DIVINITY PROGRAMS

These programs of study engage students in biblical studies for practical application in personal growth to impact their spheres of influence.

Certificate in Church Leadership

Associate of Arts in Divinity

Bachelor of Arts in Divinity

Certificate in Church Leadership

Program Overview

This program 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 GCD.

This program of study can be completed entirely online within 1 year for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • 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.

Scroll down to read more about the Certificate in Church Leadership program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Certificate in Church Leadership

2019-2020 Degree Completion Plan
(30 credit hours)

Leadership in Action
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Two Semesters) Pass/Fail
Bible Electives

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership 3
BIB 303 Book of Romans 3
THE 103 Introduction to Apologetics 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Leadership Electives

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 480 Church Growth 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Ministry Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 401 Pastoral Ministry 3
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
CNS 402 Marriage and Family in Society 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Nonelectives

All Twenty-One Credit Hours Must Be Completed

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
CLG 410 Homiletics 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 21

Associate of Arts in Divinity

Program Overview

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.

This program of study can be completed entirely online within 2 years for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • 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.
Scroll down to read more about the Associate of Arts in Divinity program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Associate of Arts in Divinity

2019-2020 Degree Completion Plan
(60 credit hours)

Leadership in Action
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Four Semesters) Pass/Fail
Bible & Theology Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 21
Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 210 Book of Hebrews 3
BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership 3
BIB 303 Book of Romans 3
BIB 310 Pastoral Epistles 3
BIB 320 Book of Jonah 3
BIB 330 Book of Revelation 3
ELE 109 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
THE 103 Introduction to Apologetics 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I 3
THE 202 Systematic Theology II 3
Total Credit Hours: 9
General Studies Nonelectives

All Students Must Take ENG 111 & ENG 112

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Writing 3
ENG 112 Research and Writing 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
General Studies Electives

Select Any Six Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
ELE 101 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 102 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
HST 101 Church History I 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
Natural Science/Mathematics Elective

Select Any Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 3
Leadership Electives

Select Any Six Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II(a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II(b) 1.5
CLG 260 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II 3
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
LEA 202 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
LEA 230 Strategic Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 6
Ministry Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3
CLG 114 Leadership Habits & Attitudes II 3
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II(a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II(b) 1.5
CLG 260 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II 3
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
CNS 211 Introduction to Life Coaching 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
CNS 301 Counseling II 3
CNS 402 Marriage and Family in Society 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MIS 202 Cross Cultural Ministry I: General Focus 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
Total Credit Hours: 9

Bachelor of Arts in Divinity

Program Overview

This program of study is suited to the student who desires extensive training for the purpose of leadership in the local church. 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.

The B.A.Div. degree can be completed entirely online within 4 years for full-time students. GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • 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.
Scroll down to read more about the Bachelor of Arts in Divinity program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Divinity

2019-2020 Degree Completion Plan
(120 credit hours)

Leadership in Action
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Eight Semesters) Pass/Fail
Bible & Theology Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Thirty-Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 401 Book of Mark 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I 3
THE 202 Systematic Theology II 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 33
Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
BIB 210 Book of Hebrews 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership 3
BIB 303 Book of Romans 3
BIB 310 Pastoral Epistles 3
BIB 320 Book of Jonah 3
BIB 330 Book of Revelation 3
BIB 411 1 Peter: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation 3
ELE 109 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
THE 103 Introduction to Apologetics 3
Total Credit Hours: 9
General Studies Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Twenty-Four Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
ENG 111 College Writing 3
ENG 112 Research for Writing 3
HST 101 Church History I 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
Total Credit Hours: 24
General Studies Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ELE 101 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 102 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 103 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
ENG 201 The Writings of C.S. Lewis 3
HST 302 History of Great Leaders 3
HST 304 Survey of Music History 3
HST 320 History of Missions 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 9
Leadership Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3
CLG 114 Leadership Habits & Attitudes II 3
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II(a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II(b) 1.5
CLG 260 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II 3
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
ELE 104 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 105 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
LEA 202 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
LEA 230 Strategic Leadership 3
LEA 240 Research and Analysis for Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
LEA 330 Foundations of Marketing 3
LEA 411 Leadership in 1 Peter 3
LEA 420 Global and Cross Cultural Leadership 3
LEA 440 Collaborative Teams and Innovation 3
LEA 460 Social Entrepreneurship 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 12
Ministry Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3
CLG 114 Leadership Habits & Attitudes II 3
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II(a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II(b) 1.5
CLG 260 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II 3
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CLG 401 Pastoral Ministry 3
CLG 480 Church Growth 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
CNS 211 Introduction to Life Coaching 3
CNS 301 Counseling II 3
CNS 402 Marriage and Family in Society 3
ELE 106 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 107 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 108 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
MIS 130 Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions 3
MIS 200 Missions and the Local Church 3
MIS 201 World Missions 3
MIS 202 Cross Cultural Ministry I: General Focus 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MIS 311 Cross Cultural Ministry II: Middle East Focus 3
MIS 401 Preparation for a Career in Missions 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
Total Credit Hours: 12
Program Nonelectives

B.A.Div. Students Take the Following Courses as a Part of Their Major

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 410 Homiletics 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
ENG 495 Senior Seminar & Capstone 3
GRK 301 Greek I 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
Total Credit Hours: 21
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