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

On the “Neglect” of 2 Peter

"Rob Wall, the Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, participated in a panel discussion of his 'canonical approach' to Scripture, and to the Catholic epistles collection (James, 1-2 Peter, 1-2-3 John & Jude) in particular, as a guest at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Antonio.  He read an invited paper, 'On the 'Neglect' of 2 Peter,' and then responded to the papers of four panelists who interacted constructively with the body of his published work.  He also attended the annual meetings of the Institute of Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Antonio, where he enjoyed the fellowship of friends and colleagues from around the globe (including Jack and Priscilla Pope-Levison," who are former professors at SPU and SPS).

To read the full invited paper by Dr. Wall click here.

Camp Casey Newsletter: A Community Formation of Spiritual Growth

"Not all classrooms have four corners.  SPU [seminary] students enrolled in the master of arts (MA) degree program or master of divinity (MDIV) degree program find themselves at Camp Casey attending a core requirement class, THEO 6001.  Most years Doug Strong, dean and professor of the history of Christianity, teaches this five-day, retreat-based intensive course.  This year however, the class was taught by Rick Steele, professor of moral and historical theology and associate dean, graduate studies.  Together as a community, these students study and practice historic spiritual disciples as a grounding for their seminary experience and a lifetime of ministry."

For more of this October article from Camp Casey, click here.

Learning Communities at Seattle Pacific Seminary

The students at Seattle Pacific Seminary have now been organized into five "learning communities" ("LC").  This action is in response to the ATS Educational Standard, Section ES 1.1.2., which reads: "The number of students enrolled in any degree program, along with those who have shared investment in the educational goals of that degree program (i.e., those with regular and substantive interaction with the learnings) shall be sufficient to ensure a viable community of learning" (p. 2 of 18).  To learn more, please check out the SPS Blog, SignPosts.

New Assistant Professor of Theological Studies: Dr. Shannon Smythe

It is our privilege to announce Dr. Shannon Smythe as Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, beginning September 1, 2016.  Dr. Smythe earned her B.A. from SPU in Christian Theology and Educational Ministry, and she earned her M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. For more information, click here. We are thrilled to have her join us!

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.  

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Seattle Pacific Seminary Discernment Weekend January 2017

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 Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18, 2017. Learn more here.

ATS Accreditation

Seattle Pacific Seminary of Seattle Pacific University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association of Theological Schools, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110; (412) 788-6505.  The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Asian-American Ministry (Professional MA), Master of Arts in Business and Applied Theology (Professional MA), Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (Professional MA), Master of Arts in Reconciliation and Intercultural Studies (Professional MA), Master of Arts (Christian Scripture) (Academic MA), and Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Academic MA).


From the Associate Dean's Desk

Insights from the Associate Dean himself -- sharing stories, thought-provoking topics and anecdotes you would hear in a sermon, the classroom or over a cup of coffee.  Updated every Friday.