Dr. Ken Easley
Program Director, Master of Christian Studies
Stephen Olford Center at Union University
4000 Riverdale Road, Memphis, TN 38115
901.432.7145 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Master of Christian Studies has proven to be an ideal degree for church leaders ready to take their knowledge of the Bible and their preparation for ministry to the next level. Scores of church staff members and dedicated lay persons have benefitted from new insights gained from their experiences in this “Master of Divinity core curriculum equivalent” program.
The MCS has served students well since it was launched in 2005 on the main campus in Jackson, Tennessee, and now also in the Memphis and Nashville areas. We are pleased to announce that in order to achieve greater flexibility, the pathway to the degree has been revised. Previously, the MCS consisted of 14 courses of 3 hours each, with no electives, for a total of 42 hours for the degree.
This past spring, the faculty of the School of Theology and Missions faculty revised the plan of study so that it now consists of 11 courses of 3 hours each, for a total of 33 hours for the degree. However, we are retaining 3 former required courses, which are now electives, in the curriculum. These will continue to be offered in our curriculum plan, but will now be marked as electives.
The good news is that students completing these 3 elective courses in addition to the required 11 courses will receive a special ministry studies track acknowlegement. We urge all students to consider the benefit of acquiring this additional education. In a sense, this is like adding a minor to an undergraduate degree program.
The 11 required courses for the Master of Christian Studies are as follows:
CLASSIC STUDIES: PRACTICAL STUDIES:
MCS 500 and MCS 505: Old Testament 1 and 2
MCS 520: Bible Study for Preaching and Teaching
MCS 530 and 531: Church History 1 and 2 MCS 538: Christian Leadership
MCS 545 and MCS 546: Theology 1 and 2
The 3 elective courses that now comprise the "Certificate in Ministry Leadership" are as follows:
MCS 535: Communicating
To view official Master of
Christian Studies information,
For Paper Template,
2013-14 Academic Year (Tentative Schedule)
*Courses marked "CML or
elective" above are required for students who choose the 42-hour track
that includes the "Certificate in Ministry Leadership."
510, New Testament 1, taught by Dr. Ken Easley, Tuesdays,
January 28 - March 11, 2014.
546, Theology 2,
taught by Dr. Aaron O'Kelley, Thursdays, January 30 - March 13, 2014.
MCS 545, Theology 1, taught by Dr. Ken Easley, Tuesdays and Thursdays, January
MCS 536, Evangelism and Missions, taught by Dr. David Olford, Tuesdays, October 15 - December 10.
MCS 531, Church History
taught by Dr. Frank Anderson, Thursdays, October 17 - December 12.
MCS 505, Old Testament 2, taught by Dr. Kelvin Moore, Augsust 20 - October 8.
MCS 530, Church History 1, taught by Dr. Jim Patterson, August 22 - October 3.
MCS 538, Introduction to Christian Leadership, taught by Dr. Gary Peil, June 4 - July 23, 2013.
MCS 537, Introduction to Christian Ethics, taught by Dr. Roger Duke, June 6 - July 25, 2013.
MCS 520, Bible Study for Preaching
and Teaching, taught by Dr. Ken Easley,April 2 - May 14, 2013,
MCS 535, Communicating
Biblical Truth, taught by Dr. David Olford, April 4 - May 16, 2013,
MCS 500, Old Testament 1, taught by Dr. Jason HoodJanuary 29 -
March 19, 2013.
MCS 515, New Testament 2, taught by Dr. Aaron
O'Kelley, January 31 - March 21, 2013.
MCS 546, Theology 2, taught by Dr. Ken Easley, January 2-24, 2013.
MCS 510, New Testament 1, taught by Dr. David Olford, January 2-24,
This page last updated 02/28/2014