August 29, 2020
BIB114 Christ in the Synoptic Gospels – Rev. Ken McAnulty
An introductory study of our Lord’s life and times according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. It examines the historical setting, His life between the Annunciation and the Ascension, and His message and method, including His parables and miracles. Organized around three themes—(1) the world, (2) the Man, and (3) the message—this introduction helps to fuse our understanding of His life and work with our commitment to live by the values He taught and demonstrated.
Materials required: Christ in the Synoptic Gospels (IST) by Michael R. McClaflin
October 3, 2020
BIB121 Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Interpret the Bible – Kat Cunningham
An introductory course on the principles for interpreting Scripture. It summarizes the need for hermeneutical principles and explores the qualifications, tools, and goals of a biblical interpreter. This is followed by a historical survey of hermeneutics from early Jewish interpreters to the present. The course includes a unit on the general and specific principles for interpreting the Bible, a unit on genres, and a unit on applying the principles. Students develop skills by practicing the principles in the provided exercises.
Materials required: Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Interpret the Bible
(IST) by Quentin McGhee, Carl Gibbs, and Willard Teague
November 7, 2020
BIB115 Acts: The Holy Spirit at Work in Believer – Dr. Robby Waddell
A thorough study of the content, purposes, principles, and applications of Acts. The course emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit in the early church and today. Attention is given to the geographical, numerical, cultural, and
theological growth of the church from Jerusalem to Rome. The journeys of Paul are examined as the background for his epistles.
Materials required: Acts: The Holy Spirit at Work in Believers (IST) by George O. Wood
December 5, 2019
Theo114 Introduction to Pentecostal Doctrine – Dr. Ken Archer
An examination of the four cardinal doctrines of the Assemblies of God: salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit, healing, and the second coming of Christ. After an introductory unit on the importance of doctrine, there is a unit of study on each of the doctrines. This course is essential to further understanding the complete Pentecostal message as presented in other courses.
Materials required: Introduction to Pentecostal Doctrine (IST) by Zenas J.
Schedule of Classes Spring 2020
January 9, 2021
MIN191 Beginning Ministerial Internship – Dr. Alan Ehler
The first of three internships to be developed for the Ministerial Studies Diploma. Each internship requires the student to work with a local pastor to gain hands-on experience in various ministry activities. This course discusses the importance of a good
attitude in ministry as well as many functions of ministry such as weddings and funerals. It also emphasizes servant leadership and the minister’s devotional life.
Materials required: Beginning Ministerial Internship (student manual) by Michael Clarensau
February 6, 2021
THE142 A/G History, Missions, and Governance – Rev. Terry Rayburn
A study of the historical development of the Assemblies of God, the history of the missions movement in the Assemblies of God, and the ecclesiastical governance of the Fellowship. Attention is given to the General Council Constitution and Bylaws
in relation to credentialed ministers, local churches, and district councils.
Materials required: Assemblies of God History, Missions, and Governance
(IST) by Gary McGee, Annette Newberry, and Randy J. Hedlun
March 6, 2021
MIN181 Relationships and Ethics in Ministry – Dr. Randy Helms
A biblical approach to the relationships that are important to the minister, both personally and professionally. It looks at temperament theory and its relevance to human relations. This course examines relationships and ethics in view of the minister’s personal growth, ministry challenges, people in the community, and other ministers.
Materials required: Relationships and Ethics in Ministry (IST) by Ray Rachels
April 10, 2021
MIN123 The Local Church in Evangelism
The local church is the provenance of evangelism for reaching its community and the world. After a foundational, biblical theology of the Great Commission and the Holy Spirit’s role in evangelism, this course proposes a comprehensive and integrated approach to evangelism in the local church that avoids over compartmentalizing evangelism and discipleship. It focuses on a variety of evangelism methods, the evangelistic purpose of an organized fellowship of churches, and pastoral leadership in evangelism. The largest portion of the course is devoted to the evangelistic responsibility of all believers and practical biblical instruction about effective personal evangelism.
Materials required: The Local Church in Evangelism (IST) by Randy Hurst
May 8, 2021
BIB117 Prison Epistles – Dr. Melissa Archer
A practical study of the principles Paul wrote to the churches during his imprisonment. The concepts are presented in language that is easy to understand with explanations, illustrations, and applications that make the concepts helpful to students in both their personal lives and ministries.
Materials required: Prison Epistles: Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, and Philippians (IST) by LeRoy Bartel
June 5, 2020
MIN171 A Spirit Empowered Church – Aaron Ross
A biblical, comprehensive, and strategic plan requires the empowerment of the Spirit to produce spiritual fruit and a flourishing church. The strategic plan is based on Acts 2 and focuses on developing Spirit-empowered disciples who will be involved in the five functions found there: connect, grow, serve, go, and worship. Assessment tools are used to identify areas where changes are needed, and the strategic plan is used to focus on God’s vision for each local church.
Materials required: A Spirit-Empowered Church: An Acts 2 Ministry Model by Alton Garrison