Diploma of Divinity

YTI’s Diploma of Divinity program provides students a solid introduction to essential areas of biblical knowledge, theological understanding, and skills for the Christian life and ministry.

Students complete 18 credit hours (9 classes), in addition to a mentored ministry component, to fulfill the requirements of the Diploma. Mentored ministry assignments will be provided in the syllabus of each course. This program is designed for those who may have little or no formal background in theological education who want to broaden their understanding of the Christian faith and be better equipped to serve in the local church. All Diploma courses are also part of the core for YTI’s Master of Arts program. However, courses taken for the Diploma, while including the same classroom component as classes taken for the M.A.A.T., will have a lesser amount of coursework as determined by the professor.

*NOTE: All programs subject to change.

COURSES FOR DIPLOMA IN MINISTRY

9 Classes + Mentored Ministry [18 credit hours]

Biblical Studies

BIB 200

Hermeneutics: The Craft of Biblical & Theo-Cultural Interpretation

Hermeneutics examines the process of interpretation. The student will learn to understand and appreciate the Biblical text and all of its various literary genres, as well as the historic approaches to interpreting the text. The course will also discuss various means by which to understand theological trends and the interpretations of cultures.

(2 credits)

BIB 201

Old Testament: Torah and the Histories

The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the Torah and the histories (Genesis-2 Kings), focusing on theology and interpretation to show how Scripture unfolds as one magnificent drama that situates us in relationship to God and his world.

(2 credits)

BIB 202

Old Testament: Prophets and Poetry

The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (1 Chronicles-Malachi), focusing on theology and interpretation to show how these scriptures inform the grand narrative of God.

(2 credits)

BIB 203

New Testament: The Gospels

The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels.

(2 credits)

BIB 204

New Testament: From Acts to Revelation

The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on the early church’s understanding of Jesus, how to be the ‘body of Christ’, and the consummation of time in the Book of Revelation. Application is made to the church today.

(2 credits)

Theology

THEO 201

Transformation

Transformation is the root of Christian theology. This course enables the Christian student to understand the exchange of God’s grace and humankind’s faith in a transformative process that results in a life-long conversation with God (prayer) and a human life marked by a transformed approach to living (ethics), identified by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the active interior presence of the Holy Spirit.

(2 credits)

THEO 202

Doctrines: Basic Christian Beliefs

A set of cognitive affirmations result from the Christian transformation process. As human persons ‘live in Jesus’, they acquire certain perspectives on God that informs how they think and live. These perspectives are called ‘beliefs’ and are taught to others as ‘doctrines’. In this course, the student will become familiar with general doctrinal categories, particular doctrines, and historical approaches to the understanding of these teachings.

(2 credits)

THEO 203

Church: A Theology for the Mission of God

Ecclesia – “the called out ones” is the outworking of Christian faith in the life of the individual believer and, more importantly, in the church in particular. In this course, the student moves from a focus on the changed life to changing lives. The course explores the nature of the church as the body of Christ, community life in the Spirit, and the nature of movement, or better, mission, as the vocation of the church. The student finds out that the church is a ‘movement’ empowered and guided by the love of God.

(2 credits)

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MIN 200

Basic Church Care: Counsel & Conflict

MIN 200 covers basic approaches to pastoral care, as well as limited approaches to counseling and an approach to identifying and dealing with church conflict. The student will learn to appreciate the function of pastoral care as an aspect of leadership in the local church.

(2 credits)

WCT 201

Apologetics: Living Christ in a Pluralist World

What does it mean to live and promote the ‘good news’ of Jesus in a pluralist world? This course covers the practice of following and witnessing to Christ in a world of competing religions and worldviews. The course gives an overview of select world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), secularism, scientism and consumerism, with a selection of Christian engagements.

(2 credits)