Academics

Master of Divinity

At the core of Phoenix Seminary is our Master of Divinity Program, which offers effective and practical learning for leaders in all areas of ministry. Study includes biblical interpretation, theological analysis, church history, and effective use of skills in preaching, church leadership, counseling, and cross-cultural ministry. Thorough preparation and scholarship are the best developmental tools for successful ministry. Therefore our study programs have depth, rigor, and detail, including biblical languages and theological primacy. We also offer accelerated programs for students that have finished a four-year bible or theological degree in the last five years. This is all offered alongside a 1:1 mentor relationship that develops the whole capacity for ministry in the student.

Areas of Emphasis

BIBLICAL & THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

This emphasis In addition to the general purpose of the Master of Divinity program, the Biblical and Theological Studies concentration equips students for life-changing expository preaching and teaching of the Old and New Testaments.

COUNSELING AND FAMILY

This emphasis prepares students to provide biblical guidance, sustenance, healing, and reconciliation to individuals, couples, and families in either church or para-church settings. The program is designed to prepare graduates for nurturing healthy families and restoring broken relationships.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

This emphasis prepares students for vocational ministry positions in church and para-church ministries.This concentration is designed to train leaders who will then be effective in training other leaders.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION

This emphasis is designed to develop mature followers of Christ to be effectively prepared to guide other Christians to maturity. Particular emphasis is given to the development of a personal and biblical understanding of Christian Spiritual Formation in light of historical contexts and contemporary expressions.

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

This emphasis is designed to develop broad skills for the varying demands of Christian ministry.

Program Curriculum

BIBLICAL LANGUAGES: 12 CREDITS

NT501
Learning New Testament Greek

NT502
Reading New Testament Greek

OT501
Learning Old Testament Hebrew

OT502
Reading Old Testament Hebrew

 

BIBLICAL LITERATURE: 16 CREDITS

BC498
Graduate Research and Writing

BL501
Principles for Biblical Interpretation

BL502
Survey of the Pentateuch

BL503
Survey of Historical and Wisdom Literature

BL504
Survey of the Prophets

BL505
Survey of the Gospels

BL506
Survey of Acts and Pauline Epistles

BL507
Survey of the General Epistles and Revelation

 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 4 CREDITS

SF501
Living in God's Presence

CD504
Foundations of Intimacy: A Theology of Bonding

CD530
30-hour Faculty Review

CD560
60-hour Faculty Review

INTERCULTURAL STUDIES: 6 CREDITS

IS501
Cross-Cultural and Diversity Competency

IS502
Global Outreach: Communicating Christ Across Cultures

IS503
Evangelism and Discipleship in a Pluralistic World

 

MINISTRY SKILLS: 6 CREDITS

BC501
Methodology of Biblical Communication

MS502
Introduction to Biblical Counseling

MS508
Competencies in Pastoral Practice

 

THEOLOGY: 14 CREDITS

TH501
God, Scripture, Revelation and the Holy Spirit

TH502
Humanity, Angels and the Person/Work of Christ

TH503
Salvation, the Church and the Future

TH504
Contemporary Moral Issues

 

CONCENTRATION COURSES: 14 CREDITS

 

GENERAL ELECTIVES: 12 CREDITS

Degree Purpose

The purpose of the Doctor of Ministry degree is to prepare students currently in vocational ministry with the highest level of expertise in the biblical and theological application of God’s truth to their contextual ministry setting in the church and parachurch The Doctor of Ministry degree is the highest professional degree for those engaged in local church ministries, parachurch ministries, world missions and other similar ministries. The traditional PhD degree, by comparison, purposes primarily to equip students to engage in scholarly research and teaching.

The Doctor of Ministry program allows students to remain in the location where they are ministering. Each course builds on prior academic and ministry experience, and endeavors to integrate learning with the student’s present ministry as well as his or her future goals.

Phoenix Seminary and Western Seminary have a formal agreement to allow their Doctor of Ministry students to take courses from either institution. Courses will be taught primarily on campus in Phoenix, Arizona and Portland, Oregon, but courses may also be offered at the Western Seminary extensions in San Jose and Sacramento, CA, or in Seattle, WA. Students may be admitted to the respective DMin program at one school and will be free to take courses at either institution. The required core courses will remain distinct to each school and each school maintains the right to modify or change core courses as its mission and needs may dictate. For a list of courses offered at Western Seminary, see: https://www.westernseminary.edu/files/documents/DMinTSF/DMin_Course_Schedule_Sept16.pdf

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Doctor of Ministry degree program should be able to:

  1. Produce biblical and theological solutions to challenges in ministry culture;
  2. Demonstrate advanced ministry knowledge in at least one of four areas of ministry:
  3. Preaching and Teaching, Ministry Leadership, Pastoral Care and Christian Formation;
  4. Exercise library and research skills appropriate for increasing ministerial competence.

Our courses are designed to challenge and enrich students both personally and professionally. This happens in several ways:

  • Interaction with outstanding resident and adjunct faculty mentors who have proven track records in ministry
  • Exposure to contemporary resources designed to help students keep their ministry both biblically accurate and culturally relevant
  • Camaraderie with ministry peers that will encourage the student’s heart and stimulate the student’s mind
  • Involvement in practical ministry projects that will enhance the student’s current ministry