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academics

A strong emphasis is placed on academics at SCSL. We believe it is important to equip students with the truths of God’s Word which will help them be a success at home, in the church, and in the market place. Classes range from Biblical to life skills to leadership.

course descriptions

District School of Ministry Courses & Berean Bible College Internship
 
SCSL has partnered with the SC District School of Ministry (DSOM) to help students who feel called into ministry gain their credentials. Optional classes taken through DSOM enables students to pursue their ministerial credentials through the Assemblies of God church. An internship is required for each level’s completion; this internship is taken through the Berean School of the Bible and is completed at each student’s own pace. A perspective of various aspects of theological and practical ministry issues is provided.
 

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Global University

New for the 2014-15 school year, SCSL students interested in gaining college credits may enroll in Global University (GU).  Courses taken through GU are at the student’s discretion and are separate from SCSL with regards to tuition and grading.  GU’s Undergraduate School of Bible and Theology offers programs designed for ministers, ministerial students, and laypersons who desire in-depth study in the area of biblical education at a college degree level.

GU courses require disciplined independent study.  SCSL sets aside a two-hour block on Tuesday mornings for extra study time.  A laptop and access to WiFi may be needed to complete GU assignments.  Please see the GU website for the actual course dates and syllabi.  Students are expected to follow GU’s guidelines and standards. 

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Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies classes are designed to train students to apply Biblical principles to their daily lives. Through this discipleship-based curriculum, students are impacted as they apply the truths taught. These classes will be applicable to every season of students’ lives—regardless of their occupation or calling.

Scripture Studies
The goal of scripture study is to teach students how to research and memorize scriptures and their relevance to life. We desire students to develop convictions and a lifestyle in accordance to the Word of God. It goes far beyond mere memorization. Our heart is not to test intellect, but give students the opportunity to memorize the Word of God for personal transformation.

We require each student to memorize 100 scriptures (4 per week) and complete an extensive study on each in order to receive an SCSL Diploma. Time is given each morning for prayer and study of scripture. Scripture tests are given weekly.

Life Lessons
Life Lessons teach students key skills to live life successfully. These lessons are not only curriculum based, but also heart-driven as licensed ministers and market place professionals pour into students’ lives. The principles taught in life lessons will encompass the core values of SCSL.

Leadership Foundation (1st Year Class)

Leaderhip Foundation classes are designed to introduce the next generation of leaders to fundamental skills that help them in the marketplace and church ministry.  These classes teach the basics for becoming a leader in today's world.

Today’s Leader (2nd Year Class)
Today’s Leader is designed to mark the next generation of leaders by teaching relevant leadership skills, styles and principles. Lessons are structured to be applicable for both the marketplace and church ministry.

Ministry Pragmatics
Ministry Pragmatics is an introduction of the call and preparation needed for effective ministry to this generation. Classes will include an overview of contemporary trends, topics and philosophies useful in reaching today’s culture.

UpClose Mentoring
During UpClose mentoring sessions Pastor Stephen Chitty or one of his associate pastors shares from his years of wisdom and addresses topics relevant to life’s journey and ministry. It is the heart of Pastor Stephen to sow into the next generation in hopes that they learn from history and build upon the successes and failures of those who have gone before them. Through prepared lessons and open forum sessions students glean valuable insights, which will impact the course of their lives.


academic breakdown

 

first year courses

Course Name

Description

Hours/week

Biblical Studies 1st Semester
  • Power of Prayer
  • Journaling Your Spiritual Journey
  • Iron Sharpens Iron
  • Relational Integrity
  • Spirit, Soul, and Body
  • The Friendship Factor
  • Identity in Christ
  • Hell's Hidden Angenda
  • Godly Confrontation 

2nd Semester
  • Handling the Hurts of Life
    (Death, Divorce, Dysfuncional Homes)
  • Five Tanks of Life
  • Forming Biblical Convictions
  • Defending Your Faith
  • God Honoring Relationships
  • Finishing Well
  • Values of the Church
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Changing Seasons Successfully
  • God's Divine Guidance 
2.5 
 Life Lessons

 1st Semester

  • Relational Walls
  • Anyone for Tennis (Communication Skills)
  • Financial Planning
  • Personal Safety / Defence
  • Etiquette
  • Personal Fitness and Nutrition
  • Personality Profile
 
2nd Semester
  • Public Speaking
  • Love Languages
  • Car Repair
  • Goal Setting
  • Resume Writing
  • Interview Skills
  • Time Management
1.5 
Valley Forge
Christian College 

 1st Semester

  • Personal Evangelism
  • How to Interpret the Bible
  • Acts
  • A/G History
 
2nd Semester
  • Ephesians
  • Ministerial Ethics
  • Introduction to Pentecostal Doctrine
  • Life of Christ
Scripture Studies  Weekly scripture memorization and hermeneutic
study, Hermeneutic Research Paper
(25 weeks)
Up Close Mentoring by senior pastor & pastoral staff  1.5
Cymbrogi Mentoring in men's & women's discipleship groups  2 (bimonthly)
Community Service
  • Mentoring in Public Schools
  • Women / Children's Shelter
  • Crisis Pregnancy Center
  • Elderly Daycare
  • Special Needs Facility
  • Food and Clothing Banks
  • Homeless Ministry
3

 

second year courses

Course Name

Description

Hours/week

Today's Leader 1st Semester
  • The Reason for Respect
  • Coaching Series
  • Servant Leadership
  • Learning Your Leader
  • Dealing with Accusations
  • Time Management

2nd Semester
  • Helpful Hints to Public Speaking
  • Who's Interviewing Whom
  • Coaching Through Crisis
  • Marriage and Ministry
  • Goal Setting
  • How to Delegate
  • Casting Vision
  • Leadership by Pulling
1.5 
Valley Forge
Christian College 

 1st Semester

  • Introduction to Homiletics
  • New Testament Survey
  • Leadership Skills
 
2nd Semester
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Old Testament Survey
  • Romans
  • Eschatology
3
Specialization:
Ministry Pragmatics 

1st Semester

  • Planning a Service
  • Youth Church vs. Youth Group
  • Small Groups
  • Event, Trip and Retreat Planning
  • Ministry to Parents
  • Budgeting
  • Developing a Ministry Action Plan 
2nd Semester
  • Preparing a Resume
  • Principals of Ministry in Practice
  • Determining Where to Fix Your Focus
  • A Balanced Youth Ministry Diet
  • Year in Review
  • How to Enter and Exit a Church and Ministry
  • Creating a Sense of Family
  • Forming a Leadership Team
  • Building Captains
  • Sound and Tech
  • Connecting to the Culture / Campus Ministry
1.5 
Other Areas of 
Specialization 
  • Children's Ministry
  • Worship Ministry
  • Missions
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Creative Communications
  • Media and Marketing
  • Youth Ministry
1.5 - 3
Scripture Studies Weekly scripture memorization and hermeneutic
study, Hermeneutic Research paper
 (25 weeks)
Up Close Mentoring by senior pastor & pastoral staff 1.5
Cymbrogi Mentoring in men's & women's discipleship groups  2 (bimonthly)
Community Service
  • Mentoring in Public Schools
  • Women / Children's Shelter
  • Crisis Pregnancy Center
  • Elderly Daycare
  • Special Needs Facility
  • Food and Clothing Banks
  • Homeless Ministry
3