Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

A description of courses offered at Teamwork Bible College Ministries International.

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY: This course examines unusual pattern of behavior, emotion and thought which may or may not be understood as precipitating a mental disorder. The student is prepared to face individuals with unusual behavior patterns.

AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION: This is the “B” of Igbo philosophy. We examine all the religions in Africa and examine them in the light of the truth of the bible.  Many pastors at times borrow from the satanic ways of life and practice them in the church. Through this course such mixtures are discouraged.

ANGELOLOGY: This course covers the study of angels who on occasion reveals to man God’s will. They also execute the commands of God.  This is treated according to three periods:  Biblical, Talmudical, and Medieval.

ANTHROPOLOGY 1 & 2: There are major branches in Anthropology. In Part 1 of this course we study it as the study of human biological physiological characteristics and their evolution. We present man as the grand work of God and look at the intrinsic and complex nature of man, moving that the full potentials of man can only be realized in his proper relationship with God. Taking emphasis on the words of Christ “without me, you can do nothing”. Part 2: DEGREE We in this third year of study dive into branches of Anthropology which are the following:
  1. Social-cultural anthropology
  2. Biological anthropology
  3. Archaeological anthropology
  4. Linguistic anthropology
  5. Applied anthropology
The students in this part of the world present a written thesis on each branch of anthropology to qualify for degree. This is the study of human societies and culture and their development.

APOLOGETICS: Biblical apologetics is the field of Christian theology by which a legitimate and valid defense or justification is made for our beliefs on a reasoned biblical and evidential basis. In it the faithful Christian seeks to debunk the presupposition and assumptions behind the faithless positions. 1 Peter 3:15 compels us to always to be ready to give an answer for the faith delivered to us. Apologetics gives hope for the faith, examining why we have not believed in faith and it does the following:
  1. Emphasize that sufficient proof exist to prove God is the creator Romans 1:19-20
  2. Those who think otherwise are not in their right senses Romans 1:28 and may be doomed forever.
  3. We allow the use of logic to some extent in presenting Bible facts

AXIOLOGY (MASTERS): This is a Post Graduate course. The course looks at value systems from the perspective of philosophy. The students examine such concepts as attitudinal change and how values come about in society. So axiology seeks to understand the nature of value and value judgement.

BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION: The course studies how behaviors are formed and maintains that greater percentages of our behaviors are learned. The student studies different techniques that can be employed to help maladjusted individuals as they grapple with issues of life. The course complements our normal spiritual approaches to maladjustment

BIBLE CONTRADICTIONS: To the traditionalist, Muslims and atheist the Bible is full of contradictions and inconsistencies. But with the help of the Spirit, we discover that there are no contradictions in the Bible. But we know that the natural man cannot understand the things of the Spirit. In this course, we provide a balanced approach to what seem contradictory, making good use of dispensational theology.

BIBLIOLOGY: The study of the bible as an inspired word of God.  This course explains why some books were excluded from the Bible and reasons why such excluded books should never be accepted, though the Catholics brought them back. Here we compare various Christian’s traditions view of authority, we explain the difference between Catholic and protestant views of authority of the Bible. We teach the student to develop confidence in the integrity of the Bible and above all students learn the methods of historical – grammatical – literary Hermeneutics.  We outline different view of inspiration and innovation.  Finally we let the students know the stages and battles the Bible passes through to remain the Bible today.

CHILDREN MINISTRY: An introduction and overview of children’s ministry.  A definition; exploration of the experience of participants; aims, philosophy and strategy.

CHRISTIAN FAMILY AND MARRIAGE: This course examines the sanctity and the invaluable position Christianity holds in the family and marriage institutions.  It asks why many Christian marriages are suffering today and upholds those principles that keep post institutions sacrosanct

CHRISTOLOGY: The focus of Christianity is on Christ. Christology is the study of the person of Christ. We allow the students to understand the following:
  1. His incarnation, two natures
  2. RENOSIS, he emptied himself
  3. His purpose salvation
  4. False theories about Christ are repudiated
  5. Death resurrection into heaven
  6. Ascension into heaven
  7. His second coming
  8. Judgement, hell & heaven
  9. Identifying Christ in Old Testament

CHURCH ADMINISTRATION: This course examines the different theories that can assist the pastor and church members run a successful church.  The student is exposed to different management styles in relation to the needs of the church.

CHURCH BUSINESS: This course is all about how to prepare important church documents i.e. baptismal certificates, child dedication certificates, wedding certificates, social welfare of members, burials and wedding ceremonies and preparation of tithe records. It also deals with how to welcome the people into the church and close the back door to prevent them from leaving through the back door. The course teaches the following:
  1. How to organize the church in competitive groups for church growth and this is lacking in churches in civilized world.
  2. Youth programs to keep the youths interested in the church
  3. How to introduce sports into the church and use it as a strategy for church growth
  4. How to handle harvest proceedings and end of the year programmes for the growth of the church
  5. To learn what is called targeted evangelism
  6. Help the church to open up means of income and not depend on offerings and such  means of income are;
  7. Private schools at all levels
  8. Book shops
  9. Transportation
  10. Library
  11. Camp grounds
  12. Mini hotels in the camp sites etc

CHURCH GOVERNMENT: This is a course for those who have been in been college for 3-4 years. We do not promote a particular form of church government but we teach all the elements of all popular forms of church government:
  • Episcopal (Overseer)
  • Presbyterian (Elders)
  • Congregational (Majority)
  • Independent (Combined)

CHURCH GROWTH: An in-depth study of the factors that promote or hinder church growth.  There is a strong emphasis on developing specific growth strategies for the local church.

CHURCH MANAGEMENT: This is a lesser form of church government which we teach beginners. The local pastor is not in a position to formulate church rules and administrations but is taught to rely on the Holy Spirit to direct him to follow lay down rulers.  The church is complex because it is the body of Christ, made up with human characters, that at times are not there for Christ. We teach:
  1. How to handle difficult people
  2. Why some are difficult
  3. What leadership is
  4. Time management
  5. Goal setting
  6. How to lost in the ministry
  7. The pastor and the church finances.

COMPARATIVE RELIGION:: It is a known theological fact that Christianity is not a religion but a life to be lived. Christianity is the love of God expressed through Jesus Christ. However this course we study religion like Islam, Hinduism, Mormonism, Buddhism, Judaism, Catholicism, Shutoism and Bahai-Faith etc.  It is a systematic comparison of the doctrines and practices of the world’s religions.  Students will learn the information necessary to win those who are lost in these religions and help them to understand that religion is man’s attempt to seek God while Christianity is God looking for man.

CRISIS MANAGEMENT: This course focuses on the process the church can adopt in dealing with disruptive and unexpected events that can threaten to harm the church, the clergy and the laity. The course considers critical steps the church should take in management of crisis. It is a course that prepares the future pastor for the inevitable crisis.

CULTS:: This course is an examination of the dynamics of cults and how they differ drastically from the Christian church. We teach this so that Pastors will not run churches as cults. Cults can disguise themselves as churches but they are not. In this course we carefully distinguish between dogmas and doctrines in the church of God.

DANIEL/REVELATION: This course canters on the teachings of end times, the rapture, antichrist, tribulation and the battle of Armageddon. It is the part 3 of Eschatology.

DELIVERANCE 1 & 2: This course is very important to us in Africa, because of too much vodoo and spiritism, occultism and traditional worship. To the African, God can be approached through the hills, valleys, rivers and bushes. When most of us are born again they still want to bring into Christianity all forms of idol worship. In this course we stress that total deliverance is possible by the word of God only. (Mk 6:13, Gal. 3:13-14, Matthew 8:8).  By the word of God, heaven and earth was created, it creation was by the word what else can’t be done. We encourage our students to depend on the word and faith for all types of deliverance activities. There are true keys to deliverance which are:
  1. Holiness
  2. Prayer of faith
  3. Study on the promises of God. We discourage the use of sand, pots, water, etc. as done in many churches around us.
  4. True repentance
  5. Guard your thought life. We don’t accept deliverance as a ministry; we see it as what takes place when the word of God is preached in power and those who are truly born again are delivered already. John 8:36

DISPENSATIONAL STUDIES: This is a manmade system grasping Gods truth. According to this course they are seven dispensations. The word dispensation means “a system of order” community etc. it is the ways of doing things that were God ordered ordained. We teach our students
  1. The dispensation of innocence. This can be seen from the time of man, to the fall of men. Gen 1v28-30, Gen 2:2:5-17. There was peace on earth and man won in control. But when man won expelled due to sin and this dispersal ended.
  2. The dispensation of conscience … man after the expulsion he was allowed to rule himself by his own will & conscience it ended in a disaster and was concluded by the worldwide flood Gen 3-chapter 8, others are
  3. The dispensation of human government Gen 8 & 9
  4. The dispensation of human promise Gen. 12
  5. The dispensation of the law Ex. 19-23
  6. The dispensation of grace Heb. 10:10 Rom 5:1, Rom 3:29-30 Gal 3:1-end
  7. The millennial kingdom of Christ

ECCLESIOLOGY: This is the theology as applied to the nature and structure of the Christian church. This course centers on the purpose and mission of the church.
  1. Providing a place of worship for the people.
  2. Intercession for the world.
  3. Restoring the dignity of man.
  4. Giving systematic teachings that will sustain marriages, and social life of man etc. here we go into church history in parts, church history 1-3 which covers the entire history of the church from the call of Abraham to the birth and death of Jesus Christ. Here we bring into account the role of the Catholic Church from the ancient times to this modern days. The sacrifices of the apostle and early church martyrs.

ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS:: This course introduces principles of environmental analysis necessary for organizing and mobilizing spiritual resources for evangelism. This study stresses the importance of environmental analysis in planning strategies to reach the world with the Gospel.  Environmental analysis is defined and reviewed in the Old and New Testament records. Instruction are given for doing a personal environmental analysis and analyzing people, groups, geographic areas, nations, regions of the world and Christian organizations.

EPISTEMOLOGY: The course considers the nature of knowledge, justification and above all the rationality of belief.. The interest is to justify the belief in God as compatible in many respects to the empirical knowledge.

ESCHATOLOGY 1, 2 & 3: This course examines the doctrines concerning last or final matters such as death, judgment, rapture, antichrist, hell and heaven. This course addresses end time, prophecies and the event of the last days. Students will be given the information necessary to prepare for the end time.. In the part 1 of it we major on the following
  1. Proof of the reality of the signs of his coming
  2. Antichrist
  3. Rapture
  4. Tribulation
  5. Second coming
  6. Heaven & Hell
In Part 2, we examine the prophetic writings in the books of Daniel and Revelations. In Part 3, we study the battle of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38, 39.

EVANGELISM 1 & 2: The spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching methods vary from place to place.  We teach our students how to prepare
  1. Tracts and booklets
  2. Radio Evangelism
  3. Posters and bill boards
  4. Television Evangelism
  5. Crusades and house to house preaching
  6. Prayer in evangelism
  7. Event evangelism using every occasion to win souls. The main task of the church is soul winning

EXEGENSIS OF ROMANS: This course is all about learning from the deep revelations and truths given to Apostle Paul, more especially as it concerns the New Testament Church. We do a critical interpretation of the book of Romans in order to break the stronghold of Judaism which is prevalent in our culture. The Jewish culture is full of sacrifices and the African way of life goes the same, with critical explanation of the book of Romans, our students see the new light. We stress on the following:
  1. Justification by faith
  2. Righteousness by faith
  3. The place of the Gentiles in the new dispensation
  4. The position of the law Romans 3:21-22, Romans 10:1-4
  5. Sainthood is a fact not a theory and is real now
  6. The relationship between the Old and New Testament Romans 1:2-4
  7. Marching the sacrifice of OT to the sacrifice of Calvary, Sin offerings (Levi 4) Trespass offering (Levi 5) Passover (Exodus 12) etc
There are so many churches in Aba Nigeria, that still believe in the sacrifices of the Old Testament Bible and because of our Voodo culture, they are deceiving so many people but with the book of Romans, we have had a lot of success in saving  many souls from darkness. In this course, we recommend so many books and a thesis must be presented.
A description of courses offered at Teamwork Bible College Ministries International.

GREEK LANGUAGE: The proper knowledge of the original Greek language helps in proper understanding of the New Testament bible.  While we study Greek at the diploma level.

HARMARTIOLOGY: This course considers biblical teachings concerning the doctrine of sin.  The contents include: imputed sin, inherent sin, and personal sin.  It covers the origin, definition, expression and end of sin.

HEALING METHODS: The command to preach is the same command to heal, Luke 9:1, Matthew 10:1-8, preaching without healing is an incomplete assignment. Jesus did more healing than preaching. Healing is a major source of church  growth, the sick needs the preachers faith to be healed, if not what of if the sinner is dead what faith will you use to bring him to life healing is the best way to advertise the gospel. We teach that sickness of the devil while healing is of God.

HEBREW LANGUAGE: While we study Greek at the Diploma level, we study Hebrew language at the Degree level. When our students understand Hebrew language, the Old Testament becomes a living book.

HOMILETICS: Homiletics is an effective tool for helping those who teach, to create a message that relates Gods word to an audience.  This course includes  bible interpretation, study, analysis, classification, preparation, composition and delivery of sermons.  It is the ART and CRAFT of preaching.

HERMENEUTICS: This course is often confused with homiletics, but the difference is clear homiletics is the science of preaching while hermeneutics is the science of interpretation.  This course will instruct in various parameters for biblical interpretation and will show how specific methods are applied to Bible study.  Students will learn how to present the will of God in every sermon.

IGBO PHILOSOPHY: The Ibos believe in life after death, but not the way the bible says it. Ibos believe in reincarnation, world without end because of reincarnation. Those who are suffering now were wicked in their past reincarnations.  Those who are blessed now were good in their past life.. We teach this course to correct this error and surprisingly many pastors and churches are teaching reincarnation as truth. In this course we emphasize that:
  1. It is appointed unto men once to die, after then judgement.
  2. We use the bible to repudiate our childhood teachings.
  3. Hell and heaven are real.
  4. Our life is in Christ and only in Him; we move and have our being.
  5. Reincarnation is a satanic ploy to discredit the word of God.
  6. Signs and wonders confirming reincarnation is a lie. 2 Thess 2
  7. We stress that churches must never be based on visions and dreams but on the word of God.

INTEGRITY: Integrity is a continuation of the course, Ministerial Ethics. The purpose is to emphasize the need for respect, dignity and total preservation of the ministerial office. The constant sexual disgrace, abortion, divorce, church divisions and stealing of members led this school to carve out this course. In this we outline the qualities of being honest and having strong moral principles. Ministers are to be consistent in truthfulness and avoid all forms of hypocrisy. This course helps to develop students who mean what they say and say only what they mean. They keep to time and only make vows they can fulfill.

INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE: In many ways we make decisions that place us in or outside of the will of God. We make these decisions because at times we don’t hear from Him directly. This course explains:
  1. The relationship between God’s voice and determining His will
  2. Explain the importance of knowing God’s will
  3. Explains how God reveals His will
  4. The will of God as revealed in the scriptures
  5. How to determine the will of God in matters not specifically dealt with in the scriptures
  6. Use scriptural methods in decision making
  7. How to deal with wrong decisions
  8. The six stages of revelation
The Biblical guidelines for knowing God’s voice

LIFE MANAGEMENT: In this course, we prepare students to choose who they want to be (Gen 13:15) and prepare for it. On completion of this course students learn
  1. Time management
  2. Stress management
  3. Effective listening and communication
  4. Exercise, eating well and develop emotional potentials
  5. Staying healthy and managing money
  6. Above all this course make s us to be that person who we want to be in life

LITERARY STUDIES: This course is aimed at equipping the students with basic writing skills. The students are exposed to different forms of literary composition, styles and conventions of writing.
A description of courses offered at Teamwork Bible College Ministries International.

MANAGEMENT: This course considers the basic principles of management letting the students know how the knowledge of the course can assist in church administration. So such concepts as leadership and management skills are presented to the students along with a typical organizational structure, the objective and the relationship between management and administration.

MANAGEMENT BY OBJECTIVE: Management by objective is a method for conducting Christian ministry in an orderly effective manner. It is not enough to just know God’s will for your life and ministry; we must make definite plans to fulfill your spiritual calling. You must learn to work to fulfill this purpose and plans. A serious problem with many Christian leaders is that of organizing and managing spiritual resources God has given them. Since laborers for spiritual harvest are few, as the bible indicates there is need for effective management and organization. This course is designed to:
  1. Stress biblical principles of management
  2. Provide proper understanding of leadership
  3. Show planning and organization necessary for effective ministry
  4. Identify God’s purpose for a particular ministry
  5. Formulate statement of purpose for ministry
  6. Set ministry objective
  7. Organize spiritual resources to achieve the objectives
  8. Application of management principles in life, church and ministry.

MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF BIBLE LANDS: Since the Bible was written for a certain culture, the Bible land, it becomes absolutely necessary to study this culture if we are to have a deeper knowledge of the gospel.

MINISTERIAL ETHICS: The course defines virtuous behavior and wrong behavior from a Christian perspective.  The focus is to determine what conforms to God’s character and what does not.  The course highlights the uniqueness of the Judeo-Christian God who does not see all things as the same.  Moral norms come from God’s nature or essence not on some passing fancy bound to society’s ever changing whims.

MISSIONS 1 & 2: The student studies issues involved in the spreading of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.  Mission is viewed as a sacred opportunity to bring others to Christ and prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ.

NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY: This course is a survey of the New Testament with emphasis on the theme of the New Testament, the writers of the New Testament, insights into the Gospels and Paul’s and others’ Epistles. Themes in the course include:
  1. The message of love and grace an exemplified in the life of Christ
  2. The new revelation of God about himself.
  3. The differences and the unity of the four gospel Matthew to John
  4. The unity and theological values of Hebrews to revelation

OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY: This is the study and understanding of how God revealed himself to people throughout history from the beginning of life to the coming of His son Jesus Christ. Through series of covenants God established relationship with the aim of revealing Himself, His character and attributes. How He chose Israel to reveal Himself, man’s fallen nature and rebellion that human sacrifices cannot atone but God in His infinite mercy provided a way for man to escape his corruption. We can see God’s justice, grace, mercy and love in the redemption he provided.
  • We also teach the differences in the two covenants
  • Examine law and grace
  • Prove that God is behind History and there is no accident in creation.

PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION: This course tends to consider the set of beliefs that influences what and how Bible students are taught using philosophical principles. Here the objectives of education are examined.

PNEUMATOLOGY: This course studies the fundamental aspects of faith, the Holy Ghost and other spiritual concepts.

PRACTICAL THEOLOGY: This course exposes the student to a fuller understanding of the practical aspect of theology.  The objective is to give the student the opportunity to practice his theology in performing such duties as funerals, baptisms, christenings, weddings, etc.

PRISON MINISTRY: We, in line with the demands of the gospel, remind pastors that prison is not a ministry but a duty Christ placed on all believers. Every church must show concern for those in prison. This course helps every pastor to see those in prison and hospitals as a part of our responsibilities

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: The course focuses on the implementation of government policies, the formation and management of public agencies. As a Bible college this is truly a forage course that exposes to Bible students civil service organization and administration and the place church has in society.

RESEARCH METHODS: The course considers different research methods and settles with the method appropriate for theological studies. The students learn the approaches and techniques of gathering data and writing the lone essay.

SOCIOLOGY OF LAW: This is an elective course which tends to acquaint the student with ethic-legal norms as it affects human behaviors in society. Such topics as criminality and society are taught so the students investigate how much society influences criminal acts.

SOTERIOLOGY Soteriology exposes the student to the doctrine of salvation.  The course answers such questions as destiny and salvation, Christ’s work of grace, and man’s part in the salvation story.

  1. It explains the vision of the harvest as a spiritual parallel of a natural example.
  2. Use effective strategies for spiritual harvest
  3. Identify factors that prevent spiritual harvest
  4. See the world as God sees it
  5. Reap in the revelation harvest

STRATEGY FOR SPIRITUAL WARFARE: Now that we are in perilous times according to 2 Tim 3:1, we must develop warfare strategies to win souls at all costs. On completion of this course students will;
  • Identify two spiritual kingdoms
  • Explain spiritual warfare
  • Recognize the causes of this great struggles
  • Identify the spiritual forces of good and evil
  • Recognize strategies of Satan
  • Effectively use spiritual counter strategies
  • Apply natural parallels of warfare to war in the spirit realm
  • Use both offensive and defensive weapons
  • Understand how deliverance from demons is obtained
  • Win the war even when you lose spiritual battle
  • Describe the final battle which will end this invisible war
  • Identify spiritual warfare principles in defensive battles in the bible

SUCCESS MANUAL 1&2: This course looks at several definitions of success and takes a stand on what the Bible considers success.  Issues treated include – definition, success as effect coming from a cause, success as skills, proven advice

SYNOPTIC GOSPELS: These are the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  This course looks at the seemingly synoptic problems, questions, and theories about the literary relationship of the first three gospels.

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY 1 & 2: This is a discipline of Christian theology that formulates an orderly, rational and coherent account of the doctrines of the Christian faith bringing into view teachings of ethics, philosophy of religion and sociology. Arguments on the existence of God, cosmological argument, teleological arguments, anthropological moral arguments etc. we look at atheism evolution, materialism, pantheism, dualism, idealism and realism etc.  In part B of this course, we look at types of revelation of God - specific, general and progressive revelation. Systematic theology in simple forms helps us to systematize what the bible teaches on a specific subject on the following
  1. Theology proper (God)
  2. Anthropology (Man)
  3. Bibliology (Bible)
  4. Pneumatology (Holy Spirit)
  5. Christology (Christ)
  6. Soteriology (Salvation)
  7. Ecclesiology (Church)
  8. Eschatology (End times event)

THEOLOGY PROPER: Theology comes from two Greek words ‘Theos’- God and ‘Logos’ - word. Theology is the study of |God and his attributes.  In this course we will examine:
  1. The study of the bible
  2. The study of god
  3. The study of Jesus or Holy spirit
  4. The study of the church
  5. The study of the fall
  6. The study of salvation
  7. Eschatology

TYPOLOGY (THEOLOGY): This is a form of symbolism.  A type in scripture is a person or thing in the Old Testament which foreshadows a person pr a thing in the New Testaments. In this course we relate Old Testament events as a type or shadow of the reality in the New Testament. On completion of this course, the students will learn the following types;
  1. Historical type
  2. Legal type
  3. Prophetic type

USE OF ENGLISH: The course covers such areas such as basic grammar and literacy, oral English, and the use of English for academic purposes. Students are expected to write assignments on books review, report writing and essays.