Earn course credit in approved ministerial contexts: Theological formation. Contextual ministry experience. Character assessment.

Southern Seminary requires students to remain actively involved in ministry while pursuing rigorous formal theological training. MAP provides a direct avenue to weld serious academic study with supervised service in a local ministry context. Theologically driven ministry is the heart and soul of our apprenticeship program and we are looking for qualified sites (churches and para-church organizations) as well as missionally driven students. Character assessment in conjunction with theological formation and contextual ministry experience will be signature contributions of this program to the overall teaching and training in a student’s bachelor’s or master’s program.

The Ministry Apprenticeship Program (MAP) is:

1) Adaptable – the syllabus for each seminar is not fixed, it can be changed upon the interests/goals of the instructor/supervisor. Reading and writing assignments are required for each course, but they can be tweaked. In this way the courses are very flexible since they can be customized for each region / church / or para-church organization.

2) Scalable – a course that is designed for 1 person will work for 100 persons. Once the syllabus is determined, the content is set to work for however many students are interested.

3) Reproducible – you could pilot the seminars in one place and then very easily transfer the paradigm to another location if your church, para-church, or ministry expanded.

MAP Curriculum includes: 18 elective credit hours of the MDiv Program

Three Integrative Seminars will serve as credited opportunities for students to earn MDiv elective hours through ministry apprenticeships. Partnering Churches and Organizations with qualifying academic credentials can direct students in the following ministry/theology training:

Integrative Seminar I: Leadership (Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry; 6 hours)

Integrative Seminar II: Proclamation (School of Theology, 6 hours)

Integrative Seminar III: Outreach (Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry; 6 hours)

If you are interested in becoming a Ministry Apprenticeship Affiliate or finding out more information. Email us at map@sbts.edu