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A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
Greetings in the Name of Jesus!
Welcome to AST Extended Learning! We promise you a solid foundation in the word of God preparing you for every facet of kingdom building from personal evangelism to pulpit ministry.
It is here that you will fall in love with the word of God and develop a quest for life long learning. Don’t just take a class, become a graduate while you set your own pace. We designed this with you in mind. It will accommodate your lifestyle while you build your faith in the word of God.
Evangelist Mary F. Jordan
To get started, please select from the classes below then click here to begin the registration process. If preferred, you may download the forms and forward to the Admissions Office or fax it to 310-212-3992.
This class examines the various roles which music has in worship services historically and in our modern era. It is designed to assist the student with understanding pure worship in “Spirit and in Truth”. Special emphasis is placed on the use of music to set the tone of spirit-lead, innovative musical techniques to enhance worship.
MINISTRY OF ALTAR WORKERS
Hands on ministry. This course is designed to prepare those ministering at the altar in the areas of dialogue, encouragement, and proper facilitation.
This course teaches principles of administration and management. Methods of effective management of people, resources and programs are reviewed.
A study is made of the art of sermon development. Attention is given to proper selection and treatment of texts, themes, and divisions of sermons.
This course assists students in developing the skills needed for sharing God's word. A study is made of the art of preaching. Particular attention is given to style, voice, and the individual's involvement in the preaching moment.
(Former Title: Christian Pastorate)
Insight is provided by this study into the principles and techniques of the successful pastor. Pit-falls are pointed out. Duties and functions are detailed.
MINISTRY WITHIN THE CONGREGATION
This course provides the student with a process for congregational studies. It reveals to the student ways to use his or her spiritual gifts in ministry and how to serve cooperatively with a given congregation.
MINISTERING TO DIFFICULT PEOPLE
This course examines various approaches to dealing with people and maintaining appropriate demeanor with adversarial persons.
This course requires pastoral approval and is designated for those going into the ministry. An overview of pastoral skills will be studied in this three-month course and disciplines of the ministry. This is a special course designed to refine the ministerial and pastoral skills of upper level students and facilitate a smooth transition into ministerial service within the local church.
This course is primarily designed for those called to “Pastor “or working in the missionary fields abroad. Upper level students may take this course with the appropriate approvals.
MINISTERING TO DIFFICULT PEOPLE
This course examines ways the minister can maintain his or her calling and avoid the prospect of being reduced to ashes or hardened beyond feeling when dealing with adversarial persons
(Former Title: Church Administration
This course addresses the proper operation of the church and its related responsibilities. It examines legal concerns relative to the establishment and operation of the church, including leadership, organization and protocol.
STUDY OF MISSIONS
(Former Title: Introduction to Missions)
An introductory, practical study of the Biblical basis of missions from the New Testament age to the present. The course also deals with missionary conferences, financing, furlough, twentieth century methods of missions and a survey of present day needs throughout the world.
STRATEGIES OF SOUL WINNING
This course explores strategies for cross-cultural mission endeavors. Students will examine issues, and problems and solutions to various field assignments.
HISTORY OF MISSIONS
A survey of the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) from the days of the Apostles to our modern era, with special emphasis on overcoming the barriers of finance, transportation communication, culture, nature, and opposition from the secular and ecclesiastical realms.
This course examines methods of effective witnessing and soul winning. It provides students with practical experience in recognizing evangelistic opportunities and determining appropriate approaches.
This course examines methods of meaningful Christian involvement in cross-cultural set-tings. It focuses on geographic socioeconomic and cultural diversity. It provides a framework for interaction, with other people of the global community.
This course seeks to develop an understanding of the biblical basis, historical developments and current trends in missionology. It equips the student to function effectively in missions in one’s culture.
This course equips the student to evangelize urban populations. It seeks to prepare the student to address the challenges found in the urban setting.
An examination of biblical principles of evangelism and current church growth research with special emphasis upon practical application in starting new congregations.
This course is designed to prepare students to effectively engage in cross-culture ministry. Students will receive academic and field training in mission related subjects and fund-raising. Each student will be required to participate in a supervised short-term cross-cultural ministry experience in an overseas location. Students will be encouraged to develop and use their individual ministry gifts on this field trip.
SIGN LANGUAGE I & II
(Learn to Sign Reaching the Deaf for Jesus) A special study in Missions. This course is designed to prepare students to communicate and witness of the gospel to the deaf.
SPECIAL STUDY IN MISSIONS
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MISSIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO WORLD MISSIONS
This course is a survey of the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Mt 28:19-20) from the days of the Apostles to our modern era, with special emphasis on overcoming the barriers of finance, transportation, communication, culture, nature and opposition from the secular and ecclesiastical realms.
SCIENCE AND THE BIBLE
This course presents an overview of the natural laws of science as they relate to the Bible. Students investigate the correlation between scientific principles and Biblical events.
INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
An interdisciplinary survey course which introduces the student to the social sciences-sociology, social work, psychology, anthropology, and the principles of human behavior and interaction on which they are based.
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
An overview of sociology and the study of human behavior in groups, from paired relationships to informal politics including the spiritual elements of group interactions.
UNVEILING THE NAME OF JESUS
This course is a theological examination of the Jehovanistic titles detailing the names of God. Special attention is given to issues relative to the oneness of the Godhead and the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.
INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY
This study lays the foundation for the overall organization of theological thought. It presents various frameworks for the structuring of major Bible doctrines into a systematic whole.
PRINCIPLES OF THE APOSTOLIC DOCTRINE (APOSTOLICITY)
This course gives special attention to the foundational tenets of the Apostolic Faith.
It is an important course for those wishing to understand and articulate the beliefs and concerns of this particular church movement.
(THEISM & BIBLIOLOGY)
A systematic treatment of the fundamental truths of the Christian faith revealed in the writ-ins of the Old and New Testaments. The specific subjects of study are: Theism (the study of the existence of God), and Bibliology (the study of the Bible and its development).
(THEOLOGY & ANGELOLOGY)
An in-depth examination of the basic tenets of the Christian faith as revealed in the writings of the Old and New Testaments. The subjects studied address the realm of God, His Being, character and the realm of the angels.
This course helps the student develop the ability, through study, to gain proper understanding of Scripture. Various principles are treated as tools for biblical understanding. Biblical characteristics are examined which enhance scriptural clarity.
(ANTHROPOLOGY & SOTERIOLOGY)
A systematic treatment of the fundamental truths of the Christian faith. This subject of study addresses the theological perspective of humanity, their need for; and God's provision of restoration of fellowship with them.
(THE CHURCH & LAST THINGS)
A study of the overall purpose of God, future events related to the destiny of history and individuals including Christ’s second coming in its phases, the millennial reign of Christ, resurrections, the judgments and eternal state. The inception and nature of the church, as a living organism and its role in current events will be analyzed
SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II
This course examines the historical development of theological reasoning. Students trace contributions made to the theology by Augustine, Aquinas, Anselm, Earth, Bonhoeffer, Schliermacher and others. (Prerequisite courses: Old and New Testament Survey)
EXEGESIS / NEW TESTAMENT
This course offers a closer examination of scriptural text on the basis of the text itself. It teaches how to draw the meaning out of given text. (Prerequisite courses: Old and New Testament Survey)
This course is a study of biblical, scientific, and foundational truths supporting defense of Christian faith in the midst of a pluralistic modern society. Prerequisite courses: Old and New Testament Survey)
(THE CHURCH AND THE END TIME)
A study of the overall purpose of God, future events related to the destiny of history and individuals including Christ’s second coming in its phases, the millennial reign of Christ, resurrections, the judgments and eternal state. The inception and nature of the church, as a living organism and its role in current events will be analyzed.
(Prerequisite courses: Old and New Testament Survey)
This course delves into the biblical teachings of the Holy Spirit. It is the branch of theology exploring purpose and functions of the Holy Spirit from the perspective of the early church and New Testament. Movement of the spirit in the Old Testament will be analyzed and compared with the early church movement.
THEOLOGIES OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
This course explores the interactive relationships between religious education and different schools of theology. The impact theology plays in Religious education, theory and practice is analyzed as well as its capability to generate teaching procedures.
THE ETERNAL STATE: HEAVEN, HELL AND THE TIME OF DESTINY
This course encompasses a study of biblical teachings reading Heaven/Hell, and the final destination of humankind. It deals with the Soul of man; immortality, man’s future and discusses the age-old question of the existence of the universe in eternity.
A survey of major achievements in composition and instrumentation through the modern era as it correlates with the church ages to the present.
INSTRUMENTATION & VOCAL ORCHESTRATION
This course provides instruction and the use of solo or orchestrated instrumental perform-aces, alone or with vocal accompaniment to create a dynamic atmosphere of worship in the house of the Lord.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PED)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND CONDITIONING
These courses address the significant role that physical health plays in the overall well-being of the individual. An individual schedule of conditioning is designed for each student. Instruction in the use of walking/running techniques to promote body strength and well being is one of the available options.
PSYCHOLOGY AND PASTORAL COUNSELING (PSY)
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
This course lays the foundation for the study of psychoanalytical theory. It surveys the concepts and theories of psychological thought.
PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY
This course provides an intensive examination of the more important theories regarding the nature and determinants of personality.
MOTIVATIONS AND EMOTIONS
An intensive study of current research and of the more representative modern theories of motivation an emotion.
An overview of the physical, psychological and spiritual development of men and women from birth through childhood, adolescence, young adulthood and maturity to the end of life. The focus of this course will be upon the maturation processes, crises and vital choices inherent in each growth level with special emphasis on the effects of society and culture (majority/ minority) upon human development.
GRIEF AND TRAUMA
This course will explore the psychological process of dealing with and recovering from losses that are common to the normal human experience, as well as the psychological impact of traumatic experiences that are outside the range of normal human experiences.
The study of the behavior of individuals as it is influenced by past and/or present interactions with social factors. Current research detailing the influence of group dynamics on the behavior of the individual is also considered.
COUNSELING IN ABUSIVE SITUATIONS
This course examines mental, sexual, physical, and substance abuse. It is designed for clergy and lay members alike. Current theories and accepted procedures of counseling are discussed.
PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGIOUS BEHAVIOR
Focus is on the relationship of religion to psychology. Reference to common religious phenomena from the psychological perspective is discussed. Particular focus is on the viewpoint of Christian faith.
MINISTRY AND CRISIS INTERVENTION
This course explores Biblical principles relating to death, dying and other crises. Students discuss various points of view and cross cultural attitudes regarding these crises, facing death in a technological age, and being a survivor. Effective ministry to victims and survivors utilizing various social institutions will be examined.
Students evaluate recent data relating to the description and classification of deviant behavior. Attention is given to diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.
COUNSELING SKILLS: THE PROBLEM MANAGEMENT APPROACH
This course presents counseling from the Christian point of view. Special attention is given to techniques of interviewing and diagnosis of problems.
THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
Deals with the human interrelationship associated with the importance of proper interaction within the home are stressed. A critical view is given to the individual and the specialized responsibilities of each member.
SMALL GROUP PROCESSES
This course traces the relationship between the individual and the group. Students analyze the impact of the individual from the micro and macro perspective.
HELPING TROUBLED FAMILIES
This class looks at both functional and dysfunctional characteristics of family units. It presents an overview of family issues and enables students to effectively resolve selected domestic issues.
Designed to give an understanding of the principles and techniques used by pastors in their guidance and counseling ministries. This course examines the aspects of counseling that are peculiar to the pastor/parishioner relationship.
This course deals with a study of anger from both biblical and mental health perspective. Attention is given to managing personal anger and helping others manage anger. The difference between constructive and destructive anger will be explored.