MCM Course Descriptions

Christian Ministry

BI 5300 Biblical Interpretation (3 credit hours)

A study of the principles and methods of biblical exegesis and interpretation with an emphasis on the problem of communicating the biblical message in the modern world (3 credit hours).

CM 5000 Spiritual Formation (3 credit hours)

An intensive process to encourage spiritual growth through the study of Christian spirituality and spiritual disciplines based upon the teaching of the Bible.

CM 5005 Theology of the Christian Life (3 credit hours)

A study of the Christian life through the lens of the theology of sanctification.

CM 5008 Contemporary Evangelical Spirituality (3 credit hours)

An in-depth study of key contemporary writers and thought of evangelical spirituality.

CM 5010 Devotional Classics of the Christian Faith (3 credit hours)

An in-depth study of the concepts and practices of Christian spiritual formation through a reading of spiritual classics and participation in a faculty-mentored group.

CM 5300 Ethical Foundations for Christian Ministry (3 credit hours)

A detailed study of ethical issues encountered by ministers in providing leadership in their ministry settings. Questions related to human experiences with areas such as medical science, human sexuality, conflict resolution, peace, relation to government, segregation/prejudice, poverty, and ethnic, cultural, and racial differences are addressed in the context of the Christian leader’s teaching, guidance of congregational decision making, and spiritual life of the congregation.

CM 5305 Personal Evangelism (3 credit hours)

A study of the nature and practice of evangelism with emphasis on its biblical, theological, and historical roots. Special attention will be given to the rationale and context for evangelization.

CM 5310 Evangelism and Church Planting (3 credit hours)

Focuses on starting new congregations primarily in western cultures. Attention is given to spiritual principles, personnel, evangelistic strategies, and mass communication needed for success.

CM 5311 Effective Evangelism for the Local Congregation (3 credit hours)

A study of the Biblical imperative of evangelism in light of current opportunities and the analysis of factors that are productive for church growth.

CM 5312 Prayer and Spiritual Awakenings (3 credit hours)

The history of spiritual revival movements and the sociological milieu out of which these movements arose will be considered. A study of biblical links between prayer and spiritual awakening, the role of prayer in the evangelistic ministry of  individual believers, and the development of evangelistic prayer ministries in local congregations.

CM 5315 Church Growth and Renewal (3 credit hours)

An examination and analysis of current theories and methods for evangelism, church growth, and renewal in the 21st century.

CM 5316 Church Revitalization (3 credit hours)

An in-depth study of the process for revitalizing the local church.  Attention will be given to the causes leading to stagnancy as well as the process for transforming the heart, changing the thinking, mobilizing the people, and establishing a strategy for healthy church growth.

CM 5320 Introduction to Biblical Preaching (3 credit hours)

A study of the construction of sermons directly from a biblical text. Basic principles of preaching will be studied and applied including: the formulation of a central idea, sermon structure, support material, and application. Prerequisite: BI 5300 [BI 5300 can be taken concurrent with CM 5320].

CM 5330 Christian Education in the Local Congregation (3 credit hours)

A careful study of the educational thrust of the church as seen in the scriptures. Current educational needs of the Church will be identified and processes and plans for meeting those needs developed.

CM 5331 Discipleship (3 credit hours)

Students will be introduced to the many facets of Biblical, theological, and personal discipleship as well as discipling those in the local church.

CM 5332 Leadership Development in the Local Congregation (3 credit hours)

An integrated analysis of theology, organizational behavior, group process, personality theory, pastoral care, and problem solving skills designed to enhance the leadership effectiveness of participants.

CM 5333 Pastoral Ministry in the Local Congregation (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the principles and practices of pastoral ministry in the local church. An examination of the nature and tasks of Christian leadership, with an emphasis on the multiple roles of pastoral ministry.

CM 5334 Practicum in the Southern Baptist Convention (3 credit hours)

A study of the structure, events, and meetings of the annual Southern Baptist Convention through readings, lectures, and onsite examinations.

CM 5335 Contemporary Issues in Church Growth (3 credit hours)

A study of current trends, issues, and opportunities in church growth with special attention to innovative church growth ministries in specific churches and movements. The trends and ministries will be evaluated theologically, historically, and sociologically.

CM 5336 Pastoral Theology (3 credit hours)

An examination of the theological issues which inform and undergird the pastoral role and calling in the local church.

CM 5345 Introduction to Christian Missions (3 credit hours)

A study of the biblical, theological, historical, and practical basis for Christian missions. Special attention is given to contemporary issues in missions as well as current ways to do missions.

CM 5346 Contextualization in Christian Missions (3 credit hours)

A study of the theory and practice of communicating the gospel and formulating theology in a way that is faithful to Scripture and meaningful to respondents in their cultural and social contexts.

CM 5348 Cross-cultural Communication in Christian Missions (3 credit hours)

The study and practice of communication across cultural and social boundaries with emphasis placed on cross-cultural communication of the Gospel.

CM 5350 Intercultural Studies Seminar (3 credit hours)

Intense study of topics relevant to mission and intercultural studies. Topics will be selected in discussion with the professor, and seminars may include external learning experiences.

CM 5355 Practicum in International Christian Missions (3 credit hours)

A comprehensive experience in an international setting including both practical involvement in personal and other types of evangelism and exposure to various methodologies and ministries of evangelism.

CM 6390 Integration Project (3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: 30 Hours in this program. Planned with the student’s advisor, the goal of this experience is to integrate the student’s coursework, personal experience and goals in a “Theology of Ministry” that will further define the student’s view of self in the ministry. The written project plan, literature search, and analysis of results is the capstone experience in the Master of Christian Ministry.

Christian Counseling

CO 5300 Basic Pastoral Counseling (3 credit hours)

An introduction to pastoral counseling surveying the basic approaches. Heavy emphasis will be placed on acquisition of counseling skills through role playing. Specific consideration will be given to topics relevant to a Christian context and/or clientele.

CO 5310 The Minister as Pastoral Care Leader (3 credit hours)

Introduction to the shepherding process in scripture and training in pastoral skills specifically identified with the local church ministry.

CO 5320 Pre-Marital and Marriage Counseling (3 credit hours)

Training in the theories and skills of pre-marital and marital therapy. Integration of Biblical/theological emphases with theoretical and skills training. Designed especially for ministers, teachers, supervisors, and church and social workers.

New Testament Studies

NT 5300 New Testament Research and Application (3 credit hours)

A study of the exegetical issues involved in understanding the New Testament including historical, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as the nature of the New Testament texts, canon, and text and versions. Includes an introduction to the books of the New Testament by groups and individual texts with a discussion of the meaning of the different passages in their original settings and potential applications for contemporary society.

NT 5310 Life and Teachings of Christ (3 credit hours)

The life and teachings of Jesus as presented in the canonical Gospels with an emphasis on the use of biblical criticism in the study of Jesus and the Gospels.

NT 5320 Life and Teachings of Paul (3 credit hours)

The life of Paul and an interpretation of the letters with particular attention to their historical settings, and with an emphasis on the problem of the relationship of Acts to the canonical letters.

NT 5330 General Epistles and Revelation (3 credit hours)

An interpretation of the epistles of Hebrews, James, Peter, John, Jude, and the book of Revelation with particular attention to their historical settings, with an emphasis on questions concerning the literary genre of each writing.

NT 5335 Exegesis and Interpretation of Selected New Testament Writings: The Gospel of Mark  (3 credit hours)

A detailed examination and exposition of the Gospel of Mark with particular attention to its historical setting, with an emphasis on the Life of Jesus and the use of biblical criticism in this literary genre.

NT 5335 Exegesis and Interpretation of Selected New Testament Writings: The Book of Acts (3 credit hours)

A detailed examination of the Book of Acts surveying the development of the early church, its expansion of missions, and its key leaders.

NT 5340 Exegesis and Interpretation of Selected New Testament Writings: The Book of Romans (3 credit hours)

A detailed interpretation of the letter of Paul to the church at Rome with particular attention to its exposition, theological teaching, historical setting, and significance in the history of the church.

NT 5345 Exegesis and Interpretation of Selected New Testament Writings: The Pastoral Epistles (3 credit hours)

A detailed examination and exposition of the Pastoral Epistles with particular attention to their historical setting and current day application.

NT 5370 Exegesis and Interpretation of Selected New Testament Writings: The Book of Hebrews (3 credit hours)

A detailed interpretation of the Epistle to the Hebrews, with particular attention to its historical setting, with an emphasis on questions concerning applications to the contemporary church.

Old Testament Studies

OT 5300 Old Testament Research and Application (3 credit hours)

A study of the exegetical issues involved in studying the Old Testament including historical, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as the nature of the Old Testament texts, canon, and text and versions. Includes an introduction to the books of the Old Testament by groups and individual texts with a discussion of the application of their message for their day and today.

OT 5310 The Pentateuch and Former Prophets (3 credit hours)

Intensive examination of the history of scholarship; the impact of the scholarship on biblical interpretation; and exegetical analysis of Genesis through Second Kings.

OT 5320 The Major and Minor Prophets (3 credit hours)

Intensive examination of the lives and literature of the major and minor prophets of the Hebrew Scripture in relationship to their historical and cultural setting and application of their message to the church of today.

OT 5340 Exegesis and Interpretation of Old Testament Writings: Poetry and Wisdom (3 credit hours)

Intensive examination of the poetry and wisdom literature of the Hebrew Scriptures in relationship to their historical and cultural setting and application to their message to the church today.

OT 5340 The Writings (3 credit hours)

Intensive examination of the history of the Jewish people during the period of the Writings division of the Hebrew Scripture and of the literature of this division.

Theology

TH 5300 Christian Theology (3 credit hours)

A systematic survey of the major theological teachings of Christianity regarding God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, revelation, humanity, sin, salvation, the church, and eschatology. Special attention will be given to 1) the Biblical basis of these doctrines, 2) theological methodology, 3) how philosophical and cultural influences have shaped these doctrines, 4) how these doctrines have changed and been held at different periods in church history, and 5) how these doctrines are relevant to contemporary belief and practice.

TH 5325 Theology of the Christian Life (3 credit hours)

An examination of the doctrine of sanctification through a study of relevant Biblical texts, a survey the history of the doctrine, comparison of different theories, and an exploration of a life of holiness.

TH 5340 Christian Apologetics: Understanding and Defending a Christian Worldview (3 credit hours)

An investigation of classical and contemporary objections to the Christian faith. Methods for defending the faith will be considered.

TH 5345 Christian Faith and World Religions (3 credit hours)

An examination of the world’s religions and their basic tenets focusing on their founding, history, development, major beliefs, practices, and contemporary expressions incorporating a response from a Christian foundation.

TH 5355 Study of a Selected Theologian (3 credit hours)

A study of the theology of a selected Christian thinker, classical or contemporary. May be repeated when content varies.