MDiv In-Ministry - 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 neighborhoods 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.

Cohort-Based

Your classmates come with a complex array of talent and experiences. Professors will support and journey with you as you navigate the opportunities and challenges of life and grow in your faith. Be part of a community of learning that allows you to work in groups and build relationships that can last a lifetime. Together, you will complete core academic courses as well as practical ministry training in: Old and New Testament theology, systematic theology, and how to interpret the Bible effectively. With this theological foundation and the collective experience in the community, you will have the support and space to explore your new concepts and ideas.

How this program works

  • You maintain your ministry involvement and work while studying for the Master of Divinity degree.
  • You use your ministry setting as a laboratory for learning—you test ideas from the classroom in your ministry, and bring your ministry experiences into the classroom.
  • You join a group of students and stay together as a group throughout the entire program (called a 'cohort')
  • You come to campus only one day per week, plus one Saturday per semester, during the three years of the cohort section of the program.
  • You learn from a group of faculty who stay together with you throughout your program, providing mentoring as well as classroom instruction.
  • You learn in an intensive format—courses are 6 weeks long with the exception of three, which are done in a one-week retreat format, and the Internship, which is spread out over the course of the program.
  • You learn in a community context, with common classes plus a shared meal, worship and small group component.
  • You study about 15-20 hours per week outside the classroom.

 

Program Requirements

27 Courses required in the following sequence:

[NEWT I801] Elementary Greek I
[NEWT I802] Elementary Greek II
[SPIR I801] Spiritual Formation 
[OLDT I802] Old Testament Theology and History 
[NEWT I804] New Testament Theology and History 
[NEWT I803] Greek Exegesis I
[NEWT I806] Ephesians
[MISS I805] Gospel, Church and Culture 
[BIBL I807] Missional Hermeneutics in a Postmodern World 
[HIST I808] History of Christianity I
[HIST I809] History of Christianity II 
[LEAD I810] Forming Missional Leaders 
[THEO I811] Systematic Theology I
[THEO I813] Systematic Theology II 
[INTD  I812] Integrative Seminar I
[INTD  I815] Integrative Seminar II 
[PAST I814] Pastoral Care in a Missional Framework 
[MISS I816] Mission of the Church in the City
[INTD I817] Faith and the Marketplace: Forming Missional Leaders for the Marketplace 
[INTD  I818] Contextual Ministry 
[MVIM I800] Internship

Electives (6 Courses)

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

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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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