Master of Divinity Concentration in General Pastoral Studies
go back *Must take a minimum of two consecutive semesters.
CH 635 History of the Christian Church I
A general introduction to the history of the Christian Church from the Apostolic Age to the Protestant Reformation. Studies will include the early church and the Roman Empire, major ecclesiastical and doctrinal developments, the rise of the Papacy, the development and impact of monasticism and scholasticism, the Eastern and Western church split, the characteristics of the Eastern Church, and the theological and political forces leading to the Reformation.
CH 636 History of the Christian Church II
A general introduction to the history of the Christian Church from the Reformation to the twenty-first century, including Protestant origins and development. Special emphasis will be given to the Western Church including Reformation movements, the Counter-Reformation, rationalism and pietism, revivalism, the growth of denominations, liberalism, Vatican II and liberation theology, the modern charismatic movement, the New Age movement, modern-day secularism and pluralism.
CP 530 Introduction to Pastoral Care
This course introduces students to the basic knowledge and skills of pastoral care within and outside the hospital setting. Basic knowledge of pastoral care includes, among other things, a knowledge of one’s personal history as this relates to issues of identity formation, attitudes, assumptions, and the corresponding behaviors that impact ministry, an understanding of the dynamics of a pastoral visit to a person(s) in crisis, spiritual assessment, a knowledge of one’s own theology of care, interventions, pastoral referrals, expanding of self-awareness, and self-evaluation of a pastoral encounter.
CP 531 Spiritual Formation and Growth
This course introduces students to the immediate knowledge and skills of spiritual formation and growth of members in both parish and non-parish settings. Using a heuristic approach to study the sense and use of self and others in relations, students gain better insights into what it means to be a student, person, and a pastor. The course requires the completion of a spiritual formation and growth paper that highlights insights gained that can be translated into a specialized ministry of choice.
LA 532 Greek 1 or LA 536 Hebrew 1 or LA 525 Greek Language Tools
LA 532 Greek I
An introductory study of the forms, grammar, vocabulary, and composition of biblical Greek.
LA 536 Hebrew I
An introductory study of the pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and composition of biblical Hebrew, with an emphasis on nouns, pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, and the Qal stem of the verb. Readings from the Hebrew Old Testament begin.
LA 525 Greek Language Tools
An introduction to biblical Greek and an introduction to the exegetical tools available for aiding translation and interpretation.
LA 533 Greek 2 or LA 537 Hebrew 2 or LA 526 Hebrew Language Tools
NT 521 Romans
An exegetical study of Romans including a brief study of the authorship, background, destination, and purpose.
NT 631 New Testament Introduction
A critical introduction to the canon and text of the New Testament: composition, authorship, date, and content of each book.
OT 536 Theology of the Old Testament
A study of the introduction and unfolding of theology through the Old Testament.
OT 631 Old Testament Introduction
A critical introduction to the canon and text of the Old Testament: composition authorship, date, and content of each book. Special emphasis will be placed on the refutation of higher critical view.
PS 501 Worship
This course examines various models of Christian worship, including special occasion worship services. The student will be expected to create sample worship services for regular and special occasion worship, including weddings and funerals.
PS 530 Pastoral Counseling
Advanced study of the principles and techniques of pastoral counseling with special attention given to specific problems pastors face in ministerial counseling.
PS 537 Spiritual Disciplines and Discipleship
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the individual and corporate disciplines of the Christian life. Students will explore ways to cultivate communion with Christ to the end of total transformation into the image of Christ. Emphasis will also be given to how they may direct others in the practice of these Christian disciplines.
PS 631 Sermon Preparation
A detailed study of the development of expository preaching with special attention to the preparation of outlines and messages that emanate from a historical, contextual, and grammatical approach to interpreting and communicating the biblical text. Students will prepare three outlines and manuscripts in three different biblical genres.
PS 632 Sermon Delivery
Students practice delivery of sermons developed in PS 631, crafted for different audience and cultural contexts. Guided by the professor, students learn to evaluate sermons and to offer constructive oral and written feedback to one another. Videotaping of sermons aid in the self-evaluation process. Prerequisite: PS 631.
PS 660 Internship
A supervised internship experience in either a pastoral, chaplaincy, or counseling setting. (billed as two courses)
TH 531 Systematic Theology I
A systematic topical overview of Christian doctrine with special emphasis of five of the ten classic topics in biblical theology: Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology, and Angelology.
TH 532 Systematic Theology II
A systematic topical overview of Christian doctrine with special emphasis on five of the ten classic topics in biblical systematic theology: Anthropology, Harmartiology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology.
TH 533 Principles of Hermeneutics
An intensive study of the science and methodology of interpretation of the Bible based on principle found in Scripture. 3 Hours
TH 539 Christian Ethics
A systemic study of Christian ethics and various ethical systems.
TD 630A Master’s Thesis
Required of all students in the Master’s of Divinity program and offered in the fall semester of the senior year, this course will function as a writer’s group in order to help the student significantly advance the process of conceptualizing, organizing, and writing a research-based test. In class students will read each other’s work, discuss the concepts, methods, and mechanics of constructing and writing a thesis, and provide comment to help with the process. Thesis topics will be approved and students will begin writing the thesis prior to the end of the semester.
TD 630B Master’s Thesis
This course is a continuation of TD 630A and is offered in the spring of the senior year. Students will work independently with the instructor writing the actual thesis according to the parameters set in the first semester. The completed thesis is submitted by mid-semester to a team of readers that will serve as the thesis defense committee (thesis reader fees apply).
Concentration & Elective Requirements
Chosen from any Master’s level courses.