MDiv Seminar

Taught by the VBTS Faculty

MDiv Seminar is the capstone course of the Master of Divinity degree. The purpose of this course is to (1) review and consolidate skills across the spectrum of disciplines within the MDiv program, (2) assess student competencies on the programmatic level, and (3) position the student to articulate and defend a comprehensive statement of the major doctrines of Scripture.

As a result of taking MDiv Seminar, the student will be able to demonstrate skills in the areas of Old Testament, New Testament, Ministry, and Theology.

Old Testament: As a result of the Hebrew and Old Testament portion of MDiv Seminar, the student will (1) develop an awareness of the degree to which he is able to describe OT introductory issues which impact OT exegesis and theology, and (2) develop an awareness of his ability to utilize Hebrew language and exegetical skills.

New Testament: As a result of Greek and New Testament portion of the MDiv Seminar, the student will:(1) develop an awareness of the degree to which they are able to describe NT introductory issues that impact NT interpretation—NT backgrounds and concepts in general and NT hermeneutical issues in particular, and (2) implement the skills congruent with the level of language training received in the MDiv Program which enable the student to read fundamental texts of the Greek NT and comment on the accompanying textual apparatus.

Ministry:  As a result of the Ministry portion of the MDiv Seminar, the student will (1) develop an awareness of the degree to which he is able to communicate the gospel message with clarity in both a personal evangelism context or in a public proclamation context, (2) develop an awareness of the degree to which he is able to craft a relevant and accessible homiletical structure from the fruit of exegetical study, (3) develop an awareness of the degree to which he is able to explain, defend, and practice the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture to address any spiritual need in man, (4) develop an awareness of the degree to which he is able to analyze specific cultures, both domestic and internationally, as well as developing an appropriate plan for a missional entrance, (5) develop an awareness of the degree to which he is able to discharge the various roles of the pastoral ministry in the context of the local church.

Theology: As a result of the Theology portion of the MDiv Seminar, the student will (1) synthesize learning from previous courses in systematic theology, church history, and hermeneutics; (2) formulate a comprehensive theological statement that is grounded in Scripture, clear in expression, consistent in terms of method and hermeneutic, and conversant with the history of Christian doctrine; and (3) present the theological statement orally in a manner that is clear and persuasive.

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Course Requirements

  • 25% - OT Oral Exam
  • 25% - NT Oral Exam
  • 25% - Ministry Oral Exam
  • 25% - Theology Statement and Defense