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LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THE MDIV

The student shall be able to demonstrate:

Biblical Studies

  • An understanding of how the books of the Bible came to be written and familiarity with their contents and distinctive ideas,
  • Basic knowledge of the various contexts of both the OT and NT,
  • A basic understanding of some of the critical methods used in biblical studies and an appreciation for the history of biblical scholarship and interpretation,
  • The ability to read and interact with both popular and critical commentaries,
  • A basic understanding of the nature of the biblical languages and the skills necessary to interpret the Bible,
  • Competency in the use of various biblical tools,
  • An understanding of the different philosophies of translation,
  • Skill in biblical interpretation, research methods and documentation,

Church History and Theology

  • A familiarity with the basic lineaments of the history of the church,
  • Value for the essential place of history in shaping our understanding of the Christian faith,
  • A basic understanding of the major doctrines of the Christian faith,
  • Value for the importance of a theological understanding for life and ministry, and
  • Service to the church and culture through the integration of doctrine and ministry.

From Christian Ethics: or

  • The ability to think ethically and theologically about our lives,
  • Skill in the use of Scripture in ethical thinking,
  • An understanding of the centrality of peace, love and justice in Christian ethics, and
  • Faithful ethical reflection brought to bear on contemporary issues.

From Christian Worldview: or

  • An understanding of the intellectual coherence and force of a Christian worldview,
  • An understanding of how a truly Christian mind affects one’s total life-experience,
  • Value for the power of thinking Christianly, and
  • Serving by modeling a Christian mind in praxis.

From Christian Apologetics:

  • An understand of the major arguments and evidences for and against Christian faith,
  • An understand of the major divisions of apologetics and the lineaments of a sensitive and sound apologetic method, and
  • Value for the importance of thinking about the faith critically and rationally.

Church Mission and Ministry

  • An understanding of the biblical, theological and historical foundations of Christian education,
  • The ability to theologically reflect on the educational ministries of the church,
  • An understanding of the teaching-learning process from a biblical basis,
  • An understanding of the role of the family in Christian education,
  • Insight in the development of Christian education leadership,
  • Advancement in the process of pastoral formation and preparation in life,
  • Having established a personal, biblical perspective on the missional church and integral mission,
  • Having developed a biblical and theological framework for the task of evangelism,
  • Being acquainted with some of the significant literature on evangelism,
  • An understanding of the biblical imperative of church planting and familiarity with a number of models,
  • Having been exposed to some tools to analyze contemporary culture,
  • Having begun a process of self-discovery, resulting in a strong sense of personal identity,
  • Becoming aware of the vulnerabilities and temptations pastors and other professionals face,
  • A better understanding of how their spiritual, relational, emotional, psychological and physical health are intertwined and interrelated,
  • Having begun to intentionally develop disciplines and life-style habits,
  • Being engaged in theological reflection on experiences of giving and receiving pastoral care,
  • Empathetic and skillful dialogue with people,
  • Having developed an approach that is systematic and practical to pastoral care,
  • The ability to do theological reflection on ministry,
  • An understanding of the different theories of church organization, mission, & sacraments,
  • Being able to understand and articulate spiritual formation from a biblical and historical perspective,
  • An increased awareness of the value of Christian community,
  • Fostering a commitment to the role of offering spiritual direction as a priority,
  • The ability to develop a sermon that is faithful to the biblical text and effective,
  • The ability to articulate and apply key principles of oral clarity,
  • Having developed a theological framework for Christian worship and familiarity with a variety of resources,
  • Having become a better worship leader,
  • An understanding of the presence and impact of non-Christian religions in the world today, and
  • The ability to compare and contrast the basic teaching of non-Christian faiths with Christianity.