The minister needs to have an understanding of the diverse contexts in which the church has responded to God’s revelation in Jesus Christ. A study of the church from its foundation in the apostolic era until the current era (around the world and with an emphasis in Latin America and Hispanics in the United States) provide the minister with the tools for an understanding of the universal church. A course about the history and theology of the Covenant Church is offered and is required for students of ECC denomination.
H-211 CHURCH HISTORY
This course gives a panoramic view of the history of the church from its beginning until the present, mentioning themes, movements, and key people. The factors for both the advancement and deterioration of the church is discussed, along with its eight periods as well as the church’s specific development in particular cultures in which the church was planted. The course discusses the need for the Protestant Reformation, the development of Modernism, Fundamentalism, Pentecostalism, and Ecumenicalism.
H-212 THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE UNITED STATES (Requirement H-211)
This course consists of a critical examination of the history of the church in Latin American beginning with the Spanish and Portuguese conquest in the 16th century. The following topics are discussed: the penetration of immigrant Protestantism during the 19th and 20th centuries, the churches that arose out of missionary work until the middle of the 20th century, and the explosive growth of Evangelicalism, in particular Pentecostalism starting the 1960’s. The course concludes by locating the Hispanic immigrants in the context of The United States.
H-213 THE HISTORY AND THEOLOGY OF THE EVANGELICAL COVENANT CHURCH (Requirements H-211 y H-212)
This course is designed to help the student understand and interpret the Pietist and Evangelical traditions of the Covenant church. Starting with an examination of the reformation in the 16th century, the historical and theological conditions for the development of revivals in Europe are considered (with an emphasis in Sweden) along with Evangelicalism in North America during the 19th and 20th centuries. The missionary work of the Covenant church around the world is considered, with an emphasis on Latin America and the birth of national autonomous churches in the second half of the 20th century.