Courses

Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry Level

Biblical Studies: The Old Testament

OT 501                  Readings in the Pentateuch

This course will study the contents, structure, and theology of the first five books of the Old Testament, introducing the student to the historical, cultural, literary, and theological features within and outside the text which are critical to understanding and interpretation.

OT 502            A History of Israel

This course is an overview of the history of Israel mainly from the time of the Patriarchs to the intertestamental period. Special attention will be given to the historical and cultural background materials from the ancient Near East for the study of the Old Testament.

OT 503                  Old Testament Theology

A study of central themes of the Old Testament. It also covers a survey of various approaches to the Old Testament theology. Emphasis is given to the understanding of God, prophets, and priests in the Old Testament.

OT 504                  Proverbs

A book study to understand the main themes of Proverbs and the literary form and background of sayings. Special attention is given to the position of Proverbs in the OT Wisdom Books, characteristics of each collection, and typological understanding of Wisdom in the Christian context.

OT 505                  Isaiah

A study of Isaiah to understand the book in a theologically unified way. Special attention is given to distinctive theological themes and the messianic message of the book.

OT 506                  Old Testament Exegesis

A detailed interpretive study of a selected book or passages of the Old Testament for the purpose of increasing the student’s reading and exegetical ability in Hebrew.

OT 507                  Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible

A survey of the findings in the Judean desert, especially in Qumran area, with attention to the settlers, their religious lifestyle, the scrolls from the eleven cases, and their relevance for the study of the Bible. Emphasis is on the religious aspects of the Qumran community from the third century BC to the first century AD.

OT 508                  A Selected Topic in Old Testament Studies

A concentrated study of a selected topic in the Old Testament. The professor shall determine the requirements, and the course will be conducted by means of reading, lecture, and research in a seminar setting.

OT 509            Independent Study in the Old Testament

A student can petition for an independent study on a subject of his/her interest. Offering an independent study is subject to the agreement of an instructor and the approval of the Academic Dean. The student must be aware of the maximum units which can be taken through independent study in a degree program.

Biblical Studies: the New Testament

NT 501                  The Kingdom of God and the Gospel of Matthew

An exegetical study of selected portions of the book with special attention to Matthew’s theology and structure. Prerequisite: BG 103 or instructor’s approval.

NT 502            Johannine Studies

A study of the Gospel of John, emphasizing its literary character, relationship to the Synoptic Gospels, distinctive presentation of Christ, and historical setting.

NT 503                  Book of Acts

An exegetical study of the book of Acts focusing on the history of the early Christian Church to trace the development of Christianity from Jerusalem to Rome.

NT 504                  Pastoral Epistles

A study of Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus, with attention to distinctive themes, structure, and historical contexts. In-depth interpretation may be limited to one of the three books.

NT 505                  Advanced Exegesis: I Corinthians

This is an overview course for Paul’s theological and missionary understanding of the Christian faith. Special attention is given to Christology, salvation, Christian life, and other leading exegetical issues.

NT 506                  New Testament Theology

This is a comprehensive course to examine distinctive themes of various New Testament authors. Special attention is given to a variety of approaches to New Testament Theology and the use of the Old Testament as translation for NT Christology and Eschatology.

NT 507                  A Selected Topic in New Testament Studies

A concentrated study of a selected topic in the New Testament. The professor shall determine the requirements, and the course will be conducted by means of reading, lecture, and research in a seminar setting.

NT 508                  Independent Study in New Testament Studies

A student can petition for an independent study on a subject of his/her interest. Offering an independent study is subject to the agreement of an instructor and the approval of the Academic Dean. The student must be aware of the maximum units which can be taken through independent study in a degree program.

Church History

CH 501            Patristic Theology

A survey of doctrinal development in the early church from the second century A.D. Special attention is given to the life and work of Augustine of Hippo, the greatest theologian of the early church.

CH 502                        Reformers’ Biography

This course is a biographical study of the reformers during the 15th to 18th centuries of the history of Christianity. Particular attention will be given to the events and movements that surrounded the rise of the reformer and the tracing of the development of Christian doctrine. The course will also consider the socio-political norm that influenced and/or resulted to important historical events.

CH503                   History of Christianity in the Majority World

This course is the study of the historical development of Christianity in the Majority world with emphasis on the geographical spread of Christianity.  Attention will be given on important factors such as – religious, political, and social, that impacted the so-called “shift of Christian movement.” In view of the fundamental truth of “God’s fullness of time” the study provides historical context of factors that have been impacting Christians in our modern times.

CH 504                  John Calvin and the Reformation

A study of the life and work of John Calvin. The course will include the study of the City of Geneva, Institutes, Calvin’s letters and theology, and his pastoral issues.

CH 505                  Puritanism

A survey of the rise of English and American Puritanism and examination of events and personalities connected with the two areas. Special attention is given to the studies of Owen, Bunyan, Sibbes, and Baxter.

CH 506                  Renewal Movements in the Twentieth Century

A survey of various theological and doctrinal movements in the last century. The course will include the studies of individuals such as Forsyth, Barth, and Niebuhr, and movements such as Neo-orthodox, Neo-Evangelism, and Neo-Pentecostalism.

CH 507                  A Selected Topic in Church History

A concentrated study of a selected topic in Church History and History of Doctrine. The professor shall determine the requirements, and the course will be conducted by means of reading, lecture, and research in a seminar setting.

CH 508                  Independent Study in Church History

A student may petition for an independent study on a subject of his/her interest. Offering an independent study is subject to the agreement of an instructor and the approval of the Academic Dean. The student must be aware of the maximum units which can be taken through independent study in a degree program.

Systematic Theology

ST 501             Doctrine of Sanctification

A study of biblical and theological holiness. Special attention is given to the Reformed doctrinal understanding of sanctification as a status conferred by divine grace and as a goal to be aimed at.

ST 502             Readings in Contemporary Theology

A critical reading and study of the theological thought of the twentieth century with special emphasis on the theology of Neo-orthodoxy, Liberalism, Theology of Liberation, and Third World Theology. Critique and evaluation will be presented from an evangelical Reformed perspective.

ST 503             Tradition of Reformed Theology

A study in the history of the Reformed Churches from the early sixteenth to the late seventeenth century. Special attention is given to the documents with emphasis on the diversity, development, and overarching theological consensus of the Reformed symbols.

ST 504             Evangelical Theology and World Religions

A study of world’s major religious traditions, such as Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism, from an evangelical perspective. Instructional methods include readings, lecture, discussion, and video media (same as ME 501).

ST 505             A Selected Topic in Systematic Theology

A concentrated study of a selected topic in Systematic Theology. The professor shall determine the requirements, and the course will be conducted by means of reading, lecture, and research in a seminar setting.

ST 506             Independent Study in Systematic Theology

A student can petition for an independent study on a subject of his/her interest. Offering an independent study is subject to the agreement of an instructor and the approval of the Academic Dean. The student must be aware of the maximum units which can be taken through independent study in a degree program.

Philosophical and Ethical Theology

PT 501             Readings in Apologetics and Philosophical Theology

A critical reading of selected apologetic and philosophical treatises, covering major problems such as faith and reason, epistemology, love, power, and justice, and engaging students in an in-depth study, analysis, and application of the classical and contemporary systems. Students are required to conduct a theological-apologetic discourse on an assigned topic.

PT 502             A Selected Topic in Philosophical Theology

A concentrated study of a selected topic in Philosophical Theology. The professor shall determine the requirements, and the course will be conducted by means of reading, lecture, and research in a seminar setting.

PT 503             Independent Study in Philosophical Theology

A student can petition for an independent study on a subject of his/her interest. Offering an independent study is subject to the agreement of an instructor and the approval of the Academic Dean. The student must be aware of the maximum units which can be taken through independent study in a degree program.

ET 501             Contemporary Ethical and Social Problems

A study and evaluation of basic and social problems in science, sociology. Particular emphasis on the issues of love, power, and justice will be discussed from a Reformed medicine, politics, economics, and theological perspective. Students are required to develop their theological approaches to ethical problems and social issues.

ET 502             Social Ethics in the Reformed Tradition

A theological survey of some major individuals and movements in the Reformed tradition in connection with social, political, and economic issues. Special attention will be given to John Calvin’s influence on public life in Geneva and Scotland.

ET 503             A Selected Topic in Ethical Theology

A concentrated study of a selected topic in Ethical Theology. The professor shall determine the requirements, and the course will be conducted by means of reading, lecture, and research in a seminar setting.

ET 504             Independent Study in Ethical Theology

A student can petition for an independent study on a subject of his/her interest. Offering an independent study is subject to the agreement of an instructor and the approval of the Academic Dean. The student must be aware of the maximum units which can be taken through independent study in a degree program.

Pastoral Ministry

PM 501            Spiritual Formation for Christian Leader

This course explores how spiritual formation occurs in Christian leaders.  With an understanding of the very nature and scope of spiritual formation, some of the issues that hinder spiritual formation taking place in our lives will be discussed.  Some of the barriers such as our own addictions and idolatries will be addressed so that we are able to experience God’s grace in our personal lives and ministries.  With an increased desire to move toward deeper intimacy with Jesus, we focus on developing significant formational habits in order to cultivate our interior life.  Flowing out of our intimacy with Christ, we will more effectively minister in the church and in the society.

PM 502                  Soul Care

An introduction to the church’s pastoral care to individuals from the perspective of soul care, this course will examine the nature of soul care, and exploration of the soul and the means to foster personal growth in addition to some of the fundamental skills for soul care. Specific areas of soul care such as woundedness, addictive behavior and grief care will be examined so that a Christian worker can address individual’s basic emotional, relational and spiritual needs.

PM 503                  Team Building

The shift from a “super leader” to effective teams is a global phenomenon that has impacted both the corporate world and the non-profit organizations including the Church of Jesus Christ.  Thus, it is essential that today’s leader knows how to work effectively with others in order to accomplish all that God desires for each organization.  Building teams and working well with teams are mandatory for church leaders.  This regularly offered course explores the many facets of building teams and working with teams.

PM 504            Mentoring

Mentoring is an informal training model, which has taken on a significant role in training of church leadership for several years.  This course introduces the students to the essentials for the mentor model for training. Formal, Non-formal and informal training models are introduced to form a backdrop from which the mentoring model can be analyzed.  The nine types of mentoring influences (discipling, spiritual guide, coach, counselor, teacher, sponsor, contemporary model, historical model, and divine contact) are defined and taught in detail.  Also, a constellation model of mentoring (upward, lateral and downward) is studied.

PM505       Managing and Resolving Conflicts

This course will comprise an examination of the nature and function of conflict in Christian organizations. Theological reflection and spirituality will be integrated with social science theory and practice designed to equip Christian leaders to design and employ intervention strategies for managing conflict in Christian organizations. A dominant cause of conflict in the church is the abuse of power and an inability to design and employ effective change strategies. All change is conflictual and conflict resolution depends upon a readiness for change. A few basic types of conflict will be presented, along with tools and concepts for intervening in each one. The conflict types will be conflict in organizational settings, and family systems theory.

PM 506                  Ministry to Families

This course is to help students obtain basic elements to nurture and guide individuals and families. Students are required to develop competence in the care of those who are alienated or abandoned by families and in the alleviation of distress in marital and family conflict.

PM 507                  Worship in the Reformed Churches

This course is to examine worship in the Reformed tradition from historical, theological, and liturgical perspectives. Students are required to present critical reflection upon current worship practices.

PM 508                  A Selected Topic in Pastoral Ministry

A concentrated study of a selected topic in Pastoral Ministry. The professor shall determine the requirements, and the course will be conducted by means of reading, lecture, and research in a seminar setting.

PM 509                  Independent Study in Pastoral Ministry

A student can petition for an independent study on a subject of his/her interest. Offering an independent study is subject to the agreement of an instructor and the approval of the Academic Dean. The student must be aware of the maximum units which can be taken through independent study in a degree program.

Missions and Evangelism

ME 501                 Evangelical Theology and World Religions

A study of world’s major religious traditions, such as Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism, from an evangelical perspective. Instructional methods include readings, lecture, discussion, and video media (same as ST 504).

ME 502                 Current Issues in World Mission

This course is designed to engage students to understand the current issues in how Christianity and its ministries and missions function and how they relate to the other people in the world.

ME 503                 Missionary Life and Ministry

A study of a variety of issues involved in the life of missionaries living and ministering in an intercultural setting. The study will be conducted through reading missionary biographies, class discussions, lectures, and listening to the testimonies of experienced missionaries.

ME 504                 Urban Ministry and Evangelism

This course is designed to establish foundational structures toward effective mission in the urban context around the world.

ME 505                 A Selected Topic in Mission and Evangelism

A concentrated study of a selected topic in Mission and Evangelism. The professor shall determine the requirements, and the course will be conducted by means of reading, lecture, and research in a seminar setting.

ME 506                 Independent Study in Mission and Evangelism

A student can petition for an independent study on a subject of his/her interest. Offering an independent study is subject to the agreement of an instructor and the approval of the Academic Dean. The student must be aware of the maximum units which can be taken through independent study in a degree program.

Educational Ministry

EM 501                 Adult Educational Ministry

This is an introductory course to ministering to adults in the local church. Special attention is given to understanding the needs, developmental issues, and potentials of adults in order to develop courses and discipleship models for adults.

EM 502                 Educational Ministry to Small Groups

This course is to evaluate the importance and effectiveness of small groups from an educational perspective. Students are required to discuss the dynamics and problems of building healthy Christian small groups in the local church.

EM 503                 Educational Ministry to Women

This course examines the biblical and historical patterns for women’s place and role in the Christian community in order to build a ministry to meet the specific needs of the women in the local church.

EM 504                 A Selected Topic in Education Ministry

A concentrated study of a selected topic in Educational Ministry. The professor shall determine the requirements, and the course will be conducted by means of reading, lecture, and research in a seminar setting.

EM 505                 Independent Study in Education Ministry

A student can petition for an independent study on a subject of his/her interest. Offering an independent study is subject to the agreement of an instructor and the approval of the Academic Dean. The student must be aware of the maximum units which can be taken through independent study in a degree program.