Wycliffe Launches a New Program in Urban and International Development
Monday April 6th, 2009
The conversation around the table in the refectory was animated. In all, roughly a dozen students were gathered around Dr. Marion Taylor, offering input for the launch of a new stream in Development for the Master of Theological Studies degree. Some of the students had been on mission trips; others had undergraduate degrees in International Development. Their consistent message was that Wycliffe's new program was exactly the right direction to be taking. Current students, experienced professionals and early retirees are all seeking opportunities to put their faith in action.
In September 2009, Wycliffe’s MTS in Development will begin classes and internships that will prepare students to put their faith and skills to work in God’s world. Students will connect with people and organizations that are responding to global poverty and injustice. They will deepen their faith as they take courses that provide a solid theological education and Christian world-view that honours and empowers others. They will prepare for careers in Christian or secular development, whether locally, or around the world.
Exciting linkages are being made with various NGOs who are ready to provide internships and hands-on training that could lead to employment in the future. A significant component of the program will be two experiential segments: a placement locally with an organization that serves worldwide; and a five to six month experiential placement - either locally or overseas - in a development setting. Students will meet with program advisors to assess the best fit between their existing skills and prior experience and their goals for future employment.
Wycliffe College is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in North America. Wycliffe’s MTS in Development builds on the success of our existing MTS program and reflects Wycliffe College’s long standing interest in training students to serve God in the church and the world.