Seminary

What better place to prepare for vocational eldership than in the life of a local church?

Think of it as in-the-church training for biblical elder-level leadership in pastoral ministry, missionary service, or future theological scholarship. In this, our flagship program, a small cohort of 18—20 men share a four-year journey of rigorous biblical language and theological studies, real-life experiences in church leadership and congregational care, as well as a host of cross-cultural ministry opportunities all in the context of a globally minded church and its local plants in this multi-ethnic urban center.

During the last four decades God has supplied scores of pulpits, ministries, missionary endeavors, and seminaries with God-enthralled Bethlehem men who discovered—while serving alongside pastors here during the course of academic studies—that God is most glorified in them when they are most satisfied in him. Since 2009, pastoral apprenticeship has been the foundational practicum in Bethlehem College & Seminary’s Master of Divinity degree program.

Seminarians are assigned to a pastor on one of Bethlehem Baptist Church’s three local campuses, or at one of its several local church plants, and serve alongside the pastor in the style of the historic master-apprentice pursuit of tradecraft, or like medical residents making hospital rounds with a supervising  physician. Service to the pastor and the congregation are at the center of this apprenticeship, but deep mentor relationships inevitably emerge as a fruit of such up-close collaboration.

The Master of Divinity is the foundational four-year program for those called to vocational ministry as pastors, missionaries, or other full-time Christian workers at the elder level. The program’s emphasis is intense, whole-Bible exegesis in the original languages with a special focus on the unfolding of God’s sovereign plan throughout all of redemptive history.

Year 1Credits
Intermediate Greek4
Old Testament Background & Message I3
Principles of Biblical Interpretation I2
Theology of Worship3
Mentored Ministry0
Topics in Practical Theology I1
Greek Exegesis: Epistle4
Old Testament Background & Message II3
Principles of Biblical Interpretation II2
Missions and the Local Church3
Mentored Ministry0
Missions Practicum1
Year 2Credits
Beginning Hebrew I4
New Testament Background & Message3
Counseling & the Local Church I3
Preaching as Worship I2
Mentored Ministry0
Topics in Practical Theology II1
Greek Exegesis4
Counseling & the Local Church II2
Preaching as Worship II2
Beginning Hebrew II4
Mentored Ministry0
Elective2
Year 3Credits
Church History I3
Intermediate Hebrew4
Intro to the Thought of Jonathan Edwards2
Counseling & the Local Church III2
Mentored Ministry0
Elective2
Systematic Theology I3
Church History II3
Biblical Eldership2
Hebrew Exegesis4
Mentored Ministry0
Elective2
Year 4Credits
Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament2
Systematic Theology II3
Biblical Ethics2
Pastoral Internship I2
Mentored Ministry0
Elective2
Biblical Theology: The History of Redemption4
Systematic Theology III3
Pastoral Internship II2
Mentored Ministry0
Year 1
Year 1Credits
Intermediate Greek4
Old Testament Background & Message I3
Principles of Biblical Interpretation I2
Theology of Worship3
Mentored Ministry0
Topics in Practical Theology I1
Greek Exegesis: Epistle4
Old Testament Background & Message II3
Principles of Biblical Interpretation II2
Missions and the Local Church3
Mentored Ministry0
Missions Practicum1
Year 2
Year 2Credits
Beginning Hebrew I4
New Testament Background & Message3
Counseling & the Local Church I3
Preaching as Worship I2
Mentored Ministry0
Topics in Practical Theology II1
Greek Exegesis4
Counseling & the Local Church II2
Preaching as Worship II2
Beginning Hebrew II4
Mentored Ministry0
Elective2
Year 3
Year 3Credits
Church History I3
Intermediate Hebrew4
Intro to the Thought of Jonathan Edwards2
Counseling & the Local Church III2
Mentored Ministry0
Elective2
Systematic Theology I3
Church History II3
Biblical Eldership2
Hebrew Exegesis4
Mentored Ministry0
Elective2
Year 4
Year 4Credits
Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament2
Systematic Theology II3
Biblical Ethics2
Pastoral Internship I2
Mentored Ministry0
Elective2
Biblical Theology: The History of Redemption4
Systematic Theology III3
Pastoral Internship II2
Mentored Ministry0

Program Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate broad-based graduate-level skills in inquiry, interpretation, reflection, and oral and written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate a mature biblical worldview for analyzing and synthesizing biblical, historical, and theological material.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in biblical Greek exegesis.
  • Students will provide evidence of a significant equipping for leadership in ministry.
  • Students will exhibit evidence of deep Christian formation.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in Hebrew exegesis (excluding Worship Pastor concentration)

Standard Features

  • A built-in financial grant to support the global cross-cultural ministry experience requirement.
  • Full scholarship and travel allowance to participate in the “9Marks Weekender” church leadership experience at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. 
  • Deep discount pricing on Logos Bible Software.
Concentration 1

Church Planting & Revitalization

The goal of this concentration is to provide biblical foundations and practical training for those sensing God’s call to be pastors, particularly of new churches or churches needing revitalization.

Students in the concentration take three specialized courses as electives. Also, the student completes a two-semester internship in the context of a church plant. Courses unique to the Church Planting and Revitalization concentration are:

CORE COURSESCREDITS
The Gospel and Personal Evangelism2
Church Planting and Revitalization2
Cross-Cultural Church Planting2
Church Growth and Renewal2
Church Planting Internship I2
Church Planting Internship II2
Concentration 2

Worship Pastor

This concentration is designed to equip men who are gifted in worship leadership and sense that this is how God is leading them to use their pastoral and artistic gifting. Courses unique to the Worship Pastor concentration are:

CORE COURSESCREDITS
Worship Pastor Internship I2
Worship Pastor Internship II2
The Heart and Role of the Worship Pastor3
The Worshiping Church: A Historical Survey of the Development of Christian Worship2
Worship and Culture: The Local/Global Church Worships Together3
Liturgy and Song2
Worship Design and Leadership3
Hebrew Tools4

Cameroon Extension Site

The Cameroon extension site currently offers the Master of Divinity program. Dr. Dieudonné Tamfu coordinates the program which closely follows the format, objectives, and courses of the Minneapolis location. Bethlehem College & Seminary serves as the administrative hub of a coordinated initiative of the school, Jubilee Community Church, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Treasuring Christ Together Church Planting Network, and hundreds of contributors and prayer partners to plant a French-speaking church in Cameroon’s capital city, Yaoundé, establish an extension of Bethlehem College & Seminary, and provide, by God’s grace, a launching site for regional church-planting and outreach to unengaged people groups.

The Master of Theology is offered for students who desire to sharpen their expertise in a specific topic of theological learning. Students may work on the M.Div. and Th.M. degrees concurrently or may complete the 20 credit Th.M. in approximately one year following the M.Div.. Master of Theology candidates author a thesis during their final year under the supervision of a Bethlehem College & Seminary professor.

Note: Students are only considered for the Master of Theology degree after they have already enrolled at Bethlehem College & Seminary. The application is made available during their second year of study.
Core CoursesYear 3Year 4
Research Seminar
Thesis Proposal
Thesis Independent Study
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Debt Freedom

Students can leave here without a burden of student loan debt. Tuition is unusually affordable because generous disciples of Christ affirm the quality of this “Education in Serious Joy” by providing a $10,000 annual Serious Joy Scholarship to all students so that they may launch without debt into life and ministry upon graduation.

Other scholarships offered by Bethlehem College & Seminary include the All Peoples Scholarship and Alex Steddom International Student Fund.