The Master of Divinity program assists students in the development of a biblical and theological understanding of ministry that will undergird a lifelong commitment to serve Christ and His Church. Its structure exposes students to the theological disciplines that are essential for contemporary ministry, and incorporates a flexibility that recognizes individual needs and specialized ministry callings.

The program is designed primarily as preparation for congregation-based ministries. However, flexibility has been built into the program for a wide variety of areas of concentration. This is made possible by the large segment of core elective and elective hours provided in the program. By using these elective hours, students who desire more intensive training in specialized forms of ministry, such as youth ministry, pastoral counseling, or Christian education, may acquire concentrations in these areas of preparation.

Church Planting Specialization

Students may elect to complete a specialization by taking 5 specified courses from one of the following specializations. Those opting for a specialization must declare so within the first 32 hours. A church planting specialization is eligible for a full tuition scholarship.

Other specializations include:

  • Aging and Spirituality
  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Discipleship
  • Christian Leadership
  • Church Planting
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Theological Studies
  • Youth Ministry

Program Goals

1. Commit to cultivate holy love of God and neighbor demonstrated by a knowledge of and practice in the Christian disciplines including works of service, with particular attention to a Wesleyan understanding of the means of grace (Formation).

2. Know the scriptures and exegetical and hermeneutical skills for the interpretation, appropriation, and communication of the Scriptures (Scripture).

3. Know the received Faith of the Church in various global expressions and capacities to interpret, critically appropriate, and communicate it, with particular attention to the Wesleyan-holiness tradition (Theology).

4. Know and exercise skills for social and cultural analysis and contextualization of the Christian Faith in order to interpret, appropriate, and communicate the Gospel in diverse contexts (Worldview and Witness).

5. Know and practice in a ministry specialization for Christian service in the Church and the world (Vocational praxis).

Degree Map

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 OT520 Old Testament Introduction
3 NT520 New Testament Introduction
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 PC510/515 Care of Persons -or- Pastoral Crisis Intervention
3 CH501 Church History—One
3 NT501 Elementary Greek—One [PRQ: NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511]
3 NT Exegesis* NT610-649; 710-749 [PRQ: NT501; NT520; NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511]
3 CH502 Church History—Two [PRQ: CH501]
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
3 CS601 Christian Ethics
3 PR610-649 Preaching [PRQ: TH501; NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511]
3 CD605 Gospel Catechesis [PRQ: TH501]
1 MM520 Mentored Ministry—One [PRQ: CD501, MS501]
1 MM620 Mentored Ministry—Two [PRQ: MM520]
3 OT501 Elementary Hebrew—One [PRQ: IBS-One]
3 OT Exegesis OT610-649; 651; 710-749 [PRQ: OT501, OT520, NT(IBS)510 or NT(IBS)511]
3 NT/OT(IBS)6xx NT(IBS)610-649 or OT(IBS)610-649 [PRQ: IBS-One, NT501 or OT501)]
3 TH701 Contemporary Theology [PRQ: TH501]
3 CL605 Christian Leadership Identity
3 MS708 World Religions and Mission
3 PH501 Philosophy of the Christian Religion
3 WO510/515 Worship Leadership in the Church -or- Sacramental Theology
1 MM720 Mentored Ministry—Three [PRQ: MM520, MM620]
Throughout Program
3 Specialization (or Elective Course)
3 Specialization (or Elective Course)
3 Specialization (or Elective Course)
3 Specialization (or Elective Course)
3 Specialization (or Elective Course)
3 Elective Course
3 Elective Course
3 Elective Course

* Students must take their Greek exegesis requirement within six months of completing NT501 (or NT501 and NT502).
Students must take their Hebrew exegesis requirement within six months of completing OT501 (or OT501 and OT502).