Program Objectives

This program will do the following:

  • Confront the student with the Word of God proclaiming humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption in Christ (Bible) and explore ramifications of this Gospel for the student’s personal life and the work of the Church in the world (theology);
  • Equip the student with the tools to communicate clearly and effectively;
  • Bring about the student’s increased understanding of the world in which one lives, including history and philosophy;
  • Give the student a sense of preparedness by providing practical ministry experience.

Certificate of Church Leadership

The Certificate of Church Leadership is ideal for people who are already working in ministry but desire additional formal biblical training. The courses required for this program provide solid biblical and ministry training while also providing some flexibility regarding ministry focus. All of the courses within this certificate program may also count toward one of the bachelor’s degree programs at G.C.D.
Students in this program will be required to complete 30 credit hours of required courses plus fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

GCD Certificate of Church Leadership

Course Number and Name Number of Courses Required Semester Hours Required
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 1 course 3 semester hours
BIB 101 New Testament Survey 1 course 3 semester hours
BIB 104 Hermeneutics (Prerequisite for Homiletics) 1 course 3 semester hours
Select one of the following:

HST 101 Church History 1

HST 102 Church History II

1 course 3 semester hours
Select both of the following:

THE 301 Kingdom of God

THE 101 Introduction to Theology

2 courses 6 semester hours
CLG 410 Homiletics 1 course 3 semester hours
Select one of the following:

CLG 401 Pastoral Ministries,

CLG 201 Spiritual Formation,

CNS 110 Psychology of a Leader

1 course 3 semester hours
Select one of the following:

CNS 402 Marriage and Family,

CLG 480 Church Growth,

THE 103 Intro to Apologetics

1 course 3 semester hours
Select one of the following:

BIB 302 Pauline Epistles,

BIB 303 Book of Romans,

BIB 201 Writings of John

BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels

1 course 3 semester hours
Total Courses and Credit Hours Required 10 Courses 30 Credit Hours

 

Associate of Arts in Divinity Degree

The two-year Associate of Arts in Divinity program is suited for the student who desires additional training for the purpose of serving in the local church. This program offers a wide range of courses relevant to leadership and educational ministries. Courses are aligned in three specific disciplines: Biblical Studies, Theology, and Practical Ministry. Associate of Divinity students will be required to complete 54 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of elective study, a total of 60 credit hours, plus fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

 

First-year program:
ENG 110 (College Writing) is an eight-week Online course that teaches the basics of college writing including Chicago Style Research Paper format. As of Fall 2016, this course must be taken by all new students (in all certificate and degree programs) during the first semester a student is enrolled at GCD. Exceptions to this requirement may be made for students who successfully complete a free week-long on-campus writing workshop (usually held in Fayetteville the week before classes begin in August and January) — all first-year Fayetteville Experience interns are required to take the on-campus workshop; on rare occasions, exceptions to the ENG 110 course requirement may be made for students who provide a 4-5 page student-written sample of a Chicago Style research paper. This paper must be submitted to the GCD Academic Department or Admissions Department. Students who have this ENG 110 requirement waived will take an elective course instead.
 

Class Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
CLG 101 Destiny and Calling 3
ENG 110 College Writing (must be taken first semester) 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
ENG 102 Writing and Research 3
HST 101 Church History I 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
Total Credit Hours:   30


Second-year program:

Class Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
ELE 102 Elective 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
MIS 201 World Missions 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I (prerequisite: THE 101) 3
THE 202 Systematic Theology II (prerequisite: THE 101 and THE 201) 3
Total Credit Hours:   30

 

Bachelor of Arts in Divinity Degree

The Bachelor of Divinity Degree program is a four-year course of study suited to the student who desires extensive training for the purpose of leadership in the local church. The program consists of 96 credit hours of required courses and 24 credit hours of elective study, relevant to leadership and educational ministries. Courses have been aligned in three specific disciplines: Biblical Studies, Theology, and Practical Ministry. In addition to the 120 hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

 

First-year program:
ENG 110 (College Writing) is an eight-week Online course that teaches the basics of college writing including Chicago Style Research Paper format. As of Fall 2016, this course must be taken by all new students (in all certificate and degree programs) during the first semester a student is enrolled at GCD. Exceptions to this requirement may be made for students who successfully complete a free week-long on-campus writing workshop (usually held in Fayetteville the week before classes begin in August and January) — all first-year Fayetteville Experience interns are required to take the on-campus workshop; on rare occasions, exceptions to the ENG 110 course requirement may be made for students who provide a 4-5 page student-written sample of a Chicago Style research paper. This paper must be submitted to the GCD Academic Department or Admissions Department. Students who have this ENG 110 requirement waived will take an elective course instead.
 

Class Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
CLG 101 Destiny and Calling 3
ENG 110 College Writing (must be taken first semester) 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
ENG 102 Writing and Research 3
HST 101 Church History I 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
Total Credit Hours:   30

 

Second-year program:

Class Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
ELE 102 Elective 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
MIS 201 World Missions 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I (prerequisite: THE 101) 3
THE 202 Systematic Theology II (prerequisite: THE 101 and THE 201) 3
Total Credit Hours:   30

                                                       

Third-year program:

Class Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 303 Book of Romans 3
ELE 103 Elective 3
ELE 104 Elective 3
GRK 301 Greek I 3
HST 301 Survey of Music History 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MIS 302 Communicating the Relevance of God’s Story 3
SCI 301 or Sci 310 Creation Science or Biology 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God (co-requisite: THE 101) 3
Total Credit Hours:   30

Fourth-year program:

Class Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 401 Book of Mark (prerequisite: GRK 301) 3
CLG 401 Pastoral Ministry 3
CLG 410 Homiletics 3
CLG 480 Church Growth 3
CNS 402 Marriage and Family in Society 3
ELE 105 Elective 3
ELE 106 Elective 3
ELE 107 Elective 3
ELE 108 Elective 3
ENG 495 Senior Seminar 3
Total Credit Hours:   30

               

Minor Programs

Students may wish to pursue a Minor course of study along with the Bachelor of Arts in Divinity Degree. The minor in Worship Ministry is specified below. Other minor programs will consist of 21 semester hours of study within the same focus area (Intercultural Studies or Christian Leadership).

 

Minor in Worship Ministry (21 hours)

 

Class Course Name Credit Hours
HST 304 / HST 101 Survey of Music History or Church History I 3
WSH 110 *Applied Instrumental Techniques I 1
WSH 111 *Applied Instrumental Techniques II 1
WSH 122 Music Theory I 3
WSH 135 Philosophy of Team Leadership 3
WSH 180 Weekend Experience 1(a) 0.5
WSH 181 Weekend Experience 1(b) 0.5
WSH 230 Worship Essentials 3
WSH 240 Infuse leadership I 1
WSH 241 Infuse leadership II 1
WSH 250 Weekend Experience 2(a) 0.5
WSH 260 Weekend Experience 2(b) 0.5
WSH 270 Songwriting 3
Total Credit Hours:   21

*Student will complete 12 to 15 vocal or instrumental lessons per course.
*Students may specialize in one area or complete a combination of two.