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M.A. Global Theology


Program Purpose

MA Global Theology

The globalization of the Christian faith has resulted in many new voices contributing to theological discussion. Many of the perspectives that these new, global voices share are forged in cultural and social milieus very different to the Western worldview which was, to some extent, the outcome of Christian theology in the first place.

The Master of Arts (Global Theology) is designed to enable a reflective and critical evaluation of the context in which contemporary theological thought is generated. Examining the writings of contemporary Christian scholars within their own context sheds new light on modern Christian theology. Central to this three-year degree are four continental learning experiences supported by annual on-campus sessions.

Program Objectives

Upon completing the MA(GT), the student should be able to:

  • Apply Biblical principles to contemporary ministry contexts
  • Evaluate and respond to cultural phenomena in light of Scriptural values
  • Evaluate and respond to historical events and their aftermath in light of Scriptural values
  • Formulate relevant ministry strategies for the globalized world
  • Model Biblical principles appropriately in a cross-cultural context
  • Develop personal habits of lifelong learning

Program Distinctives

The MA (GT) program with Trinity has two unique features that set it apart from the many programs nationwide.

  1. The cohort basis of the program specifically designed to accommodate those in full time ministry. This provides the benefit of face-to-face interaction with the professor and with classmates, while making it possible to continue to minister or work full time.
  2. The emphasis placed on direct contact with locations that influenced theological development such as:
    • Europe - Christian Theology and Secular Thought
    • Eurasia - Christian Theology and Global Islam: A Christ-Centered Response
    • Africa - Christian Theology in a Post-Colonial Context
    • Asia - Christian Theology and Religious Pluralism

Typical Student

There are two categories of students. The first are mature students who are currently in pastoral, missionary or other ministry vocations. The second are students completing their undergraduate studies and wishing to continue directly into postgraduate studies.

Program Structure

The MA (Global Theology) is a 48 credit program and you can complete in as little as three years.

Complete the Program in Up to Three Years

  • Year one: Take four courses in the fall and the first learning experience trip to Europe.
  • Year two: Take the second learning experience trip in the fall and third learning experience trip in the spring.
  • Year three: Take the fourth learning experience trip in the fall and work on thesis and elective class.

What is a Residential Session?

The Residential Sessions of the MA(GT) at Trinity are four sessions of four days each per semester. Typically, they will begin on a Monday evening with a shared supper and a forum. The program will run full day Tuesday - Thursday and finish by lunchtime on Friday. The dates for the sessions are scheduled at least two years in advance for your long-term planning.

Access to the Internet is required for participation in the program.

MAGT Session Dates

Dates Course Location Cohort
2018
March 19-26 Collapse of Empire Europe 1
August 20-24 Research Methods 1 Ellendale, ND 2
August 20-24 Global Scholar Ellendale, ND 1, 2
October 29-Nov. 5 Post Colonialism South Africa 1
October 29-Nov. 5 Intro to Theology Online 2
2019
March 27-April 3 Religious Pluralism Asia 1
August 19-23 Research Methods 1 Ellendale, ND 3
August 19-23 Research Methods 2 Ellendale, ND 1
August 19-23 Global Scholar Ellendale, ND 2, 3
October 28-Nov. 4 Global Islam Eurasia 1, 2
October 28-Nov. 4 Intro to Theology Online 3
2020
March 16-23 Collapse of Empire Europe 3
March 26-April 2 Post Colonialism South Africa 2
August 24-28 Research Methods 1 Ellendale, ND 4
August 24-28 Research Methods 2 Ellendale, ND 2
August 24-28 Global Scholar Ellendale, ND 3, 4
October 26-Nov. 2 Religious Pluralism Asia 2, 3
October 26-Nov. 2 Intro to Theology Online 4
2021
March 15-22 Collapse of Empire Europe 4
March 24-31 Global Islam Eurasia 3
August 23-27 Research Methods 1 Ellendale, ND 5
August 23-27 Research Methods 2 Ellendale, ND 3
August 23-27 Global Scholar Ellendale, ND 4, 5
October 25-Nov. 1 Post Colonialism South Africa 3, 4
October 25-Nov. 1 Intro to Theology Online 5
2022
March 14-21 Collapse of Empire Europe 5
March 23-30 Religious Pluralism Asia 4
August 22-26 Research Methods 1 Ellendale, ND 6
August 22-26 Research Methods 2 Ellendale, ND 4
August 22-26 Global Scholar Ellendale, ND 5, 6
October 24-31 Global Islam Eurasia 4, 5
October 24-31 Intro to Theology Online 6
2023
March 13-20 Collapse of Empire Europe 6
March 22-29 Post Colonialism South Africa 5

M.A. Missional Leadership


Program Purpose

The MA (Missional Leadership) is designed to equip the student with both a theological and practical framework for leadership and ministry in a complex cultural context through leadership development, organizational development and strategic planning. Critical evaluation of ethical issues in contemporary society rounds out a program that equips the student to navigate the demands of a globalized world while maintaining a relevant demonstration of the mission of Christ.

The theological emphasis of this program is intended to prepare leaders to live out the relevance of the Christian faith as experienced in a committed faith community. A ministry-specific research track enables the students to investigate their ministry context critically and propose future options for it. Successful completion of this accredited degree equips a student to progress to doctoral studies at most credible academic institutions.

Program Objectives

Upon completing the MA (ML), the student should be able to:

  • Apply Biblical principles of leadership to contemporary ministry contexts.
  • Evaluate and respond to cultural phenomena in light of Scriptural values.
  • Formulate relevant ministry strategies for the globalized world.
  • Establish a system of ongoing evaluation of ministerial organizations

Program Distinctives

  • Quality education that engages with the context, reflects on theology and rethinks paradigms of leadership.
  • Rigorous courses offered in 4 one-week sessions per year.
  • Convenient, economical and innovative program that accommodates people with a busy schedule.
  • Emphasis on spiritual formation and personal development
  • Highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from your home.

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Typical Student

MA (Missional Leadership) students showcase leadership abilities and are looking to utilize their skills in ministry. Many are full-time pastors, bi-vocational pastors or non-ordained staff seeking to increase their ministry effectiveness in the church, workplace or other vocations.

Program Structure

The MA (Missional Leadership) is a 48 credit program and you can complete in as little as two years.

There are thirteen courses of three credits each and a thesis of nine credits.

Complete the Program in two Years

Year One: Complete seven courses over four residential sessions.

Year Two: Complete five courses over four residential sessions and one course by distance education while beginning work on the thesis. Students who anticipate completing the thesis during the second year can apply to participate in Graduation Ceremonies.

Need more flexibility? Students can utilize an additional six months for the completion of their thesis and a total of 6 years to complete the entire program. If a student takes longer than 6 years to complete their major, they will need to reapply to the program.

What is a Residential Session?

The Residential Sessions of the MA(ML) at Trinity are four sessions of four days each per year. Typically they will begin on a Monday evening with a shared supper and a forum. The program will run full day Tuesday – Thursday and finish by lunch time on Friday. The dates for the sessions are scheduled at least two years in advance for your long-term planning.

Access to the Internet is required for participation in the program.

On Campus Dates

2017-2018 School Year

  1. August 21-25, 2017
  2. November 6-10, 2017
  3. February 25-March 2, 2018 (Thesis Seminar on March 1)
  4. April 23-27, 2018

2018-2019 School Year

  1. August 20-24, 2018
  2. November 12-16, 2018
  3. February 25-March 1, 2019 (Thesis Seminar on February 28)
  4. April 22-26, 2019

2019-2020 School Year

  1. August 19-23, 2019
  2. November 11-15, 2019
  3. February 24-28, 2020 (Thesis Seminar on February 27)
  4. April 27-May 1, 2020

M.A. Rural Ministries


Program Purpose

The Master of Arts (Rural Ministries) presents thoughtful, theologically grounded methods for training quality leaders in rural contexts. Rural churches are experiencing increased difficulty in attracting leaders who are willing to come to a small town, engage in the community, and stay long enough to bring sustained impact. There are approximately fifty million people in America who live in rural areas, and half of that population indicate no church affiliation.

Program Objectives

Upon completing the MA(RM), the student should be able to:

  • Apply Biblical principles to contemporary ministry contexts
  • Evaluate and respond to cultural phenomena in light of Scriptural values
  • Evaluate and respond to historical events and their aftermath in light of Scriptural values
  • Formulate relevant ministry strategies for the rural context
  • Model Biblical principles appropriately in a rural context
  • Develop personal habits of lifelong learning

Program Distinctives

The MA (RM) program with Trinity has two unique features that set it apart from programs nationwide:

  1. The cohort basis of the program is specifically designed to accommodate those in fulltime ministry. This provides the benefit of face-to-face interaction with the professor and with classmates, while making it possible to continue to minister or work fulltime.
  2. Emphasis is placed on direct contact with locations involving rural ministries learning experiences.

Typical Student

There will be two categories of students:

  • The mature student who is currently in pastoral, missionary or other ministry vocations.
  • The student completing their undergraduate studies and wishing to continue directly into postgraduate studies.

Program Structure

The MA (Rural Ministry) is a 48 credit program and you can complete in as little as three years.

Complete the Program in Up to Three Years

  • Year one: Take two courses in the fall, including Research Methods 1 and Global Scholar and the first rural ministry saturation experience.
  • Year two: Take the second Global Scholar and Research Methods 2 and the third saturation experience trip in the fall and the fourth saturation experience trip in the spring.
  • Year three: Work on thesis and elective class.

Session Dates

2017-2018 School Year

  1. October 16-20, 2017 - Montezuma, Iowa / Rural Compassion
  2. March 19-23, 2018 - Marysville, Kansas

2018-2019 School Year

  1. August 20-24, 2018 - On-Campus Session
  2. October 22-26, 2018 - Foley, Minnesota
  3. March 18-22, 2019 - North Little Rock, Arkansas

2019-2020 School Year

  1. August 19-23, 2019 - On-Campus Session

Grad School Preview Day February 26 2019

Contact

Enrollment Director
Email: gradschool@trinitybiblecollege.edu
Phone: 800.523.1603 or 701.349.5415

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