The Lutheran Church has a long and distinguished tradition of lay theologians, beginning with Philipp Melanchthon himself, who authored a large part of the Book of Concord but was never ordained. Concordia, St. Catharines, has always recognized the need to provide advanced theological training to men and women who wish to back up their service to the church with a beefy understanding of the Christian faith. The Master of Theological Studies programme, available to qualified individuals from any church background who hold a baccalaureate degree, is the place to get it.
As part of the seminary’s self-study leading to accreditation of its degrees with the Association of Theological Schools, the MTS has been comprehensively rethought. The number of credit hours required has been reduced to 54 hours, making it much easier to complete in two years. In addition, students who choose a major in biblical studies will receive some credit for their work in biblical languages. And the core course requirements have been strengthened to ensure that all the basics are covered before students proceed to their research elective.
At present Concordia has two students in the MTS programme, with a third likely to enter next year. We have also had two long-time students who have taken the coursework for personal enrichment, without desiring to complete the degree. The MTS has recently attracted a lot of attention from LCC deacons and mature Christians who would like to explore their faith further. If this sounds like you, please contact us to learn more (see www.brocku.ca/concordiaseminary).