Partners-In-Ministry (PIM)

PIM CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

PIM MISSION:
“PIM is a 2-year Certificate Program designed to provide a learning environment to develop wives of seminary students from EAST, other seminaries, & wives of full-time ministers, to grow in partnership with their husbands in the Lord’s ministry.

PIM VISION:
The PIM Program was developed out of the firm conviction that married couples called into vocational ministry would bear much fruit when they are equipped to serve alongside each other. As a result, the PIM Certificate Program offers courses designed to equip women as partners in ministry with their husbands.

PIM OBJECTIVE:
The PIM 2 year Certificate Program offers courses that aim to ground students in their identity-in-Christ, Christian character & life skills. We impart to them basic skills in studying the Bible & an overview of the New Testament so they can learn to appreciate & apply God’s Word in their lives. They are given opportunities to discover their significance & uniqueness in ministry. Foundational principles of Christian marriage & parenting are taught to strengthen their family life.

 

COMMON VALUES
In accomplishing the PIM objective, we are adopting 3 common values for PIM to guide us in our attitudes and actions.

  1. Faith – We trust that God loves us unconditionally and has His good purposes in store for us. In trusting God, we are willing to surrender to His work of molding and transforming us more & more into the image of Jesus Christ.
  2. Hope – We live with hope in the midst of life’s challenges by having eternal perspectives and dwelling on God’s promises.
  3. Love – In response to God’s unconditional love for us, we love and accept one another amidst the different cultures and journeys we are at in life. We also reflect His love by serving one another.

MONDAYS FOR PIM
Equipping of students’ wives is a core value at EAST. Because of this, there are no program classes scheduled on Mondays to allow husbands to care for the children at home or send them to school. This allows mothers with children to attend PIM classes and Mentoring groups.

PIM APPLICATION PROCESS
Whoever wishes to enter the PIM 2 years Certificate Program should complete an application form and make the necessary registration payments before she can be admitted to the program.

Please refer to https://www.east.edu.sg/admissions/estimated-cost/ for details.

PIM GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of 16 credits
  • Active involvement in a PIM wives’ Mentoring Group
  • Involvement in PIM activities
  • Payment of all fees

 

PIM REQUIRED COURSES 

Course Title Course Name # of Credits
BS411 Bible Study Methods 3
LF400 Becoming What God Intended 3
LF433 Spiritual Formation at Home 2
NT411 New Testament Overview 1
LF460 Christian Marriage 1
LF411 The Significant Woman 2
LF471 PIM Mentoring Group 1 1
LF472 PIM Mentoring Group 2 1
LF473 PIM Mentoring Group 3 1
LF474 PIM Mentoring Group 4 1

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Bible Study Methods
This course will look at basic bible study methods through careful observation, interpretation & application of scriptures. By the end of the course, students will learn to glean biblical principles from God’s Word & communicate those principles with others using a simple presentation.

Check out the Course Introduction video at https://youtu.be/-NrwAcTpUiw.

Becoming What God Intended
This course looks at Scriptures to understand the need for us to become what God intended for us at creation. It takes an in-depth look at what has gone wrong with the human race since the Fall. It then looks at what God has done to bring about what He intended for us -A New Creation in Christ.

The process of learning includes both head knowledge & heart involvement so that lessons learned can be integrated & lived out in the learner’s life.

Check out the Course Introduction video at https://youtu.be/2HeVB4t8v5w.

The pre-requisite for attending the course is the willingness to be vulnerable in sharing from one’s own life journey as one sees fit to share.

So the course is only open to students, whether audit or credit students, who are willing to participate fully in the course. PIM alumni students who have not attended this course before or who want to take this course again as a refresher are most welcomed to join as audit students Those who want only to observe without full participation will not be accepted.

Spiritual Formation at Home

This course seeks to encourage and equip parents with a growing awareness of their children’s development and to learn how to attend to their spiritual formation and discipleship needs. The prevalent influence of social media/gadgets and its implications on children’s formation and discipleship will also be discussed. Based on the biblical and theological perspectives, the participants will learn creative ways to help their children create a formative space to connect with God, their family, and others in a spiritual community. 

New Testament Overview

This course is designed to provide an overview of the New Testament so the student develops a greater understanding of the life of Christ, the early Church, and the apostles’ teaching about Christian life and practice. 

Christian Marriage
This course aims to build a thriving marriage by exploring important topics like understanding God’s design for marriage, communication & conflict resolution, power of forgiveness, impact of family background & upbringing, physical intimacy, & maintaining romance in marriage. It offers assessments for marriage & practical skills in handling challenges unique to ministry couples.

The Significant Woman
This course helps women grow in their relationship with God & become more of who God created them to be; & explore what He has called them to do.

PIM Mentoring Groups
These groups meet every Monday at the time set by individual mentors who have served in the Christian Ministry for more than 10 years.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
In order to receive credit for any PIM class, a participant must attend at least 80% of the class sessions.

AUDITING COURSES
A PIM student who has completed the 16 credits required for a PIM certificate but is waiting to graduate with her husband, is encouraged to audit other classes that will be of benefit for her future ministry situation.