The M.T.S. program provides training for participants to reflect theologically on the role of the church in contemporary society and to develop skills necessary for effective ministry within local churches, mission agencies or para-church ministries. The courses in this program are designed to produce theological and research competencies in three major areas of study: Biblical Studies. Theological Studies, and Leadership Studies.
- Gain exegetical skills in understanding the content of Scripture through its form, context, structure, and vocabulary.
- Identify the basic issues involved in the exposition of Scripture including the cultural and historical background of the text.
- Apply skills to use Scripture in a variety of life and church circumstances: polity, apologetics, homiletics, Christian ethics, doctrine, and mission.
- Examine the development of Christian life and thought in their historical contexts.
- Compare and evaluate prominent theological systems and movements in recent centuries.
- Discuss the major theological loci in sensitivity to biblical revelation, doctrinal developments in history, and contemporary contextual changes.
- Cultivate the dimensions of spirituality b exploring the disciplines of the spiritual life, the process of faith formation and the nature of ever-deepening moral life.
- Develop the leadership roles of the minister (clergy and lay leader) as preacher, educator, caregiver and administrator in the life of the local church or para-church ministry.
- Examine the larger cultural and social environment in which the church carries out its global mission.
The Master of Theological Studies program is year-round with courses offered during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Courses are generally offered one night a week for eight weeks, with one additional Saturday session per course.