The following is a listing of courses that make up the Ministry Studies Online Program.
Courses are offered in each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer) from our foundational Ministry Studies Online courses as well as from our three curricular emphases: Youth Studies, KidMin Studies, and Global Studies. A Certificate in one of these areas can be earned in as little as 1 year!
MINISTRY STUDIES ONLINE FOUNDATIONAL COURSES
MSO 122 | NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY (3 credits)
A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical, and cultural contexts.
MSO 133 | INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION (3 credits)
A practical introduction to the study of the Bible. The course provides an overview of fundamental issues of interpretation, inspiration, manuscripts, and translation. Emphasis is on basic approaches to Bible study and appropriate use of biblical reference tools and its contribution to biblical studies.
MSO 144 | OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY (3 credits)
A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.
MSO 115 | THINKING THEOLOGICALLY (3 credits)*
Thinking Theologically: An investigation of the crucial doctrines, themes, and concepts that shape Christian theology. The nature of God, human nature, the person and work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Church will be explored and their importance for vibrant youth ministry will be emphasized.
MSO 116 | A/G DOCTRINE & HISTORY (3 credits)*
This course will help the student understand the major components (movements, events, key players, institutions, problems) that shaped the Assemblies of God Church. It will summarize the basic fundamentals of AG beliefs, and explain the scriptural foundations of these fundamental truths. It will provide understanding as to the mission of AG with time spent learning and applying biblical principles to your everyday life.
MSO 311 | LIFE FORMATION (3 credits)
A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.
If credentials with the Assemblies of God are desired, be sure to take MSO116.
YOUTH STUDIES ONLINE MINISTRY SPECIFIC COURSES
YSO 211 | YOUTH CULTURE (3 credits)
A study of social, cultural, and generational distinctiveness among teenage groups and sub-cultures. This includes understanding, connecting with, and confronting youth culture. How to approach the critical issues faced by the emerging generations in the counseling role of the youth pastor will be researched and presented by students.
YSO 223 | YOUTH EVANGELISM (3 credits)
This course will examine the biblical foundations for evangelism and the presentation of the Christian Gospel message. The practical aspects of sharing faith with non-believers, seeker-sensitivity and handling objections will be discussed alongside aspects of program implementation. The nature of the course (practics) presupposes weekly involvement in a local youth ministry setting.
YSO 315 | YOUTH MINISTRY LEADERSHIP (3 credits)
This course focuses on growing healthy relationships with the senior pastor, youth ministry staff, congregation, and community. Students will learn how to recruit and develop volunteer staff and plan and implement youth services, outreaches, and special events that reflect the vision of the local church and the needs represented within the community.
YSO 333 | MINISTER OF YOUTH (3 credits)
Focuses on the development of healthy youth pastors who will run well and finish strong the race marked out for them. The spiritual, physical, emotional, and professional health of the minister of youth is addressed and developed through the disciplines of journaling, personal accountability, and servanthood.
YSO 344 | FOUNDATIONS OF YOUTH MINISTRY (3 credits)
This course is designed to give an introductory under- standing of the foundational elements of successful youth ministry. It includes developing a philosophy of youth ministry; personal spiritual and character formation; and strategies for continued professional growth.
KIDMIN STUDIES ONLINE MINISTRY SPECIFIC COURSES
KSO 211 | KIDMIN PRESENTATIONS (3 credits)
KidMin Presentations is an overview of presentational methodology used to teach and inspire in KidMin. Practical emphasis is placed on choosing, preparing, and presenting content and concepts to children of various ages. Includes strategies for designing, producing, and overseeing children’s productions.
KSO 223 | KIDMIN EVANGELISM (3 credits)
This course focuses on the need and practical methodology for KidMin evangelism. Topics include: the history of child evangelism, traditional as well as current evangelism thrusts, age-appropriate evangelism techniques, how to lead a child to Christ, the art of the altar call, making the most of holidays, preparation of child evangelism materials, and how to organize and present evangelistic events for children.
KSO 315 | PARTNERING WITH PARENTS (3 credits)
A biblical foundation for a Christian approach to parenting will be studied. Historical thought concerning childhood and parenting philosophies as well as contemporary literature, policy, and parenting practices will be examined. Attention will be given to application of information and theory when working with multiple family types in church and community settings, and partnering with parents as they disciple their own children.
KSO 333 | THE STAFF PASTOR (3 credits)
The Staff Pastor is course developed to prepare the student to serve successfully on a church leadership team. The student will explore the ministry of the associate pastor. Staff challenges and ministry engagement in small and large church settings will be studied. Some topics covered in the course include ministerial health, conflict management, collaboration, coaching, and a biblical approach to relationships in ministry.
KSO 344 | FOUNDATIONS OF KIDMIN (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of KidMin. Emphasis will be placed on development children’s ministries and resources for the local church. A theology of KidMin, programming in KidMin, and other critical information will be presented.
PASTORAL STUDIES ONLINE MINISTRY SPECIFIC COURSES
PSO 211 | THEOLOGY AND END TIME EVENTS (3 credits)
This course provides a deeper knowledge of the Fundamental Truths of the AG Church and its doctrine. A study of Christian beliefs as expressed through evangelical and Pentecostal traditions, including a study of end-time events (Rapture, Biblical Prophesies, views of the Tribulation, Millennium and Revelation) from a Pentecostal perspective; teaching on the second coming of Christ.
PSO 223 | THE ART OF PREACHING (3 credits)
This class is designed for students to enhance their communication skills in the area of preaching. You will learn the four ingredients of preaching, how to build a sermon, key elements of effectively reaching the unchurched, and how to use stories as a key element. Learn how transformative preaching goes beyond information and inspiration.
PSO 315 | THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP (3 credits)
An introduction to the study of the theology and practices of Christian worship with attention to the ways the Bible, theology, tradition, and cultural context shape how Christian communities express when they gather to worship God. Led by faculty representing a variety of theological disciplines and perspectives, each section of WS 110 considers particular dimensions of Christian worship, promoting theological reflection, historical and socio-cultural awareness, intellectual curiosity, and participation in the worship life of the seminary community and the wider church.
PSO 333 | ETHICS AND EVANGELISM (3 credits)
This course will discuss evangelism as the means to reach our communities and the world; it will provide practical biblical instruction concerning effective personal evangelism. The class will cover ethical relationships and ethics from a biblical perspective. There will be emphasis and discussion of challenges working in environments of un-saved people in the business sector, as well as community and world missions. Crucial issues, trends, and recent developments in spreading the faith to foreign lands, as well as local missions, are explored.
PSO 344 | EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT (3 credits)
A study of basic leadership styles and strategies; this class can be applied to the church and your personal life-management. The student will learn basic business principles from a Christian perspective, including: fiscal responsibility; budgeting; principles of tithing; discernment of managerial styles; effective time management; conflict resolution strategies; real communication skills; and development of planning and implementation skills. Additionally, professional etiquette and personal ethics will be discussed.
GLOBAL STUDIES ONLINE MINISTRY SPECIFIC COURSES
GSO 211 | BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF MISSIONS (3 credits) – Dr. John Easter
This course will examine the missio Dei as revealed in both Old and New Testaments and the implications for the contemporary church. This course will employ a diachronic approach to Scripture, survey the progressive nature of revelation, and examine the concept of the missio Dei in relation to the historical development and cultural setting of God’s people. An emphasis on the course seeks to apply principles that emerge from a biblical missiology to the contemporary world context.
GSO 223 | HISTORY OF MISSIONS (3 credits) – Dr. Dick Brogden
This course will provide an overview of the history of Christian missions from the Apostolic Period to our contemporary age. An emphasis will focus on the key episodes and events that emerged throughout Christian history resulting in the expansion of the worldwide church.
GSO 315 | GLOBAL MISSIONS STRATEGIES (3 credits) – Dr. Steve Pennington
An exploration of the strategic processes necessary to engage in the Great Commission including an overview of biblical examples, historical methodologies, the creation of a mission strategy, and the review of a current case study in mission strategy.
GSO 333 | CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS (3 credits) - TBA
A study of the communication methods and skills and their application to communicating across cultural barriers for the purpose of declaring the gospel in relevant and meaningful forms with the goal of planting the church where it is not.
GSO 344 | PENTECOSTAL MISSIOLOGY (3 credits) - TBA
This course will examine the theological and historical foundations that shape the identity and expression of modern Pentecostalism. An overview of Luke-Acts will explore the theological development of Pentecostal theology and a historical survey of the Pentecostal church will offer insight into the trajectory of the modern movement and its affect upon global missions. ministry studies online foundational courses
additional courses which may be offered:
YSO 222 | AGE SPECIFIC STUDENT MINISTRIES (3 credits)
Youth Ministry can vary greatly from middle school to high school to college. This course will take an in-depth look at how we can address the needs of these age groups, what challenges are faced in reaching and discipling these age groups, and strategies for developing viable ministries to address the unique needs and challenges of these three age-focused groups. Students will be exposed to several outside ministers that will show how the church is currently focusing on each specific age group.
YSO 224 | ADOLESCENT EDUCATION AND DISCIPLESHIP (3 credits)
A presentation of education and discipleship principles, methods, and resources which have been designed specifically for the various characteristics, needs, and developmental stages of adolescents. The focus of the course will be to help the student develop a praxis for measuring the fruit of spiritual growth in local ministry settings.
YSO 555 | YOUTH MINISTRIES CONFERENCE (3 credits)
This class will give the student a deeper understanding of the development and implementation of vision and goals in youth ministry leadership. Through reading, research, and participation in leadership training at a national youth ministries conference, students will gain knowledge and insight into practical application of youth ministries theory. Watch for the YMC class conference to be announced.