Church Ministries Major | West Coast Baptist College

Church Ministries Major

Total Credit Hours: 
128

Average Completion Time: 
4 years

The church ministries concentration prepares men and ladies for a variety of local church-related ministries. This field of study is broad in nature for the purpose of giving the student exposure to many facets of ministry. It is designed for the student who is interested in youth work, Christian education, and music. The core requirements in Bible and practical studies are identical to the emphases in pastoral theology, evangelism, or missions. This page includes a prescribed sequence of course study for this concentration. This major is also available online.

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Biblical Ethics

AP 402

Credit Hours: 2


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.

New Testament Survey

BI 102

Credit Hours: 3


This course surveys the entire New Testament. Special emphasis is placed on authorship, date, and purpose of each book. The student will develop a broad outline for each book. The course will examine the background and content of each book.

Baptist History and Distinctives

BI 401

Credit Hours: 3


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BI 101 3

Old Testament Survey

This course surveys the entire Old Testament. Special emphasis is placed on authorship, purpose, and major characters of each book. The student will develop a broad outline of each book. Passages of particular doctrinal significance will be examined and discussed.

BI 102 3

New Testament Survey

This course surveys the entire New Testament. Special emphasis is placed on authorship, date, and purpose of each book. The student will develop a broad outline for each book. The course will examine the background and content of each book.

BI 110 3

Survey of Bible Doctrines

This course is a survey of the ten major doctrines of systematic theology.

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.

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.

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.

BI 231 2

Intro. 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.

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.

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.

BI 361 3

Theology 1

This course is an in-depth study of Bibliology and Theology.

BI 362 3

Theology 2

This course is an in-depth study of Christology and Pneumatology.

BI 363 3

Theology 3

This course is an in-depth study of Hamartiology, Anthropology, and Soteriology.

BI 364 3

Theology 4

This course is an in-depth study of Ecclesiology, Angelology, and Eschatology.

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.

BL 301 3

Greek 1

This is a concentrated introductory course of Greek grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. This course is designed to develop a working knowledge of New Testament Greek.

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. (BL 301 is required with a grade of a "C-" or higher.)

CS 101 2

Computer Applications

This course is required for all students in the undergraduate program and will teach them some of the basic concepts and tools of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

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.

ED 251 3

Methods and Materials

This course explains the materials and methods used in teaching. It includes the use of computers in education. It emphasizes the practical techniques and skills needed by the effective teacher.

ED 301 2

Child Development

This course will study the special characteristics and needs of children from birth to age 18 from a Christian perspective. Special emphasis is given to effective methods used in training children at various stages of educational development.

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.

EN 102 3

Grammar and Composition 2

This course is designed to develop and enhance the student's writing skills. Concentration will be placed on clear, logical, and persuasive writing. (EN 101 is required)

HI 283 3

U.S. 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.

HI 284 3

U.S. 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.

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.

MU 100 2

Rudiments of Music

This course is an introduction to musical melody, harmony, rhythm, and music notation. Students with a sufficient music background may test out of this course.

MUPT 201 2

Theology of Worship

God is seeking those who would worship Him in spirit and in truth. This course explores the biblical teachings about music and worship and equips the Christian leader with the critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills necessary to form a biblical philosophy of worship. Students will engage in a variety of readings and critiques and many class discussions as they explore the many difficult questions surrounding the topic of music and worship. This is a necessary study for anyone desiring to be a ministry leader.

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.

PT 100 1

Practical Theology

This course is taught by Dr. Paul Chappell to equip young men for the work of the ministry. Students will gain practical insights on church planting, servant leadership, staff training, and administration of local church work.

PT 106 2

Intro. 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.

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.

PT 125 2

Evangelistic Songleading

This course is an introduction to music in a church worship service. Students will learn the basics of song leading as well as platform technique.

PT 307 2

Professional Training

This course is designed to prepare ministerial candidates for the practical areas of the local church ministry as it discusses professionalism as a Christian, as a leader, and as a ministry staff member. Lectures and class notes will prove to be beneficial for future use in the ministry.

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.

PT 317 2

Counseling Women

This course is designed to help ladies learn how to give biblical counsel to other ladies. This course is designed for any lady preparing for a lifetime of Christian service, as well as those ladies who may not be called to full-time ministry, but desire to be a help in their respective churches.

PT 321 2

Homiletics 1

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.

PT 322 2

Homiletics 2

This course is a continuation of PT 321 and emphasizes the proper delivery of the message giving special attention to different types of preaching with an emphasis on expository preaching. (PT 321 is required)

PT 323 2

Homiletics 3

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. (PT 322 is required)

PT 401 2

Pastoral Counseling

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.

SPCH 101 2

Freshman Speech

This course is designed to give the student the skills needed to properly prepare and deliver an effective speech.

VA 101 2

Media Foundations

This course is designed to help the students understand how a church as an organization effectively communicates both to its members and to its community in order to further the cause of Christ. The students will learn and understand the basics of creativity and communication, web development, church audio, print design, video production, and technology—all with a ministry-specific emphasis.

YM 101 3

Philosophy of Youth Ministries

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.

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. This course can be substituted for PT 112 Advanced Evangelism.

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