Vineyard School of Ministry Africa

Required Courses for Diploma Program
20 Courses or 60 Credit Hours


19) VSM T205 Church and Spirit Brewed in an African Pot: Systematic Theology II  -  3 Credits

Purpose of the Course
The purpose of this course is to enable the student to understand the nature of the Church and the Spirit viewed from an African perspective

Learning Outcomes
The course will focus on:
1. The family (communality) and belonging in an African context
2. Communalism in the church from an African and a Western perspective
3. The people of God as described in the Bible
4. A theological discourse on the Church
5. The role of the Spirit in an African Church context
6. The characteristics of a typically African Church
Course Content: The route taken will begin with the African understanding of family, both local and extended. Then the journey will continue through the people of God in the Old and New Testaments. Following this there will be an explore expressions of the church in Western and African contexts viewing it from the perspective of communalism. This will be followed by a brief examination of the people of God as they are described in the Bible. At this point we will need to view the different theological approaches to the Church. We will also examine the role of the supernatural in African culture and then discuss what the role of the Spirit should be in an African Church. We will then be at a place where we can establish a) the signs of a Church in an African context, b) the style of Church leadership that would apply in an African context, and c) the notion of the Church as a family.

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