Practical Theology Concentration

Master of Arts

The Practical Theology Concentration is designed for those who are employed as pastors in their churches.  It is expected that most of these will be ministers who have ordination credentials. Consequently, the program is planned to enhance those ministry skills and increase their effectiveness in their careers.  A second category of persons who may be interested in this program are those who have limited experience in ministry but feel called to dedicate their lives to the work of ministry and may be employed full-time or part-time by a church in a ministry role. The program is planned to continue the development of their ministry skills in practical theology.

CM6100 Biblical Preaching 3 credits 6 weeks

This course is intended to concentrate on the dual tasks of biblical exegesis and sermon delivery. Students will be expected to preach at least twice in class using various literary genres taken from both testaments. The course will give particular attention to expository preaching.

CM6300 Pastoral Leadership 3 credits 6 weeks

This course is designed to explore pastoral leadership by focusing upon the implications of the biblical servanthood model as it pertains to the pastor/leader in the practice of ministry. This course seeks to guide the student into a better understanding not only of what the pastor as leader does but also of who the pastor as leader is within the context of Christian ministry as well as to develop a more unified model of a Servanthood Theology of Ministry model.

CM6500 Spiritual Disciplines 3 credits 6 weeks

The course will involve study and experience of practices that historically have aided the development of spiritual formation.

CM6700 Mission in the Western World 3 credits 6 weeks

This course equips students for mission to non-Christian people in contemporary Western society. The course draws on insights from Scripture and the social sciences. Emphasis will be given to understanding the social and cultural influences, attitudes, beliefs, values, and worldviews of people in “post-modern” and “post-Christian” America.