Certificate in Theology (CTh) and Diploma in Theology (DipTh) In Hindi
Presbyterian Theological Seminary is pleased to announce two new extension programs in Hindi. Ordinarily, these courses will be conducted in places outside of Dehra Dun so that those in the field can be better served.
Why these courses?
- There are many in the country who are keenly interested in ministry, especially church planting, but have no theological education.
- They may not have the ability to undertake a program of studies in English.
- In many cases, they are already doing ministry or are doing ministry part time while employed elsewhere for their livelihood. Such people are not able to do full time residential studies.
- Those who have higher theological degrees in English are often reluctant, and sometimes are unsuitable for ministry in villages.
- Equipping those ministering in villages with little or no theological education is a necessity if the churches are to grow and become strong in the faith, defending themselves against the attacks of false teachers.
How this Program Works
- Courses will be arranged approximately every 6 weeks excluding periods of harvest/sowing or other such hindrances in the field. Frequency of the courses can be adjusted (more or less often) according to the particular situation in the field.
- Priority will be given in admission to those who are ministering in villages or towns with no or very little theological education. A minimum of 10 persons will be required for a module.
- Each module will be 5 days long with 6 hours of instruction per day and light exercises/assignments. Each module will be independent with the hope that a person can enter the program at any given point instead of waiting till the beginning of the year (if the program is continued for other batches). The marks for exercises will be taken into consideration in the assessment.
- All who are able to read and write Hindi will be admitted for this course. However, only those who have cleared Standard X will be given a Certificate of Theology or Diploma in Theology. Others may be given a certificate of completion.
- At the end of each module there will be an assessment (examination). If they pass 8 modules, they will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Theology. If they pass 16 modules they will be eligible for a Diploma in Theology. Those who do not show sufficient interest or are not capable of learning will be asked to discontinue.
- At the beginning of the program, the candidate shall fill out a form with personal and other details, and supply a photograph and copies of his/her academic certificates.
- PTS will supply the Instructor and the Course material in Hindi.
- The host church/organization shall be responsible for arranging the facilities for the program – furnished classroom, food and accommodation for students and teacher, 2 a/c travel fare for the teacher, and a nominal fee per student for course materials. In cases with very limited resources, scholarships may be available.
Diploma in Theology
Each course shall consist of 30 hours of instruction and a minimum of 10 hours of exercises or assignments.
Successful completion of the following 16 courses is required for obtaining a Diploma in Theology [DipTh].
1. Bible Survey – I
This course will cover the books of the Bible written before and during the Exile. Instead of looking at the books in the canonical order [that is, in the order in which we have the books in our Bibles], we will look at them in the historical order. The purpose of looking at the Bible this way is that to help the students see the message of each book in its historical context, but also to see the development of the message. The following will be covered without detailed critical study: Authorship, date, purpose of writing, main theme, important sections and passages, types of literature used, and the message in its redemptive historical context – that is where does it fit in God’s plan of salvation revealed in history. Exercises would include memorising important facts as well as passages.
2. Bible Survey – II
The approach will be the same as above, covering the books written after the exile to the end of the New Testament, in the historical order. It may include a brief section on what happened between the Old and New Testaments.
3. Interpreting the Bible
The Bible was written in languages unfamiliar to us by people living in very different cultures. How can we correctly understand the meaning and message of the Bible today in India? This course will explore the basic principles and assumptions of biblical interpretation and will also include the technique of how to bring out the meaning of the text by carefully analyzing the language, context, historical and cultural aspects of the text. Exercises will concentrate on reading specific passages, understanding its literal meaning and then relating that meaning to the whole message of the Bible.
4. God's Plan Unfolded
The Book of Hebrews says that God spoke “many times and in many ways” in the past. How did God reveal himself? Are these revelations related? Why do we need to have Old and New Testaments? Is the Old Testament still for us? This course will answer such questions and show what is the correct way to hear God’s word from the whole of the Scriptures. Exercises will include tracing out the development of important themes in the history of God’s dealings with his people.
5. God and His Word
This is the beginning course in what is called “systematic theology”. First, we will look at the meaning of theology and its divisions. But we will concentrate in this course on what the Bible says about God and about the Bible itself. What kind of a book is the Bible? Is it a book like other books, or something different? Can we prove that God exists? Why is it important for us to understand God and his plan? What is revealed in the Bible about God, his qualities, his plans and purposes? These are some of the questions that will be answered here. Exercises may include discovering truths about God fro selected Bible texts as well as learning what other people believe about God by talking to them.
6. Humanity and Sin
The Bible tells us not only about God but about ourselves also. In fact, we cannot truly understand who we are except through the Bible. How did God create us? But then the question comes, "What happened to us?" That is, what is sin? Are we all sinners? How and from when? What is the punishment for sin?
7. Christ and Salvation
This course is a topical look at what God did for our salvation. Who is Jesus? Is he God or man? What is the meaning of his life and death? What is the gospel? How are we saved? What happens when we believe in Christ? These and other important and basic questions will be studied. Exercises: Share the gospel message with someone. How do people misunderstand Christ and the gospel? How did you answer these?
8. Holy Spirit
The doctrine of the Holy Spirit is one of the most misunderstood doctrines of the Bible. Who is the Holy Spirit? What was his role in the Old Testament? Is “baptism in the Spirit” something subsequent to conversion? What about speaking in tongues and prophecy? Do these and other such gifts continue or have they ceased? These are some of the questions that are being debated in the church today. This course will help in answering these questions.
9. Church and Last Things
What is the church? There are so many churches in today's world. How can we tell a true church from a false church? Baptism is a controversial issue among Christians. How shall we understand the meaning of baptism? How should it be administered?
10. Christian Life
This course will deal with the basic and important things about Christian life and discipleship, emphasizing that our life is a response to God’s grace and one that is lived in continual dependence on Good’s grace. How to grow in grace and how to encourage others to grow will be the focus of this course.
11. Preaching God's Word
The most important duty of every pastor and evangelist is to make the gospel known. How can we preach it faithfully and relevantly – faithful to the Bible and relevant to the context in which we minister. The emphasis in this course will be on learning how to understand the meaning of a text, find its message for today, and to present in a way that can be easily understood.
12. Developing a Biblical Church
Planting and nurture of congregations in a biblical pattern is essential to our mission. This course deals with the practical aspects of this ministry. Further, it will include the basic principles of church government and management.
13. Church and Ministry
Worship and pastoral care are the two main parts of this course. Biblical principles of worship will be studied along with how we can apply these to the Indian context. Further, this course will equip the Christian leader to care for God’s people spiritually.
14. Church and Society
Here we will look into issues in society that we will be faced with. These will be dealt with from an ethical point of view, finding how we can understand these issues from a Christian perspective, and what we can do to address these issues.
15. Religions and Religious Movements
India is a land of many religions, and they are strong. In order to bring the gospel to the people of India, we need to understand the views that have a hold on our people. The popular aspects of religious teachings will be studied here with a Christian response.
16. Denominations and Sects
There are numerous Christian denominations and traditions in our country. Where do they come from? What are their unique or distinctive teachings? In addition to these, there are sects and cults that do not belong to historic Christianity because of their variation from Christian faith. These will be studied in this course.