Diploma of Christian Theology

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Foundations for Ministry and Spirituality

The YTI Diploma of Christian Theology delivers a basic, yet thorough, foundation for ministry. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the essential areas of biblical knowledge and theological understanding, along with the opportunity to delve deeper into one of nine areas of focus.

Students from any educational background can thrive in YTI’s Diploma 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.

Diploma Requirements

10 Classes [30 credit hours]

Diploma Core

Required for all Diploma programs

BIB 530

Interpretation: Biblical, Theological, and Cultural Details

In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical, theological, and cultural interpretation. This course is basic for the Master of Arts degree. (Credits: 3)

BIB 536

The Biblical Narrative* Details

The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unique document. BIB 536 gives an overview of the essential narratives of the scriptures, with special attention to the cultural contexts and theological function of those narratives. (Credits: 3)

* Required for all Diploma programs except Biblical Studies.

THEO 531

Introduction to Theology: History, Heresy, and Creed Details

Introduction to Theology is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century to the present day. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, Orthodoxy, the Reformation, Modern theology, Evangelicalism, and the Postmodern turn. The course is designed to give the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims. (Credits: 3)

Diploma Programs

Diploma of Christian Theology

THEO 532

Christian Doctrines Details

Since the founding of the church, its members have sought to articulate its beliefs in light of the Graeco-Roman context of the day. THEO 532 examines the earliest articulation of the Christian belief and its evolution to the present day: from creed to system. (Credits: 3)

THEO 534

Theological Reflection Details

Theological reflection, put simply, is “to envision and enact personal, and corporate life out of a God-formed worldview.” The course covers the theory and methodology necessary to envision and enact life out of a God-formed, or Christian worldview. Theological reflection has become lost in a postmodern culture where ‘theology’ is left to Sunday mornings. The course is dedicated to recovering a “God-formed” worldview, as well as its nurturing and application in a postmodern culture. (Credits: 3)

THEO 535

The People of God: Sacramental, Pastoral, and Missional Details

The church today is suffering a case of mistaken identity. Many Christian believers are unsure of what the church is, why it exists, and what its actual mission is. THEO 535, covers in detail the genesis, nature, and function of the church as the “Body of Christ.” (Credits: 3)

THEO 537

The Holy Spirit Details

THEO 537 discusses the various manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian, the church, and world. The course discusses the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament; reception of the Spirit at conversion; the ‘infilling’ of the Spirit; and the work of the Spirit in personal sanctification, in missional empowerment, in the witness and mission of the church, and in testimony to the world. Also listed as HSR 533. (Credits: 3)

WCT 537

Imagination and Theology Details

The “imagination” and its relationship to theology is a burgeoning area of study today. WCT 537 discusses the relationship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction. (Credits: 3)

Electives (select 2) Details

Students in the Diploma of Christian Theology will select 2 electives from BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV, and ARTS courses. (Credits: 6)

Diploma of Biblical Studies

BIB 531

Old Testament 1: The Torah & Histories Details

The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile and return of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the fundamental texts of the Hebrew faith, called the “Torah” and the “Histories.” The Torah consists of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The Histories cover Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah. The course focuses on the narrative and theology of the Torah and Histories in the quest to understand Judeo-Christian origins, holiness, obedience, and disobedience. (Credits: 3)

BIB 532

Old Testament 2: The Prophets & Poetry Details

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 (Isaiah-Malachi, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Five Scrolls), focusing on the theology and interpretation of these texts over time. (Credits: 3)

BIB 534

New Testament 1: From the Gospels to the Early Church Details

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, as well as the birth of the church in Acts. (Credits: 3)

BIB 535

New Testament 2: Romans to Revelation Details

Following the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus, the earliest expressions of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church are articulated by Paul, the apostle. This course covers the narrative, history and theology of the Paul’s epistles: Galatians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Romans, 1 & Corinthians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus; as well as the general epistles – Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, John’s Epistles, Jude, and the Apocalypse of John. The course covers the context, theology, and history of reception of these writings. (Credits: 3)

LAN 530

Introduction to Exegetical Tools (Logos© based) for Ministry Details

In today’s technology-based culture, it is becoming more expeditious to utilize exegetical computer programs in sermon and teaching preparation. This class introduces Logos© software tools to the student. (Credits: 3)

THEO 532

Christian Doctrines Details

Since the founding of the church, its members have sought to articulate its beliefs in light of the Graeco-Roman context of the day. THEO 532 examines the earliest articulation of the Christian belief and its evolution to the present day: from creed to system. (Credits: 3)

Elective Details

Select one elective BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV, or ARTS course. (Credits: 3)

BIB Elective Details

Select one elective BIB course. (Credits: 3)

Diploma of Spirituality

SPR 530

Spiritual Practice Details

Study of spiritual practice 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. (Credits: 3)

SPR 531

Spiritual Formation: Merton, Nouwen, Rohr, Foster, and Peterson Details

SPR 531 studies the various methods of spiritual formation by specific 20th century authors, including Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Richard J. Foster, Richard Rohr, and Eugene Peterson. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 3)

SPR 532

Natural Spirituality Details

19th century poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins declared, “the world is charged with the grandeur of God.” Many people in the 21st century have turned away from organized religious practice and towards an understanding of spirituality that is focused on nature itself. This is not a new, or unique phenomenon. SPR 532 discusses the inherent nature of the human person; the nature of the relationship between person and the natural environment; the historic movements of natural spirituality; the 19th century Transcendentalists, and, details a legitimate Christian approach to natural spirituality. (Credits: 3)

SPR 533

Christian Spiritual Theology Details

Expressions of Christianity have frequently veered into one of two directions: piety or legalism. As Christian worship and practice becomes more formal, it often morphs into a dry, habitual routine, or a rigid legalism. The idea of ‘piety’ or ‘pietism’ early on was seen as a reaction to this ‘spiritless’ rigidity. SPR 533 discusses the origins of Christian piety, or spirituality, tracing it through the desert fathers and mothers to the medieval mystics, the German pietists, the anabaptists, and the contemporary charismatic movements. Most importantly, it outlines a Christian spiritual theology for today. (Credits: 3)

WCT 537

Imagination and Theology Details

The “imagination” and its relationship to theology is a burgeoning area of study today. WCT 537 discusses the relationship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction. (Credits: 3)

Electives (select 2) Details

Students in the Diploma in Spirituality will select 2 electives from BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV, and ARTS courses. (Credits: 6)

Diploma in Adventure

ADV 531

Introduction to Adventure: Theology, Anthropology, and Kinesiology Details

ADV 531 introduces the student to the fundamental nature of “Adventure” ministry. It defines “adventure,” then touches on the biblical backgrounds for adventure ministry. It investigates the human understanding of adventure, and why humans actually need adventure. Finally, the course discusses the physical issues of adventure, and how adventure can negatively, or positively influence mind and body. (Credits: 3)

ADV 532

Theology of Adventure: Doing and Being Details

ADV 532 provides a theological base for Christian adventure. Drawing from sources as early as Plato and Aristotle, as well as more contemporary theologians, philosophers, psychologists, and anthropologists, ADV 532 seeks to reconfigure the very idea of adventure from a daring, somewhat hazard-laden activity, to a way of being-in-the-world. Students create their own theology of adventure at the end of the course, with implications for ministry. (Credits: 3)

ADV 533

Theology & Dis/Ability Details

What does it mean to be “able” or, to be “disabled”? Does a “disability” mean that someone is not able to experience adventure? ADV 533 provides a theological base for adventure in the life of the “disabled” person. It provides the student with a robust understanding of adventure, that is inclusive of disabled persons. The course will enable the student to create a theology of “disability” as well as a ministry plan for the disabled and adventure. (Credits: 3)

SPR 530

Spiritual Practice Details

Study of spiritual practice 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. (Credits: 3)

SPR 532

Natural Spirituality Details

19th century poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins declared, “the world is charged with the grandeur of God.” Many people in the 21st century have turned away from organized religious practice and towards an understanding of spirituality that is focused on nature itself. This is not a new, or unique phenomenon. SPR 532 discusses the inherent nature of the human person; the nature of the relationship between person and the natural environment; the historic movements of natural spirituality; the 19th century Transcendentalists, and, details a legitimate Christian approach to natural spirituality. (Credits: 3)

Electives (select 2) Details

Students in the Diploma in Adventure will select 2 electives from BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV, and ARTS courses. (Credits: 6)

Diploma in Art & Theology

ART 531

Introduction to Theology and the Arts Details

Why do human beings experience attraction to the fine and performing arts? Why is art such a powerful representative of the human experience, including its experience of the Divine? Introduction to Theology and the Arts presents a history of the integration of belief and artistic creation. In this process, the student will come to understand the role of the imagination as the conduit for aesthetics in human understanding; the role of the arts in social commentary and social justice; and, develop a rudimentary theology of the arts. (Credits: 3)

ART 532

Theology of the Arts: Making and Being Details

Of all the animal beings in creation, human beings are ‘artists’ — admirers and makers of meaningful beauty. Indeed, quite often human beings find it easier to articulate a feeling, a belief, a love, a beautiful experience, or unpleasantness through artistic rendering, rather than simply through words. ART 532 explores a theology of the arts that enables the student to understand why humans are profoundly influenced by art, and how art has a greater connection to the Divine than previously realized. Students will study the topics of imagination, creativity, art forms, and theologies of beauty. (Credits: 3)

SPR 530

Spiritual Practice Details

Study of spiritual practice 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. (Credits: 3)

WCT 537

Imagination and Theology Details

The “imagination” and its relationship to theology is a burgeoning area of study today. WCT 537 discusses the relationship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction. (Credits: 3)

WCT 539

Rethinking the World: Imagination and the Holy Spirit Details

The nature of “imagination” and its role in “world making” is an important aspect of human rationality and creativity. WCT 539 discusses the nature of reality, possibility and the dynamic Christian life. (Credits: 3)

Electives (select 2) Details

Students in the Diploma in Art & Theology will select 2 electives from BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV, and ARTS courses. (Credits: 6)

Diploma in Ministry

LED 532

Collaborative Leadership Details

LED 532 explores a shared form of leadership, one that combines the servant leadership paradigm modeled in the New Testament with a contemporary approach that considers the various ways in which leaders communicate appropriately with their teams. (Credits: 3)

MIN 531

Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling Details

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. (Credits: 3)

MIN 533

Introduction to Family Ministries Details

MIN 533 explores how generations might come together in the community of faith. This course considers the biblical case for family and how contemporary culture influences familial expression. Introduction to Family Ministries examines familial implications for the contemporary church, including programming strategies from birth to senior adults. (Credits: 3)

SPR 530

Spiritual Practice Details

Study of spiritual practice 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. (Credits: 3)

THEO 532

Christian Doctrines Details

Since the founding of the church, its members have sought to articulate its beliefs in light of the Graeco-Roman context of the day. THEO 532 examines the earliest articulation of the Christian belief and its evolution to the present day: from creed to system. (Credits: 3)

MIN Elective Details

Select one elective MIN course. (Credits: 3)

COM Elective Details

Select one elective COM course. (Credits: 3)

Diploma in Imagination & Theology

SPR 530

Spiritual Practice Details

Study of spiritual practice 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. (Credits: 3)

THEO 534

Theological Reflection Details

Theological reflection, put simply, is “to envision and enact personal, and corporate life out of a God-formed worldview.” The course covers the theory and methodology necessary to envision and enact life out of a God-formed, or Christian worldview. Theological reflection has become lost in a postmodern culture where ‘theology’ is left to Sunday mornings. The course is dedicated to recovering a “God-formed” worldview, as well as its nurturing and application in a postmodern culture. (Credits: 3)

WCT 537

Imagination and Theology Details

The “imagination” and its relationship to theology is a burgeoning area of study today. WCT 537 discusses the relationship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction. (Credits: 3)

WCT 538

Imagination and Psychology Details

The nature of “imagination” and its relationship to human “knowing” has been discussed, articulated and argued since the earliest Greek philosophers. WCT 537 discusses the meaning of the different articulations of imagination and constructs an understanding of imagination that makes it crucial to the mind and human cognition (Credits: 3)

WCT 539

Rethinking the World: Imagination and the Holy Spirit Details

The nature of “imagination” and its role in “world making” is an important aspect of human rationality and creativity. WCT 539 discusses the nature of reality, possibility and the dynamic Christian life. (Credits: 3)

Electives (select 2) Details

Students in the Diploma in Imagination & Theology will select 2 electives from BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV, and ARTS courses. (Credits: 6)

Diploma in Spiritual Direction

SPR 530

Spiritual Practice Details

Study of spiritual practice 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. (Credits: 3)

SPR 531

Spiritual Formation: Merton, Nouwen, Rohr, Foster, and Peterson Details

SPR 531 studies the various methods of spiritual formation by specific 20th century authors, including Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Richard J. Foster, Richard Rohr, and Eugene Peterson. Course may be repeated with content changes.  (Credits: 3)

SPR 533

Christian Spiritual Theology Details

Expressions of Christianity have frequently veered into one of two directions: piety or legalism. As Christian worship and practice becomes more formal, it often morphs into a dry, habitual routine, or a rigid legalism. The idea of ‘piety’ or ‘pietism’ early on was seen as a reaction to this ‘spiritless’ rigidity. SPR 533 discusses the origins of Christian piety, or spirituality, tracing it through the desert fathers and mothers to the medieval mystics, the German pietists, the anabaptists, and the contemporary charismatic movements. Most importantly, it outlines a Christian spiritual theology for today. (Credits: 3)

SPR 536

Spiritual Direction I Details

Spiritual Direction I introduces students to the ministry of Christian spiritual direction. The course explores Biblical-theological perspectives on spiritual guidance, as well as practices prayerful listening. (Credits: 3)

SPR 537

Spiritual Direction II Details

Spiritual Direction II continues the exploration of Christian spiritual direction by examining Ignatian spirituality, including discernment, and responding to God’s prompting through various circumstances and seasons of life. (Credits: 3)

THEO 534

Theological Reflection Details

Theological reflection, put simply, is “to envision and enact personal, and corporate life out of a God-formed worldview.” The course covers the theory and methodology necessary to envision and enact life out of a God-formed, or Christian worldview. Theological reflection has become lost in a postmodern culture where ‘theology’ is left to Sunday mornings. The course is dedicated to recovering a “God-formed” worldview, as well as its nurturing and application in a postmodern culture. (Credits: 3)

SPR 534 or 535 Details

Discernment and Decision–Making (SPR 534)
“To what is God calling me?” “How do I (we) discern God’s will?” “How do we make ‘Godly’ choices in our community?” These questions (and similar ones) are reoccurring issues within the church and the Christian life. This class examines the rich tradition of Christian spiritual discernment and decision-making. It develops language that can be used to discuss the process of understanding God’s will and offers a paradigm for making good choices in individual Christian lives and within the church.

Personal Transformation and God (SPR 535)
Personal Transformation & God develops a theology and praxis of Christian conversion as well as the ongoing transformation of individuals and communities by the gospel. The class examines historical models and modern paradigms of personal and community growth.
(Credits: 3)

Diploma in Holy Spirit Studies

HSR 531

Introduction to the Wild God: The Trinity Details

HSR 531 Introduces the student to a ‘renewed’ doctrine of the Trinity, describing the very nature of God, the nature of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as well as their roles as described in the Biblical revelation and in the experience of the church. It is an important, foundational course to understand how the Holy Spirit desires to work in the hearts and lives of believers, the church and the world. (Credits: 3)

HSR 532

Word and Spirit Details

HSR 532 Introduces the student to the fundamental concepts of revelation: “Word” and “Spirit.” As Christians, how are we to understand revelation? How do we understand the Bible as “God’s Word?” How do we understand “Words of Knowledge,” or “Prophecy” in our contemporary context? (Credits: 3)

HSR 533

The Holy Spirit: Fruits, Gifts, and Filling Details

HSR 533 discusses the various manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian, the church and world. The course discusses the reception of the Spirit at conversion, the ‘infilling’ of the Spirit, the work of the Spirit in personal sanctification, in missional empowerment, in the witness and mission of the church, and, testimony to the world. (Credits: 3)

HSR 534

The Holy Spirit and You Details

HSR 534 discusses the baptism, infilling and transformation of the Christian, in, by and through the Holy Spirit. The course describes how the Holy Spirit calls you to, and then empowers, your conversion. It then describes the what, why and how of the Holy Spirit’s ministry in the individual Christian. (Credits: 3)

HSR 535

The Spirit-Driven Church Details

HSR 535 discusses the manner in which the Spirit leads, affirms and empowers the mission of the church in the world. Often, this instantiation of the church is called, “the Presence-Driven Church.” The course discusses the role of the Spirit in biblical leaders from the Old and New Testaments, during the Post-Nicene years, and, from the Reformation to the contemporary church. Additionally, the course compares what the Spirit-Driven church looks like in comparison to the traditional, and contemporary church in North America. Finally, the course constructs a picture of the Spirit Driven church for a quickly evolving 21st century. (Credits: 3)

HSR 536

Holy Spirit Ministries Details

HSR 536 investigates, and details the manner in which a robust theology of the Holy Spirit informs the church: its teachings, leadership, fellowship, internal ministries, and external mission. As culture continues to change rapidly in this century, it is the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in the church that will guarantee its relevance. (Credits: 3)

HSR 630

Holy Spirit Ministries: Advanced Workshop Details

HSR 630 is an advanced study in the Holy Spirit: its history in religious revelation, its integral relationship with the People of God in the Bible, and its relevance for the church today. More specifically, the course will serve as a workshop for engaging the Spirit, and the rewiring of the Christian or non-Christian life in light of that exposure, ‘infilling’ and consequent empowerment and vision. (Credits: 3)

*NOTE: All programs subject to change

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