McAfee School of Theology Dr. Nash Speaking

The faculty of the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University has designed a course of study which provides students with an integrated approach to theological studies. The minister must "know, be, and do," -- that is, he or she must know the story of the faith, must live the story of the faith, and must have skills to perform certain functions as a minister of the faith. The courses integrate the academic, the spiritual, and the practical at three levels.

First, students at the McAfee School of Theology have the benefit of the resources of the larger university and academic community of which it is a part. Students may, for example, take classes in Mercer’s School of Education and School of Business and Economics. They have access to the extensive library holdings of both the Atlanta and the Macon campuses, including full access to state-of-the-art computer systems. Students may also have opportunities to cross register for courses at other academic institutions including Columbia Theological Seminary, Emory University, and the Interdenominational Theological Center through Mercer’s participation in the University Center in Georgia, a consortium of eighteen institutions of higher education in the Atlanta-Athens area.

Second, the curriculum of the McAfee School of Theology is fully integrated around the concepts of "knowing," "being," and "doing." The curriculum provides every student with the essential knowledge for ministry by including courses in the classical disciplines of Old Testament, New Testament, Preaching, Evangelism, Church History, Theology, Hebrew, and Greek. It also provides every student with opportunities for personal spiritual formation and development as well as practical experience in her or his chosen field of ministry with a trained mentor.

Third, each course of the McAfee School of Theology integrates other disciplines into its instruction. For example, students in the Old Testament course study not only the content of the Old Testament, but also biblical Hebrew, Old Testament theology, preaching and teaching from the Old Testament, the Old Testament throughout Church History, and using the Old Testament in evangelism. Students in the Preaching course study cultural contexts of preaching; preaching as priest, physician, teacher, and evangelist; pastoral and ethical issues of preaching; and preaching the forms of scripture such as narrative, poetry, doctrine, and instruction, all in a single course.