• Academics

  • Master of Practical Theology Curriculum

    CORE CLASSES

    Bible Content Exam

    MDIV 500 Pastor, Church, and World (3 hours)
    This course introduces and overviews the six praxis domains of the Master of Divinity curriculum: mission, congregational formation, congregational life, proclamation, worship, and leadership. It also presents the foundational components of each practical domain: biblical, theological, and historical. This course is a prerequisite for all subsequent praxis courses. (Onsite, one-week intensive)

    MISS500 Cultural Context of Ministry (3 hours) 
    This course explores the most relevant contexts in which a person's ministry takes place, including the unity and diversity of local contexts, social and cultural contexts, denominational contexts, national and global contexts, as well as the kingdom context. Special attention is given to the broader Christian context of the cohort, such as the roots of American denominationalism for North Americans.

    BIBL 500 The Bible as Christian Scripture (3 hours) 
    This course develops the two-fold skills of 1) reading the Bible in context and 2) reading it with the eyes of a Christian. The classic tools of inductive Bible study are presented alongside strategies for appropriating the Bible today.

    THEO 500 Introduction to Christian Theology (3 hours) 
    This course reviews the historic beliefs of orthodox Christianity, including the nature of revelation, God, Christ, the Spirit, creation, humanity, sin, salvation, the church, and the end of the age.

    CHST 500 Global Christian History (3 hours) 
    This course surveys the progress and development of Christianity around the world from its inception to the present day, with special attention to the rise and anticipated dominance of two-thirds world Christianity in the southern hemisphere.

    MIN 695 Practical Theology Capstone (3 hours) 
    This course completes the Master of Practical Theology degree with an assessment of the progress made in the program, the collection of materials into a ministry portfolio, and the creation of a multi-year plan for future ministry and personal development. Prerequisite: Completion of all degree course requirements. 

    COMPLETE THREE OF THE FOLLOWING SIX PRAXIS COURSES:

    MISS 600 Missional Church (6 hours)
    This course is a comprehensive, integrative approach to missional Christianity, beginning with biblical foundations and ending with the tools needed to facilitate mission, church multiplication, and service in the church today. Topics range from the classical fields of evangelism, church growth, and global missions to volunteerism and service to the world in its economic and social dimensions. The course involves contextually appropriate missional ministry and so requires that a student currently be in an approved ministry setting. Significant biblical, theological, and historical outcomes are addressed in this course. See the explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. Prerequisite: Pastor, Church, and World. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

    LEAD 600 Congregational Leadership (6 hours)
    This course is a comprehensive, integrative approach to the leadership and management of a congregation, beginning with biblical foundations and ending with the tools needed to lead in the church today. Topics range from the recruitment of staff and volunteers to managing conflict. The course involves problem-based case studies from the student's ministry context. Significant biblical, theological, and historical outcomes are addressed in this course. See the explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. Prerequisite: Pastor, Church, and World. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

    WSHP 600 Christian Worship (6 hours)
    This course is a comprehensive, integrative approach to Christian worship, beginning with biblical foundations and ending with the tools needed to facilitate it in the church today. Topics range from administration of the historic sacraments and ordinances of the church to the use of music and media arts in contemporary worship. The course involves problem-based case studies from the student's ministry context. Significant biblical, theological, and historical outcomes are addressed in this course. See the explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. Prerequisite: Pastor, Church, and World. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

    PROC 600 Christian Proclamation (6 hours)
    This course is a comprehensive, integrative approach to Christian proclamation, beginning with biblical foundations and ending with the tools needed to communicate effectively in specific settings. Topics range from a theology of revelation to sermon preparation and various kinds of sermons. The course involves the practice of proclamation and so requires that a student currently be in an approved ministry setting. Significant biblical, theological, and historical outcomes are addressed in this course. See the explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. Prerequisite: Pastor, Church, and World. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

    CONG 600 Congregational Spiritual Formation (6 hours)
    This course is a comprehensive, integrative approach to the education and transformation of a congregation, beginning with biblical foundations and ending with the tools needed to educate and transform a congregation into a holy people today. Topics range from developmental theories to pedagogical techniques. The course involves the practice of education and formation and so requires that a student currently be in an approved ministry setting. Significant biblical, theological, and historical outcomes are addressed in this course. See the explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. Prerequisite: Pastor, Church, and World. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

    PCRE 600 Congregational Relationships (6 hours)
    This course is a comprehensive, integrative approach to the care and fellowship of a congregation, beginning with biblical foundations and ending with the tools needed to facilitate wholeness in individuals and groups today. Topics will range from counseling theories to facilitating healthy relationships and assimilation in a congregation. The course involves problem-based case studies from the student's ministry context. Significant biblical, theological, and historical outcomes are addressed in this course. See the explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. Prerequisite: Pastor, Church, and World. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)