The School of Christian Ministries operates from a biblical worldview, focusing on the spiritual, intellectual, and professional growth of its students. In addition, the graduate level courses will further support students understanding of how to integrate their faith and learning into their personal lives and advanced ministry pursuits. The School of Christian Ministries also exists to teach, train, and disciple leaders of God’s Kingdom while nurturing Christian community.
Additional information coming. Sample Courses will be added Spring ’22.
School of Christian Ministries Professor, Pastor Jason McCary how the Master’s of Ministry and Masters of Divinity programs at Emmanuel will inspire and challenge you!
Master Of Ministry Curriculum (36 hrs)
- BI500 – Old Testament Introduction (3 hrs);
This course serves as an introduction to the study of the Old Testament focusing on history, literature, and interpretation. Along with consideration of the history surrounding the Old Testament and its development, the traditional introductory elements such as authorship, date, genre, and structure of each writing are also examined. Attention is also given to the various methods and principles used to properly interpret the materials that comprise the Old Testament.
- BI510 – New Testament Introduction (3 hrs):
This course serves as an introduction to the study of the New Testament which includes its historical/cultural background, literary content, and interpretation. Along with consideration of the historical/cultural milieu in which the New Testament was developed, the traditional introductory elements such as authorship, date, genre, and structure of each writing are also examined. Attention is also given to the various methods and principles used to properly interpret the materials that comprise the New Testament.
- BI520 – Biblical Interpretation (3 hrs):
This course considers the formation and transmission of the biblical canon, the presuppositions related to biblical authority, and the principles and methods that serve to provide a basis for proper interpretation of the biblical text. Students will develop and practice the skills necessary to interpret both the Old and New Testaments. Consideration will also be given to the interpretive approaches practiced within the global Christian community.
- TH500 – History of the Church and Pentecostalism I (3hrs):
This course examines the story of the Church from its inception to the Protestant Reformation by tracing the irreversible shift brought about when Constantine made Christianity the State religion, the geo-political upheaval resulting from Rome’s fall, the ‘re-birth’ of human inquiry in the Renaissance, and the forming of many ‘churches’ in the Protestant Reformation. Part of this growth includes the consistent expression of Charisma and the activity of the Holy Spirit throughout this early history of the Church. A regular feature of the course will be to identify parallels between the historic and contemporary churches.
- TH501 – History of the Church and Pentecostalism II (3hrs):
This course continues to examine the Church’s story with the emergence of Pietism amidst the Catholic and Protestant conflict and will trace the Holiness and Healing movements of the 19th century which flowed into the classic Pentecostal outpouring at the beginning of the twentieth century. Attention is given to the secularization of the Church, the birth of global missions, and the reformation of the Catholic Church as they have impacted the birth of the Charismatic Movement and subsequent ‘waves’ of Pentecostalism. The course will culminate with a look at the emerging global, non-western Church.
- TH600 – Old Testament Theology (3hrs):
A theological study of the Old Testament attends to ‘big ideas’ highlighted and developed as Israel explores their relationship with God. This course encourages students to listen to the diverse voices and unique perspectives of the biblical writers, while noting themes that recur, evolve, and give shape to the larger message of the canon of Scripture as a whole.
Attention will be given to contemporary approaches to biblical theology and to interpreting and proclaiming Scripture.
- TH610 – New Testament Theology (3hrs):
This course addresses the general content and historical development of New Testament theology within the framework of the contemporary approach to biblical theology. Attention is given to the major themes and theological development of the New Testament documents
in their historical/cultural settings as they contribute to the overarching theology of the New Testament. Students will be encouraged to develop biblical/theological thinking regarding major theological issues and their impact on the life and ministry of the Church.
- MN500 – Christian Formation for Church Leaders (3hrs):
This course explores formational processes of conformation to the image of Jesus, frequently referred to as Christian spiritual formation. This is achieved by examining biblical models and practices, as well as surveying Christian approaches to spiritual formation throughout Church history. Attention will also be given to the adaptation of these practices for individual and communal application.
- MN510 – Spirit-led Biblical Leadership (3hrs):
This course examines spiritual leadership through the lens of scripture and current theoretical frameworks. Emphasis is given to various aspects of and approaches to leadership which serve to guide spiritual leaders within the body of Christ. In addition, it explores practical application and best practices in learning to lead ourselves and others more effectively.
- OPTION 1: MN520 – Church Strategies and Systems (3hrs):
This course investigates management systems and practical strategies for sustaining excellence and fruitfulness in the church. Emphasis is given to best practices in management, systems development, strategic thinking, and scalable frameworks for church growth and kingdom expansion.
- OPTION 2: MN630 – Contextualizing Ministry in a Changing World (Post Pandemic) (3hrs):
This course gives particular attention to the rapid pace of global change and the Church’s needed response. Students will discover the technological, theological, and communal nuances of present-day ministry in a worldwide context and the implementation of effective models and best practices for maximized ministerial reach and influence.
- ELECTIVE COURSES: TBD
- GS 690 – Capstone Experience (3 hirs): This course serves as a culmination to a student’s program by providing an opportunity for an internship, a mentored project, or a research-based thesis.