CFST 101 • Introduction to Christian Formation and Discipleship (2 units)
Prerequisite: NT 101C, OT 201C. An examination of the theology, philosophy and practice of spiritual formation and discipleship. Special attention will be given to the nature, processes, and goals of Christian formation ministries in the local church.
CFST/ICST/PLST/YLST 102 • Introduction to Intercultural Studies (2 units)
Prerequisite: NT 101C, OT 201C. An introduction to the basic elements of intercultural communication and service. Course content will compare and contrast the cognitive processes, linguistic forms, and behavioral patterns within diverse cultural contexts. The student will integrate theory with practice in order to communicate effectively a holistic gospel.
CFST 291, 292, 293 • Special Topic (1, 2, 3 units)
Study in a special topic in philosophy. May be repeated for credit.
CFST/ICST/YLST 305 • Evangelism (3 units)
A study of the nature, scope, and imperatives of evangelism in the church. Scriptural mandates and models for evangelism are examined, and personal skills in evangelism are developed.
CFST/YLST/PSYC 320 • Developmental Psychology (3 units)
Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. Explores human development through the biological, behavioral, cognitive, sociocultural, and spiritual perspectives in a lifespan approach (from conception through death). The course is recommended early in the major.
CFST 322 • Christian Formation of Children (2 units)
Prerequisite: CFST 101. A study of the developmental needs, skills, and abilities of children as they pertain to spiritual formation. Consideration will also be given to moral and value formation, socialization, and self-esteem development.
CFST/YLST 324 • Introduction to Youth Ministry (2 units)
A development of a theology and philosophy of youth ministry with attention given to the developmental needs of adolescents as well as the character and cultivation of the youth minister.
CFST 326 • Adult Formation and Discipleship (2 units)
Prerequisite: CFST 101. A study of the educational, discipleship, and developmental needs of adults pertinent to an effective formation ministry in the local church.
CFST/YLST 345 • Camp Leadership (3 units)
The study of the organization and direction of various camping and recreational situations. Leadership principles are integrated into a working model of recreation and camping for both Christian and secular fields of employment.
CFST/YLST 350 • Christian Family Development (3 units)
Prerequisite: CFST 101 or permission of the instructor. A study of the Christian family, including marriage, child training, and discipline; the relationship between the home and the church in Christian education; and the development of a family-oriented church ministry.
CFST/BINT 355 • Methods of Instruction in Bible (3 units)
Prerequisites: NT 101C, OT 201C, and one additional upper division course in biblical studies. A course designed to acquaint the student with the basic approaches to Bible study, giving prominence to the function of the teacher in the church and to effective methods of teaching.
CFST/PSYC 359 • Educational Psychology (3 units)
Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. A study of the application of psychological theories and principles to education and teaching. Topics include learning, motivation, individual differences, classroom evaluation, and classroom control.
CFST 364 • Psychology of Religion (3 units)
Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. Application of psychological theory to the study of those patterns of behavior and mental experience considered religious in nature. Topics such as conversion, development of faith, mental health, the nature of the soul, and parapsychology are included.
CFST/PLST/YLST 426 • Small Group Ministry (3 units)
A study of group dynamics within the context of local congregational mission and ministry. Issues in design and implementation of small group programming also are explored.
CFST/PLST/YLST 430 • Management in Christian Organizations (3 units)
Prerequisite: PLST 310. Exploring effective management from a systems perspective that examines the internal processes of a learning organization as well as its relationship with the environment. Selected topics will also include recruitment and training of volunteers, conflict management, team building, planning and financial management, and legal issues.
CFST/EDUC 441 • Philosophy and Organization of Christian Schools (1 unit)
A study of the philosophy of Christian education with an emphasis on a comparison to that used in public, pluralistic education. Also an introduction to the goals, founding, function, and organizational structure of pre-, elementary, and secondary schools. (Meets ACSI credential requirement.)
CFST/PLST 445 • Lay Ministry Development (3 units)
A study of the untapped potential resident in the laity of the church with emphasis on developing strategies for lay renewal and equipping for active participation in the mission of the church. The effect of the clergy-laity dichotomy will be explored.
CFST/ICST/PLST/YLST 461 • Integrative Field Studies (3 units)
Prerequisite: PLST 310, PLST 312, and PLST 314. A course designed to integrate theory with guided field experience in the student’s chosen field. The intent is to reflect theologically in a ministry setting with special attention given to examining one’s spiritual gifts, calling, identity, and preparation.
CFST 470 • Special Topics (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Study in a special topic in the field of Christian formation and discipleship. May be repeated for credit.
CFST 480 • Individual Studies (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and divisional chair. May be repeated for credit.
CFST 493 • Senior Colloquium (3 units)
Prerequisite: CFST 101 or consent of the instructor. Mutual investigation of selected topics in Christian formation and discipleship of particular relevance to upper division religion majors.
* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.