MTS Modular - Courses

Note: Students take the following courses in the order listed with their cohort on Monday evenings, 6 pm - 10 pm; each course builds upon the previous courses (thus there are no electives). Full course syllabi are available for downloading on the respective cohort pages.

SPIR M501 Spiritual Formation
An introduction to some chief elements in the Christian spiritual life, including biblical and theological foundations for balanced discipleship and the respective role of Scripture, Creed, prayer, community life and worship. This course involves classroom interaction, journal keeping and involvement in spiritual friendship.

THEO M511 Systematic Theology I
An introduction to the systematic study of Christian doctrine in an evangelical Protestant perspective. Topics include: authority in Christian theology, Scripture, revelation, and the doctrines of God, Trinity, creation, humanity and sin. Particular attention will be given to the formation of a missional theology, especially its implications for spiritual formation, community identity, ethics and public witness.

BIBL M502 Biblical Interpretation: Interpreting and Applying the Biblical Text
A study of central methods and interpretative principles involved in discerning the meaning of the biblical text. Topics covered include essential steps in interpreting the Bible, the variety of methods and approaches available to the contemporary student of Scripture, historical and theological issues arising out of the interpretative task, the relationship between the testaments, word studies and literary genre. Students learn to use the standard tools of advanced biblical research.

OLDT M503 Old Testament Theology and History
This course is designed to provide the student with a general introduction to the following: the historical, sociological and religious world in which the Old Testament was produced; the discipline of Old Testament theology and the major theological emphases of the Old Testament. Special attention is given to the identity and vocation of Israel as God’s people living amidst their cultural environment.

NEWT M504 New Testament Theology and History
A study of the New Testament focusing on its over-arching vision of God's mission in the world and how human beings are called to respond. Each book will be placed in its cultural and historical setting as we focus on its distinctive contribution to the New Testament. Along the way students will be introduced to critical methods for studying the New Testament and will reflect on how we can integrate scholarly perspectives with a conviction that the New Testament is the word of God.

INTD M505 Gospel, Church and Culture: Preparing Missional Leaders for the 21st Century
Preparing missional leaders requires careful examination of the ideologies and cultural milieu of contemporary society. This course examines the main features of postmodern culture, the meaning of faithfulness to the gospel, the good news of God’s salvation and the nature and mission of the Church.
The Church’s witness and service to the world is studied not as one of the functions of the church but as its essential nature. Missional leadership takes seriously the calling of all God’s people to minister in every sphere of life as faithful witnesses to the gospel of salvation.

HIST M509 History of Christianity I
This course is a survey of the history of Christianity from the earliest days of the Church through the first phase of the Reformation. It examines the main currents of spirituality, theology, missions, worship, organization and the Church’s relationship with the culture of each particular era as it is being addressed. The student is exposed to some of the most formative figures in the story of the Church through the reading of a variety of classic Christian writings.
This interaction with the past is designed to help the student understand the breadth and richness of their faith. It will also help them be more aware of the struggles that their forbearers have faced, with greater and lesser degrees of success. Through the readings, the student is drawn into and asked to engage in these same issues.

THEO M513 Christian Ethics
This course lays the foundation for the development of a Christian worldview with regard to various social and political questions that we encounter in our day-to-day lives.
Students will engage in biblical, theological and philosophical reflection, study dominant approaches to moral thinking, and examine carefully contemporary moral problems.
Particular emphasis will be placed on developing critical reflection skills and understanding how our faith informs our thinking, rather than finding "answers" to the pressing ethical problems we will explore.

INTD M506 Work, Vocation and Ministry
This course seeks to bridge the gulf between Sunday and Monday by equipping Christians for God’s service through their daily work in society. It develops a practical theology of the laity, emphasizing the laity’s calling to engage the missionary frontier of the marketplace. It also explores the concept of "ministry in everyday life," examines the strategic role for Christians as leaders in non-ecclesial settings and develops models for equipping the laity for ministry in the public arena.

Students may exit the program at this point with a Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies.

SPIR M500 Leadership Development: A Lifelong Spiritual Journey
The course seeks to foster the student’s holistic spiritual growth, to deepen the student’s understanding of his or her own spiritual path, gifts and ministries and to provide a framework for ongoing reflection on the student’s own form of ministry and leadership.
This course involves classroom interaction, journal keeping, involvement in mentoring relationships, reading assignments and written reflections in the areas of spirituality and ministry.

NEWT M507 New Testament Book Study: Gospel
A detailed examination of one of the four Gospels.

OLDT M508 Old Testament Book Study
A detailed examination of a particular Old Testament book (e.g., Genesis, Jeremiah) or group of books (e.g., Minor Prophets).

HIST M510 History of Christianity II
This course will survey the history of Christianity from the time of the Reformation to the beginning of the 20th century.

It explores the new currents in spirituality, theology, missions, worship, organization and interaction with society, which emerged out of the Reformation. Through the reading of key primary documents from the different traditions, students are challenged to broaden their understandings of each of these themes. This interaction with the Christian story as the Church faced the dramatic cultural changes of the last centuries will also help the student wrestle with the complexities of faith in this increasingly fluid world.

THEO M512 Systematic Theology II
A continuation of Systematic Theology I. Topics include: the person and work of Christ, the doctrine of salvation, the Church and the last things.

THEO M514 Theology of Mission and Evangelism
This course provides a comprehensive study of the biblical and theological foundations for doing mission in contemporary world context. The meaning, methods and models of doing mission will be covered and explored from a Trinitarian perspective. The need for theological orientation arises as the church engages in mission; therefore a missional understanding of the church will be emphasized. Special attention will be given to doing theology in the Post-modern era. The role of the church in ministering to contemporary world context will be emphasized.
 
THEO M515 Christian Apologetics

A consideration of the need for apologetics, the methodologies whereby the truthfulness of Christianity may be tested, and the particular problems we face in making a relevant and reasoned defence of our faith in our contemporary Canadian and global contexts.

NEWT M517 New Testament Book Study: Ephesians
A detailed examination of Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. Critical issues with regard to cultural and historical contexts, authorship and literary characteristics will be presented. Contemporary approaches to the texts will also be considered as a way to help us further understand the significance of the text for Christians in the 21st century.

INTD M516 Integrative Seminar
As the final course in the MTS modular sequence, this seminar allows students to develop and present to their group an individualized project that draws upon their academic learning, spiritual growth and preparation for ministry during the previous two years.