Programmes offered by the Centre of the Development of Christian Ministry at Trinity Theological College.
The Centre for the Development of Christian Ministry is the research and lay training arm of Trinity Theological College. It aims to serve the Church by providing lay training programmes, seminars, conferences and research on Bible, theology and ministry. Through the teaching and research it sponsors, the Centre hopes to encourage both clergy and laity to reflect systematically on a wide range of issues related to church and society. The Centre also hopes to provide an environment which both fosters and supports systematic inquiry, reflection and evaluation from an interdisciplinary and Christian perspective on various aspects of culture: religion, politics, the arts, literature, medicine, science, ethics and economics.
The programmes sponsored by the Centre include:
- A Certificate in Christian Ministry and a Licentiate in Christian Ministry
- Seminars and conferences annually on current trends and issues
- Study committees
- Other publications (resulting from conferences and lectures)
Certificate in Christian Ministry
Especially designed for Christians who wish to equip themselves for personal growth and effective ministry, the Certificate in Christian Ministry (CCM) consists of 8 modules which provide comprehensive grounding in biblical studies and theology, as well as opportunities to reflect on various aspects of Christian living and ministry.
Licentiate in Christian Ministry
Designed for those who wish to deepen their understanding of scripture and theology, as well as to prepare for effective Christian ministry, the Licentiate in Christian Ministry (LCM) consists of 16 modules which allow participants to discuss ministry-related issues with other Christians from different churches and backgrounds.
- To better understand and appreciate the Christian faith and its sources
- To explore the history and tradition of the church
- To better reflect on Christian service
- To interact with Christians from different churches and traditions
- To equip lay Christians for personal growth and effective ministry
The applicant should be a baptized Christian and a member in good standing with his/her church. A letter of recommendation to the Director of CDCM is required from the pastor of the applicant.
There are no formal entry requirements for the Certificate and Licentiate programmes.
Because modules are not organised sequentially, candidates may enter the programmes at any time and with any module.
The modules for both programmes are organised around four fields of concentration:
A. The Bible
Modules on biblical studies and theology will be offered to help participants attain a firm grasp of scripture and to reflect on its relevance and implications in the modern world. These modules will also introduce participants to current scholarly debates on certain texts and issues. Modules in this focus field would include: the OT and NT corpus, the Pentateuch, the Major Prophets, the Minor Prophets, the Gospels, and the Pauline Epistles.
Organised according to the traditional structure of systematic theology, these modules tackle the question of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Man and Sin, the Church, Salvation, and Eschatology. The approach will be evangelical as well as ecumenical: the various themes will be developed from the Scriptures with a view to the traditions of the church and the milieu from which these emerged.
C. Contemporary Issues
This field tackles the many important aspects of the Church and her ministry in the modern world. The Church - her nature, her mission, and her purpose - will be explored and juxtaposed with the challenges presented by modernism and post-modernism. How these challenges may be met with theological integrity and commitment will also be discussed. Modules include Church History, Church and Society, Mission in Practice, Mission and the Local Church, Trends in the Contemporary Church, and Christian Ethics.
D. Christian Ministry
This field deals with the complex issues pertaining to Christian ministry in the modern world. Biblical and theological principles for ministry, spiritual leadership, and ethics will be taken up for in-depth reflection and discussion. These modules will provide opportunities for participants to reflect on both theory and practice. They include Education in the Local Churches, Christianity and Asian Cultural Traditions, Spiritual Leadership, Christianity and World Religions, Preaching and Teaching the Word of God, and Youth Ministry.
Note: The range of subjects within the various fields is subject to change.
Guidelines for Assignments and Evaluation
Minimum attendance of 6 out of the 8 two-hour sessions is required.
An essay of 1,500 - 2,000 words OR a two-hour examination.
The grading system is similar to that of the degree programme at TTC.
A student is allowed to re-sit an examination or to re-submit an essay within two weeks following the announcement of results.
Students must attain GPA 2.0 to graduate.
Students who wish to obtain the Certificate in Christian Ministry must complete a total of 8 units from the given fields within a period of 4 years.
Students who wish to obtain the Licentiate in Christian Ministry must complete a total of 16 units from the given fields within a period of 8 years.
There are no compulsory core modules.
Candidates may choose to audit the courses.
Those who wish to apply for the degree programme must possess a GCE 'A' Level Certificate or its equivalent, and must successfully complete the Licentiate.
For the elective requirements of the degree programme, up to 8 credits may be waived for those who have successfully obtained the Licentiate in Christian Ministry.
As no course correspondence exists between lay training programmes and degree programmes, applicants must complete the former before applying for the latter.
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