Vineyard School of Ministry Africa

Required Courses for Diploma Program
20 Courses or 60 Credit Hours

8) VSM B208 Understanding Suffering & Social Ethics: Job & Wisdom Literature - 3 Credits

Purpose of the Course
The intention of this course is to provide the student with a Biblical view of suffering and ethical decision-making in their socio-cultural context.

Learning Outcomes
The course will enable the student to:
1) Gain an understanding of the Book of Job and other Wisdom Literature when it comes to the subject of suffering and social ethics.
2) Distinguish between the universal claims of Western ethics/morality and Biblical ethics/morality.
3) Comprehend the uniqueness of the African context, culture, and language and how this impacts the African perspective on suffering and social ethics.
4) Understand the history of African church’s response to suffering and various ethical approaches to past issues
5) Examine the contemporary challenges facing the church and how to offer a Biblical response to suffering and how to exercise Christian social ethics..

Course Content
The need has never been greater for African men and women of wisdom and compassion, who know how to response to suffering. Ethical dilemmas loom on every side in today’s world. This course looks in-depth at the causes of suffering and ethical decision-making in the marketplace, at work, in the church, and at home. Using Biblical texts, the student will engage in applying Biblical decision making to contemporary issues of suffering such as HIV/Aids, poverty, gender discrimination, polygamy, FGM, widows & orphans and issues brought on by urbanization.


1) Benezet Bujo, Foundation of an African Ethic. Nairobi: Paulines Press, 2003.
2) Benezet Bujo, The Ethical Dimension of Community: The African Model and the Dialogue Between North and South. Nairobi: Paulines Press, 1998.
3) Dau, Isaiah Majok, Suffering and God: A Theological Reflection on the War in Sudan. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 2002.
4) Magnante, Antonio, Why Suffering?: The Mystery of Suffering in the Bible. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 1997.
5) Matadi, Ghislain Tshikendwa, Suffering , Belief, Hope. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 2007.
5) Mugambi, J.N.K., & Nasimiyu-Wasike, (Eds.) Moral and Ethical Issues in African Christianity. Nairobi: Acton Publishers, 2003.
6) Rwiza, Richard N., Formation of Christian Conscience: In Modern Africa. Nairobi: Paulines Publications, 2001