Christian Ministry (CMN) Courses

Descriptions of courses offered in the Christian Ministry Department under the Division of Biblical Studies

CMN 1213 Christian Leadership and Service

Three hours

This course introduces God's Kingdom concerns and the students' role in His plan (Kingdom) by studying the biblical concepts of leadership and cultural engagement. Students will also evaluate how God might be calling them to serve and integrate their faith with their vocation.

Offered each semester

CMN 2101 Leave No Trace

One hour

Students learn the concept of Leave No Trace and prepare to teach Leave No Trace curriculum in a variety of settings – such as schools, camps, parks, wilderness and front country areas. Workshop topics include the underlying ethics and seven principles of Leave No Trace. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered each semester

CMN 2133 Developing Relational Ministry

Three hours

A look at how ethnicity, gender, personality, sexuality, family of origin, etc. affect who we are. Special care will be given to how we relate with the Triune God and others in a way that appreciates God's uniqueness in all of us. Prerequisite: CMN 1213.

Offered fall semester

CMN 2201 Kayaking

One hour

Instruction to prepare students for leadership roles in conducting kayaking experience in camps, adventure programs, and other wilderness settings. Students gain and demonstrate an understanding of necessary kayaking equipment, trip planning and organization, instruction of basic kayaking strokes, implementation of safety procedures, kayak expedition skills and group management on kayak expeditions. Field trips required. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered each semester

CMN 2211 Environmental Science Educator

One hour

Introduces students to various career opportunities, and the basic skills needed for each, in the area of natural resource management and environmental education. Students will develop awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to informed decisions and responsible behavior concerning how to manage natural resources and educate others toward constructive actions concerning the environment. The completion of the Project WET, WILD and Learning Tree Workshops and interaction with various government agencies which manage natural resources will be an integral part of this course. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered each semester

CMN 2263 Discipleship and Evangelism

Three hours

A consideration of the biblical and practical application of discipleship and evangelism. The social, cultural, community, and ontological ramifications of discipleship and evangelism are considered, as well as a critique of current issues, worldview, and the needs of the 21st-century world. Prerequisites: BBL 1013 and BBL 1023.

Offered each semester

CMN 2283 Outdoor Recreation Skills

Three hours

Advanced training in skills essential for an effective camp/recreation career. Students are exposed to outdoor recreational activities, such as riflery, archery, low and high ropes course, backpacking, hiking, swimming, canoeing, and horseback riding. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered upon sufficient request

CMN 2301 Canoeing

One hour

Instruction to prepare students for leadership roles in conducting canoeing experiences in camps, adventure programs, and other wilderness settings. Students gain and demonstrate an understanding of necessary canoeing equipment, trip planning and organization, instruction of basic canoeing strokes, implementation of safety procedures, canoe expedition skills and group management on canoe expeditions. Field trips required. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered each semester

CMN 2311 Wilderness First Aid

One hour

Training course on first aid practices specifically used in remote or wilderness settings. Topics may include: Primary and Secondary Assessments, Head/Brain, Neck and Spinal Injuries, Heat-Related Emergencies, Hypothermia, Altitude-Related Illnesses, Allergies and Anaphylaxis, Burns, Bone and Joint Injuries, and Wounds and Wound Infection. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered each semester

CMN 2373 Principles and Practices of Experiential Education

Three hours

Theories and principles of leadership and experiential education (e.g. transfer of learning, small group development, debriefing/processing, providing appropriate feedback, therapeutic approaches, framing experiences) are applied to program development and implementation for Christian outdoor ministry settings, with special consideration of both traditional and specific populations (e.g. youth-at-risk, chemical dependency, businesses, university orientation programs). Opportunities to develop, lead, and evaluate adventure education experiences are incorporated. Field trip required.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

CMN 2383 Outdoor Living Skills

Three hours

Introduction to basic living skills in wilderness environments. Topics include low-impact camping, food rations planning, clothing, travel techniques, equipment, and navigation. Leave No Trace Certification may be earned. Field trips required. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

CMN 2401 Mountain Biking Level 1

One hour

Training to teach students the basic skills of mountain biking and the ability to teach and assess others in safety, and riding skills on progressively more difficult terrain. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered each semester

CMN 2411 Mountain Biking Level 2

One hour

Training to teach students the advanced skills of mountain biking and the ability to teach and assess others in safety and riding skills on progressively more difficult terrain. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisite: CMN 2401.

Offered each semester

CMN 2463 Adolescent Culture

Three hours

An examination of adolescence from a holistic developmental perspective, studying intellectual, emotional, social, vocational, psychological, and spiritual growth. Students are given opportunity to analyze and interpret American youth culture for the purpose of understanding and ministering to adolescents. Students gain insight into recognizing, evaluating, and counteracting the effects of culture upon youth's self perception, world view, and understanding of God. Prerequisite: PSY 1013 or CMN 1213.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

CMN 2601 Top Rope Rock Climbing

One hour

Instruction to prepare students for leadership roles in conducting beginning top rope rock climbing experiences in camps, adventure programs, and other wilderness settings. Emphasis is placed upon site selection, instructor qualifications, assessment of participant skills, proper use and care of equipment, belaying technique, correct use of anchors, climbing site management, stewardship practices in wilderness settings, and ministry opportunities through outdoor adventure pursuits. Field trips required. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered each semester

CMN 2611 Zip Line Guide

One hour

Training course to prepare students to lead zip line experiences as a part of a canopy or zip line tour. Topics may include: platform management, zip line procedures, hand braking, lowering from a platform, risk management, retrievals, trolley transfer, and braking systems.

Offered each semester

CMN 2701 Ropes Course Level 1

One hour

Entry level training course to prepare students to lead groups using a challenge course. Topics will include equipment use and inspection, leading edge climbing, belaying, knots, course set up, belay transfers, daily course inspection, experiential learning philosophy, basic risk management and rescues. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered each semester

CMN 2711 Ropes Course Level 2

One hour

Advanced level training course which builds upon the skills and knowledge from Ropes Course Level 1. Topics include: program design, advanced team theory, client assessment, staff supervision and feedback, belay escapes, second level course inspection (does not prepare one to be an inspector), rescues using a 4:1 mechanical systems, and review of high impact elements-swings and two rope pamper pole set up. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisite: CMN 2701.

Offered each semester

CMN 2811 Search and Rescue

One hour

The introduction to Search and Rescue (ISAR)/SARTECH III course is designed to provide knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who would be participating in a search or rescue mission. The course is based around rural and wilderness environments but the material is recommended as a base of knowledge for all SAR environments.

Offered each semester

CMN 2901 Shooting Sports

One hour

Training to equip students to safely lead shooting sports such as riflery, archery and skeet shooting in a camp setting. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered each semester

CMN 2911 Swift Water Rescue

One hour

Training to equip students to assess, plan, and execute water rescues in a moving water and white water context. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered each semester

CMN 3111 Horsemanship

One hour

Instruction in teaching horse care, handling, and riding techniques to participants of different ages. Safety, stable management, and ministry opportunities through involvement in the “Right Lead” program at New Life Ranch are addressed. Field trips required. An additional fee may be associated with this course.

Offered each semester

CMN 3153 Philosophy and Methods of Outdoor Education

Three hours

An examination of effective teaching techniques and administrative programming practices for outdoor experiential education. This course emphasizes development and selection of curriculum and activities appropriate for use in extending the academic classroom to the outdoors. Content is also designed to prepare prospective outdoor education professionals to teach about the outdoor environment in non-formal educational settings. Opportunities to develop, lead, and evaluate outdoor education experience are incorporated.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

CMN 3213 Camp Leadership and Management

Three hours

An introduction to the philosophy of Christian camping and its place in the spiritual, emotional, and educational development of the person. Attention is given to administration and organization of camp life from counselor training to food purchasing. A local camp, New Life Ranch, hosts the course and serves as a model for observation and learning.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

CMN 3243 Discipleship Development through Camp and Adventure Programming

Three hours

Exploring the development of disciples utilizing the unique, experiential context of the outdoors and adventure activities. This is a master facilitator course that allows students to deeply explore the design and delivery of learning experiences with the purpose of holistic development of mature people with an active faith. Prerequisites: CMN 2263 and CMN 2373.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

CMN 3273 Critical Concerns with Children

Three hours

An examination of critical issues facing child advocates, social and ministry workers, educators, and counselors, both globally (children with HIV/AIDS, child laborers, child soldiers, sexually exploited children) and domestically (inner city children, children of divorce, child abuse, and children with special needs such as autism). Theologically, this course focuses especially on justice and mercy issues related to children and God's heart for the fatherless, the orphans, and the powerless.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

CMN 3313 Foundations and Practice of Youth Ministry

Three hours

A study of the basic principles of effective youth ministry. The class focuses on formulating theological, theoretical, and practical models for doing youth ministry, whether in a local church or para-church settings.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

CMN 3413 Christian Formation

Three hours

Exploration of sanctification and how to use various tools like counseling, small groups, spiritual disciplines, experiential education, Bible studies, mission trips, etc. to empower progressive Christ-like development. Prerequisite: CMN 2263.

Offered each semester

CMN 4113 Wilderness First Responder

Three hours

Standards of practice for outdoor professionals providing emergency medical care in remote areas. Consideration of prolonged transport times, severe environments, and the use of portable and improvised equipment. Topics include wilderness trauma and illness, search and rescue operations, and environmental emergencies. Upon successful completion of practical and written exams students will receive a two-year Wilderness First Responder certificate from Wilderness Medicine Institute of National Outdoor Leadership Schools (NOLS) and a two year American Heart Association Adult Heartsaver CPR Certification. An additional fee associated with this course.

Offered summer, upon sufficient request

CMN 4431 Introduction to Capstone in Christian Ministry

One hour

This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of research for their Capstone project. Course work includes development of a topic and research methodology.

Offered fall semester

CMN 4433 Capstone in Christian Ministry

Three hours

A capstone course in ministry in which students strive 1) to integrate their previous academic and internship experiences; 2) to complete a professional portfolio of their education, experiences, and work-samples; and 3) to demonstrate competence in their discipline—how to assess needs, find answers, and provide help, information, or advice appropriately; to continue personal and professional growth; to refine their knowledge base; and to increase capacity for personal reflection. An additional fee associated with this course. Prerequisite: completion of one semester of internship.

Offered spring semester

CMN 4443 Critical Concerns with Adolescents

Three hours

An examination of some of the critical issues facing counselors, youth leaders, social workers, and educators by means of journal reviews, interviews, and computer searches. Students research topics such as teenage suicide, substance abuse, pregnancy and abortion, gangs, sexual/physical abuse, and divorce. (Same as FAM 4443.)

Offered each semester

CMN 4481, 4482, 4483 Selected Topics

One to three hours

Topics are chosen from some areas of Christian Ministries. The student may also do an independent study and research under the supervision of the instructor. An additional fee may be associated with some OLM certifications.

Offered upon sufficient request

CMN 4493 Ministering to Families across the Life Span

Three hours

This course addresses psychosocial development, faith development, and other developmental issues of childhood, youth, emerging adulthood, young adulthood, middle adulthood, and older adulthood. The course also addresses the significance of generational identities (e.g. silent generation, boomers, and millennials), the importance of cross-generational ties, and the key role of forgiveness in adult and family relationships. A special emphasis on the difficult transitions of young adulthood as well as a unit on grief, death, and dying are included.

Offered spring semester

CMN 4511, 4512, 4513 Independent Study in Christian Ministry

One to three hours

Supervised exploration of topics of special interest. The course consists of large assignments of reading, regular consultation with the supervising professor, and written analysis of readings. Prerequisites: 15 hours of Christian Ministries.

Offered upon sufficient request

CMN 4611, 4612, 4613, 4614 Internship in Christian Ministry

One to four hours

Participation in an approved and supervised local or international ministry activity. Credit is available only to majors and minors within the Division of Biblical Studies. Credit for the international ministry activity must meet the Global Studies Elective requirement in the Core Curriculum, with instructor approval. May be repeated for credit as needed to fulfill necessary requirements. Grading: 'S' or 'U'.

Offered each semester

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