Master of Arts in International Leadership Studies – CC

Crown College accepts transfer credits from CUGN into their online, accredited graduate-level degree programs. Crown College’s mission is to provide a biblically based education for Christian leadership in The Christian and Missionary Alliance, the church-at-large, and the world. Their purpose is to equip students to do what is best, whether that’s being a nurse, a counselor, a teacher, a pastor, or a business leader.

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Core 3: Directed-Study

Course Description

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (I Peter 3:15). Peter’s words ring true in today’s world. In this course, learners compare biblical, historical, and recent approaches to defending faith in God, Christ, and Scripture. The course emphasizes the apologetics of Peter among Jews in Jerusalem (Acts 2), and Paul among the Gentiles in Athens (Acts 17). It compares the influential approaches of Augustine and Aquinas, but focuses primarily on the approaches of six apologists who led in the resurgence of evangelicalism during the last half of the 20th century.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Gordon Lewis, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

We are indebted to the church fathers for the lasting influence of their lives and their works. This course covers the history of the ancient church (Pentecost to AD 500) and the men and writings of that era. Following a historical progression, the course covers the development of doctrine and the main figures in the Patristic Age. Lectures focus on influential men like Irenaeus, Origen, Chrysostom, Athanasius, and Augustine. Significant creeds are also analyzed for their intentions, influence, and correctness. Throughout the course, students are prompted to evaluate their own beliefs as they begin to understand historical orthodoxy.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Richard C. Gamble, Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

The Reformation changed the world spiritually, socially, and even politically. In this course, learners trace the historic development of the Protestant Reformation from its 16th century background to its impact on the world and church today. The course examines the lives and teachings of the leading Reformers (Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and Knox) and traces the Reformation movement in various nations. In addition, students study the rise of the major Protestant movements (Lutheranism, Calvinism, Anabaptism, and Puritanism) and the Roman Catholic reactions to those movements. The goal of the course is to apply the Reformation battle cries of faith alone, grace alone, and Christ alone to life and ministry.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

W. Robert Godfrey, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” So said George Washington, reflecting early America’s regard for divine providence. This course examines the church in America from its continental beginnings to the current day, emphasizing the influences that have forged the contemporary religious scene. Starting with the nature of Christianity in British colonies prior to the Revolution, the course traces the development of Christianity throughout its tumultuous history in America, including the effects of the Civil War and the Great Awakenings. The goal of the course is to see the workings of God throughout American history and to gain insight into the state of Christendom today.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John D. Hannah, Ph.D., Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

He has been called one the most brilliant men ever born on American soil. In this course, learners will examine the theological insights of Jonathan Edwards. Taking a topical approach, the course covers Edwards’ teachings on all the major points of systematic theology, giving particular emphasis to his unique theological contributions. Topics such as the place of reason, the decrees of God, the nature of justification, and the extent of sanctification are presented and analyzed with the goal that students apply new insights to their own lives and ministry.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John H. Gerstner, Ph.D., D.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Nearly every major doctrine of the church was established before the Reformation. In this course, learners discover how the Church’s doctrine, faith, and practice developed from Pentecost to the time of the Protestant Reformation. The lectures focus on the cultural, political, and economic backgrounds of both the Patristic and Medieval periods of church history, and emphasize the contributions of key figures up to the Reformation. The course culminates with the Renaissance, which was the cultural context for Luther’s Reformation. From Augustine to Wycliffe, students will see how God used ordinary people to accomplish divine purposes.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Garth M. Rosell, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Since the Reformation, the church has experienced countless changes and advancements. In this course, learners survey the development of the Christian church’s doctrine, faith, and practice from the Protestant Reformation to the present. The lectures focus on the cultural, political, and economic backgrounds of the Reformation, Enlightenment, and Great Awakenings, and emphasize the contributions of key figures of these eras. The course highlights the rise and spread of various traditions, including Lutheranism, Calvinism, Anglicanism, Puritanism, Evangelicalism, and Fundamentalism. Students will also study the nature and trends of modern and postmodern Christianity, with the goal of applying insights to contemporary life.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Garth M. Rosell, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Where the Protestants wanted reform, the Radicals wanted separation. This course examines those groups of the Reformation era that sought a complete break from the Catholic Church. Following a topical and historical progression, learners study the beginning of the movement, its development, and its various manifestations. Students gain insight into the tension between the Radicals and the Reformers that led to the rise of divisions within the church. The goal of the course is to understand more fully the shifts that have formed within the history of the church, enabling them to minister more effectively to contemporary church audiences.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Abraham Friesen, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

“On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me.” Those words of Martin Luther reflect the unswerving commitment to Scripture that permeated his theology and sparked his Reformation. In this course, learners survey the background and setting of Luther’s thought, as well as his teaching on a range of topics that form Christian theology: his understanding of sin and grace, justification and faith, and law and gospel. The course also emphasizes Luther’s view of the workplace as an arena to serve God. The goal of the course is for students to appreciate Luther’s steadfast commitment to the cross of Christ and the authority of Scripture and to apply such commitment to their own lives and ministry.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Robert A. Kolb, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Charismatic theology is more than just a theology of spiritual gifts; worship, bibliology, sanctification, and ecclesiology are also central. Learners will complete a historical and theological study of the origins and developments of Classical Pentecostalism, Charismatic Renewalism, and Restoration Movements, with emphasis given to theological backgrounds and trends. Lectures also analyze other related movements, including the Jesus Only Movement, the Vineyard Movement, and the Toronto Revival Movement. Throughout the course, the pros and cons of the various charismatic movements are presented.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John D. Hannah, Ph.D., Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Augustine is one of the most influential theologians in church history. His teachings have shaped the thinking of Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, and Barth. In this course, learners study a comprehensive introduction to Augustine; his life, his works, and his legacy in the medieval church. The course details his youth, conversion, literary works, and his battles against the day’s emerging heresies. Surveying Augustine’s life as a pastor, teacher, and writer, students are encouraged to evaluate his contribution to the development of medieval theology and to apply those contributions to their own lives and ministries.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Scott T. Carroll, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Through the years, the church has been greatly influenced by theologians. Augustine shaped the church’s understanding of orthodoxy. Aquinas brought philosophy and theology together. Luther reclaimed salvation by faith alone; and Calvin reminded believers of God’s sovereignty over all things. In a postmodern world, the church continues the process of knowing God in the wake of the teachings of Karl Barth. In this course,  Dr. Lubbertus Oostendorp explores the impact of Barth’s influence on Neo-Orthodoxy. Developed shortly after the Age of Enlightenment, Neo-Orthodoxy provided the springboard for today’s theologians as believers seek to be both biblically true and culturally relevant.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Lubbertus Oostendorp, Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Biblical preaching is a divinely ordained way of calling people to repentance and for edifying the people of God. It is communicating God’s Word to His people—standing between the world of Scripture and the world of people and speaking the truth of God. Some wonder whether preaching is an out-of-date form of communication and not of value to current church needs. Dr. Stott gives a clear presentation of the importance of the preaching ministry today. This course will enable pastors, teachers, and church leaders to understand the importance and power of preaching, to develop an awareness of true biblical preaching, and to receive practical guidance for preparing and delivering biblical messages. m

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John R. W. Stott, D.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Preaching is the primary way God has appointed for the teaching of the truths of His Word. Preaching well done honors God, expounds the Bible, and equips its hearers for spiritual growth and fruitful ministry. But, those who preach must make a study of the art. Dr. Haddon Robinson has taught preaching skills for more than five decades and offers tried and proven methods of teaching that have trained many who are either preparing for or are active in various areas of ministry. By focusing on the world of the Bible, the mindset of the expositor, and the development of teachable ideas, Robinson leads the student to the preparation and presentation of effective sermons.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Haddon W. Robinson, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

What is leadership? How do you make effective decisions? How do you motivate those around you? This course answers such theoretical and practical questions by examining the administrative process, including goal setting, organization, delegation, human relations, group dynamics, supervision, and leadership training. Though administration principles are universal, the course focuses on Christian organizations, particularly the local church. The course is designed to help students become more effective church leaders in both theory and practice.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Kenneth O. Gangel, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Organizational communication is a powerful tool of construction or destruction. In this course, learners discover biblical principles of interpersonal communication and conflict management in human relationships. The course gives attention to communication models, self-concept, nonverbal messages, stress, and strategies that assist Christian leaders in developing interpersonal communication skills. In addition, the course focuses on the nature of conflict, how to identify common styles of conflict management, and how to manage conflict acceptably and productively.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Kenneth O. Gangel, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

A church leader wears many hats. In this course, learners discover how to maximize productivity in the various functions of church leadership. The course examines the biblical foundation and practical functions of administrative leadership in churches and Christian organizations, and focuses on developing successful, biblical attitudes and skills among team leaders. Students will analyze basic leadership principles from secular and evangelical sources, analyzing them through a biblical/theological grid. This advanced course is designed to follow Church Leadership and Administration (ML501).

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Kenneth O. Gangel, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

How do adults learn? What are the most successful ways to teach them? This course presents principles of adult education and their application to various adult age levels within the church. Learners explore theories in young, middle, and older adult education, and examine successful ministries to singles, single parents, and families. The course promotes Malcolm Knowles’ andragogical model of adult education, emphasizing such important subjects as how adults learn, how to structure the classroom, and how to facilitate learning.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Kenneth O. Gangel, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Often overlooked or misunderstood are the vital roles of women in the home, society, and the church. Learners will study ministry to and by women, including biblical foundations for women and principles for evangelizing, discipling, and counseling women. Lectures focus on the history of women’s ministries in the church, the role of women’s ministries in the New Testament, and the contemporary cultural context for women’s ministries. In addition, students will learn how to minister to the needs of specific women’s groups, such as singles, homemakers, those in the workplace, and those who are hurting.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Lucy Mabery-Foster, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

In this course students work with biblical, theological, historical and contemporary issues and models for the ministries of women, examining these issues in the light of the best recent scholarship and in the light of current denominational debates on the question of women’s ordination to pastoral ministry or other types of leadership in the church. Students review multiple perspectives on the issue with the goal of developing a point of view that is theologically sound and that fits with their personal convictions.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Alice Mathews, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

The essence of Jesus’ teachings is clearly portrayed in His Sermon on the Mount. Stott provides an expository study of the Sermon as found in Matthew 5–7. Students examine and analyze key issues and interpretations in the Sermon. The lectures concentrate on both theological and practical questions raised in the Sermon, such as “How did Christ fulfill the law?” and “How should Christians relate to their world?” Throughout the course,  Stott encourages students to apply the Sermon’s principles to life and ministry.

Credits

2 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John R. W. Stott, D.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Perhaps the greatest need in the Christian community today is for biblical leadership. However, there are different views on leadership issues, such as: What are the responsibilities of ministerial leaders? Who is qualified for pastoral leadership? Can women serve as pastors? This course identifies biblical answers to crucial leadership questions from Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus. Stott walks students through an exegetical analysis of these letters and shares insights from the historical background and the Greek New Testament. Throughout the course, learners are guided in applying the theology of the pastoral epistles to life and ministry.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John R. W. Stott, D.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Students explore the rich truths of justification and other significant topics by completing an exegetical and theological study of Paul’s epistle to the Romans in the Greek text. The course treats select historical, grammatical, structural, and lexical data that illumine the meaning of this important New Testament epistle. Students will be encouraged to put textual theory into living practice. The course assumes students’ ability to make grammatical and text-critical evaluations and to engage in Greek exegesis and Greek word studies.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Harold W. Hoehner, Ph.D., Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Most readers empathize with the disciples’ request that Jesus explain His parables. This course surveys various methods of interpreting Jesus’ parables and offers an eclectic model that draws upon the best insights of each. Blomberg’s semi-allegorical model is then applied to each of the major narrative parables in the Gospels. Blomberg examines differences among parallel accounts and suggests plausible reasons for the variations. Students are encouraged to apply the conclusions about the theology and significance of Jesus’ parables to their lives and ministries.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

At the heart of Luke’s gospel are questions about God’s plan, His Messiah, and the emerging new community of Gentile Christians. Bock highlights these and other significant theological themes found in the gospel of Luke. Learners complete a textual examination of the gospel of Luke and its message by working through the book of Luke a chapter at a time. Bock shows how Jesus’ life, teaching, death, and resurrection actually reflect divine events “fulfilled among us” (Luke 1:1). The course enables students to prepare this narrative material for teaching in ministry contexts.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Darrell L. Bock, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

The book of Acts is the intended sequel to the gospel of Luke, showing how the new community of faith applied Christ’s teachings to life and how they proclaimed His message throughout the world. In this course, students complete an exegetical study of the book of Acts by focusing on the biblical theology of the book, the historical background of events, and the theological emphasis of the speeches. The goal of the course is to enable learners to articulate the message of Acts in ways that are both textually accurate and contemporaneously relevant.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Darrell L. Bock, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Understanding and applying Scripture requires many tools. However, one tool stands above the rest: the biblical languages. Alongside OT Hebrew, biblical Greek is vital for anyone who desires to dig deep into the biblical text, teach it and apply it to the life of the Church. This course introduces the basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary of biblical Greek, preparing the learner to translate, interpret and apply Scripture. Dr. Mounce treats the language primarily as a tool for ministry and skillfully minimizes memory work by emphasizing how the language works. Students begin working with the biblical text immediately and find numerous illustrations of the benefits of Greek that will motivate them for this study and for a lifetime of insight.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

William D. Mounce, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Understanding the Pentateuch is essential to understanding the Bible. In this course, learners study the contents of the Pentateuch and consider the particular problems of evolution and higher criticism in light of present-day archaeology. The course explores such events as the creation, the flood, and the exodus, and it highlights the lives of the patriarchs and Moses. Students will also examine the content, meaning, and applicability of the laws that formed the foundation of Israel’s theocracy.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

R. Laird Harris, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Few nations have experienced such blessing as has Israel, and few have experienced such failure. This course follows the journey of the people of Israel in Joshua, Judges, and Ruth as they cross the Jordan River, overtake and divide the land of Palestine, and fall into a repeated cycle of sin and repentance. Significant events will be analyzed in their historical and cultural contexts such as the fall of Jericho, the day the sun stood still, and the defeat at Ai. Learners will explore the ministries of judges including Gideon, Jephthah, and Samson, as well as the life and lessons of Ruth. Throughout the course, Davis places emphasis on theological and practical truths gleaned from these books.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John J. Davis, Th.D., D.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Why did Israel, the people of God, desire a human king? Why did God grant that desire? This course answers these and other important questions raised in Israel’s united monarchy as recorded in I and II Samuel and I Kings 1–11. Special emphasis is placed on archaeology, history, and theology. The course also considers parallel passages found in Chronicles and Psalms and focuses on Iron Age discoveries in Palestine as they relate to the biblical text. Davis examines the successes and failures of Saul, David, and Solomon and gleans practical truths from their lives.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John J. Davis, Th.D., D.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Success or failure starts at the top, and Israel learned the hard way that human kings were no substitute for the rule of God. This course covers the history of Israel from the beginning of Solomon’s apostasy (I Kings 11) to the Babylonian captivity (II Kings 25). Learners explore the miraculous ministries of Elijah and Elisha, and survey the rise and fall of kings including Hezekiah, Ahab, Josiah, and Jeroboam. The course concludes by examining Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of Jerusalem.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John C. Whitcomb, Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

How important are songs in the life of Israel and the church? In this course, students study the book of Psalms, giving attention to the various forms of the psalms and their function within the historical experience of Israel. The course begins by focusing on the formulation and interpretation of the psalms. Students then examine in detail the various types of psalms including lament, royal, pilgrimage, wisdom, messianic, and psalms of descriptive praise. Waltke gives sermonic treatment of selected psalms with application for today’s church.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Bruce K. Waltke, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

The Old Testament is sometimes viewed as antiquated, mysterious, and even irrelevant. In this course, Waltke examines how Old Testament theology is pivotal to the universal goal of redemptive history: the rule of God and the establishment of God’s kingdom in all the earth. The course tracks salvation history as it appears in nearly every book of the Old Testament, and it shows the vital relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament. Throughout the course, Waltke applies the doctrines of kingdom and salvation to the Christian life.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Bruce K. Waltke, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Even when His people fail, God remains faithful. This course explores God’s relationship with Israel after the exile as recorded in the historical and biblical contexts of the prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. The course begins with a study of the historical and cultural backgrounds of each book and then moves to a detailed exposition of the messages, events, and contents of the postexilic books. Rigsby examines how these messages of God’s faithfulness apply to His people today.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Richard O. Rigsby, Ph.D., Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

This course examines the foundational theology of the Old Testament as applied to the New Testament and the church. It also identifies the focal point for the Old and New Testaments and discusses the continuity and discontinuity between the Testaments concerning: saving faith, the people of God, the Law, worship, atonement, the kingdom of God, the Messiah, and the new covenant. Throughout the course, Kaiser examines how Old Testament theology is vital to contemporary Christian living.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Few Old Testament books are as theologically rich and literarily compelling as Isaiah. Students discover those dynamics as they complete an exegetical study of the book of Isaiah. In addition to surveying the contents of the book, the course develops the understanding and skills of exegetical exposition. In the process, students examine key chapters in Isaiah, such as the promise of Immanuel, the message of hope, and the “Suffering Servant.” The course demonstrates how a proper theology of the Messiah is integral to successful Christian life and ministry.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Allen P. Ross, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Spiritual and ethical formation is a topic of discussion in many circles. We all long for intimacy with God, but how is spiritual growth and maturity developed? What are the dynamics in which God most often works in the heart of believers to make them like his Son, Jesus Christ? In this seminar, Richard Averbeck and James Grier address these and other questions in order to lay a biblical, theological foundation for proper Christian thought. In addition, they identify and describe specific practices that the listener can apply immediately to his/her life of faith.

Credits

2 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D. and James Grier, Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

What is spirituality? How is it formed in private and in community? This course explores the meaning of Biblical Christianity and its relation to faith and practice within contemporary cultural contexts, giving special attention to the corporate dimensions of spirituality and spiritual formation as defined in the New Testament. The lectures analyze and discuss those historical and cultural factors that have led to the privatization of Christianity, and develop a paradigm of spiritual growth and maturity that focuses on the assembly rather than the individual.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John R. Lillis, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

With the contemporary interest in spirituality, it is imperative that the Church establish a comprehensive theology of Christian spirituality that can inform the life and witness of Christian believers. This course presents such a theology of spirituality: a theology that is biblical, practical, and contemporary, accounting for and enabling spiritual formation and nurture in a post-modern, pluralistic, materialistic society. In addition, the course provides a theological foundation for a life of prayer that will empower and sustain the believer in life and ministry.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Gordon T. Smith, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

For good or for bad, philosophy has played a pivotal role in the development of theology and culture. In this course, learners examine the major trends in contemporary theological thought in light of their philosophical contexts. The course begins with a review of the major developments in Western thought prior to Hegel, and then explores the theologies of Hegel, Kierkegaard, Barth, Bultmann, and Tillich. The course culminates in the “Death of God” theologies of Paul Van Buren and Thomas Altizer. The course enables learners to evaluate contemporary, non-evangelical theologies and to recognize their impact on everyday life.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John S. Feinberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

As ambassadors for Christ and the Gospel, we must understand the true nature of man and the magnitude of his sin. This course presents a critical and historical overview of positions regarding the nature of mankind: both as the image of God and as corrupted by sin. The course presents a distinct Reformed anthropology coupled with a fair treatment of differing views and objections. Important and controversial questions regarding the origin of evil, the nature of man, and the effects of sin on humanity are all considered, allowing students to draw informed conclusions on these and other key issues.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Roger R. Nicole, Ph.D., Th.D.

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Course Description

To know God and to make Him known is our highest calling. By studying the historic, classic, and orthodox doctrine of the Holy Trinity, learners discover how and why the doctrine emerged in the fourth century, as well as the various and progressive ways this doctrine has been understood throughout history. Throughout the course, Dr. Toon demonstrates that a right understanding of the Trinity is essential to a right understanding of God’s relation to man and man’s relation to God.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Peter Toon, D.Phil.

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Course Description

Post-Modernism is having a profound influence on the Church, from within and without. Changing ideas about the source and nature of truth are affecting Christians’ lives and ministry. In this course, learners examine current trends in contemporary theology, and how these trends arose. The course focuses on the theologies that were prevalent in the 1960’s, including Theology of Hope, Liberation Theology, Feminist Theology, Process Theology, New Age Theology, and four forms of Post-modern Theology. Students are encouraged to draw from the course content so as to relate and communicate better to their post-modern world.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John S. Feinberg, Ph.D.

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Course Description

God has one unified, global purpose for all He does. This course introduces the exciting biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic dimensions of His plan. It addresses key issues: the basis of and necessity for world missions, and the status of and plan for world missions. Students are introduced to the basics they need to pursue missionary training or to help lead their local church in its global ministry.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

William D. Taylor, Ph.D.

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Course Description

As the cities go, the world goes – politically, intellectually, economically, socially, and religiously. This course addresses Christian mission and ministry in the world’s growing cities. A biblical basis for urban ministry is presented and case studies of effective urban strategies worldwide are examined. The course provides key logistics, strategies, models, and insights from one of today’s leading experts in urban missiology. Throughout the lessons the instructor emphasizes holistic ministry, i.e., meeting all needs: social, civil, and political, as well as the spiritual.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Roger S. Greenway, Th.D.

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Course Description

Nothing demonstrates the pluralism of our world better than religion. Christians must be able to respond to the myriad of religious systems that permeate society. This course develops a biblical theology of religions by studying current models and approaches. Using major religious systems as examples, the lectures sketch five characteristics of all religions. Students will learn the major concepts in religious encounter, including the concept of elentics, various definitions of “religion,” and the five magnetic points of religions. The course culminates with practical suggestions for approaching world religions evangelistically.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Harvie M. Conn, Litt.D.

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Course Description

Liberation theology has sought to liberate the disenfranchised from poverty, oppression, and social injustice – but at what price? This course addresses the historical and thematic development of liberation theologies in the social and religious context of Latin America. The course covers the various denominational roots, as well as the various methodologies that those denominations utilize. Dr. Mulholland presents a systematic theology of liberation, analyzing its relation to the areas of soteriology, Christology, and ecclesiology.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Kenneth B. Mulholland, Th.D.

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Course Description

With almost twenty percent of our world’s population, China is a large mission field. This course presents a history of Protestant Christianity in China since 1949, tracing the development of the church within the context of modern Chinese history. Learners examine the influence of politics on religious and church life, and study the Party’s influence upon both the Three-Self Patriotic Movement and the independent house churches. The course begins with a discussion of church and state relations and concludes with spiritual lessons learned from Chinese history. Students are encouraged to appreciate the tremendous needs and opportunities in China, and to reflect on how God might use them for Chinese ministry.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Jonathan Chao, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

With the broad expansion of Christianity in Africa, the African Church and African theology should be understood by us all. This course examines Christian theological formation in Africa against the background of African cultures and religions, and in light of its contemporary context. Also considered are how to study and understand Africa, and the factors that led to the debate on Christian theologizing in Africa. Throughout the course, descriptions and analyses of African religions are provided.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Tite Tiénou, Ph.D.

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Course Description

The nature and practices of Islam draw worldwide intrigue. What do Muslims believe? Why do they defend their beliefs as they do? How do we present the gospel to them? This course examines Islam from both a Christian and a Muslim perspective, covering the history and validity of the Koran, Muslim theology, the role of women, and the places of Christ, the Bible, and the Trinity within Islam. The goal of the course is to understand the Muslim mindset, and to learn how to share Christ from within that mindset.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Patrick O. Cate, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

The large cities of the world present enormous challenges and opportunities to the church of Christ. The purpose of this course is to develop a relevant evangelical practice for the church within the urban context, understood as contextual, or local theology. This course will expose the student to various dimensions of post-modernity as examined by several contemporary authors. The goal of the course is to help learners develop pertinent theological, missiological, and strategic initiatives for urban settings that can be applied to their own ministry.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Glenn Smith, D.Min.

Syllabus

Course Description

Christ’s final charge was the Great Commission: to “make disciples of all nations.” We fulfill that charge when we take the Gospel to the nations and to our own nation through our own local church. In this course, Dr. Green instructs us on how to do evangelism within a local church setting. Building on the biblical mandate for evangelism, he discusses personal and group methods for evangelism in a variety of settings, how to equip laity to witness, the use of apologetics, follow-up methods, and current issues in evangelism. Throughout the course, Dr. Green focuses on practical application and workable solutions for evangelism in local church and parachurch ministries.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Michael P. Green, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Alice Mathews, PhD

Education: Iliff School of Theology/University of Denver, PhD Michigan State University, MA Bob Jones University, BA   Teaching Career: Academic Dean, Christian University GlobalNet Lois W. Bennett Distinguished Professor Emerita of Educational and Women’s Ministries, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Academic Dean, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary   Other Career Highlights: Co-host, Discover the Word radio program with Mart DeHaan and Haddon Robinson Frequent teacher and conference speaker throughout North America and other parts of the world Involved since…

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Jonathan Chao, PhD (1938-2004)

Education: University of Pennsylvania, PhD Westminster Theological Seminary, MDiv Geneva College, BA   Teaching Career: Taught courses in Theology and Chinese Religious History at the Graduate School of Theology in Hong Kong Taught or lectured at several other seminaries in Asia and the United States including Calvin Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College) Wheaton College, William Carey University, and the Seminary of the Air   Other Career Highlights: Considered the…

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Kenneth B. Mulholland, DTheo

Education: Fuller Theological Seminary, ThD Lancaster Theological Seminary, BD Elmhurst College, BA   Teaching Career: Dean, Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions at Columbia International University (1988-2001) Director of Missionary Church Planting, Columbia International University Professor of Missions and Ministry Studies, Columbia International University (1980-2003) Adjunct Professor, Columbia International University (1970s) Visiting professor, Dallas Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, the Graduate College of Missions in Korntal, Germany,…

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Glenn Smith, DMin

Education: Union des Universities Privées d’Haïti, DHon Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, DMin Université d’Ottawa, BA and MA University of Michigan, BA   Teaching Career: Professor of Urban Ministry and Patristic Studies, Faculté Théologique Évangélique in Montreal (1984-2004) Part-time professor of Urban Ministry and Spirituality, École de Théologie Évangélique de Montréal (1984–2007) Professor, Institut de Théologie pour la Francophonie Instructor, Farel Institute in Québec, McGill University, Bakke Graduate University, and the Institut des Études Bibliques in…

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Michael P. Green, PhD

Education: University of North Texas, PhD Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM State University of New York at Buffalo, BS   Teaching Career: Professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1995-2002) Director of Supervised Ministries, responsible for the Field Education and Internship program, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Professor, Moody Bible Institute (1991-1995) Supervisor of Master of Ministry Field Projects, Moody Bible Institute Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary (1982-1992) – oversaw the Doctor of Ministry Program Adjunct professor, Singapore Bible College…

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Haddon W. Robinson, PhD (1931-2017)

Education: University of Illinois, PhD Southern Methodist University, MA Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM   Teaching Career: Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Senior Director of the Doctor of Ministry program and Interim President, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary President, Denver Seminary Professor of Homiletics, Dallas Theological Seminary Professor of Speech, University of Illinois Teacher, preacher, and lecturer at churches and campuses on six continents   Other Career Highlights: Known worldwide as a phenomenal…

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William D. Mounce, PhD

Education: Aberdeen University, PhD Fuller Theological Seminary, MA Bethel College, BA   Teaching Career: President and Founder, BiblicalTraining.org Vice President of Educational Development, BibleGateway.com Professor of New Testament and Director of the Greek program, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Professor of New Testament, Azusa Pacific University Introductory Greek course used at seminaries and universities around the globe   Other Career Highlights: Considered one of the foremost scholars in grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of biblical Greek Translation committee,…

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John C. Whitcomb, ThD

Education: Grace Theological Seminary, BD, ThM, and ThD Princeton University, BA   Teaching Career: Professor of Theology and Old Testament, Grace Theological Seminary (1951-1990) Chairman for the Old Testament and Christian Theology Departments, Grace Theological Seminary Director of Doctoral Studies, Grace Theological Seminary Lecturer in Canada, Central African Republic, the Far East, Latin America, and Western Europe   Other Career Highlights: Recognized worldwide as a top-notch biblical scholar and expositor of the Scriptures President, Whitcomb…

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Bruce K. Waltke, PhD

Education: Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, postdoctoral fellow Harvard University, MA and PhD Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM and ThD Houghton College, AB   Teaching Career: Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, Knox Theological Seminary Professor Emeritus, Regent College in Vancouver Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary (1996-2010) Professor, Westminster Theological Seminary (1985-1991) Professor, Criswell Bible Institute (1970-1976) Professor, Dallas Theological Seminary (1958-1976) Visiting professor/guest lecturer at institutions around the globe, including Bethel Seminary, Columbia International University, Covenant Theological…

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Peter Toon, DPhil (1939-2009)

Education: Oxford University, DPhil University of London and Liverpool University, three master’s degrees Cliff College, King’s College, and the University of Durham   Teaching Career: Lecturer at schools around the world (1970s-2009) Taught and lectured at more than 50 institutions worldwide, including Oxford, St. John’s College of Cambridge University, the University of Dunham, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Professor Systematic Theology, Nashotah House (1990-1993)  …

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