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Objective

To train and develop students' giftedness for ministry in local churches or para-churches, both in the cognitive spectrum and ministerial skills, concentrating on Biblical, theological studies and spiritual formations.  Students can do a general study without concentration or choose to major in one of these concentrations: Christian education, missiology and counseling.

Candidates

Born again Christians who demonstrate maturity in his character and spiritual life, with a fervent heart and calling to serve in church or ministries at large.

Credit Hours

90 quarter units

Degree Requirements

  • Required courses
    • Take 11 required courses in areas of biblical and theological studies.
  • Core courses
    • Take 10 core courses, including 5 mandatory core courses in student's major and 5 other core courses. The 5 other courses may be chosen from the non-mandatory core courses in student's major, or other MCS major core courses, or MDiv core courses, or MTS core courses. The student may take more than one MTS core course, but the courses must be in different categories in order to be credited as core courses toward the student’s degree requirements. For example, if the student takes Revelation and Jeremiah, both can be credited as core courses, because Revelation belongs to the New Testament category, and Jeremiah belongs to the Old Testament category. However, if the student takes Revelation and The Epistles to Hebrews, only one of them is credited as a core course, and the other is credited as an elective course, because both belong to the New Testament category.
  • Spiritual formation
    • 2 courses.
  • Elective
    • Besides the required, core, and spiritual formation courses, student may take any other courses to meet the total credit hours requirements.

Course Curriculum for Education Major

Category

Course

Required courses

  • Theological Research Methods (3)
  • The Pentateuch (3)
  • Major Prophets (3)
  • The Gospels (3)
  • Pauline Epistles (3)
  • OT Theology (4)
  • NT Theology (4)
  • Hermeneutics (4)
  • Systematic Theology 1: Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Creation, and Doctrine of Revelation (4)
  • Systematic Theology 2: Christology, Soteriology, and Doctrine of Humanity (4)
  • Church History (4)

Core courses:

5 mandatory courses (marked with *) and 5 other courses (may choose other major's or degree's core courses)

  • Introduction to Christian Education (4)*
  • Educational Psychology (4) *
  • Teaching Principles and Practice (3)*
  • Christian Education and Discipleship Ministries in Church (3)*
  • Human Growth & Development (3)*
  • Adult Education and Ministry (include Elderly, Single Ministries) (3)
  • Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3)
  • Youth Education and Counseling Ministry (3)
  • Children Education and Ministry (3)
  • Family Life Education & Methodology (3)
  • Human Sexuality (3)
  • Special Topics on Christian Education (3)

Spiritual Formation

  • Biblical Foundation of Spiritual Formation (3)
  • Self-awareness and Holistic Person Development (3)

Field Education

  • Field Education 1: (3)
  • Field Education 2: (3)
  • Field Education 3: (3)

Elective

May enroll in any CESNA master course to fulfill remaining credit hours

Course Curriculum for Mission Major

Category

Course

Required courses

  • Theological Research Methods (3)
  • The Pentateuch (3)
  • Major Prophets (3)
  • The Gospels (3)
  • Pauline Epistles (3)
  • OT Theology (4)
  • NT Theology (4)
  • Hermeneutics (4)
  • Systematic Theology 1: Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Creation, and Doctrine of Revelation (4)
  • Systematic Theology 2: Christology, Soteriology, and Doctrine of Humanity (4)
  • Church History (4)

Core courses:

5 mandatory courses (marked with *) and 5 other courses (may choose other major's or degree's core courses)

  • Introduction to Missiology (4)*
  • Biblical Missiology (4) *
  • History of Missions (3)*
  • Evangelism and Church Growth in the North American Chinese Church Context (3)*
  • Missions and Chinese Culture (3)*
  • World Religions and Missions (3)
  • The Mission Ministry of the Church (3)
  • Equipping and Preparing for Short Term Missions (3)
  • Missions and the Professionals (3)
  • Contemporary Topics on Missions (3)
  • Evangelism and Discipleship (3)

Spiritual Formation

  • Biblical Foundation of Spiritual Formation (3)
  • Self-awareness and Holistic Person Development (3)

Field Education

  • Field Education 1: (3)
  • Field Education 2: (3)
  • Field Education 3: (3)

Elective

May enroll in any CESNA master course to fulfill remaining credit hours

Course Curriculum for Counseling Major

Category

Course

Required courses

  • Theological Research Methods (3)
  • The Pentateuch (3)
  • Major Prophets (3)
  • The Gospels (3)
  • Pauline Epistles (3)
  • OT Theology (4)
  • NT Theology (4)
  • Hermeneutics (4)
  • Systematic Theology 1: Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Creation, and Doctrine of Revelation (4)
  • Systematic Theology 2: Christology, Soteriology, and Doctrine of Humanity (4)
  • Church History (4)

Core courses:

5 mandatory courses (marked with *) and 5 other courses (may choose other major's or degree's core courses)

  • Bible and Counseling (4)*
  • Christian Counseling – Theories & Techniques (4) *
  • Christian Counseling and Counselor (3)*
  • Family Counseling (3)*
  • Trauma and Crisis Counseling (3)*
  • Marital Counseling (3)
  • Premarital Counseling & Education (3)
  • Youth Ministry and Counseling (3)
  • Church Based Caring Ministry: Stephen Ministry I (3)
  • Special Case Caring & Counseling: Stephen Ministry II (3)
  • Parenting Education (3)
  • Marital Education (3)
  • Special Topics on Counseling (3)

Spiritual Formation

  • Biblical Foundation of Spiritual Formation (3)
  • Self-awareness and Holistic Person Development (3)

Field Education

  • Field Education 1: (3)
  • Field Education 2: (3)
  • Field Education 3: (3)

Elective

May enroll in any CESNA master course to fulfill remaining credit hours

Course Curriculum for General (Non-Major)

Category

Course

Required courses

  • Theological Research Methods (3)
  • The Pentateuch (3)
  • Major Prophets (3)
  • The Gospels (3)
  • Pauline Epistles (3)
  • OT Theology (4)
  • NT Theology (4)
  • Hermeneutics (4)
  • Systematic Theology 1: Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Creation, and Doctrine of Revelation (4)
  • Systematic Theology 2: Christology, Soteriology, and Doctrine of Humanity (4)
  • Church History (4)

Core courses:

Choose 10 core courses from any MCS majors or MDiv or MTS

Spiritual Formation

  • Biblical Foundation of Spiritual Formation (3)
  • Self-awareness and Holistic Person Development (3)

Field Education

  • Field Education 1: (3)
  • Field Education 2: (3)
  • Field Education 3: (3)

Elective

May enroll in any CESNA master course to fulfill remaining credit hours

Application

Admission Requirements Born again, baptized for at least 3 yrs, committed to education, mission, counseling or general ministry, BA degree or its equivalent, international students whose TOFEL score is between 450-500 will be accepted on probationary basis and requires additional theological English course.
Application Procedure Request application package from CESNA Admission Department. Two recommendation letters from pastor or church leaders (to be sent directly to CESNA). Upon receiving your completed application forms with accompanying documents and application fees, you will be notified to sit for admission tests if you fulfilled preliminary requirements.
Admission Tests 1) Written: Bible Knowledge, Chinese & English; 2) Interview. Candidates who passed the tests will receive admission acceptance letter.
 

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