Vineyard School of Ministry Africa

Required Courses for Diploma Program
20 Courses or 60 Credit Hours

10) VSM B210 Understanding Nation-Making & Reconstruction: Exilic Literature - 3 Credits

Purpose of the Course
The purpose of the course is to cause students to engage with Exilic literature and nation making in post-colonial Africa so that the church might make its contribution to contemporary national reconstruction.

Learning Outcomes
The course will enable the student to:
1. Interpret and analyse Exilic literature with a particular emphasis on Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther.
2. Examining the dynamics of refugees, IDP’s, and colonize people both in Scripture and in contemporary Africa
3. Understand that Christianity is the most migratory of religions, making every Christian migrant a potential missionary
4. Comprehend and apply reconstruction theology and contrast is with liberation theology
5. Apply Biblical lessons and principles in the current engagement of the church with national aspirations.

Course Content
A study of Exilic Literature accompanied by review of African history over the last 100 years provides amazing parallels. Issues of slavery, displaced people’s, refugee’s, and colonize people all can be found in Scripture as well as in African history. In post-colonial Africa, now 50 or more years after independence liberation theology must be replace by the theology of reconstruction. Application can be found both in African nation making and the formation of the church as well as the correlation between the two. What role do faith based communities have in nation building? By extrapolating Biblical principles for our contemporary setting we endeavor to shift from a reactionary theology of liberation, secularization, or pluralism to one of reconstruction.

Dedji, Valentin, Reconstruction and Renewal in African Christian Theology
Gichere, Peter I. and Diane Stinton, Religion and Politics in Africa. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 2008.
Kanyandago, Peter, Marginalized Africa: An Internal Perspective. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 2002.
Mugambi, J.N.K., From Liberation to Reconstruction: African Christian Theology after the Cold War
Mugambi, J.N.K., Christian Theology and Social Reconstruction. Nairobi: Acton Publishers, 2003
Tarimo, Aquilin & Paulin Manwel, African Peacemaking and Governance. Nairobi: Acton Publishers, 2007.