Mentoring Track M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve in a wide variety of ministerial callings, including pastoral ministry, church staff, chaplaincy, and missions.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Bo Rice (Curriculum Coordinator and Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (65 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (21 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

Introductory Greek Grammar 

3

Intermediate Greek Grammar for NT Exegesis 

3

Christian Theological Heritage Competency (13 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

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 (7 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Church Evangelism (M)

2

Christian Missions (M)

3

Interpersonal Skills Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Interpersonal Relationship Skills

2

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

Mentoring Component (12 hours)

Mentoring Concentration (12 hours)
Each of these courses may be taken twice:

course

hours

Mentoring in Gospel Ministry

6
OR
12

Mentoring in Discipleship Ministry

6
OR
12

Electives Component (4-5 hours)

Elective Course Options (4-5 hours)
Choose two courses from the following options:

course

hours

Encountering the Biblical World

2

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

Discipleship Strategies (M)

2

Church Revitalization (M)

2

Total Required: 81-82 hours

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

Note: any of the following italicized courses may also be taken in a mentoring format. Students who do take all of the following italicized courses in the mentoring format (20 hours), plus the 12 hours of the Mentoring Concentration, would earn up to 32 hours of mentoring credit:

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum
Church Evangelism
Supervised Ministry 2: Ministry Practicum
Church Leadership and Administration
Introduction to Spiritual Formation
Personal Disciple Making
Discipleship Strategies
Church Revitalization
Preaching Practicum
OR Teaching Practicum**

*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.