Servant leadership

The graduates are expected to subordinate their personal ambitions to the needs of the parish and those of the society and show the unselfish traits of servant-leadership.

Lifelong learning skills

Lifelong learnign skills are vital in the profession of a church pastor or a teacher. The Faculty seeks to create in its students and graduates a lifelong intellectual curiosity based on sound scholarship, honesty, intellectual integrity, and above all, faith in the principles of divine wisdom. They will be open to the thoughts and ideas of others, and base their judgments upon a strong, balanced, and broad intellectual foundation. This will enable them to be the Church’s thought leaders, rather than mere reflectors of other men’s thinking.

Cultural sensitivity

The Faculty is committed to develop pastors/scholars with interpersonal and intercultural sensitivities that help the graduates to relate positively to every level of society surpassing the barriers of color, culture, caste, and creed. They will develop skills that help them to reach out to their fellow citizens and neighbors in their quest for truth and effective living in contemporary society. They will be open and accepting of individuals who seek solutions rather than debate causes of problems.

Communication skills

The students and graduates must be skilled communicators, listening, speaking, and writing well both in their mother tongue/national language and in English. They also need to understand the basics of psychology and sociology to be able to adapt their communication techniques to different situations.

Religious principle

The influence of the finest leaders of men and women is based as much on their actions as on their words. The authority for what they say arises from the manner in which they live. The graduates are to aspire to the authenticity, commitment, faith, passion, and high moral standards shown by humble men and women of faith (like Joseph, Ruth, Deborah, Daniel, and Paul). Above all, follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Practical ability

The Faculty will facilitate the development of specialized pastoral skills in the students. These include sound exegesis, preaching, worship, teaching, evangelism and mission, counselling, spiritual and emotional nurturing. They should also understand the basics of fiscal and human resource management as needed in a local church setting. In addition, they will have acquired some of the technical competencies which are necessary for life in the modern age, such as computer literacy.

General Education Courses: not less than 36 credits

Humanities (11 credits)

  • GENL 110 Seminar in Character Development* (0 credits)
    *This subject is required for every semester
  • Three of the following courses:
    RELB 116 Life and Teachings of Jesus (3 credits)
    RELB 215 Ethical Models (3 credits)
    RELH 271 Adventist Heritage and Mission (3 credits)
    RELT 150 Fundamentals of Christian Beliefs (3 credits)
    RELT 113 Origins of Life (3 credits)
    RELT 114 Understanding Self and Society (3 credits)
    RELT 213 Human Destiny (3 credits)
  • And one of the following courses:
    HIST 212 Introduction to History of Western Civilization (2 credits)
    HIST 213 Introduction to History of Eastern Civilization (2 credits)
    HMNT 210 Appreciation of Fine Arts (2 credits)
    HMNT 216 Thai Culture and Basic Conversational Skills** (2 credits)
    **This subject is not for Thai students

Language (6 credits)

  • ENGL 111 English Composition I (3 credits)
  • ENGL 112 English Composition II (3 credits)

Social Sciences (7 credits)

  • EDUC 111 Orientation to Higher Education (1 credits)
  • PSYC 115 General Psychology (3 credits)
  • RELP 312 Marriage and Family (3 credits)

Mathematics and Science (12 credits)

  • CPTR 114 Computers and Information Technology (3 credits)
  • HLED 117 Health and Fitness (3 credits)
  • MATH 112 Survey of Mathematics (3 credits)
  • One of the Following:
    BIOL 211 Principles of Biology (3 credits)
    ENSC 211 Understanding Our Environment (3 credits)

Professional Courses: not less than 91 credits

Core Courses: 39 credits

  • Biblical Studies (24 credits)
    RELB 260 The Law and the Writings of the Old Testament (3 credits)
    RELB 300 Biblical Hermeneutics (3 credits)
    RELB 361 Survey of the Gospels (3 credits)
    RELB 421 Old Testament Apocalyptic Writing (3 credits)
    RELB 422 Christian Apocalyptic Writing (3 credits)
    RELB 450 Hebrew Prophets I (3 credits)
    RELB 451 Hebrew Prophets II (3 credits)
    RELB 466 New Testament Epistles (3 credits)
  • Historical-Theological Studies (15 credits)
    RELH 325 History of Christianity (3 credits)
    RELT 360 Ministry and Message of E.G. White (3 credits)
    RELT 372 SDA Church History and Doctrines (3 credits)
    RELT 457 Systematic Theology I (3 credits)
    RELT 458 Systematic Theology II (3 credits)

Major Required Courses: 37 credits

  • Biblical Languages (12 credits)
    RELB 123 Basics of Biblical Hebrew (3 credits)
    RELB 124 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (3 credits)
    RELB 221 Biblical Greek I (3 credits)
    RELB 222 Biblical Greek II (3 credits)
  • Church Ministry, Preaching and Practicum (21 credits)
    RELP 223 Principles of Christian Mission (3 credits)
    RELP 286 Principles of Youth Ministry (3 credits)
    RELP 327 Homiletics (3 credits)
    RELP 328 Witnessing to Buddhist & Muslim (3 credits)
    RELP 330 Public Evangelism with Field Practicum (3 credits)
    RELP 360 Principles of Pastoral Ministry (3 credits)
    RELP 476 Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 credits)
  • Field Work Experience (4 credits)
    On the second Semester of the second year of a theology student, he may begin his Ministerial Practical Training (MPT) course. The four MPT course will cover four semesters and 2 summers within a four-year theology degree. The student has already taken pre-requisites courses such as: Fundamentals of Christian Beliefs, Principles of Christian Mission, and Principles of Pastoral Ministry before they can register to MPT courses. Here are the other extra-curricular requirements.
    (1) Regular participation in a Sabbath School class with evidence of some teaching/leadership abilities.
    (2) Be a Master Guide
    (3) Take a spiritual gifts inventory
    (4) Participation in a Bible study group, in-campus ministry groups, and Branch Sabbath School groups
    RELP 321 Ministerial Practical Training I (1 credits)
    RELP 322 Ministerial Practical Training II (1 credits)
    RELP 421 Ministerial Practical Training III (1 credits)
    RELP 422 Ministerial Practical Training IV (1 credits)

Major Electives Courses: 15 credits
Every Student is expected to take a minimum of 15 credits within one of the following cognate areas with possible variations as approved by the Faculty due to special needs or circumstances. The balance may be chosen from other cognates or listed electives. The regular cognate area for ministerial students in Southeast Asia is Pastoral Theology and Missions.

  • Biblical Studies
    RELB 496 Biblical Exegesis (3 credits)
    RELT 350 Biblical Theology (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Ministry and Missions
    RELG 324 Research Writing in Religion (3 credits)
    RELM 280 Religions of South-east Asia and the World (3 credits)
    RELM 346 Communicating Religious Truth in Southeast Asia (3 credits)
    RELM 420 Urban Ministry and Evangelism (3 credits)
    RELM 491 Selected Issues in Mission (3 credits)
    RELP 235 Christian Salesmanship (3 credits)
    RELP 251 Introduction to Church Accounting (3 credits)
    RELP 255 Church Leadership and Administration (3 credits)
    RELP 310 Christian Discipleship in the Local Church (3 credits)
    RELP 340 Media Evangelism (3 credits)
    RELP 377 Christian Worship and Liturgy (3 credits)
    RELP 395 Creative Christian Contextualization (3 credits)
    RELT 488 Pastoral Ethics (3 credits)
    RELT 491 Senior Project (or Research) (3 credits)

Free Electives: 6 credits

Free electives may be taken from this list, or any course offered by another Faculty at Asia-Pacific International University.

  • RELB 481 Advanced Hebrew (3 credits)
  • RELB 482 Advanced Greek (3 credits)
  • RELH 375 History of Christian Doctrines (3 credits)
  • RELH 390 Selected Topics in Church History (3 credits)
  • RELM 120 Basics of Arabic Grammar (3 credits)
  • RELP 222 Christian Apologetics (3 credits)
  • RELT 435 Pauline Theology (3 credits)
  • RELT 481 Directed Readings in Religious Studies (3 credits)
  • RELT 486 Seminar in Adventist Theology (3 credits)
  • RELT 487 Selected Topics Issues in Theology (3 credits)

Minor Program: not less than 18 credits

Students from other Faculty may take the following minor concentration: Christian Studies (18 credits)

  • Required (9 credits)
    2 Courses in Biblical Studies
    1 Course in Adventist Studies
  • Electives (9 credits)

Approved electives from courses offered by the Faculty.

First Year

First Semester

Course Title Credits
EDUC 111 Orientation to Higher Education 1
ENGL 111 English Composition I 3
HLED 117 Health & Fitness 3
PSYC 115 General Psychology 3
RELB 116 Life and Teachings of Jesus 3
RELB 123 Basics of Biblical Hebrew 3
Total 16

Second Semester

Course Title Credits
CPTR 114 Computer & Information Technology 3
ENGL 112 English Composition II 3
MATH 112 Survey of Math 3
RELB 124 Intermediate Hebrew 3
RELT 150 Fundamentals of Christian Beliefs 3
Total 15

Summer Session

Course Title Credits
HIST 212 Intro. To History of Western Civilization 2
RELB 215 Ethical Models and /or 3
Major Elective 3
Total 5

Second Year

First Semester

Course Title Credits
BIOL 211 Principles of Biology or 3
ENSC211 Understanding our Environment
RELB 221 Biblical Greek I 3
RELB 260 The Law and Writings of the Old Testament 3
RELH 271 Adventist Heritage and Mission 3
RELP 223Principles of Christian Mission 3
Total 15

Second Semester

Course Title Credits
RELB 222 Biblical Greek II 3
RELB 300 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
RELP 286 Principles of Youth Ministry 3
RELP 321 Ministerial Practical Training I 1
RELT 360 Ministry and Message of Ellen G. White 3
Major Elective 3
Total 16

Summer Session

Course Title Credits
RELP 322 Ministerial Practical Training II 1
RELP 330 Public Evangelism with Field Practicum 3
Total 4

Third Year

First Semester

Course Title Credits
RELP 327 Homiletics 3
RELB 361 Survey of the Gospels 3
RELH 325 History of Christianity 3
RELP 360 Principles of Pastoral Ministry 3
Major Elective 3
Total 15

Second Semester

Course Title Credits
RELB 450 Hebrew Prophets I 3
RELT 372 SDA Church History and Doctrines 3
RELP 328 Witnessing to Buddhists and Muslims 3
RELP 476 Pastoral Care and Counselling 3
RELB 466 New Testament Epistles 3
RELP 421 Ministerial Practical Training III 1
Total 16

Summer Session

Course Title Credits
RELP 422 Ministerial Practical Training IV 1
Total 1

Field Work Assignment in coordination with SAUM for Direct Field Experience

Fourth Year

First Semester

Course Title Credits
RELB 421 Old Testament Apocalyptic Writings 3
RELB 451 Hebrew Prophets II 3
RELT 457 Systematic Theology I 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Total 15

Second Semester

Course Title Credits
RELB 422 Christian Apocalyptic Writings 3
RELT 458 Systematic Theology II 3
RELP 312 Marriage and Family 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Total 15

Second Year

First Semester

Code Course Title Credits
BIOL 211
ENSC211
Principles of Biology or
Understanding our Environment
3
RELB 221 Biblical Greek I 3
RELB 260 The Law and Writings of the Old Testament 3
RELH 271 Adventist Heritage and Mission 3
RELP 223 Principles of Christian Mission 3
Total 15

Second Semester

Code Course Title Credits
RELB 222 Biblical Greek II 3
RELB 300 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
RELP 286 Principles of Youth Ministry 3
RELP 321 Ministerial Practical Training I 1
RELT 360 Ministry and Message of Ellen G. White 3
Major Elective 3
Total 16

Summer Session

Code Course Title Credits
RELP 322 Ministerial Practical Training II 1
RELP 330 Public Evangelism with Field Practicum 3
Total 4

Third Year

First Semester

Code Course Title Credits
IRELP 327 Homiletics 3
RELB 361 Survey of the Gospels 3
RELH 325 History of Christianity 3
RELP 360 Principles of Pastoral Ministry 3
Major Elective 3
Total 15

Second Semester

Code Course Title Credits
RELB 450 Hebrew Prophets I 3
RELT 372 SDA Church History and Doctrines 3
RELP 328 Witnessing to Buddhists and Muslims 3
RELP 476 Pastoral Care and Counselling 3
RELB 466 New Testament Epistles 3
RELP 421 Ministerial Practical Training III 1
Total 16

Summer Session

Code Course Title Credits
RELP 422 Ministerial Practical Training IV 1
Total 1

Field Work Assignment in coordination with SAUM for Direct Field Experience

Fourth Year

First Semester

Code Course Title Credits
RELB 421 Old Testament Apocalyptic Writings 3
RELB 451 Hebrew Prophets II 3
RELT 457 Systematic Theology I 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Total 15

Second Semester

Code Course Title Credits
RELB 422 Christian Apocalyptic Writings 3
RELT 458 Systematic Theology II 3
RELP 312 Marriage and Family 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Total 15

The General Education Learning Outcomes

1. Ethics and Morals
Learning Outcomes

  1. Has moral standards, adheres to an ethical code of conduct in professional life, and serves as a role model to others.
  2. Is honest and faithful to oneself and to others.
  3. Has a sacrificial spirit, a heart for public service, and understands oneself and others.
  4. Has self-discipline and a sense of responsibility, respects others’ rights, and is a good listener.
  5. Respects the rules and regulations of organizations and society.

Teaching Strategies

  1. Faculty members are good role models and instill the value of honesty while teaching classes.
  2. Establish rules that promote self-discipline and a sense of responsibility, such as punctuality dress code and academic honesty.
  3. Encourage students to participate in and organize activities that provide academic and professional services to society.
  4. Encourage students to participate in/ organize activities that build Ethics and Moral Values.
  5. Teach through actual situations.
  6. Teach through lectures.
  7. Special lectures by experienced persons.
  8. Teach through discussions.
  9. Personal or group assignments.

Evaluation Methods

  1. Evaluate from submission of assignments.
  2. Evaluate from punctual attendance.
  3. Evaluate from self-discipline via appropriate dress and following of university rules and regulations.
  4. Evaluate from student participation in activities.
  5. Evaluate from student responsible on the assignments.
  6. Evaluate from behavioral observation and student participation in class.
  7. Evaluate by using examinations.

2. Knowledge
Learning Outcomes

  1. Understands fundamental concepts and principles in various fields including the Social Sciences, Humanities, Sciences and Languages.
  2. Has a knowledge and understanding of principles, theories and concepts in knowledge that are studied.
  3. Is able to analyze and explain the principles of courses that are studied.
  4. Is able to integrate and apply knowledge appropriately in real-life situations.

Teaching Strategies

  1. Teach through lectures include a variety of teaching methodologies based on course content that emphasize student-centered.
  2. Teach through discussions.
  3. Teach through practice in laboratory.
  4. Teach through project-based instruction.
  5. Teach through self-study.
  6. Using situations, problems and case studies.
  7. Using actual situations.
  8. Emphasize participative learning by using collaborative and cooperative methodology.
  9. Personal or group assignments.
  10. Field trips.

Evaluation Methods

  1. Sectional quizzes, midterm examination and final examination.
  2. Case study analysis reports.
  3. Practice assessment.
  4. Report/Project assessment.
  5. Presentation assessment.
  6. Self-assessment, Peer assessment, Teacher assessment.
  7. Behavioral Observation and student participation in class.

3. Cognitive Skills
Learning Outcomes

  1. Understands concepts and is able to think systematically.
  2. Able to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate problems by using knowledge obtained through study.
  3. Able to apply knowledge to solve problems in various situations properly and appropriately.

Teaching Strategies

  1. Teach through discussions to foster analytical thinking.
  2. Teach through problem-based learning or case studies related to course content.
  3. Teach through experiential learning with actual situations, field trips.
  4. Emphasize application of theory in actual situations.
  5. Teach through self-study.
  6. Personal or group assignments.

Evaluation Methods

  1. Evaluate by using examinations.
  2. Case study analysis reports.
  3. Evaluate from problem solving processes and analytical performance.
  4. Evaluate from actual work performance.
  5. Report/Project assessment.
  6. Presentation assessment.

4. Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility
Learning Outcomes

  1. Has good human relation skills, is able to adapt to situations and organizational culture.
  2. Is responsible to society, organizations, and for assigned work.
  3. Able to assume the roles of either a leader or a follower in various circumstances.

Teaching Strategies

  1. (1) Use a variety of teaching methodologies that emphasize student-centered learning by using problems, case studies and actual situations.
    (2) Emphasize interaction between student and student, student and teacher, student and service recipient.
    (3) Organize group activities to foster the roles of leader and follower.
    (4) Organize learning from practical activities or projects that promotes team work and leadership skills.

Evaluation Methods

  1. Evaluate students’ interpersonal skills and sense of responsibility by using cooperative learning methods.
  2. Self-assessment, Peer assessment, Teacher assessment.
  3. Behavioral observation and student participation.
  4. Evaluate learner on leadership skills and how they assume the roles of leader and follower in different kinds of situations.
  5. Evaluate ability to work with others and as a team.
  6. Evaluate the responsiveness from the practical section.

5. Quantitative Analytical, Communication and Information Technology Skills
Learning Outcomes

  1. Able to use knowledge in mathematics or statistics to analyze data and present it in a suitable manner.
  2. Able to communicate with others appropriately through listening, speaking, reading, writing, and presenting information.
  3. Able to use information technology skills to search for, collect, analyze, and present data properly.

Teaching Strategies

  1. Organize activities that emphasize quantitative analytical skills through practice exercises, solving mathematical or statistical problems, and applying these principles in actual situations.
  2. Organize activities that emphasize the communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and presenting.
  3. Provide learning experience in selecting and using information technology to search for data and communicates it clearly in many formats.
  4. Provide learning experience in presenting information that is appropriate in terms of the audience, content, and channel.

Evaluation Methods

  1. Evaluate numerical skills through examinations.
  2. Evaluate communication skills through examinations, observation, or assignments that measure listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
  3. Evaluate information technology skills through examinations, project reports and presentations.

The Professional Learning Outcomes

1. Ethics and Morals

Students deal with ethical and professional issues involving values and moral judgment in ways that are sensitive to others and consistent with underlying values and relevant professional codes of practice. They also demonstrate a high level of ethical behavior in situations involving value conflict and competing priorities.
They consistently demonstrate honesty and integrity with an appropriate balance of personal and group goals and objectives. They provide a positive influence to others through example and leadership in employment or other group situations in family and community.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand biblical ethical and moral principles
  2. Learn self-discipline with regards to time and responsibility to oneself, to one’s profession, and to the society
  3. Demonstrate skills for leading and following, be able to work in a team
  4. Exhibit respect for other people’s rights and ideas, including respect for human value and integrity

Teaching Strategies

  1. Determine the organizational culture to foster students with self discipline by class attendance regulation and dress code
  2. Learning from the actual situation
  3. Learning from group role play by practicing leader and follower roles
  4. Learning from case studies that relate to ethical and moral issue
  5. Determine the rules that promote honesty such as the rule on plagiarism
  6. Integrate ethical and moral ideas in all courses and organize ethical and moral activities

Evaluation Methods

  • There are different kinds of evaluation during the class period, after the classes, and after the graduation. The evaluators include student self assessment, peer assessment, teacher, and the supervisor in the internship. The evaluation methods include interview, observation, questionnaire, focus group, recording note, and other related measurements. The contents of the evaluation include at least: class attendance, assignment submission, activity participation, quality of works, self discipline, responsiveness, and working performance.

2. Knowledge

Students have possession of comprehensive, coherent, and systematic body of knowledge in a field and underlying principles and theories associated with it. They are aware of related knowledge and theories of other disciplines and other professional fields. They are familiar with the latest development at the forefront of specializations in theological education including critical awareness of current research relating to the resolution of issues and extension of knowledge. Students are aware of relevant conventions, regulations, and technical requirements and how these may be modified over time in response to changing circumstances.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Acquire knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories pertinent to the field of studies
  2. Exhibit ability to analyze problems and to understand and explain the needs of the ministry
  3. Be cognizant of recent and ongoing developments in theology and ministry

Teaching Strategies

  1. Emphasize theory and application in the actual situation
  2. Emphasize participative learning
  3. Use problems and case studies
  4. Learn from actual situation and field trips
  5. Learn from classes, practicum organizations, and communities
  6. Lecturing and discussion
  7. Research, analysis, and independent study
  8. Selected topic presentations and group study

Evaluation Methods

  1. Sectional quiz
  2. Midterm and final examination
  3. Student report and assignment
  4. Case study analysis report
  5. Independent study and project
  6. Class presentation
  7. Internship assessment

3. Cognitive Skills

Students are able to carry out investigations, comprehend and evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources, and apply conclusions to a wide range of issues and problems without external guidance. They are able to investigate complex problems and recommend creative and innovative solutions taking account of relevant theoretical knowledge and practical experience and the consequences and decisions made. They can apply these skills and insights in professional and academic contexts relevant to the field of study undertaken. They can use routine procedures appropriately, but identify situations requiring innovative solutions and draw on relevant theoretical and practical insights in response.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Think systematically and critically
  2. Learn how to search, define, and evaluate information for solving problems creatively
  3. Be able to apply the knowledge and skills learnt to solve problems appropriately

Teaching Strategies

  1. Case studies
  2. Group discussion
  3. Independent study
  4. Project
  5. Research Papers
  6. Seminars
  7. Internship

Evaluation Methods

  1. Ability to analyze and solve problem in the case study
  2. Actual working performance evaluation
  3. Evaluate from the problem solving process, independent study, and analytical performance, such as from the case study analysis presentation, independent study report, group discussion report, and seminar

4. Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility

Students contribute to and facilitate constructive resolution of issues in group or team situations, whether in a leadership role or as a member of a group. They can exercise group leadership in undefined situations calling for innovative responses. They accept personal responsibility for actions undertaken and share responsibility as a member of a group. They show initiative in identifying issues requiring attention in both personal and social situations and in addressing them appropriately on an individual or team basis. They accept responsibility for their own continuing learning and personal and professional development.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Be able to communicate to different groups of people efficiently
  2. Achieve competence in assisting and facilitating problem solving in different situations, in both leadership or team member roles
  3. Show initiative in demonstrating problem solving capability both in individual and group contexts

Teaching Strategies

  1. Emphasize on the interaction between student and student, student and teacher, and student and service receiver
  2. Organize group activities for the promotion of leader and follower roles
  3. Organize learning from the practical section that promotes team work and leadership skills
  4. Organize learning from the practical section that promotes team work in multi-cultural situations

Evaluation Methods

  1. Evaluate the learners on the role of leader and follower
  2. Evaluate the leadership skills in different kinds of situations
  3. Evaluate the ability in working with others and as a team
  4. Evaluate the responsiveness from the practical section

5. Numerical Analysis, Communication and IT Skills

When investigating issues and problems students can identify relevant statistical or mathematical techniques and apply them creatively in interpreting information and proposing solutions. They can communicate effectively both orally and on writing, selecting and using forms of presentation appropriate for different issues and audiences. They routinely use the most appropriate information and communication technology in gathering, interpreting and communicating information and ideas.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn to use available skills for ministry
  2. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written formats
  3. Be able to choose appropriate types of media for presentations

Teaching Strategies

  1. Organize activities that emphasize the communication skills in speaking, listening, and writing between two people and group
  2. Provide learning experience in selecting and use information technology for communication
  3. Provide learning experience in selecting, using, and presenting information with appropriate audience, content, and channel

Evaluation Methods

  1. Evaluation the learning activities by observation and assess speaking and writing skills
  2. Listening assessment
  3. Information analysis by examination paper, case study analysis report, research output, and independent study