Master of Divinity
The M.Div. degree is ecumenical at its roots having resulted from our affiliation with the Florida Center for Theological Studies in 2010. Its aim is to educate leaders in theology and ministry for pastoral service. Students preparing for ordination in many Protestant communities study with others who are preparing for ministries such as chaplaincy and education. Classes are offered in hybrid, weekend, and teleconferencing formats to cater to the lives of working adults.
- Hospital/hospice chaplaincy
- Pastor/Ordained Minister
- Military chaplaincy
- Theology/Religion teacher
Curriculum (Course Sampling)
STM 521 Hebrew Scriptures
Surveys the formation and literature of the Old Testament scriptures. Included is an introduction to Scriptural interpretation and practice in the exegesis of texts.
STM 522 Christian Scriptures
Surveys the formation and literature of the New Testament. Included is an introduction to Scriptural interpretation and practice in the exegesis of texts.
STM 681 Preaching and Presiding
Explores the nature of Christian worship with attention to the ministry of preaching and presiding. This course is designed to provide students with experience in preaching as well as the art of presiding in worship. Students will be encouraged to integrate and show the relevance of biblical texts to contemporary social issues and concerns.
STM 737 Sacrament and Symbol
Examines the sources of God’s self-communication through revelation and focuses on the mediation of God’s presence and the human responses in symbol and sacrament.
STM 641 Ministerial Ethics
Examines personal, congregational, ecclesial, and other ministerial ethical issues facing today’s professional ministers, such as conflicts of interest, handling of money, sexual harassment and misconduct, the necessity of confidentiality, and legal issues pertaining to staff conduct.