Why do we believe…we should run the Church like any other secular organization? (Training our leadership – Addendum)

This is one of my laziest blogs but I decided to let the writings of others highlight my point.

Qualifications for Christian leaders according to the Bible:

1 Timothy 3:1-13

Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons

1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

8 In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

11 In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Titus 1:5-9

Appointing Elders Who Love What Is Good

5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.


Qualifications for Christian leaders according to certain select seminaries:


The degree of Master of Divinity (M.Div.) certifies completion of a program of theological studies designed primarily, although not exclusively, to prepare the candidate for ordination to the Christian ministry. The requirements reflect the intention of the School to provide an education that is theologically informed, professionally competent, academically rigorous, and oriented to the life of the church.

Minimum requirements for graduation include the following distribution of courses in the curriculum:

  • Area I: Twelve credit hours distributed between Old Testament and New Testament. Elementary Hebrew and Greek do not meet this requirement, but are counted toward the total number of hours needed for graduation.
  • Area II: Twelve credit hours including at least one course in Theological Studies and one in Christian Ethics. Only three hours toward the Area II requirement may be counted for work listed under Denominational Courses.
  • Area III: Nine credit hours in Historical Studies, including at least one of the following introductory courses: 700a, 700b, or 701a. Only three hours of Denominational History courses may be counted toward the Area III requirement.
  • Area IV: Twelve credit hours, including three hours in preaching or communication.
  • Area V: Nine credit hours. (The three credit hours of Ethical Studies may be taken in this area rather than Area II.)
  • Supervised Ministries: Three credit hours.

Additional Requirements

  • Every M.Div. student is required to take one course (three term hours) in a non-Christian religion or one course in the relationship between Christianity and other religions.
  • All M.Div. students are additionally required to complete a sixteen-hour seminar on preventing ministerial misconduct.
  • No course may be counted toward meeting the requirements simultaneously in more than one area or toward meeting more than one of the distributional requirements with­in a single area.
  • For students with special and clear vocational plans, the Professional Studies Committee may approve a course of study that differs from the indicated area minimum requirements.



The Th.M. program is designed to produce competent Bible expositors who are qualified to serve God effectively as pastors, missionaries, or leaders in other areas of vocational Christian ministry.

Degree Program

Bible Core

No. Name Hours
BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics 3
BE102 Old Testament History I 3
BE103 Old Testament History II and Poetry 2
BE104 Old Testament Prophets 3
BE105 The Gospels 2
BE106 Acts and Pauline Epistles 3
BE107 Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation 3

Theology Core

No. Name Hours
ST101 Introduction to Theology 3
ST102 Trinitarianism 3
ST103 Angelology, Anthropology, and Sin 3
ST104 Soteriology 3
ST105 Sanctification and Ecclesiology 3
ST106 Eschatology 3

Language Classes

No. Name Hours
NT101 Elements of Greek 3
NT102 Elements of Greek 2 3
NT103 Intermediate Greek 3
NT104 Introduction to New Testament Exegesis 3
NT105 Exegesis of Romans 3
OT101 Introduction to Old Testament Language and Literature 3
OT102 Elements of Hebrew 3
OT103 Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis 3
OT104 Principles of Hebrew Exegesis 3

Degree Classes

No. Name Hours
BC101 Christian Counseling 2
CE101 Educational Process of the Church 3
HT101 The Church to the Modern Era 3
HT102 The Church in the Modern Era: Europe and America 3
NT113 New Testament Introduction 2
PM101 Spiritual Life 2
PM102 Evangelism 2
PM103 Expository Preaching I 3
PM104 Expository Preaching II 3
RS101 Orientation and Research Methods 1
RS102 Research and Summary of Christian Doctrine OR Thesis 2
SL105 Pastoral Leadership Internship 2
WM101 Introduction to World Missions 3
(Dallas Theological Seminary)  


The M.Div. prepares students for the broadest range of Christian ministries, especially in local churches. 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, evangelism, and missions. In addition, students may use elective hours to pursue concentrations in any school at Southwestern in accordance with their ministry goals and academic interests. The M.Div. is the only approved first master’s degree for a student preparing for a pastoral or preaching ministry, as well as any other ministry largely comprised of biblical teaching.

Course Title Course Number Hours

Biblical Studies

Biblical Hermeneutics BIBST 3203 3
Basic Old Testament I OLDTS 3313 3
Basic Old Testament II OLDTS 3323 3
Basic New Testament I NEWTS 3313 3
Basic New Testament II NEWTS 3323 3
Elementary Greek I (prerequisite)1 GREEK 3313 (3)
Elementary Greek II (prerequisite)1 GREEK 3323 (3)
New Testament Greek I GREEK 4313 3
New Testament Greek II GREEK 4323 3
Elementary Hebrew I HEBRW 4313 3
Elementary Hebrew II HEBRW 4323 3
Hebrew Exegetical Method HEBRW 5003  3

Theological Studies

History of Christianity I CHAHT 3103 3
History of Christianity II CHAHT 3113 3
Baptist Heritage BPTST 3203 3
Systematic Theology I SYSTH 3003 3
Systematic Theology II SYSTH 3013 3

Ethics and Philosophical Studies

The Christian Home ETHIC 4303 3
Basic Christian Ethics or ETHIC 4313 or 3
The Bible & Moral Issues or ETHIC 4323 or
Development of Christian Character and Decision Making ETHIC 4333
Philosophy of Religion or PHILO 4313 or 3
Christian Apologetics PHILO 4373

Evangelism and Missions Studies

Contemporary Evangelism EVANG 3303 3
Personal Evangelism Practicum2 EVANG 3000 0
Introduction to Missiology MISSN 3363 3
Missions Practicum2 MISSN 3100 0

Preaching and Pastoral Studies

Foundations for Christian Ministry I or PASMN 3313 or 3
Women’s Ministries in the Local Church3 WOMST 4003
Christian Ministry Practicum2 PASMN 3000 0
Introduction to Expository Preaching or PRCHG 3313 or 3
Expository Communication of Biblical Truth4 WOMST 4043
Advanced Expository Preaching5 PRCHG 3323 3
Preaching Practicum2 PRCHG 3000 0

Additional Requirements

Spiritual Formation I SPFTH 3101 1
Spiritual Formation II SPFTH 3111 1
Applied Ministry – Disciple-making in the Local Church APLMN 4011 1
Applied Ministry – Mentoring APLMN 4021 1
The Ministry of Education EDMIN 3003  3

Concentration and Free Electives5,6,7

Concentration and Free Electives 15

(Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)


The Master of Divinity degree is a comprehensive graduate theological program covering a wide range of general and specialized subjects, designed to prepare students for full-time service in the church of Jesus Christ.

The curriculum is controlled by a vision of Christ’s Church as the people of God—a living, worshiping, witnessing community, within which faith is nurtured and through which Christ is served in the world. The curriculum is designed to instruct students in the study of theology in its widest sense, so that they may grow in the knowledge of God, discover and develop their God-given gifts and become more effective members of the body of Christ. This involves a deepening understanding of God and God’s world through rigorous academic discipline; but it also involves, in part as the fruit of such discipline, personal spiritual growth and maturity, (I call total B.S. on this point) and the acquiring of the relevant skills that will enable students to use their theological insights effectively in practical Christian ministry.


144 Quarter Units

Biblical Languages 20 units
3 courses Introduction to Greek
2 courses Introduction to Hebrew
Biblical Studies 32 units
OT501 Pentateuch
2 courses Old Testament Prophets or Writings
NT500 New Testament 1: Gospels
NS501 New Testament 2: Acts through Revelation
NE502 Exegetical Method and Practice
1 course New Testament Theology
1 course New Testament Exegesis
Theological Studies 32 units
3 courses Church History
3 courses Systematic Theology
1 course Philosophy
1 course Christian Ethics
Ministry 32 units
1 course Foundational Ministry
3 courses Homiletics (8 units)
1 course Evangelism
1 course Christian Formation and Discipleship
1 course Pastoral Counseling
1 course Pastoral Ministry
1 course Missions
Practicum 4 units
Electives (area of emphasis, if desired) 24 units



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I am figuring out life and faith and taking other people along with me on my journey. Sometimes as fellow travelers, sometimes as hostages.
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1 Response to Why do we believe…we should run the Church like any other secular organization? (Training our leadership – Addendum)

  1. Phil says:

    Amen to your “laziest” post. Love the point you are making.

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