One Night a Week (Pastoral Leadership)

Master of Arts (Religion) – Concentrated Format

Leadership Studies Concentration with a Specialization in Pastoral Leadership

Classes meet one night a week. Students with extensive undergraduate education in Biblical and Theological studies which meet certain criteria may complete this degree in two years

Students graduating with a Master of Arts (Religion) with a specialization in Pastoral Leadership will:

  1. Have constructed a theology for the practice of ministry in contemporary cultural contexts.
  2. Have skill in effective ministry and leadership in order to help the church accomplish its mission.
  3. Have a mature love for God and be committed to personal Christian discipleship.
  4. Be able to communicate effectively.
  5. Have met the objectives outlined in the chosen area of concentrated study.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is the purpose of the program?

To give students, particularly working adults, the opportunity to have a predictable schedule that will enable them to finish an MAR with a Pastoral Leadership concentration. Some students may be able to complete the degree in two years.

  • How many hours will I take?

The MAR is a 54 hour degree; however, this program will allow some students to complete their studies in as little as 36 credit hours. This would only be possible for students who have extensive undergraduate preparation in Bible, Theology or Ministry.

  • What if I need prerequisites or need to take the full 54 hours?

Those who need to take the all 54 hours will either need to enroll in our regular program, or supplement by taking classes from our regular schedule, or take online classes (or a combination of the above.)

  • What concentrations will I take?

Currently, this program is only available with a Pastoral Leadership concentration.

  • How is this different from our other seminary programs?

It is not really that different. Students in this program will have the same number of classroom hours as students in other programs. The seminary already offers block classes on Mondays and Tuesdays, week-long intensives, and 2-2-2 classes. This plan simply provides a predictable schedule. The classes meet for four hours. Each class meets 9 weeks.

  • May I take classes at times other than Thursday, and can students in the regular program take the Thursday classes?

The answer to both questions is, “yes.” However, we can only guarantee that students will finish in two years, one night a week, if they follow our prescribed plan. Still, students may migrate freely between the Thursday format and any of our other formats.

  • How do I meet language requirements?

You may take traditional language classes offered at other times, or may choose the tools option, which involves an on-line language tools class and a Bible class that uses those tools.

  • How do I meet my research requirement?

This is built into the program. Those in this program will take the NTO (non-thesis option). We designate the class the NTO is written in. You will write an extended paper in that class.

  • How many Thursdays will I have to attend?

Each student will attend 45 Thursdays per year and get 7 Thursdays off per year.

  • How does all this add up to 36 hours?

In the first year, students can take an ECLE (extracurricular learning experience.) This involves attending a seminar outside the seminary. You will work with the dean to write a paper on the experience to receive credit. In the second year, students will also be enrolled for field work. These credits can be earned at a local church or parachurch organization.