Department of Theology

Department of Theology

Church Planting

Course Description

The BACM is a well-rounded degree that introduces students to basic ministry skills that will equip the student to be an effective Christian leader in the local church and beyond.  The BABS introduces students to the Old and New Testaments, Christian theology, learning key books of the Bible, and apol

Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Biblically state and identify the principal doctrines of evangelical Christianity.
  • Identify the major themes of both the Old and New Testaments.
  • Evaluate the challenges to a Christian worldview and formulate biblical rebuttals.
  • Develop basic skills necessary for successful ministry in the local church.

 Intercultural Studies

Course Description

The program has three cores of emphasis: biblical and theological, intercultural skills and knowledge, and a regional or ministry concentration.

  • Those with a specific interest in an overseas intercultural setting can choose from the following: Africa, China, Middle East, Latin America, Food for the Hungry (GoED Program), or Linguistics as their area of concentration.
  • Students who wish to follow a traditional broad-based missions track for overseas missions without a specific regional focus will be well-served by the Cross-Cultural Ministry (Missions) concentration.
  • Students wishing to prepare for intercultural ministry in the United States can choose from University Ministry, Urban Ministry, or First Nations Ministry concentrations.

The Intercultural Studies major integrates classroom learning and theory with field experience. Students spend an extended period of time in the region or ministry context of their concentration learning language, studying the culture, art, government, history, and economics of the area as well as learning to communicate the Gospel in a diverse cultural setting. This program exceeds educational requirements for Assemblies of God ministry credentials.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a degree in Intercultural Studies will be able to:

  • Apply Scripture using proper hermeneutical principles in the ministry context.
  • Assess distinct viewpoints on theological topics.
  • Articulate a biblical philosophy of ministry.
  • Demonstrate core inter-cultural competencies in an applied cross-cultural ministry setting.
  • Articulate the biblical mandate given by Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations.
  • Demonstrate integrative knowledge and skill in theology, history and methodologies of intercultural Christian mission.
  • Assess cultural and contextual issues towards the development of cross-cultural Christian service.

Pastoral Care

Course Description

The Pastoral Care program will prepare you for ministry as you grow in knowledge, faith and leadership. Through this ministry degree, you’ll build a strong foundation in biblical and theological studies as you prepare to serve in a pastoral role. You’ll also learn how to support people emotionally and spiritually, through difficult times and victories too. Now is the time to develop the skillset needed to become well-trained, well-grounded and well-equipped for your unique calling.

Learning Outcomes

On completing the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry – Pastoral care program, you will be able to:

  • Utilize marketable skills such as coaching, mentoring and communication in your ministry.
  • Employ practical strategies for evangelism and missions.
  • Respond confidently to common objections to the Christian faith.

Practical Theology

Course Description

“Go therefore, and teach all nations…” ~Matthew 28:19

Those who wish to develop and hone their skills in the practice of ministry in a local church context will enjoy the Practical Theology major or minor in the Department of Theology. Building on the core elements of biblical and theological knowledge, these programs emphasize the practice of ministry to embody this truth to a broken world. This degree is especially appropriate for those who want to serve the body of Christ in a teaching and preaching role as a minister in a church, a missionary, as someone in parachurch ministry, or in whatever setting God calls you.

The Practical Theology major is 38 credit hours long, with 17 hours of core classes, 12 hours of Practical Theology classes, 6 hours of electives, and 3 hours of language. The core courses for the major are New Testament Theology, Old Testament Theology, History of Christianity, Hermeneutics, Systematic Theology, and the Senior Seminar. We also offer a wide variety of Practical Theology classes which allow you to tailor your studies to your interests, such as the Christian Vocation, Homiletics, Spiritual Formation, Christian Ethics, and Worship. You will also take the course, Biblical Languages for Ministry, which will introduce you to the basics of Greek and Hebrew.

Learning Outcomes

This program will give you a solid foundation in the Bible and prepare you for a variety of ministries. It will also prepare you for graduate studies such as in our Master of Arts in Theology or a Master of Divinity.

Master of Practical Theology

Course Description

The Master of Practical Theology degree program seeks to:

  • Prepare men and women for ministry both within their own particular communities of faith and cultures and also to the larger body of Christ.
  • Equip students with the theories and practical skills necessary to perform effectively the ministry to which they are called;
  • Increase biblical and theological understanding necessary to undergird these specialized ministries;
  • Encourage students to live a Spirit-empowered life, developing their unique spiritual gifts and callings; and
  • Provide supervised ministry training for those entering specialized ministries.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Practical Theology, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of Scripture and the ability to use hermeneutical and exegetical principles to interpret and apply the Word of God in life and ministry;
  • Explain the heritage, traditions, and practices of the global Pentecostal/Charismatic Movements, including a vision for healing the schism between the Church and the Jewish people;
  • Communicate a biblically-based and Spirit-empowered theology of ministry and leadership based on knowledge of the nature and mission of the Church;
  • Apply biblical and theological knowledge to one’s personal spiritual formation within the practices of ministry;
  • Integrate biblical and theological knowledge in the student’s specialized area of ministry.

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling

Course Description

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling develops counseling skills designed to enhance your ministry in a variety of settings, including as a pastor, lay-counselor or chaplain. Our Christian counseling degree is designed for those who plan to pursue vocations in congregation-based ministries or non-profits.

Learning outcomes

As you complete your degree, you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of major theories of pastoral care and counseling and life cycle development.
  • Integrate theological tenets with psychological knowledge and skills to offer pastoral care and counseling in a variety of pastoral counseling settings.

Master of Divinity

Course Description

The mission of the Master of Divinity degree program is to equip servant leaders for making disciples worldwide by developing in them an accurate knowledge of the Word of God, the skills necessary to communicate the Gospel effectively, and character worthy of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ for the leading of the churc

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Divinity, students will be able to:

Identify the basic contents of all books of the Old and New Testaments and the broad historical and cultural background information relevant to the study of the Old and New Testaments.

Exegete and apply a biblical text properly through application of historical-grammatical hermeneutics.

Explain the major doctrines of Christianity, including their biblical basis, historical development, and contemporary relevance, and assess non-evangelical doctrines from an evangelical perspective.

  • Explain the basic elements of Spiritual Theology, namely, the nature, process, and practices of spiritual growth
  • Demonstrate how knowledge of self integrates with knowledge of God in one’s own life
  • Demonstrate relational skills that develop community
  • Articulate how the biblical teaching on vocation shapes one’s own understanding of vocation and gainful employment.
  • Prepare and present sermons demonstrating biblical accuracy, oral clarity and contemporary relevance.
  • Students will demonstrate ministry skills in areas such as evangelism, administration, teaching, counseling, and worship.


Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology

Course Description

The Practical Theology concentration encompasses the broad areas of Chaplaincy, Preaching, Pastoral Theology, and Moral Theology. In this concentration, you may choose to focus your research in any of the major areas of practical theology. If you want to make an original and significant contribution to your area of study and, as a result, contribute to a more accurate understanding of the message of Christ as found in Scripture, the Practical Theology concentration is for you.

Learning Outcomes

  • Research and write at an advanced level in practical theology under the functional authority of Scripture.
  • Make a scholarly contribution to the field of Chaplaincy, Preaching, Pastoral Theology, or Moral Theology.
  • Present research results in a professional, organized, coherent, and structured manner in both written and oral form.
  • Function responsibly in the context of a supervisory relationship while exhibiting CIU’s core value of victorious Christian living.

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