Applied Church Disciplines
The Department of Applied Church Disciplines of the Moscow Theological Academy was established in 2004 in the process of reforming the system of theological education of the Russian Orthodox Church. The head of the chair from its foundation until the end of December 2018 was Professor Archpriest Vladislav Tsypin. On 1 January 2019, Archpriest Alexander Zadornov was appointed Acting Head of the Department. The predecessor of the Department was the Commission of Applied Church Disciplines, established in the mid-60s of the XX century. The Commission was headed by renowned professors of the Moscow Theological Academy: Archpriest Alexander Vetelev, Hegumen Mark (Lozinsky), A. I. Georgievsky, and Archimandrite Matthew (Mormyl).
On of the most unique aspects of the Department of Applied Church Disciplines is that it unites specialists of various church disciplines: pastorology, liturgy, canon law, missiology, church singing, etc. The Departmen offers about 47 disciplines and practices in the bachelor's, master's and post-graduate studies. The Department offers the basic educational programs of higher education in the following areas of specialization:
- 48.03.01 Theology, specialization in "Practical Orthodox Theology" at the bachelor's degree level;
- "Training of ministers and religious personnel of religious organizations", specialization in "Pastorology and Liturgy" in the Master's degree programme.
In addition, the Department is responsible for the Master's Degree of the Distance Learning Department of the Moscow Theological Academy.
The activity of the Department of Applied Church Disciplines, as well as the whole Фcademy, is carried out under the conditions of a permanent reform of the Academy and Seminary education. In the course of the reform, new disciplines were introduced into the curricula of the bachelor's, master's and post-graduate studies. The teachers, who were charged with teaching new subjects, special courses and practices, developed programs, which were tested at the meetings of the department. The members of the department were members of the working group on the development of the new system's concept of theological education, participated in the preparation and discussion of documents related to the implementation of the reform.
The Deparment also carries out expert work at the request of the Holy Patriarch and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church. On behalf of the clergy, the teachers of the department prepared notes and draft documents on canonical, liturgical and pastoral topics, in particular, in connection with the activities of the Interconventional presence.