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Miriam&students_tshirtEmmanuel offers carefully constructed and tested theological education for the 21st century, fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Our academic programs represent the best blend of biblical, historical, theological, and ministerial studies.

Whatever your interests in ministry, you will learn from professors who care about more than the memorization of theological arguments and dates in church history; they are concerned about how the information you learn will help you in your ministry, whether you are preaching and teaching or serving the Kingdom in other ways.

It’s important that your seminary education also address you as a person in ministry. Spiritual formation courses, faculty mentoring, and supervised internships are designed to help you follow God’s call.

Emmanuel Christian Seminary is part of the School of Bible and Ministry at Milligan College, a nationally recognized Christian liberal arts college.

Tailored to You

Emmanuel students have a variety of backgrounds, including undergraduate degrees from liberal arts colleges, universities, and Bible colleges. Some have years of experience in various professions, while others enter directly from undergrad. Programs can be completed in a designated time or you may opt to move through the program at a slower speed. Contact us to discuss a degree plan tailored to meet your needs.

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Goals

Emmanuel has a number of goals for every student:

  • Develop a maturing love for God, commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and participation in the Holy Spirit’s work in the world.
  • Cultivate a heart of compassion, loyalty, courage, and self-giving love in support of kingdom values.
  • Integrate the Christian faith as revealed in Scripture, experienced throughout the history of the church, and explored in twenty centuries of Christian thought.
  • Interpret and communicate Scripture with historical integrity and theological imagination in relation to contemporary cultures.
  • Develop commitment to serve the church in its universal and local expressions with appreciation for the unique contribution of the Stone-Campbell tradition to unity and mission in keeping with the biblical witness.
  • Extend dignity and worth to all persons, men and women, created in the image of God, with deepening compassion for the marginalized.
  • Identify, shape, and refine one’s calling through a well-articulated theology of ministry.
  • Demonstrate, as leading servants, the practices of moral discernment, together with authentic and faithful ministry in complex and diverse contexts.

Academic Programs

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Doctor of Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry

Doctor of Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry

The practice of Christian ministry is an increasingly complex and demanding task. Although the standard pre-ministerial educational program (MDiv) already includes substantial credit hours beyond the baccalaureate, many ministers express a desire for a disciplined program of continuing education that will enable them to integrate their practical learnings in ministry with additional advanced-level course work. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree has been developed to meet these needs.

Increasing religious pluralism in the United States and Canada, the expansion of world religions, and the globalization of theological education call for more breadth and depth in the education of Christian leaders. Emmanuel Christian Seminary is committed to the world mission of the church. Thus, it offers the Doctor of Ministry degree with a concern for addressing the need for the continuing education among leading servants within the church.

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Master of Arts in Christian Ministries

School of Bible & Ministry

Master of Arts in Christian Ministries

School of Bible & Ministry

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degree is a 48 credit hour degree that seeks to further equip students for ministries in pastoral leadership in local churches and ministry settings.  The degree program blends online and on-campus learning for students who are not able to participate in the residential MDiv program.  Courses will offer instruction in Scripture, theology, and history of the Christian tradition with special attention to the Stone-Campbell tradition.

The program will offer opportunities for spiritual formation and growth, mentored ministry experience, and connections with other students through a cohort design. Students will also have opportunities to develop specific skills in ministry with attention to their ministry contexts.

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Master of Arts in Religion

School of Bible & Ministry

Master of Arts in Religion

School of Bible & Ministry

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) is a degree designed to provide a basic understanding of the theological disciplines for further graduate study or for general educational purposes. The MAR permits a student to study in some depth in one of the following five areas:  Christian Theology, Church History, Historical Theology, New Testament, or Old Testament.

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Master of Divinity

School of Bible & Ministry

Master of Divinity

School of Bible & Ministry

The Master of Divinity is considered the standard program of ministerial education and is formally required for ordination by many churches. This degree aims to provide a breadth of education in all the areas of theological learning, with special focus on the practice of pastoral ministry.

Whether you choose to pursue ministry on the mission field, in a rural church, in an urban counseling center, as a military chaplain, as a college professor, in a megachurch, as a hospital chaplain, or any other venue, you will need to have the background and training that provides a deep well of resources for you to draw on. The MDiv at Emmanuel Christian Seminary can get you there.

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See more undergraduate and graduate degree programs at milligan.edu/academics.