Syllabus

Mr. Stephen Staten

Mr. Stephen Staten

The course for Spring 2017 is 5883 Managing Conflict in Ministry, taught by Mr. Stephen Staten. Staten has an M.A. in Conflict Management and significant consultant and conflict management experience with congregations.

This course equips participants for skillful transformative leadership in times of anticipated and unanticipated conflict. This includes navigating interpersonal, group and large-scale conflicts, as well as more complex, unsolvable issues. The course examines biblical conflict ethics, peaceful congregational cultures, emotional systems, less-anxious leadership, healthy relationships, types and levels of conflict, common contributors, conflict styles, intervention (coaching, mediation, arbitration, group facilitation, consulting), and when/how to bring in outside help. Participant-based methodologies as style inventories, case studies and role play are used.

The course will meet three times over the course of the semester, Jan 20-21, Feb 24-25, and Mar 31 – Apr 1.

The class location is the Chicago Church offices (755 Illinois Route 83, Suite 209 & #216, Bensenville, IL 60106).

The syllabus is not yet available. You may order textbooks here. The CRN that you will use for registration is 15243 for credit students. Auditors will register using the form found here.


Dr. Mark E. Powell

Dr. Mark E. Powell

The course for Fall 2016 is Systematic Theology taught by Dr. Mark E. Powell.

Theology is the study of the key teachings of the Christian faith (including God, creation, and salvation) and how these teachings shape the Christian life. This big-picture course is a study of these foundational Christian beliefs in light of the teaching of scripture, key historical formulations, and contemporary culture. The goals are to help you develop the skills required for theological reflection in diverse ministry and cultural contexts, reflect on the implications of Christian theology for your life and ministry, and develop and present your own understanding of the Christian faith.

The course will meet three times over the course of the semester, Sept. 2-3, Oct. 14-15, and Nov. 11-12.

NEW LOCATION: The class location is the Chicago Church offices (755 Illinois Route 83, Suite 209 & #216, Bensenville, IL 60106).

The syllabus is available here. You may order textbooks here. The CRN that you will use for registration is 92035 for credit students and 92134 for auditors.


Dr. Ed Gray

Dr. Ed Gray

The course for Spring 2016 is Counseling Skills taught by Dr. Ed Gray.

As a minister, you frequently talk with people who are struggling in a relationship, battling with depression, or dealing with other mental health issues. You do not want to become a counselor, but you need some skills to minister effectively. This introductory course is designed to start you on that journey. Counseling Skills emphasizes development and application of skills necessary to handle routine problems confronted by ministers and professional counselors. You also will become acquainted with the literature of counseling.

The course will meet three times over the course of the semester: January 15-16, February 19-20, and April 1-2. The class location is the Northwest Indiana Church building (3803 E. Lincoln Highway Merrillville, IN).

The syllabus is here, and you may order textbooks here. The CRN that you will use for registration is 11708 for credit students and 11722 for auditors.


Dr. Carlus Gupton

Dr. Carlus Gupton

The course for Fall 2015 is BMIN 5850 Congregational Ministry, taught by Dr. Carlus Gupton.

A study of the practice of ministry in the local congregation setting. The purpose of the course is to help the student conceptualize and learn how to integrate the multiple tasks of ministry in the local church. Emphasis is given to biblical and theological foundations for the many dimensions of ministry. These dimensions of ministry include financial management, conflict management, authority in ministry, leadership responsibilities, ministry in the context of weddings and funerals, and various challenges to the work of ministry.

The course will meet three weekends over the course of the semester. The meeting dates are Sept. 18-19, Oct. 9-10, Nov. 13-14. The class location is the Northwest Indiana Church building (3803 E. Lincoln Highway Merrillville, IN).

The syllabus is here, and you may order textbooks here.


The course for Spring 2015 is BMIS 5901 Spiritual Leadership, taught by Dr. Evertt W. Huffard.

This study of the dynamics of spiritual leadership will focus on your personal development as a leader in three areas: life maturing, inner life maturing, and ministry maturing. The goal is to discover principles of spiritual formation in your life in order to become a more effective leader and mentor. Because spiritual gifts, life experiences, and personality uniquely equip us to serve God, we do not all develop the same way at the same time. However, the study of patterns of development can yield principles for increasing spiritual influence. This study should leave you with a greater awareness of how God shapes your life. To some degree, this will be a practicum in the providence of God with an emphasis on the implications for spiritual formation and mentoring.

This course will meet three weekends over the course of the Spring semester:

Feb. 27-28, Mar. 27-28, and Apr. 24-25. Class sessions will be Fridays 1:00‐4:45, 6:00‐8:45, Saturdays 8:00‐11:45, 1:00‐3:45.

The class location is the Northwest Indiana Church building (3803 E. Lincoln Highway Merrillville, IN).

The syllabus is available here.

The textbook list is up on the website, so you may order your textbooks here.


The course for Fall 2014 the BNEW 5231 Gospel of Mark taught by Dr. Allen Black.

This course will meet three weekends over the course of the Fall semester: Sept. 19-20, Oct. 17-18, Nov. 14-15. The class location is the Northwest Indiana Church building (3803 E. Lincoln Highway Merrillville, IN).

Read the syllabus carefully to make sure you are ready for day one!

The textbooks are now up on the website, so you may order your textbooks here.