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Bishop Patteson Theological College, P.O. Box 19

Honiara, Solomon Islands

Phn: 00677 29122 Mob: 00677 7937453

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BISHOP PATTESON THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE

Theological Education in Distance

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: CERTIFICATE AND DIPLOMA

 

TEDTH 110: Christian Understanding of God

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the Christian understanding of God. It will look at the understanding of God as Trinity, and examine how this concept was understood in the early Church, by the reformers, and more recently. In particular, it will look at how these concepts have been enculturated into Melanesia.

TEDTH 120: Ecotheology

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the Christian understanding of the environment, and how this can be applied to practical action to protect God’s creation.

TEDTH 210: Foundations of Ethics

In this course basic ethical issues will be discussed, especially in an oceanic context. It aims to increase your understanding of what God wants you to be and do. It will introduce you to ways of approaching Christian ethics and to the elements of Christian ethics. You will learn ways to make ethical decisions and strengthen your moral character.

TEDTH 220: Christology

Most of the common heresies involve a misunderstanding of the nature of Christ, and this continues to weaken the Church. This subject examines the nature of Christ, as he was seen historically and is seen now, and also looks at the major heresies about Christ.

TEDTH 310: Contextual Theology

All theological reflection and practice takes place inside a cultural context. For example, in ancient Israel and even in modern Australia, there are many sheep and people understand the concept of a “good shepherd”. But how is the truth of this concept to be understood in Melanesia? In this subject we will reflect on the practice of theology in Oceania, and especially look at theological concepts such as mana and tabu that come from an oceanic context.

TEDTH 320: The Rise of Modern Missions

To introduce students to more recent mission movements (New religious movements) within the Christian Church (NRM), some of which are still within Christianity (such as Pentecostalism) and some of which have left Christianity (such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses). The purpose of this course is to improve the understanding of other mission movements (NRMs) and to enable an effective Christian apologetic and witness to followers and proponents of those mission groups.

TEDCH 110: Church History I

This course traces the growth of Christianity from the community of disciples until the time of the Reformation (16th century). It discusses the formation of the teachings of the church, the changing relationship between church and society and development of Christian life and worship. Knowledge of our Christian heritage can strengthen our sense of belonging not just to our local church, but the universal Church throughout the world and through the ages. The course encourages us to learn from the mistakes and successes of the past.

TEDCH 120: Church History II

This course follows on from TEDCH 210. It discusses important events in the life of the Church, from the Reformation to the present day. It describes how Christianity in Europe grew into a rich and powerful organisation which some people felt had drifted away from its initial calling. You will learn about some people who called for a reform of the church and how the church divided into denominations we know today.

TEDCH 250: 19th Century Pacific Church History

The course tells the story of the beginnings of Christianity in the Pacific Islands. It traces the history of the announcement of the Christian gospel to the people of the Pacific Islands through the 19th century with particular attention on the interaction of Christianity, individual and cultures and the emergence of indigenous responses.

TEDCH 265: Introduction to Anglican Church History

This course aims to provide participants with an outline framework of the history of the church with particular reference to the development of the Anglican Church of Melanesia. It will also look at recent history, including the ethnic tension in the Solomon Islands in 1998-2003 and the role of the Churches in that period.

TEDCH 310: Ecclesiology andEcumenicism

This course introduces the student to the history of the modern ecumenical movement from the time the 19th century until the formative years of the Regional Organizations such as the PCC and into the major debates and conflicts that led to ecclesiastical division. The course will focus on the three strands of ecumenical movement: mission, social ethics and doctrine.

TEDCH 320: 20th Century Pacific Church History

This course continues the study of the Christian Church. It discusses the Church and society in the Pacific in the 20th century when most Pacific islanders had adopted Christianity. It covers the emergence of Island Churches and the development of local ministries; theological education and some issues and concerns of Island Churches since the end of WWII. The course encourages students to understand the nature and purposes of historical enquiry.

TEDCH 310: Ecclesiology andEcumenicism

This course introduces the student to the history of the modern ecumenical movement from the time the 19th century until the formative years of the Regional Organizations such as the PCC and into the major debates and conflicts that led to ecclesiastical division. The course will focus on the three strands of ecumenical movement: mission, social ethics and doctrine.

TEDCM 320: Evangelism and Mission (credited for Ministry)

To enable participants to grow in their understanding of the theory and practice of evangelism and mission, studies will include the Five Marks of Mission, an exploration of personal and cultural experiences of mission and evangelism, contemporary issues, some examples of good practice in evangelism together with the mission context of the Anglican Church of Melanesia.

TEDDS 110: Biblical Exegesis

TEDBS 120: Reading the Bible

This course introduces students to various ways of reading the Bible, with attention to major types of literature in the Bible. Skills will be cultivated in biblical analysis and contemporary approaches to and uses of the text will be evaluated.

TEDBS 210: The Old Testament: Background and Literature survey

This course aims to help you see the importance of reading the Old Testament for our faith journey and to gain some understanding on how to go about reading it. You will learn about the sorts of writings that make up the Old Testament, the historical situations that gave rise to them, and the experiences that they reflect. You will learn to explain texts more fully, in ways that respect what it meant it its own time and can mean for us today.

 TEDBS 220: The New Testament: Background and Literature survey

This course helps you understand what the New Testament writings are about and how we can best use them. It explains what kinds of writings are in the New Testament, their main themes, and where and why and for whom they were written. You will learn how to ask the kinds of questions which help you discover the main concerns of a Bible. You will learn to interpret and use the New Testament in ways that respects what it meant in its own time and what it can mean for us today.

TEDBS 310: A Study of Synoptic Gospels

This course begins with usual introductory issues and structure of the gospels. Using especially the techniques of literary and narrative analysis, we will then do a careful study of the text of the Evangelist Mark. Our concern will be to uncover what Mark is proclaiming here to his original readers and to us now for our actualising this in our life. The relevance of Mark’s message for the contemporary Melanesian is investigated.

TEDBS 320: A Study of the Prophets

This course is an exploration of the messages of protest and hope within the prophetic literature. A variety of interpretative methods will be used to identify the theological and ethical dimensions of the prophetic texts and relates them to today’s situation

TEDCM 110: Worship, Liturgy and Sacraments

This is an introductory study of worship, concentrating on the Melanesian Book of Common Prayer. The subject will examine the structure, meaning and purpose of the different orders of the services that are in the Prayer Book and of course the practical administration of the sacraments and other liturgical rites. The meaning and purposes of the seven sacraments will also be considered.

TEDCM 210: Homiletics

The purpose of this course is to help you become a better preacher. It explains the reason for preaching and what preaching is all about. Different types of sermons and different ways of preaching the gospel message will be discussed. You will learn how to prepare and preach sermons that communicate effectively.

TEDCM 220: Pastoral Ministry

This course helps you understand what we mean when we talk about pastoral care, and the role of healing, guiding, sustaining and reconciling in pastoral care ministry. Studies will include the role of the church in pastoral care, the place of pastoral liturgies and contextual and cultural issues in pastoral ministry.

TEDCM 120: Foundation of Ministry

This course helps you understand the different areas of Church ministry (within ACOM & UCSI) in relation to the theology of the church. In this context, the articulation of the different ministries and responsibility of all for the building up of the local church will be made evident. Particular attention will be focused on the lay ministry in the Parish churches regarding pastoral leadership and the pastoral issues that are current today and the need for a renewed understanding and appropriate strategies.

TEDCM 310: Ministry in Social Context

This course introduces social analysis as a practical tool for linking faith with justice, peace and development issues in various context of ministry. You will learn how the ministry model, the ‘pastoral cycle’ helps you analyse social problems and develop appropriate ministry responses to them.

TEDCM 320: Leadership in Congregation

One of the major challenges of most, if not, all churches in the Solomon Islands is to equip its lay leaders to lead, develop and manage their church organizations effectively. This course will provide an introduction to a range of theories and practical skills for effective leadership in the congregation. The participants will learn about styles of leadership, methods of decision making and conflict managements and resolutions.

TEDCM 350: Evangelism and Mission (credited for Church History)

To enable participants to grow in their understanding of the theory and practice of evangelism and mission, studies will include the Five Marks of Mission, an exploration of personal and cultural experiences of mission and evangelism, contemporary issues, some examples of good practice in evangelism together with the mission context of the Anglican Church of Melanesia.

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