Salvation Army Studies

The MTS – Salvation Army Studies combines the rich tradition and expertise of Booth University College and the Salvation Army, with Tyndale Seminary’s broad spectrum of courses in the theological disciplines. The program is the outcome of a creative partnership between Booth UC and Tyndale Seminary to serve you and The Salvation Army better.

Salvation Army Specialization

Your Salvation Army specialized courses are rooted in The Salvation Army’s 150-year history of meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in society. Scholars and practitioners from the Salvation Army tradition will guide your studies in the history and theology of The Salvation Army and its Wesleyan heritage. Gain a deeper understanding of The Salvation Army within the broader church while you analyze social and moral issues and explore the global mission of the Army in today’s world.

Broad foundation for ministry

Tyndale’s MTS courses are designed to give you a solid foundation for ministry as you study Christian history, theology, biblical interpretation and spiritual formation. Examine your own denominational perspective as you interact with your classmates in a broad multicultural and multi-denominational community. You will be challenged to think critically about faith, vocation and ministry while wrestling with God’s mission in today’s social, cultural and global context.

Accessible and Flexible

The degree has been designed to fit your schedule no matter where you live. You can even take the full degree online. Throughout the year there will be courses taught in modular formats and one-week intensives. If you live near Winnipeg, some courses will be offered at Booth UC, or if you are in the greater Toronto area, courses will also be offered at Tyndale. There will even be livestreamed, hybrid and online courses so you can study from wherever you live.

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).

 

Program Requirements

Bible, Theology and History Courses (7)
  • [BIBL 0501] Biblical Interpretation
  • [HIST 0561] History of Christianity I
  • [HIST 0562] History of Christianity II
  • [NEWT 0522] New Testament Theology and History
  • [OLDT 0511] Old Testament Theology and History
  • [THEO 0531] Systematic Theology I
  • [THEO 0532] Systematic Theology II
Formation Courses (3)
  • [LEAD 0510] Leadership Development
  • [MISS 0782] Gospel, Church and Culture
  • [SPIR 0700] Spiritual Formation
Salvation Army Studies Core Courses (6 of the following)
  • [SALV 0501] Salvation Army Biography
  • [SALV 0502] Salvation Army Missiology (including global engagement)
  • [SALV 0503] Salvation Army and Moral Issues
  • [SALV 0504] Salvation Army and the Bible
  • [SALV 0505] The Wesleyan (Holiness) Heritage of the Salvation Army
  • [SALV 0670] Topics in Salvation Army History
  • [SALV 0671] Topics in Salvation Army Theology
  • [SALV 0799] Thesis in Salvation Army Studies
Electives (2)

Total MTS Courses: 18

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
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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...
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* 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.
 
» Program Faculty

Dr. James Pedlar

Assistant Professor of Wesley Studies and Theology

BA (Hons), Queen’s University, 2002
MDiv, Wycliffe College / University of Toronto, 2005
PhD, University of St. Michael’s College, 2013

Areas of Specialization: Wesleyan theology, ecclesiology, unity and diversity in the church, renewal and reform movements.

James Pedlar joined the Tyndale faculty full time in January 2013. He loves teaching and is passionate about helping students understand how Christian theology has developed in response to the challenges that the church has faced throughout its history.

Dr. Pedlar is a Wesleyan theologian whose work focuses on ecclesiology – especially questions involving renewal and reform movements. His first book, Division, Diversity, and Unity, explores the use of the Pauline concept of “charisms” as a way of thinking about the unique gifts that renewal movements bring to the life of the church. His articles have appeared journals such as the Wesleyan Theological Journal, the Canadian Theological Review, and Ecumenical Trends.  He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, and presently serves on the Canadian Roman Catholic-Evangelical dialogue.

Dr. Pedlar is a pastor in the Free Methodist Church in Canada and he is part of the leadership team at Wesley Chapel in Scarborough, where he focuses primarily on worship ministry. He has previously served in various roles with The Salvation Army, and on the staff of the Canadian Council of Churches.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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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Tyndale University College & Seminary (Tyndale) and Association of Canadian Chinese Theological Education (ACCTE) have collaborated in a strategic partnership to organize the Canadian Chinese School of Theology (Toronto). Learn More | View Requirements

Visiting/Occasional Students

I wish to take classes at Tyndale Seminary but do not want to be admitted into a degree or certificate program. If you have completed a bachelor's degree and wish to take graduate-level course you can become an occasional student or audit a course. Or if you are registered at another graduate theological institution and are eligible to take courses at Tyndale Seminary, you can submit a Letter of Permission. Apply as a visiting/occasional student


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