17-21 August 2015. Joji is in Zamboanga City this week to teach the students of the Master of Ministry program at Ebenezer Bible College and Seminary (EBCS) for a week. Her modular course is entitled: Inclusive Development as a Christian Ministry of Transformation.
The objectives of the course are:
1. To identify our role as Christian leaders to be God’s stewards of all the resources entrusted to us;
2. To discover our creative skills as spiritual leaders to find avenues where we can do spiritual ministries and at the same time help our respective communities become economically sustainable;
3. To be able to conceptualize approaches, based on sincere listening to the people on the ground, that would address social issues in your community, and how we can journey with them in developing approaches towards inclusive development with five bottom lines for effectiveness — people, peace, prosperity, partnership, planet.
The leadership of EBCS started the partnership with PeaceBuilders Community when we journeyed with the churches in their area during the 2013 Zamboanga Crisis. The Christian leaders there invited us to conduct a Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Seminar among them. One significant result of that seminar was the decision of the leaders there to start PAR training among the bible school and seminary students in the area for a long-term preparation and equipping of Christian leaders for biblical peacemaking.
Since 2014, EBCS has integrated PAR courses in their curriculum. PeaceBuilders Community’s leaders have been invited to teach modular courses. Joji’s course is the third of those courses.
Master of Ministry in Transformational Leadership.
This graduate course is designed for Christian work practitioners who desire (1) to enrich their knowledge about how to read the Scripture and the “signs of the times” (that is, where and how the Spirit is working in the world today); (2) to improve their ministry skills to meet the holistic needs of people in the church as well as in the world; and, (3) to develop a healthy Christ-like character befitting the children and servants of God.
There are 13 module courses in this program. To earn the M. Min. degree, a student must apply to be admitted to the program; enroll in the program; and, complete and fulfill all requirements for each course. Courses will be offered in cycles of two years. This is a non-thesis program but a comprehensive examination will be given at the end of the course.
A module course runs for six (6) days, Monday through Saturday, 8 AM to 12 NN and 1 to 5 PM. Professors set their own class agenda and grade the students according to their own standards. Course syllabi will be made available to students ahead of time.