Diploma in Christian Ministry (DCM-CLD)
Sources and Origins
CLS1114 Old Testament Survey
An introduction to the content, background, and analysis of the Old Testament (OT). This course covers the Books of Moses, Historical Books, Writings (Psalms, Proverbs, etc.) and the Prophets, major and minor.
CLS1314 New Testament Survey
An introduction to the background, content, and criticism of the New Testament (NT). This course covers the Gospels, Acts, the epistles, general and Pauline, and Revelation.
Life and Thought
CLL1113 Baptist Heritage and Practice
This course covers the emergence of the Baptist Movement within a context of the English Reformation, Baptist emergence in the United States, what and how Baptist doctrine and polity expresses itself in the functions and forms of churches, constitutions, associations, conventions, and agencies. This course emphasizes the history and state of Southern Baptist (SBC) life relative to the cultural context of the CLD center which is offering the course.
CLL1212 Christian Theology Introduction: Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology
An introduction to Christian theology, surveying the doctrines of Christ, Salvation, the Spirit, the Church, and Eschatology including an additional focus on the ethical implications of Christian thought and practice.
Leadership Skills Formation
CLP1111 Ministry Foundations
An entry course designed to assist students developing the necessary personal, spiritual, and ministerial foundations for life-long ministry. Students will engage in assessment of their gifts and passions in ministry and will encounter some basic approaches to effective ministry such as strategic, financial, and physical planning for ministry; communication and relational skills; and team and staff building.
CLP1411 Communicating the Gospel: Preaching and Teaching that Transforms
This course covers planning, preparation, and presentation skills in preaching and teaching with an emphasis on learning by doing. It also covers learning styles, how to preach and teach for transformation, and how to communicate to different age groups and cultures.
CLI1351 Missions, Evangelism and Church Planting
This course covers an understanding of the church as sent by Christ into a lost world and as the church sending itself and its members out into the world locally and globally. It entails a brief history of missions, NAMB (North American Mission Board) and IMB (International Mission Board), and current missiology. Central to the course is how to lead others to Christ and to teach others to do likewise. Various types of evangelism and their effectiveness in different contexts will be discussed, and personal and group plans for evangelism will be developed. It covers the basics and various methods of when and how to start new churches.
Diploma in Theology (DTH-CLD)
Sources and Origins
CLS2100 Intermediate Old Testament
3 hours (CLS1114 prerequisite)
The focus of this course is on one book each from the Pentateuch, Writings, and Prophets.
CLS2300 Intermediate New Testament
3 hours (CLS1314 prerequisite)
The focus of this course is on Acts and either one Gospel or an epistle.
Life and Thought
CLL1111 Survey of Christian History
The focus is on the Patristic period including the development of the Catholic Church, the Reformation, the development of evangelical and world mission movements in the United States, and the arising influence and witness of non-Anglo churches.
CLL1211 Intermediate Christian Theology
This course covers the nature, tasks, and methods of doing theology and the major doctrinal areas: revelation, triune God, creation and providence, humanity and sin, Christ and salvation.
Leadership Skills Formation
CLP1115 Spiritual and Leadership Formation
An introduction to Spiritual and Leadership Formation. Unique aspects of Spiritual and Leadership Formation related to the church (including multi-cultural settings and global perspectives) and denomination will be explored. Current resources and techniques will be examined.
CLP1121/CLP1122 Leadership in Ministry Practicum I and II
2 hours each course
Experiential learning of leadership and Christian ministry through field education and theological reflection upon the student’s engagement in ministry. The student will serve two consecutive semesters in a leadership position at an approved field setting with a challenging learning covenant under an approved mentor/supervisor. The student will meet weekly in a Ministry Reflection Group.
CLP2421 Planned Pulpit Leadership
This course offers instruction in planning an annual preaching menu. Sermonic elements such as variety, continuity, and balance will be discussed. Advantages of series preaching, seasonal messages, and conservation of material (filing) will be considered. Special occasion messages for funerals, weddings, ordinances, and dedications will be prepared and presented. Exposure to experienced and effective pastors will be sought.
CLE1113 Principles and Approaches to Bible Teaching
A course designed to prepare students to help churches improve the quality of their Bible-teaching efforts. The course will include a study of principles and methods of teaching, how to prepare for teaching, and how to evaluate the educational process in the Bible teaching program of the church.
CLE1412 The Educational Ministry of the Church
An examination of the rationale for a program of Christian education. The study focuses on the principles and methods for organizing, administering, promoting, and improving the Bible teaching, discipleship training, and missions education programs. Attention is focused on the distinctive tasks, materials, and objectives of these programs.
Diploma in Church Planting (DCP-CLD)
The DCP consists of all the courses in the Diploma in Theology, plus the following course:
CLP1313 Introduction to Church Planting
An intensive study of the essential aspects of church planting. Major attention will be given to theology, methodologies, and models of new church starts, with emphasis on continuing growth.
Course Descriptions for Electives
Any GGBTS course may be taught in CLD. Below are some recommended courses:
CLP1916 Worship and Music in the Faith Community
This course covers personal and corporate worship elements (prayer, scripture, drama, music, giving, and testimony). Worship of the living God as the engine for evangelism and missions, personally and corporately, locally and globally, will be emphasized. It covers how to design and lead worship experiences that are inspiring, participatory, calling to confessions and commission, and creative within a specific church or context.
CLS2521 How to Understand the Bible/Biblical Hermeneutics
A laboratory course designed to help the student learn to apply the recognized principles of biblical interpretation to the study and use of biblical literature.
CLS2316 Preaching the New Testament
An investigation and application of the principles of exegesis, hermeneutics, and homiletical method to the distinctive literary genre of the New Testament. The course stresses the application of method for the construction of sermons which effectively communicate the biblical text.
CLL1411 Christian Ethics: Personal and Corporate
This course examines classic views of biblical-based decision-making, the role of the church covenant and mutual admonition for church discipline and mission, and will use specific case studies in class discussion.
CLP1512 Pastoral Counseling
This course helps the student to understand the nature of pastoral counseling while learning the practice of pastoral counseling at a beginning level. Students are introduced to pastoral counseling values, goals, and processes while engaged in the classroom practice of counseling. Cognitive and behavioral approaches in agreement with Scriptural principles are applied in the multicultural learning process.
CLE2319 Leading and Equipping Teams/Volunteers
This course will explore the essential elements in leading and equipping staff and nonpaid lay leaders in a local church and in Christian organizations. The concepts of an effective lay mobilizaiton system will be introduced and includes assimilation, vision and context, discovery, matching, placement, coaching, mentoring, and recognition. Leadership to "equip" is explored as integral to the success of the ministry of the local church.
CLI 1113 Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to intercultural communication with an emphasis on basic concepts of a variety of culturally specific perspectives and the practical aspects of intercultural relations. The course heightens intercultural sensitivity and intercultural mindfulness in order to develop conceptual roots and good intercultural theory in preparation for practicing Christ's mandate.
CLI 2242 Principles of Urban Church Planting
A course dealing with the historical and current growth of the urban church. It focuses on how urban churches were planted in the New Testament period and in the major eras of church history. It emphasizes principles for urban church planting today.
CLI 2352 How to Start a Church
This is an intensive study of current methodology in starting new churches with major attention given to the best ways to initiate new congregations and how to nurture these new congregations to become self-sustaining and reproducing churches.