Curriculum

Programs

Certificate Programs

ProgramCourse RequirementsCredits
Introduction to Christian Studies CertificateCLS1114 Old Testament Survey
CLS1314 New Testament Survey
CLL1113 Baptist Heritage and Practice
CLL1212 Christian Theology Introduction
12
Discipleship CertificateCLP1111 Foundations of Ministry
CLP1311 Basic Evangelism
CLI2324 Working with Small Groups
CLE2371 Making Disciples
12
Children’s Ministry CertificateCLE2613 Ministry to Children
CLE2611 Introduction to Early Childhood
CLE1112 Life Span Development
CLE2371 Making Disciples
12
Intermediate Christian Studies CertificateCLS2100 Intermediate Old Testament
CLS2300 Intermediate New Testament
CLL1211 Intermediate Christian Theology
CLL1111 Survey of Christian History
12
Pastoral Ministries CertificateCLP1511 Pastoral Ministry
CLP1411 Introduction to Preaching
CLE2412 Church Administration
CLE2371 Making Disciples
12
Christian Leadership CertificateCLE1312 Ministry Leadership
CLE2177 Conflict Management in Ministry
CLE2311 Strategic Planning for Kingdom Growth
CLP2131 Ministry of Supervision
12
Christian Ministry CertificateAny 4 elective courses12

Ministry Diploma Programs

ProgramCourse RequirementsCredits
Discipleship DiplomaCourses required for
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
[Discipleship Certificate]
24
Children’s Ministry DiplomaCourses required for
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
[Children’s Ministry Certificate]
24
Christian Studies DiplomaCourses required for
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
[Christian Studies Certificate]
24
Pastoral Ministries DiplomaCourses required for
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
[Pastoral Ministries Certificate]
24
Christian Leadership DiplomaCourses required for
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
[Christian Leadership Certificate]
24
Christian Ministry DiplomaCourses required for
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
Any 4 elective courses
24

Leadership Diploma Programs

Course IDCoursesCredits
Discipleship Leadership DiplomaCourses required for
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
[Christian Leadership Certificate]
[Discipleship Certificate]
48
Children’s Ministry Leadership DiplomaCourses required for
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
[Christian Leadership Certificate]
[Children’s Ministry Certificate]
48
Pastoral Ministries Leadership DiplomaCourses required for
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
[Christian Leadership Certificate] [Pastoral Ministries Certificate]
48
Christian Ministry Leadership DiplomaCourses required for
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
[Introduction to Christian Studies Certificate]
[Christian Leadership Certificate]
Any 4 elective courses
48

Course Offerings 2020-2022

The regular course curriculum runs on a 2-year cycle.  The terms are marked as S1(January-March), S2(Apr-June), F1(July-September), and F2(October-December).  Some courses are not offered every academic year.  Courses that are offered every year are marked with “1”.  Courses that are offered every alternate year are marked with “2”.
20F221S121S221F121F222S122S222F1
CLL1212 Theology Introduction11
CLS1114 Old Testament Survey11
CLS1314 New Testament Survey11
CLL1113 Baptist Heritage11
CLS2100 Intermediate OT    2   
CLS2300 Intermediate NT     2  
CLL1211 Intermediate Theology2
CLL1111 Christian History       2
CLP1111 Ministry Foundations1   1   
CLI2324 Small Groups11
CLP1311 Basic Evangelism11
CLE2371 Making Disciples   1   1
CLE2613 Ministry to Children 11
CLE1112 Life Span Development11
CLE2611 Early Childhood11
CLE1312 Ministry Leadership2       
CLE2412 Church Administration2
CLP1511 Pastoral Ministry2
CLP2131 Ministry of Supervision    2   
CLE2177 Conflict Management2
CLE2311 Strategic Growth2
CLP1411 Introduction to Preaching       2

Course Descriptions 2020-2022

The instructors include Pastor Abraham Chiu, Pastor Ting-Yik Leung, Pastor Justin Pan, Pastor Tim Chan, Pastor Gideon Lee, and Pastor Alan Chow. *A course is offered every year if the year is not specified.
Course IDTitle and DescriptionTermInstructor
CLE1112Life Span Development In an overview of developmental psychology, this course gives a comparison of various theories of development as they apply to practice in our churches.*S2Chan
CLE1312Ministry Leadership An introduction to basic principles and methods of leadership. Unique aspects of biblical leadership as applied to church, parachurch organizations, and denomination will be explored. Current resources and techniques are examined.20F2Chiu
CLE2177Conflict Management in Ministry A study of various types of conflict found in the local church and the dynamics of ministering in the midst of conflict. Emphasis will be placed on examining a biblical approach to understanding conflict, identifying causes of conflict, and developing strategies in preventing and resolving conflict. Tools for assessing individuals and systems that contribute to conflict, creating pastoral care interventions for redemptive management, and minimizing the destructive consequences of church conflict will be studied.22S1Chiu
CLE2311Strategic Planning for Kingdom Growth This course is designed to train ministry leaders to plan in strategic ways. A four-fold process is used which includes developing the organization’s mission and vision, discovering its core values, and designing a strategy to accomplish the ministry and vision.22S2Leung
CLE2371Making Disciples This course explores the process of spiritual development as well as methods of discipleship practice in the church. Students will examine the biblical backgrounds of discipleship and the role of spiritual disciplines, community, development of spiritual gifts, and accountability in spiritual growth. (Justin)*F1  Pan
CLE2412Church Administration An introduction to basic principles and methods of organizing/administration of the small church. Unique aspects of biblical administration/organization and leadership in the small church (under 110 in attendance) will be explored. Current resources and techniques are examined.21S2Chiu
CLE2611Introduction to Early Childhood An introduction to early childhood education for the purpose of developing church preschools and childcare programs to minister to young children through the local church. It includes examination of the history and philosophy of early childhood practice, developmentally appropriate curriculum, stimulating learning environments, effective teaching methods and classroom management.*F1  Chan
CLE2613Ministry to Children A study of child development with implications for religious instruction. Organizations for children in grades 1-6 will be studied.*S1  Chan
CLI2324Working with Small Groups A course dealing with the biblical background of small groups and their role in Christian history. It will examine the dynamics of small groups and evaluate contemporary models of Christian house groups, such as the House Church. The focus is upon how small groups have been used effectively in reaching people and beginning new work. Students will be exposed to “how to start a small group.”*S1  Leung
CLI1111Survey of Christian History This course presents an overview of the history of Christianity from the Patristic period to the current age of Global Christianity with the purpose of providing insights into the past that will enhance the student’s growth in ministry leadership in the present and future.22F1Lee
CLL1113Baptist Heritage and Practice This course is a study of Baptist origins, development, doctrines, confessions, polity, leaders, and current trends. This course emphasizes the history and state of Southern Baptist (SBC) life relative to the cultural context of the ADVANCE/CLD center offering the course.*F1Lee
CLL1211Intermediate Christian Theology This course covers the nature, tasks, and methods of doing theology; and the major doctrinal areas: revelation, triune God, creation and providence, humanity and sin, Christ and salvation, the church and its mission, and end times.22S1Lee
CLL1212Christian Theology Introduction An introduction to Christian theology, surveying the doctrines of Christ, Salvation, the Spirit, the Church, and Eschatology, including an additional focus on the ethical implications of Christian thought and practice.*F2Lee
CLS1114Old Testament Survey This course is a foundational introduction to the content, background, interpretations, and critical studies of the Old Testament, with a survey and study of each of the books of the Old Testament.*S1  Chow
CLS1314New Testament Survey An introduction to the background, content, careful examination, and interpretation of the New Testament. (Alan)*S2Chow
CLS2100Intermediate Old Testament An intermediate level course that builds upon CLS1114 Old Testament Survey, designed to further the student’s competency in exegesis and understanding the content, background, and message of the Old Testament. This will be done through the select examination of one representative book from each of the three divisions of the Hebrew canon of the Old Testament: Torah, Prophets, and Writings. Prerequisite: CLS1114 Old Testament Survey.22S1Pan
CLS2300Intermediate New Testament An intensive study of the background and content of the Book of Acts and a gospel or a Major Epistle. Special emphasis on the history and development of the early church. along with the resulting problems. Attention will paid to finding valid applications to modern ministry. Prerequisite: CLS1314 New Testament Survey.22F1Pan
CLP1111Ministry Foundations An entry course designed to assist students developing the necessary personal, spiritual, and ministerial foundations for lifelong ministry. Students will engage in assessment of their gifts and passions in ministry and will encounter some basic approaches to effective ministry, such as strategic, financial, and physical planning for ministry; communication and relational skills; and team and staff building.*F2Chiu
CLP1311Basic Evangelism A study of evangelism, including the biblical basis, historical methods, practical application, and principles for building an evangelistic church. The class lays a foundation for effectively sharing the gospel anywhere.*S2Chiu
CLP1411Introduction to Preaching This course covers planning, preparation, and presentation skills in preaching and teaching with an emphasis on learning by doing. It also covers learning styles, how to preach and teach for transformation, and how to communicate to different age groups and cultures.21F1Leung
CLP1511Pastoral Ministry A study of pastoral ministry with an emphasis on the understanding and nature of pastoral work and pastoral care within the local church setting. Topics include: the basis of pastoral ministry, the tasks of pastoral ministry, and the concerns of pastoral ministry.22F1Chiu
CLP2131Ministry of Supervision A study of the principles and dynamics of supervision as they relate to ministry staff and volunteers. The course focuses on supervision as ministry and investigates models of supervision, stages and systems in supervision, authority and accountability, guidance and direction, motivation, and conflict in the process of supervision.21F2Leung