CHRISTIAN GLOBAL MISSIONS STUDIES

At CTI, the singular purpose for Global Missions is to train missionaries at every age to serve locally, regionally and abroad. To meet that end, the staff at CTI has engaged in a comprehensive study of the best practices among denominational churches. It was concluded without equivocation that much work needs to be done if the COGBF is to rise to a higher level. One of the goals is to make the term “missionary” an acceptable calling across all demographics in the COGBF. When Mother Willie Slater Smith started the Home Mission in 1958, it was primarily staffed with middle to older aged women who worked within their communities to care for the sick and those most in need. Some visited hospitals and prisons and set-up food banks and they truly made an impact in the neighborhoods they served. While these ministries remain extremely important, the Church of God by Faith is seeking a new direction in mission work and CTI is prepared to assist in this process. The Required courses are:

BTB204 – Beyond the Borders: This strategic planting course helps prepare students for mission abroad. The first goal is to prepare students to minister in the neighboring countries such as the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti and Canada. An additional goal is to assist with the work in Chile’ with the hope of expanding in other areas. This course has an intense focus on the language barriers and seeks to identify ByFaith members from other countries who can speak different languages. The plan is to attract and train ByFaithers to become connectors to their families and friends back home.  This course seeks to prepare a group of missionaries to take a journey to one of the targeted countries to witness and lays the foundation for planting a ByFaith in the area. Students will learn how to create mission proposals to the Council and report back when the trips are completed.
 

 

COM201- Community Outreach Mission:  Students will learn the purpose of community outreach, how to organize a project specifically for those in prison, nursing homes, home-bound, college and high school.  Students will identify and collaborate with agencies that promote Christian values to effectively minister to the needy and lost within the community. 

CSL101 Introduction to Counseling This first counseling course introduces students to the field of Christian Counseling with clarity and sensitivity. It builds on biblical foundations and the best resources of professional psychology. It reflects the insights the author has gained from many years of Christian counseling.

CTC101 The Teaching Ministry Students are expected to complete this course with a good understanding of the teaching ministry and what it takes to be an effective teacher of the Gospel. Upon completion of this course, students will have a teaching outline to assist with organized delivery of sermons and/Bible study lessons.

DOC201 Church of God by Faith Doctrine and Practices This course provides students with an in-depth study of the Ritual of the Church of God by Faith. Students will learned about the COGBF Articles of Faith, Constitution, leadership structure, leadership authority, leadership prohibitions and reporting structure of the COGBF. Students will also learn to perform a variety of different ministerial ceremonies.
 

DRM202 – District and Regional Outreach: This course prepares students to collaborate with other ByFaith’s on the district or other churches in the region to advance the cause of Christ. Students of all ages will learn to locate “hot spots” in certain areas and collaborate with others to meet specific needs.  Whether it’s a catastrophic event, community tragedy or rural outreach, students will learn new ways to serve the communities in which they live.

ETH101 Ministerial Ethics This course provides students with tools for sharpening their personal and professional decision making skills. It focuses on the unique moral role of the minister and the ethical responsibilities of the vocation and to provide a clear statement of the ethical obligations contemporary clergy should assume in their personal and professional lives.

EVG101 The Theology of Evangelism Part I This course presents theological principles that govern evangelism including how it is performed in the church, as well as the family and personal interaction. It includes preaching, one-on-one witnessing, missions, parenting evangelism, and commissioning and supporting missionaries. Students will learn practical techniques from Master Theologian John MacArthur. This is the first of five courses that helps students qualify for ordination in the Christian Evangelists Training (CET) certification program.
 

HIS101 History of the Church of God by Faith, Inc. Students are expected to learn about the key leaders in the COGBF including the founders, bishops and many other important members of the church. Students will learn the history of COGBF conventions, key ministries and auxiliaries while understanding the formulation of specific districts and churches.

HOM101 Introduction to Homiletics Introduction to Homiletics will provide a simple and clear explanation for the construction of sermons. This course will cover the basics for understanding homiletical tasks, developing homiletical techniques and the use of homiletical treasury through Old and New Testament passages

IGM101-Introduction to Global Missions focuses on the primary purpose for serving as a missionary. This course will provide a general overview of the types of mission oriented services of which one can engage.  Students will explore how other church organizations as well as non-profit Christian organizations mission programs are structured to render service to those who have both physical and spiritual needs.  Upon completion of this course, students should have a good understanding of their purpose as missionaries, how the right partnership can enhance their skills, abilities and local church’s mission and finally the expectations of practicums to prepare for meaningful and effective mission experiences. The instructor will advise students on procuring passports in different areas.

LDR101 Introduction to Leadership provides an introduction to the various leadership styles and their effectiveness and/ ineffectiveness in leading God’s people. Recognizing one’s leadership style will provide insight to the results obtained in ministry, at home and in the community of which the leader serves. The course material will focus primarily on God’s plan for Kingdom Leaders.
 

MIN101-Introduction to Ministry This is the first of four courses created by the COGBF National Examining Board to prepare aspiring ministers to lead. It introduces Ministerial Certification students to the biblical authority and purpose of ministry.

PRC204 – Global Missions Practicum: This class offers real-world experiences to students who desire to go to the next level in mission work.  Students will volunteer during the semester at one of the approved agencies such as United Way, the Red Cross, UNICEF or Meals on Wheels. They will identify a supervisor at the agency and report back to their instructor in CTI. At the end of the practicum experience, students will submit a report to their instructor and district elder concerning how their learning experience can be incorporated into the mission outreach of their district and local churches.
 

SMG301: Seminar Three – This course will be used to address CGMS specific teaching topics.

SMG401: Seminar Four  – This course will be used to address CGMS specific teaching topics
 
 

SOT101 Survey of the Old Testament will assist students in seeing the pattern, progression and unity of the Old Testament Scriptures. This course will provide students with a strong foundation for Biblical truth and how the foundation relates to the events of the New Testament. Survey of the Old Testament is taught in two segments; I and II. This study categorizes the Old Testament into seven areas; the Foundational Books, Complementation Books, Books of Poetry/Wisdom, the Prophets during the Divided Kingdom, Prophets during the Single Kingdom, Prophets during the Exile, and Prophets after the Exile, however only the Foundational and Complementation Books will be taught in SOT 101.

SOT102 Survey of the Old Testament II Survey of the Old Testament will assist students in “seeing the pattern, progression and unity of the Old Testament Scriptures.”1 This course will provide students with a strong foundation for Biblical truth and how the foundation relates to the events of the New Testament. Survey of the Old Testament is taught in two segments; I and II. This study categorizes the Old Testament into seven areas; the Foundational Books, Complementation Books, Books of Poetry/Wisdom, the Prophets during the Divided Kingdom, Prophets during the Single Kingdom, Prophets during the Exile, and Prophets after the Exile; however only the Books of Poetry/Wisdom, the Prophets during the Divided Kingdom, Prophets during the Single Kingdom, Prophets during the Exile will be taught in SOT 102.
 
SNT101 Survey of the New Testament I This course will provide students with a strong foundation for Biblical truth and how the foundation relates to the events of the New Testament. Survey of the New Testament is taught in two segments; I and II. This study categorizes the New Testament into five parts; Part I: Introduction, Overview, Background of the New Testament, Part II: The Gospels, Part III: The Acts, Part IV: The Epistles and Part V: The Revelation; however only Parts I and II will be taught in SNT 101.
 
SNT 102 Survey of the New Testament II Survey of the New Testament will assist students in seeing the pattern, progression and unity of the New Testament Scriptures. This course will provide students with a strong foundation for Biblical truth and how the foundation relates to the events of the New Testament. Survey of the New Testament is taught in two segments; I and II. This study categorizes the New Testament into five parts; Part I: Introduction, Overview, and Background of the New Testament, Part II: The Gospels, Part III: The Acts, Part IV: The Epistles and Part V: The Revelation; however only Parts III thru V will be taught in SNT 102.