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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

Grow in your knowledge of Scripture and the theological traditions of Christianity across the world. Learn to share those resources with others in meaningful ways that support lives of faith in your community and engage the world around you. All the while, you will undergo and appreciate your own personal formation as you learn to lead others in transformative change.

The M.Div. remains our most comprehensive program at Hazelip. Students sometimes choose this path because they are formally ordaining in their particular faith communities. Others choose it because they are simply seeking a thorough training credential that will sharpen their abilities in important and significant ways. Regardless of your vocational desire, you will gain those practical competencies for the Kingdom work you are called to lead.

We have two options for the M.Div., cohort-based or traditional as well as two location options in Nashville, Tennessee, or Austin, Texas. Regardless of which path you choose, you can expect excellent relationships with our teaching faculty, a learning community with diverse backgrounds and a continued emphasis on theological training explicitly for the purposes of ministry leadership in all its forms.

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
International Students

International students are required to be proficient in written and oral English before enrolling. A score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of approximately 570 on the paper-based test, or 80 on the iBT, or an IELTS exam with an overall band score of 6.5 is the minimum accepted for admittance. For more information, see International Students admissions policy.

Admissions Policy

Courses

Courses

Our part-time cohort model has a unique design focused on the integration of various theological disciplines with real contexts of ministry. Each semester the sequence of courses weaves together Scripture, theology and ministry.  The program also requires you to be embedded in a ministry setting as you work through the curriculum. This integration helps you really understand the connections between formal theological training and your faith community. You’ll finish the degree with clearer professional practices that are biblically and theologically informed, skills that will adapt to the issues you will encounter in your present and future work.

With the traditional model, you’ll gain the same comprehensive learning but with greater flexibility in how you construct the experience. With 15 hours of elective space, you can customize your learning to particular interests you have, whether that’s in Scripture, theology or specialized ministry skills. With varying delivery formats for your classes, you will be able to access a quality Hazelip education even if you are not in the immediate vicinity of Lipscomb University's locations in Nashville, Tennessee, or Austin, Texas.

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Whether your program is based in Nashville or Austin, tuition is currently $540* per credit hour.

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

Flexible Schedule

Our courses are offered at a variety of convenient locations around Nashville or online, at times designed to work with your busy schedule. Our hybrid class model allows you the best of going to school as a working professional.

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.

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.

Our Faculty

Meet our key faculty.

  • Frank Guertin

    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...

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  • Mark Black

    Mark Black

    Professor

    Mark teaches Luke-Acts, Synoptic Gospels, New Testament Theology, Corinthians, New Testament Exegesis, and Biblical Ethics. He received his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, his M.A. and M.Th. from Harding...

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  • Earl Lavender

    Earl Lavender

    Professor

    Earl Lavender was born to missionary parents in Trieste, Italy on July 15, 1954. He earned undergraduate degrees from Ohio Valley College and David Lipscomb College. He is married to the...

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  • Lee Camp

    Lee Camp

    Professor

    Lee C. Camp is professor of theology and ethics. He was awarded a permanent designation as a University "Outstanding Teacher" in 2017. He completed his undergrad studies at Lipscomb and...

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  • Phillip Camp

    Phillip Camp

    Professor

    Phillip Camp teaches various Old Testament text courses, OT Interpretation, and Hebrew. He is the author of "Finding Your Way: A Guide to Seminary Life and Beyond" (Cascade, 2009) and...

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  • John Mark Hicks

    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...

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  • Kris Miller

    Kris Miller

    Assistant Professor

    Kris Miller joined the faculty of the College of Bible and Ministry in 2015, serving as assistant professor of theology and director of Lipscomb's Institute for Christian Spirituality. He has nine...

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  • John York

    John York

    Executive Director and Dean

    In addition to his responsibilities with the D.Min. program, John teaches graduate New Testament text and ministry courses. He received his training from Abilene Christian University (B.A. M.A., M.Div.),...

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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.

Christian Publishing

Play a substantive role in the publishing industry where you can use your critical thinking skills and honed communication abilities.

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.

Private Christian School Teachers (K-12)

Instruct students in Bible and other spiritual formation classes common to these settings.