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Taking courses online is a convenient way to continue studying and learning when you already have other things in your schedule. Interact with your instructor and other students online, complete course readings, submit assignments, and write exams at your own pace within a six-month period.

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Arts & Science

HF 111 Thinking & Writing

Thinking & Writing is a three-credit online course designed to teach you how to critically engage with and counter viewpoints hostile to the Bible and Christian faith. Offered in our eLearning environment, this introduction to critical thinking, research, writing, and apologetics will equip you with skills necessary for serious study, critical analysis, formulating sound arguments, and communicating intelligently.

Isn't it Enough Just to Believe in Jesus?

Everything we read or listen to has a message. Especially in the realm of religion and theology, there are arguments that sound convincing but that are in truth lies that appeal to our sinful nature. Without a firm grounding in the faith and a working knowledge of argumentative fallacies, Christians will be ill equipped to assess and respond to the deceptive ideas encountered in the workplace and even in our churches. We need to be prepared to evaluate different viewpoints and to discuss spiritual questions. We need to know how to communicate credibly with family members, co-workers and friends.

Course Format & Registration

An internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet is required to participate in the course. Online lessons include audio and video segments, assigned reading, forum discussions, and a variety of writing assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you'll have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can audit the course for a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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HF 231 History of Western Civilization 1

An accurate and constructive understanding of our present is informed by knowledge of our past. Although not all of us can trace our heritage to western civilization, it is the western tradition, arising out of the ancient Near East and medieval Europe, which provided the formative cultural and institutional framework for the modern Western World. As such, understanding this historical stream of our past is important for an accurate understanding of our own identity and place in our present context.

Course Description

This course covers, in survey fashion, key events and themes which make up the early history of what is known as western civilization. The chronological range of material covered extends from the period of the earliest known ancient civilizations of the Near East through to the late medieval period (15th century) in Europe. While related historical events in other parts of the globe will be used as reference points, the primary geographical stage will be the regions of the Mediterranean basin and the wider European subcontinent. The course focuses on key events, people and ideas which played a formative role in developing this collective entity referred to as Western Civilization.

Prerequisite: HF 110 Written Composition or HF 111 Thinking and Writing.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include PowerPoint video lectures, audio material, assigned reading, forum discussions, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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HF 232 History of Western Civilization 2

This course has three primary purposes: As the instructor I want students to: 1) be excited about doing and reading history because their imaginations have been fired by studying the historical past; 2) gain a sense of intellectual confidence through the actual practice of doing history and understanding other highly skilled historians; 3) see the importance and value of history as a discipline and body of knowledge because it is a gift of God. Thus in practicing it we participate in our uniquely human vocation of being God’s image bearers in the world, witnessing to the truth that the human story finds its meaning in the sovereign presence and purposes of God.

Course Description

This course picks up the narrative of western civilization where HF 231 left off. It covers the period from the late Middle Ages to the late 20th century. A two-part question which the course raises and then seeks to answer is ‘how did the cultural condition of modernity develop in the Western World and what are its defining characteristics?’ In this course we will also consider a corollary question, ‘why did modernity arise in the West and not elsewhere?'

Prerequisite: HF 110 Written Composition or HF 111 Thinking and Writing.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include PowerPoint video lectures, assigned textbook reading, forum discussions, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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SC 141 Health & Wellness

This three-credit online course teaches you how to improve your physical fitness and maintain good nutrition. Informed by course readings, students will develop and follow a personal workout program for 14 consecutive weeks and measure improvement. Workouts will focus on the aerobic activity of your choice, such as running, biking, or swimming.

Does Physical Fitness Really Matter?

God intended us to be physically active. Our bodies were constructed for activity and function best when we are in shape. The intrinsic connection between our physical being and our emotional, mental, spiritual, and relational well-being means that improving physical fitness provides rich benefits for every aspect of our lives. As we reflect on our responses to the discipline of exercise and the pain involved, we can also gain deeper insight into the motivations of our heart. Scripture encourages us to embrace challenges and hardships because they help us grow in character and maturity. Are we genuinely pursuing growth and development, or are we just seeking the path of least resistance?

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include video segments, textbook readings, application questions and fitness journal reflections. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. Please note that within that six months, you will need to dedicate a 14-week (3 and a half month) block of time to consistent workouts (minimum 3 times a week) to fulfill your fitness program. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can audit the course for a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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SS 210 Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology is an online course about human behaviour and mental processes. Offered in our eLearning environment, this three-credit course will give you a broad overview of the science, acquaint you with various theories and approaches, and give you the opportunity to carry out a research project of your own.

Can Psychology Inform our Faith?

Throughout our Christian journey, there are many places where we try to understand how life, and the realities of life, match with faith. This is an important aspect of becoming a maturing, discerning believer God can use to meet the needs of hurting people. As we seek to care for others, we will need to grapple with questions like, 'How does Scripture and the values that are espoused in Scripture relate to the things that are being discovered and promoted in psychology today?' 'What are the conflicts?' 'Where can we align ourselves with truth in this whole process?' Looking at the study of psychology from a Christian biblical perspective can help us develop a more holistic view of humanity. Prerequisite: HF 110 - Written Composition or HF 111 - Thinking and Writing

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, quizzes, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can audit the course for a reduced price. Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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SS 220 Introduction to Sociology

Human society is a divine concept. It is God's plan, from the decrees of His council "from before the creation of the world."  Christians must be in the world in order to influence society for good and for the gospel.  It is therefore important to understand society in its context in order to relate effectively to people.  The study of how people live and function in social settings in society provides us with an opportunity to integrate anthropological, psychological and sociological understandings, values and relationships in a holistic and biblical worldview. Prerequisite: HF 110 - Written Composition or HF 111 - Thinking and Writing

Course Description 

As this is an introductory course, it is an overview of the study of sociology. The foundations of the field of sociology (scientific, interpretive and critical orientations of the discipline) will be explored. Foundations of social life including culture and cultural diversity will be examined through models for understanding the structure and dynamics of social organization. Background will be given to understand the ideas of key and representative thinkers in the field (Durkheim, Marx, Weber and Lenski). Social inequality, social institutions and global social change will also be addressed.

Course Format, Registration & e-Text

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include assigned reading, chapter tests, written assignments and forum postings. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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SS 261 Leadership Foundations

This online course will help you formulate a theology of leadership, teach you how to approach practical tasks, and challenge you to develop the character, skills, and abilities necessary for godly, effective leadership.

Foundations of Effectiveness

As Christians, it is not enough for us to merely address leadership and organizational principles. We must consider the very foundations of effectiveness. God works in our world, and He is concerned about every avenue of life. He created humans for fellowship with Himself and to fulfill His purposes. He gave us responsibility and authority to govern and exercise leadership. We must recognize the person of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our world. Capable leadership begins with the character of the leader. It flows from a Spirit-given focus and vision consistent with the Word and character of God, and a commitment to enabling every person to develop and exercise their gifts with humility. Prerequisite: HF 110 - Written Composition or HF 111 - Thinking and Writing

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, forum postings, journals and other written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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SS 273 Cultural Anthropology

The goal of this course is to be more aware of personal worldview and the multiplicity of cultural perspectives that organize our global community. Equally important is an understanding of social structures and the ability to offer pragmatic solutions for addressing these diverse (and often contrary) perspectives—with love and truth for the purpose of Kingdom advancement.

Course Description

Cultural Anthropology is an introductory course, which explores the complexities of culture in a global environment. This course examines the diverse ways in which human beings express themselves relationally through social structures, and it introduces students to anthropological tools for interpreting and analyzing these diverse social structures.

Important topics in cultural anthropology include theories of cultural anthropology, worldview, social organizations and structures (e.g., ethnicity, class, marginalization, gender, kinship, and religion), ethnography, and the concept of culture as it relates to personal and corporate responsibilities. Prerequisite: HF 110 - Written Composition or HF 111 - Thinking and Writing

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include video segments, textbook and online readings, quizzes, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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Bible & Theology

NT 206 Introduction to Biblical Greek I

Introduction to Biblical Greek I will introduce you to the vocabulary and grammar of New Testament Greek so you can begin reading and studying the New Testament in its original language.

Offered in partnership with Zondervan and BibleMesh, this course will allow you to gain (a) a firm grasp of the Greek alphabet, pronunciation, and punctuation, (b) foundational knowledge of Greek nouns, pronouns, prepositions, and verbs, and (c) confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and interactive vocabulary building tools.

Course Format & Registration

All course material—including instructional videos by William D. Mounce, audio recordings, readings, and vocabulary exercises and review—is available online for study at your own convenience. Purchase of the textbook, Basics of Biblical Greek, 3rd Edition, supports learning retention and remains your personal resource after you have completed the course.

You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course.

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NT 307 Introduction to Biblical Greek II

Introduction to Biblical Greek II picks up where Introduction to Biblical Greek I leaves off, digging deeper into the vocabulary and grammar of New Testament Greek.

Offered in partnership with Zondervan and BibleMesh, this course will allow you to gain (a) more extensive knowledge of Greek verbs and their various forms, (b) confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and cutting-edge vocabulary building tools, and (c) the foundational knowledge required to begin studying the New Testament in its original language.

Course Format & Registration

All course material—including instructional videos by William D. Mounce, audio recordings, readings, and vocabulary exercises and review—is available online for study at your own convenience. The textbook you previously purchased for Greek I, Basics of Biblical Greek, 3rd Edition, supports learning retention and continues to be your personal resource after you have completed the course.

You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course.

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NT 318 Encountering Jesus in John's Gospel

This course offers a literary, historical, and theological engagement with the Gospel of John—one of the most influential writings in the whole of Scripture. For John, the disclosure of God in and through his unique Son, portrayed in the Gospel, is the climactic event of history. Through a combination of audio, video, and reading, this course will feature a survey of John’s Gospel, noting significant distinctive themes along the way, such as Jesus’ “signs,” divine “glory,” and the relationship of John’s Gospel to the Old Testament. It will also highlight the main issues involved in reading and interpreting John’s Gospel, and some scholarly debates which affect our understanding.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, forum discussions, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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OT 112 Reading the Torah

Course Description

This course offers a survey of the Pentateuch (i.e., the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). Over the course of twelve sessions, you will receive a general introduction to these books, including their historical backgrounds, literary structure, and theological themes, and the hermeneutic approaches suitable to interpreting them. The course also highlights some of the main issues in the scholarly debates and leads you towards a greater appreciation of these books and their usefulness for personal devotion and church ministry. These objectives will be accomplished through a combination of audio lectures, video material, the reading of the biblical books and selected scholarly resources, online interaction, and written assignments 

Course Format and Registration 

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include a combination of audio lectures, video material, assigned reading (biblical books, textbook, and other scholarly resources), forum discussions, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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OT 206 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

This course provides an introduction to the basic grammar and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew.  The learning format is self-paced and structured around the material provided by Zondervan Academic Online Courses, a Hebrew workbook and some very basic translation exercises.  The course instructor will monitor the learning process and communicate with students via Skype or phone to answer questions and to discuss workbook exercises.

Course Format & Registration

Course material—including instructional videos by Miles Van Pelt, readings, interactive practice exercises, quizzes, and vocabulary review—is available online for study at your own convenience. Please note that you will need to use Google Chrome browser for correct display of the Hebrew font. Purchase of Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Workbook 2nd Edition, is required for completion of translation assignments.

You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course.

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OT 221 Reading the Historical Books

Many readers of the Bible are familiar with individual stories from the historical books, such as the fall of Jericho or David's fight against Goliath.  Yet, because of the literary scope of these books and the wide range of names and events that they include, Christians often struggle to see the "big picture" of Israel's history.  Understanding how these books relate to other parts of the Old Testament and how they connect to the New Testament adds another level of difficulty for most readers.  Intended to address these challenges, this course facilitates a guided, first-hand encounter with the biblical text and is geared toward fostering the ability to read historical material with academic soundness and personal dedication.

Course Description 

This course offers a survey of the historical books of the Old Testament (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther). Over the course of twelve sessions, you will receive a general introduction to these books, including their historical backgrounds, literary structure, and theological themes, and the hermeneutic approaches suitable to interpreting them. The course also highlights some of the main issues in the scholarly debates and leads you towards a greater appreciation of these books and their usefulness for personal devotion and church ministry. Prerequisite: OT 112 - Reading the Torah

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include a combination of audio lectures, video material, assigned reading (biblical books, textbook, and other scholarly resources), forum discussions, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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OT 243 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature

In contrast to the narratives and speeches that we find in the historical and prophetic books, the poetic format of the Psalms and wisdom texts may make it difficult to discern their unity and message. Beyond knowing an isolated verse here or a random proverbial saying there, readers of the Bible often are not well-acquainted with these books and their relationship to other parts of the Old Testament, let alone their links with the New Testament. Intended to redress this scenario, this course facilitates a guided, first-hand encounter with the biblical text and is geared toward fostering your ability to read Psalms and wisdom material with academic soundness and personal dedication.

Course Description

This course offers a survey of the Psalms and Old Testament wisdom literature (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs). Over the course of twelve sessions, you will receive a general introduction to these books, including their historical backgrounds, literary structure, and theological themes, and the hermeneutic approaches suitable to interpreting them. The course also highlights some of the main issues in the scholarly debates and leads you towards discerning the ways of worship and wisdom that these books provide for personal devotion and church ministry. Prerequisite: OT 112 - Reading the Torah

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, audio and video segments, forum discussions, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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OT 307 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II

Course Description

This course builds on the material and learning of Hebrew I (OT 206) and completes the introduction to the basic grammar and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew. Preparing students to read portions of the Hebrew Bible on their own, the course offers instruction in lexical and syntactical skills with a primary focus on the Hebrew verbal system. Like Hebrew I, this course is structured around the material provided by Zondervan Academic Online Courses, a Hebrew workbook, and translation exercises. The course instructor will monitor the learning process and communicate with students via Skype or phone to answer questions and to discuss workbook exercises.
Prerequisite: OT 206 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

Course Format & Registration

Course material—including instructional videos by Miles Van Pelt, readings, interactive practice exercises, quizzes, and vocabulary review—is available online for study at your own convenience. Please note that you will need to use Google Chrome browser for correct display of the Hebrew font. Purchase of Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Workbook 2nd Edition, is required for completion of translation assignments. Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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OT 353 Reading the Prophets

Welcome to OT 353! We’re in for a wild ride as we explore the most powerful rhetoric of the Old Testament. You’ll be discovering key aspects of the world of the prophets so that you can read their messages with sensitivity to the ancient context. At the same time, we’ll consider the relevance of their messages for our own day. The prophets do not allow us to hold them at arm’s length. They pull us in, chastening and challenging us, pointing us back to covenant faithfulness.

Course Description 

A study of the Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve) with Daniel and Lamentations, focusing on developing sensitivity to the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of these books. The course will include discussion of the relevance of the prophetic books for contemporary critical issues. Prerequisites for this course include OT 112: Reading the Torah, and OT 221: Reading the Historical Books.

Course Format and Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include video lectures, online videos, assigned reading, forum discussions, written assignments, and quizzes. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information. 

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ST 100 The Christian Life

This online course is designed to help you connect your heart, soul, and mind to God. Explore how people of different temperaments experience closeness in their walk with God and spiritual disciplines that can be helpful.

Connecting with God’s Heart

Ever wonder why you feel so close to God in some settings and so far away in others? Or why some people love doing certain things such as journaling, rather than hiking in the mountains? Our God loves diversity and has created us to be unique individuals. That’s why we each see God and experience Him a little differently at times. Rather than allowing ourselves to become discouraged or disillusioned by devotional styles or practices that just don’t seem to work for us, we can discover the ones that really tap into how God designed us to connect our hearts with His. We need to keep reaching out to Him as we journey through life together.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. Due to the nature of assignments, completion will take a minimum of four months. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology

Course Description 

This course introduces you to the major doctrines of the Christian faith as found in the Scriptures.  The primary purpose of the course is to teach you the skills to develop a Christian mindset by assisting you in constructing a solid theological foundation for thinking and dealing with life's most important issues by looking at theology's most primary source: the Bible and tradition.

Course Format and Registration 

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include a combination of audio/visual lectures, assigned reading (textbooks and other scholarly resources), forum discussions, written assignments, quizzes and an exam. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.  

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TH 332 Theology of Mission

The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is an incredible account of God's attempts to save mankind. Mission lies at the very heart of God and, as His followers, our responsibility is to join Him in what He is doing in the world. For effective involvement in this endeavour we must not only understand the biblical basis for mission but also current and historical trends and strategies.

Course Description

This course will guide students in a critique of the positive and negative aspects and issues related to past and present mission efforts. Students will be challenged to grapple with the issues and challenges related to missions with a view toward practical application of the same.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include extensive reading (textbook and numerous PDF articles), forum discussions, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Distance Education students will have six months to complete the course (GlobeTREK students will have until June 30). If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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TH 343 History of Christian Thought I

History of Christian Thought I surveys the first 1400 years of the development of Christian theology—from the post-apostolic era to the late Middle Ages and the dawn of the Protestant Reformation. Gain a greater understanding of Christian theology as it has been moulded and shaped throughout the centuries.

What Does History Have to Do with Theology?

The doctrines that Christians believe in and hold to did not appear out of thin air. They have a history and many of them have changed in various ways over time, whether for good or for ill. Learning why and how they were formulated in the first place, and their relevance to the Church in every context in which it proclaims the gospel, helps us better understand what we believe, confess, and allow to influence our own lives. When we situate ourselves within the greater living tradition of the Church’s theology, we discover that we too have the opportunity to critically engage with primary sources that have powerfully influenced the Church and its ministry to the world. Prerequisite: One 200 level TH course

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, forum postings, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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TH 354 Apologetics

Apologetics is a three-credit online course about defending the Christian faith. Offered in our eLearning environment, it builds on the foundation laid in Thinking & Writing to expand your understanding of apologetic methods, their historical development, and their place in contemporary society. Attention is also given to the limitations of apologetics and the impact of postmodernism on this branch of theology.

What is Apologetics?

Apologetics is a ministry. It is dealing with other people—people who have needs, points of view and experiences. We must recognize that those we talk to are created in God's image and treat them as such. As a ministry, apologetics must always be done prayerfully... it has no effect whatsoever unless the Holy Spirit works in the heart of the person with whom we are speaking. It must also be done holistically. Holistically means that everything is involved—not only the words we speak but the life we live. Apologetics is relational and incarnational: our lives must reflect what we believe and the One in whom we believe. 

Prerequisite: HF 110 - Written Composition or HF 111 - Thinking and Writing and one 200 level TH course

Course Format & Registration

An internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet is required to participate in the course. Online lessons include video lectures, assigned reading, forum discussions, and a variety of writing assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you'll have six months to complete the course. Those wishing to take the course for college credit will need to meet the Thinking & Writing prerequisite first. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can audit the course for a reduced price and we will waive the prerequisite! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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Major/Church & Ministry

IS 140 World Religions

Offered in our eLearning environment, this introductory three-credit course surveys the ideas, philosophies, doctrines, and practices of the major world religions. Students will discover how our Gospel witness can and should be contextualized to people from a particular religion.

What Can We Learn from People of Other Faiths?

To be an effective witness for Jesus, we must first share His heart of love for people. We need to take a genuine interest in others. We need to listen to them and seek to understand what they believe and why. If we aren't interested—if we don't care to hear what people of other religions believe and why they do the things they do—we should not be surprised if they are not interested in hearing about what we believe either. An attitude of respect that seeks to learn and understand how someone lives out their religion builds bridges. It lays a foundation for friendship and meaningful conversation.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, quizzes, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can audit the course for a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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IS 351 Cross Cultural Communication

The assumptions we have about communication have consequences for how we communicate. Regardless of whether we relocate to a different nation and speak to people we meet there or if we speak with a co-worker in our hometown, we have probably crossed some cultural border. Therefore, everyone needs to be aware of the principles involved in cross-cultural communication. You may or may not have experienced culture shock but the class will help your cultural adjustment if you go abroad and also your adjustment to working/relating to people from other cultures even if you stay in your own nation. 

Course Description 

In this course, we will deal with foundational principles for communication between people from different cultures. You will learn to be aware of the influence of thinking processes, worldviews, plus verbal and non-verbal behaviours. We will also cover aspects of anxiety and uncertainty that everyone faces when communicating with someone from a different culture. Most of the assignments will relate to you applying the teaching to your own interaction with different cultures or people from different cultures.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include videos, assigned reading, forum discussions, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information. 

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PA 103 Leadership Coaching

Leadership Coaching provides an orientation to gospel coaching in its relation to pastoral shepherding and disciple-making ministry. The out of class practicum will involve one on one and/or small group coaching. Students will discover that coaching comes from how God has shaped us and will learn how to appreciate gospel language in the ministry life of Jesus.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include audio lectures, video segments, textbook readings, forum discussions, written assignments, and three Skype conversations. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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PA 314 Advanced Preaching

This is an advanced preaching course designed to help equip each student in the preparation and delivery of expository, Christ-centered, Bible messages empowered by the Holy Spirit, expressed from the heart, properly interpreted according to various biblical genres, with bare notes, as an act of worship for God's glory. Acts 6:4 is a foundational text. Course prerequisite is PA 111 Passionate Preaching and Teaching or a comparable introductory course in expository Bible preaching, and students are expected to be familiar with Haddon Robinson, Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages or a comparable text. Prerequisite: PA 211 - Passionate Preaching and Teaching

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, audio and video segments, forum discussions, written assignments, and delivery of two expository Bible messages. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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PA 372 Missional Leadership

Throughout Scripture, there is a very real assumption that God is a missional God. As a missional God, Scripture is filled with a grand adventure of God’s incarnational working in the world. God is on mission and we are called to be catalysts, joining Him in his Kingdom work. No matter where you live, what you do, you are called to work with God, in this grand adventure. Dallas Willard put it this way: “Every church needs to be able to answer two questions. One, do we have a plan for making disciples? Two, does our plan work?”

Course Description

Missional Leadership focuses on a Biblical understanding and appreciation of God, as a missional God and the church as God’s missional agent in the world. We will explore the genesis and development of new initiatives, as a substantial ministry in the life of a Christ follower. Students will have hands on training and study in the observation, development and rebirth of new missional initiatives. As well, students will formulate a personal missional philosophy for ministry.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include video segments, textbook and online readings, quizzes, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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SS 261 Leadership Foundations

This online course will help you formulate a theology of leadership, teach you how to approach practical tasks, and challenge you to develop the character, skills, and abilities necessary for godly, effective leadership.

Foundations of Effectiveness

As Christians, it is not enough for us to merely address leadership and organizational principles. We must consider the very foundations of effectiveness. God works in our world, and He is concerned about every avenue of life. He created humans for fellowship with Himself and to fulfill His purposes. He gave us responsibility and authority to govern and exercise leadership. We must recognize the person of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our world. Capable leadership begins with the character of the leader. It flows from a Spirit-given focus and vision consistent with the Word and character of God, and a commitment to enabling every person to develop and exercise their gifts with humility.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, forum postings, journals and other written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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ST 100 The Christian Life

This online course is designed to help you connect your heart, soul, and mind to God. Explore how people of different temperaments experience closeness in their walk with God and spiritual disciplines that can be helpful.

Connecting with God’s Heart

Ever wonder why you feel so close to God in some settings and so far away in others? Or why some people love doing certain things such as journaling, rather than hiking in the mountains? Our God loves diversity and has created us to be unique individuals. That’s why we each see God and experience Him a little differently at times. Rather than allowing ourselves to become discouraged or disillusioned by devotional styles or practices that just don’t seem to work for us, we can discover the ones that really tap into how God designed us to connect our hearts with His. We need to keep reaching out to Him as we journey through life together.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. Due to the nature of assignments, completion will take a minimum of four months. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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YO 151 Introduction to Youth Ministry

Youth ministry is as diversified and complex as the youth culture it seeks to serve. The challenge of understanding today’s teens and providing responsive, relational ministry in urban, rural, church and para-church contexts is a formidable one. This course will help the future youth worker have a better understanding of today’s youth and the local church. It will also help you develop a Biblical and a philosophical foundation for relevant and relational youth ministry.

Course Description

An introduction to contemporary youth ministry. Students will examine youth culture, various models of youth ministry, the Biblical and theological foundations for reaching and disciplining today’s youth as well as a short study on the history of youth ministry. The areas of programming, teaching, recruiting, volunteers, administration, developing relationships with students, and personal care in youth ministry will also be covered. No prerequisites required.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include video lectures, assigned reading, forum discussions, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information. 

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YO 224 Creative Teaching Methods

Are you tired of trying to keep your students’ attention? Struggling to bring your lessons to life? Having a hard time disciplining your class? Then please let me help. Sign up for this class today.

Course Description

This course examines the teaching methodology of Jesus, in principle and practice, for teachers of youth and adults. You will be introduced to several curriculum design processes that will help you become more effective teachers. We will explore several teaching methods that are guaranteed to bring your lessons to life with feeling and impact.

Course Format & Registration

You will need an internet-enabled desktop, laptop or tablet to participate. Online lessons include textbook readings, video segments, forum discussions, and written assignments. You can register anytime. Once enrolled, you will have six months to complete the course. If receiving college credit is not important to you, you can sign up for personal interest at a reduced price! Phone 1.800.785.4226 or email distance.ed@prairie.edu for more information.

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