Course Description

This course is an introduction to early Jewish and Christian principles and methods for interpreting scripture. It is important for all contemporary Christians to recognize that Christians have attempted to interpret and faithfully follow God’s word since the coming of Christ. Many modern interpretations, both orthodox and heterodox, are rooted in ancient conversations. This course will give the student a wider view of biblical interpretation and help him or her to wrestle with his or her own ideas compared with ancient ones. This course will also survey the basic principles of modern-day biblical interpretation with practical experience.

PT 500 Discipleship

The mission of the church to “present everyone perfect in Christ” (Colossians 1:28) is the focus of this class.  The characteristics, gifts, skills, and abilities necessary to guide others into spiritual maturity will be discussed.  The student will be able to describe the various aspects of discipleship.  The student will be able to design an effective program for discipling others.

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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.


A study of the basic literary features, historical background, and the theological significance of the Old Testament, with attention also to the origin of the Old Testament canon. Concern for the ministry of preaching and teaching will guide lectures, discussions, and class requirements.

This course examines the concept of servant leadership in historical and canonical perspectives. A study of the nature, styles, and skills of servant leadership will be done with an emphasis on values, personal introspection and the ability of the servant leader to understand the environment in which they lead. Personal care of the servant leader will also be considered in this course.
COURSE DESCRIPTION A study of the world of the New Testament (Jewish and Greco-Roman backgrounds), basic literary features, and theological significance of Matthew through Acts and the origin of the New Testament canon. A concern for preaching, teaching, and Christian living will guide lectures, discussions and requirements. ОПИСАНИЕ КУРСА Изучение мира Нового Завета (еврейского и греко-римского контекста), основных литературных особенностей и богословского значения евангелий, начиная с евангелия от Матфея до книги Деяний, а также формирование канона Нового Завета. Главным мотивом лекций, дискуссий и заданий курса будет внимание к проповеди, учению и христианской жизни.