Seattle Pacific Seminary

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    The Master of Arts in Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies (MA-RIS) is one of four master of arts degrees that Seattle Pacific Seminary offers. SPS also offers a master of divinity (MDiv) degree and a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies.

Are you interested in being part of a thriving seminary community in a rich, urban setting? Do you want your graduate studies to affect not just your mind, but also your heart? Join us in a fellowship of learning, discipleship, worship, and mission, where you and your study of theology can flourish. With a unique model of theological education we call “Academy, Abbey, Apostolate®,” Seattle Pacific Seminary will equip you for ministry in the 21st century.

Seminary Degrees

As a Seminary student, you can choose from six Master of Arts (MA) degrees, a Master of Divinity (MDiv), and four Dual Degrees (MBA, MST) — as well as a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies — all of which support SPU’s vision to engage the culture and change the world with the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.

Seminary News and Events

Lectio: The Gospel of Mark

Have you ever wondered how to follow Jesus when you haven’t got it all figured out? When Jesus surprises you? Or when you need encouragement to be faithful? Join us as we explore these questions and more through Jesus’ life and ministry as told in the Gospel of Mark.

The Center for Biblical and Theological Education presents an evening of rich study with SPU Assistant Professor of New Testament Laura C.S. Holmes. We’ll examine this important text in preparation for our winter Lectio series.  

Seattle Pacific Seminary Discernment Weekend Winter 2016

If you’ve ever wondered whether seminary was for you, Seattle Pacific Seminary invites you to explore your calling and vocation at Discernment Weekend on February 19 and 20.

Discernment Weekend offers a day and a half of teaching, prayer, discussion, thoughtful challenge, worship, fellowship, and food with Seattle Pacific Seminary faculty and students, along with others who are considering seminary.

Hosea (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary)

In this recently published commentary, “Hosea (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary),” Drs. Bo Lim (associate professor of Old Testament at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary) and Daniel Castelo (associate professor of dogmatic and constructive theology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary) come together “to help the church recover and read the prophetic book of Hosea in a way that is both faithful to its message and relevant to our contemporary context."

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah to Adjunct at SPS

Seattle Pacific Seminary is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah will be teaching the very first course of the new Master of Arts in Asian American Ministry degree.  As an adjunct for winter quarter 2016, Dr. Rah will be teaching THEO 6514: Asian American Experience, Identity, and Theology.  For more information on the course or Dr. Rah, click here

New Master of Arts in Asian American Ministry Degree

The Master of Arts in Asian American Ministry (MA-AAM) degree program focuses on the classical theological disciplines of Scripture, church history, theology, and ethics. It reflects Seattle Pacific University’s vision to engage the culture and change the world with the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. If you select the MA-AAM degree, you will combine a core study of general theology with specialized study in race, culture, psychology, Asian American context, and Christian reconciliation.

For more information, click here.

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The Triple A Model: Academy, Abbey, Apostolate®

As a way of doing theological education, our "Triple A" model is our unique vision for educating students with an interplay of scholarship, spiritual edification, and service learning.


Meet SPS Alum Jaymes Lackey

Jaymes recounts how he and his young family were called from California to Washington in pursuit of a seminary education at Seattle Pacific Seminary and discusses where God is leading them in the future.