The MA in Contemporary Ministry and Apologetics is part of a modular degree programme at King's (co-taught with the Department of Theology & Religious Studies http://www.kcl.ac.uk/trs). It seeks to provide intellectual frameworks and practical insights for Christian mission and ministry. The programmes offer unrivalled diversity of course content and teaching expertise. Designed in a unique cooperation between theologians and ministers, they combine intellectual depth with a wide range of practical issues - from contemporary worship to Fair Trade. They will challenge, inspire and refresh anyone engaged in Christian ministry, from ministers and ordinands, to laity and members of faith-based organisations.
The MA in Contemporary Ministry and Apologetics connects cutting-edge academic research with contemporary issues of Christian life and ministry. There are purely historical and theological MAs available in other universities, and there are vocational courses in seminaries and training colleges, but this programme presents a significant alternative. It will do justice to the complexity of academic debates but it will always relate them to the practical and the present.
Drawing on the expertise of the Department of Theology & Religious Studies and the Department of Education & Professional Studies, this programme exemplifies the strengths of King's as both a leading research university and a centre for professional training. It promises a level of interdisciplinary excitement and pastoral engagement that would be hard to match elsewhere.
The subject-specific module for the MA in Contemporary Ministry and Apologetics is Contemporary Ministry and Apologetics. This module provides a detailed engagement with the fundamental themes of Christian apologetics, especially in the modern and postmodern periods, including responses to movements such as the "New Atheism". Apologetics is best understood as the cultural advocation of the Christian faith, including engaging with contemporary cultural concerns about faith and developing commendations of faith which are able to secure cultural traction, using arguments, narratives, and images. The module will deal with both the theory and practice of contemporary apologetics, focussing on significant recent exemplars such as C. S. Lewis, Tim Keller, and N. T. Wright.
Students take one other compulsory module, which is Theology in Practice. This module links all the programmes on the King's Theology & Ministry MA programme. It aims to equip students with theological tools that will help them to analyse the styles and the purposes of Christian ministry. With these tools (including disciplines of social science with their empirical research methodologies, historical enquiry, and scriptural interpretation) students will be in a position to articulate a theology of ministry, and to formulate methodologies for understanding and interpreting their contexts and their actions as ministers.
In addition to the dissertation, students will then take two further modules from the following:
•Church, Mission & Society;
•Educational Issues in Christian Ministry;
•Ministry in the Bible;
•Pastoral Use of the Bible;
•Patterns in Contemporary Ecclesiology;
•Patterns in Youth Ministry;
•Reformation, Revival and Revolution: Models of Ministry 1547 - 2000;
•The Bible in Ministry;
•Theology, Church & Worship;
•Theology, Politics & Faith-Based Organisations.