M.A. in Justice and Mission
God’s heart for the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed cannot be denied. His cry for justice rings out loud and clear throughout the Scriptures. If you share God’s heart for those who suffer, the Master of Arts in Justice and Mission at Denver Seminary will help prepare you to engage their needs with hope and the redemptive power of the gospel.
Dr. Wess Stafford, President and CEO
Justice and Mission are hot topics for 21st Century Christians. But, the values are as old as the Bible and deeply rooted in the life and history of Denver Seminary. If God has given you a heart for the marginalized, hurting, poor and lost then this is the degree for you. Learn what the Bible teaches and then how to do what the Bible commands.
President, National Association of Evangelicals, Washington, DC
Pastor, Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, MN
An introduction to the Justice and Mission degree with Dr. Gary VanderPol, Director of Justice and Mission program:
- What is a M.A. degree in Justice and Mission?
- What will you get out of this degree?
- What are the core components of this degree?
- What classes will you take?
- Contact us
poverty, injustice, disease, oppression, slavery, religious persecution, hunger, human trafficking . . .
For some, these issues call for change.
Is God Calling You to Make a Difference?
We are constantly confronted with the growing human needs of the world. Poverty, injustice, disease, oppression and slavery, religious persecution, and many other issues are headline news on a daily basis. The world is crying out for solutions to these problems. Christians in particular want to make a positive difference in people’s lives and are becoming aware of the clear biblical mandate to care for widows, orphans, foreigners, poor, and the forgotten who live in our midst and around the world.
The result of this awareness led us to develop the *NEW Master of Arts (M.A.) in Justice and Mission - we saw the need and desire of Christians for deeper biblical and theological foundations for justice issues and decided it was time to respond to those very needs.
This program is designed to equip students to serve God through engagement in mission, which meets the needs of the whole person – spiritual, physical, and social. You will be provided training in theological foundations for transformational ministry, as well as practical tools for effective social action.
- The opportunity to be involved in ministries of relief, development, and compassion, while being ready and able to speak the gospel where that is possible and appropriate.
- Exposure to a wide variety of justice and compassion related ministries, in order to help them clarify future ministry involvements.
- Training to lead ministries related to relief, development, rescue and many other justice issues.
There are four components to the program:
1. Biblical and theological foundations that include:
2. Supervised Field-based learning experience (8 credit hours)
3. Exposure to a variety of justice related ministries
4. Training and Mentoring (a requirement for ALL Denver Seminary students)
Besides the M.A. core classes, there will be 24 hours of required classes and 6 hours of electives in Justice and Mission.
| M.A. in Justice and Mission Classes
||Course #|| Sem. Hrs
|Introduction to Ministry in Intercultural Contexts||IM 501||2|
|Mission Paradigm for Reading Scripture||IM 520||2|
|Knowing Justice: Theological Foundations||JM 501||3|
|Doing Justice: Practical Foundations||JM 502||3|
|Uncovering Injustice: Empirical Realities||JM 601||3|
|Overcoming Injustice: Effective Strategies||JM 602||3|
|Supervised Field-based Learning Experience||JM 795||8|
|Justice and Mission electives||6|
Elective Courses in Justice and Mission (choose 6 credits from the following):
- JM 610 - Advocacy for Social Justice (2 hours)
- JM 620 - Health and Justice (2 hours)
- JM 630 - Education and Justice (2 hours)
- JM 640 - Urban Development and Justice (2 hours)
- JM 650 - World Poverty and Transformational Development (2 hours)
One of the following courses may be included in the justice and mission electives:
- IM 530 - Anthropology for Christian Witness (2 hours)
- IM 581 - Islam and Current Events (2 hours)
- IM 611 - Globalization in Theological Education (2 hours)
- IM 621 - Communicating and Leading in Intercultural Contexts (3 hours)
- LD 620 - Christian Community Development (2 hours)
- LD 631 - Handling Conflict and Change in Intercultural Contexts (2 hours)
- OT 647 - Old Testament Social Ethics (2 hours)
Have questions? There are a couple of ways for you to contact us:
BY PHONE: 303-762-6937 OR 1-800-922-3040
*The Justice and Mission program begins Fall 2012