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Students in MU’s Summit program can earn a B.A. and M.Div. in five years

Multnomah University is launching Summit, a five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Divinity program that reduces the time and cost traditionally spent on the individual degrees. “Summit is an opportunity for people to get into ministry sooner,” says Roy Andrews, dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary. “It’s five years of your time — not seven — and costs about 30 percent less than it would to take the programs separately.” The savings amount to $41,000, and that’s before scholarships are added.

Summit will target high-achieving high school seniors who aspire to be church leaders. Some students will receive full-tuition scholarships covering the undergraduate portion of the program. The scholarships are primarily designed for recent high school graduates, although transfer students with a minimum 3.0 GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Additional scholarships are available for Summit students who don’t receive full-tuition scholarships.

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Andrews says anyone may join the program as long as they’re prepared for the academic rigor and intensive training. “Summit’s program director will help potential students figure out if they’re called to pursue ministry,” says Andrews. “Then they’ll discern if students are ready for the program. Some students might not have thought about it and just need to be exposed to it. But it’s not about arm wrestling them into it; it’s about introducing ideas.”

Besides MU’s standard admission requirements, eligible students will need a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and an additional reference letter from a church leader. “We want to affirm from their church’s perspective that they’re a good candidate,” Andrews says.

Once students jump into the program, they’ll be immersed in classes, service learning, mentored ministry and internships. “All these things are ingredients in the recipe for making people prepared for full-time ministry,” says Andrews. “Our students will get a lot of guided practical application. Though we’re condensing two programs, we won’t sacrifice the quality of either.”
Summit students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology before earning a Master of Divinity. To remain enrolled, they must maintain a 3.0 GPA and meet all character and activity requirements for the program.

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Andrews is confident Multnomah’s option will stand out from other five-year B.A./M.Div. programs. “Some products look the same on the shelf, but when you see how they’re produced, you realize they’re different,” he says. “The other programs do a fine job educating people. But we give great attention to the Word of God, and it’s part of MU’s ethos to hold in tension the two commandments of Christ: loving God and loving your neighbor. With a thankful heart, we think we’re the best at doing that.”

Summit will launch in fall 2015 thanks to a $565,000 grant from The Kern Family Foundation, an independent grant-making organization based in Waukesha, Wis. The foundation, which funds broad-impact, long-term programs, is committed to promoting strong pastoral leadership and educational excellence.

The grant will be used to support a program director, student scholarships and marketing efforts.

“The Kerns are passionate about getting young people into ministry faster with little to no debt,” says Andrews. “Summit graduates won’t be bound to the indebtedness that prevents many from getting into vocational ministry. We do have a responsibility to help these students, so this is a great gift.”

Learn more about Summit.

DCP student Brian Wiggs: ‘My professors gave me a new hope, a new vision, a new direction for my life’

Brian Wiggs never imagined he could mix his knack for mechanics with his heart for street children. But during a trip to Honduras, he realized he could teach the young men there to fix cars and earn their own wages. “God told me this is where I was going but that I had to prepare,” he says.

And when Wiggs heard about Multnomah’s degree completion program, he knew where he wanted to prepare. “I had the support of the degree completion office and the support of professors that encouraged me,”  says the leadership and ministry major. “They gave me a new hope, a new vision, a new direction for my life.” Read Brian's story.

Morris Dirks to Lead MU’s Day of Prayer on November 20

Multnomah will host a Day of Prayer from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, November 20, at the JCA Student Center. Dr. Morris Dirks, who has been a pastor for more than 25 years in the Pacific Northwest, will lead the event. Dirks has a doctorate in leadership and spiritual formation and recently published "Forming The Leader's Soul: An Invitation to Spiritual Direction." He is the founder and director of SoulFormation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing the spiritual and emotional health of Christian leaders. Read the rest of this entry »

Portland Youth Leaders to Gather for a Day of Training and Collaboration

Please allow me to introduce...Bridges.

About six years ago, a couple of old guys were sitting in a coffee shop that was way too cool for them in a trendy Portland neighborhood. While neither one of them was likely to be cast in “Portlandia,” both of them were teaching youth ministry in PDX, and both had a deep desire to use their particular gifting and training to strengthen local youth ministries and build the kingdom of God. Read the rest of this entry »

Featured Faculty – Professors Tom and Bonnie Kopp

Featured Faculty – Professors Tom and Bonnie Kopp

Northwest Roots Change the World

Tom was born and raised in Africa (Zimbabwe and Zambia respectively). After returning to the United States for his final two years of high school, he attended Multnomah and the University of Washington. During those years, he met and married Bonnie who was born and reared in Spokane, Washington. She attended Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington also. Following their marriage, they moved to Africa and served with the Africa Evangelical Fellowship (AEF) from 1970 to 1986. Read the rest of this entry »

Metzger Writes on popular “Out of Ur” Blog

Comments Off Written on September 7th, 2010 by
Categories: Faculty, General, Media, Seminary

As a follow-up to his article on Biblical Justice in Leadership Journal this summer, Dr. Paul Louis Metzger also made some guest appearances writing for the very popular blog "Out of Ur" run by Leadership Journal. Read the rest of this entry »

What Is Biblical Justice?

Comments Off Written on August 5th, 2010 by
Categories: Faculty, General, Media, Seminary

In the Summer 2010 issue of Leadership Journal, Dr. Paul Louis Metzger (Seminary Professor, Institute Leader, Journal Editor, and author extraordinaire) wrote an article titled: "What Is Biblical Justice?"   Read the rest of this entry »

Metzger Article Wins Evangelical Press Association Award

Comments Off Written on July 14th, 2010 by
Categories: Faculty, General, Seminary

Remember this article that made the rounds a few months back?

The Award

One fact that we still haven't mentioned is that Dr. Paul Louis Metzger of Multnomah Biblical Seminary won an award for the article from the Evangelical Press Association (EPA).

More specifically, it was the

One in Christ or Coffee? – Theology of Space Follow-up

Comments Off Written on November 24th, 2009 by
Categories: Faculty, General, Media, Seminary

This morning, we ran across a post at the very good Out of Ur blog that was authored by Dr. Paul Louis Metzger as a follow-up to his recent Article in Leadership magazine.

"One in Christ or Coffee?"
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(Note: it's OK to drink coffee while reading the above article!)

What is the Theology of Space?

1 Comment » Written on November 18th, 2009 by
Categories: Faculty, General, Media, Seminary

By "Theology of Space", we don't mean the "Force" of Star Wars, or the logic of the Vulcans we mean something more akin to how churches and Christian communities use their spatial resources.

Our very own Dr. Paul Louis Metzger has been busy (for proof, read this). Never one to shy away from tough questions, he attempts to tackle the "Theology of Space" in his latest article published in the November 2009 issue of Leadership magazine.

What's So Special About Space?

Maybe a couple of memorable quotes will help:

The coffee bar has replaced the Lord's Table as the place where real community happens.

or

I wonder—are we thinking as intentionally about the design of our ministry spaces as retailers are about the way they design their stores?

I ask my students to make observations about the use of space at clothing stores they visit. Two design elements are frequently reported: lots of mirrors and no clocks.

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I don't know about you, but it's enough to make me want to check out "Walls Do Talk".

Oh yeah, Dr. Metzger teaches a full slate of classes too...