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Schedule

Courses run 15 weeks and include online discussions, readings, postings, chats, etc. Students meet face-to-face on campus at the Portland Center from 8am-5:30pm (1 ½ hour lunch) for one week during fall and spring semesters. Summer courses are offered as online or hybrid courses. The Master of Divinity Online Learning Community degree program lasts four years for full-time students and eight years for part-time students.

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Face-to-Face Times

Fall: Mid-October

Spring: Mid-February

Mandatory Orientation - Threshold

This is a mandatory three-day Orientation event in GFU Portland Center, for online learning community students entering the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership, Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation degree programs. See more here.

Application Deadlines

Rolling application deadline. Apply now for the next start date.

Characteristics of a Master of Divinity Graduate

These characteristics are to be understood in conjunction with our statement of faith and our school distinctives. Our community serves in a Christ-centered, biblically-grounded orthodox evangelical understanding of Christian faith and ministry.

Identity Formation

Being and becoming who God created you to be
  • having a transformational relationship with Christ and cultivating an intentional spiritual life
  • increasing one's capacity to love
  • knowing one's self-worth and capabilities
  • demonstrating trustworthiness, honesty and integrity
  • engaging in intentional self-care
  • modeling one's life after the example of Jesus
  • discerning one's gifts and calling
  • fostering congruence between outer social behaviors and inner self-awareness
  • engaging in a faith community with others

Habits of the Mind

Capable to think critically and creatively
  • being able to take and defend a position with accuracy, clarity, and gentleness
  • generating new ways of viewing situations outside the boundaries of standard conventions with open-mindedness, graciousness, and a restrained impulsivity
  • engaging intensely in tasks even when answers or solutions are not immediately apparent
  • generating, trusting, and maintaining your own standards of evaluation
  • gaining an understanding of biblical content and church history
  • engaging in ongoing theological reflection
  • contextualizing faith and culture

Skills of Relationship

The ability to manage social exchange
  • to create healthy environments and relationships of trust and grace
  • to be responsive and sensitive to human hurt, need, and global justice
  • to cultivate and maintain a web of relationships
  • to foster teamwork, collaboration, and demonstrate accountability
  • to demonstrate flexibility in adapting to changing situations or overcoming obstacles
  • to seek and appropriately respond to feedback
  • to steward one's power and voice
  • to have a capacity to listen and attend to others

Skills of Service

The ability to cultivate effective ministry
  • to serve as a transforming agent of change
  • to communicate effectively
  • to use and interpret Scripture
  • to inspire others in a deeper spiritual life
  • to relate social issues to faith
  • to coach and engage people in ministry
  • to influence and organize a group in pursuing a common vision and mission
  • to engage a community in strategic thinking and initiating strategic action
  • to develop and steward the needed resources
  • to organize and respond to cultural trends
  • to instill in others a passion for service and mission
  • to understand the nature of conflict and gaining skills to resolve conflicts