BTH in Community Leadership (Christian Ministry major) Advanced Level

Biblical Studies III

 

Old Testament Writings/Prophets (12 credits)

These modules will be offered on a rotational basis, with only one module – either Old Testament Writings or Prophets – being offered every alternate year.

Old Testament Writings (2015)
The study and meaning of wisdom in the literature of the Old Testament are investigated. Special attention will be given to the nature of Hebrew poetry, literary structure and the importance of developing a biblical theology of the wisdom writings. Exegesis of representative passages is included.

Prophets
This module is comprised of two parts, namely Early Prophets and Latter Prophets. Part 1: Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings provide the basis for a survey of Israel’s history from conquest to exile. Special emphasis is given to the investigation of the relationship between Israel’s historical traditions and its theological appropriation of these traditions around such themes as election, law, the land and leadership. Part 2 : The literary structure and theological significance of the latter prophets are examined with attention being given to seeing the prophets within their own historical context and in light of the New Testament. Exegesis of representative passages is included.

Johannine Writings/Pauline Writings (12 credits)

These modules will be offered on a rotational basis, with only one module – either Johannine Writings or Pauling Writings – being offered every alternate year.

Johannine Writings (2015)
This module is a focused study of the writings attributed to John – the Gospel of John, the Letters of John, and the Apocalypse of John. Students will examine these writings by attending to the testimony they render concerning the crucified and resurrected Christ. Attention is given to the issues of authorship, literary and rhetorical structure, theological motifs, with a view to understanding their vision and purpose both within their ancient and the contemporary church settings.

Pauline Writings
This is a focused module designed to provide students with points of orientation for understanding Paul and the letters attributed to him. The module enables students to navigate the Pauline Writings by setting both Paul (as author, pastor and missionary) and his letters within their historical, socio-cultural, theological, exegetical and ecclesiological setting. Within this matrix, students read and engage text within the body of the Pauline Writings.

 

Biblical and Contemporary Worldviews (12 credits)

This module looks to the necessity and importance of an integrative approach to responding to a range of critical issues of relevance for both the church and public space. Within a worldview framework, students wrestle with contemporary issues – including personhood, community belonging, power, economics and education and the intersection of these issues – from a biblical and theological perspective.

Senior Project Paper (12 credits)

The Senior Project Paper is a supervised mini-thesis that provides Christian Ministry students with the opportunity to engage in higher level research. The research project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate the integration of skills acquired in biblical studies (exegesis), systematic theology and practical theology. Students will do this by exploring the relationship between the biblical text and a ministry related topic, integrating exegetical analysis (typical of biblical studies) with either a social science analysis (typical of the practical theology discipline), or a doctrinal and/or historical analysis (typical of the systematic theology discipline).

Systematic Theology III

 

Church in the Power of the Spirit (12 credits)

Restoration of human identity (and of the cosmos) is signalled in the constitution of a community in Christ, called and empowered by the Spirit to stand as sign of God’s redemptive purposes. In this module, students wrestle with the role of the Spirit in restoration, enabling, commissioning and empowering, the establishment of a new community and its nature and purpose. The module has as its starting point the continuing work of the Spirit both in the restoration of the cosmos and in the establishment of a new community and its nature and purpose.The module has as its starting point the continuing work of the Spirit both in the restoration of the cosmos and in the establishment of the church as an expression of the eschatological trajectory of God’s story. Implications of this doctrine are considered in the light of South African contextual realities.

Contemporary Theology (12 credits)

In the context of globalisation, this module traces some of the key theological trends and figures (Northern and Southern hemisphere) in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The module critically assesses the trends and figures by carefully considering how politics, economics, gender,ethnicity etc., inform and shape contemporary theological reflection. In so doing, the module is designed to challenge students to continue in critical theological reflection by returning to the beginning, to the biblical revelation of God, in response to the new challenges confronting the church.

 

Practical Theology III

 

A choice of Congregational and Denominational Studies OR Youth Studies OR Pastoral Care and Practical

 

Congregational and Denominational Studies (12 credits)

This module is designed to orient the student to the theoretical underpinnings of congregational formation and governance. It addresses theories of organisational stucture and management and sets the platform for denominational specific studies, offering students denominational specific learning (Methodist, Anglican, Baptist, etc., studies).

Youth Studies (12 credits)

This module exposes students to youth studies. Working from a theoretical framework that locates youth studies and youth ministry within the context of a congregational inclusive model, students are introduced to the nature and role of youth ministry by taking the South African contextual realities into consideration. Students look at such issues as: alcohol and drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, gang violence and malnutrition. The module encourages the student to read and evaluate perspectives provided by South African social scientists and psychologists across the racial and cultural spectrum. The module also looks to the integration of a biblically informed ecclesiology that meaningfully unpacks the ministries of the church in relation to youth.

Pastoral Care and Practical (12 credits)

This module applies the approaches and skills learnt in Pastoral Care Theory to specific crises, such as illness, dying, bereavement, mental illness and family breakdown. Institutional ministries that deal with these issues are visited providing students with practical experience in one such institution.

 

Christian Spirituality: Formation (12 credits)

This module is designed to explore how people make meaning out of life’s experiences. The primary theory of James W Fowler is given special attention. Consideration is also given to the application of this theory to the general areas of developmental psychology, the theology of christian formation and maturity. Additionally, students explore meaningful ways in which to bring together the theory and practice of christian spiritual formation. This module also includes a compulsory tutorial for spiritual formation.

 

Practical

 

Christian Ministry Fieldwork (24 credits)

Fieldwork is a practical – and generally community-based – extension of the academic programme in Christian Ministry at Cornerstone Institute. Fieldwork is designed to be a multidisciplinary application of what has been learnt theoretically during one’s studies at Cornerstone. It measures the practical capabilities of the student within a field or sphere of learning and the ability to integrate theory and praxis.

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