Course Descriptions

When Jesus gave the Great Commission to make disciples, the response was the planting and establishing of local churches to “the ends of the earth” as the primary means for making disciples of Jesus.  And for us, the plan has not changed.

The following courses are designed to ground church leaders in the Gospel and its implications for all of life, and in their role as the primary equippers of God’s people.

Leadership Series I
Leadership Series II
Supplemental Courses
Practicums

LEADERSHIP SERIES I

Series I is comprised of 15 courses, 4 of which are considered foundational while the other 11 build on that foundation. Course materials are printed in Kenya and are produced with quality and affordability in mind.

Acts: Keys to the Establishment and Expansion of the First-Century Church
Determine the fundamental biblical principles regarding the mission of the church and its role in missions and developing guidelines and strategy from these principles for a local church’s involvement.


Pauline Epistles: Strategies for Establishing Churches
Determine the fundamental biblical principles for growing and strengthening (establishing) a church to maturity and developing a strategy for implementing the biblical forms and functions of a church necessary for making and keeping it strong.


Understanding the Essentials of Sound Doctrine
Build a contemporary didache—an Early Church manual to establish believers in the essentials of the Apostles’ teaching. This contemporary didache must be founded solidly upon the faith delivered by the Apostles; seasoned by the historical effort of the Church; and be eminently relevant to our present cultural situations.


Leaders and the Early Church
Bring leadership training back to the center of the local church in a way that will empower churches to participate in the expansion of the gospel with the same vision and effectiveness as the first church at Antioch.


Preaching, Teaching, and Worship in the Early Church
Develop the ability to preach and teach within the five sermonic forms of the Early Church: evangelistic, catechetical, expository, prophetic and festal. These forms grow from the integration with sound hermeneutical principles rooted in author’s intention, literary design, the theology of each book and canonical section of the Scriptures, and related to the multi-level needs for teaching and establishing local churches in the Apostles’ teaching.


Shepherding, Counseling, and the Early Church
Build a comprehensive shepherding strategy for a church that is rooted in the traditional pastoral care paradigm, drawn from the Scriptures, especially from Paul’s early letters, rather than the secular psychological care paradigm of contemporary culture.


The Family and the Early Church
Understand the idea of the church as a family and the individual family as a “family within a family,” and use the implications of this reality to develop strategies for building strong households within the context of the church.


Evangelism and the Early Church
Develop and implement a household strategy for reaching unbelievers with the gospel and incorporating them into the life of the church, based on biblical principles and patterns for the home and the church.


Habits of the Heart
Determine the necessity of every believer embracing sound doctrine in the habits that under gird life and ministry, coming to conviction regarding its role in the lifelong pursuit of purity and wisdom.


Character of a Leader
Understand the biblical idea of qualified leadership and determine the fundamental biblical guidelines for character formation in leaders and in the household of God.


Ministry Priorities and Personal Management
Create a life-management strategy founded on biblical principles and focused on a central life purpose that will guide each person to be an effective steward of his or her God-given priorities and responsibilities.<


Ministry Perspectives: Conflicts Without, Fears Within
Develop a biblical perspective of life and ministry as the guiding force for standing firm in the ministry, skillfully and resolutely addressing the problems and problem people within the church.


Interpreting the Word I: Principles and Procedures
Gain the skills and insight for identifying the author’s intention for writing, as it is expressed in the text he has written, as the determinant of meaning. Then, out of that meaning, determining the significance of the text for today


Interpreting the Word II: Linguistics, Languages, and Study Aids
Develop the ability to skillfully use Hebrew and Greek in the interpreting, preaching, and teaching of the Word, using the advancement of linguistics and computer technology tools.


Covenants, Unity of Scripture, and Biblical Worldview
Understand the basic message of the Scriptures and the major motifs of both testaments as a basis for developing a life view that is consistent with God’s plan and purposes.


Church Life
This course provides an overview of the biblical pattern and expectation of behaviors for all church members and leaders that will produce God-honoring, biblically ordered, self-replicating churches.


Note: Not all Leadership Series I courses are used in all Ministry degree programs. The above material is subject to change.

LEADERSHIP SERIES II

Series II is comprised of 10 courses primarily designed to further train “pastoral-type” leaders––gifted equippers of ––who are given local church responsibility and ministry responsibility and ministry responsibility extending beyond the local church level. Series II courses are divided into three groups, each focusing on developing a biblical theology from the Scriptures and applying that biblical theology in culture.

Course materials are printed in Kenya and are produced with quality and affordability in mind.

Toward a Theology in Culture
Develop a church-based approach to the task of mastering the Scriptures and then bring them to bear on the life and problems of churches who are living and ministering in their cultures, being able to do so at a critical level—that is, at a level of awareness of the immediate cultural and global trends that bear on the shaping of men’s worldviews.


Old Testament Theology: The Law
Gain a basic grasp of the theology of the Law, its place in the whole canon of Scripture, and gain a clear understanding of its relevance for today.


Old Testament Theology: The Former Prophets
Gain a basic grasp of the theology of the Former Prophets, its place in the whole canon of Scripture, and gain a clear understanding of its relevance for today.


Old Testament Theology: The Latter Prophets
Gain a basic grasp of the theology of the Latter Prophets, its place in the whole canon of Scripture and gain a clear understanding of its relevance for today.


Old Testament Theology: The Writings
Gain a basic grasp of the theology of the Writings, its place in the whole canon of Scripture and gain a clear understanding of its relevance for today.


New Testament Theology: Luke and Paul
Gain a basic grasp of the theology of Luke and Paul, their places in the whole canon of Scripture and gain a clear understanding of their relevance for today.


New Testament Theology: Peter, James, Jude, and Hebrews
Gain a basic grasp of the theology of Peter, James, Jude and Hebrews and their places in the whole canon of Scripture and gain a clear understanding of their relevance for today.


New Testament Theology: Matthew and Mark
Gain a basic grasp of the theology of Matthew and Mark, their places in the whole canon of Scripture and gain a clear understanding of their relevance for today.


New Testament Theology: John
Gain a basic grasp of the theology of John, its place in the whole canon of Scripture and gain a clear understanding of its relevance for today.


Pathways to Constructing Theology in Civilization
In this complex time of conflict of civilizations and the remaking of world order, develop the ability to do comprehensive theology work in the context of civilization, with the view of developing a comprehensive theology to empower churches to address in a fresh and relevant manner core issues of their civilization, with the view of both engaging their culture in the “great conversation” with the God of the universe and impacting culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ.


SUPPLEMENTAL COURSES

Baptist History
A presentation and defense of the distinctive teachings of Baptist churches worldwide. Attention will be paid to the distinct doctrines of Baptist churches, and the developments among Baptists during the 21st century.


History of Christianity in Africa, AD100 to the Present
A survey of the planting, expansion and growth of the Christian movement from the days of the Apostles to today. A major focus of the discussion will be on examining the Christian theological diversity across contemporary Africa tracing its roots and growth.


History of the Protestant Reformation
Elective (3 hours for Bachelor’s / 3 for Master’s)
Great Books Reading: Theology of Reformers by Timothy George.
100 Years changed the course of Christian history. The course is an examination of the men and ideas that rocked
Roman Catholicism and resulted in a major shift in organized Christianity. Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and Knox will
lead the way as we discuss the ideas that unsettled more than 1000 years of catholic development.


Leadership & Life Management for Effective Ministry,
Spiritual Development Seminar
This course is an intensive personal development seminar for people who desire to be leaders in the church and in the world. You will be challenged and encouraged as you reflect upon where ministry leadership begins—leading oneself. Issues to be addressed include: personal mission, values, vision, listening skills, eliminating/building habits, goal setting, execution, and proper cycles of the effective leader and minister.


PRACTICUMS

Teaching and Preaching
This course is designed to equip the student to understand and faithfully teach the Scriptures and to develop a commitment to expositional teaching that communicates the flow of thought of a biblical book and relates the big idea of a section of Scripture to the contemporary audience. The course culminates in the development and delivery of a short devotional message and a complete 30-minute message.


Methods in Writing
This course guides the student into well-informed, and well-reasoned theological composition that meets EABST’s standards of clarity and precision. The course culminates with a theological research paper on “The Means of Assurance of Salvation,” which will serve the student well in answering questions he will receive on this issue in future ministry.


 

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,