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Master of Divinity

Christian Ministry, M.Div.

The Christian Ministry concentration equips leaders with spiritual formation, preparing them to serve in settings that advance the gospel and facilitate growth in Christ, such as churches, Christian non-profits, and parachurch organizations.

The MDiv program provides strategic theoretical principles integrated with life application so leaders can invest their talents in God’s redemptive work in the world. (M.Div. Core plus 12 credit hours.)

The Master of Divinity programs provide an optimal curriculum in graduate theological study to prepare men and women for various ministry roles. The three-year program requires 75 hours of study. There are eight concentrations: General Studies, Pastoral Studies, Pastoral Counseling, Christian Ministry, Exegetical Studies, Intercultural Studies, Women’s Leadership, and Chaplaincy Studies. Advanced Standing credit may be obtained for up to 18 credit hours of the MDiv degree and 36 credit hours may be transferred from an accredited institution. The combination of Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit is limited to 36 credit hours.

MDiv Degree in Christian Ministry from Grace prepares you to lead & serve in ministry. Master of Divinity programs teach strategy & theology.

Ideal Fit

The M.Div. in Christian Ministry specialization is for students called to to serve in settings that advance the gospel and facilitate growth in Christ, such as churches, Christian non-profits, and para-church organizations.

The Christian Ministry program challenges learners to think developmentally about how people mature spiritually, how to create effective outreach and discipleship programs, and how to teach for life transformation.

Teacher Evangelism Discipleship Leadership

Career Opportunities

Ministry is complex because people are complex. The Christian Ministry program prepares students to think strategically about the complexities of ministry.

The Christian Ministry program provides strategic theoretical principles integrated with life application so leaders can invest their talents in God’s redemptive work in the world.

  • Pastor
  • Teacher
  • Leader of a non-profit organization
  • Leader of a parachurch organization
MDiv Degree in Christian Ministry from Grace prepares you to lead & serve in ministry. Master of Divinity programs teach strategy & theology.

Grace Seminary provided me with a rich theological education coupled with pastoral preparation that was modeled for me by the care and compassion of the faculty. It prepared me not only to know my Bible, but to love the God who is revealed in the Bible and to shepherd His people well.

Colin Horne

Masters of Divinity - 2015

Curriculum Examples

Expository Preaching and Teaching
Spiritual Formation
Ministry Administration
Transformational Teaching
Leadership in the Local Church
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Course Overview

This course combines both theory and practice. It introduces a functional methodology of organizing and developing the elements of a sermon.

This course investigates the biblical and personal foundations of spiritual growth known theologically as sanctification.

A theological and practical analysis of administrative principles and processes as they apply to the effective leadership of church and parachurch agencies.

This course will focus on the craft of engaging learners with proven techniques to be more effective in communicating the Word of God.

Through reading and writing, pastoral interviews, you will learn about: servant leadership, mentoring, visionary leadership, and leading as a change agent.


Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for enrollment in the Master of Divinity program at Grace Theological Seminary, you must fulfill certain admissions requirements:
  • A four-year bachelor‘s degree or its equivalent (for international students) from a recognized institution of higher learning. Graduates of Bible colleges, liberal arts colleges, and state colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.
  • A student who received his or her pre-seminary education at an institution that is not accredited or who achieved less than a 2.5 grade point average in pre-seminary education may be admitted on academic restriction.
  • Applicants without a bachelor’s degree who have completed some or no college may be admitted if they meet certain ministry and research/writing requirements. Please contact seminary admissions for more information; email: gtsrec@grace.edu or phone: 877.607.0012.

Admission Requirements

Grace Theological Seminary welcomes applications from all individuals who have a testimony of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior

To be admitted as a Grace Theological Seminary student, you’re asked to provide:

  • Official transcripts from the school where you obtained your bachelor’s degree. (If you are currently working on your degree, you can submit an unofficial transcript for admission until term completion, at which time an official transcript is required. Transcripts should be sent to admissions@grace.edu.)

  • A spiritual life reference

  • International applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.

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