Master of Arts in Missiology

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The MA in Missiology has been designed to assist pastors and other ministry workers in developing expertise in the area of Missiology. With the challenges brought about by local and global changes and transformations on the continent, mission now requires specialized training. The programme offers two majors, namely Islamic Ministry and African Traditional Religion.

PhilosophyMission in African is constantly challenged by the pervading presences of non-Christian religions. Two of such religions are the indigenous Religion of the people and the Islam. Effective ministry to these non-Christian religions does not only require a solid theological foundation grounded in unchanging biblical doctrines but also competencies in missiological thinking and strategy needed to drive the mission of the Church in the 21st century. Therefore, this programme prepares students to understand the worldview of the chosen non-Christina religion, formulate and apply biblically sound approaches to ministry and mission and uphold the foundation of a commitment to the traditional biblical Christianity.Specialisations

 


 Islamic Ministry Major
Islam is a major religion on the continent of Africa, and Christian mission strategy needs to take into account the presence of such a major religion. The Islamic Ministry major is intended to develop experts in interfaith dialogue with Muslim neighbors. Effective ministry is based on knowledge, understanding, good communication skills and wholesome respect. By understanding the beliefs and values of Islam, Christian ministry practitioners will be equipped with appropriate knowledge, attitudes, and skills in reaching out to Muslims. Age-old prejudices that have created barriers between Christians and Muslims need to be addressed through knowledge, respect, skillfully contextualized communication, and love.


 African Traditional Religion
The African Traditional Religion (ATR) forms a deeply embedded faith system that is based on African worldview. While many Africans have embraced Christianity, they struggle with certain fundamental assumptions, which are part of ATR, which has not been adequately examined and addressed. The result is a challenge to the mission of Christian Churches. The ATR major is designed to prepare pastors, religion teachers and other Christian leaders for a more effective communication of the gospel to the peoples of Africa. This effective ministry is based on clear knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and values of ATR. Christian ministry and mission strategists will be armed with appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes to enable them to reach deeper into the religious experience of their adherents.The benefits you will obtain from taking the degree:

  1. Possess knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes that promote respect and dialogue with people from these two religious backgrounds.
  2. Develop attitudes of respect, acceptance, and appreciation for these peoples.
  3. Obtain positive communication skills to reach across the religious/cultural divide.
  4. Identify sources of dual allegiance among African Christians and respond with appropriate spiritual nurturing strategies that address root causes.
  5. Contribute to research in the area of Muslim-Christians relations as well as ATR-Christian relations so as to provide the church with relevant materials that can be used for Christian witness and the on-going discipling of believers.

 

Why Join MA in Missiology?

There are any reasons to join the program. Some of them are:

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the University for admission into Master’s programmes, Master of Missiology applicants must:

Curriculum

The MA in Missiology programme combines traditional and innovative methodologies.
Most of the required work is done during the nine-week session each year. Students will continue in their employment during the year, since no classes will be offered.Students will attend to two kinds of work between sessions:
a. Reading of Core Reading Materials for the Courses for the following yearly session
b. Research and writing of the Missiology Project A regular student in the MA in Missiology programme takes a maximum of nine-semester credits in one 9-week intensive session per year. Each semester credit requires, on average, a minimum of two hours of individual study, research, and/or field work for every hour spent in the classroom. Thus, the 9-week intensive requires a minimum time investment of 450 hours, that result in a grand total minimum (in four years) of 1,800 hours.Master of Arts in Missiology has two specialization areas:

  1. MA Missiology Islamic Studies
  2. MA Missiology African Traditional Religions

The distribution of courses and credits hours are shown below;

Common University Courses

15

Core Courses

21

Specialization Courses
Islamic Studies
African Trad. Religions 

2415

Total

 

Common University CoursesResearch Courses (3)

Biblical Foundations Courses (6)

Core CoursesMission Foundation Courses (21 credits)

Specialized Courses by Area of StudyMissiology degree: Islamic Studies major
The Missiology degree (Islamic Studies major) consists of 36 credits plus a project of 6 credits (total of 42 credits). These courses are clustered in groups that are intended to fulfill specific curriculum objectives. The clusters contribute to the creation of a balanced program in terms of developing the student’s reservoir of knowledge and skills. Following are the courses grouped in the said clusters.Language Tools Courses (Optional)

Islamic Studies--Elective Courses (12 credits)

Missiology degree: African Traditional Religion major
The Missiology degree (African Traditional Religion major) consists of 36 credits plus a project of 6 credits (total 42 credits). These courses are clustered in groups that are intended to fulfill specific curriculum objectives. The clusters contribute to the creation of a balanced program in terms of developing the student’s reservoir of knowledge and skills. Following are the courses grouped in the said clusters.African Traditional Religion--Elective Courses (12 credits)

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, a student is required to:

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