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Purpose

The 82 semester-hour revised* Master of Divinity program is the basic graduate professional degree program in the seminary and is designed to provide the foundational academic preparation for an educated ministry.

Program Goals

The MDiv program is designed to prepare leaders equipped to create, sustain and nurture vital communities that are following the way of Jesus. In order to become effective leaders, students will attend to:   

  1. the continuing importance and practice of interpretation of texts and their communities in history and culture, as exemplified in the disciplined study of the Bible as a product of religious communities in active conversation with their cultural contexts, and explore ways in which strategies of interpretation are effective in leadership practices;
  2. the continuing importance and practice of placing events, texts and practices into context and reflect on intersecting cultural diversities in histories and contexts of current human living, in part through experiencing interfaith and multicultural settings.

  3. to the continuing importance and practice of vocation as a constant and developmental practice of discernment, integrating spiritual practices and formation in one’s own sense of and nurturing of vocation, and adopting responsible and ethical leadership practices in light of one’s own deepening understanding of vocational identity. 

  4. to the continuing importance and practice of conversation as an interpretive practice of historical and theological reflection, and articulate one’s own understanding of Christian faith informed by historical understanding and embodied in contemporary contexts in faith communities, the arts and sciences, and public discourse.

  5. to the continuing integration of the learning processes of interpretation, context awareness, vocational discernment, and conversation into leadership skills such as preaching, teaching, care, and worship, within the overall practice of ministry.

Request more information on this program here, or visit the Phillips Catalog. For questions, please contact Josh Linton at (918) 270-6463. 


*effective 2013-2014 academic year

Lisa Davison
Chair of Faculty Senate Master's Committee
(918) 270-6407


"The MDiv program at Phillips is built around a fundamental commitment to preparing leaders for a variety of communities, congregations & agencies that are faithful to learning all the ways of Jesus & dedicated to participating in God’s shalom in the world. Toward these ends we have developed a curriculum that is collaborative, transformative, attentive to the diversities of humankind, and rooted in the practice of ministry in all its many forms.”

 

Phillips offers Christian graduate theological education in service of intelligent, just, and
compassionate religious and civic communities. We welcome students to a safe space for truth-seeking conversations about the Bible, Jesus, and faithful living. Courses are available on campus and online for certificate, diploma, MDiv, MAMC, and MTS programs, and on campus for the DMin program.

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