Master of Arts
in Theology and Ministry

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Classical Theology. Practical Ministry.

The Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry at Welch College is designed for college graduates who desire additional education in the classical theological disciplines and the integration of those disciplines within the practice of Christian ministry.

The 33-semester-hour M.A. degree is an advanced degree, with a hybrid format, that focuses on developing skills and knowledge in the area of Christian ministry. You will study under faculty members who are gifted scholars with specialties in a broad range of disciplines and are experienced in ministry. They will teach effectively and mentor you intentionally to apply biblical and theological depth to your ministry. The emphasis is on practical application that builds on your experience.

The Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry is regionally and nationally accredited. Learn more about our accreditation here.

Hybrid Format

Most courses are offered in a hybrid format that contains both online and traditional, in-class sessions. There are two fully online courses in the program. Hybrid courses are nine weeks in length. Eight weeks of the coursework is completed online with one week being an on-campus intensive.

Housing for individual students is provided during the one-week intensive.

Program Details & Cost

ICS 5007 Mission and Church Growth
THE 5017 The Arminian Theological Tradition
BIB 5027 Issues in Old Testament Studies
MIN 5037 Discovering and Communicating Biblical Truth
THE5047 Church and Culture
MIN 5057 Ministry and Leadership I
BIB 5067 Issues in New Testament Studies
MIN 5077 Ministry and Leadership II
THE 5087 Theological Foundations
(Fully online course)
THE 5095 The History of Doctrine
(Fully online course)
THE/MIN 5100 Research Methodology
THE/MIN 5107 Summative Experience

Program Costs

Tuition: $450 per credit hour
Total Cost for Program: 33 credit hours X $450 = $14,850

Scholarships

A graduate education is expensive but it is one of the most important endeavors you will ever undertake. We can help you pay for your education by keeping costs low and helping you find financial aid in the form of loans and scholarships.

  1. Academic Merit Scholarship $2,500 – for those with an undergraduate GPA >= 3.5 on a 4-point scale
  2. Ministry Scholarship $1,000 – for Free Will Baptist ministers, missionaries, and denominational workers
  3. Free Will Baptist Church Member discount $1,320

Scholarships will be granted to students based on information provided during the application process.

2020-2021 Course Calendar

SPRING A Schedule
1st Online Block: 01/16-02/02
On-Campus Intensive:02/03-02/07
2nd Online Block: 02/08-03/06

COURSE FORMAT PROFESSORS
BIB 5027 Issues in Old Testament Studies Hybrid McAffee
ICS 5007 Mission & Church Growth Hybrid Raper & Callaway


SPRING B Schedule

1st Online Block: 03/16-04/12
On-Campus Intensive: 04/13-04/17
2nd Online Block:  04/18-05/15

COURSE FORMAT PROFESSORS
THE 5017 The Arminian Theological Tradition Hybrid Hester, & Pinson
MIN 5037 Discovering & Communicating Biblical Truth Hybrid Cockrell
THE 5100 Research Methodology Online Cockrell


SUMMER Schedule:

1st Online Block: 05/25-06/21
On-Campus Intensive: 06/22-06/26
2nd Online Block: 06/27-07/24

COURSE FORMAT PROFESSORS
THE 5047 Church & Culture Hybrid Ball
MIN 5057 Ministry & Leadership I Hybrid Raper & Pinson


FALL A Schedule:

1st Online Block: 08/03-08/30
On-Campus Intensive: 08/31-09/04
2nd Online Block: 09/05-10/02

COURSE FORMAT PROFESSORS
BIB 5067 Issues in New Testament Studies Hybrid Cockrell
MIN 5077 Ministry & Leadership II Hybrid Raper & Pinson


FALL B Schedule:

Entirely Online: 10/12-12/11/2020

COURSE FORMAT PROFESSORS
THE 5087 Theological Foundations Online Ball
THE 5095 History of Doctrine Online Hester
THE 5100 Research Methodology Online Cockrell

2021 Course Schedule

SPRING A Schedule
1st Online Block: 01/11-02/07
On-Campus Intensive: 02/08-02/12
2nd Online Block:  02/13-03/12

COURSE FORMAT PROFESSORS
BIB 5027 Issues in Old Testament Studies Hybrid McAffee
ICS 5007 Mission & Church Growth Hybrid Raper & Callaway


SPRING B Schedule:
1st Online Block: 
03/22-04/18
On-Campus Intensive: 04/19-04/23
2nd Online Block:  04/24-05/21

COURSE FORMAT PROFESSORS
THE 5017 The Arminian Theological Tradition Hybrid Hester, & Pinson
MIN 5037 Discovering & Communicating Biblical Truth Hybrid Cockrell
THE 5100 Research Methodology Online Cockrell


SUMMER Schedule:

1st Online Block:05/31-06/27
On-Campus Intensive:06/28-07/02
2nd Online Block:  07/03-07/30

COURSE FORMAT PROFESSORS
THE 5047 Church & Culture Hybrid Ball
MIN 5057 Ministry & Leadership I Hybrid Raper & Pinson


FALL A Schedule:

1st Online Block: 08/09-09/05
On-Campus Intensive: 09/06-09/10
2nd Online Block:  09/11-10/08

COURSE FORMAT PROFESSORS
BIB 5067 Issues in New Testament Studies Hybrid Cockrell
MIN 5077 Ministry & Leadership II Hybrid Raper & Pinson


FALL B Schedule:

Entirely Online: 10/18-12/17/2021

COURSE FORMAT PROFESSORS
THE 5087 Theological Foundations Online Ball
THE 5095 History of Doctrine Online Hester
THE 5100 Research Methodology Online Cockrell

 

COURSES CONTINUALLY AVAILABLE
Digital Orientation
MIN/THE-5100: Research Methodology
MIN/THE-5107: Summative Project/Thesis

Program Objectives

Students who successfully complete the program should demonstrate:

  • A thorough understanding of the history, principles, and methods of Biblical exegesis and the ability both to defend the reliability of the Biblical text and to communicate the Bible’s redemptive storyline in an effective, relevant way.
  • Mastery and implementation of a biblical philosophy of church and pastoral leadership as applied to: (a) the leader’s personal spiritual formation and interpersonal relationships; (b) Christian worship; (c) principles of pastoral care in ministering to people’s spiritual, psychological, relational and material needs; and (d) practical issues involved in the pastoral ministry within the local church.
  • Application of rigorous theological critique informed by a Christian worldview toward the assessment of: (a) trends, issues, and ethical concerns in the secular culture; and (b) current movements and trajectories within the church culture.
  • An understanding of Christian theological thought with a view toward: (a) critical engagement with a wide scope of theological systems and worldviews; (b) grounding in Reformation Arminianism and the distinctives of Free Will Baptist theology; and, (c) the role of presuppositional apologetics oriented toward worldview critique.
  • Grasp of the global expanse of God’s Kingdom-building through His church encompassing: (a) missiological principles of international evangelization and church planting as applied to the local church; and (b) organic models of church growth founded upon an understanding of biblical principles of evangelism and discipleship.
  • A solid grasp of the history of the church, particularly: (a) the heritage of evangelical orthodoxy traced through the patristic, reformation, and post-reformation eras; and (b) Free Will Baptist history and traditions, with an emphasis on confessional loyalty.

Faculty & Staff

Greg Ketteman, Ed.D.

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Professor of Education Graduate Dean of Education

Dr. Andrew Ball

Adjunct Graduate Faculty

Dr. Jeff Cockrell

School of Theology, Masters Program, Coordinator

Dr. Barry Raper

Pastoral Ministry, Program Coordinator

Ronald J. Callaway, D.Min.

Professor of Intercultural Studies Program Coordinator, Intercultural Studies

Kevin Hester, Ph.D.

Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness Professor of Historical Theology Dean, School of Theology

We’re here to help.

Dr. Jose Rodriguez
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: 615-675-5345
Fax: 615-296-0400
Email:jrodriguez@welch.edu

Angie Edgmon
Financial Aid Coordinator
Call: 615-675-5278
Fax: 615-296-0400
Email: finaid@welch.edu