Sept 25-Dec 18, 2017  

Below are the courses currently on offer at our USA branch. Classes are taught in house and online as well. Click to view and register:

Intro to Biblical Interpretation
World Religions
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Foundations of Biblical Preaching & Teaching
Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
Worship in the Old/New Testament and Today
Marriage and Family Issues
Accelerated Biblical Studies
Worship and The Arts
 

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  USA Branch      
 
Date / Time / Fees
Course   Description

Monday, 7-10 PM

Tuition:
$200 per course

Intro to Biblical Interpretation

 

This course is designed to acquaint the student with a basic understanding of the principles of biblical interpretation as well as the primary tools of biblical research. The student will then apply these principles and tools when conducting an exegesis of a selected biblical passage. 

Course Objectives:
The goals of the course are: 
1.To demonstrate interpretive principles relating to the historical-cultural, literary, and grammatical context of a particular passage of scripture;
2. To articulate the various genres of the Bible, their meaning and their purpose within the context of the canon; and
3. To allow the student to integrate the principles of biblical interpretation through an experiential but exegetical study of a text in an applied learning paper to be presented in class.

Learning outcomes:
After completing this course, the students will: 1) demonstrate competency in the use of the basic interpretive principles and methodology to use when conducting an exegesis of a biblical text; 2) be able to identify his/her own pre-understanding when engaging in the interpretive process and become sensitive to points where that pre-understanding should be challenged and/or revised; 3) will become familiar with the different genres of the Bible and will be able to identify the genre of a particular text; and 4) will be able to define the terms hermeneutics, exegesis, and theology and will become familiar with issues surrounding the meaning and significance of biblical interpretation.

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  Tuesday, 7-10 PM

Tuition:
$200 per course

Religion and World Politics


 

The historical origins, central teachings, and devotional practices of the major religious traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are considered in relation to common themes of human experience: the holy or sacred, evil and suffering, love and compassion, wisdom and justice, death and deliverance and current world events.  Interpretive skills appropriate to religious studies will be explored through opportunities to write descriptive and critical essays.

Course Objectives:
The goals of the course are: 
1. To impart understanding of the essential doctrines and institutions of the world's major religious traditions, stressing their founding and normative principles;
2. To identify similarities and differences of thought and practice among the traditions; and
3. To clarify and articulate one's own religious attitudes and orientations in the context of comparative study.

Learning outcomes:
Students will be able to articulate their own definition of “religion”, not just based on their own personal beliefs but from having viewed the world temporarily from someone else’s theological perspective and worldview. Students will be able to identify similarities and differences of thought and practice among the various major traditions. And, the students will learn the basic principles of each faith in order that they may gain the ability to discuss each religion and with respect to its history, practice and relationship to other faiths.

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Wednesday, 7-10 PM

Tuition:
$200 per course

Fundamentals of public speaking


 

This course is designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication. It is designed to give the students increased confidence in public speaking by learning how to organize and transform thoughts and ideas into an effective speech and/or sermon using various communication theories/principles and effective presentation skills.

Course Objectives:
The goals of the course are:
1. To demonstrate how to organize, write, and deliver various types of speeches;
2. To demonstrate how to apply communication theories when speaking before an audience; and
3. To demonstrate basic speech delivery skills.

Learning outcomes:
Students will learn how to organize their thoughts and ideas into an effective and/or sermon; students will learn presentation and communication skills to be used when delivering a speech and/or sermon; students will gain experience in critiquing other speeches for content and delivery; and students will learn how to read their audience to be able to best address the needs and interest of the audience.

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  Thursday, 7-10 PM

Tuition:
$200 per course

Foundations of Biblical Preaching & Teaching


 

This course is an introduction to sermon preparation and teaching, combining theory and practice.  Lectures cover theoretical and practical aspects of both preaching and teaching the Gospel, including their preparation, structure, and delivery.   Integration and application of Inductive Bible Study Methodology (Biblical Interpretation/Hermeneutics) is included throughout this course of study

Course Objectives:
The goals of the course are:
1. To demonstrate the developmental aspects of biblical preaching & teaching;
2. To create familiarity with the analytical approach to a biblical passage in preparation for preaching & teaching; and
3. To summarize the sequential steps used in quality sermon & teaching preparation; and
4. to explain quality assessment techniques to determine effective uses of scriptural passages in sermon & teaching preparation.

Learning outcomes:
Students will learn how to organize their thoughts and ideas into an effective and/or sermon; students will learn presentation and communication skills to be used when delivering a speech and/or sermon; students will gain experience in critiquing other speeches for content and delivery; and students will learn how to read their audience to be able to best address the needs and interest of the audience.

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  Thursday, 7-10 PM

Tuition:
$200 per course

Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling


 

This course emphasizes the importance of professional ethics, the rights and responsibilities of the counselee, and the legal ramifications of non-ethical behavior. The course involves theory and practice, and it incorporates couples' and family therapy. Students learn to apply and follow the rules and regulations regarding professional counseling, while building their own professional competencies and taking a self-inventory.

Course Outline

I. Professional Ethics
Self-Inventory
Values
II. Multicultural and Diversity Issues
III. Rights and Responsibilities
IV. Confidentiality
V. Boundaries

VI. Professional Competence
Supervision and Consultation
Theory, Practice, and Research
VII. Couples and Family Therapy
Supervision and Consultation
Theory, Practice, and Research
VIII. APA Regulations

Project:
Application of ethics and laws related to multicultural counseling scenario. 5 pages (not including Reference and Title page), APA format.
Role Plays throughout course demonstrate the different topics covered in class related to legal and ethical issues.

Based on text Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions, 7th Ed., by Gerald Corey, Marianne Schneider Corey, and Patrick Callanan.

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  Tuesday, 7-10 PM

Tuition:
$200 per course

Marriage and Family Issues


 

This class teaches basic concepts and skills necessary in marriage and family counseling. It includes psychological, biblical and theological principles.

The students are able to identify the primary causes of marital conflicts, the effects of these conflicts on the family, and the appropriate Christian counseling method to implement to promote transformation and solidarity within the marriage, thus returning it to its biblical foundation.

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  Days and Times TBA

Tuition:
$200 per course

Accelerated Biblical Studies

 

Note: This is a specialized course taught at ECI and/or at the requested church’s location

This is a transformational course designed for church leaders of various educational backgrounds. It is an intense training program that teaches basic interpretive, homiletic, and public speaking skills necessary to prepare lay leaders and to move them forward in the work of ministry. The course is divided into 33 sessions, with the length of each session to be determined by the instructor.

The course contains four major components or modules: 1) biblical interpretation methodology and skills; 2) homiletical skills in drafting and delivering a sermon and/or a Bible study/Sunday school lesson; 3) public speaking skills; and 4) leadership skills.  It is also recommended by the instructor that the students keep a journal throughout the entire course to record their thoughts and revelations as they spend time meditating in the Word and in God’s presence.

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  Mondays, 7-10 PM

Tuition:
$200 per course

Worship and The Arts


  Taylor, W. David O. (2010). For the beauty of the church: Casting a vision for the arts. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books.

Lightfoot, Karen. (2011). The dancing warrior bride: Releasing a generation of prophetic worship warriors of all ages through the arts! Bloomington, Indiana: Authorbooks.

This course reveals the purpose and plan that God has for the arts in the church as emblems of worship and praise, evangelism, and prophetic ministry. This class will explore various forms of art including: visual artwork, architecture, music, multimedia, drama and dance.

This class will delve into God’s word to show the importance of the arts in the church. Students will observe and participate in the worship and prophetic ministry of the arts.

Course Outline

Week 1. Introduction and Chapter 1
Week 2. Chapter 2
Week 3. Chapter 3
Week 4. Chapter 4
Week 5. Chapter 5
Week 6. Chapter 6
Week 7. Chapter 7; Chapter 1
Week 8. Chapter 8; Chapter 2

Week 9. Chapter 3; Midterm Paper
Week 10. Chapter 4
Week 11. Chapter 5
Week 12. Chapter 6
Week 13. Chapter 7
Week 14. Chapter 8
Week 15. Final Presentation
Week 16. Final Exam

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  Thursdays, 7-10 PM

Tuition:
$200 per course

Computer Skills/Creative Design and Application

 
Computer Skills
Computer Vocabulary
Opening and Saving Files
Skills and Activities Practice
MS Word Exercises (Creative Design Application)
Excel Exercises (Creative Design Application)
PowerPoint and Keynote (Creative Design Application)
Internet
 
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