Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Many Christians who work in secular professions find themselves called to church leadership, yet they need a deeper knowledge of scripture and Christian doctrine to lead effectively.
All Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) classes are oriented around the theme of the Kingdom of God, and are carefully crafted to link theory with real life situations. The degree also is valuable for those who have been performing ministry effectively for years, but need refreshment and deepening of their theological expertise.
The MA in Theological studies is a 36-hour degree designed to prepare individuals for church staff, lay leadership, and parachurch (faith-based organizations) positions. Some denominations also will regard the degree as fulfilling requirements for ordination. The curriculum is as follows:
36 hours in the following core:
- THEO 507 - Seek First the Kingdom
- THEO 510 - Christian Scripture
- THEO 515 - History and Doctrine of the Church
- THEO 532 - Theology of Humanity
- THEO 543 - Communicating the Gospel
- THEO 547 - Spiritual Care
- THEO 621 - Ethics of the New Testament
- THEO 622 - Theology of the Old Testament
- THEO 623 - Evangelism and Discipleship in the New Testament
- THEO 631 - Christianity and Culture
- THEO 633 - Current Theological Controversies
- THEO 641 - Leadership in Christian Communities
- THEO 691-Theological Capstone Project
Concentration in Sports Outreach Ministry (12 hours)
Sports Ministry is one of the most innovative and fastest growing ministries used by churches and Christian organizations around the world. This concentration will provide a biblical and theological foundation as well as help students to develop a personal theology for ministry through sports. Courses are also devoted to the development of practical skills, administration, leadership, and discipling athletes and coaches.
To complete the requirements for the Concentration in Sports Outreach Ministries, students will substitute the following four courses for selected courses in the standard M.A.T.S. curriculum (above). Substitutions will be determined in consultation with the program director. THEO 510 or THEO 515 is required.