Below are the major courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry.
BRS 101 Bible Study Methods/3
Introduces Bible study methods and applies them to practical ministry settings. An inductive exegetical Bible study method is demonstrated. Students will also develop a strategy for devotional (personal) Bible study. The course will explore the use of these methods in fellowship and evangelistic groups.
BRS 207 Practical Ministry/3
Introduces foundational skills for successful ministry such as self-care, visioning, baptism, communion, time management, establishing priorities and goals, spiritual warfare, creating a philosophy of ministry statement, and other important areas necessary to minister effectively.
BRS 304 Technology for Ministry/2
This course considers the theoretical & Scriptural foundations for the use of technology in ministry settings, surveys the essential technologies that most pastors and ministry leaders are likely to encounter in the scope of their ministry, and explores relevant technological issues and trends in relationship to the ministry context.
BRS 314 Personal Assessment and Ministry/1
This course is designed to assist in personal assessment of character, temperament, talents, abilities and gifts, ministry and relational skills. Based on these assessments, students will develop a personal plan to accomplish their goals through class activities and an integrative paper.
BRS 343 Discipleship and Evangelism/3
Addresses the biblical agenda for discipleship and evangelism. Emphasizes the development of a church-based plan to encourage others to serve, practice spiritual disciplines, witness to their faith in Jesus Christ, and be involved in peacemaking and social action.
BRS 354 Leadership and Community/3
Addresses the idea of servant leadership and the applied skills needed within the ministry context, and explores interpersonal and communication skills that encourage a positive community experience.
BRS 360 Ministry to Youth and Families/2
Provides foundational and historical youth ministry concepts, models and philosophies, and offers an overview of contemporary culture, especially as it relates to youth and family ministry. In addition, youth ministry trends and issues will be addressed.
BRS 362 Worship/3
An introduction to the biblical basis and purpose for worship and public communication of the good news of God. Includes planning worship services, leading the congregation in worship, presenting meditations, preaching, and evaluating different worship styles.
BRS 367 Old Testament Survey/4
A survey of the entire Old Testament in its historical and cultural context in order to understand the general content of the Old Testament, the place of each book in God’s revelation, and how to apply practical principles for contemporary Christian living.
BRS 368 New Testament Survey/3
A survey of the entire New Testament in its historical and cultural context, including the intertestamental period, in order to gain knowledge of the life of Christ, the beginnings of the church, and the teachings concerning the believer’s faith and practice.
BRS 410 Elements of Christian Faith/4
Addresses basic elements of Christian theology and ethics within the context of contemporary worldviews. Topics addressed include the nature of God, the nature of persons, sin, the person and work of Christ, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, salvation, Scripture, and the church.
BRS 430 Ministry in Today’s World/3
A capstone course designed to integrate previous program studies with important aspects of ministry. Topics for theological critique include popular culture, politics, poverty, and violence as well as a biblical vision for worship, vocation, reconciliation, and community.
BRS 441-444 Practicum/1-4
Students will be involved in ongoing ministry throughout their course of study. One hour of credit will be given for forty hours of preparation, ministry, and reflective assessment.
BRS 460 Formation of Ministry/2
Quarterly day retreats will provide the setting for an introduction to the classic personal and corporate disciplines of the spiritual life, examined biblically, historically, and experientially. Examples include meditation, prayer, fasting, silence, and celebration. Attention will be given to the identity and call of the ministering person, particularly in relationship with the congregation. At these times, and also regularly at class sessions ,there will be opportunity for processing and integration of personal, spiritual, academic, and ministry development.