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Church Law Degree Program

BIBLICALLY INSPIRED AND DRIVEN BACCALAUREATE IN ECCLESIASTICAL LAW, A TWO-YEAR ACADEMIC CURRICULUM

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The declaration of “Government of God” shall be purely based on the sacred books of the Holy Bible and shall primarily be driven by the “spirit” through which these sacred books manifest the “actions” of God in history, that is, in “creation”, in “redemption” and in “revelation”.

This is so for, I believe, that the only reliable source of information and strength of progression on and about the Government of God is the Holy Bible. Thus, the declaration of the “Government of God” shall follow this paradigm: “From the Story of Creation to the Promise of Redemption to the Revelation of Jesus Christ to John”.

The concepts, therefore, that are “key” to the understanding of the Government of God in this declaration are the following, namely: Creation, Redemption, and Revelation – the unfolding of the power of God in the history of mankind. The following concepts are seen as operating in God and are seen operational in the Church.

In the process of making this declaration, we shall be exploring and exposing principles and/or patterns of the Government of God and at the same time challenge the Church to “live out” these principles and/or patterns as She governs Her internal as well as external life and operations. With these principles and patterns, the Holy Catholic Church International and St. James the Elder Theological Seminary would like to come up with a genuine understanding of what do we really mean by Ecclesiastical Law and what does it entail and how does it affect Church governance and administration. Ecclesiastical Law, in this regard, is thereby seen as an expression of Government of God in the Church and how it is made manifest by the Church.In the study of this Ecclesiastical Law, the minds and hearts of the students are oriented and directed to the Government of God. They, too, are asked and tasked to look at the different prescribed courses in the Two-Year Academic Curriculum on Ecclesiastical Law in the light of the Government of God.

This is what makes this particular study unique and distinct insofar as the ultimate reference is God and how He is seen acting in governing His creation, administering His redemptive acts, and revealing His Spirit. and Truth. The righteous acts of God seen in creation, shown in redemption, and perpetuated in revelation serve as the foundation of ecclesiastical law. A well founded ecclesiastical law is that which is rooted in the righteous acts of God. Apart from them, ecclesiastical law is devoid of meaning, wisdom, and power. The GOVERNMENT of God is the GOVERNMENT of the Church.

TWO-YEAR ACADEMIC CURRICULUM

BACCALAUREATE IN ECCLESIASTICAL LAW: 100 CREDITS. First Semester: 25 Credits

 RSE CODE  COURSE TITLE  COURSE DESCRIPTION  CREDITS 
 ECLAW BA101  Canonical Principles in General  This study seeks to explore and unfold canonical principles in general. It ,thus, informs the mind and forms the character of the student, thereby, making him think, feel, and act in canonical fashion.  5
 ECLAW BA102  On Decrees and Instructions  This study aims at assisting the student know and understand the meaning and relevance of decrees and instructions to Church governance and administration.  5
 ECLAW BA103  On Statutes and Ordinances  This study aims at assisting the student know and understand the meaning of statutes and ordinances and their relevance to the promotion of one’s state and ways of life in the church.  5
 ECLAW BA104  On Physical and Juridical Persons  This study brings the student into the domain of persons in the church and assists the student learn to draw a distinction between physical and juridical persons.  5
 ECLAW BA105  On Administrative and Juridical Acts  This study seeks to assist the student know and understand the meaning of administrative as well as juridical acts. It explores and exposes the various areas into which administrative and juridical acts are executed.  5