School of Theology
Students enrolled in the School of Theology usually aspire to take up the profession of a pastor, or wish to solve theological issues out of scientific interest. The study of theology is founded on biblical statements that are placed in the context of human existence. The self-revelation of Jesus Christ, His treatment of and ministry for mankind are the epitome of all contemplation, investigation and application. Theology aims to assist people in living out their ethical values, in their search for meaning and interpreting their world. It intends to show individuals ways to manage their lives, to empower them to act responsibly in society and towards the environment. It guides individuals to make a contribution towards transforming society through credibly proclaiming and existentially living the ethics of Jesus Christ in the post-modern times of the twenty-first century.
Theological studies at Friedensau Adventist University are divided into six departments:
The Departments for the Old Testament and the New Testament focus on biblical studies working towards an understanding of the various canonical texts in their historical and social context. The history of God’s interaction with individuals as well as with His people forms this context, from the beginning of the world to its completion, with the life, ministry and death of Jesus as the central act of salvation history.
In the Department for Systematic Theology and Ethics, specific topics are pursued in the context of the whole Bible, contemplating on their significance for the individual as well as for the church. Christian teachings, their various elaborated forms and implications are the objects of investigation.
In the Department for Church History, the developments of the Christian faith in its aberrations and entanglements and efforts towards reform are retraced with respect to a church and to a people. The history of the Adventist Church is emphasized - from its beginning to its present form as an independent protestant church.
The Pastoral Theology Department seeks to illuminate theology in its practical context and to explore fields of practical application. Preaching and pastoral counselling in various situations are examples of such practical fields.
The Department for Mission and Church Growth rounds up the faculty as the youngest field of research. Theology does not exist for its own sake. It’s about mission as an offer to live truthfully despite the challenge and complexity of social and cultural relationships. It is also about church growth through a network of spiritually motivated social services in an immediate environment and in a wider context of operation. Through the concerted efforts of the individual departments, supported by the knowledge of biblical languages and the findings of psychology, philosophy and social science, the student receives complete preparation for engaging himself or herself in science and professional services.
The following fully accredited degrees are offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Theology (B.A.)
In 6 semesters, students will build the foundation needed for pastoral work in biblical, linguistic, and humanities courses. Possible careers in: evangelism/preaching; youth work; religious education; international pastoral work.
Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.)
4 semesters with an emphasis on personal and professional qualification in theology, counselling, preaching and missions. The M.A. prepares students for pastoral work in the Seventh-day Adventist church.
The Theological Faculty cooperates closely in research and instruction with the following institutes at the university:
- Institute for Integrated Family, Child and Youth Social Work
- Institute for Family and Social Research
- Institute for Tolerance Research
- Institute for Development Cooperation
- Institute for Church Music
- Institute for Old Testament and Biblical Archaeology