August 29, 2020
MIN381 Pastoral Ministry – Nick Mathis
An examination of pastoral ministry in three areas: preparation, responsibilities, and relationships. The unit on preparation focuses on a pastor’s qualifications, devotional life, and personal life. A unit on responsibilities analyzes preaching and teaching, worship, pastoral care, leading, training, forming cell groups, and special services. The final unit examines a pastor’s relationships with lay leaders, staff, work, and calling. This is a principle-centered study to lay a lifelong foundation for the pastoral ministry.
Materials required: Pastoral Ministry (IST) by Richard Exley
Materials recommended: The Pentecostal Pastor edited by Thomas E. Trask, Wayde I. Goodall, and Zenas J. Bicket
October 3, 2020
THE311 Prayer and Worship – Lauren Raley
An overview of the biblical teaching on prayer and worship leads to practical considerations for cultivating intimacy with Christ in every aspect of life, from personal, private prayer to corporate celebration. Students will discover the joys and benefits of a dynamic prayer life and gain a fresh appreciation for the many ways in which the Holy Spirit makes prayer and worship both meaningful and powerful. An examination of some of the common challenges of prayer, such as learning to hear God’s voice, the problem of unanswered prayer, and what to do when it seems God is not speaking, is followed by practical insight for becoming more effective and fervent prayer warriors.
Materials required: Prayer and Worship (IST) by Cheryl Taylor and Russ Michaels
Materials recommended: The Spirit Helps Us Pray by Robert L. Brandt and Zenas J. Bicket
November 7, 2020
BIB313 Corinthian Correspondence – Dr. Chris Green
A study of 1 and 2 Corinthians, providing the student with truths for teaching and preaching as well as practical assistance in dealing with the issues facing today’s church. The student will learn how Paul instructed the Corinthians to deal with division and difficulty. By applying these same principles, the student will be prepared to deal with the challenges of ministry in the twenty-first century.
Materials required: Corinthian Correspondence (IST) by James D. Hernando
Materials recommended: 1 and 2 Corinthians by Stanley M. Horton
December 5, 2020
BIB332 Poetic Books –
A study of the five books of poetry or wisdom: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs. These books cover issues like suffering, parenting, and the fear of the Lord, teaching us how to live. The course is designed to help the student in his or her own walk with God and in ministering to others who need instruction.
Materials required: Poetic Books (IST) by Scott Ellington
Materials recommended: A Psalm in Your Heart, Volumes 1 and 2 by George O. Wood
January 9, 2021
MIN325 Preaching in the Contemporary World – Rev. Brent Simpson
The purpose of this course is to help preachers present life-changing messages that connect with the world around them. The course focuses on presenting messages that are true, clear, interesting, and relevant. Students are challenged to present messages that are true to the intent and power of Scripture. The course also examines the postmodern culture and offers help in making messages relevant to the needs and concerns of this audience.
Materials required: Preaching in the Contemporary World (IST) by Doug Oss, Rochelle Cathcart, and David Crosby
Materials recommended: 360-Degree Preaching by Michael J. Quicke
February 6, 2021
BIB318 Pentateuch – Dr. Daniel McNaughton
A study of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy with a practical approach that will provide preaching and teaching material. The Pentateuch forms the foundation on which the New Testament covenant is based and is an important study for anyone desiring to understand the entire Bible more completely.
Materials required: Pentateuch (IST) by Roger Cotton
Materials recommended: The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch edited by T. Desmond Alexander and David W. Baker
March 6, 2021
MIN391 Advanced Ministerial Internship
The third of three required internships for the Ministerial Diploma. Building on the foundation of the previous two internship courses, this course focuses on three attributes of the heart of ministry, characteristics to be avoided, tests that must be passed in the life of the ministry, basic areas of pastoral counseling, and other skills needed to be a successful pastor.
Materials required: Advanced Ministerial Internship (student manual) by Michael Clarensau
Materials recommended: Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels
April 10, 2021
MIN327 Church Administration, Finance, and Law – Rev. Ken McAnulty
An introductory study of many principles, procedures, and techniques used in today’s business world as they apply to the local church and its leadership. Attention is given to organizing and staffing functions of the church, practical methods of raising money for the church’s expenses, keeping good records, and managing the church’s money, facilities, and equipment. It also gives students a practical understanding of the law in order to recognize and resolve legal questions confronting pastors and churches today.
Materials required: Church Administration, Finance, and Law (IST) by Joseph W. Kilpatrick and Randy J. Hedlun
Materials recommended: Church Administration Handbook edited by Bruce Powers