15 hours (5 classes) in any combination of other classes

Family Ministry 513 is an introductory guided study of Family Ministry. MIN513 begins with the study of System Theory as it relates to Family Ministry and proceeds to a practical study of Family Ministry itself as it is applied in a ministry setting.


Family and Family Ministry will be studied from a Systems perspective. The student will understand and explain the theory of seeing family from a Systems perspective and  will then consider how family ministry is implemented. This course will guide the student, through reading and research, to a familiarization with family functioning and development.  The family will be understood as the vehicle for the passing of generational faith and Family Ministry as a tool for the strengthening of the family to achieve this purpose.

“Spiritual Warfare” is a topic that is frequently mentioned in churches, but seldom seriously examined. It is one of those subjects that lead us into uncomfortable territory. Our aim is typically to find concrete answers in the scriptures in order to dispel confusion and map a safe and well-defined course for Christian living. We want desperately to know, not to wonder. Spiritual Warfare often leaves us with more questions as we search for those concrete answers. 

Yet we must study and understand the spiritual war. The Bible tells us that we fight these battles every day. We are soldiers of the cross, and called to fight for a short “tour of duty” while here on earth. We must refocus our minds again to the battle at hand, and open our eyes to what is happening in our world, and the other world, the Spiritual World, which affects everything we see. In this way, our very perspective on life will change. 

This course will explore what the Bible says about the Devil, angels, demons, the Holy Spirit and other topics of the spiritual world which are often overlooked.

This course will examine early Restoration History, particularly the lives of Alexander Campbell and Barton W. Stone.  Selected readings will guide the student in reflecting on the origins of the Movement.  Students will be equipped to better understand the evolution that the Restoration Movement has undergone through the past two-hundred years, and how the founders’ actions and views have impacted present day churches.


Christianity was born in the midst of Greek and Roman society.  To fully understand the cultural dynamics of the early church, it is imperative that we have a working knowledge of the history and culture of the time.  This course will examine Greek and Roman society and how they impacted the founding of Christ's Kingdom.