School of Christian Studies
Through advanced biblical, theological and practical study, the ETBU School of Christian Studies graduate programs seek to equip men and women to become Christian servant leaders who possess the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill their calling in the Kingdom of God.
RLGN 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel
A study of the archaeology, historical geography, religion, manners and customs, economics, social concerns, and literature of the Old and New Testaments, the Ancient Near East, and the Greco-Roman world.
RLGN 5341 Biblical Theology
An advanced study of the nature, history, methods, and themes of biblical theology. The topics of God, creation, anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology will be treated both synchronically and diachronically.
RLGN 5350 Leadership and the Educational Ministry of the Church
This course identifies the educational leadership needs of a church. An examination will be made of Bible study, discipleship, and mission education and action needs for adults, youth, children, and preschools in a church. Emerging twenty-first century educational and ministry needs will be examined.
RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice
This course examines various traditions, disciplines, and practices of Christian spirituality in the context of their historical development and explores how these influence contemporary spiritual formation. Classical readings from spiritual pioneers will highlight the interconnectedness of scripture, faith, and practice, and will serve as an intellectual foundation for the students’ own experience of spiritual formation. Students will also read and study scripture from a devotional perspective and will practice, both individually and communally, the spiritual disciplines that have shaped the Church. All instruction, study, and practices have the goal of promoting personal and spiritual formation as a vital component of the Christian life and ministry.
RLGN 5360 World Christianity
Introduction to the recent growth of worldwide Christianity with a particular emphasis on the perspective and contributions offered by Christians from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Attention will be given to recent theological developments; key historic, demographic, and cultural themes; and emerging partnership opportunities.
RLGN 6101 Thesis/Ministry Project 1
This course is the preparation of a prospectus for a Religion Master of Arts research thesis/ministry project. A completed prospectus will include a clear statement of the focus of the thesis/project and a survey of the professional literature relevant to the thesis/project. This course will be graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Prerequisite: Permission of the Program Coordinator.
RLGN 6301 Thesis/Ministry Project 2
This course consists of the completion of a graduate research thesis or ministry project, including the submission of a research thesis/project report in both written and oral formats. This course will be graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Prerequisite: Successful completion of RLGN 6101.