Diploma in Ministerial Development

20th Century Church Movements

 

This course is designed to equip the student with a knowledge of the 20th Century church movements, the key figures involved and how we can learn from their successes and failures. The student will also be helped to cultivate an appreciation of their spiritual heritage as well as develop an awareness of the issues that face the church today.

Biblical Hermeneutics

 

Biblical hermeneutics is the study of the principles and methods involved in interpreting the text of the Bible. 2 Timothy 2:15 commands believers to be involved in hermeneutics - Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth. The purpose of studying this subject is to help students know how to properly interpret, understand and apply the Bible.

Church History

 

The study of church history reminds us of Christ's words: "I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." This course gives a brief overview of the different periods of church history from the time of the apostles until the 20th Century. It will inspire the student as they look at the key movements and turning points as well as the characters involved, many of whom made tremendous sacrifices to give us the gospel and religious freedom we have today. The method of study is by lectured material and supplementary video content.

Ecclesiology

 

The word 'ecclesiology' comes from two Greek words meaning 'assembly' and 'word' - combining to mean 'the study of the church'. The church is the assembly of believers who belong to God, and the study of ecclesiology is crucial to understanding God's purpose for believers in the world today. This course will help the student gain an understanding of the role, ordinances and purpose of the church and its members.

Effective Christian Counselling

 

The purpose of this course is to examine various forms of secular counselling techniques, highlighting their advantages and disadvantages and how they have infiltrated biblical counselling. Then, from this understanding, consideration is given to the correct methods of effective biblical counselling with the outcome that the student can apply the wisdom and Word of God in any counselling situation.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

This course provides a study of the nine gifts of the Spirit, as named in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11. These are: the ‘Word of Wisdom’, the ‘Word of Knowledge’, the ‘Gift of Faith, the ‘Gifts of Healings’, the ‘Working of Miracles’, the ‘Gift of Prophecy’, the ‘Discerning of Spirits’, ‘Different Kinds of Tongues’ and the ‘Interpretation of Tongues’. The following questions will be addressed: What are the gifts of the Spirit used for? How can you know that you have particular gifts of the Spirit? What does the believer do with these gifts in the church? Are some gifts more important than others? Are the gifts of healing still being accessed today by believers? Is the gift of miracles still existent in the church today?
 

Gospel of John

 

In this course, the student will be given a general overview of the book of John emphasising the unique characteristics of this gospel in which over 90% of the content is unique when compared to the other three synoptic gospels: Matthew, Mark and Luke. Particular attention will be given to doctrinal themes in the book. A variety of study methods will be employed, including in-depth reviews of recurring phrases and themes, expository studies of specific passages and various individual word studies.

Hebrews

 

The main purpose of the book of Hebrews is to show the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ as the High Priest and, in the context of its original Jewish readers, to establish Christianity as being superior to the Old Testament law. This course looks at the origin, authorship, readership and structure of the epistle, including the main themes, the five warnings and the process of the believer’s walk to spiritual maturity.

Homiletics 1 & 2

 

The course is designed to equip students to be effective, anointed and dynamic communicators of God’s Good News. Part 1 includes: ‘An Introduction to Creative Communication’, ‘Seven Facts about the Preaching and Teaching Ministry of Jesus’, ‘The Essential Qualifications of a Preacher’, ‘A Study of the Different Types of Sermons' and 'The Structure of a Sermon'. Part 2 includes class workshops in preparing a suitable sermon outline, culminating in the delivery of a 15-minute sermon to fellow students.

Christianity & the Contemporary Cults

 

This course will provide students with general knowledge concerning the major religions of the world other than Christianity. Insight into the culture and main beliefs of other religions will bring practical wisdom concerning approaching their adherents with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The course will also give an overview of the main contemporary cults and their basic teachings that are often believed to be the same as mainline Christianity by the ‘unchurched’.

Keys to Kingdom Character

 

This course looks at the opening verses of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ commonly known as the ‘Beatitudes’. An in-depth study in both the meaning and application of each beatitude will be made, encouraging the student to embrace the conditions and attitudes of the heart that Jesus teaches as blessed in order to walk in greater maturity and blessing.

Life of Honour

 

Romans 13:7 states: Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. According to the Word, as believers, we are to live a life of honour toward God and others. This course is designed to thoroughly explore the subject of biblical honour while giving attention to and exploring the characteristics and benefits of one who is living a life of honour.

Book of Romans

At the time of the Apostle Paul, the church in Rome was the capital of the gentile world. Paul, knowing the strategic value of strengthening the body of believers there, wrote his letter to the Romans with the purpose of laying a strong doctrinal foundation. This letter stands as the clearest and most systematic presentation of Christian doctrine in the Bible, revealing answers to important questions and supplying information on many topics, such as salvation, the sovereignty of God, judgment, spiritual growth and the righteousness of God. 

Life of Paul

 

The Apostle Paul is one of the most influential Christians who has ever lived. This course makes a study of the apostle’s life, the times in which he lived and the events that shaped him as a man. Throughout the course, significant waypoints in Paul’s life will be identified, learning with his listeners and readers, the many mysteries he was instrumental in imparting to the church. At the completion of the course, the student should be able to critically evaluate the impact Paul made in the world through his theology, his various missionary journeys and, importantly, the Jerusalem Council.

 

Making Marriage Work (video)

 

Primarily written as a pre-marriage counselling course, this teaching material not only provides guidance for those counselling couples preparing for marriage but will also help married couples build stronger marriages. Course content includes: ‘Preparation for Marriage’, ‘Understanding the Marriage Covenant’ and ‘The Institute of Marriage’.

The Doctrine of Angels, Satan & Demons

 

Never before in history has there been so much interest and fascination in supernatural phenomena, including angels and demons. The Bible (NASB version) mentions the word ‘angel’ 283 times. However, much of the information available in the mainstream does not line up with what the Bible teaches. Believers have a responsibility to develop a biblical understanding of the doctrine of angels and demons and this course will seek to answer key questions about their nature and activity as well as the implications for Christian beliefs and behaviour. Students will learn how believers are to engage scripturally with the reality of angels and demons in the light of spiritual warfare and to be confident in Christ’s victory on the cross.

In Search of Timothy (video)

 

1 & 2 Timothy and Titus are considered the ‘Pastoral Epistles’ as they are written to the individual leaders of churches. These epistles deal with handling issues in the church, such as leadership qualifications, doctrine, behaviour and false teachers. However, these epistles also detail the qualities every leader longs to find within his staff and other key leaders. Studying the example of Timothy can serve as a pattern for every believer to follow and emulate as supportive ministers and team players who are serving leaders today. Instruction will be by lecture with supplementary video content.

Pastoral Ministry  

 

The purpose of this course is to help the student understand the role of the pastor because every believer will, in some way, be in relationship to a pastor; either being one, working with one or being covered by one. It is important, therefore, to know what qualifies a pastor, what their main responsibilities are and how every believer can work with them to fulfil the great commission of Jesus.

People Skills

 

This course is designed to make students aware of the connection between effective ministry and the development of people skills. The teaching material considers the qualities necessary to become a 'people person', how to improve one's own people skills, how to work with the challenges that frequently present themselves when relating to others and the principles of people management. The course will also include teaching on the principle of setting boundaries in relationships.

Service in Ministry

 

Most people in the Body of Christ will find their place in a supportive role or ministry. This course is designed to provide the student with biblical principles pertaining to vital areas of service in ministry within the local church, including proven servanthood principles found in the Word of God. Students will be challenged to identify and utilise the gifting and talent that God has placed in each of them and to use those gifts to benefit the Body of Christ in their local church. Throughout their studies, students are required to serve in some of the departments within their local church setting.

Spiritual Leadership Principles

 

Spiritual leadership is not identical to leadership in general. While spiritual leadership involves many of the same principles as general leadership, spiritual leadership has certain distinctive qualities that must be understood and practised if spiritual leaders are to be successful. In this course, students are taught how to develop effective leadership qualities within their own lives using examples from Scripture and biographies of eminent men and women of God.

The Character of God

 

This subject equips students with knowledge and understanding of the nature and attributes of God the Father as well as the nature and operation of the trinity. The material explored will enable students to grow in their relationship with God as their creator, heavenly Father and Lord through a greater revelation of Him as revealed in the Word. Topics covered include: ‘The Importance of Knowing God’, ‘The Existence of God’, ‘The Names of God’, ‘The Attributes of God’, ‘Essential Attributes’, ‘Moral Attributes’, ‘Descriptions and Pictures of God’ and ‘The Trinity’.

Understanding Grace

 

Grace is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the church today, and yet is one of the most important. In a day and age when the message of grace is being twisted and distorted, this course examines the many sides of grace in a systematic manner that traces grace throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament. In the end, grace will be seen not only as the unmerited favour of God but also the empowerment to live the Christian life.

Wisdom Precepts

 

Proverbs 4:7 says: The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. The book of Proverbs is a prime reference source for wisdom in the practical details of daily existence. This course will provide a study of the practical teachings and spiritual truths contained in the book of Proverbs and how they can be applied to everyday life.