Partners-In-Ministry (PIM)

PIM CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

OBJECTIVE
The PIM 2 years Certificate Program was developed out of a firm conviction at EAST that married couples called into vocational ministry would benefit tremendously when they share the same vision and serve alongside each other. We recognize the vital role and immense contribution that wives have in complementing their husbands’ ministries. We seek, therefore, to inspire and equip wives to embrace passionately this calling.

The PIM 2 years Certificate Program is designed to provide a learning environment to develop wives as they seek to grow in partnership with their husbands & in their own circle of influence. It helps ground them in their Identity-in-Christ, Christian character & life skills. It provides them basic skills in Bible Study Methods, gives them opportunities to discover their significance & explore using their uniqueness in ministry. Training for Christian Parenting is also provided as most of the student wives have young children.

We also want to extend this equipping to ladies outside of the EAST community who are interested in the courses we have to offer, to come join us as visiting students or full-time program students so they can be developed as well.

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 frees 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 CORE COURSES 

Course Title Course Name # of Credits
BS411 Bible Study Methods 3
LF400 Becoming What God Intended 3
LF462 Exploring Common Counseling Issues in Children 2
LF412 Sacred Parenting 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.

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.

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

Exploring Common Counseling Issues in Children
This course explores the common issues faced by children & adolescents during their developmental years. It explores how caregivers & parents can recognise them, gain basic understanding on the causes & how the bible relates to these issues. The course also includes practical components of case studies discussions & basic care skills of empathic listening in order to better engage young people.

Sacred Parenting
This course, based on Gary Thomas’ book “Sacred Parenting”, looks at how God transforms lessons in raising children into opportunities to grow in the image of Christ.

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 after class & are led by one or more experienced mentors.

Note:
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 classes that will be of benefit for her future ministry situation.