Master of Divinity - Courses

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HERMENEUTICS 6 hours
BSM 501: Bible Study Methods I - Esther, Obadiah, Mark
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the books of Esther, Obadiah, Mark, and Philemon while learning the inductive Bible study method.
3
BSM 502: Bible Study Methods II - Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, Philemon
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the books of Ruth and 1 and 2 Samuel while learning advanced methods of inductive Bible study. Prerequisite: Bible Study Methods I.
3
HISTORY and THEOLOGY 18 hours
THE 501: Theology I - Genesis, Gospel of John
The primary objective of this course is to exposit Genesis and the Gospel of John while studying the doctrine of the Godhead and the doctrine of the Bible.
3
THE 502: Theology II - Romans, Hebrews
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the New Testament books of Romans and Hebrews while studying the doctrines of angels, man, sin, and salvation.
3
THE 503: Theology III - 1 & 2 Corinthians; 1 & 2 Timothy
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the New Testament books of 1 and 2 Corinthians and 1 and 2 Timothy while studying the doctrines of sanctification and the church.
3
THE 504: Theology IV - Joel, Daniel, Revelation
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the books of Joel, Daniel, and Revelation, and study the doctrine of the end times, as part of a capstone review of theology.
3
THE 510: Church History I - Acts
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the New Testament book of Acts while learning church history AD 33 through the present.
3
THE 511: Church History II - (Holy Land Study Tour) 
The primary objective of this course is to study Church history from the Reformation to present day, as well as journey to the Holy Land with study peers and professors.
3
THE 520: Biblical Archaeology - Judges 
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the book of Judges, and survey methods and results of archaeology as applied to sites and topics of biblical significance. Interpretive and apologetic uses of archaeology receive special emphasis. (May be taken instead of SFM 503: Spiritual Formation and Ministry III - Judges)
3
LANGUAGES 18 hours
GRK 501: Greek I - Jude, 2 & 3 John
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the New Testament books of Jude, and 2 & 3 John while learning the basic principles of biblical Greek.
3
GRK 502: Greek II - 1 Peter
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the New Testament book of 1 Peter while learning the grammar and syntax of the Greek New Testament. Prerequisite: Greek I.
3
HEB 501: Hebrew Language and Culture I - Jonah, Nahum
The primary objective of this course to exposit the Old Testament books of Jonah and Nahum while learning the basic principles of phonology, morphology, and syntax of biblical Hebrew.
3
HEB 502: Hebrew Language and Culture II - Micah, Malachi
The primary objective of this course to exposit the Old Testament books of Micah and Malachi while continuing to learn how to integrate information gleaned from biblical Hebrew into practical ministry applications.
3
MISSIONS and EVANGELISM 15 hours
APO 501: Apologetics - Proverbs, James, 1 John
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the books of Proverbs and 1 John while receiving advanced training in discipleship ministry and introduction to apologetics.
3
DIS 501: Discipleship I - Deuteronomy, Galatians
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the books of Deuteronomy and Galatians while learning the basic principles of personal discipleship in a ministry context.
3
MIS 501: Missions I - (Perspectives on the World Christian Movement) 
The primary objective of this course is sweep through a variety of scriptures while learning the Biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives on the world Christian movement.
3
MIS 502: Missions II - Hosea, Amos, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah 
The primary objective of this course is to exposit 6 of the Old Testament Minor Prophets while receiving training in ministries of compassion and justice for the poor, the overlooked, and the forgotten, as well as advanced studies in anthropology and missiology.
3
MIS 503: Evangelism/Church Planting - 2 Peter 
The primary objective of this course is to exposit 2 Peter while receiving training for evangelism and church planting.
3
PASTORAL LEADERSHIP 12 hours
PAS 501: Pastor-Shepherd I - Job, Jeremiah, Lamentations
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the books of Job, Jeremiah, and Lamentations while receiving training in the basic principles of pastoral care and counseling.
3
PAS 502: Pastor-Shepherd II - Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the books of Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians while receiving training in advanced pastoral care and counseling including training for weddings, funerals, hospital visitation, and crisis situations.
3
PAS 511: Pastor-Leader I - Titus, 1 & 2 Kings
A core ministry leadership course with an in-depth exploration of 1 & 2 Kings and Titus that expounds on basic principles of leadership in ministry.
3
PAS 512: Pastor-Leader II - Joshua, Ezra, Nehemiah
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the books of Joshua, Ezra, and Nehemiah while receiving advanced leadership training in ministry including budgeting, staffing, hiring, firing, finances, fundraising, church government, and conflict resolution.
3
PREACHING and TEACHING 6 hours
PRE 501: Expository Preaching/Teaching I - Isaiah
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the book of Isaiah while learning the basic principles of expository preaching and teaching.
3
PRE 502: Expository Preaching/Teaching II - 1 & 2 Thessalonians
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the books of 1 and 2 Thessalonians while learning advanced principles of expository preaching and teaching and illustrating sermons. Prerequisite: Expository Preaching I.
3
SPIRITUAL FORMATION AND MINISTRY 21 hours
PRA 501: Prayer and Worship I - Leviticus , 1 & 2 Chronicles
The primary objective of this course is to exposit Leviticus and 1 & 2 Chronicles while receiving training in personal prayer, intercessory prayer, spiritual warfare, and prayer ministry.
3
PRA 502: Prayer and Worship II - Gospel of Luke, Psalms 
The primary objective of this course is to exposit the Gospel of Luke and Psalms while receiving advanced training in prayer and worship ministry.
3
SFM 501: Spiritual Formation and Ministry I with Old Testament Survey - Exodus, Numbers
A core ministry leadership course with a sweeping survey of the entire Old Testament, an in-depth exploration of Exodus and Numbers key to understanding much of both the Old and New Testaments and the Christian faith as a whole, and a transformational focus on personal spiritual formation foundational to healthy living for anyone serving in ministry leadership at any level. Students will conduct approximately 5 hours of ministry per week and debrief that ministry together as part of the course experience.
3
SFM 502: Spiritual Formation and Ministry II with New Testament Survey - Matthew 
The primary objective of this course is to survey the New Testament and devotionally study the book of Matthew while focusing on personal spiritual formation in a small group environment. The student will conduct a minimum of 5 hours of ministry per week and debrief that ministry together with peers and a professor.
3
SFM 503: Spiritual Formation and Ministry III - Judges 
The primary objective of this course is to devotionally the book of Judges while focusing on personal spiritual formation in a small group environment. The student will conduct a minimum of 5 hours of ministry per week and debrief that ministry together with peers and a professor. (May be taken instead of THE 520: Biblical Archaeology - Judges)
3
SFM 505: Spiritual Formation and Ministry V - Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes
The primary objectives of this course are to devotionally study the books of Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes, begin the process of vocational ministry career placement, and continuing to focus on personal spiritual formation in a small group environment. The student will conduct a minimum of 5 hours of ministry per week and debrief that ministry together with peers and a professor.
3
SFM 506: Spiritual Formation and Ministry VI - Ezekiel
The primary objective of this course is to devotionally study the book of Ezekiel while focusing on personal spiritual formation in a small group environment. The student will conduct a minimum of 5 hours of ministry per week and debrief that ministry together with peers and a professor.
3
INTENSIVES 6 hours
INT 501: Intensive I - Cross-Cultural Ministry
The primary purpose of this course is to give the student a cross-cultural ministry experience (whether overseas or in an urban setting) in order to gain a heart for the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
3
INT 502: Intensive II - Vocational Ministry
The primary purpose of this course is to give the student vocational ministry experience through a ministry job in a church or para-church setting in order to gain additional practical ministry training.
3
MASTER OF DIVINITY - Total of all 32 courses required 96 hours

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