Missions Concentration | West Coast Baptist College

Missions Concentration

Total Credit Hours: 
131

Average Completion Time: 
4 years

A concentration in missions includes courses in philosophy, practices, methods, the cults, deputation, and cultural anthropology. The men combine this with a strong Bible curriculum as well as courses in church planting, homiletics, and evangelism. The ladies in this concentration receive the mission training along with general courses in education, music, and secretarial skills. This concentration is also available online.

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Greek 1

BL 301

Credit Hours: 3


This is a concentrated introductory course of Koine Greek grammar, vocabulary and syntax. This course is designed to develop a working knowledge of New Testament Greek. Prerequisite: EN 101 with a grade of a “C” or higher, and EN 102

Introduction to Church Planting (Men Only)

CP 101

Credit Hours: 2


Introduction to Church Planting will help the student achieve a general overview of the work of local New Testament church planting principles and philosophy. Topics include the model, mandate, motives, mindset, ministry, mentoring, and multiplication of local New Testament Churches. Men only. Prerequisite: None

Introduction to Missions

MI 101

Credit Hours: 2


This course is an introduction to missions, to its biblical basis, and to the current challenges and needs on the mission field. The purpose is to give the student a sense of the great need for missions today. The lives of great missionaries will be reviewed. Prerequisite: None

Course ID Credit Hours Course
AP 101 3

Apologetics

This course is designed to give the student a system of principles to defend his faith, as well as present evidences that support the authenticity of the Christian faith. Prerequisite: None

AP 201 2

Comparative Religions

Comparative Religions surveys the basic doctrines and practices of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and other major religions. Special emphasis will be given to methods of effectively witnessing and winning to Christ those who are bound in these religious systems. Prerequisite: None

AP 301 2

Science and Faith

The purpose of this course is to give the student a greater appreciation of both the Bible and science. Furthermore, this course will demonstrate that there is no need for compromise in order to make the Bible fit modern “scientific” discoveries. The student will be taught that true science will always validate God’s word. Prerequisite: EN 102

AP 401 3

Contemporary Theology

This course provides a look at the various positions today, from fundamentalism to modernism. Special emphasis will be given to the challenges facing fundamentalism. The course will also examine the expanding influence of the charismatic movement, its push toward ecumenicalism, and the eventual one-world church. Prerequisite: EN 102

AP 402 2

Biblical Ethics

This course looks at what the Bible says regarding ethical issues in society and ministry today, as well as proper manners and etiquette. The student will be required to evaluate the teachings of Scripture with a look at various methods of ministry. Special emphasis will be placed on the character and ethical responsibilities toward church leadership, members, politics, society, and other churches. Prerequisite: EN 102; 32 credits earned

BC 101 2

Introduction to Biblical Counseling

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of basic biblical counseling, emphasizing scriptural prescriptions for man’s physical, mental, and spiritual needs. Prerequisite: None

BC 216 2

Pastoral Counseling (Men Only)

This will be an in-depth look at the counseling responsibilities of the pastor. It will include a study of the techniques to be used to provide biblical counsel to those who are hurting and in need of guidance. It will also discuss the precautions that need to be taken by a pastor and staff when counseling. Men Only. Prerequisite: None

BC 218 2

Christian Ministry Counseling

This will be an in-depth look at the counseling responsibilities of the ministry counselor. The class will include a study of the techniques to be used in order to provide biblical counsel to those who are hurting and in need of guidance. It will also discuss the precautions that need to be taken by a pastor and staff when counseling. Prerequisite: None

BI 101 3

Old Testament Survey

This class will give each student an overview of the Old Testament. We will walk through each book, learn its significance, key words, key verses, key truths, and understand its broad outline and application for New Testament believers. Special emphasis is placed upon authorship, date, and purpose. Passages of particular doctrinal significance will be examined and discussed. As this is a survey, it is merely introductory in nature. Prerequisite: None

BI 102 3

New Testament Survey

This class will give each student an overview of the New Testament. Special emphasis is placed upon authorship, date, and purpose of each book. The student will develop a broad outline for each book. This course will also examine the background and content of each book. Briefly mentioned will be the intertestamental period in order to place the ministry of Jesus Christ into a historical context. Prerequisite: None

BI 110 3

Survey of Bible Doctrines

This course is a survey of the ten major doctrines of systematic theology. This course can be replaced with BI 361, BI 362, BI 363, or BI 364. Prerequisite: None

BI 201 3

Life of Christ

This course is an in-depth look at the harmonizing of the Gospels. It looks at the major chronological periods in the life of our Lord. The Lord’s life and teachings will be examined with special emphasis on the crucifixion week. Prerequisite: None

BI 211 2

Acts

This course covers a history of the early church and the spread of the Gospel. The book will be outlined as the Great Commission is fulfilled in the first century. The course will look at the development of Christianity and its doctrines. Prerequisite: None

BI 212 2

Romans

This course will be an expository study of both the book as well as its applications to the doctrines of the Christian life. Students will be given a general outline of the important doctrinal passages that will be discussed. Prerequisite: None

BI 231 2

Introduction to Dispensationalism

Dispensationalism is a theological system borne out of the literal, historical-grammatical interpretation. At its core, Dispensationalism understands that there is a distinction between Israel and the Church and understands the purpose of God in this earth to be doxological. This class will investigate the theological framework of this system, explaining its origins, and its developments. Additionally, it will present a case for declaring this system the most consistent hermeneutical tool in studying the Scriptures. Prerequisite: None

BI 250 3

Genesis

This course is designed to familiarize students with the storyline and fundamental truths found in the first book of the Bible. From the creation account of Genesis 1 through the death of Joseph in Genesis 50, the book of Genesis provides foundational theological insights and biblical principles from which students will glean applications and understanding for their personal spiritual journey with Christ. This study primarily focuses on observations of creation, the fall of man, Noah’s flood, the foundation of God’s covenant with Israel and the lives of the patriarchs. Prerequisite: None

BI 291 2

Methodical Bible Studies

This course will help the student develop sound Bible study methods. It will operate on the premise that the interpretation of Scripture is best understood by other Scripture. The student will learn a method to follow in the process of Bible study. The student will also be involved with hands-on projects applying each step in the process of Bible study. Prerequisite: None

BI 313 2

The Book of Revelation

This course will study the book of Revelation from a futuristic pre-tribulation, pre-millennial position. A careful analysis will be made to show the effect Bible prophecy has on Israel, the church, and the lost. While focusing on the New Testament book of Revelation, it will connect the prophecies of Revelation to prophecies concerning the end times found in several Old Testament books such as Ezekiel and Daniel. Prerequisite: EN 102

BI 361 3

Theology 1

This course is an in-depth study of Bibliology and Theology. Prerequisite: EN 102

BI 362 3

Theology 2

This course is an in-depth study of Christology and Pneumatology. Prerequisite: EN 102

BI 363 3

Theology 3

This course is an in-depth study of Hamartiology, Anthropology, and Soteriology. Prerequisite: EN 102

BI 364 3

Theology 4

This course is an in-depth study of Ecclesiology, Angelology, and Eschatology. Prerequisite: EN 102

BI 401 3

Baptist History and Distinctives

This course will survey the history of Baptist churches throughout the past two thousand years. Special emphasis will be placed on the historical distinctives of Baptists. Prerequisite: EN 102

BL 301 3

Greek 1

This is a concentrated introductory course of Koine Greek grammar, vocabulary and syntax. This course is designed to develop a working knowledge of New Testament Greek. Prerequisite: EN 101 with a grade of a “C” or higher, and EN 102

BL 302 3

Greek 2

This course is a continuation of BL 301. Special emphasis will be given to the function of case, form, tense, voice, and mood. Some word studies will be done. Prerequisite: BL 301 with a grade of a “C-” or higher

BL 401 3

Greek 3

Further training in grammar, vocabulary, and syntax will be given. The student will also translate 1 John as part of the course. Prerequisite: BL 302 with a grade of a “C-” or higher

CP 101 2

Introduction to Church Planting (Men Only)

Introduction to Church Planting will help the student achieve a general overview of the work of local New Testament church planting principles and philosophy. Topics include the model, mandate, motives, mindset, ministry, mentoring, and multiplication of local New Testament Churches. Men only. Prerequisite: None

CS 110 3

Basic Typing and Computers

This course teaches students the basics of the computer and gives them a beginning level of typing skill. The class will help them to understand what can be accomplished with a computer in the ministry. A fee of $30 will be charged at the time of registration for this course. Prerequisite: None

ED 226 2

Philosophy of Christian Education

What makes Christian education different from secular education? What is the foundation of Christian teaching and methodology? How does Christian education fit with the home and church? These and many other areas of philosophy will be studied in this course. Prerequisite: None

ED 402 2

Teaching Bible to Children

This course will enable students to effectively teach Bible at preschool and elementary levels. A variety of instructional methods will be modelled, and students will engage in the practical implementation of these methods in teaching scriptural songs, verses, stories and truths. Prerequisite: EN 102; 64 credits earned

EN 101 3

Grammar and Composition 1

This course teaches English grammar and foundational writing concepts on a college level. Because clear writing is developed through good English basics, this class aids the student in development of clear writing and grammar skills that will be further developed in EN 102. Prerequisite: EN 100 or test scoring requirement met

EN 102 3

Grammar and Composition 2

This course is designed to teach the creative art of composition, along with the study and review of word usage and the action of the parts of speech in the written composition. Communicating in a clear, effective, and appropriate manner and writing a collegiate research paper are the objectives of this class. Prerequisite: EN 101

HI 283 3

US History 1

This course examines the development of the United States from the colonial period through the Civil War. It gives special emphasis to Christianity’s influence on the development of the United States. It will also look at how Christian men and women have made a significant impact on the development of our nation. Prerequisite: None

HI 284 3

US History 2

This course is a continuation of HI 283, and it examines the development of the United States from the aftermath of the Civil War to modern America. It gives special emphasis to Christianity’s influence on the development of the United States. It will also look at how Christian men and women have made a significant impact on the development of our nation. Prerequisite: None

MA 100 3

College Math

MA 100 is an introduction to the basics of mathematics. This course is intended to prepare students for beginning algebra and college level courses and programs. Students will be introduced to the language of algebra and learn how to evaluate algebraic expressions and solve first degree equations. This course can be waived with a score of 535 or higher on the SAT tests. Additionally, a score of 17 or higher on the ACT can also satisfy this requirement. Prerequisite: None

MI 101 2

Introduction to Missions

This course is an introduction to missions, to its biblical basis, and to the current challenges and needs on the mission field. The purpose is to give the student a sense of the great need for missions today. The lives of great missionaries will be reviewed. Prerequisite: None

MI 201 2

Philosophy of Missions

This course is designed to give the student a philosophy of missions patterned after the biblical model. Special emphasis will be given to the relationship between the local church and the missionary. It will prepare the student to develop an effective philosophy of missions as a pastor or missionary. Prerequisite: None

MI 333 2

The Making of a Missionary

This missions elective is really a study of the life of the Apostle Paul and how God made him into one of the world’s greatest missionaries. This elective may substitute for another required missions class. Prerequisite: EN 102

MI 341 3

Cultural Anthropology

This course will give the student an understanding of the study of man in his culture. Because the culture of every society differs, and missions major must understand how to minister within that culture without sacrificing the core truths and beliefs of the Word of God. This course will give the student an understanding of himself within his or her culture and how others view us as “Americans.” This class will help lessen some of the possible “culture shock” for the future missionary. Prerequisite: EN 102

MI 444 2

Practical Missions Preparation

This missions elective is designed to help a missionary learn how to design a display board, how to edit an appropriate video to introduce himself, and how to design prayer cards that communicate the vision God has given to him. This practical elective may substitute for another required missions class. Prerequisite: EN 102

OR 101 2

Principles of Christian Living

This course is a class required for all freshmen as they enter school. It teaches students skills regarding study habits, character, library and reading skills, personal devotions, Bible memorization, and prayer. It is designed to help the student adjust from high school to college life here at West Coast. Prerequisite: None

PT 100 1

Practical Theology (Men Only)

This course is taught by Dr. Chappell to equip young men for the work of local church ministry. Students will gain both biblical and practical insights in areas such as Baptist church planting, discipleship, contemporary theology, servant leadership, staff training, and the administration of local church work. Prerequisite: None

PT 102 2

Practical Theology (Men Only)

This course is taught by Dr. Chappell to equip young men for the work of local church ministry. Students will gain both biblical and practical insights in areas such as Baptist church planting, discipleship, contemporary theology, servant leadership, staff training, and the administration of local church work. Prerequisite: None

PT 104 2

Practical Theology (Men Only)

This course is taught by Dr. Chappell to equip young men for the work of local church ministry. Students will gain both biblical and practical insights in areas such as Baptist church planting, discipleship, contemporary theology, servant leadership, staff training, and the administration of local church work. Prerequisite: None

PT 111 2

Personal Evangelism

This course is designed to help the individual student be an effective witness for the Lord. Instruction will be given on how to reach the lost with the Gospel. Students will be required to memorize key verses for bringing sinners to Christ and giving them biblical assurance of salvation. Every student must participate in the TEAM soulwinning program of Lancaster Baptist Church. Prerequisite: None

PT 292 2

Sermon Preparation (Men Only)

Building upon the basic principles of Bible interpretation, this class will teach students how to create Bible messages. Students will learn how to write sermons that have purpose, textual integrity, unity, and clarity. Prerequisite: BI 291

PT 297 2

First Aid for Missions and Ministry

This course is tailored for educators and missionaries. It covers topics ranging from medical emergencies in the classroom to common injuries and ailments. The training in conducting an interview with a patient and doing a basic physical exam will help the student in gospel presentations and counseling scenarios. Prerequisite: None

PT 311 2

Christian Marriage and Home

This course provides the student with the biblical ingredients to a godly marriage and family. It will attempt to provide the student with the discernment needed to be able to provide a biblical balance in his family life and ministry. Prerequisite: None

PT 321 2

Homiletics 1 (Men Only)

This course provides the basic tools required to prepare, organize, and communicate effectively the Word of God. Each student will be given the opportunity to practice delivering sermons in the classroom. Prerequisite: BI 291 and EN 102

PT 322 2

Homiletics 2 (Men Only)

This course is a continuation of PT 321 which emphasizes the proper interpretation of a passage and delivery of the message. Homiletics II concludes the material introduced in PT 321 with an emphasis on expository preaching and technique, Biblical genres, contextualization, and preaching to a postmodern audience. Prerequisite: BI 291, PT 292, and PT 321

PT 323 2

Homiletics 3 (Men Only)

This course is an advanced course dealing with special types of sermons for special occasions, holidays, and other specific settings. An emphasis will be placed upon practical application and development of introductions, conclusions, and illustrations. Instruction will be given on how to give invitations. Prerequisite: BI 291, PT 292, and PT 321

SPCH 101 2

Freshman Speech

This course is designed as an introduction to speech communication. God has created us as human beings with the ability to communicate with others, and we are commanded to do so with respect to the truth of His Word. Ministry is people work, and people work requires good communication. Prerequisite: None

YM 101 3

Philosophy of Youth Ministry

This course introduces the basic philosophy, principles, and objectives in developing a Bible-based local church youth ministry. This course will review various options for ministering to youth, including camps, Sunday school, retreats, and youth evangelism. Prerequisite: None

YM 113 2

Event Evangelism

This course is designed to show students how to complement their door-to-door soulwinning efforts with special events for evangelism. Students will learn how to organize a vacation Bible school, a bus ministry, a youth camp, and special “big day” events at a local church. Prerequisite: None

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Key Faculty

James Smithey

Instructor—Missions

Dr. Paul Chappell

Dr. Paul Chappell

Founder and President

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