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Master of Arts in Practical Theology

Fully Online

The Master of Arts in Practical Theology (MAPT) equips persons for servant leadership and service in various areas associated with the Christian community’s corporate life and practice. The degree seeks to develop the general theological, practical application, abilities, and skills required in various ministry forms. The program is fully online, allowing students to remain resident within their particular local and congregational contexts.

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.

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MAPT Courses

The MAPT is a 43 credit program which can be completed in a minimum of two years. 

Core Courses - 31 credit hours

Foundation:
〉 Foundations of Seminary Study

Bible Theology:
〉 Theology I
〉 Theology II
〉 Interpreting God’s Word and World
〉 Old Testament Foundations
〉 New Testament Foundations

Any one of the Church History courses:
〉 A Survey of the History of Christianity
〉 CH 541 Church History elective
〉 CH 542 Church History elective
〉 CH 543 Church History elective

Formation:
〉 Ministerial Person

Ethics:
〉 Christian Ethics

Cultural Engagement (students must select one course from each section):
1. Church and Evangelism
〉 Church in Mission
〉 Church Growth

2. Cultural Exegesis
〉 Apologetics
〉 World Religions

Electives - 12 credit hours

Students may select courses from the following content areas to fulfill elective requirements:
〉 Pastoral Care and Counseling
〉 Homiletics
〉 Christian Worship
〉 Leadership Communication
〉 History and Polity
〉 Spiritual Formation
〉 Discipleship Ministries
〉 Spiritual Direction
〉 Formational Prayer
〉 Human Growth and Development
〉 Group Counseling
〉 Career Counseling
〉 Multicultural Counseling
〉 Counseling Children and Adolescents
〉 Family Relations
〉 Counseling the Dying and Grieving
〉 Addictions and Counseling

Faculty

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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