MASTER OF DIVINITY

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at Memphis Theological Seminary is the standard path to ordained ministry. Students can expect a minimum three-year program of study that includes classroom instruction and hands-on experience through immersions and practicums. With a strong theological and practical education, graduates will be equipped to serve the church as leaders in greater faithfulness to God.

The Master of Divinity degree curriculum objectives:

  • Scripture: Students will be able to understand, appreciate, and use a critical approach to biblical studies, especially as those relate to the role of Scripture in the Christian community in worship, preaching, and teaching.
  • Interpretation: Students will acquire a foundation in theological analysis and reflection grounded in the Christian tradition that recognizes the role of historical development in Christian belief and practice.
  • Context: Students will develop knowledge of the diverse cultural contexts in which the practice of ministry takes place and the ability to critically engage with those contexts, including the ability to do ethical analysis from within the Christian tradition.
  • Practice of Ministry: Students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed for a basic proficiency in practical skills for ministry and gain theological understanding of the ways in which Christian faith is expressed in the ministries of Christian churches.
  • Formation: Students will develop an informed sense of their ministerial vocation through discernment and formation so as to appreciate the vital connection between spiritual formation and ministry.

 

Every MDiv student is required to take three practicum courses:

  • The Clinical Practicum involves doing pastoral care under supervision in an institutional setting.
  • The Parish Practicum is a field-based practicum focusing on the pastor’s role in relating to the congregation’s faith, tradition, and embodiment of Christian community.
  • The Worship and Preaching Practicum is a laboratory course in which students will preach sermons, design liturgies, lead worship, practice administering the sacraments, and evaluate each other’s performance within a community of peers.

 

 

Memphis Theological Seminary offers additional courses that meet ordination requirements for certain denominations. Students seeking ordination should consult their denomination officials to ascertain current requirements and procedures.

 

COURSE TITLE

    Christian Ministry
    Introduction to Interpreting the New Testament
    Introduction to Interpreting the Old Testament
    Christian Beliefs
    Introduction to Church History
    Introduction to Educational Ministry
    Theology of Worship and Preaching
    Introduction to Pastoral Care
    Introduction to Christian Ethics
    Mission of the Church
    Formation for Ministry
    Clinical Practicum
    Supervised Parish Practicum
    Worship and Preaching Practicum
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Fall Application Deadline is August 10