Research Methods & Dissertation

You may choose any topic related to the various fields of Theology. A suitable title and reading programme is to be approved by an appropriate staff tutor who will act as the supervisor, although for sections or aspects of the dissertation, consultation with other staff members may be recommended.

Christian Ministry in Practice

This module provides a theological understanding of and practical skills for the key areas of church ministry namely Youth, Children, Men, Evangelism and Women. Other areas including Worship will also be explored. You will explore the reasons why these ministries are important, how to develop them effectively in the church including how to manage the ministries in the framework of the church and its missional implications and effectiveness.


Ministry Placement

You will combine a placement experience with college-based seminars on ministry integration. Placements will be arranged within any situation proposed by you and approved by the module coordinator. Independent initiative and ambitious choices will be encouraged. A field supervisor will, in discussion with you and a BCC staff member devise a reasonable weekly ministry involvement for you. This will require ten hours attendance per week over one semester. The required attendance can be achieved via a block placement instead of a weekly arrangement, with the approval of the module coordinator.

 

Theological Reflections (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)

The aim of this module is to help you appreciate the importance of and the need for theological reflection on the ministry of the church in the church, in society and in the marketplace, which includes your own ministry in these contexts. The focus will be to provide critical knowledge and understanding of how theological reflection fits into the pastoral cycle by showing how reflecting theologically on situations for and contexts of pastoral care is essential for effective ministry that brings growth.

Pentecostal Theology (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)

This is a comprehensive outline of the history and theology of the global Pentecostal Movement. Particular attention is given to examining key issues relating to the history and theology of Pentecostalism.

Hermeneutics & Homiletics 2 (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)

This module deals with principles of Biblical interpretation and application. You will be introduced to principles of doing hermeneutics through historical-cultural, theological and contextual analysis. The interpretation component of this module will cover in depth theological analysis, lexical syntax and analysing special literary forms. Whilst the application component will introduce you to applying the Bible in a contemporary multi-cultural environment.

Cross-cultural Ministry (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)

This course is intended to help you understand the intricacies and dynamics of cross-cultural ministry, especially that of Africans and other non-Westerners serving in Western contexts. The focus will be on contextualisation of the Gospel message and Pentecostal practice within Western contexts.

Digital Theology (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)

Digital Theology involves reflecting on the digitalisation of society and its implications for Christian faith and practice. Technological innovations are causing a whole raft of social changes across many aspects of life in the twenty-first century. The Christian Church too, like many other religions, is changing through its engagement with social media, its communication through websites, and increasing use of digital technology in worship, in pastoral practice and in evangelism. This module offers practical reflections and tools into effectively engaging with the contemporary digitised culture.

Missions & Social Transformation (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)

This module aims to equip you with the necessary tools to critically explore how Christian missions and ministry accomplish social transformation through programmes of practical compassionate service in cross-cultural and urban settings. The focus will be on practical interventions that the church can make to meet the needs of society and thereby bring about social transformation.