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Berean School of the Bible Digital Courses (27 courses)
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Learn world-class ministry in the charismatic and Pentecostal tradition.

Global University’s Berean School of the Bible is a continuing education program equipping adult students to lead their churches . The comprehensive Berean School of Bible Digital Courses curriculum provides the academic training you need to receive Berean School of the Bible’s Ministerial Studies Diploma.

This curriculum consists of three levels: certified minister, licensed minister, and ordained minister. Level one covers Bible study methods, New Testament content, and Pentecostal doctrine. Level two focuses on deeper Bible content, systematic theology, and ministry skills. Level three treats advanced theological concepts, interpretively challenging biblical books, and administrative skills. Upon completion of the levels, you will meet the academic requirements for applying for ministerial status with the United States General Council of the Assemblies of God.

More than a third of the ministers officially recognized by the United States General Council of the Assemblies of God have used this curriculum in preparation for ordination. Now integrated with Logos, this impressive series of courses offers a captivating educational experience. Use your navigation panel for easy access to each subject’s units, chapters, and lessons. Place the cursor over any Scripture reference and read the passage in your favorite translation or the original language text. Get immediate test results with direct links to the lesson sections indicating the correct answers.

You may take this course for credit if you enroll with the Berean School of the Bible. For enrollment information, please contact the Berean admissions department by phone at 1-800-443-1083 or by email at berean@globaluniversity.edu.

Key Features

  • Ministry training designed to prepare you for a church leadership role
  • Usable for course credit with the Berean School of the Bible
  • 27 courses covering numerous leadership topics

Courses

Christ in the Synoptic Gospels: BSB Level 1 [BIB 114]

  • Author: Mike McClaflin
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 224

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This course is an introductory study of our Lord’s life and times according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. It examines the background of the world into which Christ came “when the time had fully come.” It focuses on His life from the Annunciation to the Ascension. It also stresses His message and His method, including His parables and His miracles. Organized around three themes—the world, the Man, and the message—this study helps students integrate their understanding of Christ’s life and work with a clear commitment to live by the principles He taught and the values He demonstrated.

Mike McClaflin received a BS from the University of Wyoming and an MA degree in Biblical Studies from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He has been a missionary with the Assemblies of God since 1973. Initially, he served on the faculty of Northern Tanzania Assemblies of God Bible School (1973–1980). Following his appointment as principal of the East Africa School of Theology, Nairobi, Kenya, Mike directed its activities and promoted its development (1980–1982).

Introduction to Pentecostal Doctrine: BSB Level 1 [THE 114]

  • Author: Zenas Bicket
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 160

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Introduction to Pentecostal Doctrine provides an examination of the four cardinal doctrines of the Assemblies of God: salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit, healing, and the Second Coming of Christ. After an introductory unit on the importance of doctrine, there is a unit of study on each of the doctrines. This textbook is essential to the further understanding of the complete Pentecostal message as presented in courses at the Berean School of the Bible.

Zenas Bicket is the author of The Effective Pastor coauthor of The Spirit Helps Us Pray: A Biblical Theology of Prayer and coeditor of The Pentecostal Pastor: A Mandate for the Twenty-First Century.

Acts: The Holy Spirit at Work in Believers: BSB Level 1 [BIB 115]

  • Author: George O. Wood
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 205

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This textbook provides a thorough study of the content, purposes, principles, and applications of Acts. Emphasizing the role of the Holy Spirit in the early church and today, attention is also given to the geographical, numerical, cultural, and theological growth of the church from Jerusalem to Rome. The journeys of Paul are examined as the background for his epistles.

George O. Wood is the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, prior to which he was the general secretary for the Assemblies of God for nearly 15 years. He has written numerous books, including Living in the Spirit and The Successful Life.

Prison Epistles: Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, and Philippians: BSB Level 1 [BIB 117]

  • Author: LeRoy Bartel
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 179

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Prison Epistles offers a practical study of the principles Paul wrote to the churches during his imprisonment. The concepts are presented in language that is easy to understand with explanations, illustrations, and applications that make the concepts helpful to students in both their personal lives and ministries.

LeRoy Bartel is the dean for College of Bible and Church Ministries at Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

Introduction to Hermeneutics: How to Interpret the Bible: BSB Level 1 [BIB 121]

  • Authors: Carl Gibbs, Quentin McGhee, and Willard Teague
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 267

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An introductory volume on the principles for interpreting Scripture, this textbook summarizes the need for hermeneutical principles, and explores the qualifications, tools, and goals of a biblical interpreter. This is followed by a historical survey of hermeneutics from early Jewish interpreters to the present. The book includes a unit on the general and specific principles for interpreting the Bible, a unit on genres, and a unit on applying the principles. Students develop their skills by practicing the principles in exercises that are provided.

Carl Gibbs received his BA from Northwest College and his MDiv and DMin from Western Seminary. He has created multiple curriculums for the study of theology and hermeneutics and has served as a dean of the School of Bible and Theology at ICI University. Currently, he is the director of Educational Resources at Africa’s Hope.

Quentin McGhee received his BA from Southwestern College, and his BS and DMin from Oral Roberts University. He is currently the founder and senior editor of the Faith and Action Series and is a missionary in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Willard Teague is the academic dean of the School of Bible and Theology at Global University.

The Local Church in Evangelism: BSB Level 1 [MIN 123]

  • Author: Randy Hurst
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 197

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The local church is the provenance of evangelism for reaching its community and the world. After a foundational, biblical theology of the Great Commission and the Holy Spirit’s role in evangelism, this course proposes a comprehensive and integrated approach to evangelism in the local church that avoids over-compartmentalizing evangelism and discipleship. It focuses on a variety of evangelism methods, the evangelistic purpose of an organized fellowship of churches, and pastoral leadership in evangelism. The largest portion of the course is devoted to the evangelistic responsibility of all believers and practical biblical instruction concerning effective personal evangelism.

Randy Hurst is the director of communications for Assemblies of God World Missions. He has also written several books and articles.

Assemblies of God History, Missions, and Governance: BSB Level 1 [THE 142]

  • Authors: Gary McGee, Annette Newberry, and Randy Hedlun
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 250

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Assemblies of God History, Missions, and Governance dives into the historical development of the Assemblies of God, the history of the missions movement in the Assemblies of God, and the ecclesiastical governance of the Fellowship. Attention is given to the General Council constitution and bylaws in relation to credentialed ministers, local churches, and district councils. This volume is a fantastic resource for the student, pastor, or professor.

Gary McGee is the emeritus distinguished professor of church history at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Annette Newberry is an associate professor of church history and missions at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. She has been a missionary and educator worldwide.

Randy Hedlun is the dean of the Berean School of the Bible.

Relationships and Ethics in Ministry: BSB Level 1 [MIN 181]

  • Author: T. Ray Rachels
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 172

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This textbook provides a biblical approach to the relationships that are important to the minister, both personally and professionally, as it looks at temperament theory and its relevance to human relations. This course examines relationships and ethics in view of the minister’s personal growth, ministry challenges, people in the community, and other ministers—a fantastic resource for both the student or minister.

T. Ray Rachels has pastored several churches throughout the United States, and has also served as a youth pastor. Currently, he is the superintendent of the Southern California District Council of the Assemblies of God.

Beginning Ministerial Internship: BSB Level 1 [MIN 191]

  • Author: Michael Clarensau
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 106

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This is the first of three internships developed for the Ministerial Studies Diploma through the Berean School of the Bible. It will require the student to work with a local pastor to gain hands–on experience in various ministry activities. This course discusses the importance of a good attitude in ministry as well as many of the functions of ministry such as weddings and funerals. It also emphasizes servant leadership and the minister’s devotional life. This textbook provides a solid introduction to internship.

Michael Clarensau is the senior director of Healthy Church Network and author of numerous books. He was the lead pastor of Maranatha Wichita for more than a decade.

Introduction to Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective: BSB Level 2 [THE 211]

  • Author: Johnny Ford
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 155

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Johnny Ford’s Introduction to Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective offers an in-depth look at historic Christian doctrines as expressed through Protestant and evangelical traditions. This course provides a complete study of the “Statement of Fundamental Truths” of The General Council of the Assemblies of God, divided into three units: Basic Doctrines, God’s Plan for Humankind, and God’s Plan for the Future.

Johnny Ford is a theologian and author. He is currently the pastor of New Song Fellowship, Houston, TX.

New Testament Survey: BSB Level 2 [BIB 212]

  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 210

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New Testament Survey gives the student background for understanding, teaching, and applying the principles of the New Testament. Key facts from each book of the New Testament are highlighted in a manner that can be used in preaching and teaching. This guidebook to the New Testament is a wonderful examination of the latter half of the Bible.

Contributors:

  • John Wesley Adams
  • Mark Barclift
  • Mark Opperman
  • Donald Johns
  • Quentin McGhee
  • Willard Teague

Old Testament Survey: BSB Level 2 [BIB 214]

  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 200

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A practical approach to the Old Testament, this textbook gives students material they can use in teaching and preaching. It covers significant details from every book in the Old Testament in an inspirational, yet informative, manner, offering a great wealth of information in just 200 pages. Five Global University faculty and staff members have contributed to this volume.

Contributors:

  • John Wesley Adams
  • James Book
  • Roger Douglas Cotton
  • Donald Johns
  • Quentin McGhee

Romans: Justification by Faith: BSB Level 2 [BIB 215]

  • Authors: William F. Lasley and Richard Dresselhaus
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 120

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An in-depth study of the book of Romans, this volume focuses on Paul’s systematic explanation of the gospel to the Romans and offers insight into the doctrines of sin, salvation, and sanctification. The student will learn how union with Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit leads to spiritual growth. Sermon notes included are written by Richard Dresselhaus.

William F. Lasley joined ICI University in 1993 and served for many years as an associate professor of missions and as a writer/editor in the University Materials Development department. He currently assists the university as an adjunct professor.

Richard Dresselhaus has pastored multiple churches throughout the United States, and is currently a visiting professor of preaching at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Introduction to Homiletics: BSB Level 2 [MIN 223]

  • Author: Ian R. Hall
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 120

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This volume is a basic study of the principles of Christian preaching. The textbook emphasizes biblical exposition and deals with practical matters such as the preparation of sermons, the sources of materials, the construction of sermon components, the variety of sermon types, and the delivery of sermons.

Ian R. Hall is president of Elim Evangelical Theological Seminary in Timisoara, Romania.

Eschatology: A Study of Things to Come: BSB Level 2 [THE 245]

  • Author: Zenas Bicket
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 160

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A biblical study of end-time events written from a Pentecostal perspective, Eschatology: A Study of Things to Come contains four in-depth units. The course studies the rapture, plus various views of the tribulation and the millennium. It provides excellent material for teaching and preaching on the Second Coming of Christ and contains interactive study questions.

Zenas Bicket is the author of The Effective Pastor coauthor of The Spirit Helps Us Pray: A Biblical Theology of Prayer and coeditor of The Pentecostal Pastor: A Mandate for the Twenty-First Century.

Effective Leadership: BSB Level 2 [MIN 251]

  • Author: Ron McManus
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 120

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Providing a biblical approach to the principles of leadership, this textbook applies those principles in the church setting, giving the student the practical skills needed to serve in a leadership role in the local church. Ron McManus examines the characteristics of a strong spiritual leader in this essential volume.

Ron McManus was president of EQUIP—Encouraging Qualities Underdeveloped in People, a Christian nonprofit organization—and is currently the president of the Center for Church Leadership of the General Council of the Assemblies of God. He gives seminars all over the world.

Introduction to Assemblies of God Missions: BSB Level 2 [MIN 261]

  • Authors: Ronald A. Iwasko and Willard Teague
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 134

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A textbook for the Berean School of the Bible’s introductory course in the science of missions, this volume is a survey of the theology, history, and methods of Christian missions in general and within the Assemblies of God. There is a special emphasis on recent developments, crucial issues, current trends, and missions as they are carried out through national and local churches.

Ronald A. Iwasko is a professor of missions at Global University.

Willard Teague is the academic dean of the School of Bible and Theology at Global University.

Conflict Management for Church Leaders: BSB Level 2 [MIN 281]

  • Author: Wayde I. Goodall
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 119

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Conflict Management for Church Leaders gives a biblical approach to conflict resolution. This course offers a scriptural way to deal with the inevitable occasions when conflict arises, particularly in a church setting. It offers practical principles for resolving the conflict in a manner that is pleasing to God.

Wayde I. Goodall has written extensively, and he also travels with his wife around the world, giving seminars, consulting, life-coaching, and more. Some of his writings include Why Great Men Fall, The Blessing, and Marriage and Family.

Intermediate Ministerial Internship: BSB Level 2 [MIN 291]

  • Author: Michael Clarensau
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 100

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The textbook for the second of three required internships for the Ministerial Studies Diploma offered through the Berean School of the Bible, this volume helps the student develop the right attitude for ministry. It examines characteristics to be avoided and tests to be passed in the life of a minister and further focuses on public aspects of ministry, such as teaching, preaching, and leading meetings. The personal life of the minister, including time management and personal health are also discussed.

Michael Clarensau is the senior director of Healthy Church Network and author of numerous books. He was the lead pastor of Maranatha Wichita for more than a decade.

Prayer and Worship: BSB Level 3 [THE 311]

  • Authors: Cheryl Taylor and Russ Michaels
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 192

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This volume provides an overview of the biblical teaching on prayer and worship, leading to practical considerations for cultivating intimacy with Christ in every aspect of life, from personal, private prayer to corporate celebration. Students will discover the joys and benefits of a dynamic prayer life and gain a fresh appreciation for the many ways in which the Holy Spirit makes prayer and worship both meaningful and powerful. Also included is an examination of some of the common challenges of prayer, such as learning to hear God’s voice, the problem of unanswered prayer, and what to do when it seems God is not speaking, is followed by practical insight for becoming more effective and fervent prayer warriors.

Cheryl Taylor is the director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and an associate professor of practical theology at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Russ Michaels has been in ministry for more than two decades and is currently the pastor of Connect Church in Montana. He has led worship, worked with small groups, led youth group, written books, and more.

Corinthian Correspondence: BSB Level 3 [BIB 313]

  • Author: James D. Hernando
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 90

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This volume studies 1 and 2 Corinthians, providing the student with truths for teaching and preaching as well as practical assistance in dealing with the issues facing today’s church. The student will learn how Paul instructed the Corinthians to deal with division and difficulty. By applying these same principles, the student will be prepared to deal with the challenges of ministry in the twenty-first century.

James D. Hernando is a professor of Old Testament at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He has coauthored numerous books on ministry and the study of the New Testament, and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Pentateuch: BSB Level 3 [BIB 318]

  • Author: Roger Cotton
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 145

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This volume is a study of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy with a practical approach that will provide preaching and teaching material. The Pentateuch forms the foundation upon which the New Testament covenant is based and is an essential study for anyone wishing to understand the entire Bible more completely.

Roger Cotton is a professor of Old Testament at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He has authored and coauthored more than one study of the Old Testament.

Poetic Books: BSB Level 3 [BIB 322]

  • Author: Scott Ellington
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 108

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Poetic Books provides a study of the five books of poetry or wisdom—Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs. This volume covers issues such as suffering, parenting, and the fear of the Lord, teaching us how to live. The book is designed to help the student in his or her own walk with God and in ministering to others who need instruction.

Scott Ellington, an ordained bishop in the Church of God, has been a missionary around the world. He has helped equip hundreds of missionaries and has taught at various universities and seminaries for many years.

Preaching in the Contemporary World: BSB Level 3 [MIN 325]

  • Authors: Doug Oss, Rochelle Cathcart, David Crosby
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 131

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The purpose of this volume is to help preachers present life-changing messages that connect with the world around them. Preaching in the Contemporary World will focus on presenting messages that are true, clear, interesting, and relevant. Students will be challenged to present messages that are true to the intent and power of Scripture. The book will also examine the post-modern culture and offer help in making messages relevant to the needs and concerns of this audience.

Doug Oss is the director of the Cordas C. Burnett Center for Biblical Preaching and a professor of Bible exposition at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He speaks and teaches regularly, and has written several articles and books.

Rochelle Cathcart is an assistant professor and director of intercultural studies at Lincoln Christian University.

David Crosby is the founding pastor of Pocono Community Church, Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania.

Church Administration, Finance, and Law: BSB Level 3 [MIN 327]

  • Authors: Joseph W. Kilpatrick and Randy J. Hedlun
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 303

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This volume is an introductory study of many principles, procedures, and techniques used in today’s business world as they apply to the local church and its leadership. Attention is given to organizing and staffing functions of the church, practical methods of raising money for the church’s expenses, keeping good records, and managing the church’s money, facilities, and equipment. It also gives students a practical understanding of the law in order to recognize and resolve legal questions confronting pastors and churches today.

Joseph W. Kilpatrick, is a tax, accounting, and business consultant in Georgia. He is the author of several books on church administration, including Church Business.

Randy J. Hedlun is the dean of the Berean School of the Bible.

Pastoral Ministry: BSB Level 3 [MIN 381]

  • Author: Richard Exley
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 191

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This course examines pastoral ministry in three areas: preparation, responsibilities, and relationships. The unit on preparation focuses on a pastor’s qualifications, devotional life, and personal life. A unit on responsibilities analyzes preaching and teaching, worship, pastoral care, leading, training, forming cell groups, and special services is also included. The final unit examines a pastor’s relationships with layleaders, staff, work, and calling. This is a principle-centered study to lay a lifelong foundation for the pastoral ministry.

Richard Exley was pastor of Christian Church for 12 years, after which he has become highly involved in mentoring of couples, men, and those in ministry. He has written numerous books and is a dynamic speaker.

Advanced Ministerial Internship: BSB Level 3 [MIN 391]

  • Author: Michael Clarensau
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 90

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Building on the foundation of the previous two internship courses offered by Global University, this course focuses on three attributes of the heart of ministry, characteristics to be avoided, tests that must be passed in the life of the ministry, basic areas of pastoral counseling, and other skills needed to be a successful pastor. This compact volume, written by Pastor Michael Clarensau, provides a fantastic overview of the workings of the church.

Michael Clarensau is the senior director of Healthy Church Network and author of numerous books. He was the lead pastor of Maranatha Wichita for more than a decade.

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  • Title: Berean School of the Bible Digital Courses
  • Publisher: Global University
  • Volumes: 27
  • Pages: 1,262