Florida Theological University

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Florida Theological University

subsidiary of Florida Theological Ministries, Inc

Approved by the Commission For Independent Education of the Florida Department of Education

Phone: ( 954)  533-7677

             (954)   530-3705

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“Commissioned to Equip the Chosen to Reach the World”


“Reaching Out To All To Prepare The Chosen Few

A Distance Learning University All Classes

Online Study Anytime Anywhere 

FALL SEMESTER

2019

REGISTRATION


August 1, 2020      ●        August 11, 2020

Class Start:                     August 18, 2020

       Class End:                    December 31, 2020


SPRING SEMESTER

2020

REGISTRATION


October 1, 2020    ●     December 7, 2020

            Class Start:              January 11, 2021

       Class End:             May 9, 2021


SUMMER SEMESTER

2021

REGISTRATION


March 1, 2021         ●        April 30, 2021

Class Start:                  May 9, 2021

Class End:                August 5, 2021


(Session A-5/9 -6/24)

(Session B-6/27 -8/5)

All Classes Online!

Study Anytime Anywhere


Early Registration Dates. All Class Registration End First Day of Class


Why Study Theology?


Reasons for studying theology boils down to the fact that everything is theological. Everything comes down to how a person answers the question of God.


  • Does God exist?
  • If God exists, who is He and what’s He like?
  • How are we humans to respond to Him?
  • How does God want us to treat His creation and other people?
  • It’s from questions such as these that we build our worldviews. But how might this play out in everyday living?Suppose you are faced with a situation where your friends are making fun of another person. How might you respond? The Bible teaches that everyone should be treated with respect because they are made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-28; 9:6; and James 3:8-9). In this case, our theology, which is based on Scripture, informs us of how we are to treat other people (see reason 4 below for a fuller explanation).


To know what you believe and why you believe it

Sadly, many Christians have never taken the time to think through what they believe, which can be dangerous. Suppose I believe that the moon is made of green cheese. Just because I believe that green cheese is what the moon is made up of doesn’t make it so. In the same way with our theology, just because I believe something doesn’t necessarily make it the case. Christians are called to study so they can "correctly handle the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15). Moreover, studying what we believe, and why we believe it, helps us recognize how Christianity is different from other worldviews and religions in the world.


To defend the faith and guard against false teaching

Not only should Christians know what it is that they believe and why they believe it, it’s also important for Christians to know these things in order to defend Christian truth claims (apologetics). Jesus’ disciple, Peter, tells believers that they are to “be prepared” and “make a defense” for the hope that they have (1 Peter 3:15). Jude, Jesus half-brother, calls on Christians to “contend for the faith” (Jude 3). Jesus warns believers to watch out for false teachers. Sometimes they may look like sheep, but often they’re wolves in disguise (Matt 7:15). Paul, too, tells believers to watch out for “vain” philosophies that are grounded in “human tradition” and not Christ (Colossians 2:1-4, 8).


Our beliefs impact our actions

I’ve once heard it said that “ideas have legs.” That’s true, and Paul seems to think so, too. In the book of Romans (Romans 12:1-2), Paul urges Christians not to “conform” to how the world works and thinks. But how are Christians to do this? By renewing their minds! Renewing our minds transforms us. Prayer, study, worship, and reflection are all ways in which we renew our minds. When we engage in theology, we are participating in renewing our minds by studying and thinking hard about God, his world, and God’s work in the world.


As a means of worship

Lastly, theology is ultimately about worship. When asked by a teacher of the Jewish law about which of the commandments was the greatest, Jesus responded by saying that we are to love God with every ounce of our being—including our minds (Mark 12:28-30). Everything that we do should be done in order to know God and to glorify Him through our lives.


Why study Divinity?


Divinity often appeals to prospective students who share some of the following traits:

  • the desire to work with people, or in groups
  • a talent for initiating activities and programs
  • a call to help or motivate people
  • the mission to make a difference in the world
  • Whether you decide to combine degrees or not, here are some of the careers that you could aspire to once you earn your degree.
1. Secular Ministries

You can start your own ministry with the added benefit of your training in Divinity. Ministries are customized depending on who you want your target audience to be: men, females, mothers, recovering alcoholics, even pet lovers. A ministry does not have to be entirely based on religion. They can serve as a social service that people can use to get together and share common views. You would serve as their primary adviser and motivator. You can earn money from grants, donations, or special funding requested on behalf of those you will be helping. Also, you can create more than one type of ministry, which can expand your skills and experience working with different types of populations.


2. Chaplain, military or civilian

Ordained ministers with a Masters of Divinity can apply for a direct commission through the armed forces. This would allow you to enter the military directly as a commissioned officer, starting as a first lieutenant and then progressing on. Military pay and benefits for commissioned officers are quite competitive, and you would be working hand in hand with those who defend our nation, as well as with their families. Prisons, jails, and certain large organization also use chaplains to officiate ceremonies, as peer mediators, or as additional support for the morale and welfare of the company.


3. Counseling

If you add a counseling license to your Divinity degree you can open your services to a broader group of people who may find you more trustworthy and dependable thanks to your background in theology and faith. Adding the spiritual dimension to a counseling program can reach people who deeply need a new perspective in life. This includes chronically ill patients, grief and loss sufferers, people who are undergoing big changes, or people who are depressed and need something more than plain psychoanalysis.


4. Teaching

Since a master’s degree lets you teach at a college level, you can use the different areas within your training to find fitting teaching jobs ranging from history, theology, creative writing, and even English as a Second Language (ESL) for students who need exposure to the English language. You could lead writing teams as well as research teams that can maximize your experience working with groups as a leader.


5. Family Advocacy

The federal, as well as state governments, have family and community agencies that are created for the purpose of providing advisory services, counseling, and educational services to those who need it. There are also services for victims of abuse, and other opportunities for mentoring. These agency jobs often come with health benefit packages and step-based salaries, which means that your pay increases throughout your time in service. Look up governmental and federal agencies that work directly with families, youth, and career services to learn more about their work opportunities and requirements.


6. Inspirational Speaker

Groups such as the Toastmasters are made of people from a diversity of professional and educational backgrounds. Their jobs are to spread strong and meaningful messages through the art of public speaking. A degree in Divinity lets you combine your knowledge of faith and theology to create speeches that can inspire others. As a member of one of these public speaking groups you can be hired as a guest speaker for corporations and non-profit organizations. It is a great opportunity to let your knowledge show, and to make a difference in someone’s life.


7. Travel Abroad teacher/chaperon

There are hundreds of travel abroad programs designed to enrich the learning experiences of middle school, high school, and college students through exposure to new cultures and countries. A master’s degree in Divinity gives you the opportunity to become educated in plenty of cultural and historical topics. You will learn about multicultural aspects of theology, such as Greek influences, Latin and Jewish documents, World History, and research methodology. This would make you a prime candidate for mentoring in travel abroad programs. Travel abroad opportunities are open year-round. There is funding available for chaperons as well as resources to raise funds for trips and spending money.


8. Writer

A master’s in Divinity gives you plenty of opportunities to research on the many interesting topics that arise as part of your studies. Documenting your learning can result in writing for journals, or starting your own writing venture to become a published author. This will open a lot of doors for you as a professional, since published scholars are always held in high regard in the academic arena. You may find your niche in the writing community and enjoy conducting investigations in your area of interest. In turn, you can write grants for you funding sources or find employment at a college setting as an investigator or assistant to an investigator in your area.




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