The Diploma in Theological Essentials (DpTE) is intended to provide core theological training, primarily for lay ministry leaders or ministry leaders receiving vocational training in a church setting or in another academic setting.
The DpTE includes 24 hours of course work focusing on a theological core, and an additional 12 hours of theological field education focused on ministry formation, practicums, and biblical foundations.
Old Testament Introduction 1 & 2
New Testament Introduction 1 & 2
Church History 1 & 2
Christian Theology 1 &2
Theological Field Education
The DpTE will enable students to:
Exhibit an introductory graduate-level understanding of the Bible's content, contexts, structure, and message; and demonstrate the ability to conduct solid research with a goal of properly applying the Bible to modern life.
Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the Christian historical, theological, and ethical frameworks commonly held in the believers' church tradition to sustain ministerial leadership to God's glory.
Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the Christian ethical framework commonly held in the believers' church tradition to sustain ministerial leadership to God's glory.
Understand and establish appropriate life and ministry focus, priorities, and boundaries.
Identify and affirm God’s shaping of the student as to calling, ministry giftedness, strengths and growth edges, and personality dynamics.