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DM 716 - Christian Apologetics in a Non-Christian World

Description:

Christianity is increasingly being challenged and countered by new religions and cults, but most insidiously by the secularization of our culture. In this doctoral seminar we examine the culture of the world, exposit the word of God and seek to form a strategy for engagement. This course includes both the theory of apologetical systems and specific issues that can only be addressed through proper apologetic strategy.


[3 hours. Instructor: Dr. Fred Chay. Frequency: Occasional. Elective for D.Min. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Fred W. Chay, D.Min., Ph.D.
Hours: 3
Frequency: Occasional
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: Elective for D.Min.
Syllabus: DM 716 - Christian Apologetics in a Non-Christian World Syllabus
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DM 732 - Increasing Relevancy in Your Preaching

Description:

Increases a speaker’s ability to develop messages that are true to the biblical text, clear and well-organized, interesting, and relevant to the listener’s needs. Attention will be given to relevancy and clarity. Students will learn how to determine the specific applications of a biblical passage and how to help listeners follow the unfolding of the message. Though students will not preach in class, these practical skills will be developed through instruction, examples, group interaction and personal use.


[3 hours. Instructor: Dr. Don Sunukjian. Frequency: Occasional. Elective for D.Min. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Don R. Sunukjian, Th.D., Ph.D.
Hours: 3
Frequency: Occasional
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: Elective for D.Min.
Syllabus: DM 732 - Increasing Relevancy in Your Preaching Syllabus
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DM 738 - Exegetical Review: Sharpening Your Exegetical Skills for Expositional Excellence

Description:

This course is at the same time a refresher and a revitalizer of learned but neglected skills, an updating of exegetically-oriented disciplines, and an initial introduction into keyexegetical processes, all focused on the critical task of proclaiming God’s Word in a post-modern culture.


[3 hours. Instructors: Dr. Dennis Wretlind and Dr. Fred Chay. Frequency: Occasional. Elective for D.Min. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Dennis Wretlind, Ph.D.; Fred W. Chay, D.Min., Ph.D.
Hours: 3
Frequency: Occasional
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: Elective for D.Min.
Syllabus: DM 738 - Exegetical Review: Sharpening Your Exegetical Skills for Expositional Excellence Syllabus
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DM 754 - Counseling Dysfunctional Families

Description:

This course examines dysfunctional families (e.g., alcoholic, battering, incestuous), with a focus on the issues facing those who grew up in them. It also provides basic counseling strategies and practical tools to help these “survivors” overcome their painful pasts.


[3 hours. Instructor: Dr. Justin Smith. Frequency: Occasional. Elective for D.Min. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Justin M. Smith, Psy.D.
Hours: 3
Frequency: Occasional
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: Elective for D.Min.
Syllabus: DM 754 - Counseling Dysfunctional Families Syllabus
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DM 790 - Conflict Management

Description:

Offers the “manager of conflict” biblical wisdom for the intervention and prevention of many causes and forms of conflict in order to lead people and churches into harmony, fruit bearing, truth telling, and grace-driven relationships. You will learn the various sources, levels, and causes of conflict along with the cycle of conflict, early warning signs, and principles for stopping, defusing, and reducing the conflict in and around you. Conflict management strategies will be systematically explained, illustrated, and applied in the context of 21st-century ministry to enhance the integrity, discernment, wisdom, and leadership of today’s
conflict manager.


[3 hours. Instructor: Dr. Roger Ball. Frequency: Occasional. Elective for D.Min. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Roger Ball, D.Min.
Hours: 3
Frequency: Occasional
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: Elective for D.Min.
Syllabus: DM 790 - Conflict Management Syllabus
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DM 791 - Doctor of Ministry Individualized Study

Description:

You may wish to undertake an individualized study as one of your Doctor of Ministry courses. Generally speaking, it is better to wait until you have completed four courses before considering an individualized study. An individualized study is expected to reflect quality research. This research might consist of an exegetical study of the biblical text, library research, extensive reading, or field research (such as surveys, case studies, or systematic observation).


To initiate an individualized study, submit a completed D.Min Individualized Study Proposal (included in the Doctor of Ministry Handbook) to the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. An advisor will be assigned to interact
with you regarding the proposal, indicating any required changes and establishing time lines and deadlines for the completion of work. Once the proposal is finalized you must register for your individualized study.


You will have six months to complete your individualized study. If you are unable to complete the study within this period you may petition for an extension. If you fail to complete your individualized study within the six-month timeframe and do not petition for an extension, you will be given a grade based upon the work you have done by the six-month deadline.


[1-4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Any semester. Elective for D.Min. Prerequisite: None. Notes: Can only be taken once.]

Instructor: (Varies)
Hours: 1-4
Frequency: Any semester
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: Elective for D.Min.
Syllabus: DM 791 - Doctor of Ministry Individualized Study Syllabus
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DM 792 - Doctoral Project

Description:

The Doctoral Project is designed to involve the student in practical ministry research. The project allows the student to select a specific aspect of ministry to explore more fully. The subject, length, and form of the project are determined by the student in consultation with the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. For additional information, see the Doctor of Ministry Dissertation Manual at http://www.ps.edu/download/PSem_Dissertation_Manual_2011-12_Final_Edit_20110706.pdf.


[6 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Every Spring. Required for D.Min. Prerequisites: DM 711 and 21 hours of electives. Notes: Doctoral Project is one year in length and may be extended (the DM 796 Project Extension Fee would would be required).]

Instructor: Charles ‘Chip’ Moody, D.Min.; Fred W. Chay, D.Min., Ph.D.
Hours: 6
Frequency: Every Spring
Prerequisite(s): DM 711 and 21 hours of electives
Required For: D.Min.
Syllabus: DM 792 - Doctoral Project Syllabus
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DM 795 - Selected Topics in D.Min. Studies

Description:

An occasional D.Min. elective offered as the need and opportunity arise. Course content is dependent on the expertise of available faculty (resident, adjunct, and visiting), current issues of academic and practical importance, and overall balance in regard to recent course offerings.


[1-4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Occasional. Elective for D.Min. Prerequisite: None. Notes: May be repeated for credit when section content differs.]

Instructor: (Varies)
Hours: 1-4
Frequency: Occasional
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: Elective for D.Min.
Syllabus: DM 795 - Selected Topics in D.Min. Studies Syllabus
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ICH 501 - The Ancient Church

Description:

Richard C. Gamble, Th.D.


This course examines the history of the ancient church in detail. Following a historical progression, the course covers the development of doctrine and introduces the student to the main figures in the Patristic Age.


[2 hours. Instructor: Chay. Frequency: Any semester. General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Fred W. Chay, D.Min., Ph.D.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Any Semester
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: ICH 501 - The Ancient Church Syllabus
Notes:

The Institute of Theological Studies (ITS) is a cooperative program involving several evangelical seminaries. Courses are offered on MP3/Data CDs containing audio lectures by biblical scholars. Course requirements include textbook assignments, collateral reading, research papers, and examinations, all of which are outlined in the syllabus.


The Seminary reserves the right to adjust ITS syllabi as appropriate. Courses are taken within a normal fall,
spring, or summer semester. Courses may be taken for elective credit only and may not be used to replace required courses unless approved by the Registrar.


The standard credit tuition and fees are charged for each course, plus an additional $80 materials fee for the lecture materials which become the property of the student. ITS course materials are ordered upon receipt of tuition and fees, and are non-refundable once ordered. ITS courses cannot be added after the start of the semester. It is the student’s responsibility to locate and purchase all required textbooks, as the Seminary Bookstore will not order textbooks for ITS Courses.


A proctor (usually a resident faculty member) will be assigned to the student for each course. The proctor is
available to answer any course-related questions and to grade assignments. Mid-term and Final exams must be
taken on the Seminary campus by arrangement with the proctor.

ICH 502 - Reformation Church History

Description:

Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, Ph.D.


Examines the lives and teachings of the leading Reformers and traces the Reformation movement in various nations. Students study the rise of the major Protestant Movements and the Roman Catholic reactions to those movements. The goal is to apply the Reformation battle cries of faith alone, grace alone, and Christ alone to life and ministry.


[2 hours. Instructor: Chay. Frequency: Any semester. General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C. Prerequisite: None.]

Instructor: Fred W. Chay, D.Min., Ph.D.
Hours: 2
Frequency: Any semester
Prerequisite(s): None
Required For: General elective for all programs except M.A.P.C.
Syllabus: ICH 502 - Reformation Church History Syllabus
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