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)
Biblical and Theological Studies (24 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
27060  Systematic Theology I 3
27070  Systematic Theology II 3
27080  Systematic Theology III 3
Great Commission Studies(12 hours)
32100  Personal Evangelism 3
32960  Introduction to Missiology 3
35040  Leadership and Family Ministry 3
40200  The Worshiping Church 3
Free electives (12 hours) 12
Total Master of Arts in Theological Studies
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.