Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has instituted a new 82-hour master of divinity program to make theological education even more accessible to God-called men and women as they seek to prepare for a lifetime of ministry.
Seminary officials describe the new M.Div. as faithful to Southwestern’s core commitments yet focused on meeting the needs of current and future generations.
The M.Div. degree, previously encompassing 92 hours, includes training in biblical languages and competency areas of preaching, pastoral ministry, missions, evangelism, church planting, Christian education and academic ministries. In addition, the degree includes 12 hours of electives so that students can pursue a variety of concentrations* and further elective options in the areas of discipleship, ethics and philosophy, making the degree more flexible than the previous M.Div.
The degree is available in on-campus, online and hybrid formats.
“Southwestern’s new M.Div. offers an updated, streamlined, cost-effective avenue to its world-class training for ministry,” D. Jeffrey Bingham, the seminary’s interim president, said.
“We have always been devoted to making disciples from all the nations for all the nations and to equipping them for servant leadership within the local church, on the mission field and in a variety of other settings,” Bingham said, noting, “Southwestern’s new M.Div. offers God-called students an excellent, well-rounded, efficient and affordable mentoring experience that yields the necessary skills and knowledge for ministry.”
Mark Taylor, interim senior associate dean for the school of theology, said the length of the new M.Div. brings the degree in line with other M.Div. programs, both within the Southern Baptist Convention and the broader evangelical world.
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Source: Baptist Press