Northwest offers within the Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS) framework a Pastoral Formation and Leadership Studies Korean Language option, in order to provide vocational ministry leadership training. The degree when completed is awarded conjointly by Trinity Western University and Northwest Baptist Seminary and is offered within the general accreditation of ACTS with ATS. This degree program seeks to provide pastoral leadership development for Korean church leaders working in Canada and in particular with the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches. However, others may find the program helpful as well.
General Academic Information
1. Students who complete this degree will:
- Acquire biblical and theological truth within the Believer’s church tradition;
- Articulate a highly developed, personal Christian world view;
- Deepen their spiritual character and insight;
- Develop their leadership capacity;
- Engage in the interface between biblical/theological truth and some aspects of social science research;
- Expand expertise and capacity in Cross-cultural ministry.
2. Candidates will apply for admission to the MACS through the ACTS admissions office, using the normal application process and forms. This can be done online and assistance is available through the program’s administration team.There is no IBT English level requirement for admission to this program. However, should an individual admitted to this program desire to transfer to another ACTS degree program, normal IBT English requirements will apply.
3. Transfer of credit into this program will follow normal ACTS transfer policies.
4. The majority of courses are offered in Korean language, but some are offered in English with translation into Korean.
5. The total credits required to graduate will be 53 semester hours.
6. Applicants who already have an undergraduate or graduate degree in biblical studies or theology, will not have to take BIE 500 and THS 500. Also, it is possible that applicants may transfer in some graduate courses. Evaluation of all transfer credits must occur at the time of admission. For courses to be considered for transfer, they must have been taken at a government approved graduate theology school in Korea or an ATS accredited institution in North America.
7. ACTS fees and tuition rates apply for all courses.
8. Applicants admitted to the program have standing as ACTS students. This means that students have opportunity to use the Collegium facility in the Fosmark Centre (TWU) on the same basis as other TWU graduate students. However, students are also members of the Graduate Student Association and are required to pay the normal fees for such membership.
9. Parking on campus is available. Students may purchase a semester parking pass or pay daily parking fees.
10. Students have full library privileges.
Courses in this program are offered directly in Korean language or through translation. Within Northwest the program director is Larry Perkins, Ph.D., Professor in Biblical Studies, assisted by Daniel Park, DTH, DMN. Dr. Park is the lead pastor of the Global Korean Missions Centre (Canada). He has authored several books including Daily Worship to God (1997) and Church Administration (1998), both published in Korea. Your registration for courses will follow two pathways, depending upon the course selection. For some courses you register through ACTS and for others you register through Northwest Baptist Seminary. All courses apply to the degree.
|Course Code||Course Title||Semester Hours|
|LBR 490K||Library Skills||1|
|RES 500K||Research Strategies||1|
|BIE 500||Introduction to the Bible||2|
|BIE 609Q||Exposition of Isaiah||3|
|BIE 714Q||Exposition of Mark's Gospel||3|
|THS 540K||Introduction to Theology||2|
|THS 571K||Believers Church Theology||3|
|CCM 612Q||Global Theologies||3|
|CCM 660Q||Dynamics of Cross-Cultural Leadership||3|
|CLD 510K||Christian Leadership Foundations||3|
|CLD 531CME||Personal Dimensions of Leadership||3|
|CLD 532CME||Power, Change, and Conflict||3|
|PTH 600CME||Pastoral Formation||3|
|PTH 613CME||Evangelism and Faith Formation||3|
|MCS 810K||Grad Essay||3|
Application for Admission
Individuals apply for the MA in Christian Studies program through the normal ACTS application process. Please see the ACTS website for those details. The degree is offered conjointly by Trinity Western University and Northwest Baptist Seminary.
Click here for the ACTS Application form
When applying to the MA in Christian Studies Korean Global Leadership program, click on the “Academics” tab in the application, then under “program of interest” select “MA in Christian Studies (Korean)” and for “Specialization” choose ”Pastoral Leadership Formation.”
Registration for Courses
Registration for courses can be completed by going to the ACTS website. Formal registration will not be confirmed until the student makes payment to ACTS by cash or cheque. Payment must be received prior to the first day of classes.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition varies depending on the course section (K, Q, or CME – see course listings above). The following rates apply to 2014-2015 and are stated in Canadian funds.
- Tuition for CME section courses taken through the Centre for Ministry Excellence (a school of ACTS/TWU) is $430 per credit hour.
- Courses offered through the Korean Worldview Program of ACTS, section K, are $510 per credit hour.
- Courses offered through Northwest Baptist College of ACTS, section Q, are $440 per credit hour.
Tuition refunds follow the ACTS policy. In some situations where financial aid funds apply and are available students may receive financial assistance. Please refer to the Financial Aid section of this website to discern how to make application. Additional fees include the application fee ($40 per person) and the Graduate Student Association fee ($3 per semester hour of credit upon registration).
Transfer of Courses
Students may transfer into the program four specific courses from previous graduate studies. These are limited to:
One course in Christianity and Culture Studies
Two courses in Biblical Studies (One from Old Testament and One from New Testament)
One course in Christian Education
Courses have to be taken at master’s level through a government registered seminary or university in Korea or through an ATS accredited institution in North America. To qualify for transfer, students must present their transcripts with their application for the program and have the transfer credits identified and evaluated as part of the normal admissions process.