NET BIBLE ACADEMY Two Year Diploma in Christian Ministry Course Information Net Bible Academy has a clear vision – to equip you for service! (Ephesians 4:12) It offers three streams of teaching, which form part of a wider Christian ministry and leadership focus. The three streams are: Theology, Application, and Bible. This two year course offers a Diploma in Christian Ministry, and is divided into three terms each year. Each term is over an 8 week period on Monday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. A 1,000‐word assessment is set for each of the six modules. Course modules and dates Year One (2015 – 2016) Foundational Doctrine Term One (8 weeks) Theology stream: Foundational Doctrine Lecturer: Dr Glenn Balfour Dates: 2015 – September 14th, 21st, 28th ; October: 5th, 12th, 19th ; November: 2nd, 9th. Module description This module begins by looking at the importance of foundational doctrine (also known as systematic theology), and from where and how Christians should build it. It then looks at thirteen particular foundational elements of Christian doctrine. These are: The Bible; God (the Trinity); Jesus Christ; Humanity; Atonement; Salvation; Baptism in Water; Baptism in the Holy Spirit; Spiritual Gifts and Ministry Gifts; A Holy Life; Divine Healing; Breaking of Bread; Resurrection and the After-Life. We also look at how these areas of theology are important to the life and the understanding of both the individual believer and the local church. Page |1 . NET BIBLE ACADEMY Introduction to Christian Ministry Term Two (8 weeks) Application stream: Introduction to Christian Ministry Lecturer: Pastor Roy Morley and Dr Glenn Balfour Dates: 2016 – January: 11th, 18th, 25th ; February: 1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th ; March: 7th Module description This module begins by examining the biblical basis for ministry and servant-leadership. It also looks at different styles of recognised ministry roles, and how these operate at local church context. Various other topics will also be covered, including: self-leadership; ministry within a team context; spiritual formation; character development; developing and releasing ministries (reflecting the whole church); conflict management; organisational management. During this module the student will learn what authentic Christian ministry look like, and how it may operate within a range of contemporary contexts (including the local church context). They will also develop an understanding of themselves as a servant of Christ, and they will consider a range of practical issues relates to Christian ministry. Mark’s Gospel Term Three (8 weeks) Bible stream: Mark's Gospel Lecturer: Dr Glenn Balfour Dates: 2016 – April: 18th, 25th ; May: 23rd ; June: 6th, 13th, 20th ; 27th ; July: 4th Page |2 . NET BIBLE ACADEMY Module description This module begins by looking at the New Testament itself, and how the four Gospels fit into the canon. It also examines the structure of Mark’s Gospel, and looks at two theological emphases in it. It then works through the Gospel, chapter by chapter, paying particular attention to a number of selected passages. In the process of this, the student will build up an understanding and appreciation of the writer’s purpose and theology. You will also examine how the message and theology of the Gospel can be applied to both the local church and the individual believer today. At the end of this module, you should be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of the content of Mark’s Gospel. This will include an understanding of the message and theological emphases in the Gospel. You should also be able to apply the Gospel meaningfully to the contemporary context. You should also be able to understand how a number of scholars handle the Gospel. Year Two (2016 – 2017) Trinity, Incarnation and Atonement Term Four (8 weeks) Theology stream: Trinity, Incarnation, Atonement Lecturer: Dr Glenn Balfour Dates: 2016 – September: 12th, 19th, 26th; October: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st; November: 7th Module description In this module we will be looking at the three fundamental pillars of Systematic Theology with Christian thinking. These are Trinity, Incarnation and Atonement. The student will gain a mature understanding of each of these areas of doctrine, the implications they have for Christian life and a Christian world-view, and how they may be applied to the contemporary context (both local church, and wider society). Page |3 . NET BIBLE ACADEMY The uniqueness and significance of each of these doctrines to the Christian faith will be examined in turn. We will begin with Trinity – the doctrine that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all distinct, yet all are the One God. We move on to the Incarnation – the doctrine that God became fully human in the person of Jesus Christ, without undermining his deity. We finish with the Atonement – the doctrine that the work and person of Jesus Christ (especially in his death and resurrection) restores relationship with God. Church Growth Term Five (8 weeks) Application stream: Church Growth Lecturer: Pastor Roy Morley and Dr Glenn Balfour Dates: 2017 – January: 16th, 23rd, 30th; February: 6th, 20th, 27th; March: 6th, 13th Module description This module begins by looking at the definition, nature and fundamental characteristics of the local church. It also looks at various styles of local church – including traditional, attractional, and emergent. It offers a critique of what we mean by properly functioning local church. It then examines a number of factors involved in growing, developing and sustaining a local church. This includes various elements including leadership, mission, and discipling; various dynamics within local church (including full gathering and small group); spiritual development; justice and mercy ministries; church planting (including multisite and congregation planting). We will also examine a range of practical, financial, safeguarding and legal matters related to church growth and development. Page |4 . NET BIBLE ACADEMY John’s Gospel Term Six (8 weeks) Bible stream: John's Gospel Lecturer: Dr Glenn Balfour Dates: 2017 – April: 17th, 24th; May: 1st, 22nd; June: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th Module description This module begins by looking at the structure of John’s Gospel and offering an overview of it. It then works through the Gospel, chapter by chapter, paying particular attention to a number of selected passages. In the process of this, the student will build up an understanding and appreciation of the writer’s purpose and theology. You will also examine how the message and theology of the Gospel can be applied to both the local church and the individual believer today. At the end of this module, you should be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of the content of John’s Gospel. This will include an understanding of the message and theological emphases in the Gospel. You should also be able to apply the Gospel meaningfully to the contemporary context. You should also be able to understand how a number of scholars handle the Gospel. Finance All courses must be paid for in advance and upon booking. The cost of the two year Diploma course is £500. Alternatively, modules may be taken individually, at a cost of £120 each. Further biblical language modules, (taught on Wednesday evenings), are also available, again at an individual cost of £120 each. For more details on these courses go to our website www.thenetchurch.co.uk. Optional trip to Israel: Monday 9th May to Thursday 19th May 2016 (Or Monday 8th May to Thursday 18th May 2017) Page |5 . NET BIBLE ACADEMY FAQs Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? This course is recommended for 17 years and above. If you believe you have a strong case for us to make an exception please email [email protected] outlining your request and it will be considered. What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Please check out our website www.thenetchurch.co.uk and click Dartford for the full venue address and car parking information. This page also contains bus links and lists the nearest train station. What can/can't I bring to the event? We will provide a full set of notes but it is not permissable to record lectures via mobile phones or other devices. Where can I contact the organiser with any questions? You can either call the office 01322 272649 and ask to speak to a member of staff regarding the Bible Academy or email [email protected] Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Yes please but only for the initial registration night which will be the first night of the course. What is the refund policy? This course is non-refundable but in extreme circumstances we will postpone your start date until the following year or transfer your place into the name of a person of your choice. Page |6 .