Three diploma levels are offered by the Utah School of Theology.
The Diploma in Christian Ministry (DCM) is offered at a pre-baccalaureate level, and consists of seven required courses plus one elective course. These courses constitute basic training in Christian thinking, living, and leading for persons entering ministry in or through a local church.
Sources and Origins
CLS 1114 Old Testament Survey - 3 hours
An introduction to the content, background, and criticism of the Old Testament (OT). Covering the Books of Moses, Historical Books, Writings (Psalms, Proverbs, etc.) and the Prophets, major and minor: the entire Old Testament.
CLS 1314 New Testament Survey - 3 hours
An introduction to the background, content and criticism of the New Testament (NT). Covering the Gospels, Acts, the epistles, general and Pauline, and Revelation: the entire New Testament. Course learning outcomes: OT and NT Surveys: Develop a working knowledge of the Scriptures as a foundation to achieve the above Diploma Objectives and facilitate faithful interpretation and application of Scripture.
Life and Thought
CLL 1113 Baptist History and Polity - 3 hours
Covers the emergence of the Baptist Movement within a context of the English Reformation, Baptist emergence in the United States. What and how Baptist doctrine and polity expresses itself in the functions and forms of churches, constitutions, associations, conventions and agencies. This course emphasizes the history and state of Southern Baptist (SBC) life relative to the cultural context of the CLD center, which is offering the course. (Conceptual understanding goals: beginnings and tasks of associations and conventions, Philadelphia Baptist Confession, the Triennial Convention, the 1845 origin of the SBC, convention versus society, the Cooperative Program, and the emerging ethnic diversity of the SBC in churches and missions.)
CLL 1212 Christian Theology Intro: Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology - 3 hours
An introduction of Christian Theology surveying the doctrines of Christ, Salvation, the Spirit, the Church, and Eschatology including an additional focus on the ethical implications of Christian thought and practice.
Leadership Skills Formation
CLP 1111 Ministry Foundations - 3 hours
An entry course designed to assist students developing the necessary personal, spiritual, and ministerial foundations for life-long ministry. Students will engage in assessment of their gifts and passions in ministry and will encounter some basic approaches to effective ministry such as strategic, financial and physical planning for ministry, communication and relational skills; and team and staff building.
CLP 1411 Communicating the Gospel: Preaching and Teaching that Transforms - 3 hours
Covers planning, preparation and presentation skills in preaching and teaching with an emphasis on learning by doing. Also covers learning styles, how to preach and teach for transformation, and how to communicate to different age groups and cultures.
CLI 1351 Missions, Evangelism and Church Planting - 3 hours
Covers an understanding of the church as sent by Christ into a lost world and as the church sending itself and its members out into the world locally and globally. Entails a brief history of missions, NAMB (the North American Mission Board) and IMB (International Mission Board), and current missiology. Central to the course is how to lead others to Christ and to teach others to do likewise. Discuss various types of evangelism and their effectiveness in different contexts. Developing personal and groups plans for evangelism. Covers the basics and various methods on when and how to start new churches.
3 Hours of Electives Required
CLP 1916 Worship and Music in the Faith Community
CLP 1313 Intro to Church Planting
CLE 1114 Principles and Practices of Bible Teaching
CLS 2521 How to Understand the Bible
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The second diploma is a Diploma in Theology or DTH. This diploma requires completion of the Diploma in Christian Ministries and includes advanced courses in Biblical Studies, Life and Thought, Leadership Skills, and Administration. It is a pre-requisite to the Diploma in Church Planting.
The Diploma in Theology (DTH) offers pre-baccalaureate diploma level training for those in or entering ministry leadership positions. Admission to the DTH-CLD program is contingent upon completion of the Diploma in Christian Ministry or the equivalent. The DTH-CLD is a ten-course program beyond the DCM which can be completed in one to two years.
CLS 2100 Intermediate Old Testament - 3 hours (S1114 prerequisite)
Focus is on one book each from the Pentateuch, Writings and Prophets. One suggestion is to do Exodus, Job, and Isaiah (this is shown in the example syllabus). Another possibility is to do Genesis, Ruth, and Micah.
CLS 2300 Intermediate New Testament - 3 hours (S1314 prerequisite)
Focus is on Acts and either one Gospel or an epistle.
One suggestion is to do Acts with I and II Corinthians (this is shown in the example syllabus).
Another possibility is to do Luke and Acts.
CLL 1111 Survey of Christian History - 3 hours
Focus is on the Patristic period including the development of the Catholic Church, the Reformation, the development of evangelical and world mission movements in the United States, and the arising influence and witness of non-Anglo churches.
CLL1211 Intermediate Christian Theology - 3 hours
Covers the nature, tasks and methods of doing theology; the major doctrinal areas: revelation, triune God, creation and providence, humanity and sin, Christ and salvation, the church and its mission, and end times.
Leadership Skills Formation
CLP 1115 Spiritual and Leadership Formation - 3 hours
An introduction to basic Spiritual and Leadership Formation. Unique aspects of Spiritual and Leadership Formation related to the church (including multi-cultural settings and global perspectives) and denomination will be explored. Current resources and techniques will be examined.
CLP 1121 Leadership in Ministry Practicum I* - 2 hours
CLP 1122 Leadership in Ministry Practicum II* - 2 hours
Leadership In Ministry Practicum courses: Experiential learning of leadership and Christian ministry through field education and theological reflection upon the student’s engagement in ministry. The student will serve two semesters in a leadership position at an approved field setting with a challenging learning covenant under an approved mentor/supervisor. The student will meet weekly in a Ministry Reflection Group.
CLP 2421 Planned Pulpit Leadership - 3 hours
Offers instruction in planning an annual preaching menu. Sermonic elements such as variety, continuity and balance will be discussed. Advantages of series preaching, seasonal messages and conservation of material (filing) will be considered. Special occasion messages for funerals, weddings, ordinances and dedications will be prepared and presented. Exposure to experienced and effective pastors will be sought.
CLE 1114 Principles and Practices of Bible Teaching - 3 hours
A course designed to prepare students to help churches improve the quality of their Bible teaching efforts. The course will include a study of principles and methods of teaching, how to prepare for teaching, and how to evaluate the educational process in Sunday School.
CLE 1412 Educational Ministry of the Church* - 3 hours
An examination of the rationale for a program of Christian education. The study focuses on the principles and methods for organizing, administering, promoting, and improving the Bible teaching, discipleship training, and missions education programs. Attention is focused on the distinctive tasks, materials, and objectives of these programs.
The third diploma is a Diploma in Church Planting
This diploma builds on the previous diploma's and offers additional training in leadership and a focus on Church planting.