Professional Ministry


Fernando IX University
Fernando IX University

SPM 600: Management Principles & Practices 

Designed to provide practical, time-tested principles of effective management as they apply to the local church and the Christian school. Topics to be covered include guidelines in leadership, effective communication, planning, organizing, implementing and controlling.

SPM 605: Leadership Development in the Local Church 

Study of Christian leadership qualities, leadership styles, motivational strategies in biblical leadership. Guidelines for the development of staff and lay leadership in the local church.

SPM 606: Pastoral Ethics 

A thorough discussion of the ethics of church financial management for full- time vocational pastors. Ethical approaches to premarital, marital, and divorce and remarriage counseling will also be discussed. This course will also include a careful consideration of the ethics of inter-gender relations for both the pastor and church members within the context of normal church life. The ethical and legal concerns surrounding church discipline, leadership conflicts and church divisions will also be presented with an emphasis on methods of conflict resolution.

SPM 618: Law & Implications to the Local Church Ministry 

Thousands of court cases are currently pending against local churches, ministers and Christian organizations. This course will seek to answer such questions as, "Is biblical Christianity becoming illegal?" "What are biblical parameters for the local church in its relationship to the government?" "What types of legal recourse are available for a local church?"

SPM 632: Interpretation & Application in Preaching 

Principles of accurate interpretation and application of various types of literature in the Old and New Testaments.

SPM 641: Expository Preaching from Matthew 

Practical guidelines and hermeneutical principles involved in effective expository preaching from the Gospel of Matthew.

SPM 659: Preaching Practicum 

An intensive study of sermons preached in the past. Candidate's sermon outlines evaluated and critiqued. Candidates submit one recorded sermon to be evaluated.

SPM 661: Evangelism & Outreach Ministries of the Local Church 

Study and evaluation of the philosophy, methodology, and results of various types of evangelistic and Christian service ministries of the local church.

SPM 665: Missions Philosophy & Practice: Global & Local 

A study of the philosophy and theology that informs the practice of Twenty- First Century Christian missions, both internationally and domestically, in the church's effort to evangelize culturally diverse people groups.

SPM 685: Biblical Geography & Archaeology 

A study of the geographical features and important archaeological discoveries of the Holy Land, enhancing the understanding of both the Old and New Testaments.

SPM 697: Holy Land Studies 

An in-depth study tour of Bible lands, visiting the sites of the major events of the Old and New Testaments. Course requirements include assigned reading and papers.

SPM 698: Journeys of Paul 

A study tour focusing on many sites of the missionary travels of the apostle Paul, including Asia Minor, Greece and Rome. Course requirements include assigned readings and papers.

SPM 699: European Studies: Early Modern Era 

Combination of travel and lectures in Europe. Visits and discussions related to men, movements and sites of Protestant, Anglican and Roman Catholic history.

SPM 700: The Pastor's Personal Life & Development 

Study of biblical and practical principles of spiritual development as they apply to the minister and to the problems and pressures he faces in the ministry.

SPM 708: Philosophy & Ministry of Church Music 

The place and purpose of music in the ministry of the local church. Establishing a biblical philosophy of church music. The pastor's place and responsibilities in the music ministry of the local church.

SPM 711: Discipleship Training 

A study of the philosophy, principles, and proven methods of discipling converts and developing strong lay Christians in the local church.

SPM 721: Prayer & Revival in Scripture & History 

A study of the spiritual revivals recorded in both Scripture and church history, with a view toward arriving at guiding principles for present-day ministry. Selected readings will include descriptions of major historical revivals and those who led them.

SPM 741: Premarital, Marital & Family Counseling 

An intensive study of the dynamics and techniques in the biblical approach to marital and family counseling. Includes discussion of the essential ingredients of a successful marriage; preparing young people for marriage; keys to recognizing potential high-risk marriages; dealing with marital problems and family tensions; parent-child relationships; divorce and remarriage.

SPM 771: Current Biblical & Theological Issues 

Examination and biblical evaluation of theological issues, trends, movements, and people affecting modern Christianity.

SPM 773: Current Cultic & Humanistic Philosophies 

Study of the philosophy, methods, and challenges of current cultic and humanistic movements. Includes examination of secular humanism, the New Age movement, Reconstructionism, New Evangelicalism and Modernism.

SPM 775: Theology & Practice of Prayer

Investigation and systematization of the teaching of Scripture from biblical models, commands and instructions concerning prayer. Readings from the major devotional and expositional classics on the subject.

SPM 833: Expository Preaching from Biblical Historical Narrative 

Vital hermeneutical principles for the interpretation and proclamation of the narrative sections of both the Old and New Testaments. One of the canons of Scripture, Old or New Testament, will be emphasized each week. Written sermonic examples will be provided and discussed.

SPM 836: Expository Preaching from Old Testament Poetry 

Practical guidelines and hermeneutical principles involved in the effective expository preaching of the poetical literature of the Old Testament. Emphases will include Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon.

SPM 838: Expository Preaching from Prophecy 

Interpretation and application guidelines for the effective expository preaching of the prophetic portions of the Word of God. One week of the course will emphasize Old Testament prophecy and the other New Testament prophecy.

SPM 841: Expository Preaching from the Epistles 

Learning and applying hermeneutical and applicational principles to the New Testament Epistles for the pulpit ministry. This course will address all the epistles giving attention to the authors' shared and distinct qualities within the genre.

SPM 843: Expository Preaching from the Gospels 

Because the Synoptic Gospels and John each address the story of the Messiah's first advent, this unique genre of biblical literature will be explored hermeneutically and homelitically toward developing pulpit messages that accurately convey the content of each of the Gospel accounts.

SPM 845: Application of Expository Preaching in Ministry Context 

This programmatic capstone course requires the development of extensive preaching plans and individual sermons for live delivery in an actual church context. These sermons will be digitally recorded and evaluated by a faculty committee. Attention will be given in the development of this sermon series to reflect the intent of the Holy Spirit in each Scripture passage while making application to a Twenty-First Century audience.

SPM 849: Teaching Practicum 

A teaching experience in which the student is guided through the process of developing a Bible/ministry related course which includes learning objectives, lesson plans, delivery methods, assessment and evaluation. May be fulfilled in a cross-cultural educational setting, but may not be fulfilled as a series of sermons or a Sunday School sequence. Participants are required to demonstrate skillful teaching, to critique their teaching and to make connections.

SPM 851: Pastor as Crisis Counselor I 

Biblical strategies for handling crisis issues, such as suicide, abuse, sexual perversion and addictive behaviors.

SPM 852: Pastor as Crisis Counselor II 

Biblical strategies for handling crisis issues such as marriage problems, divorce, terminal disease and bereavement.

Prerequisite: SPM 851.

SPM 861: Theology & Development of Leadership 

A study of the theological foundations and implications of leadership in ministry, including how the culture affects one's approach to leading and developing leaders. Emphasis given to the personal life, personality, philosophy and doctrine of the leader.

SPM 862: Knowing & Loving God 

A robust and penetrating treatment of the supreme objective and task of every believer. From Adam to the Apostle John, and throughout the history of the church, no other preoccupation holds as much value as knowing and loving God. This course explores the theology and practice of this grand theme.

SPM 864: The History of Preaching 

A biographical approach to discovering the philosophy and practice of preaching in church history. Emphasis given to the personal life of effective expository preachers of the past and the way in which they engage the culture in which they lived with the regenerating power of the gospel.

SPM 871: Theology & Application of Worship 

A study of biblical and theological themes related to the individual and corporate worship of God in both testaments. Attention given to the application of these themes in local church contexts as well as the issues that have emerged from its application.

SPM 872: Church Growth & Shepherding 

Focuses on developing evangelism and the discipleship as the normative practice of the church. Church growth is seen as a natural outcome of maturing ministries. Literature on church growth, church revitalization and rapid church planting are discussed and analyzed.

SPM 890: Independent Study 

Independent research in an area related to expository preaching that is normally associated with the student's final project. However, students may receive permission from the Doctor of Ministry Coordinator to pursue research in another area related to ministry. Students may take one independent study for this program.

SPM 891: Research & Writing Seminar 

A comprehensive introduction to the writing process, correct writing style, research methodologies, and formatting of graduate papers and dissertations. An intensive, one-week modular course taken the first summer after approval for Professional Ministry doctoral studies.

SPM 897: Preaching Research Project or Dissertation 

The culminating research project or dissertation in the Doctor of Ministry program. The student selects a project or dissertation that directly relates to enhancing his preaching ministry. Once the proposal is approved by the Doctor of Ministry project/dissertation committee, the student conducts research and develops expertise directed to the particular focus, resulting in writing that is appropriate to the research project or dissertation. Required each semester and/or summer upon the fulfillment of all coursework until project or dissertation is completed. A maximum of six credits may count toward the degree requirements.

SPM 898: Preaching Research Project or Dissertation 

The culminating research project or dissertation in the Doctor of Ministry program. The student selects a project or dissertation that directly relates to enhancing his preaching ministry. Once the proposal is approved by the Doctor of Ministry project/dissertation committee, the student conducts research and develops expertise directed to the particular focus, resulting in writing that is appropriate to the research project or dissertation. Required each semester and/or summer upon the fulfillment of all coursework until project or dissertation is completed. A maximum of six credits may count toward the degree requirements.

SPM 899: Preaching Research Project or Dissertation 

The culminating research project or dissertation in the Doctor of Ministry program. The student selects a project or dissertation that directly relates to enhancing his preaching ministry. Once the proposal is approved by the Doctor of Ministry project/dissertation committee, the student conducts research and develops expertise directed to the particular focus, resulting in writing that is appropriate to the research project or dissertation. Re quired each semester and/or summer upon the fulfillment of all coursework until project or dissertation is completed. A maximum of six credits may count toward the degree requirements.

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