Diploma in Theological Studies


Purpose

The Diploma in Theological Studies offers a basic diploma program (not an accredited degree) in theological studies for mature persons who have not completed a formal undergraduate degree.

Creative, Empowering Approach Designed for the Evolving Definition of “Ministry”

Central’s diploma programs is designed to help you craft a ministry that is unique to your own vocational or entrepreneurial goals.

It will equip you with a new, empowering vision of ministry so that you can become a transformative agent in the emerging global Christian community.

A Dynamic Curriculum In Step with The Evolution of Global Christian Identity

Achieving academic mastery of core theological and scholarly learning alone is not enough to sustain a successful ministry.

At Central, the signature theological “pillars” of formation, interpretation, contextualization and performance are woven together with contextual ‘threads’ that bring contemporary relevance to the learning outcomes of each and every course you will take. “Threads” include subjects like racial diversity, cross cultural understanding, social justice, environmental theology, sexual identity, religious pluralism, creative expression and more.

 


Scheduling

A total of 48 credits will be spread over 3 academic years.  Each academic year will include three terms, and each term will be 12 weeks.  Term names are based on the rhythm of the Christian calendar:

Following the three year degree plan, students beginning in the revised curriculum will take the classes in the order below:

 

First Year

First Term

I-IN 401: Biblical Interpretation (3 credits)

F-FM401: Foundations for Seminary Studies (2 credits)

P-CR401: Creativity in Public Ministries (2 credits)

Second Term

I-HB 411: Hebrew Bible I (3 credits)

C-CH401: Christian Heritage I (3 credits)

Third Term

C-CH402: Christian Heritage II (3 credits)

P-CM401: Media for Ministry Development (2 credits)

P-CM402: Interpersonal Skills (2 credits)

Second Year

First Term

I-HB 412: Hebrew Bible II (3 credits)

F-TH411: Theological Foundations I (3 credits)

Second Term

I-NT 421: New Testament I (3 credits)

F-TH412: Theological Foundations II (3 credits)

Third Term

I-NT 422: New Testament II (3 credits)

F-ET421: Christian Ethics (3 credits)

Third Year 

First Term

F-CC431: Caring Ministries (3 credits)

X-CL401: Contextual Learning – Formation (3 credits)

Second Term

P-CM411: Homiletics (3 credits)

(Diploma students will add a 1 credit Capstone during this term – Diploma program ends)