Brief historical background of programme of study
The Diploma in Theology (Dip.Th.) programme was introduced in 1975. It was designed to equip ‘O’ Level holders for the pastoral ministry at the Ghana Baptist Seminary now School of Theology and Ministry (STM) under the Ghana Baptist University College (GBUC), Kumasi. It started as a three-year programme, but now run over two years.
Unit of the institution to offer study
The School of Theology and Ministry (STM) does not have faculties and departments and therefore this programme is run as a unit.
Rationale, Goals and Objectives for the Diploma of Theology Programme
The Diploma in Theology Programme is a two year programme designed to equip persons to perform basic tasks of Christian ministry. This is pursued through biblical, theological, historical, educational and guided practical ministry studies.
To provide basic wholistic theological education that enhances the students’ spirituality, personal growth, and ministry skills.
To enable students to understand and effectively communicate the Biblical revelation.
To enable students to acquire understanding of theology, church history and educational principles for effective ministry in contemporary society.
To enable students to acquire practical skills and knowledge in the performance of Christian ministry under the guidance and supervision of competent ministers, teachers, and experts.
To help students understand the principles, methods and concepts of wholistic mission for effective evangelism, church development, and community development.
To facilitate the development of personal and spiritual growth of
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|The applicant must submit a completed application form and be interviewed by a panel set up by the Academic Committee. An applicant may be admitted with the GCE “O Level”, or SSSCE or WASSCE or an equivalent professional qualification|
|Senior Secondary School or West african Secindary school Certificate||Pass with an aggregate 25 to 30 or better in six subjects including core English and core Mathematics|
|General Certificate of Education:||Five credits including English Language and Mathematics at the GCE ‘O’ Level examinations|
|Professional Qualifications:||Applicants with professional qualifications which are equivalent to (i.) or (ii.) above may be admitted on the recommendation of the Academic Commitee|
All applications for admission should be made on the prescribed forms obtained from the University College or the University’s official Website, (www.gbuc.edu.gh).
Completed application forms should be submitted together with three passport-sized photographs and certified copies of student’s results slip and certificates within the prescribed period of time to the Registrar of the University College.
International students may download the prescribed form from the University’s official Website, (www.gbuc.edu.gh) and submit via post; Ghana Baptist University College, PMB, Amakom-Kumasi
Components of the Diploma in Theology Programme
The required courses for graduation are indicated in Table1.1
|DTH 001 English Grammar||DTH 023 Fundamentals of Preaching|
|DTH 003 Old Testament Survey||DTH 025 Church and Community Development|
|DTH 005 Biblical Interpretation||DTH 027 Systematic Theology I|
|DTH 007 Evangelism DTH 029||Introduction to Christian Ethics|
|DTH 009 Spiritual Formation||DTH 031 Church History Survey|
|DTH 011 Introduction to Basic Computing||DTH 033 Supervised Ministry I|
|DTH 002 English Writing Skills||DTH 022 Pastoral Care and Counseling|
|DTH 004 New Testament Survey||DTH 024 Old Testament Prophets|
|DTH 006 Religious Education||DTH 026 Baptist History & Distinctives|
|DTH 008 African Traditional Religion||DTH 028 Systematic Theology II|
|DTH 010 Introduction to Christian Worship||DTH 030 Comparative Study of Religion|
|DTH 012 Leadership or DTH 014 Christian Stewardship DTH||DTH 032 Acts of the Apostles or DTH 034 Romans|
|DTH 021 Church Administration||036 Supervised Ministry II|
Elective Courses: The electives offered at the discretion of the faculty are indicated in Table 1.2
Table 1.2 Elective courses for the Diploma in Theology Programme
|DTH 013 Music Practicum I||DTH 038 Minor Prophets|
|DTH 015 Foundations of Teaching||DTH 039 Gospel and Culture|
|DTH 016 Music Practicum II||DTH 041 Contemporary Ethical Issues|
|DTH 018 The Life & Teaching of Jesus Christ||DTH 042 Islam in West Africa|
|DTH 035 Spiritual Warfare||DTH 044 Contemporary Theology|
|DTH 037 Wisdom Literature|
Practical training: Supervised Ministry
• The student is involved in Supervised Ministry for two semesters.
• Supervised Ministry is designed to offer an opportunity for the student to be involved in the pastoral ministry under the guidance of competent ministers in local churches.
• While in training, the student works with an experienced minister who serves as his/her supervisor. The supervisor will guide the student through selected practical training experiences and help him/her to evaluate those experiences.
• On-campus-seminars allow the student to share and compare his/her experiences in ministry with those of his peers.
Semester-by-Semester Layout of Courses Showing the Credit Value of Each Course:
YEAR ONE DIPLOMA
Table 1.3 Semester by semester layout of courses/credit value
|DTH 001 English Grammar||3||DTH 002 English Writing Skills||3|
|DTH 003 Old Testament Survey I||2||DTH 003 Old Testament Survey 2||2|
|DTH 004 New Testament Survey||2||DTH 004 New Testament Survey||2|
|DTH 005 Biblical Interpretation||3||DTH 006 Religious Education||3|
|DTH 007 Evangelism||3||DTH 008 African Traditional Religion||3|
|DTH 009 Spiritual Formation||3||DTH 010 Intro. to Christian Worship||2|
|DTH 011 Intro. to Basic Computing||-||
DTH 012 Leadership or
DTH 014 Christian Stewardship
Non-Credit required course:
DTH 011 Introduction to Basic Computing a pass/fail course must be taken in the first year. Note: A student who passes a proficiency test in basic computing will be exempted from this course.
|Year Two Diploma|
|First Semester||Credits||Second Semester||Credits|
|DTH 021 Church Administration||3||DTH 022 Pas. Care & Counselling||3|
|DTH 023 Fundamentals of Preaching||3||DTH 024 Old Testament Prophets||3|
|DTH 025 Church and Com. Development||3||DTH 026 Baptist Hist. & Distinctives||3|
|DTH 027 Systematic Theology I||3||DTH 028 Systematic Theology II||3|
|DTH 029 Intro. to Christian Ethics||3||DTH 030 Introduction to Islam||3|
|DTH 031 Church History Survey||3||
DTH 032 Acts of the Apostles or
DTH 034 Romans
|DTH 033 Supervised Ministry I|
|* DTH 035 Supervised Ministry II||-||*DTH 036 Supervised Ministry II||-|
*Non-Credit required courses:
DTH 033 Supervised Ministry I a pass/fail course must be taken in the first semester.
DTH 035 Supervised Ministry II a pass/ fail course must be taken second semester.
Detailed Course Description
DTH 001 English Language Grammar (3 credits)
This course focuses on reviewing Basic English grammar with emphasis on proper English usage as applied to speaking and writing.
DTH 002 English Writing Skills (3 credits)
This course focuses on fundamentals of organizing and writing essays and research papers.
DTH 003 Old Testament Survey (4 credits)
This course deals with the background and message of the Old Testament.
DTH 004 New Testament Survey (4 credits)
This course surveys the culture and religious milieu of the inter-testamental and first century world in which Jesus and the early Christians lived and ministered. Attention is paid to the background, introductory matters, and major contents of the New Testament
DTH 005 Biblical Interpretation (2 credits)
This course is an introduction to the history, principles, tools, and methods of interpreting the Bible.
DTH 006 Religious Education (3 credits)
This introduces students to basic educational administration in a local church with emphasis on the necessity of Christian education and methods of teaching. The educational and growth needs of various age groups, training and discipline shall be considered.
DTH 007 Evangelism (3 credits)
This study is an introduction to the biblical and theological reasons for and the different methods and strategies of evangelism.
Emphasis will be placed on winning, discipline and organizing converts into churches.
DTH 008 African Traditional Religion (3 credits)
This study surveys some traditional African beliefs and practices with particular reference to traditional religions in Ghana.
DTH 009 Spiritual Formation (3 credits)
This is a study of the theological and practical aspects of the classical spiritual disciplines, both personal and corporate, which foster spiritual formation. Attention is given to the development of a ministry of spiritual formation.
DTH 010 Introduction To Christian Worship (2 Credits)
This is an introductory study of Christian worship with an emphasis on biblical principles, theology, and practice of worship. Special attention will be given to various kinds and means of worship with a view toward improving worship services.
DTH 011 Introduction to Basic Computing (no credit)
This is an introductory course in computer software applications. This includes acquiring basic skills in windows, word processing, spread sheets, databases, and Internet browsing.
DTH 012 Leadership
This course is a study of some of the dynamics, principles, and requirements for Christian leadership and their application in contemporary society.
DTH 013 Music Practicum I (1 credit)
The vocal ensemble learns to sing hymns and anthems in parts. The group rehearses to sing at School of Theology and Ministry functions or outside programmes.
DTH 014 Christian Stewardship
This course is a study of the biblical and theological basis for the total stewardship of the Christian life. Emphasis is placed on the financial programme of the church’s accountability in total corporate stewardship responsibility.
DTH 016 Music Practicum II (1 credit)
This is an extension on Music Practicum I.
DTH 021 Church Administration (3 credits)
This is a study of the theology and theories of management and development of a local church. Practical aspects of managing the church’s human, financial and other resources will be studied.
DTH 022 Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 credits)
This course is an introductory study that examines the theory and practice of pastoral care and counseling.
DTH 023 Fundamentals of Preaching (3 credits)
This is an introduction to the basic principles and tools of sermon preparation and delivery.
DTH 024 Old Testament Prophets (3 credits)
This course is a survey of Old Testament Prophets. Selected passages will be used for exegesis. Some major critical questions and theological problems shall be considered.
DTH 025 Church and Community Development (2 credits)
This study is an introduction to the biblical foundations of development, as well as a study of the principles of community development, and their application to the Ghanaian setting.
DTH 026 Baptist History & Polity (3 credits)
This is a study of the historical beginnings of the Baptist denomination, its expansion, principles and distinctives, and its contributions to Christianity.
DTH 027 Systematic Theology I (3 credits)
This course is a survey of Christian doctrines with specific reference to introductory matters, term definitions, and the nature and method of doing theology.
DTH 028 Systematic Theology II (3 credits)
The Christian doctrines of the nature and work of Christ, the nature and work of the Holy Spirit, the nature of humanity and sin, salvation, and the nature and function of the church are studied. DTH 027 is a prerequisite to this course.
DTH 029 Introduction to Christian Ethics (2 credits)
This course is an introductory study of principles and some ethical theories providing a basis for the making of moral decisions.
DTH 030 Introduction to Islam (3 credits)
This is an introductory study which includes the early beginnings of the Islam and a survey of its major basic beliefs, practices and expansion.
DTH 031 Church History Survey (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to Church History which includes an overview of Christianity with an emphasis on decisive movements and persons. The intent is to present Christianity as a worldwide phenomenon from the second century to the present.
DTH 032 Acts of the Apostles (3 credits)
This is an exegetical study of the Acts of the Apostles, including an examination of the background, purpose, literary qualities, content, theology, and missiological intent of the document.
DTH 033 Supervised Ministry I (2 credits)
This module focuses on the church’s educational needs. It seeks to integrate the educational and developmental needs of various age groups in the church with appropriate teaching-learning styles in existing educational programmes in practical ministry.
DTH 034 Romans
This is a study of the Epistle of Paul to the Romans which includes an analysis of the background, purpose(s), content, literary qualities, theology and ethics of the Epistle.
DTH 036 Supervised Ministry II (2 credits)
This module is focused on practical church ministry. It seeks to apply counseling theories and principles, pastoral care, visitation, prayer and pulpit needs in practical ministry.
Graduates from the School of Theology and Ministry serve primarily as pastors, evangelists, and teachers in local churches. Others serve as denominational leaders, missionaries, and as chaplains in both Christian and public institutions, as well as leaders in para-church ministries. Some serve as social workers with local NGOs and as teachers in educational institutions.