Description

These programmes consist of 120 ECTS and intend to prepare students for ministry in the local church. Depending on the precise criteria established by each district, this programme can fulfil the minimum requirements for ordained ministry in the Church of the Nazarene. In many cases, a district will require additional credits beyond the 120 of this programme.

The Diploma programme is accredited by the European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA), and corresponds to the Minimum Qualification at Level 5B or 554 in the ISCED framework (International Standard Classification of Education) of the UNESCO. The level of this programme is equivalent to the first two years of a Vocational Bachelor degree. The Qualification programme is not accredited.

Programme Outcomes

Students who graduate with the Christian Ministry Diploma or Qualification will have:

  • a basic knowledge of Scripture (CN1)* and of the Christian faith, especially from a Wesleyan perspective (CN2)*, and a basic knowledge of the history of the church (CN3)*.
  • a clear understanding of, and vision for, the mission of the Church (CN3), and the church’s responsibility to the world and its people (CT3)*.
  • the basic knowledge necessary for effective ministry (CN4)* and for working with people (CN5)*.
  • the basic skills to interpret Scripture (CP1)* and communicate effectively (CT1)* within different cultural contexts (CT2)*.
  • the basic skills to communicate clearly with people (CP2)*, provide leadership (CP3)*, and provide pastoral care to people (CP4)*.
  • the skills to apply Christian understanding to their personal lives (CH1)*.
  • grown in their pursuit of holy living in all its various dimensions of daily life (CT4)* and personhood (CH2)* through acquaintance with different spiritual disciplines (CH4)*.
  • an increased awareness of who they are as persons (CH5)* and as servants involved in God’s mission in the world (CH3)*.

Note: The curriculum is designed with the understanding that no educational programme is complete, but needs to be seen as laying a foundation for lifelong learning.

* The abbreviations refer to the intended educational outcomes, as described on page 31 and following of the Academic Catalogue.

Minimum Requirements

  • Only courses with passing grades will count.
  • A Grade Point Average of 2.0.
  • The student must complete 120 ECTS, distributed as follows:

Cluster

Course

ECTS

A. Bible
25 ECTS
Introduction to the Old Testament
Introduction to the New Testament
Foundations for Biblical Studies
Pentateuch and/or Old Testament Prophets
Synoptic Gospels and/or Pauline Literature
5
5
5
5
5
B. Theology, Tradition, and Identity
23 ECTS
Introduction to Theology
Holiness and Identity
Christian Doctrines
Nazarene History and Polity
Church History
Christian Ethics
3
3
6
3
5
3
C. God’s Mission, the Church, Vocation
23 ECTS
God’s Mission and the Church
Vocation and Personal Ministry
Spiritual Formation
Mentoring
Evangelism and Church
Intercultural Missions
Faith Development in the Local Congregation
Christian Worship
3
2
3
2
3
4
3
3
D. Ministerial Skills
21 ECTS
Elective Courses: Preaching; Pastoral Care and Counselling;
  Foundations for Youth and Family Ministry; Church Leadership.
Practicum
Internship
Ministry Integration
Interpersonal Communication
Electives: Additional Practicums(/Intership(s)

10
1
3
3
2
2
E. Academic Skills and General Studies
8 ECTS
EuNC Orientation
Introduction to Academic Skills
Language and Written Expression
Human Growth and Development
0
2
3
3
Electives (see Course Descriptions) 20
Total 120