Union University
Union University School of Education

Diploma of Christian Ministry


This program is designed primarily as an adult education diploma which incorporates an exposure to the liberal arts though the general education requirements.

Course Schedule for Spring 2013

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 semester hours must be completed. A grade point average of 2.0 is required for all courses attempted. Credit earned through the Diploma of Christian Ministry program will apply toward the Associate of Divinity degree.

  1. Program Specific Policies: During the first year the diploma program is offered at a center, a student may transfer as many as 18 semester hours of approved credit into the diploma program. Up to 12 of these 18 hours may be earned through the Seminary Extension Department of the Southern Baptist Convention restricted to those courses approved by the American Council on Education
  2. Program Admission: Students in this degree program must be at least 25 years of age and have served their church in some capacity for at least three years. Persons under the age of 25 may earn up to 6 hours of credit with special permission from the Director of the R. G. Lee Center. In addition to university admissions requirements applicants must present a letter of recommendation from their church.
  3. Diploma in Christian Ministries General Education Requirements - 6 hours
    • Two courses from: ENG 111, 112; PHL 240; MAT 101; HIS 101
  4. Christian Ministries Requirements - 24 hours
    • Two Old Testament courses from: CHR 314, 317, 415, 416
    • Two New Testament courses from: CHR 321, 325, 327, 423
    • Two Theological courses from: CHR 113, 243, 338
    • Two Ministry Studies courses from: CHR 261, 263, 367, 451
  5. Minor Requirements: None
  6. Assessment of Majors: Description of Courses in the Diploma in Christian Ministries are included above with those for the Associate of Divinity

Course Offerings

RGL 113 - Introduction to Bible Study and Interpretation: (3)
The study of the process of hermeneutics or interpretation. Special Emphasis is given to the methodology of step-by-step Bible study.

RGL 243 - Approaches to Moral Decision Making: (3)
An introduction to Christian ethics, focusing on ethical methodology. The course begins with a survey and comparison of philosophical, secular, and theistic perspectives on the moral life, then moves on to develop a comprehensive evangelical approach.

RGL 261 - Introduction to Christian Education: (3)
An intensive study of the origin, purposes, officers and curriculum of the organizations of the local church.

RGL 263 - Homiletics: (3)
A study of the basic techniques of sermon preparation and delivery.

RGL 314- Studies in the Pentateuch: (3)
An intensive study in the first five books of the Old Testament.

RGL 317-Minor Prophets: (3)
A study of the minor prophets.

RGL 300-The Life of Christ: (3)
A study of the life of Christ as recorded in the Synoptic Gospels.

RGL 301- Pauline Epistles: (3)
An exegetical study of selected Pauline epistles.

RGL 302- Hebrews, General Epistles, Revelation:(3)
An exegetical study of Hebrews, Revelation, and selected General Epistles.

RGL 303 - Contemporary Christian Life and Practice: (3)
A course to investigate a wide range of contemporary issues as they relate to practical and ethical issues from a Christian perspective. Topics may include vocation, time and resource management, marriage relationships, conflict resolution, evangelism, church involvement, Christian world view, devotional life, and practical ethics.

RGL 304 - Christian Doctrine: (3)
A survey of the major theological doctrines of Christianity such as the doctrines of the Trinity, revelation, God, creation, sin, the fall of man, Christology, the Atonement, the Holy Spirit, the church, the Christian life, and eschatology.

RGL 305 - Pastoral Ministries: (3)
A course designed to deal with the practical work of the pastor.

RGL 306 - Introduction to Christian Evangelism: (3)
The major purpose of the course is to examine the Biblical and doctrinal basis for evangelistic preaching, planning, and programming.

RGL 307 - Church Ministry with Preschool and Children: (3)
A course to deal specifically with the curriculum for preschoolers and children and with issues relating to children and their parents.

RGL 308 - Church Ministry with Youth: (3)
A course to study youth ministry within the local church. It focuses on the church program organizations, the practical aspects of youth ministry, meeting the needs of youth, and the unique role of the minister with youth.

RGL 309 - Church Ministry with Adults: (3)
A course to study adult ministry. It deals with adult curriculum and the church’s responsibility to minister with families and marriages.

RGL 310: Youth Ministry Issues: (3)
A study of the issues facing youth. It deals with the developmental nature of youth and the issues affecting youth and their families.

RGL 311 - Survey of Missions: (3)
This course is a survey of missions and mission outreach with a particular focus on Southern Baptist missions.

RGL 415-Poetry & Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament: (3)
An intensive study of Hebrew poetry and wisdom literature. (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes).

RGL 416- Major Prophets: (3)
A study of the origin and development of Hebrew prophecy; an exegetical study of some of the major prophetic books of the Old Testament.

RGL 423- The Johannine Literature: (3)
An intensive study of the Gospel of John and the Johannine Epistles.

RGL 454 - Southern Baptist Life: (3)
A survey of the history, structure, and activities of the Southern Baptist Convention.

RGL 481 - Christian Ministries Internship: (3)
A course of applied church ministry. Students will spend 3 weeks in the classroom. Then students will spend at least 115 hours in a church or Christian related organization.

RGL 320-378
A study of the book(s) indicated below with attention to its exposition, historical setting, and meaning for Christians today, as well as an emphasis on how to teach the book in a local church.



RGL 320. Genesis (3)RGL 350. Obadiah (3)
RGL 321. Exodus (3)RGL 351. Jonah (3)
RGL 322. Leviticus (3)RGL 352. Micah (3)
RGL 323. Numbers (3)RGL 353. Nahum (3)
RGL 324. Deuteronomy (3)RGL 354. Habakkuk (3)
RGL 325. Joshua (3)RGL 355. Zephaniah (3)
RGL 326. Judges (3)RGL 356. Haggai (3)
RGL 327. Ruth (3)RGL 357. Zechariah (3)
RGL 328. 1 Samuel (3)RGL 358. Malachi (3)
RGL 329. II Samuel (3)RGL 359. Matthew (3)
RGL 330. I Kings (3)RGL 360. Mark (3)
RGL 331. II Kings (3)RGL 362. John (3)
RGL 332. I Chronicles (3)RGL 363. Acts (3)
RGL 333. II Chronicles (3)RGL 364. Romans (3)
RGL 335. Nehemiah (3)RGL 365. I Corinthians (3)
RGL 336. Esther (3)RGL 366. II Corinthians (3)
RGL 337. Job (3)RGL 367. Galatians (3)
RGL 338. Psalms (3)RGL 368. Ephesians (3)
RGL 339. Proverbs (3)RGL 369. Philippians (3)
RGL 340. Ecclesiastes (3)RGL 370. Colossians (3)
RGL 341. Song of Songs (3)RGL 371. I Thessalonians (3)
RGL 342. Isaiah (3)RGL 372. II Thessalonians (3)
RGL 343. Jeremiah (3)RGL 373. The Pastoral Epistles: I, II
RGL 344. Lamentations (3)RGL 374. Hebrews (3)
RGL 345. Ezekiel (3)RGL 375. James and Jude (3)
RGL 346. Daniel (3) Timothy, Titus, Philemon (3)RGL 376. I, II Peter (3)
RGL 347. Hosea (3)RGL 377. The Letters of John: I, II, III John (3)
RGL 348. Joel (3)RGL 378. Revelation (3)
RGL 349. Amos (3)