Biblical Studies Objective: To provide seminarians with a thorough knowledge of the world in which the biblical texts were composed through introducing them to the history, sociology, and ideas of that world. Seminarians are expected to study both biblical languages as an integral part of this. This provides the basis for the seminarians to develop skills in exegesis or interpretation of the Bible, learning to read the text at many levels. The courses on biblical hermeneutics and social issues seek to enable seminarians to relate the biblical texts to the situations they encounter and to use them with integrity as a source for doing theology.
Biblical Studies I
BIB101 – Introduction to Old Testament
BIB102 – Introduction to New Testament
Biblical Studies II
BIB201 – Introduction to Classical Hebrew
BIB202 – Old Testament Themes
BIB203 – Hellenistic Greek BIB204 – Pauline Writings
Biblical Studies III
BIB301 – Critical Tools for Biblical Studies
BIB 302 – The Bible in Contex
Objective: To introduce seminarians to the central doctrines of the Christian faith as these have evolved in Christian history, their interrelationships, and their implications for society and the life and ministry of the church; To challenge seminarians to examine the implications of Christian Doctrine for Africa and/or any other context; To develop the seminarians’ capacity for considering ethical issues, and making ethical judgments and decisions in tune with their respective faith convictions and biblical / theological values.
SYS101 – Introduction to Systematic Theology “God and Creation”
SYS201 – Introductions to Doctrines II
SYS203 – Introduction to Christian Ethics
SYS301 –Denominational Theology
History of Christianity Objective: To present seminarians with a survey of the development of the Christian church from the Apostolic period to the present by examining significant events in the development of the Christian church; To equip them to critically evaluate the past through the lens of the present, and the present through the lens of the past; To encourage an awareness of the church as a living community whose past developments have continual relevance for today.
Church History I
CHH101 – Establishing the Church I
CHH102 – Establishing the Church II
Church History II
CHH201 – Reformation and its Consequences
CHH202 – The Church in Southern Africa
Church History III
CHH301 – Denominational History
Practice of Christian Ministry and Mission Objective: To equip seminarians to understand and respond to the mission imperative; to give theological focus to the history, methodologies, ideologies, and concepts of expansion, outreach, and frontier-crossing that have shaped the church across centuries and continents; to equip seminarians to bear authentic, sensitive, inclusive and holistic witness to the essential faith convictions of Christianity; to prepare seminarians to live out their faith in the secular realm with proper regard to diversity, multi-cultural and inter-faith relations.
PCMM104 – Preaching 1: Understanding People and Yourself
PCMM202 – Community Development and Theology
PCMM204 – Preaching 2: Liturgy and Preaching
PCMM300 – The Identity and Mission of the Church
PCMM301 – Pastoral Care and Counseling
PCMM303 – Transformational Leadership for Ministry and Mission
PCMM304 – Preaching 3: Sacraments and Preaching
PCMM306 – Introduction to Ecumenism
Objective: To provide a framework for fundamental courses and electives that expose seminarians to subjects that equip them for study, instill passion for study, and which relate theological and church studies to the broader social context in which seminarians for the ministry of the church may be appointed to serve.
FAS101 – Fundamental Academic Skills
FDS 102 – Academic Writing/ Research Skills
Total credits required: 384