2 Year Associate Degrees Ministry / Theology

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Associate degrees are awarded on successful completion the Certificate in Ministry and on successful completion of the second years training. We currently offer either an Associate Degree in Ministry or an Associate Degree in Theology. This is dependent on the bachelor’s program you have elected.

Associate Degree in Ministry

Students who elect to study towards a Bachelor’s in Ministry are required to study Counselling 1 which consists of three modules:

Counselling 1 (6 Courses)

201 Wholeness
202 Boundaries
203-Pastoral Counselling section 1
204 Pastoral Counselling section 2
205 Pastoral Counselling section 3
206 Pastoral Counselling section 4

Wholeness

The wholeness course is all about bringing together the spiritual, emotional and behavioural aspects of your life. It will give you a very practical framework for understanding how God fits into every area of your life, and our aim is to equip you with tools that will help you grow closer in your relationship with God. We need to be whole to live productive and joyful lives, as well as to be able to effectively counsel other people.

This module consists of 4 sessions: introduction, awareness of self, practical application and a right relationship with God.

Boundaries

Boundaries are visible and invisible borders which show where our properties begin and end. The owner of the property is legally responsible for what happens within the boundaries. People’s lives improve when implementing healthy boundaries and can then help or assist other people in creating and implementing healthy boundaries for themselves.

People who do not have clear cut boundaries often experience problems. With implementing boundaries, research shows that many symptoms disappear quickly and people with boundaries are generally happier.

This module consists of 10 sessions: boundaries, healthy boundaries, biblical boundaries, symptoms, boundaries in friendship and work, boundaries in parenting, boundaries and parents, boundaries and abusive people, boundaries in recovery, boundaries in dating.

Pastoral Counselling

Counselling is a big part of ministry, especially pastoral ministry. Pastors in particular are often called on to counsel. To be effective counsellors we need to be properly trained. The aim of Christian Counselling is to bring us back to wholeness in Christ. The most compelling difference between correct Christian Counselling and other forms of counselling is that the Christian Counsellor is led by the Holy. A Christian. counsellor aims to bring people to a place
where they experience the fullness of Christ in their lives.

This is a practical course which equips you to counsel in a variety of areas. The module is divided into 5 sections, each consisting of chapters.

Section 1 consists of 9 chapters: the uniqueness of Christian counselling, preparation or counselling, the counselling setting, hosting the presence of God, effective communication, distractions in counselling, counselling techniques, counselling models and counselling mistakes.

Section 2 consists of 11 chapters: biblical foundations, the supremacy of scripture, the nature of God, sin, dying to self, strongholds of the mind, forgiveness, reasons for forgiving others, guilt, overcoming stress and fear.

Section 3 consists of 8 chapters: emotional intelligence, 3 major needs, spirit soul body, grief cycle, psychology, developmental psychology, depression, discussion questions.

Section 4 consists of 10 chapters: abortion, childhood molestation, symptoms of childhood abuse in adults, death, eating disorders, homosexuality, life skills, mediation, post-traumatic stress disorder and discussion.

Section 5 consists of 7 chapters which are assignments on case studies.

Associate Degree in Theology

The Bible is the most powerful book in the world. Most believers would say that it is the source of their faith and gives direction to us on how to live. Yet most believers do not really understand the bible. Surveys are not bible studies; they are brief summaries of the main themes of each book of the bible and help us to better understand the bible.

Students who elect to study towards a Bachelor’s in Theology are required to study Biblical Survey 1 which covers the Old Testament & Biblical Survey 2, which covers the New Testament.

The Associate Degree in Theology is awarded to students who successfully complete the studies of the Old Testament Survey and a 40-week reading plan of the Old Testament.