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Master of Arts in Practical Theology

Now Available Fully Online

Winebrenner is pleased to announce that our current Master of Arts in Practical Theology (MAPT) program is now available fully online. The program is designed to develop and sharpen ministerial skills while allowing students to remain in their ministry/work context. 

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Practical Theology equips persons for leadership and service in various areas associated with the Christian community’s corporate life and practice. The degree seeks to develop the general theological and practical application, abilities, and skills required in various ministry forms. The program integrates intensive courses and distance learning courses so that students can continue to serve within their particular local and congregational contexts.

Core Courses

The core courses total 45 credit hours

> Foundations for Seminary Study (1 credit hour)
> The Ministerial Person
> Interpreting God’s World & Word
> A Survey of Christian Theology
> Spiritual Formation
> A Survey of the History of Christianity
> OT Foundations*
> NT Foundations*
> Church in Mission
> Church History & Polity
> Homiletics
> Christian Leadership
> Christian Leadership & Communication
> Supervised Ministry
> Ministry Skills & Techniques (2 credit hours)

*Students may test out of OT Foundations and/or NT Foundations by passing a preliminary Bible exam.


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Areas of Concentration

In addition to the MAPT course requirements, students may choose one of three areas of concentration that best fits their calling, gifts, and career goals. Each area is 15 credit hours.

Biblical Studies

Four concentration courses chosen from:
〉 OT 501 Pentateuch
〉 OT 502 Prophets
〉 NT 626 Synoptic Gospels
〉 NT 627 Studies in Paul
〉 NT 628 Gospel of John
〉 One elective course from TH, CH, or CM departments

Christian Leadership

Three concentration courses:
〉 CM 500 Character of a Leader
〉 CM 501 Leadership Competencies
〉 CM 502 Leadership Practicum
〉 Two elective courses from OT, NT, TH, CH, and/or CM departments

Pastoral Ministry

Three concentration courses:
〉 CM 583 Pastoral Care and Counseling
〉 CM 585 Discipleship Ministries: Christian Formation
〉 CM 586 Christian Worship
〉 Two elective courses from OT, NT, TH, CH, and/or CM departments


Dr. David Barbee, Director

George Fox University, B.A., 2000
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2 M.A.’s, 2003 & 2005
Univ. of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., 2013

Dr. James Sweeney, Professor

Roberts Wesleyan Coll., B.A., 1989
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, M.A., 1993
TEDS, Ph.D., 2000

Dr. John Nissley, Professor

Penn. State University, B.S., 1974
Grand Rapids Bap. Seminary, M.R.E., 1983
Bethel Theological Seminary, D.Min., 2000
Winebrenner, M.Div., 2010

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