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Christian Education

Dr. Jeffrey P. Tuttle, Chair

The aim of the Department of Christian Education is to give the student a philosophy and methodology for specific application of the Word of God to the training of each member of the congregation. The emphasis of the courses is an acquisition of specific skills necessary for effective ministry to adults and youth.
CE501 RESEARCH METHODS (one credit)

A study designed to orient the student to the effective use of a library. Special emphasis will be made on using basic theological reference works and learning a research methodology intended to prepare the student for theological research and writing. Attention is also given to form, style, and study procedures.

CE505 EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES OF THE CHURCH (two credits)

A study of the educational ministry of the local church with attention to aims, principles, leadership, organization, and agencies of a biblical program for all age groups.

CE610 DISCIPLESHIP (two credits)

This course will examine the biblical foundations of discipleship and explore the contemporary models and methods of discipleship in the local church.

CE625 EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES WITH ADULTS (two credits)

A study of characteristics, needs, and problems of various age groups, and how the local church can meet their needs. Different types of curriculum will be discussed. Special attention is given to the single adult sector that is ever increasing in number in the local church.

CE630 CREATIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING (two credits)

A course designed to train students in the understanding and use of creative teaching methods in order to enhance the teaching/learning process.

CE633 INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY METHODS (two credits)

This course is designed to teach the student a process of Bible study that reasons from basic facts to conclusions. Emphasis will be upon developing the three-step process: observation, interpretation, and application.

CE634 CREATIVITY IN MINISTRY (two credits)

Principles for recognizing and developing personal creativity, for teaching others to be creative, and for building a home and ministry environment where creativity can flourish.

CE710TM ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS (one credit)

In the Th.M. program, students are expected to research and write contributively, not just according to personal interest. Hence, this course introduces the student to an appropriate methodology for original, contributive research and writing that aids in both academic and pastoral ministry. Students will gain experience with current research and writing tools and methods with the goal of producing contributive scholarly papers and a program thesis.

CE751TM TEACHING METHODOLOGY (one credit)

Teaching is a profession that requires specific skills and knowledge for the teacher to function with care and effectiveness in an educational environment. This course is designed as an overview of the Field of Education with Teaching Methodology as the primary focus. The learner will be given the tools needed to start at a secondary or post-secondary level of instruction or as a ministry pastor in charge of curriculum for various church programs.

CE800 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SEMINAR (one credit)

Guided individual research to enable the student to develop skills in problem solving, procedures of research, and logical presentation of material.

CE810 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SEMINAR (two credits). See CE800 for description.