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Masters of Arts In Practical Theology

Have you come to a place where you feel stuck? Are you in a spot where you know there is more, but you may not know how to reach it? If you have thought this way, then maybe God is calling you to an advanced degree? Learning can begin again in the classroom as Northpoint offers face to face classes with an online component so you will not have to leave your ministry setting in order to earn a Masters Degree.

By expanding the leader’s breadth of scriptural knowledge, the Masters of Arts in Practical Theology will take the student through enhanced hermeneutical skills and give an appreciation of historical theology. The advanced study of Scripture provides the means for a better understanding of the triune God and His Kingdom, a deeper appreciation for and understanding of Pentecostalism, and personal transformation. The leader’s understanding of theology for ministry and life in an academic environment is challenging yet richly rewarding.

WHAT WE OFFER

The graduate program is devoted to the centrality of Scripture, the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and a Pentecostal viewpoint in theology, ministry, and life. Positive and encouraging interaction among peers and mentors creates an environment conducive to transformation, thus enabling the leaders to engage in effective Pentecostal ministry. Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Leadership, Preaching, and Church Planting & Revitalization are key aspects of the program.

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MA Concentrations

Spiritual Formation

After completing the Master of Arts in Practical Theology with a concentration in Spiritual Formation, the student will have a biblical and historical understanding of discipleship/spirituality which will lead them to the development of their own personal theology of discipleship. This personal theology should act as the foundation for the student’s future ministry. This concentration will engage the student in the development of their own personal spirituality. Upon completion of this degree, the student will be prepared to effectively engage in local church ministry groups or personal Christian education, discipleship, spiritual formation, or mentoring.

Pastoral Leadership

The Pastoral Leadership Development concentration encourages church ministry organization leaders to make courageous, intentional choices to grow deeper and influence wider. Students who take this concentration will rediscover their calling, develop their unique contribution, and effectively deploy other leaders. Graduates will infuse core paradigms, synthesize leadership theory, cultivate into Bible-centered leaders, and acquire the ability to effectively build and lead ministry teams.

Preaching

The preaching concentration is designed to enable pastors, missionaries, evangelists and ministerial students to preach with greater confidence. This confidence grows in the preacher who develops the skills necessary to connect the truth of the biblical text to the needs of the modern listener. Upon completion of this degree, the graduate of the preaching concentration should have developed skills in how to practice genre sensitive biblical interpretation, build sermons that maintain listener interest and engage in audience analysis.

Church Planting And Revitalization

After completing the Master of Arts in Practical Theology with a concentration in Church Planting and Revitalization, the student will be equipped to lead church planting and church revitalization efforts. Students will be able to articulate a solid biblical theology for the purpose of the Church and its mission. Students will understand the strategic and historic role healthy churches play in the overall mission of God and what they need to do in their local context to effectively proclaim the gospel. They will acquire a solid understanding of the need to integrate sound biblical doctrine and Spirit empowered Pentecostal ministry. They will be equipped with current, best practices to lead, plant and/or revitalize a healthy church or church organization.

Can I Enter The Graduate Program With A 3 Year Certificate From My Bible Institute?

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Students who have a 3 or 4 year Bible Institute certificate may apply for the Graduate program based on the following conditions:

  • Present your certificate with your application
  • Pass an entrance exam with a 70%
  • Present an academic paper to be reviewed by a Northpoint Graduate Professor and pass with a 70%.  
Can This Degree Be Obtained Online?

Pastoral Leadership and Spiritual Formation concentrations are available online starting January 2021. Preaching and Church planting will be online at a later date. All other Master’s courses are available in an intensive format, which essentially means that for each course you will have 2.5 days of face-to-face class time. The remainder of your course work including discussions, lectures, and student/teacher interaction will be online via Canvas, Northpoint’s Learning management system.

What Is Your Graduate Transfer Policy?

An official transcript from a recognized, accredited graduate school must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar at the time of application. The transcript will be reviewed by the Office of the Chief Academic Officer. Transferred credits will be determined (1) by the student’s grade and (2) similarity to our curriculum. Only courses in which a grade of B or better was earned will be considered. No transfer credits will be considered for courses taken at another institution once the student has matriculated into Northpoint without express written permission from the Chief Academic Officer. A maximum of twelve credits may be transferred into the master’s program.

Does Northpoint Offer Housing?

Yes, we offer housing for both single and married students and for full-time and part-time students. For modular classes, we also offer housing per-night on a per-diem schedule. If you are interested in staying for one night, three nights, or the semester, we can help you. For further pricing and details, please contact the student development office: [email protected]

What Does It Cost?

For current pricing see the Admission & Aid Page on the website.