Core Curriculum and Intensives
The first 42 credits of both the MA in Theology and the Master of Divinity degrees are drawn from a core curriculum that serves as the basis of all graduate programs at Seattle Pacific Seminary. This curriculum consists of two, one-week intensive introductory courses in discipleship and mission, and three courses each in Bible, church history, and theology/ethics.
Christian Formation in Discipleship: Acts of Piety
“Christian Formation in Discipleship: Acts of Piety” is the first course you will take for the MA in Theology and the MDiv degree programs. It is a one-week intensive study that introduces you to the spiritual practices associated with what John Wesley called “works of piety” or the “means of grace.”
The acts of piety include prayer, worship, celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the reading and hearing of Scripture, fasting, and mutual accountability and support in small groups. During this week, you live in community with other students, as well as faculty, and engage in both the academic study of and the practice of these acts of piety.
The course is structured vertically to deepen your daily personal piety, and horizontally to deepen your life in community. The practices introduced in this course are then woven into the series of courses that compose the MA and MDiv degrees. Thus, this initial course provides you with insights and opportunities that are vital to the “Abbey” emphasis of the graduate program, and recognizes the essential role that acts of piety play in the ongoing life and ministry of the church.
This is a 2-credit course, held at SPU's Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound.
Christian Formation in Mission: Acts of Mercy and Justice
“Christian Formation in Mission: Acts of Mercy and Justice” is the second course you will take for the MA in Theology and the MDiv degree programs. It is a one-week intensive study that introduces you to the practices associated with what John Wesley called “works of mercy”: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger, caring for the sick, visiting prisoners, sheltering the homeless, and peacemaking.
You will live in the urban context of Seattle and engage in both the academic study and the practice of these acts of mercy. Personal works of mercy are connected to the necessity of the ongoing communal work of social justice. Focusing on such practices helps define the “Apostolate” emphasis in the MA and MDiv degrees, and deepens your understanding of and engagement in practices vital to the graduate program and to the ongoing life and ministry of the church.
This course is structured vertically to deepen your daily personal piety, and horizontally to deepen your life in community. It is a 2-credit course.
Christian Formation: Mission in Context
"Christian Formation: Mission in Context" is the third required intensive. In this course on Christian formation, your practical theology of service and mission will be developed in fellowship with other students and studied within the crucible of a particularized local setting.
“Acts of Piety” Intensive Course
Members of Seattle Pacific Seminary’s 2010–11 incoming class gather at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island for the first of two intensive courses in their graduate career.
SPU Graduate Catalog
Check out course descriptions and the Time Schedule for the graduate programs that interest you.