Curriculum

The following are the course requirements for the M.Div. Classes are divided into the categories of context, story of the church, interpretation, and the church's mission. Context teaches students to integrate theology in contemporary cultural contexts. Story of the Church explores the narrative of God's people both in Scripture and in the history of Christianity. Interpretation helps students develop the theological skills of biblical language proficiency and a theological method. Finally, the Church's Mission, teaches specific ministry and missions skills relevant to the student's intended vocational outcomes.

Additionally, the e-Portfolio Review and English Bible Exam represent co-curricular assignments focused on measuring the outcomes of theological knowledge and the ability to synthesize that knowledge with a ministry context.

Requirements for the Masters of Divinity in ministry are:
  1. Context, 15 hours
            BIBM 602 GST Orientation
            BIBM 603 Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
            BIBM 657 Contexts of Ministry 
            BIBM 658 Leading in Contexts 
            BIBM 629 Field Education or BIBM 609 Healthcare Ministry
            BIBM 679 Theological Reflection in Practice
  2. The Story of the Church, 24-27 hours:
        a. Scripture, 15 hours
            BIBL 610 Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
            BIBL 620 Advanced Introduction to the New Testament
            BIBL 611 Old Testament Theology or
                BIBL 621 New Testament Theology or 
                Text Elective
            Text Electives, 6 hours
       b. History, 9-12 hours
            BIBH 651 Church History I
            BIBH 652 Church History II
            BIBH 664 Advanced Restoration History
            History elective or Theology elective (area 3b)
  3.  Interpretation, 21-24 hours
        a. Theological Languages, 15 hours
            BGRK 611 Elementary New Testament Greek I 
            BGRK 612 Elementary New Testament Greek II 
            BHEB 671 Introduction to Hebrew I
            BHEB 672 Introduction to Hebrew II
            BGRK 621 Intermediate New Testament Greek or
                BHEB 681 Intermediate Hebrew Readings I
     b.  Systematic Theology, 6-9 hours
            BIBD 660 Introduction to Systematic Theology
            Philosophy or Theology elective
            Theology elective or History elective (area 2b)
  4. The Church’s Mission, 12 hours
            BIBM 648 Christian Spiritual Formation
            Ministry/Missions electives, 9 hours 
  5. Electives, 9 hours
  6. English Bible Exam
  7. E-portfolio review
Requirements for the Masters of Divinity in missions are:
  1. Context, 15 hours
            BIBM 602 GST Orientation
            BIBM 603 Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
            BIBM 657 Contexts of Ministry 
            BIBM 658 Leading in Contexts 
            BIBM 629 Field Education or BIBM 609 Healthcare Ministry
            BIBM 679 Theological Reflection in Practice
  2. The Story of the Church, 24-27 hours:
        a. Scripture, 15 hours
            BIBL 610 Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
            BIBL 620 Advanced Introduction to the New Testament
            BIBL 611 Old Testament Theology or
                BIBL 621 New Testament Theology or 
                Text Elective
            Text Electives, 6 hours
       b. History, 9-12 hours
            BIBH 651 Church History I or BIBH 674 Mission and Expansion of Christianity
            BIBH 652 Church History II or BMIS 673 History of Missions
            BIBH 664 Advanced Restoration History
            History elective or Theology elective (area 3b)
  3.  Interpretation, 21-24 hours
        a. Theological Languages, 15 hours
            BGRK 611 Elementary New Testament Greek I 
            BGRK 612 Elementary New Testament Greek II 
            BHEB 671 Introduction to Hebrew I
            BHEB 672 Introduction to Hebrew II
            BGRK 621 Intermediate New Testament Greek or
                BHEB 681 Intermediate Hebrew Readings I
     b.  Systematic Theology, 6-9 hours
            BIBD 660 Introduction to Systematic Theology or BIBD 678 Introductions to Philosophy of Religion
           BMIS 675 Theology of Mission
            Philosophy or Theology elective
            Theology elective or History elective (area 2b)
  4. The Church’s Mission, 12 hours
            BIBM 648 Christian Spiritual Formation
            Ministry/Missions electives, 9 hours 
  5. Electives, 9 hours
  6. English Bible Exam
  7. E-portfolio review

Persons admitted with some advanced theological study or with extensive undergraduate studies in Bible, religion, and ministry may receive up to 9 hours of advanced placement. For more information, please consult with your advisor.

    Application Deadline:
Fall 2014
  • August 15, 2014

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