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CYM2127 Walking with Wounded Children

This course touches on the process of peace and healing with a wounded child. It includes a case study of an abused child showing how to counsel with understanding and how to examine the child after trauma. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of healing.
  • Identify trauma and its effect on children.
  • Facilitate the development of a healing relationship.
  • Listen actively.
  • Help a group of children in a crisis.
  • Apply essential play and storytelling skills to facilitate communication in a relationship with a traumatized child.
  • Help a Christian group to walk with wounded children.

PRA1121 Christian Relationships

This course provides an introduction to the primacy of our relationship with God through different modes and principles of worship and prayer. It will also aim to inform a biblical approach to nurture your family spiritually. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Apply biblical principles of worship and prayer in your relationship with God, both privately and corporately.
  • Implement biblical principles of family life in your relationships with your own family.
  • Use biblical principles of family life in your ministry to others experiencing family problems.

PRA1124 Biblical Leadership 1

Inspired by the example of Jesus, Biblical leadership explores key New Testament leadership models, principles, practices, and requirements with a view toward personal growth and transformational leadership development. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe the leadership models, principles, practices and objectives of Jesus and Paul.
  • Describe the prerequisites and qualifications for Church leadership.
  • Explain the key elements involved in effective spiritual leadership.
  • Assess your own leadership with a view toward transformational development.
  • Develop a practical plan for growth.

PRA2121 Christian Counselling 1

This course introduces the student to the field of pastoral care, including its basis, goals, terminology, concepts, and techniques.  By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of Christian counseling as a field within pastoral care, including its terminology, basis, goals, and techniques.
  • Appreciate the changes that take place in different stages of life, and use this knowledge to enrich your own life as a counselor.
  • Use the Bible appropriately as a counseling tool for people struggling with personal issues such as anxiety, unforgiveness, depression, and illness.

PRA2122 Pastoral Ministry

This course prepares the student with the pastoral responsibilities of preaching, teaching, leading, equipping, administrating, and many other tasks in the context of the local Church. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Construct a Bible-based model of the work of a pastor.
  • Conduct home and hospital visits.
  • Formulate procedures for performing weddings, funerals, baptisms, the blessing of children, and holy communion.
  • Formulate a procedure for integrating visitors into the church.
  • Create ongoing opportunities for members to serve God.
  • Devise a plan for establishing a new ministry in your church (e.g., cells, youth, children’s, women’s, outreach, etc.).
  • Describe principles of pastoring in a rural context, a multi-cultural setting, or a cross-cultural context.
  • Implement Biblical disciplinary procedures for dealing with sin in the church body.

PRA2123 Homiletics

This course prepares the preacher for the construction and delivery of the sermon. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the task of expository preaching.
  • Discuss different types of expository preaching.
  • Formulate the proposition of an expository sermon.
  • Apply the techniques of effective pulpit speech.
  • Analyze the unique challenges presented by diverse preaching contexts or methods: (a) ethical/social issues, (b) children, and (c) storytelling.

PRA2124 Children at Risk

This course will help you to better understand what it would look like for children-at-risk to be meaningfully incorporated in the mission of the Church, something which a large part of the Church has either ignored or underemphasised for 2000 years. It will urge you to help correct those failings by responding appropriately in your ministry. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Define “children-at-risk” within the context of the worldwide crisis and within your own ministry.
  • Formulate a biblical response to the worldwide orphan crisis.
  • Define “Holistic Child Development” in the context of a biblically and theologically grounded model.
  • Interpret the biblical and theological foundations for a call to action in your ministry.
  • Draft an action plan for your church or ministry which addresses the needs of children-at-risk in your context.

PRA3121 Conflict and Reconciliation

This course is an in-depth study of "The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict," bringing the Biblical principles of conflict management together in a practical way. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Glorify God in conflict situations.
  • Grow to be more like Jesus through conflict.
  • Use conflict situations to serve others.
  • Do everything in your power to facilitate reconciliation with an opponent.

PRA3124 Christian Counselling 2

The general themes covered in this module are group and youth counselling singleness, premarital, and marital counselling. (Prerequisite for this course is PRA2121) By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate awareness of issues involved in group, premarital, and marital counselling.
  • Counsel a group of young people in selecting a marriage partner.
  • Design a premarital counselling course.
  • Design a programme outline for marriage enrichment.
  • Provide counselling to a single person or a married couple.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of family counselling.
  • Offer biblical counsel for couples struggling with common causes of divorce.
  • Offer biblical counsel for Christians seeking remarriage.

PRA3125 Church Leadership

This course examines many biblical, personal, and practical foundations for church leadership. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Affirm the Christocentric principle of servant leadership
  • Investigate and apply the Biblical criteria for leadership
  • Evaluate various forms of church government
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relation between pastor, elders, and deacons
  • Demonstrate the ability to formulate goals for the church and devise and document strategies to achieve them
  • Draft a plan for identifying and training future leaders
  • Explain procedures for leading various meetings within the framework of a local church
  • Avoid burn-out within the ministry
  • Develop principles for motivating both self and others
  • Explain the process of decision-making and delegation
  • Describe policies for relating/interacting with other churches
  • Demonstrate understanding of temptations facing church leaders
  • Set priorities for ministry

PRA4121 Practical Theology

This course provides an advanced introduction to Practical Theology as a theological discipline. It includes an overview of the discipline (Unit 1), a study of research models (Unit 2), and a research paper (Unit 3). Denscombe M 2010. The good guide for small scale social research projects (4th ed.). Buckingham: Open University Press. (available through EBSCOhost) Osmer RR 2008. Practical Theology: an introduction. Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, USA

PRA4122 Judges and Narrative Preaching

This course explores the history, theoretical underpinning, and primary models of narrative preaching as a foundation for equipping you to learn some narrative methods of preaching. The heart of the course requires you to prepare and deliver sermons using both first-person and third-person narrative models. The course ends with you undertaking an evaluation of your narrative sermons, both a self-assessment and a congregational assessment. Edwards, J. Kent. 2009. Effective First-Person Biblical Preaching: The Steps from Text to Narrative Sermon. Kindle edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan

PTS5121 Child Theology

In this course, you will study the relationship between children, the Bible, and theology. The aim of this course is to orientate you to this field of study. It will guide you to develop a solid understanding of the relationship between children, Bible, and theology in theological thought and research. You will be introduced to key concepts, issues, trends and leading scholars in theological engagement with children and childhood. You will also be equipped with the knowledge and skills to do theology in a way that engages seriously with children and childhood. The field of study into which this course fits is Systematic Theology, but the subject matter cannot be confined only to this subdiscipline. Therefore, the course follows an integrated theological approach by giving attention to biblical, systematic, historical, and practical theological perspectives (cf. Lewis and Demarest 1996, Smith 2013). This field of study will also interact with Childhood Studies. You will start the course with the observation and evaluation of the involvement of children in a practical ministry situation. After your practical observations, you will explore biblical and theological perspectives, including exegesis of some important Biblical texts about children and childhood. The course will culminate in finding ways for you to personally contribute to the study of theology and children. At the end of the course, you will be able to explain the importance of the engagement of theology with children and to do theology in a way that engages seriously with children and childhood. Along the way, you will be challenged to look deeply into your own theological thinking and ministry regarding children. Hopefully, you will respond by making the appropriate adjustments to your own theological thinking and ministry, as well as that of your local church. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Deduct a congregation’s theological thinking about children by observing and evaluating the place and role of children in a worship service.
  • Articulate the understanding of childhood in a specific biblical passage.
  • Explain the implications of Jesus’ engagement with children in Matthew 18:1- 14 and 19:13-15 for our theological understanding of childhood and the church’s contemporary ministry.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of key concepts and issues in recent scholarship around children, bible, and theology
  • Describe different ways of doing theology that takes children seriously into account.
Course Outline
  • Unit 1: The Role of Children in Ministry and Theology
  • Unit 2: Biblical Perspectives on Childhood
  • Unit 3: Jesus’ Engagement with Children
  • Unit 4: Key Concepts and Issues
  • Unit 5: Doing Theology that Takes Children Seriously
Required Reading Asbridge N 2009. What is a Child?, in Richards, A. and Privett, P. (eds.), Through the Eyes of a Child: New Insights in Theology from a Child’s Perspective, pp. 1- 20. London: Church House Publishing. Berryman J 2007. Children and Christian Theology: A New/Old Genre, Religious Studies Review 33(2), 103-111. Bunge MJ 2003. A More Vibrant Theology of Children, The Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University Gilbert J et al. 2009. Listening to the urban child, in Collier, J. (ed.), Toddling to the kingdom, pp. 181-192. London: Child Theology Movement. Grobbelaar J 2016. Resources on theology and children, in Grobbelaar, J. and Breed, G. (eds.), Theologies of childhood and the children of Africa, pp.1-50. Cape Town: AOSIS. ________. The grammar of combining the vocabulary of theology, children and Africa, in Grobbelaar, J. and Breed, G. (eds.), Theologies of childhood and the children of Africa, pp. 51-91. Cape Town: AOSIS. ________. Jesus and the children in the Gospel of Matthew, in Grobbelaar, J. and Breed, G. (eds.), Theologies of childhood and the children of Africa, pp. 132- 186. Cape Town: AOSIS. ________. Doing Child Theology: History and methodology, in Grobbelaar, J. and Breed, G. (eds.), Welcoming Africa’s children – Theological and ministry perspectives, pp. 42-87. Cape Town: AOSIS. Ibita M, Bieringer R 2010. (Stifled) voices of the future: Learning about children in the Bible, in Dillen, A. (eds.) Pollefeyt, D., Children’s voices: Children’s perspectives in ethics, theology and religious education, pp. 73-115, Leuven: Uitgeverij Peeters. James AL 2012. Key Concepts in Childhood Studies (SAGE Key Concepts series). London: SAGE Publications. Marfo K, Serpell R 2014. Child Development in Africa: Views from Inside: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Mwenisongole TA, Mligo ES 2018. Pastoral Counseling for Orphans and Vulnerable Children: A Narrative Approach. Eugene: Resource Publications. Ntarangwi M, Massart G 2015. Engaging Children and Youth in Africa: Methodological and Phenomenological Issues. Cape Town: Langaa RPCIG. White KJ 2008. “He Placed a Child in the Midst”: Jesus, the kingdom and children, pp. 353-374, in Bunge, M. J., Fretheim, T. E. and Gaventa, B. R. (eds.), The Child in the Bible. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing. Willmer H 2009. Child Theology and Sin, in Collier, J. (ed.), Toddling to the Kingdom, pp. 193-199, Child Theology Movement. London. Wright HR 2015. The Child in Society. London: SAGE Publications.

PTS5122 Expository Preaching

Expository preaching is not only a valuable skill for the preacher, but it is a skill sadly employed rather in infrequently in many of today’s churches. Most the great preachers of our world preach expository sermons. This course will introduce you to the value and application of important disciplines like exegesis, hermeneutics, and homiletics. Considering other forms of preaching, you will discover the uniqueness and value of expository preaching. A significant part of expository preaching is the ability to read the biblical texts in context. This will include learning to take cognizance of the historical/social contexts, literary contexts, theological contexts, and canonical contexts, that is, reading scripture through the eyes of Jesus. You will also learn to bridge the gap between the ancient context of the Biblical world and your unique contemporary context. Once you have acquired some knowledge and skill for expository preaching, you will have an opportunity to acquire practical experience. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the appropriate academic disciplines and their application, including exegesis, hermeneutics, and homiletics.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the history of expositional preaching, its strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the preparation and delivery of sound expositional sermons on both the Old and New Testament and the issues related to these two parts of the Bible.
  • Demonstrate skill in bridging the gap between the ancient context of the Biblical world and your unique contemporary context.
  • Demonstrate an ability to preach expository sermons.
Course Outline
  • Unit 1: The Value and Application of Key Disciplines (Exegesis, Hermeneutics, and Homiletics)
  • Unit 2: The Uniqueness and Value of Expository Preaching Among Other Forms of Preaching
  • Unit 3: Reading Texts in Context (Historical/Social Contexts, Literary Contexts, Theological Contexts, Canonical Contexts: Reading Scripture Through the Eyes of Jesus)
  • Unit 4: Exploration of The Ideas of Horizons and Worlds
  • Unit 5: Practical Experience of Expository Preaching
Required Reading Adam P 1996. Speaking God's Words: A Practical Theology of Preaching. Leicester: InterVarsity Press. Buttrick D 1987. Homiletics: Moves and Structures. Philadelphia: Fortress Press. Chapell B 2018. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon (3 rd ed.). Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. Domeris B 2014. Hermeneutics. In A Student's A-Z of Theology, by B Domeris and K Smith, 177-190. Johannesburg: SATS Press. Goldsworthy G 2000. Preaching the whole Bible as Scripture: The application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. Helm D 2014. Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God's Words Today. Wheaton: Crossway. Jensen PD, Grimmond P 2010. The Archer and the Arrow: Preaching the Very Words of God. Matthias Media. Millar G, Campbell P 2013. Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God's Word and Keep People Awake. Matthias Media. Peppler C 2014. Homiletics. In A Student's A-Z of Theology, by Smith, K Domeris, 207-216. Johannesburg: SATS Press. Robinson H 2014. Biblical Preaching (rev. 3 rd ed.). Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. Stott JRW 1982. Between Two Worlds. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. Thistleton AC 2009. Hermeneutics: An Introduction. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. Nhiwatiwa EK 2016. Why We Preach: Preaching in the African Context. Grand Avenue: Discipleship Resources International. Nhiwatiwa EK 2016. How We Preach: Preaching in the African Context. Grand Avenue: Discipleship Resources International. Biwul JKT 2018. Preaching the Scriptures. Grand Rapids: Hippo Books (Zondervan).

PTS5124 Discipleship

Effective discipleship of Christian believers is often neglected by churches. This course encourages the student to foster a culture of discipleship in their own ministry context. There are several definitions of discipleship which ought to be carefully examined to assist in developing a solid Biblical Theology of discipleship. Although the Apostle Paul does not mention the word, ‘discipleship’ it is evident that it is nevertheless an essential theme in his New Testament writings. This course will assist you in applying the practice of discipleship for your own context in ministry. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Critically discuss various definitions of discipleship.
  • Present a Biblical Theology of discipleship.
  • Synthesize a theology of discipleship with the Pauline epistles.
  • Present a contextualized application of discipleship.
  • Apply concepts regarding discipleship to practical ministry and/or missions.
Course Outline
  • Unit 1: Defining Discipleship
  • Unit 2: A Biblical Theology of Discipleship
  • Unit 3: Synthesizing a Theology of Discipleship with Pauline Theology
  • Unit 4: Contextualizing Discipleship
  • Unit 5: Discipleship for Ministry and/or Missions
Required Reading Akkerman JR, Maddix MA 2013. Missional Discipleship: Partners in God’s Redemptive Mission. Kansas City: Nazarene Publishing House. Blevins DG, Maddix MA 2013. Discovering Discipleship: Dynamics of Christian Education. Kansas City: Nazarene Publishing House. Bonhoeffer D 1937. The Cost of Discipleship. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. Deffinbaugh B 2004. Discipleship: Its Definitions and Dangers. ________ 2004. What Happened to Discipleship in the Epistles? Horton M 2011. The Gospel Commission: Recovering God’s Strategy for Making Disciples. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic ________ 2009. The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. Kurewa JWZ 2018. Introducing Theology to Laity: A Challenge to the Whole Church to Explore God's Nature. Grand Avenue: Discipleship Resources International. Light V 2012. Transforming the Church in Africa: A New Contextually-Relevant Discipleship Model. Britain: AuthorHouse. Nhiwatiwa EK 2011. Labouring Side by Side: The Local Church as the Most Significant Arena for Disciple-Making. Grand Avenue: Discipleship Resources International. Tyra G 2015. Pursuing Moral Faithfulness: Ethics and Christian Discipleship. Downers Grove: IVP Academic. Vandenberg M 2009. Bonhoeffer’s Discipleship: Theology for the Purpose of Christian Formation. Calvin Theological Journal 44, no. 2: 333–49. Vanhoozer KJ 2015. Putting on Christ: Spiritual Formation and the Drama of Discipleship. Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care. 8, no. 2: 147–71. Dallas W 1998. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering our Hidden Life in God. London: HarperCollins Publishers. ________ 1999. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. San Francisco: HarperOne.