Refreshed Certificate in Christian Studies
The Shepherd’s Bible College is focused on training the Lord’s people for ministry and life. With this in mind, we want to help ground young adults in the Word of God and at the same time help them prepare for both the university and the workforce.
With this in mind, we’ve just refreshed our Certificate in Christian Studies programme to better cater to those who want to take a gap year, but want to work while they study.
Prepare for Work
The workplace is challenging for Christians. Most Christians are either intimidated into silence or assimilated into the world. But “you did not learn Christ in this way” (Eph 4:20). God calls you to be an awesome and effective employee, a model of those who believe (1 Tim 4:12). The Bible has a lot to say about how to be all you can be in the workforce.
Prepare for University
University life presents the same challenges as the work place, but has some distinct challenges. Many university courses sit on the shaky foundation of naturalism, and many Christians struggle to understand that the Christian worldview is deeper and richer. In fact, modern science depends upon a Christian worldview.
Prepare to be what you were created to be
Prepare to be what you were created to be God calls every believer not only to be a fearless and effective communicator of the gospel, but to also live before Him with understanding and confidence.
The Certificate in Christian Studies is designed to help you get the answers to basic questions many Christians struggle with their whole lives. How can I challenge unbelievers about Christ? How can I get more done in less time? How can I grow in Christ in the midst of a world that has forsaken God? How do I reconcile work and faith? How do I deal with my problems biblically? What are the key characteristics of a godly employee? These and many more questions are examined throughout this programme of study.
Study anywhere in New Zealand
While the Certificate in Christian Studies is a 60 unit programme (half a year of full time study), we’ve spread the course load over a whole year so that students can work part or full time while they study. Students only need to be on campus for classes at the beginning of a course, and course work is due 5-6 weeks after the class concludes.