Certificate in Christian Leadership
The Certificate in Christian Leadership is a one-year program designed to introduce basic knowledge and ministry skills that students can build upon in further education or in service to society. Successful completion of the program allows for enrollment in the Diploma Program if the student as the required language skills.
A synthesis of the entire Old Testament focusing on the general content and practical applications of the 39 Old Testament books.
A synthesis of the entire New Testament focusing on the general content and practical applications of the 27 New Testament books.
A focus on the development of the believers’ spiritual life with attention given to spiritual disciplines such as prayer and personal Bible study, personal character, Christian growth, and the believer’s daily walk with Christ.
A basic survey of the major Bible doctrines related to God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, man, salvation, and the Bible.
Choose Any Two:
An expositional study of a major book(s) of the Bible, typically led by a visiting professor. Students may take two such studies to fulfill the program requirements as long as they are on different topics.
- Seminars in Biblical Issues
A topical study of a Bible-related issue, typically led by a visiting professor. These may include subjects such as creationism, spiritual warfare, manners and customs of the Bible, biblical leadership, and so forth. Students may take two such studies to fulfill the program requirements as long as they are on different topics, or the student may take one Seminar in Biblical Issues and one Bible Book Study.
A discussion of the reasons and methods for developing Christian disciples in fulfillment of the Great Commission.
A study of the principles of inductive Bible study and the development of skills necessary to understand God’s word correctly.
- Evangelism & Church Planting
A study of the meaning of the gospel as well as various methods for presenting the gospel. The course also explores the role of evangelism in starting new churches.
- Introduction to Leadership
An introduction to the principles and practices of leadership including a survey of leadership styles and theories.
An introduction to the study of world missions including a survey of the biblical theology that forms the basis for missions. Emphasis is placed on missions within the African context and the role of the African church in developing and sending missionaries.
- Introduction to Church Ministry
A survey of the various church ministries such as worship, outreach, youth, education, prayer, and so forth with an introduction to the skills needed to lead in these ministries.
36 Total Credit Hours (12 classes)
Diploma in Christian Leadership
The Diploma in Christian Leadership is a three-year post-secondary program designed to prepare people for Christian ministry. Individuals without a secondary education may enter the program upon the successful completion of the Certificate in Christian Leadership Program and demonstration of proficiency in English.
Requirements for the Diploma include 36 hours of courses from the Certificate program plus the following:
- Old Testament Introduction (pre-requisite: Old Testament Survey)
This course takes an in-depth look at the themes, historical background, cultures, and major characters found in the 39 books that comprise the Old Testament.
- New Testament Introduction (pre-requisite: New Testament Survey)
This course takes an in-depth look at the themes, historical background, cultures, and major characters found in the 27 books that comprise the New Testament.
- Survey of Theology (pre-requisite: Introduction to Theology)
The course takes an in-depth look at the doctrines surveyed in the Introduction to Theology class plus examines the doctrine of the church (ecclesiology) and introduces various views on the doctrine of end times (eschatology).
- Biblical Survey of Leadership
An exploration of Biblical characters, books, and events with a focus on discovering leadership lessons from the pages of Scripture.
A survey of the Gospels as they relate to the life and ministry of Christ.
A study of the writings of the Apostle Paul including historical backgrounds, overall themes, content, and practical applications.
- Marriage, Family and the Home
A study of the Biblical view of marriage, family relationships, manhood, and womanhood as well as practical tools to manage households and improve relationships.
A study of the Bible’s view of the world, as well as ways to articulate that view to those who hold an opposing world view.
Choose Any Four
An expositional study of a major book(s) of the Bible, typically led by a visiting professor. Students may take up to four such studies to fulfill the program requirements as long as they are on different topics.
- Seminars in Biblical Issues
A topical study of a Bible-related issue, typically led by a visiting professor. These may include subjects such as creationism, spiritual warfare, manners and customs of the Bible, biblical leadership, and so forth. Students may take up to four such studies to fulfill the program requirements as long as they are on different topics, or the student may mix multiple Seminars in Biblical Issues and Bible Book Studies for a total of four courses.
(The four Bible Book Studies or Seminars in Biblical Issues for the Diploma program are in addition to studies taken to fulfill the Certificate requirements and must be on different topics.)
An introduction to the philosophy and methods used for the economic development of local communities.
A study of cultural perspectives and beliefs and how these relate to ministry. Emphasis is placed on equipping the student to work within a culture other than his or her own.
- Transformational Leadership (pre-requisite: Introduction to Leadership)
The study of transformational leadership, a specific approach to leadership that seeks to improve organizations while also bettering individuals and the leader himself/herself in the process. Emphasis is placed on transformational leadership within the context of the African church.
A study of the organization and administration practices of the local church. The course examines finances, staff, buildings, volunteer management, community relations, and so forth in churches.
- Speech and Communications
A study of how leaders effectively communicate in large groups, small groups, interpersonal settings, and in writing.
A study of how individuals turn ideas, goods, and services into businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
- Seminar in Practical Skills
A topical study of a specific ministry, life, or vocational skill. The course is typically taught by a visiting professor.
- Preaching (homiletics) (pre-requisite: Bible Study Methods; Speech and Communications)
A study in the preparation and delivery of sermons.
- Bible Study Teaching/Facilitation (pre-requisite: Bible Study Methods; Speech and Communications)
A study in the preparation and facilitation of Bible studies for small or large groups.
A study in the philosophy and methods for reaching and training children, teenagers and young adults for Jesus Christ.
An examination of the various duties of a pastor such as visitation, funerals, weddings, counseling, communion, baptisms and so forth. Emphasis is placed on practical training to perform these duties.
A study in the philosophy and methods for reaching and training women for Jesus Christ.
Ministry Practicum (3 required courses)
- Personal Ministry Project Identification and Development
Working independently under the direction of a professor, the student will identify a potential personal ministry project and develop plans for implementing that project. Attention will be given to justifying the need for the project, demonstrating the feasibility of the project, showing a biblical and theological basis for the project, identifying objectives and goals for the project, and establishing methods for evaluating the project’s success and impact.
- Personal Ministry Project (pre-requisite: Personal Ministry Identification and Development; professor approval)
Working independently under the direction of both a professor and ministry mentor, the student will implement a major ministry project.
- Personal Ministry Project Evaluation (pre-requisite: Personal Ministry Identification and Development; Personal Ministry Project)
Working independently under the direction of a professor, the student will evaluate his or her personal ministry project using the methodology established in the Personal Ministry Project Identification and Development course. A detailed report will be developed showing what the project intended to accomplish, what was actually accomplished, strengths of the project, weakness of the project, lessons learned, and recommendations for future ministry.
108 Total Credit Hours (36 classes)