The Bachelor of Divinity degree is intended for current or future ministers of the church who don’t want a Bachelor’s degree in a secular field of thought.
This degree is meant to provide an introduction to the fields of theology, both academic theology and practical theology, that are necessary for any kind of ministry. While we recommend that all those who desire to enter ministry earn a Bachelor’s degree in a field that will provide a good income in the case of bivocational ministry, some students will decide not to go that route. This degree is for those students.
Eventually this degree will have online lectures to watch for each subject. For now, this degree is designed to be a means of education through self-study. All learning takes place in the convenience of one’s own country, state, city, church, home, coffee shop, etc.
All who are admitted into this program will have to fulfill requirements for these 16 subjects:
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Biblical Theology
- Systematic Theology
- Church History
- Philosophy and Apologetics
- Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic
- Biblical Greek
- Evangelism and Missions
- Discipleship and Worship
- Preaching and Teaching
- Biblical Counseling
- Biblical Leadership
- City Development
- Cultural Engagement
Read 1000 pages across no more than 5 approved books on each subject. We’ll select books for you. If you would like to substitute a book, you may do so with permission. All books must be approved by us in the end.
Write 5 papers on each subject. This can be a sermon. This can be a Sunday school lesson. This can be a lecture. This can be a research paper of some kind. You get to select what would be most helpful for your future ministry.
Write a personal theology or personal philosophy for each subject. This is for your own future use.
Complete 2 practicum assignments for each subject. This could be sermon delivery. This could be leading meetings. This could be counseling sessions. Each subject will have its own parameters. Our hope is that you won’t be flooded with meaningless, busy work, but with assignments that are actually helpful and applicable to ministry.
Participate in a small group. You may meet with fellow church members. You may meet with fellow ministers in your area who aren’t students of our program. You may meet with other students in our program at a distance via technology. Our primary hope is that you’ll learn how to think, speak, write, and live better by engaging with other believers in a group setting. We also hope you’ll learn how to partner with other believers and churches in ministry. Frankly, we’re tired of pastors competing against each other, and we’re tired of churches competing each other, especially when they share the same doctrine and belong to the same denomination.
Become mentored by a pastor. If you aren’t already a pastor, we strongly suggest you become mentored by your own pastor. If you are already a pastor, we suggest you become mentored by an older pastor in the area who has had more time to develop personal character, theological acumen, and ministry skills. Either way, we all need to be discipled by the older generations of the church. Our primary hope is that your character, theology, and skills will be developed by becoming mentored by an older, more experienced pastor.
Become an intern at a local church. If you aren’t already a pastor, we strongly suggest you intern at your own church. If you’re already a pastor, you won’t be required to intern at another church. The point is that we want every student actually serving the church, and we want them serving the church weekly. Our primary hope is that you’ll develop a greater understanding of the workings of the church, and that you’ll develop ministry skills by serving in a local church.