This course will help to equip the student to understand the nature and purpose of the Church within the mission of God. This will occur through a thorough discussion of biblical and contemporary literature. A theology of the mission of the Church, specifically in the areas of congregational health and evangelism will be developed. From this theology, practical strategies will be identified and evaluated so that the student is prepared to create and lead a missional congregation.
- Teacher: Yevgeniy Siniy
An in-depth examination of the principles of the process of understanding the Bible on its own terms and re-contextualizing it in the contemporary world. Special focus is made on particular issues related to the different genres of literature in the Bible. Examples of these principles from each of the genres are discussed in the class. Practical experience in interpretation and hermeneutics is provided.
This course will address the theological necessity of engaging the Old Testament in the church’s ministry of preaching and teaching and the concrete challenges of doing so effectively. Particular attention will be given to reflective engagement with the complex set of hermeneutical issues, which Christian teachers and preachers face when engaging the Old Testament and how a sophisticated understanding of the Old Testament’s various literary genres assists/helps/aids the teacher or preacher in communicating ways that are faithful to the original contexts and relevant to contemporary audiences.
- Teacher: Daniel Maris
Through an examination of the Biblical, theological, historical and cultural perspectives on worship, this course seeks to help the student develop the analytical and practical skills to lead in the experience of worship, giving proper attention to content, structure and style. Attention is also given to the practice of private worship, and the cultivation of an inner life of devotion and praise.
The course intends to introduce students to effective study and research methodologies, engage them in a process of theological reflection on ministry, and help develop lifelong learning skills that will benefit them in Christian leadership contexts. The course will enable students to successfully pursue studies at the TCMI Institute as well as introduce the Revised Ministry Portfolio and all aspects associated with it. This course is required of all MA and Certificate students and should be taken during the first quarter of their studies.