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Diploma in Peace and Christian Studies

Mission Statement

“To contribute towards peace building in the church and society through imparting basic skills on peace building, and to equip lay church leaders through Christian studies for effective ministry in the churches.”

Duration: 2 years (4 semesters)

Eligibility: Class 8 passed with 2 years or above Ministry experience

Importance of the Program:

The number of theologically trained leadership is rising even in churches in the North East India. However, there are still many local churches that do not have trained leaders thus, depending on lay church leaders (without theological training). Even in the churches where there are trained pastors, many lay people serve dedicatedly alongside their trained pastors. There is a need, therefore, to provide an avenue for the lay church leaders to acquire basic Biblical and theological knowledge without joining regular theological institutions. Whether trained or not, church leaders are expected to be peace builders both in the church and in the society. Therefore, it is very important for church leaders to know the basic concepts of peace building for effective ministry.

About the Program:

The program introduces the basic concepts and skills of peace building, and orients lay church leaders with the basic theological concepts and ministry skills for effective ministry in the churches.

The program consists of 12 subjects out of which 4 subjects are on Peacebuilding while 8 subjects are on Christian Studies.

Tentative Course Outlines for Diploma in Peace and Christian Studies

1. INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT
(4 Credits)
Objectives:
To help learners understand the history, culture, and faith tradition of the people of God/Israelites.
To enable learners to understand the writing, genre, compilation, and canonization of the Old Testament.
To help learners know the significance of the Old Testament for the understanding of Christian faith and tradition.
To help learners read and understand each book of the Old Testament in its original historical and cultural context and then bring relevant message for today.
To enable learners understand the concept of peace in the Old Testament.
Course Outline
Unit I – Survey of the History of Israel
Unit II – Formation of the Old Testament
Unit III – Division of the Old Testament
Unit IV – Critical Reading of the Old Testament
Unit V – Concept of Peace in the Old Testament
Unit VI – Significance of the Old Testament for Christians
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2. INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
(4 Credits)
Objectives:
To help learners understand the history and faith tradition of the Christians during the New Testament period.
To enable learners to understand the writing, genre, compilation, and canonization of the New Testament.
To help learners read and understand each book of the New Testament in its original historical and cultural context and then bring relevant message for today.
To help learners know the significance of the New Testament for the understanding of Christian faith and tradition.
To enable learners understand the concept of peace in the New Testament.
Subject Contents
Unit I – Historical Background of the New Testament
Unit II – Formation of the New Testament
Unit III – The New Testament Books
Unit IV - Critical Reading of the New Testament
Unit V – Concept of Peace in the New Testament
Unit VI – Significance of the New Testament for Christians
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3.  INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY
Objectives:
To orient students with the basic themes of systematic theology of the Church
To help students understand the major doctrines of the Church
To enable learners understand the historical contexts of the formulation of contextual theologies
To enable learners understand the significance of contextual theologies today.
To create ecumenism among Christians through proper understanding of the common doctrines of the Church
Subject Contents
Unit I – Understanding Theology
Unit II – Doctrine of Trinity
Unit III – Doctrines of Human, Sin, Grace
Unit IV – Sacraments of the Church
Unit V – Eschatology
Unit VI – Contextual Theologies
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4. INTRODUCTION TO HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY
Objectives:
To enable learners to have a comprehensive knowledge about the history of Christianity.
To help learners to relate the regional history of Christianity with the history of the church worldwide.
To enable learners to understand the development of Christianity from various socio-cultural and political contexts.
To help learners understand the contribution of Christianity towards the uplift of society around the world.
To provide a foundation to understand theological doctrines and ministries of the Church.
Subject Contents
Unit I – General Introduction to History
Unit II – The Early Church
Unit III – Christianity during the Middle Ages
Unit IV – Christianity during the Reformation Period
Unit V – Major Issues in Christianity from the 17th-19th Centuries
Unit VI – Major Issues in Christianity since the 20th Century
Unit VII – History of Christianity in India
Unit IX – Christian Involvements in Peacebuilding
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5.  INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
Objectives:
To enable the learners to understand the personality and roles of a Christian minister
To help the learners acquire comprehensive knowledge of Christian ministries
To help the learners understand the significance and art of pastoral care and counseling
To enable the learners to understand diverse challenges of Christian ministries
To equip the learners to effectively handle various issues in their Christian ministries
Subject Contents
Unit I – Understanding Christian Ministry
Unit II – Natures of Christian Ministry
Unit III – Christian Education
Unit IV – Pastoral Care and Counselling
Unit V – Emancipation of the Oppressed People as Christian Ministry
Unit VI – Involvement in Justice and Peace as Christian Ministry
Unit VII – Environmental Care as Christian Ministry
Unit VIII – Philantrophic Mission as Christian Ministry
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6.  WORSHIP AND PREACHING
Objectives:
To introduce the learners to the origin and development of Christian worship
To help the learners to understand the significance of worship and preaching in the life of the church
To orient the learners on the various forms of worship and preaching in the churches
To impart the skills of organizing worship for various occasions
To enable the learners to preach the Bible relevantly and contextually
Subject Contents
Unit I – Biblical Foundation of Christian Worship: Biblical and
Unit II – Theological foundations of Christian Worship
Unit III – Elements of Worship and Forms of Prayer
Unit IV – Forms of Worship/Liturgy in the Christian Traditions
Unit V – The Christian Year/Calendar
Unit VI – Biblical Foundation of Preaching
Unit VII – Theological Foundation of Preaching
Unit VIII – Basics of Biblical Hermeneutics
Unit IX – Preparation and Delivery of Sermon
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7.  CHURCH ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
Objectives:
To help the learners to understand various models and principles of church organization.
To help the learners to understand various models and principles of church administration.
To encourage the learners to understand their administrative responsibilities as part of their pastoral ministry.
To enable the church leaders to understand their church polity and their administrative responsibilities for effective ministry.
To equip the learners to critically evaluate the polity and administrative practices of the church so as to bring changes wherever necessary.
Subject Contents
Unit I – Understanding the Concepts
Unit II – Biblical-Theological Foundations for Church Polity
Unit III – Models of Church Polity/Organization
Unit IV – The Organizational Structure of the Local Church
Unit V – Aspects of Church Leadership
Unit VI – Office Administration
Unit VII – Personal Management
Unit VIII – Property Management
Unit IX – Legal Matters in Pastoral Administration
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8.  COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND ACCOUNTANCY
Objectives:
To help the learners understand importance of communication in Christian ministry
To enable the learners use communication skills in the Christian ministry
To help the learners use various communication media in Christian ministry
To equip the learners the art of accountancy in Christian ministry
Subject Contents
Unit I – Understanding Communication
Unit II – Biblical Models of Communication
Unit III – Use of Mass Media in Christian Ministry
Unit IV – Importance of Communication in Christian Ministry
Unit V – Challenges of Communication Technologies to Christian Ministry
Unit VI – Understanding Accountancy
Unit VII – Biblical Basis of Accountancy
Unit VIII – Basics of Accountancy and Management of Resources
Unit IX – Significance of Accountancy in Christian Ministry
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9.  INTRODUCTION TO PEACE AND CONFLICT STUDIES
Objectives:
To help the learners understand the concepts of peace and conflicts
To introduce the history of peace and conflict studies
To equip the learner to critically analyse the various conflicts in the society
To impart the mediating skills for peaceful handling of conflicts
To motivate the learner to actively involve in peacebuilding
To create peaceful atmosphere in the society through this studies
Subject Contents
Unit I – History of Peace and Conflict Studies
Unit II – Definition and Theories of Peace
Unit III – Definition and Theories of Conflict
Unit IV – Conflict Analysis
Unit V – Methods of Conflict Resolution
Unit VI – Challenges of Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
Unit VII - Further Recommendations for Peacebuilding
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10.  PEACEBUILDING IN MULTI-RELIGIOUS SOCIETY
Objectives:
To orient students with the basic themes of systematic theology of the Church
To help students understand the major doctrines of the Church
To enable learners understand the historical contexts of the formulation of contextual theologies
To enable learners understand the significance of contextual theologies today.
To create ecumenism among Christians through proper understanding of the common doctrines of the Church
Subject Contents
Unit I – Understanding Religion and Peace
Unit II – Concept of Peace in Hinduism
Unit III – Concept of Peace in Buddhism
Unit IV – Concept of Peace in Christianity
Unit V – Concept of Peace in Islam
Unit VI – Conflicts in Multi-Religious Society
Unit VII – Involvement of Religious Communities in Peacemaking in NEI
Unit VIII – Proposed Steps for Peacebuilding
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11. CHALLENGES OF PEACEBUILDING IN NORTH EAST INDIA
Objectives:
To introduce North East India to the learner
To enable the learners understand the people’s movements in NEI
To help the learners to analyse the conflict scenario of NEI
To highlight the approaches of peacebuilding in NEI
To help the learners identify viable means of peacebuilding in NEI
To provoke the learners to involve in peacebuilding
Subject Contents
Unit I – An Introduction to North East India
Unit II – Christianity in North East India
Unit III – Survey of People’s Movements in NEI
Unit IV – Analysis of Conflict Situation in North East India
Unit V – Peace Efforts in North East India
Unit VI – Case Studies of Peacebuilding in NEI
Unit VII – Further Recommendations for Peacebuilding
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12.  NON-VIOLENT APPROACH TO CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Objectives:
To help the learners understand the significance of non-violent approach to conflict resolution
To orient the learners about non-violent approaches to conflict resolution with concrete examples
To enable the learners to creatively involve in non-violent approach to resolve conflicts
To motivate the learners to involve in peacebuilding in the society
Subject Contents
Unit I – Understanding the Concepts
Unit II –Concept of Non-Violence in Non-Christian Religions
Unit III – Concept of Non-Violence in Christianity
Unit IV – Mahatma Gandhi’s Non-Violent Approach to Conflict Resolution
Unit V – Martin Luther King Jr’s Non-Violence Approach to Conflict Resolution
Unit VI – Nelson Mandela’s Non-Violent Approach to Conflict Resolution
Unit VII – Understanding Conflict Situation in NEI
Unit VIII –Application of Non-Violent Approach to Conflict Resolution in NEI
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Mission Statement

To contribute to the sustainable development of Meghalaya and Northeast India, while upholding and conserving its bio-cultural heritage, by providing knowledge and skills that will enable our students to become global citizens and by recognizing the Christian legacy of the University and its commitment to Christian institutions and the Christian community.

Our Pledge

We the incoming/outgoing students of the Martin Luther Christian University vow to always uphold the principles of Honesty, Sustainability, Tolerance and Respect, Quality, Perseverance, Humility, Teamwork, Leadership, Accountability and Recognition as upheld to us in the University. This pledge we make freely, fully understanding that these values will make us good humans and role models.

Contact Details

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Nongrah, Shillong 793006
Meghalaya
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