Master of Theology in Practical and Applied Theology
The Master of Theology program is designed to equip individuals who desire to increase their knowledge in areas of ministry through practical application based on an understanding of our true spiritual heritage of the Organic-Open Church in the New Testament. This program provides excellent training for those who desire to grow in a deeper relationship with the Lord and what it means to be His disciple and an integral part of the Body of Christ. The Master of Theology is open to all those who desire serve the Body of Christ in various capacities as well as vocations. This program provides in-depth training of applied theology such as building your systematic and biblical theology based on revelation knowledge as well as making biblical decisions based on solid foundations of practical theology. This program is ideal for those with apostolic, prophetic, pastoral, teaching and evangelistic gifts as well other ministry gifts that support the equipping of the saints in the Body of Christ.
Required Core (5 courses-15 credits)
APTH 5600: Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (Graduate)
This course is a wonderful investigation of God’s call to live in spirit and in truth. You will learn the importance of the illumination of scripture and the application of revelation knowledge as a means to living the victorious Spirit-filled life. Key topics include an examination of the limitations of reasoned (human) knowledge, the role of theology and doctrine, and the place of revelation knowledge in renewing the mind. This course is the prerequisite to all other courses in the Master of Theology program.
APTH 5725: The Organic Body of Christ: A Return to New Testament Foundations (Graduate)
This course will introduce you to God’s true design for the Body of Christ as laid out in the New Testament. You will also investigate ‘modern’ church and leadership practices and gain a deep understanding of the Church as a living organism not an institutional organization.
APTH 5835: Applied Theological Studies I: Building Your Theology
Modern evangelical theology is flooded with conflicting viewpoints. Many of these disagreements arise between denominations, while others arise within denominations and individual churches. The apparent hopelessness of reaching theological unity has even led some Christians to deny the value of theology altogether. With so many different ideas competing for our loyalty, how are followers of Jesus to determine what to believe? And how committed should we be to specific doctrines and traditions?
APTH 5845: Applied Theological Studies II: Building Systematic Theology
Throughout the history of the church, faithful Christians have used systematic theology to communicate the teachings of our faith. Systematics has proven to be a helpful tool for expressing ideas clearly, and for organizing them in ways that increase our understanding of Scripture. At times, this approach to theology has been misused, but when employed in submission to Scripture, systematic theology provides Christians with a reliable method for understanding and teaching biblical truth.
APTH 5855: Applied Theological Studies III: Building Biblical Theology
Faithful Christians have always recognized the importance of the progress of biblical history, especially as it relates to humanity’s fall into sin and to God’s redemptive work. The discipline of biblical theology arose as a means to study this progress in responsible ways. Much like systematic theology, biblical theology organizes theological ideas in ways that increase our understanding of Scripture. But whereas systematic theology organizes its ideas according to topics, biblical theology organizes its findings in historical periods or epochs. Used rightly, biblical theology is a powerful and helpful tool for interpreting and applying the Bible.
Electives (6 courses-18 credits)
MINN 5200: Finding Your Purpose: Understanding the Five Fold Ministry
This course is an in-depth examination of the ministry gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Jesus gave gifts to men. Discover how these gifts function together in the church "to prepare God's people for works of service". This study will help you further understand God's call on your life.
THEO 5725: Old Testament Theology: Kingdom, Covenants & Canon of the Old Testament
If someone asked, “What is the Old Testament about?” would you have an answer? Could you summarize the meaning of Job? And more fundamentally, could you explain why the Old Testament is relevant for Christians today? Unfortunately, many modern Christians lack a firm understanding of the basic content and meaning of the Old Testament. As a result, they are inadvertently attempting to live their Christian lives based only on the New Testament. Yet, Jesus and his apostles taught that the Old Testament is very important for Christians. As a matter of fact, when Paul told Timothy that all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, he was referring primarily to the Old Testament. Kingdom, Covenants & Canon of the Old Testament is the first series in the course Bible Survey.
THEO 5765: The Heart of Paul’s Theology
Paul passionately proclaimed the good news of individual salvation in Jesus Christ. But this wasn’t the heart of Paul’s gospel. According to Paul, salvation is not primarily about individuals being saved from the wrath of God. Rather, the gospel is about the triumph of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God. It is about God redeeming and recreating the heavens and the earth through Jesus Christ, and about our participation in that renewed world.
THEO 5775: Paul’s Prison Epistles
As Christians we face many challenges to our faith. False teachings and worldviews assault our loyalty to Christ. Suffering tempts us to think that God is not in control, or that he does have our best interests at heart. And our relationships with other believers are often strained to the point that we doubt the value of the church. But Paul had responses to these types of difficulties — responses that he outlined in his letters from prison.
THEO 5825: The Morality of the Christian: Making Biblical Decisions
Christian morality has always been challenged and rejected by unbelievers. But today even many believers have lost their moral footing. Moreover, believers who want to live ethically are frequently confused by the complexities of ethical decisions. Even so, with proper study of the Bible’s system of ethics, Christians can learn how to evaluate problems in ways that lead to biblical solutions.
THEO 5845: He Gave Us Prophets: The Biblical Hermeneutics of Prophecy
Prophecy is both exciting and frustrating. Most Christians are intrigued by biblical predictions, but at a loss when it comes to understanding them. Feeling overwhelmed by its complicated history and literature, we often disregard this part of the Bible. But God did not give us prophecy just so that we would ignore it. And prophecy is extremely valuable to us when we interpret it rightly. When we understand the prophets’ motivations and methods, we are better equipped to discover the significance of their words for today.
Project/Thesis (3 credits)
THEO 5900: M.Th. Project/Thesis
In this course, you will work on a faculty-guided project or thesis related to your interests in your area of applied theology and ministry. Your project will integrate creativity, relevance and integrity to produce a work of the highest quality.