NJ Diakonia Steering Committee

“To equip the saints for the work of ministry for building up the body of Christ”

 

Diakonia requires students to complete the following classes for graduation

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

YEAR A

 Introduction to the Old TestamentAn overview of Hebrew scriptures and the relation between the Old Testament history and present practical theology.

Christian Doctrine  - Introduces students to Systematic Theology as well as other foundational doctrines and their scriptural foundations, to gain under-standing of orthodoxy and heresy, as well as how disciplined thought and faithful confession is crucial for church leaders.

Faith in the American Context - A look at history of religions to understand basic developments and schism.  Students will become more informed about the evangelical faith.

Christian Worship - The course provides a practical understanding of words, actions and items involved in worship, and ties the content of services to their Biblical roots.

Communicating The Gospel - Underlying the course is the perspective of each student’s developing discipleship and understanding by exploring gifts and strengths and ways these gifts are communicated in today’s world.

Basic Themes and Issues in Christian Ethics - An introduction to concepts and systems by which Christian tradition has taught personal and public morality.  An opportunity to reflect on ethical issues.

YEAR B

Introduction to the New Testament - Students will learn how the Gospels, as reflected in the New Testament, have shaped our Christian lives

Church History – The First 400 Years - Students will study the development of Christian tradition in the first 4 centuries and the role of the theology and practice of this period in today’s church.

Biblical Images in the Life of the Church - Studies the four major images of the Church, their biblical basis, theological uses and implication for the life of the Church and our individual daily life

Creeds and Confessions - The Book of Concord is the basis of this course, looking at topics of God and Sin, Justification by Grace Alone, Sacraments, and others.

Visitation - Students will have an opportunity to make supervised visits to the homebound and/or hospital.  Class sessions deal with the needs of patients, the grieving process, as well as the practical issues related to this ministry.

Daily Life of A Christian - This practical theology course explores the meaning of discipleship in everyday experiences.  Students will gain an under-standing of balancing family life, vocation in work, and ecclesiastical service.