Evangelism In a Digital, Social Age
In ministry, some things must never change, but others must change constantly.
This module aims to introduce students to an overview of the theological and practical issues relevant to the concept of Christian leadership today. It examines various leadership styles and skills and considers the role of women in Church leadership in the post-modern world. Students will reflect on theoretical perspectives of leadership with particular application to the leadership styles of Jesus and the Apostle Paul.
Rationale: This module is designed to prepare and support students to study effectively for their degree programme and produce coursework assessments to undergraduate standards. While the general themes introduced will be transferable, students will be encouraged to focus on the application of these skills to their course subject area. The module is taken throughout the first year to ensure that students are given the appropriate opportunities to advance their personal and academic study skills and to introduce them to the concept and value of researching in order to prepare them for continuing undergraduate study.
Rationale: This module aims to introduce students to basics counselling skills. It also introduces students to the basic principles and practices of Christian Counselling models, comparing them to secular approaches and relating them to biblical and theological frameworks on which they depend. It explores the complex relationship of Body, mind and spirit and the role of the Holy Spirit, Bible and Church in the pursuit of personal wholeness. Key ethical issues will be discussed. It outlines the principle of communication and develops active listening skills.
This introductory module will offer students a critical foundation in relevant core literature, concepts, methods and perspectives. This course examines the role of communication media in the context of changing global realities. It will investigate the nature of media (journalism, advertising, information and communication technologies and the internet). This will include media practices (e.g. infotainment, reality TV), human issues and concerns (e.g. human rights, poverty, global climate change, pandemics, financial crises etc.), that cut across nations. The history of the development of mass media will also be included.
On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:
1. explain historical relevance, common narratives and compelling theory to illustrate media trends.
2. Discuss the major trends and challenges in media and communication and identify appropriate theoretical frameworks by which to assess them.
3. Evaluate changes in the communication order over time as competing global media influences emerge
(No Aims and learning objectives were found in the module guide for this module)
Introduction (Aims): The role of a pastor is one that is often poorly defined. In many settings he/she is the teacher, the carer, the chief administrative executive, visionary and many other roles rolled into one. It is often a very stressful job but fulfilling. The statistics could be pretty grim – 90 percent of pastors work 55 – 75 hours a week; 50% feel unable to meet the demands of the job; and 75% report significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry. (Statistics provided by The Fuller Institute, George Barna, and Pastoral Care Inc.)
The major underlying cause of difficulties in pastoral ministry is lack of preparation. 90 percent of pastors in the study quoted above actually reported that the ministry felt different from what they expected.
This course will introduce the student to the basics of what is expected of a pastor based on the pastoral epistles of Paul the apostle (I Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus). Paul was able to successfully raise a number of pastors. He wrote in details to two of these pastors – Timothy and Titus. He encouraged them, instructed them and warned them of some of the pitfalls in pastoral ministry. These letters are the manuals of pastoral work and every pastor is encouraged to read them regularly and study them at least once a year.
Introduction (Aim): The intention of this module is to introduce students to the most commonly discussed doctrines within the evangelical and Pentecostal churches. It is intended to be basic and introductory. Detailed theological discussions and arguments have been avoided. References are made however to opinions of different Christian denominations for completeness.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
· Understand key aspects of basic Christian doctrines.
· Have knowledge and understanding of some of the variety of opinions within Christianity regarding some Christian doctrines.
· Understand how a basic Christian doctrine can affect their perception of themselves and others.
No aims were found in the module guide for this module
LO1: Demonstrate an understanding of Christian leadership
AC1: Evaluate leadership as practiced in the life of Jesus Christ
Introduction (aim): It is often said that ‘the church rises and falls by preaching’ Homiletics is the art and science of preaching. The Homily is a brief series of observations and exhortations based on a short passage of Scriptures. The topical sermon brings together what scripture teaches as a whole on a given subject. The textual-topical is anchored on a biblical text such that the development of thought is akin to that of a topical sermon (the inverted Pyramid?). The textual sermon consist of a verse or two in which the development of main points falls out of the word order of the text (the text dictate the configuration of the sermon. The expository sermon draws both the main points and the sub points from the natural thought unit of the text. Whatever form preaching may take, our charge and challenge are to preach biblically because of what we believe about the bible
· Show knowledge and understanding of the art of preaching
· Explore the methods behind the art of preaching
Aims: The principal aim of this course is to introduce the students to the concept and principles of counselling, broadly speaking. At the end of it, students should be able to clearly define Counselling. They should also be able delineate and differentiate Christian Counselling from secular counselling, with emphasis on fundamental elements that make Christian counselling unique and peculiar. Students will be expected to clearly differentiate between formal counselling, as in the secular setting, or professional Christian counselling, on one hand, and informal counselling, such as in Pastoral counselling. Students will learn basic knowledge of the forms of communication that would enable them to discern what the counselee is communicating to the counsellor, both passively and actively. Basic listening and questioning skills will be taught that enable students to gather information from Counselees effectively, as helpers, in counselling. Some basic Secular and Christian Models will be highlighted. Students will gain understanding of the biblical view of man and its application in Christian Counselling. Basic knowledge and skills used in Relationship Counselling, within the context of Christian Counselling, will be taught.
· Understand the difference between Pastoral Care and Christian Counselling
· Explain the basic differences between Pastoral care and Christian Counselling
· Understand the major models of secular and Christian counselling
· Evaluate the theological and Scriptural basis for Christian counselling approaches
· Demonstrate listening skills
· Replay and evaluate what they have heard, through words, body language, etc.
· Understand and demonstrate the particular counselling skills required in relationship counselling.
· Evaluate and reflect on the effectiveness of their skills in enabling their counselees to resolve their relationship situation
At the end of this unit, you will be able to:
1. Explain the importance of hermeneutics to congregational life.
2. Know some exegetical questions that help you to interpret the Bible.
3. Identify some of your good and bad exegetical practices.
This Unit introduces the student to biblical hermeneutics. The practical exercises are aimed at highlighting the need to learn how to interpret the Bible. Students who teach or preach in their churches will benefit from the constructive feedback that the tutor will provide to the class.
· Have an awareness of the arguments concerning the authority and inspiration of Scripture
· Evaluate the scriptural basis for the authority and inspiration of scripture
· Understand the principles of hermeneutics and the interpretation of scripture
· Interpret selected passages of OT scripture using key principles of hermeneutics
· Understand the principles of hermeneutics and the interpretation of scripture
· Interpret selected passages of NT scripture using key principles of hermeneutics
This module aims to examine the life of Jesus Christ as an expression of God's mission in the world. It outlines his life and teachings as they relate to his redemptive work and the proclamation of the gospel. It identifies the purposes behind the writings of the Synoptic gospels in their relationship to each other and the contrast with the gospel of John. This module enables students to decide whether they wish to pursue Biblical studies as level 2.
This module examines and defines the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul and the relevance of his teachings in the modern church. Students will consider the varied interpretation of selected texts and evaluate these in the light of the wider Biblical text. The Apostle Paul's passion and care for the church will be seen through his writings as well as the formulation of his doctrine and teaching on practical living. The impact of the opposition the apostle received during his ministry both from within and outside the church will be discussed.
This module aims to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the Tabernacle of Moses and the Tabernacle of David and the worship and Levitical sacrificial system surrounding them. Selected passages in the book of Hebrews will be examined with a special focus on exegesis and theology enabling students to assess possible interpretations in the light of their knowledge of the Tabernacles.
This module aims to Provide students with a thorough knowledge of the Epistle to the Roman believers putting it into the context of the time of writing, the background to the church in Rome and the intention of the author. Specifically it will focus on the impact this Epistle has on the church today. Students will analyse key theological themes and develop further their exegetical and hermeneutical skills.
This module aims to introduce students to basic counselling skills. It also introduces students to the basic principles and practices of Christian counselling. It considers Christian counselling models, comparing them to secular approaches and relating them to the biblical and theological frameworks on which they depend. It explores the complex relationship of body, mind and spirit and the role of the Holy Spirit, Bible and Church in the pursuit of personal wholeness. Key ethical issues will also be discussed. It outlines principles of communication and develops active listening skills. This module enables students to decide whether they wish to pursue counselling as their chosen option at level 2.
This module aims to introduce students to various psychological theories e.g. psycho-analytic, behavioural, humanistic, cognitive and socio-cultural. Students will examine and discuss what each can contribute to a Christian understanding. It will explore assumptions and suppositions underpinning these various models of psychology and assess their compatibility with Christianity and a biblical perspective. Each school of psychology has different methods and goals and students will evaluate these against biblical teaching.
This module aims to further develop students' counselling knowledge and skills with the integration of psychology and theology and promotes the degree of professionalism required in Christian counselling. It will explain stage-specific difficulties for which counselling may be helpful together with special areas of counselling E.g. Marriage and family, bereavement, youth, children, substance abusers, abusive relationships. Students learn to focus on core problems with the client and help them construct strategies which will assist them. It reflects on the challenges involved in counselling in an intercultural setting which influences the counselling process.
This module aims to introduce students to an overview of the theological and practical issues relevant to the concept of Christian leadership today. It examines various leadership styles and skills and considers the role of women in Church leadership in the post modern world. Students will reflect on theoretical perspectives of leadership with particular application to the leadership styles of Jesus and the Apostle Paul. This module enables students decide whether they wish to pursue Ministerial studies at level 2.
This module aims to explore the foundations and contexts for ministry and mission from Biblical hermeneutics, theology and Church history. It examines the major elements of church growth principles as it applies to the mission praxis of the local church or a para-church organisation. Students are prepared and encouraged to engage in dialogue with people of other faiths and ideologies. This module prepares students for further study at level 3.
This module aims to explore the scope and practice of pastoral ministry in the Christian church. Building on the level 1 module in Christian leadership it enables students to become more aware of the nature, function and challenges of Pastoral Ministry and leadership. It enables students to gain a deeper appreciation of the theological basis for caring. It will explore the variety of approaches to pastoral care applicable to all age groups. Students will also examine the legal issues surrounding pastoral care and the need for strict compliance with all relevant legislation.
This module aims to enhance students' understanding of various models for church growth, historically and currently, against the background of cultural needs and diversity. It develops students' understanding of the factors that help or hinder the church growth, and further develops skills in analyzing and applying those factors in specific church situations. Students will proffer possible solutions to issues identified.
This module aims to introduce students to biblical interpretation within the framework of Old Testament and New Testament surveys. This will include an overview of the history and significance of the Jewish nation from its founding until the end of the New Testament. This module also includes basic concerns in exegesis and hermeneutics, equipping students to examine the original meaning of the bible and the contemporary significance of biblical texts. Students will be introduced to the various genres of literature found in the bible as well as the major themes. Particular attention will be given to the inspiration of scripture and the obligation to "rightly divide the word of truth”
This module aims to introduce students to the nature and purpose of biblical theology. It will explore the Bible's central integrating themes from God's perspective and his relationship with mankind and especially His people. This will be done by the study of selected topics involving detailed exegesis and interpretation of selected passages in both Old and New Testaments. This module aims to provide a sound foundation to year 2 theological studies.
This module aims to develop understanding of the nature and content of systematic theology and to foster a detailed knowledge of the main doctrinal aspects of the Christian faith. Students will be encouraged to grasp the relationship between these aspects and a coherent system of theological truth. This module provides a foundation for deeper theological study at level 3.
This module aims to enable students to explore the inter-relationship between theological and Christian ethics. Students will be encouraged to reflect on theological issues and to apply their theological understanding to the major ethical issues confronting society today. Students will examine the issues faced by the New Testament church and the ways in which the New Testament writers developed an ethical framework for the Church.
This module aims to further develop students' independent study and research skills and to enable them to demonstrate original and critical thought. It provides an opportunity for students to pursue a chosen topic relating to both theological issues and those of their chosen pathway. It requires students to critically evaluate relevant existing literature on their chosen topic and to use appropriate methods and analyses to develop a critical understanding and derive conclusions. It also gives students the opportunity to relate theory to a practical setting.
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