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Focus On The Family Institute (FMST)
Off-Campus Semester and Summer Programs

FMST 3013   Christian Worldview Studies
The purpose of this course is to deepen and broaden the student's understanding of the core assumptions of the Christian worldview and to equip them to evaluate those assumptions in contrast with other contemporary worldviews. The goal is to enable students to think more clearly and critically about the penultimate issues of human existence so that they may live more purposeful lives and participate more constructively in the larger social debate.

This FMST course is only offered through the Focus on the Family Institute Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3.

FMST 3023   Family, Church, And Society Studies
The purpose of this course is to encourage students to "think Christianly" about the relationships that exist between the family, the Church, and that complex of institutions, policies, and practices known as "society.

This FMST course is only offered through the Focus on the Family Institute Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3.

FMST 3034   Family Issues In Christian Perspective
The purpose of this course is to equip students with personal strategies for promoting healthy families, by specifically focusing on marriage, parenting, and the sanctity of all human life. Current research, techniques, and biblical guidance will be reviewed to help students develop conviction on an array of family issues, balanced by compassion for those individuals who are dealing with such issues.

This FMST course is only offered through the Focus on the Family Institute Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 4. (Summer)

FMST 3043   Marriage and Family Studies
This course will discuss practical and biblical steps toward building a strong, enjoyable and lasting marriage and healthy, purposeful parenting. The purpose of this course is to provide academic instruction on Focus on the Family’s “pillar principle” of the Permanence of Marriage. Our goal: each student will recognize the enormous value of a godly marriage and positive parenting, develop greater skills to begin marriage wisely and maintain the determination to stay married, and enjoy the rich rewards of finishing well.

Students will study the biblical principles, read current authors, work practical exercises and write a personal philosophy/preparation plan. The course explores four essentials for building a lasting marriage and purposeful parenting: understanding God’s design, recognizing the difficulties, building connection, and preparing wisely.

This FMST course is only offered through the Focus on the Family Institute Program of the Council of Christian College and Universities.
Class 3.

FMST 3053   Gender and Leadership Studies
This class is designed to explore the issues of gender and leadership and the relationship between the two. One primary confusion that the world has perpetrated on young Christian leaders is their identity as a man after “God’s own heart” or a young lady seeking to become a godly woman. In addition to this confusion, this has led to a stark lack of clarity when it comes to young people taking leadership roles. Many young people find themselves paralyzed in their roles. This course is designed to bring together teaching on the Biblical nature of gender as well as the practical manifestation of that identity in the student’s future leadership roles in the family, church, and society.

To accomplish this task, three philosophical threads will be woven through the class. First, the Strengths philosophy focuses a person’s efforts on developing their God-given abilities. Second, the students will examine the importance of leadership on a continuum. From a personal leadership perspective to a community focused collaborative engagement, the students will look at the topics of identity, character, communication, and community. The final philosophical thread is Biblical gender. The class will explore the question of what God’s Word reveals to us about men and women? Beginning in Genesis with the creation of man and woman and moving into the writings of Paul, the students will examine the roles of men and women in the family, church, and society.

This FMST course is only offered through the Focus on the Family Institute Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3.

FMST 3064   Cultural Issues in Christian Perspective
The purpose of this course is to broaden the student's understanding of the core presuppositions of the Christian worldview, and to apply this perspective to critical issues involving today's church and society. Students will be challenged to think more critically about the ultimate issues of human existence, the meaning of the church as a radically redemptive counter-culture, and one's personal calling in relation to today's culture. Class 4. (Summer)

FMST 4043   Practicum
The purpose of the practicum is to provide students specialized experiences and opportunities, tailored to one's academic discipline, skills, and personal interests. The practicum allows students an opportunity to work at an agency within the Focus on the Family organization or the Rocky Mountain region, learning about professions related to their discipline and life goals. It is expected that students will ultimately spend 96 hours of logged time at their practicum site culminating in a typed, 1-2 page summary of their experience.

This FMST course is only offered through the Focus on the Family Institute Program of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
Class 3.