Biblical Counseling I
The course begins by examining scriptural truths that address a variety of life situations for the believer. Using II Peter 1:5-8, it presents foundational biblical principles that are necessary to develop Christ-like character qualities in the life of a believer, giving the student the opportunity to develop spiritual maturity in their own lives, before they begin to focus on helping others do the same. This course then introduces principles of biblical counseling, using Scripture to address areas of struggle, by following steps that are effective in producing lasting change in the believer’s life. Each student will do a self-evaluation of their own life, and then begin to develop skills to help other believer’s grow and mature in Christ-likeness.
Lab: Each student will participate in an independent-study project with regular supervision to develop skills and abilities in biblical counseling. Beginning with a study of the sanctification process, they identify areas of struggle in their own life, apply scriptural truths for growth and change, and then focus on learning the principles and practices of lay counseling in order to help other believer’s in their spiritual walk.
Foundations of Christianity
This course presents the doctrinal foundations of the Christian life, including aspects of theology, sin, salvation, the role of the Holy Spirit and prayer. This course includes a focus on the believer’s responsibility to build Christ-likeness into their own lives. Practical applications for this course include Scripture memorization and an evaluation of priorities. Throughout the class, biblical principles are examined and developed, and personal application and life development is emphasized.
Lab: To complement this class, the student will complete a series of personal enrichment projects, based on a study of II Peter 1:5-8, in an independent study format, (under supervision) that will provide an ongoing focus of the spiritual principles necessary for developing Christ-likeness. Projects are designed to stimulate growth in key areas of spiritual development and maturity and will allow each student to focus on individual needs or areas of weakness. These personal enrichment projects will be reviewed, evaluated and graded by assigned advisors monthly.
This course presents the basic principles of hermeneutics and uses them to teach the student how to study God’s Word. Throughout the class, the inductive Bible study principles of observation, interpretation and application are examined and practiced. The class includes ongoing readings and studies in Scripture to provide opportunities for practical application in analyzing and interpreting the message of the passage and develop a habit of applying the truths of Scripture to the believer’s life.
Lab: At the conclusion of this class, the student will complete a personal, inductive Bible study (with supervision) on a passage of Scripture, applying what they have learned and following the specific stages and principles of biblical hermeneutics. Their progress on this study will periodically be reviewed, with revisions recommended. At the completion of this project they will use the knowledge gained from their study to develop several Bible studies, devotionals, or messages that are suitable for public presentation.
Biblical Counseling II
This course looks at three major issues that frequently arise in biblical counseling situations, specifically conflict resolution, anger resolution and grief and grieving. The student will examine scriptural steps to identifying conflicts and effective steps of resolution. The principles of confrontation, appeal and submission are addressed as methods for developing and maintaining effective Christian harmony. Next, issues of anger resolution in counseling are examined, including the characteristics and evidences of anger, dealing with unresolved anger, causes and factors of anger and prerequisites for resolving anger. Finally, the Christian perspective of grief is presented, including the believer’s responsibility to help others who are struggling with grief or pain.
Christian World View I
This course, utilizing both live presentations and video lectures, incrementally examines the believer’s world-view from a biblical perspective. It looks at historical concepts regarding veritology, philosophy, ethics and anthropology, and refocuses these areas through a theological perspective. It also looks at scientific and historical truths, as well as the foundations of government and sociology, from the basis of scriptural truths. This course concludes with a written self-evaluation of their own world-view regarding these different areas with their scriptural foundation.
Lab: At the completion of this class each student will participate in an independent study project, under supervision, that uses the knowledge gained to continue to develop a biblical foundation for these different areas, evaluating whether their concept of right/wrong, true/false, etc., stems more from the influences of society than from Scripture. These projects allow the students to evaluate areas of their own life, including their character development and their decision-making paradigm, and re-address these concepts from a biblical foundation.
Leadership in Ministry
This course covers the overall philosophy and goals behind Christian ministry in order to equip a person with the necessary skills to design and implement a Christ-centered focus in all aspects of ministry administration, culminating in effective spiritual leadership. Students will research purpose, goals and programs and will develop a personal mission statement as well as a corporate philosophy of ministry statement. Effective spiritual leadership skills are taught, and students are evaluated on the implementation of those skills. Students will also learn how to design and use thematic studies, devotionals and staff training materials that promote spiritual growth.
Youth Ministry Administration (Program Majors)
This course is a continuation of the Principles of Ministry Administration class and is designed to further develop the philosophy and goals behind Christian ministry. Topics include a broad overview of youth ministry administration including camp programming and scheduling, teaching techniques and methods, staff recruitment, marketing and public relations, and facilities and equipment. Students will participate in various site visits to other neighboring camps and conference centers (approximately 8-12 hours on site) to explore the dynamics of administration in various ministries and outreaches. Students may also have the opportunity to attend additional seminars in related topics dealing with elements of ministry and ministry administration.
Applied Ministry Administration
This practical, hands-on course is designed to review, examine and evaluate the skill development and practical application of the previous class in ministry administration and offer further insight and development of the people skills necessary for ministry administration. Lectures address pertinent issues in youth ministry, such as interpersonal relationships, authority, and moral excellence, and each student will have the opportunity to work, under supervision, within a group setting and will be evaluated on their abilities to have effective ministry with a variety of ages and groups. Students serve in and will be evaluated from both a leadership role perspective as well as that of a co-worker and peer.
Applied Leadership Skills (Program Majors Only)
This practical, hands-on course is designed to review, examine and evaluate the skill development and practical application of the previous class in ministry administration and offer further insight and development of the skills necessary for administration and leadership in a camping/retreat center ministry. Based on the preceding leadership practicum, evaluation of areas of strengths and weakness is followed by additional training in leadership, management of groups and scheduling, as well as programming, group administration, activity management, and counseling/discipleship.
Applied Leadership Skills (Equine Majors)
This practical, hands-on course is designed to review, examine and evaluate the skill development and practical application of the previous class in ministry administration and offer further insight and development of the skills necessary for using equine activities to minister in a public setting. Based on the preceding leadership practicum, evaluation of areas of strengths and weakness is followed by additional classes in equestrian science, plus specialized training in the service, management and administration of an equestrian ministry.
This course includes a general overview of biblical management principles from a servant leadership perspective. Instruction includes a study of the character, disciplines and values in the leaders that God used throughout biblical history. This course also examines the qualities of leadership, principles for authority, standards of accountability, and communication as well as scriptural examples of effective leadership and offers each student the opportunity to practically apply the truths learned by spending one week serving in a leadership/mentoring role with youth in a supervised environment.
Intro to Christian Ethics
This course begins with an introduction and overview of Christian Ethics, which is followed by a more in-depth look at several other areas pertaining to ethics. Students will evaluate their responsibility within each area and discern how these areas relate to their effectiveness in ministry. Additional topics include preparation for ministry covering professional appearance, hospitality and courtesy in Christian ministry and principles of time management; being effective from a biblical perspective, with instruction on learning how to effectively manage time by setting goals, evaluating priorities, and delegating.
Marriage and Family Dynamics
This course covers biblical principles for Christian relationships, including an in-depth look at differing personalities and gifting of believers, using the books of Romans and Corinthians, in order to gain an understanding of the uniqueness of each individual. Following this is instruction on how to develop tolerance, balance and spiritual maturity. Then a practical, but detailed approach is taken in examining the biblical basis and mandate for the marriage relationship including the purpose of marriage, and seven basic designs of marriage. Consideration is given to male and female traits, principles of communication, courtship, marriage, maintaining harmony and child rearing. Reading and writing assignments are geared specifically to stimulate further learning and research into the subject.
Speech and Communication I
This course begins with instruction on specifically developing and presenting messages with a biblical focus geared toward children and youth. It covers message preparation, illustration and presentation for elementary age children. Message structure, layout and presentation are taught and developed. Instruction is given in elements of public speaking, and each student has the opportunity to speak in a group setting. This class concludes with instruction in methods, elements and principles of personal evangelism; in witnessing in both a small group or on a personal, one-to-one basis, as well as follow-up and discipleship and the importance of the practices and principles of our Christian witness to those around us.
Introduction to College Writing
This course introduces the basic elements of college writing and composition, including proper formatting and citation methods. Topics include elements of composition, structure and style, as well as covering the use of proper grammar and mechanics in writing. Students practice elements of writing through a variety of projects and topics allowing the development of writing skills, using thesis statements, topic sentences and well-supported paragraphs. Elements of note-taking and outlining are also covered, and topical lectures are utilized to develop skills in note-taking and summarization. The students then have the opportunity to develop papers based on their notes and summaries, which are then supplemented with additional research.
Intro to Music
This course allows the student to be exposed to many areas of music in ministry and covers a basic introduction and instruction in elements of music and music appreciation. Teaching focuses on the elements and quality of music and its use in Christian ministry. Students will learn the impact and importance of music as they explore the various types of music, the elements of music, and the effects of music. The practice of music as an integral part of worship is also covered, and each student is instructed in principles of song leading and led in regular times of singing.
This is an elective course for those students with ability and interest in further development of their musical talents. Each student has the opportunity, through a self-study program, to improve their own personal musical abilities and skills over the course of the year, both in vocal and instrumental areas. Elective hours are available in Applied Music through private study and practice, times of group study and practice, opportunities to offer music instruction to youth and public presentations in their area of expertise. A minimum of at least 56 logged hours of independent study and practice is required. Applied Music students may also have the opportunity to attend a Music Leadership Conference.
This course includes a variety of physical exercise and training. Students begin with a regular program of daily aerobic exercise and strength training for four weeks. Further instruction and specialized training is given in vaulting where each student learns the basic elements of performing gymnastic routines on the back of a moving horse. Each student also participates in a low-element ropes course, an endurance hike through a remote area and in various field games or sporting activities held in a group environment.
Nutrition, Health & Hygiene
This course introduces general elements of nutrition, health and hygiene on a personal, organizational and commercial level. Instruction begins with an in-depth look at diet and nutrition, food preparation, food safety and sanitation. Instruction is given in all elements of management and planning for nutrition and food service, including food prep, cooking, serving and clean-up. Elements of hospitality and service, plus instruction on hygiene and personal care are also covered. Each student has the opportunity to complete a practicum to further develop their skills in utilizing the knowledge gained from this class in a hospitality/food service industry which includes banquets and dinners.
Life and Creation Science
This course begins with a general introduction to life and creation science, covering presentations on aspects of biology, geology and paleontology presented from a creationist perspective. Additional elements of animal science and physiology include an emphasis on equestrian science and pasture management. Topics include instincts and behavior, care and handling, terminology, equine management and nutrition plus basic health and safety concerns.
Lab: Students will be involved in an animal science practicum that utilizes the daily care and management of horses, under supervision of an experienced Barn Manager. They will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of horse care and general equine management, including feeding, grooming, basic health care and doctoring, barn and facility maintenance, tack and equipment care, pasture management and rotation.
Beginning riding instruction is given for different levels of English and Western seats. Along with riding and equitation, beginning training classes introduce haltering, longeing and driving in the green breaking process. In riding, much emphasis is placed upon balance, position, and correct usage of aids. Riders progress at their own rate of development, and as skills are developed, riders graduate to more difficult exercises.
In this class, additional equitation skills are developed for differing levels of English and Western seats. Classes are designed to allow students to continue to increase in their riding abilities, as well as continue to improve in their abilities for training and breaking of young horses, through additional experience in haltering, longeing, finishing and re-schooling of horses. In riding, emphasis continues on balance, position, and correct usage of aids. As each student progresses at their own rate of development, riders graduate to more difficult exercises, including beginning elements of lateral work, jumping, and western reining. Instruction is also given in trail riding, including trail design and safety, insurance and regulations, tack and facility management and procedures for guiding and supervising trail rides.
Advanced Riding I
This course is offered to students who have developed in their riding abilities beyond the basic level. The emphasis of this course will include more advanced riding techniques in both English and Western seats. Students will develop additional skills in training and will work with horses at varying stages of training from green-broke to finished horses and will be involved with longeing, driving, saddle breaking, training and re-schooling. Additional classes in equine science also provide further instruction in different aspects of veterinary practice including surgical operations, wound management, and general care of the animals.
Equine Science (Equine Majors)
This course provides the Equine Major the opportunity to develop their management skills through a group project of creating a business or ministry in horses from the ground level up. Developing and applying knowledge of the section of the country they would choose to start their business, monetary needs, balancing a budget, are all factors they must regard when creating it. The class also has a more in-depth study of the digestive system and musculoskeletal system, feed and nutrition, sickness, lameness, and conformation of a horse.
The School of Discipleship begins in September just after Labor Day and concludes by mid-August. Breaks are scheduled throughout the year. Actual class schedules vary according to the season, the last nine weeks serving as a management and leadership practicum.