The Pastoral Studies concentration is primarily designed to prepare men who are called to serve in the office of pastor in local congregations. A balance of biblical, theological, and ministry courses makes this a broad program of pastoral training, allowing for exposure to a range of knowledge and skills needed for effective ministry in the local church.

Vocational Objectives

  • Pastorate
  • Preaching
  • North American missions
  • International missions
  • Biblical and theological studies
  • Campus/college ministry
  • Evangelism
Master of Divinity with a Concentration in Pastoral Studies
26100 History of the Baptists 3
36450 Ministry/Evangelism or  
36500 Church Action in the Community or  
36550 A Church for the 21st Century 3
40301 Pastoral Ministry1 3
Restricted Electives (6 hours)
Scripture and Interpretation Elective 3
Theology and Tradition elective or  
Worldview and Culture elective 3
Free Electives 9
Pastoral Studies 24
Theology M.Div. Core 64
Total Master of Divinity with a Concentration in
Pastoral Studies Requirements
•Elementary Hebrew (if required) +3
•Elementary Greek (if required) +3
•Written Communication (if required) +2

1 Pastoral Ministry (40301) is reserved for men. Women will substitute The Practice of Ministry for Women (40302).