MDiv In-Ministry Program

Overview

The Master of Divinity In-Ministry educates and equips working students for church leadership in tomorrow’s world through an integrative, mentored approach to applied and academic learning. Our faculty teaches biblical principles, concepts, and models for lay or ordained ministry while giving you the flexibility to work concurrently in a vocational Christian ministry.

Missional-Based

Our program is focused on training church leaders to engage in Gospel inspired missions work in today’s culture. You will learn from courses that study: ministry context, integrating faith in the workplace, pastoral care, and urban ministry. Furthermore, you will gain a full experience from learning Christian history, theological studies, biblical studies, and spiritual formation.

Cohort-Based

Students learn best when students learn from each other, and our program provides a Christian learning experience in order for you to do so. The In-Ministry program is a community of learning that allows you to work in groups and build peer-to-peer relationships that can last a lifetime. Together, you will complete core academic courses as well as practical ministry training in: Old and New Testament theology, systematic theology, and how to interpret the Bible effectively.

Leadership Development for the 21st Century Church

The program is creative in its design as it will equip you with the concepts, tools, and skills you need to successfully work through issues in the 21st century church. You will use your current ministry settings as a laboratory for learning and creatively testing new ideas to find solutions to common problems in churches. You will study in an experiential learning environment with supportive faculty and classmates that will join you on the journey.

Program Outcomes

This program is for you if you:

  • have passion for creative engagement of the Gospel and culture
  • are wrestling with what it means to be the Church in the 21st century
  • are engaged in vocational Christian ministry, part-time or full-time
  • are committed to the vocational goal of congregational leadership
  • are endorsed for further study by a sending church or organization
  • have a heart for church planting

Program Notes

How this program works

  • You maintain your ministry involvement and work while studying for the Master of Divinity degree.
  • You use your ministry setting as a laboratory for learning—you test ideas from the classroom in your ministry, and bring your ministry experiences into the classroom.
  • You join a group of students and stay together as a group throughout the entire program (called a 'cohort')
  • You come to campus only one day per week, plus one Saturday per semester, during the three years of the cohort section of the program.
  • You learn from a group of faculty who stay together with you throughout your program, providing mentoring as well as classroom instruction.
  • You learn in an intensive format—courses are 6 weeks long with the exception of two, which are done in a one-week retreat format, and the Internship, which is spread out over the course of the program.
  • You learn in a community context, with common classes plus a shared meal, worship and small group component.
  • You study about 15-20 hours per week outside the classroom.
Seminary classroom with students
“I came to seminary knowing things were going to change, but I wasn’t sure how,” he says. “My program is really forming me and helping me know myself better. Within the first semester, it was confirmed in me that my time in my current context was up. I have professors who open me up to options that I never even considered before.” Ben Bartosik

Degree and Diploma Options


MDiv

Master of Divinity

27 courses
3 years

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You will learn from courses that study: ministry context, integrating faith in the workplace, pastoral care, and urban ministry.