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, 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.

Church Mission and Ministry

  • Having developed a mindset for ongoing theological reflection,
  • An understanding of the dynamics of spiritual warfare,
  • Having established a personal, biblical perspective on the missional church and integral mission,
  • Becoming familiar with the history and major theories of intercultural communication,
  • Increasing awareness of one’s own cultural values and attitudes and one’s own style as a communicator,
  • Having developed a biblical and theological framework for the task of evangelism,
  • An understanding of the biblical imperative of church planting & being familiar with a number of models,
  • Having been exposed to some tools to analyze contemporary culture,
  • An understanding of the basic cultural and linguistic issues related to languages and culture learning,
  • The ability to use different language and cultural learning techniques, methodologies and activities,
  • An awareness of cultural and non-verbal communication issues,
  • The ability to articulate the ethics and attitudes essential for successful language and cultural learning,
  • The ability to design a research proposal,
  • Familiarity with several types of research methodologies used in missiological studies,
  • An understanding of some of the unique concerns of missionary research,
  • 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,
  • An understanding of the presence and impact of non-Christian religions in the world today,
  • The ability to compare and contrast the basic teaching of non-Christian faiths with Christianity, and
  • Engagement in evangelistic dialogue with those of other faiths.