DLE806 – Theology of Leadership

A theological study of leadership in the Bible, an examination of biblical examples of good leadership, and the application of leadership principles to church and ministry leaders today.

DLE807 – Organizational Leadership

The application of the biblical principles of organizational leadership frequently found in the business world to ministry today, with an examination of non-biblical principles which must be rejected.

DLE810 – Baptist Polity

An examination of the historic view on the function of a Baptist church with special attention given to the Biblical principles underlying those views. Special attention will be given to current trends in Baptist polity.

DMI800 – Research and Writing

A tuition-free research and writing course which must be taken before your first module. This is an online pass/fail class and can be done at your convenience. Contact the Seminary Office to enroll in this class.

DMI820 – Ministry Project

The student will design and complete a written project that addresses both the nature and the practice of ministry. This final summative project shall be of sufficient quality that it contributes to the practice of ministry as judged by professional standards and is useful for application in the student's ministry. The project shall demonstrate the candidate’s ability to identify a specific ministry topic, organize an effective research model, use appropriate resources, and evaluate the results. It should also reflect the candidate’s depth of insight in relation to ministry. Upon completion of the ministry project, there shall be an oral presentation and evaluation. The completed written project, with any supplemental material, shall be accessioned in the Maranatha library.

DPA801 – Great Preachers and Great Preaching

A study of the great preachers of the past with examples and analysis of their preaching to determine what made them a “great preacher” and what the current preacher can learn from them.

DPA802 – Preaching Old Testament Narratives

A study of the narrative portions of the Old Testament with an emphasis on a dispensational interpretation of the passages and instruction and examples on preaching these passages to a 21st century audience.

DPA803 – Preaching the Gospels

A study of the Gospels in the New Testament with an emphasis on a dispensational interpretation of the passages and instruction and examples on preaching these passages to a 21st century audience.

DPA804 – Evangelism and Church Planting

A study of the work of the gospel in the New Testament, with instruction and examples of preaching and teaching the gospel, growing local churches, challenging churches to discover where the needs are greatest around them, and planting new churches in areas of greatest need.

GBC501 – Theology and Practice of Pastoral Counseling

An introduction to the role of the pastor in church counseling. The course includes basic instruction in grief counseling, marriage and family counseling, financial counseling, and other areas of counseling common to the pastorate.

GBC503 – Methods of Biblical Change

This course provides a survey of foundational counseling principles, a study of the doctrine of sanctification, and an overview of the counseling process including a comprehensive methodological model for promoting biblical change in people. The goal of this course is to encourage biblical thinking and procedures in the process of helping people grow into Christlikeness.

GBC513 – Counseling Problems and Procedures

This course applies counseling principles in general areas of concern such as depression, worry, fear, conflict, stress, assurance, God’s will, dedication, and others. The class will include advanced procedures for gathering data, homework generation, application of biblical counsel, and assessment. Prerequisite: GBC 503 Methods of Biblical Change or its equivalent.

GBC535 – Crisis Counseling

An in-depth analysis of counseling for crisis situations including suicide, sudden death, loss, grief, trauma, divorce, and transitions in life. Special attention will be given to the dynamics of a crisis, biblical principles regarding a crisis, and the process for crisis intervention. Prerequisite: GBC 503 Methods of Biblical Change or equivalent.

GBC537 – Marriage and Family Counseling

Issues surrounding pre-marital and post-marital counseling will be addressed from a biblical perspective. Issues will include finances, parenting, in-laws, sexual difficulties, conflict, and communication. Prerequisite: GBC 531 Methods of Biblical Change or equivalent.

GBC540 – Counseling Addictive Behavior

A survey of various chemical and behavioral addictions, including, but not limited to, alcohol, illicit drugs, eating disorders, and sexual addictions. Students will participate in the evaluation of various causal and treatment models, focusing upon biblical paradigms for spiritual restoration. Prerequisite: GBC 531 Methods of Biblical Change or equivalent.

GBC550 – Proverbs and Counseling

A study of Old Testament wisdom literature, particularly Proverbs, with the goal of improving the student’s ability to apply its truths to the lives of people through the ministry of biblical counseling. Prerequisite: GBC 531 Methods of Biblical Change or equivalent

GBC560 – Counseling Survivors of Abuse

Society is overwhelmed by abusive behavior, even among Christian communities. This includes physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Abuse is as old as fallen man, but the scriptures provide a robust theology for counseling this difficult problem. This course will examine definitions, types of abuse, symptoms, a theology of abuse and recovery, and biblical strategies for assisting the survivor. This course pays special attention to providing a counseling framework for the counselor. Prerequisite: GBC 531 Methods of Biblical Change or equivalent

GBC580 – Biblical Counseling Seminar

An examination of a variety of issues that counseling students will face in ministry. This seminar usually takes place for one week off campus. The Seminary does not charge tuition for this class, but there is a $25 recording fee. Prerequisite: GBC 531 Methods of Biblical Change or equivalent

GBC582 – Biblical Counseling Practicum

An approved, practical project done in the last semester of the student’s residence, designed around the career choice of the student. This is implemented under the supervision of an experienced veteran in the field.

GBS503 – Biblical Studies Seminar

A research seminar dealing with current theological and social trends, problem areas in theology and personal living, and application of previous study to areas of concern.

GBS701 – Thesis 1

The proposal for a culminative thesis. The student will work with a mentor in the area of study to create a formal proposal for research.

GBS702 – Thesis 2

The writing of a thesis in an area of interest under the direction of a resident faculty member.

GCC502 – Theological Issues in Missions

An analysis of the theological issues facing missionaries, together with an analysis of biblical solutions. Special consideration will be given to the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in a pluralistic world, the eternal destiny of the heathen, biblical absolutism and cultural.

GCC504 – Church Planting

A survey and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of church planting models and strategies around the world with emphasis on user-friendly multiplication strategies for the national church.

GCC509 – Linguistics

An introduction to the study of language acquisition – how individuals learn a language. It includes topics such as phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.

GCC510 – Advanced Linguistics

An advanced study of language acquisition – how individuals learn a language. It includes topics such as phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.

GCC520 – Inter-Cultural Communications

A study of the values, customs, mores and communication styles of cultural groups, with the goal of interpreting the communicative behavior of students and explaining how conversational behavior differs from culture to culture. (3 credit hours)

GCC531 – A Theology of Urban Ministry

This course examines a theology of the city and develops an apologetic for urban ministries. It also studies world demographics to help understand the impact of the city on the world’s population. This course is taken while on a four-month internship in an urban ministry.

GCC532 – The Christian and the City

This course examines the history of the city and extrapolates the future of the city. It also explains how a Christian can evangelize the large city. This course is taken while on a four-month internship in an urban ministry.

GCC533 – Discipleship in the City

This course discusses the approaches to discipling urban citizens. It also examines the networking and support necessary for a successful urban ministry. This course is taken while on a four-month internship in an urban ministry.

GCC540 – Readings in International Studies

This course consists of guided readings in the culture of the specific location of a student’s inter-cultural internship. Students may choose from a focus in Latin, African, Western European, Eastern European, Asian, and Middle Eastern cultures.

GCC541 – Field Methods

A seminar course in which the student develops, evaluates, and applies principles of engagement with the ethnography, linguistics, inter-cultural communication, and ministry development on an international setting.

GCC570 – Inter-Cultural Internship

This capstone internship requires students to participate for a minimum of twelve weeks in an international location for the purpose of developing cultural competence in various settings.

GCC571 – Urban Internship

An approved, practical project done in the student's last year of study, implemented under the supervision of an approved urban church planter.

GHI515 – American Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism

A study of the history of fundamentalism, with special attention given to its reactions to modernism, neo-orthodoxy, and new evangelicalism. The course is designed to give the student a base for examining new movements in the light of scriptural truth.

GHI548 – History of Baptist Missions

A survey of the history of the geographical expansion of Christianity. The course will focus on the last two centuries of Protestant missions, with special attention given to Baptist missionaries and mission agencies.

GHI608 – Baptist History

A survey of New Testament Christianity from the time of the Apostles to the present. This includes the development of New Testament forms of Christianity with a special treatment of the Anabaptist and the modern Baptist movements.

GHI628 – History of Christianity

A study of the history of Christendom from the second century to the present. This includes the Roman Catholic movement and its various institutions and Protestantism from the Reformation to the present, including its various manifestations.

GHI721 – History of Baptist Theology

A study of the origin, theological development, and historical traditions of the Anabaptists and English and American Baptists as the setting for an outline of the historical basis for the Baptist distinctives and other major contributions to theology, including a survey of major Baptist theologians and traditional theological statements.

GHI780 – Graduate Seminar in History

Current topics relative to the study of church history and especially Baptist history are examined and investigated. Students are encouraged to select topics of interest to them for inclusion in this course.

GNT503 – Greek Grammar 1

An introductory course in New Testament Greek, including the study of word forms, sentence structure, and basic vocabulary, with some readings in the Johannine writings in the second semester.

GNT504 – Greek Grammar 2

An introductory course in New Testament Greek, including the study of word forms, sentence structure, and basic vocabulary, with some readings in the Johannine writings in the second semester.

GNT517 – Greek Reading

A study of the Greek New Testament emphasizing extensive reading in selected passages throughout the New Testament. The reading and class discussions are designed to review Greek grammar and vocabulary and to introduce Greek syntax of conjunctions, prepositions, infinitives, and participles. Semantic analysis of Greek readings will also be taught using phrase diagramming.

GNT518 – Greek Exegetical Grammar

A study of the Greek New Testament emphasizing grammatical analysis of selected passages throughout the New Testament. This will be accomplished through an exegetical approach to the syntax of the article, nouns, and verbs.

GNT519 – Greek Exegetical Method

A thorough study of the exegetical method used to accurately interpret the text of the Greek New Testament. Emphasis will be placed on producing pedagogical and homiletical outlines that clearly communicate the accurate interpretation of the text.

GNT520 – New Testament Backgrounds

A study of the history and literature of the time from Malachi to the birth of Christ, with an emphasis on the social and political influences which affected the Roman and Jewish worlds and on other background information necessary for a complete understanding of the New Testament.

GNT529 – Exposition of the Gospels

A biblical and theological study of the Gospels, emphasizing the themes, structures, and contents of these books, with a special emphasis on one of the Gospels.

GNT532 – Exposition of First Corinthians

An expository and exegetical study of Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, with special attention given to the solution of the problems within the church and the application of those solutions to the problems within today’s church.

GNT533 – Expositon of Galatians

An expository and exegetical study of Galatians, with special attention given to the true gospel, law and grace, and the role of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life.

GNT534 – Exposition of Hebrews

An expository and exegetical study of the book of Hebrews, with special attention given to both the warning passages and the new covenant sections.

GNT540 – Exposition of Acts

An expository study of Acts, with special attention given to the beginning, growth, and spread of the church to the ends of the earth.

GNT780 – New Testament Seminar

New Testament topics of practical and theological significance are examined and investigated. Students are encouraged to select topics of interest to them for inclusion in this course.

GOT511 – Hebrew Grammar 1

An introductory course in the Hebrew Old Testament, including the study of word forms, sentence structure and basic vocabulary, with some readings in the Old Testament during the second semester.

GOT512 – Hebrew Grammar 2

An introductory course in the Hebrew Old Testament, including the study of word forms, sentence structure and basic vocabulary, with some readings in the Old Testament during the second semester.

GOT513 – Hebrew Reading

A study of the Hebrew Old Testament with special attention given to increasing the student’s ability to read prose text.

GOT514 – Biblical Theology of the Old Testament

A study of the progressive development of special revelation in the Old Testament period with an emphasis on its contribution to the central message of the Bible, its main theological subthemes, and its major continuities and discontinuities with New Testament theology.

GOT521 – Old Testament Backgrounds

A study of the history and literature of the time from Moses to Malachi, with an emphasis on the social and political influences which affected the Jewish and Mid-East worlds and on other background information necessary for a complete understanding of the Old Testament.

GOT525 – Holy Land Tour

Maranatha sponsors a tour of the Holy Land to acquaint the student with the actual geography of Israel. Advanced reading and post-trip writing add to the onsite lectures and the experience of being in Israel.

GOT528 – Exposition of Pentateuch

A survey of the content of the Pentateuch with an emphasis on the historical/cultural setting and its interpretational problems. The course will also introduce the student to the narrative genre and its interpretive requirements.

GOT534 – Exposition of Major Prophets

A study of the structure and content of the Major Prophets: of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, with special attention given to the Messianic and prophetic sections.

GOT535 – Exposition of Minor Prophets

A study of the structure and content of the Minor Prophets, with an emphasis on the prophetic themes of each book. The course will also introduce the student to the prophetic genre and its interpretive requirements.

GOT540 – Exposition of Job

A study of the structure and contents of the book of Job with an emphasis on the issues of revelation and faith in the patriarchal period and the theological crisis caused by traumatic life events coupled with poor counsel.

GOT541 – Exposition of Psalms

A study of the structure of the various types of Hebrew poetry, the contents of representative poetic sections of the Old Testament, and the impact of Hebrew poetry in the life of the believer today, with an emphasis on the book of Psalms.

GOT543 – Exposition of Proverbs

A study of Old Testament wisdom literature with a focus on the book of Proverbs by studying the book’s cultural, historical, and literary settings, examining its structure and purpose, and relating its prominent theme of wisdom to the whole of life.

GOT615 – Hebrew Syntax

A study of the syntactical features of the sentence in Biblical Hebrew. Special attention is given to the function of the Hebrew verb conjugations, the waw conjunction, subordinating particles, and block diagramming. Students will also do selected translations.

GOT616 – Hebrew Exegesis

Advanced exegesis of the Hebrew text with attention given to mastery of the syntax, vocabulary, interpretive problems, and practical and homiletical uses.

GOT711 – Exegesis & Exposition of 1 & 2 Samuel

An exegetical and biographical study of the books of Samuel, emphasizing the positive and the negative values of the characters involved. This course also includes instruction in the interpretation and preaching of Bible biography.

GOT712 – Exegesis & Exposition of Poetry

A study of exegetical methods for Psalms giving special emphasis to poetic structure and content of the various types of Psalms, and their role in the life of the believer today.

GOT720 – Messianic Prophecy

An examination of the Messianic prophecies in light of the chronology of God’s progressive revelation. This course includes the exegesis of key Old Testament passages and the examination of the New Testament fulfillment of these prophecies.

GOT780 – Old Testament Seminar

Old Testament topics of practical and theological significance are examined and investigated. Students are encouraged to select topics of interest to them for inclusion in this course.

GOT790 – Old Testament Introduction

An examination of the history of Old Testament criticism with special attention given to authenticity and inerrancy of the Biblical texts, the methodological and factual errors in critical scholarship, and the interaction of evangelicalism with liberal scholarship. This course is designed for the student planning to pursue doctoral education.

GPA511 – Church Administration

A careful consideration of management styles and theories with special application to pastoral administration of the people, programs and policies of the local church. Church calendar management, church litigation issues, and matters of pastoral delegation will be analyzed and discussed.

GPA521 – Introduction to Preaching

An introductory study of the preaching, including a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of expository, topical, and textual preaching. This course includes instruction on the process for the preacher to move from the text to the sermon. Students who have had an adequate undergraduate homiletics class may not take this course.

GPA530 – Philosophy of Ministry

A course designed to examine the Biblical philosophy of the pastor, his office, role, relationships, and ministry within the local church.

GPA531 – Church Planting

An introduction to the ministry of church planting with an emphasis on equipping students with the principles and strategies needed for starting and developing Gospel-centered churches and the development of a biblical vision for a new ministry.

GPA535 – Advanced Small Groups

An in-depth study of the scriptural use of small groups in the church for the purpose of fellowship, discipleship, and evangelism.

GPA610 – Building a Disciple-Making Ministry

An examination of the process of disciple making in the local church ministry. Special focus will be given to the development of a philosophy of discipleship involving both pastor and people. Both the process and the product of disciple making will be considered from a biblical and practical perspective. Innovative ideas for discipleship ministries from early childhood to late adulthood will be considered.

GPA612 – Pastoral Ethics

The ministry and the minister considered as a profession. Special emphasis will be given to pastoral conduct related to the pastor’s personal life, moral choices, associations, and practices as they apply to colleagues, community and congregation.

GPA614 – Baptist Polity

A study of the function of a Baptist church from a Biblical and historical perspective, with special attention given to current trends in Baptist polity.

GPA618 – Building a Church Missions Program

An introduction to developing a church missions policy with attention given to the contemporary issues of missions, the funding of missions, and the church’s involvement with the missionaries it supports and their mission boards. The ethical issues concerning the dismissal of a missionary will be examined.

GPA650 – Advanced Bio-Ethics

The purpose of this course is to examine a subsection of ethics that focuses on issues involving medical care and biotechnology from a biblical absolutist perspective (normative ethics). Areas of discussion include reproduction and birth, death, genetics, healthcare, and the role of the physician. The ethical issues that accompany these areas are significant and require careful examination. As a result terms such as person, life and death, fairness, consciousness, and dignity will be discussed from both contemporary and biblical perspectives (metaethics).

GPA715 – Theology of Leadership

An examination of the biblical teaching concerning leadership, with an application of that theology to the local church, the mission field and other areas of spiritual leadership.

GPA720 – Local Church and the Law

A survey of the complex legal and organizational issues confronting churches in modern America. Students will develop an understanding of the role and relationship of the church in American law and a practical understanding of risk management, financial administration, and employment law that attend the pastor’s role as CEO of the local church organization.

GPA721 – The Pastor and the Law

A survey of the complex legal and organizational issues confronting pastors and other church leaders in modern America. Students will develop an understanding of the role and relationship of the pastor in American law and a practical understanding of risk management, financial administration, and employment law that attend the pastor’s role as CEO of the local church organization.

GST510 – Prolegomena

An introduction to the discipline of Systematic Theology and to theological research and writing.

GST520 – Dispensationalism and Dispensational Hermeneutics

A study of the dispensations and covenants, the relationship between law and grace, and dispensationalism as a hermeneutical method. The course includes a study of the history, theory, and practical use of grammatical-historical interpretation.

GST530 – Apologetics and Worldviews

A study of the defense and validity of the Christian theistic world view, including its biblical base, and an evaluation of and appropriate responses to major arguments set forth by opponents to Christianity.

GST600 – Theological Systems

An analysis of the various theological systems in America, beginning with early Puritanism and continuing to the current era, with a special emphasis on current theological trends.

GST605 – Logic for Theology

A study of the elements of effective thinking designed to enable students to accurately evaluate the soundness of written and spoken theological assertions (both their own and others’), including a discussion of the logical fallacies than render an argument invalid.

GST620 – Contemporary Theology

An analysis of various current issues in theology with an emphasis on those theological trends which most affect Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism.

GST630 – Theology of Holiness

A study of holiness in the Old and New Testaments. This course will examine the biblical words for holiness and their meanings. It will seek to develop a thorough theology of God’s holiness and the application of His holiness to the lives and service of believers and to the ministry of New Testament churches.

GST710 – Theology of the Kingdom

A biblical theology of the kingdom, with special emphasis on the role which kingdom theology plays in Progressive Dispensationalism and in more traditional dispensational thought.

GST720 – Reformation Theology

A study of the theological positions of the major segments of the Reformation, along with an examination of their arguments and antagonists.

GST721 – History of Baptist Theology

A study of the origin, theological development, and historical traditions of the Anabaptists and English and American Baptists as the setting for an outline of the historical basis for the Baptist distinctives and other major contributions to theology, including a survey of major Baptist theologians and traditional theological statements.