Certificate in Black Church Studies

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You take seriously the history, theology, and biblical interpretation unique to the Black Church. The experiences of African Americans in their struggle for liberation and social justice do not take place in a vacuum. The Black Church is a vibrant institution permeating all areas of life while itself being permeated by the African American experience.

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Is the Certificate in Black Church Studies program right for me? If you want to…

  • Prepare for ministry in the life of the Black Church
  • Understand the history, theology, and biblical interpretation unique to the Black Church
  • Transform the historic place of the Black Church in an ongoing struggle for identity and dignity
  • Prepare for further graduate studies in this field of study

... then the Certificate in Black Church Studies program is right for you.

What to expect in the Certificate in Black Church Studies program:

  • 15 credit hours of coursework
  • Overview of Black customs and culture within the church and family
  • Biblical study in the context of African American history and interpretation
  • Examination of Black Theology and Black Church History
 
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Program Content

  • BCS 5527 – DYNAMICS OF BLACK CHURCH, BLACK FAMILY AND BLACK MINISTER

    This course will present an overview of issues, concepts, events, heritage, as well as customs that have evolved to comprise a general African American worldview. The course will outline and explore the elements of Black culture that are expressed in the social institutions of Church and Family. The unifying cultural themes will be discussed as functional and central to personal identity and emotional equilibrium. Implications for pastoral care and worship will be discussed.

  • NTS 5511 – INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT

    This course introduces students to the critical study and interpretation of the New Testament. The course focuses students on hearing the New Testament. The course focuses students on hearing the New Testament writings as pastoral responses shaped by and addressing first-century socio-historical settings. It includes exploration of their theological and narrative content, exposure to diverse interpretive approaches, and examination of literary, historical and cultural issues relevant to their interpretation.

  • BCS 5515 – AFRICAN AMERICAN BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION

    This course will examine the historical roots of hermeneutical ideologies and methodologies that have ignored and/or denied the influence of people of African descent in the Bible and upon the Bible. More basically, the course will examine the de-Africanization of the Bible, address this phenomenon by re- Africanizing the Bible and illustrate how the peculiar perspective and development of an African American hermeneutic contributes a fresh and needed insight for the Christian church in regards to biblical interpretation.

  • BCS 5505 – HISTORY OF THE BLACK CHURCH

    This course examines and interprets the history of the Black Church, including the seven historic American Black denominations: the African Methodist Episcopal Church; the African Methodist Episcopal Church; the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Incorporated; the National Baptist Convention; and the Church of God in Christ. The role of the Black Church in the Black community will be emphasized along with the contributions to and distinctives within American Protestantism that the black church offers.

  • BCS 5511 – BLACK THEOLOGY

    This course examines the development of the discipline of Black Theology in America since 1960. Focus will highlight the works of the founder of Black Theology, James Cone, the early voices such as J. Deotis Roberts and Gayraud Wilmore, as well as other evolving contemporary voices, such as Dwight Hopkins, Jacquelyn Grant, Kelly Brown Douglas, and Delores Williams. An historical perspective of the richness of the Black theological tradition will also be offered with references to the works of W.E.B. DuBois, Benjamin E. Mays, Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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