This course is about the observation of children, relationship building, their agenda, and the importance of play, story-telling, and boundaries. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate appreciation for positive relationships as the basis of all interactions with children.
- Listen and talk to children.
- Build positive relationships with children through play.
- Apply basic skills and techniques that can help you use the very powerful tool of storytelling in building relationships with children.
- Set effective boundaries in working with 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.
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.
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.
This course will assist the learner in understanding how to cultivate a child-friendly church. This course will also help guide parents and members on how to do child evangelism and understand youth trends and a variety of models of youth ministry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
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.
- 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