Moore College launched its new curriculum at the start of the 2023 Academic Year. Moore College Principal Dr Mark Thompson unpacks the key features of the new curriculum in this new video.
Here is what he says:
‘At Moore College, we are committed to regularly reviewing what we do.
We want to keep learning. We want to keep growing. We want to keep improving and refining the training that we provide for our students. We want our students to be thoroughly equipped for ministry in today’s world.
- Same Core, But Improved Delivery
One of the things that we’ve been doing over the last few years is looking at our curriculum. We have not changed the basic core of the curriculum. People will still be studying the Old Testament in depth, and learning Hebrew. People will be studying the New Testament in depth and learning Greek. There’s theological study, and church history, and ministry, and mission, and philosophy. All of those components of our study remain in place.
But what is changing is the way in which we present that material. We have worked hard at a closer sense of integration, where theory and practice are put alongside each other, to not only understand what the Bible says, but to communicate it clearly; not only understanding what Christian theology is, but being able to think theologically about your world and about the ministry that you’re exercising.
- A New Name for the Program
Another change is simply the name of the program.
Our four-year program now has exit points at every stage. If you study for one year at Moore College, you can receive the Advanced Diploma; after second year, an Associate Degree; in third year, a Bachelor of Theology. And in fourth year, the entire program is now a joint Bachelor of Theology/Master of Theology, the BTh/ThM. We think that change will be particularly helpful for those students who go and work on the mission field where mission agencies understand and require a Master’s degree in order to do some of the work that our students are preparing to do.
- Reduced Number of Subjects
We’ve also worked hard at trying to reduce the number of subjects that a student is studying at any one time, so that they can devote themselves to the subjects that are in front of them. And so, to make that possible, we’ve had a few more intensive units placed into our curriculum. And that’s changed the nature of our weekly timetable and a few things like that. But we think that they will enable our students to focus on the things in front of them, and to study well.
Preparing Students for Ministry in today’s world
So those kinds of refinements and improvements, the integration of the developments that we have made over the last few years in Intentional Ministry Reflection and things like that, make this program something that we’re very excited about. We were of course excited about our old program, but we’re excited that this program will help produce students who are well-prepared for ministry in today’s world.’
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