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Postgraduate Program

The role of migrant pastor and church leader is very diverse. Besides giving sermons and conducting worship and special services, he also takes part in activities such as religious instruction. Furthermore, a migrant pastor or church leader can be involved in several (care)institutions and oversee missions and evangelism activities.
In short, it is expected of a migrant pastor and a church leader that he adequately represents his congregation.
Within the Postgraduate program Migrant Pastor and Church Leader, you will be trained to become an expert in the fields of theology, pastoral ministry and in social sciences. Through this program, you will develop skills to transcend your own convictions and deal with the diversity of Christian traditions in the Netherlands.

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About the Program

The Centre for Theology of Migration (CThM) has developed a one-year Postgraduate program Migrant Pastor and Church Leader (60 EC), which was commissioned by SKIN (Samen Kerk in Nederland).

CThM focuses on the practical and scientific discipline of the study of migrant churches. It aims to be a center of expertise, education, and academic research in the field of migrant churches/ministries: their theology, hermeneutics, religious transmission, ethics, philosophy, sociology, psychology, traditions, and context. In addition, it focuses on the role and function of migrant churches in the Netherlands and in Europe. Given the importance of the theological, social and psychological aspects of migrant churches, there are three central themes:

  • The rootedness (radix) within the identity of migrant churches.

  • The reflection of migrant churches in relation to postmodern society.

  • The daily context in which migrant Christians live in the Netherlands.

Feel free to apply and join us on this one-year incredible journey!

The postgraduate program consists of four domains:


Theology of Migration
In this domain, the concepts of 'two-sided transformation' and 'double contextuality' will be dealt with. The process of two-sided transformation is about the influence of Christianity on culture and vice versa. The concept of 'double contextuality' is meant that the migrant churches should give new meaning to their own ethnic identity in the new country and at the same time, should do the same to their Christian identity.


Mission and Society
It is important that students understand the Dutch society, but also that of their country of origin, and in particular the possible effects of interaction.


Pastoral Care in Context
Students must have insight into how people perceive, think, feel and act, within themselves as in others. Migration is one of the most stressful events a person can experience. Therefore the student must possess the ability to deal with the complicating factors that can be involved in the interpersonal and intersocial and cultural contact.


Practicum/Internship
Practical knowledge is relevant, not only with an eye on the practical application of the theories of the Office (such as sermon) but also in view of the importance of learning academic self-reflection about their own function in the Office. After an orientation on the internship, the student will go through the professional fields that are divided into different periods of the year in a church or (make) body with which the student is trained in giving sermons, counseling, and leading small discipleship groups. The internship is concluded with a paper. In preparation, the student follows some practical-theological subjects. The internship can also take place abroad.

These four domains are integrated into all courses. The language of instruction is English and Dutch. Teaching is organized through lectures on Fridays and through e-learning.

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