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AGTS News: Streamlined M.Div. enhances preparedness while saving students time and money

Recent changes to the AGTS Master of Divinity program will not only save students a semester of time and cost, but will serve to develop healthier, more well-rounded and effective ministry leaders.

The number of credits required has been reduced from 90 to 78, allowing students to graduate a semester earlier and save tuition for 12 credits.

Two tracks are available for core courses—one specifically for Christian college graduates allowing them to avoid repeating classes they've successfully taken at the undergraduate level and to take advanced courses instead.

With 13 concentration options, the curriculum remains remarkably flexible allowing for the greatest customization to help each student fulfill their specific calling. Concentration options include:

  • Expository Preaching
  • Evangelism
  • Leadership
  • Military and Institutional Chaplaincy
  • Pastoral Care
  • Discipleship
  • Community Development & Justice
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Muslim Ministries
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Theology
  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies

The program has been amended to provide even greater emphasis on:

  1. Relating Bible and theology to real life
  2. Leadership
    • Self-awareness: possibly the #1 need of leaders today, but addressed by few schools; includes a focus on sexual integrity
    • Relational dynamics
    • Spiritual formation of the leader
    • Organizational leadership
  3. Engage contemporary challenges
    • Evangelism: How can we be more effective? How can we be more open to the Spirit's guidance to perceive the culture and needs of a community and build strategies that lead to success?
    • Disciple-making: How can we lead people to spiritual, personal and relational growth? How can we better apply biblical principles to their daily lives and help them live successful Christian lives?
    • Social justice: What is the church's and the minister's role in addressing these concerns?


Updated: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:58 PM

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