Lee University Catalog 2009-2010 
    
    Sep 19, 2020  
Lee University Catalog 2009-2010 [Archived Catalog]

School of Religion


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Terry L. Cross, Dean

Department of Christian Ministries

R. Jerome Boone, Chairperson

Department of Theology

Rickie D. Moore, Chairperson

The School of Religion offers programs of study to prepare men and women for ministry in the church and world. Two departments oversee the curriculum and faculty for these programs: the Department of Christian Ministries and the Department of Theology. The Department of Christian Ministries combines theoretical and practical information on a biblical basis in training students for ministry in the contemporary world. It offers the following degrees: the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministry, Discipleship Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and Youth Ministry; and the B.A. in Intercultural Studies, with emphases in global missiology, urban missions, or vocational studies. Minors may be obtained through the Department of Christian Ministries in Discipleship Ministry, Christian Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry or Intercultural Studies. The Department of Theology offers the B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies with two emphases: a pre-graduate studies emphasis and a pastoral studies emphasis. Minors in philosophy, New Testament Greek, and Biblical Languages are available from the Department of Theology. The School of Religion oversees the work of the School of Religion programs in the Center for Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS). Degrees offered through CAPS are as follows: B.A./B.S. in Christian Ministry with various emphases; B.A./B.S. in Christian Leadership (part of the degree completion program through CAPS); B.A./B.S in Christian Studies or General Studies (120-hour program); and the Bachelor of Christian Ministry through the Charlotte Center. CAPS also offers a 24-hour Certificate Program (non-degree track) in several emphases. The curriculum, faculty, and programs are administered through CAPS but are overseen by the School of Religion. The School of Religion provides several graduate programs of study in the disciplines of Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, and Youth and Family Ministry. In addition to these various degree programs, the School of Religion oversees the Religion Core Minor that undergraduate students at Lee University complete for graduation requirements. The Religion Core Minor is operated through the Department of Theology. It consists of 18 hours in the following schema: Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical and Theological Foundations of Benevolence, Introduction to Theology, Introduction to Christian Ethics, Christian Service and a Religion Capstone course within one’s major.

Graduate Studies

Terry L. Cross, Dean

Graduate Studies in Bible and Theology

Rickie D. Moore, Department of Theology, Chairperson
Bob R. Bayles, Director of Graduate Studies in Religion

Graduate Studies in Christian Ministries

R. Jerome Boone, Department of Christian Ministries, Chairperson
Bob R. Bayles, Director of Graduate Studies in Religion

The School of Religion offers three graduate degrees: the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, the Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and the Master of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry.

The Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies and the Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies provide post-baccalaureate study which prepares men and women for further graduate work or for other vocational interests. The programs are offered within a community of Christian scholars. The educational perspective is evangelical/Pentecostal. The focus of the degree programs is academic rather than professional. The goal of the programs is disciplinary competence through collegial engagement with peers and scholars in the discipline. The degree programs in Biblical and Theological Studies offer advanced study in the disciplines. In this respect, they are different from seminary degree programs which accept applicants with any undergraduate degree. Those with the undergraduate degree in biblical/theological studies can complete the MA with 36 credit hours of study. There is an alternative path for those with less preparation at the undergraduate level. This degree tract requires 48 credit hours to complete.

The Master of Arts degree in Youth and Family Ministry at Lee University provides a program of study designed to enable men and women to minister effectively to youth and families in the present culture. The program is offered in both traditional and non-traditional formats. It prepares students in the foundational theory and praxis of ministry as well as in the social and psychological contexts of the people to whom they will minister. Interdisciplinary in nature, this program offers youth pastors, pastors, and others interested in youth and family relations the foundations and skills of such a ministry. The program is distinctive in that there are very few like it in the United States and none offered by a Pentecostal institution. While the degree program will provide an academically challenging curriculum, its essential focus will be professional rather than academic.

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