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Moody Theological Seminary – Chicago

Moody Theological Seminary (MTS) is the graduate division of Moody Bible Institute (MBI), a Christian institution of higher education and media ministry that was founded by evangelist Dwight L. Moody in 1886. As the graduate division of Moody Bible Institute, MTS offers degrees at the seminary/graduate level. MTS exists to train Bible interpreters who will apply and incarnate biblical truth and minister and communicate that truth to others.

Moody Theological Seminary has two graduate campuses, one located in Near North Side of Chicago (Moody Theological Seminary – Chicago) and the other in Plymouth, Michigan (Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan). MTS currently offers graduate degrees in Master of Arts, Master of Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Master of Counseling/Psychology. MTS also offers graduate certificate, a one-year program of study at the graduate level. All graduate degrees are offered through traditional courses in MTS Chicago, or through distance education models by combining online and modular courses.

Today, Moody Theological Seminary – Chicago enrolls approximately 460 students coming from 23 states and 31 foreign countries. Almost 56 denominations are represented in MTS Chicago.

On 2009, Dr. J. Paul Nyquist became the ninth president of Moody Bible Institute.

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Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan

In November 2009, Moody Bible Institute and Michigan Theological Seminary jointly announced plans for Michigan Theological Seminary to merge with Moody Bible Institute’s Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School. Finally, in January 2010, Michigan Theological Seminary became Moody Theological Seminary–Michigan.

Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan (MTS-Michigan) is committed to providing its students with rigorous academic training and to prepare them to be spiritually mature leaders who will serve the church community in Michigan and throughout US and the world. Because its programs are designed for adult students, scheduling at Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan is flexible. MTS – Michigan accommodate students that have family or full-time work obligations by providing evening classes and academic tracks that consider realistic schedules outside of the classroom. Because of this, classes are inherently diverse, attracting students with various backgrounds, ages and levels of training providing a rich and interactive learning experience.

Today, Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan enrolls approximately 160 students coming from 3 states and 6 foreign countries with almost 29 denominations represented. The Seminary currently offers graduate degrees in Master of Divinity (with emphases in Ministry Leadership, Pastoral Studies, and Spiritual Formation and Discipleship), Master of Theological Studies and Master of Arts (concentration in Counseling Psychology and Spiritual Formation and Disciplines)

Master of Divinity at Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan Campus

Moody Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity graduate program is a 96-credit hour that provides the student with deep understanding and excellent preaching skills in order to communicate the Scriptures with accuracy and relevance. Through in-depth biblical and practical preparation, students will be equipped to minister full-time in churches or parachurch organizations in the United States or abroad.

Master’s Degree Core Courses (48 hours)

  • Bible (15 hours)
    • Introduction to Theological Research (1)
    • Hermeneutics I & II (4)
    • Old Testament Exposition I & II (6)
    • New Testament Exposition I & II (4)
  • General Ministries (10 hours)
    • Communication of Biblical Truth (3)
    • Community Outreach (1)
    • Evangelism and Community Analysis (3)
    • Essentials for Excellence in Ministry (3)
  • Intercultural (5 hours)
    • Theology of Intercultural Ministry (2)
    • Apologetics and World Religions (3)
  • Field Education (6 hours)
    • Internship I & II (6)
  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship (3 hours)
    • Biblical Spiritual Formation (2)
    • Biblical Spiritual Formation Lab I (1)
  • Systematic Theology (9 hours)
    • Systematic Theology I, II & 3 (9)

Master of Divinity Core Courses (33 hours)

  • Bible (21 hours)
    • Biblical Theology of the OT OR Biblical Theology of the NT (2)
    • New Testament Greek I (4)
    • New Testament Greek I & II (6)
    • Biblical Hebrew (6)
    • Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis (3)
  • Historical Theology (3 hours)
    • Church History (3)
  • Pastoral (7 hours)
    • Narrative Preaching (2)
    • Pastoral Counseling (3)
    • Professional Ethics (2)
  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship (2 hours)
    • Biblical Spiritual Formation Lab II & III (2)

MDiv Emphasis Courses (12-13 hours)

Open Electives (2-3 hours)

Total Hours: 96 hours

Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan currently offers three emphases (Ministry Leadership, Pastoral Studies, and Spiritual Formation and Discipleship). MTS-Chicago, on the other hand, offers 5 emphases)

  • Ministry Leadership (12 hours)
    • Developing Leaders and Managing Resources in Ministry Leadership (3)
    • Global Perspectives in Ministry Leadership (3)
    • Power, Conflict, Resolution, and Transformational Leadership (3)
    • Current Trends and Issues in Ministry Leadership (2)
    • Harnessing Technology in Ministry (1)
  • Pastoral Studies (12 hours)
    • Pastoral Procedures and Practices (3)
    • Preaching from the Old Testament OR Teaching with Skill and Influence (2)
    • Exegesis in the Greek New Testament (2)
    • Seminar in Theology (2)
    • Bible Elective (3)
  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship (13 hours)
    • Spirituality and the Family (3)
    • Spiritual Disciplines and Spiritual Warfare (3)
    • Theology and Practice of Prayer (2)
    • Theology and Practice of Prayer (3)
    • Advanced Theology of Practical Sanctification (2)

For more information about the Master of Divinity Degree Plan, please see Moody Theological Seminary’s Academic Catalog.

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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Located in Forth Worth, Texas, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is one of the largest seminaries in the world that equips men and women with a strong theological foundation to fulfill God’s calling on their lives. Since its founding in 1908, the seminary has trained and sent out more than 43,000 graduates to serve in local churches and mission fields around the world. Southwestern seminary resembles to a university in its size and organization. The seminary is divided into six schools – The College, The School of Theology, The School of Educational Ministries, the School of Church Music, The Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions, and the Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston – each with its own faculty. The school offers 18 tracks of study in areas such as corporate chaplaincy, Islamic Studies, marriage and family counseling, urban evangelism, and social work.

Dr. Paige Patterson is the 8th and current president of the seminary, a known advocate for global missions and evangelism and also an ardent architect of the Conservative Resurgence.

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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – Houston Campus

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary began offering theological education in Houston in 1975 with extension courses on the campus of Houston Baptist University. Twenty-five years later, a seminary looking for a home campus and a church looking to minister, joined forces to provide a full campus for master level studies in theology.

Park Place Baptist Church, true to its well known heritage of faith, deeded its facilities to Southwestern Seminary in 2002. The seminary began transforming the property into a state-of-the-art campus.

In 2004, Dr. J. Denny Autrey was named the first resident dean of Southwestern’s Havard School. Like the two Christian institutions that partnered to expand theological education in the Texas Gulf Coast, Autrey has a strong history of ministry and education.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a private, non-profit institution of higher education, associated with the Southern Baptist Convention. It is one of the largest seminaries in the world and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and also by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award diploma, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The school uses the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) as its confessional statement.

The seminary was established in 1908, with B. H. Carroll as its founding president. It grew out of the Baylor University theological department, which was established in 1901. By 1905, Carroll had managed to convert the department of five professors into the Baylor Theological Seminary, but still under Baylor University. In 1907, while Baylor University President Samuel Palmer Brooks was on vacation in Europe, B.H. Carroll, then chairman of the Baylor Board of Trustees, made a motion that the department of religion be separated from the University and chartered as a separate entity.

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Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) is a graduate school institution which serves a community of higher learning persons called to ministry. MBTS seeks to dramatically transform students by renewing their minds with biblical truth, impacting their hearts with a passion for ministry, and enriching their souls with deepened Christ-likeness. MBTS currently offers Master of Divinity, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Ministry, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Science degrees, Associates degrees and certificates. So far, MBTS has awarded more than 3,500 theological degrees.

MBTS is one of the six official seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and is governed by a board of 35 trustees who are elected by SBC. The trustees, in turn elect faculty members and administrative officers. Upon election of the faculty, each professor subscribes to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 statement adopted by the SBC in 2000.

Dr. Jason K. Allen became the fifth president in 2012 of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the youngest seminary president in the SBC and one of the youngest presidents in American higher education.

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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) is one of the largest seminary in the world located in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Founded in 1950 by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), SEBTS is mandated to train ministers for churches all over the east coast of the United States. The seminary currently offers three Doctorate programs, two different Master of Theology programs with ten different specializations for its Master of Divinity program, eight other Masters degree program, and a number of certificate programs.

Similar to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the same articles of faith are affirmed by the Board of Trustees and faculty of the Southeastern – the Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

Dr. Daniel L. Akin is the sixth President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Akin succeeded Dr. Paige Patterson, who now is the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) is one of the largest conservative Christian seminaries in the world affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Located in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, NOBTS has enrolled over 3,500 students coming from 39 states and 39 different nations. The Seminary is committed to making quality theological education as accessible and affordable to as many as possible. Therefore, NOBTS operates over a dozen extension center campuses across the Southeast. Approximately 1,900 students are located primarily on the New Orleans campus; the others are at extension centers.

NOBTS currently offers a wide range of degree options for ministerial training. NOBTS graduate programs offer over 20 special specializations designed to prepare students for service in the specific area of ministerial call. The Seminary’s faculty is divided into five working divisions: biblical studies, theological & historical studies, pastoral ministries, Christian Education ministries, and church music ministries. In addition to undergraduate and graduate-level studies programs, NOBTS also offers a research doctoral program designed to meet the needs of post-graduate students who seek preparation for teaching and specialized ministry leadership. Doctoral degrees are divided between research doctoral degree programs and professional doctoral degree programs.

NOBTS confessional commitments are outlined in the Articles of Religious Belief and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

At present, Dr. Charles “Chuck” Kelley serves as the president of New Orleans Theological Seminary. Prior to his election, he had served at the seminary for 13 years as the Roland Q. Leavell Professor of Evangelism and most recently as the director of the Seminary’s Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health.

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Mid-America Reformed Seminary

Locaetd in Dyer, Indiana, Mid-America Reformed Seminary is an evangelical graduate instituiton that offers theological education in the classic Reformed (or Calvinistic) tradition. The Seminary offers a three-year Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program for students seeking ordination. Moreover, Mid-America Reformed Seminary also offers a two-year Master of Theological Studies degree for students seeking a theological education but not seeking ordination.

Mid-America’s commitment to theological education is based on confessional allegiance rather than denominational affiliation. With most faculty and board members being formerly associated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and now affiliated with the recently-created United Reformed Churches, all members of the faculty and of the Board of Trustees are committed to the Holy Scriptures as the infallible and inerrant Word of God, and in conformity with the Word are committed to the ecumenical creeds of Christendom (the Apostles’ Creed, Athanasian Creed, and Nicene Creed) and the Reformed Confessions (the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dort, and the Westminster Confession of Faith) as faithfully setting forth the system of truth taught in Scripture.

The seminary was founded on April 21, 1981 when a group of Christian Reformed ministers and laymen met at the Hilton Hotel at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. At this meeting it was decided to establish a seminary society and board of trustees, to purchase the Harmony Youth Home in Orange City, Iowa to serve as the seminary’s campus, and to name the seminary Mid-America Reformed Seminary.1 The seminary was intended as an alternative to Calvin Theological Seminary, the denominational seminary of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, which the founders of Mid-America believed was straying from its confessional Reformed identity.

In 1995 the seminary moved its campus to Dyer, Indiana, where it currently resides.

On April 8, 2006, Mid-America held a celebration of its 25th anniversary in the West Commons at Dordt College, and plans on holding other 25th anniversary celebrations throughout the United States and Canada in 2006.

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Taylor Seminary

Taylor Seminary is a centre for Christian higher education, a place where students and staff can nurture both head and heart. Located in southwest Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Taylor is located in one of Canada’s most dynamic cities on a spacious campus that provide places for quiet study, prayer, or simple relaxation.

Founded in 1940, Taylor prides itself in a heritage dating back to its beginnings as Christian Training Institute. Our seminary prepares leaders to serve in churches, missions agencies and marketplace ministries at home and abroad.

Taylor College and Seminary represents over sixty-five years of the community of North American Baptist churches responding faithfully to the changing educational demands of the church and society. The establishment of Taylor is rooted in a large number of local area “Christian training institutes” established in 1923 that were widely dispersed across the western prairies. These institutes appealed to the many rural young people who were idle during the long prairie winters and provided trained lay leadership for the local churches, as well as opportunities for young people to utilize their time wisely. Sessions held in various local churches engaged a number of area pastors as teachers and attracted young people from the surrounding area who attended these sessions for periods of one to six weeks.

Taylor continues to develop significant partnerships within the evangelical and higher education communities. These partnerships include North American Baptist churches, NAB Leadership Centers, North American Baptist Seminary, Carey Theological College, Education Consortium for Contextual Learning (ecCL), Network of Evangelical Seminaries (NETS) in Western Canada, Young Life, and the Baptist Union of Western Canada (BUWC). We are members of a number of educational groups, including Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC) and the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC).