The Graduate Certificate in African Christianity & Mission offers students an understanding of the history and growth of Christianity in Africa from antiquity to the present in areas that include: Christianity's relation to African political and social systems, the African roots of Christianity, African perspectives on biblical interpretation and theology, and African views of the relation between the gospel and African social issues. Through the certificate program, students gain the following abilities:
According to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Africa is critical for the future of global Christianity because, in the next 10 years, Africa will likely grow to have the most Christians of any continent: 700 million. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) projects that by the year 2050, the population of Africa under age 18 could be greater than 1 billion. Most of them will identify as Muslim or Christian. Both Christians from other countries who serve in Africa as well as Christian leaders within Africa need a clear understanding of the current state of African Christianity in relation to 21st-century challenges and an understanding of the missional task going forward. The Graduate Certificate in African Christianity & Mission provides a framework for Christian leaders to make serious missional contributions to the future of the African continent.