The purpose of a theological education is the application of the whole Bible to the whole of human life. Theology is not an attempt to articulate our feelings about God but neither is it merely an attempt to state the objective truth, or to put the truth in “proper order” - for Scripture already does those things perfectly well. Theology is, rather, teaching the Bible for the purpose of meeting human needs. It answers human questions, helps to relieve doubts, and applies texts to every-day life-situations. There is clearly a God-ordained place for biblical teachers and counselors in the formation of our lives, but, in the end, only God, by his Word and Spirit, can convict us so we obey; only He can open our spiritual ears and hearts to the life-changing counsel He provides us with.
Biblical and Theological Studies
The Biblical & Studies Concentration prepares students with a strong Biblical foundation to serve God and neighbor in today’s complex world. Students learn how to interpret scripture and apply it to their everyday living in a way that is relevant to their community and culture. All studies are based upon English language texts and expose the students to a wide range of possibilities within Christian ministry service. These studies are designed to empower the student to meet the challenge of contextualizing the Gospel in an increasingly urbanized, international and technological global community.
Missions and Multiculteral Studies
The courses offered in Missions and Intercultural Studies are designed to prepare the student as a missional leader to engage in cross-cultural ministry locally and globally. This training provides a range of applied and academic disciplines suitable for local church focused ministry and also missions work in diversified world contexts. Within the overall programs offered there are special sections that are geared towards equipping Christian believers to engage in holistic ministry in today’s multicultural world.
The courses offered in Christian Ministries are designed for those in the Christian community who find the on-campus approach demanding residential studies and training for a vocation of Christian Ministry impractical. Because of the need for a non-traditional methodology, NCIU developed a high quality, self-motivating and self-disciplining curriculum for the off-campus approach. The courses consist of conservative evangelical and Pentecostal Bible teaching through textbooks, research, assignments and deductive reasoning. Vision-focused courses are provided for each student with mentoring by supportive faculty, including the inclusion of field internships under supervision where practicable.
NCIU is committed to a Christian philosophy of education. This means all courses provided by the university are conditioned and directed from a Christ-centered, biblical perspective. The goal of the program is to provide study texts and guided research resources that enable the student in gaining a theocentric understanding of all aspects of the education process. Students are exposed to both an examination of the biblical theology that frames religious education and the history of education development, as well as reviewing contemporary trends and directions in a post-modern secular or pluralistic society.
Christian Pastoral Counseling
The Christian Counseling programs offered by NCIU provide students with access to a number of courses based upon the convictions that God’s Word should be the counseling authority of the Christian Church, and that counseling should be part of the basic discipling ministry of a local church through the ministry service of well-trained and equipped Christian believers. Courses are provided that enable understanding of secular psychologies and their impact upon the post-modern communities of urban societies.