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SPM 600: Management Principles & Practices

3 cr.

Designed to provide practical, time-tested principles of effective management as they apply to the local church and the Christian school. Topics to be covered include guidelines in leadership, effective communication, planning, organizing, implementing and controlling.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 605: Leadership Development in the Local Church

3 cr.

Study of Christian leadership qualities, leadership styles, motivational strategies in biblical leadership. Guidelines for the development of staff and lay leadership in the local church.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 606: Pastoral Ethics

3 cr.

A thorough discussion of the ethics of church financial management for full- time vocational pastors. Ethical approaches to premarital, marital, and divorce and remarriage counseling will also be discussed. This course will also include a careful consideration of the ethics of inter-gender relations for both the pastor and church members within the context of normal church life. The ethical and legal concerns surrounding church discipline, leadership conflicts and church divisions will also be presented with an emphasis on methods of conflict resolution.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 618: Law & Implications to the Local Church Ministry

3 cr.

Thousands of court cases are currently pending against local churches, ministers and Christian organizations. This course will seek to answer such questions as, "Is biblical Christianity becoming illegal?" "What are biblical parameters for the local church in its relationship to the government?" "What types of legal recourse are available for a local church?"

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 632: Interpretation & Application in Preaching

3 cr.

Principles of accurate interpretation and application of various types of literature in the Old and New Testaments.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 641: Expository Preaching from Matthew

3 cr.

Practical guidelines and hermeneutical principles involved in effective expository preaching from the Gospel of Matthew.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 659: Preaching Practicum

3 cr.

An intensive study of sermons preached in the past. Candidate's sermon outlines evaluated and critiqued. Candidates submit one recorded sermon to be evaluated.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 661: Evangelism & Outreach Ministries of the Local Church

3 cr.

Study and evaluation of the philosophy, methodology, and results of various types of evangelistic and Christian service ministries of the local church.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 665: Missions Philosophy & Practice: Global & Local

3 cr.

A study of the philosophy and theology that informs the practice of Twenty- First Century Christian missions, both internationally and domestically, in the church's effort to evangelize culturally diverse people groups.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 685: Biblical Geography & Archaeology

3 cr.

A study of the geographical features and important archaeological discoveries of the Holy Land, enhancing the understanding of both the Old and New Testaments.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 697: Holy Land Studies

3 cr.

An in-depth study tour of Bible lands, visiting the sites of the major events of the Old and New Testaments. Course requirements include assigned reading and papers.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 698: Journeys of Paul

3 cr.

A study tour focusing on many sites of the missionary travels of the apostle Paul, including Asia Minor, Greece and Rome. Course requirements include assigned readings and papers.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 699: European Studies: Early Modern Era

3 cr.

Combination of travel and lectures in Europe. Visits and discussions related to men, movements and sites of Protestant, Anglican and Roman Catholic history.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 700: The Pastor's Personal Life & Development

3 cr.

Study of biblical and practical principles of spiritual development as they apply to the minister and to the problems and pressures he faces in the ministry.

No sections offered in the fall semester…

SPM 708: Philosophy & Ministry of Church Music

3 cr.

The place and purpose of music in the ministry of the local church. Establishing a biblical philosophy of church music. The pastor's place and responsibilities in the music ministry of the local church.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 711: Discipleship Training

3 cr.

A study of the philosophy, principles, and proven methods of discipling converts and developing strong lay Christians in the local church.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 741: Premarital, Marital & Family Counseling

3 cr.

An intensive study of the dynamics and techniques in the biblical approach to marital and family counseling. Includes discussion of the essential ingredients of a successful marriage; preparing young people for marriage; keys to recognizing potential high-risk marriages; dealing with marital problems and family tensions; parent-child relationships; divorce and remarriage.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 771: Current Biblical & Theological Issues

3 cr.

Examination and biblical evaluation of theological issues, trends, movements, and people affecting modern Christianity.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 773: Current Cultic & Humanistic Philosophies

3 cr.

Study of the philosophy, methods, and challenge of current cultic and humanistic movements. Includes examination of secular humanism, the New Age movement, Reconstructionism, New Evangelicalism and Modernism.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 775: Theology & Practice of Prayer

3 cr.

Investigation and systematization of the teaching of Scripture from biblical models, commands and instructions concerning prayer. Readings from the major devotional and expositional classics on the subject.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 833: Expository Preaching from Biblical Historical Narrative

3 cr.

Vital hermeneutical principles for the interpretation and proclamation of the narrative sections of both the Old and New Testaments. One of the canons of Scripture, Old or New Testament, will be emphasized each week. Written sermonic examples will be provided and discussed.

No sections offered in the fall semester…

SPM 836: Expository Preaching from Old Testament Poetry

3 cr.

Practical guidelines and hermeneutical principles involved in the effective expository preaching of the poetical literature of the Old Testament. Emphases will include Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 838: Expository Preaching from Prophecy

3 cr.

Interpretation and application guidelines for the effective expository preaching of the prophetic portions of the Word of God. One week of the course will emphasize Old Testament prophecy and the other New Testament prophecy.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 841: Expository Preaching from the Epistles

3 cr.

Learning and applying hermeneutical and applicational principles to the New Testament Epistles for the pulpit ministry. This course will address all the epistles giving attention to the authors' shared and distinct qualities within the genre.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 843: Expository Preaching from the Gospels

3 cr.

Because the Synoptic Gospels and John each address the story of the Messiah's first advent, this unique genre of biblical literature will be explored hermeneutically and homelitically toward developing pulpit messages that accurately convey the content of each of the Gospel accounts.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 845: Application of Expository Preaching in Ministry Context

3 cr.

This programmatic capstone course requires the development of extensive preaching plans and individual sermons for live delivery in an actual church context. These sermons will be digitally recorded and evaluated by a faculty committee. Attention will be given in the development of this sermon series to reflect the intent of the Holy Spirit in each Scripture passage while making application to a Twenty-First Century audience.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 851: Pastor as Crisis Counselor I

3 cr.

Biblical strategies for handling crisis issues, such as suicide, abuse, sexual perversion and addictive behaviors.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 852: Pastor as Crisis Counselor II

3 cr.

Biblical strategies for handling crisis issues such as marriage problems, divorce, terminal disease and bereavement.

Prerequisite: SPM 851.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 891: Research & Writing Seminar

2 cr.

A comprehensive introduction to the writing process, correct writing style, research methodologies, and formatting of graduate papers and dissertations. An intensive, one-week modular course taken the first summer after approval for Professional Ministry doctoral studies.

This course is not offered this academic year.

SPM 897: Dissertation Research

1 cr.

Guidance in the selection and implementation of a dissertation project. The dissertation project combines research based on class work and assignments with the practical application of principles, guidelines and methods to some aspect of the local church ministry. Required each semester and/or summer upon the fulfillment of all coursework until dissertation is completed. A maximum of three credits may count toward the degree requirements.

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SPM 898: Dissertation Research

2 cr.

Guidance in the selection and implementation of a dissertation project. The dissertation project combines research based on class work and assignments with the practical application of principles, guidelines and methods to some aspect of the local church ministry. Required each semester and/or summer upon the fulfillment of all coursework until dissertation is completed. A maximum of three credits may count toward the degree requirements.

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SPM 899: Dissertation Research

3 cr.

Guidance in the selection and implementation of a dissertation project. The dissertation project combines research based on class work and assignments with the practical application of principles, guidelines and methods to some aspect of the local church ministry. Required each semester and/or summer upon the fulfillment of all coursework until dissertation is completed.A maximum of three credits may count toward the degree requirements.

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