MA in Kingdom Theology


This Part-time Master’s Degree gives students the opportunity to explore the deep riches of Biblical theology, Christian History, church life, and life in the Spirit. The programme has a distinct emphasis on the relevance of theology to all spheres of life, with an optional integrative track focussing on marketplace theology or social transformation. All students will produce a substantial piece of independent research (the dissertation).

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Course Content

Core Modules

TH7902: Paul in Contemporary Theological Perspective - Dr Ben Blackwell

This module provides an analysis of Paul’s theology, focusing on the content and continuing influence of the apostle’s message regarding God’s covenantal and creation-wide relationship with his people, humanity and the world. It involves four interrelated elements: 1. an overview of significant approaches to Pauline theology in the Christian tradition and in contemporary scholarship; 2. the formative contexts and configuration of Paul’s vocation and theology, in terms of his Jewish background, transformation and activities among the Jews and Gentiles; 3. an exploration of the main contours and content of Paul’s theology, including God’s creation and covenant, Jesus and the Spirit and the Church’s common life and mission to the wider world; 4. a consideration of the ongoing role of Pauline theology in relation to the Church and contemporary culture.

TH7906: Kingdom Ministry: Theology and Practice - Dr Steve Holmes

This module explores the theology and practice of a variety of contemporary Charismatic and Pentecostal renewal movements, in the search for a proper theology of renewal and best practice in ministry in the gifts and power of the Spirit. It locates contemporary movements in the immediate trajectory of both 20th century pneumatological rediscovery, and compares the modern phenomenon with precedents in Christian Tradition from the 1st to the 19th centuries. The variety of contemporary approaches to ‘ministry in the power of the Spirit’ are theologically examined, both in terms of their explicit and implicit theologies and also in terms of their practical dangers. Along the way there is consideration of the ways in which dialogue between ‘Kingdom Theology and Ministry’ and other streams of theology and spirituality could be mutually enriching.

TH7911: Patristic Christianity - Dr Bradley Jersak

This module introduces key people, events and writings of Patristic Christianity, focusing on early church fathers and mothers who illustrate the variety of expressions of Christian theology, liturgy and spirituality in the early church. We will draw samples from East and West, monastic and mystic, scholastic and prophetic. We will also follow thematic threads through issues of theology, worship and spiritual formation, mining for a deeper and richer theology of spirituality and practice with which to undergird our contemporary ministries in the gifts and power of the Spirit.

TH7924: Advanced Old Testament Interpretation - Dr Matt Lynch

This module is designed to help you ‘wrestle faithfully’ with 2/3 of the Bible. Many students feel at sea when it comes to the Old Testament. Some find it boring or irrelevant. Some find it inscrutable or overly complex. Many come with questions: Can we trust this book? Is the God of the Old Testament anything like Jesus? Did all these stories really happen? How does the Old Testament connect to my life? We will walk through these and other important questions in our joint quest to hear the Old Testament on its own terms, wrestle honestly through some hard questions, and ultimately, to know and worship the God to whom it bears witness.

TH7925: The Gospel of Luke: History, Theology and Spirituality - Dr Adesola Akala

In this module students will examine the historical background and theological emphases within the narrative and literary setting of the Gospel of Luke. Close readings that engage with notable scholarship will utilise selected pericopes to illustrate intersections between history, theology and spirituality in the Lukan narrative. Throughout the study, attention will be given to the spiritual implications of Luke’s theology. A critical question underlying this module is: How does Luke’s Gospel as a historical and literary narrative offer a clear trajectory to Christian theological formation and spiritual development.

TH7927: Ecclesiology

This module explores key theological themes in relation to ecclesiology, examines the historical developments within the church, and gives students the opportunity for critical reflection on church traditions and accepted practice. There will be opportunities for students to critically evaluate their own church traditions as well as engaging with a broad appreciation of other traditions. In addition, students will study new forms of church and possible developments in the future. Students will engage with topics such as what constitutes the church, denominationalism and ecumenism, gender and sexuality in relation to church leadership, feminism, liberation theology, mission, and fresh expressions.

TH7917: MA Research Dissertation - various faculty

The dissertation gives students the opportunity to explore their own theological interests, and if they choose, to undertake a sustained study in some aspect of social transformation or marketplace theology. Students select a dissertation topic in conjunction with tutors and will pursue guided, but largely independent, research.

Optional MA Modules

As part of the MA programme, students will choose to take either an Ethics or a Theology of Work module (see below).

TH7926: Faithfully Performing the Biblical Drama: Christian Ethics for Discipleship and Witness - Andrew Goddard

This module explores and critically assesses concepts and issues in Christian ethics with a biblical and theological focus. It introduces the subject of ethics more broadly before examining the particular task of Christian ethics as an academic discipline enabling Christians to live lives worthy of their calling in faithful discipleship and witness as part of Christian mission.

TH7919: Kingdom Work & Business - Peter Lynas

Students will explore how the big story and key texts of the Bible help us understand work, business and the broader economy and marketplace. What is work, why does it matter and are we called or gifted for the jobs that we do? This module will equip students to develop their kingdom thinking about work, employment, gifting, values, ethics, entrepreneurship and business. The aim is to allow the Bible, history and the recent emergence of a theology of work to help students develop a practical theology of engaging missionally in the marketplace.


Course Delivery

In addition to two compulsory residential teaching weeks, Hub based MA students are required to attend between 3 – 5 MA Teaching Saturdays throughout the year. The dates for the 2017/18 academic year will be made available shortly. The dates for the 2016/17 academic year are as follows:

MA Year 1

  • 12th November 2016 – Patristic Christianity with Dr Brad Jersak. 1pm to 7pm.
  • 10th December 2016 – Ecclesiology with Dr Steve Holmes. 10am to 4pm.
  • 25th March 2017 – Paul in Contemporary Theological Perspective with Dr Ben Blackwell. 1pm to 7pm.
  • 13th May 2017 – The Gospel of Luke: History, Theology and Spirituality with Dr Adesola Akala. 1pm to 4pm.

MA Year 2

  • 12th November 2016 – Patristic Christianity with Dr Brad Jersak. 1pm to 7pm.
  • 10th December 2016 – Ecclesiology with Dr Steve Holmes. 10am to 4pm.
  • 13th May 2017 – The Gospel of Luke: History, Theology and Spirituality with Dr Adesola Akala. 1pm to 4pm.

Optional MA Tracks (second year students only)

  • 4th February 2017 – Faithfully Performing the Biblical Drama: Christian Ethics for Discipleship and Witness with Rev Dr Andrew Goddard. 10am to 4pm.
  • 4th March 2017 – Kingdom Work & Business with Pete Lynas. 10am to 4pm.

Students who are on the Flexi-MA do not attend the MA teaching Saturdays, but receive recorded teaching after each Saturday event.


Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree (at 2:1 or higher) or a Graduate Diploma in theology (average mark 60% or higher) or a related discipline is generally required.

  • Those without a theology degree may be eligible for the Post Graduate Diploma in Kingdom Theology, which equates to the MA without the dissertation element. Students who maintain a 60% or higher average may be eligible to also complete a dissertation for an MA award. Eligibility for the Post Graduate Diploma will be determined on the basis of a humanities degree, evidence of theological engagement and/or training, or relevant work experience.

  • Applications may be taken from EU Nationals (in addition to those students resident in the UK or Sweden) for the Flexi-MA. For more details on the Flexi MA, please see below.

  • If English is not your first language, please see the English Language requirements on the Admissions page.


Fees

The costs of this course are £2,850 per year which includes a £350 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place after receiving an offer. There is also an additional £600 fee for the dissertation which becomes payable upon submission of a dissertation proposal.