Houghton College and The Chapel share a mutual desire to prepare future leaders in Christian ministry and to make this education as accessible and affordable as possible, while still maintaining the nationally recognized reputation for academic excellence and integrity, which Houghton College has earned. Therefore, starting in the Fall 2014 Semester, The Chapel's CrossPoint campus will be an instructional site for Houghton College. The 36 credit hours of instruction in Biblical Studies / Christian Ministry consist of the following 12 courses that are three credit hours each:

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Missional Thought and Behavior
  • Studying and Teaching the Bible
  • Old Testament Studies 1
  • Old Testament Studies 2
  • Biblical Counseling
  • New Testament Studies 1
  • New Testament Studies 2
  • Doctrine 1
  • Doctrine 2
  • Ministry Leadership 1
  • Ministry Leadership 2

Please note that all courses are eight weeks in duration and consist of 24 hours of classroom instruction. A student in the Diploma Program should expect to devote about six hours of work each week outside the classroom, while the Associate of Applied Science in Christian Ministries student should expect to devote 10-12 hours. In addition, there are 24 credit hours of coursework that consist of taking Church History at the Houghton Campus and seven courses through the online program at Houghton College.

Tuition for the Associate of Applied Science in Christian Ministries Program is only $150 per credit hour and is $100 per course for the Diploma Program. Books and materials and billed separately. Please contact Joe Grippi at 716.631.2636 x276 or Enable JavaScript to view protected content. to register or for more information.

Summer 2015 Semester - Term F

  • Biblical Counseling: Pastor David Drake (begins June 29, 2015)

Video Teaching Sessions

Watch Old Testament Studies 1 - Video Teaching 1 Video

Watch Old Testament Studies 1 - Video Teaching 2 Video

Watch Old Testament Studies 2 - Video Teaching 1 Video

Watch Old Testament Studies 2 - Video Teaching 2 Video

Watch Old Testament Studies 3 - Video Teaching 3 Video


Application

Entrance Requirements for Diploma and Degree Programs:

  1. High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) Transcript
  2. Download application via link below.
  3. Submission of all applicable documentation as indicated in Application Form
  4. Registration Fee (Non-Refundable) of $50.00 must be received by June 22, 2015, for Term F of the Summer 2015 Semester.

Associate of Applied Science in Christian Ministries

  • Houghton College Application for Admission Form - Download
  • Houghton College Admission Essay Requirements - Download
  • Pastor Recommendation Form - Download

Diploma in Biblical Studies

  • Renovation Institute Application for Admission Form - Download

Facts and Figures

When do classes meet?
All courses are eight weeks in length. Classes for the Diploma program meet every Monday or Wednesday evening from 6-8:50pm. This is to meet the requirement of 24 hours of classroom instruction for the course.

How much course workload can be expected?
While the course workload for each student enrolled in the Renovation Institute Diploma program is outlined in each course’s syllabus, each student should expect to devote about six hours outside the classroom each week to complete the requirements for credit in the course.

What is expected of each student in the classroom?
These courses take on the form of a church cohort. That means that each student is to consider himself or herself as an active participant in the overall learning outcomes of each course. The student is encouraged to be ready to contribute to the classroom experience as a result of having sufficiently completed all assigned work for that week.

What is the cost of each course?
The tuition cost for each eight-week course is $100 (plus materials) and is due by the first night of the course.

Is there a refund policy?
If a student chooses to withdraw from a course, a refund will be made if the request is received during the first week of classes.

All courses are eight weeks in length.

Courses for the Associate of Applied Science in Christian Ministries are available on Monday nights and Wednesday nights - 6:00-8:50pm.

Course workload: each student can expect to spend 10-12 hours each week outside the classroom for assignment work.

Tuition is a fraction of the on-campus rate: Only $150 per credit hour.


Course Syllabus

Spiritual Formation

This course is designed to give students an introductory overview of the dynamics involved in the formation of mature character in the life of the Christian leader. This course will help students to understand and articulate a biblical theology of personal spiritual growth and renewal; to understand the biblical imperative for personal holiness and the priority of ongoing spiritual growth and renewal; to understand the biblical nature of the Gospel’s transforming power; to understand the role of the practice of spiritual disciplines in one’s spiritual growth; and to understand the connection between self- leadership and ministry involvement.

Missional Thought and Behavior

This course is designed to introduce the student to the core mission statement of renovation thought (which is that the church is to seek to give every man, woman, and child a repeated opportunity to hear, see, and respond to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ) and how to intentionally engage in missional behavior through: presence (relationships that one builds intentionally with someone who they know does not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior), proclamation (the opportunities that someone has to share their grace story with someone else that they know does not know Christ), conversion (the opportunity that someone has to sit down with an individual and pray with that person to receive Christ), and saturation (the overall examination of the impact of a church on its geographies in the aforementioned areas).

Studying and Teaching the Bible

This course is a unique blend of hermeneutics and homiletics: how to study the Bible and how to communicate the Bible. The student will develop skills in inductive Bible study, the assessment of learner needs and issues, and the design of effective Bible lessons. This course seeks to equip students to study their Bible accurately using basic principles of observation and interpretation of the biblical text. Building on this foundation, students learn how to assess their audience and develop an appropriate Bible-based lesson for that audience. Students are introduced to fundamental principles of the teaching-learning process and are guided in the application of those principles to the teaching of the Scriptures.

Old Testament Studies 1

This course is designed to provide a survey of the background and content of the historical books of the Old Testament – from Genesis to Esther – so that the student will gain a worldview shaped by the mission to reach every man, woman, and child with the Good News that they can be reconciled to God. It is through that lens that an overview of the Old Testament will be presented using systematic, chronological, thematic and exegetical methods. The student will develop a biblical worldview, grasp the purpose of the Law and its typology, witness the unfolding of the Messianic anticipation and cultivate an appreciation for God’s faithfulness to Israel.

Old Testament Studies 2

This course is designed as a survey of the background and content of the poetic and prophetic books of the Old Testament: Job through Malachi. An overview will be presented with particular attention to the historical context, literary structure, and theological content of each book. This study is designed for the intellectual shaping and ethical development of the student, who is not just a disciple of Christ’s teaching – but also an heir to Israel’s Scriptures.

Introduction to Biblical Counseling

This course is designed to provide a foundation for counseling within the context of ministry by teaching the basic tenets of biblical discipleship and counseling. It is designed to equip the student with the biblical training, skills and knowledge necessary to minister to those who need help with life issues. Students will gain an understanding of what is meant by the term ‘Biblical Counseling’ and how it differs from other counseling models. The student will become familiar with the essential elements of the discipleship and counseling process, the role of the Holy Spirit, and the sufficiency of the Bible to minister to others.

New Testament Studies 1

This course is designed as a survey of the background and content of the Gospels and the book of Acts. Since we are committed to reaching every man, woman, and child with the Gospel, we are also committed to know the story of God as it unfolds in the Hebrew Scriptures and is fulfilled in Christ. The life of Jesus Christ on earth as seen in the Gospels will be studied thematically and chronologically in the light of its historical background, geographical setting, political situation, and religious conditions. And since the book of Acts is, as Luke said it, a continuation of the activity of Jesus through the Spirit and through the disciples of Jesus, we will see in Acts what the mission of the church is and how it is to be carried out.

New Testament Studies 2

This course is designed as a survey of the background and content of the letters of the New Testament – from Romans through Revelation. These twenty-two books were written to disciple the followers of Christ in how we should live out the Gospel between Christ’s first and second coming. These New Testament letters inform the believer on proper conduct for those whose intent is to allow others to see the Gospel’s impact through them.

Theological Studies 1

This course is designed to offer the student a critical and thorough understanding of the basic truths necessary to be engaged in the church’s mission. while there are theological truths that are important and could be discussed, there are certain truths that are necessary and non-negotiable in the formation of a strategy to work together as His church toward the accomplishment of the mission. These doctrines can be summed up with these brief statements: the Bible speaks, God is, Jesus is God, man is fallen, Jesus saves, the Holy Spirit empowers, the church is on mission, and Christ is coming. The first four statements are covered extensively in Doctrine 1.

Theological Studies 2

The non-negotiables necessary to form a strategy to work together as His church toward the accomplishment of the mission can be summed up with these brief statements: the Bible speaks, God is, Jesus is God, man is fallen, Jesus saves, the Holy Spirit empowers, the church is on mission, and Christ is coming. The last four statements are covered extensively in Doctrine 2.

Ministry Leadership 1

This course is designed to provide an examination of models of leadership for Christian ministries, emphasizing practical issues such as developing mission and vision statements, creating effective leadership teams, and the strategic planning, implementation, and oversight of ministries.

Ministry Leadership 2

The primary purpose of Ministry Leadership 2 is to further equip and empower those who are in leadership positions currently and those who desire to be or anticipate they will be in the future to live, to lead, to serve and to finish well. This course is intended to build upon the teachings of Ministry Leadership I. The students who successfully complete this second level course will have an in-depth understanding of the biblical foundations of leadership, a better understanding of themselves as a person and as a leader as well as a better understanding as to what potential careers are best suited for them as a person and as a leader. Furthermore, the students will also gain understanding into how to effectively navigate difficult situations as a leader in addition to being able to develop, implement and lead with strategic planning. An internship component is also involved in this course.


Diploma in Biblical Studies

A student enrolled in the Renovation Institute Diploma program is required to take the following 12 "three-hour" courses offered at The Chapel at CrossPoint. It is preferred, though not obligatory, the student takes the courses in the listed sequence.

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Missional Thought and Behavior
  • Studying and Teaching the Bible
  • Old Testament Studies 1
  • Old Testament Studies 2
  • Introduction to Biblical Counseling
  • New Testament Studies 1
  • New Testament Studies 2
  • Theological Studies 1
  • Theological Studies 2
  • Ministry Leadership 1
  • Ministry Leadership 2

Houghton College - Associate of Applied Science in Christian Ministries

A student enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science in Christian Ministries is required to take the following courses offered at The Chapel at CrossPoint:

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Missional Thought and Behavior
  • Studying and Teaching the Bible
  • Old Testament Studies 1
  • Old Testament Studies 2
  • Introduction to Biblical Counseling
  • New Testament Studies 1
  • New Testament Studies 2
  • Doctrine 1
  • Doctrine 2
  • Ministry Leadership 1
  • Ministry Leadership 2

In addition, the student is required to take the following course offered at the Houghton Campus:

  • Church History

In addition, the student then completes the following courses through the online program at Houghton College:

  • WRIT 101 - Writing in the Liberal Arts - 3 hours
  • Math or Science - 3 hours
  • PHIL 202 - Metaphysics, Morality, and Mind - 3 hours
  • ENG 202 - Literary Voices - 3 hours

Plus 9 additional hours chosen from: Art, Communications, History, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, or Sociology.


Tentative Schedule

Spring 2015 Semester

Term C

Mondays: Studying and Teaching the Bible
Wednesdays: Theological Studies 1

Term D

Mondays: Old Testament Studies 1
Wednesdays: Theological Studies 2

Term E

Mondays: Old Testament Studies 2
Wednesdays: Ministry Leadership 1

Summer 2015 Semester

Term F

Mondays: Biblical Counseling
Wednesdays: Ministry Leadership 2

Fall 2015 Semester

Term A

Mondays: New Testament Studies 1
Wednesdays: Spiritual Formation

Term B

Mondays: New Testament Studies 2
Wednesdays: Missional Thought and Behavior

Spring 2016 Semester

Term C

Mondays: Theological Studies 1
Wednesdays: Studying and Teaching the Bible

Term D

Mondays: Theological Studies 2
Wednesdays: Old Testament Studies 1

Term E

Mondays: Ministry Leadership 1
Wednesdays: Old Testament Studies 2

Summer 2016 Semester

Term F

Mondays: Ministry Leadership 2
Wednesdays: Biblical Counseling


Lay Counseling Institute

Download the Lay Counseling Institute Brochure for 2014-2015

Download the Lay Counseling Institute Application for Spring 2015

Continuing Education Program of the Lay Counseling Institute


Instructors

Dr. Deone Drake

Deone is the Singles and Teaching Pastor at The Chapel and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Renovation Institute. He has been a part of The Chapel staff since 1984. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Trinity College and Seminary (Newburgh, IN), Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA), and Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Baptist Christian College (Shreveport, LA). He is the co-author of the book, “Love Within the Circle.”

Jonathan Drake

Jonathan serves as both the Director of Spiritual Formation and the Lockport Campus Pastor of The Chapel. He received both his Master of Divinity in Missional Studies from Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA), and Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies.

Dr. Jerry Gillis

Jerry is the Lead Pastor at The Chapel. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia (Athens, GA). He is the author of “Followship – The Essence of our Journey with Jesus” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

Dr. Ryan Kozey

Ryan presently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Christ Together / Renovation Network, (formerly the Infinity Alliance). He received his Ph.D. in Communication Science (SUNY@ Buffalo), Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH), and both his BAC in Telecommunications Management and BA in Interpersonal Communication from Bowling Green State University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion and Biblical Studies from Liberty University. Ryan is an accomplished statistician who has had many articles published in academic journals and popular press publications.

Daryl Largis

Daryl currently serves as the Co-Pastor for Mission Advancement at The Chapel and also is on the Executive Leadership Team for The Global Fellowship. He received his Master of Science in Christian Leadership from Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA), and his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University (Bozeman, MT).

David Drake

David Drake currently serves as a Counseling Pastor at The Chapel.

Kim Holet

Kim Holet currently serves as the Women's Ministry Director at The Chapel. She received her Masters of Arts in Religion with a concentration in church ministries from Liberty University, and her Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services from the University of Buffalo.