Academic Programs

Advanced Certificate Programs

Objectives

The IGSM Advanced Certificate program is designed for individuals who do not want to enter into a degree program, or do not have the credentials to enter a degree program, but desire to increase their ministry skills. The Advance Certificate program allows students to take the same courses as those in the degree programs however the reading assignments and research projects are tailored to meet the needs of those who are not interested in the degree programs.

Program Design

Nigeria Beginners Class 2013The program is designed to be completed at the pace that best works for the individual student with the average pace being three courses per year. For each module, students are required to complete Bible study, reading, listening or watching, prayer/meditation, practical ministry, or writing assignments as well as a final project paper.

Graduation Requirements

Each Certificate program requires the completion of four modules (16 traditional credit hours/480 module hours). The module “Personal Ministry Assessment” is strongly recommended since it helps students evaluate themselves and understand how their unique talents, gifts and abilities best fit into ministry at the local church level.

Curriculum

Students may choose from any of the modules offered by IGSM. However, since they are only completing four modules it is suggested that they take modules from four different areas of emphasis or take all four from the same area of emphasis.

Diploma in Church Ministry

Objectives

The IGSM Diploma in Church Ministry is designed for individuals who have a high school diploma, have little if any college or university credits, but desire to increase their ministry skills. The Diploma in Church Ministry program allows students to take the same courses as those in the other programs however the reading assignments and research projects are tailored to meet the needs of those who are not interested in the more advanced degree programs.

The diploma program is based on four key objectives.

  • To provide for growth in personal and spiritual maturity.
  • To provide a solid background in the Bible which is foundational for any type of Christian ministry.
  • To provide guidance, training, and resources in the practical aspects of ministry.
  • To provide the foundations upon which one can build a healthy and effective ministry.

Program Design

Kenya Pastors Bev 2001The program is designed to be completed at the pace that best works for the individual student, with the average pace being three courses per year. For each module, students are required to complete Bible study, reading, listening or watching, prayer/meditation, practical ministry or writing assignments, as well as a final project paper.

Graduation Requirements

The Diploma in Church Ministry requires 8 modules (32 traditional credit hours – 960 module hours of academic work if the student has a previous B.A. degree) or 12 modules (48 traditional credit hours – 1,440 module hours of academic work if the student does not have previous B.A. degree.

Curriculum

Students in the Diploma in Church Ministry program may choose any of the modules offered by IGSM. However, they are required to complete at least one module from each of the six different areas of emphasis.

Bachelor of Ministry Degree (B. Min.)

Objectives

The IGSM Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry (B. Min.) is designed for individuals preparing for or already involved in part time or full time ministry: (a) who have completed a B.A. degree, but it did not include any classes in Bible, Theology, or ministry (normally a traditional 48 credit hour program), or (b) those who have no study at the college level but desire to increase their ministry skills in a degree program that is focused entirely on ministry.

The B. Min. program is based on four key objectives.

  • To provide for growth in personal and spiritual maturity.
  • To provide a solid background in the Bible, which is foundational for any type of Christian ministry.
  • To provide guidance, training, and resources in the practical aspects of ministry.
  • To provide the foundations upon which one can build a healthy and effective ministry.

Program Design

Nigeria Pastors Class #2 2013The B.Min. program is designed to be completed at the pace that best works for the individual student, with the average pace being three modules per year. For each module, students are required to complete Bible study, reading, listening or watching, prayer/meditation, practical ministry or writing assignments, as well as a final project paper.

Graduation Requirements

The minimum B. Min. program requires 8 modules (32 traditional credit hours – 960 module hours – if student has a previous B.A. degree), or 12 modules (48 traditional credit hours –1,440 module hours – if no previous B.A. degree.

Curriculum

Students in the B. Min. program are required to complete at least 1 module from each of the different areas of emphasis (see Module Catalog). The remainder may be chosen from any of the other modules offered by IGSM.

Master of Ministry Degree (M.Min.)

Objectives

The Master of Ministry degree (M.Min.) is designed for individuals who are currently involved in professional ministry, have at least three years of experience and desire to enhance their ministry leadership skills. Many people involved in ministry do not have the level of practical training they desire in order to be maximally effective. This program is designed for those who have completed Bible College or a B. Min. degree and now desire to focus on the practical aspects of ministry. The program is based on seven key objectives.

  • South Africa 2007 #3To provide for growth in personal and spiritual maturity.
  • To provide a solid background in the Bible which is foundational for any type of Christian ministry.
  • To provide guidance, training, and resources in the practical aspects of ministry.
  • To provide the foundations upon which one can build a healthy and effective ministry.
  • To provide critical and constructive theological reflection regarding the content and processes of pastoral leadership and practical ministry skills.
  • To provide the skills necessary for the design, implementation, and assessment of pastoral and ministry leadership skills.
  • To provide the analytical and research skills necessary for graduate level research.

The Master of Ministry program will also provide the necessary academic foundation for those who choose to go on to a Doctor of Ministry degree.

Program Design

The M.Min. program is designed to be completed at the pace that best works for the individual student, with the average pace being three modules per year. For each module, students are required to complete Bible study, reading, listening or watching, prayer/meditation, practical ministry or writing assignments, as well as a final project paper.

Graduation Requirements

The M. Min. program requires 10 modules (40 standard credit hours – 1,200 module hours) including a Thesis project.

Thesis Project Policy

The Master of Ministry program concludes with a thesis project that integrates both theory and practice of ministry. It is this combination of theory and practice in the field of the candidate’s ministry that distinguishes this program from other programs that focus on academic and experimental research. The thesis is to be a scholarly paper written in proper form and style which contributes to the knowledge of the work of the ministry. Through the thesis project, the candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • The ability to identify a specific concern in ministry, mobilize appropriate resources, develop a method for addressing the concern, and evaluate the completed results.
  • The ability to reflect depth of theological insight in relation to practical ministry.
  • The ability to function responsibly under supervision appropriate to the project.

The student’s mentor will serve as his/her primary advisor for the thesis project.

Curriculum

Students in the M. Min. program are required to complete at least 1 module from each of the different areas of emphasis (see Module Catalog). The remainder may be chosen from any of the other modules offered by IGSM.

Doctor of Ministry Program (D. Min.)

Objectives

The Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) is designed for individuals who are currently involved in professional ministry, have at least five years of experience. The professional doctorate program provides the student the opportunity to earn a practitioner’s degree that focuses on equipping the professional minister for a high level of competency and skill in leading a ministry. The Doctor of Ministry is distinct from the Ph.D. or Th.D. degrees in that its primary focus is on the practical aspects of ministry rather than preparing the student for research or teaching in the academic arena.

Entrance requirements for the Doctor of Ministry program assume that the essential foundations of theological education have already been established in the life of the student. The D.Min. program provides the student opportunity to focus on both general and specialized areas where the student desires enhancement of knowledge and skills. In keeping with the practical educational philosophy of the school, the program is focused on five key objectives:

  • South Africa 2007 Chandrakumar #2An advanced understanding of the nature and purposes of ministry.
  • Enhanced competencies in pastoral analysis and ministerial leadership skills.
  • New knowledge about the practice of ministry.
  • Continued growth in spiritual maturity.
  • Strengthened biblical and theological foundations to provide strong, godly leadership in the local church.

The program continually emphasizes the need to integrate both the theory and practice of ministry in a manner that enables strong local ministry leadership based on solid biblical and theological foundations.

Program Design

The D.Min. program is designed to be completed at the pace that best works for the individual student, with the average pace being three modules per year. For each module, students are required to complete Bible study, reading, listening or watching, prayer/meditation, practical ministry or writing assignments, as well as a final project paper.

Graduation Requirements

The D. Min. program requires 10 modules (40 standard credit hours – 1,200 module hours) including a Dissertation project.

Dissertation Project Policy

The Doctor of Ministry program concludes with a dissertation project that integrates both theory and practice of ministry. It is this combination of theory and practice in the field of the candidate’s ministry that distinguishes this program from other programs that focus on academic and experimental research. The dissertation is to be a scholarly paper written in proper form and style which contributes to the knowledge of the work of the ministry. Through the dissertation project, the candidate demonstrates:

  • The ability to identify a specific concern in ministry, mobilize appropriate resources, develop a method for addressing the concern, and evaluate the completed results.
  • The ability to reflect depth of theological insight in relation to practical ministry.
  • The ability to function responsibly under supervision appropriate to the project.

The student’s mentor will serve as his/her primary advisor for the dissertation project.

Curriculum

Students in the D. Min. program are required to complete at least 1 module from each of the different areas of emphasis (see Module Catalog). The remainder may be chosen from any of the other modules offered by IGSM.