Page 1


Table of Contents Introduction & Overview


Master of Arts in Theology and Culture 4-5 Master of Arts in Missional Leadership 6-7 Master in Ministry 8-9 Resident Faculty 10-11 Adjunct Faculty 12-13 Testimonial and Endorsement 14-15 Contact 15 Facts

Back Cover

On the Cover Jeff Duchemin is in the Master of Arts in Missional Leadership. He is on staff at Bethany Christian Assembly in Everett, Wash.

⎕ Learn from faculty with extensive biblical and theological training and diverse experience in ministry and leadership. ⎕ Complete your Master of Arts degree at a university with a 75-year history of preparing Christian leaders for service. ⎕ Attend classes with schedules and formats designed to accommodate working ministers and professionals and their families. ⎕ Study with other “cutting edge” leaders and scholars who share your passion for biblical and theological study and ministry.

Our graduate programs are structured to meet the schedules and the learning styles of adults already engaged in ministry and/or careers. We provide structure and accountability, to ensure progress; at the same time we offer flexibility, so people can study at the pace that works best for them. Classes are offered in various formats: Friday evening/all-day Saturday sessions that meet one weekend a month for three months (primarily for the M.A. in Theology and Culture), week-long intensives during the day (primarily for the M.A. in Missional Leadership), and predominantly online (for the Master in Ministry).


Introduction Northwest University now offers three distinctive graduate degrees for those who want to prepare for effective service and leadership in the kingdom of God. The Master of Arts in Theology and Culture helps students share the truth of God’s word with REQUIREMENTS: ⎕ A Bachelor of Arts or Science (or an equivalent degree) from a regionally accredited college or university. Allowances may be made for degrees accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). ⎕ A minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. ⎕ Completion of the application process and acceptance into the program. To find out more, please call 877.453.5327 or visit our web site:

the needs of our world. The Master of Arts in Missional Leadership helps those who are already in ministry to be more effective as leaders. And the Master in Ministry provides a theological and practical ministry foundation for those who want to fulfill a calling and gain ministry credentials.


Master of Arts in

Theology and Culture (MATC)

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Theology and Culture (MATC) is to enable effective witness and service both within the Christian community and to the larger society. Through exploration of the various influences on contemporary culture and theology, you will come to a better understanding of your own assumptions and those of your faith tradition. The program encourages the development of the necessary understanding and skills for effective engagement with cultural trends, social transformation, and the attendant challenges facing the church. The goal is to develop thinking and practice that is biblically informed and creatively faithful to the historic mission of the Christian faith. You may choose between a “thesis track” and a “comprehensive examination track.” You will develop a distinctive research profile and, by taking the optional Advanced Graduate Studies Track, can prepare for Ph.D. work in biblical and theological studies. Overall objective: The overall objective of the MATC is to immerse graduate students in an integrated, comprehensive arts approach to theological graduate education that draws from the best of theology, philosophy, history, and biblical studies, thus enabling the student to engage in theological and spiritual reflection within a vibrant, Christian community.

Schedule For a full-time student, this program can take as little as two years, with courses scheduled across three annual terms. Most courses are taught in Friday evening/ Saturday intensives once a month over three months. For class listings and calendar, please visit www.northwestu. edu/MATC/

Core Courses:

(18 credits)

BIBL 5303 BIBL 5423 THEO 5313 THEO 5423 THEO 5533 CMIN 5363

Entering the Biblical Narrative Biblical Interpretation and Modernity Philosophy for Understanding Theology Christianity in Conversation with Contemporary Worldviews A Theology of Vocation The Meaning of Christian Community


(18 credits)

LANG 5303 THEO 6423 CMIN 6333 CMIN 6543 CMIN 6453 BIBL 6843-6913 THEO 6393 LANG 6413/6423 LANG 6513/6523

Biblical Languages: Method & Interpretation A History of Christian Theology Church and Society in America Theology and Contemporary Media: Interpreting the Hollywood Narrative The Spirituality of Christian Worship Texts Within Context (various courses) Biblical Imagery & Theological Imagination Hebrew 1 & 2 Greek 1 & 2


(12 credits)

THEO 6203 THEO 6943 THEO 6963 THEO 6953

Method Seminar Thesis I Thesis II Comprehensive Exam


(48 credits)


Introductory Component: (12 credits) (May be Waived) The Introduction Component replaces some elective credits and is for those who have not already taken the undergraduate equivalent of those courses. BIBL 5103

OT Introduction: Background and Theology

BIBL 5203

NT Introduction: Background and Theology

BIBL 5553

Reading the Bible: Exegesis and Interpretation

THEO 5213

Christian Theology: An Introduction

Advanced Graduate Studies Track (12 credits) (Optional) The purpose of the Advanced Graduate Studies Track is twofold. First, students wishing to gain greater depth and breadth through additional studies beyond the required 48 credit hour program will benefit. These courses may include advanced seminars or tutorials that are individually designed in conjunction with departmental faculty, or they may be additional Biblical language courses. In either case, the student will work closely with a mentor/professor to design an individual track that meets the student’s specific area of interest. Second, students planning to pursue advanced studies towards a Ph.D. degree are strongly encouraged to take these additional courses as part of their program of study. This program component must be completed before the thesis stage. Completion of the “Advanced Graduate Studies Track” will increase the credit hour total from 48 to 60.


Master of Arts in

Missional Leadership (MAML)

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Missional Leadership (MAML) is to provide you with a curriculum that develops a theoretical framework for understanding leadership, mission and culture, globalization, ethics, motivation, creativity, vision, strategic planning, teamwork, spirituality, and other leadership issues. This program will emphasize the need for missional leaders to live out the gospel so that it is seen and experienced in community. The coursework will be followed by a culminating project during which you will conduct research or perform an organizational intervention that incorporates the course content from the program. Overall objective: The overall objective of the M.A. in Missional Leadership is to develop a theological and theoretical framework for leadership, mission, and culture that is both academically rigorous and praxis-oriented, and facilitates the growth and development of missional leadership for the twenty-first century church. New Hybrid Format: Certain times of the year are extraordinarily busy for those in ministry, so this program now is offered in a hybrid format, with some classes available online, particularly during the weeks around Christmas and Easter.

Schedule This program can be finished in 24 months, but commonly requires up to 36 months. Students are organized into cohort groups which meet together in week-long intensives, typically 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday. For class listings and calendar, please visit www.northwestu. edu/MAML/

Core Courses:

(30 credits)

CMIN 5103

Understanding Mission and Culture

PMIN 5133

Leadership and Character Development

CMIN 5163

Team Building and Managing Conflict

PMIN 5233

Creative Preaching

CMIN 5213

Ethical and Legal Concerns in Ministry

PMIN 5253

Spiritual Formation and Direction

CMIN 6143

Leadership and Pluralistic Issues

CMIN 6173

Strategic Planning and Organizational Change

CMIN 6183

Motivation, Coaching, and Mentoring

PMIN 6193

Pastoral Care and Human Development


(6 credits)

CMIN 6203

Research and Evaluation Methodology

CMIN 6943

Written Project or Thesis


(36 credits)


Master in


N OW O N L I N E !

The Master in Ministry is now offered in a predominantly online format. (We do ask you to come to our campus once each year for an orientation and special seminar. Everything else can be done from your laptop!) But “online” doesn’t mean “alone.” We have set up this program to ensure deep interaction with your professors and fellow students. Our ability to offer great classes online is due to the experience we have gained in recent years using the web to enhance many of our regular classes. We use a system called Discovery, so that each class can offer students a variety of resources, including the syllabus, bibliography, exercises, and other resources. Students can upload papers and other assignments online. It’s faster, more convenient, and more environmentally sensitive. It also can help provide a greater sense of community. “There are numerous interactive opportunities available to both our professors and our students in our online classes,” reports Ben Thomas, Director of Extended Education. “Resources include video lectures, class discussions, podcasting, wikis, and more. As a result, our online courses offer many of the capabilities that traditional courses do. For example, students can not only create individual presentations, they also can collaborate and present group projects.” According to Lis Kraus, the Associate Director of Curriculum in the Office of Extended Education, “The goal of every online class in this Master of Ministry program is to provide each student with three strong and rewarding interactions — with the subject material, with the professor, and with the other students.” An online lecture with Dr. Alan Ehler.

Master in


Ministry (MIM)

The purpose of the Master in Ministry (MIM) is to give those with a bachelor’s degree in another subject a biblical, theological, and practical ministry foundation so they are able to gain credentials and fulfill a calling to ministry. The MIM seeks to equip Christian leaders to successfully: ⎕ Serve as leaders in a variety of Christian leadership contexts, including local church and para-church ministries. ⎕ Engage in biblical and theological reflection, especially as it relates to one’s ministry context. ⎕ Transition into ministry from a lay background by providing the academic foundation needed to obtain ministerial credentials. ⎕ Establish an academic foundation to pursue further graduate theological training. Overall objective: The overall objective of the Master in Ministry program is to prepare students – intellectually, spiritually, and functionally – for vocational or lay ministry. Reflecting the emphasis of this three-pronged approach, the curriculum is thus academically rigorous, spiritually enriching, and praxis-oriented, in order to holistically prepare men and women to successfully engage in Christian leadership.

Schedule This 30-credit program can be finished in four semesters over 16 months. Classes are organized into cohort groups to ensure community. Course work may be finished at any time each week according to each student’s own schedule and preferences. For class listings and calendar, please visit www.northwestu. edu/MIM/

Biblical and Theological Core:

(15 credits)

BIBL 5103

OT Introduction: Background and Theology

BIBL 5203

NT Introduction: Background and Theology

BIBL 5553

Reading the Bible: Exegesis and Interpretation

THEO 5213

Christian Theology: An Introduction

BIBL 6843

Texts Within Context: Special Topics

Classes in this core are drawn from the M.A. in Theology and Culture. Ministry Leadership Core:

(9 credits)

CMIN 6323

Biblical Preaching and Teaching

PMIN 5413

Ministry Essentials

PMIN 6243

Ministry Leadership and Administration

Contextual Education:

(3 credits)

PMIN 6611

Contextual Education I

PMIN 6621

Contextual Education II

PMIN 6631

Contextual Education III

Contemporary Issues:

(3 credits)

PMIN 5711

Contemporary Issues I: Spiritual Formation

PMIN 5721

Contemporary Issues II: Special Topic Seminar

PMIN 5731

Contemporary Issues III: Special Topic Seminar

TOTAL: (30 credits)


Resident Faculty Resident faculty members serving at Northwest University are distinguished by their scholarship, service, and commitment to teaching.

Our College of Ministry graduate faculty members are involved

in authoring books and journal articles, presenting conference papers, consulting with denominational leadership on doctrinal issues, involvement in both U.S. and world missions work, leadership development, as well as various aspects of local


church ministry and service.

They also fill our pulpits in a variety

of church settings and other venues.

All of our professors hold a strong

commitment to your spiritual and theological formation.

Together, they bring an enormous

wealth of experience and expertise to guide and prepare twenty-first century church leaders.

Kari Brodin, Ph.D.1 Fuller Theological Seminary Blaine Charette, Ph.D.7 University of Sheffield, UK Alan Ehler, D.Min.4 George Fox University Brad Embry, Ph.D.3 University of Durham, UK Ronald Herms, Ph.D.5 University of Durham, UK Ron Jacobson, Ph.D. University of Washington Waldemar Kowalski, Ph.D.6 University of Gloucestershire, UK Bob Stallman, Ph.D.2 Westminster Theological Seminary Jack Wisemore, Ph.D. University of St. Andrews, Scotland









Gary Allen, D.Min. Assemblies of God Theological Seminary Rob Carlson, D.Min. Assemblies of God Theological Seminary Earl Creps, Ph.D. Northwestern University, D.Min. Assemblies of God Theological Seminary Don Detrick, D.Min. Assemblies of God Theological Seminary Marty Folsom, Ph.D. University of Otago, New Zealand C. Dave Gable, D.Min.2 Fuller Theological Seminary Doug Green, D.Min. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Roger Heuser, Ph.D. New York University Kent Ingle, D.Min. Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Kent Mankins, Ph.D. University of Buckingham Mel Ming, D.Min. Drew University Johan Mostert, D.Phil. University of Pretoria William Raccah, Ph.D. UniversitĂŠ Laval James K. A. Smith, Ph.D.1 Villanova University Joseph Saggio, Ed.D. Arizona State University Ben Sigman, D.Min. Fuller Theological Seminary Cheryl Taylor, D.Min. Assemblies of God Theological Seminary Kristen Waggoner, J.D. Regent University School of Law Naaman K. Wood, Ph.D. Regent University Amos Yong, Ph.D. Boston University

Adjunct Professors Adjunct professors include outstanding scholars and practitioners who enrich the graduate curricular offerings of Northwest University. They include denominational leaders, renowned scholars, seasoned pastors, as well as other professionals. Like our residential faculty, all of our visiting professors hold a strong commitment to your spiritual and theological formation, and they are likewise committed to your success.



Read what real students say about their programs. (Then watch their videos at Brent Johnsen M.A., Theology and Culture

Amy Cuthbert M.A., Theology and Culture

I did my undergrad at Northwest. I did the B.A. in Pastoral

The first time I actually heard about Northwest was on the radio. I

Ministries. I loved all the classes, loved the experience, loved

immediately thought, oh I need to look into this, so I came to the

the campus location, all of that.

school and talked with someone and did the orientation and right

When Northwest started the two graduate programs in the College of Ministry, I knew I

away felt like it was the program for me. I love that everyone in the class-

wanted to further my education

room, the students in particular

and it seemed like it was going to

are all interested in asking the dif-

be a smooth fit.

ficult questions and talking about

Obviously being a pastor, there

some of the problems they had in

is a lot of leadership that’s in-

their experiences in churches and

volved in that, but then you also

ministry roles. I love that everyone

have a need for theology and un-

is wanting to learn a different way

derstanding of what you’re talking

of doing things. They want to

about. This program has helped

learn how to expand and grow in

me along the way.

their ministry. And I love that the

If anybody is considering this, even if you’re never going to do

professors are encouraging this. I would really encourage anyone

full-time ministry or anything. If nothing else, it solidifies what you

who is interested in furthering their education at Northwest in the

believe about the Bible and the fact that God is real and He has

theology program to just really think seriously about taking the

this book that just speaks so much about Him. It’s good.

classes and really think seriously about how this will affect their walk with the Lord and their witness in the world.

Jeff Duchemin M.A., Missional Leadership

Angela Van Lierop Master in Ministry

I came to Northwest for my undergrad back from 94-98, so

I chose to come to Northwest because it was recommended by my

it’s kind of a natural transition to check it out for my masters. I

friends and pastors in this area. It has a really good reputation. I

thought that this program was in some ways tailor-made for me. I

chose the Masters in Ministry program because I was looking for

am a full-time pastor, I am a husband, I am a dad, and so I needed

some more Biblical training and pastoral training. This has been a

a master’s program that I could

really good program for me to

do while I was still functioning in

just get the extra bit of education

those roles.

that I need to be effective.

I love the cohort model. You’re

The online format is a big factor

there for a week, you’re building

for me because I need flexibility.

great relationships, you’re praying

I’m a mom and I have two kids

for one another. It’s almost like

and a family at home, so being

you become a small group. I look

able to do my studies online is so

forward to class because it’s fun,

imperative because I can get it

it’s engaging.

done after hours; after I’ve taken

I feel like I’m a better pastor

care of my other duties.

because of this program, I’m a better leader because of this pro-

I really like that the professors and my fellow students, we see

gram, I’m a better speaker because of this program. I want to be

each other for where we are in life and we encourage each other

prepared for whatever mission God has for me and I think that this

to step out and grow in our ministries wherever we are; whether

program kind of helped fulfill that.

that’s being a better mom or a better women’s pastor or leading a small group. We really encourage each other in that.

Our History Northwest University was founded in 1934. It grew from a three-year to a four-year academic curriculum in 1948, and a Liberal Arts division was added in 1955. In 1973 Northwest gained regional academic accreditation. Northwest attained university status on January 1, 2005, at which time the institution’s name was changed from Northwest College to Northwest University. The 45,000-square-foot Donald H. Argue Health and Sciences Center, pictured at right, is the latest addition to the campus (along with the former headquarters of the Seattle Seahawks). Many of the classes in the Master’s Degree programs that are outlined in this publication are held in the Health and Sciences Center.

Our Location

Our Programs

Northwest University is located on 56 acres in Kirkland, on the eastside of Seattle, within walking distance of Lake Washington. For more information, including photographs, maps and directions, visit

In addition to graduate programs from the College of Ministry, Northwest University offers graduate degrees in management, counseling, education, and community development. Northwest also offers more than 60 B.A. programs during the day, including ministry, nursing, education, business, biology (pre-med), and pre-law.

To find out more, please call 877.453.5327 or visit NORTHWEST UNIVERSITY | 5520 108TH AVENUE NE | KIRKLAND, WA

College of Ministry  

Northwest University's College of Ministry Viewbook

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you