Christian Ministries

School of Christian Ministries

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Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies

The Christian Studies major prepares students for graduate seminary programs and for careers in churches and other ministry related vocations. Students select at least one concentration and are required to complete applied field experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Christian Studies program, graduates will:

1. Demonstrate biblical literacy, including historical, contextual, and literary parameters of biblical interpretation.

2. Identify and integrate the historic doctrines of the Christian faith.

3. Be aware of the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the history of the church and Christian beliefs.

4. Know the basic parameters of the Christian world-view.

5. Understand the implications of commitment to Jesus Christ through development of personal character and engagement of society, reflected in a lifestyle consistent with biblical principles.

5. Be directed to apply their education to the church, in both its local and global contexts, as servant leaders.

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Christian Studies Major (45-51 units) BA

Lower Division Requirements*

CST210 Pentateuch & Former Prophets

CST210 Pentateuch & Former Prophets

An introduction to the Pentateuch and Former Prophets sections of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near Eastern cultural and historical background of Israel's history and sacred literature. Special emphasis will be given to the ways in which the literary forms of the Old Testament express Israel's understanding of God's activity in the world and the history of the nation. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST210-B B Mooney, David Jeffrey 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Sch Business Building
253
Fall 2014 CST210-T1 T1 Mooney, David Jeffrey 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Sch Business Building
253
Fall 2014 CST210-A A Mooney, David Jeffrey 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
253
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CST220 Latter Prophets & Writings

CST220 Latter Prophets & Writings

An introduction to the Latter Prophets and Writings sections of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near Eastern cultural and historical background of Israel's history and sacred literature. Special emphasis will be given to the ways in which the literary forms of the Old Testament express Israel's understanding of God's activity in the world and in the history of the nation. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

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CST230 Jesus and the Gospels

CST230 Jesus and the Gospels

An investigation of the testimony provided by the Gospels concerning the life of Jesus of Nazareth, with special attention given to the critical issues prompted by such study. Core requirement and prerequisite for upper division Gospel courses (CST 330, 331) for Christian Studies majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST230-B B Mobley, Richard A. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
251
Fall 2014 CST230-T1 T1 Mobley, Richard A. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
251
Fall 2014 CST230-A A Mobley, Richard A. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Sch Business Building
251
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CST240 Paul & the Early Church

CST240 Paul & the Early Church

An introductory consideration of the incidents, individuals, and issues included in the historical, epistolary, and apocalyptic portions of the New Testament. Core requirement and prerequisite for upper division Pauline courses (CST 440, 441) for Christian Studies majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

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*Christian Studies majors should not take CST 110 and CST 130.

Upper Division Requirements

APT371 Christian Theology I

APT371 Christian Theology I

An expanded study of the biblical doctrines of God, humanity, and sin. Prerequisite: Bachelor of Applied Theology or Christian Studies major. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 APT371-T2 T2 Morgan, Christopher 09/02/2014 Tuesday 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center
B219
Fall 2014 APT371-A A Co, Adamson 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center
B251
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APT372 Christian Theology II

APT372 Christian Theology II

An expanded study of the biblical doctrines of salvation, the person of Christ, the church, and last things. Prerequisite: Bachelor of Applied Theology or Christian Studies major. (3 units; Spring)

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CST300 History of Baptist Thought

CST300 History of Baptist Thought

An introduction to Baptist history, Baptist doctrine, and the organizational structure of the Southern Baptist Convention. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors and minors. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST300-T3 T3 Chute, Anthony L. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
A111
Fall 2014 CST300-A A Chute, Anthony L. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
A111
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CST350 Biblical Interpretation

CST350 Biblical Interpretation

A historical and theoretical consideration of interpretative methodology as illustrated by and applied to selected texts from various portions of the biblical materials. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors and minors. Prerequisite: Previous Biblical Studies coursework. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST350-A A Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B259
Fall 2014 CST350-T2 T2 Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B259
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CST360 Church History

CST360 Church History

A survey of the development of the Christian church from the close of the New Testament period to the present time, with special attention to the origin of various denominations. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors and minors. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST360-A A Chute, Anthony L. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center
A111
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Upper Division Biblical Studies Requirement

Complete three (3) Upper Division units (CST 310, 311, 315, 330, 331, 410, 411, 421, 440, 441, 442, 450).

Upper Division Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) additional units of upper division coursework, beyond other major or concentration requirements from the following: APT 352, 365, 482, CST 307, 310, 311, 315, 330, 331, 380, 382, 383, 410, 411, 421, 425, 440, 441, 442, 450, 451, 490, 491, ICS 305, 375, 405, 430, 435, PHI 303, 324, 343, 353, 433.

Concentration Courses (12-18 units)

Students must complete all of the prescribed courses listed in one of the following concentrations:

Apologetics, Bible and Theology; Biblical Languages; Christian Ministry; Focus on the Family Institute; Global Studies; Pastoral Leadership, Theology/Church History, Theology/Philosophy; Youth Ministry

Concentrations

Apologetics (12 units)

PHI303 Apologetics

PHI303 Apologetics

This course will examine the emergence of apologetics within the life of the church, highlight various approaches, arguments, and central figures, and the role of apologetics in development of a Christian worldview. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PHI303-A A Welbaum, Sam 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
B258
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PHI403 Cultural Apologetics

PHI403 Cultural Apologetics

A study of the ways in which the truth of the Gospel and of the Christian worldview are reflected in popular culture through art, literature, film, music, and television. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Spring odd years)

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PHI343 Philosophy of Religion

PHI343 Philosophy of Religion

This course introduces students to the specific branch of philosophy known as philosophy of religion. This occurs through an examination of the major issues within the discipline such as the existence of God, the problem of evil, and the nature of religious language. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

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PHI433 Apologetics: Theory and Method

PHI433 Apologetics: Theory and Method

An analysis of the various methods used, the logic employed, the philosophical assumptions utilized, and the potential effectiveness of the major approaches to the apologetic task currently debated by contemporary apologists. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Spring even years)

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Three (3) units of additional upper division philosophy coursework from the following: PHI 353, 400, or 421.

Bible and Theology* (12 units)

At least three (3) units of upper division biblical studies coursework

At least three (3) units of upper division theology coursework

Six (6) units of additional upper division biblical studies and/or theology coursework

*Prerequisites for concentration: CST 210 and 220 for Old Testament coursework, CST 230 and 240 for New Testament coursework, CST 370 for theology coursework.

Biblical Languages* (12 units)

GRK313 Intermediate Greek

GRK313 Intermediate Greek

A "literary laboratory" in which to observe the function of Greek syntax through the translation and exegetical study of specific New Testament materials. Prerequisite: GRK 223. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 GRK313-A A Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Thursday 12:15 PM - 3:00 PM Sch Business Building
103
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GRK323 Intermediate Greek

GRK323 Intermediate Greek

A "literary laboratory" in which to observe the function of Greek syntax through the translation and exegetical study of specific New Testament materials. Prerequisite: GRK 223. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

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HEB213 Biblical Hebrew I

HEB213 Biblical Hebrew I

A study of the fundamentals of biblical Hebrew, including pronunciation, vocabulary, verbs, nouns, parts of speech as well as elements of Hebrew syntax. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HEB213-A A Mooney, David Jeffrey 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center
B222
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HEB223 Biblical Hebrew II

HEB223 Biblical Hebrew II

An analysis of biblical Hebrew with attention to appropriate portions from the Old Testament Scriptures and to the introduction and utilization of the Hebrew lexicon. Prerequisite: HEB 213. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

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*Prerequisites to concentration: GRK 213 and 223.

Christian Ministry (12 units)

Complete twelve (12) units of upper division Christian Ministry coursework, including from the following: CST 307, 380, 381, 382, 383, 414, 425, 451, 480, 484, and 491, ICS 305, 375, 405, 415, 430, 431, 435.

Faith and Culture (12 units)

Complete six (6) units from the following: CST 354, 425, ICS 305, 375, PHI 303, 320, 324, 343, 353, 420, 433 Complete six (6) units from the following: ENG 365, 401, 433, 434, 440, 443, 460, FLM 303, 305, 350, 450, HIS 305, 315, 325, 343, 353, 360, 415, 430, 435, HON 300, 350, 400, 450, POL 330, 350, 395, 423, 425, 427, 429, 431.

Focus Leadership (12-16 units)

Because of California Baptist University’s status as a "sending institution" for the Focus Leadership Institute, students may study for one semester at the Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Coursework will be determined by the Institute; application an acceptance into the Institute program is required. As a part of this program, students may also be able to complete the elective requirement of CST 490 Supervised Ministry in the Christian Studies Major or Minor.

Global Justice (12 units)

CST425 Christian Social Ethics

CST425 Christian Social Ethics

An introduction into the world of Christian Social Ethics. The course will explore particular and pressing social ethics issues and perennial themes related to Christian living and the interplay between biblical Christian faith and contemporary social issues. Topics include introduction of key social problems, the Church's historical responses to those issues, current Christian positions, and the biblical teachings and core Christian doctrines (e.g., creation fall, redemption, image of God, neighbor love) which relate to these issues. Standard models of Christian engagement in society and responsibilities of the individual believer, the local church, and the global Christian Church will be considered. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST425-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
103
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ICS305 Global Perspectives

ICS305 Global Perspectives

A general survey of the redemptive activity of God in the world-past, present, and future. Topics include the biblical basis of God's global activity, historical perspectives, mission strategies, and cultural implications, as well as contemporary missiological issues. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

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ICS375 Current Events and Movements

ICS375 Current Events and Movements

This course will examine the current political, social, economic, and human events in selected areas of the world, deliberate their global impact and consider the events impact on the mission of the church. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 ICS375-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Sch Business Building
204
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PHI353 Comparative Religions

PHI353 Comparative Religions

This course is an introduction to the major religious traditions of the world, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The historical development, key figures, as well as major doctrines and practices are explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 PHI353-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 05/05/2014 Wednesday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sch Business Building
103
Fall 2014 PHI353-C C Mosteller, Timothy 09/02/2014 Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Mission Hall
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Fall 2014 PHI353-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
204
Fall 2014 PHI353-B B Stumpf, Amy R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
204
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Global Studies * (18 units)

ICS105 Introduction to Global Studies

ICS105 Introduction to Global Studies

This course contrasts basic western egocentric Christianity with the God-centered global perspective of biblical Christianity. The course addresses the basic elements of the Christian faith in the context of God's global agenda. Topics include worldview, God's global purpose, the Kingdom of God, prayer, the Holy Spirit, the mission of the Church. (3 units; Interdisciplinary, Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 ICS105-E E STAFF, STAFF 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Sch Business Building
104
Fall 2014 ICS105-F F Dobbins, Jared 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Yeager Center
B221
Fall 2014 ICS105-D D Nsofor, C. Fyne L. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
B251
Fall 2014 ICS105-C C Nsofor, C. Fyne L. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center
A111
Fall 2014 ICS105-A A Lewis, Jeff C. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
125
Fall 2014 ICS105-B B Lewis, Jeff C. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
A112
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ICS205 Models of Discipleship

ICS205 Models of Discipleship

An advanced course related to the biblical principle of discipleship, including both what a disciple of Jesus is and how disciples are made. Focus on models of discipleship and a student's development of a personal strategy of discipleship. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 ICS205-B B Lewis, Jeff C. 09/02/2014 Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Sch Business Building
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Fall 2014 ICS205-A A Lewis, Jeff C. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Sch Business Building
ONLN
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ICS305 Global Perspectives

ICS305 Global Perspectives

A general survey of the redemptive activity of God in the world-past, present, and future. Topics include the biblical basis of God's global activity, historical perspectives, mission strategies, and cultural implications, as well as contemporary missiological issues. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

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ICS405 Marketplace Strat for Global Adv

ICS405 Marketplace Strat for Global Adv

This course focuses on the strategic nature of the marketplace as it relates to the advancement of Christ's Kingdom among the nations. This course will define God's global agenda, investigate the biblical and historical role of the marketplace in God's global strategy, guide the students to think strategically in the context of their majors, and how God will use that marketable skill to disciple the nations. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 ICS405-A A Lewis, Jeff C. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
OFFC
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ICS430 Intercultural Communications

ICS430 Intercultural Communications

The purpose of this course is to explore the principles of intercultural communications. This course will address principles and processes of communication from one culture to another. The course will also focus on different perceptions, ways of thinking, values, non-verbal expression, language expression and sub-groups within a culture as they relate to the media and the message. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 ICS430-A A White, Kristen 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center
A111
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ICS431 Cross-cultural Immersion

ICS431 Cross-cultural Immersion

The course provides students the opportunity for supervised cross-cultural immersion and study abroad. The course also gives students the opportunity to experience, study and explore firsthand the challenges of living, communicating and serving in an international setting. The immersion experience is designed to create a context for extended and applied learning as the course concepts are integrated into life experiences. The material will be presented through lectures, small group discussions, reading assignments and cultural immersions with an emphasis relational development and service. Prerequisite: Permission of Dean of School of Christian Ministries. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring/Summer)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 ICS431-A A Lewis, Jeff C. 05/05/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
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*Recommended Courses: ANT 225 Cultural Anthropology and ANT 430 Culture and Personality, which can be used to meet General Education requirements.

Pastoral Leadership (12 units)

APT452 Advanced Biblical Preaching

APT452 Advanced Biblical Preaching

This course prepares students in communicating the truth of the ancient Scriptures to modern people. It explores the variations of crafting of expository sermons. The course will examine how sermons can be constructed to reflect the genre of the biblical literature: narrative, poetry, psalms, history, prophecy, parable, apocalyptic, and epistles. Prerequisite: CST 451. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 APT452-T3 T3 Co, Adamson 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM The Village at CBU
100
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APT482 Pastoral Leadership

APT482 Pastoral Leadership

Pastoral Leadership is an intensive study of the leadership role of the pastor in relation to the nature of the church, leadership models, leadership challengers, and practical leadership strategies. (3 units; Spring)

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CST382 Evangelism

CST382 Evangelism

A study of the principles of New Testament evangelism for the purpose of the development of students as lifestyle witnesses and of the equipping of students for the "equipping of saints for ministry" in local churches. Student involvement in evangelistic ministry is expected. (3 units; Spring)

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CST451 Biblical Preaching

CST451 Biblical Preaching

A study of the basic principles for preparing and delivering biblical sermons, with an emphasis on the writing, delivery, and analysis of expository sermons. Prerequisite: Previous Biblical Studies coursework. (3 units; Spring)

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Theology/Church History (12 units)

Three (3) units of upper division Theology coursework

Three (3) units of upper division Church History coursework

Six (6) additional units of upper division Theology and/or Church History coursework

Prerequisite for concentration: CST 360 for Church History coursework; CST 370 for Theology coursework

Theology/Philosophy (12 units)

Three (3) units of upper division Theology coursework

Three (3) units of upper division Philosophy coursework

Six (6) additional units of upper division Theology and/or Philosophy coursework

Prerequisite for concentration: CST 370 for Theology coursework

Youth Ministry (12 units)

CST380 Intro to Christian Ed

CST380 Intro to Christian Ed

A study of the historical, philosophical, biblical, and theological foundations for the accomplishing of Christian education in a church setting, with particular emphasis on the planning, implementation, and administration of educational programs in the context of Southern Baptist life. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall odd years)

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CST383 Ministry with Youth

CST383 Ministry with Youth

A study of foundational issues related to adolescents with application to the local church. Student involvement in youth ministry is expected. (3 units; Spring odd years)

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CST484 Current Trends in Youth Ministry

CST484 Current Trends in Youth Ministry

A research-oriented exploration of current youth trends and issues based on students' interests with objective of synthesizing their experiences. (3 units; Spring even years)

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Complete one (1) of the following courses:

CBS303 Marr & Fam Christian Community

CBS303 Marr & Fam Christian Community

A comparison of Marriage and Family systems in Biblical and American cultural perspectives. The course will contrast and compare the foundations of marriage in Western Culture and the Judeo-Christian worldview. Family roles and relational development will also be addressed. Marital adjustment including finances, marital sexuality, communication and parenting will be presented from a Biblical approach. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CBS303-A A Stokes, H. Bruce 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
202
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CBS403 Congregation and Community

CBS403 Congregation and Community

An overview of Christian congregation and community from theological and behavioral science perspectives. Subjects include the function and purpose of Christian Institutions including the household and congregation as a place of discipleship, worship, fellowship and relational reconciliation. Secondary institutions will include Christian media, economics, law and education. The impact of the shift from Christian nationalism to post-Christian America will be addressed. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CBS403-A A Stokes, H. Bruce 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center
B258
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