To study numerous case studies and practical examples of significant contemporary African realities and to discern various pastoral options.
1. Pastoral issues in contemporary Africa: e.g., spirits, devil, power, deliverance, prayer, ritual, witchcraft, Satanism, inculturation, Pentecostal Churches, the charismatic Church, etc. 2. Presentation and discussion of various possible pastoral responses.
Udelhoven, Bernard. Unseen Worlds: Dealing with Spirits, Witchcraft and Satanism. Lusaka: FENZA Publications, 2016; Udelhoven, Bernard. Christianity in the Luangwa Valley. Lusaka: FENZA Publications, 2015; Rosner, Gotthard, Bernhard Udelhoven, and Patrick Mumbi. Dreams: Where Do Biblical, Zambian, and Western Approaches Meet? Lusaka: FENZA Publications, 2013.
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to have an adequate portrait of some contemporary African beliefs and practices; to show some of the lessons learned not only for the academy but also for pastoral life, education, and social ministries; to better understand, interpret, and judge the intercultural and interdenominational context of diverse Christian African communities; to address as future pastoral leaders topics such as salvation and eschatology, health and healing, prosperity and poverty, suffering and death, fear and faith, despair and hope, etc.