Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology

About the Programme

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology (MAPTh) is a professional degree programme designed for pastors with experience in the field of ministry, who fulfil diverse ministerial functions of the Church, including various leadership roles which require precise and critical thinking, wise judgment, effective communication abilities, integrity in all actions, and recognition of opportunities for service. It equips the students with appropriate theological knowledge, advanced pastoral skills, and biblical insights to advance the objectives of the Church. Deep spiritual commitment, pastoral formation and ethical orientation are strongly emphasized characteristics of this programme.

Effective ministry demands a solid theological foundation grounded in unchanging biblical doctrines and dynamic methods of an effective presentation. Therefore, this programme helps students formulate and apply biblically sound approaches to ministry and mission and uphold the foundation of a commitment to traditional biblical Christianity in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Africa. It also focuses on an integrated theology and philosophy of faithfulness to God and Scripture, objectivity in research, and integrity in relationships.

The programme seeks to prepare graduates who possess theological knowledge, ethical and spiritual values, communication competence, pastoral skills, and analytical thinking for both ministry and leadership to contribute effectively to their homes, churches, communities, and institutions. Transmitting this foundational biblical heritage—along with an appropriate level of knowledge and skills—forms the essential purpose of the Pastoral Theology Programme at the Adventist University of Africa.

Purpose of the ProgrammeAre you seeking flexible, informative and transformational one-stop theological training? Try the Masters of Arts in Pastoral Theology programme. It strengthens and renews your ministerial call. The programme prepares you to read and understand sections of the Old Testament and New Testament with an appreciation for Church history and application of Biblical principles of leadership to the needs of the local Church.Objectives of the Programme

  1. To develop ministry professionals who manifest the depth of spiritual and theological insights, advanced competency, academic excellence, and professional leadership skills.
  2. To develop ministry professionals with exceptional service in pastoral or organizational ministry leadership within the unique context of the African and global Church.
  3. To help participants acquire knowledge of current issues related to ministry research, engage the discipline of evangelism, church growth, and nurture through sociological and spiritual aspects.
  4. To help participants integrate their spiritual and theological knowledge into the practice of ministry.
  5. To help participants learn to evaluate ministerial practices through theological reflection and a biblical model of servant leadership.
  6. To help participants learn to use appropriate tools to analyze the needs of churches and communities and develop competencies contributing to the strengthening of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  7. To raise the level and effectiveness of the ministers at a time of rapid membership growth in numbers and sophistication.
  8. To help identify excellent pastoral practitioners who are also outstanding students who could be encouraged to consider further studies.

 Admission Requirements

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree in Theology/Religion with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent grade of 60%. Applicants with a CGPA of 2.5 to 2.99 or 55% to 59% may be accepted on probation.
  2. Have two Recommendations: One from the local Church Board and one from your previous university or from the employing organization if employed. Submit name, email address and designation of your referees, and AUA admissions will email the link for completing the online recommendation form. The applicant should seek the consent of the referee before submitting their details.
  3. Must demonstrate proficiency in English.

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MAPTH - Full Time – 2 years

(4  Semesters) – Total 45 Credits

 

MAPTH – Part Time – 3 years

(3 Sessions)  – Total 45 Credits

Year 1

1st Sem.

Year 1

 2nd Sem

Year 2

1st Sem

Year 2

2nd Sem

 

Year 1

Session 1

Year 2

Session 2

Year 3

Session 3

15 credits

15 credits

14 credits

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15 credits

15 credits

14 credits

 

Requirements

Credits

Core Courses

38

Research & Project

6

Total

44

 

MAPTH

Core Courses

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

CHMN 670

The Seventh-day Adventist Church Heritage

3

 

CHMN 630

Church Leadership and Administration

3

 

CHMN 639

Church Growth and Spiritual Nurture

3

 

CHMN 643

Christian Professional Ethics

3

 

CHMN 667

Health Ministry

3

 

NTST 660

Gospels

3

 

CHMN 680

Expository Preaching

3

 

MSSN 660

Topics in Mission

2

 

NTST/OTST 646

Biblical Exegesis

3

 

OTST 565/665

Pentateuch

3

 

THST 610

Revelation, Inspiration and Hermeneutics

3

 

THST 660

Contemporary issues in SDA Theology

3

 

THST 678

Issues in Science and religion

3

   

Total

38

       

Research

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

GSEM 605

Applied Theology Research in Religion

3

 

GSEM 695

Pastoral Theology Project

6

   

Total

6

Grand Total:

   

47

 

Part-Time Schedule

MAPTH

Year 1 – Session 1

 

Year 2 – Session 2

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

GSEM 605

Applied Theology Research and Writing

3

 

CHMN 667

Health Ministry

3

THST 610

Revelation, Inspiration, and Hermeneutics

3

 

THST 660

Contemporary Issues in SDA Theology

3

CHMN 630

Church Leadership and Administration

3

 

OTST/NTST 678

Biblical Exegesis

3

CHMN 639

Church Growth and Spiritual Nurture

3

 

OTST 565/665

Pentateuch

3

CHPH 643

Christian Professional Ethics

3

 

MSSN 660

Topics in Mission

3

             
 

Total

15

   

Total

14

             

Year 2

Year 3 – Session 3

   

Code

Course Title

Crs

 

Code

Course Title

Crs

NTST 660

Gospels

3

       

THST 678

Issues in Science and Religion

3

       

CHMN 680

Expository Preaching

3

       

GSEM 695

Pastoral Theology Project

3

       
             
             
 

Total

12

   

Total

 

Grand Total: 

 

 

Full-Time Schedule

 

MAPTH – 1

 

Year 1

First Semester

   

Second Semester

DATES

Course Title

Crs

 

DATES

Course Title

Crs

 
 

GSEM 605 Applied Theology Research and Writing

3

   

CHMN 667 Health Ministry

3

 
 

THST 610 Revelation, Inspiration, and Hermeneutics

3

   

THST 660 Contemporary Issues in SDA Theology

3

 
 

CHMN 630 Church Leadership and Administration

3

   

OTST/NTST 678 Biblical Exegesis

3

 
 

CHMN 639 Church Growth and Spiritual Nurture

3

   

OTST 665 Pentateuch

3

 
 

CHMN 639 Christian Professional Ethics

3

   

CHMN 670 SDA Church Heritage 

3

 
               
 

Total

15

     

Total

15

               
 

Year 2

First Semester

   

Second Semester

Dates

Course Title

Crs

   

Dates

Course Title

Crs

 

MSSN 660 Topics in Mission

2

         
 

NTST 660 Gospels

3

         
 

THST 678 Science and Religion

3

         
 

CHMN 680 Expository Preaching

3

         
 

GSEM 695 Pastoral Theology Project

6

         
               
 

Total

17

     

Total

 
 

Grand Total:              47

   

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