Courses: Church Ministry and Missions

  • MIN 101
    Christian Life (3 Credits)
    A devotional course with the purpose of guiding students in personal growth and spiral maturity. It covers: the person of Jesus Christ; his uniqueness and personal relationship with the believer; essential steps to Christian maturity; memorization of appropriate passages of Scripture; the corporate aspect of spirituality, including worship and the importance of mutual accountability and the value of reciprocal building up in a fellowship group context; how to make and fulfil a learning contract.
  • MIN 102
    Evangelism and Discipleship (3 Credits) A study and practice of methods of evangelism and principles of discipling so that students will be able to evangelize and disciple effectively. It includes: the definitions and importance of personal evangelism and discipling; person to person evangelism; the personal qualities of an effective evangelist; the message and motive of evangelism; major methods of evangelism; dealing with objections; cross-cultural evangelism; definition and importance of follow-up; potential problems.
  • MIN 103
    Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (3 Credits)
    A study of the training ministry of the pastor in the local church together with the organisation and administration of the total teaching ministry of the church. It covers: the nature of the pastor’s teaching and training ministry; the biblical philosophy of the educational work of the church leading to spiritual maturity of the members; the organisational plan, purpose, principles and administration of a range of church ministries; recruiting and training workers for various kinds of church programmes.
  • MIN 104
    Introduction to Missiology (3 Credits)
    An introductory study of missiology with emphasis on the biblical basis for missions, the historical development of the Christian world mission, and the calling, qualifications and preparation of missionaries. It includes: the biblical basis for missions, its mandate and motive; the missionary call, qualifications and preparation of a missionary; the responsibilities of the pastor and the sending churches to the missionary; the need for cultural understanding as a prerequisite for effective missionary ministry.
  • MIN 201
    Introduction to Christian Education (3 Credits)
    A study of the historical development of Christian education together with an understanding of contemporary philosophies of Christian education. It includes a survey and examination of educational philosophies especially those that have influenced Christian education in the church today and consideration of selected educators and philosophers who have influenced the development of educational philosophy. Students are required to formulate their own philosophies of Christian education.
  • MIN 202
    Homiletics I (3 Credits)
    An introduction to the principles of sermon organisation, preparation and delivery. The principles of choosing, organizing, preparing and delivering different types of biblical sermons with stress on expository sermons. Special attention is given to the spiritual call and qualification f the preacher and the clear and forceful exposition of the Scriptures involving sound exegesis, skilful communication and application. Students are given the opportunity for preaching practice in class involving constructive criticism.
    Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in GEN 201.
  • MIN 203
    Christian Counselling (3 Credits)
    This course is designed to equip students to be able to provide effective Christian counselling for others. It covers: an introduction to the ministry of counselling; the importance of counselling; basic concepts and techniques of counselling; professional ethics; the counselling process; biblical principles needed for counselling specific situations a pastor may encounter, including premarital counselling, marital problems, family problems, single parents, divorce and remarriage, drug abuse and alcoholism, decision making and interpersonal relations.
    Prerequisite: Passing grade in GEN 203.
  • MIN 301
    Principles of Teaching (3 Credits)
    An introduction to basic principles of teaching, covering: the art of teaching; theological foundations of education; educational theories of learning evaluated from a biblical perspective; teaching methods; the ingredients of an effective lesson; the development of good questions as a didactic tool; the preparation of a lesson plan.
  • MIN 331
    Homiletics II (3 Credits)
    This course is designed to help the student refine the development of the sermon and improve sermon delivery. It involves an examination of sermon types with special attention to the skills for expository preaching; the basic principles of delivery including physical behaviour on the platform, improving pronunciation, developing vocal variety and making communication more effective; public reading and sermon delivery in class with each sermon evaluated by class members and lecturer.
  • MIN 341
    Sunday School Teacher Training (3 Credits)
    Provides training for effective Sunday school teaching and develops the ability to train other Sunday school teachers. Topics covered include: the requirements of an effective Sunday school teacher; the integration of bible knowledge with teaching materials and methodologies; the discipling relationship; the application of biblical teaching to daily life. Each student will be evaluated while he or she teaches a lesson in a local Sunday school class.
  • MIN 351
    Missionary Life and Work (3 Credits)
    The essential elements of a missionary’s life and work for an effective cross-cultural missionary preparatory to the student’s three month internship. Topics covered include: the missionary’s life and work in a cross-cultural setting; the missionary’s relationship with God, family, missionary colleagues, the people among whom the missionary lives and the supporting churches, the missionary’s personal well being and growth; evangelism and church planting; leadership training; using tools for church planting and nurture, including literature, audio visuals, medical ministry, schools and community development projects.
  • MIN 401
    Church Growth (3 Credits)
    A study of the biblical concern for church growth, both qualitative and quantitative. Areas covered include: definitions of church growth; kinds of church growth; obstructions that hinder growth; kinds of church growth; obstructions that hinder growth; the sociological structure in which the multiplication of churches takes place; the homogenous unit principle in Scripture and in church history; becoming Christians without crossing barriers, receptivity of men and societies, the resistance-receptivity axis; special kinds of church growth; basic principles that contribute to growth; measuring past growth; projecting plans for future growth.
  • MIN 402
    Christian Marriage and Family (3 Credits)
    The course is designed to introduce the students to the divine will for marriage, responsible relationship of the couple and life in the home. It covers biblical principles of Christian marriage and family, including: love, courtship, engagement, wedding ceremony; mixed marriages; sex, communication, children; home life responsibilities and family relationships, in-laws and finances.
  • MIN 411
    Christian Education of Children, Youth and Adults (3 Credits)
    A study of the characteristics, needs and developmental tasks of children, youth and adults so that the Christian Education worker can minister to them adequately. It covers: the nature and needs of children, youth and adults in the provision of Christian education; physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual characteristics; a theology of these ministries; strategies of leadership recruitment and training, growth and maturity of the church.
  • MIN 412
    Theology of Ministry (3 Credits)
    A study of Christian worship as expressed in the regular and special services and ceremonies of the church including: biblical foundation and guidelines for the church services, their purpose and meaning, including, Sunday worship, baptism, prayer fellowships, infant dedication, weddings, funerals and communion; relating these to the aims of the church and to the cultural background of the people; developing skills in the preparation and arrangement of programmes of worship and special ceremonies and in the conducting of such services.
  • MIN 451
    Pastoral Theology (3 Credits)
    A study of the pastor’s life and work in the ministry of the local church; the church as an organism rather than an organisation; the purpose and goals of the church; how to achieve these goals by developing methods of training laity; principles and methods of training church leadership: Paul and Timothy relationship, traditional residence Bible schools, biblical education by extension, and Bible training centres; how to produce change in the church while maintaining a rapport with the existing church leadership and programs.
  • MIN 452
    Mission Issues and Trends (3 Credits)
    This course explores contemporary issues and trends in cross-cultural missions including: the crisis in the definition of missions; missions development in younger churches; non-professional missionaries; strategic target groups (unreached people groups, cities, students, peoples of other faiths); the power encounter (signs and wonders); the goal of missions and the ethics of missionaries.
  • MIN 453
    Curriculum Development (3 Credits)
    A course in the design and writing of curriculum for teaching in churches and church institutions. Ground covered includes: the meaning of curriculum; principles of developing a curriculum design: choosing the purpose of education, the goals and objectives of the church or church institution for the learners, context of learning, designing instructional models; writing course descriptions: title of course, course goals and objectives, methods and learning activities, testing and evaluation; the development of educational programmes in the local churches and church institutions.

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