First Year Programme

One Year Certificate Programme

Course level:  Certificate

Objectives of this level: This programme is designed for young as well as experienced leaders who want to gain a basic understanding of the Bible, Theology, and the principles of Leadership. It will provide the background for students to grow in all three dimensions: spiritual, cognitive (academic) and ministry, and prepare them to continue their studies in the next stages.

Manner of study: The student participates in two semesters (one full-time academic year) of online classes which include: video lectures, participation in live webinars, reading textbooks, writing reflective articles, research articles, writing a journal, working on case studies and writing final exams.

In addition to online classes, other educational activities (non-video lessons) include the following: Spiritual guidance (mentoring) sessions, Ministerial Practicum as agreed upon with the faculty, and participation in Formation Conferences.

Recommended duration for this course level: 2 to 3 years part-time. Pars advises students to complete this level in a maximum of 3 years by taking at least 2 courses per term.

Number of credits:  60 ECTS credits. Every credit of a Pars course represents 28 hours of participation in a learning activity.

This is in line with the European education system, where each credit is equivalent to 25-30 study hours. It should be noted that one course in the US education system (which is usually followed by the Iranian university system) is equivalent to 40-50 hours. Students should consider this difference when comparing Pars courses to university credits from Iranian and United States systems. The total number of Pars undergraduate course credits (ECTS) is 180, which is equivalent to approximately 128 credits in the US and Iranian education systems.

Credit distribution:
Foundational courses: 28 ECTS
Core Courses: 5 ECTS
Electives: 11-17 ECTS
Non-video: 10-16 ECTS (2 or 3 Formation Conferences = 6 or 9 ECTS; one year of Mentoring = 1 ECTS; one or two years of Ministerial Practicum = 3 or 6 ECTS).

Students can choose any elective course offered by the school as their elective credits, provided they have already taken the prerequisite courses for that course. Prerequisite courses for each course are specified in the student handbook.

Students who plan to continue their studies with Pars beyond the first level can take more credits of either core courses or electives. In this case, if their credits in these two categories exceed the set ceiling, the additional credits will be considered as counting towards the following level of study.

Students who, for acceptable reasons, are unable to pass the minimum number of non-video credits, can discuss their problem with the school management and ask for guidance if they intend to complete their studies. At the discretion of the faculty, students who continue their studies with Pars in the following levels may be allowed to compensate for the deficit of their non-video credits in the ensuing years.

  • Induction to Pars (0 ECTS)

  • The Grand Story of Salvation (3 ECTS)

  • Essentials of Holistic Formation (4 ECTS)

  • Practices of Holistic Formation (4 ECTS)

  • A Survey of the Christian Doctrines (5 ECTS)

  • A Survey of the New Testament (6 ECTS)

  • A Survey of the Old Testament (6 ECTS)

  • How to Understand and Apply the Bible (5 ECTS)

Electives - Christian World & Life View

  • Apologetics in an Islamic Context (4 ECTS)
  • The Persecuted Church (3 ECTS)
  • Christian Marriage and Family (4 ECTS)
  • Christian Ethics (4 ECTS)
  • Science and the Christian Faith (4 ECTS)
  • An Introduction to Islam (5 ECTS)
  • Political Theology (4 ECTS) 

Electives- Historical Studies

  • Church History I (4 ECTS)
  • Church History II (3 ECTS)
  • History of Iran (4 ECTS)

Electives- Bible & Biblical Theology

  • Old Testament Narrative Books* (3 ECTS)
  • Old Testament Prophets* (4 ECTS)
  • Theology of the Old Testament* (4 ECTS)
  • Romans and Pauline Theology* (4 ECTS)

 Electives- Doctrine

  •  Man, Sin, and Salvation* (4 ECTS)

 Electives- Ministry and Leadership

  • Christian Counselling (4 ECTS)
  • Servant Leadership I (4 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Missions (4 ECTS)
  • Principles of Discipleship and Disciple Making* (4 ECTS)
  • Crisis and Trauma Counselling (4 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Mentoring and Coaching (3 ECTS)
  • Principles of Teaching (4 ECTS)
  • Servant Leadership II (4 ECTS)
  • Servant Leadership III* (4 ECTS)
  • Pastoral Ministries (4 ECTS)
  • Principles of Preaching* (4 ECTS)
  • Counselling for Addiction and Abuse (4 ECTS)
  • Inner Healing and the Ministry of Deliverance (4 ECTS)
  • Evangelism (4 ECTS)
  • Youth Ministry (4 ECTS)
  • Worship* (4 ECTS)

* courses followed by an asterisk are still under production

  • Formation Conference (3 ECTS) (students will take 2 or 3 for this level)
  • Mentored Growth & Development (1 ECTS) (students will take this once for this level)
  • Ministerial Practice and Reflection (3ECTS) (students can engage in 1 or 2 segments of Practicum for this level) - prerequisites: at least 4 courses should have been completed before a student begins with this Practicum