Over the years, many individuals have desired to attend Hartland College, but at times, young men and women from overseas have had visas denied, or others, due to the fact that they have families and jobs, were not able to interrupt their plans and enroll as students on our campus-based program. In a desire to provide a mission-minded education for people in situations such as these, Hartland College has developed distance learning programs, where students can still get the quality education they seek without having to leave their homes.
The purpose for which Hartland College designed this degree:
- To prepare Bible workers and/or evangelists.
- To make the essence of the Religion program of Hartland College available to students that cannot have the full experience of either our Bachelor of Pastoral Evangelism/Bible Instruction, or Associate of Bible Instruction offered live on campus.
- To offer a distance learning degree that recommends itself to either transfer its credits into a bachelor program in religion or to fulfill pre-requisites for graduate studies in ministry.
Core experience/competence: 27 quarter-credit
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ENGL 102: English Composition
(3 credits) This course provides theory and practice in college composition. It teaches paragraph and essay construction, and the skills required for writing and documenting persuasive research papers. It also builds skills in logic and critical thinking.
MATH 111: College Math
(4 credits) A simplified approach to math is introduced in this course, with an emphasis on intrinsic understanding rather than memorization of rules and procedures. Elementary concepts are presented from a new perspective, laying the foundation for the more advanced concepts found in college-level algebra and trigonometry. Special emphasis is given to the fundamental meaning and application of mathematical concepts. (Prerequisites: Placing score on College Math Placement Exam. Challenge: Students scoring high on the College Math Placement Exam may choose to take the College Math Challenge Exam.)
Principles of Medical Ministry
HLMN 111: Principles of Medical Ministry
(4 credits) A study of God’s natural laws and general physiology as they relate to health. Students will study God’s counsel regarding these laws in the Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy, and scientific literature which is consistent with Inspiration. Lecture and practical experience will also be provided for an introduction to hydrotherapy, massage, CPR, first aid, and herbal and charcoal home remedies.
Philosophy of Christian Education
EDUC 121: Philosophy of Christian Education
(3 credits)Explores the major issues relevant to Christian education, thus providing a basis for the development of a personal philosophy of education within the Christian context. An endeavor is made to discover the dynamic relationship between education and redemption, while illustrating means by which Christian principles may pervade every educational facet. Particular emphasis is given to implications for the student’s own life and for the educational and youth ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Speech and Homiletics
RELB 163: Speech and Homiletics
(4 credits) This course is divided into two parts. The first portion covers the planning and delivery of various academic speeches and other public speaking requirements. The last section covers homiletics and the process of planning and delivering sermons. Credit transfer of a college equivalent course is possible for the speech portion, but all students must take the homiletics portion.
Christian Marriage and Family
SOCI 212: Christian Marriage and Family
(3 credits) A Christian perspective on successful courtship and marriage and proper parenting as presented in the Bible and the writings of Ellen G. White. The lab deals with stewardship and other important family principles.
Principles of Christian Mental Health
PSYC 222: Principles of Christian Mental Health
(3 credits) An introduction to the principles of the mind, within the framework of biblical concepts of mental health and human behavior.
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EVMS: Evangelistic Ministries
(1 credit each) Students in the first class learn the rich history, principles, and philosophy of Bible work. In the second class, the emphasis is on learning how to prepare the church and the community for an evangelistic series. The third class covers the post-evangelistic work of baptismal preparation, follow-up work, as well as church planting. With all three classes, door-to-door work and giving studies are vital components of this ministry.
Major classes: 45 quarter-credit
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Conversion and Righteousness by Faith
RELB 121: Conversion and Righteousness by Faith
(3 credits) A Christ-centered examination of the plan of salvation in the context of the great controversy between Christ and Satan. This class focuses on the science of salvation: how to come to Christ and remain in Christ, working with Him to draw others to God.
Fundamentals of the Christian Faith
RELB 142: Fundamentals of the Christian Faith
(4 credits) An examination of the biblical doctrines held by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Emphasis is given to explaining and defending these beliefs to others.
RELB 211: Daniel
(3 credits) A study of the prophetic book of Daniel and its fulfillment in history, with special emphasis on the prophetic heritage which stands behind the commitment and growth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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Revelation I, II
RELB 212, 213: Revelation I, II
(3 credits) A study of the prophetic book of Revelation and its fulfillment in history. This course covers the revelation of Jesus Christ in history through the seven churches, the seals, and the trumpets in the first eleven chapters of Revelation.
(3 credits) A continuation of Revelation I and an in-depth study of the final conflict of the great controversy between Christ and Satan as outlined in the last eleven chapters of Revelation. This course explores in some detail the events after the beginning of the time of the end in 1798.
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Life and Teachings of Jesus I, II
RELB 242, 243: Life and Teachings of Jesus I, II
Life and Teachings of Jesus I
Life and Teachings of Jesus II
SDA Church History & Prophetic Guidance
RELB 241: SDA Church History & Prophetic Guidance
(3 credits) This course covers the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from its nineteenth-century Millerite roots, its organization and reorganization, and the development of its missionary activities, to its present worldwide expansion. Students will become acquainted with major events, themes, and developmental stages in the history of the SDA Church, as well as the relevance of SDA history to contemporary issues in the church. Investigation will also be made into the role of the prophetic gift in the church from Bible times to the present day, with special emphasis on the role of Sister White in the development of the SDA Church.
Acts and General Epistles
RELB 321: Acts and General Epistles
(3 credits) The history and spiritual growth of the early Christian church are explored through a study of the book of Acts and the letters of James, Peter, John, and Jude.
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Pauline Epistles I, II
RELB 322, 323: Pauline Epistles I, II
Pauline Epistles I
(3 credits) A study of the epistles of I and II Thessalonians, I and II Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans in order to understand Paul’s basic themes in their original context, as well as their application and relevance to Christians of all ages.Pauline Epistles II
(3 credits) A study of the messages and present application of Paul’s prison epistles: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, and Hebrews, and his pastoral epistles to Timothy and Titus.
RELB 331: Pastoral Care
(3 credits) Examines leadership as a Christian calling. There is an investigation of the Biblical roles of a pastor, elder, and deacon. God’s plan of church organization and government is explained. The preparation of baptismal candidates, funeral, marriage, dedication, ordination, and communion services are discussed.
RELB 353: Biblical Apologetics
(3 credits) A study of how to share the strong evidences for the Christian faith such as: the existence of God, the validity of the Bible, the historicity of Jesus Christ, and the Resurrection. This course also looks at how to share our faith with various non-Christian groups: atheists, agnostics, postmoderns, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and other non-Christians.
The Life and Ministry of Ellen G. White
RELB 361: The Life and Ministry of Ellen G. White
(3 credits) An investigation of the role of the prophetic gift in the church from Bible times to the present day, with special emphasis on the role of Ellen G. White in the development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This course also explores the context from which she emerged as God’s special messenger and examines issues surrounding her ministry and challenges to her credibility. Students will be provided with interpretive tools for understanding and applying Ellen White’s writings.
RELB 381: Evangelism
(3 credits) An overview of the principles of public and personal evangelism. The principles of leading people to decisions and conversion are directly addressed. The student is especially instructed in the preparation of heart and mind for successful evangelism.
Each student will be required to complete 24 credits of internship, which requires 16 weeks of full-time ministry related activities (minimum of 38 hours weekly), or if done part-time (minimum of 19 hours weekly) the requirement can be accomplished in 32 weeks. The Curriculum Committee of Hartland College must approve the internship site. More than one internship site may be approved. Internship sites could be SDA churches, and/or supporting ministries of the SDA Church. The following activities will count as part of the internship experience:
- Teaching and preaching: teaching Sabbath School lessons; preaching regularly in church services; training and equipping church members for evangelism.
- Involvement in all the phases of church life and activities: attending church board and business meetings, pastoral and elder meetings, worship committee, participation in the communion service and other services such as funeral, baby dedication, etc.
- Administering Bible studies.
Recommended activities during internship:
- Practical colporteur experience either in a structured canvassing program or under the mentorship of an experienced colporteur (highly recommended).
- Prison ministry may be part of the internship activities if it is part of the approved internship site’s regular activities.
- Completed reading of the following books: The Old Testament of the Holy Scriptures, Patriarchs and Prophets, and Prophets and Kings.
To supplement the curriculum of the Associate of Christian Discipleship degree, the Religion Department has chosen these books as required readings in order to provide a base knowledge of the Old Testament of the Holy Scriptures.
The main differences between the On-campus Associate of Bible Instruction and the Online Associate of Christian Discipleship:
The first is taken on campus and the second online.
The first has PRTR in the curriculum and the second does not.
The first requires one credit per term of Evangelistic Ministries (total of 6 credits) and the second requires 3 credits of Evangelistic Ministries—Bible Outreach I, II, and III.
The first has a 10-week internship requirement and the second has a 16-week internship requirement.
Recommendation of who should take this degree instead of an on-campus degree offered by the Religion Department of Hartland College:
A student who cannot take classes on campus and is self-motivated.
A student who has a career or employment that cannot be interrupted in order to study on campus.
A married student with family responsibilities who would have difficulty relocating.