Courses and Teachers

The CCOE offers the following courses (click for description):

 


 

HISTORY of the RESTORATION MOVEMENT by Dr. James North (Cincinnati Christian University, Cincinnati, Ohio) Michael W. Hines, Additional Internet Facilitator (Palm Springs, CA)

Course Description: A survey of the history of the Christian Churches / Churches of Christ in the 19th and 20th centuries up to the present time. Early leaders and guiding principles receive special attention. The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the Restoration Movement. Each student will have an understanding of the history, the theological presuppositions, underlying principles, and relevant applications for today. Dr. North also teaches this as a four hour course at CCU and it may be taken for four credit hours with extra assignments through this consortium. Check with your school registrar.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. James B. North is Professor of Church History at Cincinnati Christian University. He holds the following degrees: BA and MA, Lincoln Christian College & Seminary; MA, University of Chicago; PhD, University of Illinois. He has taught previously at San Jose Christian College. He has written From Pentecost to the Present: A Short History of Christianity (College Press, 1983) and Union in Truth: An Interpretive History of the Restoration Movement (Standard, 1994). Michael W. Hines was formerly Minister of Discipleship, First Christian Church, Canton, Ohio. He lives in Palm Springs, CA and serves as Minister with Camelback Christian Church, in Scottsdale, Arizona. He holds the following degrees: BA and BTh, Nebraska Christian College; MDiv, Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He has taught previously at Intermountain Bible College, Cincinnati Bible College, Boise Bible College, Malone College and the Eastern Bible Institute Graduate School in Myanmar (Burma). He also serves as adjunct professor for Manhattan Christian College and Dallas Christian College.

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CHURCH HISTORY by Dr. James B. North (Cincinnati Christian University, Cincinnati, Ohio)

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an overview of church history. This is an introductory course designed to acquaint the student with the broad scope of the history of the church over the last two millennia. At the end of the course the student should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the four major areas of church history: Early, Medieval, Renaissance-Reformation, and Modern. Dr. North also teaches this as a four hour course at CCU and it may be taken for four credit hours with extra assignments through this consortium. Check with your school registrar.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. James B. North is Professor of Church History at Cincinnati Christian University. He holds the following degrees: BA and MA, Lincoln Christian College & Seminary; MA, University of Chicago; PhD, University of Illinois. He has taught previously at San Jose Christian College. He has written From Pentecost to the Present: A Short History of Christianity (College Press, 1983) and Union in Truth: An Interpretive History of the Restoration Movement (Standard, 1994).

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INTRODUCTION to ISLAM by Dr. Robert C. Douglas (Pioneer Bible Translators, Dallas, Texas) James Marcum, Internet Facilitator (Ozark Christian College)

Course Description: A survey of key elements in the life of Islam (beliefs, practices, institutions) from a biblical perspective, with the goal of preparing Christians for ministry to Muslims. Special attention will be given to the role of Muhammad, the Quran, diversity within Islam, and Islamic values, thought, social structure, and theology in view of the helps and hindrances to evangelism presented by each.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. Robert Douglas is currently serving as Consultant on Islam for Pioneer Bible Translators in Dallas, Texas. He formerly served as Professor of World Mission and Church Growth at Lincoln Christian College & Seminary. He holds the following degrees: BA and MA, Abilene Christian University; MA in Missiology, Fuller Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Southern California. For eight years he was Executive Director of the Zwemer Institute of Muslim Studies, and for ten years he served as a missionary to Muslims in Libya, Egypt, and Lebanon. He taught previously at Fuller Theological Seminary and Pepperdine University and was Founder and Director of Middle East Bible Training College in Beirut, Lebanon. James Marcum is a retired professor of New Testament and Ethics at Ozark Christian College, and formerly served that school as Director of Admissions. He holds the following degrees: BTh, Ozark Bible College; MA, Cincinnati Bible Seminary.

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YOUTH MINISTRY DYNAMICS by Dr. Gary Zustiak & Other Guest Leaders (Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Missouri) Kevin Greer, Additional Internet Facilitator (Ozark Christian College)

Course Description: This course focuses on the organization and administration of an effective youth program for the local church. Characteristics and needs of today's youth will be examined in order to meet those needs through the gospel. Included is a history of youth ministry, developing a personal philosophy, building a team of volunteers, creative teaching, curriculum, evangelism, discipleship, retreats, missions and service, family based youth ministry, discipline, and other administrative duties required to develop a balanced youth program.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. Gary Zustiak is currently the Director of Psychology and Counseling at Ozark Christian College. He has served as the Director of Youth Ministries and Resources at Christ In Youth, Joplin, Missouri and an adjunct Professor of Youth Ministries at OCC. He holds the following degrees: BA, Boise Bible College; MA and MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary; DMin, Abilene Christian University. He has served as Youth Minister in Emmett and Sandpoint, Idaho and as Director of Youth Ministry at Ozark Christian College for 13 years. Dr. Zustiak is the author of The Next Generation: Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Generation X (College Press, 1996) and Reasons to Believe: From Facts To Faith (College Press, 1998). Kevin Greer is currently Campus Minister and Professor of Youth Ministry at Ozark Christian College. Previously he served as Associate Director of Conferences at Christ in Youth for 12 years and as a youth minister for 17 years. Kevin is the author of Life to Life Discipleship (College Press, 2000) and co-authored Student Ministry That Leaves A Mark (College Press, 2003).

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BIBLE LANDS and LIFEWAYS by Dr. Mark Ziese (Cincinnati Christian University, Cincinnati, Ohio) and Dr. Sara Fudge (Cincinnati Christian University)

Course Description: This course presents a multimedia exploration of the geography and cultures of the Bible, and incorporates on-site videos, interactive maps, and a variety of learning tools to help students learn their way around the Holy Land.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. Mark S. Ziese, Cincinnati Christian University, teaches in the areas of Old Testament and Archaeology. He holds the following degrees: BBL, Ozark Christian College; MA, Cincinnati Bible Seminary; MA, Hebrew Union College; and PhD, Andrews University. He has excavated in Israel, Jordan and Palestine and has also lectured at University of Cincinnati, Haus Edelweiss (Austria) and Birzeit University (Palestine). Dr. Sara Fudge is the Chairman of the Bible Department at Cincinnati Christian University and teaches Hebrew language and some History classes. She holds the following degrees: MA, Cincinnati Christian University; MPhil and PhD, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. Her most recent publication is the commentary on 1 & 2 Samuel published in the Transforming Word (2009).

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LIFE of CHRIST (Semesters I, II, III, or IV) by Dr. Mark Moore (Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Missouri) James Marcum, Internet Facilitator (Ozark Christian College)

Course Description: This is a four part harmonized study of the Christ of the Four Gospels. Semester 1 covers the beginnings of the gospel up through the first year of ministry. Semester II covers the Later Galilean ministry including the feeding of the 5,000 and the transfiguration. Semester III covers the Later Judean and Perean ministry up to the final week of Jesus’ life. Semester IV covers the passion through the ascension. The student may choose any of the four semesters without regard to the order of sequence. A four hour course of each semester is available by Dr. Moore from the Ozark Christian College Distance Learning program.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. Mark Moore is Professor of New Testament at Ozark Christian College. He holds the following degrees: BTh, Ozark Christian College; MEd, Incarnate Word College; MA in Religious Studies, Southwest Missouri State University. He received a Ph.D. from The International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Czech Republic. He has written The Chronological Life of Christ (College Press, 2007), Encounters With Christ: A Call To Commitment (College Press, 2001), and How To Dodge a Dragon: A Devotional Reading of Revelation (College Press, 1998). James Marcum is a retired professor of New Testament and Ethics at Ozark Christian College, and formerly served that school as Director of Admissions. He holds the following degrees: BTh, Ozark Bible College; MA, Cincinnati Bible Seminary.

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FOUNDATIONS of WORLD RELIGIONS by Dr. Leonard Thompson (Strategic World Evangelism, Chennai, India)

Course Description: This course includes an introduction to the theories, origin and function of religion. In addition to a survey of primitive and basic religions, it will study the major religions of the world, classified by their geographical area of origin: those tracing their beginnings to India, China and Japan, and the Middle East. The course concludes with a study of the response of Christianity to these world religions.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. Leonard Thompson is an evangelist, pastor, teacher and broadcaster, having preached in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Australia. He is the pastor of the Annanagar Church of Christ in Chennai (Madras) India. He teaches regularly in Lakeview Bible College and Seminary, Madras, India, Eastern Bible Institute Summer Graduate School, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) and Chiang Mai Bible Institute, Thailand. He has a twice-weekly TV broadcast and one of these broadcasts is on-line. He holds the following degrees: BSL, Manila Bible Seminary (Philippines); MA in Theology, Cincinnati Bible Seminary; MA in Communications, Wheaton College; BD, Serampore College (India); D Min, Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Thompson co-authored the book, Angels and Demons (College Press, 2005).

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CREATIVE BIBLE TEACHING by Dr. Rick Chromey (Boise, Idaho)

Course Description: This course provides practical methods for teaching the Bible, including principles for teaching / learning and for lesson construction. Students are guided in the step-by-step development of lesson plans. Various teaching techniques are researched, discussed and presented in field experiences by the student.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. Rick Chromey is a postmodern pioneer, cultural explorer and leadership imagineer. He has served as Assistant Professor of Youth and Family Ministries at Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, Ky. He is an active youth worker, speaker, writer and travels widely as a representative and workshop leader for Children’s Ministry Magazine. He is the author of Youth Ministry in Small Churches (Group, 1990) and Energizing Children’s Ministry in the Smaller Church (Standard, 2008). He holds the following degrees: BS in Pastoral Ministries, Nebraska Christian College and MRE in Christian Education, Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He received his D Min degree under Dr. Leonard Sweet from George Fox Seminary, Portland, Oregon, in 2007 with an emphasis on “Leadership in the Emerging Culture”. He has previously taught at St. Louis Christian College and Boise Bible College.

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PERSONAL EVANGELISM in a POST CHRISTIAN WORLD by Dr. Terry Bowland (Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Missouri)

Course Description: "PEOPLE NEED THE LORD!!!" But most of them seem indifferent to the Gospel. We must find a way to reach out to them with the Gospel. That's what Personal Evangelism is all about. A class in Personal Evangelism cannot be approached from a strictly academic perspective. This class will examine evangelism as it takes place in Scripture as well as study different approaches to evangelism which are used successfully in American churches today. The lecture material will be presented within the framework of urgency to create in each student the desire and ambition to win others to Christ, and to prepare each student to share the Good News of Jesus in a manner faithful to the Biblical witness.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. Bowland has been professor of Ministry and New Testament at Ozark Christian College since 1993. He has held preaching ministries in Nebraska and Illinois. He holds the following degrees: BA and BTh, Nebraska Christian College; MA and MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary; DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written the textbook for this course: Make Disciples: Reaching the Postmodern World for Christ, published by College Press (1999).

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OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY by Dr. Paul Kissling (Dallas Christian College, Dallas, Texas) Jamie Wetzel, Internet Facilitator (Meridian Christian Church, Okemos, Michigan)

Course Description: Old Testament Survey is an intermediate level survey of the background, contents and theology of the 39 books of the Old Testament. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how the Old Testament is understood in its own context and yet speaks to our contemporary situations as Christians. Students will read the entire Old Testament and a Survey Textbook, answer essay questions based on their reading and on notes taken from watching the CD lectures, interact on a weekly basis on-line with the professor and fellow students, and complete proctored examinations.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. Paul Kissling was raised in Toledo, Ohio where he became a Christian. Intending to become a Medical Missionary, he took a year’s leave of absence from his medical training at the University of Chicago and enrolled at Great Lakes Christian College where his goals changed. After graduating from Great Lakes, he received an MDiv from Lincoln Christian Seminary and an MTh from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his family served as missionaries in Chester, England while he completed a PhD in the Hebrew Bible from University of Sheffield in England. From 1991 to 2003 he served as professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages and as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Great Lakes Christian College. He was professor of Old Testament studies and Research Director with TCM International’s Institute for Biblical Studies in Vienna, Austria until 2010. Dr. Kissling is presently Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dallas Christian College. Jamie Wetzel, Internet Facilitator, Dr. Kissling’s associate, is with the Meridian Christian Church, Okemos, Michigan.

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NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY by Dr. Greg Linton (Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee) Jeff Robertson, Internet Facilitator (Coordinator, Consortium for Christian Online Education)

Course Description: A survey of the text, canon, and historical background of the New Testament, including examination of the date, authorship, circumstances, and content of each New Testament book.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. Greg Linton returned to his alma mater, Johnson Bible College, as a professor of New Testament, in 2006. He holds the following degrees: BA, Johnson Bible College, MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and PhD in New Testament and Christian Origins, Duke University. He has served as Youth Minister, Senior Minister and Church Planter for twelve years in Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia. He has served as Professor of New Testament and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Great Lakes Christian College. Professor Jeff Robertson holds the following degrees: BTh, Ozark Christian College; MA, Lincoln Christian Seminary. He has served as a missionary to Jamaica, as Professor and Academic Dean at Windward Islands School of Evangelism (W.I.S.E.) in St. Vincent, West Indies, as professor of New Testament and Apologetics at Ozark Christian College, and since 2010 as the Coordinator of the Consortium for Christian Online Education.

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THE BOOK OF HEBREWS by Professor Kenny Boles (Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Missouri)

Course Description: An exegetical study of the book of Hebrews focusing on the superiority of Jesus and His covenant to all other religious persons and systems. Students will learn the contents of Hebrews, practice solid doctrinal thinking about its teachings and experience the freeing impact of Jesus' "once-for-all" atonement.

Introduction to the Teacher: Professor Kenny Boles is Professor of Greek and New Testament at Ozark Christian Colllege. He holds the following degrees: BTh, Ozark Bible College, 1968; MA in Biblical and Patristic Greek, Abilene Christian College, 1972. Additional study includes Missouri Southern State University and Abilene Christian University. He is the author of Galatians & Ephesians in The College Press NIV Commentary series (1993) and The Life to Come: What The Bible Says About The Afterlife (College Press, 2010).

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CHRISTIAN WORSHIP: History and Practice by Dr. Tom Lawson (Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Missouri) Stephen Lawson, Internet Facilitator (Emmanuel Christian Seminary)

Course Description: A course giving an overview of the history of Christian worship from the first century to the present, focusing primarily on worship in the Western (Latin) and Protestant traditions. The course emphasizes the theology, architecture, practice (liturgy), art, and music of corporate worship in the Roman world, Europe, and the United States. The lecture format is used, complemented by electronic multimedia and group projects. It would be most helpful for the student to have taken a Church History course prior to this class.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. Tom Lawson is Professor of Christian Worship, Old Testament and New Testament at Ozark Christian College since 2003. He holds the following degrees: BTh, Ozark Bible College; MA in New Testament and MA in Church History, both from Cincinnati Bible Seminary; DMin, Abilene Christian University. He has also done graduate work at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. From 1987 to 2003 he was Professor of New Testament at Kentucky Christian University. From 1982 to 1987 he served as Minister of the North Syracuse Church, Syracuse, New York. He was Associate Director of Christ-In-Youth from 1975 to 1979. Stephen Lawson is a graduate student at Emmanuel Christian Seminary pursuing a concentration in Christian Doctrine, with extensive experience in the areas of Church History and the History of Worship.

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CHILDREN’S MINISTRY by Dr. Rick Chromey (Boise, Idaho)

Course Description: A course examining the principles and methods for effective ministry to children, birth through fifth grade. Special attention will be given to discipline, teaching worship and evangelism.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. Rick Chromey is a postmodern pioneer, cultural explorer and leadership imagineer. He has served as Assistant Professor of Youth and Family Ministries at Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, Ky. He is an active youth worker, speaker, writer and travels widely as a representative and workshop leader for Children’s Ministry Magazine. He is the author of Youth Ministry in Small Churches (Group, 1990) and Energizing Children’s Ministry in the Smaller Church (Standard 2008). He holds the following degrees: BS in Pastoral Ministries, Nebraska Christian College and MRE in Christian Education, Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He received his D Min degree under Dr. Leonard Sweet from George Fox Seminary, Portland, Oregon, in 2007 with an emphasis on “Leadership in the Emerging Culture”. He has previously taught at St. Louis Christian College and Boise Bible College.

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CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION By Dr. Leonard Thompson (Strategic World Evangelism, Chennai, India)

Course Description: This course provides a basic understanding of both communication and culture, and explores the process of cross-cultural communication with the aim of making our communication not only heard but also understood, no matter how different or diverse the other culture is. The course will always have as one of its main goals the developing of necessary skills to properly and meaningfully proclaim the Gospel across cultures and their respective societies.

Introduction to the Teacher: Dr. Leonard Thompson is an evangelist, pastor, teacher and broadcaster, having preached in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Australia. He is the pastor of the Annanagar Church of Christ in Chennai (Madras) India. He teaches regularly in Lakeview Bible College and Seminary, Madras, India, Eastern Bible Institute Summer Graduate School, Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma) and Chiang Mai Bible Institute, Thailand. He has a twice-weekly TV broadcast and one of these broadcasts is on-line. He holds the following degrees: BSL, Manila Bible Seminary (Philippines); MA in Theology, Cincinnati Bible Seminary; MA in Communications, Wheaton College; BD, Serampore College (India); D Min, Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Thompson co-authored the book, Angels and Demons (College Press, 2005).

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PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP By Dr. Clay Perkins (President, Mid-Atlantic Christian Univ., Elizabeth City, NC) and Dr. M. Shane Wood (Florida Christian College, Kissimmee, Florida)

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the successful model of servant/spiritual leadership in a Biblical context. All organizations benefit or suffer from leadership practices. The Bible is full of examples of leaders from whom we can learn best practices. This course will guide students to lead from a servant/spiritual perspective, exploring various principles and characteristics of servant/spiritual leadership, including integrity, humility, vision, holiness, etc.

Introduction to the Teachers: Dr. Clay Perkins has been in the ministry since 1979, serving churches in Georgia, Ohio, and North Carolina. He holds the following degrees: BA and BTh, Atlanta Christian College; MM and MDiv, Cincinnati Christian University; and PhD (in Organizational Leadership), Regent University School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Perkins became president of Mid-Atlantic Christian University in 2006. He has taught leadership courses at MACU, Kentucky Christian University, Lincoln Christian Seminary and Carolina Christian College. He developed a leadership course at Regent University. He is a visiting scholar at Capella University and serves as an evaluation team member for the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Dr. M. Shane Wood currently serves as Associate Professor of Ministry at Florida Christian College, having previously been Chief Academic Officer at Nebraska Christian College. He holds the following degrees: BBL and BTh, Ozark Christian College; MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary; and PhD (in Organizational Leadership), Regent University. Dr. Wood has ministered in Illinois and Iowa. He is an active member of International Leadership Association and the Academy of Management. He currently teaches adjunct courses in the Master’s Program of Kentucky Christian University and the Master’s and Doctoral Programs of Lincoln Christian University.

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