The Graduate Certificate in Contextual Theology & Practice challenges students to examine and evaluate their own situational contexts in light of the biblical context. The program equips students to understand how theology has been done and lived out in a variety of contexts, including the first-century biblical context and different global, racial, ethnic, culture, and worldview contexts. The purpose is to prepare students to serve God and to participate in his redemptive mission in the unique context where God has called them.
A critical concern for most students is an unawareness of their own situational contexts, which largely shape and inform their theological presuppositions and spiritual formation and practice. The Graduate Certificate in Contextual Theology & Practice leads students to recognize, study, and evaluate their own particular contexts and prepare them for missional service in that context or other contexts where God may call them through an understanding of how theology has been done and lived out in different historical and global contexts.