The Master of Theological Essentials (MTE) provides a foundation for Christian thought. Students learn the biblical story from Genesis to Revelation, develop essential theological skills, and apply those skills in a ministry environment.
The MTE is a 36 credit-hour degree focused on core theological fields, and all of the required courses of the MTE can be applied to Gateway's other master's programs.
Old Testament Introduction 1 & 2
New Testament Introduction 1 & 2
Church History 1 & 2
Christian Theology 1 &2
Theological Field Education
The MTE will enable students to:
Exhibit an introductory graduate-level understanding of the Bible's content, contexts, structure, and message; and demonstrate the ability to conduct solid research with a goal of properly applying the Bible to modern life.
Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the Christian historical, theological, and ethical frameworks commonly held in the believers' church tradition to sustain ministerial leadership to God's glory.
Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the Christian ethical framework commonly held in the believers' church tradition to sustain ministerial leadership to God's glory.
Understand and establish appropriate life and ministry focus, priorities, and boundaries.
Identify and affirm God’s shaping of the student as to calling, ministry giftedness, strengths and growth edges, and personality dynamics.