Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology

“Blending Academic Excellence with Practical Ministry Experience”

As a leader in Christian ministry, you know that life’s problems require a biblical response. Gaining a deeper theological understanding of the Bible will better prepare you for addressing ministry needs within today’s ministry context.

Our fully accredited Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology (MAPT) degree will equip not only the seasoned but also the budding ministry leader. MAPT purposefully speaks to current ministry issues by effectively integrating biblical theology into the everyday practices of ministry.

Since we know it can be difficult to halt ministry or uproot a family for further studies, MAPT is a streamlined 36 credit-hour graduate degree that you can be complete in a year. We bring students together through alternating one-week intensives and online courses.

This course format, along with the requirement to invest a minimum of 20 hours a week in ministry, makes it possible for you to live and work in your own community, while earning your degree.

As you meet on the Kingswood campus or in a virtual classroom, you will experience a community of practicing ministry leaders, sharing similar and yet differing ministry experiences. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in meaningful discussions.

Integrated - marrying theology and praxis

Innovative - adapting biblical and theological principles to current ministries

Experienced-based - working theology in the context of YOUR local ministry

Spiritually-enriching - taking you deeper in Christ

Communal - learning together with your classmates

Economical - providing maximum benefit at an affordable cost

Flexible - meeting the particular needs of each student's ministry setting

Kenneth F. Gavel, Ph.D.
Program Director of MAPT

There are many resources available to a pastor today that can be used to enrich his or her ministry. But there is no substitute for the guided process of reading, thinking, and reflecting about ministry with those who are doing it now. For that reason I have no greater sense of fulfillment than to help my colleagues discover the keys that unlock the potential of their ministries.

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