Description

This programme consists of 120 ECTS and intends 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 requires additional credits beyond the 120 of this programme.

The Diploma programme is accredited by the European Council for Theological Education (ECTE) as the first two years of a Vocational Bachelor.

Programme Outcomes

Students who graduate with the Christian Ministry Diploma 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 29 and following of the Academic Catalogue.

Minimum Requirements

 

  • Only courses with passing grades will count.
  • 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 the Church
Intercultural Missions
Faith Development in the Local Congregation
Christian Worship
3
2
3
2
3
4
3
3
D. Ministerial Skills
19 ECTS
Elective Courses: Preaching; Pastoral Care and Counselling;
Foundations for Youth and Family Ministry; Church Leadership.
Practicum
Internship
Ministry Integration
Electives: Additional Practicum(s)/Intership(s)

10
1
3
3
2
E. Academic Skills and General Studies
10 ECTS

EuNC Orientation
Academic Skills 1
Academic Skills 2
Human Growth and Development
Interpersonal Communication

0
3
2
3
2

Electives (see Course Descriptions) 20
Total   120