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MDiv Degree – Major in Pastoral Ministry

The major in the Master of Divinity degree is the focused area of study designed to prepare a student for a specific career path or professional goal. Courses in the major define the subject areas of expertise being developed by the student.


Purpose of the Major

To apply biblical concepts and theological insights to pastoral ministry in the local church through effective communication, counseling and administrative practices.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learners will increase in understanding of the Bible and its place in the development of church leaders and leadership.
  2. Learners will develop a consistent theology to be applied to daily life and ministry and articulated and defended before a watching world.
  3. Learners will develop skills of biblical interpretation and apply these to the study of Scripture, theology, and ministry.
  4. Learners will develop a passion for the mission of the church and contribute to its growth.
  5. Learners will explore a specialty area in ministry and leadership practice demonstrate expertise in leadership related to that particular area (i.e. youth, women’s ministry, preaching, conflict management, etc.).
  6. Learners will formulate a philosophy of ministry that addresses biblical and theological foundations; personal assumptions about pastoral care, the work and organization of the church, and pastoral leadership; and cultural implications.
  7. Learners will evaluate various practices in church and ministry as to their effectiveness and biblical soundness.
  8. Learners will create models of ministry that address current cultures and biblical foundations.
  9. Learners will apply sound leadership theory and practice to the multiplicity of church experience.

Major Core Studies – 33 Credits

Major Core Studies form 33 credits of the 63 credits minimum for the MDiv degree Major in Pastoral Ministry. Major Core Studies are from the Pastoral Ministry, Administration, and Christian Education subject areas.

  • PM 502 Pastoral Ministry
  • AD 504 Effective Communication for Leadership
  • BS 518 Biblical Hermeneutics
  • PM 555 Principles of Church Growth
  • CE 588 Dynamic Teaching Techniques
  • EP 695 Contemporary Preaching
  • PM 550 Christian Worship
  • PM 521 The Emerging Church
  • PM 625 Leading the Smaller Church
  • PM 636 Spiritual Disciplines
  • PM 505 Master's Pastoral Ministry Practicum1

Program Structure – 33 Credits Minimum

  • RW 001 Trinity Tutorial – 0 credits
  • General Electives – 30 credits
  • Major Core Studies – 33 credits

A minimum of 33 credits must be earned through Trinity.

1 Learners may replace course with an elective in Pastoral Ministry (PM), Administration
(AD), Christian Education (CE), Conflict Management (CM), or Expository Preaching
(EP).

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