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 and meets on Monday evenings from 6-9pm. Individual students may choose from one of the three options when enrolling:

Undergraduate Credit
Graduate Credit

How much does it cost?

$399 per course for all class options ($300 to HIU and $99 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 50-100% of the tuition charges. 

The Joe and Ruth Mayes Scholarship is full tuition scholarship ($399) awarded each academic year to one student in the SALT program who demonstrates high potential to impact the world for God’s Kingdom.

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: Mondays - Aug 15, 22, 29; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26; (no meeting on Oct 3 for fall break), Oct 10
    Class Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm
    Coursework: All assignments will be submitted online, including weekly discussion boards
    Instructors: Kimball Bullington, Ph.D., and Michael Strickland, Ph.D.

  • Theology of Worship
    MUS5103 Theology of Worship (3)

    Course Description: This course lays a systematic biblical foundation for understanding worship. It examines the biblical teachings on worship in the context of understanding the fallenness of man, the redemptive plan of God through Christ, the institution of the Church, and the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
    Class Dates 2017: October 17, 25 (Tuesday), 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5
    Class Time: 6:00-7:00pm
    Coursework: All assignments will be submitted online, including weekly discussion boards
    Instructors: David Young, PhD, John Magnuson, DWM, and Michael Strickland, Ph.D.

  • Biblical Theology
    THE3103 (MA or Audit) / THE5103 (BA)

    Course Description: This course provides an overview of Christian beliefs and practices regarding revelation; the triune God, the person and work of Jesus, the Holy Spirit; humanity's nature, fall, sin, and redemption; and the nature and mission of the church.
    Class Dates 2017: Jan 9, 16, 23, 31 (Tues), Feb 5, 12, 19, 27.
    Class Time: 6 - 7 pm, Mondays
    Cost: $299 (3 undergraduate or graduate credit hours or audit)
    Professor: Dr. Michael Strickland

  • Old Testament Overview History
    and Literature of Ancient Israel
    BIB5013 (MA or Audit) / BIB1325 (BA)

    Course Description: An introduction to and overview of the history and literature of the Old Testament. Students will be introduced to basic resources and methodologies for study. Relationship and significance of the Old Testament to the New Testament and the Church will be emphasized.
    Class Dates 2017: March 6, 13, 21, no classes on the 27th, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1.
    Class Time: 6-7pm
    Coursework: All assignments will be submitted online, including weekly discussion boards
    Instructor: Michael Strickland, Ph.D.

What are classes like?

Each course is 3 credit hours and meets on Sunday mornings from 6:00-7:00pm. Classes meet at North Boulevard Church of Christ. 

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…