Diploma of Christian Theology

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Earn Your Diploma of Christian Theology with YTI—Start Where You Are, Go Where You Dream

The YTI Diploma of Christian Theology program delivers a basic, yet thorough, foundation for ministry. The Diploma serves as a comprehensive introduction to the essential areas of biblical knowledge, theological understanding, and hands-on experience in Christian life and leadership. Students from any educational background can thrive in the Diploma of Christian Theology program. YTI invites applicants to grow and deepen their faith through intensive classes, community involvement, and mentorship in ministry. We equip students to serve in their local churches, to take their faith into the world of business, and to share agape love in the far reaches of the globe. Ultimately, this is a preparation of mind, heart, and soul to serve – the development of one’s spiritual life through education and hands-on, practical training.

Change the world through mindfulness, truth, and love. Begin with a Diploma of Christian Theology program and see where God takes you.

Completion of 16 credit hours is required for graduation. View course descriptions below.

Diploma of Christian Theology Courses

8 Classes [16 credit hours]

Biblical Studies

BIB 101

The Biblical Narrative

This course presents an overview of the biblical narrative from Genesis to Revelation, enabling the student to understand the greater connections between the Old Testament and the New Testament and their meaning for the contemporary church. The four unite of the course consist of: Creation and Salvation History, Israel’s Narrative, Jesus, and The Church and the Completion of All Things. (2 credits)



MIN 101

Ministry 101

This course presents an overview of the nature and tasks of ministry. its four units consist of: The Call of the Minister, The Tasks of the Minister, The Nature of Discipleship, Personal Spiritual Formation. (2 credits)


Theological Studies

THEO 201

Basic Christian Doctrine

This course presents the fundamental belief grid that Christians have affirmed since the fourth century which shapes the meaning and ministry of the Christian today. The four units of the course consist of: History of the Creed; Creation, Humankind, and Sin; Christ, Atonement, and Salvation; Spirit, Church, and the Future. (2 credits)


THEO 202

Thinking Theologically

This course enables the student to “think theologically” about the issues that confront the minister by placing her or his theological and biblical knowledge in dialogue with contemporary cultural issues. The four units of the course consist of: The Anxiety of Modern Culture; Theological Method Overview; Defining the Problems; Finding the Answers. (2 credits)



Four courses chosen from Master of Arts in Theological Studies courses, which are offered on a rotating basis. Examples include:

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)


COM 201

Preaching to Context: From Text to Hearer

This course studies preaching from sermon construction to the delivery of the message, with special attention given to preaching context, verbal delivery, and the variety of preaching styles. (2 credits)


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)


LED 201

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Entrepreneurial Leadership explores what it means to be a Christian leader in a postmodern, post-denominational culture. The class explores the latest in contemporary leadership theory with a focus on creative or ‘entrepreneurial’ leadership. The class applies these leadership principles in conversation with biblical and theological resources in order to explore the student’s vocation, as well as enhance the mission of the contemporary ekklesia. (2 credits)


SPR 200

Spiritual Practices

Study of the spiritual practices regards the manner in which ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual lives, as well as how they can help others in identifying and managing the spiritual issues in their lives. The spiritual disciplines focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality. (2 credits)


THEO 203

The 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)


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)


*NOTE: All programs subject to change.

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