THE ASSOCIATION FOR THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION BY EXTENSION
for entry into TAFTEE's
DEGREE LEVEL PROGRAMME
Leading to the award of
Bachelor of Theological Studies (BTS)
This degree is accredited by the Asia Theological Association (ATA) as equivalent to a Bachelor of Theology (B.Th)
TAFTEE BTS Prospectus
Message From TAFTEE Director Since its foundation in 1970 the Association for Theological Education by Extension (TAFTEE), widely recognized as the most important grass root level discipleship and ministry training movement in India, has been offering various innovative leadership development programmes at different levels. The BTS course, the first among the pioneering programmes launched by TAFTEE over the years, is unique in many ways. This course, characterized by academic excellence, cost effectiveness and ministry involvement, has evolved over the years as a model in offering field based practical theological education for those who are unable to avail of a formal residential theological programme. This course is specially designed for those involved in various forms of Christian ministry in the local church who wish to grow in their faith and improve their skills in order to build up the body of Christ without having to leave family, job or church. This BTS course, accredited by the Asia Theological Association as equivalent to a BTh, provides high quality discipleship and ministerial training to Indian Churches, Missions and other Christian Organizations. Based on a holistic approach to ministerial training, the curriculum integrates guided study of well designed self study materials on different disciplines related to Christian Ministry, tutorials with ministry mentors, active involvement in ministry and residential schools. Our link with most of the denominational Churches and key Christian organizations also helps in effectively offering this course in India. This prospectus contains information about our BTS programme and an application form. Every year up to 1000 candidates with passion for growth in discipleship and ministry and desire for training study this course throughout India. I invite you to join this unique ministry training course which, I am sure, will benefit you and equip you further to serve Christ and His work in India and the neighbouring countries. Dr. David Samuel Director, TAFTEE
TAFTEE BTS Prospectus
CONTENTS 1. TAFTEE ………………………………………………………………………….4 2. Title of the Degree………………………………………………………………6 3. Recognition of the Degree …………………………………………………….6 4. Language of Study……………………………………………………………...6 5. Background and Rationale ……………………………………………………6 6. The Aims and Objectives of the Course …………………………………….7 7. Skills and Competencies ……………………………………………………..7 8. Ministerial Formation ………………………………………………………….8 9. Personal Formation ……………………………………………………………9 10. Course Features ……………………………………………………………..10 11. Course Synopsis …………………………………………………………….12 12. Tutorials ……………………………………………………………………....14 13. Residential Schools and Personal Research……………………………...14 14. Assessment……………………………………………………………………15 15. Course Development ………………………………………………………..15 16. Recruitment Criteria …………………………………………………………15 17. Fees …………………………………………………………………………….16 18. BTS Study Centers……………………………………………………………17 19. Outline Syllabus ……………………………………………………………….21 20. Future Developments………………………………………………………….23 21. Other TAFTEE Programmes…………………………………………………24
TAFTEE BTS Prospectus
The Association for Theological Education by Extension (TAFTEE), based in Bangalore, India, has been involved in offering non-residential theological education since 1971 to those who are unable to avail themselves of a formal Residential Theological Education. TAFTEE already offers a range of courses for various constituencies. • • • Approximately 5000 students are currently enrolled on TAFTEE's certificate level course, which is offered in nine different languages. TAFTEE's degree level course (BTS) is presently studied by more than 1000 students. This course is accredited by the Asia Theological Association as equivalent to BTh. TAFTEE offers an MTh in Pastoral Theology and an MA/MTh in Linguistics and CrossCultural Studies. These programmes are validated by the University of Wales. TAFTEE is also recognized by the University of Wales for offering MPhil/PhD programmes.
Mission Statement: Based on Ephesians 4:12 which has formed the motto of the organization for many years, the Mission of TAFTEE is: To assist the Church in preparing all God's people for the work of Christian service through Open and Continuing Theological Education. Aims: TAFTEE is committed to provide theological education that is: • accessible enabling all the people of God to be equipped for Christian service, irrespective of denomination, educational background, gender or ethnicity. applied enabling students to reflect thoughtfully on their involvement in Christian mission and ministry and so to improve their effectiveness in ministry. academic making the best use of scholarly tools and educational technology to enable students to enhance the effectiveness of their ministry. appropriate allowing students to reflect on the Gospel in a contextually and culturally appropriate manner and so increase the relevance of their ministry in the Indian context. accredited creating links with churches and academic institutions to ensure the accountability of its programmes for effective mission and ministry in the local church. affordable - offering cost effect programmes so that all sections of people can afford to study and equip themselves in the knowledge of God. apostolic - enabling students to understand and grow in the apostolic teaching of the Christian faith as affirmed in Christian scripture.
The seeds of Theological Extension Education were sown in India in 1970 in a workshop conducted by Dr. Peter Wagner and Dr. Ralph Covell. The concern for training people who are not able to attend regular theological school took shape and “The Association For Theological Education by Extension (TAFTEE)” was formed in 1971. TAFTEE is an Association of churches, missions, educational bodies and theological seminaries for the purpose of equipping all the people of God for effective mission and ministry, not only in the Church but in society as well. TAFTEE began by offering the “Bachelor of Theological Studies” (BTS), a Degree level programme, in four centers: Mumbai (Bombay), Hyderabad, Chennai (Madras), and Bangalore. Now TAFTEE offers courses all over India and in many parts of the world. TAFTEE courses are translated into Singhalese, Urdu, Arabic, Nepali, Bengali, etc and groups in United Kingdom, New Zealand, Kenya, Seychelles, Thailand, Singapore and Gulf countries are using the materials in their programmes. Many Seminaries and Bible Colleges too are using TAFTEE materials in their programmes.
TAFTEE BTS Prospectus
From 1976, TAFTEE began offering a programme for discipleship and ministry training at the Certificate Level. The main course in TAFTEE’s Certificate Level Programme is based on the Life of Jesus Christ and has been adapted for India from materials originally written by SEAN (Study by Extension for All Nations) to equip leaders for effective ministry in the Church in South America. This course is now offered in 9 different Indian Languages. This course forms the basis of TAFTEE’s present ministry and is by far the most significant programme that TAFTEE offers in terms of leadership and discipleship training. From 1994 - 2000, TAFTEE offered an MTh in Applied Theology in India in partnership with Westminster College Oxford as part of its Open Learning Programme. This course proved remarkably popular and also effective in helping Christian ministers deal seriously with their context of ministry. The course was basically aimed at those in ordained Christian ministry or those with a degree in Theology who are in fulltime Christian ministry. From 2000, TAFTEE has been offering its own MTh programme in Pastoral Theology which is validated by the University of Wales. Since 2002 TAFTEE has been offering an MA/MTh programme in Linguistics and Cross-Cultural Studies in collaboration with Word For All (previously known as the Indian Institute for Cross-Cultural Communication – IICCC). This programme is also validated by the University of Wales. In addition to applying for this BTS programme, you might like to think of making use of other TAFTEE programmes to equip the Christians in your Church. TAFTEE can offer a well-structured training programme to suit the needs of your congregation. If you have a degree in Theology you could also become an accredited TAFTEE tutor for the Degree Level Programme.
TAFTEE BTS Prospectus
TITLE OF THE DEGREE
TAFTEE’s Degree Level Programme comprises a nested programme leading to the award of:
Bachelor of Theological Studies (BTS)
With intermediary awards of:
Certificate of Theological Studies (CertTS) Diploma of Theological Studies (DipTS)
RECOGNITION OF THE DEGREE
The Bachelor of Theological Studies (BTS) degree is accredited as equivalent to Bachelor of Theology (BTh) by the Asia Theological Association, a member of the International Council of Accrediting Agencies of the World Evangelical Fellowship. Many churches and organizations use TAFTEE’s BTS degree to train their congregation and staff members for effective Christian ministry and Mission. In addition, various seminaries are using the programme in equipping leaders for the Indian church. For details specific Churches, Organizations, Seminaries and Study Centers using the BTS course, see the section on BTS Study Centers below. TAFTEE works closely with other similar organizations throughout the world including the UK, Pakistan, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Mongolia. TAFTEE also has agreements to share courses with various colleges that offer similar programmes. TAFTEE is also a member of the Board for Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College (University).
LANGUAGE OF STUDY
At present, Bachelor of Theological Studies is offered only in English. The programme is being translated into Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Some pilot groups are studying the programme in Tamil. For further information of the availability of the BTS programme in languages other than English, please contact your local Regional or Voluntary Coordinator.
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE
While there are many theological courses offered by various Seminaries and Colleges in India, few programmes of study are available that focus specifically on the training needs of Christian lay people who wish to improve their skills in the practice of ministry and mission in the local church. With a large percentage of Christian Ministry being done by untrained lay people, who would never be able to attend a residential college for theological studies, there is a huge need for formal training of those already involved in Christian ministry in some capacity. Furthermore, there are many Christians actively involved in mission and ministry who have felt God’s call to witness to their neighbours and or who are compelled by God’s love to bring about change in society but have never been trained for such Christian involvement. Because of family, ministry or financial commitments, such people are often not in the position to leave their employment, or their ministry, to pursue studies. This Programme seeks to address these particular needs. It is aimed at training Christians in and for leadership positions within their churches and denominations as well as for training those who are actively involved in various forms of Christian mission in society. It seeks to enable such people to be reflective and effective practitioners of the ministry to which they are called.
TAFTEE BTS Prospectus
The Bachelor of Theological Studies (BTS) is a unique non-residential degree level theological training programme combining well-designed self-study materials, weekly discussion meetings, mentoring by senior Christian leaders and active mission and ministry involvement. Students are also expected to attend Residential Schools of about 5 days to interact with a wider group of students and expert faculty. Courses cover the areas of Biblical studies, Theology, History, Ministry, Comparative Religions, Communication, and Social Analysis. The course materials are all periodically revised to take into account recent scholarly views and changing contexts. Several new courses are under various stages of production. The level of study and training offered in these courses is, in the opinion of an increasing number of Church leaders and theological educators, equivalent to that of the BTh/BD degree of the residential Seminaries.
THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
The BTS Programme aims to: • • Provide a cohesive programme of study which offers appropriate diversity to allow individuals to meet their own training needs according to the time available to them. Enable students to understand the Bible in order to teach, to grow in personal faith and knowledge of God, to be a responsible member of society and family and to be effectively engaged in evangelism and social involvement. Develop in students the theological and Biblical knowledge, skills and competence necessary for effective involvement as leaders in the local church. Enable students to reason through a subject for themselves, reflect on it and to work out its implications in their own context. demonstrate an understanding of: a) the Bible in its original context, showing a knowledge of issues related to the literary, historical, social and religious setting of particular books. b) doctrinal, ethical, historical and missiological theological thinking relevant to ministry in India today. c) contemporary Indian society, including issues a sympathetic understanding of other religions, poverty and its causes, people groups and issues related to Christian’s in the work place. show: a) how to interpret a biblical passage in the present Indian context, taking into account the type of literature, its historical setting, and its place in Scripture. b) evidence of developing a Christian worldview by reasoning through a subject, reflecting on it and showing its implications in the context of ministry. c) skills of leadership, including preaching, leading bible studies, evangelism and team work give evidence of constructive Christian reflection on personal active involvement in: a) the local church and its activities. b) Christian mission, both in terms of evangelism and social involvement. c) family and workplace.
At the end of this programme of study, the student will be able to: •
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
To gain the Bachelor of Theological Studies Degree, the student will have demonstrated i) subject knowledge and understanding ii) cognitive skills iii) discipline-related practical and professional skills and iv) other general skills and capabilities in the learning outcomes for modules within the programme
TAFTEE BTS Prospectus
i) Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject • A thorough knowledge of the Bible; • A knowledge of disciplines such as biblical interpretation, theology, church history, mission, counseling, communication and homiletics; • The ability to handle biblical and theological resources appropriately and relate them in to mission/ministry in Church, family and society. ii) Cognitive Skills • An ability to consider the meaning of a biblical text for Christian ministry today in the light of its original context. • Basic analytical skills and a recognition that statements should be tested against Scripture and that any interpretation of Scripture demands evaluation. • Capacity to give a clear and accurate account of a subject and engage in dialogue with respect for the opposite case or different viewpoint. • Ability to discuss the nature of Christian Ministry and Mission in the context of Church, family and society. iii) Subject-specific practical\professional skills • Ability to read and interpret a biblical text for the contemporary context in the light of its original setting. • Ability to communicate learning effectively and sensitively within and outside the Christian community. • An understanding of issues in church and society that affect ministry and mission. • Knowledge and assessment of personal gifts and abilities and a capacity to use these in the service of God’s kingdom. • Capacity to assume roles of responsibility in Church, family and society. iv) General\transferable skills • Skills of self-discipline, self-motivation and self-direction in study and independence of mind and initiative. • Ability to read texts from a different time and context and ability to attend closely to the meaning of written documents • Ability to attend to others and have respect for others' views and show empathy and imaginative insight • Ability to gather, evaluate and synthesize different types of information • Presentation skills, both oral and written and writing skills, including accurate referencing and clarity of expression • Teamwork skills • Skills in basic research to develop suggestions for change in the practice of Christian Ministry and Mission
Each BTS course is designed to equip students with skills and knowledge for active involvement in Christian ministry and mission. Whether it be skills of biblical interpretation, knowledge of church history or specific skills in evangelism and cross-cultural communication, BTS courses intend to enable students to apply their learning to building up the body of Christ and extending his kingdom in this world. As part of the BTS programme, students are formally involved in ‘supervised ministry’ upon which they are expected to reflect along with their ministry mentor in order to enhance their skills. Whether the student is actively involved in Sunday School teaching, lay leadership, social concern, evangelism or any other form of ministry, they are required to reflect on at least one aspect of their ministerial/mission involvement for which they gain credit.
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Each BTS course is designed to be life-changing as students interact with the word of God and with fellow believers under the guidance of a trained mentor to understand what it means to follow Jesus today. Because most students are working while studying, they are in a position to apply what they learn immediately to their life and ministry. Students are encouraged to participate in their studies in a prayerful attitude, expecting God to speak to them and to transform them to become like him. Within the interactive course materials are given opportunities for students to reflect on their own personal lives and to seek to apply such insights to their own lives. The focus of many of the discussions in tutorial groups is likewise related to personal transformation. As part of the BTS programme, students are encouraged to reflect on their own lives in a more formal way, for which each student gains credit. Keeping a journal and writing regular reports for their mentors, enables students to monitor their own personal growth and transformation as part of the programme.
TAFTEE BTS Prospectus
Methodology Each BTS course is taught by means of a carefully designed interactive workbook. Weekly study group meetings provide opportunity to share and learn from one another’s experiences under the guidance of a trained tutor. The group meetings offer fellowship, as well as time for discussion and prayer. Depending on one’s interest and the time available, the modular nature of the programme allows one to study between 4 and 12 credits in any one term. The study group can choose any of the courses offered in that term. Normally each course module comprises 12 weeks of study, including introductory meeting and an examination at the end. For each module, a student is expected to attend a tutorial each week, lasting between 1 and 2 hours depending on the course. For each module, a student is also required to complete between 7 and 12 hours of personal study per week. While the programme is flexible and allows student groups the maximum possible choice, it also offers courses at different levels to encourage learning progression. Students are required to complete a certain number of Credits from the Section A Courses, while the rest can be chosen from the Section B Subjects. Course Requirements Based on a full-time Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree course, the Bachelor of Theological Studies programme (BTS) consists of a total of 108 Credits, each of which are approximately equivalent to 30 hrs of study. Students have to complete 84 Course Credits. In addition students have to complete 12 Supervised Ministry Credits, 6 Personal Growth Credits and 6 Research Credits. Section A and Section B Courses Certain courses within the BTS programme are regarded as “Section A Courses.” Students must complete the designated number of credits from the “Section A Courses” as well as the designated number of credits from the “Section B Courses.” Levels of Courses TAFTEE BTS courses are assigned to different levels according to their difficulty. This enables a person to choose courses appropriate to the stage he/she has reached in his/her studies. Number of Credits TAFTEE courses are also assigned different amounts of credit according to the length of time that an average student will take to complete the work. This enables a person to choose courses according to the time available to him/her. Award of the Degree For the award of Bachelor of Theological Studies (BTS), candidates must complete: A total of 108 Credits, comprising: 84 Course Credits (30 hrs = 1 credit) 12 Credits from the Supervised Ministry Strand 6 Credits from the Personal Transformation Strand 6 Credits from the Research Strand Of the total Course Credits, candidates must complete a minimum of: 26 Credits from Levels 3 and 4 (8 Section A Credits and 12 Section B Credits) 26 Credits from Level 2 (8 Section A Credits and 12 Section B Credits) 26 Credits from Level 1 (8 Section A Credits and 12 Section B Credits) For the Award of Bachelor of Theological Studies, candidates are required to complete: The following courses from Section A: • • • • • • Understanding the Bible Today either Jeremiah or Mark Prophets Worship and Psalms Synoptic Gospels and Acts or Fourth Gospel or Writings of John Letters of Paul or Romans or 1 Corinthians
TAFTEE BTS Prospectus
The following courses from Section B: • Homiletics 1 and 2 or Simply Communicate • Gospel to the Whole Person • Christian Care and Counsel • Jesus the Liberator Entrance Requirement: Completion of Pre-University Schooling (+2) or Mature Candidate (+25 and language ability). Course Duration Depending on the time available to a student, one can study between 4 and 12 Credits per term (including Supervised Ministry, Personal Growth and Research. Minimum time Normal time Maximum time 3 Yrs (12 Credits/term) 4 – 6 Yrs(6 – 9 Credits/term) 9 Yrs (4 Credits/term)
Intermediary Awards The programme is structured in 3 stages and students can gain TAFTEE’s Certificate in Theological Studies (CertTS) and Diploma in Theological Studies (DipTS) as part of this programme. The Certificate in Theological Studies and the Diploma in Theological Studies are intermediary awards which form part of the Bachelor of Theological Studies programme. Course Requirements: Certificate in Theological Studies For the award of Certificate in Theological Studies (Cert TS), candidates must complete: A total of 28 Course Credits (30 hrs = 1 credit) 4 Credits from the Supervised Ministry Strand and 2 Credits from the Personal Transformation Of the total Course Credits, candidates must complete: 12 Credits from Levels 2 and 3 (3 Section A Credits and 9 Section B Credits) 12 Credits from Level 1 (3 Section A Credits and 9 Section B Credits) For the Award of Certificate in Theological Studies, candidates are required to complete: The following courses from Section A: • • either Jeremiah or Mark Homiletics 1 and 2 or Simply Communicate The following courses from Section B: Entrance Requirement: Completion of Pre-University Schooling (+2) or Mature Candidate (+25 and language ability) Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the BTS Management Committee for those with School leaving certificate (+10) who have completed TAFTEE’s 2 year Certificate Level Programme on the Life of Jesus Christ. Candidates who are accepted in this way may later be allowed to upgrade onto the Bachelor of Theological Studies degree at the discretion of the BTS Management Committee. Course Requirements: Diploma in Theological Studies For the award of Diploma in Theological Studies (Dip TS), candidates must complete: A total of 72 Credits, comprising: 55 Course Credits 8 Credits from the Supervised Ministry strand 4 Credits from the Personal Transformation 3 Research Strand
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Of the total Course Credits, candidates must complete: 26 Credits from Levels 2 and 3 (8 Section A Credits and 12 Section B Credits) 26 Credits from Level 1 (8 Section A Credits and 12 Section B Credits) For the Award of Diploma in Theological Studies, candidates are required to complete: The following courses from Section A: • either Jeremiah or Mark • Understanding the Bible Today • Prophets • Synoptic Gospels and Acts or Fourth Gospel or Writings of John The following courses from Section B: • Homiletics 1 and 2 or Simply Communicate • Christian Care and Counsel Entrance Requirement: Completion of Pre-University Schooling (+2) or Mature Candidate (+25 and language ability) .
At present TAFTEE offers the following courses. These courses are offered on a cyclical basis and may not all be available every term. TAFTEE reserves the right to add new courses, remove courses and revise courses at any time in an attempt to improve the programme. List of Courses: Level 1 Section A Courses Course 2 Samuel Prophets Letters of Peter Credit 3 4 3 Course Jeremiah Mark Fourth Gospel Credit 3 3 4
List of Courses: Level 1 Section B Courses Credit 3 3 3 Course Leadership in the Church House Groups Stewards for God Credit 4 3 3
Course Simply Communicate Homiletics 1 Homiletics 2
List of Courses: Level 2 Section A Courses Credit 3 3 4 4 Course Letters of Paul Writings of John Greek 1 Credit 4 4 4
Course Historical Books of the OT 1 Historical Books of the OT 2 Worship and Psalms Synoptic Gospels and Acts
List of Courses: Level 2 Section B Courses Credit 5 6 4 Course Man and the Future Christian Care and Counsel Credit 4 4
Course Gospel to the Whole Person Poverty and Development Christian Education
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List of Courses: Level 3 Section A Courses Course Credit 4 4 2 Course Understanding the Today 1 Corinthians Hebrews Credit 6 4 4
Genesis Exodus Leviticus, Numbers Deuteronomy
List of Courses: Level 3 Section B Courses Credit 5 4 4 Course Indian Church History Salt in the Market Place Credit 5 4
Course Jesus the Liberator Major World Religions Health for Everyone
List of Courses: Level 4 Section A Courses Credit 5 Course Romans Credit 5
Course Hermeneutics and Exegetical Method
List of Courses: Level 4 Section B Courses Credit 4 5 Course Purpose Driven Church Christian Ethics Credit 4 5
Course Partnership for Mission Understanding the Indian Religious and Cultural Context
List of Courses: Personal and Ministry Transformation Courses Course Tutoring CLP Credit 5 (12)
List of Courses: Research Courses Course Research Paper Credit 3
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The Weekly Tutorials are not only an essential requirement but also an important component of the whole study programme. Once a week the students are expected to participate in a tutorial for about one and half hours under the guidance of theologically trained tutor. The Tutorials have three significant aims: a) Weekly Tests or Assignments TAFTEE believes that continuous assessment helps continuous learning. Therefore, about 10 minutes in most tutorials are spent writing the test related to the previous week’s work. These class exercises are meant to help the students to recapitulate what they have learnt in their self-study. Sometimes there may not be class exercises for all the weeks. Instead a couple of assignments may be suggested. These could be brief home work essays on the basis of lessons. Other relevant source materials may also be used to write these assignments as required or necessary. The details of such assignments are provided in the study material of each subject and in the tutor’s guide. b) Tutorial Discussions This is one of the main parts of Weekly Tutorial for which maximum time is set apart. The tutorials provide an opportunity to ask questions, clarifications, doubts, and share points for group discussion from what has been studied. They also create opportunities to discuss challenging topics, sharpen each others’ views and opinions and thereby be beneficial by a lively academic and learning atmosphere. The role of tutor here is mainly to moderate or mediate the discussions. The tutor only helps the students to think, to see the issues involved, and helps to guide them to relate the discussion with their life and ministry. c) Prayer and Personal Growth Many students find that the most beneficial part of the BTS programme is in the fellowship that they develop with other students and the opportunities they have to grow in their own personal faith. Time is set aside to pray for each other and to seek God’s help in applying what has been learnt to personal life and ministry.
RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS AND PERSONAL RESEARCH
During the course of study, students are normally required to attend two residential schools organized by TAFTEE. The duration of the study schools will be for five days. The benefits of attending study schools are fourfold: • • • • Face-to-face teaching on various topics Training in research Discussion in a larger group of students Presentation of seminar papers
Arising from each Residential School, students have the opportunity to prepare a Research Paper on the subject of the Residential School and submit it as part of the required credit in the Research strand. Study materials are made available to students and they are expected to make use of sources with due acknowledgement. One of the aims of preparing research paper is to encourage independent research skills. It is a training towards using research materials, tools, and developing coherent thinking. All this enables the student to come out with independent research, which will then turn out to be an original contribution to the already existing corpus in that field of study.
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Term Assessment On completion of each subject is an examination or assignment. These examinations are normally conducted either at the end of each subject or at a common time. Usually, the centrally examined (or evaluated) examinations are conducted at the beginning of June or at the end of November. The examination centers will be informed in advance and the students can select a center according to their convenience. Usually, the examination marks will account for fifty percent of the total marks. Research Papers Students are required to submit two Research Papers for examination during the course of their BTS studies. These are assessed centrally. Normally these Research Papers are related to the topic studied during the Residential School that year. Comprehensive Papers Before completing the Degree students are required to complete a Comprehensive or Integrative Paper or Examination. Details of the Comprehensive Assessment will be given immediately before the candidate completes the Degree. *Supervised Ministry By a combination of personal reflection, assessment by a Ministry Supervisor and assessment by the TAFTEE tutor, students are required to submit regular assessment related to the ministry in which they are involved. Students involved in mentoring others through TAFTEE’s Certificate Level Programme can opt to study “Tutoring CLP” as part of the Supervised Ministry. ( * please refer supplement) Personal Transformation Students are required to interact regularly with their TAFTEE tutor and to discuss issues of personal growth. A report must be filed regularly to indicate that this process has been taken seriously. Students will gain credit for this part of the programme, but will not be graded for it.
TAFTEE seeks to review each of its programmes regularly. Key scholars, church and mission leaders are asked to review each course as are students and tutors. TAFTEE seeks to add new courses to its programme by commissioning friends and supporters to write courses. Each course has been developed through a long process of writing, editing, pilot-testing and revision. Some courses have been adapted from other similar programmes. TAFTEE’s BTS courses will continue to be changed and adapted so that they remain relevant to the context in which we are called to work and witness.
a. Normal Entry • • • Candidates should have completed the pre-university course (+12) or its equivalent. Candidates should be able to read, write and discuss matters in the language of study. Candidates should have a desire to grow in their faith and knowledge and be actively involved in Christian ministry or mission. Candidates without the formal qualification but above 25 years may be considered as mature candidates. Mature candidates should be able to read, write and discuss matters in the language of study. For this, mature candidates may be required to write an entrance test in the language of study. Mature candidates should have a desire to grow in their faith and knowledge and be actively involved in Christian ministry or mission. 15
b. Mature Candidates • • •
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Fees In the BTS programme, fees are charged per credit and are payable at the beginning of each term. Students should pay their fees to their tutors (or TAFTEE coordinator) at the time of collecting their course materials. At present fees are charged at the rate of: Rupees 150/credit. At the time of Registration on the programme, students are also charged an administrative fee of: Rupees 50. Additional Fees for Residential Schools (to cover food and accommodation expenses) will be notified to the students at the time that the Residential School is arranged. Receipts Students should ensure that they receive a receipt for the fees that they have paid. They should also receive an acknowledgement from TAFTEE headquarters for any fees that have been paid. Scholarships Students who are unable to afford the fees for the BTS programme may apply for scholarship to TAFTEE’s Regional Coordinator. Any such application should be accompanied by a recommendation from the tutor or from an official in the candidate’s church/organization. What the Fees Cover Cost of Course Materials. Some payment towards the expenses of the tutor. Note: most TAFTEE tutors provide their time and services freely because of their commitment to equipping God’s people for ministry. Administrative Expenses related to support of students, such as the salary and other expenses of the Regional Coordinator. Examination expenses. Note: Fees are subject to revision each year and are notified annually. It is an invariable rule of TAFTEE that the awards of Certificate in Theological Studies, Diploma in Theological Studies, or Bachelor of Theological Studies are conditional on the payment of all outstanding debts.
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BTS STUDY CENTRES
BTS Study Centers and Contact Details Study Groups
Bible Society of India (BSI) CSI St Andrew’s Church, Infantry Road CSI David Memorial Church, Ramamurthy Nagar CSI St Mark’s Cathedral, M.G. Road CSI St John’s Church, Cleveland Town Evangelical Free Church, Kammanahalli Far East Broadcasting Association (FEBA) First Assemblies of God Church Garden City Assemblies of God Church Indiranagar Methodist Church Kammanahalli Koramangala Pavanasar Lutheran Church Sanjay Nagar Miythralaya College Friends Missionary Prayer Band (FMPB) Missionaries
Bangalore: Mr. Jackson Abraham, 4 CMR Layout, Chelekere, Bangalore – 560 043 Karnataka Tel: (080) 25440835 Mr. Devaputra James, TAFTEE, PO Box 520, 28, Nethaji Road, Fraser Town Bangalore –560 005 Karnataka Tel 984524475
Bethel Bible Institute, Danishpet Rev L. Masilamani, Bethel Bible Institute, Danishpet, Salem – 636 354 Tamil Nadu Chandigarh Mr. Kenneth Kang, CBC, SCO 110, 2nd Floor, Sector 47-C Chandigarh – 160 047 Chennai Mrs. Hilda John, 8 Rajabadur Street, Perambur, Chennai – 600 011 Tamil Nadu Tel (044) 25511631 Rev. K. Rajadurai, C/o Mrs. T. Mercy Rani, Gurukul Theological College, 94, Puruswalkam High Road, Kilpauk Chennai – 600 010 Tamil Nadu Tel (044) 26413961 Coastal Andhra Pradesh Rev U.K. Prakash C/o Metropolitan Mission, Gunadala, Vijayawada– 520 005 Andra Pradesh Tel 0866 2842351
Chandigarh Bible College Annanagar CLGS Center, Ayanavaram Guduvancheri Kellys Methodist Church, Annanagar Perambur Patabiram Salligramam Tambaram Women’s Christian College (WCC) Vallalar Colony, Annanagar West Valathi St Paul’s Institute, Vijayawada Vijayawada YMCA office, Repalle Bapatla
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BTS Study Centers and Contact Details
Coimbatore Dr H. David, 37, Dr Ambedkar Road, Bhuwaneshwari Nagar, Coimbatore – 641 025 Tamil Nadu Dr G. James Martin, P-52, T.N. Agricultural University Campus, Coimbatore, 641 003 Tamil Nadu Tel 0422 2441577 Mrs. Shanta Sigamany, Anugraha, 14 A/49 Vasanth Nagar, Singanallur, Coimbatore – 641 005 Tamil Nadu Mrs. Shamini Daniel, 1063/13 Vidhyaranya, Coimbatore – 641 045 Tamil Nadu Darjeeling Mr. Yangden Singh Ghisingh Mission Compound Below Mc Farlane M. Church P.O. Kalimpong – 734 301 Phone: 03552 – 257267 9832005002 Delhi Dr Prince Joseph
CSI Immanuel Church, Coimbatore CSI Christ Church, Coimbatore CSI All Souls Church, Coimbatore S.T.C
WZ 16 A Asalathpur, II floor, Janakpuri, New Delhi – 110 058. Tel: 9868342278
Dehra Dun Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh P.T. Seminary, 51 – C Rajpur Road, Dehra Dun – 248 001 Dehri on Sone, Bihar Rev T. Emerson,
Nav Jeevan Church Dehra Dun
Timothy Bible School, GEMS, Sikaria Dehri on Sone Rohtas District Bihar – 821 307
Dharwad Mrs. Bina Koti CSI Mission Compound, Dharwad – 580 001 Tel 0836 2264188 Dimapur Mr. N. Odyuo Crown Centre, 4 Full Nagaljem Pilgrim School, Dimapur 797 112 Tel 227654 Hyderabad Mr. E. Jyothi Prakash H. No 9-1-159/3, 1st Floor, Gome’s House, Sebastian Road, Secunderabad 500 005 Tel 040 32366670
Timothy Bible School, Gospel Echoing Missionary Society (GEMS)
Begumpet Hyderabad Bible College Praise the Lord Fellowship Church St George’s Church Methodist Church
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Kanyakumari Mr. M.R. Jeyachandrakumar 83, Irulappapuram, Kotrar, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari 629 002 Tel Ernakulam/Cochin The Dean, TAFTEE Kolar Miss Ruth Priscilla, Principal, Bethel Mission Bible Research Institute (BMBRI),P.O. Box 15, Irudhayapuram, Robertsonpet, Kolar Gold Fields 563 122 Tel 08153 272144 London Dr Jeshoor Jebadurai, 92, Aspen Drive, Wembley, Middlesex HA0 2PU Ludhiana Mr. Michael Sunder Singh, P.O. Box 91, House No 6695, Street No 2, New Hangobind Nagar, Ludhiana – 141 008 Madurai Mr. Vasanth Joseph 2, Balasubramaniam Street, Aavin Nagar, Madurai – 625 020 Tel 0452 2581027
Hockerpuram Karungal Marthandam Jerusalem Mar Thoma Church, Ernakulum Palarivattam
Bethel Mission Bible Research Institute (BMBRI)
Mumbai Mr. James Simon, 16, Shri Navyuvak C.H.S. Ltd, Wing C-3, 3rd Floor, Near CGS Quarters, Bhandup (East) Mumbai – 400 042 Bhandup (West) Byculla Dombivili
R.M.T. Church, Parel St John’s MTC, Bhayandar Thane
Mysore Mr. J.S.A. Julius, Qtrs No.11, Type IV, CPWD Quarters, Jothi Nagar, Mysore 570 019 Tel 0821 2474203 Nagpur Rev Harrison Chinnakumar, Hill Crest, All Saints Compound, Sadar, Nagpur 440 001 Pune Rev Abraham Shrivastav, Madhuratna, 1st Floor, 2nd Lane, Madhubhan Sanghvi, Pune – 411 027
Revival Prayer Cell
World Vision, Pune
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Raichur Mr. Wilbert Vallance Mission Compound, Raichur – 584 101 Tel 08532 309413 Ranipet and Vellore Rev J.G. Samuel C/o Navajeevan Seva Mandal, Sevoor, Katpadi (Via) – 632 106 Tel 0416 2274001 Mr. Nelson Neela Megan 4, New Street, Nelvoy Vill & P.O. Vellore – 632 011 Tel 9443006107 Rajasthan
Methodist Church, Raichur
CSI Central Church, Katpadi CSI Elcott Memorial Church, Vellore CSI St Mary’s Church, Ranipet
Ms. Kusum Jacob, Rajasthan Bible Institute Jaipur
Singapore Rev Ebenezer Mohan, 8B, Short Street, Singapore Tuticorin Mr. E. Jerry 97, G/2 Teacher’s Colony, II Street East Tuticorin 628 008 Trivandrum Rev Livingston Singh “Emmanuel House”, Alicode (P.O.) Trivandrum – 695 505
Church of God Grace Ministries of India Kalamussery Thirunivasam Bible College Voice of God Bible School
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AN INDUCTIVE STUDY BASED ON JEREMIAH: Use the inductive approach to Bible study; apply the method suitable for the study of the prophetic book; know the structure, historical background, literary form and message of the book of Jeremiah. CHRISTIAN CARE AND COUNSEL: Know the biblical premises on which the Christian counselor bases his/her approach to counseling; appreciate the goals of the counseling process; understand and seek to cultivate the attitude which a counselor needs; understand and practice counseling skill. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: Know the characteristics of children of different age groups and how best to influence each group; obtain a better grasp of the role of a Christian parent, with regard to position in the family and responsibility to love, instruct and discipline the children; develop the ability to take family prayers; acquire greater understanding of Sunday School organization, teaching methods and practical arrangements; become familiar with helpful Christian education Literature. CHRISTIAN ETHICS: This Course attempts to help students understand the complexities of moral decision making in the Indian context in order to enhance their effectiveness in Christian ministry. A survey of ways that Christians have approached decision-making leads into a discussion of how Christian theology and ethical conduct are related. Using tools from Biblical Hermeneutics, students are given the opportunity to address specific issues. EXODUS: Know the contents of the book of Exodus; explain the message of the book: it’s teaching about God and various theological themes; it’s relations to the gospel; it’s relevance to contemporary situation. Give exegesis and exposition of several important passages in the book; know how to approach other passages on the same basis; be familiar with the various approaches to the Pentateuch and the book of Exodus in particular and help one to decide on his/her own interpretation in the light of the various theories of biblical criticism. FOURTH GOSPEL: Acquire a detailed knowledge of each section of the Gospel; of John; examine the started aim of the writer and the great themes, which accord with it; share one’s faith effectively with others. GENESIS: Understanding the difference approaches to Genesis 1-11, which are found among professing Christians and decide on ones own interpretation; be familiar with the main contents of the whole book. GOSPEL OF MARK: Use methods of observation, interpretation and application for studying N.T book; demonstrate ability to form a paragraph titles and relate them to the nature and purpose of the Gospel of Mark; prepare study guide for different passages of the Gospel Mark; study the Synoptic problem and draw one’s own conclusion. GOSPEL TO THE WHOLE PERSON: Study wholistic evangelism and evangelistic methods; identify a people group and prepare a strategy to reach them. GREEK 1: A basic introduction to the language of the New Testament. Gives the opportunity to understand the importance of understanding biblical languages in the interpretation of the Bible. Become familiar with basic Greek vocabulary and grammar with a view to taking language studies further at a later stage. HEALTH FOR EVERYONE: Put into practice the fundamental principles of healthy living, in one’s family and neighbourhood; be familiar with first aid, infectious diseases and general disorders of health; know how to treat elementary complaints and to advise when sick people should be referred to a doctor; explain the principles behind the development of community health projects. HEBREWS: A study of the book of Hebrews. Gives the background and spiritual state of the reader and relates them to modern readers; expounds any part of the book according to the following steps: observation, OT background, interpretation and background; explains some of the great topic of the book, e.g. the high- priesthood of Christ, the new covenant, the way of faith, etc. HERMENEUTICS AND EXEGETICAL METHOD: Gives an overview of issues in Hermeneutics and Exegesis. Encourages interaction with theoretical issues and principles of interpretation. Gives the opportunity to engage with various Biblical passages in relation to issues of importance in the contemporary Indian context. Engages with various tools of interpretation and offers students tools of exegesis to assess the significance of a passage of Scripture for today. TAFTEE BTS Prospectus 21
HISTORICAL BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT I&II: Be familiar with the contents of Joshua, Ruth, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther; understand the problems raised by many passages and choose one’s own solutions; know how to look for evidence concerning the date and authorship of a book; summarize biblical teaching on selected topics, e.g. the Holy Spirit in the O.T, Supernatural powers, true and false prophecy. HOMILETICS I: This subject helps the students to develop skills in preparing various types; helps one to compose his or her own sermon in writing. A good course for those who want to lead home prayer fellowship and other services. HOMILETICS II: It helps in identifying the elements of communication to be found in the presentation of sermons; in evaluating others’ sermons and presenting one’s own sermons. HOUSE GROUPS: Relates the rise of House Group to social trends and to the Doctrine of the Church and Christian Fellowship. Explains the procedure for starting and running a house group; organizing and leading a house group for at least 6 weeks. I CORINTHIANS: To understand the background of I Corinthians and its structure; make a detail study of I Corinthians; draw parallels between issues mentioned and problem Christian faced today and to became aware of the important of the I Corinthians for ministry today. II SAMUEL: Have an overall and detail understanding of the text of II Samuel: be familiar with the main features of geography of the Palestine; understand how to approach the study of a historical book of the Bible; apply a selection of spiritual truth gleaned from the study of II Samuel to life today. INDIAN CHURCH HISTORY: Be familiar with the history of the Indian church, in order to understand the background of the present-day Church: apply the lessons learnt in the past to participation in contemporary Church life; cultivate sensitivity to the differences between the various Church traditions and develop a spirit of understanding; write a thesis on the history of one’s own local church. JESUS THE LIBERATOR: Understand the theology and ministry of Jesus in the social setting of the Palestine; relate the principles of Jesus’ ministry to the contexts of poverty, oppression and injustice in India; evaluate Church life by these principle; visit and talk with a poor person. LEADERSHIP IN THE CHURCH: Makes a detail study of I & II Timothy and Titus; helps you to understand the idea of leadership in the Church and put the Pastoral Epistles to practical use. LETTERS OF PAUL: This course, an adaptation of course produce originally by the Oak Hill Extension College UK, gives the general introduction to the Letters of Paul, their contents, teaching and Pauline theology. LETTERS OF PETER: Be familiar and understand the content of I & II Peter through a careful verse by verse study of the RSV and through reference to the other English Versions and to the Greek NT. Practice exegesis, exposition and interpretation of passages. Apply to the present day situations the teachings on suffering and false teachers. LEVITICUS, NUMBERS, DEUTERONOMY: This is the final par of a 3 part course, including Genesis and Exodus to help gain an overall knowledge of the Pentateuch. MAJOR WORLD RELIGIONS: Be familiar with the sociological implication of religion as a universal phenomena; through a working knowledge of Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, and Zoroastrianism to develop a sympathetic understanding and appreciation for the religious and their adherents; and through these personal interaction with Hindus and Muslims to understand the role of religion in the lives of the vast majority of the Indian population. MAN AND THE FUTURE: Study the book of Daniel and Revelation; consider the techniques, characteristics and faith of Jewish and Christian apocalyptic; relate Jesus to the Jewish apocalyptic movement; evaluate the relevance of apocalyptic today; understand the essentials of astrology and have a right attitude. PARTNERSHIP FOR MISSION: The Biblical mandate for Christian mission is to work in partnership with God and with one another. This leads to a better stewardship of the resources God has given us and towards more effective mission as we work in partnership. POVERTY AND DEVELOPMENT: Know basic statistics of poverty in India; examine personal attitudes towards poverty and development; get to know a group of poor people through regular visits to a slum; apply criteria for development to a number of situations; as a group, make another group aware of the TAFTEE BTS Prospectus 22
dimensions of poverty and injustice and of efforts to bring change. PROPHETS: Have a basic knowledge of the phenomenon of prophecy. Be familiar with the main features of each prophetic book of the Old Testament. PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH: Focuses on transforming churches to become healthy, lively and active witnesses to God’s kingdom by considering the purpose of the church in terms of witness, service, worship, discipleship and fellowship. ROMANS: States the main theme of the Letter to the Romans and relates it to Christian life style today; Explains its doctrines in detail and substantiates them from the text; helps in applying the results of a study of the Letter to the Romans to particular situations in the Church. SALT IN THE MARKETPLACE: A study of the place of Christian professionals in their secular jobs, the Biblical teaching on careers, goals, time-management and planning. Aimed to help them to be better professionals and witnesses in their work place. SIMPLY COMMUNICATE: Helps to understand the basic principles of communication; evaluates the effectiveness of the Church communication in the light of those principles; helps to familiar with a number of media; to develop skills for communicating through media of one’s own choice. STEWARDS FOR GOD: Relates principles of stewardship to NT teaching concerning God’s people; assesses one’s own Church’s position in relation to stewardship, lists principles regarding abilities, time, work, the material world etc., and relates them to life situations; discusses principle involved in tithing, giving and responsible Church leadership. SYNOPTIC GOSPELS AND ACTS: Helps you to know the context and theology of Matthew, Mark, Luke and Acts. Be introduced to biblical criticism and learn how to interpret passages of scripture for today. TUTORING THE CERTIFICATE-LEVEL PROGRAMME: Become capable tutors and group leaders; develop pastoral skills in dealing with group members; be familiar with the C.L.P materials and procedures. UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE TODAY: Use six Guidelines for proper interpretation of the Bible. Take 12 practical steps to bring out the meaning of a passage of Scripture for today, use Concordance, Dictionary and Commentary in Bible study; as final exam exegete one passage. UNDERSTANDING THE INDIAN RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL CONTEXT Focuses on the nature of Indian society in terms of religious and cultural diversity. Explores the socio-political and the theological implications of pluralism for the practice of Christian mission and ministry. The Course expects the student to make a study of beliefs and practices of people from another faith situated in or near his/her context of mission or ministry. Data for such a study will be gained from the people themselves. WORSHIP AND PSALMS: Recognize and analyze the main type of Psalms of all type; evaluate and plan order of service for worships; choose Psalms, Canticles and hymns for special services; write one’s own Psalms. WRITINGS OF JOHN: Study the Fourth Gospel, the book of Revelation and three epistles of John. Gives information on introduction, contents, purpose, historical background and themes dealt with in John’s writings and emphasizes the application of this for today. Gives knowledge on the contents of the book of Revelation, its structure by considering the book as a whole and not studying the book in single parts.
Over the next few years, TAFTEE plans to offer many new courses in the BTS programme to allow students to focus either on ministry or various forms of Christian mission. In collaboration with various partners, TAFTEE plans to make the programme suitable for the specific training needs of the churches and missions.
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OTHER TAFTEE PROGRAMMES
In addition to applying for this BTS programme, you might like to think of making use of other TAFTEE programmes to equip the Christians in your Church. TAFTEE can offer a well-structured training programme to suit the needs of your congregation. Our Certificate Level Programme is offered in 9 different Indian Languages. A. Certificate Level Programme 1. Following Jesus: A Course in Discipleship and Ministry based on the Life of Jesus Christ This course forms the basis of TAFTEE’s present ministry and is by far the most significant programme that TAFTEE offers in terms of leadership and discipleship training. By a systematic study of the Gospel of Matthew, a student is introduced to the major teachings of Christian faith and is also taught such practical skills as evangelism, Bible study and leading prayer meetings. This programme is designed to help Christians grow in faith and to understand what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in a day-to-day life. It will also help them to acquire skills in personal and group Bible Study enabling them to grow in their devotional life and Christian character. Through this course one not only learns biblical truths but also understands what it means to be a servant of Jesus. This course is available in English, Hindi, Marathi, Oriya, Gujarathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. 2. Other Certificate Level Courses TAFTEE also offers the following Certificate Level courses: ‘Working together for Health’: A 10 Week Community Health Course ‘Discover Christian Family Life Together’: A Course on the Biblical basis of Christian family and its practical application ‘See Through The Scriptures’: A survey Course of the message of the whole Bible B. MDiv Programme From July 2004, TAFTEE has introduced an MDiv programme to meet the needs of those who have completed a first theological degree (BTS or BTh) and wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge with a further general theological degree. This programme is designed as an upgrade programme for those who are actively involved in Christian ministry and mission. This programme combines the strengths of TAFTEE’s BTS programme with the strengths of the MTh programme to offer an integrated theological degree. C. Postgraduate Level Programme The Master’s programme has four basic strands of specialization: Pastoral Theology, Linguistic and Cross Cultural Studies, Missiology and Theology and Development. These subjects are combined for further opportunities for students to make choices in their studies in accordance with their ministerial need and interests. 1. MTh in Pastoral Theology The MTh specializing in Pastoral Theology is especially suited for those involved in church-based Christian ministry. A student is able to focus his/her studies on issues of importance for Christian ministry in India today. In addition to the core subjects, a student will consider the organizational aspects of church ministry and issues of personal and social psychology. He/she will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of guided options related to his/her own ministry. The Degree is structured to meet the needs of those with a basic formal theological education (BTS/BTh/BD) who wish to improve their skills and enhance their effectiveness and competency in Christian ministry. The programme offers an integrated theological perspective focusing on the implications of the message of the Bible for the Mission and Ministry in India in the 21st Century. Biblical Hermeneutics and Social Analysis provide the basic unifying perspectives of study for TAFTEE’s MTh programme. Using a series of well-written Course Books, regular Residential Schools and Area Tutorials, the MTh programme seeks to enrich both the ministry and personal growth of the student. The courses have been especially written for the Indian context, using experts from the different fields of study. TAFTEE's MTh programme offers an innovative approach to advanced studies in Christian Ministry and Mission.
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2. MPhil/PhD Many involved in theological teaching and ministry wish to improve their academic qualifications. However, the cost of postgraduate research degrees, both to the institution and the individual, can make it impossible to achieve this desire. In addition, the difficulties involved in uprooting family and moving overseas may prove to be too great, especially for those with school-age children. With such people in mind, TAFTEE has entered into collaboration with the Oxford Center for Mission Studies (OCMS) in Britain who offer postgraduate research programmes (M.Phil/PhD) validated by the University of Wales (UK). D. Continuing Education 1. Pastors Book Club: The Evangelical Literature Trust (ELT) makes available free theological books for pastors in India through TAFTEE. The membership of this Book Club is open to theologically trained pastors who have a good grasp of the English language. Theologically trained lay people in full time Christian Ministry would also be considered for membership. All members are sent by post, two copies each from the consignment received from ELT for that year’s distribution. 2. Leadership Seminars TAFTEE regularly organizes leadership seminars for Pastors and other Christian leaders. Examples include: Ministry in the 21st Century – by Rev Dr John Stott See Through The Scriptures – by Rev Dr Harry Wendt (in English, Tamil and Marathi) Purpose Driven Church Seminars – by Rev Chris Nelson (in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Nagercoil and Delhi) E. North India Leadership Development Project
Training leadership at different levels is an urgent priority for the church’s mission of reaching the unreached in North India. In accordance with its mission statement TAFTEE believes that God is calling it to respond to the leadership training needs of the Church in North India by means of a systematic leadership development initiative and so to build up the body of Christ to fulfill the great commission of Jesus to go and make disciples of all nations. By adapting TAFTEE’s present programs and by networking with Churches and missions in North India, the plan is to train and equip the people of God in North India by equipping regional leaders, local supervisors, lay-leaders, evangelists, Suwarthiks, other Christian workers and local believers who are involved directly in the kingdom ministry in North India. The programme seeks to train trainers in order to multiply leadership. Through carefully designed materials available in different languages, the trainers are trained to train others. As Paul said in II Tim.2:2 “the things which you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others”. All the well-established denominations in North India, many Pentecostal movements, and many major fellowship groups have adopted TAFTEE materials to help and assist the local Churches for developing leadership. Many mission agencies, including the Indian Evangelical Mission (IEM), Friends Missionary Prayer Band (FMPB) and Gospel Echoing Missionary Society (GEMS), are making use TAFTEE programs as part of the ongoing training of missionaries and leaders of newly formed Churches. The North India Leadership Development Project depends on the ability to collaborate with different churches and missions to be able to deliver training in the local context. TAFTEE seeks to work with churches and missions of all denominations who are concerned to train and equip people for mission, ministry and witness at the local level. It is expected that local believers of churches whose leaders are trained through this programme will grow in Christian maturity and in their ability to share Jesus with their local neighbours and family. They will be able to give a reason for the hope that they have in Jesus and will show maturity in their lives. This in turn will lead to increase in numbers and the growth of the church. It is expected that evangelists, catechists, Bible women, Suwarthiks and other Christian workers at the local level trained through this programme will grow in Christian maturity. They will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the Life of Jesus and the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. They will learn basic skills of personal and group Bible Study, evangelism, leading worship and corporate prayer. It is expected that what they have learned will also be shared with others and that they will become facilitators of growth in the lives of other believers. They will demonstrate practical ministry and mentoring skills more than showing a mastery of content. They will equip, enable and empower TAFTEE BTS Prospectus 25
believers, especially new believers, to witness to Christ and win others for Christ. They will be join believers in outreach ministries and encourage healthy and growing Churches in their local situations. It is expected that local supervisors in mission and churches will grow in their knowledge of the Bible and will develop skills specific to the ministry in which they are involved. They will develop pastoral skills in overseeing the training of grass-root leaders and will develop their skills in leading house groups and in understanding principles of evangelism. It is expected that Regional leaders will make use of the resources of TAFTEE to develop their skills in understanding mission and ministry in their own context. They will be expected to reflect critically and constructively on their practice of mission and ministry with a view to improving mission practice. F. Urban Leadership Training Programme With rapid urbanization throughout India, many migrant workers are settling in poor slum areas of the major cities. In all these cities, God is raising up new churches by means of gifted believers who have come to knowledge of Jesus Christ. The leaders of many of these new churches are themselves new believers without a thorough knowledge of the Word of God and without the tools necessary to disciple other believers. Hundreds of these leaders need training now to mentor and train believers in Christian life and witness. One of the needs God has placed before our ministry is to train pastors of independent churches, house churches and community churches in Indian cities for effective Christian life and ministry. Over the past decade, TAFTEE has had a growing awareness of the need to train pastors and leaders of urban poor churches and has held several seminars with leaders of such pastors. Though TAFTEE is well accepted among major denominational churches, God has placed on our hearts a burden for providing ministry training to the pastors of independent and community churches in the Indian cities, which are often without connection or access to organized training programs. These are pastors whose congregation members are drawn from daily wage earners such as rickshaw pullers, factory workers, builder and others who are on or below the poverty line. We increasingly recognize there are many unique ministry challenges for urban pastors and for this reason we feel it is necessary to specifically design or re-design some course materials for them. We are developing theological education materials focused on the urban Indian churches with emphasis on wholistic and evangelistic ministry skills by means of extension study and supervised ministry. We are redesigning study materials based on our Certificate Level Course material for particular relevance to urban churches and believers with emphasis on practical ministry training, arrange seminars with Pastors and pastoral ministry mentors (to introduce them to the materials and train facilitators), network with churches and missions working in cities, by means of a Dean and field staff. TAFTEE has begun this project with pilot/test groups in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Madras (Chennai). Following this, the programme will be reviewed and will also be offered in Bombay (Mumbai), Calcutta (Kolkata) and Delhi. The third phase of the project will be to make it available to those working in other cities. In accordance with TAFTEE’s overall mission, the vision of this project is to work with churches and organizations to train pastors and other leaders of urban community churches.
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