ACADEMICS: SEMINARY DIVISION

DEGREES AVAILABLE IN THE SEMINARY DIVISION

These Seminary Division study programs are normally completed after successful bachelor degree completion. The order of completion for the master programs:

MASTER OF ENGLISH BIBLE DEGREE

The Master of English Bible prepares a student for teaching, preaching and pastoral ministry. A student will demonstrate the knowledge to use Biblical text and ministry skills for teaching, preaching, and pastoral ministry and a more in-depth application to the world. Upon completion of 30 credit hours, the student may be presented:

  • Master of English Bible Degree
MASTER OF THEOLOGY DEGREE

The Master of Theology prepares a student for teaching, preaching and pastoral ministry. Students will demonstrate the knowledge to use Biblical text and ministry skills for teaching, preaching, and pastoral ministry and a more in-depth application to the world. Students may choose between an emphasis of Christian Education, Pastoral Ministry, or Preaching. Upon completion of 54 credit hours, the student may be presented:

  • Master of Theology, Major Christian Education Degree
  • Master of Theology, Major Pastoral Ministry Degree
  • Master of Theology, Major Preaching Degree
MASTER OF DIVINITY DEGREE

The Master of Divinity is designed to satisfy the graduate educational needs of a pastor in a local church or para-church organization. Students may choose between an emphasis of Christian Education, Pastoral Ministry, or Preaching. Upon completion of 78 credit hours, the student may be presented:

  • Master of Divinity, Major Christian Education Degree
  • Master of Divinity, Major Pastoral Ministry Degree
  • Master of Divinity, Major Preaching Degree
  • Master of Divinity, Major Church Revitalization (launching 2025-2026)
DOCTOR OF MINISTRY DEGREE

The Doctor of Ministry is designed to equip the graduate needs of individuals serving in a church or higher education setting. Graduates will gain skills to preach, teach and minister at advanced levels. Upon completion of 36 credit hours, the student may be presented:

  • Doctor of Ministry Degree

*Master of Divinity, with a thesis or equivalent is required to enter the D.Min. program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed course work, students will be able to…

  1. Objectively evaluate the ministry in which the student has been involved.
  2. Identify and analyze limitations that hinder church maturation.
  3. Develop networking strategies as a means of learning from other pastors regarding church limitations.
  4. Identify and research diverse approaches as well as implement action to overcome obstacles to church maturation.
  5. Establish strategies for effective church leadership for the advancement of spiritual maturity.
  6. Create a Doctor of Ministry project utilizing a problem-solving methodology to accomplish church maturity.
  7. Develop a reporting instrument for sharing the results of project implementation.

Program Requirements

Bible and Theology       5
Ministry                           25
Research & Writing       6
Total                                36 credit hours

Course Requirements

Course #

Name

Credits

FIRST YEAR COURSES

Fall Semester

HOM 8055

Exegesis to Exhortation

5

PHI 8015

Dissertation Writing

1

Spring Semester

MIN 8055

Church Growth/Revitalization

5

PHI 8015

Dissertation Writing

1

Summer Semester

MIS 8055

Pastor & Missions

5

PHI 8015

Dissertation Writing

1

SECOND YEAR COURSES

Fall Semester

BTH 8055

The Pastor & Biblical Theology

5

PHI 8015

Dissertation Writing

1

Spring Semester

MIN 8056

Pastoral Leadership

5

PHI 8015

Dissertation Writing

1

Summer Semester

MIN 8057

Pastoral Care & Counseling

5

PHI 8015

Dissertation Writing

1

 

Course Descriptions

HOM 8055 Exegesis to Exhortation
Interpretation of Scripture is investigated with regard to Biblical preaching that changes hearts for greater understanding and discipleship for Christians.

MIN 8055 Church Growth/Revitalization (Prerequisite Course HOM 8055)
Prepare the student to successfully evaluate, plan and lead a local church through continuous growth.

MIS 8055 Pastor & Missions (Prerequisite Course MIN 8055)
An in-depth view of the pastor’s role in the local church’s mission program and the pastor’s involvement as a leader.

BTH 8055 The Pastor & Biblical Theology (Prerequisite Course MIS 8055)
An in-depth study and application of Biblical Theology to contemporary Christian ministries.

MIN 8056 Pastoral Leadership (Prerequisite Course BTH 8055)
This course aims to equip the student to investigate his leadership style, explore the biblical demands and practical applications of pastoral leadership, and strengthen him in his role of guidance of the local church or para-church organization to advance the Kingdom of God.

MIN 8057 Pastoral Care & Counseling (Prerequisite Course MIN 8056)
Counseling that assists the pastor in caring for the flock as well as serve as a foundation for the advancement of spiritual health for the congregation.

PHI 8015 Dissertation Writing
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of research design.  This overview includes understanding the preliminary considerations for selecting a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research design.

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY IN EXPOSITORY PREACHING DEGREE

The Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching is designed to equip the graduate needs of individuals serving in a church or higher education setting.  The graduate will gain skills to effectively prepare and proclaim Biblical expository sermons.  The graduate will come out of this intensive program prepared and proficient at expository preaching.  Upon completion of 36 credit hours, the student may be presented:

  • Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching Degree

*Master of Divinity, with a thesis or equivalent is required to enter the D.Min. program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon Completion of the Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching, students will be able to…

  1. The student shall objectively evaluate his preaching ministry where he is presently involved.
  2. The student will take into consideration the lessons he has learned and implement them into his own pulpit ministry.
  3. The student will establish his own pulpit ministry based upon the spiritual needs of his congregation.
  4. The student will be able to pray, prepare, and properly proclaim expository sermons based upon the text.
  5. The student will develop strategies that will aid him in his preparation time for his pulpit ministry.
  6. The student will learn to plan out a preaching ministry based upon the calendar year.
  7. The student will have the skills necessary to preach on difficult subject matter to his congregation.
  8. The student will be able to effectively critique his pulpit ministry from the positive as well as the negative aspects and consider what his strengths and weaknesses are.

Program Requirements

Preaching Ministry       30
Research & Writing      6
Total                                36 credit hours

Course Requirements

Course #

Name

Credits

FIRST YEAR COURSES

Fall Semester

HOM 8351

Interpretation and Preaching

5

PHI 8015

Dissertation Writing

1

Spring Semester

HOM 8352

Preaching Difficult Sermons

5

PHI 8015

Dissertation Writing

1

Summer Semester

HOM 8353

Preaching the Literary Forms of the Bible

5

PHI 8015

Dissertation Writing

1

SECOND YEAR COURSES

Fall Semester

HOM 8354

Legacy of Preaching

5

PHI 8015

Dissertation Writing

1

Spring Semester

HOM 8355

Pastoral Preaching

5

PHI 8015

Dissertation Writing

1

Summer Semester

HOM 8356

Developing Your Preaching Style

5

PHI 8015

Dissertation Writing

1

 

Course Descriptions

HOM 8351 Interpretation and Preaching
This course will focus on developing the proper study and research of a passage of Scripture within the context of the Bible.

HOM 8352 Preaching Difficult Sermons (Prerequisite Course HOM 8351)
This course will focus on the challenge of preaching difficult sermons in a contemporary setting.

HOM 8353 Preaching the Literary Forms of the Bible (Prerequisite Course HOM 8352)
This course will focus on preaching Biblical interpretation based upon the different genres of the Bible.

HOM 8354 Legacy of Preaching (Prerequisite Course HOM 8353)
This course will instruct the student of the tradition of Christian preaching from the apostles to contemporary times.

HOM 8355 Pastoral Preaching (Prerequisite Course HOM 8354)
This course will focus on the pastor’s approach to Biblical preaching to today’s congregation. The different dynamics of the pastor’s preaching will be explored.

HOM 8356 Developing Your Preaching Style (Prerequisite Course HOM 8355)
This course will focus the individual gifting of God and the use of preaching through individual personality.

PHI 8015 Dissertation Writing
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of research design.  This overview includes understanding the preliminary considerations for selecting a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research design.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What computer skills do I need to take an online course?

You will need to know how to:

  • send email
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  • save and upload assignments
  • use Zoom
What kind of technology would I need for an online course?

You will need:

  • laptop or tablet with webcam and microphone
  • reliable internet connection
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