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Director of M.Div.Ch.
Jim Spivey is a graduate of Auburn University (Alabama) where he earned a BA degree in Political Science. He also earned an M.Div. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ft. Worth TX) and a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford (England).
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Master of Divinity in Chaplain Ministry
Core Studies
Code
Course
Credits
BHCTI 5000

Gateway

(BHCTI 5000)
An introduction and orientation to B. H. Carroll Theological Institute's distinctive competency-based curriculum with its core ingredients. The scope of the course will deal with the nexus and teaching church concepts, accession of all online data, navigation through the online library, and guidance to research and writing. Students must pass the Gateway Course in order to enroll in subsequent courses. Additional $50 fee for instrumentation of testing and evaluation.
2
SWBIT 5111

Biblical Interpretation

(SWBIT 5111)
An introduction to the nature of the Bible; the definition of and need for hermeneutics; a survey of historical and contemporary hermeneutical approaches; the principles of a grammatical-historical-theological-practical approach; and case studies of biblical passages that illustrate the principles.
2
FHCHS 5211

Baptist Heritage

(FHCHS 5211)
A basic survey of Baptist history and denominational life in Britain , Europe, and North America with attention focused on the developments relevant for Southern Baptists.
2
MFFND 5611

Principles of Teaching for Chaplains

(MFFND 5611)
A study of how to teach effectively both in a Christian context and in the religious diversity of institutional settings. This will include principles and methods of teaching, curriculum design, planning of classes, and development of delivery skills. It will focus on conveying knowledge/understanding, articulating values, and developing skills which enhance personal Christian ministry.
2
MFADM 5611

Administration for Chaplains

(MFADM 5611)
A study of the biblical and theological basis for administrative ministry and of practical principles for effective management in institutional settings. Attention will be given to organizational structures, personnel administration, resource management, program development, operations, training, supervision and leadership development.
2
MFLDS 5611

Leadership for Chaplains

(MFLDS 5611)
A study of the principles and practices of ministerial leadership in a Christian context and in institutions with diverse religious settings. This includes reflections on the identity, calling, roles and character of chaplains as Christian leaders in community. Models of leadership theory and practice will be examined, emerging challenges for leaders in institutional settings will be discussed, and suggestions will be made for integrating leadership models with biblical principles.
2
WMWOR 5211

Christian Disciplines

(WMWOR 5211)
An introductory study of the biblical foundations, traditions, and practice of Christian disciplines. Students will be encouraged to enrich their own spiritual lives and to mentor others in the disciplines of the Christian life.
2
WMWOR 5111

Christian Worship

(WMWOR 5111)
An introductory study of the biblical foundations, traditions, and practice of Christian worship. Emphasis will be given to the nature, purpose, forms, planning, and leading of corporate worship.
2
WMEVA 5111

Christian Witness

(WMEVA 5111)
An introductory study of the biblical foundations, traditions, and practice of Christian witness. Emphasis will be given to developing creative methods to share Christ and transform the church and surrounding community.
2
 

Old Testament Group

Choose 2 of 3 of the following courses offered:
Old Testament III (SWBLI 5113)
An introduction to each Old Testament book with emphasis on historical issues, theological interpretations, and contemporary applications. The prophetic books from Isaiah through Malachi.
Old Testament II (SWBLI 5112)
An introduction to each Old Testament book with emphasis on historical issues, theological interpretations, and contemporary applications. The historical books from Ruth through Esther, and the Wisdom Literature from Job through the Song of Solomon.
Old Testament I (SWBLI 5111)
An introduction to each Old Testament book with emphasis on historical issues, theological interpretations, and contemporary applications. Pentateuch, Joshua, and Judges.
4
 

New Testament Group

Choose 2 of 3 of the following courses offered:
New Testament III (SWBLI 5213)
An introduction to the General Letters and Revelation. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.
New Testament II (SWBLI 5212)
An introduction to Acts and the Pauline Letters. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.
New Testament I (SWBLI 5211)
An introduction to the Gospels. These writings will be studied in terms of historical setting, religious background, literary composition, theological message, and interrelationship with the Old Testament.
4
 

Christian Theology Group

Choose 2 of 3 of the following courses offered:
Christian Theology III (FHBTH 5113)
The nature, sources, and scope of systematic theology; the Christian life, the church, and the consummation.
Christian Theology II (FHBTH 5112)
The nature, sources, and scope of systematic theology; the person of Jesus Christ, the work of Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
Christian Theology I (FHBTH 5111)
The nature, sources, and scope of systematic theology; the doctrines of revelation and the Bible, God, creation and providence, man and sin.
4
 

Christian Heritage Group

Choose 2 of 3 of the following courses offered:
Christian Heritage III (FHCHS 5113)
A general survey of the history of Christianity; the early modern era to the present.
Christian Heritage II (FHCHS 5112)
A general survey of the history of Christianity; the Reformation.
Christian Heritage I (FHCHS 5111)
A general survey of the history of Christianity; the New Testament period.
4
 
Total
34

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Additional Studies
Code
Course
Credits
SWBLA 5111

Old Testament Hebrew I

The fundamentals of biblical Hebrew including vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax for the purpose of translating and interpreting the Old Testament text. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time. For students taking this course online, a PC computer with one of the following Windows operating systems is required: Windows 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP, Vista, or Windows 7. The software used in this course requires a PC operating system.
2
SWBLA 5112

Old Testament Hebrew II

The fundamentals of biblical Hebrew including vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax for the purpose of translating and interpreting the Old Testament text. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time. For students taking this course online, a PC computer with one of the following Windows operating systems is required: Windows 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP, Vista, or Windows 7. The software used in this course requires a PC operating system.
2.0
SWBLA 5113

Old Testament Hebrew III

The fundamentals of biblical Hebrew including vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax for the purpose of translating and interpreting the Old Testament text. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time. For students taking this course online, a PC computer with one of the following Windows operating systems is required: Windows 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP, Vista, or Windows 7. The software used in this course requires a PC operating system.
2.0
SWBLA 4211

Elementary Greek I

Two accelerated courses combined as an introduction to the Greek language in preparation for the exegesis of the Greek New Testament. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time.
3
SWBLA 4212

Elementary Greek II

Two accelerated courses combined as an introduction to the Greek language in preparation for the exegesis of the Greek New Testament. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time.
3.0
SWBLA 5211

New Testament Greek I

Advanced grammar with exegesis of the Greek New Testament. Three consecutive terms must be taken to receive credit for this course. Student should stay in the same section for all three terms. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time.
2.0
SWBLA 5212

New Testament Greek II

Advanced grammar with exegesis of the Greek New Testament. Three consecutive terms must be taken to receive credit for this course. Student should stay in the same section for all three terms. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time.
2.0
SWBLA 5213

New Testament Greek III

Advanced grammar with exegesis of the Greek New Testament. Three consecutive terms must be taken to receive credit for this course. Student should stay in the same section for all three terms. Language courses are demanding and may require significantly more individual study time.
2.0
SWBIT 5211

Biblical Backgrounds

A study of the geography, history, and archaeology of the biblical world intended to provide a cultural and chronological framework for further study of both the Old and New Testaments.
2
SWBPR 5111

Biblical Preaching I

A study of the principles of sermon construction: the interpretation of text, the formulation of idea, the definition of objective, the development of material, the arrangement of structure, the improvement of style, and the preaching of the sermon.
2
SWBPR 5112

Biblical Preaching II

A study and practice of the preparation, delivery, and evaluation of the sermon. Sermons will be prepared and delivered. Components of sermon delivery will be studied and practiced for improvement. A lifelong strategy for self-evaluation and critique of sermon content and delivery will be practiced.
2.0
FHPHI 5111

Philosophy of Religion

An introductory study of contemporary worldviews and philosophical issues relevant to Christian ministry (e.g. religious pluralism, the problem of evil, the relationship between faith and reason).
2
FHETH 5111

Christian Ethics

This course explores the biblical, historical, and theological foundations of Christian ethics. It also equips the student to apply these foundational elements in decision making on current issues such as substance abuse, family, race, biomedical ethics, economics, and politics.
2
FHPHI 5211

Apologetics

A study of various approaches to a defense of Christianity. Emphasis will be placed upon developing an apologetic method appropriate to the cultural context in which the student ministers.
2
MFPMN 5611

Chaplain Ministry

A study of Christian ministry in institutional settings. Focus will be on the identity, vocation, roles, skills, qualifications, and endorsement of chaplains in military, health-care, correctional, corporate, veterans, law enforcement, fire department, and disaster relief settings. Attention will be given to issues such as free exercise of religion, role conflict, institutional duality, ministerial collegiality, and ministry in pluralistic settings.
2
FHPHI 5211

Religious Landscape

A survey of major religious groups, including their heritage beliefs, and practices. Attention will be given to major Protestant denominations, Roman and Orthodox Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, East Asian religions, other religious sects and non-Christian cults. This course will focus on how to relate to other religious groups and how to minister in a diverse setting to persons from these religious backgrounds.
2
WMWOR 5611

Liturgy and Ceremony

A study of liturgies and ceremonies employed in settings beyond Baptist congregational life. Attention will be given to the liturgical beliefs and practices of Protestant denominations, Roman and Orthodox Catholicism, and other major world religions. Students will learn how to develop and lead: worship in interdenominational and ecumenical settings; religious programs in interfaith settings; and ceremonies in public, secular, and religiously diverse settings.
2
MFPMN 5111

Pastoral Care

An introduction to Christian ministry in contemporary culture. Studies in the nature of the church and its ministry, styles of ministry in varied contexts, and practice of ministry skills.
2
MFPMN 5621

Pastoral Care of the Family in Institutional Settings

A study of human development and relationships within families in institutional, religiously diverse, secular and transitory settings. Attention will be given to family systems, marital and inter-generational relationships, stages of the life cycle, parenting issues, basic marriage and family counseling, and coping with the unique pressures of institutional life.
2.0
MFPMN 5622

Pastoral Care of Persons in Crisis and Grief

A study of ministry to persons in acutely stressful situations. Attention will be given to the pastoral care of individuals suffering personal trauma such as disease, abuse, depression, and bereavement. Students will learn about the dynamics of the grief process, critical incident and post-traumatic stress, and suicide awareness and intervention. They will also learn basic principle of ministry in mass-casualty situations.
2.0
MFPMN 5221

Conflict Ministry

A study of how to minister in discordant situations. Attention will be given to dynamics of personal and systemic conflict. Students will learn about models for effective intervention and resolution of conflict.
2
MFPSY 5611

Relationships in Chaplain Ministry

A study of human relations in institutional ministry. Attention will be given to understanding the chaplain’s identity and relationship to God, other individuals, groups, and the institution within which the chaplain ministers. Students will also learn about peer relationships and collegiality, as well as relationships of protégés with mentors, and supervisors with subordinates.
2
MFPSY 5111

Basic Christian Counseling

An introduction to theories and methods of Christian counseling. Attention will be given to personality theories, counseling techniques, and theology found in Scripture, and to the integration of these principles with current psychological theories and methods. The student will learn basic counseling skills and techniques and will develop a personal model of counseling consistent with Scripture.
6
MFPSY 5612

Group Dynamics in Institutional Structures

A study of the nature, dynamics and interaction of groups in institutional settings. Attention will be given to how religious leaders and other group members interact within formal and informal structures and through formal and informal processes in military, health-care, correctional, corporate, and other community-related structures.
2
MFCPE 5116

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

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MFPMN 5631

Crisis Ministry Certification

Students will become certified in at least two nationally recognized programs of training for ministry in emergency or disaster situations, such as Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and NOVA (National Organization for Victim Assistance) training.
0.0
BHCTI 5211

M.Div.Ch. Capstone Examination*

The Capstone course is the culminating educational experience designed to evaluate acquired competencies and readiness for ministry of professional ministry students in their field of study. The faculty together with the student may design a variety of capstone experiences. Competency for ministry may be demonstrated by, but not limited to, one or more of the following: research paper, creative project, examinations (written and oral), internship, or a portfolio of work. Affirmation of teachers, mentors, and teaching churches will be included in the overall evaluation. This course is a requisite for the completion of a student's course of study. For students in the M.Div., M.A.C.E., M.M., M.A.W. degree programs.
0.0
Free Electives in any Cluster
0
 
Total
56

 
Degree Total
90

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Director of M.Div.Ch.
Jim Spivey is a graduate of Auburn University (Alabama) where he earned a BA degree in Political Science. He also earned an M.Div. degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ft. Worth TX) and a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford (England).
p:  (972) 580-7600 , ext. 26