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.

  • BAT Program FAQs

    How can I get into the BAT program?

    The first step is to apply for admission to CBU (if you haven’t already). Next, you must apply separately to the BAT program. The application is available on the right side of this web page. Once your application to the BAT program is complete, we will contact you for an interview with our faculty.

    Do you offer the BAT degree on-line or in hybrid classes?

    No. This degree is intended for fostering relationships and community while increasing biblical and theological knowledge. We want your academic environment to be part of the learning process. We have other degree programs (such as the Christian Studies major) which offer a wider range of course options.

    Should I get a vocational degree first and study theology in seminary later?

    The BAT degree is for those who are committed to a life of ministry. A biblical, theological foundation is priceless for ministry preparation. Studying the Bible, paying close attention to doctrine, and learning practical application in a local church are the essential components of ministry service, and they are the core elements of the BAT program. That being said, the BAT program does include four business courses. 

    Are there scholarships available for BAT students?

    Yes! The BAT program is actually a scholarship-based program. Every student who is granted admission into the program is also awarded a $19,000 per year scholarship. Students entering the program must stay in close contact with Financial Aid because receiving the BAT scholarship could mean not receiving some of the other CBU scholarships normally available. Our Financial Aid office will work with you to help get the best possible plan together for each school year.

    Can I double major as a BAT student?

    Double majoring is extremely difficult. The BAT course plan is laid out with very little room for electives. BAT classes will be taken together in a small cohort-type class environment. The classes progress from year one through year four in order. All of this makes double majoring unlikely. For those who wish to double major, we suggest majoring in Christian Studies and adding a second major compatible with it.

    Will there be time to enjoy extra-curricular activities if I am in the BAT program?

    Getting involved is not just a likelihood, it’s an expectation. We want our students interacting with the CBU community. Our BAT students work with admissions, spiritual life, residence life, and through many organizations throughout campus. We hope you will make the most of your time while enjoying the once-in-lifetime adventure of college. The Introduction to Ministry course helps BAT students to maximize their productivity during the four-year BAT adventure.

    What will I actually be learning in the BAT program?

    Below, we have further links to the Learning Outcomes for the School of Christian Ministries here at CBU. We also have a listing of several of the courses you would be taking if you pursue the BAT degree.

    Will I get a job after earning a BAT degree?

    We certainly hope so! We want the same thing you want—to see you thriving in ministry. Our aim is higher than seeing you simply get a job (though jobs are great and necessary). Our aim is to equip you for a divine calling in gospel ministry. To that end, we will introduce you to Christian leaders from all over California and the west. We work hard to strengthen relationships with pastors and churches. We frequently receive job requests and post them for you through the School of Christian Ministries Facebook page. Graduates of the BAT program are in leadership positions at many of the strongest churches in the west.

    Will I get practical, hands-on experience in pastoral ministry?

    Yes! One of the strengths of the BAT program is its dual emphasis on theological knowledge with practical training. In the program, students must complete 4 semesters (two school years) of internships in a local church. In these internships, students must demonstrate competencies in 80 or more areas of ministry—everything from preaching to media technology, from helping with funerals to discipling unbelievers. We are convinced that theological knowledge should be applied through the local church.

    What are some of the other advantages to the BAT program at CBU?

    Beyond what has already been mentioned, the BAT program abounds with unique opportunities. Faculty members in the School of Christian Ministries are scholars who have practice ministry in the local church. Most of these faculty have served as pastors. SCM faculty make themselves available to the BAT students because of their understanding the importance of pastoral ministry. In addition to time with faculty, BAT students are also invited to special lectures with top evangelical scholars. Our SCM lectures offer a meal and focused time with well-known scholars such as Timothy George, Mark Dever, George Guthrie, David Dockery, and D. A. Carson.

  • 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.

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 Foundations for Ministry
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This course is an introduction to the expectations of the Bachelor of Applied Theology program. Emphasis is given to spiritual foundations for ministry, including personal and church discipleship. Attention is given to models of discipleship and the student’s development of a personal strategy of discipleship. Prerequisite: Bachelor of Applied Theology major. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

APT192-T1
Cochran, Gregory C.
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 127

APT193 Ministry Observation
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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)

APT292 Theology of Pastoral Ministry
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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. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

APT292-A
Cochran, Gregory C.
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 189
APT292-T2
Cochran, Gregory C.
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 189
APT292-A
Cochran, Gregory C.
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS
APT292-T2
Cochran, Gregory C.
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS

APT293 Supervised Church Mnstry Intrn I
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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)

APT293-T2
Jones, Stephen A.
01/11/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS

CST210 Pentateuch & Former Prophets
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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)

CST210-B
Mooney, David Jeffrey
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 203
CST210-T1
Mooney, David Jeffrey
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 203
CST210-A
Mooney, David Jeffrey
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 191

CST220 Latter Prophets & Writings
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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)

CST220-B
Mooney, David Jeffrey
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS
CST220-T1
Mooney, David Jeffrey
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS
CST220-A
Mooney, David Jeffrey
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS B259

CST230 Jesus and the Gospels
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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)

CST230-T1
Mobley, Richard A.
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 183
CST230-B
Mobley, Richard A.
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 183
CST230-A
Mobley, Richard A.
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 183

CST240 Paul & the Early Church
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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)

CST240-B
Mobley, Richard A.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS B221
CST240-T1
Mobley, Richard A.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS B221
CST240-A
Mobley, Richard A.
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS

ICS205 Models of Discipleship
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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)

ICS205-A
Zunigha, Brian L
09/06/2016 T 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM BUS B219
ICS205-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM BUS
ICS205-T1
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM BUS

Biblical Language Requirement (12 units)

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

GRK213 Intro Koine Greek I
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An introduction to Koiné Greek emphasizing basic grammar and vocabulary preparatory for translation of the Greek New Testament. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

GRK213-A
Mobley, Richard A.
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 376

GRK223 Intro to Koine Greek II
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Continuation of GRK 213 with beginning translation from the First Epistle of John. Prerequisite: GRK 213. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

GRK223-A
Mobley, Richard A.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS

or

GRK313 Intermediate Greek
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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)

GRK313-A
Wilson, Danny K.
09/06/2016 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 189

GRK323 Intermediate Greek
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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)

GRK323-A
Wilson, Danny K.
01/11/2017 TR 12:15 PM - 3:00 PM BUS

or

HEB213 Biblical Hebrew I
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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)

HEB213-A
Mooney, David Jeffrey
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 191

HEB223 Biblical Hebrew II
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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)

HEB223-A
Mooney, David Jeffrey
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS

or

HEB313 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I
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Continuing study of the writing, grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and literature of Biblical Hebrew II. Prerequisite: HEB 223. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

HEB323 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II
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Continuing study of the writing, grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and literature of Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I. Prerequisite: HEB 313. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

Upper Division Courses (51 units)

APT365 Doctrine of the Church
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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)

APT365-T3
Morgan, Christopher
09/06/2016 TR 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM BUS B221

APT371 Christian Theology I
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An expanded study of the biblical doctrines of God, humanity, and sin. Prerequisite: Bachelor of Applied Theology or Christian Studies major. (3 units; Fall)

APT371-T2
Morgan, Christopher
09/06/2016 T 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM BUS B221
APT371-A
Co, Adamson
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS A110

APT372 Christian Theology II
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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)

APT372-A
Co, Adamson
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS
APT372-T2
Morgan, Christopher
01/11/2017 T 7:00 PM - 10:15 PM BUS

APT392 Supervised Church Mnstry IntrnII
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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)

APT392-T3
Jones, Stephen A.
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS B218

APT393 Supervised Church MnstryIntrnIII
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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)

APT393-T3
Jones, Stephen A.
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS

APT452 Advanced Biblical Preaching
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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)

APT452-T3
Co, Adamson
09/06/2016 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 190

APT482 Pastoral Leadership
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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)

APT482-A
Morgan, Christopher
01/11/2017 TR 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM BUS
APT482-T4
Morgan, Christopher
01/11/2017 TR 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM BUS

APT490 Reading Seminar
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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)

APT490-T4
Co, Adamson
09/06/2016 TR 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 251

APT492 Supervised Church Mnstry IntrnIV
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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)

APT492-T4
Jones, Stephen A.
09/06/2016 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS B218

APT493 Senior Project
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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)

APT493-T4
Co, Adamson
01/11/2017 - BUS OFFC

CST300 History of Baptist Thought
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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)

CST300-T3
Chute, Anthony L.
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 125
CST300-A
Chute, Anthony L.
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 125
CST300-A
Chute, Anthony L.
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS A111

CST350 Biblical Interpretation
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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)

CST350-T2
Wilson, Danny K.
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
CST350-A
Wilson, Danny K.
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN
CST350-A
Wilson, Danny K.
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS ONLN

CST360 Church History
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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)

CST360-A
Chute, Anthony L.
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 125
CST360-T4
Chute, Anthony L.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS A111
CST360-A
Chute, Anthony L.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS A111

CST382 Evangelism
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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)

CST382-A
Morgan, Christopher
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 1:00 PM BUS ONLN
CST382-T2
Morgan, Christopher
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 1:00 PM BUS ONLN

CST412 Special Topics in Theology
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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)

CST412-T3
Chute, Anthony L.
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS ONLN
CST412-A
Chute, Anthony L.
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS ONLN

CST451 Biblical Preaching
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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)

CST451-A
Cochran, Gregory C.
01/11/2017 TR 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM BUS
CST451-T2
Cochran, Gregory C.
01/11/2017 TR 7:00 AM - 10:15 AM BUS

ICS305 Global Perspectives
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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)

ICS305-T3
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 125
ICS305-A
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 125

ICS435 Evangelism and Church Planting
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This course examines the biblical principles of church planting. Attention is given to church planting strategies locally and globally. Church planting is considered as an evangelistic strategy, with a comparison and contrast to other models of evangelism, including personal evangelism. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall)

ICS435-T4
Cochran, Gregory C.
09/06/2016 W 12:00 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 103
ICS435-A
Cochran, Gregory C.
09/06/2016 W 12:00 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 103