Master of Practical Theology
Build a biblical and theological foundation for life and ministry through the Master of Practical Theology (MPT) degree. Our practical theology degree will grow you as a Spirit-formed servant leader, and equip you with the specialized ministry training needed for your particular calling.

Taught by Spirit-filled faculty, you will develop a vibrant knowledge of the Word of God and a balanced theological understanding that can be applied in a variety of ministry contexts. This degree program is available online or on-ground (Southlake).

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Concentrations

Meet the Director

Dr. Jon Huntzinger

Jon Huntzinger (Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary) grew up in a military chaplain’s family and moved often during those years. He has read too many books on Abraham Lincoln and is fascinated with the color orange. He and his wife Penney have been married for 39 years. He loves reading, thinking about, and listening to the voice of God’s Spirit in Scripture, which is a good thing since he is professor of Bible and Ministry at TKU and Dean of The King’s Seminary. He worked as an editor on the Spirit-Filled Life Study Bible (Thomas Nelson) and as contributor to The Fresh Start Bible (Gateway Press). He has written a commentary on the Gospel of John with Thomas Nelson as well as Christmas devotional, A New Color for Christmas (Gateway Press).

Why The King's
  • Spirit-formed leaders training Spirit-formed leaders. Given that many of our credentialed faculty are actively involved in ministry, their teaching comes from a perspective of applied knowledge.
  • Whole-person formation. For us, it’s not just about what you learn, it’s about who you become. We believe your transformation for ministry should include deepening your walk with Jesus.
  • Culture of worship and prayer. It could be the prayer room, weekly chapel, a classroom, or just a hallway – wherever it occurs, we live a life of prayer and worship.
  • Community of care. Whether you take classes online or on-ground, soul care from faculty, staff, and peers extends from the classroom into your daily life.
  • Growth in difference. When you get into a classroom with different generations, ethnicities, experiences, and faith journeys, you grow both personally and spiritually. You maintain your difference, but you grow in unity.
Program Objectives

The Master of Practical Theology degree program seeks to:

  • Prepare men and women for ministry both within their own particular communities of faith and cultures and also to the larger body of Christ.
  • Equip students with the theories and practical skills necessary to perform effectively the ministry to which they are called;
  • Increase biblical and theological understanding necessary to undergird these specialized ministries;
  • Encourage students to live a Spirit-empowered life, developing their unique spiritual gifts and callings; and
  • Provide supervised ministry training for those entering specialized ministries.
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Practical Theology, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of Scripture and the ability to use hermeneutical and exegetical principles to interpret and apply the Word of God in life and ministry;
  • Explain the heritage, traditions, and practices of the global Pentecostal/Charismatic Movements, including a vision for healing the schism between the Church and the Jewish people;
  • Communicate a biblically-based and Spirit-empowered theology of ministry and leadership based on knowledge of the nature and mission of the Church;
  • Apply biblical and theological knowledge to one’s personal spiritual formation within the practices of ministry;
  • Integrate biblical and theological knowledge in the student’s specialized area of ministry.
Curriculum

BIBLICAL STUDIES 12 HOURS

BIBL 5301 Old Testament Introduction 3
BIBL 5302 New Testament Introduction 3
BIBL 6302 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
BIBL 6308 Life of Jesus in Historical Context 3


THEOLOGICAL/HISTORICAL STUDIES 12 HOURS

BIBD 6301 Christian Theology I 3
BIBD 6302 Christian Theology II 3
BIBD 6303 Christian Unity: Contemporary Issues 3
BIBH 5302 OR BIBH 5303 Christian History and Renewal I OR Christian History and Renewal II 3


PRACTICAL MINISTRY STUDIES 12 HOURS

BIBM 5305 The Spirit Formed Leader 3
BIBM 5307 Homiletics 3
BIBM you 6301 Graduate Ministry Practicum 3
BIBM 6312 Spirit-Formed Worship 3

ELECTIVES 9 HOURS

Open Electives: These courses can be any graduate level TKU/TKS courses not already required in program 9


CAPSTONE 3 HOURS

BIBM 6315 Master’s Capstone Project: Practice 3

 

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