Cluster A: Bible

BIB11 Introduction to the Old Testament

This course is an introduction to the literature of the Old Testament. It examines the themes, history, and literary character of the Old Testament’s books and reflects upon the relevance of their messages for contemporary society.

This course has no prerequisites.

BIB12 Introduction to the New Testament

This course is an introduction to the literature of the New Testament. It examines the themes, historical, social and cultural background, and literary character of the New Testament’s books and reflects upon the relevance of their witness to Jesus Christ for contemporary society.

This course has no prerequisites.

BIB14 Foundations for Biblical Studies

This course provides a foundation for Biblical Studies. It is designed for developing an understanding and appreciation for hearing God’s Word for today through Scripture. It will focus on learning the appropriate tools and the process of Biblical exegesis, understanding the principles of interpretation that are specific to the various types of literature in the Bible, and engaging the various issues and hermeneutical problems that affect how Scripture is interpreted in the church.

This course has either Introduction to Old or Introduction to New Testament as a prerequisite. It is preferred that both biblical introduction courses are completed before this course.

BIB21 Pentateuch

This course is a study of the first five books of the Old Testament, with attention given to the narrative thread that runs from Genesis through Deuteronomy, the theological themes that arise from this material, and the manner in which Torah shapes the identity of the Hebrew people. The course also includes a brief introduction to the study methods of these books.

This course has Introduction to Old Testament and Foundations for Biblical Studies as prerequisites.

BIB22 Synoptic Gospels

This course is a study of the first three Gospels, with attention to their context, literary structure, and theological message, as well as their similarities and differences. The course will feature exegetical study of these Gospels based on a modern translation. This course provides opportunities to develop exegetical and expositional skills that are necessary for effective Bible study, preaching, and ministry. These books are studied in the framework of their significance for the community of faith.

This course has Introduction to New Testament and Foundations for Biblical Studies as prerequisites.

BIB23 Pauline Literature

A study of Paul’s life and epistles, the course will focus both on a study of Paul’s background and a consequential exegetical study of part of his letters. This course provides opportunities to develop exegetical and expositional skills that are necessary for effective Bible study, preaching, and ministry. These letters are studied in the framework of their significance for the edification of the community of faith.

This course has Introduction to New Testament and Foundations for Biblical Studies as prerequisites.

BIB24 Old Testament Prophets

This course is a study of the message and background of the OT prophets. The purpose is to acquaint the student with the major principles of the interpretation of OT prophecy, the context of the prophets, and the contemporary significance of their message. Special emphasis will be given to some of the 8th and 7th century B.C. prophets.

This course has Introduction to Old Testament and Foundations for Biblical Studies as prerequisites.

BIB25 Johannine Literature

This course is a study of the Gospel of John, 1, 2 & 3 John, and Revelation. Attention will be given to their context, literary structure, and theological message, and contemporary interpretation. The course will focus on inductive study of the texts based on a modern translation.  These books are studied in the framework of their significance for the community of faith.

This course has Introduction to New Testament and Foundations for Biblical Studies as prerequisites and Introduction to Old Testament as a preferred prerequisite.

BIB34 Old Testament Historical Writings

This course consists of a study of the Old Testament narrative literature in the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. It will particularly explore the manner in which the language and theology of Deuteronomy is expressed through the narrative retelling of ancient Israel and Judah’s history.

This course has Introduction to the Old Testament and Foundations for Biblical Studies as prerequisites. The course Pentateuch is a preferred prerequisite.

BIB42 Psalms and Wisdom Literature

This course consists of a study of Psalms and Old Testament wisdom literature (Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes), with emphasis upon the literary and devotional characteristics of these genres.

This course has Introduction to the Old Testament and Foundations for Biblical Studies as prerequisites.

BIB46 Advanced Biblical Studies

This course studies a specific book from the Bible or a biblical theme.

This course requires that students have completed all the required courses in the Bible Cluster.

 

Cluster B: Theology, Tradition and Identity

THE10 Theology Conference

This course involves participation in a conference for people in ministry or preparing for ministry and subsequent reflection/application.

This course is open to all students, and depending on the conference may have certain prerequisites.

THE11 Introduction to Theology

This course explores the need for theological reflection in the Christian community and personal life, and introduces the students to the discipline of theological reflection, the basic terminology and the organization of theology as an academic discipline.

Ideally, this course needs to be among the first courses a student enrols in.

THE13 Holiness and Identity

This course explores the biblical concept of holiness, the doctrine of Christian perfection as articulated by John Wesley in the 18th century, and the doctrine of entire sanctification as expressed by the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition. Through this biblical, theological, and historical survey the question will be raised how the Wesleyan-holiness denominations need to articulate their identity in contemporary culture.

This course has no specific prerequisites. 

THE21 Christian Doctrines

This course is an exploration of the major doctrines of the Christian Church, from the viewpoint of the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, giving attention to the doctrine of God, the Trinity, the doctrine of man, God the Saviour, God the Spirit, the Church, and the last things. The treatment of Christian Theology has been split in two courses (Christian Doctrines 1 and Christian Doctrines 2).

This course has Introduction to Theology as its prerequisite.

THE22 Nazarene History and Polity

This course introduces the student to the historical heritage and organizational structure of the Church of the Nazarene. Attention is given to historical, theological, and personal factors, which gave rise to the denomination, and to the functions of the church at the local and district levels.

This course has no prerequisites, although it would be beneficial if the students have completed both Holiness and Identity and Church History prior to taking this course.

THE23 Church History

This course is an introduction to the history of the Church and its theology from the early period to the present time, as expressed in Western and Eastern Christianity.

Church History serves as a historical background for theology and ministry courses. Depending on the location, certain periods in the history of the church will be emphasized more than others.

THE24 Special Studies in Theology and Church History

This course has no specific course description, as it depends on its specific offering.

THE25 Christian Ethics

This course aims at helping the students form a personal approach to ethics and ethical issues that is faithful to the witness of Scriptures and the doctrines of the Church as expressed in the Wesleyan tradition. Thus, the course will overview the ethical teachings of Scriptures, analyse the relationship between theology and ethics, and examine the teachings of major ethical systems. If appropriate to the context, relevant ethical issues will be examined in detail.

This course has Christian Doctrines 2, Foundations for Biblical Studies, and Introduction to Philosophy as its preferred prerequisites.

 THE31  John Wesley’s Theology

This course is a historical study of John Wesley; his spiritual journey and the development of his theological thinking. Major themes of his theology will be studied with special emphasis on his proclamation of Christian Perfection.

This course has Church History and Christian Doctrines as its prerequisites.

 THE32 Christian Apologetics

This course explores the theological discipline of Apologetics and the various apologetic issues that challenge contemporary Christianity as well as Christian responses to support the missional task of the church.

This theology course has Introduction to Philosophy and Christian Doctrines as its prerequisites.

 THE34 A Christian Approach to Islam

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the beliefs and practices of Islam with a specific emphasis on explaining the Christian faith to Muslims and laying the foundations for ministering to Muslim communities in non-Muslim majority cultures.

This course has Introduction to Theology, Christian Doctrines 1 and 2 as prerequisites, and World Religions and Christian Apologetics as preferred prerequisites.

THE42 Contemporary Wesleyan Holiness Theology

This course studies developments in contemporary Wesleyan-Holiness theological discussions with special attention given to the doctrine of holiness.

This theology course has Holiness and Identity, Christian Doctrines and John Wesley’s Theology as its prerequisites.

 

Cluster C: God’s Mission, the Church, Vocation

 MIS10 Mentoring

This activity is designed to assist students in their studies and personal development. Mentoring may include a wide range of activities, which are all intended to help guide student development, whether through academic advising, corporate worship, spiritual direction, or small group discussion of relevant issues connected to their studies.

Mentoring is a requirement for both the Spiritual Formation and Christian Ministry programmes. A minimum of 0.5 mentoring ECTS should be earned for every 30 ECTS of the curriculum. The first mentoring course should be taken at the beginning of the student’s studies at EuNC.

MIS11 God’s Mission and the Church

This course is an introductory course exposing students to a missional view on ministry. Through a biblical-theological exploration of the mission of God (Missio Dei) students will explore the essential nature of the church as the body of Christ in the world, called into existence to cooperate with God in fulfilling his mission on earth.

It is preferred that this course is among the first courses that new students take, because it introduces the missional heart of the curriculum of EuNC.

MIS12 Vocation and Personal Ministry

Vocation and Personal Ministry is an introductory level course that exposes students to concepts of personal vocation, and it connects with the context of material presented in a previous course, God’s Mission and the Church. This course explores what it means to find a personal place of ministry and meaning within God’s plan and His Kingdom, given one’s gifts, abilities, and heritage. Theological and historical concepts of vocation will be explored, but this course is also largely a reflection on one’s own personhood and an attempt to become more comfortable with one’s own unique potential contribution to God’s mission and the Church.

This course has God’s Mission and the Church as preferred prerequisite.

MIS13 Spiritual Formation

This course seeks to communicate an understanding of the means of grace and to establish spiritual disciplines in the lives of students preparing for ministry to a broken world in need of holy transformation.  Time is given to the classical spiritual disciplines, and opportunities are given throughout the course for application of learning in both personal and corporate spiritual formation. 

This course has God’s Mission and the Church as preferred prerequisite.

MIS14 Introduction to Mentoring

This course introduces the students to the concept of mentoring and serves as a preparation for EuNC’s curricular course of mentoring.

MIS41 The Holistic Wellbeing of the Minister

This course explores the various challenges the minister will face in his or her ministry, and explores ways to remain well in ministry. It seeks to build upon the principles and disciplines learned and practiced in the lives of students preparing for ministry to and in a broken world in need of holy transformation.

This course has Vocation and Personal Ministry and Spiritual Formation as preferred prerequisites.

PAS11 Faith Development in the Local Congregation

This is an introductory course that explores the place, significance, and role of Christian Education (Discipleship) in the context of the total ministry of the local church, and focuses on faith development for believers of all ages. Theological foundations and educational principles and practices will be studied and applied throughout the course.

This course has Holiness and Identity, God’s Mission and the Church, as well as Human Growth and Development as preferred prerequisites.

PAS21 Christian Worship

The focus of this course is to help students develop a theology of worship and a clear understanding of the relationship between the believer’s daily worship lifestyle and the congregation’s weekly worship activities. Special attention is given to the biblical basis for worship, the historical development of worship and liturgy, the spiritual life of the minister, the various elements of a worship service and the exploration of models of worship that are relevant for today’s Church.

This course has God’s Mission and the Church as a preferred prerequisite

PAS22 Church Development

This course examines how the local congregation can organize itself to grow as a missional church and develop the appropriate ministries to reach the people outside and to shepherd its own people.

This course has God’s Mission and the Church, Evangelism and Church, and Church Leadership as its preferred prerequisites.

PAS23 Special Studies in Pastoral Ministry

This course has no specific course description, as it depends on its specific offering.

PRC21 Evangelism and the Church

This course explores how people can be reached with the Gospel who live in the post-modern/communist and post-Christian context of Europe and the CIS, and how missional churches can be planted. Various ways of reaching people with the Gospel and planting faith communities will be examined and evaluated. A biblical missiological focus within the unique European and the CIS context will serve to foster a passion in each student to reach their generation and others through planting communities of Christian faith.

This course has God’s Mission and the Church and Introduction to Philosophy as preferred prerequisites.

PRC23 Urban Ministry

This course will focus on the city, its people who live with challenges and the opportunities there available to the church for mission. It will explore the call of God upon the church to be a witness for Christ and the kingdom of God in the city and the methods and perspectives that might facilitate a healthy ministry with the people who live there.

This course has God’s Mission and the Church as preferred prerequisite.

PRC24 Intercultural Missions

This course examines the importance of intercultural missions both abroad and within our community. It will supply the students with an understanding and awareness of important terms and practices related to intercultural missions as well as strengthen their calling to serve others and teach them about Christ. The cultural context for communication is also a significant area of theory/practical application.

This course has God’s Mission and the Church as well as Interpersonal Communication as preferred prerequisites.

 

Cluster D: Ministerial Skills

MIN10 Ministry Conference

This course involves participation in a conference for people in ministry or preparing for ministry and subsequent reflection/application.

This course is open to all students and depending on the conference may have certain prerequisites.

MIN11 Practicum

Practicum credits allow students to gain supervised, practical experience by participating in the ministry of their local church or local context during the course of study. Practicum hours are earned by joining and participating in an ongoing, active ministry team or group.  The student’s participation within the team and the contribution of the ministry to those being served must be evaluated for the practicum hours to be earned.

This course helps fulfil the requirements of practical ministry involvement built in all EuNC programmes. It is recommended that students will take this course during their first 60 ECTS and prior to taking the course Internship.

MIN20 Introduction to Church Music

This course gives a basic and practical introduction into staff notion, musical instruments and church music (congregational singing, hymnology, instrumental music, accompaniment, choir). The student will be equipped with a basic understanding of written music, which can assist him/her in a variety of settings including worship preparation. The course focuses on liturgy skills, such as selecting songs fitting for worship, leading congregational singing, knowing the repertoire of Christian songs and basic parameters of good church music.

This course has Christian Worship as a preferred prerequisite.

MIN22 Preaching

This course introduces the students to the fundamentals of sermon construction and delivery, focusing especially on expository sermons.

Prerequisites for this course are Introduction to the Old and the New Testament, and Foundations for Biblical Studies. God’s Mission and the Church and Christian Worship are preferred prerequisites.

MIN23 Foundations for Youth and Family Ministry

This course is an exploration of various theological, sociological, and educational aspects of youth and family ministry, with an emphasis on cultural and formational influences on ministry. Students will be exposed to a comprehensive view of various models of youth ministry, while developing their own particular approach to the practice of youth ministry.

This course has Faith Development in the Local Congregation as its prerequisite and Human Growth and Development as its preferred prerequisite.

MIN24 Pastoral Care and Counselling

This is an introductory level course addressing the theory and practice of pastoral care and counselling. The focus is on the various theoretical approaches in counselling as applied to human concerns in both individual and group counselling, and on the integration of learning and application of counselling principles within the parish setting.

This has no required prerequisites, but it has Human Growth and Development as preferred prerequisite.

MIN25 Church Leadership

This course introduces the student to the theory of leadership and administration in the local congregation. The course challenges each student to become a Christ-like leader/pastor in a local church setting and to give leadership according to his or her gifts.

The preferred prerequisites for the course are Interpersonal Communication, God’s Mission and the Church, and Vocation and Personal Ministry.

MIN26 Internship

The internship exposes students to the practices of ministry. Under the supervision of a minister/staff member the student develops basic skills for ministry and will gain understanding of his/her own vocation and the responsibilities it entails.

MIN27 Ministry Integration

This course is intended to integrate the various ministry related courses into a model for local church ministry, and it also evaluates the student’s aptitude for ministry.

This course serves as a sort of “exit course” for the Christian Ministry programmes. Prerequisites for this course are all BIB, MIS, PAS and MIN courses that are required for the Christian Ministry programmes.

MIN28 Special Studies in Christian Ministry

This course studies specific theological topics relevant to Christian ministry or specific practical issues that ministers face in ministry.

Examples:  Compassionate Ministries (Child Development, Crisis Relief Response), Refugee Ministries (Refugee Response); Community Development

A foundation of ministry related courses is required as well as courses such as Practicum and/or Internship for students of this course.

MIN2901 Introduction to Theological Reflection

This course introduces students to the discipline of theological reflection, exploring individual and corporate experience in conversation with the wisdom of a religious heritage and the need for theological reflection in the Christian community and one’s personal life.

The nature of the course is such that the process of theological reflection is embedded in the student’s development in content, competency, character and context throughout the studies, thus, students will do the reflections in relation to the praxis and knowledge gained through the praxis courses and the content-oriented courses.

This introductory course has no prerequisites. Students are encouraged to take a Theological Reflection praxis course shortly after taking this course, possibly in the same academic year.

MIN29 Theological Reflection on Life and Ministry

This course provides students praxis opportunity in the discipline of theological reflection, exploring individual and corporate experience in conversation with the wisdom of a religious heritage and the need for theological reflection in the Christian community and personal life.

The nature of the course is such that the process of theological reflection is embedded in the student’s development in content, competency, character and context throughout the studies, thus, students will do the reflections in relation to the praxis and knowledge gained through the praxis courses and the content-oriented courses.

Students are encouraged to take this course multiple times during their studies, therefore this course has varying content courses as its prerequisites, depending on when the praxis course is taken. The course Introduction to Theological Reflection is required before the student takes this course for the first time.

MIN30 Summative Review

The summative review has the purpose of helping students synthetize the information they have gained through their coursework, spiritual growth, and praxis to more effectively apply it to their life and ministry in context.

This course serves as an “exit course” for the advanced Diploma in applied Theology programme, and should be one of the last courses that students take. Prerequisites for this course are all the core curriculum courses that are required for the Advanced Diploma in Applied Theology programme.

SOC23 Marriage and the Family

Marriage and the Family is an introductory level course with the goal to provide students with knowledge about marriage and family relationships. The concept that marriage and families are systems of relationships functioning both within themselves and with other systems in their environment is stressed.

This course has no prerequisites.

SOC24 Interpersonal Communication

This course is primarily a study of communication theory and its application to interpersonal relationships. Topics covered in this course include: the nature of communication, self-identity, perception, language, listening, nonverbal communication, conflict resolution, emotional expression, and computer-mediated communication (CMC).

No specific courses are required as prerequisites.

SOC32 Introduction to Social Problems

This course gives an introduction to current social problems that a Wesleyan church may face in the context of society. The social studies in this course help students to understand the issues from both theoretical and practical aspects, and consider various Christian responses in the local context of the student.

This course has General Sociology as a prerequisite, and God’s Mission and the Church, Human Growth and Development as preferred prerequisite courses.

 

Cluster E: Academic Skills and General Studies

ACP10 EuNC Orientation

This orientation provides students with the necessary information needed to take their first EuNC course and deals with the topics of the culture of EuNC, the online systems that EuNC uses, the syllabus, writing style guides, mentoring, local learning centre information, and course evaluations.

EuNC Orientation is the required entry course for all students and should be taken prior to any other course.

ACP11 Introduction to Academic Skills

Introduction to Academic Skills focuses on the essential college skills necessary for successful academic performance at EuNC.

Introduction to Academic Skills follows EuNC Orientation and should be taken before subsequent EuNC courses.

ACP20 Language and Written Expression

This course is intended to develop college level writing skills and to stimulate students to think critically, express themselves clearly, and develop an appreciation for language through a variety of writing experiences. In this course, students improve their writing ability and expand their writing range through guided practise (both in and out of class) and class time interchange with both the teacher and fellow students. The purpose of the course is to focus on the use of written language, to help students acquire and develop essential writing skills which will enable them to be successful students and, when they leave this community, successful communicators in their ministry. Instruction will focus on two major aspects of writing: the process leading to effective composition (prewriting, writing, and revision) and the correct and effective use of important language conventions (punctuation, spelling, usage, sentence structure) which enhance readability of their writing.

This course has Introduction to Academic Skills as prerequisite.

ACP25 Public Speaking and Storytelling

This course is intended to develop public speaking skills and help students find their own voice as well as establish credibility and develop self-confidence as speakers. Major focus is on speech preparation, organisation and speech delivery, with additional components covering audience analysis, ethical issues, and an introduction to storytelling techniques. Students will apply the content and enhance their skills by delivering a number of speeches throughout the course.

This course has Introduction to Academic Skills and Interpersonal Communication as preferred prerequisites.

GEN20 Introduction to Philosophy

This course introduces students to the most important schools of philosophy that have interacted with Christian theology and to the philosophical terminology and concepts used in those dialogues. Primary attention is given to the dominant influence of modern philosophies on western culture and/or in post-communist countries. If suitable for the context, attention will be given to the rise of postmodernism or to other relevant philosophical trends that may help students come to a better understanding of the world in which we live.

This course has Introduction to Theology as its prerequisite.

GEN22 World Religions

The course examines several major world religions, ideologies, and folk (traditional) religions. Particular focus will be on world religions that are of impact in the local context. The course studies their founders, sacred writing, beliefs, rituals, and history in order to gain an understanding and appreciation of them.

This course has Introduction to Philosophy as its preferred prerequisites.

GEN25 Development of Western Thought

(Course is currently under development)

SOC22 Human Growth and Development

This course is an introductory level Developmental Psychology Course. The goal of this course is to acquaint students with the development of human beings through the life cycles. The value of the developmental perspective as a useful way to view human behaviour will be stressed, viewing human development through the physical, cognitive, social, & personality contexts. The role of the family, peers, media, church & schools will also be emphasized.

This course has no prerequisites.

SOC31 General Sociology

This course is an introduction to the discipline of sociology. It is a study of the basic elements of human interaction, culture, socialization, organization, collective behaviour, stratification, urbanization, populations, social change and societal institutions.

There are no prerequisites for this course.