As a professional graduate degree in ministry, the Master of Divinity is designed to prepare students for ordained ministry in contexts both inside and outside the local church. Students specializing in Missional Leadership tend to be particularly interested in the application of ministry skills beyond the Church in our postmodern, twenty-first century context. This extensive program is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of vocational ministry opportunities including pastoral leadership, associate ministries, church planting, missions, and chaplaincy.
Student Learning Outcomes
- The graduate understands and is able to explain Wesleyan-Holiness theology as it relates to Scripture, Christian tradition, reason, and experience in the practice of ministry. (RH)
- The graduate identifies characteristics of the cultural context of ministry and assesses them through an appropriate theological perspective, compares existing cultures with alternative cultural expressions, and develops personal and corporate practices consistent with the reign of God. (CC)
- The graduate practices the means of grace (spiritual disciplines) that lead to emotional and spiritual health, personal Christian virtue, and responsible social engagement. (PSF)
- The graduate integrates Christian theological themes in the understanding and practice of ministry and leadership. (MPL)
- The graduate understands the historic interplay between cultural, philosophical, and theological shifts that inform Christian ministry practice. (RH)
- The graduate engages the social context from the perspective of Christian mission to articulate and embody the gospel of Christ. (CC)
- The graduate utilizes insights of missional leadership to evaluate and assess congregational contexts and move persons and congregations toward practices consistent with a Wesleyan-Holiness theology. (PSF)
- The graduate understands and is able to explain God's mission in the midst of a dynamic and changing world. (MPL)
Master's Degree Admission and Graduation Requirements
75 semester credits required.