Master of Theological Studies (48 units)
Graduate students in this program will benefit from a professional degree designed to prepare men and women for service in church, para-church and missional organizations. 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 and para-church ministries. The courses in this program are designed to produce theological and research competencies in three major areas of study: Biblical Studies, Theology and Ethics, and Leadership Studies.
The Biblical Studies objectives of the M.T.S. degree program focus on development of competency in the interpretation of Scripture. Students learn to:
- Gain exegetical skills in understanding the content of Scripture through its form, context, structure and vocabulary;
- Identify the basic issues involved in exposition of Scripture including the cultural and historical background of the texts; and,
- Apply skills to use Scripture in a variety of life and church circumstances: polity, apologetics, homiletics, Christian ethics, doctrine and mission.
The Theology and Ethics objectives are to investigate the relationship between theological and ethical reflection. Student learn to:
- Examine the development of Christian life and thought in their historical contexts;
- Compare and evaluate prominent theological systems and movements in the twentieth century; and
- Cultivate skills involved in analyzing moral issues facing the church.
The Leadership Studies objectives are to develop skills of ministry needed to facilitate the church’s life as a fellowship of believers, as a worshipping community, as a prophetic witness and as an agent of redemption. Students are encouraged to:
- Cultivate the dimensions of spirituality by 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; and
- Examine the larger cultural and social environment in which the church carries out its global mission.