Study Skills and Research Methods

Study Skills & Research Methods Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     Explain seven major learning styles and list the factors that make learning most effective, including how personal or self-management assists in the learning process, and will have drafted a personal study program;
(ii)    Discuss the necessity, value and potential pitfalls of serious biblical and theological study;
(iii)   Understand a variety of learning-related skills and techniques and be able to apply these to their biblical and theological studies, thus being better equipped for such studies; specifically, they will have acquired or refined skills with regard to listening, reading, note-taking, summarizing, consolidating, memorization, writing reviews, using libraries;
(iv)   Analyse and interpret essay (or exam) questions, plan an essay outline, structure research toward the topic, write, edit and format an essay and develop an accurate bibliography and appropriate footnoting;
(v)    Plan a study timetable for exams and prepare thoroughly for them, and explain what good examination technique involves;
(vi)   Learn basic word-processing skills and how to make use of the internet as an information resource;
(vii)  Explain the concept of life-long learning (with respect to biblical, theological, ministry, and spiritual formation), be encouraged to make a commitment to this process beyond their formal studies, and be able to develop a personal action plan for such learning;
(viii) Relate their learning experiences to their personal walk with God on a daily basis.

Church Growth

Church Growth Course Description

By the end of this course the student should be able to:
(i)     List three principals for church growth and how to evaluate their use,
(ii)    Explain the common basis between harvest theology and search theology,
(iii)   Explain the importance of needing to know about the growth of the church in precise terms,
(iv)   Name and define the three dimensions of church growth (numerical growth, quality growth and biological growth), and explain the relationships that link these three dimensions internally,
(v)    Clarify how to examine a church’s growth,
(vi)   List the motivations of renewal (that encourages a person to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior), and define revival and the likely factors necessary to see revival happen,
(vii)  Explain the mass movement (people movement) approach for accepting Christian faith and its characteristics, and define its meaning based on anthropology as a whole.

Development of World Christianity

Development of World Christianity Course Description

By the end of the course the student should be able to:
(i)     Explain the biblical foundation for world mission, define what “mission” is, demonstrate both that the main theme of the Bible is the restoration of the sovereignty of the Kingdom of God on earth and the redemption of people from every tongue, nation, and tribe for His glory, and that its content is chiefly about God (what He has done, what He is doing now, and what He will do in the future).
(ii)    Clearly understand God’s mission in the world, including the development of the world Christian movement throughout history, what God is doing now and expectations for the future, and be informed about and understand the strategic challenges and possibilities available for reaching out across different cultures with the Gospel message.
(iii)   Make informed decisions about his/her involvement in helping to fulfil the Great commission (Matt 28:19) in his/her country or abroad, whether as a go-er, active sender, equipper, or a welcomer.
(iv)   Explain in detail God’s mission in the world using four perspectives:  Biblical (the goal of bringing redemption to all nations), Historical (the progress of the world Christian movement), Cultural (how culture and context impact the practice of mission) andStrategic (strategies of evangelism and church planting).
(v)    Present a detailed research paper on strategies for reaching a specific cultural group (other than the student’s own culture).

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.