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MSMN 133. Introducing Church History
A survey of the history of the Christian church concentrating on those individuals, events, and movements that have shaped the church today. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every spring semester.

MSMN 135. Exploring the Old Testament
An exploration of Old Testament literature, history, and faith to help students understand the Old Testament and develop and apply Christian values in contemporary life. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each fall and spring semester.

MSMN 136. Exploring the New Testament
An exploration of New Testament literature, history, and faith to help students understand the teachings of Jesus and the early church and develop and apply Christian values in contemporary life. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each fall and spring semester.

MSMN 137. Introducing Church Planting
An introduction to the skills and knowledge needed to plant a church in North America. This course will use as a foundation the biblical and theological basis for church planting, as well as the practical aspects of starting a new church. Particular attention will be given to the cultural aspects of church planting with surveys of the various schools of thought concerning church planting and an evaluation of those various methodologies. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester of even years.

MSMN 138. Understanding Cultures
An examination of varying cultures in the United States and around the world with an emphasis on communicating and working within varying cultures as Christians. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester of even years.

MSMN 231. Communicating Bible Truths
A study of how to effectively prepare and deliver sermons and Bible studies that are faithful to the biblical text. Pre-requisites: MSMN 135, MSMN 136 and MSMN 234. Credit: 3 hours. Offered spring semester of even years.

MSMN 233. Introducing Christian Ethics
An exploration of the ethical teachings of the Bible as the basis for Christian ethics with the use of case studies to learn how to apply these teachings to various contemporary ethical issues. Credit: 3 hours. Offered fall semester of odd years.

MSMN 234. Interpreting the Bible
A study of how to use reliable principles for studying, interpreting, and applying the Bible. Practical exercises help students apply what they are learning to an assigned passage of the Bible. Pre-requisites: None, though students are encouraged to take MSMN 135 and MSMN 136 prior to enrolling in the course. Credit: 3 hours. Offered each fall and spring semester.

MSMN 235. Developing Our Spiritual Life
An exploration of how to develop the spiritual disciplines necessary for living an effective Christian life. Credit: 3 hours. Offered each spring semester.

MSMN 236. Introducing Christian Theology
A survey of basic Christian doctrines to help students understand and effectively communicate concepts such as God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Scripture, the church, salvation, atonement, and eschatology. Prerequisites: MSMN 135 and MSMN 136. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each spring semester.

MSMN 237. Examining Marriage and Family
An examination of skills required for successful marital and family relationships. Students will develop an understanding of the biblical and theological foundation for marriage and family. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester of each year.

MSMN 238. Introducing Christian Missions
A survey of the theology and history of Christian missions. Each student focuses on a specific nation and presents his or her research in a written paper and oral presentation. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester of odd years.

MSMN 239. Exploring World Religions
A survey of the development and beliefs of the world's major religious traditions. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each fall semester.

MSMN 330. Exploring Special Topics in Religion
A study of a particular issue, discipline, or area of concern within Biblical, theological, or religious studies such as American denominations or Christian apologetics. The course may be repeated as long as the subject matter is different. Credit, 3 hours. Offered most fall and spring semesters.

MSMN 331. Focusing on the Old Testament
An in-depth examination of one section of the Old Testament. The four sections the course cycles through are the Pentateuch, the Prophets, the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, and the History of Israel. Prerequisite: MSMN 135. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each fall semester.

MSMN 332. Focusing on the New Testament
An in-depth examination of one section of the New Testament. The four sections the course cycles through are the Synoptic Gospels, the Life and Letters of Paul, the Johannine Writings, and the General Epistles and Revelation. Prerequisite: MSMN 136. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each spring semester.

MSMN 333. Planning and Leading Worship
An exploration of the various foundations of Christian worship and basic concepts of planning for and leading worship services. Credit: 3 hours. Offered spring semester of even years.

MSMN 334. Caring for Others
An exploration of basic aspects of the Christian tradition of caring for others, as well as the qualifications and skills essential to Christians in caring for others. Credit: 3 hours. Offered fall semester of even years.

MSMN 335. Developing Christian Leaders
An examination of the basic skills required for effective Christian leadership. Students study models of church organization, methods of developing church leaders, methods of marketing the local church, and the importance of Christian ethics in relationships. Credit: 3 hours. Offered spring semester of odd years.

MSMN 336. Ministering to Youth
An exploration of the methods, materials, skills, and organization needed for providing an effective ministry to youth. Students also examine and discuss the qualifications of and spiritual growth resources for the minister to youth/students. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester of even years.

MSMN 337. Ministering to Individuals and Families
An examination of the challenges individuals and families face and how Christian ministers can be agents of change. In this course students are introduced to various practices and procedures for ministering to individuals and families in church and para-church settings. Students will be taught how to develop models and methods of ministering to today’s families based upon sound theological, educational, and cultural considerations. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester of each year.

MSMN 338. Developing Mission Strategies
A discussion of current challenges and strategies from both theological and practical perspectives. Students develop a plan for missions in a specific area or context. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester of even years.

MSMN 402. Religion and Film
A study, taught in tandem with COMM 402, examining the relationship between American religious culture and American film culture during the twentieth century. Specific attention is focused on: 1) the ways in which America's religious thought and traditions have influenced the form and function of film and 2) the ways in which America's film culture has reflected and/or challenged our dominant religious beliefs and values. This integrated Studies course can fulfill a requirement in Section I of the General Education Curriculum. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each year.

MSMN 403. Exploring the Non-Canonical Works
An exploration of the books that were not included in the Old Testament or the New Testament. This integrated Studies course can fulfill a requirement in Section I of the General Education Curriculum. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each year.

MSMN 404. Examining Contemporary Christian Music
An examination of the roots, development, theology, and direction of Contemporary Christian music. Credit, 3 hours. Offered each year.

MSMN 410. Transitioning to Christian Ministry
An integration of the courses of the missions and ministry majors into a personal, coherent philosophy of Christian faith and ministry. The exit exams required of all missions and ministry majors are an integral part of the course. Prerequisites: MSMN 135, MSMN 136, MSMN 234, MSMN 236, and senior standing or permission of the professor. Credit, 1 hour. Offered each spring semester.

MSMN 432. Sharing the Gospel
A study of the theology of, the need for, and the methods for accomplishing the work of Christian evangelism. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester of odd years.

MSMN 436. Developing Disciples
A study focusing on helping Christians understand the nature of Christian discipleship as following Christ in obedience. The course explores biblical foundations of Christian discipleship, the distinguishing marks of a Christian disciple, personal approaches to disciple-making, models of discipleship, and how disciples experience God in their personal life. Credit: 3 hours. Offered fall semester of even years.

MSMN 437. Planting a High Impact Church
A study of church planting from the practitioner’s point of view. Particular attention will be given to leadership style and skills, recruitment and training of leaders, and the integration of church growth principles with the practice of church planting. Focus will be given to methods which have proven most effective in reaching various age group and cultural demographics. Students will develop a step by step plan for the actual launch of a church in a given locale.  Prerequisite: MSMN 137. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester of odd years.

MSMN 490. Researching in Religion
A directed supervision experience for individuals engaged in a specific research project in the field of missions, ministry, or religious studies. The course may be repeated up to a maximum of six hours of credit. Prerequisites: MSMN 135 and MSMN 136. Credit, 1 to 6 hours. Offered as needed.

MSMN 493. Practicing Ministry Skills
A practical experience working in an area of missions and/or ministry that assists in developing skills for ministry as students work with experienced ministry supervisors. Pre-requisites: Senior standing; Missions and Ministry major or minor. Credit: 1-6 hours. Course may be repeated for credit for a different experience. A maximum of 6 hours may be applied to the major or minor. Offered each semester.

 

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