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Small Group Leader Certificate Program

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Small Group Leader Program is 15 units and can be used as a lead-in to the Bible Core Program.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • This certificate program is designed to equip people with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead small groups well. Graduates will grow in their ability to read and interpret their Bible, facilitate Bible-based discussion, disciple others, and lead effectively.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (15 Units)

BS201 - Biblical Intrepretation

3 Units

An introduction to the principles and methods of biblical interpretation, focusing on the history of interpretation, the literal-historical-grammatical approach, and the primary tools for biblical study. Hermeneutical strategies will be used to interpret various literary genres, examine historical and literary contexts, analyze structural relationships, perform word studies, and develop principles for practical application.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Define key terms and concepts relating to biblical interpretation.
  • Identify significant approaches, trends, and presuppositions of biblical interpreters, both past and present.
  • Interpret various genres of biblical literature from a dispensational perspective.
  • Employ the essential tools and methods of biblical research.

PCM201 - Small Groups and Discipleship

3 Units

A study of the art and science of leading effective small groups. Prepares students to improve their ability to facilitate sermon-based discussion, draw out application, ask good questions, and navigate common pitfalls.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand fundamental components of sermon-based small groups.
  • Implement appropriate solutions to common small group pitfalls.
  • Evaluate various methods of spiritual growth.
  • Formulate principles for guiding others in one-on-one discipleship.

PCM102 - Personal Spiritual Disciplines

2 Units

A study of the history, theology, and practice of the spiritual disciplines, including Bible study, scriptural meditation, prayer, fasting, giving, worship, fellowship, and service. Prepares students to approach spiritual growth and sanctification with thoughtfulness and intention, while providing strategies for assisting others to pursue the same.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify key signs of spiritual vitality.
  • Explain how the spiritual disciplines contribute to spiritual growth.
  • Study the Bible in a manner that is both simple and spiritually enriching.
  • Design a long-term plan for growing in Christian maturity and spiritual intimacy.

PCM301 - Ministry Care and Counseling

3 Units

An introduction to the principles and practices of biblical counseling and caregiving, including a theological justification for both, an overview of the roles of Scripture and wisdom in counseling, and insights into ministering to those who are suffering. Provides test cases for common counseling situations and opportunities to practice basic skills in a supervised setting.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate contemporary approaches to Christian counseling.
  • Assess the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of others.
  • Apply relevant biblical passages to common counseling situations.
  • Provide empathy and encouragement in thoughtful and effective ways.

PCM302 - Teaching the Bible

3 Units

An introduction to Bible teaching, including principles on lesson preparation, exposition, verbal communication, illustration, and application. Provides insights relevant for biblical preaching and small-group leading.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify the telic point of a biblical passage.
  • Design a lesson plan or outline suitable for an intended Christian audience.
  • Illustrate biblical truths effectively.
  • Exposit Scripture with clarity, accuracy, and relevance.
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