Holistic Theology and Ministry Schools
If you are seeking a career that incorporates your passion for faith and religion, then attending a theology school may be the right choice for you. A holistic school is a philosophy that approaches education based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace. Holistic education aims to call forth from people an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning. A holistic education based in theology brings the religious aspect into play, which provides the basis for learning.
Theology degrees encompass a discipline or field of study within the broad area of religious studies. At many theology schools the theology degree program will focus primarily on the Christian religious tradition. Historically most theology degree programs focused on preparing persons to serve as clergy. Now degree possibilities and student interests are much broader. Most theology schools will offer a variety of master, bachelor and certificate degree programs to potential students in varying disciplines.
Some of those includea Master of Divinity, a Master of Theological Studies or a Bachelor of Theology degree. A Master of Divinity and a Bachelor of Theology are professional degrees designed to prepare students to serve in leadership positions in either congregational or institutional settings (e.g., hospital chaplaincy, prison chaplaincy). A Master of Theological Studies is focused on the academic study of theology; students in this degree program come from a wide variety of Christian denominations as well as from other faith traditions.
Above all, graduates of theology school degree programs:
• will become critical thinkers around theological topics;
• will be able to carry out independent research and interdependent study;
• will understand the intercultural character of theology and ecclesiology; and
• will integrate the sub-disciplines of theological studies (bible, history, theology, ethics, practice).
In general, most theology courses will study the literary genres, the history of composition, and the canonization of the different religious texts, mainly the Bible. Courses will examine various approaches to the Old Testament, focusing on their implications for Christian theological interpretation. It will also introduce some methods of teaching the Old Testament in various settings.
Teaching methods will vary from in-class to a more holistic approach in various settings such as churches, synagogues and retreats to locations specific to religion. Some of the theology courses offered will include some of these listed:
Reading and Teaching the Old Testament
Introduction to the Old Testament
Understanding the New Testament
Israel's Prophetic Traditions
Interpreting the New Testament in the Community of Faith
Spiritual & Educational Formation
Clinical Pastoral Education
Holistic theology and ministry schools offer a variety of opportunities for students after graduation, from working as a clergy to counselling people in the religious faith to teaching. Depending on your chosen path the variety will make for a very interesting and long-lasting career.