Christian Ministries (CHMN) Courses

CHMN 120 Incarnational Youth Ministry: Young Life
1 hour. A study of the theological and historical background for relational ministry with young people. Students will gain practical ministry skills that will be useful in ministering relationally with middle school and high school students. Students will also learn to communicate the gospel and their faith in a contextualized manner for an adolescent culture as well as a post-modern culture.

CHMN 130 Christian Discipling
4 hours. A study of biblical principles of evangelism, nurturing and teaching. This study encompasses the Christian educational responsibilities of the local church and parachurch agencies.

CHMN 230 The Christian and the Outdoors
3 hours. An exploration of the biblical foundations for a variety of outdoor activities available to individuals, families, church groups and Christian camps. Of significant importance is a consideration of the potential that outdoor experiences have for teaching and learning. Additional course fee is required.

CHMN 235 Walkabout
1 hour. A campus leadership training program that links outdoor education, experiential learning, and team building. It is a guided, intentional use of the backcountry to assist developing students into campus leaders who are intentional about their roles as spiritual, community and academic models. Pass/No Pass.
Prerequisite: current member of the residence life staff or the ASC Central Committee.

CHMN 240 Youth Culture and Ministry
2 hours. A study of some of the major trends and issues confronting and shaping young people in American culture today. A premium is placed upon developing the tools to interact with these realities as Christians in ministry and to recognize ways in which youth culture both hinders and fosters opportunities for ministry to young people.

CHMN 275 Field Experience
1-5 hours. Supervised internship in areas of Christian ministry, with emphasis on application of methods learned.
Prerequisite: upper-division students and by application.

CHMN 285 Selected Topics
2-3 hours. Occasional special courses chosen to fit the interests and needs of students and faculty.

CHMN 320 Relational Bible Teaching
3 hours. An analysis of the concept of Bible teaching in a small-group setting. Classroom practice in using the various methods as they relate to home Bible studies, camp settings or Sunday school.

CHMN 330 Foundations of Youth Ministry
3 hours. A study of motivation, guidance, and method in reference to youth and youth ministries, aimed at developing leadership skills.

CHMN 360 Perspectives in Christian Education
3 hours. A study of the historical background and philosophical development in Christian education, with an examination of the influence of these antecedents upon theory and practice. Contemporary trends in current and emerging ministries will be assessed against such perspectives.

CHMN 370 Camp Programming and Counseling
2 hours. A camping overview, covering its historical development and philosophy. Types of camps, program activities, teaching-learning models, leadership recruitment, and training – with special emphasis on methods of camp counseling – are covered. Overnight campout is required. Additional course fee is required. (Identical to HHPE 370.)

CHMN 381 Counseling
3 hours. A study of theory and technique of person-centered counseling. The course is designed to teach basic theoretical postulates and to focus on effective intervention skills for those anticipating future work in Christian ministries, teaching or mental health settings. Recommended as a prerequisite for field experience work (PSYC 475). (Identical to PSYC 381.)
Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology, sophomore status or above.
Recommended: PSYC 330 Personality Theories.

CHMN 390 Theological Foundations of Christian Ministry
3 hours. A study of the relationships of theology to Christian ministry. This course explores the ways in which particular theologies affect the practice of ministry in the church.

CHMN 391 Shared Praxis I: Introduction to Educational Ministry
4 hours. An exploration of an individual's call to ministry and a study of present praxis in Christian educational ministry, with emphasis on storytelling and community building. This is the first of four semesters. Additional course fee is required. Requires department approval.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.

CHMN 392 Shared Praxis II: Christian Theology Related to Ministry
4 hours. A study of the faith life of the Christian community, expressed through Scripture, traditions, theology and church history, as it relates to Christian educational ministry. This is the second of four semesters. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisite: CHMN 391 Shared Praxis I: Introduction to Educational Ministry.

CHMN 399 Cross-Cultural Study
3 hours. This course offers in-depth discipline-specific cross-cultural study designed to enhance the intercultural emphasis of various academic majors. The course includes class meetings followed by travel to various locations throughout the world. Students will use core disciplinary knowledge to serve, learn and interact with other cultures. (Offered in May Term. Students must meet eligibility requirements.) Additional course fee is required.

CHMN 420 Speaking as Ministry
3 hours. A practical course providing methods and introductory techniques for preparation and delivery of Christian speaking as ministry. A variety of message construction types will be studied, and students will have opportunity to speak and receive student and instructor evaluation. This course will cover sermon preparation and delivery, devotional and inspirational speaking, extemporaneous sharing, and broader aspects of communicating Christian truth.

CHMN 435 Walkabout
1 hour. A campus leadership training program that links outdoor education, experiential learning and team building. It is a guided, intentional use of the backcountry to assist developing students into campus leaders who are intentional about their roles as spiritual, community and academic models. Pass/No Pass.
Prerequisite: current member of the residence life staff or the ASC Central Committee.

CHMN 440 Camp Administration
2 hours. Designed to develop a basic understanding of programming, business and leadership at an administrative level. A weekend camping trip is required. Additional course fee is required. (Identical to HHPE 440.)
Prerequisite: CHMN 370 Camp Programming and Counseling or instructor's permission.

CHMN 475 Field Experience
1-5 hours. Supervised internship in areas of Christian ministry, with emphasis on application of methods learned.
Prerequisite: upper-division students and by application.

CHMN 485 Selected Topics
2-3 hours. Occasional special courses chosen to fit the interests and needs of students and faculty.

CHMN 491 Shared Praxis III: Methods and Skills in Ministry
4 hours. A study of ministry methods and skills that will enable students to appropriate the Christian story and vision to their own ministry contexts. This is the third of four semesters. Additional course fee is required.
Prerequisite: CHMN 392 Shared Praxis II: Christian Theology Related to Ministry.

CHMN 492 Shared Praxis IV: Supervised Field Experience
4 hours. Active involvement in an area of Christian ministry through supervised experience, and reflection on ministry experiences through class support and discussion. This is the fourth of four semesters. Additional course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHMN 491 Shared Praxis III: Methods and Skills in Ministry.

CHMN 495 Special Study
1-3 hours. Individual research. Open to qualified students upon application.

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