Master of Divinity Programm

 

Introducing the Master of Divinity Program

96 units
6 locations
3 study trips
6 years
ca. 180,- € cost per month

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

Master of Divinity Program

The EBTC Master of Divinity program is designed to help international students, mainly from Europe, pursue further studies on a Master’s level, after graduation from their TMAI Training Center or a similar Bible training center in their country. For most European students it is not possible to go to the U.S. to pursue further studies on a Master’s level because of both the financial and logistical difficulties. Still, European nations need trained men who will proclaim God’s Word faithfully with the best theological education possible.

Based on these considerations, the EBTC has designed a truly unique M.Div. program that is not only accessible to European students, but that also has affordable tuition, flexible enrolment, internationally credible Master’s level 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 special characteristics of the EBTC program, which will be explained in detail in this catalog:

  • Accessible – The EBTC desires to design a Master’s program that is fully bi-vocational so that students do not have to move abroad to study, but rather stay in their home country, in their church ministries, and in their jobs and are still able to get an excellent Master’s education. The classes will not only be held at the EBTC in Berlin, Germany, but also at the other European TMAI locations in the Czech Republic, Italy, Croatia, and Albania to reduce the student’s traveling burden. This will also give each student great insight into the work of the ministry around the world as he interacts with different training centres, builds new relationships, and broadens his view and understanding of the global ministry of the Word. These distinctive keep the program as accessible as possible.
  • Affordable – Master’s studies abroad are expensive and usually include significant costs beyond tuition such as the expense of relocation and the high rates of the housing markets near universities. It was therefore the goal of the EBTC to design a European M.Div. program that keeps tuition as low as possible while at the same time maintaining excellence commensurate with a Master’s level education. Tuition charges paid by students of the EBTC M.Div. program cover approximately one half of the normal operating charges. This reduced tuition is equivalent to every student receiving a significant scholarship through TMAI, keeping the program as affordable and accessible as possible.
  • Flexible – The M.Div. program and its classes are designed as a six-year cycle where applicants are able to enrol into the M.Div. at any time if certain requirements are fulfilled (more under “Admission” and “Application”). This means that whenever a student enrols into the six-year cycle of the EBTC M.Div. program, this will be his personal starting point. It can be any class of any year of the six-year cycle, so long as certain requirements are fulfilled. The program is flexible in that units can be transferred from other theological institutions, missed classed can be replaced through other online-classes or other theological institutions, independent studies are possible, and much more. Classes are typically less than one week long and are held approximately every two months. The intention of this arrangement is to keep the amount of travel and vacation days to a minimum so that students have the ability to attend every class. To fulfil this goal, the EBTC has developed distance education methods and resources such as live-online classes with real-time lectures and an interactive class setting in addition to traditional online classes with recorded lecture material. That makes this program very flexible for European ministers who have to work a full-time job and minister in their local church.
  • Credible – The EBTC has designed an M.Div. program that fulfils the international standards for the credit unit system, classes, workload, and professor credentials. The Master of Divinity degree through the EBTC is therefore internationally accepted at partnering seminaries and Bible institutions worldwide. This will help students of the EBTC M.Div. program in transferring units to other theological institutions for any kind of further or continuing studies.
  • Intentional – One of the highest goals of the EBTC M.Div. program is to mentor each student. In our times, online educational programs or bi-vocational programs often lack intentional interaction and communication with the student. Each student of the EBTC M.Div. program will, therefore, have a mentor who will disciple, lead, supervise, and oversee the student during his study. Mentors will serve as a connecting point between the student and the M.Div. administration to keep the student accountable to put into practice what he learned in class. The goal of the EBTC is not to raise up more academics with head-knowledge, but rather to build up faithful men of God who put the truth into practice in their own lives, in their families, and in their ministries for the glory of God.

Personal Requirements

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.

Admission Requirements

Students entering the M.Div. program are required to hold a theological degree, with thirty-six credit hours in Bible and theology. These thirty-six credit hours must include the following theological areas of study: Bible Survey in Old- and New Testament, Practical Theology, Expository Preaching, Homiletics, Systematic Theology, and Hermeneutics. The theological degree must be earned from an approved institution, recognised Bible college or training center, with a grade point average of 2.5 or above (on a 4 0 scale) for all undergraduate work. The M.Div. administration will review any transcript or diploma from the applicant to ensure the completion of this requirement for entering the M.Div. program.

Students lacking this 2.5 cumulative GPA or who have not successfully completed the thirty-six credit hours in Bible and theology on a bachelor’s level may be admitted to the M.Div. program on a case-by-case basis under probationary status. Students with a probationary status must maintain a “C” average for the first two semesters (at least ten classes) in order for academic probation to be removed. Students who have not successfully completed the thirty-six credit hours in Bible and theology on a bachelor’s level have to complete this requirement for academic probation to be removed.

Local Church Requirements

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.

Mentoring Requirements

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 Procedures

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:

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

Application Download

The ZIP archive contains:

  • Application
  • Spouse’s Information Sheet
  • References: Academic, Church Leader’s, Employer’s & Pastor’s
  • Mentoring Form

Master of Divinity Catalog

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

Faculty & Adjunct Faculty

 

Dr. Mike Abendroth, D. Min.

Dr. Mike Abendroth is the senior pastor at Bethlehem Bible Church in West Boylston, Massachusetts. He has authored many books, is an adjunct professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the featured host of No Compromise Radio.

Dr. Bruce Alvord, D.Min.

Dr. Alvord graduated from the University of Southern California, The Master’s Seminary, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife Aimee have been serving the Lord in Ukraine since 1992. His main ministry is mentoring pastors at Irpin Biblical Seminary; he also serves in their church as a teacher, elder and discipler.

Dr. Bill Barrick, Ph.D.

Dr. Barrick is an elder at Placerita Bible Church in Newhall, CA. He served as professor and chairman of the Old Testament Department at Denver Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Barrick was a missionary for eighteen years in Bangladesh before joining the faculty of The Master’s Seminary where he served as professor of Old Testament.

Dr. Nathan Busenitz, Th.D. (Online Video Class only)

Dr. N. Busenitz is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary (M.Div.). In 2008 Professor Busenitz began teaching historical theology at TMS, and joined the faculty full time in 2009. He is currently working to complete his Th.D. in historical theology with a specific focus on patristic theology. Dr. Busenitz is also a pastor at Grace Community Church in the fellowship group Cornerstone.

Dr. Timothy L. Dane, Th.D.

Dr. Tim Dane is the senior pastor at Mesa Hills Bible Church. He is a professor and president of Front Range Bible Institute in Colorado Springs, CO. He serves as an adjunct professor at Irpin Biblical Seminary (Kiev, Ukraine) and has taught at various seminaries and colleges in Russia, Mexico, Germany and the US.

Dr. Todd Dick, D.Min.

Dr. Dick graduated from The Master‘s Seminary in 1998 (D.Min.). He and his wife were sent out by Grace Community Church to Croatia in the summer of that same year. They are one of the three families sent to work in church planting and in leadership development. Dr. Dick is the pastor of a small church in the northern area of Croatia, and a professor in The Theological Biblical Academy, in Krapina.

Dr. Myron Kauk, Ph.D.

Dr. Kauk is a graduate of the Talbot Seminary (Th.M.) and the Westminster Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). He provides theological education online and at a distance for several institutions, including Liberty University, Moody Bible Institute, Rockbridge Seminary and Taylor University. When he is not teaching Bible online, he is teaching in person, whether it is in his church, in his community or short-term international assignments. Dr. Kauk’s specialties include hermeneutics, Old Testament language and literature, and New Testament language and literature.

Dr. Brian Kinzel, D.D.

Dr. Kinzel is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary (M.Div., 1992, Th.M. 2004). He and Heidi were sent out by Grace Community Church to Ukraine in 1993. Brian is involved in leadership training at Irpin Biblical Seminary. Heidi cares for their home, where she also schools their children.

Dr. Steven J. Lawson, D.Min. (Online Video Class only)

Dr. Steven J. Lawson is president of OnePassion Ministries, professor of preaching at The Master’s Seminary, teaching fellow with Ligonier Ministries, professor-in-residence with Truth Remains, and author of many books. In addition, he is the executive editor of Expositor Magazine.

Dr. Jonathan Moorhead, Ph.D.

Dr. Moorhead is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary (Th.M.) and of Dallas Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). He and his wife have been Grace Community Church missionaries since 2008. They previously served in Samara, Russia (2008–2014) where they were the final missionaries on the ground to oversee the transition from missionaries to trained national leaders. The Moorheads are now in Czech Republic and are participating in a similar ministry at the Czech Bible Institute.

Dr. Benedikt Peters, Ph.D.

Dr. Peters earned his Ph.D. at the Master’s Seminary in 2017. He studied Greek, Hebrew, and linguistics. He served as the editor-in-chief for a Christian publisher and is an author of many books and commentaries. In addition to ministering in churches in various European countries, he serves at his church in Arbon.

Dr. Lance Roberts, D.Min.

Dr. Roberts is a graduate of The Master‘s Seminary (D.Min.) and was ordained to the work of the ministry by Grace Community Church. He and his wife were sent out by Grace Community Church and Shenandoah Baptist Church (Roanoke, VA) as missionaries to Czech Republic in May of 2001. He is the dean of the Czech Bible Institute and serves as an elder at the Kromeriz Baptist Church. He also serves as president of Didasko, a teaching and publishing organization in the Czech Republic.

Dr. Stuart W. Scott, D.Min.

Dr. Scott teaches in the graduate program of biblical counseling at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. He has over thirty-five years of experience in counseling and pastoral ministry. He is the membership director and a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Stuart is an author of many books.

Dr. John D. Street, D.Min.

Dr. John Street is professor and chair of the graduate program in biblical counseling at The Master’s College and Seminary. He has been in pastoral and teaching ministry for over 36 years and currently serves as an elder at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. In addition, he is the president of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).

Dr. Greg White, D.D.

Greg graduated from The Master’s Seminary in California, USA. He is a missionary in Ukraine, a pastor of a church in Kiev, and a professor for The Masters Academy International (TMAI). In Kiev, Greg started the Master of Divinity program at Irpin Biblical Seminary, in which men can be trained for the ministry. At the European Bible Training Center he is Associate Dean of the M.Div. program. Greg is married to Hue Chon and has three adult children.

Dr. James White, Ph.D.

Dr. James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of many books, a professor, an accomplished debater, and an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church.

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

December

3

Online

0

BI 726 Bible Geography

Dr. B. Alvord

February

3

Live-Online

0

BI 600 Exposition of OT Book

Adjunct Faculty

April

3

Study Tour – Israel

5

PM 603 Preaching Lab I

Dr. M. Abendroth

June

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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