Pastoral Studies, M.Div.
Students seeking preparation for general pastoral ministry, particularly the role of senior pastor and the responsibility for the theological and administrative leadership of a local church in the United States, are encouraged to pursue the M.Div. with a pastoral studies concentration.
A component of practical field experience is built into the requirements. (M.Div. Core plus 12 credit hours.) Being a pastor in the 21st century in the U.S. is a daunting challenge. The M.Div. in Pastoral Studies concentration is designed to help prepare current and future pastors to understand the issues facing the American church today and be equipped with the theological knowledge and ministry skills to address these challenges.
The MDiv degree program provides 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.
Students who are called to prepare for general pastoral ministry, particularly the role of senior pastor may consider the Pastoral Studies concentration.
Pastors are called to serve God’s people by loving, leading, and teaching them by personal example and practical exposition from God’s Word.
Building on a foundation of basic orthodox systematic theology, students will explore the issues that create tensions within a theological system.
The course will also encourage experience in creative methodologies of preaching, methodologies designed to impact 21st century listeners.
This course will examine Scriptural truths and principles along with a biblical theory of personality.
This course seeks to promote appropriate ministry perspectives especially as applied to the local church in North America.
Through reading and writing, pastoral interviews, you will learn about: servant leadership, mentoring, visionary leadership, and leading as a change agent.