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Brewton-Parker College offers two degree programs for persons called to the ministry: the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and the Bachelor of Ministry. Both degrees offer numerous classes in Old and New Testament studies and also emphasize a broad foundation for ministry with courses in theology, church history, world religions and ethics.

The B.A. requires a foreign language (we offer Greek and Hebrew) and a senior research seminar. The B. Min. degree emphasizes practical ministry with courses in ministry formation, pastoral care, preaching, and ministry internship. The internship course focuses upon church administration and incorporates elements from the other three areas. For the internship course, you will be placed in a church or other ministry setting (if you are not already in a place of ministry) where you will work under the guidance of an experienced field supervisor. Whatever degree you choose, our classes are small, personal, and committed to academic excellence.

APOLOGETICS

APO 201 – Introduction to Christian Apologetics (3 Hours)

A survey of the representative approaches to Christian apologetics from the Greeks to the contemporary religious scene.  Each approach is examined in the light of biblical revelation, and a comprhensive Christian apologetic will be attempted.

APO 301 – History and Methods of Apologetics (3 Hours)

An in-depth examination of Christian apologetics designed to prepare students to interact knowledgeably with historical and methodological issues related to defending Christian faith.  Topics include apologetics from the perspectives of the Bible, the Patristics, the Medievals, the Reformation, and modernity to postmodernity.  3 credit hours.  Prerequisite: APO 201 or instructor approval.

APO 302 – Cult Theology (3 Hours)   

A theological analysis of religious groups categorized as cultic in nature from the perspective of traditional Christianity.  Groups studied include Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Christian Science, the New Age movement, the Unity School, the Word-Faith movement, Armstrongism, the Unification Church, Scientology, the occult, among others.  3 credit hours.  Prerequisite: APO 201 or instructor approval.

APO 401 – God and Contemporary Philosophical Thought (3 Hours) 

A study of contemporary philosophical issues related to the Christian concept of God and its intelligibility and coherence.  Topics include God’s existence, the relationship of faith and reason, religious language, the problem of evil and suffering, religious experience, the relationship of Christianity to other world religions, among others.  3 credit hours.  Prerequisite: APO 201 or instructor approval. 

APO 402 – Special Topics in Apologetics (3 Hours)   

             

An in-depth look at topics of special interest in Christian apologetics, usually focusing on a particularly influential thinker in the history of apologetics and his primary writings.  Individuals such as Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, C. S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Cornelius van Til, among others, are studied.  3 credit hours.  Prerequisite: APO 201 or instructor approval.

APO 403 – Apologetics Practicum (3 Hours)   

             

A practical study of the content and methods used to defend Christian truths and beliefs in the midst of a global and religiously pluralistic culture.  A significant portion of the course is devoted to sharing the Christian message in and around campus settings, either nationally or internationally.  3 credit hours.  Prerequisite: APO 201 or instructor approval.  

RELIGION

CHR 101 – Introduction to the Old Testament (3 Hours)

A historical and theological survey of the Old Testament.  Emphasis is placed on canonical formation, historical background, theological themes, redemptive history, and key interpretative issues. 

CHR 102 – Introduction to the New Testament (3 Hours)

A survey of the New Testament documents with particular attention to their historical setting, literary themes, and spiritual applications.

CHR 210 – History of Christian Thought (3 Hours)

An introductory study of the thought and impact of key individuals and movementsfrom the beginning of Christianity to the present.

CHR 220 – World Religions (3 Hours)

A survey of the major living world religions with an emphasis upon their beliefs, practices, and diverse expressions.  The study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam constitute the main focus of the course.

CHR 230 – Professional Ethics (3 Hours)

A study of contemporary ethical issues in various professions. Relevant issues for students anticipating careers in fields such as business, psychology, and education will be explored from a Christian perspective.

CHR 240 – Christian Worldview (3 Hours)

A study of worldview concepts in general and the content of the Christian worldview specifically.  The primary focus is on the biblical themes of creation, fall, redemption, and their various implications with respect to the whole of life, including its spiritual, educational, aesthetic, vocational, and family-life dimensions, among others. 

CHR 260 – Ministry Seminar (3 Hours)

A study of the integration of the practical and theological components of ministry-related vocations.  Detailed consideration is given to attaining competency in carrying out the practical aspects of ministry, such as funerals, weddings, hospital visits, baptisms, the Lord’s Supper, among other facets of church ministry.

CHR 300 – Special Topics in Biblical/Theological Studies (3 Hours)

An in-depth study of selected topics in the disciplines of biblical or theological studies.  Examples include one particular biblical book, a theological theme or sub-discipline, or a specific theological movement in church history.

An in-depth study of selected topics in the field of religious studies.  Examples include a study of one book of the Bible or a study of one particular religious theme or movement.  Prerequisites: CHR 101 and CHR 102 or permission of instructor.

CHR 301Genesis-Deuteronomy (3 Hours) 

An introduction to the study of the Pentateuch comprising Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  Emphasis is given to these biblical texts, their interpretations, theological themes, and the various critical issues involved in their interpretation.  Prerequisite: CHR 101.

CHR 302 Joshua-Esther (3 Hours)

An introduction to the study of the Former Prophets comprising Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. Emphasis is given to these biblical texts, their interpretations, theological themes, and the various critical issues involved in their interpretation.  Prerequisite: CHR 101.

CHR 303 Major Prophets (3 Hours)

An introduction to the study of the Major Prophets comprising Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel.  Emphasis is given to these biblical texts, their interpretations, theological themes, and the various critical issues involved in their interpretation.  Prerequisite: CHR 101.

CHR 304 Minor Prophets (3 Hours)

An introduce to the study of the Minor Prophets comprising Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.  Emphasis is given to these biblical texts, their interpretations, theological themes, and the various critical issues involved in their interpretation.   Prerequisite: CHR 101.

CHR 305 The Writings (3 Hours)

An introduction to the study of the Writings comprising Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.  Emphasis is given to these biblical texts, their interpretations, theological themes, and the various critical issues involved in their interpretation.  Prerequisite: CHR 101.

CHR 306 Biblical Archaeology (3 Hours)

An introduction to biblical archaeology.  Emphasis is placed on how archaeological sites and finds assist in the study and interpretation of the Old and New Testaments.  Field trips to local archeological digs may also be included in order to expose students to the aims and methods of site work.  Prerequisite: CHR 101.

CHR 308 – Old Testament Theology (3 Hours)

A study of the major theological themes of the Old Testament.  Emphasis is placed on the Old Testament’s theological witness to the redemptive framework of Scripture, as well as on the history and current state of Old Testament theological studies.  Prerequisite: CHR 101.

CHR 309 Major Characters of the Old Testament (3 Hours)

A study of the major male and female characters of the Old Testament and their significance as individuals to Hebrew history.  Prerequisite: CHR 101.       

CHR 320 – Synoptic Gospels (3 Hours)

A comparative study of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke in the New Testament.  Particular attention is given to the exegesis of one of the Synoptic Gospels. Prerequisite: CHR 102.

CHR 321 – Gospel of John (3 Hours)

An exegetical study of the Fourth Gospel in the New Testament.  Extensive comparison is also made with the Synoptic Gospels.  Prerequisite: CHR 102.

CHR 322 – Acts and the Early Church (3 Hours)

An interpretive study of the early years of Christianity based primarily upon an exegesis of the Book of Acts.  Other canonical and extra-canonical sources of information about the early church are also examined.  Prerequisite: CHR 102.

CHR 323 – Epistles of Paul (3 Hours)

An exegetical study of selected epistles of the Apostle Paul.  Paul's letters to the Romans or the Corinthians is the major focus of interpretation.  The missionary life of Paul is also examined.  Prerequisite: CHR 102.

CHR 324 – General Epistles (3 Hours)

An exegetical study of selected general epistles, Hebrews through Jude. Prerequisite: CHR 102.

CHR 325 – New Testament Theology (3 Hours)

An interpretive study of the key theological themes of the New Testament.  Such topics as New Testament Christology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology are examined.  Prerequisite: CHR 102.

CHR 326 – Jesus of Nazareth (3 Hours)

A historical overview and interpretive study of the life of Jesus, with particular attention given to recent scholarly discussions.  Prerequisite: CHR 102 or permission of instructor.

CHR 327 – Apocalyptic Literature (3 Hours)

An interpretive study of canonical and extra-canonical apocalyptic texts.  Particular attention is given to the New Testament book of Revelation and to several New Testament apocryphal books such as the Apocalypses of Peter and Paul.  Prerequisite: CHR 102.

CHR 350 – Formation for Ministry (3 Hours)

An introduction to Christian Ministry through an integration of the theological, psychological, spiritual, social, and functional dimensions of ministry through the local church.  Attention is given to identifying and clarifying the call to ministry and to exploring the necessary preparations for effective ministry.  Required for all B.Min. students.

CHR 351 – Ministry of Care and Counseling (3 Hours)

A study of the responsibilities, techniques, and tools of the Christian minister in the areas of pastoral care and counseling.  A variety of care and counseling situations are explored.  Attention is also given to the process of spiritual growth and development as facilitated by the minister.  Prerequisite: CHR 350.

CHR 352 – Ministry of Preaching (3 Hours)

A study of the methods of sermon preparation and delivery.  Consideration is given to selection and interpretation of material, development of sermon ideas, and techniques of delivery. Prerequisite: CHR 350.

CHR 353 – Biblical & Servant Leadership (3 Hours)

A study of the nature of Christian leadership in the context of local church ministry.  An analysis of character qualities, leadership competencies, and primary leadership style is examined.  In addition, an emphasis on biblical effectiveness and developing the skills necessary to direct the local church through change and challenges is a central element of the course.  Prerequisite: Completion of 6 hours General Education requirements in Division of Religion and Philosophy.

CHR/MUS 354 – Worship and Music (3 Hours)

A survey of various aspects of Christian worship with some attention to its historical development, the role of liturgy, and a comparison of worship patterns in different denominational contexts. Special attention is given to the role of music in worship, the selection of worship materials, and planning orders of worship.

CHR 411 – Christian Theology I (3 Hours)

An introduction to prolegomena and the biblical doctrines of the Bible, general and special revelation, God, creation, providence, angels and demons, humanity, and sin.   Prerequisites: CHR 101, 102, and 210.

CHR 412 – Christian Ethics (3 Hours)

A study of the ethical principles of the Christian faith and how they are to be applied to contemporary problems.  Prerequisites: CHR 101, 102, and 210.

CHR 413 – Christian Philosophy (3 Hours)

A study of basic issues with respect to philosophical and theological reasoning, including such vital matters as the concept of worldview, faith, reason, theodicy, and revelation, among others.  Prerequisites: CHR 101, 102, and 210.

CHR 414 – Contemporary Theology (3 Hours)

A study of significant persons, movements and trends in theology from the era of the Enlightenment to the contemporary scene.  Prerequisite: CHR 210.

CHR 421 – Christian Theology II (3 Hours)

An introduction to the biblical doctrines of the person and work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, sanctification, the church, and last things.  Prerequisites: CHR 101, 102, and 210.

CHR 430 – Church History (3 Hours)

A study of the growth and development of Christianity from the New Testament era to the present.  Prerequisites: CHR 101 and 102.

CHR 431 – Baptist History (3 Hours)

A study of the formation, development, and interpretation of Baptists in general with special consideration given to Southern Baptists.   Prerequisites: CHR 101 and 102.

CHR 432 – Christianity in America (3 Hours)

A study of the history of Christianity in America from the beginning of the European settlement of North America until the present. Special emphasis will be given to identifying and analyzing major religious movements, such as the Great Awakenings, revivalism, the missions movement, liberalism, neo-orthodoxy, fundamentalism, and evangelicalism.  Prerequisites:

CHR 101 and 102.

CHR 453 – Evangelism and Church Growth (3 Hours)

A study of the evangelistic mission of the church, including its goals and strategies from a decidedly biblical perspective.  In addition, a global analysis of the church growth movement’s history and methodology is pursued.  Prerequisite: Completion of 6 hours General Education requirements in Division of Religion.

CHR 454 Missions and Cross-Cultural Ministry (3 Hours)

An in-depth study of cross-cultural missions with particular attention given to identifying barriers and bridges to the Christian gospel.  Issues surrounding current missions methodologies and the transcultural communication of Christian truths are also emphasized.  Prerequisite: CHR 350.

CHR 455 Leadership and Conflict Management (3 Hours)

A study of contemporary models and biblical conflict management strategies with respect to analyzing sources and resolving conflicts that arise in the local church while leading it toward its specific mission.  Detailed attention is given to staff/staff, staff/member, and member/member relations.  Prerequisite: CHR 350.

CHR 456 Leadership and Women’s Ministry (3 Hours)

A study of contemporary models and biblical leadership strategies with respect to implementing and leading women’s ministry programs in the local church.  Particular attention is given to proposing, developing, and putting a women’s ministry project into service through a local church.  Prerequisite: CHR 350.

CHR 457 Leadership and Church Administration (3 Hours)

A study of contemporary models and specific business administration practices in the local church.  Particular attention is given to the development of competent leadership skills with respect to the economic and functional areas of church life.  Prerequisite: CHR 350.

CHR 481 Internship in Ministry (3-6 Hours)

A supervised internship in ministry for three hours in a local church or other approved setting that provides experience in the practice of ministry. The student serving in a paid full-time ministry position may seek six hours credit upon approval by the faculty of the Division of Religion & Philosophy.  Prerequisite: CHR 350.

CHR 490 Senior Seminar in Christian Studies (3 Hours)

A capstone seminar required of students in the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and the Bachelor of Ministry degree programs.  The course is designed to provide opportunities for further reflection upon various areas of Christian scholarship through assigned readings, article presentations, and directed research.  Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

GREEK

GRE 101 Elementary Biblical Greek I (3 Hours)

An intensive study of the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of Hellenistic Greek as it relates to the translation and interpretation of the New Testament. This section will introduce Greek nouns, pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, and verbs.

GRE 102 Elementary Biblical Greek II (3 Hours)

A continuation of the study of Hellenistic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. This section will focus upon Greek verbs and participles and will incorporate selected readings from the New Testament.  Prerequisite: GRE 101.

GRE 201 Intermediate Biblical Greek (3 Hours)

An intermediate level of study of Hellenistic Greek grammar and exegesis as it pertains to the New Testament.  Numerous selections from a variety of New Testament documents will be translated and analyzed. Prerequisite: GRE 102.

GRE 301 Advanced Biblical Greek (3 Hours)

An advanced study of Hellenistic Greek grammar and exegesis as it pertains to the New Testament.  Numerous selections from the New Testament literature will be translated and analyzed. Prerequisite: GRE 201.

HEBREW

HEB 101  Elementary Biblical Hebrew I (3 Hours)

A study of the basic elements of Old Testament Hebrew grammar and vocabulary designed to enable students to use essential linguistic tools.

HEB 102  Elementary Biblical Hebrew II (3 Hours)

A review of the basic elements of Old Testament Hebrew grammar and an introductory study of Hebrew syntax and exegesis. Emphasis is given to equipping students to use language in the interpretation and exegesis of specific texts.  Prerequisite: HEB 101 or permission of instructor.

PHILOSOPHY

PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy (3 Hours)

An introduction to the basic issues in philosophy from both historical and Christian perspectives, utilizing selected readings from classical, medieval, Enlightenment, and contemporary philosophers.

PHI 105 Introduction to Logic (3 Hours)

An introduction to the principles of critical thinking with a focus on detecting informal and formal fallacies apparent in everyday life.  The laws of deductive and inductive logic are also examined in order to help students obtain proficiency in sound reasoning.

PHI 201 History of Philosophy (3 Hours)

A survey and critique of the major ideas advocated by Western philosophy, including thinkers from the ancient, Christian, medieval, modern, and postmodern periods, i.e., from the pre-Socratics to the contemporary scene.  Prerequisite: PHI 101.

PHI 301 Metaphysics (3 Hours)

A critical examination of current issues in constructing a theory of ontology, i.e., being and reality.  Emphases include God, space and time, substance, causality, mind and body, and universals.  Prerequisite: PHI 101 & 201 or instructor approval.

PHI 302  Epistemology (3 Hours)

A critical examination of current issues in constructing a theory of knowledge.  Emphases include the nature, source, types, justification and limits of human knowledge.  The importance of religious epistemology is also closely analyzed.  Prerequisite: PHI 101 & 201 or instructor approval.

PHI 401  Ethics (3 Hours)

A critical examination of major ethical theories in the history of Western philosophy.  Emphases include a history of ethics, biblical ethics, ways of moral reasoning, and the justification of moral beliefs.  Issues examined include abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, reproductive technologies, sexual ethics, race, the morality of war, and legislating morality.  Prerequisite: PHI 101 & 201 or instructor approval.

PHI 402  Aesthetics (3 Hours)

A study of the nature of art and aesthetic judgment from the perspective of historic philosophers and current theorists.  Emphases include the interpretation and criticism of works of art in connection with the basic principles of Christian aesthetic theory.  Prerequisite: PHI 101 & 201 or instructor approval.

PHI 403  Philosophy of Science and Technology (3 Hours)

A study of the issues arising from the integration of the natural sciences and the Christian worldview.  The focus of the course is on how science has interfaced historically with main philosophical categories like ontology, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics.  Issues and concerns about the use and abuse of contemporary technologies are also examined. 

Prerequisite: PHI 101 & 201 or instructor approval.

YOUTH MINISTRY

YMI 201  Principles and Practice of Youth Ministry (3 Hours)

A theoretical and practical overview of the processes involved in educating youth from a Christian perspective.  Elements include a brief history of the growth of youth ministry as a discipline, the components of adolescent development, orientation to youth ministry positions, and the responsibilities and techniques used in connection with successful youth programming in churches. 

YMI 301 Youth Culture (3 Hours)

A study of the personal and social problems at work in American adolescent culture.  Identifying and applying resources for guiding youth acquired from the home and church are emphasized.  A research project is required.  Prerequisite: YMI 201. 

YMI 302 Ministry to Troubled Youth (3 Hours)

An analysis of typical conflicts confronting today’s youth with a special emphasis on conflict resolution in relationships.  Factors such as spiritual giftedness, temperament, and group dynamics are also discussed.  Prerequisite: YMI 201. 

YMI 401 Discipleship and Decision Making (3 Hours)

A how-to study of the relationship of individuals to Christ in terms of priorities, decision making, and godly living.  With discussion about God’s provision of biblical truth and the consequences of choice, emphasis is placed on determining right from wrong and specifically applying the decision making process to moral questions about lying, cheating, revenge, pornography, drug use, and premarital sex, among other issues.  Prerequisite: YMI 201. 

YMI 402 Theology and Youth Ministry (3 Hours)

A study of how to implement and integrate the basic doctrines of Christian faith into a church youth ministry program.  Importance is placed on the doctrines of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  Other doctrines are also presented and discussed.  Prerequisite: YMI 201. 

YMI 403  Youth Ministry Internship (3 Hours)

A supervised field experience at an approved site with a clear focus on the various programming, leadership, and family aspects relevant to youth ministry.  Prerequisites:

YMI 201, 301, 302, 401 & 402.

 

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