College of Christian Ministries and Religion Graduate Studies
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World-class Pentecostal Scholars
As a graduate student in Southeastern's College of Christian Ministries and Religion you will learn from the finest scholars in Pentecostalism. Southeastern's Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics Dr. Murray Dempster co-edited The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel, which is recognized as a leading text in missions studies. Professor of Religion Dr. Steven Fettke, author of God's Empowered People: A Pentecostal Theology of the Laity, is an expert on the importance of the laity in the church and teaches that professional and lay ministries are not competitive—but complementary. In addition, recent lecturers in our graduate programs have included the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, one of the first presidents of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the president of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.
Not only do our programs feature some of the most accomplished Pentecostal thinkers, our faculty has decades of practical experience planting and pastoring churches, leading and managing Christian universities, serving in missions, and educating pastors around the world. Professor of Practical Ministry Dr. Bill Hackett has trained well over 1,000 pastors in his decades-long career. And Dr. Robert Houlihan, dean of the College of Christian Ministries and Religion, has overseen 300 missionaries in 35 countries as Regional Director of Asia Pacific Assemblies of God World Missions. Dr. Houlihan also helped produce a major religious TV program in Japan, which reached more than one million people.
A Program for You
If you are a young pastor—or want to become a minister or Christian leader—we recommend enrolling in Southeastern's Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership, a 36-credit hour program that will give you the theological, Biblical, and practical knowledge to develop your ministry. If you have served in ministry for five years or more and are ready to build your ministry further, enroll in our one-year Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership executive program. Pastors in the executive program spend four days each month on Southeastern's campus, and complete the rest of each course online and in their local communities. Our newest program, the Master of Arts in Theological Studies, is a 48-credit-hour program that will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of historical, Biblical, ethical, and practical aspects of theology from a Pentecostal perspective and prepare you for doctoral-level studies in theology.