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master of arts in theology

GENERAL GRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants should meet the following minimum requirements for full admission to the graduate program:

1. Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution.
2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants must submit the following as a part of the general admission requirements:

1. Official application for admission form.
2. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate coursework. The transcript from the institution granting the bachelor's degree is necessary for all applicants. If the degree program is incomplete when the application is filed, a transcript of work to that date must be submitted, and after graduation, a final official
transcript must be furnished indicating the degree received.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MA IN THEOLOGY

Full admission to the Master of Arts in Theology may be granted to applicants who meet the College's minimum graduate admission criteria and the following qualifications:

1. A Statement of Call and Commitment to Christian Ministry. The written statement should document:

     • Conversion experience
     • Family background
     • Spiritual development
     • Call to ministry
     • Vocational/ministry goals
     • Educational Goals

2. Spouse/Fiancé Information Form:

This form, completed by the spouse or fiancé of the applicant, asks for biographical information as well as a description of present Christian service and understanding of the commitment to vocational Christian ministry.

3. Church Endorsement Form:

This form, completed by the church where the applicant is currently a member, gives evidence of the applicant's sincere commitment to Christian ministry. The current pastor should provide reference information on the church endorsement form. If the endorsement covers a period of membership for less than one year, an additional church endorsement from a second church may be required by the Admissions Committee.

4. Personal Recommendation Forms:

Two personal references are required from persons other than relatives
who have known the applicant personally for at least two years.

5. Any additional information as requested by the Admissions Committee

 

 

master of arts in theology

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 GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT

 ACADEMIC DEGREES & COURSEWORK

 OTHER QUALIFICATIONS & COMMENTS

Caner, Emir

Professor of History and Christian Studies

President, TMC

HI 530:   Baptist History

PhD (History), University of Texas;

Dissertation: Truth is Unkillable: The Life and Writings of Balthasar Hubmaier, Theologian to the Anabaptist

MDiv, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; including courses in Church History and Baptist History

H2142 – Baptist History

T3037 – History of Baptist Theology

Vast Ministry Experience

Highly Noted Author, Book/Article Publications include:

The Sacred Trust: Biographical Sketches of the Southern Baptist Convention Presidents

The Sacred Desk: Presidential Addresses of the Southern Baptist Convention Presidents

“Ecclesiology in the Free Churches of the Reformation,” in Gerald Cowen, Who Rules the Church? Examine Congregational Leadership and Church Government

“The Lord’s Supper: Its Participants and Relationship to Church Discipline,” in Thomas White, Jason Duesing, and Malcolm Yarnell III, eds., Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches

 

Collegiate Experience:

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary:

  • Dean of College at Southwestern/Director of Free Church Studies/Professor of History

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Associate Dean of Southeastern College at Wake Forest/Associate Professor of Church History and Anabaptist Studies

Visiting Professor, Five Universities and Seminaries

Fangmann, Gary

Assistant Professor of Business

CS 551:   Ministry Administration and Leadership

EdD (Leadership), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dissertation: An Analysis of Five Functions of Mentoring as Perceived as Ministry Professionals and Southern Baptist College Seniors

Leadership – 64 hours

MA (Christian Education), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Church Administration – 26 hours

Qualifications for CS 551 Ministry Administration and Leadership Student Learning Outcomes [20]

20+ years Ministry Administration/Education Experience

Graffagnino, Jason

Assistant Professor of History and Christian Studies

Chair, Division of World Missions and Christian Studies

HI 530:   Baptist History

PhD (Church History and Historical Theology with Missions minor), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dissertation: The Shaping of the Two Earliest Anabaptist Catechisms

MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Church/Baptist History – 20 hours + dissertation

Several published writings in discipline

Pastoral and Mission Experience

8+ years teaching Christian Studies at College or Master’s level

Robert A. Baker Award in Church History (2004)

Haynes, Holly

Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences

PY 601:   Biblical Counseling

EdD (Human Development and Psychology), Harvard University

EdM (Risk and Prevention), Harvard University

Qualifications for PY 601 Biblical Counseling Student Learning Outcomes [23]

Numerous presentations and publications

Academic Experience (Teaching and Research)

Sanders, Van

Associate Professor of Missions and Christian Studies

 

CS 699:   Local Church Internship

MI 501:   Evangelism, Discipleship, and Church Planting

 

PhD (Missions with Evangelism minor), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Missions/Evangelism – 20 hours

MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Missions/Evangelism – 32 hours

Bible/Theology – 51 hours

Teaching Experience:

  • Associate Professor of Missions and Evangelism, Truett-McConnell College.
  • Adjunct Professor of Missions, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Adjunct Professor of Missions, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • 9 years teaching at internationally religious institutions

Pelletier, Samuel

Professor of Biblical Languages

PH 501:   Logic and Critical Thinking

PhD (New Testament), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

MA (Philosophy), University of Missouri

MAR (Theology), Westminster Theology Seminary

Master’s/PhD Coursework:

Biblical Studies – 77 hours

Greek – 18 hours

Philosophy – 27 hours

Theology – 39 hours

3 years pastoral experience

Several published writings

10+ years teaching Christian Studies at College or Master’s level

master of arts in theology

Course Descriptions:

CS 501: Hermeneutics – introduces the grammatical-historical method of interpretation with a focus on author-centered interpretation. Attention will be given to practical methodology as well as examinations of genre, figures of speech, historical backgrounds, word studies, grammar and syntax, and resources for Bible study.

CS 530/HI 530: Baptist History – Baptist history to the present. Development of basic doctrine and polity will be discussed, as well as historically important Baptist men and women.

CS 532: Christian Theology I – a systematic study of the biblical doctrines of Revelation, God, and Man.

CS 533: Christian Theology II – a systematic study of the biblical doctrines of Christ, Salvation, the Holy Spirit, the Church, and Last Things.

CS 534: Doctrine of Revelation – a systematic study of the doctrine of revelation, focusing on the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture.

CS 535: Ecclesiology – addresses the theology of the Free Church tradition, especially its relationship to the state, congregational polity, revivalism, and public invitations.

CS 551: Ministry Administration & Leadership – surveys the principles of effective business administration in ministry, the elements of a business meeting, Roberts Rules of Order, tax and legal issues, leadership principles, and conflict resolution.

CS 626: Ethics in Ministry – gives attention to decision-making in regard to current moral issues including those regarding the family, sexuality, pornography, the consumption of alcohol, and obscenity.

CS 632: Contemporary Apologetics – addresses defending Christian doctrines, especially concerning the problem of evil and suffering and various cults.

CS 640: Sermon Preparation – explores the construction of a biblical sermon.

CS 641: Preaching Lab – explores the theory and practice of delivering biblical sermons, including a preaching experience with peer critique. Prerequisite: Sermon Preparation.

CS 699: Local Church Internship – provides students with ministry experience under the guidance of a qualified supervisor in a local church and assistance in developing their philosophy of ministry.

GK 501: Foundations of Biblical Greek – an introduction to the fundamentals of New Testament Greek. The course emphasizes vocalization, vocabulary building, recognition of grammatical forms, and morphology of Greek words, basic syntax, basic translation strategies, and use of language software.

GK 601: New Testament Exposition in Greek – a critical and expositional study of New Testament texts in Greek emphasizing the proper use of biblical language tools and software. Prerequisite: Foundations of Biblical Greek.

HB 501: Foundations of Biblical Hebrew – an introduction to the fundamentals of Old Testament Hebrew. The course emphasizes vocalization, vocabulary building, recognition of grammatical forms, and morphology of Hebrew words, basic syntax, basic translation strategies, and use of language software.

HB 601: Old Testament Exposition in Hebrew – a critical and expositional study of Old Testament texts in Hebrew emphasizing the proper use of biblical language tools and software. Prerequisite: Foundations of Biblical Hebrew.

MI 501: Evangelism, Discipleship & Church Planting – outlines the foundational Biblical patterns and models for expanding the kingdom of God through the local church. Specific attention is given to the New Testament teachings and practices related to evangelism, discipleship and church planting with a view to application in the student's current local church experience.

MI 601: Cross-Cultural Ministries Practicum – provides the student guidance with developing and/or participating in a selected ministry in a cross-cultural context either locally, nationally or internationally. Oversight will be provided in order to increase the student's skills and understandings essential for fruitful cross cultural ministry.

PH 501: Logic and Critical Thinking – introduces principles of correct reasoning and their application to research and writing. The course emphasizes theories of meaning, language, critical thinking, reading skills, common causes of confusion and error in thought and argument, methods of analyzing and evaluating arguments objectively, and methods of constructing sound arguments based on relevant evidence.

PY 601: Biblical Counseling – outlines the various types of therapies used in biblical counseling and the theoretical frameworks guiding these therapies. Additionally, students will explore current debates about the validity and the use of these therapies.

 

master of arts in theology

The Master of Arts in Theology at Truett-McConnell College equips students to fulfill the Great Commission by fostering a Christian worldview through a biblically –centered education by offering the finest traditions of liberal arts with the growing demand for Christian professionals. With a Masters of Arts in Theology, students will be able to discover and apply the meaning of any biblical text using appropriate language tools, understand and communicate biblical-theological content, and provide biblical counsel, administration, and leadership within and outside the local church.

The Master of Arts in Theology degree provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in the areas of classical theological studies and applied ministry. Students will receive training in classical theological studies, such as: biblical exegesis and systematic theology, Baptist history, and apologetics. Students will also receive training in applied ministry courses such as: local church internship, preaching lab, and cross-cultural ministries practicum.

 

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