MDiv- Practical Ministries

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

Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for the specialization in Pastoral Leadership will:

  • 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 AND COUNSELING

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.

Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements with a specialization in Pastoral Care and Counseling will:

  • 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 clinical skills in church and para-church settings.
  • Complete graduate level research and writing in the field of Pastoral Care and Counseling.

EDUCATIONAL AND FAMILY MINISTRIES

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.

Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for the specialization in Educational and Family Ministries should be able to:

  • 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/CHURCH PLANTING

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.

Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements with a specialization in Church Growth/Church Planting will:

  • 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

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.

Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements with a specialization in Urban & Intercultural Studies will:

  • 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.