20-21 Bacone College Academic Catalog, last updated July 29, 2020

22. 2020-2021 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

22.8. MIN - CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

MIN 1021

Spiritual Formation I: Christian Identity

1 Hour

Spiritual Formation I begins by helping the student understand their identity in Christ. The goal is a deeper sense of what should define us. We ask questions like: (1) “Who am I?” (2) “How has God gifted me?” (3) “What does it mean to be in Christ?” (4) “How should that impact the way I live?” Students participate in a series of exercises for examining the concept of biblical identity. Exercises are designed to guide students in examining their lives, identifying specific areas of growth for the coming semesters and living out their faith in Christ more intentionally.  This course answers the basic question, “Who am I in Christ?”

 

MIN 1031

Spiritual Formation II: Christian Community

1 Hour

The ministry degree program at Bacone College believes that spiritual growth takes place, “In the context of biblical community.”  This course, Spiritual Formation 2, is designed to introduce the student to the concept of Christian community as it is lived out at Bacone College.  This course answers the basic question, “Who am I in the body of Christ?”

MIN 1103

Introduction to Christian Ministry

3 Hours

Designed for those who believe they are called to ministry, this course will allow students to explore the field of ministry as well as to begin the process of spiritual formation for ministry.  The course begins by giving students opportunities to analyze their individual gifts, skills and temperament and receive structured feedback from others about their sense of call. Students will be challenged to develop their own understanding of ministry and how they believe they are called to that work. As part of this discernment process, the student will develop a plan for the practice of personal spiritual disciplines.  Students will explore the ministry opportunities available to them and develop a plan for appropriate “next steps” in order to respond faithfully to their current understanding of God’s call on their lives.  

 

MIN 1123

Principles of Biblical Research and Writing

3 Hours

This course is designed to introduce the Christian Ministry major to the principles involved in this process and prepare the student to do exegetical work as required in the Christian Ministry courses.  The course focuses first on the tools of biblical exegesis then, on how to logically present the findings of exegesis through formal academic writing, using the format that is accepted as the standard in the discipline. (Prerequisites:  MIN1103 Introduction to Christian Ministry and ENG1113 Composition I, CGPA 2.0).

 

MIN 1143

New Testament Literature

3 Hours

Students study the framework of the books of the New Testament including chronology, major events, and people involved in the life of Christ, the ministry of Paul, and the book of Acts. Students will also study the formation of the New Testament canon, issues related to translation, and current methods of critical study.  This course may fulfill the core curriculum REL requirement if so designated in any given academic year.

 

MIN 1213

The Life of Christ

3 Hours

In this course the student will gain a basic understanding of the life, thoughts, theology, and significance of Jesus Christ presented primarily through the Synoptic Gospels. Some attention will be given to non-canonical sources. Jesus’ life and teachings will be placed against the background of first-century Judaism, Hellenism, and the Roman Empire. The student will also explore the relevance of Jesus’ life and theology for a contemporary audience. This course covers advanced concepts and is not recommended for the core curriculum requirement.

 

MIN 1223

Old Testament Literature

3 Hours

Students study the framework of the books of the Old Testament including chronology, major events and characters involved. Students study the Torah, the Talmud, non-canonical sources like the Dead Sea Scrolls the messianic prophecies in these books, learn about issues related to translation, and examine current methods of critical study.

 

MIN 2011

Spiritual Formation III: Word

1 Hour

The purpose of SF3 is to challenge the student to apply the Word of God to life.  Specifically, the course will introduce the student to the ancient practice of Lectio Divina (Latin for "Divine Reading"). Lectio Divina is the practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God.  It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word to be applied to the life.  Lectio Divina has four separate steps: read; meditate; pray; contemplate. First, a passage of Scripture is read, then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God.  Unlike exegetical courses in the program, this not a theological analysis of biblical passages but viewing them with Christ as the key to their meaning. For example, at the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples, “My peace I leave with you.”   Normal practice would be to study the literary historical, and linguistic context and exegete the passage. In Lectio Divina, however, the practitioner "enters" and shares the peace of Christ rather than "dissecting" it. The focus is on application to life.  The course answers the question, “How does the Word of God speak to my life?”

 

MIN 2021

Spiritual Formation IV: Prayer

1 Hour

The purpose of Spiritual Formation IV is to take the student into one of the most challenging areas of the Christian life:  Prayer.  Prayer has been called a battleground for every believer.  The Christian leader must have a meaningful prayer life if she/he hopes to lead people to know Christ.  Prayer is a key for developing personal mastery in leadership.   Exercises are designed to guide students in examining their prayer lives, acquainting them with various forms and styles of prayer and helping them develop an experience that is meaningful for the.   Students will participate in a one-day prayer vigil with the members of their group and the other CM majors to experience forms of private and group prayer. This course addresses the basic question, “How do I relate to Christ?”

 

MIN 2133

Seminar in Christian Counseling

3 Hours

This course will expose the Christian leader to opportunities to develop in Christian Counseling by preparation for and participation in the annual National Christian Counselors Association Conference to be held at the Regal Sun Hotel at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, November 9-13, 2010. The course will consist of three parts: reading in preparation for the conference, actual attendance at the conference and a project and reflection paper following the conference. The NCCA Conference is a 3-day experience in training and counseling under the direction of nationally-known Christian counselors. The class utilizes the postmodern approach to learning by actual experience and reflection on that experience.

 

MIN 2223

The Life of Paul

3 Hours

In this course, the student will gain a basic understanding of the life and theology of the apostle Paul, as presented primarily in the book of Acts and in Paul’s New Testament letters. Some attention will be given to non-canonical sources. Paul’s theology will be primarily presented against the background of first-century Judaism, Hellenism, the Roman Empire, and the developing early Christian community. The student will also explore the relevance of Paul’s life and thought for a contemporary audience.

 

MIN 2233

Contextualized Ministry

3 Hours

This course focuses on how to develop healthy contextualized churches in multicultural environments, and is designed to equip church leaders to found contextualized ministries. Beginning with a study of the incarnational ministry of Jesus and the contextualized ministry of the Apostle Paul, the course will move into a study of various approaches to contextualized ministry as it is currently practiced in various setting. The course will feature recorded video lectures from ABC leaders who serve in various contexts.  Special attention will be given to the application of cultural contextualization though practice on campus.  Leaders from contextualized ministries will provide mentored leadership for students interested in serving in their respective areas.

 

MIN 2313

Introduction to Christian Pedagogy

3 Hours

Jesus commissioned the disciples to teach the unbeliever, baptize them, and continue to teach them. Teaching was an important part of the ministry Jesus.  The Scriptures write of Jesus, “He came teaching...”  Christian education has always been tied to the spiritual formation of the faithful and found in the center of the life of the church.  Thus, every Christian worker should in a sense be a Christian education specialist.  The rise of Busters, Generation X, and the Digital Generation calls for the 21st century Christian leader to hold a clearly defined spiritual formation strategy in this age of change and be ready to carry out that strategy. The course will take the student through the process of lesson design, lesson preparation, classroom teaching, and evaluation.

 

MIN 2433

Special Studies in Ministry

3 Hours

Provides an opportunity for the student to explore the meaning and operation of ministry and religion more deeply, and to develop capabilities for clarity of statement, investigation, and creative, critical attitude.  Areas of study vary from semester to semester.

 

MIN 2443

Foundations In Pastoral Counseling

3 Hours

This course will introduce the Christian leader to the biblical, psychological, and clinical foundations of Christian counseling. There is a strong practicum component to this course which serves an introduction to pastoral counseling. It does not involve extensive education in psychological theory or close supervision of actual counseling. The course will acquaint the student with the basic counseling situations found in a ministry setting and serve as a foundation for further study.

 

 

MIN 2533

Christian Ministry Internship I

3 Hours

The purpose of a student internship in an educational program is to test classroom concepts in a real life situation and to report on the results of the classroom/interning experience. The format is to be seen as skeletal and is usually sufficient for Internship reports. It is advisable to keep a daily/weekly log of all activities.

 

 

MIN 2543

Christian Ministry Internship II

3 Hours

The purpose of a student internship in an educational program is to test classroom concepts in a real life situation and to report on the results of the classroom/interning experience. The format is to be seen as skeletal and is usually sufficient for Internship reports. It is advisable to keep a daily/weekly log of all activities. Due dates for the project proposal are listed below in the course schedule.

 

MIN 2553

Foundations in American Indian Ministry

3 Hours

Bacone College was founded to train Christian leaders to serve as preachers and public school teachers among native tribes.  In partial fulfillment of that original goal and purpose, this course will introduce the student to the unique features of ministry in the context of American Indian life and culture.  While each native ministry must be adapted to the customs, beliefs, and language of the specific tribe in which it takes place, this course will introduce the student to the foundational principles of native ministry. Special attention will be given to the practices of contextualization, redemptive analogy, and incarnational ministry as they are utilized in native ministry.  Students will research and become acquainted with current models of ministries that are serving native persons in various places (Prerequisites: MIN Introduction of Christian Ministry and MIN Principles of Biblical Research and Writing)

 

MIN 3021

Spiritual Formation IV: Relationships

1 Hour

It has been said that after accepting Christ as Saviour, the biggest decision in life is choosing a spouse.   This is doubly true for those who serve in ministry.  Ronnie Floyd of Pastors.com writes: 

”Perhaps the most important decision a pastor makes in his/her  life and ministry is choosing the person who will become his/her mate. Through my years of pastoring and leading churches, I have always found that a pastor and their ministry will not surpass his marital relationship in terms of healthy growth. If the marriage is healthy, the ministry has a much greater probability of being productive and effective.

This course is designed to help the student think about the process of choosing a mate as someone who will be in ministry.

 

MIN 3023

Studies of the Gospel: Mark

3 Hours

An in depth study of the various interpretations and slight variations in the books of the Gospel.

 

MIN 3031

Spiritual Formation V: Vocation

1 Hour

In the first year of the program, students write a final paper on the kind of ministry they think they are called to. By the third year of the program, students should begin to refine this understanding of their calling and focus on the ministry they now believe they are called to perform.  This may or may not be the same understanding that they had at the beginning.  This course is designed to help the student research his area of ministry and the steps necessary to move towards that goal.

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MIN 3033

Studies of the Gospel: Matthew

3 Hours

An in depth study of the various interpretations and slight variations in the books of the Gospel.

 

MIN 3043

Studies of the Gospel: Luke

3 Hours

An in depth study of the various interpretations and slight variations in the books of the Gospel.

 

MIN 3123

Postmodern Christianity

3 Hours

Introduction to understanding Christianity utilizing a postmodern philosophical approach.

 

MIN 3213

Studies of the Gospel: John

3 Hours

An in depth study of the various interpretations and slight variations in the books of the Gospel.

 

MIN 3223

Technology in the Ministry

3 Hours

An introduction to utilizing technology to promote or enhance the ministry of the Church.

 

 

MIN 3233

Christian Missions

3 Hours

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of mission work and engagement in active participation in the outreach ministry of the church organizations.

 

MIN 3243

History of Christianity

3 Hours

An overview of the basic fundamentals from the early church to the information to present day.

 

MIN 3313

Homiletics

3 Hours

Homiletics is an upper division class devoted to the study of Christian Preaching and a brief survey of some modern and postmodern preaching styles. We will begin with a short study of the origin of Preaching and its progression into the modern and postmodern eras. Emphasis will be given on an EPIC (Experiential, Participatory, Image-rich, and Connected) style. We will attempt to survey a number of contemporary issues within the framework of Christian Preaching. RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE: JUNIOR STANDING and REL 1003 or 1013.

 

MIN 3323

Native American Homiletics

3 Hours

In partial fulfillment of Bacone’s original goal and purpose to train native leaders, this course will introduce the student to the unique features of preaching by American Indians. The course will focus on historical examples of Native American Christian sermons, as well as examples of developing Native American hermeneutics and narrative preaching.  Special attention will be given to narrative preaching as an effective form of sermon delivery in an indigenous context.  (Pre-requisites: MIN3313 Homiletics, MIN 2553 Foundations in American Indian Ministry or concurrent)

 

MIN 3333

Native American Hermeneutics

3 Hours

In partial fulfillment of Bacone’s original goal and purpose to train Native leaders, this course will introduce the student to the various approaches to biblical interpretation by American Indians. The course will focus on biblical hermeneutics that appreciate the diversity of indigenous worldviews, as well as examples of developing Native American hermeneutics.  Special attention will be given to specific passages that have been important to Native peoples’ understanding of holy scripture.

 

MIN 3413

Crisis Counseling In Ministry

3 Hours

Much of the counseling done in ministry is crisis counseling. There are two basic types of crises: development and situational. Developmental crises are the natural results of the life cycle. Situational crises can be the result of the loss of a job, an incapacitating illness, the death of a friend, child, or spouse, ones' own impending death, a rape or incest, the adoption of a child, the discovery of marital infidelity, or any number of other causes. This course is designed to provide the student with an approach to counseling that responds to these situational crisis situations. The course will focus upon a two-fold approach: (1) reducing the impact of the crisis-precipitating event and (2) helping counselees adjust to the changes that result from the crisis. The nature of crises in human experience will be surveyed. Effective counseling responses rooted in counseling theory and technique, theology, pastoral care, and Scripture will be analyzed. Students will develop a crisis counseling approach which is informed about crisis in human life and the Church.

 

MIN 3433

Christian Ministry Internship III

3 Hours

The purpose of a student internship in an educational program is to test classroom concepts in a real life situation and to report on the results of the classroom/interning experience. The format is to be seen as skeletal and is usually sufficient for Internship reports. It is advisable to keep a daily/weekly log of all activities. Due dates for the project proposal are listed below in the course schedule.

 

MIN 3513

Family Systems In Christian Counseling

3 Hours

The Counseling Concentration of Bacone College employs the therapeutic model of Bowen Family Systems Theory. This course will focus on understanding the eight basic concepts of Bowen Theory and how to apply them in a ministry context. Leaders will be taught strategies for maintaining a non-anxious presence, keeping themselves from being co-opted by triangles, repositioning themselves when they realize they are in triangles, and working on staying differentiated from the problems.

 

MIN 3533

Christian Ministry Internship IV

3 Hours

The purpose of a student internship in an educational program is to test classroom concepts in a real life situation and to report on the results of the classroom/interning experience. The format is to be seen as skeletal and is usually sufficient for Internship reports. It is advisable to keep a daily/weekly log of all activities. Due dates for the project proposal are listed below in the course schedule.

 

 

MIN 3563

American Baptist History and Polity

3 Hours

As such, this course seeks to survey the historical and theological roots of Baptist life, thought and practice. It also intends to provide a basic understanding of Baptist polity. More particularly, it orients students to the current life, structures and practices of the American Baptist Churches in the USA. This includes a review of the steps toward ordination and placement within the ABC/USA. The course is open to all, but is designed for the needs of American Baptist students.

 

MIN 3593 or 3596

Christian Counseling Internship

3 – 6 Hours

The Christian Counseling Internship is the practicum course for the National Christian Counselor Association certification program. All students who wish complete the certification process must complete this practicum. This course shall consist of an internship in which the student will administer the A.P.S. to 10 individuals under the direction of an assigned and approved clinical supervisor. Students will be required to administer the profiles to counselees, score them electronically, and conduct counseling sessions with these ten counselees. The instructor for the internship will serve as the counseling supervisor for the internship.  With approval of the supervisor, the course may be taken for either 3 or 6 credit hours. These hours will serve in part for the internship requirement for the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry.

 

MIN 4223

Women in the Church/Ministry

3 Hours

Examines the history of the woman’s role in church leadership and its impact on the modern day church.

 

MIN 4233

The Lay Minister

3 Hours

Examines the critical role the lay minister serves in the church and support function of the Pastor.

 

MIN 4313

Church Administration

3 Hours

The fundamentals of understanding and creating the organizational and fiduciary responsibility of the church.

 

MIN 4315

Christian Ministry Internship V

3 Hours

The purpose of a student internship in an educational program is to test classroom concepts in a real life situation and to report on the results of the classroom/interning experience. The format is to be seen as skeletal and is usually sufficient for Internship reports. It is advisable to keep a daily/weekly log of all activities. Due dates for the project proposal are listed below in the course schedule.

 

MIN 4323

Native American Theology

3 Hours

Native Americans hold certain keys to understanding the Creator and His Creation that Euro-Americans have never been able to comprehend. This course will explore theology through a Native worldview, utilizing texts from past and present, authored by Native Americans.

 

MIN 4325

Christian Ministry Internship VI

3 Hours

The purpose of a student internship in an educational program is to test classroom concepts in a real life situation and to report on the results of the classroom/interning experience. The format is to be seen as skeletal and is usually sufficient for Internship reports. It is advisable to keep a daily/weekly log of all activities. Due dates for the project proposal are listed below in the course schedule.

 

MIN 4416

Senior Capstone Project

6 Hours

Senior Capstone Project is the culmination of the student’s academic training and practical experience in the Bachelor in Christian Ministry degree program. The purpose of this course is to mentor and guide the student in planning, implementing, and evaluating a ministry project. To accomplish this, the student will utilize the theological and practical tools for ministry gained throughout the degree program’s course of study. The student will meet with his/her cohort for planning sessions, participate in online discussion sessions, implement the project, write a report on the process and results of the project, and present the final results. Through this experience, the church leader will improve his/her leadership skills and become more effective in their respective place of service.

 

MIN 4523

Native American Ministry Internship

3 Hours

All students wishing to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry are required to complete 12 credit hours of internship before completing their degree.  This internship will usually take place during each semester of the academic program beginning with the Junior year, and may culminate in a larger number of credit hours in the final semester.

 

Native American Ministry Internship is designed specifically for those who anticipate working the American Indian Church or ministries.  Generally, this internship will be taken during the student’s senior year.

 

MIN 4533

Christian Counseling with Native Americans

3 Hours

Christian Counseling with Native Americans will introduce the Christian leader to the biblical, psychological, and clinical foundations of Christian counseling among Native persons.   The student will learn the Creation Therapy model of counseling and will learn how to apply these insights to the unique challenges in counseling native persons.  Specifically, the course will teach how, in Christian counseling, to apply the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the “soul wounding” of American Indians that has resulted in unresolved grief as acted out in alcoholism, family dysfunction, abuse, high suicide rates, and hopelessness.

 

 

MIN 4883

Certification in Christian Counseling I

3 Hours

This is a 2-semester course designed to lead the student through the process of certification through the National Christian Counselors Association of Sarasota, FL. The National Christian Counselors Association is an educational and training organization for Christian counselors. This course will be taken by special arrangement under the Christian Ministry faculty who have completed certification. All counseling training will take place under the direction of a certified and licensed counseling supervisor.

 

MIN 4893

Certification in Christian Counseling II

3 Hours

This is the second half of the Certification process. It is designed to lead the student through the process of certification through the National Christian Counselors Association of Sarasota, FL. The National Christian Counselors Association is an educational and training organization for Christian counselors. This course will be taken by special arrangement under the Christian Ministry faculty who have completed certification. All counseling training will take place under the direction of a certified and licensed counseling supervisor. Pre-requisite: MIN 4883

 

 

MIN 4993-6-9

Christian Ministry Internship

3-6-9 Hours

On-site mentored experience in providing Christian ministry in various relevant settings.