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So you’re looking for a challenging and thorough preparation for God’s calling to ministry? The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at North Greenville University will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need for the broadest range of Christian ministry positions, especially in local churches, although the program is also great for military students looking to fulfill service requirements as chaplains for branches of the armed services.

This 36-month program is designed to develop trained and skilled leaders who make a difference. The MDiv degree at NGU sets students apart by providing training in classical theological and biblical disciplines such as Old Testament, New Testament, and biblical interpretation, as well as in applied disciplines such as evangelism, missions, discipleship, and spiritual formation. Because at NGU, we don’t pit the academic against the practical. Rather, we strive to make our curriculum an integrated tool for shaping ministers of the gospel who can succeed in impacting the world for Christ.

 

Curriculum

The curriculum for NGU’s MDiv degree consists of seven core courses. Students are encouraged to complete six of these courses in the beginning of their study, with the Integration Project serving as the ending capstone course.

Following this completion, students can focus on taking the elective courses required for each ministry track within the program; students must take four to five courses from within each track for degree completion.

This 75-hour degree is comprised of study areas necessary for effective ministry leadership. The program offers rolling enrollment, with five 8-week online terms and two 16-week on-campus terms available per year. Students may choose to enroll fully online or fully onsite, or they can even select a hybrid combination of the two formats.

 

Objectives

 

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply theoretical concepts to actual ministry situations and utilize critical thinking skills to identify, analyze, and develop practical solutions to problems related to Christian ministry in an increasingly diverse and postmodern world.
  • Express ideas clearly, concisely, and logically through effective skills in oral, written, and interpersonal human relation skills. 

  • Develop an understanding of the moral and ethical dimensions of Christian ministry.
  • Formulate programs and strategic plans (related to the student’s ministry responsibilities) that demonstrate facility with modern practices of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and missions.
  • Qualify for an extended range of ministry positions. 


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ACADEMIC TERMS

 

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REQUIRED TEXT

 

If you would like to complete your MDiv degree in the suggested timeframe of 36 months, then we recommend taking a full-time load of two courses per term consecutively.

Additionally, the suggested course sequence for NGU’s MDiv degree allows students to focus initially on completing six core courses. Once students complete these core courses, then they can choose from among the elective courses required for each ministry track within the program.

All students must take four to five courses from within each track for degree completion; however, you do not need to follow any particular course sequence for these elective courses.

 

Core Courses

 

Choose five of the following courses:

BI 5300 Biblical Interpretation (3 hours)                                                                   

CM 5000 Spiritual Formation (3 hours)                                                         

CM 5305 Personal Evangelism (3 hours)                                                                                            

NT 5300 NT Research and Application (3 hours)                                         

OT 5300 OT Research and Application (3 hours)                                         

TH 5300 Christian Theology (3 hours)

 

Required Core Course

  

This course is required to be the last core course taken by all MDiv students.

CM 6390 Integration Project (3 hours)

 

Track Courses 

 

Church Health and Revitalization Track

Choose four of the following courses:

CM 5315 Church Growth and Renewal (3 hours)

CM 5316 Church Revitalization (3 hours)

CM 5330 Christian Education in the Local Congregation: Building a Great Commission Sunday School (3 hours)

CM 5334 Practicum in the Southern Baptist Convention (3 hours)

CM 5335 Contemporary Issues in Church Growth (3 hours)

CM 5337 Spiritual Gifts (3 hours)

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation

Choose five of the following courses:

CM 5005 Theology of the Christian Life (3 hours)

CM 5006 Angelology and Spiritual Warfare (3 hours)

CM 5007 Psalms and Christian Spirituality (3 hours)

CM 5008 Contemporary Evangelical Spirituality (3 hours)

CM 5010 Devotional Classics of the Christian Faith (3 hours)

CM 5312 Prayer and Spiritual Awakening (3 hours)

CM 5331 Discipleship (3 hours)

Missions and Evangelism

Choose five of the following courses:

CM 5306 Contemporary Issues in Evangelism (3 hours)

CM 5310 Evangelism and Church Planting (3 hours)

CM 5311 Effective Evangelism in the Local Church (3 hours)          

CM 5345 Introduction to Christian Missions (3 hours)         

CM 5347 Christian Faith and World Religions (3 hours)

CM 5355 Practicum in International Missions (3 hours)

CM 5356 Practicum in North American Missions (3 hours)

Pastoral Ministry Track

Choose four of the following courses:

CM 5320 Introduction to Biblical Preaching (3 hours)

CM 5332 Leadership Development (3 hours)

CM 5333 Pastoral Ministry in the Local Congregation (3 hours)

CM 5336 Pastoral Theology (3 hours)

CO 5300 Basic Pastoral Counseling (3 hours)

CO 5310 Minister as Pastoral Care Leader (3 hours)

CO 5320 Pre-Marital and Marriage Counseling (3 hours)


Core Courses

 

BI 5300 Biblical Interpretation (3 hours) – A study of the principles and methods of biblical exegesis and interpretation with an emphasis on the problem of communicating the biblical message in the modern world.

CM 5000 Spiritual Formation (3 hours) – An intensive process to encourage spiritual growth through the study of Christian spirituality and disciplines based on the teaching of the Bible.

CM 5305 Personal Evangelism (3 hours) – A study of the nature and practice of evangelism, with emphasis on its biblical, theological, and historical roots. Special attention will be given to the rationale and context for evangelization.

NT 5300 NT Research and Application (3 hours) – A study of the exegetical issues involved in understanding the New Testament including historical, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as the nature of the New Testament texts, canon, and text and versions. Includes an introduction to the books of the New Testament by groups and individual texts with a discussion of the meaning of the different passages in their original settings and potential applications for contemporary society.

OT 5300 OT Research and Application (3 hours) – A study of the exegetical issues involved in studying the Old Testament including historical, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as the nature of the Old Testament texts, canon, and text and versions. Includes an introduction to the books of the Old Testament by groups and individual texts with a discussion of the application of their message for their day and today.

TH 5300 Christian Theology (3 hours) – A systematic survey of the major theological teachings of Christianity regarding God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, revelation, humanity, sin, salvation, the church, and eschatology. Special attention will be given to 1) the Biblical basis of these doctrines, 2) theological methodology, 3) how philosophical and cultural influences have shaped these doctrines, 4) how these doctrines have changed and been held at different periods in church history, and 5) how these doctrines are relevant to contemporary belief and practice.

 

Required Core Course

 

CM 6390 Integration Project (3 hours) – Planned with the student’s advisor, the goal of this experience is to integrate the student’s coursework, personal experience, and goals in a “Theology of Ministry” that will further define the student’s view of self in the ministry. The written project plan, literature search, and analysis of results is the capstone experience in the Master of Christian Ministry. (Prerequisite: 30 hours in the MDiv program)


 

 

Graduate School of Christian Ministry

 

Dr. Larry McDonald

Dean of the Graduate School of Christian Ministry

Director of the Doctor of Ministry Studies

Professor of Christian Spirituality

Serving North Greenville University since 2008, Larry McDonald holds a doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. In addition to almost 20 years of pastoral ministry, McDonald previously served as a Christian studies professor at Truett-McConnell College, adjunct professor at Southeastern Seminary, and a visiting professor at Tyndale Theological Seminary (Netherlands) and Uganda Baptist Seminary. A native Mississippian, McDonald was recognized for his leadership abilities by Leadership Jackson of the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Mississippi of the Mississippi Economic Council. He and his wife have three adult children and two granddaughters.

Dr. Bill Cashion

Professor of Missions and Evangelism

Veteran missionary and pastor Bill Cashion served almost 20 years with the International Mission Board as a missionary in Venezuela and as missions administrator, overseeing volunteers in missions, world hunger emphasis, and crisis management procedures. He also served as a pastor for 20 years, most recently at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Clarkesville, Ga.; taught at Truett-McConnell College as visiting professor of missions for six years; and served as a visiting missions professor at seven Baptist seminaries. Cashion holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in missiology from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Cashion truly seeks to live out his belief that “a disciple should never allow his world to be smaller than the one Jesus died to save.”

 

Prospective Students

 

Justin J. Pitts
Director of Adult and Graduate Admissions
Local: (864) 663-7507
Toll Free: 1-844-333-4566
Justin.Pitts@ngu.edu

 

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