What is SALT?

The School of Advanced Leadership Training (SALT) at Hope International University (HIU) is a partnership with churches that equips emerging leaders with the knowledge and skills needed for effective and relevant ministry. Courses are conveniently delivered via distance education and local instructors to offer a collaborative student learning environment, designed to be instantly applicable to real-life ministry situations.

What kind of college-level classes are SALT courses?
Each course is 3 credit hours. Individual students may choose from one of the three options when enrolling:

Undergraduate Credit
Graduate Credit

How much does it cost?

$320 per course for all class options ($299 to HIU and $21 to SCT): audit, undergraduate, and graduate. Students are NOT formally enrolled until online registration is completed AND payment is received by North Boulevard’s School of Christian Thought. (Make checks payable to: North Boulevard, Memo line: SCT)

Are there scholarships?

Although SALT courses are offered at highly discounted rates, need-based scholarships will be offered, covering some of the tuition charges.

Download a scholarship application here

Our courses equip emerging leaders with the knowledge and skills needed for effective and relevant ministry.

  • Life of Christ: Jesus and the Kingdom Among Us
    BIB5103 (MA or Audit) /BIB 3405 (BA)

    Course Description: We explore the purpose, structure, content, theological claims, and enduring significance of Matthew's Gopsel. Special attention is given to Matthew's presentation of Jesus' origin and identity, the nature and content of his Kingdom proclamation, and the facts and significance of his crucifixion and resurrection.
    Class Dates 2017: Tuesdays through the Discipleship Tutorial: August 15-December 12. (No meeting on October 3 for Fall Break.) 1:05-2:00pm
    Coursework: All assignments will be submitted online, including weekly discussion boards
    Instructor: Kimball Bullington, Ph.D.

What are classes like?

Each course is 3 credit hours, and classes meet at North Boulevard Church of Christ. Meeting days and times vary. Check each class title for details.

Each SALT course typically consists of online or live lectures, online or live discussions, readings, written assignments, and extensive learning resources. After completing 12 hours in the SALT program, each student will receive a Certificate of Ministry from Hope International University.

Up to 12 units of study through SALT may be taken for credit at HIU and may be applied either to an undergraduate or graduate degree program in ministry. All courses are regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association for Biblical Higher Education and may be transferred to other colleges or universities subject to their respective transfer policies.

Interested in joining us? Register soon!

Our Instructors

David M. Young, Ph.D.


David Young grew up in the churches of Christ in Middle Tennessee, where he began…

Michael Strickland, Ph.D.


Michael Strickland, Ph.D. will be the Scholar in Residence for the School of Christian Thought’s…

Kimball Bullington, Ph.D.


Dr. Kimball Bullington has a Ph.D. in engineering from Mississippi State University. He had 20…