Christian Ministries

School of Christian Ministries

Bachelor of Applied Theology

The Bachelor of Applied Theology degree is an intensely practical degree focusing on Pastoral ministry. The BAT program is designed for students who are clearly focused on preparing for Christian ministry leadership. The program is fully directed, meaning that it is packed with theology and ministry courses, leaving limited room for electives. Students will study with other BAT students and will spend four semesters in hands-on ministry experience in a local church.

Students must submit an application to the Director of Applied Theology and be accepted before enrolling in the Bachelor of Applied Theology program.

Apply on-line to the BAT Program.

As part of the application, students must complete four essays: What Is the Gospel?; My Conversion Experience; My Call to Ministry; and My Goals Related to the BAT Program.

There are also three recommendation forms that must be completed before we can finalize your application and set up an interview with you.

We’re excited you are considering a call to ministry. The BAT program at CBU is a unique, highly regarded degree. Entry is limited. The earlier you apply, the better your opportunity for admission.

In the meantime, check out more details about the program by reading below. If you have questions or need assistance, please call (877) CBU-3615 and ask for the School of Christian Ministries.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Applied Theology program, graduates will:

1. Demonstrate biblical literacy, including grammatical, historical, contextual, and literary parameters of biblical interpretation.

2. Identify and integrate the historic doctrines of the Christian faith.

3. Be aware of the people, events, and ideas that have shaped, and continue to shape, the church and Christian beliefs.

4. Embrace the implications of commitment to Jesus Christ through development of personal character, church leadership and engagement of society in a lifestyle that is consistent with biblical principles.

5. Have gained experience in planning and participating in worship services, leadership planning for the local church, and related elements unique to the role of pastor.

6. Be equipped to share their faith on multiple levels, including personal evangelism, evangelistic sermons, and participation in missions.

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Applied Theology Degree (124 units) BAT

General Education Courses

The program requirements will follow the curriculum set forth for other university programs; specific coursework will be determined by the Dean of the School of Christian Ministries in consultation with the faculty of other Schools/Departments. Some general education requirements will be met through specific Applied Theology requirements.

Lower Division Courses (24 units)

APT192 Introduction to Ministry

APT192 Introduction to Ministry

This course is an introduction to the ministry requirements and expectations of the Bachelor of Applied Theology program. Emphasis is given to spiritual formation for ministry and the basic biblical functions of the church. Prerequisite: Bachelor of Applied Theology major. (2 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 APT192-T1 T1 Cochran, Gregory C. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM The Village at CBU
400B
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APT193 Ministry Observation

APT193 Ministry Observation

Building on APT 192, this course introduces students to a variety of churches and approaches to ministry. Emphasis is given to on site church visits and interaction with pastors. Prerequisite: APT 192. (2 units; Multicultural; Spring)

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APT292 Introduction Pastoral Ministry

APT292 Introduction Pastoral Ministry

This course is an introduction to the practical ministry responsibilities inherent in the role of a pastor. Emphasis is given to the normal functions of the pastors in the observance of the ordinances, wedding, counseling, and conflict management. Emphasis is also given to challenges confronting contemporary pastors in providing pastoral leadership and care for congregations. Prerequisite: APT 193. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 APT292-A A Cochran, Gregory C. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Building 36
36B
Fall 2014 APT292-T2 T2 Cochran, Gregory C. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Building 36
36B
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APT293 Supervised Church Mnstry Intrn I

APT293 Supervised Church Mnstry Intrn I

A more intensive application of APT 292 in the Applied Theology program. The student will progressively have opportunity to focus on the accomplishment of ministry in a specific ministry context, while continuing to integrate various elements of a semester's study. Prerequisite: APT 292. (2 units; Multicultural; Spring)

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CST210 Pentateuch & Former Prophets

CST210 Pentateuch & Former Prophets

An introduction to the Pentateuch and Former Prophets sections of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near Eastern cultural and historical background of Israel's history and sacred literature. Special emphasis will be given to the ways in which the literary forms of the Old Testament express Israel's understanding of God's activity in the world and the history of the nation. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST210-B B Mooney, David Jeffrey 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Sch Business Building
253
Fall 2014 CST210-T1 T1 Mooney, David Jeffrey 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Sch Business Building
253
Fall 2014 CST210-A A Mooney, David Jeffrey 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
253
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CST220 Latter Prophets & Writings

CST220 Latter Prophets & Writings

An introduction to the Latter Prophets and Writings sections of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near Eastern cultural and historical background of Israel's history and sacred literature. Special emphasis will be given to the ways in which the literary forms of the Old Testament express Israel's understanding of God's activity in the world and in the history of the nation. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

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CST230 Jesus and the Gospels

CST230 Jesus and the Gospels

An investigation of the testimony provided by the Gospels concerning the life of Jesus of Nazareth, with special attention given to the critical issues prompted by such study. Core requirement and prerequisite for upper division Gospel courses (CST 330, 331) for Christian Studies majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST230-B B Mobley, Richard A. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
251
Fall 2014 CST230-T1 T1 Mobley, Richard A. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
251
Fall 2014 CST230-A A Mobley, Richard A. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Sch Business Building
251
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CST240 Paul & the Early Church

CST240 Paul & the Early Church

An introductory consideration of the incidents, individuals, and issues included in the historical, epistolary, and apocalyptic portions of the New Testament. Core requirement and prerequisite for upper division Pauline courses (CST 440, 441) for Christian Studies majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

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ICS205 Models of Discipleship

ICS205 Models of Discipleship

An advanced course related to the biblical principle of discipleship, including both what a disciple of Jesus is and how disciples are made. Focus on models of discipleship and a student's development of a personal strategy of discipleship. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 ICS205-A A Lewis, Jeff C. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Sch Business Building
ONLN
Fall 2014 ICS205-B B Lewis, Jeff C. 09/02/2014 Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Sch Business Building
ONLN
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Biblical Language Requirement (12 units)

Complete two (2) of the following two-semester sequences

GRK213 Intro Koine Greek I

GRK213 Intro Koine Greek I

An introduction to Koiné Greek emphasizing basic grammar and vocabulary preparatory for translation of the Greek New Testament. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 GRK213-A A Wilson, Danny K. 05/05/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Fall 2014 GRK213-A A Mobley, Richard A. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
Array
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GRK223 Intro to Koine Greek II

GRK223 Intro to Koine Greek II

Continuation of GRK 213 with beginning translation from the First Epistle of John. Prerequisite: GRK 213. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

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GRK313 Intermediate Greek

GRK313 Intermediate Greek

A "literary laboratory" in which to observe the function of Greek syntax through the translation and exegetical study of specific New Testament materials. Prerequisite: GRK 223. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 GRK313-A A Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Thursday 12:15 PM - 3:00 PM Sch Business Building
103
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GRK323 Intermediate Greek

GRK323 Intermediate Greek

A "literary laboratory" in which to observe the function of Greek syntax through the translation and exegetical study of specific New Testament materials. Prerequisite: GRK 223. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

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HEB213 Biblical Hebrew I

HEB213 Biblical Hebrew I

A study of the fundamentals of biblical Hebrew, including pronunciation, vocabulary, verbs, nouns, parts of speech as well as elements of Hebrew syntax. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HEB213-A A Mooney, David Jeffrey 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center
B222
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HEB223 Biblical Hebrew II

HEB223 Biblical Hebrew II

An analysis of biblical Hebrew with attention to appropriate portions from the Old Testament Scriptures and to the introduction and utilization of the Hebrew lexicon. Prerequisite: HEB 213. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

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HEB313 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I

HEB313 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I

Continuing study of the writing, grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and literature of Biblical Hebrew II. Prerequisite: HEB 223. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

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HEB323 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II

HEB323 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II

Continuing study of the writing, grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and literature of Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I. Prerequisite: HEB 313. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

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Upper Division Courses (51 units)

APT365 Doctrine of the Church

APT365 Doctrine of the Church

This course examines key biblical passages related to the church, overviews major historical positions of the church and assesses related models of pastoral leadership, ministry and preaching. The emphasis of the course is to help students develop a biblical and practical theology of the church. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 APT365-T3 T3 Morgan, Christopher 09/02/2014 Thursday 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center
B219
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APT371 Christian Theology I

APT371 Christian Theology I

An expanded study of the biblical doctrines of God, humanity, and sin. Prerequisite: Bachelor of Applied Theology or Christian Studies major. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 APT371-T2 T2 Morgan, Christopher 09/02/2014 Tuesday 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center
B219
Fall 2014 APT371-A A Co, Adamson 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center
B251
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APT372 Christian Theology II

APT372 Christian Theology II

An expanded study of the biblical doctrines of salvation, the person of Christ, the church, and last things. Prerequisite: Bachelor of Applied Theology or Christian Studies major. (3 units; Spring)

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APT392 Supervised Church Mnstry IntrnII

APT392 Supervised Church Mnstry IntrnII

A more intensive application of APT 293 in the Applied Theology program under the guidance of a university supervisor. The student will progressively have opportunities for ministry involvement, mentoring and ministry skill development. The emphasis of the course is for the student understanding of the priority and implementation of evangelism and missions in the ministry of the church. Prerequisite: APT 293. (2 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 APT392-T3 T3 Jones, Stephen A. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Sch Business Building
103
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APT393 Supervised Church MnstryIntrnIII

APT393 Supervised Church MnstryIntrnIII

A more intensive application of APT 392 in the Applied Theology program under the guidance of a university supervisor. The student will progressively have opportunities for ministry involvement, mentoring and ministry skill development. The emphasis of the course is upon development of communication skills in preaching/teaching of the Bible. Prerequisite: APT 392. (2 units; Spring)

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APT452 Advanced Biblical Preaching

APT452 Advanced Biblical Preaching

This course prepares students in communicating the truth of the ancient Scriptures to modern people. It explores the variations of crafting of expository sermons. The course will examine how sermons can be constructed to reflect the genre of the biblical literature: narrative, poetry, psalms, history, prophecy, parable, apocalyptic, and epistles. Prerequisite: CST 451. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 APT452-T3 T3 Co, Adamson 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM The Village at CBU
100
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APT482 Pastoral Leadership

APT482 Pastoral Leadership

Pastoral Leadership is an intensive study of the leadership role of the pastor in relation to the nature of the church, leadership models, leadership challengers, and practical leadership strategies. (3 units; Spring)

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APT490 Reading Seminar

APT490 Reading Seminar

This course seeks to help advanced theology students focus their attention on major figures, writings, and doctrines in theology. The student will read a major work (or excerpts) of representative theologians such as Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Carl Henry, and John Stott. Particular attention will be given to the writings, teachings, influence, as well as the theological systems linked to each theologian. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 APT490-T4 T4 Co, Adamson 09/02/2014 Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
Array
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APT492 Supervised Church Mnstry IntrnIV

APT492 Supervised Church Mnstry IntrnIV

A more intensive application of APT 393 in the Applied Theology program under the guidance of a university supervisor. The student will progressively have opportunities for ministry involvement, mentoring and ministry skill development. The emphasis of the course is the development of leadership skills. Prerequisite: APT 393. (2 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 APT492-T4 T4 Jones, Stephen A. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
Array
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APT493 Senior Project

APT493 Senior Project

A more intensive application of APT 492 in the Applied Theology program. The student will progressively have opportunity to focus on the accomplishment of ministry in a specific ministry context, while continuing to integrate various elements of a semester's study. Prerequisite: APT 492. (3 units; Spring)

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CST300 History of Baptist Thought

CST300 History of Baptist Thought

An introduction to Baptist history, Baptist doctrine, and the organizational structure of the Southern Baptist Convention. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors and minors. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST300-T3 T3 Chute, Anthony L. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
A111
Fall 2014 CST300-A A Chute, Anthony L. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
A111
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CST350 Biblical Interpretation

CST350 Biblical Interpretation

A historical and theoretical consideration of interpretative methodology as illustrated by and applied to selected texts from various portions of the biblical materials. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors and minors. Prerequisite: Previous Biblical Studies coursework. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST350-A A Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B259
Fall 2014 CST350-T2 T2 Wilson, Danny K. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B259
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CST360 Church History

CST360 Church History

A survey of the development of the Christian church from the close of the New Testament period to the present time, with special attention to the origin of various denominations. Core requirement for Christian Studies majors and minors. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CST360-A A Chute, Anthony L. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center
A111
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CST382 Evangelism

CST382 Evangelism

A study of the principles of New Testament evangelism for the purpose of the development of students as lifestyle witnesses and of the equipping of students for the "equipping of saints for ministry" in local churches. Student involvement in evangelistic ministry is expected. (3 units; Spring)

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CST412 Special Topics in Theology

CST412 Special Topics in Theology

An examination of specific area(s) of Theology. Course is repeatable for credit with a change in topic. Prerequisite: Previous Theology coursework. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

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CST451 Biblical Preaching

CST451 Biblical Preaching

A study of the basic principles for preparing and delivering biblical sermons, with an emphasis on the writing, delivery, and analysis of expository sermons. Prerequisite: Previous Biblical Studies coursework. (3 units; Spring)

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ICS305 Global Perspectives

ICS305 Global Perspectives

A general survey of the redemptive activity of God in the world-past, present, and future. Topics include the biblical basis of God's global activity, historical perspectives, mission strategies, and cultural implications, as well as contemporary missiological issues. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

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ICS435 Church Planting

ICS435 Church Planting

This course examines the biblical principles of churches and will conduct research and analysis of various church planting strategies. Attention will be given to church planting principles that are cross-culturally transferable and models of postmodern church planting. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 ICS435-A A Cochran, Gregory C. 09/02/2014 Wednesday 7:00 AM - 9:20 AM The Village at CBU
300
Fall 2014 ICS435-T4 T4 Cochran, Gregory C. 09/02/2014 Wednesday 7:00 AM - 9:20 AM The Village at CBU
300
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