I wanted to let you know that attending WCBCS is a blessing in my life. I am working towards my Masters, I had tried an online course before with another University, it was expensive, stressful and at the end of the course I can honestly say that I learned very little.

I am currently signed up for my fourth course with WC, I have completed one course and I really enjoyed it. Your staff is responsive to my needs, the classes are affordable, the books are full of valuable information and most importantly I learned so much from your coursework.
— E.K. - Current WCBCS Student

ACADEMICS OVERVIEW

WCBCS Catalog
Sample Classes
Modules
Grading Scale
Honors
Grade Appeals Process
Student Cheating Policy
Course Repeating Policy
Course Completion Policy

Graduation Policy
Graduation
Life Learning Credits

Course Descriptions
Classes on Campus

 

2015-2016 WCBCS Catalog

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SAMPLE CLASSES

If you would like to view a Sample Class at any level, please click below: 

Bachelor
Master
Doctoral

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MODULES

Every class is made up of 5 modules at West Coast Bible College & Seminary, except the doctoral which has 6 modules.  Student requirements for every level include:

Students are required to purchase a 2 inch notebook to keep ALL assignments organized. If a grade is not entered in your student portal, it is the responsibility of the student to present assignment/grade sheet to the Assignments Department. 

Students are required to complete any classes started within a six month time frame.  If a class is not completed in the given time frame, the student will receive an "I" on their transcript.  A student will not be allowed to graduate with an "I" or "F" on their transcript.

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GRADING SCALE

100 – 90            A
 89 – 80            B  
 79 – 70             C  
 69 – 60            D
59 & below       F

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HONORS

• 3.95 - 4.00 Summa Cum Laude
• 3.75 - 3.94 Magna Cum Laude
• 3.50 - 3.74 Cum Laude

No honors will appear on the degrees earned by student. 

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GRADE APPEALS PROCESS

If a student feels that there is an error on his grade report, he must begin the appeal process within thirty days of receiving the grade report by contacting the WCBCS offices at info@westcoastbible.org. After thirty days the grade is considered final and is not subject to appeal by the student or any third party.

WCBCS is not responsible for lost tests, projects, etc. Please be sure to make a copy of all material prior to submitting material to WCBCS for grading or evaluation.

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STUDENT CHEATING POLICY

If a student is caught cheating, the following steps will be taken:

1) The student will be contacted and made aware of the situation and given an opportunity to respond.
2) The student will be placed on Academic probation if it is deemed there was a violation. 
3) The first time will result in a "0" on the assignment.
4) The second time will result in a 6 month expulsion.
5) The third time will result in a final expulsion. A student may appeal the decision to the WCBCS President who then, in conjunction with the WCBCS board, will render the final decision. 
6) When a student is expelled for cheating, there will be NO REFUNDS GIVEN.

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COURSE REPEATING POLICY  

Students desiring to repeat a course for the purpose of having the first grade removed from the cumulative grade point average must follow these procedures: 

1) A course may be repeated once if the student receives a grade of less than "C".
2) A course may be repeated one time for an additional charge if the student receives a "C" or higher.
3) The second grade, in all circumstances, replaces the first grade for the purpose of calculating the cumulative grade point average.

Any student receiving an "F" or "I" must contact the Grade Department for further instructions. No student will be allowed to graduate with an "F" or "I" in a required course. Any undergraduate student receiving three "Fs" will be placed on academic probation. Any graduate student receiving two "Fs" will be placed on academic probation.

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COURSE COMPLETION POLICY  

Your class syllabus provides a guideline to help you stay focused so you can finish your degree ASAP, but it is merely a suggestion. However, you only have 6 months to complete a class without being penalized on your grade. Additionally, you have 5 years to complete your degree at the bachelor level and 3 years to complete your degree at the Master and Doctoral levels.

Student Submission Policy: Students may NOT submit more than 10 assignments per week and a maximum of 15 submissions per month. Any assignments exceeding this number will be deleted from our system.

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GRADUATION POLICY

The Office of the Registrar must approve all candidates applying for graduation. Contact us at info@westcoastbible.org if you have any questions.

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GRADUATION

There will be an annual graduation ceremony held ONLINE in May on a date to be announced, but it typically the third Friday night at 7pm.  Graduates do not need to participate in order to receive their degree.  However, this option is available to honor and recognize our students’ accomplishments by their friends and families.

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LIFE LEARNING CREDITS

At West Coast Bible College & Seminary, we believe that your personal learning experiences in ministry are valid in relationship to education equivalence. That's why we've developed a life learning policy that recognizes your experience and will give you up to 30 hours of college credits at the Bachelor level.

The object of the life learning portfolio is to demonstrate that you have had valuable learning experiences that are worthy of collegiate credit. Therefore, the better the portfolio the better the likelihood you will receive credit. Remember: You can receive 4 credit hours for full-time ministry involvement, 2 credit hours for part-time ministry involvement, and 1 credit hour per seminar/conference that lasted a minimum of 3 days. (Conferences may be combined to earn credits, as well)

Here's how it works:

The life learning portfolio is like a resume, with more detailed information about each specific responsibility you had in the ministry (whether full-time or part-time). In addition, you should include a list of all conferences or seminars you attended, dates of attendance, and the specific information that was taught and learned, as well as how it impacted your life and ministry.

The payment for life learning credits are half of what our standard tuition would be ($50 per each three hours course equivalent). Again, there is a maximum of 30 hours that can be given through life learning credits and ALL students are required to take a minimum of 30 hours from West Coast Bible College & Seminary to complete your degree. YOU MUST APPLY FOR LIFE LEARNING CREDITS PRIOR TO COMPLETING YOUR SECOND CLASS. No credit will be given for employment which occurs during enrollment as a student. 

LLC PAYMENTS: You can pay for Life Learning Credits by going to https://westcoastbible.squarespace.com/online-payments/.

West Coast Bible College & Seminary Course Descriptions

Bachelor Degrees

BIBLE (12 classes)

OVERVIEW: This section of classes is the heart of the training at WCBCS and it will cover the Bible in its entirety.

BIBL 101 Interpreting the Bible – 3 hours
This course will provide an overview of the principles and techniques of properly interpreting the context of Scripture for strong biblical foundations and applications for study and teaching. 

BIBL 102 Manners and Customs of Bible Times – 3 hours
This course will study the cultural background of the Bible which is essential for precise exegesis. The student will review selected elements in the cultural backgrounds of both the Old and New Testaments and consider its’ emphasis on the culture, customs and establishments that have a direct effect on the interpretation of the Scriptures.

BIBL 103 Foundations of Theology – 3 hours
This course will study the essential principles of theology in the church including the persons of the Trinity - God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, salvation, creation, the role of the church in the spreading of the Gospel, the sacraments of the church, faith, the rapture, and heaven and hell.

BIBL 201 Old Testament Overview – 3 hours
This course will study how the Old Testament was put together, the thread that weaves God’s message throughout, and the continuity of the purposes of God in the lives of His people. Key people and places will be highlighted to give an overall understanding of biblical history.

BIBL 202 New Testament Overview - 3 hours
This course is designed to provide an overview of the 27 books of the New Testament including the context of the writings, the main characters, and how each book connects with one another, as well as to the Old Testament.

BIBL 301 Old Testament 301: The Books of Moses – 3 hours
This course will study the first five books of the Bible, also known as the Pentateuch. The student will study creation, the formation of God’s people, and the way in which God worked out His purposes in the lives of His people. 

BIBL 302 Old Testament 302: Historical Books – 3 hours
This course will study the Old Testament historical books which chronicle the lives of God’s people, Israel. Special attention will be given to the historical settings and theological themes throughout. 

BIBL 303 Old Testament 303: Books of Wisdom – 3 hours
This course will explore the wisdom books of the Old Testament, including principles for interpreting these types of literature, with emphasis on application to then and there, as well as contemporary concerns. 

BIBL 304 Old Testament 304: Books of the Prophets – 3 hours
This course will study the nature of biblical prophecy, a brief review of the history of major and minor prophets, an introduction to some of the basic issues involved with the study of the prophets, and an analysis of the message of these books.  

BIBL 401 New Testament 401: The Four Gospels & Acts – 3 hours
The course will look at the New Testament from Matthew to Acts with emphasis on the life of Christ, the foundations of early church, and the interaction of the church society.

BIBL 402 New Testament 402: Romans – Philemon – 3 hours
This course will look study the background, themes, and major principles of Paul’s writings for Romans through Philemon.

BIBL 403 New Testament 403: Hebrews – Revelation – 3 hours
This course will study the background, themes, and major principles for Hebrews through Revelation. 

BIBL 404 Church History – 3 hours
This course will study the six main eras of church history, including key figures from each era, the most important details, most important archaeological discoveries/inventions, and key people who shaped the church.

BUSINESS (8 classes)

OVERVIEW: This section of classes will deal with the practical business aspects of being involved in ministry. 

BUSI 101 Foundations of Business – 3 hours
This course will study the philosophy and principles of business administration in relationships to ministry objectives, the role of business in the church, stewardship, and principles of sound business practice in any scenario. 

BUSI 102 Business Ethics – 3 hours
This course will cover the biblical responsibilities of those in church business to relate from a standpoint of integrity and accountability, biblical stewardship, being “above reproach” in all matters of money, dealing honestly and transparently with everyone, tax matters, copyright laws, and the use of money in ministry. 

BUSI 201 Marketing – 3 hours
This course will study the practical ways in which a church can create a brand, positive image, in its community by implementing basic marketing principles and techniques. Practical helps will be discussed, as well as numerous resources.

BUSI 202 Business Communication– 3 hours
This course will study the practical side of communication (Written, Verbal, and Non-Verbal), oral presentations, writing assignments, composition, planning, team involvement, and skills essential to success in church ministry. 

BUSI 301 Practical Church Business Administration – 3 hours
This course will study the practical responsibilities of those engaged in ministry including staff meetings, financial reporting, accountability, board meetings, business meetings, documentation of paper work, insurance policies, maintenance of facilities, and a variety of other practical materials that must be addressed regularly in ministry.

BUSI 302 Accounting – 3 hours
This course will study basic principles related to accounting in the church including learning how to read and create financial statements, how to create an income statement, payroll, understanding cash flow, creating and managing budgets, budget forecasting, creating a flow of accountability in handling money, and setting up giving records and giving statements.

BUSI 401 Strategic Ministry – 3 hours
This course will study intentional ministry strategies that will help your church reach its target audience and continue to effectively carry out the overall mission and purpose of the church.  

BUSI 402 Business Management – 3 hours
This course will give you the practical tools you need to manage a church or ministry including personnel and facilities management, roles in the organization, decision-making skills, and coordinating volunteers to do the work of the ministry.

COUNSELING (8 classes)

OVERVIEW: This section of classes will help to equip the student to become a better biblical counselor so they can effectively minister to the needs of their congregation and community.

COUN 101 Biblical Crisis Counseling – 3 hours
This course will study the proper ways to address crisis situations that will occur in ministry and to minister to those in need in a sensitive, caring manner.

COUN 102 Introduction to Ethics in Counseling – 3 hours
This course will study various responsibilities of the minister in regard to confidentiality, legal issues, drawing healthy boundaries, moral responsibilities, and ethical dilemmas that the biblical counselor will encounter. 

COUN 201 Marriage Counseling – 3 hours
This course will study the principles and techniques needed to provide counsel and healing for marriages. Topics that will be discussed include fair fighting, communication, and practical issues that face every couple. Additional helps will be given for pre-marital counseling to help couples avoid pitfalls in advance. 

COUN 202 Family Counseling – 3 hours
This course will study the most common problems facing the family including, conflict, communication, love languages/styles, forgiveness, divorce and remarriage, blended families, relocation and moving, depression, and abuse (verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual).

COUN 301 Counseling Life Issues – 3 hours
This course will study various life issues including depression, anxiety, financial issues, anger, forgiveness, abuse, suicide, and various other challenges facing people in the 21st century.

COUN 302 Grief and Trauma Counseling – 3 hours
This course will address responses of people in life issues such as death, addictions, rape/sexual abuse, suicide prevention, domestic violence, and other real-life traumas that will be encountered in ministry.

COUN 401 Conflict Resolution – 3 hours
This course will study the proper methods of resolving conflict in any situation; especially in the context of ministry. One of the main responsibilities a minister will discover is their role as a peacemaker among people in the body of Christ. Unlock techniques that will protect and preserve your ministry.

COUN 402 Counseling Victims of Abuse – 3 hours
This course will study the proper ways to minister to those who have gone through abuse; whether it is sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical. The counselor will be given information to better understand the abused to techniques to help bring the person to a place of spiritual, emotional, and physical wholeness.

COUNSELING EATING DISORDERS (4 classes)

OVERVIEW: This section of classes will help to equip the student to counsel and address the issues surrounding eating disorders and to give them practical and biblical solutions to help them overcome the disease. 

COED 101 Foundations of Eating Disorders – 3 hours
This course will study the basic types of eating disorders, symptoms and risks, the effects in every area of life, how to diagnose someone who has an eating disorder, and how to help them take the first steps to recovery.

COED 201 Counseling Eating Disorders – 3 hours
This course will provide you with the essential tools for counseling a person with an eating disorder including things to say and what not to say, confronting emotions and truth, expressing forgiveness and love, and advising them from God’s Word toward healing. 

COED 301 Families and Eating Disorders – 3 hours
This course will examine the feelings of family members who lived one is suffering from an eating disorder and give the biblical counselor the tools and resources necessary to deal with and overcome the disease as a family. 

COED 401 Nutritional Counseling – 3 hours
This course will equip the biblical counselor with the knowledge of proper nutrition which is essential for total health for those recovering from an eating disorder. Sensible meal programs will be discussed that can be tailored to the needs of the client and that can change with them as their attitudes and habits begin to change.

ENGLISH / COMMUNICATION (4 classes)

OVERVIEW: This section of classes will help to more effectively communicate the message God has put in their heart. Clear, concise communication is essential for effective ministry.

ENG 101 English Composition – 3 hours
This course will study the basic principles of communication, with a special emphasis being given to writing. The student will learn the basic of writing and discover how to effectively communicate their thoughts on to paper for others to read. This is crucial in ministry as failure to properly communicate can result in creating additional problems. 

COMM 101 Public Speaking – 3 hours
This course will help students work on their public speaking skills; an essential tool for any person in any walk of life, especially for those engaged in ministry.  

COMM 201 Message/Lesson Preparation – 3 hours
This course will study the process of putting together a message and/or lesson that will capture the attention of the audience and will provide a life-changing result in the end. 

COMM 301 Apologetics: How To Communicate What You Believe – 3 hours
This course will study the basic beliefs of every Christ follower, help you understand why you believe it, and help you discover how to effectively communicate it to individuals or to larger audiences. 

GENERAL MINISTRIES (13 classes)

OVERVIEW: This section of classes will deal with the practical aspects of ministry, covering the major ministries in the church world in the 21st century.

MIN 101 Prayer – 3 hours
This course will study the importance of prayer in the life of the minister and the heart of the congregation. The student will learn the foundations of what true biblical prayer is all about and will discover how to become more personally intimate in their own prayer life.  

MIN 102 Children’s Ministry in the 21st Century – 3 hours
This course will study keys for ministering to children in the 21st century by incorporating a total family mindset in the ministry. The student will learn ways to more effectively communicate to children and the utilization of resources that can make your children’s ministry the best it can be.

MIN 103 Student Ministry in the 21st Century – 3 hours
This course will study keys for ministering to students in the 21st century; looking at the challenges of this youth culture and finding ways to practically engage students in ministry. The student will learn ways to more effectively communicate to students and discover ways to minister to their specific needs.

MIN 104 Single Adults Ministry in the 21st Century – 3 hours
This course will study the need for the single adult ministry and ways in which to implement a ministry that will reach a group of people often overlooked by the church. The individual needs and challenges of this age group will be addressed throughout.

MIN 201 Christian Leadership – 3 hours
This course will study the meaning of true Christian leadership and will help the student discover ways to personally live it out and implement it in whatever ministry capacity in which they are serving. Several historical and current church leaders’ lives will be discussed to help the student find their own personal leadership style.

MIN 202 The Worship Experience – 3 hours
This course will study the various components of the worship experience including worship programming, worship music, creating an atmosphere in the worship gathering, creating teams, and numerous other aspects that directly relate to the worship gathering. 

MIN 301 Principles of Breakout Church in the 21st Century – 3 hours
This course will look at principles that have enabled some churches to grow and flourish, even in a culture of challenges. Learn what it took for these leaders to get where they are today and discover what will work in your personal ministry setting.

MIN 302 Evangelism and Effective Follow Up – 3 hours
This course will help students learn how to implement evangelism in the local church and how to create a net of relationships with people that will “close the back door” of the church and engage people in the mission of the local church.

MIN 303 Missions (Mission and planning) – 3 hours
This course will help students learn the importance of missions, the mandate of missions, and the ministry of missions. Students will discover practical ways in which they can plan a mission experience that will challenge others to live out the Great Commission at home and abroad.

MIN 401 World Religions & Cults – 3 hours
This course will study the beliefs of the major non-Christian religions of the world including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Islam. Emphasis is placed on each tradition's analysis of the basic human problem and the solution that it offers to the problem. Attention is also paid to new, emergent religious movements and cults.

MIN 402 Creating Effective Small Groups – 3 hours
This course will study the need, developing a philosophy, and implementing a strategy for effective small group ministry in the local church. Numerous successful models that have been implemented around the world will be studied.

MIN 403 Christian Discipleship – 3 hours
This course will study the principles of Christian discipleship and how it applies to every day life. In addition, the one being “discipled” will be challenged to disciple others. Special attention will be given to call of Jesus’ disciples, the manner in which Jesus spent His time with His disciples, and how the student should share the disciple experience with others. 

MIN 404 Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make – 3 hours
This course will study the top ten mistakes that leaders make in ministry. It is crucial to learn from the mistakes of others so that you do not repeat them yourself.       

MISSIONS (8 classes)

OVERVIEW: This section of classes will help to equip the student to better understand the call of God's heart for missions and the practical issues facing those desirous of potentially becoming  a missionary. 

MISS 101 Practical Issues in Missions 1 – 3 hours
This course will help the student learn about the real-life issues that will be faced by a missionary from calling to relationships to culture shock to homesickness and “hitting the wall”.

MISS 102 Practical Issues in Missions 2 – 3 hours
This course will go one step further for the person called to missions in dealing the practical issues faced while on the mission field.

MISS 201 Missions in the Book of Acts 1 – 3 hours
This course will survey the first half of the Book of Acts and to view how mission ministry is seen as the heart of God from the inception of the church.

MISS 202 Missions in the Book of Acts 2 – 3 hours
This course will survey the second half of the Book of Acts and to view how mission ministry is seen as the heart of God from the inception of the church.

MISS 301 World Perspectives – 3 hours
This course will address the biblical basis for community development and the Christian's involvement in Majority World development on the personal and systemic levels.

MISS 302 Cross Cultural Principles– 3 hours
This course focuses on how to make disciples and plant churches as missionaries ministering in various multicultural and cross-cultural settings: urban, rural, and tribal. Students will learn principles and strategies for successful evangelism and church planting efforts in difficult religious contexts.

MISS 401 Missions Anthropology – 3 hours
This course will deal with the fundamentals of culture, social structure, group organization, and social change studied as a basis for intercultural understanding and communication. Attention given to issues which constitute challenges and opportunities to cross-cultural workers.

MISS 402 Short-Term Trips – 3 hours
This course will give the student the basic tool and resources that are essential for planning a short-term mission trip with regard to finances, planning, working with a missionary, understanding, the culture, and staying focused on the real mission at hand.

PERSONAL LIFE (4 classes)

OVERVIEW: This section of classes will deal with the specific challenges that will be faced in the personal life of every committed believer. 

LIFE 101 The Personal Life of a Minister – 3 hours
This course will deal with the personal life of the minister in helping to develop a personal prayer and devotional life, maintaining integrity, and forming accountability. This class is crucial because if the student fails in integrity, everything else in life and ministry can be invalidated.

LIFE 201 Personal Management (Family, self, ministry, time, etc.) – 3 hours
The course will deal with the practical challenges faced by every minister as they try to balance the relationship between ministry and family. The student will learn from various ministers who have lived out the challenges and will discover great advice to protect their marriage, family, and personal time. This course will also assist the student in discovering the call of God on their life and how the role they play in building the Kingdom of God!

LIFE 301 The Minister's Finances – 3 hours
The course will deal with the practical aspect of the minister’s personal finances to help the minister live in today while planning for the future and retirement. Numerous strategies will be given to provide a Kingdom mentality for utilizing your finances and protecting your family.

LIFE 401 Practical Duties Of The Minister – 3 hours
This course will study the practical responsibilities of the minister including funerals, weddings, hospital visitation, and other practical responsibilities that will be faced daily in the life of a minister.

TECHNOLOGY (1 class)

OVERVIEW: This class deals with the necessity of technology in ministry in the 21st century and the practical ways in which technology can impact ministry.

TECH 101 Technology In Services and Ministry – 3 hours
This course will study the various components of technology that can be utilized in worship gatherings to create a visual stimulus, as well as other components of technology that can lead to more efficient management of systems and people. 

WORSHIP (8 classes)

OVERVIEW: This section of classes will deal with the practical aspects of worship ministry in the local church.

WORS 101 Worship Basics – 3 hours
This course will study the biblical importance of worship, the authentic worshipper, and engaging your audience in worship. 

WORS 102 Building A Worship Team – 3 hours
This course will give the practical “nut and bolts” behind putting together a worship team that will honor God, lead others to a place of biblical worship, and form a ministry support team from which to live out life. 

WORS 201 Creating Flow in a Worship Gathering – 3 hours
This course will teach students the practical aspects of building a worship “set” list, creating elements that will engage everyone in worship, interweaving creativity in the worship gathering, intentionality in planning, giving direction in worship, all while remain genuine and authentic.

WORS 202 Basic Music Theory – 3 hours
This course will teach basic music theory including scales, chords, transposing, inversions, bass and treble staffs, reading music, and the key matrix, as well as development of the musician’s ear.

WORS 301 Songwriting – 3 hours
This course will study the basics of songwriting including song structure, the hook, melody and harmonies, “God songs”, style, rhymes, and the message. 

WORS 302 Worship Survey – 3 hours
This course will study the origin of worship and its relationship to the church throughout history, the evolution of worship music to the 21st century, and the role of various styles of music in worship.

WORS 401 Creative Technology – 3 hours
This course will study the various uses of technology in a worship gathering. Considerations will be given for the placement and aesthetics of the various genres to be employed in worship, building sets that reflect the message being conveyed, and practical elements of sound and lighting in worship.

WORS 402 Effective Vocals in Worship – 3 hours
This course will study the two sides of vocals in worship: 1) Practice; and 2) Performance. The various styles of music and harmonies will be examined, as will how to run a good vocal practice, choosing the proper harmonies to “fit” the song, singing and worship in a worship gathering, blend, and “matching” what’s being played with what’s being sung.

YOUTH MINISTRY (7 classes)

OVERVIEW: This section of classes will help to equip the student to better understand, communicate, and learn the role of the youth pastor in the local church. 

YMIN 101 Youth Ministry Foundations – 3 hours
This course will help the student to discover the essentials of youth ministry including personal mission, working under authority, dealing with difficult people, understanding your role/job, and the students to whom you’ve been called to minister.

YMIN 102 Speaking To Students – 3 hours
This course will provide the foundations for how to effectively communicate with students in a practical, relevant, and theologically sound manner. Numerous insights will be given as to creativity and depth.

YMIN 201 Youth Culture – 3 hours
This course will study what’s currently going on in an ever-changing youth culture and how youth ministries need to adapt to effectively reach students where they live.

YMIN 202 Youth Ministry Management – 3 hours
This course will help the student better learn how to effectively manage the youth ministry; everything from time management, communication, planning, documenting, safety requirements, and people systems will be addressed.

YMIN 301 Leadership Development – 3 hours
This course is designed to help leaders make leaders under their ministry. Practical tips will be given with regard to finding and choosing potential leaders, qualities to look for in a potential leader, and how to help the student reach their full potential in serving God and leading others.

YMIN 302 Youth Worship – 3 hours
This course will discuss the various components necessary for building a solid youth ministry worship team including recruiting, having a heart for worship, developing creativity in others, and building a true team mentality among the various band members.

YMIN 401 Counseling Students in Crisis – 3 hours
This course will look at and address specific crises which targets students and the practical ways in which the youth minister can help them through the crisis. 

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West Coast Bible College & Seminary Course Descriptions

Master Degrees
 

BIBL 501 Biblical Interpretation – 3 hours
This course will provide an overview of the principles and techniques of properly interpreting the context of Scripture for strong biblical foundations and applications for study and teaching. 

BUSI 501 Foundations of Business – 3 hours
This course will study the philosophy and principles of business administration in relationships to ministry objectives. This course will study the practical responsibilities of those engaged in ministry including building a team, staff meetings, financial reporting, accountability, board meetings, business meetings, documentation of paper work, insurance policies, maintenance of facilities, and a variety of other practical materials that must be addressed regularly in ministry.

BUSI 502 Biblical Stewardship and Ethics – 3 hours
This course will study the responsibilities of biblical managers to utilize the God-given resources properly coming into the church through the giving of tithes and offerings, as well as proper maintenance of facilities and personnel. Additionally, this course will address the concept of biblical ethics and the role it plays in one’s personal life, the church, and ministry.

BUSI 503 Church Business Communication and Marketing – 3 hours
This course will study the strategies and methods of communication among the church ministry staff to the church adherents/members to the world out side of the four walls of the church. Special attention will also be given to effective marketing principles which will allow the ministry to create a positive image of the church, thereby creating a positive image of the Kingdom of God.

BUSI 504 Church Accounting and Tax Laws – 3 hours
This course will study basic accounting principles needed for those in church ministry including learning how to read and create financial statements, how to create an income statement, payroll, understanding cash flow, creating and managing budgets, budget forecasting, creating a flow of accountability in handling money, setting up giving records and giving statements, and tax laws affecting the church, as well as resources for keeping up with the ever-changing tax codes.

BUSI 505 Strategic Planning and Management – 3 hours
This course will study the foundation of strategic management in any managerial setting including developing a vision, creating a sound business plan for ministry and implementing it, and managing people for the success of the overall mission of the Kingdom and local church body. 

CMIN 501 Understanding Church Ministries – 3 hours
This course will study the various aspects of church ministry and how it all relates together as you seek to complete the mission of the local church. The student will learn effective ministry and management of the resources of the church. 

CMIN 502 Practical Duties of the Minister – 3 hours
This course will study the practical responsibilities of the minister including funerals, weddings, hospital visitation, and other practical responsibilities that will be faced daily in the life of a minister.

COMM 501 Effective Teaching in the 21st Century – 3 hours
This course will study the principles of effective teaching in the 21st century including issues relating to the content of the teaching and the audience being spoken to.

COMM 502 Biblical Preaching – 3 hours
This course will study the process of putting together a message and/or lesson that will capture the attention of the audience and provide life changing result in the end. The student will focus on the proper interpretation of Scripture as the basis for preaching and learn how to implement visuals, stories, and other tools to assist the preaching experience.

COUN 501 Biblical Counseling – 3 hours
This course will study the proper ways to address various counseling situations that will occur in ministry and to minister to those in need in a sensitive, caring manner. The student will learn how to biblically respond to the demands of counseling.

COUN 502 Counseling Skills and Techniques – 3 hours
This course will equip the biblical counselor with the necessary skills and techniques to be successful as a biblicalcounselor while helping the counselor learn how to build a biblical worldview, utilizing Scripture as the basis for healing, the effects of sin and hope of salvation, creating healthy attitudes, and helping clients deal with issues of guilt.  

COUN 503 Counseling Abuse and Addictive Behaviors – 3 hours
This course will study the warning signs of abuse, the emotions of the abused, ways to speak to those who have been abused, the cycle of abuse, and ways to equip the abuser to end the cycle of abuse. The student will also study the various patterns of addiction, the cycle of addiction, how to break the addiction patter, tools for recovery, and teaching addicts how to stay free.

COUN 504 Counseling Children and Adolescent Issues – 3 hours
This course will study the issues that face children and adolescents including suicide, changes in family life, drugs and alcohol, relationship issues, sexual issues, abuse, eating disorders, and self-image. The counselor will learn how to address those in need of counseling and biblical methods for bringing healing. 

COUN 505 Grief, Trauma, and Depression Counseling – 3 hours
This course will study the cause and effects of trauma, the commonalities, the responses of those hurting, tools for healing, and the response of the counselor in the counseling setting. 

ENG 501 English Composition – 3 hours
This course will study the basic principles of communication, with a special emphasis being given to writing. The student will learn the basic of writing and discover how to effectively communicate their thoughts on to paper for others to read. This is crucial in ministry as failure to properly communicate can result in creating additional problems. 

LEAD 501 Church Growth Principles – 3 hours
This course will look at principles that have enabled some churches to grow and flourish, even in a culture of challenges. Learn what it took for these leaders to get where they are today and discover what will work in your personal ministry setting.

LEAD 502 Christian Leadership – 3 hours
This course will study the meaning of true Christian leadership by looking at the life of Christ and will help the student discover ways to personally live it out and implement it in whatever ministry capacity in which they are serving. Several historical and current church leaders’ lives will be discussed to help the student find their own personal leadership style.

LIFE 501 Christian Discipleship – 3 hours
This course will study the principles of Christian discipleship and how it applies to everyday life. In addition, the one being “discipled” will be challenged to disciple others. Special attention will be given to call of Jesus’ disciples, the manner in which Jesus spent His time with His disciples, and how the student should share the disciple experience with others. 

THEO 501 Old & New Testament Theology – 3 hours
This course will study the main themes of the Old and New Testaments as the student learns how the Bible was put together, the thread that weaves God’s message throughout, and the continuity of the purposes of God in the lives of His people. Key people and places will be highlighted to give an overall understanding of biblical history.

WORS 501 Worship Leadership – 3 hours
This course will study what worship is, how it is implemented in the local church, communicating through worship, practical ways to lead on the platform, the role of the worship leader, the relationship of worship to the church and its mission, the pastor/worship leader relationship, and sacrificial leadership.

WORS 502 Worship As Life – 3 hours
This course will study how worship is to affect every area of one’s life including private and personal worship, evangelism, the role of the Trinity, the ways of the worshipper, life transitions, balancing relevance in worship, and the role worship plays in eternity.

WORS 503 Playing Together As A Worship Team – 3 hours
This course will study the intricate, practical details of putting together a worship team including personal worship, necessary abilities/talents in each person, how to plan a rehearsal, guidelines for each instrument, pastoral care of a worship team, how to deal with and support in problem areas, and how to bring it all together for a worship gathering.

WORS 504 Music Theory – 3 hours
This course will teach basic music theory including scales, chords, transposing, inversions, bass and treble staffs, reading music, and the key matrix, as well as development of the musician’s ear. 

WORS 505 The Arts in Worship – 3 hours
This course will study the various uses of technology in a worship gathering. Considerations will be given for the placement and aesthetics of the various genres to be employed in worship, building sets that reflect the message being conveyed, and practical elements of sound and lighting in worship.

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West Coast Bible College & Seminary Course Descriptions

Doctoral Degrees

BUSI 701 Advanced Business Administration – 4 hours
This course will further study the philosophy and principles of business administration in relationships to ministry objectives and assignments. This course will study the practical responsibilities of those engaged in ministry including building a team, staff meetings, financial reporting, accountability, board meetings, business meetings, documentation of paper work, insurance policies, maintenance of facilities, and a variety of other practical materials that must be addressed regularly in ministry.

CMIN 701 Postmodernism and The Response Of The Church – 4 hours
This course will study this current postmodern generation and will help the student discern what their response should be to be specific needs; while not compromising the integrity of the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

CMIN 702 Studies of Breakout Churches in the 21st Century – 4 hours
This course will study the principles of growing churches and discover the commonality of their approaches in ministry. Learn what it took for these leaders to get where they are today and discover what will work in your personal ministry setting.

CMIN 703 Creating Community Through Small Groups – 4 hours
This course will further and more in depth study the need, develop a philosophy, and implement a strategy for effective small group ministry in the local church. Numerous successful models that have been implemented around the world will be studied.

COUN 701 Advanced Crisis Counseling – 4 hours
This course will study the proper ways to address the deeper crisis situations that will occur in ministry and to minister to those in need in a sensitive, caring manner. Students will study various life issues including depression, anxiety, financial issues, anger, forgiveness, abuse, suicide, eating disorders and various other challenges facing people in the 21st century.

COUN 702 Human Behavior And Emotions – 4 hours
This course will study why people respond the way they do, as well as typical emotions people deal with including anger and the proper ways to express it, depression and ways to manage and overcome it, grief and methods for healing in it, the reality of loneliness, and biblical helps for becoming a survivor.

COUN 703 Pre-Marital, Marriage, and Family Counseling – 4 hours
This course will study the need for pre-marital counseling, the tools for performing pre-marital counseling, as well as the most common problems facing the family including, conflict, communication, love languages/styles, forgiveness, divorce and remarriage, blended families, relocation and moving, depression, and abuse (verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual).

COUN 704 Counseling Adults and Gerontological Issues – 4 hours
This course will study the common issues facing adults including aging, depression, forgiveness, grief recovery, guilt, hope, identity, illness – chronic and terminal, phobias, and self-worth.

COUN 705 Counseling Victims of Abuse – 4 hours
This course will study the warning signs of abuse, the emotions of the abused, ways to speak to those who have been abused, the cycle of abuse, and ways to equip the abuser to end the cycle of abuse. Additionally, students will review case studies to help them develop critical assessment and response skills. 

COUN 706 Counseling Practicum – 4 hours
This course is the counseling practicum where the student will be required to do 50 hours of counseling and confidentially document the problems being faced in each session, as well as a detailed summary of the advice that was given in each instance, including biblical passages cited. Finally, the student will be required to assess the effectiveness of the counseling session and to determine what could have been done differently, if anything. 

COUN 707 Readings in Contemporary Counseling – 4 hours
This course will study three textbooks to discover differing viewpoints of various theological and practical issues. The student will be required to read the texts and to write a 5 page paper on each that discusses key points of the book and how it practically applies to life.

COMM 701 Preaching to 21st Century Audiences – 4 hours
This course will study the process of putting together a message and/or lesson that will capture the attention of the audience and provide life changing result in the end. With the increasing influence of technology and media, audiences have greater expectations from their worship gatherings than ever before. The student will focus on the proper interpretation of Scripture as the bedrock for preaching and learn how to implement visuals, stories, and other tools to assist the preaching experience and to make the Word of God come alive.

COMM 702 World Religions & Cults – 4 hours
This course will study the beliefs of the major non-Christian religions of the world including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Islam. Emphasis is placed on each tradition's analysis of the basic human problem and the solution that it offers to the problem. Attention is also paid to new, emergent religious movements and cults.

LEAD 701 Visionary Christian Leadership – 4 hours
This course will study the meaning of true Christian leadership and will help the student discover ways to personally live it out and implement it in whatever ministry capacity in which they are serving. Several historical and current church leaders’ lives will be discussed to help the student find their own personal leadership style.

READ 701 Readings in Contemporary Christianity – 4 hours
This course will study three textbooks to discover differing viewpoints of various theological and practical issues. The student will be required to read the texts and to write a 5 page paper on each that discusses key points of the book and how it practically applies to life.

RESEARCH 801 Doctoral Research Project – 9 hours
The research project is designed to incorporate all of the aspects of what you have learned throughout the DMin program. You must plan a major event/outreach and clearly incorporate five (5) principles from each class. The student must explain why you did what you did, as well as whether or not it was effective. In addition, the student will be required to video the event (raw data, not over produced) so that our Doctoral Consortium will be able to watch the event and get a sense of the overall effectiveness of the event.