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Class Descriptions and Grades

  1. Christian TheologyBITH 565. Professor Vincent Bacote.  Course Description:  This course is an introduction to the basic beliefs of the Christian faith. It seeks to provide you with a sense of Christian doctrine as faithful reflection upon the living and active God of the gospel revealed to us in Scripture and ultimately in Christ. It attends to the following doctrines: the nature and task of theology, the Trinity, the nature of revelation, the character of Scripture, the doctrines of creation, sin and evil, theological anthropology, the person and work of Jesus Christ, doctrines of the Spirit, reconciliation (justification, sanctification) and the Church, and eschatology.      GRADE:  A

 

  1. Church: Movements and Models – EVAN 542. Professor Beth Seversen.  Course Description:  Explores different paradigms and models of church, paying special attention to the most recent emerging missional movements and their characteristics, impact and trajectory. Includes field trip visits and guest lecturers representing various existing models of churches and ministries.  Assesses ministries using a number of different evaluative tools that are widely used.  GRADE:  A

 

  1. Culture: Global and Emerging – EVAN 545.  Professor Rick Richardson. Course Description:  Explores the shape of ministry and evangelism in postmodern, post-Christendom and globalizing cultures. Examines popular culture in the U.S. as a key context for ministry and a critical influence around the world. Reframes evangelism, apologetics, preaching, healing, and discipleship in relation to the significant cultural shifts that are occurring.  GRADE:  A

 

  1. Global Apologetics – EVAN 534. Professor Rick Richardson with guest Professor Lukas Cawley.  Course Description:  This course explores a Biblical basis for apologetics and then examines the frameworks and approaches for apologetics, including evidential apologetics, presuppositional apologetics, lifestyle apologetics, and “power” apologetics. These approaches will then be applied to different contexts:  Modernist apologetics and the New Atheism / Postmodern apologetics around questions of identity, truth and power / Global Apologetics, including New Age and Islamic challenges.  GRADE A

 

  1. Gospel: Theological Perspectives on Evangelism and Renewal – EVAN 526. Professor Rick Richardson.  Course Description:  Examines the gospel as the good news of God’s inaugurated kingdom, with a focus on the centrality of Jesus’ death and resurrection as interpretive center.  Investigates the dynamic of the spread of this good news throughout Scripture and history.  Explores more recent movements of renewal and revival in relation to issues of evangelism and social transformation.  GRADE:

 

  1. Intercultural Communication – INTR 561. Professor A. Scott Moreau.  Course Description:   Principles of intercultural communication, social psychology, and cultural anthropology as they   relate to contact with those of other cultures and the introduction of change.   GRADE A

 

  1. Launching Apostolic Movements – MISS 562. Professor Alan Hirsch.  Course Description:  Focuses on developing an overview of what constitutes a missional movement by gaining a working understanding and analysis of the key elements that have often coalesced in order to catalyze missional movements in Western and majority world contexts, both historically and in more contemporary times.   GRADE:  A

 

  1. Leadership & Evangelism – EVAN 556. Professor Lon Allison.  Course Description: Examines the literature on personal leadership development, biblically and in contemporary contexts, with application to the task of leading the church or Christian agencies into evangelistic effectiveness. Special attention will be given to devise or revise the mission and vision of a Christian organization seeking to be missional.    GRADE:  A-

 

  1. Missional Church & Evangelism – MISS 576. Professor Ed Stetzer.  Course Description: Explores a research-based understanding of various missional expressions and movements, learning to assess strengths and weaknesses of the various movements and expressions, and examining effective and ineffective evangelism dynamics.    GRADE:  Successful Audit on Transcript.

 

  1. Organizational and Change Leadership – EVAN 559.   Professor Bob Whitesel.                     Course Description:  Explores the processes, stages, and leadership capacities and skills for leading change in organizations. Examines Biblical and theological perspectives on leadership, organizations and change. Introduces principles of social entrepreneurship. Equips students for leading churches and organizations toward becoming missional and evangelistic.  GRADE:  A

 

  1. Organic & Simple Church – MISS 568. Professor Neil Cole.  Course Description: Explores the dynamics of cell, simple, organic, and house church movements both here in North America and in other parts of the world. Special attention will be paid to multiplication factors, contextual influences, resourcing issues, organizational centralization and decentralization forces, and leadership patterns. GRADE:  Successful Audit on Transcript

 

  1. Personal Leadership Development – EVAN 558. Professor Rick Richardson.                         Course Description: Explores dimensions of personal leadership development and evangelistic leadership competencies. Overviews Biblical foundations and spiritual disciplines for effective and God centered leadership. Uses various personality, temperament and assessment tools and examines developmental perspectives on leadership over the lifespan.  GRADE:  A

 

  1. Qualitative Research – EVAN 573. Professor Cheri Pierson.   Course Description:  Equips students with the rationale and methodology of qualitative research in cultural contexts, with an emphasis on the application of qualitative methods to a specific context through research projects.   GRADE:  A

 

  1. Spiritual Formation & Witness – EVAN 516. Professor Jerry Root.  Course Description:  Explores the study and practice of effective models and methods for personal evangelism and spiritual formation, with particular emphasis on the role of relationships and small groups in evangelism and spiritual formation, and on the role of the Holy Spirit.      GRADE:  A