Curriculum


The mission school curriculum is developed on a yearly basis. Students that enroll at the school are from the two-third world; therefore the curriculum is developed from a global perspective. Many students who enroll at the mission school are seminary graduates and lecturers who already have experience in the ministry, therefore these candidates are trained intensively for 1 year, while those with no formal biblical training need to train for two or three years. Students are exposed to an intensive English - speaking environment because English is an international language as well as the language of trade and industry. Since the medium of instruction is English, those who are not proficient speakers are given lessons in small groups. English is thus taught as a foreign language to most Asian students, and African students who are from French speaking countries (Francophone Africa).

Detailed attention is given to reading, grammar and comprehension so that students could learn to comprehend lessons, and benefit from English resource material and translate relevant material into their various languages for example; Lahu (Thailand), Bahasa (Indonesia), Bemba (Zambia). Students are then assigned the task of making the translated resource material culturally relevant i.e. the concept must be congruent with the student's frame of reference. Another aspect that is given careful consideration is cross-cultural training. The mission school becomes a melting pot of cultures. Students with different world views and perceptions are exposed to each other. Learning extends far beyond the classroom to the residential situation, to acclimatization, to coping with food and transport and language barriers. However, as the missionary candidates come to terms with their context and understand their need for cross-cultural experience, cultural domination and insensitivity gives way to accommodation, adjustment, tolerance and understanding. Students are encouraged to build relationships on the basis of cross-cultural trust.

Trust creates a platform for cooperation and communication. Cross-cultural experience prepares students to reach out to adjacent people groups and people of other cultures in their own countries or neighboring countries. Cross-cultural worship, informal interaction and small group discussion encourage communication between staff and students and amongst the students themselves. The community church cum mission arrangement affords students enough opportunity for practical training. The situation of the mission school in the Oakford area in close proximity to Ndwedwe's rural areas of Verulam, affords tremendous scope for practical application of classroom lectures. What Is the Curriculum: The school curriculum is developed on a yearly basis. It consists of a combination of course work, reading and field training, with portions tailored according to the countries represented. Students who enroll are from the "two-thirds" world; therefore the curriculum is developed for a global perspective.

It consists of 11 months of intensive training for those with formal biblical education, or 1 - 3 years for those with no prior exposure to biblical training. This is determined on a yearly assessment basis. Those who qualify are awarded either a Certificate or a Diploma in Mission. A small sample of classes taught making up the discipline of Missiology is as follows:

  • History of Missions
  • Christian Counselling
  • Leadership Training
  • Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
  • Cross Cultural Evangelism
  • Church Growth Foundations
  • Principles of Missionary Preparedness
  • Missionary Lifestyles
  • Medical Mission
  • Discipleship
  • Church Planting
  • Christian Ethics
  • Spontaneous Multiplication of churches
  • Youth Ministry
  • Child Evangelism
  • Cell Group
  • Mission Strategy
  • Mission vision
  • Old Testament Mission Survey
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Tribal World
  • Kingdom Theology