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Embarking on Intensive Training in Theological Studies

Our Master of Arts (MA) program has been carefully created to give students the education, resources and means to grow and thrive in a variety of roles. With courses available on campus or online, the two-year program’s curriculum has been thoughtfully designed to combine biblical studies, theology, spirituality, history, philosophy, literature, adventure and religion, as well as ministry training.

Choose YTI for Your Theology Studies

At YTI, our MA program is made up of a 42-hour curriculum that gives students the means to change the conversations about God in the community. As part of their studies, with tuition at $6,000 annually, attendees learn from professors who have years of ministry experience and share real-world teachings to help students learn to lead in an evolving world and diverse society.

MA Degree

MA Degree

The Master of Arts will serve graduates in many career roles, including ministry, church leadership, teaching, social work, writing, counseling and historiography.

42 Total Hours
10 Areas of Concentration

Requirements

The MA program consists of 42 hours of courses, with students selecting from week-long intensive classes and 10-week evening classes during each academic term. Classes may be taken in person in Bozeman or live online. Additional course requirements include reading, assignments, projects and interacting with the program’s professors.

Engaging Course Offerings

There are a variety of classes offered for students pursuing an MA degree, including the Old Testament, Spiritual Practice, Historical Theology, World Religions and New Testament. Coursework is capped off with a mentored ministry project or thesis depending on the concentration you choose. ​

Concentrations

The MA program provides students with the ability to identify and focus on an area of concentration, with the ten options included below.

Adventure Studies

YTI seeks to create culture where “Faith Meets Adventure and the Arts.” “Adventure” is one of the areas of human experience which enriches human life and growth. Adventure studies and outdoor leadership are growth areas for today’s churches. The ability to utilize our natural surroundings as a means of communicating the gospel, the Christian faith, and, bringing a depth of meaning to life, as well as leading others in this quest is at the heart of the adventure studies program.

Concentration Courses

  • BIB 530Interpretation: Biblical, Theological, and Cultural

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical, theological and cultural interpretation. This course is basic for the Master of Arts degree.

  • BIB 532Old Testament 1: The Torah & Histories

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile and return of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the fundamental texts of the Hebrew faith, called the “Torah” and the “Histories.” The Torah consists of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Histories cover Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The course focuses on the narrative and theology of the Torah and Histories in the quest to understand Judeo-Christian origins, holiness, obedience, and disobedience

  • BIB 533Old Testament 2: The Prophets & Poetry

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (Isaiah-Malachi, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Five Scrolls), focusing on the theology and interpretation of these texts over time.

  • BIB 534New Testament: From the Gospels Through Acts

    The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels, as well as the birth of the church in Acts.

  • BIB 535New Testament 2: Romans to Revelation

    Following the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the earliest expressions of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church are articulated by Paul, the apostle. This course covers the narrative, history, and theology of the Paul’s epistles: Romans, 1 & Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus; as well as the general epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, John’s epistles, Jude, and the Apocalypse of John. The course covers the context, theology, and history of reception of these writings.

  • MIN 530Christian Vocation

    MIN 530 introduces the student to concepts of “ministry calling”, “ministry discernment” and the nature of vocational ministry. Additionally, the student will discuss the “character of the minister” and the theo-ethical concerns that affect the minister and ministry. (Core for all MA ministry majors.)

  • THEO 531Theology: Method and History

    Theology: Method & History is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century to the present day. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, Orthodoxy, the Reformation, Modern theology, Evangelicalism, and the Postmodern turn. The course is designed to give the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    Since the founding of the church, its members have sought to articulate its beliefs in light of the context of the day. THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of the Christian experience, belief, and consequent ethos, with their evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds, to the reformed confessions, general Christian doctrines, the 20th century systematic constructions and the renewal of Christian theological ethics in the postmodern era. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

  • WCT 531Apologetics

    What does it mean to live and promote the “good news” of Jesus in a pluralist world? This course covers the practice of following and witnessing to Christ in a world of competing religions and worldviews. The course gives an overview of select world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), secularism, scientism and consumerism, with a selection of Christian engagements.

Select 1:

  • SPR 530Spiritual Formation

    SPR 530 studies the various interpretations, and methods of Christian spiritual formation, as well as its goal in the life of the individual, and the spiritual communities with which they are involved. The course utilizes the works of Christian writers throughout history, from the apostle Paul to Eugene Peterson. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

  • SPR 531Discipleship: Practicing Christian Spirituality

    Discipleship, or Spiritual Practice regards the manner in which both ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual life in Christ. To that end, this course will examine the place of intentional spiritual practices in a person’s life through creating, sustaining, and deepening a dynamic relationship with God. Our spiritual practices focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

Select 1:

  • ADV 631Final Project

    Adventure studies concentrations in the M.A. program are required to submit a final project of between 15,000-20,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The project will contain: 1) a theology of adventure (7,000-10,000 words); 2) Two different adventure projects and 3) an adventure project for the disabled (see student handbook for details). The project is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in ADV 631 during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her project.

  • MIN 631Ministry Project

    In lieu of a thesis, students with concentrations in communications, ministry, adventure ministry, peace and justice, or leadership, must complete a series of three term-long ministry mentorships, each focusing on the growth of the student, as well as a specific ministry area. For each mentorship, the student will have an on-site ministry mentor with whom she/he will meet each week for accountability and reflection. In addition, the student will have weekly communication with the his or her faculty mentor in order to stay on task toward meeting the targeted goals. By design, no student who earns the MA degree in the areas of communication, leadership and ministry, or the M.Div degree, will be without significant mentored ministry experience. At the end of each project, the student will write a 10-page project report culminating in a 30-page summation where the student reaches a final conclusion by synthesizing and analyzing the projects into a whole, and determining how these projects work together in ministry.

  • Select 3 Electives from:

  • ADV 531Introduction to Wilderness Adventure

    ADV 531 introduces the student to the fundamental nature of “wilderness” ministry, as grounded in a basic theology of adventure. It defines “adventure,” then touches on the biblical, theological and anthropological backgrounds for wilderness ministry. It investigates the human understanding of adventure, and why humans actually need adventure. Finally, the course discusses the physical issues of wilderness ministry, and how a renewed theology of adventure can influence mind and body. This course involves practical activities and modeling in the outdoor classroom.

  • ADV 532Foundations for Adventure Ministry

    ADV 532 provides a practical theology for Christian adventure, a biblical perspective on the practice of experiential learning and outdoor ministry, a historical understanding of desert spirituality, and a philosophy of adventure-based ministry. In addition to the relevant biblical texts, this course also draws from sources as early as Plato and Aristotle, as well as more contemporary theologians, philosophers, psychologists, and anthropologists, ADV 532 seeks to reconfigure the very idea of adventure from a daring, somewhat hazard-laden activity, to a way of being-in-the-world that prioritizes regular retreat. Students will develop their own theology of adventure with implications for ministry with people of all ages and stages of life, including people with disabilities.

  • ADV 533Wilderness Leadership

    ADV 533 is an outdoor instructor’s course where the majority of instruction takes place in a nature setting. Wilderness leadership demands that the leader not only be able to “lead” his or her participants, but also be skilled in assessing and managing risk in the wilderness context. The wilderness leader must be able to share biblical and theological truth as well as inspire awe in the wonders of God’s Creation. ADV 533 is an outdoor practicum course which focuses on developing the skills the wilderness leader needs to function as an effective leader and communicator in the classroom of nature.

  • ADV 534Outdoor Ministry: Planning and Implementation

    ADV 534 details the planning and implementation process for outdoor adventure ministries. It covers the application process for participants, insurance needs, specific planning items for camping, first-aid issues, and a variety of outdoor events. It covers appropriate “theological/spiritual” curriculum planning for specific types of outdoor events, with specific objectives in mind, and how to evaluate the results and effectiveness of these ministries. The course covers what to expect in the wilderness, how to prepare for the “unexpected,” and, the actual implementation of an outdoor ministry event. (Students must be physically able to endure varying kinds of weather, terrain and exposure. Students unable to engage in extended outdoor activities will be provided with alternate opportunities to fulfill the course requirements.)

Biblical Studies

The Biblical Studies concentration in the MA program is designed for the student who is currently in vocational ministry, but wants a deeper understanding of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. This concentration allows the student to study not only the overall trajectory of scripture, but also develop advanced historical, linguistic, theological, and contextual insights into the texts. The Biblical Studies concentration for the Diploma program exposes the student to these same insights, with a lighter work responsibility.

Concentration Courses

  • BIB 530Interpretation: Biblical, Theological, and Cultural

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical, theological and cultural interpretation. This course is basic for the Master of Arts degree.

  • BIB 532Old Testament 1: The Torah & Histories

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile and return of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the fundamental texts of the Hebrew faith, called the “Torah” and the “Histories.” The Torah consists of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Histories cover Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The course focuses on the narrative and theology of the Torah and Histories in the quest to understand Judeo-Christian origins, holiness, obedience, and disobedience

  • BIB 533Old Testament 2: The Prophets & Poetry

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (Isaiah-Malachi, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Five Scrolls), focusing on the theology and interpretation of these texts over time.

  • BIB 534New Testament: From the Gospels Through Acts

    The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels, as well as the birth of the church in Acts.

  • BIB 535New Testament 2: Romans to Revelation

    Following the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the earliest expressions of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church are articulated by Paul, the apostle. This course covers the narrative, history, and theology of the Paul’s epistles: Romans, 1 & Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus; as well as the general epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, John’s epistles, Jude, and the Apocalypse of John. The course covers the context, theology, and history of reception of these writings.

  • MIN 530Christian Vocation

    MIN 530 introduces the student to concepts of “ministry calling”, “ministry discernment” and the nature of vocational ministry. Additionally, the student will discuss the “character of the minister” and the theo-ethical concerns that affect the minister and ministry. (Core for all MA ministry majors.)

  • THEO 531Theology: Method and History

    Theology: Method & History is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century to the present day. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, Orthodoxy, the Reformation, Modern theology, Evangelicalism, and the Postmodern turn. The course is designed to give the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    Since the founding of the church, its members have sought to articulate its beliefs in light of the context of the day. THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of the Christian experience, belief, and consequent ethos, with their evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds, to the reformed confessions, general Christian doctrines, the 20th century systematic constructions and the renewal of Christian theological ethics in the postmodern era. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

  • WCT 531Apologetics

    What does it mean to live and promote the “good news” of Jesus in a pluralist world? This course covers the practice of following and witnessing to Christ in a world of competing religions and worldviews. The course gives an overview of select world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), secularism, scientism and consumerism, with a selection of Christian engagements.

Select 1:

  • SPR 530Spiritual Formation

    SPR 530 studies the various interpretations, and methods of Christian spiritual formation, as well as its goal in the life of the individual, and the spiritual communities with which they are involved. The course utilizes the works of Christian writers throughout history, from the apostle Paul to Eugene Peterson. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

  • SPR 531Discipleship: Practicing Christian Spirituality

    Discipleship, or Spiritual Practice regards the manner in which both ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual life in Christ. To that end, this course will examine the place of intentional spiritual practices in a person’s life through creating, sustaining, and deepening a dynamic relationship with God. Our spiritual practices focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

Select 1:

  • BIB 631Thesis

    Bible concentrations in the M.A. program are required to submit a thesis between 15,000-25,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The thesis is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in BIB 631 during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her thesis.

  • MIN 631Ministry Project

    In lieu of a thesis, students with concentrations in communications, ministry, adventure ministry, peace and justice, or leadership, must complete a series of three term-long ministry mentorships, each focusing on the growth of the student, as well as a specific ministry area. For each mentorship, the student will have an on-site ministry mentor with whom she/he will meet each week for accountability and reflection. In addition, the student will have weekly communication with the his or her faculty mentor in order to stay on task toward meeting the targeted goals. By design, no student who earns the MA degree in the areas of communication, leadership and ministry, or the M.Div degree, will be without significant mentored ministry experience. At the end of each project, the student will write a 10-page project report culminating in a 30-page summation where the student reaches a final conclusion by synthesizing and analyzing the projects into a whole, and determining how these projects work together in ministry.

  • Select 3 Electives from:

  • BIB 536Biblical Languages: Overview

    In a technologically advanced Western culture, where there are abundant computer programs available to the theology student, the need to master the biblical languages seems superfluous. However, an overview of the biblical languages is crucial for a basic understanding of interpreting scripture accurately. BIB 536 provides that overview. Can be taken in lieu of LAN 530.

  • BIB 537Justice and Righteousness in the Biblical Narrative

    From Genesis to Revelation, God’s concern is for a people defined by righteousness and justice. Nevertheless, Israel failed over and over to walk in and exercise justice. BIB 536 introduces the student to the subjects of justice and righteousness in the Old Testament, and the reinterpretation of the concept by Jesus and Paul in the New Testament.

  • BIB 630Advanced Biblical Studies

    The advanced Bible course examines individual biblical books, types of biblical literature, or sections of scripture. The course covers text, interpretation, historical contexts, linguistic issues, theological themes, and ethical issues. The course content changes on a regular basis. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

Christian Ministries

“Ministry,” in its most basic form, is service done for the sake of the “other” — “Other” in this sense includes, God, neighbor, family and even enemy. In Christian circles — including the church proper, as well as para-church ministries — ministry includes pastoral ministry, worship ministry, family ministries, as well as ministries to children, youth and senior adults. In the Christian Ministry concentration, a student can prepare for traditional church ministry, including pastoral care, preaching, teaching, administration and leadership. The student can take specialty courses in the focus they wish to pursue.

Concentration Courses

  • BIB 530Interpretation: Biblical, Theological, and Cultural

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical, theological and cultural interpretation. This course is basic for the Master of Arts degree.

  • BIB 532Old Testament 1: The Torah & Histories

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile and return of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the fundamental texts of the Hebrew faith, called the “Torah” and the “Histories.” The Torah consists of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Histories cover Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The course focuses on the narrative and theology of the Torah and Histories in the quest to understand Judeo-Christian origins, holiness, obedience, and disobedience

  • BIB 533Old Testament 2: The Prophets & Poetry

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (Isaiah-Malachi, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Five Scrolls), focusing on the theology and interpretation of these texts over time.

  • BIB 534New Testament: From the Gospels Through Acts

    The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels, as well as the birth of the church in Acts.

  • BIB 535New Testament 2: Romans to Revelation

    Following the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the earliest expressions of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church are articulated by Paul, the apostle. This course covers the narrative, history, and theology of the Paul’s epistles: Romans, 1 & Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus; as well as the general epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, John’s epistles, Jude, and the Apocalypse of John. The course covers the context, theology, and history of reception of these writings.

  • MIN 530Christian Vocation

    MIN 530 introduces the student to concepts of “ministry calling”, “ministry discernment” and the nature of vocational ministry. Additionally, the student will discuss the “character of the minister” and the theo-ethical concerns that affect the minister and ministry. (Core for all MA ministry majors.)

  • THEO 531Theology: Method and History

    Theology: Method & History is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century to the present day. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, Orthodoxy, the Reformation, Modern theology, Evangelicalism, and the Postmodern turn. The course is designed to give the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    Since the founding of the church, its members have sought to articulate its beliefs in light of the context of the day. THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of the Christian experience, belief, and consequent ethos, with their evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds, to the reformed confessions, general Christian doctrines, the 20th century systematic constructions and the renewal of Christian theological ethics in the postmodern era. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

  • WCT 531Apologetics

    What does it mean to live and promote the “good news” of Jesus in a pluralist world? This course covers the practice of following and witnessing to Christ in a world of competing religions and worldviews. The course gives an overview of select world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), secularism, scientism and consumerism, with a selection of Christian engagements.

Select 1:

  • SPR 530Spiritual Formation

    SPR 530 studies the various interpretations, and methods of Christian spiritual formation, as well as its goal in the life of the individual, and the spiritual communities with which they are involved. The course utilizes the works of Christian writers throughout history, from the apostle Paul to Eugene Peterson. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

  • SPR 531Discipleship: Practicing Christian Spirituality

    Discipleship, or Spiritual Practice regards the manner in which both ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual life in Christ. To that end, this course will examine the place of intentional spiritual practices in a person’s life through creating, sustaining, and deepening a dynamic relationship with God. Our spiritual practices focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

Select 1:

  • MIN 631Ministry Project

    In lieu of a thesis, students with concentrations in communications, ministry, adventure ministry, peace and justice, or leadership, must complete a series of three term-long ministry mentorships, each focusing on the growth of the student, as well as a specific ministry area. For each mentorship, the student will have an on-site ministry mentor with whom she/he will meet each week for accountability and reflection. In addition, the student will have weekly communication with the his or her faculty mentor in order to stay on task toward meeting the targeted goals. By design, no student who earns the MA degree in the areas of communication, leadership and ministry, or the M.Div degree, will be without significant mentored ministry experience. At the end of each project, the student will write a 10-page project report culminating in a 30-page summation where the student reaches a final conclusion by synthesizing and analyzing the projects into a whole, and determining how these projects work together in ministry.

  • Thesis

    Submit a thesis between 15,000-25,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The thesis is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in Thesis during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her thesis.

  • Select 3 Electives from:

  • COM 531Introduction to Preaching and Teaching: From Text to Hearer

    This course studies preaching from sermon construction to the delivery of the message, with special attention given to preaching context, verbal delivery, and the variety of preaching styles.

  • LED 531Basic Leadership: A Servant and Collaborative Approach

    LED 531 explores a shared form of leadership, one that combines the servant leadership paradigm modeled in the New Testament, with a contemporary approach that considers the various ways in which leaders communicate appropriately with their teams.

  • MIN 531Introduction to Pastoral Care

    Introduction to pastoral care is an important aspect of pastoral ministry, including self-evaluation, exploration of human spiritual/emotional frailty, practice of basic techniques, and understanding movement toward both personal and familial wholeness.

  • MIN 630Advanced Ministry Studies

    This course examines advanced trends in ministry with relevance for the church. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

Christian Studies

The Christian Studies concentration provides maximum flexibility in designing a personalized master’s program. Along with courses covering the Old and New Testaments, Theology, and Spirituality, students have the option to select four (4) electives from Biblical Studies, Theology, World Religions and Culture, Spirituality, Leadership, Arts, and Adventure courses. The concentration allows for an educational experience tailored to the student’s own interests and ministry objectives.

Christian Studies students choose from two courses of study, either Plan A or Plan B.

Concentration Courses

  • BIB 530Interpretation: Biblical, Theological, and Cultural

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical, theological and cultural interpretation. This course is basic for the Master of Arts degree.

  • BIB 532Old Testament 1: The Torah & Histories

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile and return of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the fundamental texts of the Hebrew faith, called the “Torah” and the “Histories.” The Torah consists of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Histories cover Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The course focuses on the narrative and theology of the Torah and Histories in the quest to understand Judeo-Christian origins, holiness, obedience, and disobedience

  • BIB 533Old Testament 2: The Prophets & Poetry

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (Isaiah-Malachi, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Five Scrolls), focusing on the theology and interpretation of these texts over time.

  • BIB 534New Testament: From the Gospels Through Acts

    The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels, as well as the birth of the church in Acts.

  • BIB 535New Testament 2: Romans to Revelation

    Following the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the earliest expressions of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church are articulated by Paul, the apostle. This course covers the narrative, history, and theology of the Paul’s epistles: Romans, 1 & Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus; as well as the general epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, John’s epistles, Jude, and the Apocalypse of John. The course covers the context, theology, and history of reception of these writings.

  • THEO 531Theology: Method and History

    Theology: Method & History is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century to the present day. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, Orthodoxy, the Reformation, Modern theology, Evangelicalism, and the Postmodern turn. The course is designed to give the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    Since the founding of the church, its members have sought to articulate its beliefs in light of the context of the day. THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of the Christian experience, belief, and consequent ethos, with their evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds, to the reformed confessions, general Christian doctrines, the 20th century systematic constructions and the renewal of Christian theological ethics in the postmodern era. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

Select 1:

  • SPR 530Spiritual Formation

    SPR 530 studies the various interpretations, and methods of Christian spiritual formation, as well as its goal in the life of the individual, and the spiritual communities with which they are involved. The course utilizes the works of Christian writers throughout history, from the apostle Paul to Eugene Peterson. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

  • SPR 531Discipleship: Practicing Christian Spirituality

    Discipleship, or Spiritual Practice regards the manner in which both ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual life in Christ. To that end, this course will examine the place of intentional spiritual practices in a person’s life through creating, sustaining, and deepening a dynamic relationship with God. Our spiritual practices focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

Select 1:

  • MIN 631Ministry Project

    In lieu of a thesis, students with concentrations in communications, ministry, adventure ministry, peace and justice, or leadership, must complete a series of three term-long ministry mentorships, each focusing on the growth of the student, as well as a specific ministry area. For each mentorship, the student will have an on-site ministry mentor with whom she/he will meet each week for accountability and reflection. In addition, the student will have weekly communication with the his or her faculty mentor in order to stay on task toward meeting the targeted goals. By design, no student who earns the MA degree in the areas of communication, leadership and ministry, or the M.Div degree, will be without significant mentored ministry experience. At the end of each project, the student will write a 10-page project report culminating in a 30-page summation where the student reaches a final conclusion by synthesizing and analyzing the projects into a whole, and determining how these projects work together in ministry.

  • Thesis

    Submit a thesis between 15,000-25,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The thesis is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in Thesis during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her thesis.

Plan A

Select 1:

  • THEO 533Contemporary Theological Reflection

    Theological reflection, put simply, is “to envision and enact personal, and corporate life out of a God-formed worldview.” The course covers the theory, method and ethos necessary to envision and enact life out of a God-formed, or Christian worldview. Theological reflection has become lost in a postmodern culture where “theology” is left to Sunday mornings. The course is dedicated to recovering a “God-formed” worldview, as well as its nurturing and application in a postmodern culture.

  • WCT 538Imagination and Theology

    The “imagination” and its relationship to theology is a burgeoning area of study today. WCT 538 discusses the relationship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction.

Select 4 Electives:

  • Choose from any BIB, THEO, WCT, MIN, SPR, LED, ARTS, ADV or courses

Plan B

Select 1:

  • SPR 533Christian Spiritual Theology

    Expressions of Christianity have frequently oscillated between one of two directions: piety or legalism. As Christian worship and practice becomes more formal, it often morphs into a dry, habitual routine, or a rigid legalism. The idea of “piety” or “pietism” early on was seen as a reaction to this “spiritless” rigidity. SPR 533 discusses the origins of Christian piety, or spirituality, tracing it through the desert fathers and mothers to the medieval mystics, the German pietists, the Anabaptists, and the contemporary charismatic movements. Most importantly, it outlines a theology for Christian spirituality for today.

  • THEOTheology Elective

Select 4 Electives:

  • Choose from any BIB, THEO, WCT, MIN, SPR, LED, ARTS, ADV or courses

Substitute:

  • Theology Elective for THEO 532
  • May Substitute BIB, THEO, WCT, MIN, SPR, LED, ARTS, or ADV Elective for MIN 631

Christian Theology

The Theological Studies concentration in the MA program is designed for the student who wants to gain a deeper understanding of how human beings understand God, and specifically how Christians have constructed their theological positions over the last 2000 years. Additionally, the theological studies concentration gives the student the tools through which to construct faithful theological systems for the contemporary context in which he or she finds themselves.

Concentration Courses

  • BIB 530Interpretation: Biblical, Theological, and Cultural

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical, theological and cultural interpretation. This course is basic for the Master of Arts degree.

  • BIB 532Old Testament 1: The Torah & Histories

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile and return of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the fundamental texts of the Hebrew faith, called the “Torah” and the “Histories.” The Torah consists of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Histories cover Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The course focuses on the narrative and theology of the Torah and Histories in the quest to understand Judeo-Christian origins, holiness, obedience, and disobedience

  • BIB 533Old Testament 2: The Prophets & Poetry

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (Isaiah-Malachi, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Five Scrolls), focusing on the theology and interpretation of these texts over time.

  • BIB 534New Testament: From the Gospels Through Acts

    The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels, as well as the birth of the church in Acts.

  • BIB 535New Testament 2: Romans to Revelation

    Following the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the earliest expressions of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church are articulated by Paul, the apostle. This course covers the narrative, history, and theology of the Paul’s epistles: Romans, 1 & Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus; as well as the general epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, John’s epistles, Jude, and the Apocalypse of John. The course covers the context, theology, and history of reception of these writings.

  • MIN 530Christian Vocation

    MIN 530 introduces the student to concepts of “ministry calling”, “ministry discernment” and the nature of vocational ministry. Additionally, the student will discuss the “character of the minister” and the theo-ethical concerns that affect the minister and ministry. (Core for all MA ministry majors.)

  • THEO 531Theology: Method and History

    Theology: Method & History is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century to the present day. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, Orthodoxy, the Reformation, Modern theology, Evangelicalism, and the Postmodern turn. The course is designed to give the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    Since the founding of the church, its members have sought to articulate its beliefs in light of the context of the day. THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of the Christian experience, belief, and consequent ethos, with their evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds, to the reformed confessions, general Christian doctrines, the 20th century systematic constructions and the renewal of Christian theological ethics in the postmodern era. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

  • WCT 531Apologetics

    What does it mean to live and promote the “good news” of Jesus in a pluralist world? This course covers the practice of following and witnessing to Christ in a world of competing religions and worldviews. The course gives an overview of select world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), secularism, scientism and consumerism, with a selection of Christian engagements.

Select 1:

  • SPR 530Spiritual Formation

    SPR 530 studies the various interpretations, and methods of Christian spiritual formation, as well as its goal in the life of the individual, and the spiritual communities with which they are involved. The course utilizes the works of Christian writers throughout history, from the apostle Paul to Eugene Peterson. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

  • SPR 531Discipleship: Practicing Christian Spirituality

    Discipleship, or Spiritual Practice regards the manner in which both ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual life in Christ. To that end, this course will examine the place of intentional spiritual practices in a person’s life through creating, sustaining, and deepening a dynamic relationship with God. Our spiritual practices focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

Select 1:

  • MIN 631Ministry Project

    In lieu of a thesis, students with concentrations in communications, ministry, adventure ministry, peace and justice, or leadership, must complete a series of three term-long ministry mentorships, each focusing on the growth of the student, as well as a specific ministry area. For each mentorship, the student will have an on-site ministry mentor with whom she/he will meet each week for accountability and reflection. In addition, the student will have weekly communication with the his or her faculty mentor in order to stay on task toward meeting the targeted goals. By design, no student who earns the MA degree in the areas of communication, leadership and ministry, or the M.Div degree, will be without significant mentored ministry experience. At the end of each project, the student will write a 10-page project report culminating in a 30-page summation where the student reaches a final conclusion by synthesizing and analyzing the projects into a whole, and determining how these projects work together in ministry.

  • THEO 631Thesis

    Theology concentrations in the M.A. program are required to submit a thesis between 15,000-25,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The thesis is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in THEO 631 during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her thesis.

  • Select 3 Electives from:

    • THEO 630Advanced Theological Studies

      This course examines trends in theology with relevance for the contemporary church. Content changes regularly. Examples of possible topics include “The Trinity,” “Christianity and Science,” “Christianity and Literature,” “Faith, Beauty and the Arts,” “Salvation in a Pluralistic World,” “American Theology,” etc. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

    • Other courses to be determined with advisor

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Today’s church often suffers from a lack of visionary leadership. The church, caught between long held assumptions about ministry and mission and a rapidly changing culture, often finds itself in steep numerical decline with a lack of both vision and the means by which to implement a new vision. The MA concentration in Entrepreneurial Leadership gives the ministry student an advanced education in contemporary leadership models and trends, as well as a method by which to create church “transition” models for the “turnaround” congregation that seeks to be relevant to the changing culture.

Concentration Courses

  • BIB 530Interpretation: Biblical, Theological, and Cultural

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical, theological and cultural interpretation. This course is basic for the Master of Arts degree.

  • BIB 532Old Testament 1: The Torah & Histories

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile and return of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the fundamental texts of the Hebrew faith, called the “Torah” and the “Histories.” The Torah consists of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Histories cover Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The course focuses on the narrative and theology of the Torah and Histories in the quest to understand Judeo-Christian origins, holiness, obedience, and disobedience

  • BIB 533Old Testament 2: The Prophets & Poetry

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (Isaiah-Malachi, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Five Scrolls), focusing on the theology and interpretation of these texts over time.

  • BIB 534New Testament: From the Gospels Through Acts

    The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels, as well as the birth of the church in Acts.

  • BIB 535New Testament 2: Romans to Revelation

    Following the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the earliest expressions of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church are articulated by Paul, the apostle. This course covers the narrative, history, and theology of the Paul’s epistles: Romans, 1 & Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus; as well as the general epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, John’s epistles, Jude, and the Apocalypse of John. The course covers the context, theology, and history of reception of these writings.

  • MIN 530Christian Vocation

    MIN 530 introduces the student to concepts of “ministry calling”, “ministry discernment” and the nature of vocational ministry. Additionally, the student will discuss the “character of the minister” and the theo-ethical concerns that affect the minister and ministry. (Core for all MA ministry majors.)

  • THEO 531Theology: Method and History

    Theology: Method & History is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century to the present day. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, Orthodoxy, the Reformation, Modern theology, Evangelicalism, and the Postmodern turn. The course is designed to give the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    Since the founding of the church, its members have sought to articulate its beliefs in light of the context of the day. THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of the Christian experience, belief, and consequent ethos, with their evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds, to the reformed confessions, general Christian doctrines, the 20th century systematic constructions and the renewal of Christian theological ethics in the postmodern era. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

  • WCT 531Apologetics

    What does it mean to live and promote the “good news” of Jesus in a pluralist world? This course covers the practice of following and witnessing to Christ in a world of competing religions and worldviews. The course gives an overview of select world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), secularism, scientism and consumerism, with a selection of Christian engagements.

Select 1:

  • SPR 530Spiritual Formation

    SPR 530 studies the various interpretations, and methods of Christian spiritual formation, as well as its goal in the life of the individual, and the spiritual communities with which they are involved. The course utilizes the works of Christian writers throughout history, from the apostle Paul to Eugene Peterson. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

  • SPR 531Discipleship: Practicing Christian Spirituality

    Discipleship, or Spiritual Practice regards the manner in which both ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual life in Christ. To that end, this course will examine the place of intentional spiritual practices in a person’s life through creating, sustaining, and deepening a dynamic relationship with God. Our spiritual practices focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

Select 1:

  • MIN 631Ministry Project

    In lieu of a thesis, students with concentrations in communications, ministry, adventure ministry, peace and justice, or leadership, must complete a series of three term-long ministry mentorships, each focusing on the growth of the student, as well as a specific ministry area. For each mentorship, the student will have an on-site ministry mentor with whom she/he will meet each week for accountability and reflection. In addition, the student will have weekly communication with the his or her faculty mentor in order to stay on task toward meeting the targeted goals. By design, no student who earns the MA degree in the areas of communication, leadership and ministry, or the M.Div degree, will be without significant mentored ministry experience. At the end of each project, the student will write a 10-page project report culminating in a 30-page summation where the student reaches a final conclusion by synthesizing and analyzing the projects into a whole, and determining how these projects work together in ministry.

  • Thesis

    Submit a thesis between 15,000-25,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The thesis is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in Thesis during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her thesis.

  • Select 3 Electives from:

    • LED 531Basic Leadership: A Servant and Collaborative Approach

      LED 531 explores a shared form of leadership, one that combines the servant leadership paradigm modeled in the New Testament, with a contemporary approach that considers the various ways in which leaders communicate appropriately with their teams.

    • LED 532Entrepreneurial Leadership

      Entrepreneurial Leadership explores what it means to be a Christian leader in a postmodern, post-denominational culture. The class explores the latest in contemporary leadership theory with a focus on creative or “entrepreneurial” leadership. The class applies these leadership principles in conversation with biblical and theological resources in order to explore the student’s vocation, as well as enhance the mission of the contemporary ekklesia.

    • LED 533Leading Through Conflict

      LED 533 describes and gives the psychological, ideological and physical roots of the conflicts and ethical issues a local church leader will encounter. The course uses case studies to help the leader understand and practice how to resolve these conflicts and issues.

    • LED 534Organizing and Leading a Movement

      LED 534 is focused on acquiring the necessary skills to organize and lead a parachurch movement. The course covers design, organization, marketing, membership, organizational health, and longevity of the movement.

    • LED 630Advanced Leadership Studies

      This course examines advanced trends in leadership with relevance for the contemporary church. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

Peace and Justice Ministries

As the role of the church in culture becomes contested, the need for convicted people of faith to form movements and communities focused on cultivating peace and justice becomes crucial. Today, men and women called to ministry often bypass the church proper in order to more quickly engage in ministry that serves the poor, the marginalized, the immigrant, the persecuted and the wounded. The Peace and Justice Ministries concentration gives the student the biblical and theological background, the community formations and communication methods to create and sustain effective peace and justice ministries.

Concentration Courses

  • BIB 530Interpretation: Biblical, Theological, and Cultural

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical, theological and cultural interpretation. This course is basic for the Master of Arts degree.

  • BIB 531The Biblical Narrative

    The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unique document. BIB 531 gives an overview of the essential narratives of the scriptures, with special attention to the cultural contexts and theological function of those narratives.

  • BIB 537Justice and Righteousness in the Biblical Narrative

    From Genesis to Revelation, God’s concern is for a people defined by righteousness and justice. Nevertheless, Israel failed over and over to walk in and exercise justice. BIB 536 introduces the student to the subjects of justice and righteousness in the Old Testament, and the reinterpretation of the concept by Jesus and Paul in the New Testament.

  • LED 534Organizing and Leading a Movement

    LED 534 is focused on acquiring the necessary skills to organize and lead a parachurch movement. The course covers design, organization, marketing, membership, organizational health, and longevity of the movement.

  • SPR 533Christian Spiritual Theology

    Expressions of Christianity have frequently oscillated between one of two directions: piety or legalism. As Christian worship and practice becomes more formal, it often morphs into a dry, habitual routine, or a rigid legalism. The idea of “piety” or “pietism” early on was seen as a reaction to this “spiritless” rigidity. SPR 533 discusses the origins of Christian piety, or spirituality, tracing it through the desert fathers and mothers to the medieval mystics, the German pietists, the Anabaptists, and the contemporary charismatic movements. Most importantly, it outlines a theology for Christian spirituality for today.

  • THEO 531Theology: Method and History

    Theology: Method & History is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century to the present day. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, Orthodoxy, the Reformation, Modern theology, Evangelicalism, and the Postmodern turn. The course is designed to give the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 537A Theology of Justice

    THEO 537 familiarizes the student with the biblical, theological and cultural concepts of righteousness and justice. The course also discusses how a uniquely Christian theology of justice can be enacted.

  • SPR 536Prayer

    SPR 536 discusses the nature, theology, and practice of prayer.

  • WCT 535Theology and Culture

    Culture is the context in which theology is written and practiced, as well as the milieu in which the Divine is perceived. WCT 535 examines different cultural models and the ways in which cultures are identified and interpreted (cultural hermeneutics) as well as the manner in which theology can be articulated in different cultural expressions.

  • WCT 537Worldview

    What is a worldview? Most people in the world today have no concept through which to understand how other cultures view one another. The lens through which a person views others is called a “worldview.” WCT 537 discusses how a worldview is formed, maintained, adjusted and critiqued. Additionally, it discusses the worldviews of other cultures.

  • WCT 538Imagination and Theology

    The “imagination” and its relationship to theology is a burgeoning area of study today. WCT 538 discusses the relation- ship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction.

Select 1:

  • SPR 530Spiritual Formation

    SPR 530 studies the various interpretations, and methods of Christian spiritual formation, as well as its goal in the life of the individual, and the spiritual communities with which they are involved. The course utilizes the works of Christian writers throughout history, from the apostle Paul to Eugene Peterson. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

  • SPR 531Discipleship: Practicing Christian Spirituality

    Discipleship, or Spiritual Practice regards the manner in which both ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual life in Christ. To that end, this course will examine the place of intentional spiritual practices in a person’s life through creating, sustaining, and deepening a dynamic relationship with God. Our spiritual practices focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

Select 1:

  • MIN 631Ministry Project

    In lieu of a thesis, students with concentrations in communications, ministry, adventure ministry, peace and justice, or leadership, must complete a series of three term-long ministry mentorships, each focusing on the growth of the student, as well as a specific ministry area. For each mentorship, the student will have an on-site ministry mentor with whom she/he will meet each week for accountability and reflection. In addition, the student will have weekly communication with the his or her faculty mentor in order to stay on task toward meeting the targeted goals. By design, no student who earns the MA degree in the areas of communication, leadership and ministry, or the M.Div degree, will be without significant mentored ministry experience. At the end of each project, the student will write a 10-page project report culminating in a 30-page summation where the student reaches a final conclusion by synthesizing and analyzing the projects into a whole, and determining how these projects work together in ministry.

  • Thesis

    Submit a thesis between 15,000-25,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The thesis is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in Thesis during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her thesis.

  • Select 1 Elective:

    • Choose any BIB, THEO, WCT, or SPR course

Spirituality

We live at a time in Western history where the fastest growing categories of religious practice are the categories called “Nones” and “Spiritual but Not Religious.” The former represents people who have no religious affiliation, and the latter represents those who affirm a form of “spirituality” but do not adhere to specific religious practice. The MA concentration in Spirituality is for the student who desires to develop an informed approach towards the history of spirituality, spiritual practice, spiritual formation, natural spirituality, and Christian spiritual theology.

Concentration Courses

  • BIB 530Interpretation: Biblical, Theological, and Cultural

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical, theological and cultural interpretation. This course is basic for the Master of Arts degree.

  • BIB 532Old Testament 1: The Torah & Histories

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile and return of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the fundamental texts of the Hebrew faith, called the “Torah” and the “Histories.” The Torah consists of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Histories cover Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The course focuses on the narrative and theology of the Torah and Histories in the quest to understand Judeo-Christian origins, holiness, obedience, and disobedience

  • BIB 533Old Testament 2: The Prophets & Poetry

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (Isaiah-Malachi, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Five Scrolls), focusing on the theology and interpretation of these texts over time.

  • BIB 534New Testament: From the Gospels Through Acts

    The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels, as well as the birth of the church in Acts.

  • BIB 535New Testament 2: Romans to Revelation

    Following the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the earliest expressions of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church are articulated by Paul, the apostle. This course covers the narrative, history, and theology of the Paul’s epistles: Romans, 1 & Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus; as well as the general epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, John’s epistles, Jude, and the Apocalypse of John. The course covers the context, theology, and history of reception of these writings.

  • MIN 530Christian Vocation

    MIN 530 introduces the student to concepts of “ministry calling”, “ministry discernment” and the nature of vocational ministry. Additionally, the student will discuss the “character of the minister” and the theo-ethical concerns that affect the minister and ministry. (Core for all MA ministry majors.)

  • THEO 531Theology: Method and History

    Theology: Method & History is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century to the present day. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, Orthodoxy, the Reformation, Modern theology, Evangelicalism, and the Postmodern turn. The course is designed to give the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    Since the founding of the church, its members have sought to articulate its beliefs in light of the context of the day. THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of the Christian experience, belief, and consequent ethos, with their evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds, to the reformed confessions, general Christian doctrines, the 20th century systematic constructions and the renewal of Christian theological ethics in the postmodern era. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

  • WCT 531Apologetics

    What does it mean to live and promote the “good news” of Jesus in a pluralist world? This course covers the practice of following and witnessing to Christ in a world of competing religions and worldviews. The course gives an overview of select world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), secularism, scientism and consumerism, with a selection of Christian engagements.

Select 1:

  • SPR 530Spiritual Formation

    SPR 530 studies the various interpretations, and methods of Christian spiritual formation, as well as its goal in the life of the individual, and the spiritual communities with which they are involved. The course utilizes the works of Christian writers throughout history, from the apostle Paul to Eugene Peterson. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

  • SPR 531Discipleship: Practicing Christian Spirituality

    Discipleship, or Spiritual Practice regards the manner in which both ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual life in Christ. To that end, this course will examine the place of intentional spiritual practices in a person’s life through creating, sustaining, and deepening a dynamic relationship with God. Our spiritual practices focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

Select 1:

  • MIN 631Ministry Project

    In lieu of a thesis, students with concentrations in communications, ministry, adventure ministry, peace and justice, or leadership, must complete a series of three term-long ministry mentorships, each focusing on the growth of the student, as well as a specific ministry area. For each mentorship, the student will have an on-site ministry mentor with whom she/he will meet each week for accountability and reflection. In addition, the student will have weekly communication with the his or her faculty mentor in order to stay on task toward meeting the targeted goals. By design, no student who earns the MA degree in the areas of communication, leadership and ministry, or the M.Div degree, will be without significant mentored ministry experience. At the end of each project, the student will write a 10-page project report culminating in a 30-page summation where the student reaches a final conclusion by synthesizing and analyzing the projects into a whole, and determining how these projects work together in ministry.

  • SPR 631Thesis

    Spirituality concentrations in the M.A. program are required to submit a thesis between 15,000-25,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The thesis is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in SPR 631 during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her thesis.

  • Select 3 Electives from:

    • SPR 630Advanced Studies in Spirituality

      This course examines advanced topics in Spirituality. Content changes regularly and may be repeated twice for credit. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

    • Other courses to be determined with advisor

Theology and the Arts

Similar in effect to — yet different in process from — adventure, the fine and performing arts “feed the soul.” Music, art (painting, ceramics, sculpture), theatre, dance, film, literature and poetry serve the creative side of the human soul. They provide an outlet for expression where words often fall short. The early church used the arts extensively to communicate the messages of Scripture, as well as the life and teachings of Jesus. The MA student who chooses a Theology and the Arts concentration will be equipped to lead arts ministries in the church, as well as develop a deeper understanding of the important relationship between the arts and our Creator.

Concentration Courses

  • BIB 530Interpretation: Biblical, Theological, and Cultural

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical, theological and cultural interpretation. This course is basic for the Master of Arts degree.

  • BIB 532Old Testament 1: The Torah & Histories

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile and return of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the fundamental texts of the Hebrew faith, called the “Torah” and the “Histories.” The Torah consists of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Histories cover Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The course focuses on the narrative and theology of the Torah and Histories in the quest to understand Judeo-Christian origins, holiness, obedience, and disobedience

  • BIB 533Old Testament 2: The Prophets & Poetry

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (Isaiah-Malachi, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Five Scrolls), focusing on the theology and interpretation of these texts over time.

  • BIB 534New Testament: From the Gospels Through Acts

    The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels, as well as the birth of the church in Acts.

  • BIB 535New Testament 2: Romans to Revelation

    Following the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the earliest expressions of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church are articulated by Paul, the apostle. This course covers the narrative, history, and theology of the Paul’s epistles: Romans, 1 & Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus; as well as the general epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, John’s epistles, Jude, and the Apocalypse of John. The course covers the context, theology, and history of reception of these writings.

  • MIN 530Christian Vocation

    MIN 530 introduces the student to concepts of “ministry calling”, “ministry discernment” and the nature of vocational ministry. Additionally, the student will discuss the “character of the minister” and the theo-ethical concerns that affect the minister and ministry. (Core for all MA ministry majors.)

  • THEO 531Theology: Method and History

    Theology: Method & History is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century to the present day. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, Orthodoxy, the Reformation, Modern theology, Evangelicalism, and the Postmodern turn. The course is designed to give the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    Since the founding of the church, its members have sought to articulate its beliefs in light of the context of the day. THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of the Christian experience, belief, and consequent ethos, with their evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds, to the reformed confessions, general Christian doctrines, the 20th century systematic constructions and the renewal of Christian theological ethics in the postmodern era. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

  • WCT 531Apologetics

    What does it mean to live and promote the “good news” of Jesus in a pluralist world? This course covers the practice of following and witnessing to Christ in a world of competing religions and worldviews. The course gives an overview of select world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), secularism, scientism and consumerism, with a selection of Christian engagements.

Select 1:

  • SPR 530Spiritual Formation

    SPR 530 studies the various interpretations, and methods of Christian spiritual formation, as well as its goal in the life of the individual, and the spiritual communities with which they are involved. The course utilizes the works of Christian writers throughout history, from the apostle Paul to Eugene Peterson. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

  • SPR 531Discipleship: Practicing Christian Spirituality

    Discipleship, or Spiritual Practice regards the manner in which both ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual life in Christ. To that end, this course will examine the place of intentional spiritual practices in a person’s life through creating, sustaining, and deepening a dynamic relationship with God. Our spiritual practices focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

Select 1:

  • MIN 631Ministry Project

    In lieu of a thesis, students with concentrations in communications, ministry, adventure ministry, peace and justice, or leadership, must complete a series of three term-long ministry mentorships, each focusing on the growth of the student, as well as a specific ministry area. For each mentorship, the student will have an on-site ministry mentor with whom she/he will meet each week for accountability and reflection. In addition, the student will have weekly communication with the his or her faculty mentor in order to stay on task toward meeting the targeted goals. By design, no student who earns the MA degree in the areas of communication, leadership and ministry, or the M.Div degree, will be without significant mentored ministry experience. At the end of each project, the student will write a 10-page project report culminating in a 30-page summation where the student reaches a final conclusion by synthesizing and analyzing the projects into a whole, and determining how these projects work together in ministry.

  • ART 631Final Project

    Theology and the Arts study concentrations in the M.A. program are required to submit a final project of between 15,000-20,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The project will contain: 1) a theology of the imagination, beauty and the arts (10,000-15,000 words); 2) Two different arts projects – to be chosen from painting, poetry, sculpture, music, dance, and story (chose one of each category) 3) an arts project for the disabled (see student handbook for details). The project is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in ART 631 during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her project.

  • Select 3 Electives from:

    • ART 532Theology of the Arts: Making and Being

      Of all the animal beings in creation, human beings are “artists” – admirers and makers of meaningful beauty. Indeed, quite often human beings find it easier to articulate a feeling, a belief, a love, a beautiful experience, or unpleasantness, through artistic rendering, rather than simply through words. ART 532 explores a theology of the arts that enables the student to understand why humans are profoundly influenced by art, and, how art has a greater connection to the Divine than previously realized. Students will study the topics of imagination, creativity, art forms and theologies of beauty.

    • ART 533Discipleship and the Arts

      “Discipleship” is the ongoing process of Christian theo-ethical, or spiritual, formation in the believer. Educational theorists have long posited the necessity of imagination and the arts as a crucial element in education. Similarly, ART 533 posits the importance of imagination and the arts to spiritual formation, or discipleship. In the first 1000 years of the church’s existence, pictures, signs and symbols were crucial to the discipleship of Christians who were illiterate. The course explores how the imagination processes both words and images as communication, and how the fine and performing arts are important to the discipleship of the individual believer.

    • ART 534Worship and the Arts

      ART 534 introduces the student to the role of the fine arts, and performing arts in worship settings, and other community gatherings. The course studies the biblical backgrounds of the worship arts in both the Old Testament and New Testament, as well as the varieties of documented contemporary usage.

    • ART 630Advanced Theology and the Arts

      This course examines advanced trends in theology and the arts studies with relevance for the contemporary church. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

    • WCT 538Imagination and Theology (Substitute for THEO 532 Theology for the Church)

      The “imagination” and its relationship to theology is a burgeoning area of study today. WCT 538 discusses the relation- ship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction.

    • Other courses to be determined with advisor

World Religions and Culture

The 21st century in Western culture has seen a level of religious pluralism that is unmatched in previous generations. The student who desires to go on the “mission field” will find study in World Religions and Culture absolutely necessary. In addition to studies in world religions, cultures, and cultural exegesis, this concentration also has courses in imagination, worldview and apologetics. The student who wants to know more about his or her world, world religions, and how we create a worldview will find the World Religions and Culture concentration exactly what he or she needs.

Concentration Courses

  • BIB 530Interpretation: Biblical, Theological, and Cultural

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical, theological and cultural interpretation. This course is basic for the Master of Arts degree.

  • BIB 532Old Testament 1: The Torah & Histories

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile and return of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the fundamental texts of the Hebrew faith, called the “Torah” and the “Histories.” The Torah consists of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Histories cover Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The course focuses on the narrative and theology of the Torah and Histories in the quest to understand Judeo-Christian origins, holiness, obedience, and disobedience

  • BIB 533Old Testament 2: The Prophets & Poetry

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (Isaiah-Malachi, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Five Scrolls), focusing on the theology and interpretation of these texts over time.

  • BIB 534New Testament: From the Gospels Through Acts

    The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels, as well as the birth of the church in Acts.

  • BIB 535New Testament 2: Romans to Revelation

    Following the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the earliest expressions of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church are articulated by Paul, the apostle. This course covers the narrative, history, and theology of the Paul’s epistles: Romans, 1 & Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus; as well as the general epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, John’s epistles, Jude, and the Apocalypse of John. The course covers the context, theology, and history of reception of these writings.

  • MIN 530Christian Vocation

    MIN 530 introduces the student to concepts of “ministry calling”, “ministry discernment” and the nature of vocational ministry. Additionally, the student will discuss the “character of the minister” and the theo-ethical concerns that affect the minister and ministry. (Core for all MA ministry majors.)

  • THEO 531Theology: Method and History

    Theology: Method & History is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century to the present day. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, Orthodoxy, the Reformation, Modern theology, Evangelicalism, and the Postmodern turn. The course is designed to give the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    Since the founding of the church, its members have sought to articulate its beliefs in light of the context of the day. THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of the Christian experience, belief, and consequent ethos, with their evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds, to the reformed confessions, general Christian doctrines, the 20th century systematic constructions and the renewal of Christian theological ethics in the postmodern era. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

  • WCT 531Apologetics

    What does it mean to live and promote the “good news” of Jesus in a pluralist world? This course covers the practice of following and witnessing to Christ in a world of competing religions and worldviews. The course gives an overview of select world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), secularism, scientism and consumerism, with a selection of Christian engagements.

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  • SPR 530Spiritual Formation

    SPR 530 studies the various interpretations, and methods of Christian spiritual formation, as well as its goal in the life of the individual, and the spiritual communities with which they are involved. The course utilizes the works of Christian writers throughout history, from the apostle Paul to Eugene Peterson. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

  • SPR 531Discipleship: Practicing Christian Spirituality

    Discipleship, or Spiritual Practice regards the manner in which both ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual life in Christ. To that end, this course will examine the place of intentional spiritual practices in a person’s life through creating, sustaining, and deepening a dynamic relationship with God. Our spiritual practices focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

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  • MIN 631Ministry Project

    In lieu of a thesis, students with concentrations in communications, ministry, adventure ministry, peace and justice, or leadership, must complete a series of three term-long ministry mentorships, each focusing on the growth of the student, as well as a specific ministry area. For each mentorship, the student will have an on-site ministry mentor with whom she/he will meet each week for accountability and reflection. In addition, the student will have weekly communication with the his or her faculty mentor in order to stay on task toward meeting the targeted goals. By design, no student who earns the MA degree in the areas of communication, leadership and ministry, or the M.Div degree, will be without significant mentored ministry experience. At the end of each project, the student will write a 10-page project report culminating in a 30-page summation where the student reaches a final conclusion by synthesizing and analyzing the projects into a whole, and determining how these projects work together in ministry.

  • WCT 631Thesis

    World Religion and Culture concentrations in the M.A. program are required to submit a thesis between 15,000- 25,000 words, not including bibliography or footnotes. The thesis is to be submitted to the academic dean no later than one month before the faculty committee defense. The student must enroll in WCT 631 during the two terms before he or she intends to submit his or her thesis.

  • Select 3 Electives from:

    • WCT 532World Religions

      WCT 532 gives an overview of the theology and practices of the primary monotheistic world religions, as well as the major “Eastern Religions” – Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and affiliated expressions.

    • WCT 533World Religions: Historic and Marginalized Expressions

      WCT 533 gives an overview of the theology/philosophy, history and practices of the marginalized religions in history: Mormonism, Native Religions, Mevlevi Sufis, Zoroastrianism, Druze, etc.

    • WCT 534Making a Difference: Theology, Politics, and the Other

      Christianity in the “modern” world, became a sedate carrier of Western cultural values, and lost its zeal for Judeo-Christian justice in the political realm. The postmodern critique of modern assumptions changed how faith and society engage. WCT 534 serves as an introduction to political theology in the 21st century.

    • WCT 535Theology and Culture

      Culture is the context in which theology is written and practiced, as well as the milieu in which the Divine is perceived. WCT 535 examines different cultural models and the ways in which cultures are identified and interpreted (cultural hermeneutics) as well as the manner in which theology can be articulated in different cultural expressions.

    • WCT 537Worldview

      What is a worldview? Most people in the world today have no concept through which to understand how other cultures view one another. The lens through which a person views others is called a “worldview.” WCT 537 discusses how a worldview is formed, maintained, adjusted and critiqued. Additionally, it discusses the worldviews of other cultures.

    • WCT 538Imagination and Theology (Substitute for THEO 532 Christian Doctrines)

      The “imagination” and its relationship to theology is a burgeoning area of study today. WCT 538 discusses the relation- ship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction.

    • WCT 630Advanced Cultural & Religious Studies

      This course covers a variety of subjects concerning culture, environment, science and theology, and world religions. The content rotates regularly. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

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