The Pre-Seminary (Biblical Studies/Christian Ministries) Major maintains the broad ministry scope and access to ministry education while allowing for a specialization in a distinctive area of ministry. This major lays a foundation for an effective ministry of biblical understanding in the context of a local church ministry. It is designed to enable a student to do further graduate studies at a seminary of their choice. Students who proceed to graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School can qualify for advanced standing in the MDiv program due to agreements between Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Requirements total 60 hours. This includes 35 hours from the Biblical Studies required courses/cognate areas, 19-22 hours from Christian Ministries and 3-6 hours of additional general education courses.
Preparation for Graduate Studies. The Pre-Seminary graduate should be equipped with the necessary academic and research skills to meet requirements and apply for graduate program studies in biblical and theological areas.
Personal Maturity. The Pre-Seminary graduate should be able to demonstrate a healthy sense of self in Christ, commitment to a lifestyle of ministry and progress toward godly character.
Cultural Engagement. The Pre-Seminary graduate should be able to study the Bible in its historical and cultural context and apply it to present-day ethical issues.
Biblical Philosophy. The Pre-Seminary graduate should be able to grasp the message of the Bible, interpret the Scriptures accurately, develop a Christian worldview, and integrate faith, living, and learning.
|BI 275||Teaching the Bible||3|
|BI 452||Biblical Studies Seminar||3|
|or BI 453||Seminar in Discipleship and Justice|
|BRS 231||Christian Doctrine||3|
|BRS 330||Christian Evidences||3|
|BRS 338||Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism||3|
|BRS 340X||History of Christianity||3|
|BRS 363X||Survey of Religious Diversity||3|
|GR 121||Elementary Greek||4|
|GR 122||Elementary Greek||4|
|CM 180||Christian Character Development||1|
|CM 201||Survey of Christian Education||3|
|CM 222||Integrated Field Experience||2|
|CM 223||Integrated Field Experience||2|
|CM 335||Strategies for Discipling Ministries||3|
|CM 342||Relational Skills for Ministry||3|
|CM 381||Introduction to Preaching||3|
|CM 420||Ministry Leadership||2|
|IDS 303||Cross Cultural Contexts||3|
|or CM 260||Introduction to Intercultural Ministry|
|Elective Courses (6 hours)|
|Old Testament (choose one)||3|
|BI 304||Old Testament Prophetic Books||3|
|BI 306||Old Testament Poetic Books||3|
|BI 308||Old Testament Historical Books||3|
|BI 334||Old Testament Theology||3|
|BI 350||Topics in the Bible||3|
|BI 362||Messiah in the Old Testament||3|
|New Testament (choose one)||3|
|BI 321||The End Times||3|
|BI 335||Theology of the General Epistles||3|
|BI 336||Theology of the Pauline Epistles||3|
|CM 315||Principles of Family Ministry||3|
|CM 320||Principles of Ministry Programming||3|
|CM 373X||Nonprofit Financial Management||3|
|COM 210X||Business Communication||3|
|PSY 220||Interpersonal Skills Training||3|
|PSY 350X||Social Psychology||3|
|PSY 355||Group Dynamics||3|
|PSY 337||Psychology of Adolescence 1||3|