Available courses

WORSHIP MINISTRY

WORSHIP MINISTRY

This course introduces the student to the meaning and practice of biblical worship.  Specific study will be given to the biblical foundations of worship, theology of worship, and the history of worship.  Various principles of worship will be presented, along with practical elements of worship leading within church ministry.

CHRISTIAN COUNSELING

CHRISTIAN COUNSELING

This course is an introduction to the principles and practice of counseling.  The student will learn basic theories of counseling and practice such techniques as listening, interviewing and bringing correction. Students will be required to evaluate the compatibility of the philosophical assumptions of the major theorists from a biblical perspective and a Christian worldview. The student as a counselor will assist people to recognize inadequate human responses to stressful situations and to accept better adjustments.  He will also assist persons to utilize their own potential.  Special attention will be given to help the counselor‑in‑training to understand himself, his own values and attitudes, and how these things affect the counseling outcome.


INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

This course takes a thematic approach to some major philosophical issues that have preoccupied mankind throughout history, and are still of relevant concern today.  It is important to note that this course is an introductory overview


INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

This course is an introduction to the field of Psychology as it relates to human behavior and teaching.  It takes a conceptual approach, using deduction, and keeps in mind a distinct Christian perspective.  Its goal is to lay a general foundation for psychology studies and to help the student apply principles of psychology to everyday experiences and to a teaching ministry.


INTRODUCTORY ENGLISH

INTRODUCTORY ENGLISH

Introductory English presents rules for the standard of acceptable use of the English language, especially in written form.  Introductory English introduces basic rhetorical or writing principles and ideas fully with the fundamentals of language such as parts of speech, tenses, sentence structure, and punctuation.

 

This course is also designed to move the student from a basic control of the English language to a more competent university level standard.  By the end of the course the student should be able to read more effectively, understand English more readily, write more clearly and speak more proficiently.


PASTORAL MINISTRY

PASTORAL MINISTRY

This course focuses on the basic Biblical truths of the Pastor, and emphasizes, in particular, the practical aspect of his work as the Shepherd of the flock. It further points out the Pastor's relationship to shepherds of other churches and encourages mutual understanding between Christian workers.


INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH & WRITING

INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH & WRITING

Research and Writing is an extensive first year course introducing students to library procedures, research skills, planning and writing of term papers and reports, and various other college level study skills.


CHURCH MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

CHURCH MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

This course is designed to prepare students to lead and manage organizations with special emphasis on church related organizations. Students will gain a general knowledge of leadership and administrative theory and skills. Method of personal and corporate organizing, decision-making, team building and personal character will be among the specific topic covered.


CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE & FAMILY

CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE & FAMILY

This course focuses on Marriage as a fundamental societal institution and an important aspect of God's plan for mankind.  The aim of this course will be to study the different aspects of marriage such as its biblical definition, its purpose, the roles of husband and wife and the methods of maintaining its success, with a view to sensitise students to the issues facing African Christian marriages today.  By the end of this course, it is hoped that the students will be stimulated to be pro-active and Christ-centred in their own personal lives, and that as leaders, they will work hard to ensure the success of the God-ordained institution of marriage in the African setting, by providing clear biblical teaching on the subject of marriage.


CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRIES

CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRIES

This course considers various aspects of youth ministry in Africa.  It examines problems that confront youths today, challenges that face the youth workers, develops a Biblical basis and need for youth ministry and the implications of these to this vital area of church ministry.  The course also discusses how to implement evangelistic, discipleship, and counseling programs for youth


ADVANCED PREACHING

ADVANCED PREACHING

This course will acquaint the student with principles of effective oral communication. Particular attention will be given to public speech in a Christian context and how the Christian worldview affects communication theory. The emphasis of the course will be practical, striving to assist the student to become a better public speaker.

INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING

INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING

This course will expose the student to the art and science of preaching.  The preparation of the preacher is no less important than the preparation of the sermon.  The course will thus examine the personal attributes and devotional life of the preacher; principles of communication; types of sermons and sermon preparation and delivery.

PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING

PRINCIPLES OF TEACHING

This course presents a Christian philosophy of education based on Luke 2:52: "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."  It shows the privilege and responsibility of the Christian teacher in working with Jesus, the Master Teacher, for the development of the whole person.


The course consists of four units: Characteristics and need of students at different ages;

Responsibilities of the teacher; Use of educational methodology; and, steps in preparing, presenting, and evaluating lessons.


CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

Christian Leadership emphasizes the techniques of the best possible Christian leadership.  It will deal with the knowledge and skills required for effective, efficient administration and planning of the work and life of congregations.  A comparison and contrast between traditional and secular, and biblical types of leadership will be studied.  Practical assignments will help the student apply principles learned to his/her situation in the Church and community.


INTRODUCTION TO MISSIONS

INTRODUCTION TO MISSIONS

This course will discuss the Biblical basis for missions, the importance of being a missionary, qualifications and preparations of a missionary, the responsibility of the individual Christian and the local church in missions, and means to develop effective missions programs in the local church.


EVANGELISM

EVANGELISM

This course deals with the Biblical principles and modern techniques of effective Evangelism.  Examination will be given on some of the underlying causes of success or failure with a positive emphasis on how God is working through His people today.


SPIRITUAL FORMATION

SPIRITUAL FORMATION

As students begin their formal training for Christian ministry, it is important that they also recognize the importance of spiritual growth leading to Christian maturity.  While experience in the classroom, chapel and community living contribute to spiritual growth, there remains an important place for personal spiritual disciplines.  This course will introduce the student to both personal and corporate disciplines with the purpose of encouraging their practice in a biblical manner and resulting in believers becoming more conformed to the image of Christ.

CHRISTIAN ETHICS

CHRISTIAN ETHICS

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the world of ethics and then give them a  comprehensive picture of the Christian understanding of ethics.  The Adequacy of the Christian ethic is an important aspect of the course whose purpose is to encourage students to promote a Christian view of ethics as an indispensable means for Christian ethical decision making as opposed to the secular and other religious views.  The course is also designed to serve as a foundation for future study of ethics.




APOLOGETICS

APOLOGETICS

This course is an exploration of the interface between the Christian faith and reason.  The Contribution of Christian apologists, past and present, will be studied, and we will address many of the questions raised by a sincere inquiry into the Christian faith.



CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

This course covers the major themes which anthropologists research when studying the culture of a people group: world view, their social organization and closely related political organization, their ideology, their technology and economic organization, their language and arts, as well as change processes.  Students will also learn and use appropriate research methods.  Reading assignments throughout the course will be taken from a wide range of literature, focusing especially on African cultures.


CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

CROSS-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION

Cross-Cultural Communications draws upon anthropology and other social and behavioural sciences that consider man’s cultural differences.  It addresses questions like how culture makes a difference in the way people interact and how we may improve our communicative skills in the “global village” we live in today.  This course attempts to help the student discover the answers to the current problems of communicating in a cross-cultural context.  More particularly, it seeks to improve communication in missions. This course is designed to help us as Christ’s emissaries to communicate the gospel message more effectively in an environment different from our own familiar culture.

 

The course looks primarily at the relationship between communication and culture.

It also examines how different people think and express ideas across cultures and subcultures, and how the thought and expression of people affect their behaviour.


AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS

AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS

The knowledge of African Traditional Religions (A.T.R.) is very vital for an understanding of life and culture, especially, of the African people.  This course looks at religion in a wholistic setting.  African Traditional Religion permeates the whole life of the traditional African people.  An attempt will be made to contextualize Christian faith so that it becomes truly meaningful in the life of African people.


CURRENT SOCIAL ISSUES

CURRENT SOCIAL ISSUES

The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for the student to become more cognisant of current practical issues of health and living that are a concern to them, their families, and the communities in which they live.  In this course the emphasis will be on the prevention of problems in health and social living. Other current social and ethical issues will also be explored eg. issues of gender and sexuality and others. Qualified professional guest lecturers will be used where appropriate and when available.


WORLD RELIGIONS

WORLD RELIGIONS

The first Section of this course focuses on "religion" and its varying aspects, with a brief study of Cosmic Religions: Animism, Polytheism, Monotheism, Mythology, Taboos and Symbolism. The Second Section focuses on Religions of the Orient: Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism. The Third Section deals with the Religions of the Near East (Semitic and Biblical Religions): Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY II

HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY II

This course is a study of modern church history from A.D. 1517 to the present, and African church history.  Factors that caused events, and their effects on the history of the church, and their bearing on the present times are discussed.  Particular attention is placed on factors that have caused the independent church movement in Africa, the problems and challenges the modern African church is experiencing today, and some possible solutions suggested.



HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY I

HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY I

This course is a survey of the Church from the day of Pentecost to the Reformation period.  It emphasizes the origin, nature, purpose, organization, doctrine, literature, problems and progress of the church.  The developments and progress of the church to A.D. 325 and changes wrought to A.D. 1517 are surveyed.  Leading church fathers are studied and the development of major heresies and sects, and the formation of church government, are considered.  The social, political, and cultural developments that impact the medieval church are also considered.  These form the direction of the church after the Reformation.


CONTEMPORARY THEOLOGY

CONTEMPORARY THEOLOGY

This course will examine the theological reflections of various schools, and discuss them theologically and biblically with the aim of comparing and contrasting them. It is also necessary to point out and discuss clearly those systems which are at points contrary to the Biblical faith, and to emphasize all others that are in agreement with evangelical and conservative theology.


NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY

NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY

New Testament Theology is an in‑depth study of significant themes of the New Testament as they occur more naturally in the Scripture itself.  It begins with an examination of the particular emphasis of each NT author, while considering the historical and social context in which they were written.  Only then can a blending of the different emphasis upon the same set of truths be considered.

This course assumes a fairly thorough background of Biblical and theological knowledge.  In class, we will focus on the first task, namely the consideration of the contributions on the various biblical writers, following a roughly chronological order.  Assignments will deal with the second task, namely the summarizing of New Testament teaching as a whole on major themes.


OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY

OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY

This course will examine the literature of the Old Testament in order to highlight the message and theology which is revealed therein.  Key theological themes will be discussed in the light of their historical context and development.  The validity of Biblical Theology and its relationship to Systematic and Historical theology will also be analyzed.

 


ECCLESIOLOGY & ESCHATOLOGY

ECCLESIOLOGY & ESCHATOLOGY

This course is in two parts: (1) Ecclesiology is a study of the doctrine of the Church.  Its origin, nature, organization, ministry and destiny will be discussed.  (2) Eschatology is a study of the main Old Testament and New Testament scriptures concerning prophecy and end time events.  Major themes dealing with the time and order of predicted events, questions about the Rapture, life after death, Tribulation and the Millennium will be studied.


SOTERIOLOGY

SOTERIOLOGY

The component doctrines of salvation through Jesus Christ are examined in this course.  These include sin, repentance, faith, conversion, regeneration, justification, adoption, sanctification and glorification.  This course explores the meaning and implications of these doctrines.


CHRISTOLOGY

CHRISTOLOGY

This course focuses on the essential Biblical truths concerning the work and person of Christ, and emphasizes the essence of Christianity.  Jesus is truly the same Yesterday, Today, and forever, and this fact is not only stated in Hebrews 13:8 but is also supported by Old Testament theology, history, and prophecy as well as the accounts of Jesus' earthly life, death, resurrection, ascension, and future work.


PNEUMATOLOGY

PNEUMATOLOGY

Pneumatology is a Biblical study of the person, work, gifts, and ministry of the Holy Spirit as taught in both the Old and New Testaments.  Special attention is given to the Biblical teaching concerning the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the Spirit-filled life.  Various inadequate views concerning this important doctrine are presented with a view to presenting an accurate and biblical view.


THEOLOGY AND ANGELOLOGY

THEOLOGY AND ANGELOLOGY

This course is a Biblical study of God and Angels. It attempts to present a broad biblical view to help the student better understand the nature of God and angels. It includes some examination from a Christian viewpoint of non-biblical views of God and the universe. The study of angels is designed to give believers a more complete knowledge of the nature, power, and activities of angels. The course shall establish how the believer ought to relate with angelic beings.  The course is designed to help the minister of the gospel to assist those who have adhered to non-biblical philosophies and religions to accept the Biblical world-view and experience the personal redemption that God has for them.


BIBLIOLOGY

BIBLIOLOGY

This course deals with questions regarding Biblical introduction, including canonicity, textual matters, transmission and the presentation of Biblical manuscripts.  It also reviews aspects of revelation, inspiration, and the authority of the Christian scriptures.  The course will concentrate on a conservative evangelical theological understanding of Bibliology.  The second part of the course deals with issues concerning the contextualization of the Biblical message in different socio-cultural environments.


INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

This course will focus on the introduction of the major divisions of Systematic Theology which include: Bibliology, Theology Proper, Anthropology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, Christology, Pneumatology, and Angelology. Each doctrine will be briefly surveyed pointing out the key points as well as major areas of contention. The student is expected to be conversant and articulate with regards to all these major areas of the Christian faith.


BIBLICAL EXEGESIS

BIBLICAL EXEGESIS

This course develops a knowledge and understanding of the complexity of the Biblical text, and skill in handling this complexity in preparation for translation.  This is achieved through a growing acquaintance with semantics, discourse analysis, sound exegetical principles, and close interaction commentaries and other exegetical aids.


GREEK III

GREEK III

This is a comprehensive course which introduces students to the fundamentals of biblical Greek verbs.  The student will also develop a functional corpus of Greek vocabulary; learn to pronounce, read and translate New Testament Greek; and become familiar with the basic forms of verbal grammar and paradigms. The course focuses primarily upon non-indicative verbs and participles.


GREEK II

GREEK II

This is a comprehensive course which introduces students to the fundamentals of biblical Greek verbs.  The student will also develop a functional corpus of Greek vocabulary; learn to pronounce, read and translate New Testament Greek; and become familiar with the basic forms of verbal grammar and paradigms.


GREEK I

GREEK I

This is a comprehensive course which introduces students to the fundamentals of biblical Greek.  The student will develop a functional corpus of Greek vocabulary; learn to pronounce, read and translate New Testament Greek; and become familiar with the basic forms of grammar and paradigms. The course deals primarily with introductory elements of Greek such as alphabet, pronunciation, and focuses on NT Greek nouns, pronouns, and adjectives. Verbs will be covered in Greek II and III.


GENERAL EPISTLES

GENERAL EPISTLES

This is a study of the authorship, destination, purpose, and theology of the Epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude.

APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE

APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE

This course is a study of apocalyptic literature in the Bible.  It deals with the origin, purpose, interpretation, and main content in the books of Daniel and Revelation.


MAJOR PROPHETS

MAJOR PROPHETS

The Hebrew prophets made a distinct and formative contribution to the life and thought of Israel and the Church.  This course will examine the books known as the Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

We will begin with a study of the origin and development of O.T. prophecy, the function of the prophet, the problem of true and false prophets, the language of prophecy, the prophetic canon and the interpretation of prophecy.  Questions of date, authorship and critical problems of each book will be noted.  An exegetical study of the book of Isaiah will examine its historical and contemporary applications, as well as serve as a model for interpreting other prophetic literature.



MINOR PROPHETS

MINOR PROPHETS

This course will examine the twelve books of the Old Testament known as the Minor Prophets.  They comprise: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.

The major areas of concern include: the origin and development of O.T. prophecy, the function of the prophet, the problem of true and false prophets, the language of prophecy, and the interpretation of prophecy.  The study will also touch on the questions of date and authorship of the individual books.  The content, the context, and the relevance of each book will be examined.


CORINTHIAN CORRESPONDENCE

CORINTHIAN CORRESPONDENCE

This course is a study of the problems in the Corinthian Church, Paul's responses and modern application.  A method of interpretation will be developed which can be applied in interpreting other New Testament epistles. The course will begin with a study of the method of biblical exegesis.  Then, after an introductory overview of the background, the major sections of 1 Corinthians will be examined each in turn.


THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

This course is an analytical study of the Gospel of John.  The background, the structure of the Gospel and the progressive development of its main themes are given special attention.  The life, character, and ministry of Jesus are examined in their historical context and from a divine perspective as portrayed by John the Evangelist.


PAULINE EPISTLES

PAULINE EPISTLES

This course will include an interpretive study and diagramatic analysis of Paul's letters. The objective is to establish Paul’s teachings to the church. Special emphasis will be given to his letters to the Romans and Galatians, with investigative background material, key theological issues and matters pertaining to the life, character, and ministry of Paul.  Application of the teachings of these books to contemporary problems will also be emphasized.


OLD TESTAMENT HISTORICAL BOOKS

OLD TESTAMENT HISTORICAL BOOKS

This course is a descriptive survey of the historical books of the Old Testament.  The background, structure, content and theology of each book will be examined.  Political, social and religious developments in Israel during the period covered by these books will be noted in order to understand Israel's distinctive religious development and the historical and theological background from which Christianity arose.


HERMENEUTICS

HERMENEUTICS

Biblical Hermeneutics is the science for discovering, establishing, and systematically setting forth the proper rules for the interpretation of Scripture. Thus, Hermeneutics is the science and art of Biblical interpretation. It provides the theories and rules which are to be applied to Scripture. The aim of this discipline is to lead interpreters to understand the message of a text as it was written to its first readers and then to relate that message cross-culturally to its 20th Century readers. Hermeneutics concerns itself with 3 major aspects: 1) historical and cultural background, 2) grammar, and 3) literary genre.


ACTS

ACTS

This is a study of the background, message and theology of the book of Acts.

We will trace the geographical and chronological expansion of the Church from its Jerusalem‑Judean base to Rome, analysing the major reasons for its growth and endeavouring to apply these to the contemporary local church.  Special attention will be given to the doctrine and implications of Holy Spirit baptism. Practical spiritual principles that can enrich the student's life and ministry will be noted.

PENTATEUCH

PENTATEUCH

This course presents an overview of the first five books of the Old Testament which are referred to as the "Pentateuch" or "Torah." These books reveal the origins of the world and of man, as well as the historical, theological, and legal or covenantal foundations for the faith of Israel and ultimately for the New Testament church.


SYNOPTIC GOSPELS

SYNOPTIC GOSPELS

This course is a study of the Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Background information like authorship, occasion for their writing, themes, and purposes for the writing of each of the three gospels will be discussed, as well as a consideration of the methods Jesus used in presenting His message to the hearers.  A comparison and contrast of what the Gospel writers say about issues of concern and a development of the major teachings presented in the three Gospels will be made.


INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT

INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT

Old Testament Survey deals with the work of God in the Old Testament with relation to man.  After a brief introductory view of the Old Testament, each of the first thirty-nine books of the Bible is studied, discussed, and applied to the student's life and ministry.


INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT

INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT

This course seeks to introduce a panoramic view of the New Testament by presenting: the chronological sequence of the writing of its books and its events, its significant geographical information, its principal characters, and outline and a synopsis of the content of its books, and its outstanding doctrines, passages, terms and events.