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BBGS Approved for New Degree
The Pennsylvania Department of Education granted Baptist Bible Graduate School approval for a new Master of Science in Biblical Ministries degree program on January 10, 2007. The degree, which will be offered entirely in a distance learning format, will first be offered in the Fall `07 semester.
The MSBM degree caters to both men and women who wish to further their ministry education. Dr. Barry Phillips, the Graduate School Dean, has been instrumental in the planning and formulation of the new MSBM program. “This degree is specially geared towards people in church and para-church ministry positions. It relies heavily on a mentoring relationship that is central to the course, and it is perfect for Sunday School teachers, deacons, Bible study leaders, or anyone who is in a servant-leader position.”
The program is divided into two main parts: 18 required Bible and theology credits and 12-15 elective credits. The electives may be selected from any of the Graduate School’s distance learning courses. This allows students to personalize the degree to fit their unique ministry contexts.
In addition to the personalizing their program, students may also choose from two special concentrations: Ministry Organizational Leadership and International Ministry. These concentrations were crafted through partnerships with Pilgrimage Educational Resources and the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, respectively.
PER and ABWE contractually provide the elective credits for their respective concentrations. The International Ministry concentration allows ABWE missionaries to receive graduate credit for their pre-field and continuing education requirements. This concentration provides quality ministry education that will enhance their ministries and streamline their education.
The electives for the Ministry Organizational Leadership concentration are provided by Pilgrimage Educational Resources. This concentration focuses on experience-based learning and active learning environments. Students may also personalize this program to fit their unique ministry contexts.
BBGS is also exploring other potential partnerships and concentrations.
For more information regarding the new degree, please contact Dr. Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on: 3/6/2007 4:19:13 PM