Houston Baptist University Catalog

Christianity ( CHRI ) Course Descriptions

  • CHRI 1301 Introduction to the Bible

    Prerequisite(s): None

    A survey of the Bible designed to introduce the student to the Old and New Testaments, their main themes, and backgrounds.

  • CHRI 1313 Old Testament

    Prerequisite(s): None

    A course designed to introduce the student to the Old Testament and to provide an understanding of the history, institutions, and theological insights of the Hebrew people.

  • CHRI 1323 New Testament

    Prerequisite(s): None

    A course designed to introduce the student to the New Testament and to an appreciative understanding of the life and teachings of Jesus, the early Christian movement, and the doctrinal concepts and ethical ideals of Christianity.

  • CHRI 2303 Biblical Languages For Ministry

    Prerequisite(s): None

    A one-semester introduction to Classical Hebrew and Koine Greek with an emphasis on equipping the student to use commentaries, lexica, Bible software, and other language resources. The course introduces students to the history, alphabet, grammatical terminology, and basic features of each Biblical language.

  • CHRI 2373 Christian Theology and Tradition

    Prerequisite(s): None

    A course designed to introduce the student to Christian beliefs on the Old Testament and the New Testament. Beliefs of scholars who have had a significant impact on Christian thought will also be considered. This course is a required course in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum.

  • CHRI 3300 Introduction to Bible and Theology

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    A course designed to engage students in introductory students in Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian Doctrine. The intent of this course is to allow the student to understand the basic story of Scripture and foundational Christian beliefs.

  • CHRI 3301 Old Testament Theology

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A course designed to investigate the theology of the Old Testament and to survey selected secondary literature on Old Testament themes.

  • CHRI 3302 New Testament Theology

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A course designed to investigate the theology of the New Testament and to survey selected secondary literature on New Testament themes.

  • CHRI 3303 Spiritual Formation

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A study of the perspectives and practices by which Christians become formed in the image of Christ through participation in faith communities. The course will review historic approaches to spiritual formation and encourage personal and congregational disciplines that strengthen faithful living.

  • CHRI 3311 Hermeneutics

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A course designed to introduce students to the basic issues, methods, and history of Biblical interpretation. The course will also explore the application of hermeneutical principles to a selected contemporary topic. (Offered also as PHIL 3311.)

  • CHRI 3314 History of Christianity

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A course designed to introduce Christianity in its historical development.

  • CHRI 3325 The Christian Vocation

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    This course includes a study of the occupational field of church vocations with emphasis upon the church vocation worker’s personal and ministerial identity, ministerial ethics, Baptist denominational history and polity, and the development of basic skills common to ministry. It incorporates the use of professional ministers from a variety of specialization areas who serve as resource personnel and role models for the aspiring church vocation student.

  • CHRI 3333 Jesus and His Teachings

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    An intensive study of the life and teachings of Jesus.

  • CHRI 3336 Christian Leadership

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    This course reviews theories and literature concerning leadership from a Christian perspective. Students will study the theological and ecclesiological objectives of Christian leadership, the spiritual preparation required of leaders and core practices for leading faithfully and effectively.

  • CHRI 3344 Paul and His Letters

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A study of the apostle Paul and his contribution to the progress of early Christianity based upon the book of Acts and the epistles attributed to Paul.

  • CHRI 3345 The General Letters

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A study of the non-Pauline letters of the New Testament (James, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude), examining their rhetorical style, contextual meaning, and contribution to Christian theology.

  • CHRI 3346 Psalms

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    This course is designed to study the book of Psalms. The study will address the origin, content, setting, literary forms, overall structure and theology of the book. Attention may also be given to the important role the book has played in Christian history, liturgy, and spirituality.

  • CHRI 3353 Homiletics

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A basic course to introduce the student to the principles of preaching and other ministerial speaking. Attention is given to various types of sermons and their preparation and delivery.

  • CHRI 3363 Evangelism

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A general study of the theology and methods of evangelism, including practical preparation and application for a life-style evangelism.

  • CHRI 3370 Palestinian Archaeology

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A field-based experience in the archaeology of Palestine through readings, lectures, travel to excavated sites, and participation in the excavation of a selected site.

  • CHRI 3377 Supervised Ministry Practicum-Hospital

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A field-based course in which the Christian vocations student functions in a ministry role under the supervision of both an experienced hospital professional and a university professor. Permission of instructor is required.

  • CHRI 3381 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • CHRI 4181 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • CHRI 4281 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • CHRI 4293 Senior Seminar

    Prerequisite(s): (Completion of 80 semester hours–15 of which must be in the major) and an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher

    Directed studies in selected areas of the student’s special interests, including opportunities for independent research.

  • CHRI 4333 Sociology of Religion

    Prerequisites: CHRI 1313, 1323.

    An analysis of the role and functions of religion in human societies, types of religious organizations, and the relation between religion and other social institutions. The role of Christianity in American society will be emphasized. (Offered also as SOCI 4333.)

  • CHRI 4335 Systematic Theology

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A course designed to study the historical, biblical, and systematic approaches to Christian theology.

  • CHRI 4343 Old Testament Prophets

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A study of the prophetic movement in Israel and the writings of the canonical prophets.

  • CHRI 4344 The Gospel of John

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A study of the historical setting, literary features, and theological themes of the Gospel of John.

  • CHRI 4345 Christian Ethics

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    This course provides a comprehensive study of Christian ethics including biblical and theological foundations, historical developments, and contemporary issues of moral concern. The central role of faith communities in moral development and the importance of church engagement with culture will be emphasized.

  • CHRI 4346 Hebrews

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A study of the historical setting, literary features, and theological themes of the letter to the Hebrews.

  • CHRI 4347 Amos and Hosea

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A study of the historical setting, literary features, and theological themes of Amos and Hosea, with a focus on the message to the original hearers and the message to modern readers.

  • CHRI 4348 Isaiah

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A study of the historical setting, literary features, and theological themes of Isaiah, with a focus on the message to the original hearers and the message to modern readers.

  • CHRI 4349 Luke and Acts

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A study of the historical setting, literary features, and theological themes of Luke’s two volume work: the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.

  • CHRI 4350 The Corinthian Letters

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    This course is designed to introduce students to the New Testament texts of 1 & 2 Corinthians and to guide them towards an appreciative understanding of the material and cultural context of ancient Roman Corinth; the patterns of social life and conflict among early Christians in Corinth; the ethical, social, and theological ideals of Paul; and the place of the Corinthian correspondence in the ongoing life and literature of early Christianity.

  • CHRI 4351 Apostolic Fathers

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    This course is designed to introduce students to the corpus of early Christian texts commonly called the Apostolic Fathers; to guide them towards an appreciative understanding of the material, cultural, social, and theological context of the Roman world within which these texts were written; and to situate the Apostolic Fathers in the wider life and literature of early Christianity.

  • CHRI 4352 Jeremiah

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A study of the historical setting, literary and rhetorical features, and theological themes of the prophetic writings of Jeremiah.

  • CHRI 4353 World Religions

    Prerequisites: (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    An introduction to the thought and practices of the great religions of the world. Attention is given to the origin, development, and major teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. (Offered also as PHIL 4353.)

  • CHRI 4354 Exodus

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A study of the historical setting, literary and rhetorical features, and theological themes of the book of Exodus.

  • CHRI 4355 Trinitarianism

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    This course addresses the importance of the Trinity for Christian theology. Aspects explored will be the revelation of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the development of this doctrine, and the relevance and influence this theology has on the life and worship of the church.

  • CHRI 4356 Luther, Calvin, and the Reformation

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    This course explores the theological, historical, and social impact of the Protestant Reformation in the life of the Church. A particular focus will be the writings and influence of key figures such as Martin Luther and John Calvin.

  • CHRI 4363 Philosophy of Religion

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A critical examination of the nature and validity of religious experience and the place of religion in human life. Consideration is given to religious problems such as the existence and nature of God, the source of religious knowledge, the nature of man, the origin and nature of evil. (Offered also as PHIL 4363.)

  • CHRI 4381 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • CHRI 4382 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • CHRI 4383 Baptist History

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A study of Baptist history and polity with particular emphasis given to Baptist origins, developments, distinctive theological positions, leaders, and current trends. Special attention will be given to Baptist life in America and particularly the Southern Baptist Convention.

  • CHRI 4385 Special Topics

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    A course designed to explore topics of current interest. May also be used for individual study, in which a minimum of 40 clock hours of directed study is required for each semester hour of credit.

  • CHRI 4391 Romans

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    CHRI 4391 is an upper-level Christianity course. This course fulfills requirements for one elective course required for a minor in Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, or Christian Studies.

  • CHRI 4392 Revelation

    Prerequisite(s): (CHRI 1313 and CHRI 1323) or (CHRI 1301 and CHRI 2373) or HNRS 1710 or (CHRI 3300 for students transferring in with 45 or more credit hours)

    CHRI 4392 is an upper-level Christianity course. This course fulfills requirements for one elective course for a major in Christianity or one elective course required for a minor in Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, or Christian Studies.

  • CHRI 5101 Spiritual Formation I

    Prerequisite(s): None

    A practical course cultivating a holistic relationship with God, learning to love God with one’s heart, mind, soul, and strength, focusing especially on traditional spiritual disciplines such as solitude, silence, spiritual reading, contemplative prayer, etc.

  • CHRI 5102 Spiritual Formation II

    Prerequisite(s): None

    A practical course cultivating a holistic relationship with God, learning to love God with one’s heart, mind, soul, and strength, focusing especially on traditional spiritual disciplines such as solitude, silence, spiritual reading, contemplative prayer, etc.

  • CHRI 5103 Spiritual Formation III

    Prerequisite(s): None

    A practical course cultivating a holistic relationship with God, learning to love God with one’s heart, mind, soul, and strength, focusing especially on traditional spiritual disciplines such as solitude, silence, spiritual reading, contemplative prayer, etc.

  • CHRI 5104 Spiritual Formation IV

    Prerequisite(s): None

    A practical course cultivating a holistic relationship with God, learning to love God with one’s heart, mind, soul, and strength, focusing especially on traditional spiritual disciplines such as solitude, silence, spiritual reading, contemplative prayer, etc.

  • CHRI 5110 Internship I

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor

    An internship in pastoral ministry with field experience in a church. HBU faculty will provide oversight and mentorship. Can be taken multiple times for credit.

  • CHRI 5181 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): None.

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • CHRI 5210 Internship II

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor

    An internship in pastoral ministry with field experience in a church. HBU faculty will provide oversight and mentorship. Can be taken multiple times for credit.

  • CHRI 5300 Introduction to Biblical Texts and Doctrines

    Prerequisite(s): None

    A course designed to engage students in introductory studies in Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian Doctrine.

  • CHRI 5301 Research Methods

    Prerequisite(s): None

    A practical course to develop effective research and writing skills for graduate-level academic work. The course will cover topics such as developing an effective writing and revising process; using primary and secondary source materials; writing abstracts, book reviews, conference presentations, and research papers; and clarity and precision of language.

  • CHRI 5305 Theological Inquiry

    Prerequisite(s): None

    A class to prepare students for theological reading and writing at the graduate level The class will focus on Biblical exegesis.

  • CHRI 5310 Christian Scriptures I

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Major issues of Old Testament background and interpretation. The areas of study are the Pentateuch and Wisdom Literature. The study will involve specific literature as well as historical, theological, sociological, canonical, and critical issues of the biblical text.

  • CHRI 5311 Hermeneutics

    Prerequisite(s): None

    A course designed to introduce a student to the basic issues, methods, and history of biblical interpretation.

  • CHRI 5315 Christian Scriptures II

    Prerequisite(s): None

    The focus of this course of study is on New Testament background and interpretation. The areas of study are the Gospels and Acts. The study will involve specific literature as well as historical, theological, sociological, canonical, and critical issues of the biblical text.

  • CHRI 5325 Introduction to Missions

    Prerequisite(s): None

    This course of study is designed to introduce the student to the biblical, theological, historical and practical basis for Christian missions. Special attention will be given to current practices and contemporary issues related to global missions.

  • CHRI 5326 The Bible and Wholeness: Context, Interpretation, and Formation

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    Christians understand the Bible to offer the frame of reference (creation, fall, redemption, and consummation) for pursuing human wholeness and restoration. This course will engage the crucial structure of the Biblical narrative, important hermeneutical / interpretive perspective concerning our encounter with the Scriptures, and reading strategies found helpful in the care and formation of persons, such as lectio divina, Ignatian spirituality, healing prayer, and biblical counseling.

  • CHRI 5327 God, Humans, and Salvation

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    Basic Christian teachings regarding the nature of God, human beings, and salvation will be discussed within the context of psychological science and clinical practice.

  • CHRI 5330 History of Christianity

    Prerequisite(s): None

    In this course, the student will study the history of Christianity in the ancient, medieval, and modern periods. Although the primary focus will be on the development of Western (Latin) Christianity, some consideration will be given to Byzantine (Eastern) Christendom as well as the spread of Christianity throughout the third world. In addition to the basic content of the history of Christianity, attention will be given to the application of a critical historiography in the interpretation of events and movements.

  • CHRI 5340 Systematic Theology

    Prerequisite(s): None

    The course will focus on twelve areas of doctrinal study. The student will be assigned doctrines to examine from a biblical perspective and from a comparative study of various theologies on the doctrines assigned.

  • CHRI 5350 The Theology of the New Testament

    Prerequisite(s): None

    The study concentrates on the theological message of the New Testament as communicated by the various New Testament witnesses.

  • CHRI 5360 Old Testament Theology

    Prerequisite(s): None

    The study concentrates on the theological message of the Old Testament as communicated by the various Old Testament documents and literature in the discipline of Old Testament studies.

  • CHRI 5370 Second Temple Judaism

    Prerequisite(s): None

    This course focuses on the history of Judaism from roughly 300 B.C. through 200 A.D., including discussion of changes in the political scene and the development of theological themes in Jewish literature of this period.

  • CHRI 5380 The Early Patristic Period

    Prerequisite(s): CHRI 5315

    This course focuses on the development of Christianity from the end of the apostolic era through the early patristic era. It explores the parting of the ways between Jews and Christians; the social, political, and religious situation of post-apostolic Christianity; and the development of church institutional structures, orthodox theology, and a canon of scripture.

  • CHRI 5381 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • CHRI 6309 Homiletics

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    A basic course to introduce the student to principles of preaching and other ministerial speaking. Attention is given to various types of sermons and their preparation and delivery.

  • CHRI 6311 Philosophy and the Christian Faith

    Prerequisite(s): None

    The study will introduce students to the general topic of the relationship of theology and philosophy as well as major philosophical inquiries in the area of religion. In particular, students will pursue concentrated investigation among major issues in the field of philosophy of religion such as the nature and existence of God, the nature of religious experience, the nature and understanding of religious language, the source of religious knowledge, the nature of evil, the relationship between Christianity and other reflective disciplines, and Christianity’s response to philosophical challenge and discourse.

  • CHRI 6312 Church Ministry

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Students will study church ministry, pastoral care, and spiritual formation in this course. Church ministry will include areas such as evangelism, church growth, and administration. Pastoral care with practical aspects of the pastoral role in caring for people. Spiritual formation will relate the spiritual life to the tasks of ministry. Students also will conduct interviews with local and state church and denominational leaders for practical aspects of ministry, available resources, and programming helps.

  • CHRI 6313 Pastoral Care and Spiritual Formation

    Prerequisite(s): None

    This course examines the integration of the life of prayer and the caring tasks of ministry. Classic writings in the area of pastoral care will be used with particular reference to the functions of ministry and the role of the devotional life in the performance of various ministerial duties. The course may also focus on the relationship between the cura animarum of classic pastoral care and the therapeutic approaches of contemporary pastoral counseling.

  • CHRI 6314 Missions and Evangelism

    Prerequisite(s): None

    This course of study will include the history of missions and the history of great awakenings. Also included would be studies in the church growth movement. Practical applications of evangelistic missions or church growth activities will be part of the requirements for this course.

  • CHRI 6315 Christian Scriptures III

    Prerequisite(s): None

    This course continues the study of Old Testament background and interpretation. The areas of study are the major and minor prophets. The study will involve specific literature as well as historical, theological, sociological, canonical, and critical issues of the biblical text.

  • CHRI 6320 Christian Scriptures IV

    Prerequisite(s): None

    This course continues the study of New Testament background and interpretation. The areas of study are Paul¿s letters, general letters, and Revelation. The study will involve specific literature as well as historical, theological, sociological, canonical, and critical issues of the biblical text.

  • CHRI 6325 Christian Scripture V

    Prerequisite(s): None

    This course continues the study of Old Testament background and interpretation. The areas of study are the historical books of the Old Testament. The study will involve specific literature as well as historical, theological, sociological, canonical, and critical issues of the biblical text.

  • CHRI 6328 Christian Scripture VI

    Prerequisite(s): None

    This course continues the study of New Testament background and interpretation. The areas of study are the general letters in the New Testament and Revelation. The study will involve specific literature as well as historical, theological, sociological, canonical, and critical issues of the biblical text.

  • CHRI 6330 Christian Readings

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Involves selected primary and secondary readings within specific areas as designated by the professor and according to the student’s educational needs in their fields of study. Limited to one enrollment.

  • CHRI 6333 Historical and Moral Theology

    Prerequisite(s): None

    The subject of this course is the historical development of Christian theology and ethics from the second century to the present. Directed study will focus on the theological and moral ideas in the writings of significant figures of ancient, medieval, and modern Christianity. The student will be required to study each writer as a person of his or her own age by means of a critical analysis of the influences, context, and content of his or her own writings. Additionally, consideration will be given to the matter of how the theology and ethics of the Christian past offer insight into contemporary issues and problems.

  • CHRI 6335 Readings in OT

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    Students will study primary and secondary readings in Old Testament literature with specific areas as designated by the professor and student needs.

  • CHRI 6340 Christian Readings

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Involves selected primary and secondary readings within specific areas as designated by the professor and according to the student’s educational needs in their fields of study. Limited to one enrollment.

  • CHRI 6345 Readings in NT

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    Students will study primary and secondary readings in New Testament literature within specific areas as designated by the professor and student needs.

  • CHRI 6350 Christian Readings

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Involves selected primary and secondary readings within specific areas as designated by the professor and according to the student’s educational needs in their fields of study. Limited to one enrollment.

  • CHRI 6381 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

  • CHRI 6392 Thesis

    Prerequisite(s): None

    The thesis component is in lieu of the last six hours in the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) program. The thesis proposed by the student must be selected under the guidance and approval of the department, and the rendering of the thesis must be in a minimum of 75 pages.

  • CHRI 6393 Thesis

    Prerequisite(s): None

    The thesis component is in lieu of the last six hours in the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) program. The thesis proposed by the student must be selected under the guidance and approval of the department, and the rendering of the thesis must be in a minimum of 75 pages.

  • CHRI 7201 Research Seminar

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    This course consists of two primary elements. Students will participate a research symposium in which research presentations will be delivered by faculty, advanced students, and invited guests. The course will also focus on the skills and methods of doctoral level research, including preparation of the student’s individual project.

  • CHRI 7212 DMin Research Project

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    Students will produce a project which demonstrates applied consideration of theology and ministry. Students may choose 1) to prepare a traditional DMin research dissertation, or 2) a substantial project based on discussion with and pre-approval by the department and the supervisor.

  • CHRI 7301 Kingdom Theology

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    This course explores the biblical and theological foundation undergirding the holistic mission and ministry of the church as part of God’s Kingdom purposes for the world. In particular, the course will focus on the climactic story that unites the Christian Scriptures.

  • CHRI 7302 Kingdom Ministry

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    This course explores the nature of Christian leaders’ roles in the Kingdom and the characteristics of a ministry that accords with Kingdom purposes.

  • CHRI 7303 Theology and Culture

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    This course focuses on analysis of the cultural forces impacting the church today (disenchantment, pluralism, anxiety, etc.) and explores theological resources to address these forces for ministry within a setting shaped by them.

  • CHRI 7304 Strategic Leadership and Communication

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    This course will address contemporary issues regarding organizational leadership. The center of the course will revolve around case study analysis, and topics would include things like transformational leadership, leadership development, conflict management, andragogy, and spiritual formation.

  • CHRI 7320 Pastoral Ministry

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    Students will study church ministry, pastoral care, and spiritual formation in this course. It will include practical ministry such as leadership, church growth, and administration, as well as strategies in caring for a congregation and its members.

  • CHRI 7321 Organizational Leadership

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    This course examines theories and models of leadership. Environmental factors, organizational objectives, ministry culture, and individual and group ethical standards will be examined and students will develop a theory of “Christian” leadership.

  • CHRI 7322 World Religions

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    An introduction to the thought and practices of the great religions of the world. Attention is given to the origin, development, and central teachings of major world religions. Particular emphasis will be on the way in which one can engage participants in non-Christian religions and communicate Christian thought in various cultures.

  • CHRI 7325 Studies in Missional Leadership

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    Missional leadership topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour of credit must be included.

  • CHRI 7330 Studies in the Gospels and Acts

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    This course on New Testament background and interpretation focuses on the topic of the Gospels and Acts. The study will involve specific literature as well as historical, theological, sociological, canonical, and critical issues of the biblical text.

  • CHRI 7331 Jesus the Preacher

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    This course is an intensive study of the life and teachings of Jesus; primarily giving attention to Jesus’ homiletical and pedagogical style. As a model for humanity, Jesus will also serve as a model for preaching and teaching.

  • CHRI 7332 Studies in Pauline Letters

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    This course on New Testament background and interpretation focuses on the topic of Paul’s letters. The study will involve specific literature as well as historical, theological, sociological, canonical, and critical issues of the biblical text.

  • CHRI 7333 New Testament Perspectives on Pastoral Ministry

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    This course examines the relationship between the teachings of the New Testament as they relate to pastoral ministry and their modern-day practice, especially in the context of the local Church. The course primarily looks at pastoral theology and praxis as it developed in the earliest stages of the Christian community.

  • CHRI 7334 Israel Study Trip

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    Students will have the opportunity to learn about the history and life of ancient and modern Israel through a trip to the Holy Land. This course will introduce students to the study of archeological, the complex history of the land, and the contemporary political challenges of Israel and the surrounding countries.

  • CHRI 7335 Studies in New Testament

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    New Testament topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour of credit must be included.

  • CHRI 7341 Modern & Postmodern Philosophy & Culture

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    This course is an exploration of ideas and cultural developments from the 16th Century to the present, focusing especially on the relationship between reason and faith, the cultural consequences of modernity, and the theological challenges and opportunities of the present day. Students will read philosophical, cultural, and literary texts by a range of authors.

  • CHRI 7342 Theology & the Imagination

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    This course is an exploration of the use of literature and art in theology and pastoral ministry, focusing on the theory and practice of imagination as a mode of knowing and communicating truth. Theoretical perspectives will include those of C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Other materials will include a range of classic and contemporary texts that explore theological themes in both fictional and non-fictional modes.

  • CHRI 7343 Theological Aesthetics

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    This course is an examination of texts from the history of theology and philosophy, focusing on the questions of beauty, appropriateness, and value of both art and nature. Particular attention will be given to the role that belief in God has in the creative process and the meaning and motivation for artistic creation.

  • CHRI 7345 Studies in Faith and Culture

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None

    Faith and culture topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour of credit must be included.