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MA in Biblical Mission and Wellness

Master’s of Arts in Biblical Mission and Wellness

(Pending WSCUC approval)

Introduction

The MA in Applied Theology is a degree designed to prepare pastors and evangelists be a part of God’s forces to finish the preaching of the gospel in this generation. Ellen White wrote: “The heaven-appointed purpose of giving the gospel to the world in this generation is the noblest that can appeal to any human being. It opens a field of effort to everyone whose heart Christ has touched” (Education, p. 262).

 

The program emphasizes applied knowledge and skills to equip champions for God in this last part of earth’s history. Its aim is to follow Christ’s way of training His disciples and the curriculum of the schools of the prophets, as Ellen G. White describes it, “In both the school and the home much of the teaching was oral; but the youth also learned to read the Hebrew writings, and the parchment rolls of the Old Testament Scriptures were open to their study. The chief subjects of study in these schools were the law of God, with the instruction given to Moses, sacred history, sacred music, and poetry. In the records of sacred history were traced the footsteps of Jehovah. The great truths set forth by the types in the service of the sanctuary were brought to view, and faith grasped the central object of all that system—the Lamb of God, that was to take away the sin of the world. A spirit of devotion was cherished. Not only were the students taught the duty of prayer, but they were taught how to pray, how to approach their Creator, how to exercise faith in Him, and how to understand and obey the teachings of His Spirit. Sanctified intellect brought forth from the treasure house of God things new and old, and the Spirit of God was manifested in prophecy and sacred song.” (Ibid., p. 47.2).

 

The program combines academic and practical elements which will prepare the students to be thinkers as well as doers. It will give them a solid foundation to be positive agents of change, exercising faith and prayer wherever they serve.

Program Overview

The MA in Applied Theology program will have 48 credits of which:

(1) Thirty-three (33) credits (about 68.75% of the total program) will be offered face-to face with 27 credits offered at Weimar Campus and 6 credits at a special site chosen for its historical significance in the beginning and development of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church (Battle Creek).

(2) Nine (9) credits (18.75% of the whole program) will be offered online. The purpose for this is to allow students to get hands-on training as they minister to a declining church, work to revitalize it, and, working with that church, plant a new congregation in the neighborhood. Online courses will help the students to apply weekly acquired theories to the real pastoral ministry life situations.

(3) Six credits will be for the final project (subject to change due to the number of hours needed to achieve our overall objectives, which may be approximately 1800-2100 hours).

The entire program is planned to be completed within two years (24 months) and it will be streamlined into 7 phases:

(1) Retreat for 2 weeks

(2) Core program courses for two semesters

(3) Online Courses in a local church, students getting acquainted with the church members and collecting some data to analyze the situation

(4) First Theological Forum on Church Revitalization at Great Lakes Academy

(5) Actual Church Revitalization program implemented

(6) Second Theological Forum on Church Planting Strategies 

(7) Actual Church Planting work.

Why Pursue the Biblical Mission and Wellness at Weimar University?

The MA program in Biblical Mission and Wellness upholds Weimar Institute’s aim to “heal a hurting world”. The program intends to prepare pastors, evangelists and missionaries who are ready to be used by God as His forces to proclaim the final message of salvation to this generation. There will be emphasis on applied knowledge, equipping students with skills to minister to a declining church and to plant new churches as they make disciples for Christ. The uniqueness of the program is that students will be equipped with skills to combine the preaching of the gospel with health evangelism, community involvement for service and outreach. Special attention will be drawn to the importance of prayer, exercise of faith and diligent work for success in Biblical Mission and Wellness. As Ellen G. White says, “The heaven-appointed purpose of giving the gospel to the world in this generation is the noblest that can appeal to any human being. It opens a field of effort to everyone whose heart Christ has touched” (Education,262). Are you looking forward to one of the New Testament model of training as a pastor, missionary or evangelist? Then, Weimar University, MA in Biblical Mission and Wellness is for you.

Program Features

The curriculum of the MA in Biblical Mission and Wellness is a 2-year graduate program of

study at Weimar University and is composed of required courses taken in retreat setting and

special SDA historical location, face to face, online and hands on training in a local church. a 14

months internship will bring the program to its climax as student work under a mentor and the

conference supervision to revitalize a declining church and attempt to plant a new one. During

this internship, retreats will help students to share their strategies and achievements and learn

from one another.

Program Methods

Students receive the core courses on Weimar University campus for one academic year. The rest

of the program is completed while serving in the local churches via zoom. While on campus,

students also take health courses and go through two Weimar health programs, Depression and

Anxiety Recovery Program TM and NEWSTART TM lifestyle program as they prepare and plan to

have similar ministries in the assigned churches. For 14 months students are be in local church

setting before graduation, which allows them to be able to implement learnt theories in a local

church. Mentors are assigned to each student who work with him/her in order to maximize

success.

Course Work: 60 Units

Year 1: Summer (pre-fall) (6-Credits)

›   RELH 502 Survey of the History of the SDA Church 3

›   CHMN 570 A Life of Power by Prayer and Faith in Ministry 3

Year 1: Semester 1 (Fall) (15-Credits)

›   GEMIN/EDRM 605 Research Methods 3

›   CHMN 665 Church Revitalization and Church Planting3

›   CHMN 655 Principles of Biblical Disciple-making3

›   CHMN 608 Biblical Preaching and Teaching 3

›   RELB 647 Biblical Hermeneutics3

Year 1: Semester 2 (Spring) (12 Credits)

›   RELH 570 Religion and Health/NEWSTART- Directed Study3

›   RELH 571 Religion and Health/ Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program-Directed Study3

›   CHMN 623 Biblical Theology and Practice of ship 3

›   MSSN 627 Introduction to Mission3

Year 2: Summer (Pre-fall) (9 Credits)

›   PCHMN 699 Internship Part I6

›   CHMN 652 Small Group Dynamics 3

Year 2: Semester 1 (Fall) (12 Credits)

›   CHMN 699 Internship Part II6

›   CHMN 000 Church Revitalization Forum

›   LEAD 685 Biblical Principles of Leadership and Church Administration 3

›   RELT 646 The Doctrine of the Sanctuary 3

Year 2: Semester 2 (Spring) (6 Credits)

›   CMNN000 Church Planting Forum

›   CHMN 699 Internship Part III 6

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • PSLO #1
  • PSLO #2
  • PSLO #3
  • PSLO #4
  • PSLO #5
  • PSLO #6
PSLO #1

Truth-centered Leaders in Counseling

Students will identify, develop, and articulate the connections that integrate the key concepts and techniques from assessing, diagnosing, counseling and treatment of individuals, couples and families within a coherent biblical framework and to promote mental health and well-being within the framework of the laws and ethics within the State of California and the moral law of God.

PSLO #2

Critical Thinkers in Therapy

Students will demonstrate the ability to reason, analyze and evaluate information in psychopathology across the lifespan and search out preventive and intervention methods for the purpose of forming a judgment/conclusion or for making an informed decision.

PSLO #3

Integrative Learners in Diversity

Students will demonstrate connections among concepts and experiences across classes and in applications to multiple cultures, sexual orientations, financial SES groups and races, & trauma and abuse victims, so that information and skills may be applied to complex issues and/or challenges, while maintaining a foundation upon Christ.

PSLO #4

Effective Communicators as Counselors

Students will demonstrate interpersonal skills such as integrity, sensitivity, insight and compassion in communicating with clients (personal), in oral and written formats for effective client-therapist interaction and report-making.

PSLO #5

Quantitative Reasoners in Therapy

Students will demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills and use it to analyze and interpret real-world quantitative information to draw conclusions relevant within the context of their Clinical Psychology studies.

PSLO #6

Biblical Scholars

Students proficiently identify relevant biblical concepts by accurately locating and reciting fundamental Bible verses and by using an appropriate Bible hermeneutic

Who should attend this type of program?

MA in Biblical Mission and Wellness intends to train pastors, evangelists and missionaries who are ready to respond to the Great Commission as found in Matthew 28:18-20 as fulltime church pastors, supportive/independent ministers, missionaries, or part-time church leaders who will help churches get revitalized and be able to plant new ones. 

Program Graduation Requirements

The completion of the program requires 60 credits in two years which include the following:  

  • 42 credits of course work on Weimar University Campus and on the field 
  • A minimum of 1800 hours of internship (18 credits chargeable at 1/3 the cost) spent during the internship in the following: 
    • 200 for visitation and intercessory prayer for members and non-members, 
    • 500 hours for health ministry programs to the community, 
    • 400 hours for training/teaching church members to do the work of ministry, 
    • 600 hours for creating bible study interests and sharing the Word of God with them, 
    • 100 hours for Total Community Involvement (TCI), serving and mingling with the people into the neighboring community 
  • One capstone strategy project paper
  • Participation to two theological forums:
    • Church Revitalization Forum, 
    • Church Planting Forum. 
  • Quarterly progress reports for the projects’ implementation.  
  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA 
  • A church revitalized  
  • A church planted

Accreditation

Regionally accredited by WSCUC (pending)

Admission Requirements

Regular academic standing is granted to applicants who have acceptable character recommendations and who meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in Religion/Theology or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university
  • Students who have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree may be accepted to the program on the condition that they complete their bachelor’s degree prior to the start of the Master’s program.
  • Applicants with no theology/religion background will be admitted into the program under the condition of taking some prerequisites at undergraduate level (RELB 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus, RELB 250 Principles of the Christian Faith, RELB 301 Daniel or RELB 302 Revelation),
  • Applicants with a degree in a language other than English must provide acceptable TOEFL scores.
  • The TOEFL iBT is made up of four sections:  Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing.           

          The student must achieve an overall score of at least 80 and meet the following minimum                     requirements in each area: Reading – 19, Listening – 18, Speaking – 18, Writing – 18. 

 

  • Have a 3.0 GPA within the last 33 units of undergraduate studies.
  • Demonstrate maturity and a desire to help heal a hurting world through a Christ-centered approach within the mental health field
  • Present Official Transcripts with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Have a letter of personal statement of faith and interest in Pastoral Ministry, Evangelism, Missionary work.
  • Have 3 letters of recommendation (one from faculty, one from a Church Pastor, or one from a Church elder)
  • Have successfully passed an interview with a department coordinator, a faculty member, a representative from one Conference of the Seventh day Adventist Church.

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