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Descriptions of Areas of Study

Biblical Studies | Theological Studies | Applied Theology | Apologetics & Culture | Christian Ethics | Christian Leadership | Historical Theology | New Testament | Old TestamentPhilosophy of Religion | Systematic Theology | Preaching | Theology and Worship

Biblical Studies is designed for pastors and teachers who are going to teach biblical studies in liberal arts colleges and universities, churches, and majority world academic or ecclesial contexts. It offers expertise in the Bible (Old and New Testaments) and biblical theology while providing concentration in one of the fields of Old Testament, New Testament, or Biblical Theology. The concentration the student chooses generally coincides with the focus of his or her dissertation. View catalog description.

  • Old Testament concentration
  • New Testament concentration
  • Biblical Theology concentration

Theological Studies is designed for pastors and teachers who are going to teach theological studies in liberal arts colleges and universities, churches, and majority world academic or ecclesial contexts. It offers expertise in the disciplines of systematic theology, historical theology, philosophy of religion, and ethics while providing concentration in one of those specific fields. The concentration the student chooses generally coincides with the focus of his or her dissertation. View catalog description.

  • Systematic Theology concentration*
  • Historical Theology concentration*
  • Philosophy of Religion concentration*
  • Christian Ethics concentration

Applied Theology is designed for pastor-theologians, teachers, and missionaries who are going to serve in various leadership contexts across the globe. It offers expertise in theological praxis, missiology, preaching, and leadership. The concentration the student chooses generally coincides with the focus of his or her dissertation. View catalog description.

  • The Preaching concentration* is designed for pastor-theologians who desire to have a biblical and theological foundation focused on advanced hermeneutical principles and effective communication.
  • The Evangelism concentration* is designed for pastors, leaders, scholars and educators who are seeking to engage in the study of the theology and practical methodology of evangelism.
  • The Missiology concentration* has two tracks:
    • The North American Missiology track* is designed for church planters, pastors and leaders who are actively working in church planting or renewal in a North American context.
    • The International Missiology track* is designed for IMB personnel who are currently serving overseas and others who serve in a similar capacity and want to more effectively proclaim the Gospel around the world.
  • The Christian Leadership concentration* is designed for Christian pastors, leaders, scholars and educators who recognize the importance of biblical values while inspiring vision and godly virtues.
  • The Counseling concentration is designed for pastors, leaders, scholars and educators who are seeking to apply biblical principles to a variety of counseling scenarios.

Apologetics and Culture* is designed to equip pastors and professors with an effective apologetic voice. It will train students to teach and research in apologetics and culture in liberal arts colleges and universities, churches, and majority world academic or ecclesial contexts, and it will train students to engage culture with the truth claims of Christ. View catalog description.

Christian Ethics is designed to prepare students who (1) desire to teach Christian Ethics or a related discipline in colleges or seminaries; (2) desire to minister as pastor-theologians in local churches; (3) desire to use Christian Ethics in their ministries in global mission contexts; (4) desire to contribute meaningful scholarship to the ongoing ethical debates about culture and morality. View catalog description.

Christian Leadership* is designed to equip pastors and professors to evaluate critically trends in leadership theory and practice. It will train students to teach and research in Christian leadership in liberal arts colleges and universities, churches, and majority world academic or ecclesial contexts. It will train students to develop the heart and mind of the leader. View catalog description.

Historical Theology* is designed to equip pastors and professors to teach the history of the Christian church. It will train students to teach and research in historical theology in liberal arts colleges and universities, churches, and majority world academic or ecclesial contexts. It will train students to advance the understanding and practice of historical theology. View catalog description.

New Testament is designed to prepare students who (1) desire to teach New Testament or a related discipline in colleges and seminaries; (2) desire to minister as pastor-theologians in local churches; (3) desire to use their knowledge of New Testament Studies in their ministries in global mission contexts. View catalog description.

Old Testament is designed to prepare students who (1) desire to teach Old Testament or a related discipline in colleges and seminaries; (2) desire to minister as pastor-theologians in local churches; (3) desire to use their knowledge of Old Testament Studies in their ministries in global mission contexts. View catalog description.

Philosophy of Religion* is designed to equip pastors and professors to assess and critique philosophical thought from a Christian foundation. It will train students to teach and research in philosophy of religion in liberal arts colleges and universities, churches, and majority world academic or ecclesial contexts. It will train students to discern truth in a pluralistic world. View catalog description.

Systematic Theology* is designed to equip pastors and professors to teach sound Christian doctrine in the church and the academy. It will train students to teach and research in systematic theology in liberal arts colleges and universities, churches, and majority world academic or ecclesial contexts. It will train students to develop as pastor-theologians. View catalog description.

Preaching* is an advanced degree in the area of preaching. The Ph.D. in Preaching is delivered in a modified residency format. Each seminar is delivered over the normal period of other seminars and contains an on-campus experience, as well as, supplemental asynchronous components before and after the on-campus experience. View catalog description.

Theology and Worship* is designed to equip pastors and professors for the practice and teaching of worship leadership. It will train students to teach and research in theology and worship in ecclesial contexts as well as in the academy. It will train students to understand the theology and praxis of worship leadership. View catalog description.

(NOTE: * indicates these programs are offered in a Residential and/or Modified Residency Format)

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