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Why THEOn

 


The Need

The Great Divide

Many Christians realize the need to be equipped with basic theological understanding of God and the world in order to be effective Christians in their sphere of influence, be it home, neighbourhood, society or workplace. Similarly Christians who take up ministerial roles or go out as missionaries among influential sections of the society need to go through the rigour of theological training in order to effectively fulfil their calling. However, theological education has been confined predominantly to the seminary campuses except for a few emerging church based models / distance education initiatives.

The Catch up Game

The present theological education models suit primarily to the people who are able to take a break from their work or ministry for a period of time to reside in seminary to fulfil the residential requirements or make regular visits to seminary campus to attend classes. Hence theological education becomes inaccessible to many Christians in public sphere who wanted to be theologically informed leaders, opinion makers, and influencers.


Our Solution

Online Courses

We, at THEOn, aspire to be the leader in making theological education accessible to everyone. More

Offline Workshops and Seminars:

THEOn organizes workshops and seminars on issues of life and society to equip every Christian to be theologically informed. More


Who We Are

The Genesis

THEOn is a project of Marina Initiatives for Transformation, a non-profit registered religious educational trust, initiated by Dr Joshua Iyadurai and Mrs Hema Joshua and established by the collective efforts of a few theological scholars, pastors, and professionals .


Our Vision

THEOn envisions a community of well equipped and theologically informed Christian influencers effectively networked to foster personal and community transformation


Our Mission

THEOn offers theological education online and organizes seminars, workshops, and conferences on issues of life and community from a Christian perspective to equip Christian influencers to be theologically informed transforming leaders.


Our Values

  • Biblically rooted
  • Prayerfully designed
  • Spiritually enriching
  • Practically insightful
  • Creatively engaging
  • Contextually relevant
  • Passionately motivating
  • Affordably accessible

Our Faith

THEOn Statement of Faith includes eight central affirmations that are essential to our ministry:

  1. There is one, eternal God, revealed in the unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the Bible as the Creator and Lord of the universe.
  2. The Holy Scripture in its entirety is inspired by the Holy Spirit through human authors and constitutes the revelation of God’s truth to humanity. It is wholly true and trustworthy in all that it affirms. It is our supreme authority in every matter of belief and conduct.
  3. All human beings are created in God’s own likeness and therefore have inherent value and equality before God. Human sin and guilt since the fall have rendered us subject to God’s wrath and condemnation and have resulted in our alienation from God.
  4. Our Lord Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh marked by His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, and His ascension.
  5. Salvation for the lost and sinful human beings is through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works.
  6. The Holy Spirit gives new birth to an individual, leading him/her to Christian maturity through his indwelling and empowers the believer with gifts for the growth of the Church.
  7. There is one, holy, universal and apostolic church, which is the Body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong. The church’s calling is to worship God forever and to serve the people in carrying out the Mission of God.
  8. The Lord Jesus Christ will return personally, visibly and in glory. He will raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to final completion.

Our Team


IT Team

Jerritta Arun
Jerritta Arun
Jerritta has PhD in Bio-medical Electronics Engineering from the University of Malaysia and teaches Electronics and Communication Engineering. She writes blogs and poems. She contributes to the look and feel of the IT infrastructure.
Robin Kanthareuben
Robin K Reuben
Working as Principal Architect with a leading airline in the middle-east. His interests are in harnessing the progressive IT and media technology for effective use in the Christian ministry. He advises on the technology part of the THEOn platform.
Arun Sahayadhas
Arun Sahayadhas
Arun has PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Malaysia and teaches Computer Science. Aun brings insights for the development of online platform and web design.
Bhaskar Venugopal
Bhaskar Venugopal
Bhaskar Venugopal serves as Principal for Planning and Governance in a leading IT firm and also pastoring a church. Bhaskar helps in networking with IT professionals.

Resource Mobilization Team

Clement Barnabas
Clement Barnabas
Clement graduated from South Asia Bible College, Bangalore, a leading Assemblies of God seminary in India. He is Senior Pastor of Shekina Full Gospel Ministries. Clement is involved in resource mobilization.
Christopher H. D. Team Leader
Christopher H. D.
Chris has master’s degree in Chemistry and serves ad Country Head-Sales for an MNC. Chris as the treasurer of Marina Initiatives for Transformation is committed to find the needed resources for THEOn.
Enoch Elumalai
Enoch Elumalai
Enoch graduated from Government College of Physiotherapy, Tamil Nadu and is Senior Physiotherapist at Indian Railways. Enoch is involved in resource mobilization.
Vijayakumar Srinivasen
Vijayakumar Srinivasen Vijayakumar Srinivasan has PhD in Commerce from the Bharathydasan University, Trichy, India and teaches Business Management in the Middle East. He advices the board in financial matters and uses his PRO skills to advance the cause of THEOn.

Board of Studies

Manohar David
Manohar David
Mano has PhD in Old Testament from the University of Gloucestershire, UK and serves as IT professional in the same university. He is interested in making use of the latest Information and Communication Technologies for theological education and involved in curriculum development.
Joshua Iyadurai
Joshua Iyadurai
Joshua has PhD in Christian Studies from the University of Madras and teaches Applied Religion and Research Methodology at various institutions. He develops the curriculum for THEOn, looks at the content development, and course design for engaging online learners creatively. Joshua, being the author of the trust, is busy in making the vision of THEOn into reality.
Hema Joshua
Hema Joshua
Hema has done her MPhil in Christian Studies from the University of Madras, Chennai. She is the secretary of Marina Initiatives for Transformation and involved in curriculum development.
N.G. Matthew
N.G. Matthew
N. G. Mathew has completed his doctoral studies in the field of Applied Religion from the University of Madras. He is a Presbyter in the CSI Madras Diocese and serves as the Director for the Board for Lay Training. He is committed to the evolution of new strategies for pastoral ministry from a scientific approach. He is involved in curriculum development for THEOn.
Samuel Prabhakar, Chairman
Samuel Prabhakar
Samuel Prabhakar has PhD in History, from the University of Madras and specialised in Indigenous Mission History. He served as the General Secretary of National Missionary Society and is presbyter at the Church of South India (CSI), Madras Diocese Chennai. Samuel heads the board of trustees as the Chairman and involves in curriculum development for THEOn courses.

Board of Trustees

Samuel Prabhakar
Chairman
Samuel Prabhakar Samuel Prabhakar has PhD in History, from the University of Madras and specialised in Indigenous Mission History. He served as the General Secretary of National Missionary Society and is presbyter at the Church of South India (CSI), Madras Diocese Chennai. Samuel heads the board of trustees as the Chairman.
Joshua Iyadurai
Author and Founder Trustee
Joshua Iyadurai has PhD in Christian Studies from the University of Madras and teaches Applied Religion and Research Methodology at various institutions. He recently published a book, Transformative Religious Experience: A Phenomenological Understanding of Religious Conversion through Pickwick Publications in the USA. Joshua, being the author of the trust, is busy in making the vision of THEOn into reality.
Hema Joshua
Secretary and Founder Trustee
Hema Joshua has done her MPhil in Christian Studies from the University of Madras, Chennai. She is independent researcher in Children’s spirituality and Gender Studies and a homemaker. She guides many youngsters and young couples on marriage and parenting. She is the secretary of Marina Initiatives for Transformation.
Manohar David
Founder Trustee
Manohar David has PhD in Old Testament from the University of Gloucestershire, UK and serves as IT professional in the same university. Manohar is the Vice Chair and Treasurer for the Big Local Partnership, Gloucestershire and a trustee of YMCA, Cheltanham. He is interested in making use of the latest Information and Communication Technologies for theological education.
Christopher H. D.
Treasurer Trustee
Christopher H. D. has master’s degree in Chemistry and serves ad Country Head-Sales for an MNC. He guides youngsters in their spiritual life in his church and Union of evangelical Students of India. Chris as the treasurer of Marina Initiatives for Transformation is committed to find the needed resources for THEOn.
Enoch Elumalai
Trustee
Enoch Elumalai graduated from Government College of Physiotherapy, Tamil Nadu and is Senior Physiotherapist at Indian Railways. Enoch actively involves in Evangelical Graduate Fellowship. He highlights the needs of believers in government sectors and in the public sphere. Enoch is keen to fulfil the vision of THEOn to enable people of God to make sense of their faith in the public sphere.
Clement Barnabas
Trustee
Clement Barnabas graduated from South Asia Bible College, Bangalore, a leading Assemblies of God seminary in India. He is Senior Pastor of Shekina Full Gospel Ministries. Clement helps young pastors to establish churches. He brings Pentecostal perspectives to discussion in the Board.
Vijayakumar Srinivasen
Trustee
Vijayakumar Srinivasen Vijayakumar Srinivasan has PhD in Commerce from the Bharathydasan University, Trichy, India and teaches Business Management in the Middle East. He advices the board in financial matters and uses his PRO skills to advance the cause of THEOn.
Jerritta Arun,
Trustee
Jerritta Arun has PhD in Bio-medical Electronics Engineering from the University of Malaysia and teaches Electronics and Communication Engineering. She is keen to equip people of God who are in closed countries through online theological courses.



What we Offer

 


For Individuals

Online Courses

We offer both self-paced and time bound modular courses. They include video lectures, quizzes, forums, and creative assignments with peer assessment for effective engagement of online learners. We use professionally developed latest e-learning platform to offer our courses

THEOn courses are not accredited, but let you gain theological understanding on a subject of your interest (In future, THEOn is likely to offer academically credited courses).

THEOn courses will inspire you to be a lifelong learner of God's Word and His World

THEOn courses will create networks of learners in the field of your interest to make greater impact for Christ.



Offline Programmes

We conduct topical seminars and offline training programs. Please visit our Facebook Pages to view photos.
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Resource Gateway

Short Video Sermons

We upload videos containing topical or character based studies in the form of Short Video Sermons that are typically of a 10 minute duration.



  
STEP Bible Study Tools




  
Internet Resources






Institutions and Churches

We aim to support the training needs of seminaries, organizations, and churches by enabling them to use our e-learning platform to deliver their training through customized online courses. Seminaries can leverage THEOn platform that has been built on proven MOOC principles to host online courses for the existing students or for a newer segment.



Lending our Platform

Churches and organizations can use THEOn platform to offer online training to their members/staff by providing access to learning materials to facilitate learning at their own convenient time and place.



Custom Training

We can either create custom training courses and host them on our platform or conduct offline training programs (seminars and workshops) to equip Christians. We would leverage our network of experts in helping plan and deliver the training.



How to Partner

We would be delighted to have you partner with us.



Join the Team

Prayer Partner: Support us through prayer

Course Designer: Lend your expertise in instructional design or e-learning in designing courses exclusively for online platform

Instructor: Through THEOn platform your specialized knowledge in theology can benefit far more people than your present mode of imparting theological education.

Resource Person: You can be a resource person in our offline seminars and workshops to equip Christians

Volunteers: In promoting the vision and mission of THEOn in many other ways

 

Support Financially

If you are led by the Lord Jesus Christ to be a financial partner in fulfilling the strategic vision of equipping Christians to be effective witnesses in their sphere of influence, send your financial contributions to us.

Indian citizen can make online transfer or deposit cheque or cash at any branch of HDFC Bank with the details given below:

Account Name: Marina Initiatives for Transformation
A/C No.: 50100180324846
A/C Type: Savings
IFSC: HDFC0000574
Branch: Ambedkar Road, KODAMBAKKAM




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