Master of Divinity Tracks

Pastoral Ministry Track

(for traditional congregations and emerging Christian communities)

The Pastoral Ministry Track is recommended for students seeking a comprehensive preparation for Christian pastoral leadership in both established and emerging churches. Graduates of this track will demonstrate vision and competence for leading congregations toward purposeful community, prophetic practices and intentional mission.

Students are expected to choose their pastoral ministry electives from the complete range of theological disciplines which include biblical, theological, historical, contextual, formational and practical ministry studies.

In addition to the above MDiv core requirements, at least one course is recommended in:

  • Christian Ethics
  • Christian Worship
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Pastoral Care
  • Leadership and Administration
  • Preaching
  • Teaching
  • Spiritual Direction

A denominational polity course is required for this track, and Clinical Pastoral Education is strongly recommended.

Academic Ministry Track

The Academic Ministry Track is recommended for students who feel called to model for the church what it means to love God with the mind by artfully bringing their academic learnings into the life of the church through their teaching, writing and on-going scholarship.

In addition to the above MDiv core requirements, students are expected to choose many of their 28 SH of track electives from these suggested courses:

  • CTT 633 Anabaptist Theology
  • CTT 523 Anabaptism Today: Yoder & Hauerwas
  • BVG 541 Biblical Foundations for Justice and Peacemaking
  • CTT 711 Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Life, Theology & Witness
  • CTT 721 Contemporary Theological Issues
  • CTE 730 Human Sexuality in Theological Perspective
  • SMCL 602 Foundations for Christian Preaching
  • CTH 641 Mennonite History
  • SMCL 793 Preaching Workshop
  • CTT 644 Politics of Jesus Remixed
  • SMFE 742 Teaching Mentorship
  • CM 651 Women/Men in Scripture & Church

Cross Cultural & Community Mission Track

The Cross Cultural & Community Mission Track is recommended for students who feel called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in diverse contexts, providing leadership for new communities of faith and neighborhood ministries that embody evangelical spirit, social conscience and public witness, whether locally or cross-culturally.

In addition to the above MDiv core requirements, students are expected to choose many of their 28 SH of track electives from these suggested courses:

  • CM 544 Christianity Through the Eyes of American Outsiders
  • Center for Interfaith Engagement courses (CIE)
  • CM 631 Churches & Social Transformation
  • CTE 713 Sermon on the Mount: Peace, Justice and the Reign of God
  • SMCL 652 Managing Congregational Conflict
  • SMCL 682 Foundations of Public Worship
  • CM 533 Urban Ministry Through Multiple Narratives
  • CM 621 Evangelism: Living to Tell
  • CM 653 Race and Religion in America
  • CM 724 Racial Healing and the Blue-Eyed Soul

Specialized Ministry Track

(Chaplain, Pastoral Counselor, Spiritual Director)

The Specialized Ministry Track is recommended for students who feel called to serve as Chaplains, Pastoral Counselors, or Spiritual Directors who establish redemptive relationships with persons, practicing the skills of presence, listening, discernment, and empathy while offering appropriate, caring responses.

In addition to the above MDiv core requirements, students are expected to choose many of their 28 SH of track electives from these suggested courses:

  • SMCL 611 Pastoral Care
  • SMCL 581 Pastoral Counseling I
  • SMCL 751 Marriage & Family Counseling
  • SMME 612 Healing Ministry in the Missional Church
  • CTE 730 Human Sexuality in Theological Perspective
  • SMFE 601 Clinical Pastoral Education—Basic Level
  • SMFE 602 Clinical Pastoral Education—Advanced Level
  • FS 521 Introduction to Spiritual Guidance
  • FS 622/624 Spiritual Direction Seminar & Practicum I
  • FS 661/662 Spiritual Direction Seminar & Practicum II
  • CM 542 Psychology of Religious Experience
  • SMCL 561 Ministry in Times of Trauma
  • FS 722 Advanced Spiritual Direction
  • FS 532 Spiritual Formation for Congregational Discernment
  • CM 621 Evangelism: Living to Tell

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