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Pursue mastery without pausing ministry

Seminary at the Speed of Life

Theological education has been a value of the church since its inception. This value has been a constant throughout church history; however, methodology has often been modified to meet the needs of God’s people. Today, there is an increasing need for theological education that is accessible, affordable, and contextualized. In other words, a theological seminary online option that is available for those who want graduate theological education without leaving their community, church, job, or relocating their family. We have responded to this need through Deploy.

Deploy uses a competency-based theological education (CBTE) model delivering online seminary and onsite within a ministry context at your local church or para-church ministry. This is seminary at the speed of life—a self-paced graduate education program designed to minimize disruption to ministry, work, and family priorities, while optimizing students’ spiritual formation and professional ministry training. And the best part? It produces competent and credentialed leaders within your church without creating unnecessary vacancies in your staff or inflicting upon them the unbearable burden of student loan debt.

On Site, At Your Church

We use a competency-based theological education (CBTE) model delivering theological seminary online and onsite within a ministry context at your local church.


Accelerated Education

This innovative program can be accomplished much faster than traditional seminary degrees. Students must achieve a minimum B grade of mastery in order to progress to the next competency. No waiting. Master one and move on.


Hands On Practicum

While receiving formal theological training from an academic mentor, all students participate in active service opportunities within the local church where they will document, dialogue, and deconstruct their experiences with an insightful ministry mentor, all while receiving shepherding from a spiritual mentor.


"Deploy has been an enriching experience for me. The content has been refreshing and transformative. The practical nature of the program stands out to me. It has already impacted my relationships as well as my own growth. Having prior experience with formal biblical training and study, I had a certain expectation when I first enrolled. The program has really exceeded my expectations. The most rewarding part thus far has been the relationships I have formed with the faculty. They are very personable, make themselves available to you, and pray with you regularly. Their dedication is so appreciated. I am very grateful for their commitment to train me and others for biblical teaching and leadership. I look forward to seeing how God continues to move in my heart and grow me more into the image of Christ through the school and its faculty."

Kevin Pobursky - MA Student - 2018

Two Remarkable Programs

These theological seminary online programs provide a choice between a ministry-based Master’s (M.A.) and a divinity-based Master’s (M.Div.), to meet students’ and churches’ needs. (Online Seminary M.Div. or M.A.)

M.Div. in General Ministry

Preaching, Teaching, Biblical Languages, Bible Interpretation, and Pastoral Care

We believe these programs will serve the broadcast spectrum of graduate level education being sought after by professional, ministry, and lay leaders.

Get your competency-based Master of Divinity online!

M.A. in Local Church Ministry

Discipleship, Organizational Leadership, Age or Niche-based Ministry, and Spiritual Formation

Professional and ministry experience may allow some students to accelerate by demonstrating mastery in a particular competency. With this you don’t have to wait for the rest of your cohort, you simply move on.

Get your competency-based Master of Arts online!

Interested in Becoming a Student?

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Program Distinctions & Benefits

A Partnership with Your Local Church

Accelerate in the Program at Any Time

Ministry Mentor / Formation Mentor / Academic Mentor

Actual Ministry – The Most Practical Education

Students Receive a Free Digital Library

Grace is a member of the Competency-Based Education Network

Bring Deploy To Your Ministry

All students will participate in active service opportunities within the local church where they will document, dialogue, and deconstruct their experiences with an insightful ministry mentor. Nothing could be more real or valuable. Students will sharpen discipleship and interpersonal skills leading others, teaching, speaking, and serving.


CBTE for Pastors

CBTE for Students

Introduction to Professors

CBTE Accreditation

Mentoring Process

Tuition Explained

How Can I Complete an MA or an MDiv?

LOGOS Library Benefit

The Importance of Hands-On Ministry Experience

What is CBTE? – Part One

What is CBTE? – Part Two