Master of Divinity

Overview

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is designed for women and men preparing to be Christian pastors, missionaries, chaplains, or some other form of Christian service. The MDiv curriculum is designed to enable students to prepare for ordination, licensing, or recording.*

The MDiv curriculum is designed around biblical, theological, and historical foundations courses, leadership-in-ministry courses, pastoral studies courses, spiritual formation courses, and (optional) specialization courses. The student has the ability to customize his or her training to fit any particular interest or calling. 

* While the seminary provides training, it is denominations-not the seminary-that oversee the process of ordination, licensure, or recording.

Program Objectives

The MDiv Program will:

  • Foster students’ knowledge of their Christian heritage, through the study of the Bible and theology
  • Offer tools for exegeting the cultural contexts in which students will serve, through historical, theological, and cultural reflection
  • Encourage students’ growth in spiritual depth and moral integrity, particularly through the spiritual formation curriculum
  • Equip students for ministerial and public leadership, through coursework in pastoral studies and ministry leadership

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Interact with Christian Scripture, history, and theology; interpret understandings critically and express them faithfully
  • Cultivate tools and habits to pursue an ever-deepening sense of the reality of Jesus Christ through spiritual formation
  • Experience themselves and relate to others as created in God's image and called into community
  • Support the just transformation of societies through personal and social holiness motivated by love
  • Lead the church under the lordship of Jesus Christ in its mission and ministries
  • Preach, teach, exercise pastoral care, equip, and lead in local churches and Christian communities

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the MDiv program must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university,* with a minimum GPA of 3.0. In addition, applicants must complete the following to be considered for admission to the program:

  • Submit Portland Seminary application and application fee
  • Submit one official transcript from each college/university attended
  • Resumé
  • Personal mission statement and statement of faith
  • Three letters of reference (as specified in admissions materials)
  • An interview       
* Applicants who do not hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university may apply to the seminary but will be required to submit additional documentation to be considered for admission.

Transfer Credit

Transfer of up to 39 hours of credit is allowed toward the MDiv program from ATS-accredited graduate schools. Students must have earned a grade of B or better for a course to be considered for transfer. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the registrar's office for information on eligibility of transfer credit.

Residence Requirements

Residence, as described in this section of the catalog, does not refer to the time a student spends on campus. It refers to the portion of a degree program that students are required to earn with Portland Seminary, as compared to transfer credits and credit applied as advanced standing. With regard to the MDiv program, students are required to complete half of the degree (39 semester hours) directly with Portland Seminary. A leave of absence is valid for up to one year, after which the student must reapply to the program. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree.

Course Requirements

The MDiv program is generally three to four years in length, with 78 semester hours of coursework required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 20 are in biblical studies courses, 16 in Christian history and theology, 6 in spiritual formation and discipleship, 12 in pastoral studies, and 12 in leadership. The remaining 12 hours are in a chosen area of specialization or electives. The specializations offered are Biblical Studies Specialization, Chaplaincy Specialization, Christian History and Theology Specialization, Creation Care Specialization, Intercultural Studies Specialization, Leadership Specialization, Spiritual Direction Specialization, and Spiritual Formation and Discipleship Specialization.

Chaplaincy

Clinical Pastoral Education
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) brings seminary students into supervised ministry with people in crisis. The heart of CPE is ministry with people and learning from that ministry through reflection, discussion, and evaluation with other students and a certified CPE supervisor. CPE training centers are usually located in hospitals and medical centers. Portland Seminary is a member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. Any seminary student in the MDiv degree program may choose to do his or her internship in a CPE setting; students in the chaplaincy specialization are required to complete a CPE internship. Students pay regular seminary tuition for seminary credits awarded for CPE units. However, because students also pay tuition to their CPE site, Portland Seminary students may be eligible to be reimbursed for that hospital tuition. Reimbursement is limited to 75 percent of the seminary tuition paid for the credits awarded for CPE experience. Students can apply for reimbursement by submitting receipts upon successful completion of the CPE program. Students who feel called to hospital chaplaincy would take the following recommended path at Portland Seminary and beyond:

Hospital Chaplaincy Path
Students pursuing hospital chaplaincy are advised to fulfill the following requirements:

1. Acceptance into the MDiv degree program with chaplaincy specialization (while some hospitals accept people with seminary MA degrees as chaplains, the MDiv offers more long-term options [and a minimum of 72 semester hours is required for board certification]).

2. Completion of a unit of CPE training at an approved training site. The chaplaincy specialization includes CPE training (worth 6 credit hours at the seminary). CPE internships are typically offered in two formats:

  • Summer 11-week intensive (full-time) = 1 unit of CPE (100 hours of structured group supervision and training and 300 hours of clinical practice—stipend offered by some hospitals)
  • Extended unit (part-time) = 1 unit of CPE spread over 5 months (100 hours of structured group supervision and training and some clinical practice—no stipend)

3. Ordination or a certificate of ministry from the person's denomination. “Endorsement by a judicatory” is required for board certification.

4. One year of post-MDiv residency. After completion of the MDiv, the student must apply for a year of residency at an approved CPE training hospital. These are full-time paid positions for which the individual completes an additional three to four units of CPE. The seminary CPE director keeps a file of residency positions available; these are posted on the bulletin board opposite the seminary office. An application should be made one year before the desired placement.

5. Board certification. After fulfilling the requirements of the Association of Professional Chaplains, the graduate would apply for board certification. Students are encouraged to become student members of APC.

MDiv Curriculum for Hospital Chaplaincy Students
1. All the normal curriculum requirements for the MDiv degree, following the chaplaincy specialization.

2. Internship requirement would be PSTD 562 CPE one unit (6 hours, two of which are registered under PSTD 563, continued practicum). The student would not take PSTD 568/9 Ministerial Apprenticeship.

3. A student coming to the seminary with previous CPE units may register up to a maximum of 8 credit hours of PSTD 562/3/4.

Registering for PSTD 562 Clinical Pastoral Education
Students should apply for acceptance into an approved CPE center one year ahead of their desired internship date. In Oregon, there are several centers: Legacy Health System, Oregon State Hospital, Providence/Portland Medical Center, Good Samaritan in Corvallis, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The ACPE directory with information concerning the centers, the contact persons, and application processes is available online at http://www.acpe.edu/. The student will contact the CPE coordinator at the preferred site, fill out an application, and pay the application fee. Once the student is accepted, he or she will register for PSTD 562. One unit of CPE is equal to 6 semester credits (two of which will be registered under PSTD 563, continued practicum). CPE courses are graded Pass/No Pass. Upon completion of the training, the student will submit the final supervision report to the seminary faculty director in order to record the course grade.

Military Chaplaincy Path
Those who feel called to military chaplaincy should contact the branch of service in which they desire to serve. The chaplain recruiter for the area will acquaint the student with the scholarships, requirements, and steps toward accomplishing this objective. Those who attend Military Chaplaincy School will receive 8 hours in lieu of the chaplaincy specialization.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with the MDiv degree, students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 78 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Achieve no grade lower than a C- in all courses. If a grade of a C- or lower is received, that course must be retaken (for more specific information, please refer to the student handbook).
  • Successfully complete each milestone
  • Be admitted to candidacy for the degree
  • Be recommended by the seminary faculty for graduation from Portland Seminary of George Fox University

Other Degree Requirements

Each masters student will undergo an initial psychological assessment with a licensed mental health practitioner upon matriculation to identify areas for fit and growth in relation to ministry and vocational discernment. This initial review process serves as a way to assess the student's fit for the program; fit for the profession; emotional, psychological, and intellectual ability; as well as maturity level for functioning safely as a ministry leadership professional. The seminary faculty will review this assessment for newly matriculated students each fall semester and take it into consideration alongside conversations regarding the student performance during the semester. At times, the faculty may recommend, or require counseling in order to better identify areas of personal growth in order to maximize on one’s ministry potential and capitalize on discovered strengths through one’s seminary career. For more specific information, please refer to the student handbook.

 

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Curriculum Plan

Complete the following:
Introduces students to the literature of the Old Testament in its socio-historical, literary, and theological contexts with particular interest in spiritual formation and Christian practice.
Introduces students to the literature of the New Testament in its socio-historical, literary, and theological contexts with particular interest in spiritual formation and Christian practice.
Building on the skills and knowledge of BIST 501, this course introduces more advanced exegetical methods through a variety of Old Testament texts. Special attention will be paid to major theological themes such as holiness, justice, theodicy, divine presence and absence, worship, trauma and how these themes are applicable to today's communities of faith. Prerequisite: BIST 501.
Building on the skills and knowledge of BIST 502, this course engages students with the nature of interpretation (hermeneutics) as well as methods and tools that support interpretation (exegesis). Special emphasis will be placed on key moral and theological concerns today and how a variety of viewpoints, methods, and approaches help the reader of the Bible move from ancient text to modern life. Important topics related to the canon will also be included such as the inspiration, authority, and composition of the Bible. Prerequisite: BIST 502.
Choose two of the following:
First course in the Hebrew language sequence, this is an introduction to Hebrew grammar and syntax. Reading and analysis of selected Old Testament texts, and introduction to digital and print resources, such as grammars, lexicons and original language software.
Second course of the Hebrew language sequence, continues to develop mastery of Hebrew morphology and syntax, primarily through reading selected Old Testament texts. Advanced exegetical methods are introduced. Prerequisite: BIST511.
First course in the Greek langauge sequence, in which the student is exposed to the basic principles of New Testament Greek grammar, syntax, and exegesis, to the Greek text of the New Testament, and to the major tools used in its study. While the basics of Greek have to be the center of focus in this introductory course, attention also is given to the Greek text of the New Testament.
Second course of the Greek language sequence, adds to the student’s knowledge and understanding of New Testament Greek through further exposure to the Greek text of the New Testament. While it pays close attention to matters of grammar, the central focus is the text itself, its interpretation, and its use. Prerequisite: BIST521.
Choose two of the following:
Class will apply the interpretive skills developed in BIST503, with special attention on the exegetical issues of the designated Old Testament book. Prerequisite: BIST 503 or permission of instructor.
Class will apply the interpretive skills developed in BIST 504, with special attention on the exegetical issues of the designated New Testament book. Prerequisite: BIST 504 or permission of instructor.
Explores the ancient Near Eastern contexts for the Old Testament through study of extra-biblical texts and Levantine archaeology. Special attention will be given to how text and artifact contribute to an informed understanding of Old Testament texts and its relevance for today.
Reviews both the Jewish and Greco-Roman context of the New Testament. Students will be engaged in primary texts through translation with particular emphasis on their contribution to an informed New Testament hermeneutic.
Complete the following:
Covers the development of Christianity and Christian theology from the end of the apostolic period through the 16th century. Examines the expansion of the Church, the evolvement of Christian institutions and practice, the conflicts that confronted the Church from within and without, the reform of the Church, and the theological development of doctrines such as the soteriology, Trinity, Christology, grace and free will, and theology of the cross.
This course takes a constructive theological approach, integrating Christian doctrine and contemporary theologies in the church. It builds upon the student’s engagement with historical development of theology, focusing on the Trinity and key considerations in atonement and pneumatology. The principal goal is to reflect upon the normative sources for theology, with a view toward equipping students to engage their own denomination's theological development.
This course examines how Christianity developed in North America from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Special attention will be paid to the role of evangelicalism in American churches, the creative ways that Americans contextualize Christianity, and the contributions that American religious innovators make to global theological conversations.
An introduction to the origins, histories, myths, and basic tenets of other religious traditions in the world and how Christians might engage them in meaningful interaction. Involving a research project and on site visits, a concerted effort will be made to show the common humanity of the people who follow other religions. Co-learners will guard against viewing people from other religions as the "excluded other” by understanding commonalities and celebrating differences.
Choose two of the following:
Examines the status, roles, and contributions of women and men as they pertain to gender in the history of Christianity and explores the biblical and theological basis for gender equality. Investigating the effects of gender theory in culture and Christian thought, discussion will be aimed toward practical considerations for the flourishing of women and men in the church today.
An exploration of the guiding assumptions and frameworks undergirding various ethical positions and their claims, especially in relationship to Christian theology. The course also analyzes the relationship between context and ethics, specifically as it pertains to the church and its role in the formation of Christian ethics. Implications for the practice of ethics in personal, social, economic, and political problems of our contemporary world will be examined and evaluated.
Explores the integral relationships between ecotheology and global systems of oppression. Students will both engage intersectionality through the lens of environmental degradation and take intentional action out of hope for restoration in the Creation. Students will study current issues such as toxicity, population growth, and an activism rooted in solidarity.
Explores both historical and current manifestations of colonialism as a preparation for holistic, shalom-based, postcolonial Christianity and mission, noting those theologians and movements who understood their faith in juxtaposition to Empire, including Jesus himself. The course will pay special attention to North America's colonial imprint and current postcolonial theologies.
Complete the following:
Explores the work of God in the world by examining a missional ecclesiology that is biblical, historical, contextual, eschatological, and can be translated into practice. Attention is given to the gospel as it relates to culture. What is the church? What is the church for? What is our role in relationship to the church? These questions provide the framework for the course.
Designed to assist leaders and their communities in understanding and engaging in faithful transformation of the cultures, systems, and structures of their context. The course follows a practical theological approach, engaging in description, theological evaluation, and transformational practice while drawing insights from various disciplines to help discern effective and faithful change.
Studies the biblical, historical, and cultural approaches to leadership. The qualities and skills of the missional leader are discussed with particular emphases on the leader's global view of Christianity, the leader's creative and entrepreneurial development, and his or her stewardship of gifts and responsibility.
The purpose of this course is to explore the questions: “What is spiritual formation & discipleship?” “What is the spiritual leader’s role?” and “How does formation & discipleship happen in the current cultural context and in the church?” The course focuses on formation as a spiritual and holistic experience. The scriptural, theological, developmental, pedagogical, and biological nature of formation and discipleship are explored.   Â
P artIofacoursethatbuildsthecapacityofwomenandmentoeffectivelydevelopministry leadership skills for an ethnically diverse world. This course will explore theoretical approaches to ethnic studies and contextual theologies in dialogue with present-day ministry contexts. Special consideration will be given to promoting intersectional reconciliation of men and women and racial/ethnic groups. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 525 and MLDR 535 in direct sequence.)
Part II of a course that builds the capacity of women and men to effectively develop ministry leadership skills for an ethnically diverse world. Having built a foundation in race and ethnic theory in part I, this course will focus on a deep exploration of a particular ethnic social location, whether the Latino/a, African American, or Asian American church. Course content will integrate contextual theologies with perspectives of ministry leadership from the specified ethnic church community. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 525 and MLDR 535 in direct sequence; afterwards, MLDR 535 may be repeated for credit.)
Complete the following:
Examines the purposes of worship and its biblical, theological, and historical roots. It also focuses on evaluating current trends in worship, understanding the connection of worship to evangelism, learning how to plan and lead worship, and exploring the role of music and the arts in worship.
Introduces students to the theology of preaching and to the principles of sermon construction and delivery. The purpose of preaching as an essential element in the ministry of the church will be considered, as well as the various sermon types and communication techniques used to convey the timeless message of Scripture within a contemporary setting.
Analyzes the theological, biblical, and historical basis for various models of pastoral ministry. Students will reflect on the meaning of call and ordination and work on developing professional competencies with presiding over the sacraments and performing funerals and weddings. (Note: students who take PSTD 513 must also take PSTD 514, unless permission to take just one is granted by the instructor.)
Analyzes the theological, biblical, and historical basis for developing one's values in and philosophy of pastoral ministry. Students will work on developing professional competencies with providing educational and prophetic leadership to the local community. (Note: students who take PSTD 513 must also take PSTD 514, unless permission to take just one is granted by the instructor.)
An introduction to the counseling role of the minister or spiritual director. The purpose of the course is to acquaint the student with a basic counseling method in relation to the typical situations encountered in ministry. Special attention will be given to healthy differentiation and ministerial ethics. One of the principal objectives will be to help the student recognize when and how to refer persons to qualified mental health professionals. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 521 and PSTD 522, in direct sequence).
An introduction to the counseling role of the minister or spiritual director. The purpose of the course is to acquaint the student with a basic counseling method in relation to the typical situations encountered in ministry. Special attention will be given to healthy differentiation and ministerial ethics. One of the principal objectives will be to help the student recognize when and how to refer persons to qualified mental health professionals. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 521 and PSTD 522, in direct sequence).
Complete the following:
Provides an opportunity for students to develop self-awareness in the context of their Christian faith and preparation for ministry. It equips students to reflect critically and constructively on their mission and vision, personal spiritual histories, and the strengths, weaknesses, and spirituality of their personality types.
Gives students opportunities to explore images of God portrayed in the Scriptures and in the mystical traditions of the Church. Students compare these images and traditions to those that have shaped their own thoughts, emotions, and actions. Students are able to inform, strengthen, and transform their images and experiences.
Provides an opportunity for students to develop deeper and more satisfying prayer lives in the context of a global environment. As the essential relational discipline of the Christian journey, prayer is examined and experienced in its diverse ecclesial, ethnic, and cultural forms as found in Scripture, Christian history, and the Church.
Introduces students to some of the classic disciplines and practices of the spiritual life, including self-examination and confession, keeping Sabbath, simplicity, justice and compassion, and embodiment. These spiritual practices are explored in order to become aware of and engage the presence of God in one’s life.
Provides an opportunity for students to develop awareness to shame, that in its personal, relational, structural, and cultural dimensions can interfere with the ability to live into God’s grace. Students will practice skills of reflecting on experiences of shame and grace, thereby beginning a process of developing resilience to shame.
Examines the unique nature and responsibility of spiritual leadership. It analyzes the theology of spiritual leadership and reviews elements such as accountability, boundaries, devotional habits, life balance, retreats, solitude, and emotional, spiritual, and physical health. The course also delves into some of the things that inhibit the exercise of spiritual leadership.

Specializations (Students must select one or complete the elective option)

Choose one of the following:

Choose two of the following BIST course pairings:
BIST 523 and 533
Class will apply the interpretive skills developed in BIST503, with special attention on the exegetical issues of the designated Old Testament book. Prerequisite: BIST 503 or permission of instructor.
Explores the ancient Near Eastern contexts for the Old Testament through study of extra-biblical texts and Levantine archaeology. Special attention will be given to how text and artifact contribute to an informed understanding of Old Testament texts and its relevance for today.
BIST 524 and 534
Class will apply the interpretive skills developed in BIST 504, with special attention on the exegetical issues of the designated New Testament book. Prerequisite: BIST 504 or permission of instructor.
Reviews both the Jewish and Greco-Roman context of the New Testament. Students will be engaged in primary texts through translation with particular emphasis on their contribution to an informed New Testament hermeneutic.
BIST 551 and 552
Through weekly readings in Hebrew in biblical and extra-biblical texts (Dead Sea Scrolls, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, Targums, etc.), students will develop stronger competencies in all aspects of the biblical languages. Prerequisites BIST 511 or permission of instructor. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 551 and BIST 552).
Studio course: Through weekly readings in Hebrew in biblical and extra-biblical texts (Dead Sea Scrolls, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, Targums, etc.), students will develop stronger competencies in all aspects of the biblical languages. Prerequisites BIST 511 or permission of instructor. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 551 and BIST 552).
BIST 555 and 565
A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 555 and BIST 565).
A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 555 and BIST 565).
BIST 556 and 557
The course explores the usage of the biblical themes and metaphors in various avenues in which Christianity and culture intersect, including politics, art, and various traditional and social media outlets. The course will help the students to develop tools for sophisticated analysis of popular culture. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 556 and BIST 557).
As films fulfill the human need to “share a common memory,” this course investigates the use of biblical narratives and themes in a broad selection of films, both major studio and independent. Students will analyze and assess the methods in which the artists engage with biblical materials, expanding their ability to discuss biblical themes across popular culture. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 556 and BIST 557).
BIST 562 and 563
Through weekly readings in Greek in biblical and extra-biblical texts (Septuagint, Greek Apocrypha and Greek Pseudepigrapha, Attic Greek texts, etc), students will develop stronger competencies in all aspects of the biblical languages. Prerequisite: BIST521 or permission of instructor.
Through weekly readings in Greek in biblical and extra-biblical texts (Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls, etc.), students will develop stronger competencies in all aspects of the biblical languages. Prerequisite: BIST 521 and BIST 562 or permission of instructor.
Complete the following:
A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).
A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).
Complete the following:
Chaplain internship at an approved CPE center. See Hospital Chaplaincy section of the MDiv program description for more information. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 562, PSTD 563, and PSTD 564).
Chaplain internship at an approved CPE center. Upon completion of one CPE unit, the student sends a copy of the final supervisor's report to the CPE director in order to receive 6 credits pf CPE. See Hospital Chaplaincy section of the MDiv program description for more information. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 563, and PSTD 564).
Exploration of theories and practices for chaplaincy ministry related to issues of grief and loss. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 562, PSTD 563, and PSTD 564).
Complete one of the following elective pairings:
BIST 523 and 533
Class will apply the interpretive skills developed in BIST503, with special attention on the exegetical issues of the designated Old Testament book. Prerequisite: BIST 503 or permission of instructor.
Explores the ancient Near Eastern contexts for the Old Testament through study of extra-biblical texts and Levantine archaeology. Special attention will be given to how text and artifact contribute to an informed understanding of Old Testament texts and its relevance for today.
BIST 524 and 534
Class will apply the interpretive skills developed in BIST 504, with special attention on the exegetical issues of the designated New Testament book. Prerequisite: BIST 504 or permission of instructor.
Reviews both the Jewish and Greco-Roman context of the New Testament. Students will be engaged in primary texts through translation with particular emphasis on their contribution to an informed New Testament hermeneutic.
BIST 551 and 552
Through weekly readings in Hebrew in biblical and extra-biblical texts (Dead Sea Scrolls, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, Targums, etc.), students will develop stronger competencies in all aspects of the biblical languages. Prerequisites BIST 511 or permission of instructor. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 551 and BIST 552).
Studio course: Through weekly readings in Hebrew in biblical and extra-biblical texts (Dead Sea Scrolls, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, Targums, etc.), students will develop stronger competencies in all aspects of the biblical languages. Prerequisites BIST 511 or permission of instructor. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 551 and BIST 552).
BIST 555 and 565
A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 555 and BIST 565).
The course explores the usage of the biblical themes and metaphors in various avenues in which Christianity and culture intersect, including politics, art, and various traditional and social media outlets. The course will help the students to develop tools for sophisticated analysis of popular culture. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 556 and BIST 557).
BIST 556 and 557
The course explores the usage of the biblical themes and metaphors in various avenues in which Christianity and culture intersect, including politics, art, and various traditional and social media outlets. The course will help the students to develop tools for sophisticated analysis of popular culture. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 556 and BIST 557).
As films fulfill the human need to “share a common memory,” this course investigates the use of biblical narratives and themes in a broad selection of films, both major studio and independent. Students will analyze and assess the methods in which the artists engage with biblical materials, expanding their ability to discuss biblical themes across popular culture. (Note: it is required that students take both BIST 556 and BIST 557).
BIST 562 and 563
Through weekly readings in Greek in biblical and extra-biblical texts (Septuagint, Greek Apocrypha and Greek Pseudepigrapha, Attic Greek texts, etc), students will develop stronger competencies in all aspects of the biblical languages. Prerequisite: BIST521 or permission of instructor.
Through weekly readings in Greek in biblical and extra-biblical texts (Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls, etc.), students will develop stronger competencies in all aspects of the biblical languages. Prerequisite: BIST 521 and BIST 562 or permission of instructor.
CHTH 546 and 547
Wrestles with Old Testament theologies of Creation, earthkeeping, and the role of humanity in the created order. Students will engage the history and development of these ideas within the Church, and consider how this legacy relates to the current state of the world. Students will explore the diverse issues corresponding to Sabbath and will engage in ecopraxis involving Sabbathkeeping. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 546 and CHTH 547).
Explores ecotheology through the lens of the New Testament. Students will analyze how the doctrines of Trinity, pneumatology, and soteriology relate to the current state of the world. Students will also investigate the ecological issues of food, water, and waste and will engage in ecopraxis related to those issues. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 546 and CHTH 547).
CHTH 548 and 549
Immerses students in an experience of the natural world during an extended retreat. Students will reflect on the wonder of Creation and the immanence of God. They will engage such issues as climate change, agrarianism, and the relationship between science and faith. Students will have the opportunity to explore practical ways to build simple living into their daily lives. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 548 and CHTH 549).
Course builds on Keeping the Garden by exploring how faith communities can "green" their local worship and ministry. Students will investigate "green teams," community gardens, educational programs, and advocacy for God's Creation. They will continue to have the opportunity to explore practical ways to build simple living into their lives and their faith communities. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 548 and CHTH 549).
CHTH 550 and 551
An examination of Indigenous spiritualities from a Christian perspective and its relationship to Americans from every culture. Students will be exposed to the spirituality of America’s First Nations and others through readings, shared experiences, and various media. The values associated with the Indigenous American harmony concept will be explored along with an understanding of Indigenous American theologies of the land. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 550 and CHTH 551).
Immerses students in the natural world during a five-day retreat. Students will abide in Creation and experience the beauty and hope of our immanent God. They will consider Shalom and Indigenous understandings of the land and the relationship between science and faith. They will engage current issues such as agriculture, conservation, land use, and consumption of natural resources. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 550 and CHTH 551).
CHTH 558 and 559
Offers an overview of the Quaker movement from the 17th century to the present. It focuses on the characteristics, beliefs, and ecclesial practices that give Quakerism its unique identity. Key writings, leaders, and contributions to Christian thought and practice are considered. The course is designed especially for those discerning ministry with evangelical friends. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 558 and CHTH 559).
Offers a detailed look of Christian practices in the Quaker movement. It focuses on the intersection of Quaker spirituality and praxis, and the influence Quakers have in the world today. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 558 and CHTH 559).
CHTH 560 and 561
An exploration of the life and theology of John Wesley through essential primary and secondary sources. The course gives particular attention to Wesley's eighteenth century context and his role in the development of early Methodism. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 560 and CHTH 561).
Explores the influence of John and Charles Wesley and the Methodist movement as it expands and intersects with the Holiness Movement. Attention will be given to the theological tenets of the Holiness movement and the rise of nineteenth century Wesleyan-holiness denominations in relation to their social context. Prerequisite: CHTH 560 or permission of instructor. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 560 and CHTH 561).
CHTH 562 and 563
Places the theological and practical distinctives of Pentecostal-Charismatic movements in historical context. Students will analyze the movement by engaging with primary & secondary sources that show how the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement was created and how it changed over time. In addition, students will consider what those changes mean for the trajectory of the movement. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 562 and CHTH 563).
Examines theologians and practitioners that shape Pentecostal-Charismatic movements, theological & practical trends that distinguish Pentecostal-Charismatics from other Protestants, and innovations that create this growing form of global Christianity. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 562 and CHTH 563).
CHTH 555 and 565
A group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 555 & 565.)
A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 555 and CHTH 565).
Choose two of the following CHTH course pairings:
CHTH 546 and 547
Wrestles with Old Testament theologies of Creation, earthkeeping, and the role of humanity in the created order. Students will engage the history and development of these ideas within the Church, and consider how this legacy relates to the current state of the world. Students will explore the diverse issues corresponding to Sabbath and will engage in ecopraxis involving Sabbathkeeping. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 546 and CHTH 547).
Explores ecotheology through the lens of the New Testament. Students will analyze how the doctrines of Trinity, pneumatology, and soteriology relate to the current state of the world. Students will also investigate the ecological issues of food, water, and waste and will engage in ecopraxis related to those issues. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 546 and CHTH 547).
CHTH 548 and 549
Immerses students in an experience of the natural world during an extended retreat. Students will reflect on the wonder of Creation and the immanence of God. They will engage such issues as climate change, agrarianism, and the relationship between science and faith. Students will have the opportunity to explore practical ways to build simple living into their daily lives. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 548 and CHTH 549).
Course builds on Keeping the Garden by exploring how faith communities can "green" their local worship and ministry. Students will investigate "green teams," community gardens, educational programs, and advocacy for God's Creation. They will continue to have the opportunity to explore practical ways to build simple living into their lives and their faith communities. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 548 and CHTH 549).
CHTH 528 and 529
Course studies the variety of human culture through the discipline of anthropology and indigenous scholars. Students engage perspectives from both non-indigenous anthropology and the indigenous community, particularly within the Indigenous North American context, and explore its relationship to today’s world. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 548 and MLDR 549).
Course provides an examination of the history of Christian mission among Indigenous peoples, current Indigenous life, and Indigenous spiritualities in geographic, regionally specific studies that connect to both global issues and local context. Students explore issues such as the harmony ethic, building a theology of the land, and various indigenous religious practices in relation to the Christian faith. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 548 and MLDR 549).
CHTH 550 and 551
An examination of Indigenous spiritualities from a Christian perspective and its relationship to Americans from every culture. Students will be exposed to the spirituality of America’s First Nations and others through readings, shared experiences, and various media. The values associated with the Indigenous American harmony concept will be explored along with an understanding of Indigenous American theologies of the land. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 550 and CHTH 551).
Immerses students in the natural world during a five-day retreat. Students will abide in Creation and experience the beauty and hope of our immanent God. They will consider Shalom and Indigenous understandings of the land and the relationship between science and faith. They will engage current issues such as agriculture, conservation, land use, and consumption of natural resources. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 550 and CHTH 551).
CHTH 558 and 559
Offers an overview of the Quaker movement from the 17th century to the present. It focuses on the characteristics, beliefs, and ecclesial practices that give Quakerism its unique identity. Key writings, leaders, and contributions to Christian thought and practice are considered. The course is designed especially for those discerning ministry with evangelical friends. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 558 and CHTH 559).
Offers a detailed look of Christian practices in the Quaker movement. It focuses on the intersection of Quaker spirituality and praxis, and the influence Quakers have in the world today. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 558 and CHTH 559).
CHTH 560 and 561
An exploration of the life and theology of John Wesley through essential primary and secondary sources. The course gives particular attention to Wesley's eighteenth century context and his role in the development of early Methodism. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 560 and CHTH 561).
Explores the influence of John and Charles Wesley and the Methodist movement as it expands and intersects with the Holiness Movement. Attention will be given to the theological tenets of the Holiness movement and the rise of nineteenth century Wesleyan-holiness denominations in relation to their social context. Prerequisite: CHTH 560 or permission of instructor. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 560 and CHTH 561).
CHTH 562 and 563
Places the theological and practical distinctives of Pentecostal-Charismatic movements in historical context. Students will analyze the movement by engaging with primary & secondary sources that show how the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement was created and how it changed over time. In addition, students will consider what those changes mean for the trajectory of the movement. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 562 and CHTH 563).
Examines theologians and practitioners that shape Pentecostal-Charismatic movements, theological & practical trends that distinguish Pentecostal-Charismatics from other Protestants, and innovations that create this growing form of global Christianity. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 562 and CHTH 563).
CHTH 555 and 565
A group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 555 & 565.)
A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 555 and CHTH 565).
Complete the following:
A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).
A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).
Complete the following:
Wrestles with Old Testament theologies of Creation, earthkeeping, and the role of humanity in the created order. Students will engage the history and development of these ideas within the Church, and consider how this legacy relates to the current state of the world. Students will explore the diverse issues corresponding to Sabbath and will engage in ecopraxis involving Sabbathkeeping. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 546 and CHTH 547).
Explores ecotheology through the lens of the New Testament. Students will analyze how the doctrines of Trinity, pneumatology, and soteriology relate to the current state of the world. Students will also investigate the ecological issues of food, water, and waste and will engage in ecopraxis related to those issues. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 546 and CHTH 547).
Immerses students in an experience of the natural world during an extended retreat. Students will reflect on the wonder of Creation and the immanence of God. They will engage such issues as climate change, agrarianism, and the relationship between science and faith. Students will have the opportunity to explore practical ways to build simple living into their daily lives. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 548 and CHTH 549).
Course builds on Keeping the Garden by exploring how faith communities can "green" their local worship and ministry. Students will investigate "green teams," community gardens, educational programs, and advocacy for God's Creation. They will continue to have the opportunity to explore practical ways to build simple living into their lives and their faith communities. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 548 and CHTH 549).
Complete the following:
A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).
A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).
Complete the following:
Course studies the variety of human culture through the discipline of anthropology and indigenous scholars. Students engage perspectives from both non-indigenous anthropology and the indigenous community, particularly within the Indigenous North American context, and explore its relationship to today’s world. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 548 and MLDR 549).
Course provides an examination of the history of Christian mission among Indigenous peoples, current Indigenous life, and Indigenous spiritualities in geographic, regionally specific studies that connect to both global issues and local context. Students explore issues such as the harmony ethic, building a theology of the land, and various indigenous religious practices in relation to the Christian faith. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 548 and MLDR 549).
An examination of Indigenous spiritualities from a Christian perspective and its relationship to Americans from every culture. Students will be exposed to the spirituality of America’s First Nations and others through readings, shared experiences, and various media. The values associated with the Indigenous American harmony concept will be explored along with an understanding of Indigenous American theologies of the land. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 550 and CHTH 551).
Immerses students in the natural world during a five-day retreat. Students will abide in Creation and experience the beauty and hope of our immanent God. They will consider Shalom and Indigenous understandings of the land and the relationship between science and faith. They will engage current issues such as agriculture, conservation, land use, and consumption of natural resources. (Note: it is required that students take both CHTH 550 and CHTH 551).
Complete the following:
A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).
A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).
Complete the following:
Part I of a course on advanced leadership which operationalizes the aspects of servant leadership theory. The first section will cover theory and tools for developing influence as a leader and working with a team to accomplish the vision and mission of the organization. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 558 and MLDR 559).
Part II of a course on advanced leadership that will focus on influencing for positive systemic change in a group and elevates the character of individuals. Transformational leadership model is operationalized in this course by focusing on systems for managing self, others, programs, boards, finances, and communications. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 558 and MLDR 559).
A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 555 and MLDR 565).
A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor. (Note: it is required that students take both MLDR 555 and MLDR 565).
Complete the following:
A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).
A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).
Complete the following:
Gives students the opportunity in a seminar format to come to a deeper awareness of who they are and why they do what they do. Through practices and tools such as centering prayer, the enneagram, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, students will become healthier servant leaders through an intentional formation of their identities. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 551 and SFAD 552).
Gives students the opportunity in a seminar format to come to a deeper awareness of who they are and why they do what they do. Through practices and tools such as centering prayer, the enneagram, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, students will become healthier servant leaders through an intentional formation of their identities. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 551 and SFAD 552).
A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor in a seminar format. (Note: students are required to take both SFAD 555 and 565).
A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor in a seminar format. (Note: students are required to take both SFAD 555 and 565).
This course focuses on hosting spiritual conversations for soul companions. Generous listening is a core practice for intentionally guiding persons in their spiritual growth and at center of training for spiritual directors. This course explores the historical, theological, biblical, and psychological premises for soul companionship and introduces students to core practices. Students will reflect on meaning and definitions of hosting spiritual conversations in light of their own experience and the course teachings and personal discernment regarding vocational spiritual direction. Note: it is required that students take SFAD 571 & SFAD 572. Permission from instructor is necessary to enter SFAD 572).
This course continues the students’ training in the discipline of spiritual direction. It addresses professional issues related to being a spiritual director and gives students practical experience in being spiritual directors, under the guidance of certified supervisors. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 571 & SFAD 572. Permission from instructor is necessary to enter course. Additional fees: The cost of personal spiritual direction is covered by the student.)
Complete the following:
Gives students the opportunity in a seminar format to come to a deeper awareness of who they are and why they do what they do. Through practices and tools such as centering prayer, the enneagram, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, students will become healthier servant leaders through an intentional formation of their identities. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 551 and SFAD 552).
Gives students the opportunity in a seminar format to come to a deeper awareness of who they are and why they do what they do. Through practices and tools such as centering prayer, the enneagram, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, students will become healthier servant leaders through an intentional formation of their identities. (Note: it is required that students take both SFAD 551 and SFAD 552).
A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor in a seminar format. (Note: students are required to take both SFAD 555 and 565).
A small group of students study a specially selected topic with a professor in a seminar format. (Note: students are required to take both SFAD 555 and 565).
Complete the following:
A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).
A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).
Complete the following:

Seminary students complete 8 elective credits from BIST, CHTH, MLDR, PSTD, or SFAD courses.

A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).
A unique practicum experience in which students participate in an internship in order to gain expertise in the tasks of their degree specialization. The practicum component is coupled with guidance and mentoring of a site supervisor and faculty who facilitate processes of integration. (Note: it is required that students take both PSTD 568 and PSTD 569).