Diploma in Theology (Dip.Th.)

To enter the Diploma in Theology, the student-minister must have demonstrated English (or French) language competency and have completed Form 1 (9th grade equivalent in the American system). Alternatively, a certificate level student having completed the first year with a B average or above may be admitted to the Diploma track.

The Dip.Th. requires three years of full-time study at a pace of one intensive course per month for those centers where students have this option available. Semi-intensive delivery systems are currently under way in some areas which will provide completion of the program within five or six years. An improved instructor convenes courses, leading students through prescribed instructional handbooks for each course as developed by degree-qualified authors.

Certificates in Christian Ministry, Biblical Studies, or Compassionate Ministries

The certificate program is appropriate for ministerial or lay students with some primary education experience. The class sessions may be taught in the local language with focus on group interaction, discussion and verbal exercises in place of written activities and assessments. The certificate level of instruction requires three years of study in order to complete the course of study toward ordination. The student should maintain a pace of one intensive course per month for those teaching centers where students have this option available.


Certificates and Diploma Programs

The certificate and diploma programs of study have been approved by the Africa Regional Course of Study Advisory Committee (ARCOSAC) and the International Course of Study Advisory Committee (ICOSAC) to meet minimum educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene.

Typically, those who are considered eligible for ordination must also sense the call of God upon their lives for ministry, complete an ICOSAC-approved course of study, the fulfillment of all that is required by the District Board of Ministry or District Ministerial Credentials Board in terms of experience and interviews, and the discretion of the Board of General Superintendents.

Course descriptions

The program of study is divided into six categories:

CG (General Courses) TP (Practical Theology) ET (Theological Studies) LB (Biblical Literature) FP (Practical Formation) HE (Historical Studies)

CG 103 Communication

This course explores the nature of communication and its different forms with an emphasis on oral communication. The activities will allow the student to improve the effectiveness of their communication skills.

CG 201 Health

This course introduces the basic principles of personal and family health in various settings. The focus will be upon prevention and treatment of illnesses found throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

CG 203 Worldviews in Comparison

This course equips the student to share the Good News in a modern pluralistic society by overcoming personal fears and coping with cultural resistance. The student is challenged to be both personally involved in and to lead others to involvement in Christian mission, emphasizing the uniqueness of Christian faith.

CG 301 Social Structures and Problems

This course exposes students to social structures (family, tribe, nation, etc.) and various social problems (war, racial conflict, violence, injustice, divorce, exploitation, AIDS, etc.). The student as a minister of the Gospel will be able to understand and respond to these different problems.

ET 101 Holiness 1—The Holy Life

This course will explore biblical and theological foundations of holiness particularly as they relate to the experience of entire sanctification and the journey of life in the Holy Spirit. Focus will be given to exemplifying the grace of holiness in daily living and preaching the experience of heart holiness

ET 202 Holiness 2 – Life and Theology of John Wesley

This course is a survey of primitive Methodism, especially the life and theology of John Wesley, one of its principal founders. Besides examining the “way of salvation” (including his doctrine of “holiness of heart and life”), his hermeneutical methods are studied. Finally, by considering his life and ministry, practical applications to ministry in the contemporary setting are made.

ET301 Christian Theology 1

With an emphasis on basic and orthodox Christian doctrine, this course seeks to identify elements that are essential to the universal community of faith while identifying Wesleyan-Arminian distinctives. It explores the nature and sources of theology in life and ministry, theological issues regarding revelation, the Trinity, God the Creator, the problem of evil, the shaping of theology by culture, humanity in the image of God, and the doctrine of sin.

ET 302 Christian Theology 2

This course follows Christian Theology 1. With an emphasis on orthodox Christian doctrine, it seeks to systematically identify elements that are essential to the universal community of faith while identifying Wesleyan-Arminian distinctives. It explores Christology, the Atonement, Grace, Justification, Entire Sanctification, the Holy Spirit, the Church, the Sacraments, and the Last Days.

ET 303 Cults and Sects in the African Context

This course is designed to describe the traditional beliefs of God in Africa, regarding God’s omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence and as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. This course will explore various teachings of sects and cults in Africa in light of biblical revelation and Christian theology. It is designed to assist members of the African Church to understand the belief in the one and only God revealed in Jesus Christ and to preach and teach the same, and above all to live for Jesus Christ.

ET 306 The Muslim World

Examining the theology of Islam, this course places emphasis upon the nature of Islam in Africa and ways that the Christian Church can reach out to the Muslim community.

ET 307 Christian Ethics

This course will examine the biblical concepts of certain values (like Christian stewardship) and behavior, and how to apply these values in daily life in the African context.

FP 101 Spiritual Formation

How should a minister lead a life of spiritual intimacy with God? This course responds to this basic question. It is important to understand that a life given in service according to God’s calling requires a discipline in the spiritual life as much as in one’s professional life.

FP 205 Student Seminar

In a group of peers, students will evaluate a case study from their experiences in ministry. Fellow students will respond from the perspective of their own studies and experience. This process seeks to integrate one’s study with the local ministry context through interaction with others who are also following God’s call to ministry.

FP 302 Supervised Ministry

A well-structured supervised ministry program will give students an opportunity to practice ministry skills in a local church setting under the supervision of a “coach” or principal pastor who has been equipped to serve in this program.

HE 101 – The objectives of this course have been integrated into TP 101 and TP 301.

HE 201 History of the Church 1

This course is a general survey of the history of the Christian church from its beginnings until the period of the Reformation with a concentration on the movements that contributed to the development of orthodox Christian doctrine.

HE 202 History of the Church 2

A study of the historical factors guiding the birth of Protestantism and different church movements since 1517 including the history of the Church in Africa during the same period

LB 100 Bible Survey

Certificate level only – An introduction to the content, history, and personalities of the Christian Bible with special attention on its basis for Christian beliefs and proclamation

LB 101 Introduction to the Old Testament

The content, history, and personalities of the Old Testament, and the basic teachings found in the Old Testament are addressed by this course, with special attention given to its contribution to Christian beliefs and theology.

LB 102 Introduction to the New Testament

This course is an introduction to the content, history and personalities of the New Testament. The different genres will be studied in their cultural and theological contexts.

LB 103 Biblical Interpretation (Interpreting Scripture)

Diploma Level only– This course will address the history of biblical interpretation and present how to study and interpret the inspired and authoritative canon of Christian Scriptures. It also looks at various methods of interpretation that allow the Bible to speak to the life and the experience of the church.

LB 20X New Testament Book Study

This course is offered as an in-depth study of a NT book or related NT books with the purpose of understanding the content and genre as well as developing the skills required to interpret this portion of scripture through teaching and preaching.

LB 30X Old Testament Book Study

This course is offered as an in-depth study of an Old Testament book or related Old Testament books with the purpose of understanding the content and genre as well as developing the skills required to interpret this portion of scripture through teaching and preaching.

TP 101 Orientation to Ministry

This course will introduce the student to the importance of God’s call, the role of the minister in responding to God’s call, the role of the minister in the church, the character of Christ as developed in the minister, the disciplines of the minister, as well as good habits of the student with the goal of becoming a lifelong student. The course includes information about the history of the Church of the Nazarene.

TP 201 Preaching

This course serves the important task of training others to preach the word of God faithfully. The course will offer the steps to follow in order to prepare and present various types of sermons.

TP 202 Leadership

The biblical basis and principles of leadership will be applied in the context of the church. Some activities will help us to develop relationships in leadership, such as formation of servant-leaders, laity, and reconciliation.

TP 203 Christian Education

This course introduces students to the principles, philosophies, objectives, methods and importance of Christian education. Sunday School will be the focus in how to practice Christian education in the local church.

TP 204 Evangelism and Church Growth

This course explores the methods of evangelism and follow-up appropriate to the context of the student. It also presents quantitative and qualitative church growth through the planting of new local churches and the maturing of existing churches.

TP 301 Administering the Church

This course will explore the history, polity and administration of the Church of the Nazarene. It reviews its doctrines and history and shows how to administer a local church, including financial management according to biblical principles and those of the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene.

TP 302 Pastoral Care

This course will explore various kinds of pastoral care in the life of the church. The Bible will be the principal source for pastoral consultation.