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 Applied Theology program. However, courses taken for the Diploma, while including the same classroom component as classes taken for the M.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

7 Classes [14 credit hours]

Biblical Studies

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)

Communication

COM 202

Introduction to Pastoral Care, Counseling and Conflict

Introduction to Christian Counseling is one aspect of pastoral ministry, including self-evaluation, exploration of human spiritual/emotional frailty, practice of basic techniques, and understanding movement toward both personal and familial wholeness.

(2 credits)

Theology

THEO 201

Thinking Theologically

Many Christians today have learned to think “biblically” but don’t understand how to think “theologically,” or even why such thinking is important. THEO 201 explains the why and how of thinking theologically, in addition to covering the basic teachings of the Christian faith

(2 credits)

THEO 202

Ecclesia: Church and the Mission of God

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)