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CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRY

Major Combinations
NQF level 5: CGM1501, CGM1502
NQF level 6: CGM2601, CGM2602, CGM2603
NQF level 7: BTH3720 ("capstone" module) and any four of the following: CGM3701, CGM3702, CGM3703, CGM3704, CGM3705

Caring for All: Exploring the Field of Pastoral Work - CGM3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable, assist and guide learners to intervene with basic knowledge of pastoral counselling approaches in ways that will enhance the wellness of individuals, groups, society, the environment, the community and the church.
The Research Challenge: Doing Empirical Research in Theology - CGM3704
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To deepen the contextual character of students' theology by planning and doing a small-scale empirical research project.
Christian Leadership and Church Management - CGM3705
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To evaluate Christian leadership and church management theories and to selectively implement leadership and managerial skills in a congregational and NGO setting.
Invitation to Theology - CGM1501
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To help students on a very basic level to: (a) spell out the role of the Bible in the modern world, make sense of problems arising in the reading of the Bible, realise that everyone has an own approach regarding the nature of the Bible, are aware of the historical framework in which the events of Old and New Testament took place and develop a basic knowledge of the various methods of approaching the texts and events of the OT and NT; (b) make sense and portray fiducial (faith), conceptual and historical factors and contexts that had an impact on the emergence of faith patterns, processes, terms and tools within the field of faith studies and theology; (c) make sense and portray a number of approaches and practical examples of value-formation and ethical decision-making in modern societies; (d) be able to reflect and contextualize a number of issues of practical theological nature revolving around faith and church; (e) make sense and portray a small number of short histories of global and African churches as well as be aware and able to reflect on different approaches towards history and church history.
First Steps in Practical Theology - CGM1502
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Co-requisite: CGM1501
Purpose: To prepare critical reflective theological practitioners for long term, in-depth study in the discipline of Practical Theology. The module will empower learners with specific methods, techniques and knowledge in reaching, celebration, pastoral care and research methodology for dealing with specific religious contexts to which they have access.
Ethics and Spirituality - CGM2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CGM1501 & CGM1502
Purpose: This module will be useful to people who seek to link faith and life and will enable them to gain an integrated understanding of Christian Ethics and Spirituality relevant to their personal, faith community and social existence. Through the identification and evaluation of a range of historical and contemporary ethical and spiritual traditions, students will be enabled to reflect upon and renew their own faith journey and make a constructive contribution to the faith experience and social involvement of other individuals and groups.
Preaching in a Context of Poverty - CGM2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: This module will be useful to help learners who are leaders and who are involved in the lives of their local churches and communities. People credited with this module are able to analyse the context of poverty where they minister in the church, to interpret the Biblical message in such a context, to cooperate with development projects to alleviate poverty in their community and to inspire and motivate the people by means of preaching in order to work towards the liberation from poverty.
Exploring Celebration and Worship - CGM2603
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To help learners interpret the context and ethos of the congregational culture in which they work and worship. This module will be useful to help learners to develop into effective worship theorists in a variety of social and cultural settings.
Sexual Ethics - CGM3701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To investigate theological approaches to the field of sexual ethics and will therefore enable them to understand how people experience and interpret their sexuality. The module further enables those credited with it to critically evaluate the interrelationship between sexuality and morality and to make a contribution to personal and interpersonal sexual healing and justice in churches and communities.
From Text to Sermon: Reading and Creating Religious Texts - CGM3702
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to create new religious texts that are appropriate to contemporary contexts, by learning to do thorough exegesis of biblical texts, in which they display the skills of analysing their own context as well as the historical contexts of biblical narratives.