Introducing the Master of Divinity Program
OverviewOverview of the EBTC M.Div. program:
- 96 units
- 6 locations
- 3 study trips
- 6 years
- ca. 30.000,- € total cost (includes tuition, accommdation, travel, books, etc.)
- ca. 380,- € cost per month
Purpose of the Master of Divinity ProgramOur goal is to build up, train, equip and prepare godly men of God, proven, and impassioned men for the service to Christ in strategic fields of Christian ministry through an educational program and an environment of spiritual fellowship and relationships which emphasize unreserved commitment to the worship of God, submission to the authority of the Scriptures, a life of personal holiness, the priority of the local church, and the mission of penetrating the world with the Truth. Since there is no higher calling in life than to be a proclaimer of God’s Word, there is no more worthy enterprise than training faithful men to carry out that charge. The EBTC seeks to fulfill this charge by offering a Master of Divinity program or also a Master of Arts program (more about the Master of Arts degree, see “Graduation Requirement,” “Master of Arts”). The M.Div. curriculum provides a basic six-year program in graduate theological education for those preparing for church or mission vocations requiring ordination. The program is designed to provide a broad biblical, theological, and practical foundation for those entering pastoral, missionary, or other Christian education ministries. The program may also provide a basis for further graduate study leading to such degrees as Master of Theology (Th.M.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), or Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) (For further studies visit the homepage of The Master’s Seminary, as one of our primary partner institutions: www.tms.edu). In fulfilling the mission of the EBTC, as stated and elaborated earlier in this catalog, the M.Div. program focuses on three areas of special emphasis: biblical theological understanding, personal growth, and professional preparation. The emphasis on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Bible is demonstrated throughout the curriculum, especially in direct Bible study courses, and in the biblical language, hermeneutics, and theology courses. The emphasis on personal growth is demonstrated in the required discipleship labs, chapels, and in significant portions of the field education and pastoral ministries courses. The emphasis on professional development is demonstrated primarily through the pastoral ministries, expository preaching, and counseling courses. Included in the three broad areas of emphasis outlined above, the M.Div. program also intends to:
- Perform scholarly independent research
- Emphasize the primacy of the local church in commissioning for ministry and as the institutional focus for spiritual accountability
- Cultivate an attitude of devotion and worship
- Instill and nurture a missionary and evangelistic zeal
- Encourage growth in godliness, especially as demonstrated in an attitude of love and ministry as a servant, while developing the appropriate skills for leadership
- Advance ability in independent and constructive thought in areas relating to ministry and contemporary concerns
- Promote growth in self-discipline, reading habits, and methodologies so that independent study may be continued as a pattern of life and ministry
- PLO 1: As a “future” elder, pastor, missionary, or educator, comprehend the significant areas of biblical interpretation, biblical languages, Christian theology, and pastoral ministry.
- PLO 2: As a “future” elder/pastor, construct a personal philosophy of ministry with application to the desired vocational goals.
- PLO 3: As a “future” teacher of the Scripture, synthesize the input of biblical languages, Bible backgrounds, and theological constructs to preach and teach the Bible to varied age levels and abilities within any ministry context.
- PLO 4: As a “future” spiritual leader, exhibit the disciplines of holiness, prayer, leadership, and compassion required for ministry.
Educational PrioritiesEBTC offers graduate-level biblical, theological, and professional education designed to equip men for effectiveness in Christian ministry to the universal body of Christ, primarily through the local church. This educational task is accomplished through emphasis on the following:
- Careful instruction in the Scriptures, including the original languages
- The study of various systems of theological thought including exposure to both past and present movements inhistory and Christian missions with a view to embracing a comprehensive, coherent theology built on Scripture
- A consistent focus upon involvement and accountability within a local church
- Ongoing efforts to challenge each student to develop a biblical philosophy/style of ministry
- The development and improvement of skills for ministry – communication, relationship, leadership, and administrative. The objective is to produce graduates who are recognized as men of God and who are equipped to serve effectively as pastors, missionaries, teachers, evangelists, counselors, and leaders in evangelical ministries around the world (1 Tim. 3:1–7; Tit. 1:5–9).
Training DistinctivesThe EBTC community and curriculum are designed with the following goals and ideals in view:
- Diligence in academics is to be cultivated in an attitude of spiritual devotion
- The essential focus of all study at the EBTC Master of Divinity program is to be biblical, exegetical, theological,expositional, and practical
- Though other viewpoints are given careful consideration, the emphasis is to be positive in building upon the certainties of God’s inerrant Word
- Careful attention is to be devoted to the cultivation of Christian character qualities and living skills which are essential for godly living, for leadership in ministry, and for effective involvement in serving others
- Each program of study is to include a significant focus on the development of the appropriate ministry skills which are necessary for effectiveness in the chosen areas of Christian service
- The entire M.Div. program community is to be characterized by the desire for the worship of God, mutual edification, and by an evangelistic and missionary zeal.
Personal ObjectivesThe following characteristics portray an alumnus of the EBTC M.Div. Program in terms of the kind of person he should be, what he should know, and what he should be able to do. Character He should be a godly man, notable for holiness of conduct in all his relationships (Psalm 1; 15; 1 Timothy 3:1–7; Titus 1:5–9). He should be caring, generous, wise, discerning, mature, secure, disciplined, accountable, humble, purposeful, empathetic, and teachable. He should be a loving and responsible husband and father (if married and if blessed by God with children—1 Tim. 3:4–5; Tit. 1:6), and his heart should be moved by the compassion of Christ for others. He should readily acknowledge his own failures and deal honestly and humbly with sin in his own heart (Proverbs 28:13; Matthew 7:1–5). His service for God should reflect the awesomeness and glory of ministry (2 Corinthians 2:14–6:10) with awareness that God is concerned with attitudes as well as with actions (1 Samuel 15:22–23; 1 Cor. 9:24–27; 1 Peter 5:1–7). His Christian life should reflect stability and maturity (1 Tim. 3:2, 6–7) as demonstrated by the exercise of good judgment in facing the trials of life and ministry in a contemporary context (1 Tim. 6:11–12; 2 Tim. 2:1–13; 4:1–8). He should be one who establishes genuine, God-centered relationships with a wide range of people, encouraging and exhorting them according to their need in the mutual pursuit of God (Galatians 6:1–5). Knowledge He should have a general comprehension of the entirety of God’s written revelation and should have developed a well-formulated theological framework which adequately synthesizes the biblical and historical data. He should have a functional linguistic facility in biblical Hebrew and Greek, and a basic knowledge of the contributions of major Christian leaders, thinkers, and authors throughout church history (Ezra 7:10; 1 Tim. 4:13–16; 2 Tim. 2:2, 14–15; 3:14–17; 4:1–4). He should have an understanding of the world, of culture, and of human problems, interests, and concerns. He should be able to address contemporary culture with a biblical worldview and confront unbiblical religious and philosophical thought in defending the Christian faith (Colossians 2:8; Tit. 1:9; 1 Jn. 2:15–17). He should know himself, including his strengths, weaknesses, responsibilities, and people skills (Matt. 20:20–28; Acts 6:1–7; Ephesians 4:11–13; 1 Pet. 5:1–3). Abilities He should be able to articulate a biblical philosophy of ministry that balances principles of worship, prayer, exposition, edi cation, evangelism, and discipleship. He should be able to lead with conviction, teach with authority, and preach with passion. He should be able to use appropriate tools for research, for record-keeping, and for writing. He should be sharpening those skills through the efficient use of research facilities, critical reading of current literature, and other forms of continuing education. He should be able to make decisions, to motivate, to listen, to empathize, to set priorities, and to defend the faith. He should be able to assess the needs of individuals and apply the Word of God to those needs in various ministry situations such as preaching, teaching, counseling, and witnessing (1 Cor. 2:1–5; 1 Tim. 2:2; 2 Tim. 2:14–15; 4:1–5; Tit. 1:9). He should be able to equip and stimulate people to do the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11–13; 2 Tim. 2:2). He should know how to lead in church activities, administer church ordinances, and conduct the services and ceremonies of the church in a God-focused manner. He should be deeply involved in the ministries of evangelism, discipleship, restoration, and edi cation with conviction and passion. He should have a deep concern for the lost and he should be challenged by the biblical command to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth. These concerns should be evidenced in his prayer life, in his evangelistic endeavors, and in his lifestyle. In all his roles, he should model the message he proclaims (1 Tim. 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:10–14; Tit. 2:6–8; 1 Pet. 5:1–3).
Educational ParametersTo adhere unswervingly to the founding purpose of training pastors to shepherd and equip Christ’s church. To keep the EBTC M.Div. program faithful to its biblical foundations. All biblical content is to be based on God’s inerrant Word and developed through the exegetical process. The curriculum must constantly re ect scriptural absolutes to avoid deviation from God’s truth. To enrich EBTC leadership. Every member of the EBTC M.Div. faculty ts a vefold pro le in that they are all men of God, men of the Word, men of scholarship, men of Christ’s church, and men of compassion. To insist on an educational philosophy that is consistent with Scripture by:
- Majoring on biblical certainty, not doubt or theory
- Striving for spirituality in the M.Div. students, not intellectualism alone
- Preparing men to serve the Lord, not merely to know about the Lord
- Emphasizing a methodical, disciplined approach to studying Scripture rather than using a haphazard approach
- Encouraging excellence and never accepting mediocrity
- Expecting the faculty to be examples, not merely experts
- Stressing the imperative to function in the body of Christ, not merely function as an individual
- To cultivate a holy, intimate relationship between every student and God
- To produce compassionate men who have gracious relationships with others
- To study God’s Word with precision
- To speak God’s message with power
- To serve God’s purpose with zeal
- To shepherd God’s flock with care
- To fight God’s battle with courage.</li></p>Only by maintaining these personal and pastoral goals will the EBTC M.Div. program build the complete man of God.