Church in the City

Reimagining Church in the City

What does the church in the 21st century look like? As the city has expanded to include suburbs and neighbouring towns, as well as immigrants from all over the world, how does this ever-changing landscape affect how the church serves? Change is happening; churches are meeting in unexpected places; movie theatres, coffee shops and starting up in homes, while other groups of Christians are moving into our very diverse low-income neighbourhoods following God’s leading. Many are looking for new and fresh ways to live out God’s calling in an authentic community that is changing and shaping their neighbourhood.

The Incubator

The Church in the City program will help you explore how the shape of your community shapes the health of the community. As you immerse yourself in the theology of community and place while analyzing your own situation, you will discover new ways of living out your faith in your neighbourhood. The professors will mentor you as you bring new ideas from concept to realization. You will be supported in this "incubator-type" of environment, as you gain the skills you need to reimagine what faith and church look like in your neighbourhood.

The Preparation

The courses will prepare you for ministry in today’s multifaceted city. Gain multicultural competencies so that you can navigate a city like Toronto, where over 100 languages are spoken. Continue to grow in your understanding of how poverty, compassion and social justice are affecting neighbourhoods in different ways. Be introduced to the indigenous culture and Christian faith in order to form stronger partnerships. Explore the alternative models of church, or improve your skills in church planting and starting new initiatives to transform your neighbourhood. The courses, mentorship and research will prepare you to reimagine and shape the church in the city for the 21st century.

The Master of Divinity is a three-year professional ministry degree that provides you with knowledge and skills to be an effective and holistic ministry leader. The MDiv blends academic study, mentored learning and practical experience in a comprehensive program that will prepare you for ordained ministry or for Christian leadership in its various forms.

MDiv students will acquire foundational preparation for ordained ministry and for Christian leadership in congregations and other settings. Students will:

  1. develop breadth of knowledge and critical understanding of the theological disciplines;
  2. acquire capacities for understanding and engaging the cultural, social, and global context of God’s mission in the world;
  3. experience personal and professional growth through a process of intellectual, spiritual and ministry formation;
  4. develop and hone skills for theologically reflective ministry practice in its various forms.

 

Program Requirements

Biblical Studies (5 Courses)
  • [BIBL 0501] Biblical Interpretation: Interpreting and Applying the Biblical Text
  • [OLDT 0511] Old Testament Theology and History
  • [NEWT 0522] New Testament Theology and History
  • One Old Testament Elective
  • One New Testament Elective
Biblical Languages (3 Courses)
  • [NEWT 0321] Elementary Greek I or [OLDT 0611] Hebrew Grammar I
  • [NEWT 0322] Elementary Greek II or [OLDT 0612] Hebrew Grammar II
  • [NEWT 0523] Greek Exegesis I or [OLDT 0711] Hebrew Exegesis I
Theology (3 Courses)
  • [THEO 0531] Systematic Theology I
  • [THEO 0532] Systematic Theology II
  • One Theology Elective
Christian History (2 Courses)
  • [HIST 0561] History of Christianity I
  • [HIST 0562] History of Christianity II
Ministry Formation (6 Courses)
  • [LEAD 0510] Leadership Development
  • [MISS 0701] Global Mission & Intercultural Studies Internship
  • [MISS 0782] Gospel, Church, and Culture
  • [SPIR 0700] Spiritual Formation
  • One Christian Education and Formation Elective
  • One Pastoral Ministries Elective
Church in the City Courses (4 Courses)
  • [MISS 0621] Mission of the Church in the City
  • [MISS 0628] or [PAST 0628] Theology of Place: Learning to See your Community
  • [MISS 0688] Developing Intercultural Competencies for Ministry
  • One of
    • [MISS 0786] Poverty in Canada: The Church’s Mission among the Poor
    • [MISS 0671] Compassion and Social Justice: Theological Frameworks for Reflection and Action
    • [PAST 0670] Vital Church Planting in the Post-Christendom Urban Context
    • [MISS 0670] Transforming Community Through the Local Church
    • [MISS 0670] Alternative Models of Church for the 21st Century Canadian Context
Electives (4 Courses)

Total MDiv Courses: 27

Program requirements subject to change.
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The Master of Theological Studies is a two-year graduate degree that helps you understand the biblical, theological and historical foundations of the Christian faith. The MTS is flexible program that can be tailored to meet your learning and ministry interests, or help you prepare you for further studies. Students may select electives from across the curriculum, or use them to focus their studies in a chosen concentration.

Students completing the MTS program will acquire a broad understanding of the theological disciplines for Christian faith and practice. Students will:

  1. gain theological understanding and insight through study of the heritage of Christian scripture, history, theology and ministry;
  2. develop aptitudes for thinking critically, theologically and biblically in relation to faith, vocation and ministry; 
  3. acquire critical awareness of God’s mission in the world in its social, cultural and global contexts;
  4. demonstrate depth of understanding in a particular field (for those opting to concentrate in an area of study).

The MTS Modular is a specialized, cohort-based program that allows students to complete the degree, one evening per week, in a fixed sequence of courses delivered over three years. 

Program Requirements

Bible, Theology and History Courses (7 Courses)
  • [BIBL 0501] Biblical Interpretation: Interpreting and Applying the Biblical Text
  • [HIST 0561] History of Christianity I
  • [HIST 0562] History of Christianity II
  • [OLDT 0511] Old Testament Theology and History
  • [NEWT 0522] New Testament Theology and History
  • [THEO 0531] Systematic Theology I
  • [THEO 0532] Systematic Theology II
Ministry Formation (3 Courses)
  • [LEAD 0510] Leadership Development
  • [MISS 0782] Gospel, Church, and Culture
  • [SPIR 0700] Spiritual Formation
Electives (8 Courses)

Total MTS Courses: 18

Program requirements subject to change.
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The one-year Graduate Diploma program provides you with a foundation of biblical, theological and ministry studies for your spiritual growth and ministry development. The Graduate Diploma allows you to tailor your studies to meet your learning and ministry needs. You may choose a concentration in Christian Studies, Leadership, Global Mission and Intercultural Studies, Pastoral and Chinese Ministry Foundations, Pentecostal Studies, Spiritual Formation or Youth and Family Ministry.

The Diploma in Christian Studies may also be taken on Monday evenings in a modular, cohort-based format with a fixed sequence of nine (9) courses delivered over one and a half years. The MTS (Christian Studies) may be taken entirely online.

The Graduate Diploma in Church in the City focuses on equipping leaders with the competencies and foundational perspectives for ministry needed to be about the renewal and initiating of ministries, including planting new churches, within the Canadian urban world. Using classroom and city, students will engage in theological reflection and learn cultural exegetical competencies.

All successfully-completed coursework can be transferred to the MDiv and MTS programs.

Program Requirements

Church in the City Courses

Core Courses (4)

  • [THEO____] Theology Course
  • [HIST ____] History Course
  • [MISS 0782] Gospel, Church and Culture

One of

  • [NEWT ____] New Testament course
  • [OLDT ____] Old Testament course
  • [BIBL ____] Biblical Studies course

Church in the City Courses (4)

  • [MISS 0621] Mission of the Church in the City
  • [MISS 0628] Missional Theology of Place: Sign Posts in a Strange Land
  • [MISS 0688] Developing Intercultural Competencies for Ministry
  • ____ ____ Church in the City course (In consultation with the Coordinator)
Elective (1)

Total Course Requirements: 9

Program requirements subject to change.
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Whether you're interested in vocational ministry and leadership or personal study and enrichment, Tyndale offers a wide range of degree options that will meet your needs and goals.

Graduate Diploma** MTS
Master of Theological Studies**
MDiv
Master of Divinity***
ThM
Master of Theology
DMin
Doctor of Ministry
 
A program geared toward adult learners interested in being equipped for ministry in their chosen profession A degree that will develop students' theological understanding for general educational purposes A degree designed primarily for those considering vocational, church-based ministry An advanced academic degree that provides an opportunity toexplore biblical, theological or historical studies in preparation for a PhD or ThD program An advanced professional degree designed for church leaders whose ministry will be integrated into their study and research Description
9 18 27 6 courses + thesis 6 intensive modules + a major project

Courses
Required

1 year 2 years 3 years 1 year 3 years Duration*
Want to enhance your biblical and theological understandings in a setting that will engage your intellect and deepen your faith Are seeking a foundational graduate degree that can be utilized in a wide range of professional and ministerial contexts Wish to prepare for ordained ministry or for general pastoral and religious leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings Have completed an MDiv or MTS and wish to enhance your ministerial and missional practice with additional scholarship, or prepare for further study at the doctoral level Have completed an MDiv or equivalent and are engaged in substantive ministry further developing your skills and capacities for effective leadership Pursue if...
Notes:
* Program durations are based on a traditional, full-time course load of nine courses per year.
** Also offered in a modular format designed to meet the needs of students with full-time demands such as family, church or career.
*** Tyndale also offers an In-Ministry MDiv degree program for people who are engaged in part-time or full-time in vocational Christian ministry.
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Prof. Donald Goertz

Director of In-Ministry MDiv Program
Associate Professor of Church History

dgoertz@tyndale.ca
416.226.6620 Ext. 2716

BRS, Concordia College, 1975
BA, University of Alberta, 1976
MCS, Regent College, 1980
MDiv, Carey Theological College/Regent College, 1981
MA, University of St. Michael’s College (Toronto), 1984
PhD (cand.), University of St. Michael’s College (Toronto)

Areas of Specialization: Canadian Church History, Baptist History, Spirituality and Missional Leadership

Rev. Goertz, an ordained pastor in the Baptist Church of Ontario and Quebec, brings to his position at Tyndale a passion for the Church and for preparing people to integrate their faith with their personal and professional lives. He is a regular speaker in a variety of church settings and is a popular seminar and retreat facilitator on such diverse topics as prayer, grief, leadership, church renewal and spiritual formation. He is a member of several societies, including the Canadian Society of Church History and the Canadian Baptist Historical Society. He has authored numerous papers and articles and has contributed to a variety of publications in the areas of church history and spiritual formation. Rev. Goertz particularly enjoys interaction with Toronto’s multicultural communities and sits on a number of missions-related boards.

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» Program Faculty

Dr. Bill Webb

Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

bwebb@tyndale.ca
416.226.6620 Ext. 2116

B.A., Providence College, 1980
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1985
Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1990

Areas of Specializations: Hermeneutics, Ethical issues in the biblical text, Corinthian correspondence, Apocalyptic Literature and Revelation

Dr. Bill Webb is married (Marilyn) with three grown children (Jonathan, Christine, and Joel) and a dog (Muffin). Education: Ph.D. Dallas Theological Seminary. Teaching: Professor of New Testament for 20 years (Heritage); Adjunct professor primarily at Tyndale Seminary and occasionally at ACTS and Acadia. Bill has worked as a pastor, chaplain, and professor over a span of twenty some years. In addition to conference speaking ministry, he has published several articles and books, including Returning Home (Sheffield Press, 1993), Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals (InterVarsity, 2001), Discovering Biblical Equality (two chapters; InterVarsity, 2005), Four Views on Moving from the Bible to Theology (one view and responses; Zondervan, 2009), Corporal Punishment in the Bible: A Redemptive Hermeneutic for Troubling Texts (InterVarsity, 2011), Bloody, Brutal and Barbaric: War Texts that Trouble the Soul (forthcoming), and Getting Revelation Wrong: Rethinking End of the World Scenarios (forthcoming).

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Dr. Michael Krause

Director of the Internship Program
Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry

BScF, University of Toronto, 1981
MDiv, Ontario Theological Seminary (Tyndale), 1985
DMin, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, 2009
Certificate in Leadership Coaching, OISE/Adler, 2012

Areas of Specialization: Pastoral Ministry, Urban Ministry, Coaching, Mentoring & Leadership Development.

Dr. Michael Krause brings with him a broad range of ministerial experience in an urban context in churches, social service agencies and educational institutions.  He was the youth pastor at Flemingdon Park Church, the assistant pastor at the Stone Church in downtown Toronto and the senior pastor at Church on the Street, an experimental church reaching out to street youth in the urban core. He was the director of Evergreen, Yonge Street Mission’s outreach to street involved youth, supervising 20 staff overseeing a thriving menu of programs including health care, housing support, employment training, life skills development, street outreach, drop-in and meal programs, and a broad range of advocacy support.

He has also been active as a church planter, pioneering Hills Church, an innovative, neighbourhood-based house church network in Thornhill.  He recently functioned as the interim Staff Care director at Yonge Street Mission where he provided leadership development, ministry coaching and counselling to staff members working with the urban poor. He has been teaching courses with the TIM Centre Diploma program since its inception in 2010. He also has a private practice as a leadership coach and church consultant. Michael is ordained with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

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Dr. Robert Shaughnessy

Adjunct Professor of Christian Ministry

rshaughnessy@tyndale.ca
416.226.6620 Ext. 2239

BA , Bishop's University, 1981
MDiv & MRE, McMaster Divinity College, 1986
DMin Acadia Divinity College, 2000

Areas of Specialization: Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral Counselling, Mentorship & Leadership Development.

Dr. Shaughnessy brings a breadth of experience that has been garnered from 21 years of full-time pastoral ministry. Dr. Shaughnessy has served as a pastor in a small town, senior pastor in a city, senior pastor in a multiple-staff city church, pastor in a church plant congregation, and senior chaplain/pastor and senior administrator at an international multicultural school in India. He has led numerous retreats and workshops. He has intentionally focused on attaining insights, and developing skills, in the area of counselling. His passion is journeying with individuals and groups into a deeper understanding of life, faith and service as followers of Jesus Christ. Dr. Shaughnessy is an ordained pastor in the Baptist Church of Ontario and Quebec.

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The program seeks to provide candidates with a collegial, academic and professional milieu in which you will advance your understanding of the nature, purposes, and practice of ministry; enhance your leadership and formational competencies in discernment, theological reflection, and in-ministry research; gain opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. Learn More | View Requirements

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