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Master of Arts Intensives

Once a year, usually in July, August or September, regular lectures are cancelled to make way for the week long Master of Arts intensive subject. These are conducted by world-renowned scholars, often from overseas. To date, intensives have been taken by Guy Prentiss Waters, Gerald Bray, Tremper Longman, Paul Barnett, Ed Welch, Philip Satterthwaite, and others.

All full time students are permitted to audit these subjects at no cost.


Biblical Counselling and Physiology

With Dr Michael Emlet (MD, MDiv) of the CCEF

7th - 11th August, 9am - 4pm daily

Register here

PTC are thrilled to host Dr Michael Emlet from the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) to present our annual MA(Th) Intensive.

Dr Emlet is a CCEF Faculty Member and lectures in Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. His experience of working as a family physician for twelve years, as well as his many years of scriptural counselling experience since joining CCEF, make him well-equipped to speak on this complex area of counselling.


Monday 7th AugustRegistrationIntroductory Case Study
Tuesday 8th AugustBiblical Anthropology and its Counseling Implications
Chronic Pain
Wednesday 9th AugustUnderstanding Psychoactive Medications; Biblical Perspectives on Psychiatry
Thursday 10th AugustAddictions
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Friday 11th AugustBipolar disorder; Demon Oppression/Possession

When to Refer; Final Q & A


This course will be available to take for credit (at both the BTh/Min and MDiv/Min level), or to audit for personal development.

No pre-requisites or co-requisites.

required reading (Credit students):

(Recommended reading for audit students)


Credit - please contact our registrar to discuss fees at

Audit - $250 for the week, or $50 per day

All attendees should register using the form linked below, only audit students will be taken to payment page. Students enrolling for credit will be contacted by the Registrar. 


Lunch will be available to purchase from food & coffee vans, which will visit the College daily during the course.

Register here


Theology and Preaching of Old Testament Wisdom Literature

With Dr Richard Belcher Jnr (BA, MDiv, STM, PhD)

8th - 12th August


Covenant - Key to the Bibible

With Professor Guy Waters (BA, MDiv, PhD)

27th - 31st July

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"A Biblical Theology of Covenant" with professor Guy Prentiss Waters, Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, USA.

The purpose of this unit was "to explore the motif of covenant as that motif is set forth and developed in the Old and New Testaments"

  • Interpret critically selected passages that are related to the motif of covenant
  • Examine critically biblical motifs that surface in conjunction with biblical texts addressing "covenant"




With Dr Richard Belcher Jnr (BA, MDiv, STM, PhD)

4th - 8th August

Dr Richard Belcher is OT lecturer at Reformed Theological Seminary, has a PhD from Westminster Seminary, and considerable pastoral experience. He has written various articles and books on Hebrew poetry, and the Psalms in particular.


Intensive on Romans

With Professor Guy Waters (BA, MDiv, PhD)

22nd - 26th July

Dr Waters is Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson. He has qualifications from UPenn, Westminster and Duke, and is the author of several influential books, including How Jesus Runs the Church and Justification and the New Perspectives on Paul.


History of Biblical Interpretation

With Dr Gerald Bray (BA, MLitt, DLitt)

Dr Bray is a research professor of divinity, history and doctrine at Beeson Divinity School. His publication 'The Doctrine of God' is one of his most well known; he is also editor of the 'Churchman' journal. He presented the first MA(Th) Intensive at the PTC in 2004. 


With Dr Ed Welch (MDiv, PhD)

Ed is an adjunct professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and is on the staff of CCEF, the Christian Counselling and Education Foundation. 

Ed has published extensively in the field of biblical counselling, including:

  • The Counselor’s Guide to the Brain and Its Disorders
  • Running in CirclesAddictive Behavior
  • Blame It on the Brain
  • When People are Big and God is Small
  • Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave
  • Depression: A Stubborn Darkness
  • Running Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of Rest