblical Homiletics
This course introduces the student to the proper methodology in organizing sermon material into proper sermon form that incorporates the areas of history, geography, archaeology, culture, and language. This class will also afford students the opportunity to deliver sermons.

 

BMIN 4301        Understanding The Call of God
This practical course has been written to help people come to grips with the reality of the call of God on their life.  After receiving the call, this class will help the student determine what is next.

BMIN 4302        Pastoral Communication
The job of any pastor is communication. This responsibility to communicate does not just take place in the pulpit but in every aspect of the church on a day-to-day basis. Many problems of church growth as well as areas of conflict can be effectively dealt with by effective communication with staff and members. This course offers practical teaching on how to become a great communicator in and out of the pulpit. It also emphasizes and teaches how the pastor must communicate with his leaders and staff and what the results will be if this communication does not take place.

 

BMIN 4304        Hebraic Understanding of Home and Family
To the Hebraic mind, the home was the center of spiritual growth. Both parents had specific roles in preparing the children to become sons and daughters of the Law. They were to be a part of the ED, the witnessing community. It was believed that how a person lived their life would bring Baruch HaShem (blessings to the name of God) or Hallul HaShem (disrespect to the name of God). This course offers insight and practical application into the Hebraic understanding of home and family.

 

BMIN 4390        Ministry Practicum

The proper role of education is to put into practice the things that are learned. This certainly is the case with those who are called to full-time vocational service to the Lord. Textbooks may give the student the proper tools to interpret the biblical text but it takes actual hands-on experience to develop the skills in dealing with people and with ministry. 

 

Biblical Studies BSTU

 

BSTU 1301        Understanding the Torah
This course is much deeper than the survey class and gets into specific understanding of the first five books of the Bible. The student will learn of the special and foundational aspect of Torah to the rest of the biblical canon and how to use Torah as a guide for the development of theology, Christology, pneumatology, thanatology, and eschatology. Other topics besides specific biblical passages will include law of first mention and understanding the structure and relationship of the biblical text.

 

BSTU 2302        The Torah – Survey
The foundation of the biblical text is known as the Torah. This word has been loosely translated as “The Law.” This survey class presents an overview of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy which are known in Hebrew as Torah. They are the foundation to the biblical text as a whole and have profound impact upon the overall interpretation of Scripture.

BSTU 2305         The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

This course is an introduction to the ministry of the Holy Spirit that begins in the Book of Genesis and continues through the Book of Revelation. It incorporates into the study the five Hebrew words that have been translated as soul and begins to form a conceptual understanding of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Believer today.

BSTU 2306        Book of Acts
This course is an introduction to the first 30 years of the Christian church starting with the initial spread of Christianity throughout and later emanating from Jerusalem. Special attention will be placed on significant moments in the spread of Christianity and central figures in church development, both positive and negative. This course aims to provide students with a deeper appreciation for its apostolic origin and early spread of Christianity. After the martyrdom of the original apostles, the growth of the early church and the impact of the church on society reveal patterns that reoccur throughout history. Lectures will provide a general overview of the book of Acts from the resurrection of Jesus to the books of the New Testament. Primary emphasis will be placed on transformational events and important leaders.

 

BSTU 2311        Nevi’im and Ketuvim Survey
This course offers an overview of the portion of the Tanak known as the Nevi’im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (writings). Special emphasis will be given to the order of the books in the Hebrew Bible and to gaining an overview of the text by looking at specific topics and works in the original language.

 

BSTU 2312        Understanding Nevi’im
The second major division of the Hebrew Tanak is the section known as the Nevi’im (The Prophets). This section is broken into two sections, the former prophets and the latter prophets. Sections from the Nevi’im, known as the Haftarah, are read weekly in the synagogue. This course offers an in-depth look at the former (Major) and latter (Minor) Prophets and their relationship to the entire biblical text.

 

BSTU 2313        Understanding Ketuvim
The third major division of the Hebrew Tanak is the section known as Ketuvim. This section comprises the rest of the Old Testament and is referred to as the “Writings.” This course will be a detailed study of  this third division and how it relates to the biblical text as a whole. 

 

BSTU 2320        The Epistles – Survey
Paul is one of the most misunderstood writers in the New Testament. This survey course studies the overview of Paul’s letters to the churches. Though Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles, his writings must be understood in light of Hebraic thought. 

BSTU 3304        The Synoptic Gospels – Survey
This class is an overview of Matthew, Mark, and Luke which are referred to as synoptic because they include many of the same stories in a very similar sequence.  The term synoptic means to be seen together. This course will teach the student how to use the “synoptic” as a means of getting the total picture of a story.

BSTU 3305        The Hebraic Understanding of the Gospel of John
To truly understand the Gospel of John, the student must understand it from the Hebraic perspective. This book gives the detailed description of how Jesus kept the Feasts of the Lord and how His life expressed the fullness of those feasts. In addition, many passages in the Gospel of John come into richer focus when presented in light of Jewish history and culture.

BSTU 3310        The Parables of Jesus
In this course the parables of Jesus are examined in light of Jewish history, culture, and language. The parables will come alive with new understanding and revelation as the layers of Hebraic thought are removed one at a time. 

 

BSTU 3314        Biblical Research and Writing
Every person that is a part of the five-fold ministry has an obligation to leave something behind for the body of Christ that will survive long after you are gone. The way to preserve the message and revelation that the Lord has given you is to learn to effectively research and write.  It is the goal of this course to instruct in proper research and writing techniques to equip the student to be an effective communicator of biblical truth through the vehicle of writing.

BSTU 3315        Writing for the General Public with Christian Theme

The class incorporates the elements of writing with the biblical text in mind. Many believers have the desire to learn the mechanics of effective writing and communication with the Bible in mind.  This class will equip you with the tools to be effective in writing to audiences who have an interest in spiritual stories.

BSTU 3317        Analysis and Critique in Christian Writing

Writing is both an art and a skill that must be developed.  This class is an effective tool for analyzing and critiquing your writing from a biblical perspective.  This class will help you determine your audience, test the audience, develop strong biblical research tools, as well as defining the scope of your project.

BSTU 3381        The Temple I
The purpose, meaning, and outline of Solomon’s Temple and Herod’s Temple are presented in this class. The four courts, the furniture, the gates, the steps, the priests, the garments, and what each shows about a walk with the Lord will be studied.

BSTU 4304        The Megillot and How They Relate To Jesus
The Megillot are special readings in the synagogue on Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles, Purim, and Chanukah. This class examines each Megillot in detail and shows how they relate to our walk with the Lord. The Megillot will make the New Testament come alive in a new way for each student.

BSTU 4320        A Hebraic Look at Matthew
This course examines the book of Matthew from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of this book in its Hebrew format.

BSTU 4321        A Hebraic Look at Mark
This course examines the book of Mark from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of this book in its Hebrew format.

BSTU 4322        A Hebraic Look at Luke
This course examines the book of Luke from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of this book in its Hebrew format.

 

BSTU 4323        A Hebraic Look at John
This course examines the book of John from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of this book in its Hebrew format.

 

BSTU 4324        A Hebraic Look at Acts
This course examines the book of Acts from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of this book in its Hebrew format.

 

BSTU 4325        A Hebraic Look at Romans
This course examines the book of Romans from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of this book in its Hebrew format.

 

BSTU 4326        A Hebraic Look at I and II Corinthians
This course examines the book of I and II Corinthians from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of this book in its Hebrew format.

 

BSTU 4327        A Hebraic Look at Galatians
This course examines the book of Galatians from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of this book in its Hebrew format.

 

BSTU 4328        A Hebraic Look at Ephesians
This course examines the book of Ephesians from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of this book in its Hebrew format.

 

BSTU 4329        A Hebraic Look at I and II Thessalonians; I and II Timothy
This course examines the books of I and II Thessalonians; I and II Timothy from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of these books in their Hebrew format.

 

BSTU 4330        A Hebraic Look at Titus, Philemon
This course examines the books of Titus and Philemon from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of these books in their Hebrew format.

 

BSTU 4331        A Hebraic Look at Hebrews
This course examines the book of Hebrews from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of this book in its Hebrew format.

 

BSTU 4332        A Hebraic Look at I, II Peter; I, II, III John; Jude
This course examines the books of I and II Peter; I, II, and III John; and Jude from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of these books in their Hebrew format.

 

BSTU 4333        A Hebraic Study of Revelation
This course examines the book of Revelation from a Hebraic perspective by using the Hebrew language, Jewish history, Jewish culture, geography, and archaeological information in interpreting the text. The conceptual format of the Word of God is clearly seen from the study of this book in its Hebrew format.

 

BSTU 4351        Talmud and Mishna
The need to study and understand both the Talmud and the Mishna has been overlooked by most seminaries in the West. They hold important information to our understanding of the Hebrew mind and the Jews of the First Century. While this course is an overview of the subject, it will bring an insight into the biblical text and explore the history of our faith from a different perspective.

 

BSTU 4381        The Temple II
This course is a continuation of Temple I and will cover additional subjects such as garments of the High Priest, the scarlet thread, the sacrificial system, the sacrifices and offerings, the Feasts of the Lord celebrated at the Temple, compared with the life of Jesus.

 

Christian Counseling CCOU

 

CCOU 2301        Introduction to Christian Counseling
This course is an introduction to Christian counseling and examines the different counseling methods used by Christian counselors today. It is important to know these different methods and the thought processes behind them, as well as to examine the goal of Christian counseling from a biblical perspective versus other modern techniques and methods.

 

CCOU 3301       Christian Conflict Management
Conflict is something we all experience from time to time. A good leader understands how to effectively manage conflict and to resolve issues that have the potential to destroy the work of God. This class offers practical lessons on conflict management including how to effectively communicate, arbitrate, and mediate in difficult situations. This class will teach conflict management from a Biblical perspective.

 

CCOU 3305        Time Management/Stress Management for Ministers
One of the great causes of burnout in the ministry is time and stress management. This course offers practical understanding of the need for both time and stress management and how to accomplish this type of management in one’s personal and professional life. 

 

CCOU 3310        The Minister as a  Skilled Helper
This course examines the collaborative effort of the counselor-client relationship. This course teaches a manageable three-step process of successful problem management to effectively help  those who are in problems and difficulty. This is a solution-focused approach to make pastoral counseling both practical and effective.

 

CCOU 3311        Biblical Grief Counseling
There are five stages that each person will go through as they are dealing with grief. Learning to recognize and minister to those who are going through the stages of grief is essential for those who seek to be used of the Lord in counseling. 

 

CCOU 3312        Art of Biblical Critical Decision Making

One of the greatest challenges facing many Christian Leaders is the need to make decisions. This class focuses on helping Church Ministry Leaders as well as Lay leaders learn the art of Biblical Critical Decision Making.

Christian Education CEDU

 

CEDU 3301        Establishing the Yeshiva/Return to the Hebraic Teaching Model
This course evaluates the difference between outcome-based education and the Hebraic teaching model that is based upon the foundational understanding of yeshiva. Yeshiva is a community learning experience where the biblical text forms the foundation of all learning. All science, math, and reading finds its foundation first in the biblical text and proceeds from that understanding. The yeshiva model allows for spirited debate without offense where all sides of a point are discussed. The course will also demonstrate how to set up, moderate, and maintain a yeshiva as part of any church.

 

Christian Leadership CLEA

CLEA 1301         Christian Leadership
The purpose of this course is to provide a detailed study and examination of leadership from a biblical perspective, as well as to provide an understanding of principles for effective leadership and to equip leaders for Christian service in their unique calling and contextual setting.

CLEA 1302         Character of a Christian Leader
This course examines godly character, which is vital to successful ministry and life. Positive and negative character traits are examined in light of developing godly character and overcoming negative attitudes through the application of scriptural principles and tenets. From character issues, the course moves to consecration and developing a deeper relationship with the Lord.

Church Administration CADM

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CADM 4310      Church Leadership Development – How to Develop a Team
Examine any successful church, ministry, or business and you will find that behind the success is an understanding of effective team building. This course examines how to effectively build a team that will help you carry out the vision of God. Topics of discussion will include effective team building and evaluation as well as how to spot and correct a dysfunctional team member, how attitude affects the team approach, and what can be done to change negative mindsets. This class is a must for any pastor or leader.   

              

CADM 4320      Financial Administration of the Church
Every pastor and church leader should understand that the church is both a place of spiritual growth and teaching of the Word of God, but it is also a business. The effective leader will know how to financially administer the church. This course teaches the practicality of how to construct and manage church budgets, how to create and sustain financial records, as well as monthly reports. The course also teaches how to structure and submit forms to agencies such as the State and IRS.

 

CADM 4321      Christian Fundraising Management
In today’s world there are over 2.3 million nonprofit organizations that survive on their ability to effectively raise money. Understanding the law for fundraising in the church or in any nonprofit organization is an area that must be understood by the leadership in local churches or for those that desire to function in a nonprofit ministry setting. This course offers practical information on how to manage fundraising for nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations as well as inside the local church. While not a course in law, this class will explain elements of fundraising that are not allowed and how distribution of raised funds can be achieved to maximize the stated goal without being in violation of law or ethics.

 

CADM 4330     Biblical Human Resource Management
If a church has more than one member, it is in need of human resource management. This course examines the functions that are designed to maximize employee and volunteer performance in service of the employer and the Lord. These functions can easily be broken down into recruitment, training, growth, and development, as well as evaluation of strategic outcomes. This course will help any leader who will be working with or managing people. This course will also focus on the spiritual side of human resource management. 

Church History CHIS

CHIS 1301         History of the First Century Church – Jesus to Constantine
Church history is often taught as though it began in 300 A.D. with Constantine. In fact, the history of the Christian church during the first 300 years was preserved for us by the writings of Eusebius. This class concentrates on early church history for the first 300 years.

CHIS 2301         Church History II
This course completes early church history from 33 A.D. to 323 A.D. and is the companion of Church History I. Even though this course is from the same time period as Church History I, its emphasis is on the Apostolic Church, including early beliefs and creeds and the Post-Apostolic Church, its early writings, and the heresies that plagued it.

 

CHIS 3301         Church History III
This course covers the development and rise of Christianity in late antiquity (313-476). This class covers such topics as “Whatever Happened To Our Jewish Foundations?” and “Where Did These Holidays Come From?” as well as the rise of the Roman Church. This course also deals with such topics as Nestorianism, Miaphysitism, and Monasticism. 

 

CHIS 3304         Between the Testaments
A great deal of history took place in the period of time known as “Between the Testaments.” This period of 400 years was also known as the “silent years.” While no scripture was written, this period of time was far from silent. Information from this period was recorded by Josephus, by the Apocrypha, and other Greek and Roman historians. This course will consider the four periods of time that took place between the testaments. These are the Persian Period (400-332 B.C.), the Greek Period (332-167 B.C.), The Maccabean Period (167-63 B.C.), and the Roman Period (67 B.C. – birth of Jesus).  

 

CHIS 3305         Josephus
Titus Flavius Josephus, born Joseph ben Matityahu, was a First Century Jewish scholar and historian who first fought against the Romans in the first Roman-Jewish War before surrendering in 67 A.D. Granted favor by Emperor Vespasian, Josephus defected and was granted Roman citizenship. His famous works “The Jewish War” and “The Antiquity of the Jews” provides insight into the world of the First Century as well as the Judaism of Jesus’ day. 

CHIS 3306         Hellenism and the Early Church
The influence of Hellenism on both Judaism and the Early Church cannot be overlooked. This influence of Greek thought, culture, and humanistic ideals not only infiltrated Judaism but the early church as well. These influences were certainly not good ones because it helped rob the church of the true concepts of the faith as delivered to Moses at Sinai. This course will expose not only Hellenism but its destructiveness to the church and how it still thrives today.

 

CHIS 4301         Church History IV
This course covers Christianity during the Early, High, and Late Middle Ages (475-1500). Included in this course is Christianity and its Western Expansion as well as the development of Byzantine Christianity and how it affected the church. This course also covers the period of the Crusades.

 

CHIS 4319         First Century Religious Parties
This course will examine the major and minor religious parties or sects of Jesus’ day such as the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Zealots, as well as many of the minor sects. It is important to understand the belief system of each sect and how Jesus dealt with them. This is an amazing study that will interest any student. 

 

CHIS 4321         The Holocaust From a Biblical Perspective
Dwight Eisenhower, upon learning of the Holocaust, ordered his solders to take pictures and document the horror, because he knew that in years to come there would be those who would deny that an event such as the holocaust ever took place. We are living in that day. This course will examine the holocaust, the political environment that allowed it to occur, and what others did or did not do to stop the madness. There will also be discussions of why the church was silent. This class is a must for every serious student, as we are once again living in a day that is increasingly anti-Semitic.

 

CHIS 4391         Church History V
The course covers the period of the Reformation to the present era (1500-present). Included in this course are discussions of Luther, Calvin, John and Charles Wesley, Puritans, Great Awakening, Establishment of Israel, Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement, along with major discussions of the importance of the Hebrew Roots Movement.

 

Hebraic Studies HEBS

 

HEBS 1301        The Jewish Foundations of Our Faith

This course looks back at what was originally understood to be the Jewish Founations of the believer’s faith in order to discover the proper biblical, historical, and cultural context of the biblical text and the early church. This early church was Jewish, and early Christianity was a part of Judaism. This is an exciting class which reunites the believer with the very roots of their faith and increases the student’s understanding of God’s intent and purpose for the church.  

   

 

 

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