COURSE DESCRIPTION

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS - CERTIFIED (LEVEL 1)

Life of Christ: A study of the life and teachings of Jesus as recorded in the gospels and in light of the historical, cultural, and geographical settings of the first century. The course emphasizes the ministry of John the Baptist, the proclamation of the kingdom of God, the miracles and parables of Jesus, the passion, the resurrection, and messianic titles.

Ephesians: An exegetical study of the book of Ephesians with emphasis placed upon its doctrinal and moral teachings. Also highlighted is the book’s theme of the glory of God in Christ and the believer’s high calling to life in Christ.

Spirit Empowered Churches: A study of dynamic church growth as portrayed in the Acts 2 church model: creating Spirit-empowered disciples who are involved in purposeful activities to change individuals, families, and communities with the love and power of God’s mighty Spirit.

Acts: A detailed study of the origin and development of the apostolic church. The course emphasizes the Church’s mission in its proclamation of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Included is an overview of Paul’s missionary journeys.

Introduction to Pentecostal Doctrine: An introduction to theology (its meaning and purpose) and historic Christian doctrines. Emphasis will be placed upon the Statement of Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God as the framework for this study.

How to Interpret the Bible: An introduction to various methods of Bible study, with special attention given to basic principles of scriptural interpretation. Emphasis is placed on devotional aspects of study for personal edification.

Personal Evangelism: A study of the contemporary history and practice of evangelism in the church, with an emphasis on the techniques and methods used in personal witnessing. The course also trains students in the art of lifestyle evangelism.

Ethics in Ministry: An examination of the moral principles governing human conduct in light of the teachings of Scripture. Special attention is given to the minister’s personal and professional code of ethics, and contemporary personal and social issues.

Interpersonal Relations: A study of the issues related to personal relationships, with major emphasis given to the relational aspects of marital and family life from a biblical perspective.

AG History, Missions and Governance: A study of the historical development and governing policies of the Assemblies of God. The Fellowship’s history in America and its worldwide missions program is told through stories of the personalities involved. Includes a study of the ecclesiastical structure of the Assemblies of God, with particular attention to the General Council Constitution and Bylaws in relation to credentialed ministers, local churches, district councils, the General Council, and doctrines and practices that are approved and disapproved.

Beginning Ministerial Internship: A practical ministry experience that fulfills the Assemblies of God internship requirements for credentialing at the certified level.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS - LICENSED (LEVEL 2)

Old Testament Survey: A study of the books of the Old Testament, acquainting the student with key facts in each book. The development of God’s plan of redemption throughout the Old Testament canon is highlighted.

New Testament Survey: An overview of the books of the New Testament, emphasizing the key facts and teachings of each book. Applications to contemporary life and ministry are included.

Leadership Skills: A study of the principles of leadership, applicable to all phases of life and ministry. Practical applications are offered to help students use these principles in the local church situation.

Systematic Theology 1: An introduction to theology and a detailed study of the following theological areas: Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Anthropology, and Soteriology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology.

Introduction to AG Missions: An introductory course in the science of missions. It is a survey of the theology, history and methods of Christian missions in general and within the Assemblies of God.

Introduction to Homiletics: A study dealing with sermon delivery that provides a hands-on approach to developing sermon preparation skills. The course content addresses audience analysis, the speaker’s physical appearance, gestures, credibility, voice usage, and personality.

Eschatology: An advanced study of the doctrine of last things, including topics such as death, Resurrection and Rapture, views of the Tribulation, millennial views, judgment, and the final state of the righteous and the wicked.

Romans: A practical study of Paul’s letter to the Romans. The course deals with the book’s background and its relation to the rest of Paul’s writings. The book’s relevance to every day Christian living is a featured theme.

Conflict Resolution: A study devoted to the resolution of conflict in the local church. The reasons for churches becoming unhealthy and how God wants to heal them are examined. The lordship of Jesus Christ and His methodology in resolving conflict form the basis of this study.

Intermediate Ministerial Internship: A practical ministry experience that fulfills the Assemblies of God internship requirements for credentialing at the licensed level including the pastor’s call, preaching, teaching, church leadership, family life, and more.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS - ORDAINED (LEVEL 3)

Pentateuch: An in-depth study of the first five books of the Old Testament. Highlighting God’s personal relationship with His creation and the loving covenants made with His people, the study examines the Pentateuch’s revelation of God’s character and the requirements for relationship with Him.

Corinthian Correspondence: An expository study of First and Second Corinthians. Highlighted are Paul’s responses to the problems afflicting the Corinthian church, the appropriate operation of the gifts of the Spirit within the congregation, and Paul’s views of Christian character and ministry.

Psalms: A study of the Psalms as the Hebrew-Christian prayer book and hymnal. The course includes a study of selected Psalms, noting the authorship, historical setting, structure, meaning, and spiritual application of each. Also studied are the classification of the Psalms, the Messianic applications and citations of Psalms in the New Testament, and their function in the Early Church.

Theology of Prayer: A study of biblical prayer stressing the importance and impact of prayer in contemporary life and ministry.

Theology of Worship: An exploration of the scriptural and theological foundations for individual and corporate praise and worship. Various styles and formats of worship are discussed relative to both historical and contemporary settings.

Multicultural Ministry: The principles, process, and problems of communicating from one culture to another. Special attention is given to the development of attitudes and methods enabling effective communication of the gospel to people in other cultures.

Church and Law: A study of American ecclesiastical law, addressing contemporary legal issues affecting churches and ministers.

Pastoral Ministry: A study of the practical aspects of pastoral ministry, including the pastor’s call, preaching, teaching, church leadership, family life, and more.

Church Growth and Development: A practical study of the principles of church planting, growth, and development which focus on the various challenges and considerations in church planting, growth and development.

Advanced Ministerial Internship: A practical ministry experience that fulfills the Assemblies of God internship requirements for credentialing at the ordained level.  


 

LOCATIONS

BETHEL COLLEGE
1705 TODDS LANE, HAMPTON, VIRGINIA

POTOMAC PARK RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTER
11 TABERNACLE WAY, FALLING WATERS, WEST VIRGINIA


POINT OF CONTACT:

SONJI THEE, ASSISTANT TO THE EXEC. DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION - STHEE@POTOMACAG.ORG | 703.753.2791