Can you imagine your neighborhood in community?

Today’s ministry leaders face remarkable challenges. Ever-changing cultural contexts, post-pandemic realities, and neighborhoods facing increased poverty, violence, and social inequalities. Amidst these struggles we and our communities are tempted to lose hope. What if we didn’t? What if we could imagine healthy churches contributing to thriving communities? What if our communities could imagine neighborhoods marked by love, peace, and equality? The core question of our M.Div. in Neighborhood Flourishing is, “Can you imagine your neighborhood in community?” At Multnomah, we believe that today’s ministry leaders can serve as a catalyst for discovering a collective neighborhood imagination of flourishing that shapes the work of tomorrow.

Two Female Staff Members by Prayer Chapel

Example Courses

The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes that will be a part of your educational journey here at MU. Take a look at each course for a small preview.

A survey of Genesis through Song of Solomon with exposition of each book. Course surveys the Bible as a whole and the interrelationship of parts of Scripture with a consideration of backgrounds, problem passages, and devotional sections.

An introduction to NT Greek (Koine) covering the basics of word formation, grammar, and syntax, systematically preparing the student for reading the Greek NT.

A study of Christianity from the second century to the rise of the Enlightenment with special emphasis on the institutional history of the church as well as theological developments in the church.

Doctrinal issues facing the church today. Evaluates theologies that differ from historic orthodoxy, cults and religions, and doctrinal issues that tend to separate evangelicals.

Examines a theology of the spiritual life and the factors that contribute to a balanced spiritual life as we “Journey with God”. This is a biblical, theological, and historical exploration of God’s transforming work in Christians through his Triune relational love. Varied portrayals of God and spirituality are evaluated. Time is devoted to paths that promise spiritual growth and Christlike maturity.

Degree Requirements

Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree.

Course Layout

Meet Your Professors

Faculty Headshot Ruben Alvarado
Ruben Alvarado, Th.M.
Assistant Professor, Pastoral Ministry & Community Development
Faculty Headshot Matthew Farlow
Matthew S. Farlow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pastoral Ministry & Community Development

Career Placement

Earning your M.Div. in Neighborhood Flourishing opens the door to a variety of career options. With your Master of Divinity in Neighborhood Flourishing, you will be prepared for roles, such as:

• Senior Pastor • Outreach Pastor • Missions Pastor
• Teacher • Associate Pastor • College Pastor
• Evangelist • Community Organizer • Spiritual Entrepreneur