Course Descriptions

1 Corinthians: A Conflict Management Perspective (New Testament)
DEBS1121 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: Principles of conflict management from a thematic and topical exploration of First Corinthians.

Course Description: This course will study the key theological concepts presented in the book of 1 Corinthians and introduce the student to the fundamental principles of successfully managing conflict within the Christian community. Themes explored in this course are based on the typical problems in the church at Corinth that precipitated the conflict in the first century. While the “”contestants”” in the struggles in that church have left the scene of this earth, the issues and elements of human conflict remain the same. Paul’s interventions with the church then are as timely today.

Course Textbooks:
Conflict and Community in Corinth. Ben Witherington III. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995. ISBN: 0802801447


Administration of Children & Family Ministry
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Organization and administration are essential skills for any children’s pastor to develop. This course will help students gain a basic proficiency in these areas by helping them take a closer look at ministry to children and their families in the local church in order to evaluate and improve it. Course topics include (but are certainly not limited to) the importance of vision, mission, and strategy, recruiting and developing volunteers and budgeting, policies and procedures.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance but are welcome to join the class via video conference (i.e., Skype or FaceTime).  Face-to-face interaction with the instructor is also encouraged.


Adolescent Development
DEGS0913 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Study adolescent development in both theoretical and practical approaches and supports application to youth ministry.

Course Description: The intent of this course is to introduce students to the scientific study of adolescent development and apply this knowledge toward effective youth work. Although the volume of material in print on these two areas is vast, we will survey the most important topics as they relate to youth and youth work. This course is introductory in nature so it will provide a basic understanding of adolescent development and foundational principles that will serve as a basis for further study. The course is both theoretical and practical. The student is encouraged to always ask, “How can I apply this information toward working with teens today?”

Course textbook:
Adolescence. 15th Edition.
 Lawrence Steinburg. McGraw-Hill Higher Education. ISBN 9781259060847


Advanced Studies in Soteriology/ Christology
DETS4111 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: This course is a continuation of DETS2102 which covers the study of Soteriology and Christology. This course is designed specifically for students who have taken a combined Soteriology and Christology course through IBOLT or Vanguard College and would like to take an additional 3 credits for credentials with the PAONL. While this course may be an approved elective for students who wish to continue their studies in this field, students are directed to take DETS2202: Christology and DETS2203: Soteriology

Prerequisite: DETS2102 Soteriology/Christology

Course Textbooks:
Christology: A Global Introduction – Karkkainen, Veli-Matti. ISBN: 0801026210
Four Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World Gundry, Okholm, Phillips. ISBN: 0310212766
Saving Power: Theories of Atonement and Forms of the Church, Schmeichen, Peter. ISBN: 0802829856
Vital Christology Issues, Zuck, Roy. ISBN: 1597526835


Apologetics
DETS4201 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Designed to equip students to be able to articulate a relevant, informed and Biblical defense of the faith in modern academic and societal contexts.

Course Description: 
A biblical examination of the fundamentals of orthodox Christianity will afford the student with foundation to engage others in meaningful dialogue regardless of their opposing or contradictory worldviews. Apologetics will assist the student to develop skills for effective expression of personal beliefs and defense of the Christian faith.

Course Textbooks:
When Skeptics Ask:
 A Handbook of Christian Evidence. Norman Geisler, Ron. Brooks Baker Books. ISBN: O08107164X
Is Your Church Ready?: Motivating Leaders to Live an Apologetic Life.Ravi K. Zacharias, Norman L. Geisler. Zondervan. ISBN: 0310250617
AudioPak:“The Evidence for Christianity” and “5 Reasons Why God Exists And 3 Reasons Why it Matters” by Dr. William Cra


Applied Cultural Anthropology
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This course examines the foundation of cultural anthropology; how people function in their environment. Areas of foundational study will include the structure of culture and society; cultural and worldview change, worldview (religion and ideology), communication, economic organization, technology, kinship, and life cycle. Areas of application will include an exploration of cultural dynamics in ministry. How does culture influence the execution and experience in culture?

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance with the option of attendance in classes and face-to-face interaction with the instructor.


Biblical Theology: The Charismatic Theology of Luke/Acts
DETS3212 - Theological Studies

Course Description: This course is developed with the intention that you would work firsthand with Luke-Acts and recognize the explicit and implicit teaching emphasized in the narrative. While contradictory opinions abound concerning the application of the text for today, it is my hope that you would begin to see why the Charismatic community is convinced that spiritual gifts and signs are still necessary, available, and beneficial for all believers today. Most of all, it is my prayer that you would come away from this study with a deep desire to be continually filled with the Spirit and find power from Him to live day to day as a witness to Jesus.

Course Textbooks:
The Charistmatic Theology of St. Luke. Strongstad, Roger. ISBN: 91357116
Empowered for Witness: The Spirit in Luke-Acts. Menzies, Robert. ISBN: 567041905


Building Effective Teams
DEPS3201 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Building effective teams assists in effective accomplishment of the goals of the ministry.

Course Description: This Course in Building Effective Teams Teams will develop skills as the basis for confidence in any Christian leadership context.

Course Description: Serving as an effective team member requires skills and techniques that will enable you to make a valid contribution in the group. Building Effective Teams will focus on the processes required to encourage team unity, trust and effective partnerships to accomplish the mission of the leadership context.

Textbook
Encouraging the Heart, Kouzes & Posner, ISBN # 0787964638


Child Development
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This course introduces the holistic perspective of child development (conception to age 14) from a Christian worldview. Students will study the different stages of growth in the areas of social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual development. Students will be given the opportunity to study profiles of children in different situations in order to learn how the environment affects a child’s development. Attention will be given to parent and family dynamics as being the primary educator of their child.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance but are welcome to join the class via video conference (i.e., Skype or FaceTime).  Face-to-face interaction with the instructor is also encouraged.


Children at Risk
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This practical course addresses issues concerning trauma and how it affects children. Students will learn useful skills needed when working with children in crisis. This course explores how to build resilience, design and implement programs through role-playing, case studies, videos, and discussion.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance but are welcome to join the class via video conference (i.e., Skype or FaceTime).  Face-to-face interaction with the instructor is also encouraged.


Christology
DETS2202 - Theological Studies

This Distance Education course focuses on the person and work of Christ and specifically his role in salvation and the Incarnation.

Students who complete this course will gain a better understanding and appreciation for the miracle that was the Incarnational ministry of Christ on this earth, and comprehend the tremendous love and mercy of God as shown throughout His incredible plan of salvation.

Textbooks:
An Evangelical Christology: Ecumenic and Historic, Ramm, Bernard L.,Regent College Publishing, Vancouver, B.C. 1983. ISBN: 1573830089
Vital Christology IssuesZuck, Roy B., ed., Kregel Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI, 1997. ISBN: 1597526835


Church History: From the Crusades to the Modern Age
DEGS2222 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Beginning with the Reformation, through the period of the Enlightenment, trace the impact and decisions of historical people and events.

Course Description: Beginning with the Reformation, through the period of the Enlightenment and into the Twentieth Century. Students will be exposed to the historical forces that created many of our current denominations and underlines our cherished theologies. We will explore various movements within this period such as the Missions/Pietism movement and the Pentecostal/Charismatic component of Christianity. Attention will be given to a full understanding of our roots and an appreciation of those God has used before us to shape and mold the Church into what it is today.

Course Textbook: Christianity Through The Centuries, 3rd Ed.E.E. Cairns. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing Company,1996. ISBN: 0310208122


Church History: The Early Church to Pre-Reformation
DEGS2221 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: From the Church Fathers to the Reformation students trace events and people who shaped the way we see the church today.

Course Description: This course has been designed to give the student an overview of the key personalities, events and movements that have influenced the history of the Church of Jesus Christ from its founding to the end of the Middle Ages. Topics covered include the following: The expansion of Christianity, the development of doctrine and the struggle against heresy, the rise and decline of the Papacy, the emergence of the Holy Roman Empire, the forerunners of the Reformation and the Renaissance.

Course Textbooks:
Christianity Through The Centuries,3rd Ed.
 E.E. Cairns. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing Company,1996. ISBN: 0310208122


Counseling Theory and Skill Development
DEPS1109 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Students will learn effective counseling skills that will guide the student in a variety of real-life helping situations.

Course Description: This is a practice-oriented course with the goal of learning effective counseling skills that will guide the student in a variety of helping situations. Students will use the text and companion workbook titled, “The Skilled Helper.” Through this model, students will learn to develop an effective caring relationship, to listen and empathize, to probe, to challenge, to plan and to motivate action.

Course Textbooks:
Egan, G. (2014).  The Skilled Helper: A Problem-management and Opportunity-development Approach to Helping.  Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.  ISBN: 9781285065717

Egan, G., Owen, J. J., Reese, R. J., & Egan, G. (2013). Exercises in Helping Skills: A Manual to Accompany The Skilled Helper: A Problem-management and Opportunity-development Approach to Helping. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.  ISBN: 9781285067535


Creative Communication
DEG1201 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Communication skills for leaders to enhance effective dialogue, and exchange of ideas in daily communication.

Course Description: Communicating creatively to be heard and understood today is trickier than you might expect. We are constantly bombarded with a barrage of conflicting messages. This course focuses on understanding communication theory and using these insights to practice effective interpersonal, public and organizational communication. Students will have greater confidence and competence to communicate personally and publicly.

Course Textbooks:
Secrets of Dynamic Communication:
 Preparing and Delivering Powerful Speeches. K Davis. Zondervan, 1991. ISBN 0310534615


Cross Cultural Studies
DEGS2201 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Avoid cultural irrelevance and ethnocentrism by applying contextual awareness to maximize personal effectiveness in Christian cross culture experiences.

Course Description: Understanding someone else’s culture means that first you need to understand your own culture and how you function in it. From there you can apply the principles to a global context, allowing for an in depth study of a chosen culture. With these skills it is possible to incorporate the skills necessary to provide Christ-like care and intervention in the lives of others who are not from your own culture.

Course Textbooks:
Ministering Cross-Culturally: 
An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships.  2nd edition. Sherwood G. Lingenfelter and Marvin Mayers. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House. ISBN: 9780801026478.
Effective Intercultural Communication:  A Christian Perspective. A. Scott Moreau, Evvy Hay Campbell, Susan Greener. ISBN: 9780801026638
Cultural Intelligence:  Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World. David A. Livermore. ISBN: 9780801035890


Curriculum Design and Development
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Engaging communication is vital in reaching children today, but even more important than that is the message we are trying to communicate.   Fortunately, churches have many good curriculum options to choose from, but with this blessing can also come some challenges: How do they evaluate and choose a curriculum? If they decide to write their own, how do they go about it? How can they adapt what they already use to better meet their needs? Students will explore these and other questions that surround the exciting challenge of what churches teach children.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance but are welcome to join the class via video conference (i.e., Skype or FaceTime).  Face-to-face interaction with the instructor is also encouraged.


Designing and Leading Effective Small Groups
DEPS3102 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Designing and Leading Effective Small Groups for change, care, growth and service within the local church.

Course Description: Designing and Leading Effective Small Groups will introduce the student to the patterns of small groups within scripture, the various models of small group developing a small group ministry and the ways in which small groups can assist in the accomplishment of many different goals within church life. This course is practical, theoretical, experiential and will afford the student the tools necessary to start or work within an existing small group ministry.

Course Textbooks:
The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry:
 A Trouble Shooting Guide for Church Leaders. Bill Donahue & Russ Robinson. Zondervan. ISBN 0310267110
Making Small Groups Work. Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend. ISBN: 0310250285
Leading Life-Changing Small Groups. Bill Donahue. Zondervan. ISBN 0310


Developing A Family Ministry
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This course explores the biblical principles of developing ministries targeting families. Students will study the core essentials of pastoring and parenting in order to strengthen the family. The course will address issues concerning ADD, drug use, discipline, character development, sibling rivalry, music, and relevant topics families face today. Students will emerge from this course with a plan for raising kids along with skills to develop a church-wide strategy.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance but are welcome to join the class via video conference (i.e., Skype or FaceTime).  Face-to-face interaction with the instructor is also encouraged.


English Composition and Literature
DEGS1101 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: This course explores examples of imaginative literature and deals with key grammar elements. Students will deepen their understanding of the ways that writers can use language to provide both meaning and plea- sure for their readers. The second component of this course addresses the skills necessary to pay attention to developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language. Prerequisites: English 30 or as approved by IBOLT

Course Textbook: Reading material will be provided through the instructor.


Ethics & Critical Issues
DEGS1202 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Modern culture’s emphasis on relativistic, self-centered and humanistic philosophy stands in opposition to Biblical revelation as the basis for ethics.

Course Description: This course is designed to challenge and strengthen your interpretation of issues in light of biblical ethics and morality.

Course Textbook:
Christian Ethics in Plain Language
Kerby Anderson. ISBN: 978141850030


Expository Preaching
DEPS4104 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Expository Preaching is the study of the structure, preparation and delivery of expository sermons.

Course Description: The expository sermon unleashes the power of the Word of God into the context of the hearer by selecting a passage of scripture and expounding the truths contained in that text. Upon completion of this course, the student will possess the skills to develop the framework of an expository sermon for successful development and delivery in an actual setting.

Prerequisite: DEPS2102 Homiletics

Course Textbooks:
Preaching: How to Preach Biblically. 
John MacArthur. ISBN: 9781418500047


Faith Community Perspectives One: Pentecostal History
DEGS4201 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Explore fundamentals of modern Pentecostal and Charismatic history to meet ministerial credential requirements.

Course Description: Where did Pentecostals come from? Explore the origins of the Pentecostal movement and its unique growth. Historical antecedents, theological development and socio-cultural issues will be assessed. Emphasis will be given to the development of the Pentecostal movement in Canada and this course will provide the student with an analysis of other Charismatic movements around the world.

Course Textbooks:
The Century of the Holy Spirit:
 100 Years of Pentecostal and Charismatic Renewal.Vinson Synan. ISBN: 0785245502


Field Education – Canada Missions
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Canada Missions is a course geared to incorporating what the student will learn in the classroom through practical ministry. The student will be stretched and encouraged to grow in their relationship with God and in various areas of ministry. This course is designed to develop ministry skills based on sound biblical foundations in a hands-on way.  These skills will be used individually and with opportunities to participate as part of a ministry team in Canada as well as cross-cultural evangelism and service. Emphasis will be placed on ministry as an outcome of personal discipleship.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance with the option of attendance in classes and face-to-face interaction with the instructor.

Note:  Students may substitute this course for Intensive Internship


Field Education – Missions Internship
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The Missions Internship is a minimum 10 week (400 hours) cross- cultural experience. The student will build upon the first-year cross-cultural team experience and 2nd-year placement. Emphasis is placed on experiencing the life and work of a missionary in a supervised setting that will begin to prepare the student for a life of missions.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance with the option of attendance in classes and face-to-face interaction with the instructor.

Note:  Students may extend their Missions Internship to 6 Credit hours by adding Intensive Internship (minimum 600 hours).


Field Education – Missions Senior Practicum
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A final supervised opportunity to put your education into practice. Work in a local church with the missions program promoting and organizing missions projects or developing missions leadership skills. Don’t worry; three years of missions training in the ICS Degree program will have given you the tools you need to partner with a local church gaining practical experience.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance with the option of attendance in classes and face-to-face interaction with the instructor.


Field Education – Missions Urban/Rural Practicum
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Urban/Rural Missions Practicum provides instruction both theoretically and practically enabling the student to develop an understanding of urban/rural ministry and practical skills based on sound biblical foundations. Emphasis will be placed on introducing the student to the diversity of Urban and Rural Missions and the variety of opportunities available.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance with the option of attendance in classes and face-to-face interaction with the instructor.


Field Education – Overseas Missions
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This is a course geared to incorporating what the student will learn in online courses through practical ministry. The student will be stretched and encouraged to grow in their relationship with God and in various areas of ministry. This course is designed to develop ministry skills based on sound biblical foundations in a hands-on way. These skills will be used individually and with opportunities to participate as part of a ministry team overseas in evangelism and service in a cross-cultural setting. Emphasis will be placed on ministry as an outcome of personal discipleship.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance with the option of attendance in classes and face-to-face interaction with the instructor.


Field Education- Children and Family Ministry (CFM) Intensive Internship
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The focus of this practicum course is to gain practical experience through an internship opportunity and continue to be transformed by the gospel. More intensive than a practicum, students are challenged to serve in a children or family ministry that will provide various opportunities to grow as a servant-leader. Each student will also have the opportunity to develop his/her ministry skills by receiving one-on-one mentoring from the instructor throughout the year.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance but are welcome to join the class via video conference (i.e., Skype or FaceTime).  Face-to-face interaction with the instructor is also encouraged.


Field Education- Children and Family Ministry (CFM) Intro Practicum
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The focus of this practicum course is to gain practical experience through exposure to children & family ministries in the church and the community. This course is developed to integrate biblical principles with the current issues and needs of children and families in our community. Opportunities throughout the practicum will provide greater awareness of resources needed to meet ministry goals and challenges.

 

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance but are welcome to join the class via video conference (i.e., Skype or FaceTime).  Face-to-face interaction with the instructor is also encouraged.


Field Education: CFM Senior Practicum
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The emphasis of this practicum will be in the fourth year student’s continued skill development and growth in the area of Children’s and Family Ministry.  This final pastoral practicum will focus on the skills involved in leading and developing a strong volunteer and staff team.  This practicum is designed to give students the skills and confidence they need to take a leadership role in Children’s and Family Ministry either in a local church or para-church organization.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance but are welcome to join the class via video conference (i.e., Skype or FaceTime).  Face-to-face interaction with the instructor is also encouraged.


Field Education: Children and Family Ministry (CFM) Intermediate Practicum
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The student’s skill development in children’s ministry will be addressed, building on insights from the Introductory Practicum. These skills will be honed throughout the year through practical assignments and discussion of assigned readings. Particular attention will be given to how leaders can provide pastoral care for children in crisis and how to help children develop a vibrant faith in good and bad times in their lives.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance but are welcome to join the class via video conference (i.e., Skype or FaceTime).  Face-to-face interaction with the instructor is also encouraged.


Foundations of Christian School Education
DEPS1107 - Professional Studies

Course Description: Teachers in Alberta become certified to practice in the province only after they complete four years of university education. Christian schools that wish to obtain a higher percentage of funds provided for private schools must hire certificated teachers and in many cases these teachers have had no training in Christian school education. Koinonia Christian Schools encourages its teachers to engage in professional development activities related to the skills sets required to teach in a Christian school. Based on the textbook produced by the (ACSI),Foundations of Christian School Education, this course will provide teachers with the skills to incorporate the four foundational blocks in Christian education into all aspects of their teaching.

Course Textbooks:
Foundations of Christian School Education,
Braley, J., Layman, J. & White, R. (eds) Colorado Springs: Purposeful Design Publications (ACSI) 2003. ISBN: 1583310592


Galatians: Law, Grace and the Church (New Testament)
DEBS1122 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: Freedom from bondage, legalism and lawlessness are studied from the New Testament epistle of Galatians.

Course Description: For many followers of Christ, true freedom may be one of the most sought after, and yet least attained goals in life. This course will take an in-depth look at the New Testament book of Galatians so that the student will gain a clearer and more thorough understanding of the wonderful freedom available in Christ. The key objective of this is course is to assist the student to arrive at the place where it can be said, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free…” Galatians 5:1

Course Textbooks:
Galatians
. Life Application Bible Commentary, Grant Osborne, ed. Barton, Bruce B., et al. Wheaton: Tyndale, 1994. ISBN: 0842330267


Gospels (New Testament)
DEBS2231 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: The Synoptic Gospels provide four vivid and reliable expressions of the life and ministry of Christ

Course Description: The words, works, life, death and redemptive work of Christ are captured for all people to engage. The Synoptic Gospels are an expression of the stance of Almighty God as He engages the transformational work of saving an alienated and lost humanity. This course will introduce the student to the cultural milieu, the parables of Christ, the message of the Kingdom of God and strategies for responding to the message of the Gospels.

Course Textbooks:
A Harmony of the Four Gospels: The New International Version. Orville Daniel
AudioPak Resources: “If you are Willing” Darrel Johnson
“Tell it Slant” Eugene Peterson
“Good News for Humpty Dumpty” Darrel Johnson


Hermeneutics
DETS3201 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Grow to a deeper level of academic use and personal enjoyment from scripture by employing sound principles of interpretation and effective application of Biblical truth.

Course Description: This course will help you interpret and understand the Bible and includes a brief historical sketch of the principles of interpretation and a study of the basic principles of hermeneutics. This course is designed to prepare students for exegesis courses and to lay the foundation for becoming independent Bible students.

Course Textbooks:
Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation.
 Henry Virkler. ISBN: 9780310517825
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. Douglas Stuart and Gordon Fee. ISBN: 0310246040


Homiletics
DEPS2102 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Developing strategies for effective preaching in a postmodern context and across varied audiences.

Course Description: Delivering objective Biblical truth in a postmodern context is the challenge of contemporary preaching. This course provides students with the skills to exegete a passage, determine the big idea, develop that idea into an effective message that can be delivered to a cross section of audiences. While this course is concerned primarily with development of sermon outlines and manuscripts, students are also expected to improve their public speaking skills.

Course Textbooks:
Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages.
 2nd edition. Robinson,Haddon. Grand Rapids,MI: Baker,2001.
Communicating For A Change. Andy Stanley & Lane Jones.  2006. ISBN: 9781590525142.


Internship – Pastoral Ministry
DEPS3503 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Internship is an eight-month placement designed to develop the practical skills needed in the area of church or para-church ministry.

Course Description: The third year internship is the professional placement that provides the backbone of experience for those planning to enter full-time church work or parachurch work. The intern will be involved in a variety of experiences so that he or she will be better equipped to serve in a multiplicity of ministry environments. A detailed process of evaluation, reflection, feedback and mentoring helps integrate learning and maximize the educational experience. Students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of service in the local church or parachurch setting.

Course Textbooks:
Choosing to Preach: A Comprehensive Introduction to Sermon Options and Structures. Kenton C. Anderson. ISBN: 9780310267508


Internship – Youth Ministry
DEPS3581 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Internship is an eight-month placement designed to develop the practical skills needed in the area of church or para-church ministry.

Course Description: The third year internship is the professional placement that provides the backbone of experience for those planning to enter full-time church work or parachurch work. The intern will be involved in a variety of experiences so that he or she will be better equipped to serve in a multiplicity of ministry environments. A detailed process of evaluation, reflection, feed back and mentoring helps integrate learning and maximize the educational experience. Students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of service in the local church or parachurch setting.

Course Textbooks:
Speaking to Teenagers: How to think about, create, and deliver effective messages. Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins. ISBN:0310273765


Introduction to Christian Counseling
DEGS4101 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: An introduction to Christian Counseling with the goal of promoting a deeper understanding of Christian Counseling

Course Description: Other counseling approaches will also be reviewed including Brief Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. The course will explore the foundation of Christian Counseling, developing a Therapeutic Relationship, the process of Christian Counseling and major uses of Christian Counseling. In addition, skills will be developed around how to support individuals and families who experience a range of problems.

Prerequisite: DEGS3102 Introduction to Psychology

Course Textbook:
Competent Christian Counseling, Volume One :
 Foundations and Practice of Compassionate Soul Care, Timothy Clinton and George Ohlschlager. ISBN: 1578565170


Introduction to Psychology
DEGS3102 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Introduction to Psychology as presented from a Christian perspective affords a balanced approach to introductory issues.

Course Description: This foundational course provides an introduction of the field of psychology. The goal of the course is to understand the major schools of psychological through practical application of ideas. Theory will be integrated with Christian world view and personal experience. Topics covered include development, learning, mental health, personality and integration of psychology and theology.

Course Textbooks:
Psychology A Journey.
 4th Canadian Ed. ISBN 9780176662530


Introduction to World Missions (Old OR New Testament)
DEBS2233 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: Introduction to World Missions explores the purpose and methodology of missions as presented in the scriptures.

Course Description: The basic theme of the study is the unchanging purpose of God in revealing Himself for the redemption of the whole human race. After laying the foundation of the universality of God’s missionary purpose, the course will present the task of missions and the means of accomplishing that task. The historical and cultural perspectives will be studied, as well as strategies for development.

Course Textbooks:
Introducing World Missions:
 A Biblical, Historical and Practical Survey. A. Scott Moreau, Gary Corwin & Gary B. McGee. ISBN: 9780801026485.


Introduction to Youth Ministry
DEPS1105 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Explore contemporary youth ministry models with accompanying roles and responsibilities for modern youth leader.

Course Description: This course is designed to provide the learner with an overview of contemporary youth ministry in the church and para-church settings. Students will become familiar with a variety of models of youth ministry as well as the various roles and responsibilities of youth pastors. This course is introductory in nature and serves as a foundation for further studies or volunteering in a youth ministry.

Course Textbooks:
Reaching a Generation for Christ. 
Richard Dunn and Mark Senter III. Moody, 1997. ISBN: 0802493483


Issues in Counseling
DEGS1204 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Building on the course, Introduction to Christian Counseling, students will address and explain a number of issues in counseling practice.

Course Description: 
Students will consider the causation of a wide array of personal and interpersonal problems, with particular focus on biological, personal, social, familial and spiritual causes. Students will research and create treatment plans for a variety of both personal and interpersonal issues and topics may range from: depression, anxiety, pride, anger, forgiveness, addiction, procrastination, family of origin issues, low self-esteem, problems with marital communication, and sexual issues.

Course Textbooks:
Counseling for the Soul in Distress. R.W. Roukema (2003).Binghampton, NY: Haworth Press ISBN: 0789016303
Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling. M McMinn (1996). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers. ISBN: 084235252X


Language Studies
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Language studies course requirements can be met in a variety of ways, including:
TESOL Courses (offered online and on-campus)
Biblical Language Courses (offered online) – NT Greek I and NT Greek II
Specific Language Courses (transfer courses)
Contact director@ibolt.com for more information

Leadership Assessment & Development
DEPS3618 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: This course is a senior course that prepares students for their leadership roles in ministry.

Course Description: Servant leadership in the kingdom of God is a unique calling that demands the best an individual has to offer. At the same time, leadership gifts and skills can be developed. The aim of this course is that the student would be able to accurately assess his or her leadership abilities and be able to develop them for service in the body of Christ. Emphasis will be placed on preparing students for their first position in full or part time ministry.

Course Textbooks:
Leadership that Works: Hope and Direction for Church and Parachurch Leaders in Today’s Complex World. Anderson, Leith. ISBN: 978-0-7642-2626-7
A Contemporary Handbook for Weddings and Funerals. Aubrey Malphurs & Keith Wilhile. ISBN: 0825431867


Life in the Spirit
DETS1201 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Taught from a charismatic perspective, the Holy Spirit resides in believers to lead, teach and seal to the Day of the Lord.

Course Description: The life of Christ resides in every believer and the work of the Holy Spirit is to cause the disciple of Christ to grow to be more like Him. Living and working with a constant awareness of the Holy Spirit in our lives is at the heart of this course. It is important to note that this course is taught from a Pentecostal, charismatic perspective.

Course Textbooks:
Paul, the Spirit and the People of God.
 Gordon D. Fee. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1996. ISBN: 0801046246
What the Bible Says About the Holy Spirit. Stanley M. Horton Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House,2005. ISBN: 0882433598
Gift and Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today. Craig S. Keener Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001. ISBN: 0801022665


Managing Ministries
DEPS3222 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: This course is a study of effective management within a Christian setting. Attention will be given to the essential functions, skills and activities of management including mission and leadership, individual and collective performance, human resources and team building as well as fund development and management.

Attention will also be given to the essential functions, skills and activities of managing and leadership, including envisioning, planning, organizing, controlling, and team building. In addition students will learn to manage ministries and meetings, manage change, and manage conflict in the local congregation.

Course Textbook:
Management Essentials for Christian Ministries (2009). Michael J. Anthony, James Riley Estep Jr. ISBN: 0805431233


Ministry to Post Modern Families
DEPS4202 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: In a complex and frenetic post modern culture, the challenges to raise a godly family require religious discipline and effective strategies to navigate the turbulent times in which we live.

Course Description: Ministry to Post Modern Families presents the student with an overview of Post Modernism and the impact of culture on the family and then presents a clear and timely set of skills to enable the emerging Christian leader to help the family raise children of integrity and purpose. Issues in this course include: developing effective family ministry in the local church, trends and sociological perspectives in families, care for families in crisis, faith in the family, life transitions and divorce.

Course Textbook:
Family Ministry:
 A Comprehensive Guide by Diana R. Garland. ISBN: 0830815856


Nehemiah: The Marks of a Christian Leader (Old Testament)
DEBS1211 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: The life and times of Nehemiah provide the basis for study in this introductory leadership course.

Course Description: The IBOLT course Nehemiah is based on Christian leadership insight and principles as evidenced by this remarkable Old Testament leader. TheNew American Commentary on Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther by Mervin Breneman is used by both the course developer and by the student to unearth these principles.  The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley is used for its practical application of the leadership principles Nehemiah gives us. The sub-title captures the essence of this course. Author Andy Stanley suggests we must start living in the right direction with “the principle of the path”.

Course Textbook: 

  1. Breneman, Mervin: New American Commentary – An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture on Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther(Volume 10), B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tennessee, 2009.
  2. Stanley, Andy: The Principle of the Path – How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, Tennessee, 2011.

NT Greek I
DEGS4110 - General Studies

This is the first of two undergraduate courses the student will take toward building a solid foundation in New Testament Greek. Introductory Greek grammar, vocabulary, and translation will be the focus of this first course. This course is designed to get the student into the Greek New Testament as quickly as possible. The student will be translating simple sentences from the Greek New Testament by the third week of studies.

Textbooks:

  1. Mounce, W. D. (2009). Basics of biblical Greek: Grammar, 3rd edition. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan.
  2. Mounce, W. D. (2009). Basics of biblical Greek: Workbook, 3rd edition. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan.

NT Greek II
DEGS4210 - General Studies

This course is the second introductory course leading to a mastery of the general principles underlying the grammatical and syntactical structure of biblical Greek. The student will continue to lay a strong foundation of basic linguistic skills that enable them to read, translate, and exegete selected passages from the original language of the New Testament into contemporary English. In addition to grammar and syntax, special attention will be given to helping the student to develop usable vocabulary knowledge.

Textbooks:

  1. Mounce, W. D. (2009). Basics of biblical Greek: Grammar, 3rd edition. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan.
  2. Mounce, W. D. (2009). Basics of biblical Greek: Workbook, 3rd edition. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan.

Old Testament Prophets (Old Testament)
DEBS1102 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: A selected study of the background and theological themes of Biblical messengers with an application to notions of contemporary prophetic ministries.

Course Description: Old Testament Prophets is a selected study of the background and theological themes God’s messengers and their prophecies from the 9th through the 5th Century B.C.. These social reformers addressed the secularization of religion, the need to protect those socially disadvantaged and ‘saw’ the promises of a new day on the horizon. This course will equip the student with the skills to discuss the nature and role of Old Testament prophets, abstract some great theological principles for practical living and apply some of the books to challenging ministry positions faced today. Pre-requisites for this course are Hermeneutics (DETS3201) and Homiletics (DEPS2102).

Course Textbook:
An Introduction to the Old Testament Prophetic Books. C. Hassell Bullock. Moody Press, Chicago, 1986. ISBN: 0802441548


Orientation to Online Learning with IBOLT
DEPS0196 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: The purpose of this course is to introduce you to IBOLT learning. This includes an overview  of independent study, online learning, research tools available to you and essay writing and APA formatting.

Course Description: If you have been away from formal study for some time, or if you are new to online learning, this course should be informative for you and provide you with tools to be successful in your IBOLT studies.  This course offers an opportunity for you to do “big picture” reflection for why you are studying with IBOLT.  It also offers practical insight for the academic writing you are required to do throughout IBOLT.

Course Textbooks:
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Pastoral Letters (New Testament)
DEBS3121 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: Paul’s pastoral instruction to first century leaders directs contemporary leaders through the pastoral letters.

Course Description: This course examines Paul’s letters to discover his thoughts and strategies for dealing with issues that arose in those churches at that time. Themes in this course examine Paul’s timely advice to church leaders of the day with direct application to issues facing church leaders in our modern times. Regardless of urban or rural setting, this course and the writings of the apostle Paul will serve to guide today’s pastor to more effective strategies in dealing with skills such as preaching, teaching, and dealing with issues of leadership and authority, conflict, pastoral care and pacing in ministry.

Course Textbooks:
NIV Application Commentary: 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus Liefeld, Walter L., Zondervan, 1999. ISBN 0310501105


Pastoral Life
DEPS3205 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Pastoral Life is a sacred calling from God to share His heart with His people through the life of a minister.

Course Description: Ministry can be a complicated and difficult calling; but it might also be said that it is a joyful burden. The Pastoral Life is a course that explores the problems associated with an incorrect personal identity and subsequent performance issues in ministry. This course will help the student to develop strategies to develop a healthy personal identity and answer a regular call to personal renewal as a person of depth and worship.

Prerequisite: DEBS3121 Pastoral Letters

Course Textbooks:
Jesus the Pastor.
 John Frye. ISBN: 9780310229957
Under the Unpredictable Plant. Eugene Peterson. ISBN: 0802808484
AudioPak Resources: Identity and Performance, The Strength of Weakness and Anger and Power.
TKI Online Assessment


Pastoral Theology
DETS3202 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Examine foundational issues in pastoral theology such as the work of the ministry and developing essential skills.

Course Description: Pastoral Theology affords the student insight into foundational skills in pastoral work. The foundational themes include: the work of the pastor, prayer, proclamation, presence, working with teams and working with others. Further, this course is designed to facilitate the students engaging of active practitioners with a goal to observe and incorporate skills essential to longevity in Christian ministry.

Course Resources:
Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work
 Eugene Peterson. ISBN: 0802806600
A Contemporary Handbook for Weddings and Funerals. Aubrey Malphurs & Keith Wilhile. ISBN: 0825431867
AudioPak Resources: “Teach us to Care and Not to Care.” Eugene Peterson


Pentateuch (Old Testament)
DEBS2111 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: Examine the Pentateuch for authorship, purpose and unity with a focus on analysis of message and theme.

Course Description: This course will engage the student in a study and examination of the Pentateuch in light of questions relating to structure, documentary hypothesis and major themes. Some of the major themes such as Creation of the World, the Fall of Humanity into Sin, the Flood of the Earth and God’s Covenant with Humanity through Abraham will receive special attention as we attempt to trace the redemptive thread that is very much part of both the Old and New Testament story-line.

Course Textbook:
The Pentateuch. 
Thomas. L. Holdcroft. Abbotsford: CeeTeC Publishing 1996. ISBN: 0968058000


Personal and Spiritual Formation
DEPS2101 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Explore and develop personal and spiritual formation patterns for a rich and vibrant interior life as a disciple of Christ.

Course Description: A rich and vibrant interior life as a disciple of Christ is at the core of what makes one a Christian leader and effective minister. The spiritual disciplines are important keys to fostering spiritual growth. They are not magical formulas but are merely vehicles to drawing closer to God and allowing Him to shape us. Incorporating the spiritual disciplines as a means to greater intimacy with God holds enormous long-term potential to impact one’s life and ministry.

Course Textbook:
Celebration of Discipline:
 The Path to Spiritual Growth. Richard J. Foster. ISBN:0060628391
Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community. Dietrich Bonhoeffer. NY:  Harper One.  ISBN:9780060608521


Philosophical Foundations
DEGS3101 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Examine philosophical and world views such as atheism, agnosticism, dualism, polytheism and contemporary approaches to life.

Course Description: The basic philosophical schools of thought of the past and present are presented, with particular attention given to examining the reasonableness of Christianity. Students are challenged with the opportunity of presenting an articulate and reasoned presentation of the philosophical underpinnings of Christianity.

Course Textbooks:
The Universe Next Door: 
A Basic Worldview Catalogue 3rd Edition. James W. Sire. ISBN 0830827803
How Shall We Then Live? DVD Francis Schaeffer. ISBN: 0780701900099


Philosophy of Leadership
DEPS1104 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Philosophy of Leadership grounded in servant leadership provides enduring meaning and purpose in any leadership context.

Course Description: Serving others is at the heart of Christian leadership. With this ideal at the center of this course, Philosophy of Leadership introduces the student to some of the major themes and issues in leadership today. This course explores biblical and contemporary definitions of leadership, issues in leadership style and the unfolding role of leaders in Christian ministries. Of particular importance in this course is the exploration personal mission, influence, setting priorities and developing community.

Course Resources: 
Courageous Leadership Bill Hybels. ISBN: 0310291577
Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure (DVD) ISBN: 014381190328.
Discover Your God-given Gifts Don and Katie Fortune, 1978.


Philosophy of Worship
DEPS1108 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Biblical foundations of the role of music and worship in the ministry of the local church.

This course is an introduction to the Biblical foundations of the role of music and worship in the ministry of the local church.Students will engage in a thorough investigation of theological and philosophical issues related to preparing for worship services and other occasions.

This course may be taken as a Professional Studies Course: DEPS-1104 or as a General Studies Course: DEGS-1103 

Course Textbooks:
The New Worship: Straight Talk on Music and the Church. Liesch, Barry. ISBN: 0801063566
The Complete Worship Leader. Navarro, Kevin J. ISBN: 0801091160

Textbooks are also used in DEPS 1204 – Practics of Worship.


Practics of Worship
DEPS1204 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: At the heart of Christian public worship is a skilled leader who can lead people from the mundane to the sacred in collective expressions of worship.

Students will be introduced worship preparation skills such as the creative and context-sensitive culmination of multitasking, coordination of many people’s efforts and as a support of the preaching of the Word of God. Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in leading public worship in their own context.

Course Textbooks:
Emerging Worship: Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations. Kimball, Dan. ISBN: 0310256445
The New Worship: Straight Talk on Music and the Church. Liesch, Barry. ISBN: 0801063566
The Complete Worship Leader. Navarro, Kevin J. ISBN: 0801091160


Practicum 1: Project Management
DEPS1103 - IBOLT Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: College practicum in Project Management combines theory with supervised on-site ministry experience.

Course Description: This first IBOLT practicum will help you learn the fundamentals of project management. From inception to completion, the student is introduced to visioning, planning, and gathering participation, delegation, problem solving, implementation and evaluation. For students in the degree program, participation in the practicum courses will afford assistance in completing the Senior Integrative Seminar.

Course Textbook: Project Management for Dummies by Stanley E. Portnoy. ISBN: 0470049235


Practicum 2: Personal Effectiveness
DEPS2103 - IBOLT Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Personal effectiveness is rooted in longevity, personal credibility and a sense of purpose.

Course Description: Students will explore several important elements in developing and maintaining personal effectiveness the Christian ministry. Discovering that personal effectiveness is rooted in longevity, credibility, purpose and team will enhance the capacity to lead with effectiveness. Of significant content in this course is a guided examination of the characteristics of effective leader’s within the student’s own context.

Course Textbooks: 
Ordering Your Private World. Gordon MacDonald. ISBN 0785288643


Practicum 3: Technology
DEPS1203 - IBOLT Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Theology of information guides development of information technology solutions in Christian ministry.

Course Description: Is there such a thing as a “”theology of information?”” Is God even interested in our use of technology? The proliferation of ministry/church-based computing compels the wise Christian leader to consider the use of storage and retrieval of information within a wider context of careful planning and decision-making. In this practicum, students will be introduced to strategies for fiscally responsible use of information technologies.

Course Textbooks: Available on request.


Practicum 4: Relationships
DEPS2202 - IBOLT Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Emotional intelligence in relationships provides essential skills for effective relationships in the work and ministry environment.

Course Description: Mature and emotionally intelligent relationships are an important element for developing and maintaining effectiveness in Christian ministry or any other work environment. Developing an accurate awareness of self and the social context are important skills to capture in this practicum course. Students will examine and practice implementing strategies for fostering healthy and meaningful relationships in their context.

Course Textbooks: Winning with People. John C. Maxwell. ISBN: 0785288740.


Practicum 5: Meetings
DEPS3103 - IBOLT Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Structure effective decision-making committees in a Christian church or para-church context.

Course Description: Many Christian churches and para-church organizations choose to structure decision-making around a committee. Committees can either be a source of effective leadership or ineffectiveness. This practicum will assist the student to develop skills in mandating, leading and monitoring effective committees.

Course Textbook: Mina, Eli, “The Guide to Better Meetings of Non-Profit Organizations” e-book.


Practicum 6: Volunteers
DEPS3204 - IBOLT Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Church volunteers practicum teaches skills in caring, nurturing, coaching and supervising others in a ministry context.

Course Description: Volunteers are the backbone of Christian ministry. Volunteer staff departments, chair committees, teach classes, lead in services and provide much of the church governance. This practicum will provide practical insights into recruiting volunteers and will touch on the art of leading, loving and caring for volunteers.

Course Textbooks: Available on request.


Practicum 7: Property
DEPS4103 - IBOLT Practicum Courses

Course Description: All churches and non-profit organizations operate from a bricks and mortar location. Regardless of the size, location and square footage, the property is an essential part of the equation for the delivery of the services of that endeavor. Churches and non-profits alike will invest funds in the acquisition and maintenance of their property, and astute management of the property is essential for good stewardship of the limited funds available. In this course, the student will examine the ‘tangibles’ of ministry. This practicum will assist the student in developing stewardship of ministry facilities and an awareness of safety issues, overall presentation and utilization of the property.

Course Textbooks:
A reader of various materials and resources compiled by IBOLT is required for this course.


Practicum 8: Law
DEPS4204 - IBOLT Practicum Courses

Distance Education Course: Evangelical Christian churches require awareness of legal issues in a complex society.

Course Description: The myriad of legal issues today require the Evangelical Christian to possess an awareness of the implications of decisions in the local church or para-church ministry. While this course is not designed to make “ministers into lawyers” it will afford the student insights into key issues such as:
– land title transactions
– wills and estates
– divorce and remarriage
– confidentiality
– charitable status of churches and para-church organizations

While this course is developed from a Canadian context, IBOLT will adapt it to the student’s nation of residence.

 


Pre-Marriage & Marriage
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In this course, we will look at a theology of marriage & family and the history of what was taught to the youth and children in the church. This course will explore the important principles of pre-marriage and marriage ministries. Students will learn some practical ideas for creating and developing a pre-marriage and marriage program within the church. Students will spend some time addressing issues concerning the building of strong marriages. This course is offered in May as a one-week modular course.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance but are welcome to join the class via video conference (i.e., Skype or FaceTime).  Face-to-face interaction with the instructor is also encouraged.


Preaching Seminar
DEPS0921 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: This course is a practical course in development and delivery of sermons.

Course Description: This preaching seminar is a practical course in the development and delivery of sermons. It is intended to move learners towards skill in preaching the biblical text from a variety of literary genres and to facilitate their ongoing development as preachers.

Prerequisite: DEPS4104 Expository Preaching

Course Textbooks:
The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching:
 Connecting the Bible To People. Gibson SM, Willhite K (1998). Grand Rapids. ISBN:0801091586


Science and Religion
DEGS3201 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: Examination of Christian science, creationism and other scientific schools of thought.

Course Description: This course examines the basic scientific schools of thought of the past and present, with particular attention given to examining how science can, particularly the natural sciences, challenge and contribute to the understanding of the Christian faith and the Bible.

Course Textbooks: The Case for the Creator, Lee Strobel, Zondervan Publishing. ISBN 0310240506
The Soul of Science Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy, Nancy Pearcey; Charles B Thaxton. ISBN 0891077669


Senior Integration – Pastoral Ministry
DEPS4401 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: A senior integration course that serves as a capstone course to provide a rounded approach to the ministry studied.

Course Description: Integrating the student’s entire college learning, forming a cohesive approach to ministry is the aim of this course. At the same time an examination of effective ministry management skills for developing and maintaining a healthy ministry is a significant concentration of the course. This includes managing time, stress, conflict and programs.

Course Textbooks:
On Becoming a Leader. Warren G. Bennis. Basic Books; Fourth Edition. ISBN: 9780465014088
Ministry Nuts and Bolts: What They Don’t Teach Pastors in Seminary. Aubrey Malphurs. ISBN: 9780825433580


Senior Integrative Seminar – Youth
DEPS4119 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: A senior integration course that serves as a capstone course to provide a rounded approach to the ministry studied.

Course Description: Integrating the student’s entire college learning, forming a cohesive approach to ministry is the aim of this course. At the same time an examination of effective ministry management skills for developing and maintaining a healthy ministry is a significant concentration of the course. This includes managing time, stress, conflict and programs.

Course Textbooks:
On Becoming a Leader. Warren G. Bennis. Basic Books; Fourth Edition. ISBN: 9780465014088
Youth Ministry that Transforms: A comprehensive analysis of the hopes, frustrations and effectiveness of today’s youth workers. Strommen, Merton, et al. ISBN: 978-0310238201


Senior Integrative Seminar – Missions
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This course provides an in-depth look into the life and work of the missionary. The course will use readings, reflection, and interaction with various resources. The course will focus on the interaction of the disciplines of theology, culture, and strategy in missions. Attention will be given to current missiological issues impacting the missionary’s life and work. The goal of the course is to lay a foundation for future mission education and experience.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance with the option of attendance in classes and face-to-face interaction with the instructor.


Senior Integrative: Children and Family Ministry Leadership Issues
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This course will provide children’s ministry workers, leaders, and pastors to study leadership skills that will improve the present state of his/her children’s ministry. Students will explore resources and practical strategies of building a team of dedicated volunteers or leaders. Classes will be designed to give students opportunities to gain insight through interaction and discussion among other children’s ministry leaders.    Students will be encouraged to develop a heart to minister the gospel as well as the skills to manage a program that requires teamwork. Attention will be given to the process of creating a vision, encouraging and building of talents and gifts, and other leadership skills.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance but are welcome to join the class via video conference (i.e., Skype or FaceTime).  Face-to-face interaction with the instructor is also encouraged.


Senior Theology
DS4101 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Explore theological systems that have challenged evangelical theology such as neo orthodoxy, process theology, liberation theology, and liberalism.

Course Description: The 20th Century theologians posed new challenges to the evangelical church. These divergent streams of theology continue to have far reaching implications for Christians today. The object of this course is examine the basic tenets of each of these schools of thoughts and the personalities behind each of these theological systems.

Prerequisite: DETS3203 Eschatology/Ecclesiology

Course Textbook: 20TH-CENTURY THEOLOGY: God and the World in a Transitional Age Stanley J. Grenz and Roger E. Olson. ISBN: 0830815252


Soteriology
DETS2203 - Theological Studies

This course deals with God’s incredible plan of salvation. It is designed to encourage and strengthen your convictions, your understanding of salvation, the work of Jesus Christ and the role of the Holy Spirit.

Upon completion, students will be able to identify, discuss and explain the various theories of atonement, the gravity of sin and God’s holiness. Students will also differentiate between Calvinism and Armenianism in their views on salvation and eternal security. You will also be asked to deal with your personal position on issues such as Universalism, Pluralism and the conditions and content of salvation.

Course Textbooks:
1. Gundry, S.N., D.L. Okholm, and T.R. Philips, eds. Four Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World.  Counterpoint Series. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996

2. Demarest, Bruce. The Cross and Salvation: The Doctrine of Salvation. Wheaton IL: Crossway, 2006


Systematic Theology I: God and the Human Condition
DETS1203 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Life after God is not the message of this course as it explores the Biblical assertion of God’s existence, nature and relationship with humanity.

Course Description: There is no more foundational course in the study of Biblical doctrine than that of the doctrine of God. The topic is so foundational to Biblical Christianity that sometimes it is referred to as Theology Proper. As we prepare to study God and Human condition there are two important factors to keep at the fore of the work in this course. First, theology is the study of God and as the course connotes, a study of God will reveal that ultimately God in interested in engaging the human condition.

Course Textbooks:
Systematic Theology. Horton, Stanley. ISBN: 9780882438559
Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine. House,Wayne. ISBN: 0310416612


Systematic Theology II: Soteriology/Christology
DETS2102 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: The person, work and nature of Christ is examined and the ministry of salvation for humanity is explored.

Course Description: The second of the Major IBOLT Systematic Theology courses deals with the person, nature, and work of Christ with particular emphasis placed upon the great salvation that Christ brought to humanity. The student will examine the Incarnational ministry of Christ on this earth and explore the significance of this ministry as an expression of the love and mercy of God through His plan of salvation.

Prerequisite: DETS1203 God and the Human Condition

Course Textbooks:
An Evangelical Christology: Ecumenic and Historic, 
Bernard L. Ramm, Vancouver, B.C. Regent College Publishing, 1983. ISBN: 1573830089
The Cross of Christ, 
John R.W. Stott Downers Grove: IVP, 1986. ISBN: 0877849986


Systematic Theology III: Eschatology/Ecclesiology
DETS3203 - Theological Studies

Distance Education Course: Systematic theological approach to the emerging church and eschatological themes the Bible.

Course Description: The third of three courses designed to cover the key topics of Christian theology in a systematic approach. Topics include: the Holy Spirit; the Church; and the End Times. Students will engage in a study of an example of a “Young Adult” church with over one thousand attendees and unique features of reaching today’s emerging adult with an uncompromising message of salvation and the good news of the gospel.

Prerequisite: DETS2102 Soteriology/Christology OR DETS2202 Christology AND 3 credits of study in Soteriology.

Course Textbooks:
Eschatology: A Futurist View.
 Thomas L. Holdcroft. Abbotsford, BC: CeeTec, 2001. ISBN: 0968058043
The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit. Craig Van Gelder. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000. ISBN: 0801090962
The Younger Evangelicals


Teaching Methods and Delivery
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Students will be introduced to the basic principles of educational psychology and the different ways people learn as well as several different teaching methods.  Insights gained will be compared with biblical principles to help students formulate their own biblical theology of teaching and learning and help them choose the best methods to use in a particular learning situation.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance but are welcome to join the class via videoconference (i.e., Skype or FaceTime).  Face-to-face interaction with the instructor is also encouraged.


Team Evangelism and Discipleship
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This course will focus on two areas: First, discipleship training as ministry preparation. Second, team ministry; including such areas as team recruitment, team preparation, team ministry locally and overseas, and team leadership. The course develops the practical tools of discipleship and team ministry for effective ministry and leading Short Term Missions teams.

This is a directed study course: the instructor will develop the course of study with the student including instruction, related experiential activities, and assessment of learning outcomes for this course. Students will take this course at a distance with the option of attendance in classes and face-to-face interaction with the instructor.


Wisdom Literature (Old Testament)
DEBS4211 - Biblical Studies

Distance Education Course: Poetic Old Testament wisdom literature is a relevant anecdote for modern predicaments.

Course Description: The Old Testament contains some of the most poetic and well-written wisdom literature of the entire Bible. With King Solomon’s writings as the background, this course will take the student on a journey on the meaning of wisdom, examples of types of wisdom, and then introduce the student to a comparison of a life with wisdom and then one without. An excellent and timely course for today when it seems that foolishness abounds in every arena of life.

Course Textbooks:
The Remarkable Wisdom of Solomon.
 Henry M. Morris. ISBN: 0890513562
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. Frank E Gaebelein. ISBN: 0310364701
AudioPak: The Way of Wisdom, Bruce Waltke – 3 CD Set.


World Religions
DEGS0101 - General Studies

Distance Education Course: World Religions examines major world religions, modern trends and the impact of spirituality

Course Description: Participants in this course will develop a broad, basic knowledge of the main world religions with special focus applied to Christianity, Islam and Judaism. This course will also afford students an overview of Buddhism, Hinduism and Shinto. The underlying theme of this course will be to investigate each of these religious movements with a view to enable students to engage adherents of other religions with a caring and humble attitude and in so doing, defend orthodox Christianity.

Course Textbooks: 
Can Evangelicals Learn From World Religions? Jesus, Revelation & Religious Traditions. Gerald R. McDermott. August 2000. ISBN: 0830822747
Families of Faith An Introduction to World Religions for Christians, Paul Martinson, ISBN: 0800632222


Youth Discipleship and Pastoring
DEPS2214 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Effective youth ministry, philosophy of ministry to develop strategies for programming youth events and discipling today’s teens.

Course Description: Establishing and maintaining an effective youth ministry in a local church requires a biblical philosophy of ministry that is worked out in a carefully designed strategy including small and large group programming. This course provides the student with the necessary skills to evaluate the effectiveness of a youth group, craft a philosophy of youth ministry, and establish the necessary structures to disciple teens.

Course Textbooks:
Junior High Ministry. 
Wayne Rice. ISBN: 031022442X
Purpose Driven Youth Ministry. Doug Fields. ISBN: 0310212537


Youth Ministry Issues
DEPS4105 - Professional Studies

Distance Education Course: Compassionate and informed pastoral care for youth-related social issues encompasses the heart of this course.

Course Description: Responding with competence and compassion to the myriad of pastoral and social issues associated with contemporary youth work is the focus of this course. Emphasis will be placed upon the relationship between developmental issues and emerging challenges presented by youth culture. Further, this course will examine the role of the youth worker, minister, or pastor and critical issues that relate to their role in the lives of adolescents.

Course Textbooks:
Helping the Struggling Adolescent 
Les Parrott III. ISBN: 0310234077
All Grown Up and No Place to Go David Elkind. ISBN: 0201483858


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