Vineyard School of Ministry Africa

Required Courses for Diploma Program
20 Courses or 60 Credit Hours

15) VSM PM205 Sex, Marriage and the Family - 3 Credits

Purpose of the Course
The purpose of this course is to learn how to develop and implement ministries to families and children.

Learning Outcomes
The course will enable the student to:
1. Examine the Biblical values regarding Family and Children
2. Study Sexuality and Marriage through the lens of Scripture and ATR
3. Recognize the particular threats in Africa to Christian Family and child-rearing
4. Develop strategies and ministries to reinforce Christian values
5. Practice and apply creating a synergy within the local church that builds support structures of families and children

Course Content
The family has been the foundation of all societies for all of human history. Today it is under unprecedented attack by the devil, local culture, and the media with the result that the latest statistics show a large percentage of children are not born into families and family structures are eroding. Analyze the demographics, impact of urbanization, changing cultural mores, poverty, and other phenomenon specific to Africa. Study of successful family, youth, and children ministries in local African churches and how to extrapolate future strategies from these models.

Bujo, Benezet, Plea for a Change of Model. Nairobi: Pauline Publications Africa, 2009.
Bujo, Benezet, African Christian Morality: At the Age of Inculturation. Nairobi: Pauline Publications Africa, 1990.
Benezeri, Kisembo, Laurenti Magesa, and Aylward Shorter, African Christian Marriage. Nairobi: Pauline Publications Africa, 1998.
Mwiti, Gladys and Al Dueck, Christian Counselling: An African Indigenous Perspective. Nairobi: Evangel Publishing House, 2007.
Phiri, Khofi Arthur, African Traditional Marriage: A Christian Theological Appraisal. Nairobi: Pauline Publications Africa, 2011.
TAG Research Team, A Biblical Approach to Marriage and Family in Africa, Scot Theological College. Kijabe: Kijabe Publishing, 1994