Biblical Counseling I
This course begins with a class that examines scriptural truths that address a variety of life situations for the believer. Using Ephesians 4, it presents foundational biblical principles that are necessary to develop Christ-likeness 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 believers grow and mature in Christ-likeness.
Lab: 28 hours
This lab consists of on-going counseling sessions with a fictional counselee, from September through May. Though the counselee and the data surrounding them are fictional, the issues discussed are real and consist of many things we deal with in real life: anger, pride, shame, guilt, fear, forgiveness, etc. Each month students will turn in a completed session report form. On month 8, they will finish the questionnaire and paragraph sheet with an evaluation on their ability to disciple and counsel others.
Foundations of Christianity
This class 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: 28 hours
To complement this class, the student will complete a series of personal enrichment projects, based on a study of the attributes of God, in an independent study format (under supervision) that will provide an on-going 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, teaching the students how to study God’s Word for themselves. Throughout the class, the inductive Bible study principles of observation, interpretation and application are examined and practiced. Along with the structured class, the course also includes short, ongoing readings and studies in Scripture, supervised by staff, which provide opportunities for practical application in analyzing and interpreting the message of the passage and develops a habit of applying the truths of Scripture to the believer’s life.
Lab: 28 hours
To complement this class, the student will complete a series of personal enrichment projects, each based on a study of a particular book of the Bible, in an independent study format (under supervision) that will provide an on-going focus of the spiritual principles necessary for developing Christ-likeness. In addition, the student will complete a personal, inductive Bible study, under 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 be reviewed monthly, with revisions recommended by their academic advisor. At the completion of this project they will use the knowledge gained from their study to develop three messages suitable for public presentation.
This course is designed to clarify the discipline and task of whole-Bible, Gospel-centered theology and its relationship to exegesis, life, and ministry by focusing on several key biblical themes as they unfold from Genesis to Revelation. By the end of this class, students will grow in their understanding of the message of the whole Bible. They will understand and be able to articulate the core themes which hold the Bible’s central message together, and they will be able to identify motifs which aid these themes.
Biblical Counseling II
This course looks at three major issues that frequently arise in Biblical counseling situations, specifically Conflict Resolution, Anger Transformation, 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.
Old Testament Survey
Bible survey equips readers and teachers of the Scripture with the background information necessary to understand the biblical text. It also helps students to locate a given book of the Old Testament in its historical and canonical context. Old Testament Survey will introduce each book of the Old Testament and give relevant literary, historical, grammatical, authorial, and canonical information. By the end of this class, students will grow in their ability to understand the message of the Old Testament as a whole. They will have a basic knowledge of the background information for each Old Testament book, and they will know where each Old Testament book stands in the canonical stream.
New Testament Survey
Bible survey equips readers and teachers of the Scripture with the background information necessary to understand the biblical text. It also helps students to locate a given book of the New Testament in its historical and canonical context. New Testament Survey will introduce each book of the New Testament and give relevant literary, historical, grammatical, authorial, and canonical information. By the end of this class, students will grow in their ability to understand the message of the New Testament as a whole. They will have a basic knowledge of the background information for each New Testament book, and they will know where each New Testament book stands in the canonical stream.
Christian Worldview 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 philosophy, ethics and anthropology, and refocuses these areas through a theological perspective. It also looks at science and history, as well as the foundations of government and sociology, from the basis of scriptural truths. This course concludes with a written self-evaluation of each student’s own worldview regarding these different areas with their scriptural foundation.
This course covers the overall philosophy and goals behind Christian ministry and 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 ministry purposes, 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 (Programming 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.
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 (Programming 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 administration and leadership in a camping/retreat center ministry. Based on the proceeding 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 proceeding 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 in the spring (S.A.L.T.- Servant and Leadership Training Summit) serving in a leadership/mentoring role with youth in a supervised environment.
Basics of Discipleship
This course is intended as an introduction to and an overview of the main motivations and characteristics of the Christian life. Instruction will be given on the ideology behind Christian discipleship as well as the primary practices of which it consists. The goal of this class is to lay the groundwork for the training and instruction which takes place in the School of Discipleship throughout the year.
Intro to Christian Ethics
This course is comprised of Intro to Christian Ethics, Gospel Transformation, and Time Management. Intro to Christian Ethics invites students to evaluate their responsibilities according to the demands of Scripture and discern how these demands relate to their effectiveness in ministry. Gospel Transformation covers basics of the gospel and spiritual disciplines. Time Management teaches students how to be effective from a Biblical perspective, with instruction on learning how to manage time well 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 1 Corinthians, in order to gain an understanding of the uniqueness of each individual, followed by instruction on how to develop tolerance, balance and spiritual maturity. Then a practical, but detailed approach is taken to 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/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 and covers message preparation, illustration and presentation. 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; both in witnessing in 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.
This course begins with a general introduction to life and creation science, covering aspects of biology, geology and paleontology presented from a creationist perspective. Emphasis includes Western PA plant and animal life.
Beginning riding instruction is given for differing 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 gradually move to more difficult exercises.
Additional equitation skills are now 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 continuing 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 and 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. 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.
Advanced Riding I (Equine Majors)
This course is offered to students who have developed 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, and saddle breaking. Instruction is also given in trail riding, including trail design and safety, regulations and procedures for guiding and supervising trail rides.
Advanced Training (Equine Majors)
This course is offered to students who have developed their training abilities to the advanced level. Instruction will be given in advanced training techniques and additional hours will be spent taking young horses through all stages of their training, as well as breaking, re-schooling and finishing.
Equine Science (Equine Majors)
This course is offered to students who are Equine Majors. The emphasis in this course includes classes that cover Intro to Veterinary Science, the Digestive System of the Horse, Feed and Nutrition, the Musculoskeletal System of the Horse, Sickness and Lameness, and Conformation.
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.
This course includes instruction in a variety of physical exercise and training. Students will be given 14 hours of instruction and specialized training 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 challenge course, an endurance hike, 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.
Intro to College Writing
This course introduces the basic elements of 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. Elements of note-taking and outlining are covered. Topical lectures are utilized to develop skills in note-taking and summarization. The student will develop papers based on their notes which are supplemented with additional research.