Theology

Rationale for the Certificate & Diploma in Applied Theology

The Applied Theology programme is a response to the growing needs among the Black Majority Church leaders and members for theological training to enhance their professional delivery, and place them on a comparative academic level with their peers in other denominations. The programme is designed to meet the needs of individuals by offering high quality training and formation for a range of ministries by providing students with knowledge and understanding on various theological subjects that students will be able to integrate into their daily ministry and mission.

ITCC is committed to promoting excellence in Christian Training by providing dynamic, educationally solid, innovative programmes tailored to the needs of the students in a progressive teaching environment staffed by qualified, professional tutors.

Modules are Bible-based and Christ-centred, equipping students with the academic and practical skills necessary to meet the challenges of a post-modern age. Contemporary theories are introduced where necessary to complement biblical principles and students are encouraged to reflect on their spiritual journey, their present position, and future direction.

Overarching Aims of the Programme

The aims of the Programme are:

  • to equip students with biblical, theological and practical knowledge and skills to enable them to function effectively in their ministry calling and mission;
  • to facilitate a willingness to engage in dialogue and debate with different traditions, cultures and ideas;
  • to expand students’ knowledge of the Christian Scriptures in the context of current scholarship and a range of theological approaches;
  • to equip students with knowledge and skills necessary for further study in the discipline and for employment in a wide range of professions, including those which require knowledge of theology;
  • to prepare students to work within a multi-cultural, multi-faith society by providing an understanding of Britain’s religious communities;
  • to encourage access to Higher Education for all who can benefit from it, including those who traditionally have not participated in HE, particularly mature students by creating a culture of learning that is capable of adapting to a constantly evolving discipline, while being able to meet the needs and interests of a diverse student body;
  • to encourage students with their critical reflection on taught modules, thereby increasing students’ analytical ability;
  • to enable students to identify and distinguish between a range of sources for the study of religious belief, ethics and practice;
  • to familiarise students with key themes and contemporary issues in theology;
  • to provide opportunities for students to apply and develop skills of analysis and critical judgement in the general study of the Scriptures.

Teaching, learning and assessment are intended to facilitate informed discussions among students, critical and self–reflective thinking and effective application of learned knowledge and skills within specific Christian ministries.

Modules 

Certificate

The Certificate in Applied Theology is delivered part time over two years and consists of 6 x 20 credit modules.

  1. Overview of the Old & New Testament
  2. Major Themes & Doctrines of the Bible
  3. Navigate Church History
  4. Church & World Religions
  5. Christian Ethics & Discipleship
  6. Communicating the Word/Preaching

Diploma

The Diploma, which builds on the critical understanding and skills gained at the Certificate Level is delivered part time over 2 years and consists of 6×2 credit modules.

  1. Church Ordinances & the Sacraments
  2. Church & Society
  3. Biblical Hermeneutics & Exegesis
  4. Practical Theology & Pastoral Care
  5. Pentecostalism & Black Majority Church in Britain (Project)
  6. Ministry Placement

Teaching, learning and assessment are intended to facilitate informed discussions among students, critical and self–reflective thinking and effective application of learned knowledge and skills within specific Christian ministries.

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Class Times & Venue

Teaching takes place at 28 Glenburnie Road, Tooting, London SW17 7PY, the home of ITCC, each Wednesday evening during term time from 7:00 pm to 9:30pm and one Saturday during the first and second term 10:00am to 3.30 pm. Students are required to attend at least 80% of lectures, report absences in advance and adhere to the regulations outlined at the beginning of the programme.

 

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