Programmes of the Institute of Social Ministry
The institute is currently offering various programmes to train agents of social transformation. These are:
Certificate in Practical Social Work: This is a full time certificate programme for one academic year, which equips students with basic social work knowledge and skills, followed by extensive supervised fieldwork experience.
Certificate Programs: The one year certificate program is comprised of 40 credits each. This will offer a chance for development workers and pastoral workers to develop and/or sharpen their ministerial and professional skills according to their specific needs. Four different certificate programs are offered:
Certificate in Social Ministry: To help development workers to enrich their work with a ministerial vision and skills.
Certificate in Sciences of Human Development: To enable pastoral workers to sharpen their ministry and acquire professional skills in human development.
Certificate in Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation: To prepare both pastoral and development workers to contribute to the transformation of society through ministries focusing on justice and peace.
Diploma in Sciences of Human Development (2 years): training practitioners able to contribute to social transformation through participation in projects of integral human development; animation and accompaniment of communities in the process of their own development; running awareness raising activities; facilitating popular and civic education; integrating social ministry with their own profession.
Diploma in Social Ministry (2years): this is a distance learning programme which bridges the gap between theory and practice of modern-day Church and community management. Graduates are expected to help build a local Church community that is self-ministering, self-supporting, self-propagating and socially relevant. The course helps the clergy, the religious and the laity to build strong collaboration needed for effective Christian ministry in the modern World.
Diploma in Civic and Development Education - 6 trimesters (2 years): This diploma is based on adult learning principles and distance learning approaches (modules format) rolling over a period of 2 years. The programme attempts to bridge the gap between outdated consciousness, attitudes and behaviors of the average Kenyan citizen. It is an interdisciplinary programme developing professional competences in three major areas, namely: (i) Social ministry: this involves foundational courses concerning the perspective, values, approach and orientation towards social transformation from the social ministry tradition, (ii) Civic education: this part is developed through courses based on the new Constitutional framework in Kenya, and (iii) Development education: this takes into account participatory development frameworks, the context of marginalised communities such as the slums, and Vision 2030.
BA in Sustainable Human Development – 8 semesters: training full-fledged Social Ministers able to accompany communities in the process of social transformation, with a special focus on human and sustainable development; justice, peace and reconciliation; project management, and a capacity of linking faith and social responsibility.
MA in Social Ministry (2 years): this is an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme deeply rooted in integral human development frameworks, research, and analytical skills for a better understanding of the fundamental, social-economic and political issues in society, all of which impact human growth and social development.
MBA Global Business and Sustainability (Social Entrepreneurship) - 9 months (1 year: Full Time): This MBA programme is designed to foster a new class of African entrepreneurs able to integrate social and environmental sustainability with financial and economic success.
The Institute of Social Ministry Educational Methodology
ISMM provides a holistic education for its students, balancing cognitive, affective and practical dimensions. Classes are interactive; students are encouraged to articulate and reflect on their personal and fieldwork experiences, and to evaluate their learning process. Study includes personal assimilation and research, as well as group work and assignments. ISMM’s foundational methodology is the Pastoral Cycle.
Insertion: of the social minister into the real lives of the local community, particularly the poor – what they are undergoing, their feelings, their perception of their situation, and how they are responding to their problems.
Socio-cultural Analysis: participatory analysis of the situation, the underlying structures and systems (social, economic, cultural, political, religious, historical, environmental) which oppress or support the community.
Theological Reflection: Together the community and social minister reflect in faith on their analysis. ‘Where is God in our situation? Where is God absent?’ ‘What is God saying to us?’ ‘What do we feel God is calling us to do?’ This essential step provides a person-centred, faith-inspired response, and motivation for action.
Action Process: The community decides to act, plans and implements their action, then evaluate the whole process, and celebrate their achievements, in order to start a new cycle.