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SCHOOL OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

The School of Theological Studies offers top notch degree programmes from the traditional base of theology and delivered through myriads of anecdotes and illustrations within the context of African Christian Theological thoughts founded on a firm biblical foundation.

With its antecedence in Action Bible College and the Dominion Theological Seminary, tutorials and lectures are delivered by astute scholars, some of whom have many years of experience in Christian ministry. As a result, over the years, the School has trained many renowned Christian leaders serving in Ghana, Africa, Europe and North America.

The School of Theology has an excellent reputation for teaching, research and student care. It offers a four-year program leading to the award of Bachelor of Arts (BA) with specialization in Christian Theology, Missional Leadership and Pastoral Care & Counselling.

The Bachelor of Arts programs are designed to give students a strong theological foundation, introducing them to social scientific research methods and analytical tools for undertaking scholarly research. And also, to prepare students for the future of Christian ministry which is a combination of sound theology and the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit.

The program offers students the opportunity to specialize in an area of interest upon which they write a dissertation in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree.

If you are considering a career and or a vocation in theology, pastoral care and ministry, chaplaincy or Christian counselling, then, the School of Theological Studies at the Dominion University College is the place to start that journey.

We can consider re-framing this to read: “the best place to start that journey right and be assured of a tenacious and fulfilling ending is the School of Theological Studies at the Dominion University College”

Bachelor of Arts (Theology)

A degree in theology provides a foundation for critical, spiritual, and ethical reflection; for scholarship and scholarly dialogue; for teaching; and for pastoral service and administration.

The BA specialization in Theology offers students an excellent grounding in all areas essential to a good understanding of theological studies. It covers biblical studies, church history, contemporary theology, philosophy and ethics. Students also examine the history of Christian theological thought and the relationship of Christianity to other world religions.

Rationale:

“Faith seeking understanding”, is a phrase that has classically described theology as a discipline. The mission of the School of Theological Studies is: “To provide, through teaching and research, an understanding of the Pentecostal/Charismatic tradition, particularly in Africa in relation to the broader Christian traditions and other religions of the world.”

Goal & Objectives:

BA (Theology) students will be equipped with the essential tools as they seek to articulate the truth of the Christian faith and ethics, particularly the implications of faith in human life and activity. They will also appreciate the practice and understanding of the faith experience as a theological enterprise with an individualised goal beyond religious rhetoric.

Students will acquire and develop practical knowledge and understanding in the core areas of theology in general, and Pentecostal/Charismatic theology in particular, and to become familiar with the literature, language and concepts of theology, the academic skills and attributes necessary for higher research, academic and professional pursuits; comprehension, interpretation and evaluation of theology; interpersonal and teamwork skills appropriate for ministry in the church.

Bachelor of Arts (Pastoral Care & Counselling)

This course seeks to introduce students to the theoretical underpinnings of the counseling role of the pastor in meeting human needs in various spiritual and social situations. Emphasis is placed on the person and preoccupation of the pastor as a counselor, and the pre-requisite of the basic understanding of human nature by those in that vocational role.

 

Pastors and those in the human services face many different kinds of pastoral care needs and counseling situations.  This course will provide the opportunity for psychological discourse and its implications for Christian Ministry and Human services generally.  The central question addressed is: “What can pastoral care leaders learn from psychology that will assist them in their ministry and work?” The course will provide students with the theories and skills needed to address pastoral care and counselling situations in their various places of work.

Rationale:

Pastors and those in the Human Services face many different kinds of pastoral care needs and counselling situations.  This course will provide the opportunity for psychological discourse and its implications for Christian Ministry and work.

Goal & Objectives:

The BA (Pastoral Care and Counseling) has a basic understanding of the various theories of counselling and how these theories can assist pastoral leaders in understanding the psychological dynamics at work in people’s lives. Through the course, students would learn and demonstrate foundational counselling and communication skills including active listening, empathic understanding, discerning and referring. They would also understand the relationship cycle of attending, listening, responding and valuing with particular attention paid to the pastoral relationship. Students would understand the differences between pastoral care, pastoral counselling and spiritual accompaniment and gain a better awareness and understanding of self and the impact on pastoral care relationships.

Bachelor of Arts (Missional Leadership)

With the rapidly changing cultural context today, preparation towards pastoral ministry or a worker in Christian ministry will need to be conceived differently in both content and delivery. This is because the challenges facing the church today is not about merely learning theology and new communication techniques for effective communicating the gospel in a persuasive manner. It is about how the contemporary church can motivate its congregation to customarily embark on evangelistic mission in a way that can be considered Christian and at the same time recognises the cultural contexts of the chosen mission fields.

The BA in Missional Leadership prepares those interested in exploring new ways of developing God’s people to be missional-minded. The degree provides reliable ministry training that takes into consideration, the changing context of modern society. It integrates insights from Christian Theology, contextual studies and practical ministry, focusing on the meaning and mission of the church, church planting, and secularism, pluralism and Christian mission. It also examines, from the Christian perspective, key issues such as leadership skills, mentoring and personal development, organizational management, change management, and other related issues.

Students undertake internship in missional church settings to enable them develop their individual gifts in Christian ministry and to integrate their knowledge with practice.

Rationale:

“Faith seeking understanding”, is a phrase that has classically described theology as a discipline. The mission of the School of Theological Studies is: “To provide, through teaching and research, an understanding of the Pentecostal/Charismatic tradition, particularly in Africa in relation to the broader Christian traditions and other religions of the world.”

Goal & Objectives:

BA (Missional Leadership) students will be equipped with the essential tools to integrate studies in academic and practical theology in the area of modern missionary studies. Acknowledging the central role of the mission of the church in theology and practice of Christianity, this program challenges students to redefine the church’s missional nature than simply organizing its mandate around mission activities. It is designed to help students re-examine and re-envision what it means to be church – the ‘sent people of God’, rather than the ‘sender’, and empowers them to equip others to take the mission outside the walls of the church.

The program integrates the Church’s mission with the wholeness of life, both personally and culturally. It recognizes the value of tradition and the inherent opportunities and pitfalls within specific culture against the tenets of Christianity. It equips students to lead through servant-hood, emphasizing the need for Christ followers to live out the gospel so that it is seen and experienced in the community.

Students will acquire and develop practical knowledge and understanding in the core areas of the historical interplay between cultural, philosophical, and theological shifts that inform Christian ministry practice, utilize insights of leadership to evaluate and assess missional contexts and motivate members of the church towards practices consistent with the mission of the church, be able to explain God’s mission in the midst of a dynamic and changing world, and engages the social context from the perspective of Christian mission.