Bluefield University in the News


by | Jan 18, 2010

In partnership with the Virginia Baptist Mission Board (VBMB) and the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, Bluefield College will offer a master’s class in Christian ethics this spring.

The spring 2010 Christian ethics course, entitled “Introduction to Christian Ethics,” is designed to introduce students to the basic terminology and methods of Christian ethical decision-making. Issues to be considered may include medical ethics, civil disobedience, sexual ethics, and environmental ethics.

The two-credit hour course, taught by Dr. Tracey Stout, a BC associate professor of Christian studies, will meet on the campus of Bluefield College on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., beginning Thursday, January 28 and concluding Thursday, May 13.

“This class is for anyone interested in a master’s degree in Christian studies,” said Dr. Gary Chapman, director of the VBMB’s Southwest Virginia Christian Leadership Network, “or for a church staff minister or lay leader who desires continuing education.”

The Christian ethics master’s class is open to any student with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. Tuition for the class is $700 for students pursuing the two hours of academic credit and just $350 for students who simply want to audit the course. Scholarships are available for members of Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) churches.

The spring 2010 Christian ethics master’s class at Bluefield College is the first in a series of 10 master’s courses scheduled by Leland Seminary and the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. Students who complete all 10 classes will be granted a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. Though not a formal degree, the Graduate Certificate provides a strong foundation for ministry and can set the stage for pursuit of a full master’s degree.

“This Christian ethics class and others in the Graduate Certificate program are ideal for ministers, those exploring a call to ministry, lay church leaders, or those who simply desire growth in their Christian walk,” Dr. Chapman said.

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