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This course examines the components of audio, video, and still images for the purpose of media production. Students explore the equipment used to produce content.
Students are introduced to mass communication and explore its culture-shaping power, contemporary issues, and media’s impact on society. Students evaluate media economics, forms, history, ethics, careers, legal issues, societal issues, and religious issues.
Students analyze the use and advancement of audio and visual technology in today’s church and gain hands-on experience in live production. They learn mix theory and styles, the proper use of analog and digital consoles, microphones, signal processing, effects, amplifiers, loudspeakers, systems design, maintenance and repair, and stage monitor systems for sound reinforcement. Students also explore staging, set design and construction, lighting equipment, lighting design and techniques, projection systems, presentation software, switchers, camera operation, image magnification, simulcast, and recording.
This course surveys the development of Christian worship from the close of the New Testament era to the present day. Attention is given to the worship practices of the Stone-Campbell Movement. The course aids the student to develop his or her own practical approach to worship.
This course explores biblical-theological foundations of Christian worship. It seeks to develop a theology of worship based on the concepts and practices of worship modeled in Scripture and applies that theology in contemporary worshipping contexts.
This course will aid the student in developing a philosophy of the use of arts in worship. This course explores how the content, form, and styles of worship are enlivened through the expression of the arts. With attention given particularly to visual and performing arts, the course covers the history of the use of the arts in worship and the application of arts in ministry today.
This course introduces basic worship leadership skills as well as core biblical, theological, historical, philosophical, and pastoral considerations for worship leadership and ministry. Attention is given to 1) the role, function, and responsibilities of the worship minister; 2) cultivating pastoral relations with worship teams, staff, pastor, and church; 3) biblically, theologically, and historically informed patterns of worship; 4) worship design and planning; 5) conducting special services; 6) the Christian year; 7) executing the actions of worship; and 8) practical skills for leading worship services. During the course each student will lead part of a worship service in a campus setting or local ministry setting where they will demonstrate the application of course principles to the planning, designing, organizing, and leading of that service.
A course introducing students to techniques and deployment of prevalent creative teaching and worship styles in the contemporary evangelical church. Principles of planning, dynamics, creative presentation, audience engagement, response, and evaluation will be presented. Guest lectures from creative professionals, working worship leaders, and recording artists will supplement the principal lectures.
Under the supervision of a qualified professional, interns gain real-world experience in a media work environment.
Students demonstrate a culmination of skills developed during their Communication studies. Students produce a final communication project, using a variety of skills and media equipment, which showcases practical communication skills and an understanding of legal, ethical, and moral issues in communication studies.
This course focuses on many of the day-to-day responsibilities of the pastoral ministry, such as applying for positions, ministry beginnings and endings, relationships with elders and staff, weddings, funerals, baptisms, visitations, office management, and discipleship ministries. Students also examine the underlying theology of the ministry of all believers.
Conflict and Communication
This course explores both the destructive and transformative dynamics of conflict in faith communities and equips students with the self-understanding and skills needed for effective communication for conflict management. The course emphasizes individual and group settings, but also introduces the larger dimensions of corporate conflict. This is an interactive, skills-based course.
Spiritual Formation OR Spiritual Formation & Creativity
This course explores two areas: The first is personal spiritual formation, how God works in believers through his Holy Spirit to conform them to the image of Christ and empower them for ministry. The second is spiritual formation for ministry, or how to help others grow spiritually. Students survey the history and theology of spiritual formation, examine biblical and historical spiritual disciplines, experience spiritual practices firsthand, develop a “rule of life,” and consider the most effective ways of fostering spiritual maturity in individuals, groups, and congregations.
Spiritual Formation & Creativity
Students are equipped with a biblical perspective on creativity, communication, and arts, and engage in the process of creativity from a Great Commission perspective. Students learn how to integrate and articulate the biblical foundations underlying creative endeavors, demonstrate the process of creativity, and develop the means to sustain creativity.
Choose two additional production/arts skills courses