Master of Arts in Theological Studies — Lay Leadership (Billy Graham School)

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48 Credit Hours 16 Classes
2 Years to Complete
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Next Start Date April 8

Your church deserves the very best leaders, teachers, and members.

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies 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.

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Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Number Description Credit 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
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
27060 Systematic Theology I: God, Scripture, and Humanity 3
27070 Systematic Theology II: Christ, the Holy Spirit, and Salvation 3
27080 Systematic Theology III: Baptist Theology and Ecclesiology 3
Total 24
Missions, Evangelism and Ministry
Course Number Description Credit Hours
28700 Christian Apologetics 3
32100 Personal Evangelism & Devotion 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
40200 Introduction to Biblical Worship 3
40080 Christian Leadership 3
45400 Christian Teaching 3
Total 18
Elective
Course Number Description Credit Hours
Unrestricted Electives 6
Total 6

Total Master of Arts in Theological Studies — Lay Leadership (Billy Graham School): 48

  1. Continuing students should consult the Academic Catalog for the year in which they started for course requirements as the current requirements may have changed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The M.A. in Theological Studies is for students who desire to serve the church in a lay capacity (not in a full-time or primary role).

Students who are serving (or plan to serve) in full-time ministry are encouraged to consider the Master of Divinity program, as it contains a more robust core of bible, theology, and ministry training.

Applicants must indicate that they desire to serve in a lay-leadership capacity in their church.

Students with an accredited bachelor’s degree (in any field/major) are eligible to apply for this concentration. It is not required that applicants have an academic background in biblical or ministry studies.

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Yes. Students with previous divinity credit may be able to transfer their credit into programs at Southern Seminary. See our Transfer Credit page for more information.

Theological Studies faculty include:

Timothy K. Beougher

Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth

Research Interests

Evangelism
Church Revitalization

Justin A. Irving

Professor of Leadership

Paul M. Akin

Provost

John David Trentham

Associate Professor of Leadership and Discipleship

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