Description of Degree: MDiv

Master of Divinity Degree: Specializations and Expected Outcomes

Description

The Master of Divinity degree is a 90-hour degree offered to students who have completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited undergraduate educational institution. For students who do not have an extensive undergraduate Bible education, the MDiv degree is considered to be the basic degree for professional church-related ministries.

The MDiv degree is a professional ministry degree requiring courses in Biblical Studies (including Biblical Languages), Theological Studies, Church History, and Pastoral Leadership.

Expected Outcomes for the MDiv

  • Demonstrate advanced exegetical skill in effectively

  • studying and interpreting the Scriptures.

  • Articulate a theology that is both biblical and historically orthodox.

  • Exhibit an understanding of the general history of the church and of the history and principles of the Restoration Movement.

  • Research and construct a theology for the practice of ministry in contemporary cultural contexts.

  • Demonstrate understanding of and competence in the skills necessary for effective ministry and leadership that will help the church accomplish its mission.

  • Evidence a mature love for God and a commitment to personal Christian discipleship.

  • Communicate effectively and creatively in written, oral, and other forms.

  • Demonstrate competence in the objectives outlined in the chosen area of concentrated study.

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and select appropriate strategies for assimilation, discipling, and spiritual development of church members in order to lead them to maturity in their faith and service.

MDiv Concentrations

BIBLICAL STUDIES

The MDiv with concentration in Biblical Studies prepares students for a wide variety of ministries that involve preaching or teaching the Bible. These include, but are not limited to, preaching, education ministry, Bible translation, cross-cultural evangelism, teaching Bible in private secondary schools or Christian colleges, and writing or editing for Christian publications. The MDiv with Biblical Studies concentrations can also prepare students to enroll in doctoral programs in Biblical Studies.

Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for the concentration in Biblical Studies will:

  • Translate and exegete selected Greek and Hebrew Biblical texts.

  • Describe and assess various perspectives on issues of Biblical criticism and interpretation, both historical and contemporary.

  • Describe and assess how the Biblical text both reflects and transcends its cultural setting.

  • Articulate the central thrust of each book of the Old and New Testaments.

  • Explain the role that Biblical exegesis plays in personal Christian growth, the development of competent leadership within the church, and the church’s ability to address the issues of the modern world.

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

The Theological Studies curriculum has been designed to provide students with a comprehensive look at what is commonly known as Systematic Theology, which is a topical study of what the Bible teaches regarding our beliefs and practices as Christians. Our primary focus is upon Christian doctrine, with a secondary emphasis upon the related theological disciplines of apologetics and ethics.

Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for the concentration in Theological Studies will:

  • Express clearly the foundational idea of Scripture’s divine inspiration and authority as well as the need to establish all beliefs and practices upon Biblical teaching.

  • View Biblical teaching from a broad perspective that seeks out the inherent harmony and consistency between all Bible doctrines.

  • Determine what the Biblical teaching is on a given subject, drawing upon the foundational work of Biblical exegesis and interpretation of specific passages.

  • Critique a wide variety of theological and philosophical views and discern which ideas do not have solid Biblical support.

  • Make a practical application of the theological teaching of

  • Scripture to the life of the individual Christian and to the church.

  • Complete graduate level research and writing in the field of theology.

CHURCH HISTORY

Church history is an integral part of the curriculum at Cincinnati Bible Seminary. Each degree program offers some church history, enabling students to have a sense of how the church has developed over the centuries. Students have the opportunity not only to learn about the historical development of the church but also to study how doctrinal and theological teachings developed within the various religious traditions. In addition to learning church history within each of the degree programs, students may choose to concentrate their studies in the field of church history.

Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for the concentration in Church History will be able to:

  • Communicate a knowledge and understanding of the history of the church.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the major influences that have shaped Christianity in the present.

  • Develop the ability to think critically about the perspectives of various historians and their presuppositions.

  • Complete graduate level research and writing in the field of church history.

Leadership Studies Specializations

The Seminary offers ministry specializations designed to give students knowledge and expertise to lead in various church-related ministries or for specific vocations in the local church such as preaching, leadership, evangelism, church planting, or intercultural studies.

PASTORAL LEADERSHIP

Expected Outcomes

  • Verbalize a philosophy of Biblical ministry aimed at implementing the Great Commission.

  • Develop the exegetical and communicative skills to prepare

  • Biblical messages that are relevant, concrete, and action-oriented.

  • Identify personal aptitude and preparedness as a visionary leader, change agent, and equipper in the local congregation.

  • Articulate Biblical standards and principles for evangelism and church health.

  • Diagnose the resources and needs of a community to develop effective means for reaching the unchurched with the Gospel.

  • Provide skilled pastoral care.

  • Complete graduate level research and writing in the field of professional ministries.

PASTORAL CARE & COUNSELING

Description

The purpose of the Pastoral Care and Counseling specialization is to prepare graduates to pursue careers in church related vocations and to develop counseling skills which will enhance their ministry as ministers, pastoral counselors, chaplains, lay counselors, and Christian counselors in churches or para-church organizations. The program includes instruction in basic counseling theories, techniques, and helping applications.

Expected Outcomes

  • Model an understanding and use of Scripture and theology as a foundation for the practice of counseling.

  • Show an awareness and reflection to others of self-understanding, personal faith, and moral principles to facilitate working with others.

  • Exhibit an understanding and knowledge of the foundational principles of the counseling process as well as legal and ethical issues for counseling ministry.

  • Demonstrate an ability to apply counseling principles, techniques, and leadership skills in church and para-church settings.

  • Demonstrate the ability to develop, lead and manage small group ministries within church and para-church settings.

  • Complete graduate level research and writing in the field of Pastoral Care and Counseling.

EDUCATIONAL & FAMILY MINISTRIES

Description

The Educational and Family Ministries Specialization endeavors to explore both age-focused discipleship ministries and the contexts of faith formation such as family, church, and community. This Specialization takes into account the place, issues, and responsibilities of families that influence and are affected by the teaching ministries of the church. The Educational and Family Ministries Specialization is flexible enough to offer opportunity to choose electives that offer options to emphasize children’s, student, adult, or family ministry.

Expected Outcomes

  • Develop ministry practices that facilitate discipleship and faith formation in individuals and families.

  • Articulate an understanding of human and family development that informs ministry practices.

  • Evaluate and use resources to facilitate both age-appropriate and intergenerational ministry.

  • Apply strategies for assisting families to grow in spiritual and relational health.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of ministry that respects and engages diversity in age, gender, ethnicity, culture, and other contexts of persons.

  • Complete graduate level research and writing in the field of Educational and Family Ministries.

CHURCH GROWTH & PLANTING

Description

The church growth and church planting movement is a phenomenon that deserves serious study and reflection. The strategies developed by this movement contain both theological and sociological dimensions. The purpose of the Church Growth/Church Planting Specialization is to better equip students to evaluate the theories and principles of the church growth and church planting movement.

Expected Outcomes

  • Understand the history of the church growth/church planting movement.

  • Identify various church growth models and strategies.

  • Articulate a philosophy of ministry that integrates church growth principles with Biblical and theological truth.

  • Develop evangelistic programs that fulfill the Great

  • Commission with theological integrity.

  • Complete graduate level research and writing in the field of Church Growth/Church Planting.

  • Diagnose the resources and needs of a community to develop effective means for reaching the unchurched with the Gospel.

URBAN & INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

Description

The Urban and Intercultural Studies program is designed to help students prepare for cross-cultural ministry either in the urban centers of North America or in other regions of the world.

Expected Outcomes

  • Formulate a practical theology of the mission of God.

  • Recognize the importance of participation in the world Christian mission.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of cross-cultural communication and be able to develop a plan to become bilingual.

  • Analyze the social, cultural, and economic dynamics of modern societies and cities.

  • Describe national, cultural, and ethnic barriers to ministry in urban and/or intercultural contexts.

  • Construct ministry strategies appropriate for a particular cultural context and conducive to indigenous church leadership.