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Are you currently in ministry among Jewish people or thinking about applying as a mission worker? Do you work for a church or serve as a volunteer in an area with a high concentration of Jewish people? Are you hoping to gain some expertise on witnessing to Jewish people to share with your congregation? Are you finishing a career, thinking of retirement, and wanting to continue learning and making yourself available to serve the Lord—perhaps among Jewish people? Then the following opportunity might just be perfect for you.
The Jews for Jesus ministry is delighted to announce a unique partnership with Western Seminary’s San Jose campus to offer the Master of Arts degree specialized in Jewish Ministry. This program is designed for anyone engaged in, or desiring preparation for, vocational ministry among Jewish people. The flexible course design is especially good for students who would benefit from distance learning opportunities, as well as a modular in-residence course format. The curriculum will provide specialized, graduate level, theological, biblical, anthropological and intercultural studies in the specialized field of Jewish ministry.
Students have the opportunity to take a sequence of courses to build their understanding of Bible and theology. The additional core courses are strategically designed for specialization in Jewish ministry.
Sixty (60) units are required to fulfill the MA specialized in Jewish Ministry. Students who have been engaged in at least half-time ministry for one year prior to enrollment are eligible for the in-ministry option, where residential courses are offered on a more flexible schedule with other students in the same specialized program. Classes are held at Western’s San Jose campus or in facilities near the Jews for Jesus headquarters in San Francisco. Nearly half of the courses are available in the distance learning format using digitized materials in the home, and interaction with an instructor via correspondence.
Coursework is fully integrative for anyone who desires to go on to complete a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree (90 units). Students desiring only the Bible, theology and Jewish Ministry courses may complete a Graduate Studies Diploma (30 units). A Graduate Studies Certificate is offered for anyone interested in the Jewish Ministry courses alone (16 units to complete).
The best of Jews for Jesus scholarship and field experience will be incorporated into the Jewish Ministry course curriculum. Our senior staff will contribute to the design and delivery of that aspect of course material.
For more information or to enroll, e-mail, write or phone Western Seminary, go to: http://www.westernseminary.edu/SanJose/index.htm.
16330 Los Gatos Blvd., Suite 100
Los Gatos, CA 95032-4520
Phone: 408-356-6889 or 877-900-6889
To enroll with the Jews for Jesus in-ministry study group, contact Tuvya Zaretsky, director for staff development:
c/o Jews for Jesus
10962 Le Conte Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310-443-9553 or [email protected]
Tuvya Zaretsky is one of the founders of the Jews for Jesus ministry. He was the first field missionary beginning his service in February 1974. Tuvya continues to serve the Lord, now as the Director of Staff Development internationally, based out of the Los Angeles office. He also chairs the Board for the Jews for Jesus branch in Tel Aviv, Israel. Tuvya was raised in Northern California in the institutions of American Judaism. During his bar mitzvah at age thirteen, Tuvya read from Isaiah 6:1-8 and declared with the prophet, Hineni-Here I am, send me!" However, his search for God and spiritual truth didn't come into focus until ten years later, when a Christian colleague encouraged him to seek God in the pursuit of truth. Tuvya came to believe in Y'shua (Jesus) on December 7, 1970. Ever since, he has been joyfully saying to God, "Hineni-Here am I." The full story is available by that title, in a booklet form here. Tuvya has provided the leadership of Jews for Jesus branches and evangelistic campaigns in major cities of the US and in Israel. He headed up the Las Vegas Behold Your God (BYG) campaign in 2005 and co-led the 2006 BYG outreach in New Jersey. He is now also an administrator for the website www.JewishGentileCouples.com. In April, 1989, Zaretsky was present at the Willowbank Consultation on the Christian Gospel and the Jewish people, that produced the watershed Willowbank Declaration. Tuvya has presented missiology papers at the Evangelical Theological Society, the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism (LCJE) and at the Global Diaspora Missiology Consultation in 2006. He currently serves as president for the International Coordinating Committee of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism, a networking body of Jewish mission agencies. He was editor of the Lausanne Occasional Paper 60, Jewish Evangelism" A Call to the Church in 2004. He was a contributing author of Israel the Land and People edited by H. Wayne House (Kregel Publishers, 1998). His doctoral dissertation, co-authored with Dr. Enoch Wan, was published as Jewish-Gentile Couples: Trends, Challenges and Hopes (William Carey Library Publishers, 2004). He authored or edited articles for the June 2006 issue of MISHKAN themed, "The Gospel and Jewish-Gentile Couples" (Jerusalem) . And in 2008 he was coordinator and contributor for the World Evangelical Alliance Consultation that produced "The Berlin Declaration on the Uniqueness of Christ and Jewish Evangelism in Europe Today". In 2013 Zaretsky was appointed to serve as the Senior Associate for Jewish Evangelism by the International Lausanne Movement. Tuvya has an M.A. in Missiology concentrating in Judaic Studies from Fuller Seminary's School of Intercultural Studies and the Doctor of Missiology degree from the Division of Intercultural Studies at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is married to Ellen, who is also a Jewish Believer in Jesus. They have three young adult children: Jesse, Abbie and Kaile.