Course Descriptions

The courses offered by the Triangle Bible Institute are in the field of Christian Education, Theology, Divinity and Ministry. Additionally, TBI offers Certificates in Guidance, Teaching and Biblical Studies. All courses are designed to meet the purpose and goals of the school. Please note that there are some courses in this section which are not presently offered by the institute. They are here listed as “holding offerings” for future inclusion in the school’s programs.

INDEPENDENT STUDY / INDEPENDENT RESEARCH / SELF-PACED SURVEY

These courses are intended to provide a service for students who have scheduling difficulties or who desire a course not offered during any given semester. These studies are subject to the availability of an appropriate professor. Topics of interest not covered in the other course offerings may likewise be chosen when approved.

BIBLICAL SUBJECTS (BI)

BI201 – CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

This is an inductive study of Biblical Gospel Discipleship, with an emphasis on the relationship between discipleship and stewardship in ministry. The class will focus on the things that a new Christian should know and do. This course will also teach managing the affairs of God. Students will learn how to maintain the affairs of the church, such as tithes and offering and legal matters of the Church, and understand how to use one’s talent(s) to enhance the church’s ministries.

BI202 – STEWARDSHIP

Students will learn how to maintain the affairs of the church, such as tithes and offering and legal matters of the Church, and understand how to use one’s talent(s) to enhance the church’s ministries. This course deals with legal matters, financial accountability and godly stewardship over one’s time, talents and gifts.

BI503 – CHRISTOLOGY

This examination of the person of Christ as fully God and fully man also encompasses the biblical names of Christ as well as the ministry of Christ. It is a critical interpretation and analysis of selected views of the person of Christ.

BI504 – CHURCH HISTORY I

The history of the Christian church from its beginning to the present is studied. Particular attention will be given to the institution, thought and outstanding personalities in the development of the church. This is a survey of the first fourteen centuries of the church, its persecution, heresy, the rise of Roman Catholicism and those who opposed it.

BI205 – GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

This is the study of theological terms which are endowments that come through the grace of God. As an example, they are healing, helping, administering, speaking in tongues, driving out evil spirits, prophesying, and having a keenness of discernment and wisdom. All gifts will be comprehensively studied.

BI306 – HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY

The history of the Christian Church from its beginning to the present is studied. Particular attention will be given to the institutions, thought, and outstanding personalities in the development of the church.

BI207 – HOLY SPIRIT

The primary emphasis in this course deals with the person of the Holy Spirit, the seven spirits of God, the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit in the time of Christ, the Holy Spirit in conversion, the baptism in the Holy of Spirit as distinguished from conversion (filling), the baptism of the Holy Spirit (indwelling), and the Holy Spirit in the church and in the future.

BI408 – THE CHURCH & THE HOLY SPIRIT

This course will examine the unbreakable connection between the Church and the Holy Spirit’s enabling ability for believers. The point of the Spirit is to enable those who follow Jesus to take into all the world the news that He is Lord, that He has won the victory over the forces of evil, that a new world has opened up and that we are to help make it happen. Equally, the task of the church cannot be attempted without the Spirit. The Spirit is given so that we can ourselves be what Jesus himself is: part of God’s future arriving in the present; a place where heaven and earth meet; the means of God’s kingdom going forward. The Spirit is given so that the church can share in the life and continuing work of Jesus Himself now that He has gone into God’s dimension, i.e. heaven.

BI509 – INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL STUDIES (IBS)

This course is intended to provide a general introduction to the critical study of the Bible. The modern, exegetical approaches will be examined and related to the study of the Bible, considering its origins, forms, settings, and uses. As a result of this course, the student should be able to engage the Bible, conscientiously and critically, and begin to understand the ancient Israelite and Christian traditions in their respective contexts.

BI310 – LIFE OF CHRIST

This course examines the major chronological periods of the life of the Lord in connection with a harmony of the gospels. It surveys major events, teachings, themes, and events in the life of Christ.

BI311 – PARABLES

This course is an interpretive study of the parables. This course examines parables in the Old and New Testaments in light of the manners, customs and time lines of the biblical period. Emphasis is placed on the divine purpose of God’s parables for His people.

BI412 – PENTATEUCH

A study of the Old Testament historical books (Genesis through Deuteronomy). Special attention is given to interpreting Genesis 1-11 and to explaining the flow of the patriarchs and national history of Genesis 12 through Deuteronomy 34. Contemporary approaches to the Pentateuch are evaluated.

BI213 – PRAYER

This course is based on the fundamental precepts of prayer and how the phenomenal power and presence of God are released in a person’s life when he/she learns to personalize the promises of the scriptures by offering them back to God through prayer.

BI414 – PRINCIPLES OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Students will be given an in-depth study of the laws and rules of spiritual warfare, including what warfare is and how to do warfare. Using the scriptures, students will study the techniques used in different situations and the strategies that brought about victory and deliverance from the enemy by the Word of God.

BI415 – TABERNACLE

This is an analysis of the portable sanctuary that served as a place of worship for the Israelites from the time of the wilderness wanderings until the building of the temple of Solomon, typifying God’s dwelling with His people. The study includes the court where the great altar of burnt offering and the bronze laver were used by the priest for ritual oblations.

BI416 – BIBLICAL GEOGRAPHY

The Bible is unique in setting out its message from God to mankind in a definite geographical and historical setting. It therefore includes very many references to lands and people, places and features, ranging from Persia in the east to Rome and Spain in the west; from Ethiopia and Egypt in the south to the parts of Asia Minor (ancient Anatolia, modern Turkey), where early Christian churches flourished, in the north. At the center is the region of Syro-Palestine, the Holy Land and its neighboring countries where the Bible story unfolded. This course will explore those locations in concert with the biblical record from the Old and New Testament respectively, and will be chiefly concerned with the Holy Land.

BI417 – APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE

Apocalyptic Literature uses visions as a way of revealing secrets from heaven about the present and the future of humankind. These visions lead in turn to further explanation about coming events or other visions and dreams. This course will begin the process of alerting us, the believers of what has been determined by God before creation: history has been divided into two periods – this world, which is ruled by Satan and his legions, and the next world, in which wickedness will be abolished and God will rule supreme.

BI518 – CHURCH HISTORY II

A comprehensive survey of the history of the Christian church will be conducted from the fifteenth century to the present (background, reformation, missions, and ecumenical movement, Christianity in America and Fundamentalism). Students will develop a solid knowledge of church history. The purpose of this course is to bring harmony among church, school, home and community. Students will learn a holistic approach to family and church development. It is also designed to enhance the physiological, emotional and spiritual development of adults and children.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (CE)

CE501 – BIBLICAL RESEARCH & WRITING

This application consists of scholarly research into a subject area, followed by the writing of a book length document, which includes original findings, analysis, and point of view. The dissertation must be sufficiently original and of such a level of excellence that it significantly contributes to the field of its endeavor.

CE102 – CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (Introduction)

This course examines the function and standing of Christians in society and in the local church in this century. It provides practical experiences in developing an overview of the biblical, theological, historical, and philosophical foundations, as well as the basic objectives of Christian Education. The course is an in-depth examination of the objectives of Christian Education, from a historical, contemporary and philosophical perspective. Consideration will also be given to a comparative analysis of Christian versus secular education and the corresponding social implications.

CE503 – CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (Advanced)

This course is an introductory study of theories, types, techniques and perils of leadership. Special emphasis is placed on time management, personal planning and training others to improve themselves. This course will provide students with knowledge that will enable the educator to apply Biblical principles in education. An examination of the basic principles of understanding axioms of Old and New Testament ethics and how to apply them today are highlighted. The basic principles of ethics within the context of Christianity and the implications of applying Christian ethics within contemporary society will be examined.

CE504 – CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (Philosophy)

This course is designed to promote critical reflection about the nature of what it means to know something (a thing, a thought, an idea, et. al). Students will be encouraged to formulate a biblical worldview and examine values of education and learning from a Christian perspective.

CE505 – CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PROGRAM OF THE CHURCH

Pedagogy is studied and developed through student presentations in class. Students participate in evaluation of one another with a view toward being better equipped to teach and train others for local church educational ministries. Particular educational ministries and principles are also studied, and a Christian Education file is developed.

CE506 – CHRISTIAN ETHICS

This course explores the ethical foundations of the Christian faith, the variety of motifs informing Christian ethical tradition, and the impact of such motifs upon the direction and character of Christian ethical decision-making in the contemporary society.

CE407 – CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES

What is the church’s position on “Controversial Issues”? Students will do research study on popular issues confronting society today. Using the Holy Bible as a manual for correctness, students will explore issues such as clashing over political correctness, health care, the local church’s social responsibility, the battle of the sexes, parenting, women ministers, rescuing our children from the devil, the media, divorce and many other issues.

CE508 – EDUCATIONAL MEASUREMENT THEORIES

This course is designed to introduce students to theories of tests and measurements. Students will receive a brief introduction to content validity, items analysis, test construction, reliability, etc. It covers areas that provide tools necessary to make the teaching/learning process effective. Students will be exposed to the various learning styles and be able to use these styles to solve practical problems associated with learning and teaching.

CE309 – HOW TO STUDY (EXEGESIS) THE BIBLE

This course introduces students to a systematic way of studying the Bible. This course is designed to sharpen students’ skills in interpreting (words, phases, and passages) of the Old and New Testament and to enable them to interpret systematically and methodically the Testaments, so as to construct and develop sermons that are biblically sound. Course includes how to use reference books, such as commentaries, expository dictionary, etc. The course will also provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for examinations.

CE310 – HOW TO TEACH THE BIBLE

This course introduces students to a systematic way of teaching the Bible. The course includes how to use reference books, such as commentaries, expository dictionary, etc. The course will also provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for examinations. For students who have teaching experience, this course will enhance their current teaching ability and offer new and exciting teaching techniques that will promote class discussion and participation.

CE411 – TEACHER EDUCATION

This introductory course will include desirable teacher traits and religious foundation of Christian Education and development of biblical philosophy of education. Twenty (20) hours of teacher aid work will include classroom management and routine procedures, establish proper classroom decorum, provide training in biblically-based discipline techniques and do classroom observations (internship) to complete the course requirements.

CE412 – TEACHING PRACTIUM I

The first part of this practicum will concentrate on the student’s development of planning skills to ensure effective teaching and learning. Focus will be on new methods and strategies for reaching the new learner.

CE413 – TEACHING PRACTIUM II

The second part of this practicum will provide an opportunity for students to design a course of study and be responsible for teaching it within the context of local congregational ministry. Evaluation of the study and learning principle will be critical.

CE414 – TEACHING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES

This course provides the basic principles of teaching and learning to improve the student’s effectiveness as a teacher in the classroom. The course includes: styles of learning, evaluation, record keeping, ministry skills, basic principles of teaching and learning.

CE615 – THESIS OR APPROVED ELECTIVE

Each student has the option of writing a thesis for the Master of Arts degree under the supervision of an advisor. The thesis climaxes the student’s biblical study program and provides an opportunity for the student to use the tools of biblical interpretation.

COMPUTER SCIENCE (CS)

CS201 – INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER USAGE

This course educates students on the basic usage of the computer. Particular emphasis is given to learning to use the computer as a word processor to type essays, term papers, thesis, and other Christian writing.

EVANGELISM/MISSIONS (EV)

EV501 – CHRISTIAN LIFE & WITNESS

This is a practical course of instruction designed to acquaint the student with the fundamental areas of the Christian life as described in the Bible. An emphasis will be placed on the student’s personal encounter with God as the truths considered in class are applied to daily life. The student will go beyond knowing about the Christian life to actually living it.

EV202 – EVANGELISM

This is the study of soul winning – the application of witnessing and sharing Christ with others using the great doctrines of the Bible. Students are introduced to topical scriptures to support a solid plan/foundation for the plan of salvation.

EV503 – HOME MISSIONS

This course covers various aspects of missions, such as the history of missions, promotion of missions, principles and methods of missions, modern trends in missions, as well as a short missionary practicum under supervision.

EV504 – INTRODUCTION TO MISSIONS

The history, principles, and practices of contemporary missionary societies are examined. Crucial questions, such as the spiritual condition of the heathen and the nature of the missionary call, are addressed.

FOUNDATION STUDIES (FS)

FS101 – ENGLISH I – GRAMMAR

This course will aid students in identifying parts of speech, recognizing their specific aspects, constructing various forms, understanding their functions, and comprehending syntax. Students will become familiar with the simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences to enhance the students’ ability in written and spoken language. Punctuation marks will also be reviewed.

FS102 – ENGLISH II – COMPOSITION

The focus is on developing written communication. Students will understand the requirement of all well-organized paragraphs. They will develop writings by use of details, description, comparison and contrast, narration, explanation, reasoning, and persuasion.

FS203 – ENGLISH III – CHURCH CORRESPONDENCE

This course will include the writing techniques in such documents as bulletins, advertising, newsletters, calendars, memoranda, obituaries, tracks, letters, minutes of meetings, reports, etc. Its emphasis is effective written communications.

FS304 -ENGLISH IV – PUBLIC SPEAKING

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic tenets of effective public speaking and the different types of speech presentations (e.g., informative, persuasive, etc.) Along with academic instruction, major emphasis will be on actual presentations. This course will take one through the steps of preparing a good speech and the method of delivery.

FS305 – TEACHING THE 3 R’S

This course deals with practical problems of mathematics, reading, and writing. It begins with solving problems needed for passing high school math and extends to college-level concepts and skills of written expression.

FS606 – COMMUNITY & SOCIAL MENTORING
To Be Determined

GREEK LANGUAGE (GK)

GK701 – GREEK GRAMMAR

This course will introduce students to the study of Greek. The students will learn to read and understand the Greek New Testament, even if they have never studied a foreign language before. Whether they are trying to write a solid expository sermon, prepare an accurate Sunday school lesson, express proper theology in the lyrics of a song, or translate the New Testament into a foreign language, New Testament Greek is a guide without which they are likely to stumble or even miss the way. The focus will be on those aspects of grammar where Greek offers its greatest contributions to understanding the New Testament, contributions that are generally not attainable from an English translation.

HEBREW LANGUAGE (HB)

HB701 – HEBREW

This course is intended to provide a working knowledge of how to research, interpret and critically exegete biblical scripture according to Hebrew linguistics.

HB702 – HEBREW I

This is a formal introduction to the basic rules and principles of biblical Hebrew grammar designed to facilitate reading and critical study of the Hebrew Bible. Phonetic value of alphabets, vowels, syllable accents, etc., will be demonstrated and applied to the parts of speech, and the seven stems of Hebrew verbs will be learned in order to practice reading Hebrew.

HB703 – HEBREW II

Students will continue the basic principles of syntax and further reading skills. The main concern is the application of grammatical insights in the reading and understanding of the Hebrew Bible; that is, the texts consulted.

HISTORY (HI)

HI201 – WORLD HISTORY I

This course is a survey of Western Civilization from its beginnings through the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

HI202 – WORLD HISTORY II

This course is a survey of Western Civilization from the early modern period through the twentieth century.

MATHEMATICS (MA)

MA601 – MATH FOR THE LIBERAL ARTS

Designed to be the mathematics capstone of a liberal arts program, the course serves two purposes:

(1) rounding out the student’s understanding of mathematics as a discipline by showing how it fits into the scheme of human knowledge, how it evolved, and what it is good for;

(2) by addressing the practical side of mathematics showing it is useful in our everyday lives as professionals, responsible citizens, and as Christians. This is done by surveying major topics in mathematics and examining practical problems and exercises.

MUSIC (MU)

MU601 – PRAISE & WORSHIP

This course teaches key principles of using praise and worship as appropriate for individual ministries. Praise and worship are placed in the concept of soul winning, service enhancement, and spiritual growth. The course will explore the true meaning and significance of praise and worship in the church and in the personal life of the Christian.

NEW TESTAMENT (NT)

NT401 – ACTS

Students will study the working of the Holy Spirit through the church and in the world. The book of Acts parallels the experience of Jesus Himself. This course is designed to study the growth and development of the first century church, the coming of the Holy Spirit, and His activity in the life of Peter and Paul. Included in this study will be the theology and the relationship between Acts and epistolary literature of the New Testament.

NT402 – JAMES

The main study of James is “Practical Living.” This letter addresses the daily issues of life. The book of James is a book for today. The study speaks to the needs of people in our generation, and includes practical living principles (trials, temptation, money, prejudice, anger, misuse of the tongue, social injustice, etc.).

NT503 – NEW TESTAMENT ADVANCE SURVEY

This survey introduces New Testament literature, history, and theology. The New Testament materials are examined for the comments and insights they offer regarding the social and religious world of earliest Christians and for the theological perspectives espoused. Special attention is given to exegetical and contemporary issues. This is a study of the content, teachings, and instructions of each book in the New Testament from Matthew through Revelation. Emphasis is on key verses, themes, and teachings. The student will gain fundamental background knowledge of the New Testament by exploring its history.

NT504 – NEW TESTAMENT INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

The general introduction includes a study of the historical background of New Testament Palestine, politically, religiously, and linguistically; the history of the Greek New Testament text; and the formation of the canon of the New Testament. The special introduction phase of the course deals with authorship, authenticity, date, special characteristics, and critical problems relating to the individual New Testament books.

NT305 – PASTORAL EPISTLES

The Apostle Paul’s counsel to young ministers is applied to the circumstances of ministry today in an extensive study of the epistles of Timothy & Titus. The student will examine the historical context and purpose of these letters and will address the doctrinal, practical, and social issues of the first century church.

NT306 – PAULINE EPISTLES I

This course focuses on Paul’s life and theology within early Christian experience, using authentic writings of Paul. Secondary allusions to Paul (e.g. Acts, Ephesians, etc.) are considered where appropriate. Contemporary concerns, vis-à-vis Paul, are stressed.

NT507 – REVELATION

This is an examination of the biblical doctrine concerning the last things, as death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and the various schools of thought of the end times. This course provides students with a clear understanding of the concepts of end times. Further study is given to contemporary issues in eschatology in relation to biblical revelation. This course will also include a study of Christ and the seven churches, Christ and the earth judgment, the seven seals opened, the seven trumpets sounded, the beasts and their warfare, the seven bowls poured out, Christ, Christ and his victories, Christ and his bride and the final exhortations and benediction.

NT508 – ROMANS

This course examines the letters written by the Apostle and contained in the New Testament Survey, the Pauline Epistles, with major emphasis on the context of his writings. Students will gain an understanding of the criticality of this epistle to the New Testament church. Coverage includes topics such as condemnation, justification and sanctification. Students will participate in a chapter-by-chapter analysis of the book to develop a biblical basis for interpretation and exegesis. Major theological issues will become familiar, and students will become conversant with them.

NT409 – SYNOPTIC GOSPELS

This is a critical study of the three gospels (Matthew, Mark, & Luke) with special attention to their literary arrangement and social and theological perspectives. Included is an investigation of the uniqueness of these synoptic gospels in comparison with the gospel of John. This is a distinctive study of Christ and His ministry on earth.

NT410 – GOSPEL OF JOHN

This course is to examine the written gospel according to the inspiration given to the Apostle John. Review of this fourth gospel differs from the Synoptic gospels as it will reveal the topical nature of Christ in His deity. By studying the summarization John records for accepting or rejecting the Son of God, one gains a deeper knowledge of its great message and understands more thoroughly the conflict between belief and unbelief which it sets forth.

NT311- GOSPELS AND ACTS
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NT312 – HEBREWS AND GENERAL EPISTLES
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NT313 – PAULINE EPISTLES II
To be determined

NT414 – HEBREWS

The Book of Hebrews helps us to understand the relationship between Jewish and Gentile believers, and between Israel and the church. Hebrews exalts the person and work of Jesus Christ, prompting us to draw near to Him. When you stop to think about it, the whole Bible is about Jesus, although this becomes clearer as we work our way into the New Testament. But among the epistles, no book places the spotlight more directly on Jesus than Hebrews.

NT315 – PRISON EPISTLES

In the Holy Bible, God used Apostle Paul to record Romans through Philemon and possible Hebrews. The Prison Epistles are a suite of Pauline letters (Epistles) that the Apostle Paul wrote during his first person term. These Epistles consist of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. Second Timothy was written during Paul’s second imprisonment in Roman but historically it has not been considered as part of this collection of prison epistles. This course will be a chapter-by-chapter exegesis of these four epistles.

ORIENTATION (OR)

OR001 – ORIENTATION

The student is introduced to the Triangle Bible Institute’s total program. The orientation session covers student records, the Student and Faculty Handbook and Catalog. Admission slips to classes are issued during orientation.

OLD TESTAMENT (OT)

OT301 – JOSHUA

This course is an exegetical and theological study of the book of Joshua. It outlines the major episodes in Israel’s regaining their inheritance and discusses principles of victorious Christian living. The book of Joshua completes the redemption of Israel that was begun in Exodus. This course will teach the conflicts and conquests of Joshua.

OT502 – OLD TESTAMENT ADVANCE SURVEY

This survey introduces Old Testament literature, history, and theology. The Old Testament materials are examined for the comments and insights they offer regarding the social and religious world of Judaism and for the theological perspectives espoused. Special attention is given to exegetical and contemporary issues. This is a study of the content, teachings, and instructions of each book in the Old Testament from Genesis through Malachi. Emphasis is on key verses, themes, and teachings. The student will gain fundamental background knowledge of the Old Testament by exploring its history.

OT503 – OLD TESTAMENT INTRODUCTON AND BACKGROUND

The study emphasizes the history of the Hebrew text and the formulation of the canon of the Old Testament. The authorship, date, structure, and background of the books of the Old Testament Scripture are considered. Special examination is given to the critical problems of the Old Testament.

OT504 – POETIC BOOKS

Each of the books from Job through Song of Solomon is studied in its distinct literary genre and spiritual truths.

OT305 – PSALMS (1 thru 75)

Emphasis is placed on the various theologies of the Psalms, including a general introduction, analysis of the forms of the different types of Psalms, a survey of uses and settings of the Psalms, and an examination of their content. Careful attention is given to questions of historical setting and literary form as they relate to major religious ideas and teaching. Students will explore the historical background of each division of Psalms.

OT306 – PSALMS (76 thru 150)

Emphasis is placed on the various theologies of the Psalms, including a general introduction, analysis of the forms of the different types of Psalms, a survey of uses and settings of the Psalms, and an examination of their content. Careful attention is given to questions of historical setting and literary form as they relate to major religious ideas and teaching. Students will explore the historical background of each division of Psalms.

OT407- HISTORICAL BOOKS

Each of the historical books beginning with Joshua and ending with Nehemiah is studied chronologically in it distinct literary genre and spiritual truths.

OT408 – PROPHETIC BOOKS

Each of the books from Isaiah through Malachi is studied in its distinct literary genre and spiritual truths.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE)

PE101 – AEROBICS

This course helps the student begin and maintain a regular cardiovascular fitness program. The focus will be on oxygen-uptake and endurance activities.

PE102 – PERSONAL FITNESS

This course introduces students to techniques of exercise that will equip them to develop personal fitness plans that can be useful throughout their lives.

PASTORAL MINISTRIES (PM)

PM101 – CHRISTIAN GUIDANCE

This is an introductory course into the scriptural principles of biblical guidance and the biblical approach to guidance. The course will also address the Anti-Christian presuppositions of many secular approaches to guidance and the contrasting results of Christian versus non-Christian helping relationships.

PM202 – GUIDANCE AND ROLE PLAYING

This course clearly explains the biblical basis for Christian character, development and spiritual growth. It is designed to carry the student from the early stages of one’s childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. The student will also be able to understand individual development, develop teaching plans from early stages to adulthood, and learn skills and techniques for mentoring and mediating conflicts.

PM503 – CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

This course covers the basics of legally executing the business functions of the church. The main focus is on leadership as a necessary correlation to management and administration. Topics range from strategic planning and budgeting to the spiritual life of the church leader. Included in the course are such topics as incorporating a non-profit organization, forming boards, establishing business plans, accounts, board meetings, developing agendas, etc. This course also focuses on the organizational and developmental aspect of the church ministry, as teaching, missions, finances, and administrative decisions. An in-depth study of duties and responsibilities of the local church for officers, deacons, deaconess, and trustees of the church will be conducted. Tax laws as they relate to the church and other non-profit organizations will be comprehensively reviewed.

PM504 – GUIDANCE/CASE STUDY (Internship)

This course will provide the student the opportunity of presenting an in-depth guidance case. The student will demonstrate to his/her peers and supervisor an ability to process a case from intake to completion. This course provides the student with an opportunity to participate in a clinical setting, such as schools, churches, youth and adult agencies, etc. This experience will come under the direct supervision of certified personnel and an approved agency that have been properly approved by the institute’s faculty. Students will have the ability and the confidence to process a case for mentoring from intake to completion. Emphasis will be placed on identifying the method(s) to be used and the process by which the case is processed.

PM505 – HOMILETICS Part I (Art of Preaching)

This course is an introduction to the art of preaching. Students will be able to critique preaching and analyze preaching design, development and delivery. Students will be introduced to sermon preparation and delivery and appropriate denominational attire. Students will study the eight steps in preparing a sermon.

PM506 – HOMILETICS Part II (Sermon Preparation and Worship)

This course establishes the foundation for future study of homiletics offerings in the curriculum. As a basic course, the focus is on sermon structure, development of content and noting the context in which the proclamation is to be delivered. Also, the place of the sermon in the worship setting is surveyed, giving particular attention to the African-American church experience.

PM507 – HOMILETICS Part III (Research)

Part III is an in-depth study of the spiritual techniques of sermon research and preparation. Students will be exposed to various types of sermons. Special emphasis will be placed on deliverance in an actual ministry setting.

PM508 – HOMILETICS Part IV (Preaching and Worship)

This course is designed to expand the areas covered in the introductory preaching and worship course. It concentrates on textual preaching as a homiletical paradigm and applies the Hegelian dialectic as a methodology for fostering textuality. The course also seeks to introduce the student to the hermeneutics of liberation as a tool for preaching and worship.

PM609 – HOMILETICS Part V (Advanced Preaching and Worship)

This course builds on previous experience gained in sermon preparation and delivery, and therefore, points toward the presentation of the student’s senior sermon. The student prepares and leads a complete service of worship and is expected to demonstrate the benefits received from exposure to the various academic disciplines. Sermon delivery and worship leadership are subjected to final faculty review and evaluation.

PM310 – MARRIAGE & FAMILY GUIDANCE

This is an examination of the biblical view of marriage and the family. Students will acquire an appreciation of contemporary American family patterns of various geographical, sociological and economical levels. Emphasis will be placed on the dynamics of marriage and family relationships.

PM311 – MEASURE OF A FAMILY

This course is a study of all aspects of the family, including the extended family and the multi-generational model of a family. Social networks will be examined as a unit of intervention. The course will cover marital crisis, family reaction to death, couples, co-therapy in family groups and evaluation of the family system and genogram.

PM512 – PRACTICUM IN MINISTRY

This course is designed to introduce students to critical reflection on the nature of ministry in the contemporary world; to provide students with the essential skills necessary to fulfill basic ministry tasks in the local church; to explore the nature of ministry as part of the phenomenon of religious experience while introducing students to basic concepts in the study of religions of the world and the philosophy of religion; and to develop students’ ability to express their understanding in clear graceful prose. Theory and practice are reciprocal aspects of a single reality – ministry.

PM313 – PASTORAL COUNSELING

This course is a search for integration of biblical and theological traditions with the practice of pastoral counseling. Video stimulated learning is used along with pastoral assessment tools to foster growth in both theory and skill development. Basic theories of counseling are employed in relation to both informal and formal structures of caring within the local church. A small group will be used to practice the art of counseling.

PM414 – PASTORAL CARE (Introduction)

This is an introductory course to the field of pastoral care, which offers the student the opportunity to share his/her life story for personal insight and spiritual growth. The Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator and genogram are used to help familiarize the student with assessing personality and family functioning. The goal of this course is to enable the student to further develop and assess his/her personal and pastoral identity and development.

PM415 – PASTORAL CARE (For Ministry)

This course provides the student with the basic orientation to the field of pastoral care with actual experiences in ministry. Students are assigned pastoral responsibilities at one of the local hospitals, (via the Chaplain’s department) nursing homes or in home pastoral care visitation. Lectures, verbatim reports, and readings from the field of pastoral care and counseling will be utilized to increase the students’ effectiveness as a pastoral caregiver. The goal of this course is the enhancement of the student’s ability to utilize pastoral care and counseling skills and growth of professional competence as a minister.

PM516 – PASTORAL CARE (For the Minister)

Issues facing the minister as a person and as a professional are examined through lectures, reading, and special projects. Emphasis is on the integration of pastoral care skills in one’s own life, as well as one’s ministry to others.

PM517 – PASTORAL CARE (Counseling in Grief Situations)

Basic principles of pastoral care are applied to a variety of grief situations that occur within a congregation, such as natural and accidental death, suicide, a miscarriage, divorces, family and congregational schisms, natural disasters and catastrophes, social, and economic changes.

PM618 – PASTORAL INTERNSHIP

This course consists of six weeks (or more) of practical training under a qualified supervisor. A minimum of 90 clock hours is required, of which 60 hours are concentrated in the primary aspects of the ministry. One must be a regular student having completed two years of studies in order to qualify for this internship.

PM519 – PROFESSIONAL ETHICS IN MINISTRY

This course explores issues of ethics in the ministry, with particular attention to sexual ethics and clergy misconduct. Foundations and guidelines for the maintenance of excellence and accountability in ministry are examined.

PM420 – SERMON DELIVERY

Students practice delivery of their sermons to fellow students. Guided by the instructor, they critique one another’s sermons. Video-tape equipment aids each student’s personal evaluation of progress. Prerequisite: Sermon Preparation

PM421 – SERMON PREPARATION

Students acquaint themselves with the step-by-step process of constructing sermons and then write several complete sermons. Throughout the course students critique one another’s sermon outlines and rough drafts.

PM322 – SPECIAL MINISTRIES I

Under the supervision of an approved agency and an assigned faculty member, the student will participate in a planned clinical experience. The student will explore the specific area of concentration that leads to one’s primary goal. Students will gain a working knowledge and hands on experience in a particular discipline germane to the student’s area of study.

PM323 – SPECIAL MINISTRIES II

Special ministries include youth, Sunday school, vacation bible school, music, praise and worship, ushering and audiovisual. Under the supervision of an approved agency and supervision of an assigned faculty member, students will participate in a planned clinical experience. Students will explore the specific area of concentration that leads to one’s primary goal.

PM524 – PASTORAL THEOLOGY

Pastoral Theology is the theology of shepherding or the work of ministry. It is the theology of the whole life and work of the church in its contemporary, empirical context, including the specialized work of ordained ministry only as a special instance. Pastoral theology is distinguished from biblical, dogmatic and moral theology by its primary concern for discovering how theological understandings can find appropriate practical expression in the concrete, empirical situation of the church and the world (oriented towards therapeutic concerns). Students will explore the key issues with shepherding God’s people.

PM525 – LITURGY AND WORSHIP

This course shows the adoration for God for His accomplishments, capabilities or Being. Also considered are the right way, right attitude, right place and the systems utilized in the process. The interest of Christian worship has continued over the decade, and there have been notable contributions made in the field of New Testament and Patristic scholarship as well as in the area of systematic theology and liturgical studies both theoretical and practical. But the nature of Christian worship has been rigorously scrutinized especially by those who deem the traditional forms unacceptable to secular man.

The Church of Jesus Christ is by definition the people of God called by Him to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable through Jesus Christ, and to proclaim the wonderful works of His grace (1 Peter 2:5-9) It is our hope, in this study, to review the history of that process.

PM626 – SPECIAL MINISTRIES III (Internship)

This course consists of six weeks (or more) of practical training under a Pastor from a neighboring church. A minimum of 90 clock hours is required, of which 60 hours are concentrated in the primary aspects of that church’s ministry. One must be a regular student having completed two years of studies in order to qualify for this internship.

PSYCHOLOGY (PS)

PS201 – INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

This is an introduction to the various schools, research, methodology, and principles of psychology. Special attention is given to the integration of psychological principles within the context of a biblical framework.

PS302 – CHILD PSYCHOLOGY

This is a comprehensive developmental study of children from the prenatal period to the adolescent period. An emphasis will be given to the physical, intellectual, emotional, behavioral, spiritual, and social development of children.

PS303 – HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

This is an overview of the major theories, concepts, issues, and research concerning the developmental processes of the individual from birth to adulthood, with major emphasis on child development.

RESEARCH THESIS (RE)

RE701 – RESEARCH THESIS

The common element in a scholarly inquiry is found in the first two letters of the word research. The prefix re- has the general sense of “back” or “again” and suggests repetition. The struggle to obtain what is personally desirable, socially good, or intellectually true is usually a matter of searching again and again. A good research paper will reflect your best effort to make what you have discovered understandable to others. The research paper may be expository or persuasive, or a combination of the two. An expository thesis suggests that what follows will be interesting and informative. A persuasive thesis shows that the author is taking a stand, making an argument, hoping to change the reader’s beliefs or the reader action. Use TBI’s Research/Thesis Manuel as your guide.

SCIENCE (SC)

SC201 – LIFE SCIENCE

This survey exposes students to terminology, classifications, and life processes of the plant and animal kingdoms.

SC202 – PHYSICAL SCIENCE

This is a survey of the important discoveries and achievements of science in chemistry, physics, geology, meteorology, and astronomy. Students are exposed to the fundamental laws governing the physical world and their applications to everyday life.

SC303 – THE SCIENCE OF CREATION AND EVOLUTION

This course is designed to help the student understand the scientific basis for special creation and how it affirms the scriptural account of creation. It will critically examine and compare both evolution and special creation from a purely scientific point of view. It will discuss the evidence from the various sciences that relate to origins including biology, geology, physics, chemistry, and astronomy.

SOCIOLOGY (S0)

SO201 – INTRODUCTON TO SOCIOLOGY

This course is an introduction to the basic fields, issues, and findings of contemporary and classical sociology. Attention is given to the study of individuals and their relationship to groups – culture, society, socialization, social groups, deviance and sexuality, as well as the principal social institutions and social inequality.

SO302 – MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES

America’s demographic complexion is a changing fact. Hispanics, Asians, Africans, and Arabs are among the culture joining native-born Americans in creating a new multicultural society. This course will explore how culture is formed and how it functions. It will examine the specific skills necessary to exegete a culture’s values and norms. In project form, learners will then apply these perspectives to the multicultural setting in which they anticipate working (e.g., teaching, counseling, pastoring, etc).

SO603 – SOCIAL ETHICAL ISSUES

To teach Christian ministry students the unique moral role of the minister and the ethical responsibilities of that vocation; to provide new and established ministers with a clear statement of the ethical obligations contemporary clergy should assume in their personal and professional lives.

SURVEY (SU)

SU – A 52 lesson introduction to the sixty-six books of the Bible. These survey courses are to be used as a guide that takes you into the Bible and involves you in the study of God’s Word, resulting in your understanding it better and appreciating it more. Students are encouraged to complete the entire course within one year.

SU101- Old Testament Survey (Lessons 1 through 13)
SU 102- Old Testament Survey (Lessons 14 through 26)
SU 103- New Testament Survey (Lesson 27 through 39)
SU 104- New Testament Survey (Lesson 40 through 52)

TEACHER EDUCATION (TE)

TE201 – PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

This is a survey of philosophical issues, trends, and practices in private and public education. Metaphysics, Epistemology and Axiology as they pertain to teachers, students and curriculum will be studied. Students will write a personal, biblical philosophy of education.

TE302 – TEACHER PRACTICUM I

This is a field experience that is designed to provide insight into the daily activities of classrooms. Students will spend a minimum of 25 hours in a classroom under the direct supervision of a teacher and TBI faculty member. Attendance at regular seminar sessions and classroom observations in four different grade levels are also required.

TE203 – METHODS OF TEACHING BIBLE

This course is designed to develop basic principles and practices in teaching Bible in grades pre kindergarten through twelfth grade. Lesson plan development using behavioral objectives will be emphasized; evaluation of curricula, unit development, and practice teaching will be required.

TE204 – READING AND LANGUAGE

This course is designed to develop methods of teaching reading by exploring the impact of phonemic awareness and recent brain research on the process of language acquisition as well as questioning techniques using higher learning skills. Integrating all of the language arts into teaching reading will be practiced by preparing and teaching lesson plans.

TE205 – READING METHODS

This course is designed to teach students to use a balanced program of phonics, semantics and syntactics in teaching reading. Students will develop lesson plans demonstrating this balance and the ability to integrate biblical concepts and principles.

TE306 – TEACHING SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES

This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the content, materials, and skills appropriate for science and social studies instruction. Emphasis is placed on teaching by inquiry. Discovery learning is done through practical experiences, experiments and projects. Students construct and present to the class units that incorporate methods demonstrating understanding of multicultural awareness and diversity of learning styles.

TE507 – EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

This is a study of the teaching-learning process focusing on intellectual growth and development and the factors that enhance or retard that development. Emphasis is given to the various learning theories.

TE408 – TEACHING MATH

This course is designed to introduce the teacher to the skills necessary to instruct young learners in mathematical concepts, computation, reasoning and application. Students are exposed to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards. The ability to use hands-on materials and concrete methods of instructions will be demonstrated by preparing and teaching lesson plans which incorporate both.

TE409 – TEACHER PRACTICUM II

This is a field experience that is designed to provide a smooth transition into the final field experience of student teaching. Students are assigned to a classroom teacher to aid in instructional and non-instructional activities. A minimum of 25 hours of classroom participation will be documented. Attendance at seminars is also required.

TE410 – TESTS AND MEASUREMENT

This course is designed to introduce the prospective teacher to the instruments used in assessing student achievement within the classroom. Test preparation, grading, using basic statistics, and standardized tests will be studied.

TE311 – CLASSROOM PROCEDURES

This course is in classroom management and routine procedures. Particular attention is given to training in biblical based discipline techniques, establishing proper classroom decorum, conducting parent-teacher conferences and documenting students work.

TE412 – STUDENT TEACHING

This course is a program of supervised classroom teaching in early childhood, elementary education, or Bible education. The student teacher’s performance is monitored by a master teacher and the school supervisor. The student teacher will gradually take full responsibility of the regular classroom. The student teaching experience totals twelve weeks.

TE213 – PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING
To Be Determined

TE214 – TEACHING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES
To Be Determined

THEOLOGY/DOCTRINE (TH)

TH501 – ANTHROPOLOGY, HAMARTIOLOGY, AND SOTERIOLOGY

The biblical doctrines of man’s creation and fall (including the nature of man as presented in the biblical vocabulary) are studied followed by the nature of sin, imputed sin, and the consequences of sin in the total biblical context. Then the doctrines of salvation are considered with the study of substitutionary atonement, redemption, propitiation, reconciliation, justification, and election, the conviction of the Spirit, faith, repentance, eternal security, and assurance. The use of biblical terms is emphasized and various views are considered.

TH502 – APOLOGETICS

This course is designed to help the student know, understand, and explain what he/she believes. The student will be equipped with sound arguments on the duty of Christ, His supernatural incarnation, death for mankind, and his physical resurrection. Also, the course includes a view on humanism and the cults.

TH103 – BIBLE DOCTRINE (Intro)

A study and examination of the key areas and issues pertaining to the doctrines of Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology and Anthropology, Soteriology, Eschatology, and Angelology.

TH504 – BIBLIOLOGY AND THEISM

With the Scripture as the only source of divine truth for doctrine and behavior, intensive study is given to the doctrines about the Bible, such as revelation, inspiration, animation, and authority, along with the biblical doctrine of natural revelation. Theism sets forth the natural arguments for the existence of God and the biblical teaching on the names, attributes, and decrees of God. Trinitarianism includes the unity and three-fold personal aspects of the Godhead.

TH505 – COVENANT THEOLOGY

This course will provide the student an in-depth study and understanding of the covenants in the Bible. Students will study the covenant between God and Israel, the tablets of the covenant, the Ark of the Covenant, etc., and finally, the new covenant through the blood of Christ.

TH306 – DEMONOLOGY

This is an examination of the spiritual enemy and the value of deliverance from his power. This course is designed to teach the difference between serving the God of light and the god of darkness—heaven and hell. The information concerns the strategies of Satan and how to break his power(s) in and over lives.

TH507 – DISPENSATIONALISM

This is a study that deals with God’s plan of salvation. Students will examine a theological arrangement and provisions in order of events and dispensations. Students will acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of God’s plan of redemption as He functions in various economies of time.

TH208 – DOCTRINES OF THE BIBLE (Parts I & II)

This course gives a detailed treatment of the basic Bible doctrines upon which Christianity is based. This course continues its exploration of who God is, the plan of salvation, power of the Holy Spirit, the church and Satan. Included in this course are Doctrine of Church, Doctrine of Holy Spirit, Doctrine of Prayer, Doctrine of Salvation, Doctrine of Sin, and Doctrine of Trinity.

TH509 – ESCHATOLOGY AND REVELATION

This course is an exegetical and theological study of prophetic revelation, both Old and New Testaments, with special attention given to Revelation. The underlying hermeneutics of covenant and dispensational theology, the kingdom program, death, the resurrections, and the eternal destinies are given extensive consideration. Finally, the major views regarding the rapture of the Church, the tribulation, the second coming of Christ, and the millennium are evaluated.

TH510 – PNEUMATOLOGY AND ECCLESIOLOGY

Beginning with the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the course work continues with the origin and nature of the church as the body of Christ and with the local church in its organization, ordinances, and ministry. An overview of the principles of Christian life and church organization is included.

TH411 – PROPHECY

This is an in-depth study of the nature and social implications of prophecy. This course will focus on revelation and the origin and structure of prophetic books, and the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and Revelation. Prophecies will be studied as they relate to fulfilled and unfulfilled prophecies.

TH512 – SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

This course is an introduction to the nature and source of theology, the inspiration to the nature and source of theology, the inspiration and verification of the scripture, the doctrine of man, and the doctrine of angels. Students will study to acquire an in-depth knowledge of God and His attributes. The student will approach the doctrine of man in four divisions: creation, nature, fall and sin.

TH513 – SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I

This is the first component of a two-term comprehensive study of the meaning, nature, and content of theology. The first course focuses on the introductory investigation related to theological prolegomena and methodology.

TH514 – SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II

The second component of the theology requirement focuses upon doctrine proper and considers Anthropology, Christology, Ecclesiology, the Doctrine of God, and Eschatology. During this course, each student will write and present a constructive statement of his/her theological position.

TH215 – THEOLOGY I

This course is designed to synthesize and outline each of ten major areas of theology: Angelology, Bibliography, Systematic Theology, Prolegomena. This is an introductory study of the ten major areas of theology.

TH516 – ECCLESIOLOGY AND ESCHATOLOGY
To Be Determined

TH517 – HERMENEUTICS I

Students will learn the science of Biblical interpretation. In this course students will develop the skill of interpretation that is based upon contextual, grammatical and historical research. Students will learn several principles that will enhance their ability to understand and teach the Word. Information is covered regarding the literal, historical, grammatical means of analyzing parables, prophecies of scripture, and poetry. Special emphasis is placed on the qualifications of an interpreter, methods of interpreting, and a brief history of science of Bible interpretation.

TH518 – HERMENEUTIC TOPICS

These New Testament topics grow out of contemporary faith issues. Whatever topic is selected will be focused on throughout the term and the topic will be announced at the beginning of the term. An example of such a topic could be “Charismatic Figures and Their Philosophies/Theologies in the New Testament World.”

TH619 – THEOLOGY (Advanced Eschatology)
To Be Determined

TH620 – THEOLGY (History of Christian Doctrine I)
To Be Determined

TH721 – THEOLOGY (Advanced Apologetics)
To Be Determined

TH622 – THEOLOGY (History of Christian Doctrine II)
To Be Determined

TH523 – HERMENEUTICS
This course is a study of the several hermeneutical systems and the explanation of each.

TH424 – THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY

The doctrine of the Trinity is unquestionably one of the most perplexing aspects of Christian theology, and requires careful discussion. This course will attempt to present the considerations which led to the evolution of the doctrine as clearly as possible by considering its biblical foundations. The casual reader of Scripture will discern a mere two verses in the entire Bible which seem, at first glance, to be capable of a Trinitarian interpretation (Matthews 28:19 and 2 Corinthians 13:13). Yet these two verses, taken together or in isolation, can hardly be thought of as constituting a doctrine of the Trinity. The foundations of the doctrine of the Trinity are to be found in the pervasive pattern of divine activity to which the New Testament bears witness. The same Trinitarian structure can be seen in the Old Testament as well.

URBAN STUDIES (UR)

UR401 – EXAMINING MAJOR URBAN CENTERS THROUGH URBAN MINISTRY EYES

This seminar is an introduction to the world of urban ministry, its setting, opportunities and challenges as seen in a wide variety of contexts in major urban centers (e.g., Norfolk, VA., Richmond VA., Washington D.C, Baltimore, Md., Wilmington DE., Philadelphia, PA., and others). The principles and practices of urban ministry will be examined firsthand in a traveling format, looking not only at key urban communities but also at individual urban ministries including churches, Para-churches, and coalitions of ministry.

UR502 – PRINCIPLES AND STRATEGIES OF URBAN MINISTRY

This is a course designed to introduce the biblical foundations and principles for effective urban ministry. Special cultural aspects, opportunities, and problems of living and ministering in an urban context will be studied with emphasis placed on strategies for evangelizing and teaching (discipleship) people in urban settings.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY (WM)

WM401 – WOMANIST THEOLOGY

This course is an introduction to the persons and factors significant in the history, development and emergence of “womanist” theology. The course explores issues in feminist thought and women’s history and offers a critical and constructive theology from the experiences and perspectives of women of color.

WM302 – WOMEN IN MINISTRY

This course is designed to prepare women for various areas of Christian service – Christian workers, educators and ministers’ wives. Three areas are addressed in this comprehensive course of study: biblical understanding, role as counselor or helper, and the role of women in church programs.

WM303 – WOMEN IN MINISTRY I

This course is designed to explore how God has called women to the ministry and how He is facilitating a refocus and reshaping of ministry as a whole. The course will explore the biblical, theological and practical issues related to women in ministry and their effect upon the African-American church.

WM204 – WOMEN IN BIBLE I
To Be Determined

WM205 – WOMEN IN BIBLE II
To Be Determined