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Sample Courses:

PROFESSOR: Dr. Dale Salico

TITLE: Book of Revelation

UNITS: 3

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will learn what the Book of Revelation meant to first century Christians who

received this book, as well as what it means for followers of Christ today. Attention will

be given to learning the content of the Book of Revelation, and what it means to “read

the words of this prophecy, … hear it and take to heart what is written in it…” (Revelation

1:3). Students will understand the various interpretative methods used by Christians over

the centuries to understand this challenging book, evaluating the comparative strengths,

weaknesses, and valuable insights of each.

PROFESSOR: Dr. Dennis McFadden

TITLE: What Christians Should Believe about God, the Word, Creation, and Providence

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will cover the first divisions of Christian truth respecting God, the Bible, Creation and Providence. Focus will fall on the questions people ask, ranging from “Who made God?” to “How can I trust an ancient book written by slaves, sheepherders, and uneducated fishermen?” to “What about evolution?” and “Why would a good God let cancer kill my friend?” The course project will allow the student to develop a ministry tool for dealing with a practical issue or concern. Texts will include Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology (first sections) and a second book selected by the student from several optional texts.

PROFESSOR: Dr. Robert Orr

TITLE: Paul's Epistle To The Romans

COURSE DESCRIPTION: During this 10 week course the book of Romans will be studied. It has been called the greatest treatise on the Christian Faith and all of the major doctrines of the Gospel are covered. This course will focus on understanding the book of Romans and putting it's truth into homiletical form for preaching and teaching.

“Spiritual Leadership: Practices of a Godly Leader”

Dr. Kirk Mackie

This course will study the formal practices of leadership while understanding the personal habits and practices that make spiritual leaders successful. Topics include the five key roles of a leader, mentoring, spiritual disciplines and leader soul-care.

"The Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail - a Quick Overview of 2,000 years of Church History"

Dr. Dennis McFadden

Church history is a record of incredible advances and heart-breaking defeats. Yet, through it all, it is HIStory of the work of the Holy Spirit to build the Church throughout the world. We will examine the key persons, events, and ideas that have marked the history of the Church as the Holy Spirit has continued the work of the book of Acts over the last two millennia. Special attention will be paid to the errors that nearly destroyed Christ's church so that we may work hard to avoid repeating them in our own day. Students will be given opportunities to apply the lessons of church history to their current ministry situations today.

"A Missional Philosophy of Ministry"

Dr. Bob Orr

Leading churches around the world that have impacted their communities with the gospel have each identified their

DNA and a unique philosophy of ministry that has helped them become what they are today. This course will explore 4 such models (The Seeker Model, The Purpose Driven Model, The Oikos Model And The Cell Church Model) by learning and hearing from the leading proponents of each model. The student will discover the common denominators among the models and will conclude the course by articulating from these a clear and concise Philosophy of Ministry.

"Life of Jesus"

Dr. Dale Salico

Students will learn how the four gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—provide different and complementary perspectives on the ministry, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resulting portrait of Jesus is more comprehensive and better documented than it would be were there only one gospel. Special attention will be given to:

•The historical reliability of the Gospels;

•The historical and cultural context for Jesus’ ministry;

•The development of the conflict between Jesus and the leaders of Israel that led to His crucifixion;

•Jesus’ divine and human nature as portrayed in the gospels; and

•The historical and theological significance of the cross and resurrection.

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