MASTER OF DIVINITY PROGRAM

Dieser Lehrgang richtet sich an Männer, die den pastoralen Dienst ernst nehmen und gut ausgerüstet sein möchten, um Gottes Wort mit Sorgfalt und Genauigkeit zu handhaben. Dies erfordert Kenntnis der Ursprachen (Griechisch und Hebräisch), der Theologie sowie die pastoralen Fähigkeiten des Predigens und Lehrens. Dieser Lehrgang wird ausnahmslos in englischer Sprache unterrichtet. Daher ist es erforderlich, dass Studenten in diesem Lehrgang englische Sprachkenntnisse (Lesen und Schreiben) auf Master-Niveau mitbringen.

6 years

6 locations

96 units

3 study trips

ca. 180€ cost per month

Intro

Introducing the Master of Divinity Program

The European Bible Training Center exists to build up, train, equip, and prepare godly, proven, and impassioned men of God for service to Christ in strategic fields of Christian ministry. This is accomplished through a rigorous educational program and an environment of spiritual fellowship that emphasize unreserved commitment to the worship of God, submission to the authority of the Scriptures, a life of personal holiness, the priority of the local church, and the mission of penetrating the world with the Truth.

Since there is no higher calling in life than to be a herald of God’s Word, there is no more worthy enterprise than training faithful men to carry out that charge. The EBTC seeks to fulfill this charge by offering a Master of Divinity program and a Master of Arts program.

The M.Div. curriculum provides a basic six-year program in graduate theological education for those preparing for church or mission vocations requiring ordination. The program may also provide a basis for further graduate study leading to such degrees as Master of Theology (Th.M.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), or Doctor of Theology (Th.D.). (For further opportunities of study visit the homepage of The Master’s Seminary, one of our primary partner institutions: www.tms.edu).

In fulfilling the mission of the EBTC, the M.Div. program focuses on three areas of special emphasis: biblical theological understanding, personal growth, and professional preparation. The emphasis on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Bible is demonstrated throughout the curriculum, especially in direct Bible study courses, and in the biblical language, hermeneutics, and theology courses. The emphasis on personal growth is demonstrated in the required discipleship labs, chapels, and in significant portions of the field education and pastoral ministries courses. The emphasis on professional development is demonstrated primarily through the pastoral ministries, expository preaching, and counseling courses.

Included in the three broad areas of emphasis outlined above, the M.Div. program intends to prepare students to:

  •  Perform scholarly independent research
  • Emphasize the primacy of the local church in commissioning for ministry and as the institutional focus for spiritual accountability
  • Cultivate an attitude of devotion and worship
  • Instill and nurture a missionary and evangelistic zeal
  • Encourage growth in godliness, especially as demonstrated in an attitude of love and ministry as a servant, while developing the appropriate skills for leadership
  • Advance ability in independent and constructive thought in areas relating to ministry and contemporary concerns
  • Promote growth in self-discipline, reading habits, and methodologies so that independent study may be continued as a pattern of life and ministry

Partnering with other TMAI Member Schools within Europe

Why is it important to train men with the original languages (Greek & Hebrew)?
Why is a training on an M.Div. level important for church leaders and preachers?
Higher education and Biblical Counselling
Why is M.Div. Program crucial for TMAI Member Schools?

Characteristics

Master of Divinity Program

The EBTC Master of Divinity program is designed to help international students, mainly in Europe, pursue further studies on a graduate level, after completion of studies from their TMAI Training Center or a similar Bible training center in their country.

Due to both financial and practical considerations, it is not possible for most European students to go to the US to pursue any further studies on a graduate level. Still, European nations need trained men who will proclaim God’s Word faithfully with the best possible theological education.

Based on these considerations, the EBTC has designed a truly unique M.Div. program that is not only accessible to European students but also has affordable tuition, flexible enrollment, internationally credible graduate education through TMAI, and intentional mentorship. Built upon the Word of God, this program is devoted to equipping faithful men of God for the work of the ministry.

Here are some of the characteristics that make the EBTC program unique:

  1. Accessible – The EBTC M.Div. allows students to remain in their home country, within their existing ministries and jobs, yet still receive an excellent education. To accomplish this goal, the EBTC M.Div. program is bi-vocational and seeks to include all European TMAI training centers and The Master’s Seminary as study locations. Classes will thus not only be held at the main EBTC campus in Germany, but also in Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia, and Albania.
  2. Affordable – Graduate studies abroad are expensive and usually include significant costs beyond tuition. M.Div. tuition at EBTC, however, covers nearly one-half of the normal operating expenses, so that each student automatically receives a scholarship due to reduced tuition in order to keep the program as affordable as possible.
  3. Flexible – The EBTC M.Div. is a six-year program with various enrollment possibilities providing flexibility for European ministers who also have a full-time job. Because the M.Div. program is bi-vocational, classes are usually less than one week long and occurring every two months.
  4. Credible – The EBTC M.Div. program fulfills international standards for the credit unit system, classes, workload, and professors. The Master of Divinity degree through the EBTC is therefore internationally accepted at all partnering seminaries and Bible institutions worldwide.
  5. Intentional – Most online educational programs lack intentional interaction and communication with the student. In contrast, each student of the EBTC M.Div. program will have a mentor who will disciple, lead, supervise, and oversee the student during his time of study. Mentors will serve as a connecting point between the student and the M.Div. administration.

Admissions

Enrollment in the EBTC M.Div. program is limited to those who give testimony of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, who demonstrate submission to the will of God and obedience to the Word of God, who evidence possession of the personal and spiritual gifts necessary for ministry, and who are in essential agreement with the EBTC M.Div. program statement of faith.

Students entering the M.Div program are required to hold a bachelor’s degree or the academic equivalent, with thirty-six credit hours in Bible and theology. The bachelor degree or the academic equivalent, must be earned from an approved institution, recognized Bible college or training center, with a grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate work. Students not meeting grade point requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis and evaluated at the end of the first quarter of attendance.

All applicants for the EBTC M.Div. program are expected to have maintained official church membership for a minimum of one year. Additional recommendations may be required for applicants who are not attending a church with membership or if his time of membership is less than one year.

Integral to the EBTC program is its emphasis on mentoring. Each applicant is thus required to suggest a mentor of his choice to the M.Div. administration who will disciple, lead, supervise, and oversee the student during his time of study. It is essential that the mentor have a close relationship with the student, and it is best if the mentor is an elder of the applicant’s local church. It is also preferred that the mentor has a theological Master’s degree, in order to support the student through the unique challenges of academic study.

Application

All who are contemplating admission to the EBTC Master of Divinity program should make formal application, as early as possible, but at least three months prior to the date of intended enrollment.
The enrollment in the M.Div. program is possible at any time throughout the six year cycle, if certain requirements are fulfilled. For more information please contact the M.Div. administration.

Materials to be submitted include the following:

  1. The application forms with all applicable questions answered in full (12 weeks before entry)
  2. A non-refundable application fee (100€)
  3. A recent photograph of the applicant (and spouse, if married)
  4. Official transcripts of all educational institutions should be requested of the schools involved and should be sent directly to the M.Div. Admissions Office
  5. If married or engaged, a completed Spouse’s Biographical Form
  6. A brief account of the applicant’s salvation (the applicants understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ, conversion, spiritual growth, and call to ministry)
  7. A brief statement of career goals and reasons for applying to the EBTC M.Div. program
  8. At least two of three personal reference forms, including pastoral /church leader, academic, and employer references
  9. The “Mentoring Form”, p 34
  10. Financial Aid form (per request to the M.Div. administration) for students with financial difficulties (see more under “Financial Aid”, p 58)

Applications will not be process until they have been submitted in full to the M.Div. administration It may take up to eight weeks to finalize the application after it has been submitted.

Enrollment in the program is selective and limited The M.Div. administration may grant admission on the basis of the above credentials alone, or may request the submission of additional materials, and/or may require an interview with the Director of Administration or another representative of the M.Div. program.

*The ZIP archive contains: Application; Spouse’s Information Sheet; References: Academic, Church Leader’s, Employer’s & Pastor’s; Mentoring Form

Catalog

*The catalog contains information about your application, the program and much more. Be sure to read the entire catalog before applying.

Faculty

Curriclum Overview

YEAR 1

Class

Professor

Date

Unit

Location

Days*

TH 605 Theology I

Dr. B. Peters

August

3

Berlin, Germany

4

OT 503 Hebrew I

Dr. B. Kinzel

November

3

Live-Online

0

OT 521 Old Testament Introduction

Dr. W. Barrick

March

3

CA, USA

3

PM 700 Shepherds’ Conference Observation

-

March

1

CA, USA

5

OT 504 Hebrew II

Dr. B. Kinzel

April

3

Live-Online

0

PM 600 Pastoral Leadership I

Dr. T. Dick

June

3

Krapina, Croatia

4

Mentoring

Aug-June

1

-

0

17

16

YEAR 2

Class

Professor

Date

Unit

Location

Days*

TH 606 Theology II

Dr. J. Moorhead

August

3

Kromeriz, Czech

4

BI 605 Advanced Hermeneutics

Dr. G. White

October

3

Live-Online

0

PM 602 Mechanics of Preaching

Dr. S. Lawson

December

2

Online

0

OT 603 Hebrew Exegesis

Dr. B. Peters

February

3

Berlin, Germany

4

OT 700 Exegesis of an OT Book

Dr. K. Fuller

April

3

Tirana, Albania

4

Mentoring

Aug-June

1

-

0

15

12

YEAR 3

Class

Professor

Date

Unit

Location

Days*

PM 512A Counseling & Discipleship

Dr. J. Street

August

3

Berlin, Germany

4

TH 507 Historical Theology I

Dr. N. Busenitz

April

3

Online

0

BI 726 Bible Geography

Dr. B. Alvord

February

3

Live-Online

0

BI 653 Exposition of OT Book

Adjunct Faculty

February

3

Study Tour - Israel

5

PM 603 Preaching Lab I

Dr. M. Abendroth

May

3

Berlin, Germany

4

Mentoring

Aug-June

1

-

0

16

13

YEAR 4

Class

Professor

Date

Unit

Location

Days*

TH 705 Theology III

Dr. B. Peters

August

3

Messina, Italy

4

NT 500 Greek I

Dr. M. Kauk

October

2

Live-Online

0

TH 508 Historical Theology II

Dr. N. Busenitz

December

3

Online

0

NT 501 Greek II

Dr. M. Kauk

February

2

Live-Online

0

BI 600 Exposition of a NT Book

Dr. J. White

April

3

Study Tour - Greece

5

NT 672 New Testament Introduction

Dr. G. White

June

3

Berlin, Germany

4

Mentoring

Aug-June

1

-

0

17

13

YEAR 5

Class

Professor

Date

Unit

Location

Days*

PM 601 Pastoral Leadership II

Dr. L. Roberts

August

3

Kromeriz, Czech

4

PM 758 Church Planting

Dr. St. Lonetti

October

2

Berlin, Germany

3

NT 603 Greek Exegesis I

Dr. B. Peters

February

3

Live-Online

0

NT 604 Greek Exegesis II

Dr. B. Peters

April

3

Berlin, Germany

4

TH 601 Apologetics & Evangelism

Dr. J. Moorhead

June

3

Live-Online

0

Mentoring

Aug-June

1

-

0

15

11

YEAR 6

Class

Professor

Date

Unit

Location

Days*

PM 703 Preaching Lab II

Dr. T. Dick

August

3

Krapina, Croatia

4

TH 706 Theology IV

Dr. B. Peters

October

3

Tirana, Albania

3

BI Elective

Adjunct Faculty

December

3

Online

0

NT 700 Exegesis of a NT Book

Dr. T. Dane

April

3

Study Tour - Rome

5

PM 768 Marriage & Family Counseling

Dr. J. Street

June

3

Berlin, Germany

4

Mentoring

Aug-June

1

-

0

16

16

Units Total (years 1-6)

96

81

*Days = vacation days required for the assigned class **Changes regarding the professor, the location, or the date may apply, but will be announced by the M.Div administration prior to the class.

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