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Director of Diploma
Jim Spivey is a graduate of Auburn University (Alabama) where he earned a BA degree in Political Science. He also earned an M.Div. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ft. Worth TX) and a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford (England).
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Diploma in Christian Ministry
Core Studies
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Orientation Group

Choose 1 of 1 of the following courses offered:
Gateway (BHCTI 2000)
An introduction to Carroll Institute's competency-based curriculum, delivery system, accession of online data, navigation through the online library, and guidance for research and writing.
2
 

Scripture and Witness Cluster Group

Choose 7 of 7 of the following courses offered:
Old Testament (SWBLI 2110)
A general introduction to the Old Testament canon, its composition, content, historical background, and theological message.
New Testament (SWBLI 2210)
A general introduction to the New Testament canon, its composition, content, historical background, and theological message.
Interpreting Scripture (SWBIT 2110)
An introduction to studying the historical, grammatical, cultural and theological background of biblical texts, understanding their meaning, and applying the results to the teaching and preaching ministry.
The Holy Land (SWBIT 2210)
A study of the geographical, historical, and archaeological background of the biblical world.
Biblical Preaching I (SWBPR 2111)
A study of the principles of sermon construction: the interpretation of text, the formulation of idea, the definition of objective, the development of material, the arrangement of structure, the improvement of style, and the preaching of the sermon.
Biblical Preaching II (SWBPR 2112)
A study and practice of the preparation, delivery, and evaluation of the sermon. Sermons will be prepared and delivered. Components of sermon delivery will be studied and practiced for improvement. A lifelong strategy for self-evaluation and critique of sermon content and delivery will be practiced.
Biblical Languages (SWBLA 2011)
An introductory study of basic grammatical forms and functions of biblical Greek and Hebrew, to include use of helpful lexical and exegetical tools for translating biblical texts.
14
 

Faith and Heritage Cluster Group

Choose 7 of 7 of the following courses offered:
Christian History (FHCHS 2110)
A general introduction to the history of Christianity from the background and founding of the church to the post-modern era.
Christian Theology (FHBTH 2110)
A general introduction to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith.
Christian Decision-making (FHETH 2110)
A study of the biblical, historical and theological foundations, principles and application of Christian ethics.
Baptist Distinctives (FHCHS 2210)
An overview of Baptists’ doctrine, principles, and practices that identify them with mainstream Christianity and also make them unique.
Biblical Apologetics (FHPHI 2210)
An introductory study of various approaches to defending the Christian faith.
Worldviews/Religions/Cults (FHPHI 2110)
An introductory study of contemporary worldviews, major world religions, religious cults, and philosophical issues relevant to Christian ministry.
Religious Landscape (FHPHI 2310)
A comparative overview of the beliefs and practices of Christian denominations and of major cultic movements.
14
 

Ministry and Formation Cluster Group

Choose 7 of 7 of the following courses offered:
Church Administration (MFADM 2110)
A study of principles and methods for organizing a local church, managing its resources, and implementing its ministries.
Teaching in the Church (MFFND 2110)
An overview of the biblical and theological basis for administering the educational work of the church, to include basic principles of effective teaching.
Christian Leadership (MFPMN 2110)
A study of principles and practices that contribute to the personal development of mature Christian leaders as individuals, and in relation to the church, community and denomination.
Human Growth and Development (MFPSY 2210)
A study of the stages of spiritual, emotional, social, physical, and mental development of persons from birth through adulthood.
Pastoral Care and Leadership (MFPMN 2110)
An introductory study of pastoral and leadership skills necessary to provide effective Christian ministry in the church and the community.
Christian Counseling (MFPSY 2110)
An introduction to theories, methods, skills, techniques and theological principles of counseling, as found in Scripture and integrated with current psychological theories and methods.
Supervised Ministry (BHCTI 2310)
A vocationally relevant, experientially based internship in the praxis of ministry, under supervision of an experienced minister, that implements good principles of Christian ministry.
14
 

Worship and Mission Cluster Group

Choose 7 of 7 of the following courses offered:
Christian Discipleship (MFLDS 2110)
A study of biblical principles of discipleship, how to develop an integrated church-wide plan for mentoring Christians at each stage of life and maturity, and how to implement small group ministry for spiritual formation, discipleship and evangelism.
Christian Evangelism (WMEVA 2210)
A study of the biblical foundations, traditions, and practice of witnessing to share Christ with individuals and the surrounding community.
Spiritual Growth (WMWOR 2210)
An introductory study of the biblical foundations, traditions, and practice of spiritual disciplines that contribute to individual Christian growth and maturity.
The Missional Church (WMMIS 2210)
A study of biblical principles and current practices that show how to mobilize the local church and its members to live with a vision and purpose that daily engages and transforms their community.
Leading Worship (WMWOR 2110)
An introductory study of the biblical, traditional, and practical foundations of Christian worship, with emphasis on its nature, purpose, forms, planning, and how to lead corporate worship.
Christian Missions (WMMIS 2110)
A study of the biblical and historical foundations of the missional expansion of Christianity, with a view towards developing a strategy for, commitment to, and involvement in the Christian World Mission.
Growing Churches (WMEVA 2210)
An overview of principles and practices that enable churches to evangelize communities effectively, to sustain healthy growth, and to plant and multiply new churches.
14
 
Total
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Additional Studies
Code
Course
Credits
Free Electives in any Cluster
2
 
Total
2

 
Degree Total
60

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Director of Diploma
Jim Spivey is a graduate of Auburn University (Alabama) where he earned a BA degree in Political Science. He also earned an M.Div. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ft. Worth TX) and a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford (England).
p:  (972) 580-7600 , ext. 26