Our goal is to build up, train, equip and prepare godly men of God, proven, and impassioned men for the service to Christ in strategic elds 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 ful ll this charge by offering a Master of Divinity program or also a Master of Arts program.
Enrollment in the EBTC M.Div. program is limited to those who give testimony of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, who demonstrate submission to the will of God and obedience to the Word of God, who evidence possession of the personal and spiritual gifts necessary for ministry, and who are in essential agreement with the EBTC M.Div. program statement of faith.
As outlined in a previous section of this catalog, it is the conviction of the M.Div. administration that there are personal, spiritual, doctrinal, and professional quali cations which an educational process alone cannot produce, and without which any preparation for an entrance into the ministry of the gospel can result in nothing but personal tragedy. The M.Div. administration and faculty reserve the right to withdraw the privilege of enrollment from any stu- dent who, after admission, may prove to be lacking in these essential quali cations. In evaluating all applications, the Admissions Committee will look for evidence of increasing Christian maturity, normally with at least two years of growth as a Christian. Persons with any history of divorce for either spouse should be aware that their applications will be given special scrutiny.
The applicant must be a man who gives evidence of the gifts and call to ministry demonstrated by a measure of effectiveness and fruitfulness in a local church context prior to acceptance (1 Timothy 2:2; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:9). He must be a man who lives under Christ’s Lordship in submission to the will of God and obedience to the Word of God (Galatians 6:1-5). He must be a man of proven character, recognized by others as faithful in his responsibilities (Psalm 1; 15; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:5-9). He must have a servant’s heart demonstrated by his commitment to his fam- ily and his local church (1 Tim. 3:4-5; Tit. 1:6). He must be in essential agreement with the EBTC M.Div. program’s doctrinal position. These characteristics will be evaluated through the application and reference forms.
Students entering the M.Div program are required to hold a bachelor’s degree or the academic equivalent, with thirty-six credit hours in Bible and theology. The bachelor degree or the academic equivalent, must be earned from an approved institution, recognized Bible college or training center, with a grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate work. Students not meeting grade point requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis and evaluated at the end of the rst quarter of attendance. The M.Div administration will review any transcript or diploma from the applicant, to assure the completion of this requirement for entering the M.Div program.
Students lacking this 2.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) may be admitted to enroll in the M.Div program on a case- by-case basis under Academic Probation. The student must maintain a “C” average for the rst two semesters (at least ten classes) in order for Academic Probation to be removed.
In order to enroll in the M.Div. program applicants must have completed the following requirements:
Applicants must have successfully completed basic prerequisite classes on a Master level in order to enroll to the Master of Divinity program. The main goal of the these prerequisite classes is to ensure that applicants are able to study on an academic Master’s level in English. These classes are offered online in the EBTC M.Div. online portal “Moodle” for every applicant, and need to be successfully completed before enrollment.
• BI 401 • Research & Writing – An introduction to accessing primary and secondary source materials essential to Old/ New Testament research. A term paper is assigned in this course to determine English research and writing pro ciency of the student.
• BI 410 • Theological English – Each applicant, whose native language is other than English, may be required to present a test score of 650 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or at least 280 on the computer based TOEFL. This examination is administered several times annually in major cities throughout the world. Another way to examine the suf cient knowledge and capability of each applicant to study and write on a Master’s level in English is the term paper assigned in the prerequisite class “Research & Writing.”
Another requirement for the enrollment into the EBTC M.Div. program is the “mentoring.” Each applicant is required to suggest a mentor of his choice to the M.Div. administration (see application documents “Mentoring Form”), who will disciple, lead, supervise, and oversee the student during the time of the study in the M.Div. program. The focus for the selection of the mentor is the personal relationship of the student to the mentor. It is best, if the mentor is one of the elders of the local church of the applicant. It is also preferred that the mentor has a theological Master degree, in order to support the student in his academic study. The M.Div. administration will decide if the suggested mentor is quali ed and capable for the mentoring of the M.Div. program. If the student is in some way not able to nd the right mentor, the M.Div. administration will help the applicant. But it is the responsibility of the student to nd the right mentor.
The main ministry of the mentor is to keep the student accountable in his study and his personal life, as the connect- ing link between the student and the M.Div. administration, as they go together through this time of study.
One of the primary functions of this time of mentoring is for the student and mentor to meet on a regular basis, not less than an hour for each session, where they talk about the classes, assignments, dif culties, personal develop- ment, the learning outcome, and how the student is putting the learned knowledge into practice. These meetings should take place in person, but can also be done online, if not possible. The mentor will receive the “Mentor Re- port” template from the M.Div. administration as the guideline for each meeting with the student and the mentor has to send one report for each meeting to the EBTC M.Div. administration. The mentoring report contains the informa- tion when and how long the mentor and the student have met, an update on the learning progress of the student, his personal development, and an update on homework. If the mentor fails to send the monthly report to the M.Div. administration or if the mentor and student are not meeting on a regular basis, the student will not be allowed to continue his study in the M.Div. program.
The major goal of the mentoring program is for each student to have a close discipleship relationship with a per- son that he trusts, as he goes through the M.Div. program. This will challenge the student to not only add more head-knowledge, but to be challenged to put it into practice in his family, his pastoral ministry, and to stay account- able. But on the other hand, it should be the vision for each mentor to invest his time and wisdom into the next gen- eration of leaders and pastors for the ministry of the local church. The mentor needs to be willing to invest his time intentionally into the life of the student, as long as the student is part of the M.Div. program, and hopefully beyond.
The student and the mentor are required to meet every month, as followed:
- January (1)
- February (1)
- March (2)
- April (2)
- May (2)
- June (1)
- July (1)
- August (2)
- September (2)
- October (2)
- November (2)
- December (1)
The EBTC Master of Divinity students must complete the prescribed curriculum, comprising a minimum of 96 semester hours of credit, with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.0. Students transferring from other seminaries may be granted a maximum of 46 semester hours of credit, providing the work conforms to the academic and theological standards of the EBTC M.Div. program. The last 12 hours of credit applied toward the degree must be earned in the EBTC M.Div. program unless the student has completed a total of 75 credit hours or more at EBTC M.Div. program.
The EBTC wants to develop a good working relationship between the student, the training center, and the local church. Therefore, a recommendation from a local congregation is required (when submitting the application) and any prayer or nancial support is encouraged.
All applicants for the EBTC M.Div. program are expected to have maintained of cial church membership for a mini- mum of one year. Additional recommendations may be required for applicants who are not attending a church with membership or if the membership exists for less then a year.
This special teaching style supports both an ongoing cooperation between students and their community and pre- vents the student from being alienated from his community while studying to serve them better. Over the years we have seen relationships become even stronger in this way.