Online Theological Education

It is not an understatement to say that the Internet has caused an intellectual revolution in the twenty first century, not least in education. Theological education has also been impacted by the advent of the Internet. In partnership with a number of organizations, MEATE ceased the opportunity to expand its outreach via the World Wide Web, by developing online theological courses in Arabic.

After more than 5 years of research, planning and development, MEATE now offers 32 theological e-courses to help train aspiring Christian leaders in the Middle East and North Africa to do effective ministry. The courses aim to serve the communities of the region by developing and empowering faithful followers of Jesus Christ through widely accessible and culturally appropriate learning opportunities.

The curriculum was designed by a team of academic deans and theology professors from a number of MEATE schools. The 32 courses were written as 2-credit academic courses, by experienced theology professors and seasoned church pastors from Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, and with input from North African voices.

MEATE used the Moodle platform to display the courses. Each course is composed of 10 sessions, where each session includes a unit outline, a lesson, interactive media elements, a number of affective behavioural and cognitive questions, and a final quiz. Courses are grouped under five general categories and they are:

The Bible

  • Life and Teaching of Jesus
  • The Life and Teaching of the Apostles
  • Transmission, Canon, and Authority of the Bible
  • Survey of Old Testament
  • Survey of New Testament
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • The Parables of Jesus
  • Biblical Theology
  • Exposition on Genesis
  • Exposition on Romans
  • Leadership and Ministry Skills

  • Effective Christian Leadership
  • Becoming an Effective Church
  • Small Groups
  • Preparing for Persecution
  • The Church as a Reconciling Community
  • Effective Bible Teaching
  • Pastoral Care & Counseling
  • Effective Faith Sharing
  • The Christian Life

  • God and my relationship with Him
  • Building a Rich Christian Family
  • Following Jesus and Growing with God
  • The Life of Spiritual Discipline
  • The Holy Spirit in the Christian Life
  • Stewardship
  • Believer’s Identity in Christ
  • The Church

  • Contemporary Issues Facing the Church
  • History of Christianity
  • Church Planting and Church Growth
  • Mission
  • Society

  • Christian Identity in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Christian Social Ethics
  • Poverty and Community Development

  • All courses are available online free of charge on www.Bounian.com. The Bounian site includes a user guide that helps learners navigate the Moodle environment. Bounian allows users to engage in self-paced learning, based on their availability.

    MEATE personnel is available to answer questions learners may have, but will not interrupt students unless approached directly.

    Students looking for a systematic and guided study of the courses, plus a recognized degree at the end of their study, need to approach one of the following MEATE schools that are offering online programs of study:

    Certificate in Ministry

    From Arab Baptist Theological Seminary

    Diploma in Biblical Studies

    From Bethlehem Bible College