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Basic Graduate Theological Studies

Persons ordained as deacons are engaged in ministries of word, service, compassion, and justice which connect church and world. The process of ordination includes both educational preparation and annual conference review. Garrett-Evangelical cooperates with annual conferences and districts to support students in completing the educational requirements and assists with on-site mentoring and support. Persons complete educational requirements by one of two routes:

  • through the completion of an Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree or
  • through completion of the Basic Graduate Theological Studies at Garrett-Evangelical in conjunction with a master’s degree in an area of service (e.g., counseling, social work, peace studies) or in conjunction with United Methodist certification studies

Requirements

Twenty-seven hours are required covering the following areas of study.

BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION

  Course Title   Hours  
  Introduction to the Old Testament   3  
  Introduction to the New Testament   3  

 

CHURCH HISTORY

  Course Title   Hours  
  History of Christian Thought & Practice I   3  

 

THEOLOGY AND ETHICS

  Course Title   Hours  
  Introduction to Theology
or Doctrine of God/Doctrine of Creation
or Christology & Theological Anthropology
or Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Eschatology
  3  
  Introduction to Global Christianity
or Church and Community
  3  

 

THEORY AND PRACTICE OF MINISTRY

  Course Title   Hours  
  Christian Public Worship
or UM Worship
  3  

 

EVANGELISM

  Course Title   Hours  
  Theology of Evangelism
or Empowering Congregations for Evangelism
  3  

 

UNITED METHODIST STUDIES (ON-CAMPUS)*

  Course Title   Hours  
  UM Studies: Wesley and the 19th Century   3  
  UM Studies: 20th Century to the Present   3  

                                                           
                       OR

UNITED METHODIST STUDIES (ONLINE)*

  Course Title   Hours  
  UM History   2  
  UM Doctrine   2  
  UM Polity   2