Newly revised based on extensive feedback from experienced pastors and church leaders, the MDiv is designed to ground students in the disciplines required for pastoral and other vocational ministry. The program engages the whole person through rigorous academics, on-campus community life, and expanded opportunities for real-life ministry alongside experienced local pastors and ministry leaders—while also being more streamlined and affordable.
A distinct advantage of our program is the deep and long-lasting relationships formed as students live, learn, worship, and minister together—along with faculty who are fully engaged in the community—in a diverse urban and suburban context. And our enhanced field education program is integrated into the core curriculum, allowing students to put their training into practice through partnerships with local churches and ministries. This residential seminary experience enables students to participate fully in the life of the community and uniquely prepares them for God’s next call upon their lives.
Designed to be completed in either three or four years, the MDiv offers deep familiarity with the Scriptures in their original languages and broad vocational flexibility.
TWO MAIN DEGREE TRACKS
Students may pursue the degree through one of two ministry tracks:
- The Pastoral Ministry Track prepares men for ordained ministry and requires courses in homiletics and other areas of practical theology essential for traditional or nontraditional pastoral ministry.
- The Specialized Ministry Track prepares men and women for work in a variety of settings such as educational ministries, campus ministry, counseling, teaching, research, writing, or post-graduate study. This track prescribes practical theology electives (such as educational ministries, counseling, contemporary culture, and world mission) in place of preaching and one practical theology course.
COHORT GROUP MODEL FOR PEER LEARNING AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH
After ten years of researching ministry resilience, our faculty found that a lack of emotional intelligence is one of the leading causes of ministerial burnout. Pastors and ministry leaders are called to shepherd God’s people, but they often don’t understand their own personal stories or struggles and how those affect the way they relate to others.
At Covenant, we try to cultivate a better sense of emotional intelligence and promote greater faithfulness in ministry through the use of a cohort-based learning model. Cohort Groups are groups of 8–10 first-year MDiv students who meet together once a week under the guidance of experienced group facilitators to learn with and from one another in the context of trusted peer relationships. As they share their own lives and stories in a safe, supportive, confidential setting, students experience firsthand the healing power of Christian community and the transformative grace of the gospel that empowers them for ministry.
See the MDIV DEGREE PLAN in PDF format.
NEW! CMI MISSIONAL DISCIPLESHIP FELLOWSHIP OPTION
MDiv students may also augment the degree by pursuing the CMI Missional Discipleship Fellowship option, which requires the student to take 9 credit hours of courses from the CMI Missional Discipleship curriculum—6 hours of core courses and 3 hours of electives. This option, offered in conjunction with our City Ministry Initiative (CMI), prepares students for the particular challenges involved in ministering the gospel in city/urban settings.
See the MDIV WITH CMI MISSIONAL DISCIPLESHIP FELLOWSHIP DEGREE PLAN in PDF format.
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