CCC500: Doctor of Christian Counseling and Communications

CC&C500: Christian Counseling and Communications


Instructor: Dr. Ludie L Hoffman

E-mail: Office Hours: Online


Course Description:

Graduate course in ministry that addresses a concise study of the Holy Scriptures, theoretical and practical issues faced by leadership in the church and advancement of the Kingdom of God.


Course Goals and Objectives:

The primary goal of this course is to provide instructional training and support for the proficient minister and leader. This course explores a combination of philosophical, theoretical and practical issues experienced by church leadership. Thus, the following specific objectives will be achieved in this course:

  • Gain an understanding of christian attitudes, behaviors, and motives.

  • Enhance teaching behaviors through clarity, immediacy, and communicator style.

  • Move from theoretical to applied—putting theory into practice.

  • Develop a reflective understanding of your identity as a minister.

  • Develop an excellent approach to teaching.


Required Texts and Materials:

Bennett F.J, Esther: A Woman of Valor; In Esther: A Woman of Valor; discusses bravery of the Bible character Esther by analyzing her relationships, obedience, and God’s providence and how it relates to our everyday lives.



Hoffman, How to get Answers Every Time You Pray We begin our discussion of this book as way of increasing revelation to the value of prayer in ministry at a ground level.





Hoffman, The Word of Faith: what faith is, what faith is not, how to apply the God-kind of faith, how to get greater results in life, how to walk by faith.





Leaf,C - Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess: 5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking;Backed by clinical research and illustrated with compelling case studies, Dr. Caroline Leaf provides a scientifically proven five-step plan to find and eliminate the root of anxiety, depression, and intrusive thoughts in your life so you can experience dramatically improved mental and physical health.






Dake,F. God's Plan for Man: The Bible Doctrine of Sin pg. 406-429 Throughout nearly sixty years of ministry, Finis Jennings Dake passionately pursued the literal truth of Scripture. He systematically discusses the nature of the Bible, principles of biblical interpretation. While some of His teachings may not sit well with some, there are powerful truths that can be gleaned. When it comes to this subject he gives a thorough account. Collier.





Hoffman, L. Partnership is Fellowship covering topics such as: the definition and application of partnership principles in friendships, marriages, as well as in church, and business relationships. 



Maxwell, J -The Mentor's Guide to Effective Communication: Break Down Barriers

Preparing to Communicate Effectively, Establishing Credibility- Build Skill

Ten Commandments of a Communicator, Power of Motivation, The Seven Principles of Persuasion- Multiply the Power of Your Message Communicating to Change Lives, How to be a Leader, Ronald Reagan the Great Communicator are all covered in this MP3 Audio Guide




Course Policies:


Class Attendance and Participation

Attendance and participation is required in graduate courses. In order to be successful in this course you will need to attend class prepared, readings completed, and ready to engage in discussion. Discussion will be the primary means in which information is processed. If you are absent you should contact the instructor immediately (and preferably in advance). Each class period missed reflects a course of material and a discussion that cannot be made up. Thus, the instructor may take a half letter grade deduction (50 points of final grade) for each class period missed. These classes may be offered in Webinar format.

Extra Credit

Extra Credit will not be offered in this course.

Handing in Work

All written assignments must be type and double-spaced unless otherwise specified. Assignments, which do not follow these guidelines, will not be graded. Page length guidelines are based on 12 point Times New Roman Font 1 inch margins expectation. (So if you want to use Courier New add a few pages to the requirements). Please include a cover page in APA style for all written assignments (except Blog). Think hard about self-presentation and impression formation as you put together your assignments.

Late Work

Each student has an automatic extension of 48 hours on assignments (except weekly discussion questions). Thus, if the assignment is due on Tuesday at 6pm you can turn it in without penalty by Thursday at 6pm. If you turn it in after the automatic extension you will receive a zero for the assignment. No other extensions will be considered. This is to help keep us on track.

Policy on Incompletes

An “Incomplete” will be awarded only in cases where 75% of the coursework has been completed AND the grade is warranted by an excuse (e.g., medical, military). Inability to complete coursework in a timely fashion does not constitute an acceptable reason for requesting or receiving an incomplete.

Acceptable Student Behavior

Student behavior that interferes with an instructor’s ability to conduct a class or other students' opportunity to learn is unacceptable and disruptive and will not be tolerated in any instructional forum at IU. Students engaging in unacceptable behavior will be directed to leave the classroom on or offline and the instructor may refer the student to the administration to consider whether the student's conduct violated the Code of Student Conduct. The university's expectations for student conduct apply to all instructional forums, including university and electronic classroom, labs, discussion groups, field trips, etc.

Code of Student Conduct

All persons shall adhere to the Code of Student Conduct regarding academic dishonesty, including acts of cheating and plagiarism.

Cheating. The willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, using someone else’s work or written assignments as if they were your own, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill a requirement of this course.

Plagiarism. The use of an author’s words or ideas as if they were your own without giving proper credit to the source, including but not limited to failure to acknowledge a direct quotation. Exact wording from a source must be identified by quotation marks and citation of the author. Concepts and ideas from sources should also be identified by citation of the author. Rules for citing quotes and ideas can be found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.

Punishments for cheating or plagiarism range from a grade of ZERO points on the assignment in question to failure of the course.


This syllabus should not be construed as a binding contract between the instructor and the students. The professor reserves the right to change any aspect of the course without notice.





Discussion Questions (worth 30% of final grade):

Student is to compete all blog and discussion board assignments by typing their name, the day, and the date, followed by their content for bog and discussion in the designated chat section during the class session. Blogs and discussion must be reated to the class session. Quiz questions will serve as discussion questions. Completing all required quizzes successfully will suffice for discussion question completion. All required quizzes completed successfully (ie. with a passing grade) will account for an equa amount of the 30% discussion score.

Due Dates: Weekly on Tuesday by 9pm. Please submit your responses and email them to No late work or extensions.

Course and Assignment Development: (200 points for 20% of grade)

Please select a course you hope to teach in the future and prepare a syllabus including a detailed course schedule, develop two major assignments (including detailed description and grading criteria/rubric), and one lesson from the course. The lesson should include: lecture material for one week (prepare power points with notes or prepare lecture notes in outline format), activities for the lesson, and exam questions for the lecture material (include at least 10 MC items/TF/ fill in the blank type questions as well as a 3 short answer and 1 essay question- this is required even if you aren’t “giving” an exam). Additionally, you should include a reference page that includes all materials consulted including textbooks, previous syllabi, and assignments from courses.

Blog and Class Participation: (200 points for 20% of grade):

Student is to compete all blog and discussion board assignments by typing their name, the day, and the date, followed by their content for bog and discussion in the designated chat section during the class session. Blogs and discussion must be reated to the class session.

Due Date of Entries: A minimum of 5 postings during the module. Entries must be posted within the calendar week of the negotiated schedule to receive full credit. Each entry must occur on a different week.

Due Date Last Post: March. 10 or October 10th depending on your I U graduation date

Final Paper (300 points for 30% of grade):

Write a 13-15 page typed double spaced paper that synthesizes material from the entire semester. The paper should explore how you approach ministry—it should outline your ministry philosophy or focus. You should present a coherent approach to ministry. As you read during the module continually keep this paper assignment in mind and look for connections of the material across areas. You must incorporate at least eight readings from the course in your paper in your own words. Outside research is strongly encouraged and expected for an “A” paper. Due 30 days before graduation.



Overall Grading Summary:


Point Value

Your Score

Course and Assignment Development (20% of grade):



Discussion Questions (30% of grade):



          Midterm Update Report



          Final Report



Blog (20% of grade):



Final Paper (30% of grade)







Final Grade Calculation:

1000-900            A

899-800              B

799-700              C

699-600              D

599 and below   F


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