College Courses

 

Christian Ministry

CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry (3)

An introduction to the ministry of the church in all of its functions: worship, equipping, fellowship, and evangelism. The course includes a study of the structure, leadership, and objectives of the various ministries of the church with special attention given to the role of the laity in all aspects of church ministry.

CM 105 Perspectives in Mission (3)

An introduction to interdisciplinary perspectives on Christian mission. This course introduces the biblical foundations of mission, provides an overview of mission history, examines some of the challenges that flow from the cross-cultural nature of this task, and considers aspects of current thinking on mission strategy.

CM 121 Foundations of Children's Ministry (3)

This course is an introduction to the world of children and an invitation for personal involvement in child evangelism through relationships with those who are “precious in God’s sight.” Topics focus on the importance of understanding children, how they are designed, their needs, and their value. Students have the opportunity to develop a personal philosophy of ministry to children.

Note: Students with credit for CDST 121 Foundations of Children’s Ministry may not take this course for credit

CM 140 Experiential Ministry Internship I (3)

An extended internship under the direction of a church or para-church supervisor that is designed to further the development of the skills and knowledge necessary for effective ministry. These internships require a minimum of 350 hours of direct ministry experience and typically are taken over two semesters of study (8 months).

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the AA Experiential Ministry Program

CM 141 Experiential Ministry Internship II (3)

An extended internship under the direction of a church or para-church supervisor that is designed to further the development of the skills and knowledge necessary for effective ministry. These internships require a minimum of 350 hours of direct ministry experience and typically are taken over two semesters of study (8 months).

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the AA Experiential Ministry Program

CM 204 Evangelism and Discipleship (3)

This course carefully examines holistic evangelism based on an understanding of salvation and conversion. In addition, the course prepares students for discipling others through in-class and out-of-class opportunities.

Note: Only available through Continuing and Distance Education.

CM 209 TESOL and Church Ministry (3)

An exploration of English language teaching as a dimension of church-based local ministry in volunteer settings, mainly in North America. In contrast with the career or professional emphasis of other TESOL courses, the focus of this course would be on TESOL in the volunteer sector. That is, the course emphasis would be on preparing students to work with immigrants and international students and their language learning needs within contexts of local church outreach and service.

CM 240 Experiential Ministry Internship I (3)

An extended internship under the direction of a church or para-church supervisor that is designed to further the development of the skills and knowledge necessary for effective ministry. These internships require a minimum of 500 hours of direct ministry experience, should demonstrate depth and breadth beyond CM 140/141, and typically are taken over two semesters of study (8 months).

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the AA Experiential Ministry Program, and completion of CM 140 and CM 141

CM 241 Experiential Ministry Internship II (3)

An extended internship under the direction of a church or para-church supervisor that is designed to further the development of the skills and knowledge necessary for effective ministry. These internships require a minimum of 500 hours of direct ministry experience, should demonstrate depth and breadth beyond CM 140/141, and typically are taken over two semesters of study (8 months).

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the AA Experiential Ministry Program, and completion of CM 140 and CM 141

CM 321 Spiritual Formation of Children (3)

This course is intended to develop an awareness that children are able to grow spiritually and of the impact this early growth has on adult life. The issues of childhood moral development, psychological development, cognitive development, and the part these play in a child’s ability to grasp biblical concepts is explored. The role of a child’s age on his/her spiritual growth is also discussed. Students develop an approach to encouraging spiritual awakening and growth in children of all ages.

Prerequisite(s): THEO 112 Introduction to Spiritual Theology

CM 322 Children's Ministry Skills (3)

This course provides practical preparation for ministering to children in any setting, but is particularly geared toward teaching children in the church. The art of teaching to impact children is explored both theoretically and practically. Students are required to use new teaching skills in a practicum.

Prerequisite(s): CM 121 Foundations of Children’s Ministry

CM 324 Child, Church, and Mission (3)

An examination of holistic child development, the role of the church in caring for children in poverty, and children’s ministry as a strategy for mission.

NOTE: Students with credit for CM 451 Child, Church, and Mission may not take this course for credit

CM 331 Women's Ministry Foundations (3)

This course emphasizes a woman’s personal preparation for ministry by discussing areas of biblical, psychological, physical, and vocational development. It includes a study of biblical role models, devotional accountability, contemporary problems such as stress and self-esteem, and an evaluation of spiritual gifts.

Note: Students with credit for WMST 371 Women’s Ministry Foundations may not take this course for credit.

Prerequisite(s): CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry

CM 340 Experiential Ministry Internship I (3)

An extended internship under the direction of a church or para-church supervisor that is designed to further the development of the skills and knowledge necessary for effective ministry. These internships require a minimum of 1,000 hours of direct ministry experience, should demonstrate a breadth and depth beyond CM 240/241, and typically are taken over three semesters of study (12 months).

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the AA Experiential Ministry Program, and completion of CM 240 and CM 241

CM 341 Experiential Ministry Internship II (3)

An extended internship under the direction of a church or para-church supervisor that is designed to further the development of the skills and knowledge necessary for effective ministry. These internships require a minimum of 1,000 hours of direct ministry experience, should demonstrate a breadth and depth beyond CM 240/241, and typically are taken over three semesters of study (12 months).

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the AA Experiential Ministry Program, and completion of CM 240 and CM 241

CM 342 Experiential Ministry Internship II (3)

An extended internship under the direction of a church or para-church supervisor that is designed to further the development of the skills and knowledge necessary for effective ministry. These internships require a minimum of 1,000 hours of direct ministry experience, should demonstrate a breadth and depth beyond CM 240/241, and typically are taken over three semesters of study (12 months).

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the AA Experiential Ministry Program, and completion of CM 240 and CM 241

CM 405 Current Issues in Mission (3)

An examination of current issues in the church's mission, including the nature and significance of recent calls for incarnational mission and contextualization as well as the implications of the fact that Christianity's center of gravity is increasingly in the South and East rather than in the North and West.

Prerequisite(s): CM 105 Perspectives in Mission

CM 439 Christian Ministry Internship (3)

This internship provides a practical, supervised experience in the tasks, attitudes, and skills necessary for Christian ministry. The student may choose a ministry venue that best fits with his/her primary Christian Ministry degree focus.

Note: The B.A. in Christian Ministry degree requires the completion of a degree-specific internship. All internships need to be approved in advance by the appropriate program coordinator.

Prerequisite(s): The internship is offered to college students who have completed 60 credit hours or more and have been accepted into the degree program.

CM 461 Issues in Ministry Leadership (3)

This course specializes in dealing with issues that are commonly encountered by a pastor (such as power struggles, change, and church discipline). There is extensive use of case studies in the exploration of issues.

CM 481 Heart of Canadian Methodism (3)

An examination of the historical roots and contemporary presence of the Methodist church and the Wesleyan tradition in Canada. This course may be offered as part of the ordination requirements of the Free Methodist Church in Canada.

Prerequisite(s): The completion of 60 credit hours of study or permission of the instructor