» Master of Theological Studies - Indigenous Studies

Master of Theological Studies - Indigenous Studies

Overview

This graduate theological degree is designed and taught by Indigenous scholars and practitioners. It is the outcome of an innovative, educational partnership between the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) and Tyndale Seminary. Gain a multidisciplinary understanding of Indigenous theology, history and praxis. Encourage others to fully embrace being an Indigenous follower of Jesus Christ. Assist your community in following God's call.  Inspire people to embrace their Indigenous culture. Learn how to fully engage your ministry and its Indigenous context.

Faculty

Indigenous academic leaders have designed and tailored this degree for Indigenous people and those serving in its communities. More than 80% of professors in the program are Native North Americans with doctoral degrees from a wide range of universities and seminaries. Learn from professors who are engaged in their own Indigenous communities and are committed followers of Jesus. This is a faculty who is passionate about providing graduate-level theological education for Indigenous communities.

Accessibility

Courses are available in flexible, accessible formats. Continue to live in your communities from online-hybrid options. Intensive summer courses provide face-to-face classroom experience.   Wrap-around conference courses related to the NAIITS Annual Symposium stimulate learning with Indigenous theological learners. Elective courses allow you to further tailor the program to your own learning and ministry environment.

Mutual Learning Community

Join with colleagues in your program who are working in Indigenous contexts. Grow in your leadership capacity as you build relationships and experience one-to-one and small-group mentorship. As part of your on-site courses, experience the multicultural and denominationally-diverse Christian community at Tyndale. Located in the easily accessible, multiethnic city of Toronto, Tyndale is a welcoming, multicultural meeting place for learning and service.

How this program works

The delivery of this program is geared to accommodate students who are likely to live and work in their own comunities. The majority of these courses are taught by Indigenous faculty and all courses are offered in a variety of formats: intensive summer classes, online hybrid formation and wrap-around courses relating to NAIITS’ Annual Symposium.  Courses are limited to MTS Indigenous Studies students or on permission of the program director.

Program Requirements

  • [BIBL IS01] Biblical Interpretation
  • [OLDT IS02] Old Testament Theology & History
  • [NEWT IS03] New Testament Theology & History
  • [HIST IS04] History of Christianity
  • [HIST IS05] History of Christianity II: Indigenous Christian History and Mission
  • [THEO IS06] Theology I
  • [THEO IS07] Theology II: Theology and Ethic of the Land
  • [MISS IS08] Gospel, Church and Culture
  • [SPIR IS09] Spiritual Formation
  • [LEAD IS10] Indigenous Leadership Development
  • [THEO IS11] Ethics in Intercultural Context
  • [THEO IS12] World Religions
  • [CHED IS13] Indigenous Theology & Practice of Pedagogy
  • [INTD IS14] Cultural Anthropology
  • [INTD IS15] Special Topics: Indigenous Symposium Seminar
  • [INTD IS16] Integrative Project
  • Electives

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
9 18 27 6 courses + thesis 6 intensive modules + a major project

Courses
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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...
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.
 
» Program Faculty

Dr. Terry LeBlanc

Indigenous Studies Program Director

tleblanc@tyndale.ca
416.226.6620 Ext. 0

Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary, 2012;

Areas of specialization: Intercultural Studies, Mission, Theology, World Religions.

Professor LeBlanc is a Mi’kmaq-Acadian has been active in full-time vocational ministry with the Native North American community since 1978. He is currently CEO and Director of My People International and NAIITS.  He has convened and chaired many initiatives within the Native community – both Christian and non-Christian. As a consequence, Professor LeBlanc’s interest in formal education has been diverse. He has been the recipient of three fellowships and the Student of Highest Distinction award. He completed his Ph.D. at Asbury Theological Seminary.

NAIITS Faculty

  • Ray Aldred, Cree, Ph.D. (Cand) (London School of Theology)
  • Cornelius A. Buller, Ph.D. (McMaster University)
  • Cheryl Bear, Carrier Sekani, D.Min. (Masters University)
  • Jacqueline Ottmann, Salteaux, Ph.D. (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Wendy Peterson, Métis, Ph.D. (ABD) (Asbury)
  • Michael Rynkiewich, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)
  • Patrick Scott, Ph.D. (University of Dundee, Scotland)
  • Andrea Smith, Cherokee, Ph.D. (University of California Santa Cruz)
  • Randy Woodley, Keetoowah, Ph.D. (Asbury)
  • Jeanine LeBlanc, Mi'kmaq

 

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Application Information

» For more information about applying to the MTS – Indigenous Studies program please email admissions@naiits.com

 

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