When the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, he reminded them of God’s gracious gift of servant leaders like “pastors and teachers” whose job it was to “equip the saints for works of service” and to the “building up of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11, 12)
For this reason the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is all about equipping God’s servant leaders with God’s word to equip others for the advancement of the Mission of God through Christ’s church. The M.Div. degree is designed to train pastors with the biblical, theological, and practical knowledge needed to equip those who are the church in order to build up the church.
Most of the classes required for the M.Div. program are offered Online & In Classroom.
The M.Div. is the foremost professional degree for those called to preach and teach God’s word. In the M.Div. program you will learn:
- Practical ministry skills needed to shepherd a congregation.
- Biblical backgrounds of history, archeology and geography.
- Biblical hermeneutics and how to interpret Scripture.
- Exegesis of the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament.
- Theological schools of thoughts and church history.
- Apologetics, philosophy of religion and how to defend the faith.
The Master of Divinity degree prepares persons for ordained ministry and for general pastoral and religious leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings. It is the required degree for admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree program, and the recommended first theological degree for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program.
The central goals (adapted from ATS standard A.2) of the Carroll M.Div. degree, as an advanced program that is oriented toward ordained ministry and for general pastoral and religious leadership, include the following:
- Goal 1:
- Master of Divinity degree recipients will give evidence of a comprehensive and discriminating understanding of their religious heritage.
- Goal 2:
- Master of Divinity degree recipients will give evidence of an understanding of the cultural realities and structures within which the church lives and carries out its mission.
- Goal 3:
- Master of Divinity degree recipients will give evidence of personal growth—faith, emotional maturity, moral integrity, and public witness. They will also give evidence of development of certain capacities—intellectual and affective, individual and corporate, ecclesial and public—that are requisite to a life of pastoral leadership.
- Goal 4:
- Master of Divinity degree recipients will give evidence of personal theological reflection on the practice of ministry and demonstrate a capacity for leadership in both ecclesial and public contexts.
These core goals are achieved uniquely at B. H. Carroll Theological Institute through specific learner-centered competencies that have their bases in four theologically-oriented Learning Clusters of Carroll’s foundational curriculum.
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