Master of Divinity Programm
The European Bible Training Center exists to build up, train, equip, and prepare godly, proven, and impassioned men of God for service to Christ in strategic fields of Christian ministry. This is accomplished through a rigorous educational program and an environment of spiritual fellowship that 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 herald 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 and a Master of Arts program.
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 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 opportunities of study visit the homepage of The Master’s Seminary, one of our primary partner institutions: www.tms.edu).
In fulfilling the mission of the EBTC, 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 intends to prepare students 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
Master of Divinity Program
The EBTC Master of Divinity program is designed to help international students, mainly in Europe, pursue further studies on a graduate level, after completion of studies from their TMAI Training Center or a similar Bible training center in their country.
Due to both financial and practical considerations, it is not possible for most European students to go to the US to pursue any further studies on a graduate level. Still, European nations need trained men who will proclaim God’s Word faithfully with the best possible theological education.
Based on these considerations, the EBTC has designed a truly unique M.Div. program that is not only accessible to European students but also has affordable tuition, flexible enrollment, internationally credible graduate education through TMAI, and intentional mentorship. Built upon the Word of God, this program is devoted to equipping faithful men of God for the work of the ministry.
Here are some of the characteristics that make the EBTC program unique:
- Accessible – The EBTC M.Div. allows students to remain in their home country, within their existing ministries and jobs, yet still receive an excellent education. To accomplish this goal, the EBTC M.Div. program is bi-vocational and seeks to include all European TMAI training centers and The Master’s Seminary as study locations. Classes will thus not only be held at the main EBTC campus in Germany, but also in Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia, and Albania.
- Affordable – Graduate studies abroad are expensive and usually include significant costs beyond tuition. M.Div. tuition at EBTC, however, covers nearly one-half of the normal operating expenses, so that each student automatically receives a scholarship due to reduced tuition in order to keep the program as affordable as possible.
- Flexible – The EBTC M.Div. is a six-year program with various enrollment possibilities providing flexibility for European ministers who also have a full-time job. Because the M.Div. program is bi-vocational, classes are usually less than one week long and occurring every two months.
- Credible – The EBTC M.Div. program fulfills international standards for the credit unit system, classes, workload, and professors. The Master of Divinity degree through the EBTC is therefore internationally accepted at all partnering seminaries and Bible institutions worldwide.
- Intentional – Most online educational programs lack intentional interaction and communication with the student. In contrast, each student of the EBTC M.Div. program will have a mentor who will disciple, lead, supervise, and oversee the student during his time of study. Mentors will serve as a connecting point between the student and the M.Div. administration.
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.
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 first quarter of attendance.
Local Church Requirements
All applicants for the EBTC M.Div. program are expected to have maintained official church membership for a minimum of one year. Additional recommendations may be required for applicants who are not attending a church with membership or if his time of membership is less than one year.
Integral to the EBTC program is its emphasis on mentoring. Each applicant is thus required to suggest a mentor of his choice to the M.Div. administration who will disciple, lead, supervise, and oversee the student during his time of study. It is essential that the mentor have a close relationship with the student, and it is best if the mentor is an elder of the applicant’s local church. It is also preferred that the mentor has a theological Master’s degree, in order to support the student through the unique challenges of academic study.
All who are contemplating admission to the EBTC Master of Divinity program should make formal application, as early as possible, but at least three months prior to the date of intended enrollment.
The enrollment in the M.Div. program is possible at any time throughout the six year cycle, if certain requirements are fulfilled. For more information please contact the M.Div. administration.
Materials to be submitted include the following:
- The application forms with all applicable questions answered in full
- A non-refundable application fee (100€)
- A recent photograph of the applicant (and spouse, if married)
- Offcial transcripts of all educational institutions should be requested of the schools involved and should be sent directly to the M.Div. administration
- If married or engaged, a completed Spouse’s Biographical Form
- A brief account of the applicant’s salvation (the applicants understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ, conversion, spiritual growth, and call to ministry)
- A brief statement of the student’s goals and reasons for applying at the EBTC M.Div. program
- Two personal reference forms, including pastoral/church leader, academic, and employer references
- A completed “Mentoring Form”
- Please turn in your application once you have ALL documents ready
Enrollment in the program is selective and limited. The M.Div. administration may grant admission on the basis of the above credentials alone, or may request the submission of additional materials, and/or may require an interview with the Director of Administration or another representative of the M.Div. program.
In the following are all application forms and references:
Faculty & Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Mike Abendroth, D. Min.
Dr. Mike Abendroth is the senior pastor at Bethlehem Bible Church in West Boylston, Massachusetts. He has authored many books, is an adjunct professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the featured host of No Compromise Radio.
Dr. Bruce Alvord, D.Min.
Dr. Alvord graduated from the University of Southern California, The Master’s Seminary, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife Aimee have been serving the Lord in Ukraine since 1992. His main ministry is mentoring pastors at Irpin Biblical Seminary; he also serves in their church as a teacher, elder and discipler.
Dr. Bill Barrick, Ph.D.
Dr. Barrick is an elder at Placerita Bible Church in Newhall, CA. He served as professor and chairman of the Old Testament Department at Denver Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Barrick was a missionary for eighteen years in Bangladesh before joining the faculty of The Master’s Seminary where he served as professor of Old Testament.
Dr. Nathan Busenitz, Th.D.
Dr. N. Busenitz is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary (M.Div.). In 2008 Professor Busenitz began teaching historical theology at TMS, and joined the faculty full time in 2009. He is currently working to complete his Th.D. in historical theology with a specific focus on patristic theology. Dr. Busenitz is also a pastor at Grace Community Church in the fellowship group Cornerstone.
Dr. Timothy L. Dane, Th.D.
Dr. Tim Dane is the senior pastor at Mesa Hills Bible Church. He is a professor and president of Front Range Bible Institute in Colorado Springs, CO. He serves as an adjunct professor at Irpin Biblical Seminary (Kiev, Ukraine) and has taught at various seminaries and colleges in Russia, Mexico, Germany and the US.
Dr. Todd Dick, D.Min.
Dr. Dick graduated from The Master‘s Seminary in 1998 (D.Min.). He and his wife were sent out by Grace Community Church to Croatia in the summer of that same year. They are one of the three families sent to work in church planting and in leadership development. Dr. Dick is the pastor of a small church in the northern area of Croatia, and a professor in The Theological Biblical Academy, in Krapina.
Dr. Myron Kauk, Ph.D.
Dr. Kauk is a graduate of the Talbot Seminary (Th.M.) and the Westminster Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). He provides theological education online and at a distance for several institutions, including Liberty University, Moody Bible Institute, Rockbridge Seminary and Taylor University. When he is not teaching Bible online, he is teaching in person, whether it is in his church, in his community or short-term international assignments. Dr. Kauk’s specialties include hermeneutics, Old Testament language and literature, and New Testament language and literature.
Dr. Brian Kinzel, D.D.
Dr. Kinzel is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary (M.Div., 1992, Th.M. 2004). He and Heidi were sent out by Grace Community Church to Ukraine in 1993. Brian is involved in leadership training at Irpin Biblical Seminary. Heidi cares for their home, where she also schools their children.
Dr. Steven J. Lawson, D.Min.
Dr. Steven J. Lawson is president of OnePassion Ministries, professor of preaching at The Master’s Seminary, teaching fellow with Ligonier Ministries, professor-in-residence with Truth Remains, and author of many books. In addition, he is the executive editor of Expositor Magazine.
Dr. Jonathan Moorhead, Ph.D.
Dr. Moorhead is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary (Th.M.) and of Dallas Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). He and his wife have been Grace Community Church missionaries since 2008. They previously served in Samara, Russia (2008–2014) where they were the final missionaries on the ground to oversee the transition from missionaries to trained national leaders. The Moorheads are now in Czech Republic and are participating in a similar ministry at the Czech Bible Institute.
Dr. Benedikt Peters, Ph.D.
Dr. Peters earned his Ph.D. at the Master’s Seminary in 2017. He studied Greek, Hebrew, and linguistics. He served as the editor-in-chief for a Christian publisher and is an author of many books and commentaries. In addition to ministering in churches in various European countries, he serves at his church in Arbon.
Dr. Lance Roberts, D.Min.
Dr. Roberts is a graduate of The Master‘s Seminary (D.Min.) and was ordained to the work of the ministry by Grace Community Church. He and his wife were sent out by Grace Community Church and Shenandoah Baptist Church (Roanoke, VA) as missionaries to Czech Republic in May of 2001. He is the dean of the Czech Bible Institute and serves as an elder at the Kromeriz Baptist Church. He also serves as president of Didasko, a teaching and publishing organization in the Czech Republic.
Dr. Stuart W. Scott, D.Min.
Dr. Scott teaches in the graduate program of biblical counseling at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. He has over thirty-five years of experience in counseling and pastoral ministry. He is the membership director and a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Stuart is an author of many books.
Dr. John D. Street, D.Min.
Dr. John Street is professor and chair of the graduate program in biblical counseling at The Master’s College and Seminary. He has been in pastoral and teaching ministry for over 36 years and currently serves as an elder at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. In addition, he is the president of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).
Dr. Greg White, D.D.
Greg graduated from The Master’s Seminary in California, USA. He is a missionary in Ukraine, a pastor of a church in Kiev, and a professor for The Masters Academy International (TMAI). In Kiev, Greg started the Master of Divinity program at Irpin Biblical Seminary, in which men can be trained for the ministry. At the European Bible Training Center he is Associate Dean of the M.Div. program. Greg is married to Hue Chon and has three adult children.
Dr. James White, Ph.D.
Dr. James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of many books, a professor, an accomplished debater, and an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church.