Overview of Masters of Religious Education Degree

The Mission of the Master of Religious Education program is to help prepare our students for a lifetime of faithful teaching, service and vibrant discipleship and to lead in various educational church ministries and Christian institutions with wisdom and integrity.

The following are the required classes for the MRE Degree for those students who have matriculated through the Associate and Bachelors’ Degree programs at Cornerstone College of Virginia (formerly Fredericksburg Bible Institute and Seminary) or another Bible College or Seminary and fulfilled all the core requirements of those degree programs. Effective July 1, 2017, the MRE Program is the only program wherein 6 credits is considered full-time status. All MRE students previously enrolled as of July 1, 2017 will be considered part of this program change.

Those students entering into CCV with a degree from another institution must complete the following core classes (and possibly others) in addition to the required courses listed under the Master of Religious Education program unless otherwise waived by the Academic Dean:

  • Theology I & II
  • Counseling Course
  • Old Testament Survey
  • Personal Evangelism
  • New Testament Survey
  • Ethics Course
  • Intro to Missions
  • Church History
  • Homiletics

Required Courses

HT 520 Advanced Christian Ethics (3 CR)

This advanced ethics course explores the difference between “ethics” and “morals” and challenges students to approach ethical topics from a basis rooted in the absolutes of God’s Word. Students will learn how to think biblically while examining such critical, timely topics as abortion, euthanasia, bioethics, human sexuality, politics, war, capital punishment, race, the arts and the environment. The Christian walk with God will be strengthened while the student formulates a strategy for a victorious ethical Christian lifestyle in today’s world.

PM 350 Conflict Resolution (3 CR)

This course is designed to equip church leaders with the leadership skills which will enable the positive use of conflict as a means to institutional growth and development.

ED 500 Basic Methods of Teaching (3 CR)

This study will acquaint the student with the art of teaching the Bible to all ages within the church setting. The student will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to teach the Bible creatively and effectively.

ED 505 Curriculum Design for Religious Education (3 CR)

The goal of religious education is to build biblical character and biblical knowledge. Curriculum design for Religious Education is an interactive course that challenges us to consider prayerfully the best ways to have students reach the goal. This course will prepare students to write/ build curriculum for both the church and Christian School setting.

BI 540-545 Biblical Language OR HS 501 Language for Ministry (6 CR)

OT 540 Hebrew Language I & II
This course will introduce the students to the Old Testament Language of the Bible. Students will learn how to read, interpret and speak the language. They will also learn how to apply the correct meaning and contexts of the language to preaching, teaching and exegetical work.

OT 541 Hebrew Language Techniques
This course will introduce the student to the Hebrew alphabet, word formation, grammar and verbal techniques. Emphasis will be placed on improving skills in the use of concordances, lexicons, on-line tools, differing English translations and linguistic helps.

NT 541 Greek Language Techniques
This course will introduce the student to the Greek alphabet, word formation, grammar and verbal techniques. Emphasis will be placed on improving skills in the use of concordances, lexicons, on-line tools, differing English translations and linguistic helps.

NT 542 Greek Language I & II
This course will introduce the students to the New Testament language of the Bible. Students will learn how to read, interpret and speak the language. They will also learn how to apply the correct meaning and contexts of the language to preaching, teaching and exegetical work.

HS 501 Spanish I & II
In this course will help the student to speak Spanish in a ministry setting whether in a church here in the United States or missions abroad. The student will review the concepts, learn vocabulary, pronunciation and common expressions of the Spanish language.

PM 530 Personal Spiritual Development (3 CR)

Student s will learn how to cultivate communion with Christ in order to be transformed into the image of Christ. Emphasis will be given to personal relational application through the development, articulation, and practice of a theology of personal growth (spiritual disciplines). Student will also learn biblical spiritual warfare principles and how to direct others in the practice of the individual and corporate disciplines.

MI 530 Advanced Missions (3 CR)

The advanced missions course will look at the Biblical narratives of justice throughout Scripture and explore God’s call to engage in bringing about justice on earth. It will delve into at what it means to “disturb the peace” in order to avoid the catastrophic effects that now manifest itself as social and ecological crises across the face of that planet. Students will be introduced to future trends and how they will impact our world, nation, communities and our churches; and look at the ultimate cost of consumerism in the world: What is our Christian responsibility and how can we make a difference?

EN 501 Thesis Writing (3 CR)

This course will help guide and instruct the student on writing a graduate level thesis in Turabian 8 format as required by the seminary. It will guide the student through the matters of style, scholarly citation, standard practices and expanded array of digital sources.

PM 500 Thesis/Ministry Project (3 CR)

Under the guidance of the Academic Dean and Dean for Master’s and Doctorate Programs the student will implement and apply the skills learned in Thesis writing to complete a final project.

 

Electives (30 CR)

View the list of electives.

***Those students entering into FBIS with a degree from another institution must complete additional courses as recommended by the Academic Dean upon surveying transcripts.