Pastoral Ministry M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve as pastor or ministerial staff member of a local church or as a military or hospital chaplain.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Preston Nix (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Reggie Ogea (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

Pastoral Ministry Specialization and Electives Component (12 hours)

Specialization Courses (9 hours)

course

hours

Stress and Conflict Management 

3

Pastoral Preaching 

3

Pastoral Leadership 

3

Elective Courses (3 hours)
The student may choose ONE course from the following:

course

hours

Contemporary Bible Exposition 

3

Pulpit Apologetics 

3

Evangelistic Preaching 

3

Free Elective 

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.