Making theological education more accessible to more people is of high value at Fuller Theological Seminary.
A story: one of my relatives is a youth pastor at an Evangelical Covenant Church on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He is fantastic at his job. He needs and wants to get a theological education, but he can’t leave his church or his community.
In the old world of theological education, his options would have been to pack up his little family, leave his church and his community and resettle in a new and distant city, or not get the training he desires to live out his calling. But now with the advent of online technology and the range of regional campuses across the country, Fuller is able to provide the best of theological education for people like my UP relative, without having to make difficult and nearly impossible choices.
In September 2013 (subject to approval by our accrediting bodies) Fuller is launching new formats for two degree programs: the MA in Theology and Ministry (MATM) and the MA in Intercultural Studies (MAICS). These degrees along with the current Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL) allow students to earn a theological degree from Fuller with maximum flexibility.
Students are able to complete the MATM and MAICS degrees primarily online—or, if they choose, to combine online and on-campus classes, or all on-campus courses. It is the best of all worlds in theological education. People who are serving in church ministry, in nonprofit work, or in other vocations in the marketplace can get a theological degree while remaining in their context. And it is Fuller—committed to Jesus Christ, passionate to serve, shaping and refining students intellectually, spiritually, personally, and missionally—wherever they may be.
As part of the design team, I am thrilled about these new degree formats. They open up the doors to theological education for those who have not previously been able to get a degree because of life and ministry situations, impacting the church and the world for good.
Please share with people you know about these flexible degree programs. For more information, visit www.fuller.edu/flexibledegrees.