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SUMMARY

Below is just a small sample of courses you’ll take as a Theology major at Jessup. This list is not a guide for course selection. It was created to give you a peek at the program’s academic offerings. For official program requirements, please see the current course catalog.

Major Courses (42 Units)

This course teaches the historical development of Christian doctrine from the 2nd century to the 8th century of the Church. Particular focus will be placed on the Apostolic Fathers, pre-Nicene theologians, and the first seven ecumenical councils. The student will explore the origin, debate, historical meaning, and key contributors of foundational doctrines such as the Trinity, divine/human natures of Jesus, theosis, and the resurrection of the body; as well as the origin, debate, key contributors and conclusions of the first seven ecumenical councils in order to become aware of and appreciate the historical unity that exists among all the major branches of Christianity.

Students will learn about the history and distinctives of the three major traditions of Christianity: Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism. Students will compare and evaluate these traditions and learn to appreciate, discuss, and debate theological beliefs that differ from their own.

Theology is not simply a body of knowledge to be studied but a way of thinking and living “in Christ” that is to be embodied through faithful participation in God’s drama of redemption. Students will apply theology to all aspects of life and evaluate and critique current ethical issues from a biblical perspective.

An introduction to the critical shifts and trends of contemporary theological thought from the 18th century onward. Key men, women, and movements of this post-Enlightenment timeframe will be examined.

This course offers practical ways for how one can cultivate his or her relationship with Christ while pursuing a ministry and/or vocation of studying and teaching God’s word. The student will discover and practice spiritual disciplines and develop a personalized vision for their own formation so that the whole person (both body and soul) will be prepared for a life of knowing Christ and making him known.

This course introduces students to some of the current research and trends in the fields of biblical and theological studies by teaching students how to critically read, interpret and critique journal articles in these respective disciplines.

The Capstone experience is designed to help Biblical Studies and Theology students synthesize and integrate all that has been learned up to this point in their educational journeys. The class guides the students through developing a thesis grounded in careful and contextual exegesis of Scripture, informed by current research in the fields of biblical and/or theological studies, attentive to its implications for biblical theology and/or historical theology, and relevant for the present life and witness of the Church.

BLG215A | Biblical Greek I
The first year courses of Koine Greek are designed to give students the needed foundational knowledge of Greek grammar, including phonology, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary development. In all this, students will be working toward acquiring and deepening their facility in reading and interpreting the Greek New Testament.

BLG225A | Biblical Hebrew I
These courses introduce students to biblical Hebrew morphology, grammar, and syntax. Students will become proficient in reading aloud from the Hebrew Bible, define frequently attested vocabulary, and employ Hebrew language tools in order to faithfully interpret and translate the biblical text.

BLG215B | Biblical Greek II
The first year courses of Koine Greek are designed to give students the needed foundational knowledge of Greek grammar, including phonology, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary development. In all this, students will be working toward acquiring and deepening their facility in reading and interpreting the Greek New Testament.

BLG225B | Biblical Hebrew II
These courses introduce students to biblical Hebrew morphology, grammar, and syntax. Students will become proficient in reading aloud from the Hebrew Bible, define frequently attested vocabulary, and employ Hebrew language tools in order to faithfully interpret and translate the biblical text.

Theology Concentrations

Students must choose a concentration listed below.

Youth Ministry Concentration (12 units)

An introduction to the field of study in ministry to adolescents. Students develop a biblical philosophy of ministry. Emphasis is given to the private and the professional aspects of this specific profession. Private issues include spiritual disciplines, health, family relationships, and personality type. Professional issues center on ethics, integrity, job skills, and leadership styles. An examination of contemporary career opportunities for church and parachurch ministries is included along with the tools to begin developing a philosophy of youth ministry.

This course equips students to teach lessons from the Bible, use and/or develop curriculum, understand the “scope and sequence” of teaching, and practice speaking in different ministry settings. Attention is given to enhancing the creative process, understanding the faith development of teenagers, and leading small groups effectively.

Youth Ministry Skills is a practical class covering the most basic programming that makes up a successful ministry to adolescents. These skills include, but are not limited to, time management, organizing a ministry calendar, designing and running camps and retreats, publicity and promotion, involvement with missions and service projects, evangelism to youth, creating budgets, developing student leaders, understanding and using technology, and more. A retreat planned by and for the students of the class culminates the learning experience.

A study of the social and cultural forces shaping the experience of adolescence in contemporary America. Students learn to evaluate individual elements of youth culture, analyze the cultural systems that shape young people, and develop effective strategies for cultural engagement. Emphasis is given to understanding the variety of current family structures and the development of enrichment programs designed to strengthen and equip families.

This course provides an exploration of strategies and techniques for counseling adolescents. The class examines the needs and problems of normal and troubled adolescents including self-image, sexuality, eating disorders, suicide, and depression. Attention is given to recognizing warning signs and understanding the referral process.

Pastoral Ministry Concentration (12 units)

This course explores and examines (in light of Scripture) various contemporary models of the Church, highlighting key forces that shape contemporary church and ministry. Emphasis is placed on church nature, growth and reproduction, drawing applications and tools for present-day leaders in formal and para-church settings.

Deals with counseling issues most common to the local master: premarital and family counseling, death, loss, and other crises. The emphasis is on informal, short-term methods. Preparation for a role in counseling, weddings, funerals, baptisms, and other pastoral situations of Christian ministry.

This is a course of study about the exegesis and exposition of the epistles of the New Testament. A method of both researching epistolary texts and communicating them expositionally in contemporary venues will be explored and implemented. Attention will also be paid to the place of prayer and the practice of the principles of spiritual authority in the character development of the expositor.

This course specifically addresses the complex issues of organizational development and organizational behavior. It guides students to understand the dynamics behind organizational life and health and examines the critical facets of strategic planning and tactical planning within an organization.

This course delves into the interior life of the leader. It examines the emotional, social, and spiritual life of the leader, giving attention to pathways towards an integrated inner-life. It also analyzes the role of emotional quotient (EQ) in leadership and ways to develop strength in this area.

This course addresses the foundation for the mission Dei (mission of God) from biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives. Course content emphasizes the centrality of God’s desire to reconcile people to Himself and others, providing an overview of contemporary missional approaches.

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