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    Serious Training. Serious Students. Serious Calling.


    Ministers must study to show themselves approved of God (2 Tim. 2:15). Learning how to rightly divide the Word of God takes skill and practice. Since the chief responsibility of ministers of the gospel is to preach the Word of God, every minster must seek to be a scholar. If ministers are going to be equipped to teach others, they must be first be taught themselves. Before Paul began his ministry, he spent three years at the feet of Christ learning in the Arabian desert.

    It is our desire not to throw new ministers into the middle of the battle without first equipping them with the tools needed for the battle. Thus, we seek to provide a robust and rigorous theological education. The academic aspect of our program includes three fundamental areas of pastoral theology: doctrine, preaching, and counseling. A thorough knowledge the Bible and how to rightly understand and apply it is essential for every minster. This includes a knowledge of the Old and New Testaments, apologetics, systematic theology, and biblical theology. Yet, teaching these classes is more than teaching men how to think, it is teaching men how to teach others.

    This is why we seek to train men how to preach and how to counsel. We want to teach students how to rightly interpret the Scriptures and how to prepare sermons and apply God’s Word to everyday problems. We are not interested in training scholars who can only communicate with other scholars, we are interested in training pastor-scholars who can lovingly and faithfully shepherd God’s sheep with the Word of God.

    Training Format

    Residential Course

    Residential courses are weekly classes taught over the course of a semester that are designed to thoroughly engage students with the topic taught.

    Module Courses

    Intensive courses taught by guest lecturers from various seminaries and theological traditions.


    Students participate in practicums designed to provide practical experience in three areas of training. Preaching/Teaching, Service, and spiritual development.

    Master of Divinity (Forth Coming)

    Grace Bible Theological Seminary Master of Divinity Program

    Divinity Curriculum

    Exegetical Theology: 33hr

    3hr Biblical Interpretation
    3hr OT Introduction
    3hr NT Introduction
    3hr Covenant Theology
    3hr Biblical Theology
    3hr Beginning Greek I
    3hr Beginning Greek II
    3hr Intermediate Greek
    3hr Beginning Hebrew I
    3hr Beginning Hebrew II
    3hr Intermediate Hebrew

    Systematic Theology: 24hr

    3hr Prolegomena
    3hr Theology Proper
    3hr Anthropology & Ethics
    3hr Salvation Accomplished1
    3hr Salvation Applied2
    3hr Ecclesiology3
    3hr Eschatology
    3hr Apologetics

    Historical Theology: 15hr

    3hr Creeds and Confessions
    3hr Early and Medieval Church
    3hr Reformation Church
    3hr Baptist History
    3hr Modern Church

    Practical Theology: 28hr

    3hr Expository Preaching
    2hr History of Preaching
    3hr Pastoral Theology I
    3hr Pastoral Theology II
    3hr Biblical Counseling I
    2hr Biblical Counseling II
    3hr Missions and Culture
    9hr Pastoral Practicum

    Optional Electives:

    4hr Divinity Thesis
    3hr Textual Criticism
    3hr OT Exegesis: OT Book
    3hr NT Exegesis: NT Book
    3hr Puritan Theology and Ministry
    2hr Biblical Spirituality

    Total Hours: 100hrs

    MAPS Curriculum

    Total Credit Hours: 48hrs

    3hr Biblical Interpretation
    3hr OT Introduction
    3hr NT Introduction
    3hr Biblical Theology
    3hr Systematic Theology 1
    3hr Systematic Theology 2
    3hr Systematic Theology 3
    3hr Systematic Theology 4
    3hr Church History 1
    3hr Church History 2
    3hr Apologetics
    3hr Expository Preaching

    36hr Academic Study

    Practicum/Mentor Curriculum

    Students will participate in practical ministry training, mentoring and evaluations under the direction of their pastor/mentor.

    12hr Practicum/Mentor Study