Graduate Course Schedule

Fall 2017

PT 505: Discipleship and Mentoring in the Local Church

Course Overview

Jesus’ marching orders to His followers were to “go make disciples…” This course explores the Biblical philosophy and practical implementation of discipleship ministry. How can you make disciples in your life and ministry? How does mentoring relate to discipleship? How can a local church be a disciple-making church? 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Barna, George, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, Baker Books, 2016.
  • Dever, Mark, Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus, Crossway, 2016.
  • Hull, Bill, The Disciple-making Church: The Leading of a Body of Believers on a Journey of Faith, Baker Book House, 2010.
  • Marshall, Colin and Payne, Tony, The Trellis and the Vine, Matthias Media, 2009.
Meet the Professor

Mark Johnson Dr. Mark Johnson was called as Senior Pastor of Independent Bible Church in Martinsburg, WV in January 1988. He grew up in the small town of Paris, Illinois. Raised by godly parents, he accepted Christ at age five and attended a small Bible church during his formative years. He graduated from Appalachian Bible College in 1977 (B.A. in Bible/Pastoral studies) and Grace Theological Seminary (Th. M. in Old Testament) in 1982. In May 2004, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Baptist Bible Seminary of Clarks Summit, PA.

Course Dates
  • Course Work: September 4, 2017 - November 10, 2017
  • On-Campus Dates: October 2-6, 2017

Winter 2018

Biblical Slave Leadership

Course Overview

During this course a review will be made of the various claims for leadership, thus providing a comparative backdrop for the definition and extensive development of Biblical Slave Leadership. Students will be guided in discovering the essential principles and practices identified with the 121 leadership model articulated by Jesus. An original research project will allow students the opportunity to personally formulate and articulate their own summary of the basis, components, and function of Biblical Slave Leadership as they explore the leadership traits of Jesus. 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • MacArthur, John, The Book on Leadership, Nelson Books.
  • Kroll, Woodrow, The Vanishing Ministry in the 21st Century, Kregel Publications.
  • Olasky, Marvin, The American Leadership Tradition, The Free Press.
  • Anderson, Daniel, Biblical Slave Leadership, Regular Baptist Press.
  • Briner, Bob, The Management Methods of Jesus, Thomas, Nelson, Inc.
  • Swindoll, Charles R., Hand Me Another Brick (1998 edition), Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Meet the Professor

Dr. Daniel Anderson Daniel Anderson, Th.D. — President of Appalachian Bible College. A Th.D. in Historical Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, years of experience as pastor and educator, and an extensive speaking schedule in churches and conferences—all uniquely qualify Dr. Anderson to teach on this subject.

Course Dates
  • Course Work: Dec. 4, 2017 - Feb. 2, 2018
  • On-Campus Dates: January 2-5, 2018

Online Courses

PT 504: The Church and Family Ministry

Course Overview

Note: this course is taken entirely online. This course will examine and determine the role of the church in family ministry by establishing the appropriate definition of success for the church: helping families to grow spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically. Each student will compose a biblical philosophy of the church and family ministry. 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Sells, Charles M., Family Ministry, 2nd Edition. Zondervan. 1981.
  • Rainey, Dennis, Ministering to Twenty-First Century Families. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001.
Meet the Professor

Dr. Charles Bethel Dr. Charles Bethel is currently a faculty member with Marshall University in their Graduate Leadership Studies Department. He also is an adjunct faculty member with the National Theological College and Graduate School, which specializes in teaching believers in Middle East Countries. Most recently Dr. Bethel was the Dean of Graduate Studies and Distance Education, and Registrar at Appalachian Bible College for 4 years. Prior to that he served as the Vice President for Academics at ABC for 17 years.

Dr. Bethel earned his degrees from the University of Tampa (A.A.), Moody Bible Institute (B.A.), Grace Theological Seminary (M.A.), and West Virginia University (Ed.D.).

Course Dates
  • Online courses may be taken anytime.

BI 506: The Psalms

Course Overview

Note: this course is taken entirely online. The course is a study of the Psalms as part of Old Testament poetry, with a specific analysis of the contents of the collection. Additional emphasis will be placed on the special hermeneutics related to the study of Hebrew poetry and Hebrew wisdom literature. Students will learn to use and appreciate the Psalms as a guide for worship and a source for meditation. 3 credit hours

Selected Bibliography
  • Archer, Gleason. A Survey of Old Testament Introduction. Chicago: Moody Press, 1964, 1974.
  • Bullock, C. Hassell. An Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books. Chicago: Moody Press, 1979, 1988.
  • Harrison, Everett F. Introduction to the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Wm B. Eerdmans, 1969.
  • Ross, Allen P., “Psalms,” Bible Knowledge Commentary of the Old Testament. Eds. John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck. Victor Books, Scripture Press Publications, 1985.
  • Scroggie, W. Graham. The Psalms. Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell, 1948.
Meet the Professor

Dr. Jerry Knoblet Dr. Jerry Knoblet graduated from Fort Wayne Bible College in 1970 with a B.S. in Missions. He served two years in a pastorate in Pellston, Michigan before graduating with a Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary in 1975. Dr. Knoblet pastored churches in Elkhart, Indiana, Port Orford, Oregon, and Kansas City, Kansas. While finishing a degree at Denver Baptist Theological Seminary in 1984, he earned High Honors in the Master of Theology program. A Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice completed his studies in 1986. Altogether he has twenty-eight years of pastoral experience, and has been an interim pastor at several churches in the Beckley, WV area. He taught at Appalachian Bible College for seventeen years, serving as registrar, professor, and Chairman of the Bible and Theology Department. Dr. Knoblet and his wife have three grown children.

Course Dates
  • Online courses may be taken anytime.