The ADVANCE 5-year BA/MDiv program is designed for high-academic capacity students sensing an early call to pastoral 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 in a seamless BA/Master of Divinity program between Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS). The program can be accomplished in five years:
- Two years at Trinity College with an emphasis on general education and initial Bible and ministry courses.
- The middle year (three) has shared course load between the college and divinity school.
- The remaining two years are in the Advanced Placement (AP) Master of Divinity program at TEDS.
The ADVANCE/Bible and Ministry pre-seminary graduate should be able to:
Preparation for Graduate Studies. Be equipped with the necessary academic and research skills to meet requirements of continuing in the Master of Divinity program of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Personal Christian Maturity. Demonstrate a healthy sense of self in Christ, commitment to a lifestyle of ministry and progress toward godly character.
Cultural Engagement. Study the Bible in its historical and cultural context and apply it to present-day ethical issues.
Biblical Philosophy. Grasp the message of the Bible, interpret the Scriptures accurately, develop a Christian worldview, and integrate faith, living, and learning.
Trinity College requirements for a BA in Bible and Ministry with a pre-seminary emphasis:
36 hours for General Education not fulfilled in the major (44 hours if foreign language is needed).
54 hours for college requirements for the Advance/Bible and Ministry: Pre-Seminary degree.
30 hours from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School MDiv program (applied to BA degree).
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School requirements for the MDiv (87 program hours):
25 hours may be applied to the Master of Divinity via the advanced placement (AP) program from college studies.
62 hours for AP Master of Divinity degree.
Special Admissions Requirements for ADVANCE
Because of the pace and rigor of the ADVANCE 5 year BA/MDiv program, applicants must have a high school weighted grade point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who do not meet this admission requirement may be considered for admission to the program on a probationary status as determined by the TEDS Undergraduate Teaching Department and/or the Director of the ADVANCE 5 year BA/MDiv program.
|Interpreting and Teaching the Bible|
|Pre-Seminary Formation Group (four semesters)|
|Introduction to Ministry|
|Integrated Field Experience - Spiritual Formation|
|Principles of Ministry Programming|
|Strategies for Discipling Ministries|
|Bible and Ministry Electives (BI, BRS, CM, GR, HB)||4|
|Undergraduate Courses Taken for TEDS Credit:||27|
|Theology I: The God of the Gospel|
|Theology II: The Gospel of God|
|American Church History (CH 5060) May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.|
|Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism (ME 5001)|
|History of Christianity (CH 5051) May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.|
|Survey of Christian Education (EM 5100)|
|Introduction to Intercultural Ministry|
|Elementary Hebrew I|
|Elementary Hebrew II|
|TEDS Courses for Undergraduate and Graduate Credit:||30|
|Intro to Counseling Ministries|
|Issues in Counseling Ministries|
|Theology and Methodology of Biblical Preaching|
|Biblical Theology and Interpretation|
|Greek Exegesis I|
|Greek Exegesis II|
|Exegesis for Preaching|
|Interpreting the Synoptics and Acts|
|Interpreting the Pentateuch and Former Prophets|
|Spiritual Formation for Ministry|
|Christian Faith and Contemporary Challenges|
|Total Hours for the Advance Major||84|
|Remaining TEDS Courses for MDIV|
|Preaching from the Old Testament|
|Understanding the Social and Cultural Contexts of Ministry|
|Interpreting Paul and General Epistles|
|Interpreting Johannine Literature|
|Interpreting the Latter Prophets|
|Interpreting the Writings|
|Christian Worship and Pastoral Practices|
or ID 8100
|Scholarship and the Christian Mind|
Advanced Theological Course
|Total Hours for the MDiv||87|