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Religion Courses of Particular Interest to Ministry Students

Basden & Horton

RELIGION 2480 - Introduction to Ministry

Students taking Introduction to Ministry spend three hours each week in the classroom. Through lecture and discussion they gain an understanding of ministry. Three major areas are developed:

  • The Church and Ministry
  • Leadership in Ministry
  • Functions of Ministry

Based upon the belief that we learn to do by doing, and that nothing can take the place of actual experience, Religion 2480 also has the unique advantage of including an internship. The nature of the internship is determined by the type of ministry toward which a student feels called. For the person who is not certain of the exact area of future service, an internship can provide added understanding of God's will for his or her life. It is exceedingly constructive for a vocational Christian ministry student to observe and do ministry under a trained supervisor.

RELIGION 2480 is required of those receiving ministry scholarships. Because of the foundational and practical nature of this course, it is suggested that 2480 be taken immediately after completing Religion 1310 and 1350. For the student who wishes to serve in a church staff position while in Baylor, taking "Introduction to Ministry" early in one's academic career is particularly advantageous in that the student, through observation and participation, is better prepared to assume leadership role.

Rel 3381

RELIGION 3381 - Functions of Ministry

This course is designed to enable the student to examine various functions of ministry - particularly sermon preparation and church leadership. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to prepare a sermon/Bible study for presentation and to provide effective administrative leadership for the work of a local church. This course is offered each Fall semester and is team taught by Drs. Basden and Horton.

RELIGION 3382 - Cross-Cultural Ministry

This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the issues related to cross-cultural ministry as well as the contemporary strategies utilized by Christian missions practitioners. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to organize and participate effectively in cross-cultural ministry endeavors, either local or global. The course would be particularly helpful for those with interests in short- and/or long-term missions and those seeking to equip others to engage in cross-cultural ministry. This course is offered in the spring semester of even years (i.e., 2012, 2014, 2016, etc.) and is taught by Dr. Dennis Horton.


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