School of Evangelism and Missions Master of Divinity

Purpose

The Southwestern M.Div. prepares students for the broadest range of Christian ministries. Students receive training in classical theological disciplines such as Old Testament, New Testament, church history and historical theology, systematic theology, ethics, and philosophy, as well as applied disciplines such as pastoral ministry, preaching, apologetics, evangelism, and missions. Fish School students may use elective hours to pursue a concentration listed below or they may simply use their free electives to complete Fish School electives in keeping with their ministry goals and academic interests. 

Prerequisite

The student must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. One year of Biblical Greek is pre-requisite for the degree, but can be completed concurrently with other degree requirements.

Course Title Course Number Hours

Biblical Studies

Biblical Hermeneutics BIBST 3203 3
Old Testament I OLDTS 3313 3
Old Testament II OLDTS 3323 3
Biblical Hebrew I HEBRW 4313 3
Biblical Hebrew II HEBRW 4323 3
New Testament I NEWTS 3313 3
New Testament II NEWTS 3323 3
Biblical Greek I GREEK 3313 ***
Biblical Greek II GREEK 3323 ***
Syntax Elective HEBRW 5003 or GREEK 4313 3

Theological Studies

Church History I CHAHT 3103 3
Church History II CHAHT 3113 3
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3053 3
Systematic Theology II SYSTH 3063 3
Systematic Theology III SYSTH 3073 3

Ethics and Philosophical Studies

Christian Ethics (three options): The Christian Home or Basic Christian Ethics or The Bible and Moral Issues ETHIC 4303, 4313, or 4323 3

Evangelism and Missions Studies

Contemporary Evangelism EVANG 3303 3
Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3
Great Commission Apologetics 1 GCAPL 4373 3

Preaching and Pastoral Studies

Foundations for Christian Ministry or Ministry to Women1 PASMN 3313 or WOMST 40031 3
Introduction to Expository Preaching or Introduction to Expository Teaching1  PRCHG 3313 or WOMST 40431 3
Advanced Expository Preaching or Free Elective1 PRCHG 3323 or Free Elective1 3

Additional Requirements

Christian Leadership EDMIN 3043 3
Christian Formation EDMIN 3022 2
Applied Ministry - Mentoring APLEV 4031 1
Applied Ministry - Disciple-Making APLEV 4041 1

School of Evangelism and Mission Concentrations

Concentration/Electives2   12

Total Hours

   
Total Degree Hours   82
***   6
Total Degree Hours with Prerequisites  Total 88

1Female Students enrolled in the MDiv complete these courses instead of the courses required for male students. 

22Students seeking a concentration take specific courses in lieu of elective hours.

School of Evangelism and Missions Master of Divinity

Students obtain concentrations by completing the following requirements to fulfill the Free Elective section of the M.Div. Upon completion of a concentration, students will receive a certificate for their work.

Course Title Course Number Hours
Any Combination Fish School Electives EVANG, MISSN, ISLST, GCAPL, and/or APLEV 12

Concentrations in Evangelism, Missions, Islamic Studies, Great Commission Apologetics, World Religions, or North American Church Planting

Students obtain concentrations by completing the following requirements to fulfill the Free Elective section of the M.Div. Upon completion of a concentration, students will receive a certificate for their work.

Evangelism

Course Title Course Number Hours
Evangelism Electives EVANG Elective 12

Missions

Course Title Course Number Hours
Major Living Religions MISSN 4333 3
Applied Anthropology for Biblical Church Planting MISSN 4653 3
Missions Electives MISSN Elective 6

Islamic Studies

Course Title Course Number Hours
Islamic Studies Electives ISLST Elective 12

Great Commission Apologetics

Course Title Course Number Hours
Choose any 4 of the following courses:    12
Evangelism and Missions in the Book of Acts EVANG 5333  
Major Living Religions MISSN 4333  
New Religious Movements and Minority Religions in America EVANG 5313  
The Problem of Evil GCAPL 4383  
History of the Bible GCAPL 4393  
Great Commission Apologetics and Aesthetics GCAPL 4413  
Great Commission Apologetics and Science GCAPL 4423  
Great Commission Apologetics in the Early Church GCAPL 4433  
Great Commission Apologetics in a Pluralistic and Postmodern Society GCAPL 5013  
Great Commission Apologetics and Secularism GCAPL 5023  
Great Commission Apologetics and the New Age GCAPL 5033  
Great Commission Apologetics 2: Apologetic Methodology GCAPL 5113  
Great Commission Apologetics3: Contemporary Issues in Apologetics and Culture GCAPL 5123  
Great Commission Apologetics 4: The Christian Worldview GCAPL 5133  

World Religions

Course Title Course Number Hours
Major Living Religions MISSN 4333 3
Choose any 3 of the following:    9
New Religious Movements EVANG 5313  
Folk Islam: Approaches ISLST 4213  
Missions to People Group MISSN 3333  
Missionary Work in Roman Catholic Cultures MISSN 3463  
Animistic Folk Religions: A Missionary Approach MISSN 3473  
The New Age WLDRL 5253  
Asian Religion WLDRL 5123  
African Religion WLDRL 5133  
Judaism WLDRL 5113  
Mormonism WLDRL 5213  
Sociology of Religion WLDRL 5313  

North American Church Planting

Course Title Course Number Hours
Intro to North American Church Planting OR Church Planting in Urban Contexts MISSN 4503 or MISSN 5453 3
Church Planting Summer (or Semester) Internship MISSN 5473 3
Choose any 2 of the following:    6
Major Living Religions MISSN 4333  
New Religious Movements and Minority Religions in America EVANG 5313  
Discipleship Evangelism EVANG 5403  
Advanced Topics in North American Missiology MISSN 4303  

Additional Resources

Students interested in more information regarding these programs should contact the Fish School of Evangelism and Missions Dean's Office at 817-923-1921 extension 6405. Students may also contact the Office of the Registrar at 817-923-1921 extension 2000 or in Fleming 104.