Master Of Divinity MDiv Discipleship Ministry
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Aug 19, 2024
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Learn the Secret to Making Disciples with an M.Div. in Discipleship Ministries

Discipleship is about relationships.  If you have ever been a part of a healthy, growing church, you know that small group and discipleship ministries are typically what make the difference. So how do you keep a church healthy and growing? Liberty University’s Master of Divinity in Discipleship Ministries might be the answer to your questions. Through our graduate divinity degree, you can learn the dynamics of family discipleship, how to build effective small group ministries, and study the details of properly structured church administration.

As you pursue this degree, you can learn how to grow your church by strengthening relationships with the people in your congregation. As part of your training, you can also learn how to train family leaders who will look for teaching moments outside of church and reinforce God’s Word in their own households. These leaders can help to fortify the teachings of the church and promote practical Christian living and help to fulfill the Great Commission.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Divinity – Discipleship Ministries Degree?

Liberty University’s M.Div. in Discipleship Ministry degree is designed to prepare you to lead discipleship and small group ministries within your church or organization. During your time on campus, you will have access to many state-of-the-art facilities. Our 17-story Freedom Tower is specifically designed for our divinity students and professors and contains a 7-projector immersive classroom and an innovative homiletics teaching lab.

As a graduate divinity student, you can take advantage of Monday-only night classes! This flexible option gives you the freedom to prioritize your family, community and career responsibilities with your education.

If you have prior ministry experience or if you previously pursued an accredited seminary degree, you might be able to receive course credit through our transfer evaluation or Institutional Challenge Exams. Our Master of Divinity in Discipleship Ministries prepares you for the challenge and mission of growing your ministry and making disciples of Jesus Christ.

What Will You Learn in Our Master of Divinity – Discipleship Ministries Degree?

Jesus told his followers to “go and make disciples.” Taking this principle from the Word of God, it is clear that small group and discipleship ministries in a church or organization are key components of fulfilling this mission. Our discipleship ministries M.Div. degree provides training in the development of small group ministries and specifically family leaders who can help build relationships with congregates based on the love of God and the love of people. Family leaders guide their own family in spiritual growth and in turn offer additional leadership within the church. This is the first principle to successful discipleship.

Additionally, you can learn how to organize and lead small groups by understanding the dynamics related to the management of such groups. You can’t have healthy small groups if the church at large isn’t healthy, so you will also study how to lead a healthy church that grows and trains members in the Word of God. Teaching, preaching, and ministering are just a small part of keeping a church alive and healthy. Administration is often one of the greatest challenges you will face as a minister or member of a church staff. Therefore, you will examine staffing methods, finances, buildings, and public relations in order to build firm administrative principles and practices.

We invite you to look at our featured courses for a preview of the dynamic M.Div. program we offer at Liberty University. You can also review the Degree Completion Plan.

Featured Courses

DSMN 610 – Family Discipleship

DSMN 630 – Small Group Ministries

DSMN 660 – Leading the Healthy, Growing, Multiplying Church

LEAD 505 – Church Administration

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Master of Divinity – Discipleship Ministries Degree Information

Highlights of Our Master of Divinity Degree

  • Monday-only classes for master’s programs allow students to complete large portions of their M.Div. degree by only attending class one day a week.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to use our state-of-the-art homiletics/teaching lab in our School of Divinity Freedom Tower.
  • Study under theologians and missionaries with real-world experience in the M.Div.’s web-based content developed by our John W. Rawlings School of Divinity.
  • Institutional Challenge Exams (ICE)are available to test out of foundational biblical and theological studies content for the online M.Div. program.
  • Liberty University’s Center for Ministry Training is a great resource for practical ministry opportunities.
  • Our Freedom Tower’s Scriptorium houses the Rawlings Foundation rare books collection valued at over $1 million, a 111 ft.-long Torah scroll that dates to the 16th century, and a functioning replica of the Gutenberg Printing Press.
  • Local church ministry training is embedded within our programs.
  • We provide experiential learning opportunities through church and para-church ministries.

Potential Career Opportunities for Master of Divinity – Discipleship Ministries Graduates

  • Church education administrator
  • Discipleship pastor
  • Pastor
  • Sunday school administrator
  • Youth pastor

Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission: