TWO-YEAR COURSE

What it’s about

In comparison with the one-year course the students have more opportunity to gain practical experience and learn about God and his Word through theological studies and practical application. The second year includes a ten-day church placement, as well as more outreach activities and an increased responsibility in ministry situations adding value to the training offered by our college.

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

You will also receive a customised qualification Certificate in Applied Theology accredited by NCFE.

CURRICULUM

Church History I/II

This course gives an overview of important 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 Paul Hodgson.

Introduction to Christian Counselling

It’s an introductory study on what Christian counselling is and how it differs from the pastoral care. The student will have a look at its place in the Church, and the different issues in which it can be used as a tool to reach and help people in need.

Tutor Eliana Whyte

Christian Ethics

Ethics is about looking at controversial subjects the modern Christians & Ministers are facing today. Many situations cannot be resolved out of a black and white attitude, and require God’s guidance and wisdom. The Bible does not always give us a full picture on how to deal with topics like euthanasia, divorce & remarriage, in vitro fertilization and others.

Tutor Gillian Saunders.

Christian Social Work

It is about exploring how the church can fulfill its mandate to not only preach about Jesus, but to care for people like Jesus did.

Tutor Gillian Saunders.

Creation and Evolution Origins I/II

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.

Ecclesiology

Ecclesiology is the study of the church. The course is structured into two sections with the first half covering the church’s purpose, structure and ministry. The second half will focus primarily on church planting. We will explore various church planting models and strategies as well as the long term sustainability of new church plants.

Tutor Tyler Evenson.

Eschatology

A study of the “Last Things” in the light of prophecy in the Old and New Testament; What the Bible says is going to happen and what will be the sequence of those events?

Tutor Gareth Webber.

Evangelism

Evangelism was the heart of Jesus mission so it has to be the heart of every Christian who wants to make a difference in this world. Evangelism is for everyone, everywhere, every time.There is no greater joy than to see people’s lives transformed by the power of the Gospel. There is no greater experience than to see the miraculous with your own eyes. There is no greater honour than to be used by God. All this and more is available for whoever believes in evangelism.

Tutor John Whyte.

Interpersonal Relationships

This subject introduces the student to the different personality types and it helps therefore to interact with others in the best way possible. In a world of complex relationships, it is the call of every leader to understand its dynamics.

Tutor Eliana Whyte.

Ministerial Ethics

The student will understand the importance of good moral character in leadership, ministry and within the local community.  The foundation of the course is focused on Jesus’ model for Christian leadership and ministry. Whatever position of influence and responsibility one may hold within the church, these principles are crucial to be a Christ-like leader.  Through lectures, discussions and time given for questions we will examine how to develop good character and how to become a leader that is trusted and lasts.

Tutor Mark Sherratt.

Missiology

In this module mission is explored, examined and applied throughout the whole sphere of life; past, present and future, with a view to understanding its necessity, and therefore implementing it in order to reach the nations. This will ultimately help the student to grasp the context of missions in a cross-cultural manner and have the adequate tools to use in fulfilling God’s plan to reconcile humankind to Himself

Tutor John Whyte.

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 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.

Homiletics

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mission of Jesus

What did Jesus understand his mission to be? What were his aims – how did he achieve them? By exploring the things he said and did we discover that Jesus had a clear understanding of his mission.

Tutor Andrew Parfitt.

Pastoral Ministry I/II

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.

Pauline Letter Studies: Ephesians

An extensive study of the wonderful work of God in the lives of believers preordained since before the foundation of the world, carried out by Christ at the appointed time and secured by the Holy Spirit. The study emphasises the purpose for which we have been saved, what are the riches obtained in Christ, and in a practical way how the church and the believer can respond to the divine call in an evil world through the gifts and the authority given to the Church by Christ.

Tutor Franco Grieco.

Strategy in Ministry

As the title suggests, this module encourages the student to have a strategy in and for their future ministry, originating in God’s central vision for humankind, followed by developing a plan and arriving at the goals set before them. It is a journey where the student will discover how to develop a strategy and how to implement it in their ministry in order to fulfill a specific call.

Tutor John Whyte.

Systematic Theology I/II

‘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.

The Error Continuum I/II

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.

Working with Children I/II

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/II

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.

Pauline Letter Studies: 1st Thessalonians

In this subject students are taught the Conceptual Study method and this is then applied to a practical analysis of Paul’s letter to the church in Thessalonica. A foundation is laid by looking at the background to the letter and then key concepts are identified and applied to life and ministry. Having understood and mastered the Conceptual Study method this can then be applied to all future study and preparation of talks and sermons.

Tutor Paul Hodgson.

21st Century Leadership I/II

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

Covenants

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. An 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.

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.

Hermeneutics

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.

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.

Pneumatology

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, His gifts and His role in revivals as well as His personal role in the daily life of the believer.

Tutor John Whyte.

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.

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.

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.

ENGLISH COURSE

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 first year only, students have the opportunity to study English depending on their language needs.

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IBTI was a great place not only for expanding my knowledge and understanding about the word of God but it is a place which gave valuable and precious time in allowing God to work in me and shape me. He transformed my mindset about a life with Him and with others and my character. I was also able to explore my gifts and abilities that I never knew I had. All this happened in a safe environment with teachers and staff who were behind me to give me encouragement and a push. Two years at IBTI have also provided a good solid foundation and were the starting point for planning and entering into a next chapter and season of the journey with God in my life knowing that I am not alone and how others are also running this race with me.

Pratana Prathumwan (Thailand)

Being a couple at IBTI has challenged us in many ways, but all of those challenges now have become our strengths. Now that we are on mission, we realise how helpful those moments have been for use because we can face them easily today. We will always be grateful to all IBTI leaders and staff.

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