the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Diplomas

The Diploma in Church Ministries program is offered to a limited number of students who are high school graduates but who do not have a baccalaureate degree. Candidates must be at least 30 years of age to be admitted to the Diploma in Church Ministries program. Up to 12 semester hours of transfer credit can be applied to the Diploma in Church Ministries program if they are taken through Seminary Extension (a ministry education system of the six theological seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention) or Boyce College.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a growing, Christlike character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Students will be able to understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will be able to display a biblical vision for ministry and lead with humble authority.
  • Students will be able to preach/ teach Scripture clearly and passionately so as to engage the mind and move the heart.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competent leadership in local church leadership.
Diploma in Church Ministries
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required)? (2)
42490 Cooperative Program 0
Scripture and Interpretation (15 hours)
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
Theology and Tradition (12 hours)
25100 or 25120 Introduction to Church History I or Introduction to Church History II 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
Ministry and Proclamation (8 hours)
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
35040 Leadership and Family Ministry 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 2
Church Ministries Studies (27 hours)
40080 Theology & Practice of Leadership 3
41500 The Role of the Associate Minister 3
42210 Team Ministry Relations 3
45150 Worldview, Culture andDiscipleship 3
45250 Family Ministry Through the Lifespan 3
45400 Theology & Practice of Teaching 3
45450 The Ministry of Teaching Practicum 3
Choose two of the following:
41800 The Youth and Family Minister 3
45260 Discipleship and Family Ministry 3
45800 Discipling Children 3
46325 Discipling Adults 3
Field Education (2 hours)
45190 Leadership Field Education: Survey 1
45160 Leadership Field Education: Leadership 1
Diploma Core 35
Christian Ministries and Field Education 29
Total (64)
?See Written Communication Requirement in Academic Section.
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.