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Christian Ministries Majot at Southwest Baptist University

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Questions? Contact

Mike Fuhrman
Chair, Department of Christian Ministry, and Professor of Christian Studies
(417) 328-1773
mfuhrman@sbuniv.edu

Visit the Department of Christian Ministry website for more information.

Equip yourself for building the Kingdom.

Our Christian Ministry program trains students to minister as pastors, youth ministers, children’s ministers, educational administrators in the church, and missionaries, offering concentrations in each of these five areas.

The SBU Advantage

An available apprenticeship course allows students in pastoral studies and youth ministry to work within their chosen field.

Course Information

All students must complete the University's general education and graduation requirements as well as the 15 semester hour Redford CORE Curriculum, which will provide a balanced theological education. Additional courses required for each concentration vary from 28 to 44 hours.

Scholarships

Students preparing for a church-related vocation can apply for the Church-Related Vocation Scholarship. Students must submit applications by March 1 and other required supporting documentation by June 1. Recipients are expected to participate in SBU’s In-Service Training Program and must complete The Baptist Denomination (THE 3023) class.

More information is available on the Financial Aid page.

Degree Requirements

College CORE Curriculum

BIB 2093 Methods of Biblical Interpretation
Introduction to the task of interpreting the Bible in its literary and historical context and applying its teaching to modern life. Particular attention is given to principles concerning the qualifications and presuppositions of the interpreter, the nature of prose and poetic literature, and the character of the various genres found in both testaments.
CHR 3013 Introduction to Ministry
Study of the work of the vocational ministers of the local church with special attention given to the ministry of all believers.
PHI 2013 Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview
Introduction to historical and/or contemporary philosophical questions, problems, issues, and figures, with special emphasis on topics relevant to constructing and defending a coherent, philosophically adequate, Christian worldview.
THE 3113 Christian Doctrine
Analysis and interpretation of the major doctrines of the Christian religion.
Choose one of the following:
THE 3463 History of Christianity I
Survey of early and medieval Christianity up to the eve of the Reformation.
THE 3673 History of Christianity II
Survey of the history of Christianity from the Reformation to the present.

Pastoral Ministry Concentration

CHR 2043 Introduction to Evangelism
An introduction to the biblical basis of and contemporary models for evangelism in order to develop effective methods for sharing the gospel in a variety of contexts.
CHR 3023 Introduction to Preaching
A study of the task of preaching the Christian message to today's world including practice in preparing and delivering sermons. Some attention may be given to other types of religious communication.
CHR 3873 Worship and Song in the Church
A historical survey of the worship practice and congregational song of the major Christian denominations with an emphasis on planning worship for today's churches.
CHR 4003 Expository Preaching
A study is made of the expository method of preaching. Sermons by recognized expository preachers are considered. Each student develops expository sermons and presents one sermon for video taping and review.
CHR 4983 Christian Ministries Apprenticeship
Guidance of an apprentice in direct relationship to field work. Apprenticeships may be done in the following areas: Associational, chaplaincy, pastoral, church secretarial, missions and other approved areas. Prerequisite: 96 hours completed. Note: Apprenticeships are not paid positions; the student learns under the supervision of a qualified staff member. Assignment of apprenticeships is made strictly by the SBU faculty member involved, not by the student or a particular church.
COM 3313 Advanced Public Speaking
Advanced study of preparation and delivery of various speech types. Special attention to extemporaneous and manuscript speaking.
Six hours of Bible classes (beyond BIB 1013, 1023, and 2093)

Choose one of the following:
COM 2393 Interpersonal Communication
Theory and practice of effective interpersonal encounters. Special attention to listening, language, self-perception, interviewing and nonverbal communication.
COM 3383 Small Group Communication
Systematic study and practice of principles of effective communication in groups. Exploration of dynamic variables and features unique to small group interaction. Public discussion formats are also explored.
Choose one of the following:
ICS 2901 Same-Culture Service Project
Participation in a field service project to an English-speaking group similar to one’s own identity. Approval necessary by the department chair.
ICS 2911 Cross-Cultural Service Project
Participation in a cross-cultural field project to either a non-English speaking group or a group of significantly different ethnic identity. Approval necessary by the department chair.
Choose one of the following:
PSY 4243 Pre-marital Counseling
An applied course designed to give the student a working knowledge of premarital counseling. Focus will be given to assessment tools, biblical foundation of marriage and the premarital counseling process.
PSY 4363 Marriage and Family Counseling
Theories and practices of marriage and family practice, with emphasis on the family as a system. Include intergenerational and development issues and characteristics of a successfully functioning family.
Choose one of the following:
CED 3023 Church and Demonational Administration
A functional study including duties of church officers and committees, constitutions, by-laws, and parliamentary procedure.
CHR 3003 Introduction to Disciple-making
Study of the biblical definition and contemporary models of the disciple-making process, including practical training and experience in discipleship.
ICS 2013 Cultural and Global Awareness
An introduction to cultural diversity, cultural anthropology, cross-cultural field experiences, cross-cultural ministry, various nations of the world, and current global issues.
ICS 3033 World Christian Foundations
A vigorous study of the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives concerning the expansion of the world Christian movement.
ICS 4023 Indigenous Christian Community
A study of principles concerning an indigenous, culturally contextualized, biblical Christian community in terms of its worship, discipling, leadership call and roles, pastoral care, social structures, world-view formation, and cell multiplication.
ICS 4313 World Religions
This course introduces students to the thought and practice of world religions including: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam and animism. Consideration also is given to the issues of religious pluralism, theology of religions, and the appropriate response to each.

Children's Ministry Concentration

CED 2003 Introduction to Christian Education
A study of Christian education including history, faith development and Christian conversion, leadership, curriculum and facilities.
CED 2033 Principles of Teaching in the Church
Basic principles and concepts of Christian teaching formulated and projected into planning and presented in church-related learning experiences.
CED 3023 Church and Denominational Administration
A functional study including duties of church officers and committees, constitutions, by-laws, and parliamentary procedure.
CED 3043 Children's Ministry
A study of ministries involving children from birth through sixth grade to include but not limited to Bible study methods, vacation Bible school, children's worship, child care facilities in the church, and child care during church events.
CED 4983 Christian Education Apprenticeship
On-the-job training under the supervision of a full-time minister of education, minister of childhood education or youth minister. Includes observation, supervision, planning, instruction, guided practical leadership and evaluation. Prerequisite: Major in Christian Education (concentrations in general Christian education, youth ministry or children's ministry) or minor in student ministries and 96 hours completed. Note: Apprenticeships are not paid positions; the student learns under the supervision of a qualified staff member. Assignment of apprenticeships is made strictly by the SBU faculty member involved, not by the student or a particular church.
EDU 2232 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the study of early childhood education birth through eight years of age (grade 3). It includes a historical perspective, goals of early childhood education, the role of play in early childhood development, developmentally appropriate programs and curriculum models.
EDU 2332 Teaching the Young Child
This course provides a continuation of the study of early childhood education B birth through eight years of age (grade 3). It includes a study of how to establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment and how to set up a well-run, purposeful, developmentally appropriate program that is responsive to participant needs. Additionally, there is a focus on how to advance the physical, intellectual, social and emotional needs of young children with an emphasis on the application of brain research in the preschool and kindergarten classroom.
EDU 2381 Practicum - Infant/Toddler
Provides 45 clock hours of experience with infants and toddlers. Teacher candidates will experience a variety of infant/toddler facilities and will apply developmentally appropriate practices for young children.
EDU 2391 Practicum - Preschool/Kindergarten
Provides 45 clock hours of clinical experience and participation in a PreK and Kindergarten setting. Involves planning and teaching daily activities and a weekly unit that incorporates the use of literature, art, science, music, mathematics, language and motor skills which are developmentally appropriate for the preschool child.
PSY 3053 Child Development
A study of the operation of normal psychological and developmental processes in the lives of children from birth to adolescence.
REC 2052 Camp and Retreat Administration
A study of organizational, administrative and programming aspects of resident camps, day camps and retreats. Includes history of the camping movement and an overview of outdoor education.
Three hours of Bible courses (beyond BIB 1013, 1023, and 2093)

An additional three hours of upper level theology of philosophy elective courses. Choose one of the following:
PSY 3313 Introduction to Counseling
An introduction to counseling theory, methods and techniques, including a study of client-counselor encounters, stages of counseling and the counseling interview.
PSY 4243 Premarital Counseling
An applied course designed to give the student a working knowledge of premarital counseling. Focus will be given to assessment tools, biblical foundation of marriage and the premarital counseling process.
PSY 4363 Marriage and Family Counseling
Theories and practices of marriage and family practice, with emphasis on the family as a system. Include intergenerational and development issues and characteristics of a successfully functioning family.
PSY 4053 Dealing with Death and Dying
An examination of how society and its institutions, the individual and survivors view and are affected by the process of dying and death. Guidelines are provided to enable the students to aid others and themselves in dealing with death and dying.

Educational Administration in the Church Concentration

CED 2003 Introduction to Christian Education
A study of Christian education including history, faith development and Christian conversion, leadership, curriculum and facilities.
CED 2033 Principles of Teaching in the Church
Basic principles and concepts of Christian teaching formulated and projected into planning and presented in church-related learning experiences.
CED 3013 Youth Ministry in the Church
A study of the objectives, organization and methodologies for youth, ages 12-17, and the directing of a youth program.
CED 3023 Church and Denominational Administration
A functional study including duties of church officers and committees, constitutions, by-laws, and parliamentary procedure.
CED 3043 Children's Ministry
A study of ministries involving children from birth through sixth grade to include but not limited to Bible study methods, vacation Bible school, children's worship, child care facilities in the church, and child care during church events.
CED 4003 Adult Ministry in the Church
A study of the development tasks of adulthood and ministries with adults in the church.
CED 4983 Christian Education Apprenticeship
On-the-job training under the supervision of a full-time minister of education, minister of childhood education or youth minister. Includes observation, supervision, planning, instruction, guided practical leadership and evaluation. Prerequisite: Major in Christian Education (concentrations in general Christian education, youth ministry or children's ministry) or minor in student ministries and 96 hours completed. Note: Apprenticeships are not paid positions; the student learns under the supervision of a qualified staff member. Assignment of apprenticeships is made strictly by the SBU faculty member involved, not by the student or a particular church.

Choose one of the following:
PSY 3313 Introduction to Counseling
An introduction to counseling theory, methods and techniques, including a study of client-counselor encounters, stages of counseling and the counseling interview.
PSY 4243 Premarital Counseling
An applied course designed to give the student a working knowledge of premarital counseling. Focus will be given to assessment tools, biblical foundation of marriage and the premarital counseling process.
PSY 4363 Marriage and Family Counseling
Theories and practices of marriage and family practice, with emphasis on the family as a system. Include intergenerational and development issues and characteristics of a successfully functioning family.
PSY 4053 Dealing with Death and Dying
An examination of how society and its institutions, the individual and survivors view and are affected by the process of dying and death. Guidelines are provided to enable the students to aid others and themselves in dealing with death and dying.

Youth Ministry Concentration

CED 2003 Introduction to Christian Education
A study of Christian education including history, faith development and Christian conversion, leadership, curriculum and facilities.
CED 2033 Principles of Teaching
Basic principles and concepts of Christian teaching formulated and projected into planning and presented in church-related learning experiences.
CED 3013 Youth Ministry in the Church
A study of the objectives, organization and methodologies for youth, ages 12-17, and the directing of a youth program.
CED 3023 Church and Denominational Administration
A functional study including duties of church officers and committees, constitutions, by-laws, and parliamentary procedure.
CED 4053 Youth Discipleship and Evangelism
A study of (1) the challenges of youth and their culture (including suicide, pregnancy, parental problems, drugs) and (2) evangelism strategies, events and programs designed to reach unchurched youth.
CED 4983 Christian Education Apprenticeship
On-the-job training under the supervision of a full-time minister of education, minister of childhood education or youth minister. Includes observation, supervision, planning, instruction, guided practical leadership and evaluation. Prerequisite: Major in Christian Education (concentrations in general Christian education, youth ministry or children's ministry) or minor in student ministries and 96 hours completed. Note: Apprenticeships are not paid positions; the student learns under the supervision of a qualified staff member. Assignment of apprenticeships is made strictly by the SBU faculty member involved, not by the student or a particular church.
CHR 3003 Introduction to Disciple-making
Study of the biblical definition and contemporary models of the disciple-making process, including practical training and experience in discipleship.
PSY 4033 Adolescent Development
A study of the development processes of the adolescent, beginning at puberty and continuing through late adolescence.
REC 1123 Principles of Church Recreation
A survey course in the interpretation, objectives, history and philosophy of recreation in the church and its relationship and contribution to the total church ministry. An overview of the various program areas of church recreation is included.
Three hours of Bible courses (beyond BIB 1013, 1023, and 2093)

An additional three hours of Theology courses (beyond the CORE courses)

Choose one of the following:
PSY 3313 Introduction to Counseling
An introduction to counseling theory, methods and techniques, including a study of client-counselor encounters, stages of counseling and the counseling interview.
PSY 4243 Premarital Counseling
An applied course designed to give the student a working knowledge of premarital counseling. Focus will be given to assessment tools, biblical foundation of marriage and the premarital counseling process.
PSY 4363 Marriage and Family Counseling
Theories and practices of marriage and family practice, with emphasis on the family as a system. Include intergenerational and development issues and characteristics of a successfully functioning family.
PSY 4053 Dealing with Death and Dying
An examination of how society and its institutions, the individual and survivors view and are affected by the process of dying and death. Guidelines are provided to enable the students to aid others and themselves in dealing with death and dying.

Cross-Cultural Ministry Concentration

This degree program is just for students who, because of health issues or emergency, are unable to complete the six-month semester abroad for the Intercultural Studies degree. Because the ICS major is preferred, this major can only be utilized with faculty approval. It is identical to the ICS major except for the academic requirements of the semester abroad.

Intercultural Studies Degree Requirements
This major requires the same general education, graduation requirements, Intercultural Studies Core (except ICS 3053 Survival Abroad) and a Market Skill platform or additional major or minor. To see the details of these requirements, please visit the ICS major page.
The Cross-Cultural Ministry concentration has the following course substitutions in place of the ICS Semester Abroad.
Choose one of the following (in place of ICS 3053):
CHR 2043 Introduction to Evangelism
An introduction to the biblical basis of and contemporary models for evangelism in order to develop effective methods for sharing the gospel in a variety of contexts.
CHR 3003 Introduction to Disciple-making
Study of the biblical definition and contemporary models of the disciple-making process, including practical training and experience in discipleship.
CHR 3023 Introduction to Preaching
A study of the task of preaching the Christian message to today's world including practice in preparing and delivering sermons. Some attention may be given to other types of religious communication.
ICS elective course
Choose one of the following (in place of ICS 4082):
ICS 4343 Islamic Studies
An overview of Islam from its early inception to the present time, with a broad treatment of the diversity of beliefs and practices within the Muslim world community in order to help the Christian worker recognize both difficulties and possibilities for Muslim evangelism.
COM 3333 Intercultural Communication
This course will cover a wide variety of intercultural issues as they pertain to media, religion, business, politics, education, health care and interpersonal communication. A balanced emphasis will be placed on developing intercultural awareness and competence.
SOC 3063 Community Sociology
This course examines the development of the community and community-based problem solving. Included is a study of the changing rural, urban and global structures, organizations, services and demographics.
SOC 4043 Minorities in American Society
Provides an overview of majority/minority relations within the United States, including an in-depth examination of current social problems facing America's racial and ethnic minorities.
Choose one of the following (in place of ICS 4982):
CHR 2043 Introduction to Evangelism
An introduction to the biblical basis of and contemporary models for evangelism in order to develop effective methods for sharing the gospel in a variety of contexts.
CHR 3003 Introduction to Disciple-making
Study of the biblical definition and contemporary models of the disciple-making process, including practical training and experience in discipleship.
CHR 3023 Introduction to Preaching
A study of the task of preaching the Christian message to today's world including practice in preparing and delivering sermons. Some attention may be given to other types of religious communication.
ICS elective course
Choose one of the following (in place of BIB 4063):
BIB 3023 The Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament
An advanced study of Judaism during the intertestamental period, with special attention given to the political, literary, cultural and theological developments that affect the New Testament and its interpretations.
PHI 2013 Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview
Introduction to the historical and/or contemporary philosophical questions, problems, issues and figures, with special emphasis on topics relevant to constructing and defending a coherent, philosophically adequate, Christian worldview.
THE 3463 History of Christianity I
Survey of early and medieval Christianity up to the eve of the Reformation.
THE 3673 History of Christianity II
Survey of the history of Christianity from the Reformation to the present.
THE 4003 Theological Method
An introduction to issues in the method of a constructive Christian theology, including but not limited to issues in religious epistemology, religious language and theological hermeneutics.
In addition, the student must complete a minimum of eight credit hours of foreign language, in place of ICS 2118.