Some commonly chosen areas of focus include leadership, innovation, intercultural studies, biblical studies, PhD preparation, theology, spiritual formation and direction, and more. By starting with the classic theological disciplines, students work with their mentor teams to craft a program of study that helps them understand what God is doing in the world and then develop vocational expertise informed by that understanding.
By inviting Kairos to walk with you on this journey, you are taking hold of a unique opportunity to deepen your faith while simultaneously developing the knowledge to flourish in your vocation. We do this helping you develop a mentor team that walks with you throughout the entire program. Then, we invite you to integrate discipleship, vocational excellence, and mastery learning.
The Master of Arts is 48 credit hours and consists of the following outcome-level courses:
Areas of focus: journey preparation, mentor team development
Areas of focus: spiritual formation, life in Christ, fruit of the spirit
Areas of focus: Old and New Testaments, Bible interpretation
Areas of focus: ethnohermeneutics, project research, project/thesis, doing theology in context, cross-cultural immersion
Areas of focus: high-level integration, diversity of perspectives, empathetic listening
Areas of focus: God, Christ, humanity, creation, Spirit, church, global theology
Areas of focus: early church history, the reformation, modern church history, historical theology
Areas of focus: Christian discipleship, walking with fellow Christians, vocational resilience
Areas of focus: program reflection, building a community of support, and lifelong learning preparation
While engaged in this program, you will walk with a mentor team through the following:
With a focus on formation, biblical study, vocational discernment, theological reflection, and integrated practice, the Master of Arts invites you to develop and demonstrate proficiency in its nine integrated outcomes: Starting Well, Christian Spirituality, Biblical Literacy, Contextual Project, Reflection in Community I, Christian Theology, Church History, Mentored Life, and Continuing Well. If you find yourself wondering, “What is an outcome?” then read our blog post about it here.
Learning experiences in Kairos are built around an invitation for you to explore some aspect of your vocation, Christian thought and practice, or the human experience. You have the opportunity to progress through these learning experiences in the way that is most helpful to you in your context and vocation. You also have the opportunity to work with faculty members to create entirely new or customized learning experiences that help you develop vocational excellence and expertise. Learn more about customized learning here.
As part of your Master of Arts program, you will complete a contextual project in which you integrate your learning, theology, and practice. In some cases, students complete a research-oriented thesis in preparation for future doctoral work while in other cases, students complete a project related to their vocational context after conducting research on that context. You will work with your mentor team to customize or concentrate in any area of interest. This means you can dive deep into missional theology, systems design and thinking, pastoral care, Clinical Pastoral Education, biblical languages, spiritual formation and direction, chaplaincy, finances, strategic leadership and much more. The choice is yours!
Throughout the program, you have the opportunity to work with your mentor team to design learning experiences that are entirely shaped by what you are doing (or will do) in your current or desired vocational context. Are you planting a church? Building a youth ministry program? Developing curriculum? Then use that in your program! Are you managing finances? Writing code? Building homes? Developing software? Leading teams? Then use that in your program! If an experience or project is connected to what it means to flourish in your vocation, then use it to make progress in your program!
Ready to move forward? Here are a few things you’ll need to get started (more details in the catalog).