DEGREE: MASTERS OF ARTS

QUALIFICATIONS/ELIGIBILITY

All programs have a prerequisite of required undergraduate or graduate semester hours.

  1. Previous semester hours required. Theological training/degree acquired.

  2. Transcript from previous institution.

3.An interview with the President/Chancellor of Family of Christ Theological Seminary

 

 ​REQUIREMENTS

1. Successful completion of a Thesis composed of a minimum of 10,000 words.

2. Completion of total course units as indicated in Section III below.

3. Students must order all required textbooks and satisfactorily complete all assignments and examinations.

DESCRIPTION OF COURSES

(Each course has 4 credit units)

MAJOR: RELIGION (TH.B.-REL) & DIVINITY (B.A., TH.B. (DIV)

DESCRIPTION OF COURSES

(Each course has 4 credit units)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE 501 - UNDERSTANDING THE TRINITY

Proposition of the “One God” doctrine made clear as viewed through modern understandings of the Trinity; three is one and one is three. Study through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the words of Jesus Christ compared to certain Old Testament scriptures to form a basis for understanding of the Trinity as “One God;” clarifications of how it is practical in our modern times, all age groups considered.

 

COURSE 502 - CHURCH IN PROPHECY

Study of Old Testament and New Testament scriptures with prophetic passages regarding the Church, the body of Jesus Christ; especially the book of Revelation and scriptures that provide additional understanding and interpretations of that Book. Aspects of Church history that tie into Church prophecies.  Explanations of the why’s of prophecy in view of the Church in modern times; how the individual Christian can prepare for the future in his/her heart, mind and life.

COURSE 503 - WORKS OF CHRIST (16 UNITS)

In-depth study of the works of Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament, how these works compare to the works of Christ in our modern times; as part of the body of Christ, how to do all things through the mind of Jesus Christ; the importance of putting no limits on achievement.  This course also includes a study of Jesus Christ as the Creator and Savior; His attributes demonstrated in our lives that constitute a performance of the works of Christ.

COURSE 504 - CHURCH AND THE TRIBULATION

The position and destiny of the Church are clearly defined in the face of the tribulations; immediate pre-tribulation period addressed. How Jesus Christ views the Church; Biblical passages that demonstrate how Jesus Christ views the Church as His bride the viewpoint as that of a bride and groom; thus, principles of how to build one’s life and faith as preparation for a tribulation, rather than to live in a state of fear; how to receive Divine protection.

COURSE 505 - DEAD SEA SCROLLS AND THE NEW TESTAMENT

Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and their relationship to the New Testament and ; their relationship to the Old Covenant in the Pentateuch.  The long-hidden secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls are revealed in times and seasons of New Testament day. The life of Jesus Christ, and other, is displayed without question in this course of study.  Analysis of excerpts from the Dead Sea Scrolls that challenge modern religious and contemporary thought.

COURSE 506 - MAJOR PROPHETS

Brief overview of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations(?), Ezekiel, and Daniel in the Old Testament.  Intensive study into prophecies of Jesus Christ and His works in each book.  What the prophets had to say about modern times and their relevance for us as Christians.  Prophetic warnings to ministers; how they defined the office of the minister.

COURSE 507 - EPISTLES OF PAUL

A comparison of Paul’s New Testament writings with other writers of the New Testament; analysis of what Paul based his teachings on and why there were differences.  Practicality of Paul’s epistles in modern times.

 

COURSE 508 - PLAN OF SALVATION

From Genesis to Revelation, the plan of Salvation is studied in-depth throughout the Bible.  Emphasis on the promises given by God to Abraham, the twelve sons of Israel, and David; prophecies regarding these promises in relationship to the coming of Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation by faith through Jesus Christ; amplified that no other entity past, present or future, could ever accomplish the same, only the mastermind of God Himself.  Study of the plan of salvation today on an individual a personal level.

 

COURSE 509 - PRINCIPLES OF CONDUCT

Codes of conduct for the ministers and Christians according to the precepts of God’s word.

 

COURSE 510 - HERMENEUTICS

This study examines the science and art of Biblical interpretation. It views the methods of interpretation, its history, foundation and context etc.

COURSE 511- HOMILETICS

This course covers the preacher and his preaching, the Preparation, examination, interrogation, organization, impartation, implementation, and application of God’s Word; in sermon, message, and teaching discourse.

MAJOR - RELIGION (TH.M. - REL) & MAJOR - DIVINITY (TH.M. -DIV)

DESCRIPTION OF COURSES

Each course has a credit of 8 units except those marked “*” which has a credit of 4 units.

 

MAJOR: CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (TH.M. - CHED)

DESCRIPTION OF COURSES

Each course has a credit of 8 units except those marked “*” which has a credit of 4 units.

COURSE 512 - ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF CONDUCT (ADVANCED)

The importance and ramifications of not being a respecter of persons.  Standards of how to treat one another as sons and daughters of God.

COURSE 513 - EVANGELICAL THEOLOGY

The study of God and His relationship with the universe, and the use of evangelism (or other methods) to communicate this relationship. The many aspects which evangelism uses for its worldwide application. Principles of making communications easily understood; practical applications for the minister and instructor.

COURSE 514 - ANGELOLOGY

In-depth study into the subject of angels; what the Bible says about fallen angels and angels which did not fall.  Types of angels and the jobs of each; how they relate to the individual Christian’s life today.

 

COURSE 515 - PARABLES OF JESUS

The parables of Jesus Christ as written in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John studied; they had meanings in Christ’s day and age and they have meanings in our days, each one examined.  How the parables of Jesus relate to basic doctrines and demonstrate His deity and greatness; proof of Jesus Christ, God in the flesh in the parables.

 

COURSE 516 - MAN: THE IMAGE OF GOD

God created Man in His own image and likeness, an analysis of this creation from the Old and New Testaments.

COURSE 517 - RETURN OF CHRIST

The return of Christ viewed from His burial and ascent through to what is termed as the Second Coming; events leading to His return as indicated in 1 Thessalonians 4.  How Christ’s return relates to His presence in the flesh with peoples of His Church today; where Christ is today.

COURSE 518 - LOGIC AND NATURE OF GOD

Analysis and contradictions in using logic to understand the nature of God; the method of faith and revelation with the mind of God must be used; Applications of Biblical references; applications.  An analysis of how logic denies the nature of God until one actually “experiences” God.  God’s attributes and nature studied; what it takes for us to take them on.  How to worship God in spirit and in truth.

 

COURSE 519 - WORLD RELIGIONS

Old Testament and New Testament histories of world religions and what led to Christianity; what these religions have become today. Role world religions play in prophecies as predicted in the books of Revelation and Daniel.  Analysis of the minister/instructor or Christian viewing each individual by how they are governed by the Spirit of God as they communicate with those of varying religions; how to minister to others who are deceived by __________________________________.

COURSE 525 - TEACHING THE WORD OF TRUTH

Analysis of the Biblical definition of what is the truth and how it  the truth “sets one free”.  A study of how the Christian ministers/instructors can teach to allow the Spirit of Truth to be active in the listener’s mind and heart.  Techniques of listening to interaction in the Seminary classroom or Bible Study; analysis.  Important roles of the ministers/instructors constantly adding to his/her spiritual knowledge, remaining open-minded, and having a willingness to change.  Experiential applications  learning in order to of teach the word of truth designed and to give the ministers/students guided practical experience

COURSE 526 - ADMINISTERING CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

See course 447 (at a Master’s level)

 

THE FOLLOWING COPIED FROM BACHELOR’S DEGREE SECTION

This course begins with the basics of Christian education through to the advanced level of Christian Education.  Basic study of Biblical foundation of Christian Education with regards to the church, individual ministers and at home.  The study continues on to emphasize organization and administration of church educational programs which are integrated with the overall ministry of the church including grading standards, keeping of records and finance management, development of sample curriculums and courses; all aspects of planning, developing, delivering and evaluating education according to Christian principles explored.

COURSE 527 - ADVANCED THEOLOGY OF CHURCH LEADERSHIP

See course 448 (at a Master’s level)

 

THE FOLLOWING COPIED FROM BACHELOR’S DEGREE SECTION

This course also begins with the basics of theology of Church leadership through the advanced level.  It includes study of leadership of Moses, King David and other Old Testament leaders, Jesus Christ, Paul, and other New Testament Leaders; of basic traits and principles of leadership.  Successful modern-day implementation of principles to make learning interesting and a spiritual experience.  Emphasis of the difference between education and spiritual education which uses an approach that teaches students to lead by action.

COURSE 528 - UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF

In order to help others, one must first understand one’s self.  A study into the perspectives of the process within one’s self.  The process of understanding God and one’s spiritual side and their interaction with one’s physical, mental, emotional, and social side.

COURSE 529 - ADVANCED MAN: THE IMAGE OF GOD (ADVANCED)

Descriptions of God in the Bible as an aid to better understand man, his desire and intended purposes, his interrelationship, etc; how to use the fruits and gifts of the spirit, and why they are so effective in communications about God and the His Kingdom of God.

COURSE 520 - CONCEPT OF GOD

God is Spirit and must therefore be worshiped in spirit and in truth; keys to understanding God on a personal basis; principles of how to use these keys in teaching other.  An in-depth study into of the ways God operates in human lives and affairs of human today.  The importance of not quenching the spirit in others, but allowing them people to conceive God and God’s ways according to whatever capacity is divinely revealed to them.

 

COURSE 521 - ORGANIZATIONS AND LEADERSHIP IN THE CHURCH (16 UNITS)

This course begins at an intermediate stage through to an advanced level. A preparation course for ministers who desire to lead in a Church or Seminary locations.  Principles of cultivating high standards in monetary and business affairs by the extension of spiritual and moral standards.  Importance of ministerial leadership, as stewards of the Lord’s resources, to remain open-minded, to strive to better his/her abilities, and to stay up with the times (examples of changes within the church and in laws pertaining to the minister or church, changes in society as a whole, etc).

COURSE 522 - THEOLOGY OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRY (16 UNITS)

Using Biblical examples and taking a realistic look at life today for youth, this course addresses the challenges faced by the ministry, Church and youth in today’s world; young people conceiving and embracing God and His ways, especially the concept of Jesus Christ; emphasis on pre-teen years and teen years.  Teaching techniques within the challenges faced by the ministry, church and youth.  Importance of the minister/instructor respect for young people, progressiveness, and acknowledgment of God working within youth; unique situations of children who have grown up in church families and find themselves in a state of boredom today, or who reject teachings altogether.

COURSE 523 - CHRISTIAN LIFE

The practicality of Christianity in everyday life.  Techniques to excel, live in excellence and treat others with a spirit of compassion and love using the foundation of Jesus Christ and other in the Bible, as well as others who are inspired.

 

COURSE 524 - FAMILY MINISTRY

Characteristics of what Jesus Christ called the family of God used to foster Christian ethics within the home and family; principles of administering the characteristics to adults, teens and children.  Importance of teaching and living a strong foundation within the home of love, faith and belief in God.  This course addresses and explores all aspects of family life.

 

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COURSE 530 - UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF

See course 527 528.  In this major the course is expanded to include fulfilling the commandment to love others as yourself, as laid down by Jesus Christ, how loving is accomplished; using understanding of self to gain higher compassion and insight into others.

COURSE 531 - LOGIC AND NATURE

Analysis of the contradictions and fallacies in using logic to understand nature (including human nature); fallacies of this method.  Principles of the method of faith to understand nature (including human nature) in its purest form; how to use it; when to use this method, or the method of logic, or both.

COURSE 532 - CHRISTIAN COUNSELING (20 UNITS)

This course begins at an introductory level and continues to an advanced level.  Application of Christian counseling on levels to promote thinking and higher levels of spirituality in the one being counseled; importance of encouraging and using applying principles of New Testament Law in the types of issues prevalent today.  This course is designed to give the minister/student guided practical experience.

 

COURSE 533 - MINISTRY TO FOR THE DIVORCED (12 UNITS)/ MINISTERING TO THE DIVORCED

Comparing Old and New Testament Biblical examples and teachings on the subject of divorce, Old and New Testaments compared; relevance to salvation and forgiveness will be addressed.  This course includes principles of ministering to the divorced to comfort, promote understanding and encourage them.  At the advanced level of this course, students will be engaged in experiential learning designed to applications.  It is designed to give the ministers/students guided practical experience.

COURSE 534 - MENTAL HEALTH: A CHRISTIAN APPROACH (16 UNITS)

This course begins from the basic level and continues to the advance level of studies in mental health within the perimeters of Christian Psychology.  It provides a study of what constitutes the mental department of an individual’s life and the necessity of balance in all five with the other departments of life (spiritual, mental, physical, social, and financial).  It emphasizes the fact that excellent mental health can only be achieved through full development of “putting on” the mind of God, by the Holy Spirit of God; principles and techniques.  In the advanced level of this course the emphasis is the importance of having an open mind while dealing with other’s to promote a healthy mental state in them; as ministers or other Christian leaders, the urgency of recognition of the Gifts of the Spirit and the unique callings and gifts in others; principles of how to deal with other to promote an excellent mental health in them.  The course closes with relation of Divine healing through faith, and what it means, to the importance of seeking proper medical attention when needed; importance of guarding/protecting/honoring/valuing the mind as a precious commodity.

 

 

 

COURSE 535 - TEACHING THE WORD OF TRUTH

Analysis of the Biblical definition of what is the truth; and how the truth it “sets one free”.  A study of how the Christian ministers/instructors can teach to allow the Spirit of Truth to be active in the listener’s heart and mind.  The course includes techniques of listening to interactions in the Seminary classroom or Bible study.  It also includes the importance of the role of ministers/instructors constantly adding to his/her their spiritual knowledge, remaining opening open-minded and having a willingness to change.

COURSE 536 - CHRISTIAN LIFE (16 UNITS)

This course deals with the practicality of Christianity in everyday life, techniques to excel, live in excellence, and treat others with a spirit of compassion and love using the foundation of Jesus Christ and others in the Bible, as well as others who are inspired.  Study of how to use the Spirit of God as the ruling force in one’s mind and heart to properly communicate to others and to live an example of one’s own words.  The final aspects of this course will analyze the unique problems of the Church (all ages considered)  with all ages considered.

        

COURSE 537 - PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION

Study of the psychological aspects of religion and its influencing factors on the human race and our social structures and behaviors; influences of the group upon beliefs and behavior of the individual; conformity, persuasion, self-justification, judgment, forgiveness of sins, etc.  The goal of the course is to teach the ministers the principles of an effective spiritual ministry to the individual rather than a controlling ministry. 

 

At the Master’s level this course emphasizes practical applications in the Church, home, Seminary, etc; how to understand different age groups and their views on the subjects of religion, Jesus Christ, Christianity, God, etc.  It is applied to ministers who deal with different ethnic groups and/or people in different countries; differences between religious thinking vs spiritual thinking.

 

COURSE 538 - ADVANCED WORKS OF CHRIST (ADVANCED)

As part of the body of Christ, how to do all things through the mind of Jesus Christ; the importance of putting no limits on achievement.  The course includes the study of Jesus Christ as the Creator and Savior; and His attributes demonstrated in our lives that constitute a performance of the works of Christ.

 

COURSE 539 - ADVANCED MAN: THE IMAGE OF GOD (ADVANCED)

Descriptions of God in the Bible as an aid to better understand Man, his desires and intended purposes, his interrelationship, etc; how to use the fruits and gifts of the spirit and why they are so effective in communications about God and the His Kingdom of God.  This course provides an analysis of why there can be problems in and with Man if he is the image of God; necessity to use the tools of God to overcome these problems.

 

 

 

MAJOR: COUNSELING & PSYCHOLOGY (TH.M. - CHPS)

DESCRIPTION OF COURSES

Each course has a credit of 8 units except those marked “*” which has a credit of 4 units.