The student shall be able to demonstrate:

Biblical Studies

  • An understanding of how the books of the Bible came to be written and familiarity with their contents and distinctive ideas,
  • Basic knowledge of the various contexts of both the OT and NT,
  • A basic understanding of some of the critical methods used in biblical studies and an appreciation for the history of biblical scholarship and interpretation,
  • The ability to read and interact with both popular and critical commentaries,
  • Basic understanding of the nature of the biblical languages,
  • Competency in the use of various biblical tools,
  • An understanding of the different philosophies of translation, and
  • Skill in biblical interpretation, research methods and documentation.

Church History and Theology

  • A familiarity with the basic lineaments of the history of the church,
  • Value for the essential place of history in shaping our understanding of the Christian faith,
  • A basic understanding of the major doctrines of the Christian faith,
  • Value for the importance of a theological understanding for life and ministry, and
  • Serving the church and culture through the integration of doctrine and ministry.

From Christian Ethic: or

  • The ability to think ethically and theologically about our lives,
  • Skill in the use of Scripture in ethical thinking,
  • An understanding of the centrality of peace, love and justice in Christian ethics,
  • Faithful ethical reflection brought to bear on contemporary issues, and

From Christian Worldview: or

  • An understanding of the intellectual coherence and force of a Christian worldview,
  • An understanding of how a truly Christian mind affects one’s total life-experience,
  • Value for the power of thinking Christianly, and
  • Service by modeling a Christian mind in praxis.

From Christian Apologetics:

  • An understanding of the major arguments and evidences for and against Christian faith,
  • An understanding of the major divisions of apologetics and the lineaments of a sensitive and sound apologetic method, and
  • Value for the importance of thinking about the faith critically and rationally.

Church Mission and Ministry

  • Having established a personal, biblical perspective on the missional church and integral mission,
  • Being able to understand and articulate spiritual formation from a biblical and historical perspective,
  • An increased awareness of the value of Christian community,
  • Fostering a commitment to the role of offering spiritual direction as a priority,
  • An understanding of the presence and impact of non-Christian religions in the world today, and
  • The ability to compare and contrast the basic teaching of non-Christian faiths with Christianity