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The M.Div. empowers you for all kinds of ministry professions, from congregational leadership to chaplaincy to faith-based nonprofit work. At Hazelip you will continue in your calling of Kingdom work. Expect to mature in your discipleship with Jesus, learn practices that will nourish a spirituality for sustaining your ministry, and develop the pastoral skills relevant to the people you intend to serve.
We have two options for the M.Div., cohort-based or part-time. Regardless of which path you choose, you can expect excellent relationships with our accessible 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.
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. An IELTS exam with an overall band score of 6.5 is the minimal accepted for admittance. For more information see International Students admissions policy.
Our full-time cohort model has a unique curriculum 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 and requires you to be embedded in a ministry setting as you work through the learning. This integration helps you really understand the connections between theology and communities of faith. You’ll finish the program with clearer professional practices that are biblically and theologically informed, skills that will adapt to the issues you will encounter in your future work.
With the part-time 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 the classes, you will be able to access a quality Hazelip education even if you are not in the immediate region of Lipscomb University.
All 2020 summer courses will be held online.
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.
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.
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.
Meet our key faculty.
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...Learn More
Professor of New Testament
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
Assistant Professor of Bible
Kris MillerÂ 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...Learn More
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.),...Learn More
Serve others in their seasons of need as a chaplain in a variety of settings, including the military, hospitals, hospice, and universities.
Play a substantive role in the publishing industry where you can use your critical thinking skills and honed communication abilities
Lead organizations in their faith-centered mission as they do good in culture and work to improve the lives of others in your community.
Provide pastoral leadership in various aspects of congregational ministry.
Instruct students in Bible and other spiritual formation classes common to these settings.