Description

This programme consists of 180 ECTS and builds on the Diploma in Christian Ministry, providing a deeper understanding of the discipline of theology as applied to the context of the practice of Christian ministry in contemporary society. Students will engage in practical activities designed to develop ministerial skills as well as reflect critically on what they are learning through their experience and engagement with contemporary issues of society.

The Advanced Diploma programme is in the process of being accredited by the European Council for Theological Education (ECTE), and corresponds to the Minimum Qualification at Level 6, subcategory 655 in the ISCED framework (2011 International Standard Classification of Education) of the UNESCO. The level of this programme is at the Vocational Bachelor level. NOTE: For legal reasons, the term Bachelor cannot be used for this programme.

This programme may not be offered at all locations. Contact the specific Learning Centre for availability.

Programme Outcomes

Students who graduate with the Advanced Diploma in Applied Theology will have:

  • a deeper 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)*.
  • a thorough knowledge necessary for effective ministry (CN4)* and for working with people (CN5)*.
  • the skills to interpret Scripture (CP1)* and communicate effectively (CT1)* within different cultural contexts (CT2)*.
  • the 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)*.
  • The ability to critically reflect and engage with contemporary issues in society, Bible and Theology. (CP5, CP6)
  • The ability to put into practice their learning (CP4), reflecting critically on the outcomes of their experience (CP5, CP6).

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 33 and following of the Academic Catalogue.

Minimum Requirements

  • Only courses with passing grades will count.
  • The student must complete 180 ECTS, distributed as follows:

Cluster

Course

ECTS

A. Bible
35 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
2 Cluster Electives
5
5
5
5
5
10
B. Theology, Tradition, and Identity
29 ECTS
Introduction to Theology
Holiness and Identity
Christian Doctrines
Nazarene History and Polity
Church History
Christian Ethics
2 Cluster Electives
3
3
6
3
5
3
6
C. God’s Mission, the Church, Vocation
29 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
The Holistic Wellbeing of the Minister
1 Cluster Elective
3
2
3
3
3
4
3
3
3
3
D. Ministerial Skills
31 ECTS
Elective Courses: Preaching; Pastoral Care and Counselling;
Foundations for Youth and Family Ministry; Church Leadership.
Practicum
Internship
Ministry Integration
Interpersonal Communication
Senior Review
Electives: Additional Practicum(s); Intership(s); Theological Reflection(s)
15
1
3
3
2
5

2

E. Academic Skills and General Studies
8 ECTS
EuNC Orientation
Introduction to Academic Skills
Language and Written Expression
Human Growth and Development
1 Cluster Elective
0
2
3
3
3
Electives (see Course Descriptions) 44
Total   180