Bachelors of Ministry Degree

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Curriculum Overview Bachelors Degree

The Bachelors of Ministry Program offered by SBCTS was uniquely designed to prepare career-minded students for “real-world, Christ-centered” ministry service that is applicable to today’s lost and hurting world.

In our Bachelor of Ministry Program, we aim to fulfill our proprietary “balanced-approach” objective in student education. (1) We do so by building on the student’s foundational knowledge gained from their SBCTS Associate Degree education and requisite in church or in-community internship. (2) Simultaneously, the student is introduced and becomes acclimated to the rigors of our Master of Christian Ministry or Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Program, depending on the student’s career path following the Bachelor’s Program. Moreover, through this program, we will also focus on transformative behaviors and spiritual processes through the exploration of major theological theories and biblical concepts consistent with the Signet Bible College and Theological Seminary statement of beliefs as outlined in this catalog. Topics include the sin-basis of human behavior, the world’s perception of the Christian faith, congregational organization, leadership and motivation.

Required Textbooks / Independent Research

Textbooks

In the Bachelor of Ministry Program, the requisite textbooks are listed with each class.

Independent Research

On occasion, there will be classes throughout this program that will require the student to review a video lecture series or a webcast lecture series from which the student is to take source notes and form a Bachelor’s level RESEARCH AND POSITION paper. Upon completing the review of the lecture series, the student is then permitted to use any theologically sound text or reference book of their choice from which to compose the research and position paper. When using source materials the student must properly cite the source used in the paper and the source must comply with the statement of beliefs of Signet Bible College and Theological Seminary as described in the school catalog.

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Assignments

Each session’s class requires a minimum 3000 word research and position paper. So that we are clear, the word “research” according to the professor means that the student will consider a multiplicity of scholarly resources from which to make a finding, and then draw a sound subject—matter conclusion. The word “position” means that throughout the paper, or in the paper’s conclusion, the student will draw from their research materials, their prior theological education, and their life experiences—be it from interning in the church or community. Then the student will synthesize this information and form a “firm theological stand” as though the student were an actual subject or a consultant with influence to affect the subject or the people in the subject. In other words, the student’s position demonstrates critical thinking on the student’s part. It further tells the professor what the Bachelor’s student would do, or how he or she would handle a “real life” situation in the event the student is confronted with the subject matter in the future.

Formatting, Spelling and Grammar

Each paper (typed or handwritten) is to follow the MLA format; otherwise, the paper will be instantly docked 3 points and immediately returned to the student. Spelling and grammar are also expected to be at a bachelor’s level. Overall, the professor expects that bachelor’s level students are proficient with MLA formatting standards, grammar and spelling. Therefore, the professor’s grading time should not be occupied with such rudimentary matters. As a refresher, we have included the MLA formatting instructions to the post-application syllabus for your convenience.

Assignment Matrix

In each assignment, the student is to identify a “major concept” of his or her own choosing, so long as the concept is clearly relevant to the main theme of the lecture series or required reading for the course. However, ONCE A MAJOR CONCEPT IS CHOSEN, THE STUDENT MAY NOT USE THAT CONCEPT AGAIN IN A SUBSEQUENT ASSIGNMENT, except as, perhaps, a brief reference to the concept in order to solidify a theological point. In doing so, the student is to cite his or her paper as “a source” pursuant to MLA citation standards.

Scoring for each assignment will be as follows: (1) has the student met the Signet Bible College and Theological Seminary Essay and MLA formatting requirements? 10 points (2) Has the student demonstrated the ability to identify a major concept within the courseware, and then articulate a clear and instructive position paper on the subject? 20 points; (3) Has the student solidified their position on the subject matter, as well as offered a recommendation as though the student were a real-life subject, or a consultant to a “true life” situation of today, relating, of course, to the class’s main theme? 20 points (4) Has the student demonstrated proper hermeneutical application and Scripture references in support of the paper? 30 points (5) has the student met he minimum word count of 3000 words, or a number satisfactory to the professor? (20 points) Total points: 100.

Submission Schedule and Class Acceleration

The student is permitted to work and submit assignments for grading at a pace conducive with his or her lifestyle schedule. However, upon completion of a full session, the student MUST TEST WITH 30 DAYS OF COMPLETION OF EACH SESSION. Conversely, the student may not submit more than two (2) assignments in any given calendar month. For administrative reasons, any further acceleration of Bachelor’s classes or sessions is prohibited.

Defense of Paper

At any time during the grading process of a student’s paper, the professor may elect to have the student defend any part of their work, in writing, under proctor supervision, either by phone, or by video conference. The student will be notified in advance of the defense session.

Exams

The student will be required to take a proctored exam at the conclusion of each session. In the Bachelor program offered at Signet Bible College and Theological Seminary, our exams are seldom standardized. In other words, each exam given is not automatically given to every student. On occasion, the professor may elect to augment the student’s specific exam based on the research and position writings of the student. So we strongly recommend the following: If you wrote it, you are best served to know it.

Exam Preparation

How should a Bachelor’s student prepare for an exam? First, know your subject well. Know especially what you wrote. And know the Scriptures and their locations (at least by book and chapter) to the major concepts contained in your paper. For example, you might see something like this: “In your paper, you mentioned the churchy term “unmerited favor”. In terms of Scripture, what is unmerited favor, and (1) cite its key verse in the Bible, and, (2) explain the theology behind it, and (3) what would be the application in today’s society?”

Be mindful that as a Bachelor student, the professor will expect the student’s essay answers to express clear ideas, research, or a position in a well-organized manner, consistent with that of a bachelor level student. When testing, the professor may combine more than one question (in the design of a test question) in order to draw the student out, and, perhaps, stimulate further critical thinking about the subject matter. So keep in mind, if the professor receives vague or brief answers, or the student merely quotes Scripture passages and textbook writings as a substitute for critical thinking, the grade will reflect as such.

Conclusion

Student must submit their assignment as prescribed by the assigned professor within the span of (60) sixty-days from the date of enrollment, or (30) thirty-days following the last submitted assignment. The student must make an effort to notify the professor of any change of status that might prevent the student from reaching the target date, otherwise, on the forty-fifth day, the professor has the option of officially dropping the student from the class without obligation of refunding any portion of the fees paid to Signet Bible College and Theological Seminary.

Curriculum Overview Bachelor of Christian Ministry Degree

For those interested in continuing their studies after successfully completing the Associate’s degree program, Signet Bible College and Theological Seminary offers two Bachelor’s degree programs: 1) Ministry; and 2) Chaplaincy. These programs are for those students who hear God’s call to become vocational ministers (pastors) and chaplains. Please be aware that these are entry-level programs only and that additional schooling and credentialing are normally required to enter these fields.

Course Requirements

For each course, students will be required to complete the assigned readings, correctly answer all review questions, pass all exams, and submit all essays. Essays will need to conform to the Signet Bible College and Theological Seminary General Essay Requirements format. When necessary or helpful, students will be required to complete practical assignments as well. These assignments are used to help students explore more deeply the life and/or ministry applications of the concepts discussed in the course.

Key Concepts

Each course will have several key concepts, which are the primary takeaways for the subject. These are clearly presented in the courseware as Biblical Truths, Biblical Principles, Ministry Applications, and Life Applications.

Recommended Readings

Where appropriate, in addition to the courseware, a list of recommended books, periodicals, articles, etc. will be provided for students interested in further study of the subject.

Bachelor of Ministry Courses

5 Sessions | 3 Courses per Session | 4 Credit Hours per Course
60 Total Credit Hours | Requisite Intern Credit Hours

Session 1

TH203 Systematic Theology II – 4 Credit Hours
MN103 Life of Christ – 4 Credit Hours
TH311 Applied Hermeneutics – 4 Credit Hours

Session 2

MN311 Applied Homiletics (Expository) – 4 Credit Hours
BB231 Pastoral Epistles – 4 Credit Hours
BB331 Christian Faith – 4 Credit Hours

Session 3

BB213 Biblical Prophecy – 4 Credit Hours
BB261 Isaiah – 4 Credit Hours
MN202 Office of the Clergy – 4 Credit Hours

Session 4

TH211 Kingdom Workers – 4 Credit Hours
CO201 Biblical Counseling II – 4 Credit Hours
CO261 Premarital Counseling – 4 Credit Hours

Session 5

CO251 Counseling the Bereaved – 4 Credit Hours
CO121 Spiritual Warfare – 4 Credit Hours
MN201 Apologetics – 4 Credit Hours

Final Project
Undergraduate Thesis Requirement:

20,000 to 30,000 words (40 to 80 pages)

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