The Diploma in Christian Ministry is designed for those who seek a deeper understanding of God's Word, and desire to be active in ministry.
VOLUME I: GENESIS TO EXODUS
This Volume provides a study of origins. Volume I takes the learner through the creation of the world, the Fall of Man, God’s Divine Plan, the patriarchs, covenant relationship, and the Old Testament Tabernacle Plan.
VOLUME II: OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY
Volume II provides a study of the Children of Israel’s wanderings, coming into the promised land, and the building and restoration of the temple. The biblical, cultural, and historical background of the Children of Israel will be explored in the context of God’s chosen people. Common themes in this module include a focus on leadership (judges, prophets and kings), worship, faith, and covenant relationship.
*Prerequisite Genesis to Exodus
VOLUME III: NEW TESTAMENT HISTORY
Volume III provides a study of church history. Learners will confirm their understanding of the New Testament Salvation plan including the foundations of the Apostolic Doctrine. Students will gain an appreciation for the work and importance of the Holy Spirit, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The learner will be able to follow the ministry of the Apostles and track the persecution and growth of the church—the spread of the Gospel to the Jews, Samaritans, and Gentiles. Also included in this Volume is a brief overview of the issues faced by the early Church, the spiritual decline and restoration of the Church.
*Prerequisite Old Testament History
VOLUME IV: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS CHRIST
This Volume provides a study of the life and times of Jesus Christ from the perspective of the Gospels. Exploration of the person of Jesus Christ, His birth, ministry and teachings of Christ, the calling and discipleship of the Apostles. His death, burial, resurrection, and finally ending with Christ’s last forty days on Earth.
*Prerequisite New Testament History
VOLUME V: SPIRITUAL GROWTH
In Volume V, the student will study the stages of spiritual growth, spiritual attributes, behaviors, and attitudes, the role of a shepherd, discipleship, and servant. The relationship between Christ and the church, ministries instituted by God for the perfection of the saints and work of the ministry.
*Prerequisite Life and Times of Jesus Christ
VOLUME VI: MINISTRY TO DISCIPLESHIP
In Volume VI, the student will study prayer, spiritual warfare, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, holiness, and how one can live a victorious life. Essentially, the theme of this Volume is the tools needed for a Christian to identify, describe and implement essential characteristics, principles, and Christian habits to be effective in ministry leadership.
*Prerequisite Spiritual Growth
This course provides the practical hands-on component to the Diploma program. In this section, the student is expected to participate in 50 hours of ministry practicum at an approved ministry setting—local assembly, institution, or another place of ministry. This practical course is designed to enable students to start or continue to refine their call to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19). The framework of field education will require the student to develop a strategy for missions that is demonstrative of the integration of practice and theory. Students will be encouraged to situate their work within the context of their social environment. Field Education will also require the student to participate in at least three seminars, and read supplemental material.
Upon completion of the Field Education practicum, the student will be required to write a reflection paper. The student will share their experience, including the location and structure of the practicum, an overview of the ministry, ministry attendance including hours of service, what the student learned, opportunities for growth obtained through the supervisor’s evaluation, achievement of personal performance goals including ministry outcomes, growth and development in ministry and professionalism.