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Course Descriptions

Certificate in Theology Program: Course Descriptions

001 – Introduction to New Testament
This course provides a beginning introduction to the New Testament. After touching on the historical situation in which Christianity arose, it examines the gospels and the tradition about Jesus, the major letters of Paul, and the book of Revelations. We will ask about the authors and intended readers of the New Testament writings, and about their structures, and aims. In this way, the student may gain a basic understanding of what the New Testament is and what messages its writers were trying to communicate.

002 – Introduction to Pastoral Care
The course will focus primarily on the role of the laity with the ministry of care within the local church. The ministry of care is all about helping the laity through the leadership of the pastoral staff to help bring the caring resources of the church to bear on persons and families who encounter life crises.

003 – Introduction to Church Administration
The purpose of this course is to teach church leaders how to plan, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of administrative roles and responsibilities, as well as, train and motivate others to support church programs and ministries to ensure progress.

004 – History of The African American Church
This course focuses on a critical analysis of the origin, growth, accommodation and modification of the history of the Black Religious Experience through the emergence of the institutional life of the Black Church.

005 – Introduction to Christian Education
This course offers an examination of the origin, extent, influences, potential, and direction of Christian religious education in the Church. The students will explore contemporary challenges that call for Christian educational responses and will develop appropriate models for congregational learning.

006 – Introduction to Philosophy & Theology
This course is designed to provide an overview of the significant aspects of philosophy, which are directly connected to and have impacted theology. This course will introduce the student to the nature and content of philosophy and theology giving attention to the development of church doctrines. Additionally, an emphasis will be placed on the contemporary Black Christian experience in a globalized society.

007 – Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
This Hebrew Bible/Old Testament survey course is intended to:

  • Center the Bible in the Christian faith by critically examining how the Bible that was written by human beings could be regarded as the infallible word of God.
  • Enable students to appreciate the process by which the canon of the Bible emerged.
  • Show how, in spite of its infallibility, the Bible is the inspired word of God.
  • Introduce methods of studying the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament with special reference to the historical-critical method.

008 – Introduction to Preaching and Missiology
The Preaching component of this course is designed to bring together the theoretical and practical aspects of sermon development. Students explore a theological understanding of preaching and a psychological-sociological analysis of the formal elements of sermon development, construction, and delivery. Students write and deliver sermons in a clinical experience. Evaluation and discussion occur in peer situations to aid the student’s effectiveness in using the sermon as a liberating force in contemporary times.

The Missiology component explores the theological and anthropological basis for understanding Christian mission in today’s complex and diverse world. While we begin with an introduction to the academic discipline entitled Missiology, we are introduced to biblical, theological and ecclesiological sources that help shape authentic and relevant responses and approaches toward three major missional themes challenging the contemporary church: ecumenism, evangelism, and inter-religious/interfaith dialogue.