Christian Apologetics M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve pastor-teachers, student ministers, missionaries, evangelists, interfaith witness specialists, and academicians, with a focused preparation in defending the faith.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Lloyd A. Harsch (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Robert Stewart (Specialization Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (64-65 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (23 hours)

Course

Hours

Exploring the Old Testament

3

Exploring the New Testament

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

3

Introductory Hebrew Grammar

3

Intermediate Hebrew Grammar for OT Exegesis

3

Introductory Greek Grammar

3

Intermediate Greek Grammar for NT Exegesis

3

Encountering the Biblical World

2

Christian Theological Heritage Competency (16 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern

2

Baptist Heritage

2

Philosophy of Religion

3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (6-7 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Church Evangelism (M)
OR
Church Revitalization (M)

2

Christian Missions (M)
OR
Discipleship Strategies (M)

3
OR
2

Interpersonal Skills Competency (2 hours)

course

hours

Counseling in Ministry
OR
Interpersonal Relationship Skills 

2

Servant Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 2: Ministry Practicum (M)

2

Church Leadership and Administration (M

3

Pastoral Ministry
OR
Christian Ministry**

3

Spiritual and Character Formation Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Christian Ethics
OR
Biblical Ethics 

3

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)

1

Worship Leadership Competency (5 hours)

course

hours

Proclaiming the Bible
OR
Teaching the Bible***

3

Preaching Practicum (M)
OR
Teaching Practicum*** (M)

2

Elective Component (3 hours)

Free Elective (3 hours)

Christian Apologetics Concentration (18 hours)

Christian Apologetics Core (9 hours)

course

hours

Christian Apologetics 

3

The Problem of Evil 

3

Logic 

3

Electives**** (9 hours)
Take 9 hours from the following courses:

course

hours

Cult Theology 

3

Encountering World Religions 

3

Philosophical Theology 

3

Contemporary Hermeneutical Theory 

3

Epistemology 

3

Metaphysics 

3

Jehovah’s Witnesses 

3

World Religions: Eastern Religions 

3

World Religions: Islam 

3

World Religions: Judaism 

3

The Historical Jesus 

3

Christianity and the Sciences 

3

British Apologists 

3

Theology of C. S. Lewis 

3

Word of God in Christianity and Islam 

3

Jesus and Islam 

3

Creation and Creationism 

3

Postmodernity & Contemporary Theological Issues 

3

Heresy and Orthodoxy in the Early Church 

3

Apologetic Method 

3

Total Required: 85-86 hours

(M) Indicates course is also available in a mentoring format.

*All graduate students must take this course during orientation in their first semester; however, students will not receive a credit hour or be charged for the course.

**Students who do not have a pastoral ministry calling (e.g., pastor, ministry staff, chaplain, or church planter) may choose to take Christian Ministry instead of Pastoral Ministry.

***Students not called into a preaching ministry may choose to take Teaching the Bible instead of Proclaiming the Bible, and Teaching Practicum instead of Preaching Practicum. Students who take Teaching the Bible must take the Teaching Practicum course.

****This list is representative and may expand as new courses are developed.