Expository Preaching M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

The MDiv Specialization in Expository Preaching is a graduate specialization for those who are preparing for a ministry of proclamation in the local church. While incorporating a broad range of biblical, theological, historical, and practical courses to serve as a foundation for effective ministry, the primary intent is to provide training in the right proclamation of God’s Word. Students are equipped with specialized skills in the process of biblical exposition.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Greg Mathias (Program Supervisor)

  • Dr. Bo Rice (Program Coordinator/Advisor)

Program Requirements

Master of Divinity Core (69 hours)

Biblical Studies (24 hours)

course

hours

Interpreting the Old Testament 1

3

Interpreting the Old Testament 2

3

Interpreting the New Testament 1

3

Interpreting the New Testament 2

3

Hebrew 1

3

Hebrew 2

3

Greek 1

3

Greek 2

3

Theological/Historical Studies (21 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern

3

Baptist Heritage

3

Christian Ethics
OR
Biblical Ethics

3

Christian Apologetics
OR
Philosophy of Religion

3

Applied Ministry Studies (24 hours) *

*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format

course

hours

Christian Missions (M)

3

Proclaiming the Bible (M)
OR
Teaching the Bible** (M)

3

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

3

Counseling in Ministry 

3

Pastoral Ministry (M)
OR
Women in Ministry Leadership  (M)

3

Evangelism (M)

3

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (M

3

Church Leadership and Administration (M)

3

Expository Preaching Specialization (12 hours)

Specialization Courses (6 hours)

course

hours

The Art and Craft of Preaching 

3

Pastoral Exposition

3

Specialization Electives (6 hours)

course

hours

The student may choose 6 hours from the following courses:

Contemporary Bible Exposition

3

Apologetic Preaching

3

Evangelistic Preaching

3

Genre-Based Preaching (from the Gospels, Epistles, Prophets, etc.)

3

Free Electives (6 hours)

course

hours

These electives may be taken in Expository Preaching or any other disciplines.

6

Total Required: 87 hours

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

*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format.

**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.

Preparation for Doctoral Study

This specialization also is the recommended track for students preparing to do PhD or DMin study in biblical exposition or expository preaching.