Explanation of Course Descriptions

Courses listed in the 2019-2020 catalog are identified so as to help in determining the sequence and content of a course. Each course is identified by four letters. These letters are abbreviations for the following: (Note that the courses designated “Christian Ministry degree” are those courses that are a part of the new curriculum.)

BSCM

Biblical Studies courses, Christian Ministry degree

CECM

Christian Education courses, Christian Ministry degree

CMCM

Christian Ministry courses, Christian Ministry degree

LSCM

General Education courses, Christian Ministry degree

MUCO

Music Conducting courses

MUED

Music Education courses

MUEN

Music Ensemble courses

MUHI

Music History courses

MUIN

Music Instrumental courses

MUOR

Music Organ courses

MUPI

Music Piano courses

MUSS

Music Specialized Studies courses

MUTH

Music Theory courses

MUVO

Music Voice courses

MUWS

Music and Worship Study Courses

PCCM

Psychology and Counseling courses, Christian Ministry degree

PMCM

Pastoral Ministry courses, Christian Ministry degree

THCM

Theological/Historical courses, Christian Ministry degree

WMCM

 Women’s Ministry courses

WMMW

 Women’s Ministry courses

Course Descriptions

A Biblical Theology of Womanhood - WMCM1137/2329
The purpose of this course is to provide an amplified and comprehensive study of biblical womanhood. Biblical principles will be applied to life relationships in the home, church, and world.

African American Preaching - PMUS1113
This course is designed to provide a study of the role of preaching and the preacher, the purposes and planning of sermons, and how to organize and deliver a sermon from an African American perspective.

An Overview of Feminist Theology - WMMW1156
This course is designed to explore the historical and theoretical foundations of American feminism.  In addition, it will examine the impact of feminism on society and the church.

Apologetics - THUS1154
The study consists of topical lectures and discussions on the reliability and accuracy of various aspects of the Christian faith, and a review of a classic work in apologetics.

A Study of James - WMMW1157
The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with an overview of the pertinent background information for the Epistle of James followed by biblical interpretation of selected passages. Special attention is given to the development of themes within the book.

A Survey of Feminist Theology - WMCM1140/2340
The purpose of this course is 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.

A Survey of the Old Testament - WMMW1141
The purpose of this class is to provide the participant with an introduction to the content and context of the Old Testament. Participants will be challenged to develop an appreciation of the material as a whole and of individual books with their unique contributions.

A Survey of the New Testament - WMMW 1142
The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to the background and literature of the New Testament. Participants will be challenged to develop an appreciation of the material as a whole and of individual books with their unique contributions.

Baptist Church Programs - CEUS1150
This course focuses on helping the student understand the philosophy of Southern Baptist church programming and the assignment given to each program in the church base design.

Baptist Doctrine /Theology - THUS1110
This course is designed to provide a survey of Christian doctrines with an emphasis upon Baptist distinctives. The study consists of an examination of revelation, God, man, the person and work of Christ, the church, the Christian life, and the Christian hope.

Bible Study Design and Writing for Women - WMCM 1225
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. 

Biblical Womanhood - WMMW1137
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.

Child Development - CECM2360
This course focuses on developmental theory and stages as they impact the early childhood classroom in the areas of the teacher/child relationship, planning, teaching, and guidance. Prerequisite: None 

Child Psychology - PCCM3373
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the theoretical base and practical application of child psychology in multiple counseling and ministry settings. Key concepts of child psychology will be presented, as well as how these concepts can be applied today.

Children and Crisis - CECM1261
This course is designed to equip students to recognize and minister to children in crisis. Students will examine situations and events that may cause a crisis and appropriate methods of response. Students will also investigate the resources available for preschoolers, children, parents, and leaders in preschool and children’s ministry.

Children and Worship - CECM1244
The purpose of this course is to study the biblical foundations of worship and their relationship to children. Specifically, the different methods of leading preschoolers and children to participate in family, personal, and corporate worship will be addressed.

Children’s Ministry Project - CECM1264
The purpose of this course is to offer a field-training experience in children’s ministry. The student will propose, plan, and implement a project during a semester. Students may register for this course during any semester.

Children’s Ministry Practicum - CECM2201
The purpose of this course is to invlove students in a supervised church-based field training in children’s ministry for one semester. Supervision will be provided by an NOBTS faculty member and an on-site supervisor. A current ministry position or other church volunteer position may be used for field training.

Church Administration - CEUS1151
This course seeks to help the student appreciate the importance and necessity of administration. Emphasis is given to the planning process. The role of the church council in annual planning, calendar building, and evaluating is included. The work of the church officers and committees is included.

Church History - THUS1153
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic events in the history of the Christian Church.  

Church Leadership and Administration - CMCM3360
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a broad overview of the theory and practice of administration in the local church by exploring the biblical concepts of leadership and administration, goal setting, legal issues, personnel management, the training of leaders, and church operations. Prerequisites: Introduction to Christian Education and Introduction to Ministry

Church Planting - PMUS1163 (in sites other than Florida)
This course is designed for students interested in identifying key principles related to church planting or church revitalization. Emphasis will be given to the biblical basis, the motivation, the principles, and the personnel. 

Church Planting - PMUS1463
(This is a four-hour course only in Florida.)
This course is designed as a workshop to equip the student with the tools and strategies needed for successful church planting. This course is designed to guide the student through the process of starting a New Testament church that will thrive and reproduce. These principles can be adapted to any church planting situation. Students will be exposed to experts in various areas of church planting. The material will be presented by way of lecture, discussion groups, audiovisual presentation, reading assignments, writing assignments, and home study.

Church  Starting  in  the  African  American  Community  - PMUS1155
This course is designed to provide a practicum for starting a church in the African American community. Potential church planters will actually start a church.

Community Ministry - WMMW1144
This course will discuss the importance of community ministries and explore ways for women to effectively reach out to their communities with the gospel. Community ministries in the area will be presented.

Contemporary  Models  for  Women’s  Ministry  Leadership  - WMCM1120/1220
This course is designed to supplement attendance at a women’s ministry training conference with a research paper. Each conference must be pre-approved and a paper completed within a semester or equivalent time.

Counseling - PMUS1118
This course is designed to acquaint students with basic skills in counseling to help with preparation for ministry. Students will be trained in basic skills in listening and response.

Developing a Bible Teaching Program - CEUS1157
This course provides an overview to methods of developing and implementing Bible teaching programs. Attention will be given to the selection and use of literature.

Developing Leaders in the Church - CEUS1153
In this course attention is focused on helping the student understand the necessity of developing leaders and the specific responsibilities for training them. A variety of approaches and multiple resources will be examined. The church study course will be basic.

Discipling Church Members - PMUS1159
The focus of this course is to familiarize students with the issues regarding discipleship as a function of the church. Methods will be surveyed, but the emphasis of the course is upon personal discipleship development.

Disciple-Making and Mentoring for Women - WMCM 1229
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. This 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. 

Education Across the Lifespan - CEUS1165
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with foundational understanding of Christian educational ministry as it relates to children, youth, and adults in the local church. The emphasis of this course is consideration of faith development, age-graded learning characteristics, and Southern Baptist programming.

Educational Psychology - CECM4331
The purpose of this course is to study the application of psychological theories and principles to education and teaching. Among the topics covered are learning, motivation, individual differences, classroom evaluation, and classroom management. 

Emerging Generations in Ministry to Women - WMCM 1219
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. 

Emotional Life of the Minister’s Wife - WMMW1154
This course will explore the various emotions of women and healthy ways to manage those feelings and moods. The course will also explore common issues related to ministers’ wives as well as the emotions commonly linked with these issues. Based on scripture, practical helps will be discussed as women to cope and minister to others.

Evangelism - PMUS1110
This course is designed to provide a study of the biblical basis of evangelism, church programs for evangelism, and personal witnessing.

Faith Development of Preschoolers and Children - CECM1303
The purpose of this course is to survey the spiritual formation in childhood. Students will examine the role of the family, the faith community, the local church and the individual in Christian faith development. Strategies for engaging children to expereince and respond to God at their level of understanding will be explored. This is a required course for the Children’s Ministry minor.

Healthy Church Relationships - WMMW1155
This course is designed to equip the Minister’s Wife for healthy relationships in the church. Special attention will be given to understanding the call and equipping of the Minister’s Wife, as well as interpersonal relationship strategies. 

Hermenuetics - BIUS1160
The purpose of this course is to enable the student to develop a sound method for biblical interpretation. The student will be introduced to the basic principles, steps, and major resources available or practicing biblical exegesis. 

Homiletics - PMUS1112
This course is designed to provide a study of the role of preaching and the preacher, the purposes and planning of sermons, and how to organize and deliver a sermon.

Human Development - LCPC2390
The purpose of this course is to study the growth and development of the human life. The emphasis of this course is the examination and comparison of theories of development from the prenatal period through infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

Intercultural Missions and Ministry to Women - WMCM 1244
This course is designed to lead students into a greater under- standing of their cultures and the cultures of the people around them and to equip them to gain 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

Introduction to African American Baptist History - THUS1151 This course provides a survey of the involvement of African Americans in Baptist denominations in the United States. The study includes an overview of the history of African American Baptist conventions and African Americans within multiracial denominations.

Introduction to Christian Education - CEUS1101
This course is designed to provide an overview of the Christian education function in the local church. The study provides general background in the philosophy and practical application of Chrisitan educational programming.

Introduction to Ministry - PMUS1116
The purpose of this course is to provide for the students quality theological education in the disciplines of pastoral ministry. 

Introduction to New Testament Study - BIUS1150
This course is designed to provide a survey of the New Testament. The study consists of a brief overview of each book, including pertinent geographical and historical information.

Introduction to New Testament Study: The Early Church - BIUS 1153
This course is designed to provide a survey of the early church. 

Introduction to New Testament Study: The Life and Letters of Paul - BIUS1152
This course is designed to provide a survey of the life and letters of Paul. 

Introduction to New Testament Study: The Life of Christ - BIUS1151
This course is designed to provide a survey of the life of Christ. 

Introduction to Old Testament Study - BIUS1110
This course is designed to provide a survey of the Old Testament. The study consists of a brief overview of each book, including pertinent geographical and historical information.

Introduction to Old Testament Study: The Historical Books - BIUS 1111
This course is designed to provide a survey of Genesis through 2 Chronicles. The study consists of a brief overview of each book, including pertinent geographical and historical information. 

Introduction to Old Testament Study: The Prophets - BIUS1113
This course is designed to provide a survey of Isaiah through Malachi. The study consists of a brief overview of each book, including pertinent geographical and historical information. 

Introduction to Old Testament Study: The Writings - BIUS1112
This course is designed to provide a survey of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Ruth, and Esther. The study consists of a brief overview of each book, including pertinent geographical and historical information. 

Introduction to Preaching - PMUS1112
This course is designed to provide a study of the role of preaching and the preacher, the purposes and planning of sermons, and how to organize and deliver a sermon.

Lay Counseling for the Minister’s Wife - WMMW1143
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.

Lay Counseling for Women - WMCM 1134
This course is designed 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. 

Leadership Skills for Women - WMCM 1218
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 train other women in leadership skills to be used in their lives and ministries.

Leadership Training for the Minister’s Wife - WMMW1146
This course is designed to review the calling, character and practices of leadership which are essential for the wife of a minister. 

Lifestyle Witnessing for Women - WMCM1124
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.

Marriage and Family - WMMW1149
This course will address the issues of marriage and family life as experienced within the contemporary Christian home.  Primary focus will be upon the biblical understanding of marriage and family, practical application of scripturally relevant roles for women in the marriage and family environment and discussion of specific marriage and family resources to be utilized for individual or group discipleship.

Mentoring for the Minister’s Wife - WMMW1140
This course will equip the minister’s wife for ministry through mentoring and personal growth through being mentored.

Missions - PMUS1117
This course is designed to introduce students to biblical and theological foundations of Christian missions and provide historical overview.

Missions for the Minister’s Wife - WMMW1148
This course is designed to promote Christian missions education and missions’ involvement on an individual and group basis among the women in a local church.

Ministry to Women Through the Local Church - WMCM 1215
This course is designed to identify the needs of women today in order to build an effective, biblically-based ministry to women through the local church. 

New Testament Bible Course - BIUS1180
This course is designed to acquaint the student with pertinent background information and a verse-by-verse interpretation of selected books.

Mark

Galatians

John

Hebrews

Acts

1 John

Romans

Revelation

Old Testament Bible Course - BIUS1140
This course is designed to acquaint the student with pertinent background information and a verse-by-verse interpretation of selected books.

Genesis

Amos

Joshua

Jonah

Job

Malachi

Psalms

Isaiah

Personal Bible Study - WMMW1152
This course is designed to equip the Minister’s Wife for personal Bible study. Special attention will be given to the inductive process of Bible study, word studies, phrasing, and use of Bible study tools.

Personal Evangelism - WMMW1139
This course is designed to discuss the nature of evangelism and lifestyle witnessing in order to equip and empower women as personal witnesses.

Personal Holiness - WMMW1161
This course will examine biblical teachings about the holiness of God and His desire for His children to develop personal holiness.

Public Speaking for the Minister’s Wife - WMMW1116
This course is designed to provide information, observation, and application about public speaking skills for women who will benefit from effective communication in life and ministry.

Public Speaking for Women - WMCM 1217
This course is designed to provide information, observation, and application of public speaking techniques to enhance the communication of women in life and ministry. 

Recreation Ministry with Children - CECM2202
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the role of recreation in the spiritual formation of children. The foci of this course include the use of recreation in educational practice and the process of planning and conducting a variety of camps and retreats, sports ministry, after-school programs and special events. 

Special Topics in Educational Ministry - LCEM4360
The purpose of this course is to expose students to contemporary issues in children’s ministry through attendance at a major children’s ministry conference. Approval of the conference must be obtained prior to registration.

Spiritual Disciplines - WMMW1153
This course is a study of the disciplines of the Christian life including but not limited to Bible study, prayer, witnessing and service. The emphasis is on the practice of these disciplines in the daily lives of the students. 

Spiritual Gifts of the Minister’s Wife - WMMW1145
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 church.

Spiritual Gifts of Women - WMCM1115
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.

Sunday School Growth in the African American Church - CEUS1158
This course is designed to provide a survey of the basics of Sunday school growth from an African American perspective. 

Supervised Reading in Childhood Education - CECM1266
The purpose of this course is to expose students to significant works of preschool and children’s ministry. Students will read five books from a suggested reading list and write book reports during one semester.

Supervised  Reading  in  Women’s  Ministry  Leadership  - WMCM1127
This course is designed to encourage students to read significant works in the area of women’s ministry. A suggested reading list will be provided with the course syllabus. Students will read five approved books and write book reports during a particular semester.

Teaching Basic Baptist Beliefs for Women - WMCM1146
This course is designed to survey the basic Baptist doctrines including the Scriptures, God, man, and salvation. Students are introduced to the biblical foundations as well as life applications.

Teaching Methods for the Minister’s Wife - WMMW1147
This course involves an exploration of material in the field of instructional theory and practice as a basis for developing a personal concept of teaching in the local church. Special emphasis will be given to the biblical foundation of teaching, the role of the teacher, the role of the student, and the significance of teaching for transformation. Students also will participate in the review and evaluation of third-party curriculum. 

Teaching Small Groups within the Local Church - CECM1102
The purpose of this course is to introduce a study of learning theory and principles. A variety of concepts will be covered including learning styles, multiple intelligences, the circle of learning, learning environments, and learning readiness. Effective teaching methods for preschoolers and children will be emphasized. 

The Minister’s Wife - WMMW1110
This course will discuss the calling and equipping of wives married to ministers. Special attention will be given to biblical instruction, personal insights, and practical application for women in this role.

Weekday Early Education - CECM1236
The purpose of this course is to involve students in a study of the biblical philosophy, facilities, daily programs, curriculum and overall functioning of church weekday education centers. Students will participate in the Childhood Education Workshop sponsored by NOBTS and the Louisiana Baptist Convention. 

Wellness for the Minister’s Wife - WMMW1151
This course is designed to be motivational as well as informational. In the hecticness of seminary and ministry lifestyles, one’s commitment to wellness may be easily overshadowed. It is the goal of this instructor that each student will learn by firsthand experience how to accomplish personal wellness as part of one’s ongoing lifestyle pattern, and not just as a passing fad. Each student will be led to consider how physical well-being exerts a positive influence on the mental, emotional, social, and even spiritual aspects of her life.

What Baptists Believe - WMMW1138
This course is designed to provide instruction and make application of basic Baptist doctrines. The content of the course will establish a solid biblical foundation for wives in ministry with their husbands.

Women’s Ministry Field Training - WMCM1128
This course is designed to provide supervised field training in women’s ministry. Students will be personally involved in a church-based women’s ministry program for the equivalent time of one semester. Supervision will be provided by an NOBTS faculty member and on-site supervisor. Current ministry positions or other church volunteer positions may be used.

Women’s Ministry Project - WMCM1216
This course is designed to offer field training in the area of women’s ministry. A specific project will be proposed, developed and implemented during a semester or equivalent time.

Women’s Ministry to Mothers - WMCM1136
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 women’s ministry of the local church.

Worship Perspectives - PMCM1130
This course is designed to examine the development of worship in the Old Testament, New Testament, and throughout Christian history in order to evaluate the ways historical perspectives and practices of worship may relate to worship in contemporary local churches.