African TE and the Prosperity Gospel

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    The prosperity gospel has become a major challenge to the sustainability of the Christian faith due to its shallowness, false promises, replacement of the Christian emphasis on the eternal plan of God for Christians with an overwhelming emphasis on the here and now, tendency to produce "bread and butter" Christians, promotion of a poor work ethic, among others.

    This course will help you to reflect on the challenges posed by the prosperity gospel to the Christian faith in Africa and the roles theological educators can play in preparing students that will appropriately respond to this challenge. 

    Course Outcomes

    Completion of this course will be able to identify the pitfalls of the prosperity gospel and the dangers it poses to the faith, and also to discover the opportunities and strategies theological educators can utilise to prepare students to confront this challenge.

    Course content
    • Brief history of the prosperity gospel and its pitfalls
    • Dangers of the prosperity gospel
    • Responding to the challenge of the prosperity gospel through theological education curriculum
    • The theological educator as a model
    • The strategy of writing and publishing


    This course is authored by Dr Enyinnaya, John O.  John became involved in theological education in 1999 as lecturer at the NBTS, then served served as Rector of the Baptist College of Theology, after which he returned to the Ogbomoso Seminary as professor and Dean of the Post Graduate school. Exposure gained while pursuing the Post Graduate Certificate in Theological Education at the Belfast Bible College and the Master of Arts in Theological Education at the London school of Theology helped to turn his attention to the educational aspects of theological education.  John is now involved, among other things, in post graduate teaching, supervisions and assessment both within and outside the NBTS

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    10 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the learning sections, develop a lesson plan within your subject area  to equips students to confront the challenges of the prosperity gospel and write a short reflection describing character vices in prosperity gospel preachers and how you can be an example of virtue. You will also need to pass a short final quiz.

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