ELKART, IND.—Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) is launching a new fully online master of arts degree in theology and global Anabaptism. The 46-credit-hour interdisciplinary academic degree program—which can be completed over four years on a part-time basis—builds on the seminary’s historic Anabaptist identity and longstanding peace studies program to prepare scholars, teachers, pastors and leaders to integrate Anabaptist understandings of Scripture and theology with service in their current and future communities. In addition to studying the biblical, theological and historical foundations of the Anabaptist tradition, students in the new program will analyze how Anabaptism developed in Western and non-Western contexts, and will deepen their faith through spiritual and intercultural formation. Students will gain skills for engaging in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, communicating the relevance of Anabaptist Christianity today, and leading congregations and other peacebuilding organizations and communities. The new master’s degree will balance core requirements with elective options so that students can design a program that meets their goals for future study or ministry. While students can earn the degree at a distance, they also can opt to complete the program in less time by spending a semester or more on campus studying full time. To learn more, visit ambs.edu/matga.
An online Islam and Christian-Muslim relations course taught by Jacqueline Hoover, left, will be an elective course for the new master of arts degree in theology and global Anabaptism. (Photo by Peter Ringenberg)