2010-11 Course Descriptions
BIBM 312 Counseling Adolescents in the Church (3-0-3), on demand. An overview of the fundamental issues involved in ministering to the disturbed adolescent within the local church context. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
BIBM 329 Field Work (0-6-6),* fall, spring, summer. Problems and methods of a practical nature studied in a "laboratory" situation. Permission of Bible department chair required. May not be taken as the fifth Bible requirement in the University Requirement or for Bible minor. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
BIBM 340 Foundations of Youth Ministry (3-0-3), fall. Emphasis on the salient issues involved in program development (i.e., assumptions, philosophy, and theology of youth and family ministry). Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
BIBM 341 Advanced Youth Ministry (3-0-3), spring. Focuses on the issues of organization and administration: leadership skills, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, and biblical models for ministering within the non-formal context. For Bible majors only. Prerequisite: BIBM 340.
BIBM 391 Introduction to Ministry and Missions (3-0-3), spring. A biblical and practical approach to the responsibilities, struggles, and relationships of the minister and missionary. Should be taken spring of junior year, followed by an internship in the summer. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. For majors only.
BIBM 395 Introduction to Hospital Ministry (2-2-3), fall, spring. Provides initial development of concepts and skills in hospital ministry through experiences with patients, families, peers, and professionals. BIBM 391 recommended prior to this course. Preference given to majors. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
BIBM 396 Field Education (0-3-3), fall, spring, summer. A full-time (10 weeks) or half-time (20 weeks) internship on the mission field - domestic or foreign - under the guidance of a departmental director and field supervisor. Prerequisite: BIBM 391. For majors only.
BIBM 405 Women in Christian Service (3-0-3), on demand. Designed to train Christian women theologically, academically, and practically for expanded service in the home, the church, and the world. Limited to female students. Prerequisite: junior standing.
BIBM 406 Teaching and Speaking to Women in the Church (3-0-3), on demand. Prepares women to serve as Christian teachers and speakers. It emphasizes spiritual discipline, well-developed Bible study, good communication strategies, varied teaching methods, empathy for those who will be served, and the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning experiences in teaching and speaking. Prerequisite: sophomore standing and COMS 111 or COMS 112. Limited to female students.
BIBM 409 Introduction to Ministerial Counseling (3-0-3), fall, spring. Theory and techniques of counseling as applied to the work of persons who primarily deal with people. Prerequisite: junior standing. For majors only.
BIBM 413 Seminar in Adolescent Moral/Sexual Issues (3-0-3), fall. Provides a biblical framework for understanding the adolescent's sexual attitudes, values, and behaviors. Prerequisite: junior standing.
BIBM 434 Developing Faith in Children (3-0-3), spring. Designed to equip Christians to participate in building biblical faith in children in context of home, church and school. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
BIBM 442 Youth and Family Ministry (3-0-3), spring. Provides the fundamental principles of family systems and offers practical strategies for developing a ministry to both the adolescent and his or her family. Prerequisite: junior standing.
BIBM 451 Sexuality and Personal Issues of Sexuality (3-0-3), spring. Addresses sexual issues through three sections: the text of Song of Songs; the individual, relational, and family issues with sex; and sexuality in the church and in one's ministry. Prerequisites: Completion of freshman and sophomore level Bible, senior standing.
BIBM 480 Arts and Culture: A Christian Aesthetic (3-0-3), spring. The arts from a Christian viewpoint as both practitioner and audience/patron, applying biblically based strategies to assess, enjoy, and participate in the forms of art prevalent in the culture while remaining faithful to the call of Christ. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Same as THEA 480.
BIBM 491 Reflections on Ministry and Missions (3-0-3), fall. A theological and practical examination of Christian missions and ministry, relating biblical theory in historical perspective to contemporary church needs. Grade will be assigned after successful completion of the course and the internship. Prerequisites: BIBM 391 and summer internship. For majors only.
BIBM 492 Ministry to Children and Families (3-0-3), spring. Designed as a "capstone course" for children's ministry majors, this course will examine theological foundations for children's ministry as well as giving attention to the organization and administration of children and family ministry. Class study, discussion and assignments are intended to enable participants to consider, compare and contrast varying ministry models and how they contribute to the spiritual formation of children. Prerequisites: BIBL 101, 102, 201 and 212; junior standing.
BIBM 493 Introduction to Ministry of Preaching (3-0-3), fall. Philosophy of preaching, preparation, and presentation practice. Identifies basic sermon types and use of supporting material. Prerequisite: BIBL 420.
BIBM 494 Advanced Biblical Preaching (3-0-3), spring. Attention to audience analysis, persuasion, and special problems such as funerals, weddings, and mass communication techniques. Prerequisites: BIBL 420 and BIBM 406 or 493.
BIBM 602 GST Orientation (0-0-0), fall, spring. Orients GST students in the MACM, MAMI, and MDIV programs providing information about both curricular and co-curricular aspects of the GST community. Students will examine personal and professional identity issues by completing various assessments. Prerequisite: Admission to the MACM, MAMI, or MDIV programs. Additional fee required.
BIBM 604 Expository Preaching (3-0-3), on demand. Focuses on rigorous exegesis for preaching and effective delivery of sermons based on the unique styles, problems and themes of diverse biblical genres.
BIBM 605 Preaching from the Old Testament (3-0-3), fall, spring, summer. Explores the challenges of preaching from various genres of Old Testament literature. Particular attention is paid to the theological shape and flow of whole canonical books and the homiletical possibilities they offer as students move from text to sermon. This variable topic course periodically focuses on different canonical books. As topics vary, the course may be taken only twice. The course may be taken as text elective credit.
BIBM 607 Introduction to Christian Ministry (3-0-3), fall. A substantive and practical examination of Christian ministry relating biblical theology and the ministry in historical perspective to contemporary church needs.
BIBM 609 Healthcare Ministry (2-2-3), fall, spring. Provides enhancement of ministry concepts and skills for Christian vocations for students through pastoral care experiences with healthcare patients and families and interaction with peers and healthcare professionals. It serves as an introduction to Clinical Pastoral Education.
BIBM 616 Narrative Evangelism (3-0-3), fall. Provides a theological orientation to the task of evangelism. The class builds on the assumption that the gospel has certain instincts with regard to evangelism and its interface with culture. Attention is given to the implications of gospel and culture for the presentation of the gospel.
BIBM 627 Preaching from the New Testament (3-0-3), on demand. An exploration of the challenges of preaching from various books of the New Testament. Particular attention is paid to the theological shape and flow of whole canonical books and the homiletical possibilities they offer as students move from text to sermon. This variable topic course periodically focuses on different canonical books. As topics vary, the course may be only taken twice. May be taken as text elective credit. Prerequisite: BIBL 627.
BIBM 628 Preaching Paul (3-0-3), on demand. Enhances the ability of students to move from text to sermon as they preach from Pauline literature and examines how the form and function of different genres influence form and function in sermons. Taught as an Internet course.
BIBM 635 Engaging Adolescents in Christian Formation (3-0-3), spring, summer. Explores the processes of Christian spiritual formation and implications for ministry with adolescents. Students will think critically and theologically about adolescence as a socially constructed concept and plan intentionally for spiritual formation in a ministry directed at those in this time of life.
BIBM 637 Ministry with Older Adults (3-0-3), January. Covers demographics of the aging community, analyzes programs for serving the older member, and how to utilize the talents of mature church members. Same as GERO 637.
BIBM 644 Pastoral Ministry Skills for Church Leaders (3-0-3), summer. Pastoral ministry theory and skills for individuals, families, and congregations in crisis, especially designed for church leaders.
BIBM 645 Managing Conflict in Churches (3-0-3), spring. The course will offer an examination of the causes, arenas, and dynamics of conflict in churches with an introduction to five major approaches to interviewing in conflicted situations. A variety of instructional methods, including lectures, case studies, role plays, media, expert resource persons, and personal style instruments will be employed. Additional course fee required.
BIBM 646 Youth and Family Ministry (3-0-3), on demand. A detailed study of youth/family ministry in light of congregational systems, developmental studies, and youth culture with readings on topics significant to advanced youth ministry.
BIBM 648 Christian Spiritual Formation (3-0-3), fall, spring. Christian spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others. This course identifies how God utilizes Scripture, people, contexts, literature, spiritual disciplines, and events to transform believers into Christ's likeness.
BIBM 649 Small Group Ministry (3-0-3), January. Provides biblical foundations, theory, and practice of small groups in ministry contexts. Rather than concentrating on psychology and group dynamics, the nucleus of the course is designing, structuring, implementing, administering, and evaluating small groups in the church.
BIBM 651 Supervised Practice of Ministry I (1-0-1), fall. Classroom preparation is balanced by a variety of ministry experiences, self-discovery processes, and nurturing relationships with faculty, supervising ministers, and church leaders in multiple contexts. Through the process of gradual immersion into ministry practice, an examination of professional identity will begin. (BIBM 652-656 are a continuation of this course.) Additional course fee required.
BIBM 673 Ministry with Children and Families (3-0-3), spring. Through interviews and participant observation, students will learn to examine the family, school, church, and community contexts of the spiritual lives of children so as to be able more effectively to engage in their pastoral care. Intellectual, spiritual, and social dimensions of the formation of children will be attended to, as will the theological and biblical underpinnings of children's ministry.
BIBM 679 Theological Reflection in Practice (3-0-3), spring. Focuses on integration of the sub-disciplines of the M.Div. curriculum in response to specific situations (cases) requiring pastoral and theological intervention, towards the aim of producing written briefs for use in Comprehensive Exams. Students will also gain training in the use of cases in ministry. Prerequisite: Student must have finishing M.Div. status.
BIBM 681 Preaching Skills and Strategies (3-0-3), spring. Emphasis on communication skills in preaching (delivery, language vividness and clarity) and enhanced facility with diverse organizational strategies.
BIBM 693 Church and Family Ministry (3-0-3), fall. Students will explore the sociological, educational, and theological dimensions of churches and families. Students will write ethnographies of church and family systems and then build educational programs that respond to the reality of ministry in such settings. Students learn how to move beyond therapeutic or schooling models of Christian education to more holistic approaches.
BIBM 696 Integration of Psychology and Theology (3-0-3), summer. A study of the interrelationship between theology and the discipline of psychology and how they may be integrated while maintaining the integrity of both.
BIBM 702 Biblical and Theological Foundations of Ministry (3-0-3), June. Investigates the development of a biblical theology of ministry, relating ministry to major themes of the Bible that affect contemporary ministry.
BIBM 703 Preaching to Contemporary Needs (3-0-3), June, odd years. An analysis of current theories and methods of proclamation combined with the study of critical considerations in the development of the minister's theology of preaching in the contemporary culture. Emphasis on a variety of approaches to expositional preaching that let the Bible speak clearly to contemporary needs.
BIBM 706 Christian Leadership Development (3-0-3), June. An integrated analysis of theology, organizational behavior, group process, personality theory, pastoral care, and problem-solving skills designed to enhance the leadership effectiveness of participants. Additional course fee required.
BIBM 710 Crisis Counseling and Brief Therapy (3-0-3), June, odd years. Analysis of stressful events from both individual and family perspectives and from both developmental and accidental frameworks. Theologies of human nature, of the God/human relationship, and of counseling will be developed. Therapeutic strategies for crisis counseling and for doing brief therapy will be discussed. Assessment, treatment, and referral methodologies will be developed.
BIBM 713 Preaching From the New Testament (3-0-3), June, odd years. A study of the preparation of sermons from two New Testament books, including historical-critical analysis, examination of form, and appropriate application in the contemporary world.
BIBM 717 Christian Spiritual Formation (3-0-3), June, odd years. Examines the biblical theology, the history, and the pastoral applications of Christian spirituality giving special attention to four historic expressions of spirituality (Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Restorationist). Prerequisites: BIBM 702, 706.
BIBM 718 Theological Practice of Evangelism (3-0-3), June, even years. The practice of evangelism as a theological endeavor involves listening to the stories of our churches, attending to biblical understandings of evangelism, exploring evangelism within various systematic theologies, and allowing culture to inform questions of meaning and relevance. The overall outcome should be an articulated plan for evangelism within specific ministry contexts.
BIBM 719 Missional Ecclesiology (3-0-3), January. Focuses on understanding the relationship of the church to the mission of God in the world and applying that understanding to actual ministry contexts. Explores biblical, theological, and historical themes. Contextualization includes analysis of a post-Christendom North America and consideration of specific ecclesial practices that lend themselves to contextual innovation.
BIBM 723 Worship (3-0-3), June, even years. Prepares students to understand and engage in worship as liturgical community formation. Attention is given to biblical, theological, and sociological aspects of liturgical community formation. Prerequisites: Admission to the DMin program and BIBM 702.
BIBM 725 Project/Thesis Seminar (3-0-3), June. A concluding seminar designed to integrate the competencies developed in the DMin curriculum and to create a project appropriate for the student's unique ministry setting.
BIBM 799 DMin Project/Thesis (0-0-6).*
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