The Diploma in Theological Studies offers a basic diploma program (not an accredited degree) in theological studies for mature persons who have not completed a formal undergraduate degree. Normally, Central Baptist Theological Seminary required a recommendation from an appropriate denominational official as part of the admission process.
Central’s innovative and dynamic degree programs are uniquely designed to help you craft a ministry that is unique to your own vocational or entrepreneurial goals, either as full-time clergy or in your chosen profession or walk in life.
It will equip you with a new, empowering vision of ministry so that you can become a transformative agent in the emerging global Christian community.
Achieving academic mastery of core theological and scholarly learning alone is not enough to sustain a successful ministry.
At Central, the signature theological “pillars” of formation, interpretation, contextualization and performance are woven together with contextual ‘threads’ that bring contemporary relevance to the learning outcomes of each and every course you will take. “Threads” include subjects like racial diversity, cross cultural understanding, social justice, environmental theology, sexual identity, religious pluralism, creative expression and more.
Mentoring will not only enable you to gain understanding of your own creative potential, but also greater insights into how you can craft your own successful ministry based on your personal commitments, experiences, gifts and life goals.
A total of48 credits will be spread over 3 academic years. Each academic year will include three terms, and each term will be 12 weeks. Term names are based on the rhythm of the Christian calendar:
Following the three year degree plan, students beginning in the revised curriculum will take the classes in the order below:
I-IN 401: Biblical Interpretation (3 credits)
F-FM401: Foundations for Seminary Studies (2 credits)
P-CR401: Creativity in Public Ministries (2 credits)
I-HB 411: Hebrew Bible I (3 credits)
C-CH401: Christian Heritage I (3 credits)
C-CH402: Christian Heritage II (3 credits)
P-CM401: Media for Ministry Development (2 credits)
P-CM402: Interpersonal Skills (2 credits)
I-HB 412: Hebrew Bible II (3 credits)
F-TH411: Theological Foundations I (3 credits)
I-NT 421: New Testament I (3 credits)
F-TH412: Theological Foundations II (3 credits)
I-NT 422: New Testament II (3 credits)
F-ET421: Christian Ethics (3 credits)
F-CC431: Caring Ministries (3 credits)
X-CL401: Contextual Learning – Formation (3 credits)
P-CM411: Homiletics (3 credits)
(Diploma students will add a 1 credit Capstone during this term – Diploma program ends)