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 Master's of Divinity in ministry, 72-hour degree program are:
  1. Context, 15 hours
             BIBM 602 GST Orientation (0)         
             BIBM 603 Foundations of the Theology of Ministry (3)
             BIBM 657 Contexts of Ministry (3)
             BIBM 629 Field Education (3) or BIBM 609 Healthcare Ministry (3)
             BIBM 658 Leading in Contexts (3)
             BIBM 679 Theological Reflection in Practice (3)
  2. The Story of the Church, 24-27 hours:
        a. Scripture, 15 hours
             BIBL 610 Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament (3)
             BIBL 620 Advanced Introduction to the New Testament (3)
             BIBL 611 Old Testament Theology (3) or BIBL 621 New Testament Theology (3) or Text Elective (3)
             Exegetical Seminar or Text elective (3)
             Intermediate language [or] Text elective (3)
        b. History, 9-12 hours
             BIBH 651 History of Christianity I (3)
             BIBH 652 History of Christianity II (3)
             BIBH 664 Advanced Restoration History (3)
             History elective or Theology elective (area 3b) (3)
  3.  Interpretation, 21-24 hours
       a. Theological Languages, 12 hours
             BGRK 611 Elementary New Testament Greek I (3)
             BGRK 612 Elementary New Testament Greek II (3)
             BHEB 671 Introduction to Hebrew I (3)
             BHEB 672 Introduction to Hebrew II (3)
       b.  Systematic Theology, 6-9 hours
             BIBD 660 Introduction to Systematic Theology (3)
             Philosophy or Theology elective (3)
             Theology elective or History elective (area 2b) (3)
  4.  The Church’s Mission, 12 hours
             BIBM 648 Christian Spiritual Formation (3)
             Ministry elective (3)
             Ministry or Missions elective (3) 
             Missions elective (3)
  5. English Bible Exam
  6. E-portfolio review
Requirements for the Masters of Divinity in missions are:
  1. Context, 15 hours
            BIBM 602 GST Orientation (0)
            BIBM 603 Foundations of the Theology of Ministry (3)
            BIBM 657 Contexts of Ministry (3)
            BIBM 629 Field Education (3) or BIBM 609 Healthcare Ministry (3)
            BIBM 658 Leading in Contexts (3)
            BIBM 679 Theological Reflection in Practice (3)
  2. The Story of the Church, 24-27 hours:
       a. Scripture, 15 hours
            BIBL 610 Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament (3)
            BIBL 620 Advanced Introduction to the New Testament (3)
            BIBL 611 Old Testament Theology (3) or BIBL 621 New Testament Theology (3) or Text         Elective Exegetical Seminar or Text elective (3)
            Intermediate language or Text elective (3)
       b. History, 9-12 hours
            BIBH 651 History of Christianity I (3) or BIBH 674 Christian Mission in Global Contexts         (3)
            BIBH 652 History of Christianity II : Reformation to present (3) or BMIS 673 History of         Missions (3)
            BIBH 664 Advanced Restoration History (3)
            History elective or Theology elective (area 3b) (3)
  3.  Interpretation, 21-24 hours
      a. Theological Languages, 12 hours
            BGRK 611 Elementary New Testament Greek I (3)
            BGRK 612 Elementary New Testament Greek II (3)
            BHEB 671 Introduction to Hebrew I (3)
            BHEB 672 Introduction to Hebrew II (3)
      b. Systematic Theology, 6-9 hours
            BIBD 660 Systematic Theology I (3) or BIBD 678 Introductions of the Philosophy of         Religion (3)
            BMIS 675 Theology of Mission(3)
            Theology elective or History elective (area 2b) (3)
  4. The Church’s Mission, 12 hours
            BIBM 648 Christian Spiritual Formation (3)
            Missions elective (3) 
            Missions elective (3)
            Missions elective (3)
  5. English Bible Exam
  6. 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.

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