North American Ministries
This course is designed to prepare students to speak with confidence and formality. Elementary aspects such as speech tone, inflection, body language, and clutter will be addressed. Emphasis is placed on the essentials of sincerity, practice, and preparedness.
NM102—Introduction to Christian Education
This entry-level course is designed to introduce students to the basics of Christian education and classroom management. Since most missionaries and pastors will incorporate Sunday school or a day school into their ministries, the need to understand the principles and philosophy of Christian education is a crucial part of any ministry.
NM201—Marriage & Family in Christ
This course focuses on the special demands and stresses placed on the Christian worker and his family. It is designed to address issues in marriage preparedness including Biblical priorities, communication, fidelity, intimacy, Biblical treatment of divorce, conflict resolution, finances, and the training of children.
NM202—Women in Ministry
This ladies-only course instructs and encourages women in their prominent role in ministry and as ministry wives. Instructors for this course include several ministry wives who will provide a variety of their own personal insights and experiences to help prepare ladies for all aspects of ministry.
NM203—Formal Ministry Internship 1
This course allows students to participate in a formal and academic ministry mentorship by observing and participating in areas of ministry related to evangelism, discipleship, and church ministry. Approval for the internship is required from the internship coordinator. The student is graded Pass/Fail based in part by a report from the student’s mentor. Students must complete fifty (50) hours of mentor-directed work for this course in addition to submitting a summary and journal.
NM204—Formal Ministry Internship 2
This course is a continuation of NM203. It allows students to accomplish the same goals in another ministry culture and with another mentor. This course must be approved by the internship coordinator, and grading requirements are consistent with those in NM203. Students must complete fifty (50) hours of mentor-directed work for this course in addition to submitting a summary and journal.
NM205—Philosophy & Establishment of Children’s Ministry
This course establishes a Biblical view of children’s ministry along with practical methodology for starting and maintaining various types of children’s ministries. Special attention is given to the Biblical concepts of reaching the next generation for Christ as well as training workers within the local church. Since most in North American as well as Cross-Cultural ministries reach children before reaching adults, this class is crucial for the development of a well-rounded missionary or pastor.
This men-only course provides comprehensive instruction in a broad range of areas relevant to the local church ministry. In addition to general fundamental instruction about the philosophy of ministry, pertinent topics will be covered including church finances, missions focus and activity, and Sunday school administration. Procedural and practical aspects will include the topics of developing a church calendar, the church constitution, deacon selection and training, and many other vital topics.
This course studies the methods of Biblical counseling. This course is not designed to foster a false sense of consultant authority or expertise; rather, this study is designed to establish basic parameters that ministry personnel and leaders in the church can use to invest in the lives of fellow believers.
This course deals with the responsibility of the church to evangelize its Jerusalem. This practical study examines considering one’s community (geography, saturation, societal needs, etc.) when planning outreach. These same considerations are looked at in light of outreach events such as holidays, Vacation Bible School, friend days, etc.). Students are challenged to think of innovative ways to reach the lost in their local communities.
NM304—Philosophy of Church Music
This course provides students with a comprehensive, scriptural philosophy and analysis of Biblical church music. The study will include the examination of the psychological and behavioral aspects of music as it relates to a Biblical approach to godly worship. The history of music will be investigated from both Old and New Testament perspectives.
This course teaches Christians Biblical principles that allow Jesus to be their model and their guide when they are mentoring and leading others. This course is designed to help students as they instruct, tutor, counsel, and lead others in reproducing followers of Christ.
NM306—Defense of the Faith: Introduction to Apologetics
This course unveils the necessity for Biblical apologetics while investigating presuppositions, evidences, and approaches used in the defense of the Christian faith. The primary objective of this course is the continued sanctification of the believer for the purpose of ensuring a true and accurate declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:15).
NM307—Formal Ministry Internship 3
This course is a continuation of NM204 and allows students to accomplish internship goals in another ministry culture and with another mentor. This course must be approved by the internship coordinator, and grading requirements are consistent with NM204. The student must complete fifty (50) hours of mentor-directed work for this course in addition to submitting a summary and journal.
NM308—Formal Ministry Internship 4
This course finalizes the Formal Ministry Internships with a fourth ministry and yet another mentor. This course must be approved by the internship coordinator, and grading requirements are consistent with NM307. Students must complete fifty (50) hours of mentor-directed work for this course in addition to submitting a summary and journal.
This course is conducted alongside the instructor on the campus of one or more secular universities. Students are taught the methods needed for effective cross-cultural evangelism among secular college students of ethnic and religious diversity. Students gain first-hand experience through evangelism on college campuses as they employ skills obtained in the first two years of undergraduate study. Course objectives include, but are not limited to, how to plan and conduct an effective campus outreach program while targeting the end goal of evangelism and discipleship.
NM401—Capstone Ministry Internship 1
This course is a structured ministry experience approved and facilitated by the BSWE internship coordinator and supervised by a mentor from a selected North American host ministry. The host ministry must reflect the basic philosophy and emphasis of First Baptist Church of Milford and its ministries. The mentor will ensure that the student receives exposure to predetermined core objectives and will formally evaluate the student in various aspects of ministry. Students must complete 600 contact hours with the North American host ministry (20 consecutive weeks without leave). Normally, the student is registered for this class for the fall semester of his senior year; however, in some cases, internships may begin during the summer prior to the student’s senior year. Field experience will be scheduled only with the internship coordinator’s approval.
NM402—Capstone Ministry Internship 2
This course is the continuation of NM401 and is to be congruent (without leave) with the same ministry. The host ministry mentor(s) will be responsible for continued discipleship while ensuring the student’s exposure to new challenges and successes while experiencing new targeted objectives. The on-site mentor will again formally evaluate the student. Students must complete the 600 contact hours (20 consecutive weeks without leave).