require a total of 60 credits of work. This degree is ideal if you have not completed any other college program and are only interested in a very focused area of study. You may bring in up to 30 credits toward this degree through transcripts from other schools or documented life experience, decreasing your required courses to just 10.
A.B.S. Associate of Biblical Studies
A.C.A. Associate of Creative Writing
A.C.C. Associate of Christian Counseling
A.C.E. Associate of Christian Entrepreneurship
A.C.L. Associate of Christian Leadership
A.C.L.C. Associate of Christian Life Coaching
A.D.H. Associate of Divine Healing
A.I. Associate of Intercession
A.Min. Associate of Ministry
A.M.E. Associate of Missions and Evangelism
A.P.M. Associate of Prophetic Ministry
Th.A. Associate of Theology
I have learned to dream again and believe in myself again because of Christ and what He’s shown me through this course… By taking this course I am learning the Father’s heart toward me and how He desires to see me blessed because He is good, loving, merciful and kind. He is awesome! And this Jesus I have experienced is a Jesus of love, not rules. He loves me, and it is unconditional!
Because of this course I see more of God in my daily life. I see a lot of healings as I go to hospitals and minister on street corners. God is using me even more than before because I hear His Spirit. He is truly opening my eyes to the truth of His Word and helping me understand His will in my life. He’s helping me listen more and talk less so I can hear Him.
REN103 Communion with God is required of all students, and we strongly encourage you to take all of the following courses as a foundation for your degree:
Communion With God - REN103
Have you ever wished you could sit down and have a long talk with the Lord? When you’re worried or confused, wouldn’t you love to see the situation from His perspective and hear how He wants you to respond? When things don’t seem to be going your way and your prayers aren’t answered the way you had hoped, wouldn’t it be great to hear Him tell you where He is in the midst of it, and what He is working out in your life?
Jesus promised that “My sheep hear My voice” (Jn. 10:27). If you are one of His sheep, then He is speaking to you and you are hearing His voice! The problem is that we have not learned how to recognize His voice and differentiate it from all of the other voices that bombard our hearts and minds. This course will help you discern the voice of the Lord within your heart, clearly and consistently, leading to a deeper intimacy with Him as well as greater faith, hope and joy. Your life will be transformed! (3 credits) (Course syllabus)
“I’m taking Communion With God. I am so blessed so far. My life is already completely transformed. I went from hearing God speak to me once in a while to hearing Him not just in my journaling times but even throughout the rest of the day. What a difference this has made.” — Andrew Steck
“We have been using Communion With God for some months now in all our home groups and one after another people whose prayer lives were dry difficult affairs have blossomed as they have heard the Heavenly Father commune with them, His children.” — Rev. Bill A. VanZutphen, Baptist Church, Wollongong, Australia
“Oh my, I am speechless…I have completed only the first several lessons in Communion With God and my life has been totally, totally transformed. He is such a wonderful, wonderful God. A few months ago I told Him I was desperate for more of Him…I had no idea His answer to my prayer would be so exceedingly abundantly above anything I could ever have imagined. My days and nights are now filled with His presence. Thank you for your service to Him, Mr. Virkler. I will be in touch as I progress through the course….” — Amy
Take Charge of Your Health - HEA102
Fulfill Your Financial Destiny - BUS102/BUS502
This course will give you Scriptural support for the belief that God delights in the prosperity of His children (Ps. 35:27). It is His desire that we lend and not borrow. We are to be the head and not the tail, above and not underneath (Deut. 28:12,13). God Himself teaches us to profit (Is. 48:17) and has given us the power to make wealth (Deut. 8:18). Several hundred verses on silver and gold will be examined, showing that we are to create and release wealth into the kingdom of God. (3 credits for BUS102; 4 credits for BUS502) (Course syllabus: BUS102; BUS502)
Cornerstones of Communication - COU203
Counseled by God - COU202
We will let God speak to our hearts and counsel us about the basic emotional pressures of life. These include anger, doubt, depression, condemnation and inferiority. We will learn to let God replace these with His opposites, as His voice releases His grace within our hearts. Those whom the Son sets free are free indeed. (3 credits) Course Syllabus
Gifted to Succeed - LEA103
“To each of us grace has been given according to the measure of Christ’s gift…And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints.” Do you know which of these heart motivations God has given to you? Is God asking you to express this heart motivation within or outside the structured church, or both? Which ministry or vocation is He asking you to express yourself through? What kinds of people do you need next to you to make you most effective? These questions and many others will be answered. (3 credits) Course Syllabus
“These last 12 weeks have been like looking into a mirror and seeing things in me that I have never seen before. Then taking those things, learning more about them and pruning them to work most effectively for and in myself, my life and my ministry.” — Student taking Gifted to Succeed
The Life of Christ - BIB106
The student will read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John at a rate of about two chapters per day. He will discover, record, and share his insights from each chapter. The background and theme of each book are studied, and major biblical themes are traced. The student is exposed to proper principles of biblical interpretation and is required to work with them. The revelation of the Holy Spirit as the Author of the Scriptures is central throughout. (3 credits) Course Syllabus
Epistles & Revelation - BIB108
The student will read I and II Thessalonians, I and II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, I and II Peter, I, II and III John, Jude, and Revelation at a rate of about two chapters per day. He will discover, record, and share his insights from each chapter. The background and theme of each book are studied, and major biblical themes are traced. The student is exposed to proper principles of biblical interpretation and is required to work with them. The revelation of the Holy Spirit as the Author of the Scriptures is central throughout. (3 credits) Course Syllabus
Acts and Epistles - BIB107
The student will read the Acts of the Apostles, Romans, I and II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians at a rate of about two chapters per day. He will discover, record, and share his insights from each chapter. The background and theme of each book are studied, and major biblical themes are traced. The student is exposed to proper principles of biblical interpretation and is required to work with them. The revelation of the Holy Spirit as the Author of the Scriptures is central throughout. (3 credits) Course Syllabus
The Bible Speaks to Contemporary Issues - THE310
In this course we will examine the foundation of Christian ethics. We will study the Scriptures to discover the precepts and principles we are given about such subjects as sex, family, honesty, suicide, abortion, the education of children, welfare, inflation, humanism, and gambling. We will then go one step further to discover the character of God which provides the foundation of the commands. We will learn to apply the Test of Truth and the Evidence of Truth in any situation. Finally, and perhaps of greatest importance, we will learn how to pass our moral standards on to the next generation. (3 credits) Course Syllabus
Naturally Supernatural - REN204
Prerequisite: REN103 Communion With God.
Increasing the Anointing - REN206
It is only as we minister in the anointing of the Holy Spirit that we can effectively touch the hearts of others. This practical course trains you how to sense the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, how to get to know Him as a Person, and how to release His power to heal a hurting people. (3 credits) Course Syllabus
Apprenticed to Leadership - LEA310
Mentoring or apprenticeship was Jesus’ style of training. He committed Himself to twelve intense relationships for about a year and a half, raising up leaders after Him who turned the world upside down for His sake. In this course, we will explore the mentoring relationship from both sides: as an apprentice who is learning from a leader and as a leader who is developing his team. (It is possible and beneficial to be in both positions at the same time – continuing to grow and learn from those who are ahead of us while leading and developing others into their potential.) We will discuss what is involved in a good mentoring relationship, responsibilities of the mentor and the apprentice, how one enters and terminates such relationships, and very practical steps for developing leaders who will stand with you, help carry your load, and continue your vision after you are gone. “There is no success without a successor.” (3 credits) Course Syllabus
Plus 22 additional credits
Limits: A maximum of 30 credits may be awarded for the total of both transfer credits from other institutions and from credits earned for life experience. Of these 30, no more than 15 may come from credits earned for life experience.
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