the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Church Ministries

The Master of Divinity in Church Ministries is a professional degree involving selected disciplines in the Billy Graham School and other theological disciplines. The program integrates theology with leadership studies and provides a broad curricular experience that includes missions, evangelism, worship, and worldview. It allows each person the flexibility to develop gain knowledge in areas of concentration appropriate for their desired practice area of ministry and complement it with supporting curriculum from discipleship, youth and children’s ministry, college ministry, women’s ministry and leadership. Graduates of this program will be equipped to lead in several areas, including discipleship, youth and children’s ministry, college ministry, women’s ministry, and executive or denominational leadership.

Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
20400 Elementary Hebrew (3)
22400 Elementary Greek (3)
31980 Written Communication (if required)? (2)
42490 Cooperative Program 0
Scripture and Interpretation (21 hours)
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
20440 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
22440 Greek Syntax and Exegesis 3
Theology and Tradition (15 hours)
25100 Introduction to Church History I 3
25120 Introduction to Church History II 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
Ministry and Proclamation (14 hours)
30000 Christian Preaching 1 3
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
35040 Leadership and Family Ministry 3
40150 Personal Spiritual Disciplines 2
Worldview and Culture (6 hours)
28500 Introduction to Christian Philosophy 3
29250 Survey of Christian Ethics 3
Church Ministries Core (12 hours)
40200 The Worshiping Church 3
45150 Worldview Culture and Discipleship 3
45250 Family Ministry Through the Lifespan 3
45400 Christian Teaching 3
Free Electives (18 hours)
BGS Applied Ministry: 44920 (2 hours)
M.Div. Core 56
Church Ministries Core 12
Free Electives 18
Field Education 2
Total (88)
Elementary Hebrew (if required)
Elementary Greek (if required)
Written Communication (if required)
1 Christian Preaching (30000) is reserved for men. Women will substitute The Ministry
of Teaching Practicum (45450).
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.