the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

M.A. – Theological Studies – Lay Leadership

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) is designed to offer ministry training for those persons who are not preparing for a professional ministry vocation. The purpose of this degree is to provide biblical, theological, historical, and practical training to laypersons who desire to be better equipped to do ministry in the local church. The BGS MATS focuses on Great Commission studies built upon a biblical and theological foundation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.

Vocational Objectives

  • For laypersons only
Master of Arts in Theological Studies – Lay Leadership
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required)u (2)
42490 Cooperative Program (0)
Scripture and Interpretation (15 hours)
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
Theology and Tradition (12 hours)
25100 Introduction to Church History I or
25120 Introduction to Church History II 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
Great Commission Ministries (6 hours)
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
Free electives (15 hours) 15
Total Master of Arts in Theological Studies
Requirements
48
Written Communication (if required) +2

uSee Written Communication Requirement in Academic Section.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.