Columbia International University Seminary Changes Name
In a move that better clarifies its purpose and its role within Columbia International University, CIU Seminary & School of Missions has changed its name to Seminary & School of Ministry (SSM). The new name highlights the seminary’s historic focus on preparing men and women for ministry regardless of the location in which that ministry takes place. It also reflects the recent restructuring that incorporates undergraduate ministry-related majors into SSM.
The Dean of CIU Seminary & School of Ministry, Dr. John Harvey, says although the SSM's primary focus will be on the local church, it also equips graduates to minister in a cross-cultural setting or in the marketplace.
“Jesus said to make disciples of all nations – that’s the Great Commission,” Harvey said. “At CIU Seminary & School of Ministry we guide each student as they define how God is leading them to fulfill that Commission.”
Programs offered by CIU Seminary & School of Ministry begin at the bachelor’s level and extend through the doctoral level. Undergraduate majors include Biblical Languages, Family and Church Education, Pastoral Ministry, and Youth Ministry. Master’s level degrees offer concentrations in Theological Studies, Academic Ministries, Bible Exposition, Chaplaincy, Global Studies, Ministry Leadership, and Pastoral Counseling. A Doctor of Ministry degree makes it possible for experienced pastors, chaplains, and missionaries to attain higher levels of professional competency.
CIU also offers undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in four other schools: The College of Arts & Sciences, The College of Counseling, The College of Education, and The College of Intercultural Studies.
Winter Studies 2012
Syllabi will available after October 15, 2011.
Registration opens November 1, 2011 closes December 5, 2011.
Coursework begins December 26, 2011 and ends February 17, 2012.
ATLANTA COURSES (Atlanta course registration and housing options can be found here) All fees for ATL courses must be paid to CIU no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 5, 2011.
January 9-13 - CNC 6001 - "Integration of Theology and Psychology" with Dr. Larry Dixon and Dr. Al McKechnie
January 9-13 - ICS 6073 "Islam in the 21st Century" - Dr. Nabeel Jabbour
January 9-13 - ICS 6022 "Hispanic Church's Perspective on World Missions" with Dr. Dave Broucek
January 17-21 (Tuesday through Friday) - ICS 6051 - "Women in Islam" - Dr. Dale
January 17-21 (Tuesday through Friday) - ICS 7441 "Church Planting in the 21st Century Context" with Dr. Steve Beck
AccessCIU-SSM Alumni Highlights
Mark Murphree earned his Master of Divinity degree in May 2010 via the AccessCIU-SSM study track. He has been a full-time college professor at Toccoa Falls College, teaching English and the occasional Bible/Theology course.
“I became a teacher to increase my students’ joy and pleasure in reading and writing. The process is always hard – like most worthwhile things – but the payoff is enormous, for both my students as well as me.”
Mark asks for prayer concerning direction for the future of his professional career.
"Where Can I Find Course Syllabi?"
The past few months we have been working very hard at rolling out the new website at www.ciu.edu. If you have stopped by for a visit, you have noticed the changes.
The AccessCIU-SSM Courses page will continue to provide a list of upcoming courses for planning purposes. Now you can view, download and/or print syllabi by merely clicking on the course "alpha-designator," the three-letter and three-number code assigned to each course (such as "BIB 5112") from any place you find your course listed on www.ciu.edu.
Expect to find syllabi for Winter Studies courses after October 15 and for Summer Studies courses after March 15.
Spring 2012 Online Courses
Registration closes February 2, 2012.
Coursework begins February 20, 2012 and ends May 25, 2012.
Faculty Focus: Dr. Bryan Beyer
Dr. Beyer teaches the Weekend and Online courses BIB 5112 "Genesis - Song of Solomon: God's Plan of Creation & Redemption" and BIB 5113 "Prophets: God's Message of Redemption & Judgment." Dr. Beyer has returned to the role of Dean of College of Arts and Sciences although he continues to teach selected courses for SSM.
Dr. Beyer came to CIU in 1985 to teach Bible. He served as undergraduate academic dean from 1994 - 2001 and as CIU’s dean of students from 2001 - 2004 prior to assuming his present role on the Seminary & School of Missions faculty. Dr. Beyer enjoys the outdoors, as well as spending time with his family. His desire is to help students however he can to know God better, find His direction and fully go after it. Indeed, Dr. Beyer's desire to impact the lives of students is what gets him up in the morning!
Since 1997, Dr. Beyer has served as Chair of the Associated Schools for Jerusalem University College, and since 2003, as General Bible/Old Testament Book Review Editor for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS). He has served as faculty advisor to the International Students Ministries at CIU and regularly takes students to Israel on summer study tours. His overseas ministry has included teaching at Portantorchas Bible School in Costa Rica, at the Center for Christian Leadership in Tirana, Albania, at CIU's branch campus in Korntal, Germany, and Israel study tours for church groups.
B.A., Colorado State University; M.Div., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; instructor, Denver Seminary, 1978-80; pastor, Jonahs Run Baptist Church, Harveysburg, Ohio, 1984-85; undergraduate faculty, Columbia International University, 1985-94; visiting faculty member, Denver Seminary, summer 1987; undergraduate academic dean, Columbia International University, 1994-2001; dean of students, Columbia International University, 2001 - 2004; Columbia International University Seminary & School of Missions, since 2004.
•The Mission of God in the OT (smaller topics: the MOG in the Torah, in the Historical Books, in the Poetical Books, in the Prophets)
•The Great Commission Implications of the Book of Isaiah OR Isaiah and the Great Commission
•Jesus the Living Word and the Mission of God
•OT Bible Book Overviews
•Israel and the Palestinians Today.