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M. Div. Course - The major in Theology

Sungkyul Graduate School of Theology (M. Div.) is amajor educational institute to nurture complimentary pastors. Around the Old and New Testaments, it aims at overall understanding of the Bible and each theological section (subdivided from Th. M. course) and rearing the proficient ministry in the Bible. It also has the purpose to raise Christian workers of God with intellect and spirituality in Korean and world churches in the 21st century.

Th. M. Course

The old and new Covenant

The major in the Old Testament Theology, within the Professional Graduate School of Theology (Th. M.), selects and intensively researches some of major books from the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Former Prophets, Poetic Books, Wisdom of Solomon, Latter Prophets) taken as a 3 year course in Graduate School of Theology (M. Div.), in order for students to increase the ability to interpret the text in the Old Testaments for themselves. Its purpose is to train pastors to preach balanced and sound evangelical theology throughout the seminar.

The New Testament Theology

The major in the New Testament aims at sound and evangelical interpretation based on basic biblical background as well as historical, cultural, social, and grammatical explanations. It also intensively makes the explanations of the New Testament to apply easily to pastoral situation. It has the purpose to raise Christian workers of God with intellect and spirituality for Korean Churches in the 21st century.

Ministry Counseling

The major in Ministry Counseling within the Professional Graduate School of Theology was established in 2002. It has developed, through on-site research, Christian counselors and ministry counselors who can help humanity recovery and positive changes under evangelical anthropology. Its curriculum and career after graduation are as follows: The curriculum consists of process consultation & techniques, advanced group psychology & group counseling seminars, advanced psychological measurement & statistical analysis, abnormal psychology & counseling seminars, advanced family counseling, adolescent psychology & counseling seminars and crisis counseling seminars. These subjects are required to get national consultant qualifications (Youth counselor, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family). The programs to teach the properties of evangelical Christian counseling are also composed of pastoral counseling theory and practice, theory and practice of biblical counseling, Christian counseling by topic, Christian counseling seminar, pastoral counseling seminar, integrate seminar on theology & psychology, abnormal psychology & pastoral counseling seminar, etc. After graduation, it is possible to get certificated through procedures required from counseling agency or academic society. After getting a counseling certificate, it is possible to be responsible for the ministry in those places such as churches, Christian counseling centers, youth counseling centers, family counseling centers, social welfare facilities, etc. Besides, after getting doctor's degree, it is feasible to be the experts who educate younger students or make a counseling center.

Missionary Theology

Missionary Theology started with the rise of western imperialism when western missionaries were sent worldwide in the mid-19th century. At that time Missionary Theology claimed independence from other theologies and got an academic position as one of theological studies. And after the Second World War, specifically in the 1960s when newly independent countries appeared, the thought that mission must not be on the fringe of church anymore but must be the raison d'être of church was spreaded out and this caused the development of Missionary Theology. New Testament and missionary scholar, David Bosch calls it the movement from evangelical theology to missionary theology. In this sense, it has a dual mission to connect theology and practical theology. So it deeply relies on theology, history and practice. At the same time, it is closely connected to the behavioral sciences, namely cultural-anthropology, sociology, linguistics and religious phenomenology. It is not static study but dynamic learning linked with social, cultural and religious changes to spread the gospel. Currently the missionary theology has its own identity as a separate study. But it actually has a necessary relationship with other academic fields. Eventually, we hope that it will be an integrated center to gather all the disciplines.

Practical Theology

Practical Theology is th on-site study. It pays attention to people, actual places, ministry, environment, social issues, experiments, alternatives, various attempts and especially God who controls all this in detail. Without this constant dialogue and interaction, it is impossible to 'do theology' properly or to 'do God's work' properly. Such properties are realized and embodied in the following subjects: Topics of contemporary homiletics, Types of worship, Mistry based on small group or cell, Form of modern preaching, Study on worship and sacrament, Modern ministry and evangelism, Special ministry and Age-based sermons, Healing ministry, Educational administration, and Leadership.

Historical Theology

Historical Theology is the discipline to approach historical roots in many areas of theology. It includes world church history, Korean church history, history of theological thought, and world religious history. You will experience very beneficial courses to receive the wisdom of Christian life as well as academic knowledge and insight through it.

Christian Ethics

Christian Ethics is the professional study to research life style according to Christ's life and teaching. The research areas in the Master of Theology (Th. M.) course are as follows: the first is Biblical Ethics. The second is Ministerial ethics, which is based on the biblical pastoral ethics. The third is Social Ethics, which applies biblical ethics to society. Wesley's Social Ethics, Service Ethics and Welfare Ethics belong within it. The fourth is Cultural Ethics. Ethics necessarily makes culture, culture returns to ethical motivation again. Interrelationship between behavior, life, and culture is studied. Finally, the fifth is Life and Medical Ethics. It treats dignity of life and problems caused from medical development. The study areas in the Doctor of Theology (Th. D.) course are as follows: The first is Old Testament Ethics. Depending on its classification, Old Testament ethics includes Pentateuch, Historical Books and Prophets. The second is New Testament Ethics consisting of ethics of Jesus and Paul. The third is Social Ethics. The forth is Political and Economic Ethics. The fifth is Ethics of Scientific Technology. The sixth is Religious Ethics covering various religious modes of living. The seventh is the Ethics of Theologians. Trutz Rendtorff, Werner Elert and Helmut Thielicke belong to this area. The eighth is Family and Gender Ethics, etc.

Systematic Theology

The major in Systematic Theology is the formulated study to research themes which appeared in the word of God, in other words, the Bible. The research sections in the Master of Theology (Th. M.) course are as follows: The first is the Theology of Sungkyul church. Fourfold Gospels and Sungkyul Church Theology belong to it. The second is Theological Methodology, which deals with methods to study theology. The third is the History in Systematic Theology, which includes churches, theological controversy, recent theology, modern theology, etc. The fourth is Orthodox Theology, which handles eschatology, revelation, ecclesiology, etc. The study in the Doctor of Theology (Th. D.) course are as follows: The first is the Theology of Sungkyul Church, which is affiliated with Holiness Theory and Wesley Theology. The second is Evangelical and Calvin Theology. The third is the field of modern theologians such as Schleiermacher, Tillich, Barth, etc. The fourth is Post-modernism. The fifth is Orthodox Systematic Theology. It includes the Doctrine of God, Christology, Anthropology, Pneumatology and Ecclesiology. The final is Spirituality Theology.

M. A. Course

Missionary Theology

Missionary Theology started with the rise of western imperialism when western missionaries were sent worldwide in the mid-19th century. At that time Missionary Theology claimed independence from other theologies and got an academic position as one of theological studies. And after the Second World War, specifically in the 1960s when newly independent countries appeared, the thought that mission must not be on the fringe of church anymore but must be the raison d'être of church was spreaded out and this caused the development of Missionary Theology. New Testament and missionary scholar, David Bosch calls it the movement from evangelical theology to missionary theology. In this sense, it has a dual mission to connect theology and practical theology. So it deeply relies on theology, history and practice. At the same time, it is closely connected to the behavioral sciences, namely cultural-anthropology, sociology, linguistics and religious phenomenology. It is not static study but dynamic learning linked with social, cultural and religious changes to spread the gospel. Currently the missionary theology has its own identity as a separate study. But it actually has a necessary relationship with other academic fields. Eventually, we hope that it will be an integrated center to gather all the disciplines.

Christian Counseling(M. A.)

The major in Christian Counseling within the Sungkyul Graduate School of Theology was established in 2002. It has developed, through on-site research, Christian counselors and ministry counselors who can help humanity recovery and positive changes under evangelical anthropology. Its curriculum and career after graduation are as follows: The curriculum consists of process consultation & techniques, advanced group psychology & group counseling seminars, advanced psychological measurement & statistical analysis, abnormal psychology & counseling seminars, advanced family counseling, adolescent psychology & counseling seminars and crisis counseling seminars. These subjects are required to get national consultant qualifications (Youth counselor, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family). The programs to teach the properties of evangelical Christian counseling are also composed of pastoral counseling theory and practice, theory and practice of biblical counseling, Christian counseling by topic, Christian counseling seminar, pastoral counseling seminar, integrate seminar on theology & psychology, abnormal psychology & pastoral counseling seminar, etc. After graduation, it is possible to get certificated through procedures required from counseling agency or academic society. After getting a counseling certificate, it is possible to be responsible for the ministry in those places such as churches, Christian counseling centers, youth counseling centers, family counseling centers, social welfare facilities, etc. Besides, after getting doctor's degree, it is feasible to be the experts who educate younger students or make a counseling center.