Description of Courses

The following list represents courses offered in the Division of Discipleship and Ministry Leadership. This list does not contain specific information regarding the session and time of offering. Specific information will be made available to the student by the Registrar’s Office and through posted syllabi prior to registration.

Adult Ministry Leadership

CEAD6351 Ministry with Young Adults (3 hours)
A study is made of young adults and consideration is given to sociological, psychological and religious factors contributing to their development. Needs of young adults are considered, and possible approaches to ministry to this age are surveyed.

CEAD6355 Leading Family Ministry (3 hours)
In this course, the Southern Baptist program of Family Ministry is studied and analyzed. Subjects dealt with include the scope and biblical basis of family ministry, premarital education, and education for family living, including marriage enrichment and parent education. The relationships of family ministry to the total educational programs of churches are studied, methods are discussed, and resources are identified.

CEAD6356 Leading Adult Ministry (3 hours)
This course highlights the need for aggressive leadership in the adult education program of the church. Areas of work requiring special attention are identified, and practical suggestions for accomplishing desired objectives are explored. The roles of church staff and lay leadership are defined. Principles of leadership and interpersonal relationships with adults are considered.

CEAD6358 Ministry with Older Adults (3 hours)
The characteristics and needs of older adults are a primary part of this study. Possible programs churches may use in ministry with aging persons are considered.

CEGT5258 Introduction to Gerontology (2 hours)
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the major concepts and issues pertinent to the study of the aging process. Theoretical content is combined with practical issues in each unit. The course is designed to provide an overview for the generalists in ministry with the elderly and to offer stimulation for further detailed study for the specialist.

CEAD6190/6290/6390 Clinical Field Project in Adult Ministry Leadership (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CEAD6191/6291/6391 Independent Directed Study in Adult Ministry Leadership (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CEAD6192/6292/6392 Special Topics in Adult Ministry Leadership (1, 2, or 3 hours)

Children’s Ministry Leadership

CECH6321 Child Development (3 hours)
A study is made of the human growth developmental process of children birth through eleven years. Physical, mental, social-emotional, moral, and spiritual characteristics are identified and related to implications for parents and teachers. Developmental theories are explored, and observations are made of young children.

CECH6333 Leading Children’s Ministry (3 hours)
In this course the role of the children’s minister in planning and facilitating ministries for children and families will be examined.

CECH6335 Children and the Christian Faith (3 hours)
In this course the student is exposed to approaches for developing ministries for children and parents, which will better equip the child to experience and respond to God at his or her own level of understanding.

CECH6337 Ministering to Children in Crisis (3 hours)
During the course of this class the student will identify and explore issues which create crisis conditions in the life of today’s children. Among the crises to be explored are death, divorce, chronic or terminal illness, bullying, abuse, neglect, and violence.

CECH6190/6290/6390 Clinical Field Project in Children’s Ministry Leadership (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CECH6191/6291/6391 Independent Directed Study in Children’s Ministry Leadership (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CECH6192/6292/6392 Special Topics in Children’s Ministry Leadership (1, 2, or 3 hours)

Church Recreation and Wellness

CERW6270 Total Wellness and the Minister (2 hours)
The student will learn how to accomplish personal wellness. He is led to consider how physical well-being exerts a positive influence upon the mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of his life. The cardiovascular-respiratory system is monitored to determine physical fitness. Individual ‘conferences’ with the professor and on-line group discussions are conducted in order to provide continuous evaluative information from the class members.

CERW6371 Lifespan Recreation (3 hours)
The functions of recreation and sports ministry as well as its practices are studied. Attention is given to compiling recreational materials and planning various types of programs.

CERW6375 Intentional Sports Ministry (3 hours)
This course is designed to help church leaders understand the value of using recreation, specifically sports, as a part of their ministry paradigm. Special attention will be given to the rationale and mechanics of organizing, administering, and implementing a sports evangelism program (e.g., Upward Sports’ basketball, soccer, flag football, and cheerleading). This will include the elements of recruiting volunteers, intentional spiritual development and evangelism, coach and referee training, and participant development.

CERW6190/6290/6390 Clinical Field Project in Church Recreation/Wellness (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CERW6191/6291/6391 Independent Directed Study in Church Recreation/Wellness (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CERW6192/6292/6392 Special Topics in Church Recreation (1, 2, or 3 hours)

Collegiate Ministry Leadership

CECM6352 Campus-Based Collegiate Ministry (3 hours)
This course is designed to focus on the work of the director of Baptist Collegiate Ministries. The qualifications, preparation, commitment, relationships, and responsibilities are considered. Basic principles underlying program development, leadership training, and administration of staff, student center and budget are explored.

CECM6353 The History and Philosophy of Collegiate Ministry (3 hours)
This course is designed for students primarily who are specializing in the area of collegiate ministry. The history and philosophy of collegiate ministry are investigated with particular attention to ministry by and for Southern Baptists. The rationale behind the ministry to collegiate students is explored, along with significant historical milestones. The basic contexts of ministry to collegiate students are introduced. Other emphases include parachurch ministry, revivals and spiritual awakening among college students, and the future of ministry for college students. Further attention is given to ministry to the families of collegiate students.

CECM6354 Guiding Collegians in Their Faith Pilgrimage (3 hours)
The course is designed to provide students with training to lead college students in their pilgrimage of faith development. This is a study of the dynamics and universal human experience of faith pilgrimage, which are peculiar to college students. Since faith is best expressed in the context of religion, the study will investigate Scripture, theology, ethical teachings, and developmental psychology in the framework of the identity processes of later adolescents. Attention will be given to elements of personal faith, trusting relationships, and cognitive growth in and through the family, church, and campus groups.

CECM6358 Church-Based Collegiate Ministry (3 hours)
An in-depth look at collegiate ministry which is based in the local church, including examination of church polity, relationships with local campuses and/or campus ministers, ministry to “away” students, and securing for ministry.

CECM6660 Collegiate Ministry Track Praxis - Semester I (6 hours)
CECM6661 Collegiate Ministry Track Praxis - Semester II (6 hours)
The purpose of these courses is to provide the student an opportunity for two semester-length studies in a practicum environment in collegiate ministry and to assist in professional development for MDiv Collegiate Ministry Track students.

CECM6190/6290/6390 Clinical Field Project in Collegiate Ministry Leadership (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CECM6191/6291/6391 Independent Directed Study in Collegiate Ministry Leadership (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CECM6192/6292/6392 Special Topics in Collegiate Ministry Leadership (1, 2, or 3 hours)

Discipleship

DISC5170 Introduction to Spiritual Formation (1 hour)
This course is a pass-fail experience in a faculty led learning context. Students in the course will meet weekly for accountability, mentoring, discussion, and spiritual formation by participating in and leading weekly meetings. Students will comprehend a variety of Christian devotional practices by completing specific assignments on basic spiritual disciplines. Course is available in a mentoring format.

DISC5171 Personal Disciple Making (1 hour)
This course is a pass-fail experience in a faculty led learning context. Students in the course will meet weekly for accountability, mentoring, and personal disciple making by participating in and leading others in the context of a mentor/micro-group learning environment. Students will be challenged to share their faith and multiply spiritually. Students will do this by selecting a mentee(s) from a church ministry context to disciple them with the goal of spiritual multiplication. Prerequisite: DISC5170 Introduction to Spiritual Formation. Course is available in a mentoring format.

DISC5260 Discipleship Strategies (2 hours)
This course is designed to equip students for leading discipleship ministries in a local church by exploring a variety of methods and approaches used in a response to the Great Commission mandate in churches today. Students are exposed to select and different materials and methods of discipleship in correlation to the Bible Study programs in local churches to provide basis for future adaptation. The student is also introduced to developmental processes currently available. Course is available in a mentoring format.

DISC5371 Disciple Making through Small Group Ministry (3 hours)
The purpose of this course is to engage students in a comprehensive look at strategies, principles, aims, and procedures that facilitate qualitative and quantitative growth of the church (disciple making) through a small group/Sunday School ministry. Students will develop skills in assessing, planning, organizing, leading, and evaluation of the ministry of a church which utilizes a small group/Sunday School strategy.

DISC5399 Special Event: Conference (3 hours) Faculty
The purpose of this course is to expose students to a variety of topics specific to disciple making and leader training. Conferences will be selected on their capacity to support the disciple making competency. Particular attention will be given to evangelism approaches, discipleship strategies, ministry contexts and leadership development. Travel arrangements and conference expenses will be the responsibility of the individual student unless special accommodations are made by the faculty instructor.

DISC6300 Lifespan Discipleship (3 hours) Faculty
Students will examine discipleship through the lens of developmental stages across the lifespan–birth through older adult. Methodology will involve course readings, class discussion, and related course assignments. Emphasis is given to application in the local church context. There are no prerequisites for this course, though it is recommended the student first complete CEEF6306 Lifespan Development.

DISC6190/6290/6390 Clinical Field Project in Discipleship (1, 2, or 3 hours)
DISC6191/6291/6391 Independent Directed Study in Discipleship (1, 2, or 3 hours)
DISC6192/6292/6392 Special Topics in Discipleship (1, 2, or 3 hours)

Educational Foundations

CEEF6211 Teaching Practicum (2 hours)
This course involves the development and presentation of teaching plans by the members of the class as well as the video-recording and evaluation of presentations for the purpose of critical analysis of lesson content and objectives, teacher and student learning styles, audience-appropriate methods, and the teaching-learning outcomes. Prerequisite: CEEF6310 Teaching the Bible. Course is available in a mentoring format.

CEEF6300 Historical Foundations of Christian Education (3 hours)
A study is made of the historical personalities whose thought and work have shaped our understanding of Christian education ministry in the past. An emphasis is given to the emerging concepts which will shape our understanding of Christian education ministry in the future.

CEEF6301 Foundations of Christian Education (3 hours)
This course is a study of educational philosophies which have influenced Christian education because of their respective responses to the metaphysical, epistemological, and axiological questions. The study provides an investigation into the contemporary influence of alternative philosophies on the ministry of Christian education.

CEEF6302 Foundations in Educational Psychology (3 hours)
The purpose of this course is to engage students in a comprehensive examination of educational psychology. Special attention is devoted to concepts which describe principles of teaching, theories of learning, motivational psychology, and instructional objectives. The study provides for an analysis of representative expressions of the teaching-learning transaction as they focus on the ministry of Christian education.

CEEF6303 Ministry of Teaching (3 hours)
Students will be expected to learn basic skills in classroom management, curriculum development and instructional methods for ethical living and teaching. Students will demonstrate an understanding and ability to manage a positive teaching experience. Students will evaluate and design curriculum for discipleship and Christian living. Variances due to age levels and learning domains will be considered. Students will also research ethical issues relevant for the church and ministry leaders. Recommend Prerequisites: CEEF6301 Foundations of Christian Education, CEEF6310 Teaching the Bible.

CEEF6306 Lifespan Development (3 hours)
In this course students will explore the different stages of human life through course readings, a service learning project, and by writing a developmental biography. Emphasis is given to the application of subject knowledge to ministry contexts.

CEEF6310 Teaching the Bible (3 hours)
The course explores the nature of teaching, the biblical model of instruction, curricular design, the learner’s impact upon instruction, theories of practice, and methods of instruction. The expositional process will receive special attention given that it undergirds the teaching process.

CEEF6600 Christian Education Proficiency Seminar (6 hours)
Students will be expected to read foundational textbooks in the field of Christian Education, synthesize the required reading and communicate the results through written, oral and visual presentations. Four major areas will be studied: historical and philosophical foundations, church leadership and administration, teaching and learning, lifespan development and discipleship. Students will enhance research and writing skills as preparation for doctoral studies. PhD and EdD entrance exam preparation is included in the seminar. This seminar is available only to students who are doing leveling work in preparation for doctoral studies.

CEEF6190/6290/6390 Clinical Field Project in Educational Foundations (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CEEF6191/6291/6391 Independent Directed Study in Educational Foundations (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CEEF6192/6292/6392 Special Topics in Educational Foundations (1, 2, or 3 hours)

Innovative Learning

CEEF6354 Contemporary Practices of Student Mentoring (3 hours)
This course provides a study of the purpose, function, and application of the mentoring process for students in the 21st century. Emphasis is given to establishing goals in the instructor’s abilities and capacities for mentoring students. Pragmatic exercises are employed to assist faculty in learning how to mentor more effectively. Understanding the role of the institution will be considered. Framing the mentorship with shared learning goals and identification of the necessary communal structures within the institution will be discussed.

CEEF6355 Facilitating Learning in Online and Face-to-Face Learning Environments (3 hours)
This three-hour course is a part of the “Teaching in the 21st Century Certificate” designed to train seminary teachers to use innovative methodology in teaching 21st Century courses.

CEEF6356 Emerging Technologies for Learning (3 hours)
This three-hour course is a part of the “Teaching in the 21st Century Certificate” designed to train seminary teachers by providing a study of emerging technologies impacting the academic environment and strategies on how to successfully implement them in learning environments.

CEEF6357 Teaching in the 21st Century: Grading Rubrics, Group Learning, and Problem-Based Learning (3 hours)
This three-hour course is a part of the “Teaching in the 21st Century Certificate” designed to equip seminary teachers with the theoretical concepts and practical applications for employing grading rubrics in courses and for engaging students in group learning methodologies and in problem- based learning methodologies.

CEIL6101-6110/6201-6210/6301-6310 Special Event in Innovative Learning (1, 2, or 3 hours)

Leadership and Administration

CEAM6308 Risk Management in Christian Ministry (3 hours)
This course provides an investigation into the contemporary influence of risk management in the ministry of the local church and Christian organization. Students will review and evaluate critical areas of risk management such as: personnel risk management, property risk administration, financial and fiduciary risk, and general congregational and program risk management. Issues of safety, security, insurance and legal mandates placed on religious non-profit organizations will be discussed.

CEAM6214/6314 Leading Team-Based Ministry (2 or 3 hours)
This course is designed to be an analysis of servant leader roles and ministry team dynamics in a multiple-staff ministry in the local church.

CEAM6317 Church Business Administration (3 hours)
A study of requisite management and church administration skills to effectively and efficiently direct the ministry programs and activities of the local church and similar denominational organizations. Consideration is given primarily to the practical functional areas of church business administration. Prerequisite: CEAM6320 Church Leadership and Administration.

CEAM6320 Church Leadership and Administration (3 hours)
This course will focus on a study of the servant leadership model as a basis for personal concepts of church and Christian ministry. By combining the requisite skills for a Biblical concept of church administration, the student will explore appropriate models and formulate their personal leadership and administration style for Christian ministry. Course is available in a mentoring format.

CEAM6321 Using Technology in the Work of the Church (3 hours)
A study of the significant effect that technology has impacted the church and Christian organizations in the manner in which they interact with the community and conduct their business. The course will include a study of the computer and attendant equipment and software in the life and work of the church. Emphasis will be placed upon the various types of social and communication devices as well as how emerging technology can be used successfully in the conduct of effective worship, educational, ministerial, and administrative ministry.

CEAM6190/6290/6390 Clinical Field Project in Leadership and Administration (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CEAM6191/6291/6391 Independent Directed Study in Leadership and Administration (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CEAM6192/6292/6392 Special Topics in Leadership and Administration (1, 2, or 3 hours)

Mentoring

CMEN6300/6600 Mentoring in Discipleship Ministry (3 or 6 hours) Dean, Faculty
Mentees will engage in a mentorship in one of the following Christian education ministry areas in a local church under the supervision of an approved mentor: administration, adult ministry, children’s ministry, collegiate ministry, discipleship, youth ministry. The mentee cohort will participate in online learning units as determined by the professor. Students may enroll in this course twice.

Additional courses may be taken in the mentoring format. Those courses may be found in their respective division sections of this catalog and are designated by the phrase “Also can be taken in a mentoring format” (additionally, the courses are identified with the mark in the MDiv specializations and other degrees).

Statistics

CEST6300 Introduction to Educational Research & Statistics (3 hours) Yount
Students will explore the nature of science as a way of knowing, the scientific method as a means of collecting real-world data in the process of solving problems in church ministries, and statistics as the means of analyzing the meaning of measurements. Students will learn to use quantitative methods to improve leadership and enhance educational, evangelistic, and administrative programs in the local church and related ministries. Successful completion of this course is foundational for doctoral level research and analysis.

Women’s Ministry Leadership

CEWM5360 Foundations in Ministry to Women (3 hours)
This course is designed to provide the understanding and skills necessary to begin and implement ministry to women in the local church. Special attention will be given to the purpose, philosophy, planning, programming, and potential leader development of ministry to women.

CEWM6365 Advanced Ministry to Women (3 hours)
This course is designed to explore in detail issues associated with ministry to women in the 21st century. Attention will be given to current trends, leadership concerns, and other items related to ministry to women as a profession. Prerequisite: CEWM5360 Foundations in Ministry to Women OR CEWM5260 Ministry to Women through the Local Church plus one hour in Discipleship or Ministry Planning.

CEWM5161 Spiritual Gifts of Women (1 hour)
This course is designed to study the scriptural basis of the Holy Spirit and His gifts in an effort to develop and use the spiritual gifts of women through the local church.

CEWM5168 Lifestyle Witnessing for Women (1 hour)
This course is designed to discuss thoroughly the nature of witnessing, the personal character of the witness, and the process of witnessing in order to empower women as personal witnesses and as leaders in witness training.

CEWM5180 Lay Counseling for Women (1 hour)
The purpose of this course is to explore the nature of Christian counseling and examine types of counseling techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on how the lay person can counsel women who have a variety of problems.

CEWM5181 Ministry to Mothers (1 hour)
This course is designed to understand the importance of ministry to mothers, examine the biblical teachings about mothering, identify the various needs of mothers in the church and community, and develop programs for effective ministry to mothers within the ministry to women of the local church.

CEWM5182/5382 Biblical Womanhood (1 hour or 3 hours)
This course is designed to provide an amplified and comprehensive study of biblical womanhood. Biblical principles will be applied to life relationships in the home, church, and world.

CEWM5185/5385 A Survey of Feminist Theology (1 hour or 3 hours)
This course is designed to explore the historical and theoretical foundations of American feminism. The writings of selected feminists and feminist theologians will be considered, along with modern manifestations of ancient “goddess worship.” Analysis of the impact of these works, as well as “biblical” or “evangelical” feminism, upon historical, socio-political, and current religious attitudes will be evaluated.

CEWM5187 Teaching Basic Baptist Beliefs for Women (1 hour)
This course is designed to lead students into a greater understanding of the basic Baptist doctrines including the Scriptures, God, man, and salvation; to equip them to apply these biblical doctrines to their lives; and to teach them to others to whom they minister.

CEWM5251 Disciple Making and Mentoring for Women (2 hours)
This course is designed to identify the needs for discipleship and mentoring of women today in order to build a more effective spiritual formation among women. The course is designed to discuss the importance of discipleship and mentoring, examine biblical foundations and models for mentoring and disciple making, and develop strategies for promoting and implementing mentoring and disciple making in the local church.

CEWM5260 Ministry to Women through the Local Church (2 hours)
This course is designed to identify the needs and gifts of women today in order to build a more effective ministry to women in the local church. Students will explore the biblical foundations and various models of ministry to women. In addition, students will examine all components of a comprehensive ministry to women program.

CEWM5262 Public Speaking for Women (2 hours)
This course is designed to provide information, observation, and application of public speaking techniques to enhance the communication of women in life and ministry. In addition, presentations will be made to practice public speaking and receive evaluation feedback.

CEWM5263 Leadership Skills for Women (1 hour)
This course is designed to review specific leadership skills, which could be effectively employed in leading the ministry to women of a local church. Students will develop and enhance personal leadership skills as well as become equipped to better train other women in leadership skills to be used in their lives and ministries.

CEWM5269 Bible Study Design and Writing for Women (2 hours)
This course is designed to develop strategies for designing and writing Bible studies for both personal and group use in order to increase knowledge and application of God’s Word. Students will examine methodologies for studying and teaching the Bible to women through the local church.

CEWM5270 Emerging Generations in Ministry to Women (2 hours)
This course is designed to discuss approaches specific to reaching teen girls and young adult women, examine the biblical teachings about the responsibility of older women teaching younger women, and develop strategies for outreach and discipleship of women in emerging generations.

CEWM5286 Intercultural Missions and Ministry to Women (2 hours)
The purpose of this course is to lead students into a greater understanding of their cultures and the cultures of the people around them in order to equip them to lead others to a deeper relationship with God and others to whom they minister. Students will examine strategies for missions involvement on an individual and group basis among women through the church.

CEWM6375 Mentoring in Ministry to Women (3 hours)
Mentees will engage in a mentorship to women in a local church or church-based ministry under the supervision of an approved mentor. The mentee cohort will participate in online learning units as determined by the professor.

CEWM6190/6290/6390 Clinical Field Project in Women’s Ministry Leadership(1, 2, or 3 hours)
CEWM6191/6291/6391 Independent Directed Study in Women’s Ministry Leadership(1, 2, or 3 hours)
CEWM6192/6292/6392 Special Topics in Women’s Ministry Leadership (1, 2, or 3 hours)

Youth Ministry Leadership

CEYH5344 Leading Youth Ministry (3 hours)
The focus of this course is to help church leaders plan, coordinate, lead, and evaluate youth ministry in a local church. Students will learn to develop a biblical philosophy of youth ministry and how to organize youth ministry in the church. Emphasis will be given to ministry with students, parents, and adult volunteers. Additional study will include the various roles of the youth minister as a staff member, family member, community leader. Special attention will also be given to relational discipleship in student ministry.

CEYH5398 Youth Ministry Leadership Conference (3 hours)
Students will comprehend and value the changing discipline of youth ministry through attendance at a special event or national conference. Guest speakers who are experts in the field of youth ministry will address topics within the discipline of youth ministry. Students will interact with presenters through question and answer times, debriefings, discussions, and suggestions for implementation in the local church.

CEYH6341 Understanding Contemporary Adolescents (3 hours)
A study is made of the developmental characteristics of adolescence, including the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, religious, and moral.

CEYH6342 Communication and Evangelism for Youth Audiences (3 hours)
Students learn about principles of preaching and audience analysis via lecture and dialogue. During the course, students prepare age and attention span-appropriate messages for youth audiences. Students “preach” the message to the class and, on completion, they are evaluated by fellow students. The content of this course includes audience analysis, sermon preparation and storyboarding, delivery techniques, and evaluation.

CEYH6343 Youth Culture (3 hours)
Personal and social problems of adolescents in the United States are studied. The resources for guiding youth are examined with special emphasis on the home and the church.

CEYH6357 Leadership Development in Youth Ministry (3 hours)
The purpose of this course is to equip leaders in the use of youth discipleship resources focused on leadership development. Training youth to be godly leaders is essential in effective youth ministry. Students will examine the biblical concept of leadership, Jesus’ example of servant leadership, and the application of those principles in life and ministry.

CEYH6360 Disciple Making with Youth and Families (3 hours)
Discipleship is one of the tasks identified by Jesus in the Great Commission. However, in local churches the difficulty in finding a “time slot” to offer a program for discipleship has been one of several challenges in fulfilling the task to make disciples. This course takes a fresh look at the biblical role of discipleship for the purpose of equipping students to creatively explore ways to address the purpose of disciple making as Jesus commanded. Students will explore the biblical content of discipleship, the biblical mandate for discipleship, and possible contemporary expressions of “doing” discipleship in the church. Specific attention is given to the equipping of families of students to disciple teenagers within the context of the family.

CEYH6190/6290/6390 Clinical Field Project in Youth Ministry Leadership (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CEYH6191/6291/6391 Independent Directed Study in Youth Ministry Leadership (1, 2, or 3 hours)
CEYH6192/6292/6392 Special Topics in Youth Ministry Leadership (1, 2, or 3 hours)