The way the nine clusters in the curriculum framework are related reflects what European Nazarene College sees as its primary mission; the education of ministers. In the description of the clusters below, the required number of ECTS for each of the programmes is also listed. These are the minimum requirements for each programme at every location.
1. Bible (All course numbers starting with BIB)
The foundational source that informs our view on God, the Church, the world and ministry is Scripture. Therefore students need to become well-grounded in Scripture for receiving direction and inspiration.
2. Theology, Tradition and Identity (All course numbers starting with THE)
Flowing out of Scripture comes our theology, which compliments Scripture with information from tradition, reason and experience (Wesleyan quadrilateral). It is our distinctive Wesleyan theology that provides identity, and describes who we are as a church.
3. God’s Mission; the Church and Vocation (All course numbers starting with MIS)
The core of the curriculum is a biblical understanding of the heart of God and His mission in the world. Our understanding of the church and of our lives as vocation needs to be informed by this missiological understanding, and believers need to find their place in the missionary activity of God through the Church as the body of Christ.
4. Proclaiming the Kingdom of God (All course numbers starting with PRC)
One of the two main responsibilities of the Church as the body of Christ is the proclamation of the Kingdom of God as Jesus announced in Luke 4:18. Students will explore this ministry of the church.
5. Shepherding the Flock (All course numbers starting with PAS)
The other main responsibility of the Church is reflected in the words of Jesus to Peter: “Feed my Sheep”. (John 21:15) The courses in this cluster focus on the nurture the church provides for its people or how the church can be led and organised to fulfil this responsibility.
6. Ministry Specialties (All course numbers starting with MIN or MUS)
Along with studying the essential ministries of the church and receiving the appropriate knowledge, the students will be exploring specific ministries or the roles of a minister and developing the needed competencies. The music courses EuNC offers are seen as supporting the ministry of the Church and have their place in this cluster.
7. Understanding the World (All course numbers starting with GEN)
In order to strengthen the proclamation of the Kingdom of God (Cluster 4), students need to know and understand the world in which they live and minister, so that they may communicate the Gospel in a relevant way.
8. Understanding People (All course numbers starting with SOC)
In order to strengthen the shepherding of the flock (Cluster 5), students need to understand people and how to communicate with them.
9. Academic proficiencies (All course numbers starting with ACP)
Students need to master competencies that will make them successful in their studies. They also need to show that they are able to integrate what they learn into an overall comprehensive view.
Using electives, the learning centres may strengthen certain clusters by offering certain courses for more ECTS or adding courses beyond the required minimum. In a very limited way, it also gives individual students options from which to choose. All electives need to fall in one of the nine clusters described above.