Urban Missions M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve as a pastor, church planter, church staff member, or missionary in an urban environment. This degree is applicable to those interested in international or North American ministry settings.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Preston Nix (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Ken Taylor (Specialization Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (66 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (17 hours)

course

hours

Encountering the Biblical World

2

Exploring the Old Testament 

3

Exploring the New Testament 

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

Old Testament Exegesis (English)* 

3

New Testament Exegesis (English)* 

3

*Students may substitute a year of either biblical language for these courses (Intro to Greek Grammar and Intermediate Greek for Exegesis or Intro to Hebrew Grammar and Intermediate Hebrew for Exegesis).

Christian Theological Heritage Competency (16 hours)

course

hours

Christian Apologetics
OR
Philosophy of Religion
OR
World Religions

3

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Early-Medieval

3

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern

2

Baptist Heritage

2

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (11 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Church Evangelism (M)

2

Christian Missions (M)

3

Church Revitalization (M

2

Discipleship Strategies (M)
OR
Practicum in Mission Strategies

2

Interpersonal Skills Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Interpersonal Relationship Skills

2

Counseling in Ministry

2

Servant Leadership Competency (6 hours)

course

hours

Pastoral Ministry
OR
Christian Ministry**

3

Church Leadership and Administration (M

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

Urban Ministry Specialization Component (14-16 hours)

Urban Ministry Specialization (14-16 hours)

course

hours

Introduction to Urban Missions 

3

New Orleans Ministry and Missions
OR
Disaster Relief Training and Experience

2/3

Church-Community Ministries 

3

Transcultural Communication of the Gospel
OR
Life and Work of the Missionary
OR
Contemporary Mission Methods and Movements

2

Practicum in Urban Missions 1
OR
Supervised Ministry 2 

2/3

Practicum in Urban Missions 2
OR
Principles for Church Planting
OR
Urban Church Planting

2

Elective Component (2 hours)

Free Elective (2 hours)

Total Required: 82-84 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.