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 ministry studies acknowledgement:
MCS 535: Communicating
To view official Master of
Christian Studies information,
Summer Term Registration Forms have been mailed and should arrive by May 4.
MCS 538, Introduction to Christian Leadership, will
be taught by Dr. Gary Peil, June 4 - July 23, 2013.
MCS 537, Introduction to Christian Ethics, will be
taught by Dr. Roger Duke, June 6 - July 25, 2013.
2013 Summer Term
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."
MCS 520, Bible Study for Preaching
and Teaching, yaught 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,
MCS 545, Thelogy 1, taught by Dr. Ken Easley, October 16 - December
MCS 531, Church History 2,
taught by Dr. Frank Anderson, August 21 - October 9, 2012.
MCS 536, Evangelism &
Missions, taught by Dr. David Olford, August 23 - October 4, 2012.
MCS 530, Church History 1, taught by Dr. Jim
Patterson, June 5 - July 24, 2012.
MCS 505, Old Testament 2, taubht by Dr. Jason
Hood, June 7 - July 26, 2012.
MCS 537, Introduction to Christian Ethics, taught by
Dr. Roger Duke, 03.27.2012 - 05.15.2012.
MCS 538, Intro to Christian Leadership, taught by Dr.
Gary Peil, 03.29.2012 - 05.17.2012.
MCS 535, Communicating Biblical Truth, taught by Dr.
David Olford, 01.31.2012 - 03.13.2012.
MCS 520, Bible Study for Preaching and Teaching,
taught by Dr. Ken Easley, 02.02.2012 - 03.15.2012
MCS 515, New Testament
2, taught by Dr. Ken Easley, 01.03-26.2012.
MCS 500, Old Testament 1, taught by Dr. Jason Hood, 01.03-26.2012.
MCS 510, New Testament
1, taught by Dr. David Olford, Tuesdays, 10.18.2011-12.6.2011.
MCS 546, Theology 2,
Thursdays, taught by Dr. Aaron O'Kelley, 10.20.2011-10.8.2011.
MCS 539, Ministry of
Biblical Counsel, taught by Dr. Matt Smith, 8.23.2011-10.11.2011.
MCS 545, Theology 1,
taught by Dr. Ken Easley, 8.25.2011-10.6.2011.
MCS 536, Evangelism and Missions, by Dr.
David Olford, June 7 - July 26, 2011.
MCS 537, Church History 2, taught by Dr. Frank Anderson, June 9
- July 28, 2011.
Old Testament 2, taught by Dr.
Ken Easley, Tuesdays, March 29 - May 17, 2011.
Church History 1, taught by Dr. Jim Patterson, Thursdays, March 31
Intro to Christian Leadership, taught by Dr. Gary Peil, Feb 1, 2011,
through March 15, 2011.
Intro to Christian Ethics, taught by Dr. Roger Duke, Feb 3, 2011, through
March 17, 2011.
Bible Study for Preaching/Teaching, taught by Dr. Aaron O'Kelley , January 4-27, 2011.
Truth, taught by Dr. David Olford, January 4-27,
This page last updated 05/06/2013