The course considers the importance of developing critical tools for the study of the Bible, and the challenges inherent in determining the meaning of biblical texts. It explores the core hermeneutical paradigms that have been employed in the history of biblical interpretation, and offers a broad survey of the dominant methodologies and approaches adopted in that history of interpretation. The characteristics of the different genres of biblical literature will be examined as well as various reading and interpretative strategies. Throughout the course, a range of texts taken from the Old and New Testaments will be used as case studies for practising and sharpening the critical tools needed for effective and responsible exegesis.
- Lecturer: Roger Scholtz
The course will explore the origins and history of Methodism worldwide with an emphasis on its development in South Africa. It will cover:
— John Wesley and the rise of Methodism
— Methodism after Wesley in England and America
— Methodists in mission around the world and to South Africa, in particular
— History of Methodism in South Africa
The aim of this course is to equip students with knowledge and skills for Transformative leadership in Ministry. The course explores the notion of transformation in the exercise of leadership for congregational health and well-being. [It] expounds upon some of the major theories that form part of the profound leadership discourses while laying emphasis on the necessary skills required for good and ethical leadership. The course systematically underscores transformational leadership theory as a framework for the advancement of good leadership while providing some practical resources for Mission Success.
- Teacher: Albert Bangirana
This course explores and practices the basic principles of general hermeneutics (principles of interpretation) and the theology of the proclaimed word, with an emphasis on the knowledge and skills needed to preach in a liturgical context. It is learning a stage-by-stage explanation and methodology for effective and relevant expository preaching and Bible study and introduce students to the basic principles of effective communication.
This 16-credit-bearing course that will cover themes in pastoral care theology and ministry. This course is designed to help the learner to understand the principles of pastoral care and approaches to matters of pastoral care. It helps them to recognize their role as pastoral care givers and importance pastoral ministry in the church and community. It will explore issues of pastoral care and approaches to various issues that need pastoral care services. The first part of the course will focus on the definitions, theology and principle of pastoral care, and pastoral office. The second part will be giving examples of areas of pastoral care practice and the role of the church in pastoral care.
- Teacher: Rabson Hove