6403-969-Advanced Theological Education
There are very few well trained Christian Church leaders in Senegal. The candidate for advanced theological education is currently a pastor, a Bible Institute professor, and serves on the leadership team of the Association of Evangelical Churches. He has a heart to see his country evangelized and has the ambition and capability of being an effective teacher and church leader.
Leadership development has a high priority on the Senegal Field list of ministry objectives. The candidate would desire to earn a doctorate degree in Theology with an emphasis on the Mission of the Church.
The church in Senegal is growing, but the evangelical community is still estimated to be less than 1%. Churches are often not well grounded because the church leaders have had a limited amount of Biblical training. Young people are often attracted to false religions which are more and more prevalent. New teachings such as the prosperity gospel are mixed with the older traditional religions. The term has been used by the candidate that the church today is not "well rooted" in its Christian beliefs.
The candidate's interest would be to church leaders who will recognize and understand the needs of the Senegalese. The candidate would develop strategies to train leaders in effective methods of evangelism and church planting.
The program at William Carey International University in Pasadena, California, uses a distance learning approach. The doctoral program will take about three years. Most of the work will be done in Senegal. One trip a year to the United States is anticipated to use the library facilities. The class work and written assignments will be done in French even though the school is located in the United States. The candidate will be able to continue his studies in his own language.
Standard tuition is $900 per quarter or $3,600 per year. Living expenses for time spent on campus amount to $2,000 per month. Health insurance while living on campus is $400 per month. Books and other miscellaneous costs are $150 per month. The internet charges in Senegal are $72 per month. Travel expenses are an estimated $2,000 roundtrip. The visa expenses are an estimated $100.