Master of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Studies
The Pastoral Studies concentration, designed primarily, though not exclusively, with a view toward pastoral ministries (pastor, associate pastor, etc.) extends the basic M.Div. core curriculum by adding courses in advanced biblical languages, advanced biblical electives, advanced historical/theological electives, and courses focusing on the more practical aspects of ministry in a local church setting.
The Master of Divinity degree requires completion of the 60 hour core: 18 hours of Biblical Studies courses, 12 hours of Historical/Theological Studies courses, 12 hours of Spiritual Formation courses, and 18 hours of Ministry Studies courses. Beyond the core, students may choose, by means of a 30 hour concentration, to earn the M.Div. degree with a concentration in Pastoral Studies.
The School of Divinity, as an academic unit of Gardner-Webb University, is Baptist in origin and commitment, ecumenical in outlook, and has as its mission the preparation of persons for Christian ministries. To achieve this end, the School of Divinity offers courses of study in which, under the leadership of dedicated and competent teachers, students engage in the study of and reflection upon the data, meaning, and implications of the Christian faith, beginning at its biblical base; enter into thoughtful and critical assessment of church history and theology; become involved in the process of spiritual formation personally, socially, and vocationally; and participate in the study and practice of various expressions of Christian mission and ministry.
The program objectives for the Master of Divinity degree are to help students know at a rudimentary level the basic body of divinity including:
- A knowledge of the facts, histories, principles, philosophies, and current discussions in each of the following disciplines: biblical studies, biblical languages, Christian and Baptist history, hermeneutics, homiletics, ethics, philosophy of religion, missiology, evangelism, worship, pastoral ministry, pedagogy, church administration, church policy and denominational organization, psychology, counseling, anthropology, and sociology;
- A grasp of the various aspects of ministry and how these relate to the needs of church and society;
- An understanding of personal gifts, talents, and abilities, and how these relate to ministry;
- A commitment to personal growth and development;
- The development of a lifestyle of healthy ministry and continuing educational preparation for effective Christian ministry;
- An understanding and development of expertise in leadership skills, organizational principles, and conflict management
- An evaluation and improvement of interpersonal skills; and
- The ability to write and speak with clarity and persuasiveness.
M. Div. Core:
A. Biblical Studies (18 hrs.)
DSOT 100: Old Testament I (3 hrs.)
DSOT 101: Old Testament II (3 hrs.)
DSNT 100: New Testament I (3 hrs.)
DSNT 101: New Testament II (3 hrs.)
DSGK 100: Greek I (3 hrs.)
DSHB 100: Hebrew I (3 hrs.)
B. Historical/Theological (12 hrs.)
DSHS 100: Christian History I (3 hrs.)
DSHS 101: Christian History II (3 hrs.)
DSTH 100: Christian Theology I (3 hrs.)
DSTH 101: Christian Theology II (3 hrs.)
C. Spiritual Formation (12 hrs.)
DSSF 100: Introduction to Theological Education for Ministry (3 hrs.)
DSSF 200: Spiritual Formation: The Christian Journey (3 hrs.)
DSSF 300: The Theory and Practice of Ministry (3 hrs.)
DSSF 301: Capstone Seminar (3 hrs.)
D. Ministry (18 hrs.)
DSCE 115: Administration and Leadership in the Church (3 hrs.)
DSPC 100: Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 hrs.)
DSMS 310: Missions and Evangelization (3 hrs.)
DSET 100: Christian Ethics (3 hrs.)
DSMN 201: Introduction to Preaching (3 hrs.)
DSMN 202: Introduction to Worship (3 hrs.)
Total: 60 semester hours
Pastoral Studies Concentration Requirements
DSMN 100: The Life and Work of the Minister (3 hrs.)
DSGK 101: Greek II (3 hrs.)
DSHB 101: Hebrew II (3 hrs.)
Biblical Studies Electives (6 hrs.)
The student will select two Biblical Studies electives from the School of Divinity catalog.
Historical/Theological Studies Electives (6 hrs.)
The student will select two Historical/Theological Studies electives from the School of Divinity catalog.
Practical Ministry Electives (6 hrs.)
The student will select two Practical Ministry Studies electives from the School of Divinity catalog.
General Electives (3 hrs.)
The student will select one general elective from the School of Divinity catalog.