BSM residential programme

BSM is a one-year programme running from September to May. Through intensive weekly study, our students receive training in biblical, theological and practical subjects. Every year students from the Baltic countries —and beyond— together with teachers from all around the World create in the School a unique international environment where everyone can feel comfortable.

Subjects

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 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.

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

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.

This subject accompanies the whole year of study making a link between theory and practical activities. A permanent reflection and an interaction between praxis and theory is proposed, so that both do not pass through separate lanes.

This foundational unit, designed specifically to introduce charismatic and Pentecostal Christians to the broader history of Christian spiritual approaches. In doing so, students will have a chance to connect with their heritage and participate in a broad range of spiritual exercises practiced by the wider body of Christ throughout history.

Effective teamwork and group communication are essential in our servise to God. In this course you will learn to work more effectively as a team. The goal is to help you understand these important dynamics of group communication and learn how to put them into practice to improve the teamwork.

This class deals with the biblical principles for worship in the Old and New testaments. The role and importance of worship in a Christian service, including the function that the worship leader and team play in this regard. A review of different musical stiles, and today’s worship is also presented.

This subject offers a general historical context, to better understand the biblical facts in their context. Special attention will be given to the great empires that dominated the known world, biblical geography and other elements that will provide the student with tools to better understand the Bible.

This course aims to help the students to recognize their own strengths, weaknesses, talents, values, dreams and passions. It also intends to provide the students with a greater understanding of how an individual is shaped by their life story. The Bible’s view of human identity and value will be emphasized, and the students will be challenged to live for a greater purpose. In addition, this subject will focus on how Christians as individuals can contribute to a positive development of the society through different professions and voluntary engagement. 

This course focuses on Christian beliefs regarding physical, mental and spiritual health. The course also deals with prevention of illness by emphasizing the importance of balance in life and personal stewardship. Lastly, this course also teaches ways in which the Church can help people who experience physical or mental illness. Biblical texts on healing will be analyzed as well. 

This subject is mainly focused on explaining a method of biblical teaching that can be used in small groups, in which there is no particular leader, but each member is accompanied to discover the biblical truths from the place where he/she is. It is mainly aimed at people who are new to the faith.

This course will be an in-depth examination of the Christian theology of how God calls each of His children to vocations and other special tasks. Also time will be given to discernment of God’s will for important decisions.

This subject addresses the basic principles of our daily walk with Christ. Understanding that we constantly live in relationship with others, and that we aspire at every moment to be like Christ, we will analyze principles and tools that can bring us closer to the goal that lies ahead.

This course reviews the identity, function and core practices of the Church. A biblical fundament and biblical guidelines are presented. 

An in-depth study of the person and work of the Holy Spirit, with particular attention to an evangelical interpretation. Included are the gifts and fruit of the Spirit and the doctrine of divine healing.

The students receive a thorough introduction into the different ministries of a Church like Children- and youth ministry, small groups, care work and evangelism. Additionally, the course reviews the different challenges and opportunities in working with newly planted churches or multigenerational congregations.

This course focuses on easing the transition between student life and post-BSM life. It has a strong practical emphasis, seeking to understand the Christian’s life holistically, and offering tools to live a full life in Christ wherever God sends us.

This subject seeks to make a connection between the sacrificial system of the Old Testament (Old Covenant) and the work of Christ (New Covenant). Explaining the mechanism, operation and meaning of the priesthood, the tabernacle and the sacrifices, the necessary resources were offered to understand the fulfillment of all that in Jesus.

This subject offers a study of different strategies that we can adopt when reading and studying the Bible on our own. In this way, tools are offered that help the student to enrich his private devotional time.

As an introduction, this course offers basic study tools that will help students to continue their studies in BSM in a more effective way.

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

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