BA (HONS.) IN CONTEMPORARY PASTORAL MINISTRY

 

Four concepts underlie the development of this programme, which are, Biblical Foundation, Theological and Religious Foundation, Contextual Foundation and Glocalisation.

 

Biblical Foundation

The Bible remains as the pastor's manual or main text book. The congregation expects to hear the pastor read and preach from the Bible. The choice of a biblical text does not guarantee that the analytical choice made by the pastor is correct. The evidence that some analytical choices are incorrect is the plethora of proof texts that are common today. One reason for the wrong choices is that in the past, ministers and Churches shunned formal theological education. Seminaries or Bible Colleges could have equipped pastors or those in ministry with the relevant analytical skills if they attended one. The second reason is that hermeneutics is in a state of flux. The dominance of historical critical model of interpretation collapsed in the mid-1970s.  Some pastors and churches are still using the historical critical model and have not shifted to the new models of interpretation. They are not aware of the limitations of the model and are also not aware of the traditional definition of the term 'critical'. Whilst some have shifted, others are unaware of the models of interpretation that they have unconsciously adopted.  It appears that the rivalry between critical biblical exegesis and dubious interpretations have arguably swung in favour of dubious interpretations. Some churches and ministers are about thirty years behind because they are unaware of the incursions that have been made by literary and cultural criticisms.  The course aims to equip the students with the exegetical skills that they need to interpret the Bible with a view to achieving trustworthiness and authoritative interpretations.

Theological and Religious Foundation

The College believes that God still speaks to individuals today and still calls men and women to various ministries in the Church. However, the call does not mean that the training and education of ministers should be cancelled. As it is not unscriptural to recognise the call to ministry, so it is also not unscriptural to recognise the training and education of ministers. A responsible approach to ministerial formation must be adopted to help pastors to fulfil their calls. This is what the course will seek to achieve. Tutors will play a

complimentary role to help students achieve excellence in their respective ministries.

Contextual Foundation

The College believes that the contexts of our students are different. We believe that cultural diversity is actually an advantage to the Institution and the students.  Our aim is to communicate Christ in the student's context and to equip the student to learn and communicate Christ effectively in his or her context.

Glocalisation

Glocalisation that was coined by Roland Robertson captures the mission of the College. The College aims to deliver quality theological education at its main campus but also aims to continue to contribute to ministerial formation on a global basis. The flexibility of the programme allows the College to adapt the course to the students' geographical locations. Emphasis on local identities and their global values prevents a diminishment of the student's prior experience, knowledge and skills but instead strengthens the student's status as a lifelong learning partner.

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