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APTS believes that seminary education should involve more than intellectual and academic achievement, and that it should also equip the minister with experiences to develop practical ministry skills and foster a commitment to compassion and service.

Academic Information

APTS operates on a trimester system, which involves three terms of 12 weeks each. A normal academic load is 9-12 credits per trimester, depending on the student’s grade point average (GPA). Thus, M.A. programs take one to two years of full-time study. Three years of study encompassing 96 credits are required for the M.Div. Two to three trimesters are required for the 24-credit Graduate Certificate in Ministerial and Theological Studies. The school year begins in late June and ends in late March. (See school calendar.)

Students will remain in good standing with the institution if they conduct themselves with spiritual and moral integrity, maintain at least a 2.5 GPA, and meet their financial obligations to the school. The administration reserves the right to dismiss any student whose spiritual, moral, or financial integrity is unsatisfactory.

In addition to the awards and recognition during the graduation, the Academic Dean’s office publishes a Dean’s List every trimester to recognize students who have achieved a GPA of 3.7 or above while taking 9 credits or more. The List is a means to publicly acknowledge the students’ hard work and excellent academic accomplishments. Also students who earn a 3.7 GPA receive $105 scholarship while taking 9-12 credits and 4.0 GPA in any school term while taking 9-12 credits are eligible to receive a scholarship of $210 to be applied to their next trimester’s expenses. Those in the Chinese BA receive half what the MA students receive, for GPA 4.0 they receive $105, for 3.7 they receive $52.5.

Students who fail to maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (2.3 for Graduate Certificate Program), or who obtain two grades of “F”, will be placed on academic probation with accompanying restrictions for the following term. Obtaining a third grade of “F”, or failure to raise the GPA to the required level after completion of 18 credits, and maintain this level thereafter, will result in suspension for at least one year. Reinstatement can only be obtained through petition to the faculty presenting strong evidence that successful academic achievement is possible in future courses. The decision of the faculty will be considered final.

Individuals who are on academic probation will not be allowed to take more than nine credits and will be required to restrict their extracurricular activities.

Students are expected to be honest in writing and speaking. Plagiarism (taking credit for the written work or unique ideas of another person) or dishonesty of any kind is a serious violation of Christian standards and will result in automatic failure of a paper or, in serious cases, the course. Repeated instances may result in dismissal from APTS. Assistance from others must be limited to grammatical and stylistic improvements. Writing for someone else is also considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

APTS administers competency exams in Greek and Hebrew through three course levels for those who would desire a waiver of language requirements or academic credit for non-formal study. Academic credit is only awarded if no prior credit has been recorded on an academic transcript by a recognized institution. Applicable tuition fees must be paid to the Business Office.

From time to time APTS may make changes in the requirements of its various academic programs. As long as students maintain continuous enrollment (at least one course per trimester for resident students) they may choose to complete the requirements of the program in effect when they initially enrolled, or the revised program. Students who fail to maintain continuous enrollment will be subject to the program requirements in effect at the time they re-enroll.

Course Credit
Each credit at APTS represents 13.45 hours of classroom instruction per trimester (11 weeks) plus out-of-class assignments.

Course Audit
Students not wishing to receive credit for a course may arrange to audit through the Registrar’s Office. Papers, assignments, and exams are not required for audit students. No grades are issued to the student nor are they recorded on a transcript.

Course Load
A full-time course load during a trimester is 9 -12 credits. Students whose GPA is below 3.0 (B) are not permitted to take more than 9 credits. The Academic Dean, based on the student’s GPA, must approve any consideration of an overload.

Students may add courses only within the first week of classes (one day for block sessions). A student who desires to withdraw from a course after the first three class periods (4-1/2 hours for block sessions) must secure the approval of the instructor. A student may withdraw from the class by the 11th class session with a W; if after the 11th class session a WP (Withdraw Pass) or WF (Withdraw Fail) will be given dependent on the student’s work prior to the withdrawal. The withdrawal notice must be signed and returned to the Registrar. Failure to officially withdraw from a course will result in an automatic failing grade for that course. Absences of more than three class sessions shall be regarded as an unofficial withdrawal and result in a failing grade. [A session is classified as 1 hour and 50 minutes of instruction. A student may change from credit to audit through the 11th class session, as long as the work has been acceptable. Unacceptable work will be recorded as WF and cannot be changed to an audit.

Currently enrolled APTS students who desire to take additional courses elsewhere must have the prior approval of the Academic Dean.

Any M.Div. student who wishes to change to an M.A. degree must apply for the change prior to completing one-third (1/3) of the credits needed for the proposed M.A. degree program. A degree program change fee will be charged.

Students studying at the resident campus are expected to complete the requirements for their degree programs as follows:

  •  Master of Arts: Maximum of 5 years from date of enrollment.
  • Master of Divinity: Maximum of 10 years from date of enrollment.

APTS follows the grading system outlined below:

4.0 93 - 100% A
3.7 90 - 92 A-
3.3 87 - 89 B+
3.0 83 - 86 B
2.7 80 - 82 B-
2.3 77 - 79 C+
2.0 73 - 76 C
1.7 70 - 72 C-
1.3 67 - 69 D+
1.0 63 - 66 D
0.7 60 - 62 D-
0.0 below 60 F

S Satisfactory (Not to affect GPA)
U Unsatisfactory (D+ or below)
W Course dropped between 3rd-11th class sessions
WP Course dropped after 11th class session;work acceptable
WF Course dropped after 11th class session;work unacceptable

Note: Any course in which a student receives a grade below C- (1.7) is “unacceptable” and must be repeated before credit can be recorded. Any student given an “incomplete” for approved reasons will have four weeks from the end of the term to complete pending work. After four weeks the “incomplete” will be changed to F.

  1. Students must complete all degree program requirements. (See specific degree.) The general graduation requirements are as follows:
  2. Satisfactory completion of a course of study.
    • B.A. in Ministry (Chinese Program) - 120 credit hours
    • Graduate Certificate in Ministerial and Theological Studies - 24 credit hours beyond B.A.
    • M.A. in Ministry, Intercultural Studies, Intercultural Education - 36 credit hours beyond B.A.
    • M.A. in Theology - 48 credit hours beyond B.A.
    • Master of Divinity - 96 credits hours beyond B.A.
    • M.Th. – 36 credit hours (including Thesis) beyond MDiv. or equivalency
    • DMin. – 30 credit hours (including Doctoral Project) beyond MDiv or equivalency
    • Ph.D. - research-based program beyond MDiv or equivalency
  3. Satisfactory completion of any prerequisite as outlined in each degree program.
  4. A minimum GPA of 2.5 (C+/B-) for degree programs, 2.3 for the Graduate Certificate in Ministerial and Theological Studies, and 3.0 for Post- Graduate degrees.
  5. Passing both the Old and New Testament sections of the Bible test, or a passing grade in both Old and New Testament Introduction.
  6. Approval of the faculty based on assessment of character, spiritual development, and ministry commitment.
  7. Attendance at commencement exercises (unless permission for absence has been obtained from the Academic Dean).
  8. Settlement of all financial obligations with the business office.

The faculty grants the following awards each academic year.

Academic Excellence
Given to the graduates in the Master of Arts and Master of Divinity programs,
respectively, with the highest GPA (min. 3.7).

Outstanding Graduate
Given to the outstanding graduates in the Master of Arts and Master of Divinity
programs, respectively, based on spiritual maturity and leadership, exemplary
Christian character, and a high level of scholarship (min. 3.5 GPA).

A student may accumulate a maximum of one-fourth (1/4) of the total credits required for a degree through any combination of independent study, correspondence, and directed research courses.

In addition to the limitations placed on transfer credits and concurrent enrollment at two or more institutions, 12 of the last 15 credits for any degree must be completed through APTS (on campus or at APTS extensions).

Students should register for classes on the days and hours designated by the Registrar and listed on the academic calendar. The process includes conferring with an academic adviser or the Academic Dean regarding the selection of courses and degree program requirements, and then obtaining registration materials from the Registrar’s Office. Financial arrangements must be completed with the Business Office before registration is considered finalized.

A late registration fee is charged to each student who registers after the scheduled registration date. (Consult financial information section for late  fees.)
Students are not permitted to register for credit in any course after the first two class sessions (or the first day for block or night classes). [A session is classified as 1 hour and 50 minutes of instruction.]

  • Credits from the Graduate Certificate Program may be transferred to a degree program. However, any student graduating with an M.A. degree within two years of earning a Graduate Certificate must surrender the Graduate Certificate before receiving the M. A.
  • Credits from one degree may be transferred to another higher degree.
  • Credits from only one M.A. may be used toward an M.Div.
  • Credits cannot be applied from a higher degree (M.Div.) to a lowerdegree (M.A.).
  • Students may be awarded only one M.A. degree from APTS. In addition, restrictions regarding transfer of credits apply.

A five-day orientation session is conducted for new students prior to the beginning of the first trimester. Attendance is required. A shorter orientation period is given at the beginning of the other two trimesters. (See School Calendar.)

Students are to be present at every meeting of the class. If a student knows in advance he/she will be absent, prior arrangements must be made with the instructor. When a student is absent more than three class sessions, a failing grade will be recorded for that particular course (A session is classified as 1 hour and 50 minutes of instruction).

If a student is more than 10 minutes tardy for a class, it will be counted as an absence.

A student who desires to withdraw from the seminary must secure an official withdrawal form from the Registrar and schedule an interview with the Academic Dean. The student must return the completed withdrawal form, signed by the Academic Dean, to the Registrar’s office. Failure to withdraw officially will result in automatic failing grades in the courses in which the student is enrolled and possible refusal of re-entry. Official withdrawal from the seminary is graded the same as withdrawal from courses.

If a student is withdrawing from the seminary with the expressed purpose of returning to APTS in the future beyond the subsequent trimester, he/she must submit the reason for leaving and his/her intent to return in writing to the Registrar’s office and the Academic Dean’s office. It should be noted that if there is a change in the student’s program, then he/she will be enrolled in the current and not their original program.

APTS offers wide variety of accredited programs tailored to the ministry vision of each and every student.

Course Descriptions

MCE 550 School and Church Libraries - 3 credits
An introductory course covering the functions of a library. Equal emphasis is given to library science (the theoretical) and librarianship (the practical).

MCE 591 Bible School Organization and Administration - 3 credits
An examination of the principles, skills and practices of Bible school administration. Emphasis is on both theoretical and practical components of this topic within the Asian context.

MCE 637 Practicum in College Teaching - 3 credits
By special arrangement a student may teach a course in the area of Bible,theology, or Christian education for a Bible college. The teaching experience is supervised and evaluated by an assigned faculty member. (Prerequisite: MCE 541)

MCE 638 Practicum in Christian Education - 3 credits
Designed to give practical Christian education experience in an area involving new skills and ministry expressions by the students. (Prerequisite: MCE 522)

MCE 640 Practicum in Theological Education and Administration 1-3 credits
Designed to give the student experience in the administrative dimensions of theological education. There is close supervision and a report is expected at the end of the practicum. (Prerequisite: MCC 591)

MCE 651 Practicum in Librarianship - 3 credits
Designed to give hands-on experience in technical and readers’ services using the APTS library and its processes as the setting. Interaction between the lecturer, student, APTS library staff, and APTS patrons helps this learning process. (Prerequisite: MCE 550 or must have been a librarian for at least two years.)

MCE 590/690 ST Special Topic 1-3 credits
Scholars bring special expertise in subjects that enrich the usual offerings available.

MCH 510 Foundations for Ministry - 3 credits
An introduction to the basic concepts and principles of an effective and scriptural ministry. The work of evangelists, pastors, teachers, missionaries, etc., is considered along with a biblical examination of the minister’s worldview, personal life philosophy, theology of the church, and philosophy of ministry. Specific topics include call, ministry models, ethical standards, and relationships. Students will be expected to develop a statement of their lifestyle philosophy and their theology of the church and ministry.

MCH 521 Pastoral Ministries - 3 credits
Designed to help the student develop a biblical philosophy of pastoral ministry. Students are introduced to the basic concepts, principles, qualifications, responsibilities, relationships, and disciplines required for an effective pastoral ministry.

MCH 523 Pastoral Counseling - 3 credits
Presents a biblical approach to Christian counseling that embraces the healing or therapeutic power of God’s love (agape), and seeks to put into practice biblical principles relating to personal wholeness and human relationships. Using biblical concepts and principles, the course provides a basis for evaluating secular therapies.

MCH 530 Foundations of Leadership and Management - 3 credits
A study of leadership principles, skills and tasks as they relate to leadership within Christian organizations. Specific areas of consideration include Biblical examples of leadership, servant leadership, stages of leadership development, spiritual leadership, leadership theories and styles, and management strategies.

MCH 533 Christian Marriage and Family - 3 credits
Investigates the meaning of Christian marriage and home, and the structure and functions of the family as a unit. Attention is given to identifying problem areas common to Christian marriage and family life and how to work at preventing and solving these problems. (Prerequisites: MCH 523)

MCH 535 Church Management - 3 credits
Church organizational structures are investigated. Emphasis is placed on management planning, organizing, leading, controlling and evaluating of local church ministries.

MCH 537 Evangelism - 3 credits
The nature, methods, and approaches of evangelism are studied in view of the biblical imperative and theological foundation for the outreach of the Church. Emphasis is given to the process of impacting the community both personally and through corporate ministry.

MCH 540 Asian Institute of Youth Studies  Youth Ministry - 3 credits
Provides a Biblical and practical framework for building and developing effective ministry to youth within the context of the local church. Primary attention is given to the equipping and mobilizing of church youth in the junior and senior high age bracket. Ministry to college-age and young professionals within the local church is also addressed.

MCH 541 Asian Institute of Youth Studies Campus Ministry - 3 credits
The university ministry training program for potential and new campus ministers and missionaries. Students will receive instruction in theology, strategy, and implementation of the university ministry philosophy of prayer, worship, fellowship, discipleship and witness.

MCH 542 Child Evangelism and Child Psychology - 3 credits
Stresses the importance of understanding children and reaching them with the Gospel of Christ. It is designed to introduce the biblical picture of children, their physical, mental, emotional and social development, and how to effectively evangelize and disciple them.

MCH 580 The Church and the Community - 3 credits
Emphasizes the practical aspects of church and community issues from a biblical perspective. Consideration is given to practical application of biblical principles to contemporary issues in relation to social concerns.

MCH 610 Principles of Church Growth - 3 credits
Examines the principles and dynamics of church growth for implementation in the local church. Concepts and skills are developed that under gird the ministry of the local church and facilitate the task of evangelism.

MCH 620 Women’s Issues in Ministry - 3 credits
A ministry course that deals with women’s issues from a biblical perspective. Social issues which impact women particularly will be viewed through the lenses of Scripture, history and culture to develop a biblically sound basis for ministry by women and to women.

MCH 624 Contemporary Issues in Pastoral Counseling - 3 credits
A study of issues faced in contemporary pastoral counseling, including divorce and remarriage, depression, burnout, grief, terminal illness, and family issues. (Prerequisite: MCH 523)

MCH 632 Theology and Practice of Worship (THE 632) - 3 credits
An investigation of worship in the Christian congregation with a view to developing a theology and philosophy of worship. Emphasis is on worship in the Scriptures, in the history of the Church, and its practice and practical implications for today.

MCH 635 Marriage & Family Counseling - 3 credits
The student is given the opportunity to develop: a biblical and psychological understanding of marriage and family; the ability to identify marriage and family problems and growth needs; and skills in applying biblical principles and counseling methods to help individuals, couples, and family units to experience renewal, healing, wholeness, and maturity. Special attention is given to the importance of the Scriptures and spiritual resources. (Prerequisite: MCH 523.)

MCH 637 Practicum in Counseling - 1-3 credits
Designed to give advanced ministerial practical experience in the application of counseling principles and theory in a supervised setting. All students are admitted to the counseling practicum on an individual basis and are required to sign statements of ethical standards and confidentiality. (Maximum of 2 credits per term; total 6 credits. Prerequisite: MCH 523 or any master’s level course in counseling).

MCH 638 Practicum in Ministry - 1-3 credits
Designed to give practical ministerial experience in an area involving new skills and ministry expressions by the student. There is close supervision and a report is expected at the end of the practicum. (Prerequisite: MCH 510 or concurrent enrollment)

MCH 590/690 Special Topics - 1-3 credits
Scholars bring special expertise in a subject that enriches the usual offerings available.

MCH 690C Financial Management in the Church - 3 credits
The course will first establish a Biblical understanding of possessions, stewardship, giving and fundraising. From this Biblical foundation, the course will move into an examination of management essentials for finances including the budgeting process. The course will conclude with the process of raising funding from sources outside the church.

MIS 510 Perspectives in World Mission 3 credits
An evaluation of the biblical, theological and historical issues involved in Christian missions. Attention is given to what constitutes an effective indigenous model for contemporary missionary ministry.

MIS 520 Applied Missionary Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits
Examines the basic concepts of cultural anthropology from a Christian mission perspective. It also deals with various anthropological concepts and how they are applied to Christian missions.

MIS 536 Intercultural Education (MCE 536) - 3 credits
A study of the various learning styles of people living in multicultural situations. It also deals with the role of Christian educators and their impact in cross cultural teaching settings.

MIS 551 Approaches to Muslims - 3 credits
Surveys issues relevant to Muslim evangelism. It emphasizes the importance of sensitivity in cross-cultural communication and of using various contextual methodologies.

MIS 552 Christian Ministry in Muslim Context - 3 credits
Examines the theology of Islam and compares it to its counterpart in Christian theology. It equips students to be effective witnesses of their faith in Islamic countries.

MIS 553 Muslim-Christian Theological Issues - 3 credits
An exposition of the major arguments Muslims raise against the Christian faith. The issues examined provide the students with a biblical perspective to defend their faith.

MIS 555 Women in Islam - 3 credits
Enables students to understand some key components in the lives of Muslim women. It also helps Christian women in their interaction with and work among Muslim women.

MIS 559 Islam and the Gospel - 3 credits
An overview of Islam, how it has gained worldwide appeal and the peoples of the Muslim world. The worldview and specific phenomena the missionary will encounter in field situations are also discussed including issues facing Muslims today.

MIS 560 Introduction to Buddhism - 3 credits
An overview of the religious beliefs of Buddhism. It prepares students to be equipped in their evangelism among people of this religious group.

MIS 561 Contextualization of the Gospelto Buddhist People - 3 credits
Discusses the history of Buddhist-Christian interactions. The strategies and practices used in these interactions will be examined. Techniques are adopted to be used in specific contexts.

MIS 565 Pentecostal Ministry in Animistic Contexts-  3 credits
Seeks to define what animism is, and why Pentecostal distinctives provide the best theological response. Animism exists both as a separate religious system and as a religious system that underpins every other religious system. The focus is heavily theological and anthropological.

MIS 567 Biblical Theology of Missions (THE 567, BTH 567) - 3 credits
A study of the biblical and theological foundations for missions. Attention is given to the theme of the kingdom of God as it relates to the missionary task.

MIS 568 History of Missions (HIS 568) - 3 credits
A survey of the significant mission enterprises of the Christian church. Attention is given to the causes and failures of selected mission enterprises, with a view towards developing an effective mission strategy for today.

MIS 569 Folk Islam and Power Encounter - 3 credits
Students explore the phenomenon of Popular or Folk Islam, its roots, beliefs, practices and localized expressions, and power in the everyday life of Muslims. Develop an understanding of the worldview of Muslims, of the co-existence of Folk and official Islam, and of the types of encounter which will empower the student to respond to the felt needs. The impact of Hadith traditions, on Muslims today, is discussed.

MIS 570 Asian Theological Issues (THE 570) - 3 credits
An objective study of theological issues relevant to the Asian culture. Theological concepts are considered along with ethical ramifications of being a Christian in a non-Christian culture.

MIS 580 Cross-Cultural Communications (MCC 580) - 3 credits
Discusses the theory of communication and deals with issues facing communicators in cross-cultural situations. A basic model of the communication process is examined.

MIS 587 Studies in Pentecostal Missions (PEN 587) - 3 credits
A study of the historical development of Pentecostal missions around the world. Evaluations and recommendations for both Asian and Western Pentecostal missions are developed.

MIS 601 Missionary Methods and Strategies - 3 credits
Designed to help the student formulate a personal philosophical and practical framework in his or her potential missionary career. It seeks to impart to the student skills necessary for missionary life.

MIS 602 Issues in Cross-Cultural Ministry - 3 credits
Deals with issues encountered in cultures and settings beyond one’s own. It focuses on the relationship between Christianity and local cultures and the dynamics of cross-cultural communication.

MIS 603 Missions Survey - 3 credits
Aims to identify the components of an effective indigenous model for contemporary missionary work. Various topics are discussed leading to a workable model for mission work.

MIS 611 Advanced Perspectives in World Missions - 3 credits
An evaluation of the components involved in Christian missions. Attention is given to what constitutes an effective indigenous model for contemporary missionary ministry. (Prerequisite MIS 510)

MIS 628 Asian Church History (HIS 628) - 3 credits
A survey of the development of Christian churches in the Asia-Pacific Region from the initial missionary efforts to the present. Special attention is given to the missionary efforts of the Church of the East and to recent developments in the region.

MIS 631 East Asian Religions (PHI 631) - 3 credits
A study of the history and basic tenets of the major religions in Asia: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shintoism. The purpose of the course is to find effective ways of evangelizing people associated with these religions.

MIS 633 Philippine Mountain Ministry - 3 credits
An interdisciplinary course which introduces students to various aspects of the Igorot tribal society and Christian evangelism that has been done among them. It also examines the various evangelistic/mission approaches with the aim of coming up with a model that is culturally sensitive but truthful to the Christian message.

MIS 637, MIS 638, MIS 639 Practicum in Missions 1-3 credits
Designed to give practical supervised experience, to students, in a crosscultural missions setting. There is close supervision and a report is expected at the end of the practicum.

MIS 645 Signs and Wonders in Missions 3 credits
A study of the significance of the supernatural manifestation of God’s power in missions. Signs and wonders are viewed from various perspectives with an analysis of the Third Wave phenomenon and contemporary models.

MIS 647 Teacher Training in English as a Foreign Language (MCE 647) 3 credits
An introduction to teacher training in English as a Second or Foreign Language. The emphases are on training teachers in current teaching methodologies and equipping them with skills necessary for effective teaching.

MIS 649 Practicum in TESL 3 credits
Designed to give students practice in teaching English as a second or foreign language. There is close supervision and a report is expected at the end of the practicum.

MIS 650 Issues in Contextualization (THE 650) 3 credits
An examination of the relationship and tension between Christian theology and Asian culture. Various models of contextualization are examined in an attempt to develop an approach to theologizing that is both biblically faithful and culturally relevant.

MIS 590/690 ST Special Topic 3 credits
Scholars bring special expertise in a subject that enriches the usual offering available.

RES 536 Research Methods I 3 credits
An introduction to the process of scholarly inquiry that includes a study of research methodology and the preparation and presentation of research papers and projects. Major research approaches are considered, including historical, descriptive, and experimental. Skills in library use are developed including bibliographic resources for biblical, theological, and educational topics.

RES 537 Research Methods II--Statistics 3 credits
A continuation of Research Methods I with special emphasis on empirical research and statistical analysis of data. A thesis proposal is developed. (Required for students doing a thesis or field research project.) RES 538 Research Methods II--Non-Statistics 3 credits A continuation of Research Methods I with special emphasis on non-empiricalresearch and proper research methodologies. A thesis proposal is developed. (Required for students doing a thesis or field research project.)

RES 601 Thesis 6 credits
Involves the completion of an extensive literature review, execution of an approved study with continuous evaluation throughout the project, and the writing of a research paper at the conclusion. This may be taken in conjunction with the student’s major concentration. (Prerequisites: approval of faculty committee, GPA of 3.3 or above based on 12 APTS credits, RES 536 and RES 537.)

RES 602 Field Research Project 3-6 credits
Open to those in the ministerial studies division in the subject areas of Christian education, communications, ministries, and missions. It involves the completion of an extensive literature review, execution of an approved study with continuous evaluation throughout the project, and the writing of a descriptive field research paper at the conclusion. This may be taken in conjunction with the student’s major concentration. (Prerequisites: approval of faculty committee, GPA of 3.3 or above based on 12 APTS credits, RES 536 and RES 537)

RES 699 Directed Research 1-3 credits
Research in an individually defined area wherein the student identifies a significant research subject that he/she purposes to explore and does the research under supervision. Progress in the research is indicated by research reports as outlined by the director of the research project. (This is available to students who have completed at least 18 credits of graduate study with a GPA of 3.3 or above, upon approval of the Academic Dean.)

FED 700/FED 702 Field Education 3-6 credits
Field Education is an intensive field-based internship requiring 10-12 weeks of full time involvement (min. 400 hours for 6 credits, 200 hours for 3 credits). This may be completed during the summer or the academic year. Obtain Field Education Guidelines for details.

BGR 508 Greek I, BGR 509 Greek II 6 credits
Introductory courses in the original language of the New Testament, Koine Greek, designed to give students a basic understanding of the elements of Greek orthography, phonology, morphology and syntax. The two-trimester sequence will emphasize fundamentals of Greek grammar and vocabulary
development.

BGR 510 Greek III 3 credits
Serves to advance the intermediate Greek student’s knowledge in the areas of Greek grammar, syntax and vocabulary. The student will also be introduced to advanced methods of biblical exegesis and readings in the Greek New Testament, the Septuagint and other materials, and encouraged to develop a basic understanding of textual criticism. (Prerequisites: BGR 508 and BGR 509)

BGR 601 Advanced Greek 3 credits
Designed for the purpose of helping advanced Greek students focus more in detail on the orthography, phonology, morphology and syntax in the Greek New Testament, the Septuagint and some Early Church Fathers. (Prerequisites: Greek I, II, III, and a Greek Exegesis Class)

BHE 508 Hebrew I, BHE 509 Hebrew II 6 credits
Introductory courses in the language of the Old Testament, classical or biblical Hebrew, designed to introduce students to the elements of Hebrew orthography, phonology, morphology, and syntax. The two-trimester sequence will emphasize fundamentals of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary development.

BHE 510 Hebrew III 3 credits
Offers reading of the Hebrew text in selected passages and some interaction with various additional sources of Hebrew language (e.g. Modern Hebrew). It is designed to give students added experience in handling the Hebrew language and increasing their vocabulary. Students are also encouraged to develop a basic understanding of textual criticism. (Prerequisites: BHE 508 and BHE 509.)

BIB 528 Hermeneutics 3 credits
A survey of important principles of biblical interpretation, featuring issues of special significance for Evangelicals and Pentecostals. Attention is given to help students develop skills to grasp the intent of the biblical author in the various genres.

BIB 590/690 Special Topics 1-3 credits
Scholars bring special expertise in a subject that enriches the usual offerings available.

Basic English (ENG 111, 112, 113 and 211) 3 credits
These grammar-based listening and speaking classes also include some writing. The Learning English with Laughter Curriculum helps students establish sound foundations in correct English.

Conversation and Discussion Strategies (ENG 161, 261, 361 and 365) 3 credits
These multilevel classes use the Conversation Strategies curriculum which applies modern language techniques to help students learn how to engage in, continue, stop and manage conversations and discussions.

ENG 368 Basic English (ENG 111, 112, 113 and 211) 3 credits
Public Speaking is designed to help students develop skills needed in delivering speeches using different methods such as manuscript, memorized, extemporaneous, and impromptu.

Reading and Vocabulary (Low and High Intermediate) (ENG 221, 222, 223, 321, 322 and 323) 3 credits
Based on mostly Christian books and materials which emphasis reading for understanding, these classes help students interact with readings through discussion and intensive vocabulary learning. Students are expected to learn 250 to 400 words during the classes. Other reading skills are also practiced.

ENG 151 High Beginning Listening and Speaking 3 credits
This course uses the New Interchange curriculum to help beginning students listen to and speak English. The curriculum also includes some reading and writing.

ENG 431 Advanced Reading and Writing (ENG 432) 3 credits
These courses challenge advanced students with reading and comprehension of books and responding critically in writing.

Writing and Grammar (Low and High Intermediate) ENG 151, 152, 251, 252, 351, 352 and 353 3 credits
These classes challenge students to become good writers in English through much practice of both writing and grammar exercises. The classes include lectures, games and one-on-one interaction with the teacher(s).

Advanced Listening and Speaking (ENG 511, 512 and 513) 3 credits
This is a hybrid class which includes auditing a regular seminary class and participate in lively discussions based on the materials and lectures in regular APTS classes. The purpose is to launch students from the English department into the more challenging seminary class atmosphere. Students are expected to teach or lead a discussion plus give a short devotional at least once during the trimester. Some classes may include reading and writing assignments, as well.

ENG 571 Missionary Mentoring: Ministry Presentation and Guidance 3 credits
Students in this course present sermons, teachings, seminars and any kind of teaching they expect to do as missionaries for the critique of the teacher(s) in English and in proper presentation techniques. They also receive cultural and practical guidance for their missionary ministry. This course is primarily for those officially enrolled in the English Missionary program

ENG 551 Advanced Writing 3 Credits
Students will prepare for the advanced kinds of writing that APTS classes demand by doing writing assignments similar to what is expected in APTS classes under the guidance of their teacher.

ENG 561 Research Methods Workshop 3 Credits
This course was created to help students navigate the waters of APTS’ Research Methods course with the teacher’s hands-on assistance in writing and with the various requirements of the class.

All BNT courses are New Testament courses. If an exegesis course is listed as BNT then it is a book study in English, but if it has a BGR code it is a Greek exegesis course.

 

BNT 509 New Testament Introduction 3 credits
A study of the authorship, dating, literary structures, and other background issues relating to the books of the New Testament. Attention will also be given to problem areas and matters of higher criticism such as the Synoptic Problem.

BNT 513 New Testament History 3 credits
A study of the New Testament text in the light of its historical, political, social, economic, and cultural milieu. It provides a historical framework for understanding the biblical message, taking into account both canonical and non-canonical, literary, and archaeological sources.

BNT 515 The Holy Spirit in the New Testament (THE 515, BTH 5150) 3 credits
A study of various traditions and emphases of the Holy Spirit by New Testament authors. While allowing various books to speak for themselves,  comprehensive picture of New Testament pneumatology is developed.

BNT 516 Synoptic Gospels 3 credits
A study focusing on principles of interpretation relevant to this distinctive genre, critical issues associated with the synoptic problem, and the distinctive message of each gospel.

BNT 611 New Testament Theology (THE 611, BTH 611) 3 credits
The major theological and doctrinal themes of the New Testament are examined in light of their immediate historical and cultural contexts. A survey of the history, methodology, and presuppositions of the discipline is included.

BNT 521 Exegesis of Mark (BGR 521) 3 credits
An exploration of Mark’s Gospel, utilizing insights from a variety of perspectives, together with intensive exegetical study of selected passages.

BNT 618 Exegesis of 1 Corinthians (BGR618) 3 credits
An exegetical study of 1 Corinthians, this course explores the historical and cultural background of the correspondence. Special attention will also be given to theological and ethical issues and their applications to the contemporary Church.

BNT 630 Exegesis of Ephesians (BGR 630) 3 credits
Consideration is given to the authorship and historical background of the book, drawing parallels and contrasts with Colossians, and emphasizing theological issues.

BNT 633 Exegesis of Matthew (BGR 633) 3 credits
An intensive exegetical study of selected passages giving attention to the historical setting. The central message of the book and its relation to Mathew’s church is also considered.

BNT 635 Exegesis of Romans (BGR 635) 3 credits
This is an exegetical study of selected portions of the4 text. Special Attention is given to the following the Pauline argument, themes, and issues related to soteriology.

BNT 637 Exegesis of the Pastoral Epistles (BGR 637) 3 credits
An analysis of the structure and content of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, with special attention to matters pertaining to church leadership. Critical questions are considered, including Pauline authorship.

BNT 641 Exegesis of John 3 credits
This course conducts an exegetical study of selected portions of the Greek text of the Gospel according to John. Emphasis will be placed on careful analysis of the Greek text as one important step in understanding the theological message of the Fourth Gospel.

BNT 643 Exegesis of Johannine Letters 3 credits
This course conducts an exegetical study of the Greek text of the Johannine Epistles. Emphasis will be placed on careful analysis of the Greek text as one important step in understanding the theological message of 1-3 John. Attention will be given to grammatical and syntactical features of the text, as well as literary and rhetorical devices employed by the author. Critical questions of
authorship and salient theological themes will also be addressed.

BNT 645 Exegesis of Hebrews (BGR 645) 3 credits
An intensive exegetical study of the sustained rhetorical argument of Hebrews. Attention is specifically given to the historical setting and the central message of the epistle. The epistle’s association with the church of the diasporic Jews in the first century is assumed.

BNT 646 Exegesis of Luke (BGR 646) 3 credits
A study of the Third Gospel with particular attention to Lukan Theology, Luke as historian, and Lukan Pneumatology. Emphasis is given to Luke’s distinctive message of Jesus’ person and work in salvation, Luke’s historical and universal perspective, Jesus’ concern for the marginalized, and Jesus’ call for discipleship and its implications for the Christian today.

BNT 647 Exegesis of Acts (BGR 647) 3 credits
An exegetical study of the book of Acts with emphasis on major historical developments and theological themes contained in the text. It considers the composition, structure, and historical milieu of the book, and studies the person and work of the Holy Spirit who empowers God’s mission. This course seeks to deepen the student’s understanding of God’s mission as it takes place through the apostles and the early church. It includes application and assessment of the exegetical insights for the contemporary church.

BNT 660 Lukan Theology (THE 660,BTH 660) 3 credits
A study in the major theological themes in Luke/Acts. Special attention is given to Luke’s overall purpose, his Pentecostal perspective, and his unique contribution to New Testament theology.

BNT 661 Pauline Theology (THE 661, BTH 661) 3 credits
A study of the distinct contributions of Paul’s missionary, pastoral, and theological thought to New Testament theology. Questions of modern biblical interpretation related to Pauline literature are addressed.

BNT 662 Johannine Theology (THE 662, BTH 662) 3 credits
A study of the major texts and theological themes of Johannine literature. Attention is given to the historical setting and issues which gave rise to this literature, as well as critical issues and lines of interpretation raised by modern scholarship. According to the interest of the instructor, the course may emphasize the exegesis of selected texts or survey major theological themes.

BNT 663 Luke-Acts: A Pentecostal Perspective 3 credits
This study of Luke-Acts will pay special attention to Luke’s purpose, both for his two-volume work as a whole and for his presentation of the work of the Holy Spirit. Luke’s unique contribution to a holistic biblical theology of the Holy Spirit will be highlighted. Additionally, the significant role that Luke-Acts has played as a catalyst for the modern Pentecostal movement will be explained and affirmed.

BNT 690 ST Special Topics 1-3 credits
Scholars may bring special expertise in a subject that enriches the usual offerings available.

BNT 691 Parables of Jesus 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the parables of Jesus, focusing on their meaning within the life-setting of Jesus and that of the gospel writers. The course will initially focus on the history of interpretation and appropriate methodology for interpreting and applying the parables to contemporary life situations. The bulk of the course, however, will consist of an examination and analysis of 16 selected parables. Synoptic parallels will be studied with a view  to uncovering how the evangelists interpreted the parables.

All BOT are Old Testament courses. If an exegesis course is listed as BOT then it is a book study in English, but if it has a BHE code it is a Hebrew exegesis course.


BOT 508 Old Testament Introduction 3 credits
An introduction to the critical study of the Old Testament. History of interpretation and developments in manuscript evidence will be considered, along with a study of the major books.

BOT 512 Old Testament History 3 credits
A study of the Old Testament world with its history, religion, culture, and literature. Developments in historiography and the integration of archaeological discoveries are considered.

BOT 513 Former Prophets 3 credits
Students will analyze the accounts of Israel’s story as recorded in the books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings, and an evaluation of various attempts to harmonize that story with other historical evidence. Literary, textual and theological issues, as well as an examination of archaeological evidence, social institutions, and ideology, will provide the data for discussing the ideas contained in the Former Prophets and their role as scripture for the Church.

BOT 514 Spirit of God in the Old Testament (PEN 514, BTH 514, THE 514) 3 credits
Traces the development of the concept of the Spirit of God throughout the Old Testament. It also includes the investigation of the ancient Near Eastern material pertinent to the OT concept of the Spirit of God.

BOT 595 Wisdom Literature 3 credits
Studies the theology of the Wisdom Literature with emphasis on the themes of creation, suffering, birth and death, retribution and immortality as found in the books of Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs and selected “Wisdom” Psalms.

BOT 597 Hebrew Prophetic Movement (THE 597, BTH 597) 3 credits
A survey of the prophetic movement of ancient Israel in the context of its social, political, cultural and religious environment. Its origin, development, tradition, role and significance to the society and its religion is investigated.

BOT 610 Old Testament Theology (BTH 610, THE 610) 3 credits
A study of the central biblical-theological themes in the Old Testament. This study includes reflections on the history and methodologies of Old Testament Theology along with specific theological trajectories.

BOT 632 Exegesis of Esther (BHE 632) 3 credits
An exegetical study of the book of Esther in the Hebrew text. The primary approach is narratological, however, there is also an emphasis on historical grammatical analysis. The student’s knowledge of Hebrew grammar, syntax and vocabulary is fully exploited in this course.

BOT 636 Exegesis of Ruth (BHE 636) 3 credits
An exegetical study of the book of Ruth in the Hebrew Text. The primary approach will be narratological, however, there will also be an emphasis on the historical-grammatical analysis. The student’s knowledge of Hebrew grammar, syntax and vocabulary is fully exploited in this course.

BOT 638 Exegesis of Jonah (BHE 638) 3 credits
An exegetical study of the book of Jonah in the Hebrew Text. The primary approach will be narratological, however, there will also be an emphasis on the historic-grammatical analysis. The student’s knowledge of Hebrew grammar, syntax and vocabulary is fully exploited in this course.

 

While these courses are all listed under either New Testament, Old Testament or Theology, they are given a separate listing here to indicate that they satisfy the M.Div. requirement for “any BTH course”

 

BTH 514 Spirit of God in the Old Testament (BOT 514; PEN 514, THE 514) 3 credits
Traces the development of the concept of the Spirit of God throughout the Old Testament. It also includes the investigation of the ancient Near Eastern material pertinent to the OT concept of the Spirit of God.

BTH 515 The Holy Spirit in the New Testament (BNT 515; PEN 515, THE 515) 3 credits
A study of various traditions and emphases of the Holy Spirit by New Testament authors. While allowing various books to speak for themselves, a comprehensive picture of New Testament pneumatology is developed.

BTH 567 Biblical Theology of Missions (MIS 567; THE 567) 3 credits
A study of the biblical and theological foundations for missions. Attention is given to the theme of the kingdom of God as it relates to the missionary task.

BTH 597 Hebrew Prophetic Movement (BOT 597; THE 597) 3 credits
A survey of the prophetic movement of ancient Israel in the context of its social, political, cultural and religious environment. Its origin, development, tradition, role and significance to the society and its religion will be investigated.

BTH 610 Old Testament Theology (BOT 610; THE 610) 3 credits
A study of the central biblical-theological themes in the Old Testament. This study includes reflections on the history and methodologies of Old Testament Theology along with specific theological trajectories.

BTH 611 New Testament Theology (BNT 611; THE 611) 3 credits
The major theological and doctrinal themes of the New Testament are examined in light of their immediate historical and cultural contexts. A survey of the history, methodology, and presuppositions of the discipline is included.

BTH 635 Exegesis of Psalms (BOT 635; BHE 635) 3 credits
A study of selected psalms on the basis of their theological content. It gives consideration to the structure of Hebrew poetry and interpretation of each psalm in its context in the Psalter.

BTH 660 Lukan Theology (BNT 660; THE 660) 3 credits
A study in the major theological themes in Luke/Acts. Special attention is given to Luke’s overall purpose, his Pentecostal perspective, and his unique contribution to New Testament theology.

BTH 661 Pauline Theology (BNT 661; THE 661) 3 credits
A study of the distinct contributions of Paul’s missionary, pastoral, and theological thought to New Testament theology. Questions of modern biblical interpretation related to Pauline literature are addressed.

BTH 662 Johannine Theology (BNT 662; THE 662) 3 credits
A study of the major texts and theological themes of Johannine literature. Attention is given to the historical setting and issues which gave rise to this mliterature, as well as critical issues and lines of interpretation raised by modern scholarship. According to the interest of the instructor, the course may emphasize the exegesis of selected texts or survey major theological themes.

HIS 568 History of Missions (MIS 568) 3 credits
A survey of the significant mission enterprises of the Christian church. Attention is given to the causes for successes and failures of selected mission enterprises, with a view to developing an effective missions strategy for today.

HIS 583 History of the Modern Pentecostal Movement (PEN 583) 3 credits
A study of the origins and development of the modern Pentecostal movement. Attention is given to influences that have shaped the movement, to the significant streams that have merged, and to the interactions with the Charismatic Movement. Relationship with the Evangelical spectrum of Christianity and the larger church world are also considered. (Prerequisite: THE 580)

HIS 592 World Church History I 3 credits
Introduces the history of the Christian church from post-apostolic period to the dawn of the Reformation era. The main emphasis is to acquaint students with major historical developments, key figures, movements and doctrines of that time.

HIS 593 World Church History II 3 credits
An integrated study of the advancing world Christian movement in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia from 1500 to the present. Key personalities, submovements, theological controversies, spirituality and important historical developments receive consideration.

HIS 628 Asian Church History (MIS 628) 3 credits
A survey of the development of the Christian churches in Asia and the Pacific from the initial missionary efforts to the present. Special attention is given to the missionary efforts of the Church of the East and to recent developments in the region.

HIS 635 Theology Since 1500 (THE 635) 3 credits
A survey of the background and development of modern theological thought from the Reformation to the present era, including significant issues in the twentieth century. Special attention is given to the thought of key persons in selected theological movements, especially those that have special implications for Pentecostals. (Fulfills Historical Theology requirement: M.A.Th.)

HIS 642 Patristic and Medieval Theology (THE 642) 3 credits
A study of significant issues and themes in the Post-Apostolic period. This includes the Age of the Fathers (95 to 590 A.D.), and the development of theology in the medieval Roman Catholic church up through the Scholastic period (1050 – 1350) and the Eastern Orthodox church to the fall of Byzantium in 1453. (Fulfills Historical Theology requirement: M.A.Th.)

HIS 643 Reformation Theology (THE 643) 3 credits
An examination of the great themes of the reformers, particularly Martin Luther and John Calvin, and to the contributions and problems of the Radical Reformation. Attention is given, as well, to the issues related to the period of Protestant Scholasticism that followed. (Fulfills Historical Theology requirement: M.A. Theology)

PEN 514 Spirit of God in the Old Testament (BOT 515) 3 credits
Traces the development of the concept of the Spirit of God throughout the Old Testament. It also includes the investigation of the ancient Near Eastern material pertinent to the OT concept of the Spirit of God.

PEN 515 Holy Spirit in the New Testament (BNT 515, THE 515) 3 credits
A study of various traditions and emphases of the Holy Spirit by New Testament authors. While allowing various books to speak for themselves, a comprehensive picture of New Testament pneumatology is developed.

PEN 560 Theological Issues in Pentecostalism (THE 560) 3 credits
Examines some of the current issues in pneumatology generated by the charismatic renewal, such as Spirit-baptism, prophecy, tongues, , etc. It seeks to respond biblically and theologically to the various pneumatological beliefs and practices in the contemporary church. It equips students to evaluate critically both the positive contributions and the potential shortcomings of Pentecostal-Charismatic spirituality. The study is undertaken within the larger context of the Bible, church history and some major contemporary discussions of pneumatology by non-Charismatics.

PEN 580 Perspectives in Pentecostalism (THE 580) 3 credits
A study of various topics in Pentecostal studies. This includes origins, background, development and contemporary issues, and biblical foundations of Pentecostal theology.

PEN 583 History of the Modern Pentecostal Movement 3 credits
A study is made of the origins and development of the modern Pentecostal movement. Attention is given to influences that have shaped the movement, to the significant streams that have emerged, and to the interactions with the Charismatic Movement. Relationships with the Evangelical spectrum of Christianity and the larger church world are also considered. (Prerequisite: THE 580)

PEN 585 Modern Pentecostal Thought (THE 585) 3 credits
A study of the origins, background, development, and contemporary issues in Pentecostal theology. The contemporary theological, hermeneutical, historiographical, missiological, and philosophical issues are considered.

PEN 587 Studies in Pentecostal Missions (MIS 587) 3 credits
A study of the historical development of Pentecostal missions around the world. Evaluations and recommendations for both Asian and Western Pentecostal missions are developed.

PEN 598 Issues in Asian Pentecostalism (THE 598) 3 credits
Examines theological, contextual and practical issues that Asian Pentecostal churches and believers are facing or will face in the near future. Considering the complex nature of the Asian context, and the formative and evolving nature of Pentecostal scholarship in Asia, various contemporary questions are raised with the hope that this reflection would contribute to the formation of healthy Asian Pentecostalism in the future.

PEN 670 Pneumatology (THE 670) 3 credits
A study of the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit in and through the life of the believer and the church. The biblical foundation, historical development and various contemporary perspectives are emphasized.

PEN 675 Pauline Pneumatology (BNT 675) 3 credits
A study of Paul’s perspective on the Holy Spirit. A study of the distinct contributions of Paul’s missionary, pastoral, and theological thought on the  Holy Spirit will be explored.

PEN 690 Contemporary Pneumatology (THE 690) 3 credits
Explores the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in contemporary thought. Pneumatologies from various schools of thought are considered, especially in contrast to contemporary Pentecostal perspectives.

PEN 595-695 Special Topics in Pentecostalism 1-3 credits
Scholars may bring special expertise in a subject that enriches the usual offerings available. A subject labeled in the 500’s will be a foundational subject. One labeled in the 600’s will be more advanced or more specific.

PHI 515 Philosophy for Understanding Theology(THE 515) 3 credits
Examines elements of philosophy and philosophical thought for the purpose of comprehending the foundation of theological systems. Plato, Aristotle, and various other philosophers’ systems are analyzed in order to better understand theological schemes.

PHI 610 Apologetics 3 credits
Designed to equip the student to defend the Christian faith against important contemporary assaults and to build a positive Christian world-and-life view. Various issues and points of contention are noted.

PHI 620 Christian Ethics (THE 620) 3 credits
Discusses the history of Christian ethics as a backdrop to discussions concerning the foundation of ethics, and its ethical and meta-ethical considerations. The three main ethical systems—teleological, deontological and character ethics are explored. Consideration is given to the process of appropriate ethical decision making within the Christian community.

PHI 631 East Asian Religions (MIS 631) 3 credits
A study of the history and basic tenets of the major religions in Asia: Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shintoism. The purpose of the course is to find effective ways of evangelizing people associated with these religions.

PHI 690 ST Special Topics 3 credits
Scholars bring special expertise in a subject that enriches the usual offerings
available.

THE 515 Philosophy for Understanding Theology (PHI 515) 3 credits
Examines elements of philosophy and philosophical thought for the purpose of comprehending the foundation of theological systems. Plato, Aristotle, and various other philosophers’ systems are analyzed in order to better understand theological schemes.

THE 530 Systematic Theology I 3 credits
An introduction to theology and its methodology. Emphasis is given to theology proper, bibliology, anthropology, angelology, and pneumatology.

THE 531 Systematic Theology II 3 credits
A study of selected key topics in theology. The focus is on christology, soteriology, hamartiology, ecclesiology, and tology.

THE 560 Theological Issues in Pentecostalism (PEN 560) 3 credits
Examines some of the current issues in pneumatology generated by the charismatic renewal, such as Spirit-baptism, prophecy, tongues, healing, etc. It seeks to respond biblically and theologically to the various pneumatological beliefs and practices in the contemporary church. It equips students to evaluate critically both the positive contributions and the potential shortcomings of Pentecostal-Charismatic spirituality. The study is undertaken within the larger context of the Bible, church history and some major contemporary discussions of pneumatology by non-Charismatics.

THE 567 Biblical Theology of Missions (MIS 567; BTH 567) 3 credits
A study of the biblical and theological foundations for missions. Attention is given to the theme of the kingdom of God as it relates to the missionary task.

THE 570 Asian Theological Issues (MIS 570) 3 credits
An objective study of theological issues relevant to the Asian context. Theological concepts are considered along with ethical ramifications of being a Christian in a non-Christian culture.

THE 580 Perspectives in Pentecostalism (PEN 580) 3 credits
A study of various topics in Pentecostal studies. It includes origins, background, development and contemporary issues, and biblical foundations of Pentecostal theology.

THE 582 Torah and Pentecostal Spirituality 3 credits
This course features the Torah concept of the Hebrew Bible, its development through the Torah, Prophets, and Writings, and its presentation in Late Antiquity. Detailed attention will be given to the latest methodological approaches and the importance of cognitive studies for Christian mission today. The role of spiritual experience in the Torah concept formation and the presentation of Jesus as a new Torah will be discussed. The prayerful study carried out by each participant will be shared in seminar fashion during the course sessions, as we gather around the holy Word seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

THE 585 Theology of Healing 3 credits
A study of divine healing that explores its historical development, biblical foundation, and various contextual and contemporary issues.

THE 585 Modern Pentecostal Thought (PEN585) 3 credits
A study of the origins, background, development, and contemporary issues in Pentecostal theology. The contemporary theological, hermeneutical, historiographical, missiological, and philosophical issues are considered.

THE 598 Issues in Asian Pentecostalism (PEN 598) 3 credits
Examines theological, contextual and practical issues that Asian Pentecostal churches and believers are facing or will face in the near future. Considering the complex nature of the Asian context, and the formative and evolving nature of Pentecostal scholarship in Asia, various contemporary questions are raised with the hope that this reflection would contribute to the formation of healthy Asian Pentecostalism in the future.

THE 620 Christian Ethics (PHI 620) 3 credits
Discusses the history of Christian ethics as a backdrop to discussions concerning the foundation of ethics, and its ethical and meta-ethical considerations. The three main ethical systems-teleological, deontological and character ethics are explored. Consideration is given to the process of appropriate ethical decision making within the Christian community.

THE 635 Theology Since 1500 (HIS 635) 3 credits
A survey of the background and development of modern theological thought from the Reformation to the present era, including significant issues in the twentieth century. Special attention is given to the thought of key persons in selected theological movements, especially those that have special implications for Pentecostals. (Fulfills Historical Theology requirement: M.A.Th.)

THE 661 Pauline Theology (BNT 661, BTH 661) 3 credits
A study of the distinct contributions of Paul’s missionary, pastoral, and theological thought to New Testament theology. Questions of modern biblical interpretation related to Pauline literature are addressed.

THE 662 Johannine Theology (BNT 662, BTH 662) 3 credits
A study of the major texts and theological themes of Johannine literature. Attention is given to the historical setting and issues which gave rise to this literature, as well as critical issues and lines of interpretation raised by modern scholarship. According to the interest of the instructor, the course may emphasize the exegesis of selected texts or survey major theological themes.

THE 670 Pneumatology (PEN 670) 3 credits
A study of the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit in and through the life of mthe believer and the church. The biblical foundation, historical development, and various contemporary perspectives are emphasized. (Prerequisites: THE  530 and 531)

THE 690 Contemporary Pneumatology (PEN 690) 3 credits
Explores the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in contemporary thought. Pneumatologies from various schools of thought are considered, especially in contrast to contemporary Pentecostal perspectives.

THE 690 Theology of Possessions and Wealth 3 credits
A survey of Biblical principles from both the Old and New Testaments relating to possessions and wealth. Christian theologies of possessions and wealth from the early church onward will also be surveyed. Special attention will be given to various prosperity theologies popular among Pentecostals. Application of Biblical principles of possessions and wealth to matters of stewardship, poverty alleviation and political economy will also be addressed.

THE693 Theology of the Father 3 credits
This course is to examine why and how the fatherhood of God is so much emphasized in biblical literature. An intensive study of selected passages by way of narrative criticism pays attention to the meanings of the Father. A central message of each book and its relation to our theme or theology is also considered.

THE 642 Patristic and Medieval Theology (HIS 642) 3 credits
A study of significant issues and themes in the Post-Apostolic period. This includes the Age of the Fathers (95 to 590 A.D.), and the development of theology in the medieval Roman Catholic church up through the Scholastic period (1050 – 1350) and the Eastern Orthodox church to the fall of Byzantium in 1453. (Fulfills Historical Theology requirement: M.A.Th.)

THE 643 Reformation Theology (HIS 643) 3 credits
An examination of the great themes of the reformers, particularly Martin Luther and John Calvin, and to the contributions and problems of the Radical Reformation. Attention is given, as well, to the issues related to the period of Protestant Scholasticism that followed. (Fulfills Historical Theology requirement: M.A.Th.)

THE 650 Issues in Contextualization (MIS 650) 3 credits
An examination of the relationship and tension between Christian theology and Asian culture. Various models of contextualization are examined in an attempt to develop an approach to theologizing that is both biblically faithful and culturally relevant.

THE 660 Lukan Theology (BNT 660, BTH 660) 3 credits
A study in the major theological themes in Luke/Acts. Special attention is given to Luke’s overall purpose, his Pentecostal perspective, and his unique contribution to New Testament theology

DMN 811 Pentecostal Spirituality and Ministry 3 credits
An eclectic course, examining biblical (especially Paul, Mark, Luke, and John), missiological, theological and pastoral insights to the gifts of the Spirit. It presents the biblical and theological basis for ministry empowered by spiritual gifts and an understanding of the church and her major functions from a theological and structural point of view.

DMN 817 Ministry and Money: Developing Stewards and Raising Funds 3 credits
The course will first establish a Biblical understanding of possessions and wealth creation, stewardship, asking for money. From this Biblical foundation, the course will move into an examination of stewardship both from the personal and ministry perspectives. The course will conclude with the process of raising funding from sources outside the church and recruiting stewards to  participate in the Great Commission.

DMN 818 Ethics and Leadership & Ministry Practice 3 credits
This course in advanced Christian Ethics examines and interacts with various ethical issues and topics as they relate to Leadership and Ministry practice. Its particular focus is on the application of ethics, including how ethical approaches influence practical outcomes. In order to achieve this, some of the essential ethical theory, ethical perspectives, and foundational writings underpinning
ethical practice will also be examined. Ultimately, ethical practice is only as good as the moral theory and ethical philosophy driving it. Such theory and philosophy lay down the standard and criteria for approaching any practical ethical issue or topic. This course adopts a Christian worldview, though it will illustrate how different theories and perspectives can easily lead to different ethical conclusions. Following this underpinning, the background is then set for a close examination of many of the current day influential ethical issues faced by the Christian leaders and ministers such as wealth and poverty, human sexuality, the beginnings and ending of life, class relationships, stewardship of Creation, and law and government. In essence, the course is predominantly seminar based in which students engage, discuss and interact with ethicaltheory and practice in dissecting and coming to conclusion on various practical
modern-day ethical issues relevant to leadership and ministry practice.

DMN 822 Contemporary Asian Pentecostal/ Charismatic Issues 3 credits
Examines various issues that have arisen out of theological foundations and ministerial aspects of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement in Asia. Some foci of discussions include biblical, theological, historical and contextual components which have contributed to the contemporary shape of the Asian Pentecostal/Charismatic movement. The ministerial discussions deal with various issues confronting Pentecostal/Charismatic churches today. Inevitably the latter discussion often looks into the theological root(s) of the issues and explores theologically sound, contextually relevant and magisterially edifying ways to strengthen various ministries. Considering the complex nature of the Asian context, and the formative and evolving nature of Pentecostal scholarship in Asia, various contemporary questions are raised with the hope that this reflection might contribute to the formation of healthy Asian Pentecostalism in the future.

DMN 824 Signs and Wonders in Ministry 3 credits
A study of the significance of the supernatural manifestation of God’s power in ministry. Signs and wonders are viewed from various perspectives with an analysis of the Third Wave Phenomenon and contemporary models.

DMN 825 Pentecostal Ministry in Animistic Contexts 3 credits
Animism exists both as a separate religious system and as a religious system that undermines every other religious system. This course seeks to define what animism is, and why Pentecostal distinctive provides the best biblical response. The course is heavily theological and anthropological.

DMN 833 Advanced Pentecostal Preaching 3 credits
Both academic and practical, it seeks to bring together everything Pentecostals believe about preaching into a cohesive unit. The History, Theology, and Hermeneutics of Pentecostal Preaching are studied. Different types of sermons, conducting a healing and deliverance service, outline and delivery of a sermon, and culture and preaching are all included.

DMN 844 Pastoral Care and Counseling 3 credits
Focuses on the care of congregants by the pastoral caregiver. It explores-indepth: The spiritual and educational preparation and calling of the caregiver; the people who are troubled, wounded, worried, grieved, depressed, anxious, etc., and the role of the shepherd in alleviating their distress while facilitating healing and restoring well-being; and promotion of growth in the parishioner’s feelings, thinking, human relationships and behavioral patterns. This course is bibliotherapeutic, holistic, and strictly Christian.

DMN 855 Leadership in the 21st Century in Asian Context 3 credits
Intended to provide an overview of leadership in the 21st Century in the Asian context. Conflict resolution in Christian organizations with an emphasis on the cross-cultural basis of conflict is discussed. The need for change in the fast paced world in which we live as well as colliding cultures are examined. The emergence of the missional church and the part it plays in the post-modern world are analyzed.

DMN 858 Contemporary Pentecostal Ministry in the Urban Context 3 credits
Focuses on different models of Urban ministry, and reflects on their effectiveness and transplantability.

DMN 859 Pentecostal Holistic Ministry 3 credits
Emphasizes the practical aspects of church and community issues from a biblical perspective. Consideration is given to the practical application of biblical principles to contemporary issues in relation to social concerns. Developing a plan for leading a church, or a group of churches into Holistic ministry is an integral part of the course.

DMN 867 Education and Discipleship Ministries in the Church 3 credits
An examination of education and discipleship ministries in the local church. Emphasis is given to the various approaches used, including small groups, one-on-one discipleship, and independent resources. Development of an allchurch plan for spiritual and gift enrichment is considered. Consideration is also given to developing a plan for a group of churches, or for use in Bible School settings.

DMN 866 Managing Conflict and Change 3 credits
An examination of the nature and function of conflict in religious organizations. Theological reflection and spirituality are integrated with social-scientific theories in order for church leaders to be intentional and effective in their intervention strategies and management of conflict. Actual conflict situations, case studies, and resources of the Christian faith are utilized.

DMN 870 Technology in Communication 3 credits
This is an advanced course in creative communication with emphasis placed on the use of developing technology including the computer, presentation software (PowerPoint/Key-note/MediaShout/PresenterPro/EasyWorship, etc.), digital audio, digital imaging, digital video, and the internet (especially use of social media). Special attention is paid to the congregational context, the classroom and other training settings, as well as issues of secure communication (as appropriate for the group). For the greatest benefit, participants should be reasonably proficient in computer use and have a computer available for use in the class. The course will have a strong hands-on component and is geared towards gaining skills and proficiency.

DMN 871 College Teaching 3 credits
An examination of the teaching/learning process in the college context, especially for a Bible school context. Emphasis is on the development of quality teaching through preparation, presentation, and evaluation of lessons in the areas of biblical studies, theology, ministry, and Christian education. Significant attention is given to diverse methodologies, writing of syllabi, developing appropriate instructional material and utilizing appropriate testing procedures.

DMN 877 Contemporary Issues in Pentecostal Missions 3 credits
A critical examination of current missiological trends and issues within global missions (including both evangelical and Pentecostal missions). Such issues and trends as the “indigenous church” principle, contextualization/syncretism, networking/collaboration, religious pluralism, poverty, human trafficking/ children at risk, persecution, immigration, political structures, spiritual encounters, health and wealth issues, etc. Discussions also include new opportunities and challenges for Asian Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity in fulfilling the missionary mandate of the Church.

DMN 888 Research Project Seminar 3 credits
Introduces the student to the process of scholarly inquiry in theology and ministry-related areas, including research methodology and the preparation and presentation of academic research papers and projects. Major research approaches are examined. Special emphasis is given to the developments of skills in using the library and its resources, and research writing. The course includes the development of a model research paper.

DMN 899 Research Project 6 credits
Involves completion of an extensive literature review, execution of an approved study with continuous evaluation by a supervisor throughout the project, and the writing of a research paper at the conclusion. It is a required element for the Doctor of Ministry program.

Comprehensive Exam 9 credits
The comprehensive exam is an exercise for the student to demonstrate their ability to handle substantive issues, various research questions, and empirical knowledge in a specific area of the student’s interest. The exam will take into consideration the background and knowledge of the body of material that will be used for the student’s dissertation.

PHD 901 Research Methodology Seminar 3 credits
This course is designed to support postgraduate students in developing their research project and to assist them in defining their mode of inquiry. The course has been constructed to guide students through a range of issues and considerations, which should inform their general approach to research. It will give students a general introduction to postgraduate research, its methodologies, its challenges and its organization, including in creative practice. Students will be introduced to a range of research tools and will be equipped to plan and organize their research, as well as to communicate their findings.

PHD 902 Guidelines for Theologizing in Asia/Pacific Seminar 3 credits
An objective study of theological issues relevant to the Asia/Pacific context. Theological concepts are considered along with ethical ramifications of being a Christian in a non-Christian culture. Also, the study will look at what is distinctively Asian that will assist in discovering and knowing the Christian community, theologies, and education within the Asia/Pacific region.

PHD 903 Dissertation and Oral Defense 3 credits
A specific study according to the student’s proposal. The student will demonstrate his/her ability in the areas of methodology, literature review, analysis of the data and the interpretation and application of the data. From these various areas, the student will demonstrate their ability to use various research tools to articulate the findings. At the end of the writing, the student will submit the dissertation to the Post Graduate Committee for final approval. Following the approval, the research exercise is capped with an oral defense of the student’s specific area of study.

The APTS library currently houses 75,000+ volumes, including print and media holdings, in an open stack system and a reference/study area.

Asia Pacific Research Center

The Asia Pacific Research Center (APRC) is developing an archive by which to study Pentecostalism, missions, and church growth within the Asia Pacific

Region. Its two long-term objectives are to: 

  1.  Enable the people of Asia to understand and appreciate their Christian and Pentecostal heritage;
  2. Provide tools by which missionaries and ministers can more effectivelym evangelize and disciple.

The APRC archive now holds tapes, CDs, publications, and varied documents and photos on the beginnings of the Assemblies of God in Asia Pacific. Also included are microfilms on the history of Christianity in China and CDs of early Pentecostal publications.

The APTS library currently houses 75,000+ volumes, including print and media holdings, in an open stack system and a reference/study area.

APTS Press & AJPS

APTS Press is the publication arm of the seminary. The publication of titles on Pentecostalism, particularly Asian Pentecostalism, and related topics is the main function of the Press. 

The purpose of APTS Press and the Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies is to encourage serious theological thinking and articulation by Pentecostals/Charismatics and dialogue with other Christian traditions in Asia to stimulate creative contextualization of the Christian faith; and to provide a means for Pentecostals/Charismatics to share their theological reflection.

The school also participates in the publication of Journal of Asian Mission as a member school of AGST-Philippines. 

APTS is a wonderful place for us to study and grow in the Word of God. A great place to learn about other cultures because of the diverse international ethnicity represented in the campus.

Sharmar Sushil, M.Div. 2019

Online Classes

No online courses offered at the moment, please check back on the first trimester of school year 2020-2021 for updated. 

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