Christian Ministry Online Course Descriptions

Program Curriculum

The Online Christian Ministry degree consists of 124 credits (52 in the Christian Ministry major, 55 in general education course, and 18 in electives).  Students will take up to 16-17 credits per semester for nine consecutive semesters to complete the curriculum in 36 months.

Online Christian Ministry Major (52 credits)

BIBL3155. Biblical Interpretation (3)
BIBL4445. Old Testament Studies (3)
CHED1815. Introduction to Christian Discipleship (3)
CHIS3415. History and Manual, Church of the Nazarene (3)
CHIS3615. History of the Christian Tradition I (3)
CHIS3625. History of the Christian Tradition II (3)
PRTH1105. Introduction to Online Theological Education (1)
PRTH2215. Spiritual Formation (3)
PRTH2225. Worship Theory and Development (3)
PRTH2405. Introduction to Christian Missions (3)
PRTH3105. Pastoral Theology (3)
PRTH3715. Preaching (3)
PRTH4715. Missional Growth and Health (3)
PRTH4825. Pastoral Leadership (3)
PRTH4965. Internship in Christian Ministry (3)
THEO4245. Theology of Holiness (3)
THEO4535. Christian Theology I (3)
THEO4545. Christian Theology II (3)
 

Elective Courses (18 credits)

CHED2225. Instructional Bible Study (3)
CHED3815 Children's Ministries (3)
CHED3825 Youth Ministries (3)
CHED3845. Family Ministries (3)
GREK2555. Basic New Testament Greek (3)
PHIL3085. Critical Reasoning (3)
PRTH3755.  Compassionate Ministries (3)
PRTH4765. Communicating the Gospel (3)
THEO3595. Theology of the Church (3)

Family Ministry Minor Courses (18 credits) 

CHED2225 Instructional Bible Study (3)
CHED3815 Children's Ministries (3)
CHED3825 Youth Ministries (3)
CHED3845 Family Ministries (3)
PRTH3755 Compassionate Ministries (3)
PRTH4765 Communicating the Gospel (3)

General Education Requirements (55 credits)

Fifty-four general education credits are required to complete the program of study. These courses are offered through NNU's online College Core courses. Among these courses, the following are required:
 
BIBL1120. Survey of the Bible (3)
BIBL3130. New Testament Studies (3)
COMM1210. Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
ENGL1020. English Composition (3)
HUMN1010. Cornerstone (3)
PHIL2025. Ethics (3)              
PSYC1550. Introduction to Psychology (3)
THEO2120. Survey of Christian Theology (3)

Course Descriptions

BIBL1120. Survey of the Bible (3): An introductory survey of the Old and New Testaments. This course will focus on the literature of the Bible and the history of the biblical period. Prerequisites: Admission to the Non-Traditional Program. 

BIBL3130. New Testament Studies (3): An in-depth study of selected books, genres or forms in the New Testament. The course will include a spiritual formation emphasis. The specific focus of the class will be determined by the instructor and announced as the course subtitle. Prerequisites: BIBL1120. 

BIBL3155. Biblical Interpretation (3): A study of the history, methods, and principles of biblical interpretation. Students will develop skills in interpreting different genre in both the Old and New Testament. Other topics include the authority of the Bible as the Church's Scriptures and the relationship between the Testaments. Prerequisites: BIBL1120.

BIBL4445. Old Testament Studies (3): An exegetical study of a selected corpus of Old Testament literature. The course will include an overview of the historical period within which these materials arose and specific attention to interpretive issues with regard to these materials. Prerequisites: BIBL1120, BIBL3155, THEO2120.

CHED1815. Introduction to Christian Discipleship (3): An introduction to the history and philosophy of the educational work of the church. The various programs of Christian education will be introduced.

CHED2225. Instructional Bible Study (3): A course that will examine and apply appropriate methods and strategies for teaching the Bible in various ministry contexts. Opportunity is given to develop personal skills in teaching and leading small group Bible studies.

CHED3815.  Children's Ministries (3):  A study of the characteristics of children; an introduction to their spiritual needs and their development; the challenge of the church in meeting their total needs.

CHED3825.  Youth Ministries (3):  A study of those activities related to the church, which involve youth.  The course is particularly designed to aid those who are specializing in a ministry to youth.

CHED3845. Family Ministries (3): An extended exploration of the principles and practices of education ministry to families. The course will focus on the changing definition of family and the exploration of current strategies of ministry to the church as family. Attention will be given to fostering spiritual growth in families.

CHIS3415. History and Manual, Church of the Nazarene (3): An extended study of the historical backgrounds and development of the Church of the Nazarene. The course will also give attention to the content and spirit of the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene.

CHIS3615. History of the Christian Tradition I (3): A study of the historical development of Christianity from 150 to 1000 C.E. The course will trace the significant influences in history on the theological and ecclesiastical changes and maturation through the first ten centuries. The student will be given opportunity to read primary sources as well as grasp the overall flow of church history. Prerequisites: THEO2120.

CHIS3625. History of the Christian Tradition II (3): A study of the historical development of Christianity from 1000 to the 21st Century. The course will trace the significant influences in history on the theological and ecclesiastical changes and maturation from the Middle Ages through the present. The student will be given opportunity to read primary sources as well as grasp the overall flow of church history. Prerequisites: THEO2120.

GREK2555. Basic New Testament Greek (3): A study of the basic elements of New Testament Greek with the help of computer software. Grammar, vocabulary, and syntax will be emphasized, along with basic exegetical considerations in working with the Greek text of the New Testament. 

PHIL2025. Ethics (3): An introduction to the concept of good, involving a study of the major ethical theories of the West and their applications to contemporary moral problems.

PHIL3085. Critical Reasoning (3): An introduction to the science of logic and reasoning, including both deductive and inductive reasoning processes. Basic concepts such as validity, soundness, strength, and argument evaluation will be covered. The course will also cover fallacies (both formal and informal), truth trees, biases within argumentation, and symbolic logic.

PRTH1105. Introduction to Online Theological Studies (1): A basic study of the nature and dynamics of online theological studies. The course will include an introduction to the online research process and the learning environment of the University's course management system.

PRTH2215. Spiritual Formation and Christian Discipleship (3): A study of the theory and practice of spiritual formation and Christian discipleship. Attention will be given to the reflective discipline of one's own individual journey with God in personal spiritual development. Further attention will be given to the task of discipling others through mentoring and in small groups.

PRTH2225. Worship Theory and Development (3): A study of the principles of Christian worship. Attention will be given to the development of contextualized, theologically informed worship as well as the rites and sacraments of Christian worship.

PRTH2405. Introduction to Christian Missions (3): An introduction to the study of Christian missions. Attention will be given to biblical and theological foundations, historical perspectives, and cultural dimensions of missions in a contemporary world setting.

PRTH3105. Pastoral Theology (3): A survey of pastoral care, ministerial leadership and theology in the context of parish ministry. This course explores the pastoral office by focusing on who ministers are and what they do. 

PRTH3715. Preaching (3): A study of the preparation and delivery of sermons within the context of worship, including practice preaching. Prerequisites: BIBL3155; COMM1210 or equivalent.

PRTH3755.  Compassionate Ministries (3):  A study of the theology of social holiness as expressed in a life of compassionate stewardship.  The course will explore current literature and programs being developed by evangelical churches focusing on compassionate ministries.  Special attention will be given to urban compassionate ministry centers being developed by the Church of the Nazarene.

PRTH4715. Missional Growth and Health (3): An extended study of the church's mission and development with special emphasis on church health and growth. Attention will be given to the skills of observation of church and community, both historical and contemporary. Students will describe the socialization and dynamics of the church to culture, and develop skills for effective ministry.

PRTH4765. Communicating the Gospel (3): An advanced study utilizing visual elements in teaching and preaching. Attention is given to the use of visual metaphors in biblical communication. 

PRTH4825. Pastoral Leadership (3): A study of leadership and administration in Christian ministries. Areas to be discussed will include spiritual gifts; selecting, organizing, and maintaining a church staff; conflict management and professional ethics.

PRTH4965. Internship in Christian Ministry (3): A practical course, open only to persons with senior status in the Christian Ministry major, involving ministry experience in areas including preaching, counseling, teaching, education, evangelism, administration and missions. This experience will be under the direction of the instructor in cooperation with the supervising ministry mentor.

THEO2120. Survey of Christian Theology (3): A study of the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith from a biblical perspective with special emphasis given to the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition. Prerequisites: Admission to the Non-Traditional Program. 

THEO3595. Theology of the Church (3): An advanced study of ecclesiology exploring the relationship between communal worship, Christian belief, and ethics. The course will also explore the biblical and theological background of various Christian traditions, the relationship of the Church to culture, current ecclesiological shifts, and the trajectory of the Church in a postmodern culture. Prerequisites: THEO2120.

THEO4245. Theology of Holiness (3): An extended study of the theology of entire sanctification. Emphasis will be given to its biblical and historical background, especially as developed by John Wesley and the Wesleyan holiness tradition. Prerequisites: BIBL1120, BIBL3155, THEO2120.

THEO4535. Christian Theology I (3): An advanced systematic study of the Christian faith from a Wesleyan perspective, with particular reference to historical development and contemporary understanding. The subjects include Theological Methodology, Revelation and Inspiration, the Trinitarian God, Humanity, and Sin. Prerequisites: THEO2120.

THEO4545. Christian Theology II (3): An advanced systematic study of the Christian faith from a Wesleyan perspective, with particular reference to historical development and contemporary understanding. The subjects include Christology, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Christian Ethics, and Eschatology. Prerequisites: THEO2120, THEO4535.