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School of Christianity Information

  • 12.01.2015

 Mission

The goal of the School of Christianity is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students as lay leaders or vocational ministers for educational leadership in local churches, linked to the GCU’s vision to glory God by equipping them with biblical principles and Christian worldview. The School stresses a basic understanding of the Bible, and the formation of a Christian worldview based on that understanding. All educational curriculum in SC contribute to the building up of the Body in local churches and community and empowering them to become global leaders, one of the GCU core vision.

Degree Programs

Graduate level in SC offers two programs: Master of Arts in Theological Studies and Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies. MATS program is to provide an understanding of theological disciplines for further graduate study or for general educational
and integration of theoretical and practical learning; and BACE Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education (BACE) program equips students with personal integrity and provides an integration of theoretical and practical learning specially designed for educators.PhD program provides foundations in theory as the basis for original research and writing to advance missiological understanding and effective leadership, with a deep under training of human diversity, contextual realities and cultural change in ways that inform redemptive gospel-centered ministry in the contemporary world.
purposes;integrityUndergraduate in SC offers two programs: Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies(BATS) and Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education (BACE). BATS program concentrates on Biblical competency,
The school of Christianity has two levels: undergraduate level and graduate level programs.personal

Objectives

Undergraduate students in SC will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate Christian faith and worldview in an understanding of modern society and its culture.
  • Prove knowledge of the Bible and Christian theology, and Church history
  • Enhance the ability to carry out the ministries of the local church.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand the counseling principles and techniques required to meet individual needs.
  • Apply appropriate hermeneutics of the Bible to a lifelong pattern of spiritual growth and personal development

MATS will be prepared to:

  • Utilize a deep knowledge of the Bible and its historical and cultural background in their ministries and their personal lives.
  • Interpret various theological discourses and hermeneutics in various contexts through teaching, preaching, and writing.
  • Critically reflect upon their lives in the light of theological knowledge and biblical understanding.

Ph.D. in ICS will be prepared to:

  • Explore and Clarify the biblical foundations of Christian mission based on the Bible in the context of Globalization.
  • Acquire advanced academic knowledge of the discipline, research methods and theories in your field of study.
  • Explore mission theologies in both Western and non-Western mission fields.
  • Critically reflect on the learning, teaching and researching dimensions of theological scholarship in the church and academic communities.
  • Integrate a comprehensive interdisciplinary knowledge of appropriate scholarly literature to your area of study, including applicable skills.
  • Engage in scholarly research around an appropriate question, problem, or opportunity.
  • Establish strategic plans for ministerial success with a fresh perspective of postmodern and globalization, along with analytical tools to excel in planning, forecasting, setting objectives and determining courses of action that are compatible with cultural issues and dynamics.

Learning Outcomes

For undergraduate programs are to

  • Identify the basic contents of all books of the Old and New Testaments.
  • Analyze the biblical text in original language study (either Greek or Hebrew) using biblical and theological research tools with discernment of quality sources for valuable written reports or sermons.
  • Explain the major doctrines of Christianity from an evangelical perspective, including their biblical basis and canonical progression, historical development, diverse perspectives, and contemporary relevance.
  • Describe a personal relationship with God in a maturing Christian faith and practice, and demonstrate leadership ability by examining additional theological issues as they relate to doctrine, life, and ministry.
  • Apply the biblical teaching for Christian faith and practice, and for biblical-theological research, through advanced principles of sound interpretation.

The learning outcomes of MATS are to

  • Examine biblical texts using inductive, literary, and theological approaches in order to interpret the Bible as Christian Scripture.
  • Identify the central doctrines of Christian theology and the foundations of Christian ethics, and elucidate their historical development.
  • Reflect theologically in a manner that is faithful to the past and responsive to the present and future.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the craft of scholarly research and writing.
  • Exercise a critical, historically-rooted approach to theology that includes reading primary texts in their historical context, assessing them critically, and identifying the social, cultural, and personal lens through which they interpret the tradition.

Ph.D. in ICS will have the following learning outcomes:

  • Articulate the critical importance of the mandate given by the Lord Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations, and practice this command, based on an accurate understanding of text (Scripture) and context (culture).
  • Demonstrate integrative academic knowledge and practical skill across contributing streams of theology, history, linguistics, social science, and strategy to work in diverse settings, especially in a global settings.
  • Assess and evaluate cultural and contextual realities in order to develop Christian mission perspectives and responses toward cross-cultural problems.
  • Create the significance of transforming in local church as a central component of preparation for World Mission of Christianity.