Students must have completed a minor in Bible or have taken coursework in theology, biblical interpretation, and Bible survey. If you have not met this requirement, as determined by the Office of the Registrar, you may enroll in BEGS-5110 Bible Survey for Professionals, BEGS-5120 Foundations of Biblical Theology, or both. If you need to satisfy the Bible prerequisite, view the general study/nondegree courses for convenient online scheduling.
Academic credit in two of the three prerequisite categories may merit Conditional Admission as approved by the M.Min. Program Director. Students admitted conditionally will be required to complete the final prerequisite before beginning the second semester of course work. The course that could accomplish the last outstanding prerequisite must be approved by the Program Director.
Master of Ministry students are expected to have some proficiency in biblical languages. This proficiency requirement is met if you have prior academic credit in either Greek, Hebrew, or a class that emphasizes the use of technology in engaging the biblical languages. If no prior academic work exists, you may take a course offered that is offered at Cedarville University that qualifies for this proficiency. The completion for this proficiency must be achieved before completion of the course work and before the start of the ministry internship. This course must be approved by the Program Director.
To meet the needs of incoming M.Min. students for fall 2014, BEBL-2010 Introduction to Biblical Language Tools
will be offered during summer 2014. This modified course format will likely inclue a three-week module held on campus. More details will be available later this spring.
Program prerequisites may be taken at Cedarville University or at another regionally accredited institution.
PROGRAM COURSES — 38 credit hours
Core Courses (30 credit hours)
||Exposition of New Testament Book
||Exposition of Old Testament Book
||Biblical Care and Counseling
||Ministry of Teaching and Preaching
||The Church and God's Mission
||Trinitarian Implications for Practical Ministry
||Contemporary Theology in Historical Context
Character Colloquium (2 credit hours)
This course is an introduction to the importance of Christian character in the outworking of public ministry. M.Min. students will attend Cedarville's chapel one day a week, and on another day will meet together with the Program Director for character cultivation, prayer, and encouragement. This one-credit course is taken during two consecutive semesters prior to the ministry internship.
Ministry Internship (6 credit hours)
A part-time ministry internship serves as the capstone experience for the M.Min. program. This mentored and evaluated ministry experience under the direction of a qualified field mentor takes place following all program course work. This experience lasts approximately eight weeks, and the requirements include:
- Developing a personal philosophy of ministry
- Weekly journal to evaluate personal ministry strengths and weaknesses
- Reading reaction papers
- Teaching observation, planning, experience, and self-evaluation
- Individual mentor/mentee relationships
- Leadership development and observation
The Program Director will work alongside you to craft a meaningful internship experience. The field mentors are required to complete a training and equipping session to ensure that course objectives are met and that you have a rich and profitable experience.