2013-14 Course Descriptions
BIBM - Christian Ministry
College of Biblical Studies (CBS)
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; BIBL 101 and 102 (or 103) and BIBL 211.
BIBM 340 Foundation of Youth Ministry (3-0-3), fall, spring. This course will explore the world of adolescent development, family systems, and the programming that will enhance spiritual formation. Special attention will be given to the skills needed to work with the adolescent population. Prerequisites: BIBL 101 and 102 (or 103), BIBL 211. Majors only in the fall and non-majors in the spring. May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
BIBM 341 Advanced Youth Ministry Design (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. Prerequisite: BIBM 340, BIBL 101 and 102 (or 103), BIBL 211. For majors only.
BIBM 390 Family Relations (3-0-3), on demand. Principles involved in establishing a harmonious Christian family relationship. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
BIBM 391 Ministry in Context (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: junior standing; BIBL 101 and 102 (or 103), BIBL 211. 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; BIBL 101 and 102 (or 103), BIBL 211. May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
BIBM 401 Christian Leadership (3-0-3), spring. The course prepares students in all majors to think critically about how they practice Christian leadership in the church and in the world. Prerequisite: sophomore standing; BIBL 101 and 102 (or 103), BIBL 211. May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
BIBM 403 Christian Worship (3-0-3), fall. Public and private devotions of Christians; biblical, historical, and problems of today. Prerequisite: sophomore standing; BIBL 101 and 102 (or 103), BIBL 211. May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
BIBM 405 Women in Christian Tradition (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; BIBL 101 and 102 (or 103), BIBL 211. May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
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; BIBL 101 and 102 (or 103), BIBL 211. May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
BIBM 422 Ministry on the University Campus (3-0-3), on demand. An introduction to university ministry that reviews the history of campus ministry as well as the nature of today's university student body. Participants will explore different models for ministry, principles for outreach, and methods for mentoring. The course includes engaging campus ministers and students on private and state school campuses. Some out of town travel. Prerequisites: BIBL 101 and 120 (or 103), BIBL 211. May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
BIBM 434 Spiritual Formation of Children (3-0-3), spring. This course is designed to equip adults to foster the spiritual formation of children in the many contests in which they live. Attention will be given to the unique design of each child and how to nurture children toward full participation in the Kingdom of God. Prerequisite: BIBL 101 and 102 (or 103), BIBL 211. May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
BIBM 435 Adolescent Spiritual Formation (3-0-3), fall. Provides an overview of the key developmental issues involved in the spiritual formation of adolescents. Prerequisite: junior standing; BIBL 101 and 102 (or 103), BIBL 211. For majors only.
BIBM 439 Teaching and Learning for Spiritual Formation (3-0-3), fall only. This course explores teaching and learning in both formal and informal contexts for the purpose of spiritual formation. Emphasis is given to the theory and practice of teaching, principles of learning, and the organization of planned learning experiences within the church. Prerequisites: BIBL 101, 102, 211. For majors only.
BIBM 442 Leadership of Youth and Family (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; BIBL 101, 102, 211; BIBM 340, 341, 435. For majors only.
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. May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
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; BIBL 101 and 102 (or 103), BIBL 211. Same as THEA 480. May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
BIBM 491 Senior Capstone Experience (0-0-1), fall. This course is the final segment of a three-stage approach for training upper-level majors in the Department of Bible, Missions, and Ministry. It is preceded by BIBM 391, Ministry in Context. The course creates a context for practicing theological reflection on ministry, critical thinking, understanding the minister or missionary as servant leader, and adding skills for future service. Prerequisites: BIBM 329 and 391. A capstone and writing-intensive course.
BIBM 492 Ministry to Children and Families (3-0-3), spring. This course will examine theological foundations for children's ministry as well as give attention to the organization and administration of children and family ministry. Case study, discussion and assignments are intended to enable participants to consider, compare, and contrast varying models and how they contribute to the spiritual formation of children. Prerequisites:junior standing; BIBL 101, 102 (or 103), 211. May be used to satisfy University Requirements.
BIBM 493 Preaching (3-0-3), fall. Training in moving from exegesis of biblical texts to sermon construction focusing on homiletic structure and preaching various biblical genres. Actual presentation of sermons is emphasized. Prerequisite: BGRK 442 or BIBL 320. For majors only.
BIBM 601 Church Leadership (3-0-3), fall. Principles of effective organization, administration, and leadership as they apply to the life of the church.
BIBM 602 GST Orientation (0-0-0), fall, spring. Orients GST students in the MACM, MAGS, 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, MAGS, or MDIV programs. Additional fee required.
BIBM 603 Foundations of the Theology of Ministry (3-0-3), fall only. A cornerstone experience for students enrolled in the ministerial formation programs (MDiv, MAGS, or MACM) which introduces ministry students to the resources and practices in the fields of practical theology and contextual education. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the MDiv, MAGS, or MACM degree programs.
BIBM 604 Homiletics (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 Old Testament Literature (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 Effective Practice of 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 614 Theology and Ministry in Times of Crisis (3-0-3), spring, even years. Provides skills for intervening in crises that church leaders encounter, including needs assessment skills, maintenance of healthy boundaries within relationships, and theological reflections.
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 New Testament Literature (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 Pauline Literature (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 629 Field Education (3-0-6), on demand.* Problems and methods of a practical nature studied in a ministry context.
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 657 Contexts of Ministry (3-0-3), spring. Contexts of Ministry examines and implements research practices that are utilized to investigate various contexts associated with ministry. Prerequisite: BIBM 603 Foundations of the Theology of Ministry.
BIBM 658 Leading in Contexts (3-0-3), fall. Leading in Contexts fosters leadership skill development in various ministerial contexts. Prerequisites: BIBM 603 Foundations of the Theology of Ministry; BIBM 629 Field Education; and BIBM 657 Contexts of Ministry.
BIBM 670 Worship (3-0-3), spring. Examines biblical, historical, theological and practical perspectives on worship.
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 in Contemporary Contexts (3-0-3), spring. Emphasis on communication skills in preaching (delivery, language vividness and clarity) and enhanced facility with diverse organizational strategies.
BIBM 692 Church Curriculum (3-0-3), spring. Curriculum principles applied to the total church program.
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 694 Church Administration (3-0-3), on demand. Principles of organization, administration and supervision as they apply to the life of a local congregation.
BIBM 696 Theological Perspectives on Human Behavior (3-0-3), summer. A study of the interrelationship between theological and systematic explanations of human behavior and how they may be integrated in psyhotherapeutic practice and/or ministry settings while maintaining the integrity of both. Same as BMFT 696.
BIBM 701 Doctor of Ministry Orientation (0-0-0), June. Introductory course covering an overview of the program, analysis of ministry, research techniques, project design, and ministry resources.
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 711 Preaching and Theology (3-0-3), June, even years. Several theological perspectives, methods, and issues are explored in order to provide a more biblical and effective basis for preaching.
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 721 Theology of Culture (3-0-3), January. Examine the relationship between culture and theological anthropology, probing the implications for ministerial contexts.
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 798 Continuing DMin Study (0-0-0), on demand.
BIBM 799 DMin Project/Thesis (0-0-6).*
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