House Groups

House Groups Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     Articulate a Biblical historical perspective on the local church,
(ii)    List and discuss the basic principles for establishing a house group,
(iii)   Present a complete plan for establishing a house group,
(iv)   Identify probable locations for establishing successful house groups, and
(v)    Organize a house group and lead it for not less than six weeks.

Leadership in the Church and the Training of Leaders

Leadership in the Church & the Training of Leaders Course Description

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
(i)     Demonstrate awareness of the principles of Biblical administration, planning and goal setting,
(ii)    Explain church discipline and its Biblical basis,
(iii)   Describe the role of music in the church and participate in the leading of singing,
(iv)   State Biblical concepts of leadership and the needed qualifications of the leader,
(v)    Seek out leadership potential and nourish it and
(vi)   Identify a potential leader and train him/her in pastoral care.

Christian Discipleship

Christian Discipleship Course Description

By the end of the course the student should be able to:
(i)     Give a definition of “discipleship”, and explain its meaning in Greek and Hebrew, list the personal and spiritual characteristics of the disciple, explain the difference between the born again believer and the disciple, and show the relationship between them using the example and strategy of Jesus and the apostles, and evaluate his/her own discipleship and that of his/her church,
(ii)    Identify the personal and spiritual characteristics of a disciple-maker, and explain the expression “discipleship is a lifestyle”,
(iii)   State the importance and the necessity of discipleship in the ministry of the church in fulfilling the Great Commission, explain the difference between multiplication and addition, list reasons why Christians do not like to be involved in this ministry, and dis­cuss the role of the church and the family, and the relation between them, in discipleship,
(iv)   Explain the three stages of discipleship (follow up, discipleship, the ability to disciple others), the role of each stage and its goals, and explain why the great commission involves more than just evangelism,
(v)    Identify difficulties faced by the discipleship ministry, and know how to analyze and describe them, identify their causes, determine to what extent they are found in his/her church today, and how to deal with them.
(vi)   Practically use skills of disciple-making, follow up, and evangelism in conjunction with the book “Abundant Life”, student book, and tutor book.

Christian Education

Christian Education Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     Define the various stages of education for children,
(ii)    Explain the role played by the family in Christian Education for children,
(iii)   Demonstrate a basic philosophy of Christian Education,
(iv)   List the basic principles of Christian education and link them to the various programs of the church, and
(v)    State the basic methods of teaching.

Christian Counseling

Christian Counseling Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     Describe the main spiritual and psychological problems of the local society,
(ii)    Explain from a Biblical standpoint basic principles for dealing with these problems in ways suitable to the local culture,
(iii)   List and develop the essential principles of psychology,
(iv)   Help people who are facing crises and personal difficulties,
(v)    Role play problems and discuss possible solutions.
Note: Christian Counseling is an introductory course to counseling. Additional courses, seminars and guided praxis are necessary to qualify the individual as a Christian counselor.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Course Description

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:
(i)     Summarize the fundamental elements of individual relationships,
(ii)    Outline the basic needs of the different age groups in one’s congregation,
(iii)   Develop a spirit of servanthood,
(iv)   Acquire the Biblical posture of compassion, sensitivity, listening and understanding, and apply these skills in experimental situations,
(v)    Prepare to participate in various seasonal events and special occasions like weddings ands funerals while taking into account Biblical principles and local traditions,
(vi)   Consider problems that emerge in pastoral care and find solutions and
(vii)  Begin to prepare personal resources for ministering at special occasions.

The Art of Teaching

Art of Teaching Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     List the nine stages of the cycle of learning, and mention the goal and the main contents of the learning ministry in his/her church, and list the characteristics and needs of students according to their age stages, considering all ages but especially youth,
(ii)    Suggest methods to bring Christian Education to the areas or fields which affect people more strongly,
(iii)   Explain the importance of the four dimensions of learning showing the internal relationship between them, explain the relationship between the learning levels: cognitive learning, affectional learning, and behavioral learning, and design questions for every stage,
(iv)   Show understanding of the development stages suggested by the important psychologists, including their importance for Christian Education,
(v)    Explain the reason why a curriculum which is built on felt needs makes the process of Christian maturation easier, develop a curriculum based on the felt needs of the student’s group for three months, and evaluate ready made curricula,
(vi)   Mention four stages of the “psychological order” of lessons, “Hook, Book, Look, Took”, and develop lessons based on them, demonstrating the effect of the hidden and the null curricula on all these, and describe methods for excellence and creativity in the teaching ministry.

The Art of Communication

The Art of Communication Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     Learn various methods of communication,
(ii)    Discuss communication obstacles and analyze the methods to overcome these obstacles,
(iii)   Do research in topics of cross-cultural communication,
(iv)   Discover various and different means of communication.

Sample the First Week of This Course

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The Art of Preaching II

Art of Preaching – II Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     Present the general principles of various types of speech and communication,
(ii)    Demonstrate the various types of speech principles for group and individual communication,
(iii)   Explain the use of audio and video communication media and gain experience with two applications of them,
(iv)   Demonstrate the skills of speaking, presenting, and offering a message for the purpose of evaluation, and
(v)    Explain and use several traditional media approaches in his or her society.

The Art of Preaching I

Art of Preaching – I Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     Prepare topical, textual and expository sermons from the Letter to the Philippians,
(ii)    Discuss the tools for analyzing the factors that affect the Biblical context and the context of the audience listening to the sermon,
(iii)   List and use different methods of illustration, and
(iv)   Write a sermon that applies the principles learned in the course.