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Bachelor of Theology (B.Th)

The Bachelor of Theology is designed to prepare graduates for ministry and leadership within church and community settings. The B.Th. integrates a well-developed foundation in Christian Studies with a broad and coherent theoretical and practical knowledge in theology and biblical studies. This includes exploration of the Christian tradition as developed historically and within faith traditions. It also includes engagement in the study of the primary texts of the Christian faith (Old and New Testaments) with reflection on how those texts have been interpreted both historically and in contemporary readings. General skills in communication and problem solving are developed alongside specialist knowledge and expertise in their chosen specialization. Theories are applied and professional skills are developed through practical assessments and work-integrated learning.


 Course Outcome

The Bachelor of Theology program imparts a general foundation in the biblical and theological disciplines. Distinctively, the outcomes of the B. Th. program are to prepare graduates who,

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the content and meaning of the biblical canon.
  2. Apply the tools for sound exegesis of biblical scripture.
  3. Are equipped for personal spiritual formation.
  4. Can critique and use information from a wide range of sources.
  5. Can provide effective Christian leadership in diverse organizations, institutions, and countries.


Course Structure

The course structure is based on a module system followed by an Examination [ total 5 Weeks] with eleven subjects of 2/3/4 credit hours taught each academic year. Apart from the online live instructional hour’s students are expected to view recorded lectures/documentaries as part of the instructional hours. To qualify for the Bachelor of Theology degree award, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 90-108+12 (Practicum) credit points. All the subjects are core subjects.


Course Content

Subjects and codes

General Studies Courses Code Credit hours
1 Introduction to Academic Writing and Research GS 111 2
  Total credit   2


Biblical studies Courses Code Credit hours
2 Bible Survey OT BS 121 3
3 Bible Survey NT BS 122 3
4 Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ BS 123 3
5 General Epistles & Hebrews BS 124 3
6 Acts of the Apostles BS 221 3
7 Pentateuch BS 222 3
8 Synoptic Gospels BS 223 3
9 Prophetic Books BS 224 3
10 Prison and Pastoral epistles BS 225 3
11 Preliminary Greek BS 321 3
12 Poetical Books BS 322 3
13 Johannine literature BS 323 3
14 Elective-Historical Books/Romans/1&2 Corinthians BS 324 3
15 Apocalyptic literature (Daniel & Revelation) BS 325 3
  Total credit   42


 Theology & Ethics Courses  Code Credit hours
16 Introduction to Christian Doctrine TE 131 3
17 Theology 1- Theology proper, Christology & Angelology TE 132 4
18 Theology 2- Anthropology, Hamartiology, Soteriology TE 231 4
19 Theology 3- Pneumatology, ecclesiology, eschatology TE 331 4
20 Ethics TE 332 3
  Total credit   18


Historical studies Courses Code Credit hours
21 Indian Church history HS141 3
22 Church history -1 up to 1550 HS 241 4
23 Church history -2from 1550 till Present HS 341 4
  Total credit   11


 Practical Theology Courses Code Credit hours
24 Christian Education PT 151 3
25 Homiletics PT 152 3
26 Stewardship & loyalty PT 153 3
27 Pastoral Administration and Leadership PT 251 3
28 Biblical Hermeneutics PT 252 3
29 Introduction to pastoral care & counselling PT 351 3
30 Apologetics PT 352 3
  Total credit   21


Science of religion Courses  Code Credit hours
31 Major Religion RS 261 4
  Total credit   4


Mission studies Courses Code Credit hours
32 Church planting and Evangelism MS 171 3
33 Cultural Anthropology MS 271 3
34 Biblical theology of mission MS 371 4
  Total credit   10



All B.Th. students are required to spend two days in a week in ministry assignments in their own context, under a local mentor. Local mentors work in partnership with ZLI through Practical Work Coordinator (PWC). Local mentors are identified by students during their course.  Local mentors must be suitably experienced to provide mentoring. Student must provide a written approval of agreement from the local mentor for guiding them during their course.  Field work evaluations by local mentors will be monitored by the PWC and approved by ZLI. The student earn twelve credits for practicum. This is mandatory for graduation.

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