Christian Leadership Certification

Program Objectives: 

When a student has completed their studies he or she should be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. A solid understanding of God’s Word.
  2. An understanding of core theological concepts.
  3. An understanding of ministry methodologies
  4. Exhibit Christian ethics throughout their lives.
  5. Exhibit an ability to be a good Christian Leader.
  6. An ability to effectively communicate God’s Word in a variety of ways.

Program Description: 

This program is a four semester program of biblical study consisting of 30 courses. The primary focus is to teach a solid understanding of God’s Word in addition to providing practical education on leadership and counseling skills.

 

Courses Required for Christian Leadership Certification

(typically a 4 semester program)

 

BNT 101 New Testament Survey – 3 credits. This course will provide a complete survey of each New Testament book in its historical and cultural context. This context will help students understand how the New Testament fits together with Old Testament prophecy.

BNT 105 Life and Teachings of Christ – 3 credits. This is a comprehensive study of the earthly life, major events and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. It focuses on the thematic and chronological view of Christ’s life and ministry. Included will be interpretation of key events and discourses during Christ’s life and their practical application.

BNT 208 Gospel of John – 3 credits. This is a study of the Gospel in regard to its historical context, stated purpose and development of theme to discover its testimony to the deity and saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

BNT 212 Gospel of Matthew– 3 credits. The study of Matthew will confirm how the prophecies concerning the Messiah are fulfilled in Christ. The study flows naturally from the Old Testament and presents Jesus as the King Messiah.

BNT 201 Acts– 3 credits. Students encounter the major changes in God’s dealing with the world and His people in this key transitional book of the Bible. This course will consider the purpose and historical context of the book and study the major events in each section. The course helps students gain an understanding of the birth of the church under the sovereign direction of the resurrected Christ.

BNT 204 Hebrews– 3 credits. This course will look at the rich explanations of the Old Testament types, images and feasts as presented by the writer of Hebrews and how they all find their superior fulfillment in Christ. This is a distinct book that emphasizes the “better” way found in Christ.

BNT 210 Pastoral Epistles – 3 credits. This course focuses on the blueprint for the character and ministry of Christian leaders in the local church as presented in the books of I & II Timothy and Titus. These books were written by the Apostle Paul to his young mentors; Timothy and Titus.

BNT 220 Pauline Epistles – 3 credits. This course is an expository study of I & II Corinthians focusing on the background, church problems, doctrine and practical applications of these books; a study of Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon including the doctrines of justification by faith, the spirit filled life, the person and work of Christ and the exalted position of the church and a review of I & II Thessalonians that ascertains principles of the Christian life from the perspective of the second coming of Christ.

BNT 308 Romans– 3 credits. This course will provide in-depth discussion and a detailed explanation of this doctrinally foundational book. The course examines Romans contribution to the doctrines of salvation and sanctification and the place of Israel and the Church in the divine plan. Understanding Romans is a must for Christian leaders and provides a practical handbook for living a Christian life in a fallen world.

BNT 320 Revelation/Daniel – 3 credits. This course is a study of two closely related prophetic books. Course considers Daniel first as presenting the background of prophecy and then examines Revelation as the completion and climax of the prophetic Scriptures.

 

BOT 101 Old Testament Survey – 3 credits. This course is an overview of the Old Testament from a cultural and a historical context. The course will focus on teaching Bible truths, lessons and outlines from the Old Testament, giving insight on how Old Testament practical principles can apply to contemporary living.

BOT 204 Book of Genesis – 3 credits. This course is a study of the Book of Genesis in its cultural and historical setting. It is a critical explanation of the text with attention to its literary narrative and themes of biblical theology.

BOT 301 Isaiah – 3 credits. This course is an analysis of one of the Major Prophets in the Old Testament. The study looks at the theological significance of the purpose and message of the book. Two major divisions are: The Judgment of God and The Comfort of God.

BOT 208 Psalms & Proverbs – 2 credits. This course is a study in the Hebrew poetry books of Psalms and Proverbs. The portion on the Psalms will emphasize the worshipful heart of the believer. The portion on the Proverbs will emphasize practical Divine wisdom.

 

C 101 Biblical Counseling – 2 credits. This course reviews the biblical principles involved in effective counseling and will look at scripture in detail. This course focuses on the philosophy and techniques of biblical-based counseling. Topics include the nature and principles of biblical-based counseling, basic techniques and theories of counseling; patterns of problem solving, the counselor and client relationship; the applicability of Scripture; and biblical conflict resolution.

C 104 Crisis Counseling – 3 credits. This is a practical study in how to counsel individuals with special needs such as drug abuse, alcoholism, sexual abuse, eating disorders, homosexuality, depression and suicide.

 

MI 110 Homiletics I – 2 credits. Homiletics I is designed to teach students the skills needed to be able to preach biblically and effectively the expository sections of Scripture.

MI 114 Hermeneutics I– 2 credits. Course is designed to teach the student the basic principles of the science and art of biblical interpretation. The goal is to expose the student to the rules of    hermeneutics and the art of applying these rules to their daily lives. This course will provide the student with a basic methodology that they can use to study any book of the Bible.

MI 120 Introduction to Christian Living– 2 credits. This course will teach students Christian disciplines that will help them enrich and expand their spiritual walk with God.

MI 310 Christian Education – 2 credits. Course teaches a student how to biblically teach all age levels. This course will include age appropriate teaching methods

MI 312 Spiritual Warfare – 2 credits. This course will give the student a biblical perspective of spiritual warfare. Students will learn how to manage spiritual conflict. The course will also include a study on A Biblical Picture of Man.

 

PT 101 Christian Ethics – 2 credits. The aim of the course is to teach students Christian Ethics and provide them with a solid method to use in approaching ethical decisions. The course is grounded in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

PT 202 Evangelism & Discipleship – 3 credits. This course will review both concepts separately and also look at how they complement each other. Skills will be taught on how to tell others about the “Good News” of Jesus Christ and how to help others grow to maturity in Christ.

 

TH 110 Church History – 2 credits. This course is a survey of two millennia of church history beginning with the Apostolic Age to the reformation, including the spread of the Protestant church in Europe, and the transplanting and growth of the church in North America. Highlights include a detailed look at key people, major movements and influences that have shaped the current church and a review on the historical development of God’s Word.

TH 112 Moravian History & Doctrine – 2 credits. This course will be a three part study focusing on Moravian Church history, specific doctrine of the Moravian church and the Moravian Book of Order.

TH 201 Systematic Theology– 3 credits. This course covers the doctrines of Theology (Prolegomena), the Bible (Bibliology) and Doctrine of the Triune God (Theology Proper).

TH 202 Theology – Doctrine of Christ and Salvation – 3 credits. This course will cover the doctrines of Christ (Christology) and Salvation (Soteriology). The student will gain a systematic exposition of Christianity’s central theme – Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. In addition the course will cover the basis of man’s need for salvation and how to receive God’s salvation.

TH 204 Theology – Doctrine of the Holy Spirit and Doctrine of the Church -3 credits. This study looks at both doctrines and strengthens the students understanding of the Holy Spirit and His current ministry in the New Testament Church. In addition this course will provide an outline and understanding of the local and universal church of Jesus. The ordinances, offices and gifts of the church are important for future church leaders to understand.

TH 206 Theology – Doctrine of the End Times (Eschatology)– 3 credits. This course is a detailed examination of the doctrine of the End Times and will include a study on Angels (Angelology) both elect and evil. Students will learn many principles regarding spiritual warfare and how this fits into God’s grand design.

TH 301 Apologetics – 2 credits. This course is designed to teach students sound and logical arguments for defending the gospel message. Christian Leaders need to be able to give strong defense for the gospel and be able to defend the scriptures in response to the challenges of the 21st century.

 

Graduation Requirements:

Upon completion of all the following requirements the student will receive a Certificate of Christian Leadership.

  1. Student must pass all required courses.
  2. Participate in Provincial Synods, General Bible Conferences and scheduled Provincial retreats while in school.
  3. Student has maintained an active involvement in the life of the church, including active attendance of church services.
  4. Complete at least one field assignment during four semesters. (Determined mutually between Dean and Student)