Ministry and Formation
Courses

Ministry and Formation shieldEssential ministries of character and leadership that nurture faith in Christ, build and develop churches, meet human needs at every level, and transform situations to God’s purposes; principles, methods, and resources that equip teachers and leaders for the development of educational programs in congregations and denominations.

 

Course NumberNameDescriptionCredits
1096891MFADM5111The Functioning ChurchA study of the biblical and theological basis for the administration ministry of the church. Focus will be given to the biblical principles of enlisting, training, and supervising leaders for church ministries.2
1096921MFADM5112Administration of the Church FamilyA study of the need for developing a theology of service for church leaders that includes church polity and organization. Focus on discovering leaders through spiritual gifts, qualifications for service, proper ways of enlisting and equipping people to serve.2
1096927MFADM5611Administration for ChaplainsA study of the biblical and theological basis for administrative ministry and of practical principles for effective management in institutional settings. Attention will be given to organizational structures, personnel administration, resource management, program development, operations, training, supervision, and leadership development.2
1097341MFFND5111The Teaching ChurchA study of the biblical and theological basis for the teaching ministry of the church. Emphasis will be given to the purposes of education in New Testament churches and principles related to application.2
1097371MFFND5112History and Philosophy of Christian EducationA study of the ideas and events that have shaped educational thought with an analysis of the influence of these ideas on contemporary Christian educational practice. The student will develop a personal philosophy of education that integrates the Christian experience.2
1097377MFFND5113Educational PsychologyAn analysis of educational theories in the context of Christian education. Studies in theories of learning motivation for learning classroom management and effective testing practice. Attention will be given to the teaching method of Jesus.2
1097389MFFND5115Principles of TeachingA study of the principles and methods of effective Christian teaching, including the development of presentation skills. Approaches include planning and teaching for knowledge/understanding, development of values, and development of skills which enhance personal Christian ministry.2
1097395MFFND5121Foundations in Children's and Family MinistryThis course explores the biblical and theological foundations of ministry to children and families. It surveys what the church can do to minister to marriages and families as a unit. Current trends in Family Ministry are explored, including Family-Integrated Ministry, Family-Based Ministry and Family-Equipping Ministry. These learning experiences guide students in developing a personal philosophy of family ministry.2
1097401MFFND5122Parenting and Faith DevelopmentA study of the role of parents as spiritual shepherds of their children. Emphasis will be placed on developing the habit of family worship. Attention will be given to prayer, blessing, and instruction in the home. Students will develop a parenting philosophy.2
1097407MFFND5123Ministry to Children and FamiliesThis course explores the dynamics of family ministry as it relates to the spiritual formation of children. Its distinctive feature is the focus on parents as catalysts of spiritual development. Resources are introduced to strengthen the family unit and emphasize home discipleship as well as spiritual formation in the church. Students identify strategies to recruit, train, and sustain their ministry team.2
1097413MFFND5124Leadership in Children and Family MinistryA study of leadership in family ministry. Emphasis will be placed on family ministry implementation. Attention will be given to character development and spiritual leadership qualities. Students will develop a ministry philosophy.2
1097419MFFND5131Contemporary Youth IssuesAn analysis of the contemporary issues facing youth and society suggesting implications to a church's ministry with youth and families within the larger context of the mission of the church.2
1097425MFFND5141The Church's Ministry with Older PersonsA study of the characteristics, needs, and potential of later adulthood. A review of biblical and theological foundation for senior adult ministry will be considered. Special emphasis will be given to church and education programming for ministry with seniors.2
1097437MFFND5151Small Groups MinistryThis course provides an introductory study of the development, training, implementation, and evaluation of small group ministry. Students will be equipped to lead churches in the use of small groups for spiritual formation and evangelism.2
1097449MFFND5211Human Growth and DevelopmentA study of the spiritual, emotional, social, physical, and mental development of persons, birth through adulthood. The student will study and apply principles of development to a practical area of ministry.2
1097455MFFND5611Principles of Teaching for ChaplainsA study of how to teach effectively both in a Christian context and in the religious diversity of institutional settings. This will include principles and methods of teaching, curriculum design, planning of classes, and development of delivery skills. It will focus on conveying knowledge/understanding, articulating values, and developing skills which enhance personal Christian ministry.2
1097461MFFND7204Educational PhilosophyEducational Philosophy2
1097473MFLDS5111Leadership in MinistryA study of the principles and practices of leadership for Christian ministry. It includes reflections on the role and ministry of leaders within church, community, and denomination.2
1097521MFLDS5211Pastoral LeadershipAn analysis of emerging issues in current Christian leadership. Models of current leadership theory and practice will be examined and suggestions made for integrating leadership models and Christian faith.2
1709450MFLDS5311Technology in MinistryThis course will explore and evaluate technology as it relates to churches and ministry organizations. Topics will include websites, online giving, internet safety and security, child protection, appropriate social media habits, streaming services, future technology trends, and ethics in technology.2
1097551MFLDS5611Leadership for ChaplainsA study of the principles and practices of ministerial leadership in a Christian context and in institutions with diverse religious settings. This includes reflections on the identity, calling, roles and character of chaplains as Christian leaders in community. Models of leadership theory and practice will be examined, emerging challenges for leaders in institutional settings will be discussed, and suggestions will be made for integrating leadership models with biblical principles.2
1097557MFLDS7201Spiritual Leadershipcourse description2
1097569MFPMN5111Pastoral CareAn introduction to Christian ministry in contemporary culture. Studies in the nature of the church and its ministry, styles of ministry in varied contexts, and practice of ministry skills.2
1097581MFPMN5112Crisis Counseling for Church LeadersThis course presents theories, strategies, and skills and an overall introduction to crisis intervention. Historical and current models for assessing and responding to crises are presented. Topics such as medical and psychological traumas including relationship loss, chronic illness, and personal transgressions, and post traumatic stress disorder are part of the curriculum. Theoretical and ethical implications are addressed. Special emphasis is given to disaster psychology, church violence, terrorism and military combat, school violence, and suicidology.2
1097587MFPMN5113The Interim PastorThis course introduces students to the practice and tenets of interim ministry, with applications that can be applied in a broader pastoral ministry setting, as well. An interim pastor's practices and lifestyle are covered, as well as the best practices of interim churches for using the interim time and for seeking a new pastor. A major emphasis is given to critical church issues that need addressing before a new pastor is called, as well as possible methodologies for addressing those issues. [This course allows the student to apply for membership in the Baptist General Convention of Texas' professional network of interim pastors. It also fulfills the prerequisite training needed before applying in the Intentional Interim Ministry training at the Baptist General Convention of Texas.]2
1690694MFPMN5116Clinical Pastoral EducationOne unit (440 hours) of supervised pastoral care in a clinical setting under guidance of a supervisor certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). It is recommended that student completes Pastoral Care (MFPMN5111) before entering a CPE program.0
1097593MFPMN5211Pastoral Care of Persons in Crisis and GriefA study of ministry to persons in acutely stressful situations. Attention will be given to the pastoral care of individuals suffering personal trauma such as disease, abuse, depression, and bereavement. Students will learn about the dynamics of the grief process, critical incident and post-traumatic stress, and suicide awareness and intervention. They will also learn basic principle of ministry in mass-casualty situations.2
1097599MFPMN5221Conflict MinistryA study of how to minister in discordant situations. Attention will be given to dynamics of personal and systemic conflict. Students will learn about models for effective intervention and resolution of conflict.2
1097605MFPMN5611Chaplain MinistryA study of Christian ministry in institutional settings. Focus will be on the identity, vocation, roles, skills, qualifications, and endorsement of chaplains in military, health-care, correctional, corporate, veterans, law enforcement, fire department, and disaster relief settings. Attention will be given to issues such as free exercise of religion, role conflict, institutional duality, ministerial collegiality, and ministry in pluralistic settings.2
1794062MFPMN5612Chaplain Ministry ResearchStudents will do in-depth reading and research in assigned topics designed to enhance learning from the prerequisite course, Chaplain Ministry (MFPMN5611)2
1097611MFPMN5621Pastoral Care of the Family in Institutional SettingsA study of human development and relationships within families in institutional, religiously diverse, secular and transitory settings. Attention will be given to family systems, marital and inter-generational relationships, stages of the life cycle, parenting issues, basic marriage and family counseling, and coping with the unique pressures of institutional life.2
1097617MFPMN5631Crisis Ministry CertificationStudents will become certified in at least two nationally recognized programs of training for ministry in emergency or disaster situations, such as Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and NOVA (National Organization for Victim Assistance) training.0
1450465MFPMN5632Disaster Spiritual CareThis course prepares and certifies ministers to respond to the emotional and spiritual needs of survivors of disasters and other traumatic events and to work with organizations of the Emergency Management Community to assist survivors.2
1097623MFPMN7201Pastoral Care2
1097629MFPMN7202Pastoral Care and End of Life Concerns2
1097659MFPSY5511Spirituality and CounselingThis course examines the Christian Counseling field, including the history of Christian Counseling, an investigation of issues of integrating psychology and theology, and the development of a Christian worldview as a part of the counseling process. This course is a prerequisite to Practicum I (MFPSY5541).3
1097671MFPSY5512Personality and Counseling TheoryThis course surveys the major theories of personality and the associated classical and contemporary counseling theories with particular reference to how these theories are applied in the Christian counseling setting. This course is a prerequisite to Practicum I (MFPSY5541).3
1097683MFPSY5513Basic Skills in Christian CounselingThis course is an introduction to basic counseling skills necessary for various counseling settings. Students will examine underlying theoretical assumptions and theology applicable to counseling skills and will develop and apply these skills in a counseling setting. This course provides the experiential foundation for all practicum courses and is a prerequisite to Practicum I (MFPSY5541).3
1097701MFPSY5514Premarital and Marriage CounselingThis course introduces and focuses on various theories and methods of premarital and marriage counseling. Students will consider the biblical foundation for marriage, common problems faced by couples in marriage, principles of systems relationships, and techniques for effective pre-engagement, pre-marital, and marriage counseling. This course is a prerequisite to Practicum I (MFPSY5541).3
1097713MFPSY5515Crisis and Trauma CounselingThis course prepares students for counseling opportunities following crisis and trauma events by exploring the essentials of diagnosing and treating acute and post-traumatic stress symptoms, along with related loss and grief processes. This course provides a biblical basis for crisis intervention and a context for treatment of trauma-related disorders as well as best practices in the treatment of trauma with individuals, families, and communities.3
1097719MFPSY5516Family Ministry and Counseling in the ChurchThis course is a comprehensive study of meeting family-related needs of individuals in the church and community, emphasizing preventative care in working with families. Topics such as designing family ministry conferences, establishing support groups, training lay counselors, and developing a counseling ministry in a church setting are the focus of study.3
1159771MFPSY5517Counseling Ethics IThis course introduces students to basic ethical and legal aspects of the counseling field as well as standards for professional conduct. Students will study professional socialization, the role of the counselor, basic legal responsibilities and functioning, and counselor self-care. The emphasis of the course is on developing professional identity and attitudes as a Christian counselor. This course is a Prerequisite to Practicum I (MFPSY5541).3
1097725MFPSY5521Human Growth and DevelopmentThis course is an overview of developmental process beginning prior to birth and continuing through death, including how individuals develop cognitively, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally across the lifespan. Students will consider applicability of life stage development and transitions to various counseling and ministry settings.3
1097731MFPSY5522Abnormal PsychologyThis course surveys historical and modern methods of studying abnormal human behavior. It includes a focus on etiology of abnormal behavior, categories of pathology, and general treatment approaches. Students will consider the relationship between religion and mental health/mental illness and best methods of treatment in a counseling setting or referral in a ministry setting. This course is a Prerequisite to Psychopathology (MFPSY5535).3
1097743MFPSY5523Group Dynamics and CounselingThis course includes a study of group development, processes of group interaction, and basics of conducting counseling in a group setting. Students will consider how to begin a counseling group, methods of effective group leadership and facilitation, evaluating the therapeutic results of group interaction, and ethical issues related to group process and intervention.3
1097755MFPSY5524Research and StatisticsThis course studies research design and statistical analysis as applied to counseling, behavioral science, and ministry research fields. Students will examine topics including research methodology, design, measurement, sampling, data gathering, and interpretation. Statistical analysis includes descriptive and inferential procedures for analyzing data. Students will acquire the necessary skills to integrate research into their professional decision-making process.3
1097761MFPSY5525Testing and AssessmentStudents will examine the use of assessment techniques and tools, particularly in relationship to individual, marriage, and family counseling. Students will learn to use selected evaluation and testing measures, along with ethical methods of instrument development, administration, and interpretation of results. (Prerequisite: MFPSY5512)

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1097773MFPSY5526Vocational GuidanceThis course investigates the history of vocation along with major theories and techniques used in counseling individuals in career-related decisions. Students study the history, principles, and techniques in the field of vocational or career counseling. Students become familiar with, administer, and interpret assessment instruments related to career interest, career choice, and change of vocation.3
1097785MFPSY5527Family Systems and TherapyThis course examines conceptual, theoretical, and theological issues related to family, along with issues of family health and development. The course provides a substantive understanding of the major theories of systems function and change and the applied family therapy approaches evolving from each orientation. (Prerequisite: MFPSY5514)3
1159777MFPSY5528Counseling and Addictive ProcessesThis course examines the origins and trends of addictive and compulsive behaviors, treatment options, and potential barriers to treatment. Behaviors associated with substance and alcohol abuse and addictions, compulsive gambling, sexual addictions, and eating disorders are explored within a cultural and theological framework.3
1097797MFPSY5531Counseling Ethics IIThis course considers further ethical and legal aspects of the counseling field as well as standards for professional conduct. The course will additionally focus on records management, professional organizations, inter-professional cooperation in the counseling field, licensure processes, current LPC board functioning and rules, and other state laws that regulate the counseling field. This course is taught as a capstone course and, as such, should be taken in the student's final year of study. (Prerequisite: MFPSY5543)3
1097809MFPSY5532Cross-Cultural CounselingThis course investigates the multiple dimensions related to competent multicultural counseling. Major ethnic groups are studied along with associated counseling approaches. Theories of multicultural counseling and systems-oriented intervention strategies (couple, family, group, and community) are examined as well as the overarching cultural context of relationships, religious and spiritual values, mental and physical characteristics, education, family values, and socioeconomic status. Attention is given to developing awareness of one's own values, attitudes, and beliefs related to counseling in a diverse society. (Prerequisite: MFPSY5541)3
1097821MFPSY5533Counseling and Human SexualityThis course surveys the broad spectrum of human sexuality issues, including a biblical basis for sexuality, sexual development, and sexual problems that occur for individuals and in marriage. Students will consider various approaches for treatment of sexual problems and will learn to apply related counseling methodology. (Prerequisite: MFPSY5541)3
1097833MFPSY5534Therapy with Children and AdolescentsThis course surveys major therapeutic approaches with children and adolescents. Psychological and spiritual development will be examined with a focus on how developmental processes influence counseling. Diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders common to childhood and adolescents will also be addressed.3
1097845MFPSY5535PsychopathologyIn this course, students will study diagnosis of mental disorders, the criteria for these diagnoses, psychotropic pharmacology, and the development of treatment planning skills utilized in professional/clinical mental health settings. Students will learn appropriate use of the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health, along with understanding uses and misuses of psychotropic medications.3
1177087MFPSY5539Independent StudyIndependent Study3
1097851MFPSY5541Practicum IThis course offers experiential training under the guidance of an LPC-Supervisor, preparing students to provide counseling services in their remaining practicum semesters. Students will further refine basic counseling skills, will gain additional preparation in counseling ethics and professionalism, and will identify and make arrangements with their practicum placement site. (Prerequisites: MFPSY5511, MFPSY5512, MFPSY5513, MFPSY5514, MFPSY5517)3
1097863MFPSY5542Practicum IIStudents must spend 5-10 hours in a counseling setting, providing counseling services to actual clients. This must be done under the supervision of an individual licensed at the supervisory level for Texas LPC or LMFT state licensure (or the equivalent). (Prerequisites: MFPSY5541).3
1097887MFPSY5543Practicum IIIStudents must spend 5-10 hours in a counseling setting, providing counseling services to actual clients. This must be done under the supervision of an individual licensed at the supervisory level for Texas LPC or LMFT state licensure (or the equivalent). (Prerequisites: MFPSY5542).3
1097911MFPSY5544Clinical Training and InternshipStudents must spend 5-10 hours in a counseling setting, providing counseling services to actual clients. This must be done under the supervision of an individual licensed at the supervisory level for Texas LPC or LMFT state licensure (or the equivalent). (Prerequisites: MFPSY5543).3
1097935MFPSY5545Clinical TrainingThis course is for students seeking clinical training beyond the required four semesters. Students must spend 3 or more hours in a counseling setting, providing counseling services to actual clients. This must be done under the supervision of an individual licensed at the supervisory level for Texas LPC or LMFT state licensure (or the equivalent). Admission to this course is by professor permission only (Prerequisite: MFPSY 5544).1
1097947MFPSY5546Clinical TrainingThis course is for students seeking clinical training beyond the required four semesters. Students must spend 3 or more hours in a counseling setting, providing counseling services to actual clients. This must be done under the supervision of an individual licensed at the supervisory level for Texas LPC or LMFT state licensure (or the equivalent). Admission to this course is by professor permission only. (Prerequisite: MFPSY 5544).3
1097953MFPSY5547Clinical TrainingThis course is for students seeking clinical training beyond the required four semesters. Students must spend 3 or more hours in a counseling setting, providing counseling services to actual clients. This must be done under the supervision of an individual licensed at the supervisory level for Texas LPC or LMFT state licensure (or the equivalent). Admission to this course is by professor permission only. (Prerequisite: MFPSY 5544).1
1097965MFPSY5548Clinical TrainingThis course is for students seeking clinical training beyond the required four semesters. Students must spend 3 or more hours in a counseling setting, providing counseling services to actual clients. This must be done under the supervision of an individual licensed at the supervisory level for Texas LPC or LMFT state licensure (or the equivalent). Admission to this course is by professor permission only. (Prerequisite: MFPSY 5544).1
1339267MFPSY5553Basic Skills in Christian CounselingThis course is an introduction to basic counseling skills necessary for various counseling settings. Students will examine underlying theoretical assumptions and theology applicable to counseling skills and will develop and apply these skills in a counseling setting.2
1794056MFPSY5554Advance Couples Counseling IThis course introduces students to advanced counseling techniques and methods used in helping couples manage marital conflicts, deepen their friendships, and increase intimacy based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. Various marital assessments and interventions will also be explored. Students will have an opportunity to earn Level One Gottman Certification at the conclusion of this course. This course has a prerequisite MFPSY5514 Premarital and Marriage Counseling Note: This course will be taught June 4-5, 2021.1
1805530MFPSY5555Technology in CounselingIn this course, students will examine contemporary issues in using technology in a professional counseling setting. Students will explore state and federal rules and regulations, along with best practices in the field, including HIPAA compliant platforms, as they relate to technology in counseling. Students will develop skills in session management, documentation, and informed consent in the telehealth process. The course will also briefly overview future technological advances in counseling interventions.1
1097977MFPSY5611Relationships in Chaplain MinistryA study of human relations in institutional ministry. Attention will be given to understanding the chaplain's identity and relationship to God, other individuals, groups, and the institution within which the chaplain ministers. Students will also learn about peer relationships and collegiality, as well as relationships of protégés with mentors, and supervisors with subordinates.2
1097983MFPSY5612Group Dynamics in Institutional StructuresA study of the nature, dynamics, and interaction of groups in institutional settings. Attention will be given to how religious leaders and other group members interact within formal and informal structures and through formal and informal processes in military, health-care, correctional, corporate, and other community-related structures.2
1097989MFPSY5621Basic Christian CounselingAn introduction to theories and methods of Christian counseling. Attention will be given to personality theories, counseling techniques, and theology found in Scripture, and to the integration of these principles with current psychological theories and methods. The student will learn basic counseling skills and techniques and will develop a personal model of counseling consistent with Scripture.2
1097995MFPSY7203Models of Integration2
1098001MFPSY7204Counseling Theory and Methodologycourse description2
1098007MFSEM7201Ministry and Formation Disciplinary Seminar I2
1098013MFSEM7202Ministry and Formation Disciplinary Seminar II2
1098019MFSEM7203Ministry and Formation Disciplinary Seminar III2
1098049MFSEM7213Administration in Ministry2

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