BBS Course Description-Practical Theology

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PA 400. Introduction to Preaching (3 credits)
An Examination of key biblical texts, theological themes and the historical background and development of Christian worship and its variety of expressions. Attention will be given principles, plans, methods and resources for worship planning and implementation in today’s culture.

PA 401. Sermon Content and Application (3 credits)
Focus on the use of sound biblical theology in the sermon and on the discovery of the relevance to life of the biblical passage under discussion. Practice in analysis and preparation. Delivery of an expository message on selected New Testament text.

PA 402. Christian Worship (3 credits)
The pastor’s role in the worship and services of the church. Topics include the biblical theology of worship, the preparation and leading of worship, the administration of the sacraments, the preparation of believers for church membership.

PA 403. Pastoral Care Practice (3 credits)
The character and source of authority exercised in the order and offices of the church. The pastoral diagnosis and treatment of spiritual conditions. Methods and models of pastoral care. A segment of the course will focus on problems involved in pastoral care within a Korean- American context.

PA 404. Ministry Leadership (3 credits)
The development of leadership in contemporary society usually emphasizes the skills and tasks of the minister. Research has indicated that the role of the minister which relates to the life and inner person of the individual needs special consideration. This course will focus on such topics as the care of the minister’s personal and family life, warnings that will prevent major hardships in ministry, prayer.

PA 405. Youth Ministry (3 credits)
This course considers theories of adolescence, the history of youth work in the Church, contemporary youth experience, and models of programs and patterns which offer possibilities for the Church in its youth ministry.

PA 406. Group Process (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to group counseling. A focus will be on the basic elements of group process, ethical and professional issues in group counseling, and developmental stages of the group process. For your practice as a group leader, you will participate in an ongoing classroom group and have an opportunity to lead and co-lead the group as it evolves.

PA 407. Worship and Spirituality (3 credits)
Promotes critical reflection on ministerial leadership in the congregation through the lens of spiritual formation in historical and theological context. Includes a 3-day retreat/advance at teaching church or extension site, and a follow-up session on historical and theological foundations for ministry. Course objective: to understand the role of spiritual formation in one’s particular denominational tradition and congregational history.

PA 409. Introduction to Preaching (3 credits)
An Examination of key biblical texts, theological themes and the historical background and development of Christian worship and its variety of expressions. Attention will be given principles, plans, methods and resources for worship planning and implementation in today’s culture.

ED 219. Christian Education (3 credits)
This course designed to basic survey of Christian Education dealing with the theology and practice of teaching in the church with special attention to curriculum, teaching methods, programs, and resources for adults, youth, and children.

ED 403. Introduction to Christian Education (3 credits)
An overview of the educational and training education of school, including biblical, theological, psychological foundations, the aims, methods, curriculum, organization, leadership of teachers and evaluation of the teaching/ leaning process for various setting age group.

ED 404. Christian Education History (3 credits)
A survey of the educational theory and history from the early church fathers to modern times, including biblical, theological, psychological foundations, the aims, methods, curriculum, organization, leadership of teachers in Church history.

ED 405. Teaching the Bible (3 credits)
Training in inductive Bible study methods with a view to establishing training programs in the local church. Hands-on experience with several types of biblical passages. Attention given to skills in training Bible study/ small group leaders for the church.

ED 406. Education and Theology (3 credits)
This course examines the implications of theological propositions, assumptions, and traditions for the practice of Christian Education. Theological approaches to Christian Education are examined from the perspectives of knowledge about God, revelation, the nature of the church, the nature of humanity, and the mission of the Church in the world. The aim of the course is to ensure consistency between theology and Christian Education in the Church’s educational programs and ministries.

ED 407. Teaching and Learning Methods (3 credits)
This is a practical course designed to train students in using a range of teaching/learning methods and approaches. The course uses a laboratory or practice approach to equip students to teach using creative methods for information giving, information processing, group interaction, spiritual formation, and action reflection. Special attention is given to appropriate methodology for age groups, and to choice of methods to implement learning goals and objectives.

ED 408. Biblical Models of Education (3 credits)
The course considers the components for a model of education in the Church, and then examines several models of education and teaching in the Old and New Testaments. Particular attention is given to Jesus Christ as Teacher. Students explore implications for use of the models in the Church’s educational work, and apply models to their own work in the Church.

MU 216. General Music Theory (3 credits)
A Basic introduction to the principles of music theory, include the basic elements of music, drawing on a wide range of musical literature to analyze concepts of compositional procedure.

MU 217. Introduction to Music (3 credits)
A course of study designed to help the student develop a practical philosophy of church music. The comprehensive graded church music program is discussed from an administrative point of view.

MU 409. Music Theory (3 credits)
A course of study designed to help the student develop a practical philosophy of church music. The comprehensive graded church music program is discussed from an administrative point of view.