Class Descriptions

ITEM believes in Biblical teaching in Africa to help Pastors lead their congregations based solely on the Bible. ITEMís classes are equivalent to sound Biblical teaching and seminary school. Some of the classes are to be completed in 40 classroom hours and some 60 classroom hours. Below is an overview of all 10 courses currently being taught in Africa by ITEM. If you would like more information on our classes let us know at

Bible Study Methods and Rules of Interpretation: An introduction to basic Bible study methods and rules of interpretation with emphasis on accurately understanding and obeying Godís Word and the development of practical skills. Students will learn to determine what Scripture says, what it means, and how it can be applied.  

Old Testament Survey: A broad overview and survey of the Old Testament designed to emphasize the structure, theme and message of the Old Testament and each of its 39 individual books in order to provide understanding of Godís self-revelation and His plan of redemption.  

New Testament Survey: An overview survey of the New Testament focusing on the theme, purpose, structure and basic content of each individual book and relating each book to the whole Bible. Strong emphasis is also given to the applicational message of each book.  

Preaching Biblical Messages and Pastoral Ministry: The first part of this course, Preaching Biblical Messages, is designed to equip and train pastors with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare and communicate expository messages from Godís Word. The goal of these messages is that they be biblically accurate and responsive to the needs of people. Emphasis is placed on practical preparation of the preacher and his message with numerous examples and practice assignments. The second part of the course, Pastoral Ministry, is designed to equip pastors with knowledge and practical skills required for effective ministry in the church which is fruitful from Godís perspective.      

Bible Doctrine Survey: A survey and summary of the ten major doctrines of the Bible with an emphasis on the pastor or church leader knowing God more fully while understanding and practicing sound theology.  

Personal Spiritual Life: This course is designed to teach pastors and church leaders the basic concepts and principles of the spiritual life so that they can personally grow to spiritual maturity and live a life that is pleasing to God.  

Church Ministry, Administration, Education: This course is designed to introduce pastors and church leaders to the basic principles related to the nature, structure and function of the church and to teach them the practical knowledge and skills necessary for the local church to effectively carry out its functional roles in the areas of ministry, administration and education.  

Teaching Principles and Methods: Designed to equip pastors and church leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively teach Godís Word. Much emphasis is placed on the pastorís role as teacher and the biblical goal of teaching.  

Church History Survey: This course is designed to introduce pastors and church leaders to the principal people; the major political, historical, and cultural developments; the main religious movements; and the doctrinal issues which have influenced and shaped the Christian church throughout its 2000 year history.  

Missions, Evangelism, Discipleship: This three-part course is designed to ground pastors and church leaders in the basic biblical principles of missions, evangelism, and discipleship so that the church can accomplish its God-given task of bringing lost people to Christ and building them up in Christ.