Distance programme / Diploma

First Year

This brief subject functions as an introduction to the rules and functioning of the Baltic School of Ministry.

This subject explores and practices the basic principles of general hermeneutics (principles of interpretation). Each student will learn and perform the guiding principles that lead to correctly understanding the Bible.

The Old Testament is a collection of thirty-nine books about the history and religion of the people of Israel. There are various authors of these books, and each book possesses a unique tone, style, and message. Individually, they include stories, laws, and sayings that are intended to function as models of religious and ethical conduct. Together—through hundreds of characters and detailed events—they represent a unified narrative about God and his attempt to relate to humankind by relating to a specific group of people. 

The aim of this subject is to familiarise students with Israel’s Scriptures as a coherent narrative that is of crucial importance to Christians. While this subject includes a discussion of every book in Israel’s Scriptures, it goes beyond this to look at how the character of God is communicated and traces significant themes throughout. We will also look at the influence of cultural background on interpretation.

The New Testament consists of 27 separate books, written mainly, though not exclusively, by Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. These books teach and testify of the ministry and Atonement of Jesus Christ and the rise of the early Christian Church.

This course seeks to introduce the content of the books of the NT with a view to providing a basis for further reading and study. The primary focus will be on the message of each book within its particular historical-cultural setting, with some attention being given to its contribution to the theology of the NT as a whole. 

This subject is an introduction to the rich and inspiring heritage of Christian tradition, examined within social and cultural contexts.  It explores early church formation, the challenges of the medieval era.

By exploring such historical shifts in spirituality and society, students will gain understanding of both contingency and continuity in Christian history, in order to deepen their understanding of gospel ministry today.

This course introduces to the literature, history, and theology of the first five books of the Bible. After addressing the question of the sources and authorship, the study keep going with an emphasis on the major covenants of salvation history in Genesis and Exodus, historical questions surrounding the patriarchs, Moses, and the exodus from Egypt, with help from biblical archaeology.

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are the earliest surviving accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus. This course will provide a detailed examination of these texts, paying special attention to the distinctive portrait of Jesus that each gospel presents. 

A study of the existence, nature, and attributes of the triune God. Contains a study of such doctrines as the decree of God, Creation, the providence of God, and the doctrine of the Trinity.

The General Epistles offer an important non-Pauline perspective on the first generations of the church. Study of James, 1 & 2 Peter and Jude will uncover not only their particular merits but also their strikingly similar presentations of the theology of God and Christology. Analysis will focus on the challenges of early Jewish and Christian life in the diaspora. The concerns of the communities such as identity, unity, behaviour and spiritual warfare that the Epistles reveal may also be found to constitute relevant pressing issues for today’s faith communities.

This course is a general introduction to the Bible focusing on the origin, authorship, text, transmission, contents, and  translations of the Bible. 

This unit covers the key principles of sharing the good news with others. This includes knowing the message, living the message, telling the message and discipling post salvation

Second Year

A study of Paul’s letters to churches in Rome and Galatia that engages its language, background, and theology with emphasis of Jesus’ life and ministry, to contribute to the shaping of Christian character

Situating Galatians, Examination of the rhetoric, content and theology of Galatians, Examination of the rhetoric, content and theology of Romans, Discussion on the “New Perspective” on Paul

This course cover the biblical principles on marriage, family, and parenting. It is a way for each individual to focus on himself/herself and how God’s commands apply personally. 

Ecclesiology is the study of the church. Contemporary churches are often focused on “doing church”, but this unit reflects critically on the nature and mission of the church. It puts in place biblical and theological foundations for understanding the church, and then reflects theologically upon contemporary developments. It also considers the relationship between Church Mission and evangelistic and social work activities.

The Corinthian Correspondence is a fascinating exchange between the Apostle Paul and the troubled church in Corinth, and is a worthwhile study for those who are interested in Paul’s role as pastor and apostle. If you wish to understand more about the practical ministry of the church and its leadership in the first century, then this  is the subject!

World Mission offers basic notions about evangelism outside of one’s own nation. We believe that the Great Commission entrusted by Christ to His Church extends to all the nations of the earth, and this subject provides the basic knowledge to understand that the mission is rooted in the Bible, it is urgent and it is possible to be accomplished by each one of us. It just requires obedience.

A study of the grace of God in salvation including election, the ministry of the Savior in His humiliation and exaltation, the nature and extent of the Atonement, efficacious grace, justification, regeneration, the salvation ministries of the Holy Spirit (including Spirit baptism, indwelling, and sealing), and eternal security. 

This subject abord topic such as how to plant a brand new church, what are the personnel and resources required, how does a new church meet the needs of its community. Students undertaking this unit will explore the essential need for new churches. It will assist students to develop a church-planting toolkit.

A study of the growth and development of the first century Church as recorded by the accurate historian, Luke. Special attention will be given to the activity of the Holy Spirit in the ministries of Peter and Paul. 

This subject is an introduction to the rich and inspiring heritage of Christian tradition, examined within social and cultural contexts.  It explores  the repercussions of the renaissance and the reasons for the reformation.  Major revivals are analysed as well as the effectiveness of modern missionary movements.

By exploring such historical shifts in spirituality and society, students will gain understanding of both contingency and continuity in Christian history, in order to deepen their understanding of gospel ministry today.

Introduction to apologetics covers topict such as the Arguments for God’s existence, Evil, suffering and God, Christianity, science and miracles, Modernism and postmodernism worldview  and Postmodern challenges to apologetics.

This course will introduce the work of pastoral ministry by looking at its biblical foundations, theological concerns and practical responsibilities. Students will also learn from a practical perspective to take care of themselves and others.

Short-Cycle of tertiary Education

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Third Year

This course introduces the basic grammar and vocabulary of biblical Greek, preparing you to use Greek in your biblical studies.

This course explores the identity and mission of the Holy Spirit through listening to the witness of the Scriptures and the early church, and through critical engagement with contemporary conversations about the Spirit.

An expository study of the book that emphasises the preeminence of the Lord Jesus Christ in His deity and high priestly ministry as a fulfilment of Old Testament theology. Applies the great spiritual truths of Hebrews to everyday living and Christian service.

This course is an analysis of the tasks, styles, and models of leadership, giving special emphasis to the biblical guidelines and church context of Christian leadership.

A survey of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Son of Solomon is pursued by means of study of Hebrew poetry, devotional aspects, and representative topics of each book.

As ambassadors for Christ and the gospel, we must understand the true nature of man and the magnitude of his sin. This course presents a critical and historical overview of positions regarding the nature of mankind: both as the image of God and as corrupted by sin.

Many of the Old Testament books are devoted to the history of Israel from the time of the conquest to the exile. This subject will examine the history of the people of Israel the division of the kingdom until the time of the excily in Babylon. This involves the books of the books of 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles – a great variety of books and eras! But it will investigate specifically what are the main events and people in the history of the OT.

Morality is at the heart of what it means to be human and this course will seek to lay a foundation for the development of a Christian perspective with regard to various social and political questions that we encounter in our day-to-day lives. Students will engage in biblical, theological and philosophical reflection, study dominant approaches to moral thinking and examine carefully contemporary moral problems

The purpose of this course is to train the student to interpret the Bible using the grammatical-historical-critical principles of exegesis in order to “rightly divide the Word of Truth” for teaching and preaching the Bible.

This course is designed to overview the Major Prophets writings and to examine the different scope of their prophecies. We will examine the life of each major prophet and discuss the various ways of interpreting their words in history.

A writing workshop designed to reinforce essay composition skills and introduce students to the practice of writing for academic purposes. It introduces basic research writing skills including: conducting research, note taking, paraphrase, summary, direct quotation, etc

Bachelor of Humanitarian Science in Bible study and Theology

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Fourth Year

An examination of issues pertaining to knowledge, reality and morality. Issues examined might include the following: Can we know anything? Does God exist? Is morality merely personal opinion? We will consider questions from the main branches of philosophy (Logic, Ethics, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Existentialism, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion).

This course is an introduction to theories and practices of preaching in pastoral and liturgical settings. In lecture sessions, students will study the various dynamics of preaching and their relation to the regular practice of preaching.

The course will introduce students to the text of John’s Gospel and to issues surrounding its interpretation. These will include the Gospel’s authorship, date, compositional history, social context, literary character, and it’s theological themes.. This course aims to assist students in apprehending the distinctive witness of John’s Gospel to the identity of Jesus and in reflecting upon its contemporary significance.

A study of key issues related to eschatology such as heaven and hell, Israel, the church, the rapture, the tribulation, the millennium, the Book of Revelation, and Daniel.

This course is a study of the Minor Prophets of the Hebrew Bible (aka “The Book of the Twelve”) with special reference to their introduction, exegesis, and history. Attention is given to their historical and theological significance.

Introduces students to the major world religions from both the Eastern and Western world such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, etc. Helps to understand the historical development of each religious tradition in terms of communities, cultural context, and modern manifestations; paying particular attention to differences between sects, denominations, schools, and factions within each tradition

The common thread of Paul’s imprisonment ties Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon together as the “Prison Epistles.” This course will examine these four epistles and closely explore their historical circumstances, literary composition, retorical style and theological framework. Special attention will be paid to the unique contribution that each epistle makes to Christian theology and mission.

This course explores the relationship between Christian theology and the science of psychology. Students will focus on philosophical foundations and the major models of conceptualizing the relationship between the two disciplines.

This course serves as an introduction to the field of intercultural communication by looking at the practical application of theory and research. Intercultural Communication focuses on the importance of culture in our everyday lives, and the ways in which culture interrelates with and influences communication processes. The course will cover several general topics including: identity, perception, communication skills, culture, linguistic differences, stereotyping, and intercultural communication in education, medicine and business. This course is designed to help us do all these things and become better communicators through intercultural awareness.

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