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. Preston Nix (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Dennis Phelps (Specialization Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (74 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

3

Church Revitalization (M

2

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

3

Preaching Practicum (M)

2

Expository Preaching Specialization and Electives Component (12 hours)

Specialization Courses (6 hours)
The student may choose 6 hours from the following:

course

hours

Contemporary Bible Exposition 

2/3

Pastoral Preaching 

2/3

Preaching Bible Doctrine 

2/3

Evangelistic Preaching 

2/3

History of American Preaching 

2/3

Pulpit Apologetics 

2/3

Elective Courses (6 hours)
The student may choose 6 hours from the following:

course

hours

Preaching from Historical-Narrative Literature 

2/3

Preaching from Poetic and Wisdom Literature 

2/3

Preaching from the Prophets 

2/3

Preaching from the Gospels 

2/3

Preaching from the Epistles 

2/3

Preaching from Apocalyptic Literature 

2/3

Preaching through the Old Testament Books 

2/3

Preaching through the New Testament Books 

2/3

Free Elective 

2/3

Total Required: 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.

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.