Church Leadership Curriculum


 
TERM ONE

CHM 415:  INTERPRETING THE BIBLE (3 credits)

This course provides students with tools required to accurately apply God’s word to contemporary ministry situations. Special emphasis is given to equip students to understand the original context and meaning of Scripture and to apply its enduring meaning to various pastoral ministry issues. Students will gain skills in utilizing historical and grammatical tools in biblical interpretation.

SOC 413: RESEARCH PROJECT I (2 credits)

Students prepare their written research project concerning an organizationally based problem by defining the problem and reviewing literature. They develop the research proposal and project design, using contemporary research literature to provide theoretical basis for their original research. Students submit a copy of the written report of the introduction of the study and literature reviewed.

LIB 101: INFORMATION LITERACY (1 credit)

The purpose of information literacy is to help students achieve a deeper understanding of how to identify, evaluate, and organize scholarly literature. In addition, students should obtain a broader understanding of what plagiarism is and techniques to avoid it.

MGT405: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3 credits)

This course presents the foundations of the history and applications of organizational behavior. Particular emphasis is placed on organizational culture, motivation, job design, goal setting, group behavior, power, leadership, organizational structure, decision-making, and control. Students understand the connection and impact each of these elements play in the organization’s effectiveness and behavior.

BUS 434: ETHICAL LEADERSHIP (3 credits)

This course explores ethical decision making in a society with changing values and an increasing international interdependence. It stresses the development and application of moral and ethical concepts to practical cases and ethical dilemmas management faces. It develops an awareness of the ethical, social, and environmental implications and consequences of managerial decisions involved in managing a firm’s relationship with society, its marketplace, and employees.

Special attention is given to the question: To what extent should organizations exercise social responsibility? The study of the legal environment of business includes analysis of the development and function of common and mercantile law with attention to domestic and global concerns as they influence the political, regulatory, and judicial process. Emphasis is given to the legal rights, duties, of business, while addressing basic issues such as, but not limited to, business organization and operation, agency, real and personal property, product and service liability, contracts, sales, insurance, and financial instruments.

TERM TWO

THE 446: THE CHURCH (3 credits)

A biblical and historical study of the origin, purpose, function, and marks of the Church; its universal and local manifestations; how its struggles with the larger issues of the orthodoxy, unity, purity, and worldliness have affected its character and witness.

SOC 409: RESEARCH METHODS & STATISTICS (3 credits)

Students become adapt in understanding the foundations of research methods, both qualitative & quantitative methods. In addition, students will identify where to use qualitative and or quantitative techniques to solve real world problems including how to analyze organizational situations. Through the application of appropriate research methodologies, techniques and fundamental concepts, students learn to perform basic theme analysis as well as basic statistical functions, apply and conduct statistical tests and analyses, including chi-square testing.

BUS 246:  NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (3 credits)

A study of the formation, regulation, management, organization, accounting, and reporting of non-profit organizations.

PMN 456: THE CHURCH IN THE URBAN CONTEXT (3)

The course examines the centrality of the Church in today's urban setting. The ministry of the Church in terms of worship, proclamation of the Gospel, fellowship, evangelism, and service is examined in depth, along with the role of the urban pastor.

TERM THREE

PMN 441: LEADING ORGANIZATIONS

Principles of the organization and administration of churches and non-profit organizations - including coordination of program and personnel, budgets and financing, personal time management, and leadership development.

SOC 414: RESEARCH PROJECT II (3 credits)

Students prepare, in a business oriented format, their written research project, demonstrating analytical, critical, and problem-solving skills.  They analyze the specific data gathered in their original research; relate that data to their library research; form conclusions and recommendations about their project. As a conclusion to the program, students express in essay form what they learned from their project experience and what impact their participation in the program had on their lives.

BUS 345: THE MANAGER AS CHANGE AGENT (3 credits)

The world in which organizations exist today is one that is fast-paced, functions within a global economy, and where change is inevitable. If organizations wish to succeed they cannot stand still. Large firms to small entrepreneurial start-ups find that they need to change in order to succeed and survive. This course helps to develop a better understanding of the challenges, techniques, burdens, and successes associated with initiating and implementing positive changes within organizations. This course prepares managers to successfully maneuver the challenges of positive organizational change.

PMN 310: PASTORAL COUNSELING (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide a theological and practical foundation for pastoral counseling. It will also include an overview of counseling skills necessary in pastoral ministry.