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Program outcomes

At the completion of the M.Div. program, graduates will be able to:

  • Exhibit spiritual growth as wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ through engaging the recognized practices of Christian formation nourished by the Word of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit, and be able guide others in a similar personal relationship with Christ.
    • Graduates will be able to articulate biblical spirituality, have a basic awareness of the history of Christian spirituality, and understand respectful engagement with spiritual traditions other than their own.
    • Graduates will demonstrate godly character, exhibited by spiritual, emotional, and relational maturity, discernment, and a willingness to listen and to change.
    • Graduates will be able to lead people to a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and to encourage the spiritual growth of Christians.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the contents of the Bible and competence in biblical interpretation.
    • Graduates will understand the basic dimensions of the biblical terrain, including the contents of the English Bible.
    • Graduates will demonstrate grammatical acuity in reading and translating the Greek text of the New Testament, and an ability to exegete passages from the Greek text of the New Testament.
    • Graduates will be able to communicate biblical research to a variety of audiences.
  • Reflect theologically on life and ministry from biblical, historical and constructive theological perspectives in ways that are consistent with evangelical orthodoxy.
    • Graduates will articulate a basic understanding of the central doctrines of historic orthodoxy and evangelical conviction.
    • Graduates will develop a capacity for theological research in several areas of theology: biblical theology, historical theology, constructive theology and ethics, apologetics/philosophical theology.
    • Graduates will demonstrate a capacity for constructive theological reflection and an ability to voice their own theological positions, culminating in a personal statement of faith.
  • Understand and engage their cultural context.
    • Graduates will demonstrate a basic understanding of culture, including religious expressions, and an ability to exegete the cultural settings of their ministries.
    • Graduates will articulate a biblical theology of evangelism and missions.
    • Graduates will develop an ability to communicate the gospel effectively in intercultural and/or cross-cultural settings.
    • Graduates will exhibit a commitment to missions.
  • Model competent and Christ-like ministry leadership in the Church and marketplace.
    • Graduates will exhibit appropriate self-awareness of their leadership skills, abilities, and gifts.
    • Graduates will be able to articulate and execute a biblical vision and philosophy of ministry.
    • Graduates will be able to communicate the Word of God effectively to a variety of audiences.
    • Graduates will demonstrate compassionate pastoral care of people.
    • Graduates will utilize effective practices to inspire, teach, equip and mobilize for ministry those entrusted to their leadership.

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