Welcome to the
Level 1: Certified Minister Track
Below find a listing of courses and their descriptions.
Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Interpret the Bible (BIB121)
Introduction to Hermeneutics is the introductory course on the principles for interpreting Scripture. It summarizes the need for hermeneutical principles and explores the qualifications, tools, and goals of a biblical interpreter. This is followed by a historical survey of hermeneutics from early Jewish interpreters to the present. The course includes a unit on the general and specific principles for interpreting the Bible, a unit on genres, and a unit on applying the principles. Students develop their skills by practicing the principles in exercises that are provided.
Relationships and Ethics in Ministry (MIN181)
(Both Chicago & Lincoln students must attend this course)
This course is offered as our District Seminar's Certified Minister level track. Relationships and Ethics in Ministry is a biblical approach to the relationships that are important to minister’s both personally and professionally. It looks at the temperament theory and its relevance to human relations. This course examines relationships and ethics in view of the minister’s personal growth, ministry challenges, people in the community, and other ministers.
Introduction to Pentecostal Doctrine (THE114)
In this course, students examine the four cardinal doctrines of the Assemblies of God: salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit, healing, and the second coming of Christ. After an introductory unit on the importance of doctrine, there is a unit of study on each of the doctrines. This course is essential to the further understanding of the complete Pentecostal message as presented in other courses.
Acts: The Holy Spirit at Work in Believers (BIB115)
The study of Acts is a thorough study of the content, purposes, principles, and applications of Acts. This course emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit in the early church and today. Attention is given to the geographical, numerical, cultural, and theological growth of the church from Jerusalem to Rome. The journeys of Paul are examined as the background for his epistles.
Prison Epistles: Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians & Philemon (BIB117)
This is a practical study of the principles Paul wrote to the churches during his imprisonment. The concepts are presented in a language that is easy to understand with explanations, illustrations, and applications that make the concepts helpful to students in both their personal life and ministry.
The Local Church in Evangelism (MIN123)
The local church is the origin of evangelism for reaching its community and the world. After gaining an understanding of the biblical theology of the Great Commission and the Holy Spirit’s role in evangelism and discipleship, students will focus on a variety of evangelism methods, the evangelistic purpose of an organized fellowship of churches, and pastoral leadership in evangelism.
Christ in the Synoptic Gospels (BIB114)
This course is a study of the life and teachings of Christ based on Matthew, Mark, and Luke. After a brief introduction to the world into which Jesus was born, it provides a chronological study of His life. Emphasis is given to the context of His teachings and miracles. The content is arranged to help students apply the principles of the study to their own lives as well as in their preaching and teaching.
Assemblies of God History, Missions and Governance (THE142)
This course is a study of the historical development of the Assemblies of God, the history of the mission’s movement in the Assemblies of God, and the ecclesiastical governance of the Fellowship. Attention is given to the General Council Constitution and Bylaws in relation to credentialed ministers, local churches, and district councils.
Credential Internship - To be done on your own.
(Required for Certified Minister candidates only)
The first of three internships to be developed for the Ministerial Studies Diploma. Each internship will require the student to work with a local pastor to gain hands-on experience in various ministry activities. The course discusses the important of a good attitude in ministry as well as many of the functions of ministry such as weddings and funerals. It also emphasizes servant leadership and the minister's devotional life.