Regardless of your personal calling or ministry work, PBC has the perfect courses designed for your place in the Body of Christ. Courses are organized under the following departments: Bible, Education, Communication, History, Humanities, Intercultural Studies, Music, Pastoral Studies, Psychology, Practical Theology, Sociology, and Theology.

All courses are available in English on our Portland campus, but many of the courses are also available online in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Course availability is indicated by the following acronyms:

On – Available Online
Pt – Available in Portuguese
Es – Available in Spanish

Department of the Bible

Bi 103 Old Testament Survey
A survey of all the Old Testament books, emphasizing their historic settings and thematic content. Each book is highlighted for its special contribution to the rest of Scripture and its relationship to the other books. (On, Pt, Es) Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Bi 212 Old Testament History
A study of the books from Joshua through 2 Chronicles placing emphasis on both historical content and spiritual application. (On)  Spring Semester, Five Credit Hours

Bi 335 Romans
A study of the Epistle to the Romans, focusing on its theological significance and relevance to Christian life. (On, Pt) Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Bi 401, 402 Independent Study
These are individual selected studies under faculty supervision in areas related to special interest and/or needs of the students. It is offered on a limited basis.  Either Semester, One or Two Credit Hours

Bi 432 Restoration Literature
A study of Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi which deal with Israel’s restoration from exile. An emphasis is placed on their modern day application.   Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Bi 446 Apocalyptic Literature
A study of the books, Revelation and Daniel. The class presents an exposition of both books and a survey of the major systems of eschatology and their key elements. (On, Pt) Spring Semester, Three Credit Hours

Bi 104 New Testament Survey
A survey of all the New Testament books, emphasizing their historic settings and thematic content. Each book is highlighted for its special contribution to the rest of Scripture and its relationship to the other books. (On, Pt, Es) Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Bi 214 Acts
A study of the development of the early church emphasizing its relevance as a pattern for today. The life and missionary journeys of Paul are studied with special attention given to the ministry of the Holy Spirit through the Apostle. (On) Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Bi 336 Pauline Epistles
A Study of I and II Corinthians, Galatians, and I and II Thessalonians which focuses on the theological and practical aspects of these letters. (On, Pt)  Spring Semester, Three Credit Hours

Bi 415 Wisdom Literature
A Study of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon with emphasis upon the understanding and pursuit of wisdom. Emphasis is placed on the distinct literary forms of these books in their biblical context and their personal and practical application. (On) Fall Semester, Three Credit Hours

Bi 434 Writings of John
An in-depth study of John’s Gospel and three epistles including introductory material on the life and theology of John. (On) Spring Semester, Three Credit Hours

Bi 105 Life of Christ
A study of the life, ministry and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ taken from the parallel synoptic Gospel accounts. (On, Pt, Es) Fall Semester, Three Credit Hours

Bi 314 Psalms
This course covers the thematic, topical, and devotional exposition of the Psalms. Special attention is given to psalm groupings (such as Messianic, imprecatory, penitential, lament, etc.) and on the life of David. Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Bi 342 Hebrews
A study of the book of Hebrews, emphasizing its doctrine, relationship to the Old Testament, and relevance to the Church today. (On, Pt) Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Bi 423 Minor Prophets
An analysis of biblical prophesies as expressed in the Minor Prophets considering both natural and historical significance and their relevance today. Special attention is given to Messianic prophecies involving Christ and the Church, prophetic ministry, and the personal application of their timeless truths.  (On) Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Bi 442 General Epistles
A study of James, I and II Peter, and Jude including verse-by-verse exposition, emphasis on NT wisdom, and principles relevant to the Christian life.  Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Bi 211 Pentateuch
A Study of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, showing how they relate to Old Testament history and the eternal purposes of God. (On) Fall Semester, Three Credit Hours

Bi 320 Kings and Prophets
A study of the kings and prophets of Israel and Judah placing emphasis on historical content and spiritual application. (On) Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Bi 337 Prison Epistles
An exegetical study of the epistles of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon which includes the background of each book, its major emphasis, theological implications, and practical application. (On) Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Bi 425 Major Prophets
A study of the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations and Ezekiel. Special attention is given to the major emphasis in each of the prophet’s messages as pertaining historically to Israel and prophetically to Christ and the Church. (On) Fall Semester, Three Credit Hours

Bi 443 Mentoring Epistles
A Study of Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus focusing on the dynamics of their mentoring relationship.  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Department of Christian Education

Ce 111 Youth Ministry I
Our first priority is to develop strong leaders that have proven character which is what strong ministries are built on. We will be covering subjects from: integrity, calling, standards, and dealing with the character and personhood of the youth worker from the inside out. Our focus in this class will be dealing with the youth worker as an individual, in both an instructional and developmental way. Fall Semester, One Credit Hour

Ce 112 Youth Ministry II
In any generation there are so many negative things that influence the culture that a youth is growing up in. In this course we will go through several current youth issues that a youth worker will consistently encounter and have to face head on. Youth workers today need to know how to identify and deal with these issues. Both the physical and the spiritual sides of the cultural influences affecting youth today will be discussed. This course will focus on how to deal with these issues using biblical principles and counseling techniques that are effective with this generation. Fall Semester, One Credit Hour

Ce 213 Teaching Techniques
This course is composed of a variety of teaching techniques that can be adapted to various age groups, class sizes, and educational situations. The student will learn and analyze several educational philosophies and theories as they relate to teaching. Emphasis will be placed on the characteristics of the learner in areas such as human development from birth through adulthood, learning styles, and brain development. Characteristics of the teacher will be studied as well as different teaching styles, including the place of technology and how to communicate to a changing world. Special attention will be given to teaching in cross-cultural settings and to the illiterate. Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Ce 304 Children’s Ministry
A study of the child from birth to adolescence. Emphasis is placed on understanding childhood development, utilizing creative teaching methodologies, and designing age-appropriate curriculum.  Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Ce 314 Curriculum Writing
This course is designed to help introduce the various aspects of developing production of material and evaluation of its effectiveness in live classroom settings. Spring Semester, One Credit

Co 101 Introduction to College Writing
Students needing to learn or review the fundamentals of writing will take this course in the fall. This course is designed to help students improve their basic writing skills, focusing on grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, language usage, and essay style. Class time will combine lecture with review and exercises in writing. Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Department of Communication

Co 102 English Composition
A freshman level composition course. This class emphasizes effective composition supported by the strength of research, critical thought, and the art of persuasion. It is designed to help the student understand the total process of communication, from ideas to the end product. The basic structure of the essay and college term paper is reviewed. Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Co 201 Speech Communication
An orientation to the dynamics of speech communication, including both verbal and nonverbal elements as well as cross-cultural issues which influence effective speaking and listening. Special attention is given to the principles of effective public speaking. Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Department of English as a Second Language

ESL 090 Non-Credit Advanced ESL Writing Support
This class is for students who have completed their ESL coursework and have been admitted into full time PBC classes, yet still need assistance with writing compositions. Both Semesters, Two, Three and Four Credit Hour Options

ESL 101, 111, 201,211, 301 Integrated English Skills
Language concepts will be taught with emphasis on structure.Both Semesters, Four Or Six Credit Hour Options

ESL 103, 113, 203, 213, 303 Listening/Speaking
Basic communication skills with an emphasis on preparation for full time participation in PBC coursework. Both Semesters, Four or Six Credit Hour Options

ESL 105, 112, 205, 212, 302 Reading/Writing Academic English
These courses explore ideas and issues through reading, discussion, and writing. Vocabulary development and usage will be emphasized. Both Semesters, Four or Six Credit Hour Options

Department of History

Hi 203 History of Western Civilization
Tracing the history of man from Ancient Mesopotamia, this course surveys the events and thoughts that lead up to contemporary Western Society. Each era will be studied in its historical context and its influence on life in the present. Fall Semester, Three Credit Hours

Hi 406 Church History
A detailed study of the progress of the church from apostolic times to the present. Special attention is given to the Early Church, the Reformation, the restoration of the church, and the origin and progress of the twentieth century Pentecostal Movement. (On) Spring Semester, Three Credit Hours

Physical Education

Pe 203, 204 Physical EducationThis is a self-directed physical fitness program designed to promote fitness and personal discipline through aerobic exercise. The requirement has the following exceptions: married students, those age 30 and over, those with proper military service, those with transferable PE credits, or those having a doctor’s recommendation to refrain from PE.  Both Semesters, One-Half Credit Hour

Department of Humanities

Hu 202 Introduction to Philosophy
This course presents an overview of philosophical thought as it has developed in the history of Western Civilization. The student will study progressive understanding that has transpired through the ages as well as their relation to the theological tenets of Christianity. Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Hu 213 Faith and Reason
An examination of the reasonable basis for Christian faith and the related evidences. Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours       

Department of Intercultural Studies

Is 101 Biblical Theology of Missions
This course is meant to give to the student a solid biblical foundation for the reason and cause of missions. The student will study the fact that missions is presented throughout all of scripture. In this class the student’s current understanding regarding missions will be broadened and challenged. The student will be able to articulate clearly God’s perspective on missions and as a result, will develop a passionate heart for missions. This class will take the student on a journey from the Old Testament into the New Testament following the thread and motif of missions in the scriptures. Fall Semester, One Credit Hour

Is 301 History of Missions
This course is meant to be informational as well as inspirational. In this course there will be discussions about the history of missions beginning with the Early Church through to the present day. The student will study various mission strategies and techniques, while discovering why some were successful and others failed. The student will learn to appreciate the sacrifices of the missionaries and the expansion of missions over the last four centuries. Throughout this course we will observe that God has always had a witness for Himself, no matter how dark the times. Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Is 402 Ministry and Culture
This course will deal with ministering in a cross-cultural situation. How does one do visitation, perform a wedding or funeral? What is appropriate when visiting the sick in the hospital? There are many questions and cultural issues that must be dealt with appropriately. The students will discuss issues such as authority, nepotism, and cronyism. There will be issues of ethics and morality and how they are practiced and understood in other cultures. The fundamental question of “how do I minister cross-culturally?” will be discussed and reviewed from many different perspectives and points of view. What questions do I need to ask? What do I need to know? How do I discover the right answer? These are very important questions and doing it wrong can have long-term negative effects for future ministry in the country of your choosing.  Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Is 409 Missionary Life Skills
This course is meant to be extremely practical in nature. The missionary often finds him or herself in situations they had not envisioned and as a result are often ill-prepared for the various tasks and work that need to be done. The course is divided into four basic segments: practical skills, handyman skills, health skills, and computer skills. The information in this particular course will not create an expert within these specific areas of study, however, the student will be aware of what skill areas that need further development.  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Is 102 Introduction to Missions
This course is meant to be an introduction to a variety of issues and concerns that all missionaries will encounter over the course of their cross-cultural assignment. The course will deal with a variety of subject material: ministry issues, family issues, personal issues, as well as some philosophical issues. Through this course the student’s awareness level and scope of mission work will be greatly increased giving the student the ability to make wiser decisions. In addition, the student will become aware of many issues that would have blindsided them before they actually encounter them on the mission field. Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Is 302 Missions in the 3rd Millennium
This course will examine practical ministry issues that have theological and ethical implications. Some of the issues addressed will be theological (will those who have not heard be lost?), cultural (culture of apathy in America), and practical (the relationship between mission agencies, and the local church, old country missionaries versus new country missionaries, globalization, and current mission trends, philosophies, and methodologies). There will be discussions regarding the effectiveness and results of various mission initiatives. Some of the topics that will be discussed will include such issues as mass media, leadership training models, starting in a brand new country, creative access nations, bible translation, and church planting models and church growth strategies in a cross-cultural environment. Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Is 403 Contextualization
This course provides an explanation and evaluates a variety of contextualization meanings, methods, and models from an evangelical perspective. It focuses on the study of the main principles which can be utilized to promote biblically faithful enculturation of the Gospel and the interaction between Gospel and culture, the impact of the Gospel on a culture, the role of culture in spreading the Gospel, and a biblical understanding for contextualization limits. This course will reinforce the need of utilizing contextual methodology which are scripturally sound and culturally viable and contextualizing the Gospel in ways that will contribute to the Great Commission around the world. The main question which will be answered in this course is: How will the student of missions contextualize the gospel in order to best reach the people in that target culture?  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Is 201 Worldviews
This course will give a brief overview regarding worldviews and how and why they are formed in all cultures around the world. The student will study the seven basic worldview questions and the answers. There will be a brief summary of several worldviews which include: Theism, Deism, Naturalism, Nihilism, Existentialism, Eastern Pantheistic Monism, New Age, Eastern Mysticism and Post Modernism. The student will understand the necessity both theologically and practically of having a biblical based worldview and the manner in which it impacts every facet of life. There will be comparison studies made between worldviews that show various outcomes and results in believing a set worldview. Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Is 308 Intercultural Communications
This course examines how intercultural and cross-cultural communication is affected by the values, attitudes, and beliefs of a specified culture as well as the role of social organization, language, and non-verbal communication. The student will be provided with principles, methods, and means of basic human communication. In addition, this course will examine closely the purpose of a particular communication, the communicator, the signals, the media, the audience and the comprehension of the message, and the necessary changes which takes place in cross–cultural communication. This course will also provide the student with the practical ministry tools for understanding oneself and others in order to increase one’s competence in intercultural interactions and relationships and to become a more effective cross-cultural communicator of the gospel.
Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Is 404 Missions Senior Seminar
This course becomes the summation of all courses taken throughout all four years of study. The student will choose a real geographical place or people to which they would go in order to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Once the place or people have been decided, then the student will begin to address the various issues they would expect to encounter and apply principles from each class in order to create a strategy for ministry work in that place or with that people. Each class time will consider several questions, which the student will need to answer. Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Is 202 World Religions
This course introduces the student to the world’s major religious systems: Primal and Indigenous religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Judaism, Islam, Roman Catholicism, and Secular Humanistic religious thoughts and practices. We will investigate these religions from several perspectives, including; their history, their philosophy, their origins and development, their beliefs and doctrines, their worship and festivals, rituals, common practices, and their similarities and differences. A great deal of emphasis will be placed on the student developing strategies to evangelize and disciple adherents of these world religions. This course will utilize a combination of discussions, lectures, films, and special speakers as time permits, in the presentation of the information.  Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Is 401 International Development
This course explores the principles of community development and transformation in developing nations of the world. It will address key issues such as poverty, injustice, relief versus development, dependency versus sustainability, micro-enterprise development, and social economic initiatives. It will seek to understand the role of the Church throughout all of these issues, as well as what is necessary to empower those to whom the church is ministering to.  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Is 408 Missionary Relations
This course will deal with one of the primary reasons why missionaries return home and do not return back to their field of service. Proper and biblical relational conflict resolution is a must for any missionary. This includes whether the conflict is with a national (cross-cultural conflict) or with an expatriate. Expatriates come from many other countries, even your home country, and at times can be difficult to work with. How does one resolve personal conflicts, ministry conflicts, and family conflicts in a manner that allows for God to be glorified? Different cultures resolve conflict in many different ways. What then is the best way to resolve a conflict when living cross-culturally? There will be guest speakers from other cultures explaining the manner in which they resolve conflict.  Spring Semester, One Credit Hour

Department of Music

Mu 109-409, 110-410 Private Music Lessons (1/2 Hour)
Private lessons: 30-minute weekly private lessons in voice and various instruments are available. Sixty-minute lessons may be required for Junior and Senior Music Majors.  Both Semesters, One Credit Hour

Mu 111 Keyboard Class I
Group lessons for beginners, teaching foundations of playing the piano: music reading, playing “by ear”, scales and chords, with an emphasis on playing for worship. Classes are held in the electronic piano lab, each student with their own keyboard station.  Both Semesters, Two Credit Hours

Mu 119,120, 219, 220, 334, 335, 429, 430
Worship Workshops
This class is designed to allow singers, musicians, and worship leaders to get experience in having worship services, and learn practical ways to train up worship teams.  Both Semesters, One Credit Hour

Mu 121 Introduction to Music
Introduction to Music teaches the foundational principles of music theory. This class is specifically designed to connect those principles to practical training for a worship service. Notation, music terminology, sight and audio identification, melody, harmony, and rhythm will be included in this course. Fall Semester, Three Credit Hours

Mu 122 Music Fundamentals
This class will continue from the Fall semester’s class “Intro To Music”. Music Fundamentals teaches basic music theory with the flow of worship. This class will involve sight identification, audio identification, playing on instruments, singing, writing, notating music, and utilizing notation software.  Spring Semester, Three Credit Hours

Mu 142, 241-242 Worship Practicum
This course consists of 30 hours of adviser-directed areas of practical ministry and service opportunities intended to help strengthen ministry skills and release spiritual gifting in the students.  Both Semesters, One Credit Hour

Mu 144-244, Mu 243 Worship Leading Techniques I and II
This class teaches techniques and principles involved in leading worship and explores worship leading relating to a wide variety of settings and demographics. Topics include: worship lists, leading a worship band, and dynamics of a local church corporate service.  Both Semesters, One Credit Hour

Mu 161 Introduction to MIDI Notation
This course teaches foundational concepts of MIDI and music technology and Finale notation software; how it functions and specifically relates to a worship service and ministry. Spring Semester, One Credit Hour

Mu 162 Introduction to Recording
Provides an introduction to the tools and techniques of audio recording, centered around ProTools software and Digidesign hardware interfaces. Spring Semester, One Credit Hour

Mu 169-469, 170-470 Private Music Lessons
Private Lessons: 60-minute weekly lessons in voice and various instruments are available. These may be required for Worship Musician emphasis and Junior/Senior Music Majors.  Both Semesters, Two Credit Hours

Mu 223-224 Music Application I and II
This course is designed to develop intermediate music theory understanding in notation, melody, harmony, and rhythm, within the application of contemporary church worship music.  Both semesters, Three and Two Credit Hours

Mu 227-228 Worship Ministry I and II
This course is designed to develop within the student principles and workable concepts to prepare for the ministries of worship and music in the local church through instruction, reading, discussion, and in-class worship leading experiences. Topics include theology and history of worship, worship leadership, building worship teams, prophetic flow, worship/intercession, and more. Students are equipped to lead a worship service, pastor musicians, and disciple worshipers. Non-music majors are welcome.  Both Semesters, Two Credit Hours

Mu 231 Sound Reinforcement
This class teaches the operation of a basic sound system combining both class and hands-on involvement in chapel services.  Fall Semester, One Credit Hour

Mu 230 Songwriting I
This course is designed to be an introduction into the world of contemporary songwriting within the context of local church ministry. It is designed to stir up the creative gifting of the student thereby releasing them to write anointed “Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.” The class will also equip the student in knowing how to write and select songs for worship.  Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Mu 233 Song writing II
This course continues to stir up creative gifting and release students to write “Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs.” Principles for composing lyrics and music will be presented and time will be taken in class to analyze songs that work and put together song ideas. Special emphasis given to congregational worship songs. Prerequisite: Song Writing I or permission of instructor.  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Mu 261-262 Recording I and II
This course further develops the skill and techniques of recording using ProTools software and contemporary worship projects.  Both Semesters, Two Credit Hours

Mu 271 Songwriting Recording
This class is designed to advance the student in understanding the songwriting creative process, arranging, and recording techniques of musical compositions with an emphasis in congregational worship music. Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Mu 312-412 Junior/Senior Recital
Includes Spring Semester workshop for students preparing for Junior and Senior music recitals.  Spring Semester, One Credit Hour

Mu 325 Music Instruction
This course provides an overview of various methods and systems of music instruction and pedagogy. Students will learn conceptually as well as gain practical experience in private lesson, group, and large group settings. Open to 3rd/4th year music students.  Fall Semester, One Credit Hour

Mu 333-334, 429-430 Worship Workshop Leadership
Taken in conjunction with Worship Workshop, this course
develops leadership skills in teaching contemporary worship music, styles, and leading skills.  Both Semesters, One Credit Hour

Mu 335-336, 439-440 Worship Apprenticeship
This course provides advisory-directed practical ministry and service within a local church worship ministry, with the goal of music leadership development.  Both Semesters, Two Credit Hours

Mu 347,348, 447, 448 Creative Arts Production I-IV
This course is designed to apply arranging, music theory, and administrative and leadership skills within creative arts ministry. The student will be involved in the planning process and production of worship ministry special events and services, putting creative thinking into practice in a team environment. This course will give the student the skills to manage and plan large-scale music and worship events, including the preparation and programming behind the scenes, and working with deadlines. Prerequisite: Jr./Sr. Music or Worship Emphasis students only, Worship Ministry 1 and 2.  Both Semesters, Three Credit Hours

Mu 437 Senior Music Project
This course engages the upper-level music student in a guided exploration and self-study of a pre-approved project or topic. Faculty coaching and instruction will propel the student to a higher level of expertise in his field of musical interest.  Fall Semester, One Credit Hour

Department of Pastoral Studies

Pa 206 Decision Making
A study in the principles and practices of making decisions. Emphasis will be placed on the basis for sound judgment, the dynamics of decision making, and various applications of decision making skills. (On)  Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Pa 301 Prophetic Ministry
This course will endeavor to bring a greater understanding and experience into the student’s life in regards to the aspects and function of prophetic ministry. This will involve instruction, practical mentoring, and personal coaching.  Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Pa 303 Pastoral Ministry
This course deals with the principles, practices, and problems of pastoral ministry. (On)  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Pa 202 Introduction to Preaching
An introduction to the fundamentals of preaching. The student is taught a biblical perspective on preaching. Special attention is given to the purpose behind preaching, the character of the preacher, and the quality of message. (On) Fall Semester, One Credit Hour

Pa 309 Homiletics
A study of principles relating to the technical preparation and delivery of sermons. The student is taught the proper process of building and utilizing outlines, texts, illustrations, word studies, background information, dramatic dialogues, and communicative techniques for effectively preaching the word of God.  (On) Fall Semester, Three Credit Hours

Pa 313 Leading People
A study in the nature and practice of leadership as it applies to both individuals and groups. Emphasis will be placed on the call and preparation of a leader, the nature of leadership influence and understanding group dynamics. (On) Fall Semester, Three Credit Hours, Alternate Years

Pa 317 Vision Leadership
A leadership development course focusing on how to define, impart, and implement biblical vision and philosophy. (On)  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours, Alternate Years

Pa 403 Church Administration
A practical look at the pastor and Christian worker as administrators. Study includes principles of management, organizational techniques, personnel usage and development, the evaluation process, programs, scheduling, finances, and office management.  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Pa 409 Pulpit Ministry
A sequel to Homiletics providing further insight and practical experience relative to all areas of public ministry.  Fall Semester, One Credit Hours

Pa 412 The Ministry of Prayer
A biblical and practical look at the various applications of prayer in the local church, including both corporate and individual prayer. Special attention is given to the ministry of intercession and spiritual warfare.  Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Pa 416 Building Leaders and Teams
A study in the development of leadership as it applies to both individuals and teams. Emphasis will be placed on principles and methods of training leaders as well as understanding and developing the dynamics of leadership teams. (On, Pt)  Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours, Alternate Years

Pa 423 Church Planting
A look at the theological and philosophical basis for church planting, as well as practical approaches in preparation and implementation. (On)  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Department of Psychology

Psy 201 Introduction to Counseling
An introduction to counseling including a review of major behavioral models and components of biblical guidance. (On)  Fall Semester, Three Credit Hours

Psy 202 Counseling Techniques
Basic counseling techniques and skills are treated in depth. Prerequisite: Intro to Counseling. (On)  Spring Semester, Three Credit Hours

Psy 312 Advanced Counseling
An advanced treatment of counseling and guidance particularly as it relates to the function of leadership in dealing with various problem areas. Prerequisite: Intro to Counseling, Counseling Techniques. (On) Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Department of Practical Theology

Pt 104/103E Introduction to Bible Study
A study of basic tools and methods for studying Scripture. These methods are developed through practical class assignments. (On)  Spring Semester, One Credit Hour

Pt 105, 106, 205, 206
Church Life Practicum
This course consists of 30 hours of adviser directed areas of practical ministry and service opportunities intended to help strengthen and release spiritual gifting in the student. (On, Es)  Both Semesters, One Credit Hour

Pt 107 Personal Destiny
Personal Destiny is part one of two classes. This class is designed to create in the student a hunger to be used by God in a greater way, while laying out “The Journey of Destiny”, according to Timothy of the New Testament. (On) Fall Semester, One Credit Hour

Pt 108 Personal Discipline
This class is designed to define Personal Disciplines as they pertain to the life of every believer. As Christians, we must have a code of ethics, a way that we live, a collection of disciplines like honor, integrity, and character that are missing in today’s society. In this class we will look at strategic areas of our personal walk and lifestyle that need a committed level of discipline to take us to higher levels of influence, career, ministry, and family. (On) Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Pt 109 Academic Orientation
Required for all new freshmen students, this course will be an overview of techniques that will help the college student succeed academically. This will include preparation for classroom learning, taking effective lecture notes, reading textbooks critically, learning good study habits, and handling time wisely. There will be a review of writing requirements, including MLA documentation for research. Attention will also be given to working well with instructors and practical procedures that are unique to PBC. In addition there will be an orientation to the PBC library and student resource center and how these can be of help to the new student.  Fall Semester, One-Half Credit Hour

Pt 116 Personal Evangelism
This course is designed to prepare the student in the use of God’s Word to effectively share the Gospel with others. Frequent objections are met with biblical answers. Suggestions for strengthening new converts are offered. (On) Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Pt 114 Personal Finance I
The student will learn information allowing them to develop a personal budget, overcome debt, and gain a basic understanding of a wide variety of financial issues. It is a video format mixed with small group interaction. This course will prepare the student for a life of financial success. It is a per-requisite for the spring semester Personal Finance II class which will focus on application and further teaching.  Spring Semester, One Credit Hour

Pt 414 Personal Finance II
This course will help every student to examine their heart attitude towards money and transform their thinking towards biblical stewardship and gain financial freedom through teaching and hands on assignments. Students will gain this perspective by lectures, assignments, guest speakers, and by creating a personal budget. Prerequisite: Personal Finance I.  Spring Semester, One Credit Hour

Pt 213 Bible Research
An advanced course presenting both tools and methods of biblical study. The course also introduces the student to basic principles of biblical interpretation. Prerequisite: Intro to Bible Study. (On)  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Pt 307, 308, 407, 408 Ministry Apprenticeship
This is an intensive, mentored ministry experience, involving defined goals and responsibilities in a specific ministry area of the local church. It requires 60 hours of ministry involvement. (On)  Both Semesters, Two Credit Hours

Pt 316 Women and Ministry
A course designed to give women insight concerning their concept of, attitude toward, and function in ministry. It will give guidance as to how a woman can discover her God-given gifts and strengths and how to develop her ministry abilities within the biblical role for women. (On)  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Pt 323 Hermeneutics
A presentation of methodical guidelines to the careful interpretation of Scripture. Emphasis is laid on the specific principles of interpretation as well as developing the skill to use them. Prerequisite: Intro to Bible Study, Bible Research. (On)  Fall Semester, Three Credit Hours

Department of Sociology

Soc 101 Human Development and Relationships
A course dealing with the roles of men and women in society and how the individual functions within the group process. In addition to studying human sexuality, strong emphasis is placed upon the necessity and dynamics of strong interpersonal relationships in all areas of life. (On)  Fall Semester Three Credit Hours

Soc 314 Marriage and Family
A survey of family relationships, roles, and problems, for the students own benefit as well as to equip them to help others. This course includes a focus on both marriage and parenting issues. (On) Spring Semester, Three Credit Hours

Soc 412 Social Responsibility
This class is designed to help students better understand and influence the culture in which they live. Students will be exposed both practically and philosophically to how to apply their faith and values to help shape the institutions of society like government, public policy, politics, news and media, entertainment, medicine, education, and the courts. (On)  Spring Semester, Three Credit Hours

Department of Theology

Th 103 Basic Doctrine
A systematic study of the essential elements of biblical doctrine, including the doctrines of revelation, inspiration, God, the Holy Spirit, angels, Satan and demonology, man, sin, Christ, the atonement, and Heaven and Hell. (On, Pt, Es)  Fall Semester, Five Credit Hours

Th 105 Worship in the Bible
This class will provide a biblical overview of worship and is designed to establish a strong biblical foundation for the student. We will develop the worship theme from Genesis to Revelation, touching on all the mountain peaks of worship expression as seen in the altars, tabernacles, temple, reformations, New Testament Church, and today’s church. (On, Pt, Es)  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Th 108 Holy Spirit
This course will endeavor to bring a greater understanding and experience of the walk of a Christian believer in the spirit-filled life. Both theological as well as practical emphasis will be given. (On, Pt, Es)  Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Th 112 Doctrine of the Church
A systematic study of the Church in relation to the eternal purpose of God and what this implies for this present generation. Particular care is taken to give scriptural analysis of what God is saying to the Church today. (On, Pt, Es)  Spring Semester, Two Credit Hours

Th 204 Covenants
An in-depth study of the nine biblical covenants that God made with man with emphasis on their progressive revelation of the eternal purposes of God. (On, Es, Pt)  Spring Semester, Three Credit Hours

Th 211 Tabernacles
A historical and theological study of both the Tabernacle of Moses and the Tabernacle of David.  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours, Alternate Years

Th 215 Local Church
A detailed study of the local church in God’s plan, the structure and order in the New Testament church and the ministries of the local church and their functions. (On)  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

Th 411 Advanced Theology
This course is a summary look at the major doctrines of the Bible and the theological systems used by the various Christian groups around the world. (On)  Fall Semester, Two Credit Hours

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