Course List

Below is the full course list currently offered at True North College.

Biblical Studies

BIB101 New Testament Survey (3 credit hours)

A general survey of the New Testament covering the Gospels, the book of Acts, the Pauline Epistles and Hebrews, the General Epistles, and the book of Revelation. Special attention will be given to the key issues and teachings of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount with a focus on the sermon’s Beatitudes.

BIB102 Old Testament Survey (3 credit hours)

A general survey of the Old Testament that covers its three major sections (Tanakh) including the Law or the Pentateuch, the Prophets (both former and latter), and the Writings (including poetry, wisdom, and history). Special attention will be given to seeing Jesus in the Old Testament.

BIB103 Doctrine of God and Man (3 credit hours)

A systematic study of the doctrine of God (theology proper) and the doctrine of man (anthropology). Special attention will be given to a study of “the world” (expanding on the study of man by extending it into the fallen realm in which he lives). The Gospels and Jesus’ teachings will serve as the specific source of the study.

BIB114 Doctrine of Salvation and the Church (3 credit hours)

A systematic study of the doctrine of salvation (soteriology) and the doctrine of the Church (ecclesiology). Special attention will be given to the plan of redemption and the contents of the gospel message as it is seen in the incarnation, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Special emphasis will be on the nature and working of the kingdom of God. The Gospels and Jesus’ teachings will serve as the specific source of the study.

BIB115 The Holy Spirit (3 credit hours)

A systematic study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit (pneumatology). Special attention will be given to the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. Special emphasis will be on the nature and use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

BIB116 Hermeneutics (3 credit hours)

An introduction to inductive bible study that explains what it is and how to do it.  Through an intensive study of the book of Philippians the use of the principles of inductive bible study will be used to practice observing, interpreting and applying Scripture.

BIB127 Advanced Hermeneutics: 1st Timothy (3 credit hours)

Through an intensive study of the book of 1st Timothy the use of the principles of inductive bible study will be used to practice observing, interpreting and applying Scripture. Special attention will be given to major topics found in the book including the need for pure doctrine and church order.

BIB128 Advanced Hermeneutics: Malachi (3 credit hours)

Through an intensive study of the book of Malachi the use of the principles of inductive bible study will be used to practice observing, interpreting and applying Scripture. Special attention will be given to making application. Topics such as avoiding hypocrisy and the coming of Christ will be emphasized. 

Practical Theology

PT241 Knowing God (3 credit hours)

A study of the doctrine of knowing God (epistemology). Special attention will be given to the practice of knowing God so as to challenge and motivate the student to seek God. Special emphasis will be on what faith is and is not and how to use your faith.

PT242 Christian Character and Ethics (3 credit hours)

A focus on service, humility, and leadership using the lives of Moses, Nehemiah and others to depict what strong Christian character looks like. Special attention will be given to the outworking of Christian character in society as Christians take a stand on ethical issues.

PT243 Missions and the Church (3 credit hours)

 A theological, biblical, and historical study that forms the foundation for understanding the importance and nature of the Great Commission. Special attention will be given to mobilizing local church missions programs and individuals who want to go to the mission field.

PT254 Apologetics and Worldview (3 credit hours)

A practical study regarding the skill of defending the gospel. Special attention will be given to using apologetics as a bridge to evangelism. Special emphasis will be on the study of worldviews and how Christians are called to think and live according to a biblical worldview.

PT255 Marriage and the Family (3 credit hours)

A biblical study of the institution of marriage with a focus on marriage roles. Special attention will be given to understanding family dynamics and applying authority and responsibility in parenting. Special emphasis will be put on the importance of our words in fostering healthy relationships.

PT256 Christian Spirituality (3 credit hours)

A study of what it means to be spiritual and how to grow spiritually. Special attention is given to the need to understand the nature of the gospel and how to live it out by focusing on repentance and the life of the cross. Special emphasis is put on fasting as an example of a spiritual discipline that highlights “vessel theology.”

PT267 World Religions (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the major religions of the world including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.  Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Jainism will also be considered. Special attention will be given to the idea of worldview and how it coincides with religion.

PT268 The Bible and Money (3 credit hours)

A thorough investigation of the biblical view of money with a focus on giving and stewardship. Special attention will be given to a natural ministerial outworking of a biblical theology of money; that is, a study of the nature and practice of the biblical mandate to help the needy.

PT269 Church History (3 credit hours)

A thorough investigation of the events, people, places, and theology associated with the Church from its inception after the ascension of Christ to today. The course will follow this general timeline as it fills in the major sections of Church history with specific dates and their corresponding events. 

Ministry Leadership 

ML271 Christian Leadership and Counseling (3 credit hours)

 A biblical study of the principles of leadership. Special attention will be given to the structure, organization, and government of the church with a focus on the plurality of leadership and the essential concept of the “body of Christ.” Special emphasis will be put on the theory and practice of counseling from a biblical point of view with an emphasis on how to help people in practical ways.

ML272 Preaching and Teaching (3 credit hours)

 Consideration of how to preach and teach and how to develop sermons and teachings.  Special attention will be given to the use of hermeneutics in message preparation. Special emphasis will be put on expository preaching. The course will end with student presentations of their own messages.

ML273 Discipleship and Discipline (3 credit hours)

A practical study on the process of discipleship. Special attention is given to the promotion of Christian disciplines like prayer, fasting, and praise and worship. Special emphasis will be put on the motivations and methods of church discipline.

ML284 Evangelism and Church Growth (3 credit hours)

A study of how to witness to others including helpful strategies and tools to use in the evangelism process. Special attention is given to personal evangelism methods with a focus on the use of personal testimony. Special emphasis will be put on church growth principles and dynamics of revival.

ML285 Church Planning and Administration (3 credit hours)

A study of the development and implementation of vision within ministry as well as a pragmatic treatment of methods of planning. Special emphasis is given to typical areas of church administration with a focus on organization, management and process development.

ML286 Church Fellowship (3 credit hours)

A study of the necessity, nature, and neglect of fellowship in the Church. Special attention is given to a study of ideas and principles for leading and participating in small groups. Special emphasis will be put on biblical descriptions of the Church as well as a consideration of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.

ML297 Theology and Practice of Ministry (3 credit hours)

Consideration of proper ministry perspective and practice. Special attention is given to motivations and methods for ministry mobilization and leadership development with a focus on ministry structures. Special emphasis will be put on the need for renewal including principles that can be applied in the life of a ministry or an individual.

ML298 Apostolic Ministry (3 credit hours)

A consideration of entrepreneurial ministry with a focus on planting churches and ministries. Special attention is given to foundation building principles, strategies, and practices. Special emphasis will be put on cross-cultural communication and work on the mission field.

ML299 Spirit War and World (3 credit hours)

In this study the weapons and armor of the Christian soldier will be considered with respect to engaging in spiritual warfare. Special attention is given to the reality of the spirit world and the Christian’s response to it. Special emphasis will be put on the theology surrounding the identity and activity of angels and demons (angelology and demonology).

Field Work Opportunities

Prerequisite: Ministry Leadership Practicum Students who have successfully completed Ministry Leadership Practicum can register for Ministry Leadership Internship which is mostly an “outside of class” course. The course begins with an in-class session in the first week of the semester and ends with an in-class session in the last week of the semester. The first class session is designed for the Director of Student Ministry to introduce the course, explain its process, and organize and plan for its implementation. The last class session is designed for the Director of Student Ministry to conclude the course and de-brief with the students concerning their ministry experience. The Ministry Leadership Internship course gives students an opportunity to gain practical leadership experience. Students will be assigned to a True North Church leader/ministry and will shadow that leader/ministry over the course of the semester (4-5 hours p/week on average). Students will be given specific tasks to complete and will engage in the work of ministry leadership alongside of other leaders and independent of those leaders as well. Students will not only see leadership but will participate in leadership activities themselves. At the end of the semester students will submit to the Director of Student Ministry a “Leadership Internship Journal” that will include a signed log, a description of activities, a collection of things learned, and a reflection and analysis of the experience as well as a “Book Review” to include a summary of the assigned textbook and an evaluation of its contents.