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. This course extends over the first half of the program.

Girl in a blue shirt and glasses smiling and typing on her laptopTHEO M511 Systematic Theology I
Acquaints students with the elemental building blocks of the Christian faith. The nature, sources and task of theology will be considered, together with the following major doctrines: Revelation, the Trinity, the Person of Christ, the Holy Spirit. Special attention will be given to the development of a missional, Trinitarian theology.

BIBL M502 Biblical Interpretation
A foundational course on biblical interpretation which will provide students with the basic exegetical tools required to interpret and appropriate the biblical text. The student will learn to recognize and work with the different literary genres of the Bible and will gain an overview of various hermeneutical approaches to Scripture. In the process, the student will be introduced to various research tools, methods, resources and practical skills for interpretation in order to appropriate the Bible well in our contemporary context.

OLDT M503 Old Testament Theology and History
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 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
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
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.

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

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

SPIR M500 Leadership Development: A Lifelong Spiritual Journey
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.
Involves classroom interaction, journaling, involvement in mentoring relationships, reading assignments and written reflections in the areas of spirituality and ministry. This course extends over the second half of the program.

HIST M510 History of Christianity II
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.

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.

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).

THEO M512 Systematic Theology II
Continuation of THEO M511 Systematic Theology I. Acquaints students with the elemental building blocks of the Christian faith. The following major doctrines will be considered: creation and evil, human nature, sin and grace, salvation, church, sacraments, eschatology and approaches to world religions. Special attention will be given to the implications of a Trinitarian theology for Christian
faith and witness. Prerequisite: THEO M511.

THEO M514 Theology of Mission and Evangelism
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 M518 Learning to Teach; Teaching to Disciple

Provides a vision for Christian education (CE) in the life and mission of the church. Drawing from key passages in the Bible and the wider field of education, learners will develop a biblical theology of CE and discipleship, be familiar with some learning theories  (especially Jesus’ model), reflect on one’s growth as disciple and teacher, and develop a working framework for teaching. The major
goal is to build strong theological and educational foundations for effective teaching and discipleship in personal life, church and mission.

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.