Syllabus

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.