Christian Worker's Certificate

This one-year foundational course is designed as the first year of the three-year Certificate of Ministry; and also as a stand-alone, complete unit of study. As a standalone complete unit of study, it is designed for all Christians that they may be soundly grounded in their faith - no matter what their vocation: well equipped to serve the Lord as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, parent, etc. It is strongly recommended that high school graduates do the one-year course before entering the workforce or attending university. A student is required to have completed year 12 or be at least 18 years of age.

FIRST SEMESTER 

OT Survey (2 hours)

This subject studies each book in the Old Testament with the purpose of giving the student a comprehension of the Old Testament as a whole. In the course of study, the student will read the entire Old Testament while receiving an overview of each book, insight into how it fits in with the rest of the Bible, and a basic outline and exposition of the book. Key information is also given regarding authorship of each book, its historical and cultural background, its place in the time line of biblical history, etc.

NT Survey (2 hours)

This subject studies each book in the New Testament with the purpose of giving the student a comprehension of the New Testament as a whole. In the course of study, the student will read the entire New Testament while receiving an overview of each book, insight into how it fits in with the rest of the Bible, and a basic outline and exposition of the book. Key information is also given regarding authorship of each book, its historical and cultural background, its place in the time line of biblical history, etc.

Doctrine Survey (2 hours)

This subject gives an overview of all the major doctrines in the Bible. It is designed to show their relationship to each other, and their practical value in the life of the believer today. It also serves as an introduction to all other doctrine classes.

Bible Study Methods (2 hours)

This subject focuses on learning the basic Bible study skills to properly interpret the Word of God. The student learns to do basic inductive Bible study and word studies according to proper interpretative principles.

Manners & Customs (2 hours)

This subject equips the student with a greater knowledge about what it was like to live during Bible times in the land of Israel. It teaches how people did various activities (manners) and how people interacted with each other (customs). It also provides the student with essential information about such things as geography, climate, political and social factors, and language. The student comes to appreciate the necessity for every Christian to understand these fundamental (everyday) matters in order to avoid confusion, frustration, poor exegesis, and even false doctrine.

IT and Ministry (1 hour)

This subject is intended to give the student the understanding of technological tools – both software and hardware – that can aid in the ministry. It aims to help the student maximize the use of IT for the furtherance of the Gospel.

English Grammar (1 hour)

This subject is intended to give the student the necessary skills in English grammar to effectively study the truths given in Scripture. These English grammar skills are also necessary for all other Bible college subjects, especially Bible Study Methods, Hermeneutics, and Biblical Languages.

SECOND SEMESTER

OT Survey (2 hours)

[Continued from Semester 1]

Survey of Cults & Religions (2 hours)

This subject gives an overview of all the major world religions and cults. It covers their origin and history, doctrine, and practice. Where appropriate, scriptural arguments are presented to refute their errors. Insights into witnessing to people caught up in these faiths are also given.

Apologetics (2 hours)

This subject equips the student with a working knowledge of the major fields of apologetics, in order that they will then be able to better defend their faith, present truth, and give honest answers to honest questions for evangelism and edification.

Evangelism & Discipleship (2 hours)

This subject teaches the student the complete plan and pattern of the Great Commission. Biblical principles and methods of witnessing and leading souls to a personal acceptance of Christ as Saviour are given, as well as principles and methods of nurturing new believers in the Faith.

Introduction to Biblical Languages (2 hours)

This subject is intended to give the student a grasp of the basics of the Hebrew and Greek languages used in the writing of the Scriptures. It is designed to give enough exposure to working with language that the student can make a clear determination of which major should be pursued in the second and third years of study.

Teaching Methods (2 hours)

This subjectis designed to develop the skills required to effectively teach in all areas of ministry. Principles of both teaching and learning are studied. The student is equipped for all facets of teaching including pastoral, Sunday School, youth, and children. Special needs and unique teaching situations are also covered.