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Community Development: The Art of Facilitation and Workshop Design

At the core of every community developer is a commitment to transformational teaching which unleashes within people the competencies to change their local community. Individual and group learning is possible when community members are treated with respect, feel safe to explore new ideas and can readily apply new learning to their present context. Based on both the theory and practice of adult learning and the biblical principle of discipleship, participants will develop their personal capacity to facilitate both trainings ; meetings and design workshops to move the community a step closer to peace and well-being.

Early Christianity (to AD 600)

This course offers an opportunity to explore the history of the Christian Church from its origins in Judaism through to its monastic expansion beyond the boundaries of the Western Roman Empire in the sixth and seventh centuries. It will examine the conflicts, individuals, social movements, and theologies that shaped Christianity during this formative time.

Facilitating Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the Church and in the World

Forgiveness and reconciliation are central to the gospel message and virtues that mark Christian maturity. Recognizing them as virtues does not automatically translate into an ability to recover from relationship hurts, and people may then turn to a clergyperson or lay leader in the church for help in getting from a place of hurt and anger to one of acceptance and closure. This course is designed to assist students in their efforts to acquire the knowledge, wisdom, and skills they need, first to embody the virtues themselves and then to facilitate others.


The Hebrew Bible refers to a number of covenants with God (YHWH). The Noahic Covenant (in Genesis), which is between God and all living creatures, as well as a number of more specific covenants with individuals or groups. Biblical covenants include those with Abraham, the whole Israelite people, the Israelite priesthood, and the Davidic lineage of kings. In form and terminology, these covenants echo the kinds of treaty agreements in the surrounding ancient world.
Types of Love

Times and Seasons (201) (Prophetic)

Solomon wrote, “To everything there is a season” (Ecc 2:1). Just as there are natural seasons there are also spiritual seasons. There is natural timing and spiritual timing. It takes the grace of the prophetic to unlock those times and seasons by the will and power of God. Indeed, the prophetic tongue can set on fire (in a good sense) the very course of nature by unlocking times and seasons in our lives. We know that the Lord does nothing without first revealing it to His servants the prophets (Amos 3:7).


Paul divided his letter to the Ephesians into two clear segments; applying the truths of the first makes possible the actions and lifestyle of the second. Paul spent the first three chapters of the letter discussing God’s creation of a holy community by His gift of grace in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The members of this community have been chosen by God through the work of Christ, adopted as sons and daughters of God, and brought near to the Father through faith in His Son. All people with this faith—Jews and Gentiles alike—were dead in their transgressions and sins but have been made alive because of the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Last Days Eschatology End Times

The part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind. “Christian hope is concerned with eschatology, or the science of last things. This course will be emphasized on preparing for heaven and how we as a culture and world view the afterlife.

Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is "the Spirit of adoption" which God puts into our hearts, by which we know that we are His children. The Spirit bears witness to this great truth (Gal.4:6; Rom.8:14, 16). This class will examine Why the doctrine of the Holy Spirit is important? What are the theological emphases of the “first wave” of Pentecostals and Charismatics? How does the Azusa Street Revival and the Assemblies of God relate to this “first wave”? What is different about the “second wave” than the first?

Mythical and Biblical Creatures

Biblical Creatures are numinous creatures and spiritual entities that appear in the Bible. They could either be creatures with wondrous forms, appear humanoid in some Biblical accounts while other Biblical creatures described on some books of the Bible convey frightening images of beasts. However, these creatures are often subjected to different interpretations.

Life Cycle of a Seed

Growth begins with the sowing of seed. That is true in the vegetable kingdom of the earth. It is also true in the spiritual kingdom of Heaven. You can change your life simply by paying attention to the spiritual seed you sow daily. "Do not be deceived. God is not mocked” For whatever a person sows, this will that person also reap. For those who sow to their own flesh, shall reap corruption from the flesh. But the one who sows to the Spirit, shall reap eternal life from the Spirit" (Galatians 6:7-10) The "fruit of the Spirit" give us a general idea of the kind of seed we should sow (Galatians 5:22-23).

Communicating for Transformation

An analysis of the skills, resources, methods, and spiritual dynamics of communication. The course will equip leaders with an understanding of various ways to communicate more effectively and persuasively, in order to facilitate life transformation.

Isaiah (101)

Explores the historical circumstances, literary features, and theology of the book of Isaiah. Attention will be given to contemporary approaches to the book and use of the book in the New Testament.

Leading with Cultural Intelligence

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the capability to function effectively in a variety of cultural contexts. Students will examine literature and perspectives from the fields of anthropology, sociology, and organizational leadership, as well as study cultural engagement in light of the biblical narrative.

Theology Spirituality and the Arts

This course aims to introduce key points of intersection between theology, spirituality, and the-arts across two millennia. Employing a broad-definition of the arts, it will include visual arts, music, liturgy, literature, -film and media. It will explore theological, historical, and pastoral applications of the arts viewed as primary source material, forms of spiritual expression, and sources of inspiration, healing and social critique. It will also address both the theoretical and practical aspects of the ongoing(relationship between theology and the arts.

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

This intensive course is the first of two courses designed to introduce the student to the basics of Biblical Hebrew grammar and syntax. Parts I (KNB1001HF) and II (KNB1002HS) of the courses taken consecutively will give the student the equivalent of a year-long introduction to Biblical Hebrew. This course is intended for both those who wish to acquire Hebrew for use in ministry and for those who intend to go on to graduate academic degrees.

Management and Leadership of Non-Profit Organizations

In this course, students examine the unique characteristics and roles of leaders within non-profit organizations in our society. Sectoral Issues as well as practical factors pertaining to the effective management and leadership of non-profit organizations within a diverse context will be explored. Students will focus on six significant capacity areas of management and leadership: strategy, HR, Financial Stewardship, Resource Development, Program, and Team Leadership.

Church of Laodicea

This course introduces Spiritual assessment Laodicea was one of Revelation's seven churches who received a spiritual evaluation directly from Jesus Christ. God drew an analogy from everyday life in the city in order to make his point that the church had become spiritually lukewarm.

Corporate Move of God

One of the most striking things about corporate worship in the new covenant is the persistent focus on building up the whole body. Paul writes, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:16). We teach and admonish one another as we sing to the Lord. As we praise God, we build each other up. Paul goes so far as to say that everything in the gathered assembly should be done with a view to building up the body in Christ (1 Cor. 14:26).

The Gospels

The teaching of the history of Jesus' life and teaching in the first four books of the New Testament

Prophets Major

As a mouthpiece or spokesman for God, the prophet’s primary duty was to speak forth God’s message to God’s people in the historical context of what was happening among God’s people. The broadest meaning is that of forthtelling; the narrower meaning is that of foretelling. In the process of proclaiming God’s message, the prophet would sometimes reveal that which pertained to the future, but, contrary to popular opinion, this was only a small part of the prophet’s message. Forthtelling involved insight into the will of God; it was exhortative, challenging men to obey. On the other hand, foretelling entailed foresight into the plan of God; it was predictive, either encouraging the righteous in view of God’s promises or warning in view of coming judgment. So, the prophet was the divinely chosen spokesman who, having received God’s message, proclaimed it in oral, visual, or written form to the people. For this reason, a common formula used by the prophets was, “Thus says the Lord.”

Doctrine of God the Father

God the Father is a title given to God in various religions, most prominently in Christianity. In mainstream trinitarian Christianity, God the Father is regarded as the first person of the Trinity, followed by the second person, God the Son, and the third person, God the Holy Spirit. Since the second century, Christian creeds included affirmation of belief in "God the Father", primarily as his capacity as "Father and creator of the universe".

Jesus the Redeemer of Time

In Christian theology, Jesus is sometimes referred to as a Redeemer. This refers to the salvation he is believed to have accomplished, and is based on the metaphor of redemption, or "buying back". Although the Gospels do not use the title "Redeemer", the word "redemption" is used in several of Paul's letters.

Ministry & Culture

This course provides students with a theoretical and practical background for engaging culture. It examines a number of historic models of Christian cultural engagement and explores the validity of traditional and emerging models for ministry & mission.

Galatians & Romans

Explores Pauline theology by way of an in-depth study of the Apostle Paul's letters to the Galatians and Romans. Consideration will be given to theological questions generated by the New Perspective on Paul and relevant concerns of Dispensational Theology.

Practical Application of Pauline Theology

A study of Pauline theology with an emphasis on practical theology for spiritual formation, church practice, evangelism, and the mission of the church. Attention will be given to current trends in Pauline theology, as well as the importance of Paul's letters for dispensational theology.

Apocrypha Introduction 101

An Introduction of the Apocryphal books that were written between about 350 B.C. and 80 A.D. Apocrypha typically refers to a group of 15 books that are included in the Roman Catholic Old Testament but are missing from Protestant Bibles. — in those years between the Old and New Testaments. Its original root is the Greek word "krypto", meaning 'secret' or 'hidden'.

The Holy Spirit: Exploring Pneumatology

This course explores the identity and mission of the Holy Spirit through listening to the witness of the Scriptures and the early church, and through critical engagement with contemporary conversations about the Spirit. The first half of the course addresses Biblical foundations and patristic developments, with a particular focus on the Spirt in relation to the doctrine of the Trinity. The second half explores a number of contemporary issues in pneumatology. Topics to be covered include the Holy Spirit in relation to creation and contemporary cosmology; the Holy Spirit in relation to the Church, Scripture, prayer, and the Christian life; Pentecostal and charismatic perspectives on the Holy Spirit; and the task of discernment of the Holy Spirit in the church and the world.

Zion and the Servant in Isaiah (201)

This course focuses on the unity of the Book of Isaiah with special attention to the key themes of Zion and the Servant. Students completing this course will understand key components of the Zion tradition and the reworking of this tradition in Isaiah following the Assyrian invasion in 701 and the fall of Jerusalem in 587/6. Students will be able to describe the coherence of the Book of Isaiah through the figures of Zion and the Servant. Finally, students will apply the Zion and Servant texts in the context of proclamation within the church.

Times and Seasons (301) Last Days

The Bible describes events and conditions that would mark “the conclusion of the [current] system of things,” or “the end of the world.” (Matthew 24:3; King James Version) The Bible calls this time period “the last days” and the “time of the end,” or “end times.” (2 Timothy 3:1; Daniel 8:19; Easy-to-Read Version) The following are some outstanding features of last-days, or end-times, prophecies:
War on a large scale.—Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:4.Famine.—Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:5, 6.
Great earthquakes.—Luke 21:11.Pestilences, or epidemics of “terrible diseases.”—Luke 21:11, this list is not inclusive.

Intro To Times and Seasons (101)

From the very creation of the world, God set in motion His times, cycles, and seasons. There are more than 800 verses in that Bible in which God declares He is concerned with times, seasons, and cycles.
We see this in His majestic creation narrative found in the opening paragraphs of the book of Genesis: "And God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs to indicate seasons, and days, and years. Let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth.' And it was so" (Gen. 1:14-15).

Intertestamental Period

The intertestamental period ( Protestant) or deuterocanonical period ( Catholic, Orthodox) is the period of time between the events of the protocanonical books and the New Testament. Traditionally, it is considered to cover roughly four hundred years, spanning the ministry of Malachi (c. 420 BC) to the appearance of John the Baptist in the early 1st century AD.

Prophets Minor

The Minor Prophets dramatize the character of God as few other books in the Bible do. They particularly highlight three aspects of God’s character: His sovereignty, His holiness, and His love. The common title for these twelve books of the English Bible is “minor prophets.” This title originated in Augustine’s time (late fourth century A.D.), but they are minor only in that they are each much shorter than the prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel (called “major prophets”).

Famous Women in the Bible

The Bible is a book that has been found relevant and meaningful to generation after generation. No matter the ebbs and flows of the culture, the stories, poetry, and historical accounts found in the Bible have spoken to people of all backgrounds. Among many areas in which the Bible is revolutionary, it’s high regard for women is one in which it is a document truly ahead of its time.


God Manifestation is the theme of the Bible. It is that all embracing doctrine that describes the eternal purpose God has with mankind upon the earth. . The word “manifestation” as such is only found in the New Testament where it is translated from the Greek word phanerosis . The basic meaning of this word is ‘to make something visible, or clear, to make something known, to reveal something’. The root word of phanerosis is phos , meaning ‘light’. For something to be revealed, or made visible, there must be light, the source of which must be God.

Transformational Leadership

This course introduces students to the biblical foundations, principles, and practices of effective leadership. Students will further develop personal leadership skills, as well as create a working model of how to inspire change within a variety of ministry settings.

Contemporary Theology Perspectives

This course is designed to equip the student to respond biblically to a range of theological issues facing the 21st-century church. Issues include (but are not limited to): soteriology, biblical interpretation & authority, and the emergent/missional church, as well as differing theological perspectives that are influential in culture today.
Studies in Dispensational Theology Presents the student with an intensive summary of the historic theological position of Grace Christian University, including critical examination and evaluation of the biblical, theological, and practical interests of dispensational theology.

World Religions

World religions is a category used in the study of religion to demarcate the five and in some cases the largest and most internationally widespread religious movements. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism are always included in the list, being known as the "Big Five". Some scholars also include other religions, such as Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, or the Baha’i Faith, in this category. These are often juxtaposed against other categories, such as indigenous religions and new religious movements, which are also used by scholars in this field of research.

Theology Courses

Curriculum Core Courses (4 credit hours)

Counseling Courses

Dynamics of biblical Christian Counseling (4 credit hours)

Introductory Counseling Issues

This course offers understanding and discussions of variations of issues that arise in counseling. These issues may come unexpected but nevertheless the counselor must be prepared when counseling or be willing to reassign some issues to other trained professionals to better accommodate the counselee from church, community, including any legal, ethical, multicultural, and moral issues in Christian Counseling.

Interpersonal Issues (301)

This course dwells deeply into the life of King David who had challenges with death, issues that develop with conflict and relationships, sex apart from marriage, sex within marriage, incest, abuse, and neglect.

Christian Counseling as Ministry and Profession

This course focuses on utilizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit in counseling sessions. Guidance to impart wisdom, knowledge, and counsel to the afflicted. In some cases, students become spiritual mentors and spiritual directors to those who seek spiritual advice. Just as the Paul-Timothy relationship as found in Scripture develops between spiritual parent and spiritual child.

Interventions: (201)

Behavior interventions are counseling techniques designed to modify behavior without necessarily addressing the thoughts, feelings, or motivations associated with that behavior. These types of interventions are often used as a first step toward long term behavior change.

Counseling Prominent Issues

This intensive course facilitates in recognizing prominent issues such as depression, anxiety, anger, guilt, loneliness, and forgiveness.

Spirituality in Counseling

Greater spiritual health is likely to have a positive impact on overall wellness Spirituality can be defined in many ways, but a simple definition of spirituality is a sense of connection to something greater than one-self. In the past, mental health professionals (other than pastoral counselors) often hesitated to include discussion of religious beliefs or spirituality in therapy. But more research shows spiritual or religious beliefs can support mental and emotional wellness, as well as physical health.

Challenging Unbiblical Thinking

This course gives an intensive overview of the Life of Job and details discussions regarding feelings and comments that Job endured during his trails and hardships. This parallel study connects with counselors as they encounter counselees that disclose similar trauma disorders.

Group Counseling (202)

Group counseling is a distinctive helping approach. Small clusters of clients gather with one or more leaders to discuss issues, share experiences, exchange ideas, and join forces to reach goals. Group methods offer distinct advantages over individualized care. Participants not only gain a counselor but also have opportunities to be supported and challenged by a defined community.

Development Issues (201)

Causes of problems in childhood, adolescence, Twenties & Thirties, Forty & Fifties, and later years.

Legal Issues in Counseling

Counselors face multiple legal risks that can be minimized by a well-planned risk management program. The most frequent legal risks arise from dual relationships, especially sexual misconduct, deviation from professional practice guidelines, violations of laws and regulations, behavior violations, confidentiality, and responsibility.

Counselor & Client Relationships(202)

Developing a counsellor-counselee relationship requires laying foundations for trust. Establishing the structure and form the relationship will take informed consent process. It is necessary to articulating roles of counselor and client and developing a collaborative working alliance. The “getting to know you” phase is the most critical stage of the relationship. The counselor should work on the following things during this stage: Developing Rapport and Building Trust and create core conditions necessary for counselling.

Substance Abuse Behavioral Addictions

This course focus on various obsessions that causes one vulnerable to becoming addicted. Addiction is anything or behavior that is habitual, repetitious, and exceedingly difficult to control regardless of the consequences. Some examples are drugs/alcohol, pornography, internet gamers, work sports, shopping, spending, eating, sex, or religion.

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