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.

Mercer University Catalog

It is the policy of Mercer University to adhere to the rules and regulations, course offerings, and financial charges that are announced in the Catalog or in other Mercer University publications. The University, nevertheless, hereby gives notice that it reserves the right to withdraw any subject, to change its rules affecting the admission and retention of students or the granting of credit or degrees, or to alter its fees and other charges, whenever such changes are adjudged by it to be desirable or necessary. Attendance at Mercer University is a privilege that may be forfeited by anyone whose conduct is adjudged as inconsistent with the traditions, policies, and regulations of the University.


Note: A majority of student policies and resources can be found in the Mercer University Student Handbook and the University Catalog found at However, many academic programs and regional academic centers have additional information and policies pertaining to the specific population of students they serve. These resources, when taken as a whole, provide students with a basic understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Mercer students.


Students are encouraged to review these documents and to contact the Office of Student Affairs professional on their campus if they have any questions (see contact information for the various campuses in the University Student Handbook). Online copies will contain the most up to date versions of policies and supersede any printed copies should any discrepancies exist. These documents may be provided in an alternative format upon request.

Students at the McAfee School of Theology should consult the Mercer University Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus Catalog and the Student Handbooks listed below.

Mercer University Student Handbook

The Mercer University Handbook applies to all students, regardless of academic program of study or geographic location (including distance learning students) and is available as a pdf for printing.The online version supersedes any printed version. Some individual colleges, programs, and campuses summarize this information and/or provide additional content and policies that apply solely to their particular students in the form of Supplemental Handbooks. These Supplemental Handbooks are listed below.  Please note that the Mercer University Student Handbook supersedes information found in Supplemental Handbooks.

Supplemental Handbooks:

Please direct questions regarding any supplemental handbooks to the Academic Dean's office of the appropriate college, school, or program in which you are enrolled.  For questions regarding the Mercer University Student Handbook, please call the Dean of Students on either the Macon Campus at (478) 301-2685 or the Atlanta Campus at (678) 547-6821. To obtain a copy of any handbook in an alternative format, please contact the Office of Access and Accommodations at (478) 301-2778.

McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University Supplemental Student Handbooks