Description of Courses
1-101 Calling and Character
This course leads the student through a process of exploring his/her call the ministry and deals with specific qualifications for ministry in the area of the minister’s character. Specific areas that are examined are providing protection from moral failure, pastoral ethics, balancing work and sabbath and more.
1-102 Hermeneutics & Inductive Bible Study
In this unit the student will receive a brief introduction to the text and transmission of the Scripture and overview of both the Old and New Testament. The student will learn about the history of interpretation, principles of hermeneutics and inductive Bible study methods. The student will begin to develop the raw materials for the message that will be preached in Preaching Clinic 1
1-103 New Testament Theology
Students will read G. E. Ladd’s “A Theology of the New Testament”. They will explore various themes of New Testament Theology such as the Kingdom of God, Christology, Atonement, the Holy Spirit, Eschatology and more. During the class in addition to the text students will read and interact with various monographs exploring these themes in more detail.
1-104 Old Testament Theology
Students will read “Old Testament Theology” by Paul R. House. Students will explore various themes of Old Testament Theology, including Creation theology, Covenant and Promise, the People of God, the Missionary Heart of God, Messianic Expectations and the Heart of God’s Judgement. Students will participate in class discussion, instruction, and written interactions based on various assigned readings.
1-205 Theology of Romans
Using a study guide, the student will complete an inductive study of epistle to the Romans. The student will learn the fundamental truths of the Christian life, as presented in Romans. Write a personal application of those truths for his/her life and ministry.
1-302 The Life of Christ
Students will study the Life using a Harmony of the Gospels. They will also read Robert Coleman’s The Master Plan of Evangelism and N. T. Wright’s Simply Jesus. Students will develop a “disciple making strategy” based on what they have learned about the Life of Christ.
2-201 Pastoral Care & Counselling
A course designed to consider the special issues associated with the theory, practice, and administration of counseling in pastoral contexts. Students will receive training for certification in Mental Health & Phycological First Aid, as well as the Strategic Pastoral Counseling model, Soul care, Bondage Breaker and Freedom in Christ. * Students are required to complete Mental Health first Aid Certificate and/or Physiological First Aid Certificate for completion of this course.
2- 202 Foundations of Belief 1
Revelation, Trinity, Person of God, Person of Christ, Person of Spirit
Students will read Wayne Grudhem’s Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. The will participate in class discussion and instruction growing out the Alliance Doctrinal Statement. They will gain additional insight and understanding through assigned reading and written interaction related to the topics covered.
2-203 Foundations of Belief 2 Alliance Values & Distinctives
Salvation, The Work of Spirit, Sanctification, Divine Healing, The Church, Last Things
Students will read Wayne Grudhem’s Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. They will participate in class discussion and instruction growing out the Alliance Values & Distinctives. They will gain additional insight and understanding through assigned reading and written interaction related to the topics covered.
2-301 History of Christianity
Students will gain an overview of the History of Christianity from its founding by Jesus Christ to its present-day expansion around the globe, along with the history and development of Christian thought, doctrine and practice. Students will read Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelly along with selected original texts. Students will participate in class discussions and write responses to their readings of original texts.
2-303 Evangelism in a Changing Culture
This course is designed to expose students to contemporary models of evangelism and local church mission. A leader gifted in missional living will model for the students what this looks like and provide instruction. The students will also be challenged to develop their own philosophy of ministry in this area. * Students are required to complete Cultural Intelligence Course for completion of this course, will be offered through M.S.L.M
2-305 Leadership and Authority
This course assists the student to deal with issues of church leadership and authority. It gives on conflict management, biblical eldership, pastoral care enables the student to explore his/her own areas of strength and weakness, helps them develop a stewardship model and learn about strategic planning. The student will learn to identify emerging leaders in the church, develop a strategy for training those leaders and generate momentum for a church multiplication movement
S-105- Disciplemaking: Growing a Healthy Church – Self-Study
This course guides a student toward a biblical understanding of “Disciplemaking” as revealed in the Great Commission and Great Commandment priorities of Christ. Students will participate in a home study designed course to immerse them in cultivating relationships, planting attitudes and skills necessary to become productive workers in Jesus’ harvest ministry and reaping a life-changing harvest by holding each other accountable to walk like Jesus walked.
S-204 Alliance Polity and Pastoral Ethics- 1 Day Clinic
Students will participate in a seminar with Metro District or M.S.L.M designed to encompass pastoral ethics, history & strategies of Alliance and to appreciate the C&MA’s unique contribution (historical and contemporary) to the world-wide mission endeavor. The theological basis and practical implications of pastoral ministry in the local, regional, national, and international ministries of the C&MA.
S-206 Preaching Clinic Cohort
The student will develop a several styles of messages under the guidance of the instructor; based on the work from the previous course. The student will learn fundamentals of good preaching. Each student will preach a several messages and be videotaped. The class will evaluate the message and the student will watch the video of his message and do his own self critique. This is a one-year commitment to a cohort
S-304 World Missions – Seminar
Students will participate in Global Impact with Metro District or M.S.L.M. seminar that is designed to immerse them in the Alliance philosophy and practice of World Missions. They will be exposed to the Alliance World Missions priorities and strategies. They will understand the role of the local church in participating in and supporting Global Missions. They will develop a Global Missions strategy and philosophy of ministry for their local church.
(E-101) Soul Care Conference (Metro District)
This conference has two primary purposes. First, to help spiritual leaders grow in intimacy and the health of their souls. It takes a healthy leader to lead a healthy church. We are often limited by our past wounds, our current behaviors, and our faulty thinking. The conference will teach Biblical principles for healing the soul, and overcoming broken and sinful areas of life. Second, the conference is designed to equip church leadership teams in making disciples back at home. Statistics show that the church today is not succeeding in helping believers experience transformation. During each session a ministry time will be provided for participants to process their own journey and lead others through healing.
Topics will include: intimacy with God, lies, repentance, family sin patterns, healing wounds, forgiveness, overcoming fears, and deliverance.
(E-102) SDI Course (Metro District or M.S.L.M.)
The SDI® (Strength Deployment Inventory®) is a valid and reliable tool for managing conflict and improving relationships. It is based on the theory of Relationship Awareness®— a learning model for identifying and understanding the motivation behind behavior. The SDI is really 2 assessments in 1. Participants answer two sets of items to calculate the relative frequency of different motivations when things are going well and when faced with conflict. Results appear on a charting triangle as an arrow representing the participant’s unique Motivational Value System AND Conflict Sequence.