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Master of Divinity

The ETS MDiv degree is as unique as Detroit! This marvelous and spiritually alive city, historically associated with innovation and craftsmanship, is now home to a new departure in theological education among American seminaries. Here at ETS, we love the academic world and the flow of theological ideas that runs through our daily lives. But we love the city even more, with its rare opportunities for services and engagement with the challenging issues of the 21st century. The degree requires 114 quarter credit hours (28.5 courses) to complete.

Four key concepts characterize theological study at ETS: (1) ethics-learning to become more concerned with the life [and light] of the other, (2) leadership education-learning to become unsatisfied with "cheap grace" and how to change the communities in which God has planted us, (3) dialogue-learning to position others as our teachers of God, and God's will, and (4) communication-learning the art of sharing and receiving information in an attitude of trust, in an age more characterized by "back-room" deals and "playing it close to the vest."

All of your course work is undertaken in the ethical awareness of diverse ethnic and racial communities that characterize populate ETS semester by semester, the global reach of modern technology, and the contemporary reality of "multiple Christianities." You begin your study for the MDiv with the foundational course Church and Society, in which these realities and challenges are realistically addressed. Here you learn how others, from different ethnic backgrounds and denominations, approach the realities of modern American life.   

As you progress through the program, emphasis is placed on the early acquisition of tools for effective church leadership. You engage your fellow classmates in such areas as Church Leadership, Christian Worship, Christian Education, Pastoral Care & Counseling, Urban Ministry, Christian Spirituality, and Preaching. Once these introductory courses are completed, you now move forward in the more traditional areas of theological studies. At this point in your career such areas of study as Biblical Studies, Theology, and Church History provide welcome intellectual nurture for the life of enhanced service to the church that lies ahead. The Ministry Practicum experience, undertaken during the middle part of your seminary career, provides you with a wonderful opportunity to utilize all that you have learned in the realities of everyday life.

The intentionally diverse environment of ETS nurtures dialogue as a primary way of being a spiritual person and studying theology. We believe that dialogue affirms and reinforces the significant contributions of many churches and traditions within the broader household of Christian faith in manifesting the truth and love of God. We treasure this dialogue, especially in the Detroit arena-where alienation and fragmentation still remain systematically entrenched despite hopeful efforts at renewal.

Finally, ETS fully embraces the revolutionary potential of the modern age of electronic communication. We still believe in the primacy of face-to-face learning, but we have incorporated the Internet throughout all aspects of institutional life. We believe that the selective utilization of this tool enables a deeper ETS experience and expands the possibilities of who may enter our theological laboratory.

MDiv Program Director
Rev. Dr. Michael Nabors



Master of Divinity Program Manual 2010-11

Sep 8, 2011, 8:23 AM