Our Master of Arts in Applied Theology program will cultivate your leadership skills whether you are called to the church, a nonprofit, or a parachurch organization. The program provides a framework for advanced leadership through biblical and theological studies, spiritual formation, and cultural engagement. You will practice biblical interpretation, acquire a working knowledge of basic issues in Christian theology, grow in your personal relationship with God through spiritual practices, develop redemptive cultural engagement, and demonstrate Christ-like servant leadership. If you are passionate about journeying with others in faith and spiritual transformation in light of Scripture, this program is designed for you.
Customize Your Degree
We understand that your calling and ministry are unique to you. Our program offers several tracks for the development of leadership skills for specialized settings through course work, practicums, and in-ministry learning opportunities. Students focus their studies within one of these ministry areas: Affective Spirituality and Christian Formation, Contextual Leadership, Cross-Cultural Engagement, or Global Evangelism. Assignments factor into your current ministry context to strengthen your educational experience and benefit those you are already serving.
The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes that will be a part of your educational journey here at MU. Take a look at each course for a small preview.
This course will focus on the unique role of the Holy Spirit in the process of Christian transformation. The apostle Paul’s call for the believers in Galatia to “Keep in step with the Spirit” will be employed as a crucial Bible calling. The Spirit’s ministry will both be distinguished from the Persons of the Father and Son and engaged as God’s bonding presence in the believer’s union with Christ and communion with the Father. The Spirit’s work in shaping the New Testament Church will be taken as an applied model for both our personal faith; and for reforming the practices of today’s Christian communities.
The emphasis will be on bringing all of the learning and skills acquired to bear on how it enhances the students/ministry leaders’ work in their own context here and abroad. Here all the members of the cohort will work together to sharpen one another and help one another on a collective ministry project or individual ministry projects that will bear on their lifetime calling to service in their particular vocations as ambassadors of Christ and his church, God’s kingdom community.
An in-depth study of the biblical text concerning the content of the Gospel, preaching, the evangelist, and the role of the evangelist in the life of the Church and the Great Commission.
The historical claims of the Bible and the Gospel of Jesus Christ needs solid scholarship. The course will explore historical reasons for the faith once delivered to the saints as well as applying these teachings to the contemporary issues of our day.
Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree.
This concentration is designed to hone the skills required for ministry outreach leaders in the local church, church plants, chaplaincy roles, college campuses, community development domains, and areas that require relief work. These locales are increasingly multicultural in their contexts domestic and international and require empathetic, discerning, and culturally sensitive leaders.
This concentration is designed to build and enhance the abilities and ecclesiological framework of ministry leaders so that they can better engage in a growing post-Christian cultural climate. Emphasis is placed on understanding the relationship between the Gospel, the Church, and the global culture. You will learn about sociological concepts that drive a philosophy of ministry and discover how you can mobilize people into full participation in God’s mission in today’s culture.
The Global Evangelism concentration focuses on the strategic role of evangelists in leading the church in fulfilling the Great Commission. Outcomes focus on developing new strategies and methodologies for effectively communicating the Gospel, culturally relevant ways of engaging the church in evangelistic ministries, and strategic principles for building and sustaining evangelistic ministries.
Affective Spirituality and Christian Formation
This concentration focuses on a biblically informed, spirituality grounded understanding of the triune God. This approach to spiritual formation is quite distinctive in its thoroughly affective and Trinitarian approach to both personal and community transformation.
With your M.A. in Applied Theology, you will be prepared for roles such as:
|• Senior Pastor||• Associate Pastor||• Church Planter|
|• Parachurch Ministry Leader||• Community Outreach Pastor||• Chaplain|
|• Missionary||• Community Development Leader||• Evangelist|
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