Master of Ministry with a Concentration in Biblical Studies

Purpose

 

The Master of Ministry (M.Min) Degree with a Concentration in Biblical Studies is a 2 & 1/2-year program enabling students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Bible, develop their ability to apply the Bible to life, and develop their ministerial identity and skills.

 

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Click here to see the Care and Counseling Track

 

Program Learning Outcomes

 

Through the infusion of the 7 Core Competencies, each student is expected to:

 

  • PLO 1: Demonstrate an advanced ability to interpret the Bible.

  • PLO 2: Integrate biblical, historical, and theological perspectives into an effective strategy for responding to challenges in church and marketplace.

  • PLO 3: Demonstrate an ability to use appropriate hermeneutical methods in the interpretation of scripture.

  • PLO 4: Employ the necessary research tools, skills, and various methods for interpreting the Bible and applying its message.

  • PLO 5: Demonstrate a knowledge of the literary genres of the Bible and the rules for their interpretation in the church or marketplace.

  • PLO 6: Identify key scriptural themes and emphases of the books of the Bible, their
    historical background, and their application to contemporary contexts.

  • PLO 7: Demonstrate an advanced holistic understanding of humanity (spiritual, psychological, social, emotional, and behavioral), interpersonal dynamics, and family systems.

  • PLO 8: Demonstrate an advanced level of effective oral and written communication skills and to formulate and discuss ideas logically and critically.

  • PLO 9: Analyze seminal texts, discerning and effectively communicating the importance and quality of the arguments therein in light of related literary, historical, cultural, ecclesial, and global contexts.

  • PLO 10: Demonstrate an ability to integrate and defend Biblical truth through correlates of theology, while critically evaluating the range of alternate views and perspectives.

  • PLO 11: Demonstrate Christian leadership skills which integrate faith and practice.

  • PLO 12: Develop and implement a personal plan of spiritual formation involving the practice of spiritual disciplines.

  • PLO 13: Design and implement a well-researched ministry program and intervention and communicate its results and insights for the benefit of others.

 

Degree Requirements

 

  • Complete a minimum of 42 semester credit hours

  • A 3.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.

  • At least 21 semester credit hours must be earned at VBC.

  • Complete the general graduation requirements listed below.

  • Meet course requirements in the following areas:

               

          Bible/Theology Core – 18 Hours

 

 

 

             

             

         

 

 

             

          Ministry Practices Core – 9 Hours                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         Concentration Core –12 Hours

 

 

 

 

         Capstone Seminar & Research Project – 3 Hours                   

 

 

Admission Requirements 

 

  • A minimum of a bachelor degree in any field   

  • Completed application

  • Essay addressing reason for applying for admissions, ministry, and/or leadership experience, and future goals

  • One (1) Reference Letter from your Pastor  or spiritual leader

 

Transfer Credits

 

Life Experience cannot contribute toward a degree, but a transference of up to 15 comparable credit hours from previous learning institutions can be applied. Students must normally have earned a grade of B or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in order to be eligible to transfer a course from another institution to VBC. Transferability of credits earned at this institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the Office of Academic Affairs for further information.

 

Courses

 

Courses may be offered at any time during the student’s course of study. Each course will be selected from one or more of the components and will fulfill the student’s requirement for each learning component. Of the courses offered each semester students may select the course(s) for which they would like to register. Courses of comparable or greater academic rigor may be substituted for a required course, but this is subject the approval of the Program Director.

 

Graduation Requirements

 

Candidates for the degree are required to complete all course work at a B grade level or higher. Students must also satisfactorily complete a thesis designing and completion of a project or thesis that supports the program outcomes, reflects theological understanding, sensitivity to social pathology and resources, and the capacity to integrate theory and practice at a high level of excellence. This will include field involvement supervised by faculty and adjunct instructors. The final requirement is the successful completion of a Bible Teaching Practicum and Curriculum Project. 

 

 

 

 

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