Christian Leadership M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To be pastors, associate pastors, ministers of education, ministers of discipleship, assimilation, or maturity, or other age-level church staff members, offering over 30 hours of specialized study in age group ministry.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Randy Stone (Curriculum Coordinator and Specialization Advisor)

Basic Ministerial Component (58-60 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (15 hours)

Course

Hours

Exploring the Old Testament 

3

Exploring the New Testament 

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

Old Testament Exegesis (English) 

OR

Intro to Hebrew Grammar

3

New Testament Exegesis (English)

OR

Intro to Greek Grammar

3

Christian Theological Heritage Competency (10-11 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

OR

History of Christianity: Reformation to Modern

3

OR

2

Baptist Heritage

2

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (9 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Church Evangelism (M)

2

Christian Missions (M)

3

Discipleship Strategies (M

2

Interpersonal Skills Competency (4-5 hours)

course

hours

Interpersonal Relationship Skills 

2

Counseling in Ministry
OR
Introduction to Social Work**

2
OR
3

Servant Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 2: Ministry Practicum (M)

2

Pastoral Ministry
OR
Christian Ministry

3

Church Leadership and Administration (M)

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

Teaching the Bible

OR

Proclaiming the Bible**

3

Teaching Practicum (M)

OR

Preaching Practicum

2

Christian Leadership Concentration Component (20-21 hours)

Leadership Core (9 hours)

course

hours

Select 9 hours from the following

Leading Team-Based Ministry

3

Risk Management in Christian Ministry

3

Church Business Administration

3

Stress and Conflict Management

3

Ministry Leadership Concentration     (11-12 hours)        

Select from the following:

Disciple Making through Small Group Ministry

3

Mentoring in Discipleship Ministry

3

Leading Children's Ministry

3

Leading Youth Ministry

3

Leading College Ministry

3

Leading Adult Ministry

3

Leading Family Ministry

3

Foundations to Ministry to Women

3

Introduction to Social Work

3

Clinical Field Project

3

Special Topic in Leadership

1-3

Personal Disciple Making

1

Church Revitalization

2

Pastoral Leadership Concentration    (11-12 hours)        

Select from the following:

Pastoral Leadership**

3

Pastoral Preaching**

3

Vital Signs of a Healthy Church

3

Church Revitalization

3

Mentoring in Gospel Ministry

3

Special Topic in Leadership

1-3

Elective Component    (6 hours) 

Total Required: 84-87 hours

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

**This course is required for the Pastoral Leadership concentration component

***Students should consult with a faculty advisor for guidance in choosing electives that best fit personal educational and vocational goals. Other courses may be substituted upon approval by the Discipleship and Ministry Leadership Division Chair or the Pastoral Ministries Division chair. Check with the Curriculum Coordinator or the Concentration Advisor for more information on acceptable courses.