Degree Program Objectives:To formulate a theological basis for ministry calling and vocation.
To communicate by preaching, writing, and other media an effective application of biblical truths for life's needs.
To guide and counsel others in times of need and personal crisis so that they can hear and respond to the voice of God.
To engage in worship leadership, integrating music, scripture, and other functions in the instruction and inspiration of God's people.
To research issues and opportunities using a variety of means in the choice of solutions to complex situations.
Students are encouraged not to be unduly pressured to complete the Degree Program by a certain time. Actually, it is best to pursue training at a relaxed yet steady rate and accompany it with continuous vocation. Thus, as training moves toward culmination, the student will also grow in a vocation.
All courses offered by Lathrop Christian College/VIU accredited college-level
courses, which may be taken individually for credit without enrollment in a
certificate or degree program, and will be awarded identical credit if
successfully. completed, which credit can subsequently be transferred into any
LCC/VIU certificate or degree program.
Prerequisites For Admission
High school diploma or equivalent.
Approval from local church leadership.
Following are the curricula for each of the first three years of the pre-degree certificate program. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of each year. Courses are not weighted by number, however, students are encouraged to take the courses in the order presented.
With prior written approval of the VIU headquarters office, the campus
director, and the student's mentor, the student may choose to substitute an
elective for no more than two of the courses of the designated curriculum for
YEAR I Module 1
Program: Certificate in Biblical Studies
Goal: Foundation Building on God's Word
Course # Title (* indicates a required course).
* BI100 Hermeneutics: How to Study The Bible
* BIlOl Old Testament Survey
* B1102 New Testament Survey
* RS1O1 Dynamic Christian Foundations
* BI106 The Bible
RS1O5 Principles of Praise and Worship
RS106 Principles and Power of Prayer
RS1O9 Christian Character
* CC1O1 Marriage and Family Life
* GE1O3 English Composition
PC100 Practicum: Servanthood
Substitution of courses can be made from additional electives courses listed
below or found in the college catalog if approved by Center Dean.
B1103 The Pentateuch
B1104 The Gospels
BI1OS Minor Prophets
RS111 Kingdom Living
ED101 Introduction to Teaching
GE1O6 Introduction to Sociology
GE1O9 History of Civilization
RS11O Spiritual Warfare
GEl05 Intro to Psychology
YEAR II Module 2
Program: Associates in Biblical Studies
Goal: Maturity in Christ (Fullness of Stature in Christ)
B1203 Romans and Galatians
RS1O2 Christian Life
RS1O7 Great Words of the Bible
RS200 Church History I
RS203 Soteriology: The Cross and the Crown
RS204 Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
RS205 The Healing Covenant
RS209 Faith Dynamics
CC2O1 Introduction to Christian Counseling
RS2O1 Authority of the Believer
PC200 Practicum. Steward in God's House
(beginning leadership in Bible study, home fellowship,
helping first year students).
BI201 Gospel of John
BI205 Interpreting Signs and Symbols
BI208 Ministry of Helps
BI210 Tabernacle of Moses
BI211 Bible Atlas
RS202 Cults and the Occult
RS21O Blood Covenant
RS211 Ministry Gills
RS213 New Creation Image
RS214 Royal Priesthood
RS215 Christian World View
RS216 Dynamics of Revival
RS217 The Charismata: Equipped to Serve
GE2O1 Cultural Anthropology
GE202 Health Principles
YEAR III Module 3
Program: Ministerial Diploma/ Diploma in Theology
Theme: Servant Leaders/Watchmen
ED3O1 Principles of Christian Education
RS3O1 Pastoral Ministiy
RS304 Leadership and Church Government
RS307 Finding God's Will: Discovery
PC300 Practicum. Practical Ministry (preaching, teaching, worship leading,
missions, weddings, fimerals, communion, visitation, etc.).
BI302 The Prophets and Prophecy
BI304 Feasts of Israel
RS305 Introduction to Missions
RS306 Worship Leading in the Church
RS308 Youth Ministry
RS309 Highly Exalted
RS314 Principles of Church Growth
CB302 Entrepreneunaiship in Ministry in Christian Business Management
CB303 Creative Ministiy Development in Christian Business Management
Each ministry student must have ample opportunity to practice his/her calling
and gift. The best laboratory for such practice is the local church. In the
Vision Bible College Program, each student will have hands-on training with
experienced Christian leaders. We offer four levels of practicum:
1.Year I - Servanthood/Ministry of Helps - Learning obedience to the word and
respect for God's authority in the church. Work will include: Physical work
around God's house, research for stafl, transportation assistance, and other
areas of service. Church attendance is expected at all scheduled services.
2.Year II - Stewards in God's House - Developing a lifestyle of service unto
the Lord is the goal of year II. Each student will serve within the local church
in areas of Home Fellowship, helping first year students, Bible Studies,
soul-winning, Sunday School Teaching, Ushering, etc.
3.Year III - Practical Ministry - Third year students will begin to branch
out as assistants to pastors, evangelists, prophets, teachers, apostles, and do
ministry throughout the church network. Each student will preach, teach,
evangelize, visit, conduct or assist in conducting weddings, funerals, commumion,
etc. Ministerial ethics are emphasized.