Discipleship and Christian Education

Have you felt a calling to become a teacher, discipleship leader, or lay leader in a church setting?

The Discipleship and Christian Education Program is designed to prepare men and women to meet the demands for trained leadership in church discipleship ministries. A combination of study including Bible and hands-on experience provide resources to apply principles and methods of teaching, including those used by Jesus.

Upon completion of this program the student should be able to articulate and embrace a philosophy of transformational education. The student will also develop, organize, and implement ministry-oriented programs that promote spiritual formation through the local church. Teaching, mentoring, and discipling believers at all stages and walks of life embracing a “whole person” perspective, is an important aspect of the Discipleship and Christian Education program. The program also reflects on the effects that a concentrated emphasis in the Spiritual Disciplines has on his or her walk with God. This program will enable you to be a youth pastor, small group leader, Sunday School teacher, Spiritual Formation advisor, and more!

If you feel called to any form of discipleship, KMBC’s Discipleship and Christian Education is for you!


Discipleship and Christian Education Program Overview

Credit Hours

130 Credit Hours

What classes will I study?

As a student in the Discipleship and Christian Education Program, you will be focusing on classes to prepare you as a discipleship group leader, lay leader in church settings, and a Bible scholar. In addition to the general education core, you will be studying a variety of biblical texts, theology, and Christian Education. For a complete list, check it out below.

Discipleship and Christian Education Core

  • Parliamentary Law

    The development of skills in the standard method of conducting and participating in
    business meetings is the focus of this course.  Robert’s Rules of Order is the guidebook

  • Introduction to Christian Education

    This course emphasizes the biblical foundation of Christian education.   Needs of the
    various age groups, current methods and approaches, curriculum and materials,
    organization and administration in the local church are practical aspects surveyed.

  • Evangelism

    This course provides an introduction to the biblical principles and practices of evangelism
    and discipleship and their applications to contemporary life

  • Apologetics

    An introduction to terminology, methods, and tools of apologetics.

  • Principles and Methods of Christian Education

    This course focuses on basic teaching principles and basic instructional methods with the
    aim of creating an effective lesson plan, and explores and incorporates the teaching
    methods of Jesus.

  • Sunday School and Summer Ministries

    Focuses on the development and implementation of educational ministries such as
    Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, camping programs and other summer ministries
    as a part of the total program of Christian education.

  • Media Ministries

    This course examines the application of various media in ministry contexts in a web-
    centered world. Media examined include video, audio, desktop publishing, graphics,
    computer presentations, and websites. Emphasis is given to integrating these media with
    web technologies. The course assumes the student possesses a working knowledge of
    typing, word processing, internet navigation, and Windows.

  • Christian Counseling

    Focuses upon the basic concepts and techniques of Christian counseling.  The student
    will develop broader understanding and a working knowledge of counseling skills in
    order to help people who have spiritual and life adjustment problems.

  • History and Philosophy of Christian Education

    A study of the history of philosophy of Christian education from pre-Christian times to
    the present.

  • Administration in the Local Church

    This course focuses upon the administration in the local church and includes
    organization, leadership, staff relationship, volunteers, governing boards, short and long
    term planning, and crisis and time management within the structure of the local church.

  • Three of the following:

      Christian Education of Children
    An introduction to some of the basic principles of child psychology as it relates to their
    education and the means and methods of evangelizing and discipling children.

    Christian Education of Youth
    This course explores the developmental and spiritual needs of youths and the various
    theories and methods to help them grow and develop in the Christian faith.  Includes an
    emphasis on discipling youth in various settings.

    Christian Education of Adults
    This course explores the developmental and spiritual needs of adults and the various
    theories and methods to help adults grow and develop in the Christian faith.

    Christian Education with the Family
    This course focuses on the theories and techniques of an educational program in local
    churches for families which will build stronger families and preempt problems by laying
    a biblical foundation for family life.

General Education Core

  • Spiritual-Academic and Worldview Formation

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the spiritual and academic disciplines necessary to begin college life and to become a lifelong learner and Christian disciple. It provides an introduction to prominent contemporary worldviews and lays a foundation for developing a biblical worldview.
  • English Grammar

    A study of the fundamentals of English grammar with a view to proper construction. Emphasis is placed upon conciseness and correct diction.
  • English Composition

    Practice is given in various kinds of writing, including the formal research paper and the informal/formal essay to enable students to write clearly, concisely, logically and creatively.
  • Physical Education

    Promotes practices of good health and the development of Christian character through team play in competitive sports, both in class and through the program of intramural athletics. Students may be exempted from this course upon presentation of a doctor’s certificate requesting exemption from such activities.
  • Introduction to Communications or Introduction to Sociology

    Introduction to Communication

    The course introduces the process of communication as a critical element in human relationship and society, and examines various aspects of communication: information processing, interpersonal communication in dyadic relationships and small groups, organizational communication, and mass communication.

    Introduction to Sociology

    The course introduces the basic concepts of the discipline and major theories of social behavior. Factors underlying the formation and function of society, group life, social institution and processes are studied. Additionally, various current social problems are analyzed from a biblical world view.

  • Basic Public Speaking

    This course provides an introduction to the various types and components of public speeches. Class assignments and activities are designed to develop skills in preparing, refining and delivering public addresses.
  • History of Civilization I & II

    The courses survey the history of civilization from ancient times to the modern period and focus on the religious, political and legal aspects of the ancient, medieval and modern world as seen from the Christian perspective.
  • General Psychology

    Provides an introduction to psychology focusing on its major topics, methods, theories, and applications from a Christian perspective.
  • Music Appreciation

    A course which integrates basic music elements and appreciation for sacred and secular masterworks.
  • Church History

    A survey of the development of the Christian Church from apostolic times to the present with special attention being given to councils of the Church, medieval monasticism, the Protestant Reformation, Wesley and Pietism, and the North American church.
  • College Mathematics

    This course is designed to give the essentials of college algebra. Reasoning ability is developed by stressing application to physical problems. A grasp of algebraic principals and problem solving techniques will enable the student to think analytically, which has widespread application.
  • English Literature

    A critical study of certain chosen literary works from the Middle Ages to the present including some attention to the lives of the authors. Interpretations are sought in the light of historical and social backgrounds.
  • Marriage and Family

    This course considers the dynamics of marriage and family relationships. The emphasis will be upon the development of relationships from dating through courtship and marriage, with a special consideration for enrichment skills such as communication, conflict solving, budgeting, and role concepts.
  • Earth Science

    Taking information and operating principles from the study of various science disciplines, this course is a multi-disciplinary introduction to the earth’s processes and environment. The biblical account of creation is held to be accurate, and a six literal day creation period lays the foundation for this study of the earth.
  • Introduction to Philosophy

    Focuses on the terminology and methodology of philosophy including an emphasis on the classic concepts and thinkers of Western philosophical thought. Students are enabled to think critically and analytically about current philosophical trends from a Christian world view.

Bible Study Core

  • English Bible Survey

    This course is an introduction to the content, theology and history of the Bible with a special emphasis upon the major people, places and events. The various literary genres are studied in order to discover their basic teachings and place in divine revelation. The course is a prerequisite to all other courses in biblical studies.
  • Gospels

    A comprehensive study of the life and ministry of Jesus presented by the four gospel writers.
  • Pentateuch

    An historical and theological study of the first five books of the Old Testament which emphasizes the characters and the covenant. The Pentateuch is examined as the foundation for the remainder of the history of God’s revelation to humanity.
  • Acts

    The history of the origin, rise, and expansion of universal Christianity as presented in the Acts of the Apostles.
  • Prison Epistles

    The four Epistles of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon were written by Paul during his Roman imprisonment. This class will consider the theological truths and practical applications contained in these letters.

  • General Epistles

    An inductive study of the epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude with emphasis on important doctrines and principles relating to Christian living. Attention is given to learning the use of different resource materials and the inductive process.
  • Romans

    A study of the Epistles of Romans which focuses on the theological truths and their application to the Christian life.
  • Hebrews

    A study of the Book of Hebrews which views the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament and informs Christology and Soteriology especially as they pertain to Entire Sanctification and Christian perseverance.
  • Isaiah-Jeremiah

    A study of the books with emphasis on the historical, social, moral and religious background of the prophet and their times. Major elements of the class include historical, eschatalogical, and New Covenant significance along with present-day application.
  • Biblical Studies Electives

    This is where you may customize part of your learning experience here at KMBC. What books are you interested in studying? Perhaps the Minor Prophets, Historical Books, Psalms and Wisdom Literature, the Apocalyptic Books, Galatians and Thessalonians, Romans, Corinthians, or a perhaps an advanced inductive study on a topic that interests you!

Theology Study Core

  • Foundations of Faith

    A foundational course in theology designed to give the student a basic understanding of the doctrines of God, man, and sin, and emphasizes the saving relationship into which God calls all human beings.
  • Doctrines of Holiness

    An intensive study of the doctrine of Christian perfection and entire sanctification as a second work of grace as it comes to expression within Scripture and Wesleyan theology which are integrated with experiential material for the purpose of instructing, clarifying, and establishing students in their personal experience of entire sanctification.
  • Theology Electives

    Choose from several excellent theology classes including the theology of prayer, systematic theology, the theology of John Wesley, cults, or take a survey of holiness literature.
Have more questions?

Ms. Barb Deaton

Meet the Discipleship Department advisor, Ms. Barb Deaton, who will be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding the program. Otherwise, request more information to get in touch with our admissions team.

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