Certificate Programs and Continuing Education

New Testament Studies

This New Testament Survey module is a broad brush stroke look at the entire range of New Testament material; its formation, its very nature. What is the Apostolic conversation contained in these twenty seven pieces of religious literature that the Church has traditionally received as canon? This module is designed to acquaint the Christian educator, pastor or leader with the full range of critical, literary, apologetical and spiritual issues concerning the New Testament which impacts the teaching and proclaiming of the Apostolic gospel in the 21st Century.

 

New! We are now offering a free Greek Tutoring Lab. You may sign up at any time, until class capacity is reached. If you are interested, please contact the Academic Dean haines@SATCS.org for seat availability.

 

The Church in the Modern World

Who are we? What is our raison d’être? This module is designed to traverse the entire range of apologetical issues which confront lay and clerical leaders of the modern, Apostolic Church. What is the Church? What is the overall literary integrity of the New Testament materials – the very foundation of the Church – are they reliable? How does the Church address some of the more difficult theological, cultural and political issues of the present day? What is the state of the argument for the existence of God, for example? What is the justification for the Church’s belief in the ultimate redemption of man -and of his history – in a period of unimaginable brutality, debauchery and civilizational decay? What is the explanation for a seemingly hopeless division of the physical Church of Christ, in which wickedness so often achieves the ascendency, and its very unity, holiness, universality, and apostolicity seems engulfed in irresolvable crisis? Finally, what is Anglicanism’s place in the present multi-jurisdictional environment in setting forth the witness of Christ and feeding his sheep in an increasing hostile and secularized world?

Leadership and Missiology

If the Church is to re-evangelize the “post-Christian” West, and continue to aggressively evangelize the rest of the world, despite the rise of modern, militant Islam, she will require a phalanx of leaders and evangelists that have the calling, the gifts and the passion to take the Gospel of Christ to a broken and rebellious world. This module is designed to present the basic principles of good leadership and Bible-based strategies for building community based churches that serve the whole range of parish based needs – from cradle to grave. How do you start a church in Anywhere USA? Or Anywhere England. Or in Mali? How do you feed it? How do you organize it? How do you sustain it? How do you develop leadership? How do you meet the physical needs of the people of your parish? This module is designed to tackle these questions.

The Koine Conversation

This module is designed to forge an enduring relationship between the student  and the Koine Greek of the New Testament materials. Because Koine is the language in which the Holy Spirit has engaged the world in conversation with God – and His only begotten Son. This introductory module will cover the basics of working with language – any language – its syntax, its figures of speech, its “poetic diction” and of how these principles apply to the practical work of understanding the apostolic conversation of the New Testament materials – all of which has been written in Koine. This course will also give examples of some of the tools that are available to facilitate working with the Koine, and some suggested methodologies of applying those tools as an essential part of a Church leader’s personal life of prayer, study, teaching or preaching of the word of God to the modern, multi-lingual world. This course is not an abstract study of the Greek language. It is a study of how the authors of the New Testament used this language to preach the everlasting Gospel of Christ.

Church Music Leadership For the Small Parish

Many church planters and clergy of small parishes find themselves with very meager music resources. And if they are not musically trained, it can be discouraging to locate effective resources and training materials for themselves and lay musicians.  If there were a course that could be called, “Sacred Music Leadership for Dummies”, this would be it.  This module will give ministers tasked with the responsibility of music leadership, with only modest musical ability, the training and confidence necessary to lead simple chants and congregational singing.  In addition, it will equip those in the most humble of musical environments to learn what resources are available to them, and how to present them successfully, thus fostering a vibrant and worshipful sacred music environment.  Students will learn the rudiments of reading music; the basics of guitar playing; fundamentals of audio equipment operation; basic hymnology and church music history; how to recruit and build a volunteer musician base; and how to communicate with musicians.

 

Continuing Education

Pastor burnout. It happens. But why? The solution might be that the reservoir has run dry. In every profession, practitioners must refill their personal reservoirs with a fresh look at their skills and their mission. So we have put together a substantial, 9 hour package which covers a broad range of professional competencies for the priest or pastor or educator. The first part of this continuing education package revisits the basis of our spiritual formation, focusing on the principles of spirituality which should accompany the acquisition of Christian knowledge, the formation of an orthodox Christology, and the development of a moment by moment existential relationship with Christ, focusing upon the Biblical argument concerning the process of character formation, the acquisition of virtue, and the maturation of Christian faith and spirituality. The second part of the program will address the basics of the use of Greek, for both personal study and preaching. And it will give examples of some of the tools that are available to facilitate working with the Koine, and some suggested methodologies of applying those tools as an essential part of a Church leader’s personal life of prayer, study, exegesis, teaching or preaching of the word of God to the modern world. The third and final part re-examines the primary idea of the Church, her sacraments and her holy orders. What is the holy order of the Church? And what is my role as a servant of the one, holy catholic church of Jesus Christ?