The Associate of Divinity is a two year (66 semester hours) program designed to prepare you for a number of opportunities in Christian ministry. It is especially for persons who are twenty-five (25) years of age or older and who do not have an associate’s degree.
Because this program does not contain all of the core educational courses (English, history, government, science, and math), it will not entirely provide a foundation for admission into bachelor’s or master’s studies; it is a terminal degree program. With the completion of additional general core educational requirements, the A.Div. degree provides a foundation for admission into bachelors’ studies.
Who Is It For?
The preparation acquired through this program is at the junior college level. The Associate of Divinity program, nevertheless, allows the student to prepare for a number of opportunities in Christian ministry. It is recommended for older students who have been called to serve in any of the following capacities:
- Pastor or Associate Pastor
- Minister of Christian Education
- Minister of Youth/Music
- Minister of Outreach/Disciple-Making
- Minister of Evangelism
Goals for This Degree
Upon satisfactory completion of the Associate of Divinity degree program the graduate should be able to accomplish the following objectives:
- Minister at an acceptable level as a pastor or in a ministerial capacity in a church.
- Demonstrate leadership skills as required in the ministry of a local church.
- Understand and be able to communicate essential biblical truths in the context of Christian ministry.
Associate of Divinity Course Requirements (66 Hours)
Up to thirty (30) semester hours of work may be transferred from an accredited institution toward the Associate of Divinity degree.
No more than ten courses numbered 300-400 may be taken. The remainder must be courses numbered 100-200.
Biblical Studies (12 Hours)
- OT 113 Old Testament Survey
- NT 123 New Testament Survey
- NT 213 Life of Christ
- NT 223 Life of Paul
Theological-Historical Studies (12 Hours)
- TH 411 Christian Doctrine I
- TH 412 Christian Doctrine II
- CH 211 Baptist History
- CH 412 History of Christianity
Church Ministries (21 Hours)
- PM 111 Introduction to the Christian Ministry
- PM 321 Worship Leadership
- PR 111 Oral Communication
- Missions Elective
- PM 312 Biblical Disciple-Making I
- EV 411 Biblical Disciple-Making and Evangelism II
- PM 421 Leadership and Disciple-Making
Christian Education (9 hours)
- RE 111 Introduction to Psychology and Counseling
- RE 211 Teaching for Results
- RE 413 Special Studies in Natural Science
Students may substitute 3 hours of Math for RE 413.
(6 Hours of Modern Foreign Language, Science, or Computer Science)
- RE 312 Computer Arts I
- RE 315 Computer Arts II
Electives (6 Hours)