What is the Ministry Apprenticeship Program (MAP)?

The Ministry Apprenticeship Program (MAP) connects local churches with theological education. It integrates experiential learning, expert observation, and structured spiritual development with practical day-to-day ministry training.

What options are available for MAP integrated seminars?

MAP seminars are specialized field education classes for churches or para-church organizations with internship programs. There are three possible 6-hour seminars that students can participate in: Leadership, Outreach, and Proclamation.

What degree programs allow for MAP seminars?

MAP seminars count for elective credits for both Masters and Bachelor degree programs at SBTS and Boyce with elective course options.

Which students can qualify for MAP seminars?

All M.Div., M.A., and B.A. students whose degree concentration allows for elective course credits may participate in the MAP program.

Which churches or organizations qualify for MAP seminars?

We call participating churches or para-church organizations MAP partners. To qualify, interested participants need to fill out a MAP Partner Registration Form after reading the MAP Partner Agreement. This form includes the required minimal commitments in the areas of: doctrinal agreement, time commitment, educational requirements, and practical experience.

How long are the seminars?

MAP seminars are one semester long or designed to integrate with the MAP Affiliate’s existing internship cycles.

What are the course requirements for MAP seminars?

MAP course syllabi will be distributed to participating students, as they would be for other master’s or bachelor’s level classes. The syllabus includes

  • Directed readings
  • Writing assignments
  • Weekly face-to-face time serving in ministry
  • Field hours

How much do MAP seminars cost?

Regular student hourly tuition rates apply to all MAP seminars.  Each MAP seminar is worth 6 hours of elective course credit.

Are there pre-requisite courses to take before registering for MAP seminars?

No. MAP can be a great way to start seminary.

Do I have to take MAP seminars in a certain sequence?

No. There is no order required. The MAP Affiliate will determine the order and sequence with which they offer MAP seminars.

How do I know if my church or para-church qualifies to offer MAP seminars?

The MAP Partner Agreement Form must be completed by your church or para-church organization. It provides the standards for doctrinal fidelity that the seminary approves as well as the minimal required commitments for organizations wishing to participate in the MAP program at SBTS.

How does my church apply?

Read through the MAP Partner Agreement and complete the MAP Partner Registration Form. You will hear from our office with next steps. Contact map@sbts.edu with any questions.

Can MAP seminars replace Applied Ministry (2-hour required class)?

Yes. Any MAP seminar will count as a substitution for the SBTS Applied Ministry class. This allows participating students to take another elective course in place of the required Applied Ministry class.

Do MAP seminars count as residential credit like other field education classes?

Yes. All field education classes, including MAP seminars, can count as residential credit hours and are not subject to online fees.

Do MAP seminars qualify for course substitutions? (ex. Can the Outreach seminar count for Missiology?)

No. MAP seminars cannot be substituted for core classes. MAP seminars count toward elective hours only.

What are the student learning outcomes in MAP seminars?

  • All seminars will require students to demonstrate a growing, Christlike character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry (1)
  • Outreach Seminar: Students will be able to understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission (2)
  • Proclamation/Outreach Seminars: Students will be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, to interpret Scripture’s original 
meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.(3)
  • Leadership Seminar: Students will be able to display a biblical vision for ministry and lead with humble authority (5)
  • Proclamation Seminar: Students will be able to preach/teach Scripture clearly and passionately so as to engage the mind and
 move the heart.                   ‪

Are there special requirements for F-1 International Students Participating in Church-Based Educational Programs (i.e. Apprenticeships, Residencies, Internships)

F-1 international students can participate in church-based educational programs (i.e. apprenticeships, residencies, internships), but they must maintain a minimal residence on-campus commitment in addition to the MAP seminars taken each semester of 5 hours. Below the requirements are delineated that will work for F-1 international students:

  1. F-1 students enroll in MAP (6 to 18 hours) at their respective partnering church/para-church as electives toward their degree.
  2. Then, they contact the registrar at SBTS so that they can enroll in a hybrid-modular Applied Ministry (MAP automatically fulfills the Applied Ministry requirement unless specified) that takes place in Louisville, KY for the same semester as the MAP seminar(s) they are taking.
  3. Then, they enroll in one hybrid-modular course concurrently with the modular Applied Ministry course that takes place in Louisville, KY  so as to fulfill the 5 hours of “low residence” requirements