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Endeavor

Now accepting applications for the new Endeavor Program, a unique educational experience designed for you!

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Study and practice the pastoral arts in the unique environment of the Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center in Nashville. The MACM (LIFE) degree combines ‘outside’ and ‘inside’ students into one learning community. This is a chance to pursue pastoral training in a cohort setting with both women and men, over a four year period. Within our supportive environment, you’ll learn the skills to restore others and yourself.

Our experienced faculty will guide you through theology, psychology, conflict management, spiritual direction and coaching. We'll help you think critically about complex ministry issues.  As a result, you'll learn to lead others in their faith development and increase your effectiveness as a minister.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Application with $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from a college or university administrator or professor, one from a professional supervisor/employer and one from a church leader or minister
  • Official transcripts emailed to gradadmissions@lipscomb.edu or mailed to Graduate Admissions (One University Park Dr., Nashville, TN 37204)
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Undergraduate or graduate GPA of at least 2.75
  • Completed health form 
  • 750-1,000-word essay discussing the applicant's religious heritage, career goals and how Hazelip School of Theology might contribute to the achievement of those pursuits
Courses

Courses

Required Courses:

  • GB 5A93 - Seminar in Bible: Interpreting Scripture
  • GB 5483 - Introduction to Theology
  • GB 5543 - Ministry, Personhood, and Discipleship
  • GB 5553 - Spiritual Formation and Guidance
  • GB 5653 - Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • GB 5A83 - Seminar in Bible: Suffering and the Psalms
  • GB 5H03 - Seminar in Counseling: Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation
  • GB 5393 - The Gospels
  • GB 6043 - Religious and Cross-Cultural Engagement
  • GB 5G93 - Seminar in Ministry: Community Leadership
  • GB 6033 - Facilitating Care Groups
  • GB 580V - Practicum
Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

  • Program tuition is currently $540 per credit hour.

  • Tuition is offered at a discounted rate.

*Note: The graduate tuition rates may increase annually, effective each summer semester.

 

Founded

in 2007

One class per semester

Our pacing allows your schedule to remain flexible since you'll only take one class a semester. Your class meets on a weekly basis, ensuring a slow pace where you can dive into your studies and truly get to know those around you.

Only seminary in a women's prison

Classes meet in the Tennessee Prison for Women, making us the only seminary in America in a women's prison. The Lipscomb Initiative for Education (LIFE) program will provide you with one of the most special and unique learning experiences offered. Our traditional students have the opportunity to study and learn alongside residents of the TPW. Through this experience, both groups of students will have the chance to develop the self-confidence, character, knowledge and compassion to pursue their next in life, while serving with others.

Cohort Model

Our cohort model emphasizes communal learning and extended field experiences. You’ll have the opportunity to form professional and personal relationships with like-minded peers that will extend far beyond the duration of the program.

35%

of state prisons offer college courses

Our Faculty

Meet our key faculty.

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    John York

    Executive Director and Dean, Austin Center

    John has been part of the faculty of Lipscomb University since the Fall of 1998. Before becoming Executive Director and Dean of Lipscomb University - Austin Center (LUAC), John was...

    Meet John York
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    Frank Guertin

    Assistant Dean

    Frank Guertin is Assistant Dean for the Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb University and Assistant Professor of Theology. Guertin completed his bachelor's degree at Ohio Valley University and his...

    Meet Frank Guertin
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    Steve Bonner

    Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Bible

    Steven Bonner serves as the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Bible and Associate Professor of Christian ministry. He attended Lipscomb University where he received his B.A., M.A., and M.Div. He received...

    Meet Steve Bonner
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    Lisa Durr

    Adjunct Faculty

    As a Spiritual Director Lisa Durr has been called a Soul Midwife. Nurturing, naming and protecting God's ongoing, reforming work in the cradle of the soul is the work of a...

    Meet Lisa Durr
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    John Mark Hicks

    Professor

    John Mark teaches theology and history courses. He received his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University (1977), his M.A.R. in Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (1980), his M.A. in...

    Meet John Mark Hicks
  • Terry Briley headshot

    Terry Briley

    Professor

    Terry teaches Old Testament and Hebrew courses. He is also one of the pulpit ministers for the Natchez Trace Church of Christ and is involved with mission work in Brazil....

    Meet Terry Briley
  • Lauren White

    Lauren White

    Assistant Professor

    Lauren graduated with a Ph.D. in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University in May, 2018. She also holds an MTS from Vanderbilt University (2010), an M.A. in English from Abilene Christian University...

    Meet Lauren White
13%

Employment increase to residents who took courses

Career Paths

Chaplaincy

Serve others in their seasons of need as a chaplain in a variety of settings, including the military, hospitals, Hospice, and universities.

Nonprofit work

Lead organizations in their faith-centered mission as they do good in culture and work to improve the lives of others in your community.

Ministers

Provide pastoral leadership in various aspects of congregational ministry.