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PT 501 Baptist Polity (1) Offered on campus: Spring odd; online: Spring, Summer even. This course presents historic principles and practices of Baptist churches noting the nature of the church, its membership, ministry, officers, ordinances, worship, witness, and discipline. A brief history of the Baptists is included in this overview of how Baptist churches are governed.
PT 513 Evangelism and Church Planting (1) Offered on campus: Spring even; online: Fall even, Summer odd. This course presents a study of the biblical methods for evangelizing through the local church. The student learns the essentials of the ministry of church planting through an analysis of biblical and historical models for developing new congregations from initial evangelism.
PT 531 Expository Preaching (3) Offered on campus: Fall; online: Spring odd, Summer even. An introduction to homiletical methodology which emphasizes basic principles of sermonic organization. The course is designed to help the student increase his effectiveness in moving from exegesis to exposition and delivery with an emphasis on sermon preparation.
PT 542 Philosophy of American Education (3) Offered on campus and online: Fall, Spring, Summer. Students examine the historical and contemporary philosophical positions and theories which have influenced American education and analyze the connection between philosophy and educational practice.
PT 562 Biblical Counseling (3) Offered on campus: Fall. Students learn the theology, principles, and process of biblical counseling. A comparison is made between the historical psychological models of counseling and the biblical counseling model. Based on the sufficiency of Scripture in counseling, students will apply biblical solutions to life's challenges.
PT 610 Pastoral Theology (3) Offered on campus and online: Spring. An introduction to the principles and methodology of pastoral care. The student will increase his effectiveness in moving from biblical theology to pastoral ministry in the areas of ministerial ethics, pastoral counseling, and ceremonial function.
PT 629 Christian Education (3) Offered on campus and online: Fall odd, Summer. Students study, analyze, and discuss theoretical issues and events influencing current thought and practice in elementary and secondary education in light of their philosophical roots and their impact on traditional Christian education.
PT 631 Preaching through a New Testament Book (3) Offered on campus: Fall; online: Fall odd, Spring odd. Prereq.: PT 531. A capstone homiletical experience where students apply expository preaching methods to a New Testament book of the Bible. Students study the themes and message of the book with the objective of communicating these truths in the local church.
PT 632 Preaching through an Old Testament Book (3) Offered on campus: Spring; online: Spring even, Summer odd. Prereq.: PT 531. A capstone homiletical experience where students apply expository preaching methods to an Old Testament book of the Bible. Students study the themes and message of the book with the objective of communicating these truths in the local church.
PT 682 Management: Programming the Local Church (3) Offered on campus: Spring even, Summer odd; online: Fall even, Summer odd. Ministerial students learn the methods of managing a growing staff and coordinating expanding programs in the local church. Emphasis will focus on how to coordinate all ministries of the church including a Christian day school.