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Accelerated Associate of Arts degree

The Accelerated Associate of Arts degree can be accomplished in any one of four focused areas of study designed to prepare a student for a specific career path or professional goal. Courses in the major define the subject areas of expertise being developed by the student and the accelerated format recognizes the students academic, personal, and professional achievements allowing them to complete their degree in a shorter period of time.

Purpose of the Accelerated Format

To both develop and recognize in learners foundational knowledge and analytical skills within a Christian worldview that equip them for ministry and community service.

Accelerated Associate of Arts format

This is the ideal option for a student with little or no previous college credit but has professional and/or ministry related experience or other specialized training.

  1. The student will receive up to 24 credits of Advanced Standing.
  2. The student will accomplish The Trinity Qualification Module. (18 sch value)*
  3. Student will then have a 18 credit (6 course) registration left to accomplish.

Students are to complete the Trinity Tutorial at the beginning of their degree.

Advanced Standing requires submission of a resume/vitae providing a summary of education, professional work, ministry experience, and any other training including location and dates. Students may provide documentation to supplement the resume/vitae.

* The Qualification Module requires the review/reading of 2 books; The Panorama of The Old Testament and The Panorama of The New Testament, plus the completion of an accompanying study guide.

Obviously, other options or models may be applicable depending on number of college credits earned and the Enrollment Advisor has the flexibility to work with the student on a program to fit their specific situation. All credits from this degree will be applicable toward the accelerated BA or the BA/MA Combination degree program.

Accelerated Associate of Arts

Major in Bible and Theology – Choose 6 courses from the list below

  • NT 310 Survey of the Life and Letters of Paul
  • NT 307 Survey of the Gospel of Matthew [1]
  • TH 483 Introduction to Old Testament Theology [2]
  • TH 333 Introduction to New Testament Theology [2]
  • CH 320 Survey of Church History
  • TH 406 Introduction to the Doctrine of the Bible [2]
  • TH 484 Survey of the Doctrine of the Church [2]
  • TH 395 Introduction to the Doctrine of Christ
  • NT 334 Expositions of First Corinthians
  • NT 345 The Book of Acts: An Introduction [3]

[1] Learners may replace course with NT 306 Survey of the Gospel of Luke, NT 346 Introduction to Pastoral Epistles, or NT 347 Synoptic Gospels: A Closer Look.
[2] Learners may replace course with an elective in Theology (TH).
[3] Learners may replace course with NT 346 Introduction to Pastoral Epistles

Major in Biblical Counseling - Choose 6 courses from the list below

  • BC 370 Becoming a Biblical Counselor [1]
  • BC 372 Introduction to Biblical Counseling
  • BC 402 Developing Counseling Skills [2]
  • BC 365 Introduction to Marriage and Family Counseling
  • BC 373 Counseling in the Local Church [2]
  • BC 305 Supervised Counseling Experience
  • Electives: Any 4 courses in Biblical Counseling (BC) – 12 credits [2]

[1] Unless transfer credit is anticipated, students are strongly encouraged to register for the following courses first: BC 370 Becoming a Biblical Counselor, GE 235 English Composition, and BS 401 Bible Study Methods.
[2] Learners may replace course with an elective in Biblical Counseling (BC). An elective in Conflict Management (CM) may be used to replace one elective in Biblical Counseling (BC).

Major in Christian Management and Leadership - Choose 6 courses from the list below

  • GE 237 Public Speech in Ministry
  • AD 437 Introduction to Management and Leadership Theory
  • AD 424 Basic Principles of Administration
  • CM 326 Fundamentals of Conflict Management
  • AD 301 Basic Principles of Human and Organizational Development
  • AD 384 The Scope of Human Resource Management
  • AD 474 Management Leadership Research
  • CE 490 Basic Principles of Spiritual Growth in Christian Education [1]
  • PM 342 Mentoring Principles [1]
  • CM 426 Understanding the Process of Positive Change

[1] Learners may replace course with an elective in Christian Education (CE) or Pastoral Ministry (PM).

Major in Pastoral Ministry - Choose 6 courses from the list below

  • PM 341 Basic Theology of Ministry
  • EP 495 Introduction to Contemporary Preaching [1]
  • PH 401 Basic Christian Ethics
  • PM 436 Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines
  • CE 388 Strategies for Effective Teaching
  • PM 459 Fundamentals of Personal Evangelism [2]
  • BC 372 Introduction to Biblical Counseling [3]
  • AD 424 Basic Principles of Administration [4]
  • PM 355 Fundamentals of Church Growth [2]
  • CM 326 Fundamentals of Managing Conflict [5]

1] Learners may replace course with an elective in Expository Preaching (EP).
[2] Learners may replace course with an elective in Pastoral Ministry (PM).
[3] Learners may replace course with an elective in Biblical Counseling (BC).
[4] Learners may replace course with an elective in Administration (AD).
[5] Learners may replace course with CM 365 Approaches to Dealing with Difficult People.

Information on the Accelerated Programs