Course - New Courses
Diploma in Peace and Christian Studies

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.

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Mission Statement

To contribute to the sustainable development of Meghalaya and Northeast India, by providing knowledge, skills and values that will enable our students to become global citizens while upholding gender, ethnic and religious equity for all, conserving its bio-cultural heritage, and  by recognizing its Christian legacy and commitment .

Student's 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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Meghalaya
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