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Master of Ministry

with emphases in

Church Leadership & Management

Church Ministry and Homiletics

Evangelism and World Missions

 

 

Prerequisites for Admission

In addition to submitting the appropriate application and application fee for graduate study, the candidate must submit the following materials or meet the following requirements in order to be accepted into the M.Min. program:

Two recommendations. If the applicant is employed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one of these recommendations must be from the applicant’s employing organization.

Denominational employment record. If the applicant is employed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a record indicating the places and dates of service and the capacity/capacities in which the applicant was employed is required.

Official transcript with a completed bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. This transcript must include a minimum of 12 semester hours in religion. Other prerequisites may apply to the specific emphasis.

A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00. For an undergraduate GPA of 2.50 to 2.99, the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required with a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 1000 and a minimum analytical writing score of 4.

Submission of a formal paper of at least 3,000 words that meets the following criteria:

          A. It is research based, demonstrating appropriate use of valid sources.

          B. It reflects the ability to write lucidly, with careful organization of ideas.

          C. It demonstrates care and consistency in format, style, and mechanics.

          D. It meets the standards of at least a B letter-grade paper when compared with other research papers that are completed on the undergraduate level.

Upon request, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 (paper-based)/250 (computer-based)/100 (internet-based), for students for whom English is not the first language.

International graduate students with TOEFL scores between 550 and 599 will be required to study English as a Second Language (ESL). If they maintain ESL grades of B or above for two semesters, or when their TOEFL scores reach 600, they will be permitted to take a full course load of graduate classes. 

Final decisions about acceptance into the program are made by the M.Min. Program Committee of the School of Religion.

Graduation Requirements

• File a completed graduation application with the Records and Advisement Office not less than two months before the expected graduation date.

• Finish all coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.00, including no more than two classes with a minimum letter grade of C (see Academic Policies in the front of the Catalog).

• Pass a written exit examination with a minimum grade of 80 percent. This examination: 

     A. Must be taken no earlier than one month and no later than three months after completing the last period of the last course in the student’s program.

     B. Will consist of writing essays for two hours on major issues from one key area of the student’s emphasis, which has been determined in advance by the M.Min. Program Committee.

     C. Is scheduled with the School of Religion graduate coordinator.

     D. May be repeated only once if the grade is less than 80 percent. A second failure will disqualify the student for graduation from the M.Min. program.

 

 

CHURCH LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

Objectives

• To develop a sound Christian leadership philosophy.

• To provide a broad knowledge of leadership and management theory skills.

• To provide quality training required for new responsibilities in the church and ministry.

• To establish a solid spiritual and ethical foundation for Christian faith and practice.

CORE COURSES

Ministry Courses

RELP 513 Effective Church Leadership
RELP 521 Time and Life Management
RELP 532 Principles and Strategies of Church Growth
RELT 520 Spirituality in Ministry
RELP 515 Equipping Laity for Ministry OR RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society

 

Management Courses

BUAD 505 Management in a Changing World
BHRM 510 Human Resource Management
BUAD 555 Leadership and Change OR ACCT 505 Financial Accounting
BUAD 530 Organizational Behavior OR NPLD 530 Strategic Management in Non-Profit Organizations
BEXM 585 Contemporary Issues in Management OR NPLD 484 Contemporary Issues in Church/Non-Profit Leadership

 

Electives

Select six semester hours from graduate courses offered by the School of Religion.

 

 

 

CHURCH MINISTRY AND HOMILETICS

Objectives

• To develop advanced skills in pastoral ministry oriented to the local church.

• To equip the local pastor with tools for enhancing his or her ministry.

• To supply advanced training in expository preaching.

• To provide tools and training for interpreting the Bible in harmony with sound principles of biblical hermeneutics.

Additional Prerequisites for Admission

• A minimum of three years of pastoral experience or its equivalent as approved by the School of Religion.

• Successful completion of at least one introductory course in biblical preaching (which can be part of the 12 required hours in religion). Students lacking the preaching course must take RELP 401 Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching or an equivalent course to meet the necessary requirement.

CORE COURSES

Biblical and Theological Courses

RELB 541 Preaching from the Old Testament Text OR RELB 551 Preaching from the New Testament Text
RELT 520 Spirituality in Ministry
RELT 525 Theology of Ministry
RELT 531 Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation
RELT 581 Biblical Ethics and Contemporary Society


Professional Courses

RELP 501 Advanced Preaching Methods OR RELP 508 Expository Preaching
RELP 513 Effective Church Leadership
RELP 515 Equipping Laity for Ministry
RELP 521 Time and Life Management
RELP 561 Preaching to the Secular Mind OR RELP 591 Preaching Practicum

 

Electives

Select six semester hours from graduate courses offered by the School of Religion.

 

 

EVANGELISM AND WORLD MISSION

Objectives

• To enhance skills in personal outreach and public evangelism.

• To introduce new methods of evangelism and mission outreach for a rapidly changing, postmodern society in North America and the world.

• To provide tools and training for interpreting the Bible in harmony with sound principles of biblical hermeneutics.

• To emphasize the communication of the gospel in the context of the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14.

                                  • To develop skills for societal analysis and interpersonal interaction.

Additional Prerequisites for Admission

• A written list of church offices which the applicant has held (e.g., elder, deaconess, Sabbath School teacher, etc.) and outreach activities in which the applicant has engaged (e.g., conducted Bible studies, worked in Revelation seminars, assisted with health education seminars).

• At least one introductory undergraduate course in biblical preaching. Students lacking preaching credits must take RELP 401, Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching, or an equivalent course to meet the necessary requirement.

CORE COURSES

Biblical and Theological Courses

RELB 555 Studies in Daniel OR RELB 556 Studies in Revelation
RELT 531 Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation
RELT 552 Theology of Mission and Evangelism
RELT 568 World Religions

Professional Courses

RELP 524 Evangelistic Preaching OR RELP 561 Preaching to the Secular Mind
RELP 532 Principles and Strategies for Church Growth OR RELP 537 Church Planting Strategies
RELP 534 Personal Soul-Winning Skills
RELP 542 Urban Ministry and Evangelism
RELP 570 World Mission
RELP 591 Preaching Practicum

 

Electives

Select six semester hours from graduate courses offered by the School of Religion.

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