Master of Divinity Curriculum

To understand the unique nature of this M.Div. curriculum, you have to adjust your thinking from individual courses on individual topics to a web of interlocking and interrelated subjects. In addition to the specific Bible, theology, and church history courses, these foundational disciplines are integrated everywhere, every week, in every praxis course. One-fourth to one-third of the course work in the core praxis classes deals directly with biblical, theological and historical outcomes. They are woven into a tapestry of knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are exactly the mix of resources a pastor needs to bring to the immediacy of a ministry situation. Additionally, Bible, theology and church history can be explored in 15 hours of elective courses. 

Course titles are subject to change.

YEAR ONE

MDIV 500 Pastor, Church, and World (3 hours) This course introduces and overviews the six praxis domains of the Master of Divinity curriculum: mission, congregational formation, congregational life, proclamation, worship, and leadership. It also presents the foundational components of each practical domain: biblical, theological, and historical. This course is a prerequisite for all subsequent praxis courses. (Onsite, one-week intensive)

MISS 500 Cultural Contexts of Ministry (3 hours) This course explores the most relevant contexts in which a person’s ministry takes place, including the unity and diversity of local contexts, social and cultural contexts, denominational contexts, national and global contexts, as well as the kingdom context. Special attention is given to the cohort’s broader Christian context, such as the roots of American denominationalism for North Americans. (Onsite, one-week intensive)

MISS 600 Missional Church (6 hours) This course is a comprehensive, integrative approach to missional Christianity, beginning with biblical foundations and ending with the tools needed to facilitate mission, church multiplication, and service in the church today. Topics range from the classical fields of evangelism, church growth, and global missions to volunteerism and service to the world in its economic and social dimensions. The course involves contextually appropriate missional ministry and so requires that a student currently be in an approved ministry setting. Significant biblical, theological, and historical outcomes are addressed in this course. See the explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. Prerequisite: Pastor, Church, and World. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

SPIR 500 Spiritual Formation: Change and Transformation (1 hour) This course examines how change takes place in individuals. In addition to theories of personal change, special attention is given to historic examples of personal change. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

LEAD 600 Congregational Leadership (6 hours) This course is a comprehensive, integrative approach to the leadership and management of a congregation, beginning with biblical foundations and ending with the tools needed to lead in the church today. Topics range from the recruitment of staff and volunteers to managing conflict. The course involves problem-based case studies from the student’s ministry context. Significant biblical, theological, and historical outcomes are addressed in this course. See the explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. Prerequisite: Pastor, Church, and World. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

SPIR 520 Spiritual Formation: Self Awareness and Appraisal (1 hour) This course focuses on self-discovery and personal appraisal through a variety of personal and professional assessment tools. Prerequisite: Change and Transformation. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

YEAR TWO

BIBL 500 The Bible as Christian Scripture (3 hours) This course develops the two-fold skills of 1) reading the Bible in context and 2) reading it with the eyes of a Christian. The classic tools of inductive Bible study are presented alongside strategies for appropriating the Bible today. Significant biblical outcomes are addressed in MDIV630, 640, 650, 660, 670, and 680. See explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. (Onsite, one-week intensive)

THEO 500 Introduction to Christian Theology (3 hours) This course reviews the historic beliefs of orthodox Christianity, including the nature of revelation, God, Christ, the Spirit, creation, humanity, sin, salvation, the church, and the end of the age. Significant theological outcomes are addressed in MDIV630, 640, 650, 660, 670, and 680. See explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. (Onsite, one-week intensive)

WSHP 600 Christian Worship (6 hours) This course is a comprehensive, integrative approach to Christian worship, beginning with biblical foundations and ending with the tools needed to facilitate it in the church today. Topics range from administration of the historic sacraments and ordinances of the church to the use of music and media arts in contemporary worship. The course involves problem-based case studies from the student’s ministry context. Significant biblical, theological, and historical outcomes are addressed in this course. See the explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. Prerequisite: Pastor, Church, and World. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

SPIR 540 Spiritual Formation: Goal Setting and Accountability (1 hour) This course begins the process of change in previously identified areas of need through goal setting and accountability. Prerequisites: Self Awareness and Appraisal. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

PROC 600 Christian Proclamation (6 hours) This course is a comprehensive, integrative approach to Christian proclamation, beginning with biblical foundations and ending with the tools needed to communicate effectively in specific settings. Topics range from a theology of revelation to sermon preparation and various kinds of sermons. The course involves the practice of proclamation and so requires that a student currently be in an approved ministry setting. Significant biblical, theological, and historical outcomes are addressed in this course. See the explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. Prerequisite: Pastor, Church, and World. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

SPIR 560 Spiritual Formation: Mentoring and Spiritual Direction (1 hour) This course involves the connection of the minister with a spiritual mentor to whose spiritual direction they are willing to submit. The process of growth through mentoring is learned and implemented. Prerequisites: Goal Setting and Accountability. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

YEAR THREE

CHST 500 Global Christian History (3 hours) This course surveys the progress and development of Christianity around the world from its inception to the present day, with special attention to the rise and anticipated dominance of two-thirds world Christianity in the southern hemisphere. Significant historical outcomes are addressed in MDIV630, 640, 650, 660, 670, and 680. See explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. (Onsite, one-week intensive)

CONG 600 Congregational Spiritual Formation (6 hours) This course is a comprehensive, integrative approach to the education and transformation of a congregation, beginning with biblical foundations and ending with the tools needed to educate and transform a congregation into a holy people today. Topics range from developmental theories to pedagogical techniques. The course involves the practice of education and formation and so requires that a student currently be in an approved ministry setting. Significant biblical, theological, and historical outcomes are addressed in this course. See the explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. Prerequisite: Pastor, Church, and World. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

SPIR 570 Spiritual Formation: Personal and Corporate Disciplines (1 hour) This course covers the classical inward, outward, and corporate spiritual disciplines, which are carefully placed within the context of an overall process of change. Prerequisites: Mentoring and Spiritual Direction. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

PCRE 600 Congregational Relationships (6 hours) This course is a comprehensive, integrative approach to the care and fellowship of a congregation, beginning with biblical foundations and ending with the tools needed to facilitate wholeness in individuals and groups today. Topics will range from counseling theories to facilitating healthy relationships and assimilation in a congregation. The course involves problem-based case studies from the student’s ministry context. Significant biblical, theological, and historical outcomes are addressed in this course. See the explanation box at the beginning of this section for more information. Prerequisite: Pastor, Church, and World. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

SPIR 590 Spiritual Formation: Recovery and Deliverance (1 hour) This course focuses on the accomplishment of change and the goals set at the beginning of the spiritual formation sequence, with particular attention to recovery and/or deliverance from obstacles to healthy spiritual growth. Prerequisites: Personal and Corporate Disciplines. (Onsite/Online, 16 weeks)

MDIV 695 Integration Capstone (3 hours) This course completes the Master of Divinity degree with an assessment of the progress made in the program, the collection of materials into a ministerial portfolio, and the creation of a five-year plan for future ministry and personal development. Prerequisite: Completion of all six praxis courses. (Onsite, one-week intensive)

YEAR FOUR

Electives (15 hours) Students take fifteen (15) hours of electives in either online or onsite, 8-week or 16-week formats. See a list of recent and upcoming electives.