Fast Track Two
Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degrees


Academic Requirements for the Combined Degrees Program

          Master's Level Biblical Competency {MLBC}

          Master of Divinity Pre–Doctor of Ministry Core

          Doctor of Ministry Major Focus in Ministry Leadership or Ministry Skills



Master's Level Biblical Competency (MLBC)
Fast Track Two is designed for persons beginning the program who have not earned a master's degree. To remove this deficiency, and to assure that the candidate has the biblical knowledge and competency to be successful at the M.Div. and Doctor of Ministry levels, the Master's Level Biblical Competency {MLBC} Module, with a value of 32 graduate credits, must be completed before beginning the Master of Divinity Pre–Doctor of Ministry Core.

The MLBC is a complete overview and analytical study of the Old and New Testaments. The online textbooks for the MLBC are provided in the special Online Resource Room that is accessible with a Username and Password. This is an enriching study with long term personal and ministry benefits. No textbooks are required to be purchased for the MLBC.


Master of Divinity Pre-Doctor of Ministry Core
AP701: Apologetics

Required Textbooks
The Apologetics of Jesus: A. Caring Approach to Dealing with Doubters
Patrick Zukeran and Norman L. Geisler

Who Made God?: and Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith
Ravi Zacharias and Norman L. Geisler

Alternative Textbooks
Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics
R. C. Sproul

Is Your Church Ready?: Motivating Leaders to Live an Apologetic Life
Ravi Zacharias and Geisler

The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask: (With Answers)
Mark Mittelberg

TH701: Hermeneutics

Required Textbooks
An Introduction to Evangelical Hermeneutics
Mel Couch

The Apologetics Study Bible: Understand Why You Believe
Ted Cabal, Chuck Colson, Norm Geisler, and Hank Hanegraaff

Alternative Textbooks
Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics: Foundations and Principles of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation
Graeme Goldsworthy

Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching
Graeme Goldsworthy

TH702: Biblical Theology

Required Textbooks
The Ways of Our God: An Approach to Biblical Theology
Charles H.H. Scobie

Biblical Theology: Issues, Methods, and Themes
James J. Mead

Alternative Textbooks
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
Wayne A. Grudem

Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology
Gary T. Meadows; Stanley N. Gundry; Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.; and Daniel M. Doriani

Salvation Belongs to the Lord: An Introduction to Systematic Theology
John M. Frame

TH703: Theology of Missions

Required Textbooks
The Mission of God's People: A Biblical Theology of the Church's Mission
Christopher J. W. Wright

Christian Mission in the Modern World
John Stott

Alternative Textbooks
Encountering Theology of Missions: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues
Craig Ott

The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission: Promoting the Gospel with More than Our Lips
John Dickson

CP700: Capstone Project

{no textbook required}


Doctor of Ministry in Ministry Leadership Major Focus

Successful ministry rises and falls on leadership. Effective ministry leaders can discern and articulate their God given vision, mobilize their congregation or staff to fulfill the vision, and become a catalyst for renewal. The Ministry Leadership curriculum focuses on the basics of effective leadership and also addresses some of the vital topics which confront pastors today. The courses in the curriculum below prepare the degree candidates with the advanced skills to face many of these complex issues.

DMML 801: Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

Required Textbooks
Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication
Andy Stanley and Lane Jones

Telling the Old, Old Story: The Art of Narrative Preaching
David L. Larsen

Alternative Textbooks
Practical Guide for Life and Ministry: Overcoming 7 Challenges Pastors Face
David Horner

Pastoral Ministry According to Paul: a Biblical Vision
James Thompson

Empowered Church Leadership: Ministry in the Spirit According to Paul
Brian J. Dodd

DMML 802: Using the Bible Effectively in Ministry

Required Textbooks
Holy Bible, Human Bible: Questions Pastors Must Ask (Using the Bible in Pastoral Ministry)
Gordon Oliver

The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies)
John D. Witvliet

Alternative Textbooks
He Came Down from Heaven: The Pre-existence of Christ and the Christian Faith
Douglas McCready

Apologetic Preaching: Proclaiming Christ to a Postmodern World
Craig A. Loscalzo

The Dynamics of Pastoral Care (Ministry Dynamics for a New Century)
David Wiersbe

DMML 803: Mentoring for Ministry

Required Textbooks
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry
Barton and Ford

Witness to the Gospel: The Theology of Acts (Theology, Biblical Studies)
I. Howard Marshall

Alternative Textbook
Religious Ethics and Pastoral Care
Don S. Browning

DMML 804: Management for Ministry

Choose the Two Required Textbooks from the Four Titles Listed Below

Management Essentials for Christian Ministries
Michael Anthony and James Estep

Church Operations Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide to Effective Church Management
Stan Toler

The Management Methods of Jesus: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Business
Bob Briner

Mastering The Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Non-Profit
John Pearson
DMML 805: Advanced Pastoral Ministry

Required Textbooks
Pastoral Ministry: The John MacArthur Library
John MacArthur and Faculty

Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership: Case Studies in Biblical Decision Making
Michael R. Milco

Alternative Textbooks
Pastoral Ministry According to Paul: a Biblical Vision
James Thompson

Empowered Church Leadership: Ministry in the Spirit According to Paul
Brian J. Dodd

DMML 806: Leadership in Ministry

Choose the First Required Textbook from the Two Titles Listed Below

Just Business: Christian Ethics for the Marketplace
Alexander Hill

Evangelical Christian Executives: A New Model for Business Corporations
Lewis D. Solomon

Choose the Second Required Textbook from the Four Titles Listed Below

Leadership Handbook of Management and Administration
James D. Berkley

Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge
James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner, and John C. Maxwell

Coaching Ministry Teams: Leadership and Management in Christian Organizations
Kenneth O. Gangel

How to Run Your Business by the Book: A Biblical Blueprint to Bless Your Business
Dave Anderson and John C. Maxwell
DMML 807: Christian Counseling in Ministry

Required Textbooks
Introduction to Psychology and Counseling
Meier, Wichern, Ratdiff

Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically (MacArthur Pastor's Library)
John MacArthur, Wayne A. Mack, and Master's College Faculty

Alternative Textbooks
Theology of Christian Counseling
Jay E. Adams

The Biblical Basis of Christian Counseling for People Helpers: Relating the Basic Teachings of Scripture to People's Problems
Gary Collins

DMML 808: Organization and Leadership

Select Two Textbooks from the List Below

360 Degree Leadership: Preaching to Transform Congregations
Michael J. Quicke

Team Leadership in Christian Ministry: Using Multiple Gifts to Build a Unified Vision
Kenneth O. Gangel

Listening Ministry (Rethinking Pastoral Leadership)
Susan K. Hedahl

New Kind of Church, A: Understanding Models of Ministry for the 21st Century
Aubrey Malphurs

Faith as a Way of Life: A Vision for Pastoral Leadership
Christian Scharen and Miroslav Volf


Doctor of Ministry in Ministry Skills Major Focus

This curriculum will help degree candidates rethink the way they do ministry. They will have new critical and analytical thinking skills to be successful in a variety of ministry areas. Each candidate will learn to refocus God's calling and to maximize their gifts for greater ministry effectiveness. During their studies, a healthy and balanced approach to the variety of biblical and spiritual disciplines will emerge, and their relationship with Christ will grow.

DMMS801: Pastoral Leadership Skills

Select Two Textbooks from the List Below

Transforming Leadership: New Vision for a Church in Mission
Norma Cook Everist and Craig L. Nessan

Listening for the Soul: Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction
Jean Stairs

Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders
Aubrey Malphurs

The Dynamics of Church Finance: Ministry Dynamics for a New Century
James D. Berkley

Saving Souls, Serving Society: Understanding the Faith Factor in Church-Based Social Ministry
Heidi Rolland Unruh and Ronald J. Sider
DMMS 802: Biblical Preaching I

Select Two Textbooks from the List Below

Reaching Generation Next: Effective Evangelism in Today's Culture
Lewis A. Drummond

Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching
Graeme Goldsworthy

Preaching to a Postmodern World: A Guide to Reaching Twenty-first Century Listeners
Graham Johnston

Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Model
Sidney Greidanus

Preaching and Teaching with Imagination: The Quest for Biblical Ministry
Warren W. Wiersbe
DMMS 803: Apologetics for 21st Century Culture

Select Two Textbooks from the List Below

Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message
Ravi Zacharias

Unshakeable Foundations: Contemporary Answers to Crucial Questions about the Christian Faith
Peter Bocchino and Norman L. Geisler

The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists
Ravi Zacharias and Lee Strobel

Apologetics in the New Age: A Christian Critique of Pantheism
David K. Clark and Norman L. Geisler
DMMS 804: Ethics in Christian Counseling

Required Textbooks
Christian Counseling Ethics: A Handbook
Randolph Sanders

The Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Pastoral Counseling: Community and Silence
David Welton and Harold G Koenig

Alternative Textbook
Competent Christian Counseling, Volume One; Foundations and Practice of Compassionate Soul Care
Timothy Clinton and George Ohlschlager

DMMS 805: Biblical Preaching II

Select Two Textbooks from the List Below

The Art & Craft of Biblical Preaching: A Comprehensive Resource for Today's Communicators
Haddon W. Robinson and Craig Brian Larson

The Study of Evangelism: Exploring a Missional Practice of the Church
Paul Wesley Chilcote and Laceye C. Warner

Preaching with Variety: How to Re-create the Dynamics of Biblical Genres (Preaching with Series)
Jeffery Arthurs and Haddon W. Robinson

Saving Women: Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice
Laceye C. Warner
MMMS 806: Strategy and Planning in Ministry

Choose the First Required Textbook from the Two Titles Listed Below

Church and Ministry Strategic Planning: From Concept to Success
William Winston, Robert E. Stevens, David L. Louden, and R. Henry Migliore

Designing Worship Together: Models and Strategies for Worship Planning
Norma Dewaal Malefyt, Howard Vanderwell, and Robert Webber

Choose the Second Required Textbook from the Two Titles Below

Non-Profit Strategy Revolution: Real Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid Response World
David La Piana

Planning Strategies for World Evangelism
Edward R. Dayton
MMMS 807: Communication Skills in Ministry

Choose the First Required Textbook from the Three Titles Below

Communication and Conflict Management: In Churches and Christian Organizations
Kenneth O. Gangel and Samuel L. Canine

Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication
Andy Stanley and Lane Jones

Authentic Communication: Christian Speech Engaging Culture
Tim Muehlhoff and Todd V. Lewis ane Jones

Choose the Second Required Textbook from the Two Titles Below

Understanding Evangelical Media: The Changing Face of Christian Communication
Quentin J. Shultze and Robert H. Woods

Paradigm Shifts in Christian Witness: Insights from Anthropology, Communication, and Spiritual Power
Charles E. Van Engen, J. Dudley Woodberry, and Darrell Whiteman
MMMS 808: Financial Skills for the 21st Century Minister

Select Two Textbooks from the List Below

Money Matters in Church: A Practical Guide for Leaders
Steve Stroope and Aubrey Malphurs

Make Your Church's Money Work: Achieving Financial Integrity in Your Congregation
John Temple

How to Increase Giving in Your Church: A Practical Guide to the Sensitive Task of Raising Money for Your Church or Ministry
George Barna

Ministry and Money: A Practical Guide for Pastors
Janet Jamieson and Philip Jamieson

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