Institute of Leadership Enhancement and Ministry Augmentation (ILEMA),






Eastern Theological College, Jorhat offers a Non-Residential Two-Year Master of Arts (MA) Degree Course in Holistic Child Development (HCD) Beginning April 26 – 25 May 2013. Applications from prospective candidates are invited.

Children concern and the importance of doing children ministry have caught the attention of the global community today. Many movements in relation to children ministry like the Child Theology Movement, Child At Risk, Children in Crisis, 4/14 Windows, Holistic Child Development etc., have started raising voice for the emancipation of the little ones but regrettably the church dawdles behind the efforts of other organizations on this concern. This movement is not just a fad but rather a need which has long been neglected both by the society and the church. A lot of societal problems can be traced to the negligence of children and their concern yesterday. Today, in a bid to correct this shortfall many movements have emerged and in fact many efforts are being made today at various quarters of the global community: by the government, the NGOs, FBOs and by the church. But the church needs to take further concerted effort to enhance children ministry beginning with training leaders for effective children ministry in the region

Keeping this concern in mind, the Institute of Leadership Enhancement and Ministry Augmentation (ILEMA), under the Eastern Theological College launched the Master of Arts degree programme in Holistic Child Development (HCD) beginning May 2013. And the Master of Arts in Peace Studies in May 2014. The course is targeted especially, at this point of time, those in ministry with a B.D. or M.Div. degrees and are unable to come out for full time residential study due to work engagement. Preference will be given to church leaders and particularly those already involved with the children ministry in their church or association/convention and those preparing for such specific ministry

The nature of the course is briefly described as follows:

Mode of the Course: Distant Education
Duration: Two Years
Course Affiliation: ATA (Applying)
Course Requirement: 30 Credit Hours
(Paper and Thesis Writings are a must to qualify for the degree).
Crash Course every year at the College: 4 Weeks (in the month of May) 
Qualification: B.D./BCS/M.Div. graduates
Total Course fee: Rs 30,000 per year approximate (including board and food; travel not included). Fees are to be cleared by the first day of the commencement of the course.

  Students with dire financial needs may apply for partial scholarship. However, there is no guarantee that an application for scholarship entails one for receiving the grant. Scholarship grant will be based purely on need and availability of fund. Churches are requested to sponsor their candidates fully.

Interested candidates/churches may contact the Dean of ILEMA for application by sending a demand draft for Rs 250 (Rupees two hundred fifty only) drawn in favor of Eastern Theological College, Jorhat. Alternatively you may download the application form from the College’s website: All submitted applications downloaded from the website must be accompanied by a draft for Rs 250 (Rupees two hundred fifty) towards application fee drawn in favor of Eastern Theological College, Jorhat. The Last date for Submission of Application is 30 March 2016. Admitted candidates are required to come to the College for onsite one-month crash course by 29 April 2016.

We request all of you to kindly consider this matter seriously at your level and work towards deputing at least one from your church/association/convention to take up this training as the need to enhance children ministry in the region has become crucial today. We all know that the church today need to go beyond the Sunday School ministry if we want to prepare the younger generation for a world where they will stand as responsible citizens and leaders we can all be proud of.

For Further Information, you may kindly write to:

The Dean of ILEMA
Eastern Theological College
P.O. Rajabari, Jorhat – 785 014
Assam (INDIA)