The Bachelor of Theology (BTh) program aims to train students to become aware of theological, church, community and social issues in the Pacific region today and to equip students to evaluate these matters from an evangelical Biblical viewpoint. Students will develop skills in applying and communicating their Biblical knowledge to meet the spiritual, cultural, development and ministry needs of our modern world.
The BTh is taught at Level 7 of the Papua New Guinea National Qualifications Framework and complies with the requirements for Bachelor degrees at this level. It has two main components, the practical and the academic.
Two BTh tracks are currently available: The pastoral track will prepare students for pastoral ministry and church leadership. This includes study of pastoral theology and counselling and psychology. The development track will prepare students for leadership of church agencies and other Christian organisations. This includes management, business and entrepreneurial skills. The majority of the courses (85 percent) will be the same for both tracks.
The BTh degree is built on the foundation of the Advanced Diploma of Ministry and so has as a prerequisite at least two years of diploma level study in theology, ministry and related fields.
1. Completing the Advanced Diploma of Ministry (or Theology) from CLTC or another accredited institution along with sufficient ministry experience. Advanced Diploma graduates who attain a B+ average are invited to complete an internship year and then continue to BTh studies. Those who completed their diploma studies previously may be admitted with a B average but need to demonstrate adequate English and academic ability in the application process.
2. Completing the Diploma of Christian Studies (one year) from CLTC with a B+ average plus significant other previous diploma level studies and ministry experience. The selection Committee will evaluate the amount and relevance of previous academic study and ministry experience. Additional requirements may be given prior to entry.
BTh students are required to write a project of 5,000 words under the supervision of faculty members qualified to supervise their research. A course on research methods is taught to assist students with their research and writing.