A divinity degree is about developing as a person and leader. And pursuing God’s call.
The Master of Divinity prepares you for solo, senior, teaching, or staff pastor or chaplain positions. It also attracts those wishing to enhance their Christian discipleship or prepare for seminary doctoral study. At Bethel, you’ll learn how to interpret the Bible and relate Scripture to everyday life as well as develop your character and spiritual formation so you can serve with integrity and passion in any context.
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A Transforming Education
The M.Div. impacts head, heart, and hands. You’ll study Bible and theology and develop a Christian worldview. But you’ll also discover your personality, spiritual gifts, and how you best relate to God in worship and spiritual disciplines. In the process, you’ll also develop ministry skills. Here, it’s not just about learning; it’s about becoming the person and leader God created you to be and preparing you for the work He created you to do.
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Choose a concentration to go deeper in an area you will find most applicable to your personal goals for your theological education.
Practical, adaptable skills
Learn practical skills related to your area of interest. You’ll have opportunities to do an internship so you can gain ministry practice, and reflect on that practice. Here, you will test the practical skills you need for a lifetime of service to God in roles you haven’t even discovered yet.
Stimulating student body
You’ll enjoy the richness of studying alongside peers from a range of backgrounds and career fields. Yet, all students have a common commitment to grow as whole and holy people.
Bethel has helped me grow in my capacity for ministry not merely through knowledge and skills, but through relationships. My connections with professors and peers have shaped my theology and pursuit of Jesus more than any textbook possibly could.
Current job: Planter, Community Church (Richfield, MN); Outreach and Student Ministry Pastor, Brookwood Community Church (Shakopee, MN)
Bethel's In Ministry program works great for me. It combines the best practices of online learning and classroom teaching. I am able to learn from a proven professor, study at my own pace, and progress with my cohort.
–Jonathan De Groot
Current job: Campus Ministries at Dordt College
I am grateful to attend Bethel Seminary. The three centered approach has helped me to integrate academia into the real world through my relationship with Christ and my heart for others.
Current job: Army National Guard and Pastoral Intern of Welcome and Care
After years of ministry without formal training, Bethel Seminary has been a gift from God and breath of much needed fresh air. The next 25 years of my ministry will never be the same. I thank God daily for this open door!
Current job: Transition
Our graduates serve in all the traditional church leadership roles. But they also work in missions, campus and student ministries, even in businesses, various professions, or non-profits. Some continue on to pursue doctoral degrees and teach in colleges, universities, and other educational settings.
Learn how to:
- Interpret the Bible with maturity and discernment
- Understand 20 centuries of theology and apply that wisdom to 21st century life
- Communicate God’s Word in inspiring and transforming ways
- Develop cultural sensitivity so you can lead effectively in diverse settings
- Guide people to reconciliation with God and others
- Prepare for ordination in your denomination or setting
Those with an M.Div. work as:
- Denominational ministers
- Non-profit and parachurch leaders
- Church planters in innovative settings
- Professionals in any other setting
Our graduates have gone on to study at places like:
- Princeton University
- Fuller Seminary
- Rice University
- St. Louis University
- Marquette University
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Chicago
- Fordham University