Ministerial Formation - Baptist
CBF, Southern Baptist, National Baptist, Primitive Baptist, and Progressive Baptist are just a few groups currently represented among the student population. The seminary requires all M.Div. students to complete course(s) within their particular denominational history. MAMC students are also encouraged to include denominational courses in their degree plans. The curriculum provides two courses for Baptist students, “Baptist History and Polity” and “Baptist Theological Perspectives”. Guidance toward ministerial formation is provided by John L. Thomas, Jr., D.Min, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Supervised Ministries for students on the Tulsa Campus. Although a seminary degree may not be a requirement for ordination for all Baptist groups, ministerial formation does seek to:
- provide opportunities for Baptist students to meet denominational representatives of the various Baptist constituencies.
- allow for a supportive environment for Baptist students to reflect on their experience and growth from being in an ecumenical environment.
- give vocational guidance for students seeking full time ministry positions.
- facilitate the theological and spiritual development of Baptist students.
- offer advice and guidance toward meeting licensing and ordination requirements.
- presenting special awards to Baptist students at the annual seminary’s awards luncheon.
Director of Ministerial Formation Baptist Traditions
John L. Thomas Jr., D.Min.