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.
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.