COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Biblical & Theological Studies

*Note: Not all classes are offered each semester

Fundamentals of the Faith

A fundamental course in theology designed to give the student a basic understanding of the doctrines of God, man, sin, and stresses the salvation position into which God calls mankind. 

 

Doctrines of Holiness

An intensive study of the doctrine of heart purity and sanctification as a second definite work of grace.  Scriptural and experiential material is integrated for the purpose of instructing and establishing students in their personal experience of living a sanctified life.

 

New Testament Survey

An introductory course which surveys the content, theology, and history of the New Testament with  special emphasis on the divisions, authorship, major themes, historical events, and spiritual applications.

 

Bible Study Methodology

A basic course in the use of proper methodologies and techniques for accurate Biblical analysis.  Instructions for writing Biblical expositions will be given utilizing atlases, commentaries, word studies, etc.  Both printed and computer software programs will be utilized.

 

Old Testament Survey

An introductory course which surveys the content, theology, and history of the Old Testament with special emphasis on the divisions, authorship, and major themes, historical events, and spiritual applications. 

 

Life of Christ

A study of the life, ministry, message, and methods of Jesus Christ.  Attention will be given to the individual perspective  Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John present on the life of Christ.  Emphasis will be placed on the destiny of God for Christ and humanity, the concept of God authorizing the ministry of Christ, the dynamic presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of Christ, the ministry of Jesus, the relationship Christ maintained with His father, and His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and empowerment.

 

1 & 2 Corinthians

An exegetical study of Apostle Paul’s letters to the Corinthian Church.  Attention will be given to the historical, literary, and grammatical context of that day, the concept of love, spiritual gifts, and the resurrection.  Emphasis will be placed upon the methodology resolving church difficulties.

 

Major Prophets

A study of the Old Testament prophets Isaiah through Daniel.  Attention will be given to the messenger, the mission, the method, and the message of the prophets.  Each prophetic and historical message will be examined with its important application to our present day. 

 

Minor Prophets

A study of the Old Testament prophets Hosea through Malachi.  Attention will be given to the messenger, the mission, the method, and the message of the prophets.  Each prophetic and historical message will be examined with its important application to our present day. 

 

Daniel/Revelation

An exegetical study of the apocalyptic books of Daniel and Revelation.  Special emphasis will be given to the second coming of Jesus, the tribulation period, and the eternal state of the believer and unbeliever. 

 

Homiletics I 

This course is the study of the role and significance of preaching, the use of scripture, intention, sermon structure and content, rhetorical style, and the basic types of sermons.

 

Homiletics II

This course is a continued study of the role and significance of preaching including the use of scripture, content, and sermon structure.  Special emphasis is placed on sermon delivery.

 

Pentateuch

A study of the background, history, chronology, customs, and typology of the first five books of the Bible.  Emphasis will be given to the divine purpose of creation, divine plan of redemption, the calling and wilderness wandering of Israel, and the giving of the Mosaic law. 

 

Old Testament Tabernacle 

A systematic treatment of God’s plan of redemption as seen through the Old Testament.  Attention will be given to its design, materials, construction, and purpose.  Emphasis will be given to the Christological aspects of the Old Testament tabernacle.  

 

Prison Epistles 

An exegetical study of Paul’s epistles to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and to Philemon.  Emphasis will be given to the theme of each epistle.  Special emphasis will be given to the Christological development and structure of the epistles as a whole and how each epistle fits into the whole.

 

Acts 

A study of the continued ministry of Jesus in the early church through the presence and working of the Holy Spirit.  The dynamic of the Holy Spirit, the ministry activity of Paul, and the explosive growth of the church will be studied.  Attention will be given to the individual messages recorded in Acts with a view toward developing a Biblical basis for effective missions and evangelism activity in the church today.

 

Hermeneutics 

This course is the study of the principles of Biblical interpretation and the basic methods of systematic study.  A survey of the history of Biblical interpretation is included, along with the methods for effective use of research and corollary materials.

 

Pneumatology 

An intensive study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.  Careful attention will be given to the person, nature, and work of the Holy Spirit in the contemporary church.  Emphasis will be placed on the role of the Holy Spirit in the Godhead, within the church, and within the believer.

 

Systematic Theology I 

An in-depth investigation into the various prerequisites of the discussion necessary to theology.  Attention will be given to the doctrines of the Bible, God and man.  Special emphasis will be given to the being and nature of God, and to the eternal plurality and unity within the Godhead. The doctrines of man and sin will also be covered with attention given to the nature and extent of man’s fall.  

 

Systematic Theology II 

An in-depth investigation into the doctrines of Sin, Christ and Salvation.  Emphasis will be given to the person and work of Christ and the Holy Spirit.  Attention will be given to the necessity, nature, and extent of salvation.  The nature of the Church, its rightful Head, those of whom it is comprised, its mission, its message, and method will also be studied followed by a survey of the events of the last day.

Systematic Theology III

An in-depth investigation into the doctrines of the , the Holy Spirit, the church, and of Eschatology.

 

Parables of Jesus 

An intensive examination of the nature, structure, and purpose of parables as an illustrative tool, and gives an in-depth analysis of why Jesus used parables and why this continues to be an effective tool of communication for today. Students will have the opportunity to prepare lessons using parabolic language.

 

Principles of Prayer 

The theology and practice of prayer is intended to be a practical survey of prayer in scriptures, the teaching of Christ on the subject, and people throughout history who prayed with passion. The global impact of prayer will be evaluated, as well as the impact of prayer on leadership. 

 

Apologetics

This course is a study of the defense of the Christian faith. Various approaches to apologetic methods will be examined. Topics such as the existence of God, the deity and resurrection of Jesus, the reality of miracles, and major objections to Biblical doctrines will be analyzed. This course seeks to equip the student with basic knowledge and skills to defend Biblical, sound doctrine.  

Ministry Internship

This practicum will allow the student the practical experience of observation, development, and institution of personally written materials and lesson plans, programs, study guides, etc. based upon his or her major area of study and ministry calling. 

Church/School Administration

This course is a study of basic concepts and techniques of Christian Church and School Administration. Basic bookkeeping and the fundamentals of church and Christian School administration will be taught.

Intro to Communications

This course is designed to introduce students to theory and practice in both interpersonal (one-on-one) communication and public communication.  Focus is on the development of communication competence.  Students will learn to understand, acquire, change, develop and/or improve interpersonal skills as well as public speaking skills.  Learning experiences will include reading, lecture, discussion, and classroom activities with self-critique and feedback from other students and the instructor.

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Practical Theology
 

Writing Sunday School Literature

This course is designed to assist students in understanding the philosophy, purpose, and aims of curriculum.  Special attention is given to curriculum development, course design, and related concepts.  Students will develop a four week program with stated objectives and measurable outcomes. 

 

Church Growth

This course provides an introduction to the principles and philosophy of church growth as applied primarily to the North American church.  The student will gain a thorough understanding of principles and strategies for the growth of a church with a concentration on the causes and cures of non-growth.  The student will combine the eternal theological principles of God’s word with relevant contemporary literature in forming a strategy for future church growth. 

 

Intro to Missions

This course provides a Biblical, historical, and practical survey of world missions.  A study of the missionary outreach includes the motive, objective, call, and qualifications.  Emphasis is placed upon the spiritual and cultural life of the missionary on the field. 

Personal Evangelism

Personal evangelism is a course designed to prepare a person to teach the gospel one-on-one or in small, private groups. Students will learn about a wide variety of materials and approaches to private study, about various ways to find prospects, and about ways to design a personal evangelism program in a local congregation. Much of the course is designed to prepare students to deal with various doctrinal questions that arise when discussing the Bible with others.

Student Ministry

A graduation requirement course. This course is 6 semesters long and counts for .5 credit hours for each semester. A handbook will be given to student depicting the exact nature of the course. in general the course will assist students in 1) gaining confidence to step into spiritual leadership 2) Learn how relationships must be cultivated with different types of people in order to accomplish ministry goals that involve others 3) Commit to a lifetime of ministry regardless of vocational calling 4) Learn to train others in areas such as character, faith, ministry, etc.

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Christian Education
 

Development of a Christian School 

This course is designed to prepare students with missionary zeal focusing on planting, structuring and developing a Christian School. The course will provide the basic knowledge and experiences needed to begin a church-based Christian school. Topics covered will include legal requirements and possible certifications, staffing and organization, professional development of staff, recruiting students, fundraising, continuous quality improvement through assessment and planning, and budgeting.

 

Introduction to Christian Education

This course emphasizes the Biblical foundation of Christian education. Needs of the various age groups, current methods and approaches, curriculum and materials, organization and administration in the local church are practical aspects surveyed.

 

Principles, Methods and Management of Teaching in the Classroom 

This course focuses on basic teaching principles and basic instructional methods with the aim of creating an effective lesson plan, and explores and incorporates the teaching methods of Jesus. This course is a prerequisite for the Elementary Teacher Education program and must be completed before beginning the program. It involves practical experience for the student in preparation for teaching elementary children. A survey of teaching styles which meet children of diverse needs is included. Emphasis is given to observation and careful evaluation. This course presents effective techniques in social and academic behaviors and different models of classroom management which enhance learning.

 

Teaching Literature/Language Arts/Reading in Elementary Schools 

This course is designed to familiarize potential teachers with methods of teaching literature to children. The various categories of children’s literature, as well as how to incorporate literature into the overall curriculum will be covered, including an emphasis on the formative influence of literature on children's character. The second half of this course will introduce an overview of the language arts program in listening, speaking, spelling, handwriting, composition, and grammar in the elementary school, integrated into effective classroom communication. The course will also examine the educational needs of children who require adaptive education and/or related services which enable them to reach their full potential. Students study the basic theories, approaches, and methods of teaching elementary reading. They learn the language, cognitive, sensory, perceptual, and socio-economic aspects of reading. Emphasis is placed on phonetic training.

 

Teaching Science/Social Studies/Math in Elementary Schools 

Presents a survey of science/social studies and math materials with a Christian perspective and includes experiences for teaching science, social studies and/or math to elementary students. Students learn disciplinary foundations, classroom management and the value of descriptive and procedural teaching. This course includes instructional thought drawn from cultural history, economics, and political science and geography with emphasis upon citizenship and cultural appreciation. The course will also examine the educational needs of children who require adaptive education and/or related services which enable them to reach their full potential. It includes a survey of mathematics in early childhood with emphasis in curriculum, method of instruction, and techniques presenting basic mathematic skills–addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions and percentage. Methods of evaluation and learning experiences will be considered.

 

Media Methods 

This course examines the application of various media in ministry contexts in a web-centered world. Media examined include videos, audio, desktop publishing, graphics, computer presentations, and websites. Emphasis is given in integrating this media with web technologies. This course assumes the student possesses a working knowledge of typing, word processing, internet navigation and Windows. 

 

Student Teaching

This course provides the potential teacher with practical experience in the classroom. Student teachers must be involved in carefully planned experiences in teaching, classroom activities, and socialization of children. Student teaching will include observation, teacher/parent evaluation, total class instruction and individualized involvement with the pupils.

Teaching and Reaching Children

This course is designed to teach students the basic theories, approaches, and methods of teaching the Bible to elementary age children.  The use of puppets, drama, skits, flannelgraphs, etc., as well as current technology will be examined.  The published curricula of several companies will be reviewed and evaluated. This course will also place emphasis upon the need for youth ministry in the local church and para-church organizations.  It will examine current trends and issues in various models of child evangelism.  

Church/School Administration

This course is a study of basic concepts and techniques of Christian Church and School Administration. Basic bookkeeping and the fundamentals of church and Christian School administration will be taught.

Intro to Communications

This course is designed to introduce students to theory and practice in both interpersonal (one-on-one) communication and public communication.  Focus is on the development of communication competence.  Students will learn to understand, acquire, change, develop and/or improve interpersonal skills as well as public speaking skills.  Learning experiences will include reading, lecture, discussion, and classroom activities with self-critique and feedback from other students and the instructor.

 

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General Studies
 

English Composition and Grammar

This course equips students with a firm knowledge of the fundamentals of composition, standard English grammar, punctuation, and style.  The course develops college-level reading, writing, and thinking skills; practical writing skills such as generating and focusing ideas for essays, composing drafts, and polishing (revising and editing) drafts; critical reading skills such as annotating, summarizing, responding, discussing, and synthesizing assigned readings; and critical thinking skills such as analysis; argumentation, and persuasion. This course equips students with a firm knowledge of the fundamentals of composition. The course includes introduction to literary analysis, investigation/review of topic-selection processes, discussing, development of possible thesis statements, outlining as it relates to support for a selected thesis statement, overall study of the research process, practice and emphasis on critical thinking skills in literary analysis, and experience in writing literary research papers using available resources.

 

History of America

The first half of this course surveys historical development from human origins in North America through the founding of the United States to the end of the Civil War. The second half of this course surveys historical development in the United States, beginning with Reconstruction of the nation during and after the Civil War, and continuing through contemporary times.

College Math I/College Math II

These courses include: real-number concepts, selected geometry concepts, linear equations and inequalities with one variable, problem solving involving linear or factorable quadratic equations as models, operations on polynomials, factoring polynomials, integral exponents, graphing linear and quadratic equations with two variables, rational expressions, function notation, rational exponents, solving absolute value, quadratic equations and inequalities, solving rational and radical equations and systems of equations in two variables, writing equations of lines, operations with complex numbers, and calculator usage.

 

Church History

A survey of the history of the Christian Church beginning with the ministry of Christ and including influential aspects such as the Apostolic Church, Protestant Reformation, and the North American Church to the present time.

 

Foundation of the Family

This course provides an overview of the family as an institution.  The emphasis will be upon preparedness for marriage, mate selection, family member status and role, communication and conflict solving concepts, and Biblical principles of marriage and family.

 

Essentials of Christian Leadership 

This course will focus on the leadership attributes it takes to be a Christian Leader in your church, your school and your community. Topics covered will include development of strategic visions, effectively recruiting others to a vision, care and feeding of volunteers or staff, and planning and logistics.

 

Music Appreciation 

A survey course designed to investigate the nature and role of music in the life of a Christian. There will be an emphasis on church worship, history of music’s role in the church and opportunities to learn and participate in musical experiences.

Introduction to Technology

An overview of the essential hardware and software needed to be successful at Heritage as well as a historical and theological look at technology and its use. This course requires each student have a laptop.  

Christian Literature

English 102 is a composition course focusing on skills required for effective writing in knowledge of theories and methodology of Christian Education, with emphasis on exposition, analysis and argumentation and also the use of research skills. Fundamental research and critical thinking skills are stressed along with excellence both in content and mechanics. You will develop skills in writing about major authors or individuals and their contributions, researching biographical importance of literature contributors, and presenting knowledgeable projects based upon the influence of key historians.

Science Survey

A survey of the sciences of biology, geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy. Major lecture topics include discussion of man’s biological history, earth’s geological history, minerals, rocks, dating, plate tectonics, glaciers, volcanoes, ocean currents, marine life, waves, the atmosphere, weather systems, and God’s creation beyond our atmosphere. When appropriate, contrasting views of these subjects will be examined.

World Religions

The basic principles and practices of the most significant world religions are discussed and evaluated.  The course goes beyond descriptions and identifies points of contact and cultural opportunities for effective communication, understanding and engagement.

Christian Finance

An investigation of Biblical principlesdealing with personal and church finances. This course utilizes the Crown Biblical Finacial Study series "Do Well".

 

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