Counseling / Non-Licensure Track M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve as a pastor, associate pastor, pastoral counselor, minister of family life, other church staff member, social ministry worker, chaplain, or related areas of service which require or benefit from training in counseling. This degree does not qualify the graduate to apply for a license in counseling.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Kathy Steele (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Jeff Nave (Specialization Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (75 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (23 hours)

course

hours

Encountering the Biblical World

2

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

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 (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 hours)

course

hours

Interpersonal Relationship Skills

2

Counseling in Ministry

2

Servant Leadership Competency (10 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 2: Ministry Practicum (M)

2

Church Leadership and Administration (M

3

Pastoral Ministry
OR
Christian Ministry**

3

Church Revitalization (M

2

Spiritual and Character Formation Competency (5 hours)

course

hours

Christian Ethics
OR
Biblical Ethics 

3

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)

1

Personal Disciple Making (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 Counseling Component and Electives (12 hours)

course

hours

Techniques and Skills in Counseling

3

Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment 

3

Contemporary Approaches to Marital/Pre-Marital Counseling 

3

Take ONE of the following courses:

Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling for Individuals, Marriage, and Family 

3

Brief Approaches to Individual, Marriage and Family Counseling 

3

Addiction Counseling 

3

Free Elective 

3

Total Required: 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.