What it’s about

The certificate in Applied Theology is a one-year introductory course designed to help individuals to serve more effectively. The programme’s varied activities provide a solid platform from which to explore one’s strengths and weaknesses and to facilitate the discovery of specific gifts and ways of putting them to use. 

This course is awarded with an IBTI Certificate in Applied Theology.

This one-year course is the same as the first year of the two-year Diploma Course in Applied Theology, so it is possible to decide, towards the end of this course, to transfer to the two-year Diploma Course.


21st Century Leadership I

21st Century Leadership develops the structure of the church different to the 20th Century, so that is relevant to the challenge of the 21st century society.

Tutor Paul Weaver.

Acts of the Apostles

An extensive study of the birth of the Church and its initial development under the ministry of the Apostles, particularly Peter, and then Paul, looking at the message they preached, the methods they used, all in the Pentecostal perspective.

Tutor Stefano Guaglione

Old & New Testament Surveys

This survey of the Old and New Testaments covers Bible history, every day life in Bible times, the geography of the Bible, the language and literature of the Old and New Testaments and an introduction to each book of the Bible. We also undertake a study of the major themes of the Bible by tracing the Golden Cord which runs from Genesis to Revelation thus giving a thorough overview of the message of the Bible and how it all fits together.

Tutor Rev Paul Hodgson.


The notion of a covenant is unfamiliar today. But the concept of covenants is utterly basic to our understanding of Scripture. As a result of studying the Covenants we will discover that this concept saturates the entirety of Scripture and it is particularly the foundation to understand humanity’s relationship with God. We will also obtain a deeper appreciation of the New Covenant with Jesus Christ and what has taken place in our lives when we entered into His New Covenant.  Understanding the Covenants, will give us assurance of who we are in Jesus Christ and will also give us freedom from what may have bound us in the past or may be binding us right now, awakening in us the power that is ours in Christ Jesus.

Tutor Franco Grieco.

Creation and Evolution Origins I

Examining the historic roots of evolution theory, some of the modern concepts of evolution and the scientific theory used to support evolution. Suggesting alternative possibilities and examining the arguments used by creationists to refute evolution theory.

Tutor Sonny Oliver.

Cultural Anthropology

Cultural anthropology seeks to describe, analyse and interpret both similarities and differences between human cultures. Cultural anthropologists study people groups through fieldwork to assess how those people understand their world and live in a certain context. Cultural anthropology can provide helpful insights in understanding cultural differences and bridges in applying our missiological approaches as relevantly as we possibly can.

Tutor Leigh Goodwin.

The Book of Esther

Through this subject you’ll have an overview of the historical aspect of the book (customs, culture …), its place in the biblical canon and an exegesis of the book. It will also answer questions such as: How does God manifest Himself in a totally secular society? What part does man play in the plan of God?

Tutor Eliana Whyte.


This subject is delivered as a series of 8 lectures where you will be introduced to eight personal influences on our hermeneutics, the three main guiding principles of hermeneutics and five historical methods of interpretation. This will be followed by a review of the specific problems of interpreting prophetic passages, the character of the interpreter and finally the correct use of scripture. This will be accomplished by attending classes, writing down personal notes, reading lectures notes and having opportunity for questions and discussion. This unit aims to equip you with tools and principles that enable you to interpret the Bible correctly within an orthodox, evangelical framework. Unless there is a direct relevance and correlation to the Bible, other ancient texts (including the Apocrypha) will be excluded. The approach taken will be didactic and exegetical

Tutor Sonny Oliver.


Through this module the student will discover the “art” of preaching, they will learn how to prepare, how to deliver and how to apply sermons. Methods and Principles of speaking in public will be addressed and discussed as well as different ways to communicate the Gospel according to the audience they are addressing.

Tutor John Whyte.

Made for Ministry

This module is a series of 4 lectures studying principles of ministry and how it is determined by our SHAPE.  It teaches the importance of ministry, the process of discovering your ministry and how to engage others in ministry.  This will be achieved by attending classes, writing down personal notes, given opportunity for discussion and given time for vocational practices.

Tutor Mark Sherratt.

Church History I

This course gives an overview of the main events and personalities in Christianity from the end of the first century to the present day. The subject is presented in an interactive way with PowerPoint presentations and sets out to enable students to understand the present in the context of the past. The purpose of the course is to inspire, not just inform and to envision for life and ministry.

Tutor Rev Paul Hodgson.

Pastoral Ministry I

This is not so much a “How to do it” course as a “Things to consider and be aware of” course. As the lecturer I bring my own experience of 40 years as a practicing Pastor/leader of a church. This knowledge is applied to all the subjects listed below, but students are encouraged to participate fully in workshops, discussion and to ask as many questions as they like.

Only a small number of students come to the college with a definite sense of a calling to be a Pastor but many of the principles we look at apply to all ministries. Whether a person is going to be an elder, apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, church administrator, Christian counsellor or social worker, an awareness of pastoral issues and concern and care for people is foundational for all effective Christian service. This course runs over two years.

Tutor Paul Hodgson.

Pedagogical Approaches To Teaching

This module will examine theories of Teaching and Pedagogy and present a Biblical view of knowledge. It will analyse learning and the learner’s world, present an array of pedagogical approaches as well as the calling, the fulfillment and a holistic approach to teaching. It will also look into the life of the teacher and explore Jesus as the Great Pedagogue.

Tutor Eliana Whyte.


In this module the student will examine the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, both in the Old and in the New Testament; discover and explore His fruit and His gifts as well as His personal role in the daily life of the believer.

Tutor John Whyte.

Social Context of the New Testament

In these studies we will examine the culture and political context during the New Testament period; this will help us to understand the New Testament writers and apply them to our own cultural context.

Tutor Gareth Webber.

Systematic Theology I

‘The knowledge of God’ is an introduction to systematic theology, in which the student will consider the existence, self-revelation, nature and purpose of God. The focus of the first year’s lectures is the revealed names and titles of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the second year, the character and purpose of God form the main subject matter, followed by the trinity and the virgin birth. >From these Biblical and theological bases all other branches of Christian knowledge and practice proceed.

Tutor Robert Mountford.

Spiritual Disciplines

This course is designed to enhance and promote the students’ understanding, practice, and learning of spiritual disciplines in their daily walk with God. Through discussion, lectures and practical experience within the context of our overall college’s programme the students will attain and maintain spiritual health. By maturing in their ability to practice the spiritual disciplines they will be better equipped to minister in culturally relevant ways through a disciplined Christian life. However, the goal of practicing any given discipline is not about doing as much as it is about being: being like Jesus, being with Jesus.

Tutor Gordica Karanfilovska.

The Doctrine of Scripture

In an age when truth is deemed to be relative, this module examines why Christians claim that the Bible is truthful, inspired and therefore authoritative in their lives. It examines the purpose of Scripture, how it was formed and translated, and gives practical advice about studying it.

Tutor Samuele Corciulo.

The Error Continuum I

This course is designed to enhance and promote the student’s understanding, and learning of the fundamental truths of orthodox Christianity, how and when error occurs in Christianity and the resultant heresies, cults and religions.

Through discussions, and lectures, with interactive learning to engage multiple intelligences and reinforce key objectives, the student will understand these principles and be better equipped to apply them within their area of ministry. They will be able to understand and practice these principles in their witness to those of other faiths and have a foundation for confidence in what they believe.

Tutor Gill Shiels.

Financing Ministry

Financing Ministry is an overview of the various means in which Christian ministry can be funded.

The subject will help develop a correct view of how God financially provides along with the skills required for faithful stewardship.

By exploring potential financial hazards in relation to ministry, we look at required safe-guards to be implemented for long-term financial sustainability.

Tutor Tyler Evenson.

Working with Children I

Working with Children examines children and the church in different cultural contexts and situations, their potential, their place in the local and universal church and how to minister to them effectively.

Tutor Gillian Saunders.

Youth Studies I

How to set up, maintain and grow a youth ministry, How to disciple young people and how to develop and implement evangelism strategies for young people in any given locality.

Tutor Simon Pastorello.

Having successfully completed the course, you will be able to:
  • Exercise personal responsibilities.
  • Use spiritual disciplines in a ministry context.
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Minister to people of different cultures and religions.
  • Convey the contemporary and personal relevance of the biblical text.
  • Understand human experience from a Christian perspective.


Before the academic year starts, students with little knowledge of English have the opportunity to attend an intensive seven-day  language course.

Also, during the year, students have the opportunity to study English depending on their language needs.



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My year at IBTI was one where I learned on various levels. The fact that we started every morning with worship was for me an amazing way to start the day. I have experienced God’s presence very strongly at IBTI and I see IBTI as the channel through which God was shaping me that year both spiritually as well as in my character. I was shaped by the daily worship and quiet times in my relationship with God. Through teaching and the contact with teachers I was shaped in theological ways. By stepping out in ministry through evangelism and testifying I was shaped in my ministry skills. By living in a community I learned about other cultures and how to share my life with others. Overall a very special year where God invested in my Christian foundations from where I can move on now in my ministry.

Jakob Kaljouw (Netherlands)