Course List

The ASOM baseline twenty four-course sequence is designed to meet educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene for districts that have approved an Alliance with Nazarene Bible College. Additional courses will be offered to enhance the minister’s preparation and lifelong learning.
ENG 1013   English Composition I
A study of the fundamental principles of sentence, paragraph, and essay composition, including a review of grammar usage and punctuation. To fulfill the ordination requirements for the Church of the Nazarene a Public  Speaking component is added.
HIS 2013    Western World in Ancient & Medieval Times (These courses are designed to be taken together in subsequent semesters)
HIS 2023    Western World & the Emerging Modern Society
Survey courses from a Wesleyan perspective that traces the social forces (sacred and secular) contributing to the development of Western civilization in global context from the Hellenistic period (1000 BC) to the Reformation era. The study of key events, ideas, personalities, and movements that have contributed to the major periods of history and the passages between them increases students’ understanding of and appreciation for God’s redemptive purposes. Students are enabled to build bridges from historical understanding to personal spiritual formation, the role of the church in society, and contemporary ministry. These courses are recommended before enrolling in Systematic Theology I and II.  
BIB 1013    Introduction to the Old Testament
A survey of the historical, literary, and cultural context of the Old Testament. This course is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament classes.
BIB 1023    Introduction to the New Testament
A survey of the historical, literary, and cultural context of the New Testament. This course is a prerequisite for all other New Testament classes.
BIB 2003    Biblical Interpretation (prerequisites: BIB 1013 or BIB 1023, ENG 1013)
An introductory study of the principles of biblical hermeneutics. Emphasis is given to the methods and tools applied to the exegetical study of the Bible. An exegetical paper is required in this course.
BIB 2013    Pentateuch (prerequisites: BIB 1013 and BIB 2003)
An exegetical study focusing on the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the first five books in the Old Testament.
BIB 2033    New Testament Gospels (prerequisites: BIB 1023 and BIB 2003)
A study of the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in the four gospels.
BIB 3053    Pauline Epistles (prerequisites: BIB 1023 and BIB 2003)
This course is an exegetical study focusing on the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the Pauline epistles in the New Testament.
BIB 3013    OT Hebrew Prophets (prerequisites: BIB 1013 and BIB 2003)
An exegetical study focusing on the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the prophetic books in the Old Testament.
THE 2013   Doctrine of Holiness (prerequisite: BIB 1013, BIB 1023)
A study of the biblical doctrine of Christian Holiness from a uniquely Wesleyan-Holiness perspective. Attention will be given to the historical, theological, and experiential dimensions of God’s sanctifying grace.
THE 3023   Systematic Theology I (prerequisite: BIB 1013,  BIB 1023, and BIB 2003)
THE 3033   Systematic Theology II (prerequisite: BIB 1013,  BIB 1023, BIB 2003 and THE 3023)
A systematic study of the Christian faith from a uniquely Wesleyan-Holiness perspective with emphasis on the doctrines of God, humanity, sin, and the person and work of Jesus Christ. Related areas covered will be revelation, the inspiration and authority of Scripture, the Trinity, creation, and the atonement. NOTE: This is an upper level course and not recommended for students just beginning their ministry training education. It is also recommended that students complete the Western World history courses before taking Systematic Theology courses.
PHI 4013    Philosophy & Christian Ethics
A study of the major moral theories of western philosophy with particular attention given to intellectual, cultural, and philosophical influences. The course will include a survey of the philosophical task, the language of philosophical discourse, and the treatment of several contemporary moral problems in light of the resources of western philosophy.
CEM 2133  Leadership of Christian Educational Ministries
A study of the role of Christian educational ministries in developing mature and healthy believers and congregations with a particular focus on the key leadership tasks of directing an effective educational ministry in a local congregation.
PAS 1023    Spiritual Formation
A course integrating fundamental Christian doctrine with personal experience in the journey toward wholeness in Christ emphasizing scripture, discipline, and community as essential Wesleyan patterns of devotion.
PAS 2013    The Practice of Christian Ministry
A course giving special attention to the personal and professional character of the minister and the practice of ministry.
PAS 2023    History & Polity of the Church of the Nazarene
A study of the history of the Church of the Nazarene with special attention given to its organization, heritage, and distinctive mission.
PAS 3023    Pastoral Care & Counseling
A course dealing with principles of psychological and biblical counseling, providing ministry to the physically, spiritually, and emotionally ill. This study is integrated with other more traditional aspects of pastoral care. Self-understanding and listening skills are emphasized, as well as religious resources and exercises such as Scripture, prayer, and openness and obedience to the inner direction of the Holy Spirit.
PAS 3033    Christian Preaching I (recommended prerequisite: BIB 2003)
An introduction to homiletical principles and the practice of sermon preparation.
PAS 3043    Christian Preaching II (prerequisite: PAS 3033)
An application of homiletical principles and practices through preaching.
PAS 4023    Church Administration & Finance 
An overview of the role of the pastor in relation to the organization and management of the local church. Special attention will be given to the various aspects of local church finances.
OTR 2013   Global Evangelism
An overview of the biblical, theological, and historical foundations for personal, congregational, and mass evangelism strategies, both local and global. Attention will also be given to the role of the Church of the Nazarene in global missions as well as the development of new Great Commission strategies.
OTR 4013   Developing a Missional Church
A study of the principles and strategies required to develop a healthy congregation that fulfills the great commission as a missionary church within our diverse cultural context.
ADDITIONAL COURSE – This course is not required by the NBC Alliance program, but some districts require it for ordination.  Check your district requirements before registering for this course.  
Foundation of Women’s Ordination
This course is designed to give a multi–disciplinary view of the ordination of women in the Church of the Nazarene. Broader biblical, historical and theological issues will be explored, with specific emphasis given to the Wesley holiness heritage.