Christian Thought M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To be pastor-teachers or academicians, with focused preparation of over 50 hours in both biblical exegesis and theological reflection.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Lloyd A. Harsch (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Robert Stewart (Specialization Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (71-72 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (27 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

Hebrew Exegesis 

3

Introductory Greek Grammar 

3

Intermediate Greek Grammar for NT Exegesis 

3

Greek Exegesis 

3

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
OR
Christian Apologetics

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

Interpersonal Relationship Skills
OR
Counseling in Ministry

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 (8 hours)

course

hours

Worship Leadership

3

Proclaiming the Bible
OR
Teaching the Bible***

3

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

2

Christian Thought Specialization Component (12 hours)

Theological and Historical Studies Electives (12 hours)
The student should take electives in theology, history, philosophy, and ethics.

Electives Component (3 hours)

Free Elective (3 hours)

Total Required: 86-87 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.