Core Modules (Biblical & Pastoral Theology & Theology & Missional Leadership Tracks)
BCU426 Introduction to the Bible (15 credits)
This course is an introductory course in biblical studies in which the primary focus is the survey of the Bible. It will introduce you to the books of Christian Scripture and the methods that scholars use to understand them. It will cover the history of the periods in which various biblical books were written. By exploring the messages, the form and background of the books the course will discover what the biblical writers were trying to accomplish through their writings. It provides the major doctrines and passages; key events and significant characters mentioned in the Bible. This survey will provide understandings of the world in relation to the place of humanity and the role of God in the world, and how the Old and New Testament relate to one another historically and theologically.
BCU427 Introduction to Theology (15 credits)
This module offers a comprehensive survey of Christian doctrines including that of God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Human Beings, Salvation, the Church, and Eschatology. An Introduction of Christian Theology will be given to define theology, its various streams, and sources. Particular attention will be given to the doctrines of God, Christ and Holy Spirit.
BCU428 Introduction to Hermeneutics & Homiletics (15 credits)
This module is a combined course made up of Hermeneutics (Principles of Biblical interpretation) and Homiletics (Principles of Biblical Preaching). Hermeneutics aims to introduce you to the basic principles of biblical interpretation. The interpretation component of this module will cover the basic rules of Bible interpretation by stressing a pattern of explaining the rule, illustrating the principle, and allowing you to practice interpretation. The module aims to introduce you to the key principles, tools and resources needed for a good Bible interpretation and exposition.
The Homiletics aspect of the module introduces you to the place and purpose of preaching. The course places emphasis on the steps involved in building different types of sermons and the use of various types of sermon patterns and applying context for proper exposition. It deals with practical matters such as the preparation of the sermon, the source of materials, construction of the sermons, sermon delivery and evaluation.
BCU429 Introduction to Church History (15 credits)
This course is a concentrated study of key events in the history of the church, giving special emphasis to the patristic era through to Christianity in Rome and the new World. It will also cover events of the reformation and post-reformation era, to include highlights on the history of Global Pentecostalism with reference to the Azusa Street Revival and African Pentecostalism in Britain. This course also introduces you to non-western Christianity and an overview of the history of Christianity in Africa and Asia.
BCU430 Contemporary Christian Leadership (15 credits)
This module explores contemporary theories and practices of leadership so that students are able to critically apply biblical/theological values and principles to shape a distinctively Christian model of leadership. The effort will be on trying to answer the question of how a Christian perspective and practice of leadership might differ from other perspectives and trends of leadership. This is module is also designed to help students understand the principles undergirding good conduct and be able to build a biblical worldview of good character and life. Biblical, theological and philosophical studies are integrated to help students respond to the current moral, intellectual and social issues in our world.
BCU432 Missions & Migration (15 credits)
This introductory module aims at helping you explore the relationship between Christian missions and the phenomenon of the diaspora, or the experience of people moving, being moved and living in contexts that at different from their origin. The focus will be on the challenges and opportunities this phenomenon present to Christian mission in the globalised contemporary world. The module will expose you to some of the other main world religions and how to minister to, minister through, and minister with people from and beyond the diasporas.
BCU433 Introduction to Biblical Languages (15 credits) (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)
This module will involve two stages: In the first stage, following a brief account of the probable origins and cultural histories of the two languages, their dialects and “near neighbours”, the primary focus will be upon familiarity with the Greek and Hebrew alphabets for basic word recognition. Guidance will be given on how to use English-based tools (lexica, concordances, basic grammars) as well as computer-based language learning tools for personal study and exploration.
The second part of the course will focus upon key religious terms from Hebrew and Greek texts, usually known to the biblical authors from their normal cultural environments but possibly already used in some more technical way in earlier Biblical literature or translations. It will concentrate on domains of meaning and how words and terms function in different contexts, literary registers and periods. There will be some exploration of the role of lexical issues within the broader process interpretive task, and the overall relationship to theology as such.
BCU434 Pastoral Studies (15 credits) (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)
This module is an exploration of the biblical and theological basis for pastoral ministry and a reflection on various approaches and qualities necessary for the pastor. It will offer an understanding of the basic principles and practices of Christian pastoral care from a biblical and theological basis, using biblical text, examples, and contemporary case studies. It will involve a systematic and practical study of the nature and approaches of pastoral ministry in the church and an examination of the pastor’s role as leader, administrator, shepherd, counsellor, and trainer, as well as his relationship to church officers and fellow ministers.
This module aims to also introduce you with an introduction to Christian Counselling within the broader framework of pastoral care. It introduces you to the basic tools needed in helping people to overcome emotional and psychological difficulties so that they will function in the way God originally created them. The module will explore gender roles, and appropriate measures in approaching diversity in a multicultural church setting. Spiritual and pastoral caring as an expression of the love of God towards others in communal and individual relationships will be the highlight of the module. Particular Christian practices such as celebration of love and marriage, incarnational visitation, pastoral prayer and baptism of the Holy Spirit, spiritual friendship, public worship, Holy Communion, baptism, preaching and teaching of God’s word will be reflected upon.
BCU437 Pauline Letters (15 credits) (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)
This module aims to introduce you to the body of work often referred to as Pauline. It will consider all the epistles that have been attributed, rather than the more limited subset of those widely recognised as Pauline.
The module is designed to gain an overview of each of the epistles, their background, date and contents, as well as to develop from them some idea of who Paul was, and the world he lived in. It will look at his role as the missionary to the gentiles, and how it affected his theological unlearning and relearning journey from Judaism into Graco-Roman culture, and the subsequent persecution.
WE will seek to develop and understanding of Paul and his Theology exploring how the threads of his theology and missionary strategy developed.
BCU438 Christian Ethics 1 (15 credits) (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)
This is an introductory course to Christian Ethics designed to help you understand the principles undergirding good conduct and be able to build a biblical worldview of good character and life. Biblical, theological and philosophical studies are integrated to help you respond to the current moral, intellectual and social issues in our world. It will cover the various ethical viewpoints or ethical traditions and the basis on which they emerged.
BCU435 Introduction to Mission (15 credits) (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)
The purpose of the course is to introduce you to mission; explore the genesis and purpose of mission and to equip you to understand Missio-Dei, types of mission, Pentecostal contributions to mission, mission strategies and the role of the church in mission. The aim of the module is to equip students with a theological, theoretical and practical framework for understanding mission in context. The course will be academically rigorous and practically oriented for effective mission work in the twenty- first century. The course is structured to introduce you to other world religions and engage with contemporary mission in the Western culture.
BCU436 Church Planting & Evangelism(15 credits) (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)
This course is designed to give you an introduction to the ministry of church planting, growth and renewal. The emphasis will be on equipping you with the principles and strategies needed for starting and developing gospel-centred missional communities that result in the spiritual, social and cultural transformation of cities and regions.
BCU439 Christ, Gospel & Culture (15 credits) (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)
In this module, you will explore the overlapping and often conflicting relationship between culture and the Christian faith and you will be challenged to identify the role that the Church has to play in this relationship. By engaging with theology, anthropology and cultural studies, you will have the opportunity to analyse different approaches towards the engagement between Christian gospel and contemporary cultures. You will explore culture across a range of different levels including within the arts, popular culture and wider societal norms. The module will encourage students to critically reflect on the relationship between their own faith and cultural context.
BCU440 Ministry Placement (15 credits) (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)
The module will combine a placement experience with college-based seminars on ministry integration. Placements will be arranged within any situation proposed by you and approved by the module coordinator. Independent initiative and ambitious choices will be encouraged. A field supervisor will, in discussion with you and a BCC staff member devise a reasonable weekly ministry involvement for you. This will require ten hours attendance per week over one semester.
The required attendance can be achieved via a block placement instead of a weekly arrangement, with the approval of the module coordinator This will allow continuous periods of ministry-related work over the Christmas or Easter vacations to become the basis of the assessment, and in certain settings, this may be arranged overseas.
Placement activity can consist of or include an approved practical training course provided by the field supervisor’s organisation. If you opt for this you are encouraged to undertake courses leading to an accredited practical qualification with a recognised organisation such as the Association of Christian Counsellors, Relate, Children Worldwide or similar.
In addition to the placement work itself, you are expected to attend weekly seminars in college on the theme of the integration of theology and practice. All students MUST have a DBS clearance before starting placement.
Core Modules (Biblical & Pastoral Theology & Theology & Missional Leadership Tracks)
Evangelism & Apologetics
BCU501 (20 credits)
This course in Apologetics will help you better understand and defend your faith in today’s contemporary society. It introduces you to the principles and varieties of Christian apologetics. The course discusses contemporary objections to the Christian faith and critically evaluates the different approaches to doing effective apologetics in contemporary culture.
Old Testament Theology
BCU502 (20 credits)
This module aims to introduce you to the principle of Biblical Theology as opposed to Systematic Theology. In doing so, it will focus on the Old Testament, drawing theological understanding from the Old Testament genres, primarily narrative. The focus of the course will be on looking at difficult passages and drawing theological principles from them, before looking at application into a modern day context.
New Testament Theology
BCU503 (20 credits)
This module aims to introduce you to the principle of Biblical Theology by focusing on the New Testament, drawing theological understanding from the New Testament genres, primarily the synoptic gospels, Johannine literature including Revelation and Pauline epistles. The focus of the module will be on looking at the synoptic problem, the theme of the kingdom of God, the work of the Holy Spirit in spreading the gospel and drawing theological principles from them for a contextual application into a modern-day context.
Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies
BCU504 (20 credits)
This course offers students an understanding of the history and theology of the global Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. Particular attention is given to examining some of the key issues relating to the history and theology of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Movements.
Introduction to Biblical Languages (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)
BCU505 (20 credits)
No previous experience required! A very simple one term introduction to the alphabet and grammar of both Hebrew and Greek, with the aim of being able to use dictionaries and concordances as well as modern commentaries to make better sense of the underlying text.
Galatians and Romans (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)
BCU506 (20 credits)
This module involves an examination of the historical background of the Epistles to Galatians and Romans, particularly the occasion and circumstances of the writing of each letter and information pertaining to their recipients. It highlights the timeless practical teachings in these letters and their relevance to Christian living.
Christian Counselling 2 (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)
BCU507 (20 credits)
This module aims to provide you with a broad understanding of the three levels of client problems. It introduces you to common mental health and psychological problems. It also introduces you to the in-depth understanding of the seven helping and Counselling process within the framework of Christian Counselling.
Pastoral Theology (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)
BCU508 (20 credits)
Building on the knowledge and skills learnt from Pastoral Studies, the aim of this module is to provide you with a more robust understanding of the essentials of pastoral theology by examining the issues and challenges related to pastoral care in our contemporary contexts. The biblical and theological basis and the practical implications of the pastoral ministry will be examined critically to show the difference between pastoral ministry and other caring professions. A historical survey of pastoral care and contemporary application will provide case studies for critical analysis of the pastoral role today.
Christian Ethics 2 (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)
BCU501 (20 credits)
This module explores practical steps to applying the knowledge of ethical theories undergirding Christian ethics to real life ethical issues in the church and society. The focus will be on how a distinctively Christian approach to ethics that is evidently biblical and practically humble in its application to contemporary issues and contexts may be worked out. Various contemporary ethical issues will be used as case studies for critical evaluation of ethical practices in contemporary contexts.
Environmental Stewardship (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)
BCU510 (20 credits)
This module explores an understanding of Christian stewardship that makes you see contemporary environmental issues of global warming as a challenge to the church’s mission and helps you to offer a Christian response to it. The focus will be on demonstrating how available literature and debates in the field help Christians to develop a way of life that makes stewardship, especially, environmental stewardship a necessary aspect of living a Christian life.
Mission in Contemporary Europe (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)
BCU511 (20 credits)
This module is intended to help you understand the missionary context of Europe. It explores the issues in doing multicultural ministry in Europe and the challenges involved in cross cultural and multicultural mission. The module also discusses leadership and church growth strategies in the West.
Skills & Strategies in Communication (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)
BCU512 (20 credits)
With 24-hour news and social media, corporate mistakes are easily and quickly highlighted to the extent that any little shortfall of customer service or internal problem can go viral and damage the reputation of a company, organisation, or church. This is the reason why everyone occupying a leadership position in a company, organisation, or a church needs to have at least, some basic training and skills in communication, public speaking, and public relations to enable them deal appropriately and effectively with their publics.
Core Modules (Biblical & Pastoral Theology & Theology & Missional Leadership Tracks)
BCU621 (10 credits)
This module will explore a range of different methods suitable for conducting research in theology. Students will be introduced to qualitative and quantitative research methods and address questions about methodology more broadly, such as ways that humans can gain knowledge and the ethical implications of different research approaches. Students will practice developing a research question and analysing their chosen topic to determine the most appropriate research methods to explore it theologically. Students will learn how to form a logical and persuasive argument in their writing and how to analyse data. By the end of the module, students will be equipped to conduct their own research and introduced to tools which will help them at postgraduate level.
BCU622 (30 credits)
You may choose any topic related to the various fields of Theology. A suitable title and reading programme is to be approved by an appropriate staff tutor who will act as the supervisor, although specific sections or aspects of the dissertation, consultation with other staff members may be recommended.
Christian Ministry in Practice
BCU612 (20 credits)
This module provides a theological understanding of and practical skills for the key areas of church ministry beginning with worship, then, Youth, Children, Men, Evangelism and Women. The module will explore the reasons why these ministries are important and how to develop them effectively in the church. The module will discuss the significance of gender roles and diversity in the church and how to manage the ministries in the framework of the church and its missional implications and effectiveness.
BCU603 (20 credits)
You will combine a placement experience with college-based seminars on ministry integration. Placements will be arranged within any situation proposed by you and approved by the module coordinator. Independent initiative and ambitious choices will be encouraged. A field supervisor will, in discussion with you and a BCC staff member devise a reasonable weekly ministry involvement for you. This will require ten hours attendance per week over one semester. The required attendance can be achieved via a block placement instead of a weekly arrangement, with the approval of the module coordinator.
Theological Reflections (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)
BCU604 (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to help you appreciate the importance of and the need for theological reflection on the ministry of the church in the church, in society and in the marketplace, which includes your own ministry in these contexts. The focus will be to provide critical knowledge and understanding of how theological reflection fits into the pastoral cycle by showing how reflecting theologically on situations for and contexts of pastoral care is essential for effective ministry that brings growth.
Hermeneutics & Homiletics 2 (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)
BCU606 (20 credits)
This module deals with principles of Biblical interpretation and application. You will be introduced to principles of doing hermeneutics through historical-cultural, theological and contextual analysis. The interpretation component of this module will cover in depth theological analysis, lexical syntax and analysing special literary forms. Whilst the application component will introduce you to applying the Bible in a contemporary multi-cultural environment.
Cross-cultural Ministry (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)
BCU607 (20 credits)
This course is intended to help you understand the intricacies and dynamics of cross-cultural ministry, especially that of Africans and other non-Westerners serving in Western contexts. The focus will be on contextualisation of the Gospel message and Pentecostal practice within Western contexts.
Digital Theology (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)
BCU608 (20 credits)
Digital Theology involves reflecting on the digitalisation of society and its implications for Christian faith and practice. Technological innovations are causing a whole raft of social changes across many aspects of life in the twenty-first century. The Christian Church too, like many other religions, is changing through its engagement with social media, its communication through websites, and increasing use of digital technology in worship, in pastoral practice and in evangelism. This module offers practical reflections and tools into effectively engaging with the contemporary digitised culture.
Missions & Social Transformation (Theology & Missional Leadership Track)
BCU609 (20 credits)
This module aims to equip you with the necessary tools to critically explore how Christian missions and ministry accomplish social transformation through programmes of practical compassionate service in cross-cultural and urban settings. The focus will be on practical interventions that the church can make to meet the needs of society and thereby bring about social transformation.
Johannine Theology (Biblical & Pastoral Theology Track)
BCU610 (20 credits)
In this module, you will be introduced to the theological themes of the Gospel of John. The module presents an analytical study of the Gospel of John, paying special attention to its main theological themes, pneumatology and Christological emphasis. You will engage with a range of scholars and learn to ‘read’ theology in the stories, rituals, and practices of the Gospel. You will consider the relationship between Johannine Christology and pneumatology and how the Gospel writer approaches the divinity of Christ in his narration. By using different tools for theological reflection, you will analyse particular texts, passages, and miracles in the Gospel. The module will encourage you to consider the theological framework of the Gospel and to identify concrete relevant outcomes from theology for today’s Christians.