Graduate School of Theology
The Graduate School of Theology is not just a school, it’s a community. We are a community of learners and disciples, curious about our faith and history, committed to becoming the hands and feet of Christ in our world.
While we are not here to give you all the answers or tell you what to do, we are here to teach you how to ask good questions; how to be curious and virtuous in your pursuit of knowledge. We are here to show you the skills of ministry and scholarship, and offer you models of success and mentors to help you in your journey. We want you to learn how to listen and learn from those different from you and with whom you may disagree. Most of all, we want you to take what you learn here, and practically share it through word and action to a hurting world.
ACU's faculty of Christian scholars and professionals are the foundation for student success. Each faculty member is an expert in their field, and at building supportive relationships with ACU students.
- Comprehends the full range of biblical materials
- Exercises sound critical exegetical practices
- Critically evaluates scholarly views and traditional readings and applies them constructively in the interpretation of biblical texts
- Exhibits theological discernment in the identification, evaluation, and synthesis of fundamental biblical themes
- Analyzes and evaluates the key facts of the Christian tradition
- Synthesizes a coherent understanding of the Gospel and the church’s mission
- Comprehends the major theological loci of the Christian tradition and their interconnectedness with Christian faith and practice
- Critically evaluates the fundamental theological differences among major Christian traditions
- Analyzes and evaluates theological claims, formulations, and expressions in terms of their biblical, historical, philosophical, scientific, moral, and experiential dimensions
Graduates will demonstrate competency in languages appropriate for their degree
- Provides a discerning, coherent accounting of one’s internal and external vocations and motivations to pursue ministry or other related fields
- Focuses one’s attitudes, behaviors, and disciplines to live in accordance with one’s professional identity
- Expresses a clear understanding of the relationship between one’s professional identity and the life and mission of the church in the world
- Honestly and critically evaluates one’s own functioning in a professional role
- Skillfully gathers information, critically analyzing, synthesizing, and applying it
- Critically analyzes arguments and evaluates claims
- Applies appropriate methodology in formulating coherent theological proposalsIn written and oral communication makes clear, concise proposals and constructs coherent arguments
- In oral and written communication conveys ideas accurately and is consistently understandable in diverse settings and for various audiences