M.Div. with a Concentration in Justice and Peacebuilding
The M.Div. with a concentration in Justice and Peacebuilding helps meet the ethos and values of the seminary in issues of justice and peacebuilding. This degree concentration is in partnership with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA (http://www.emu.edu/cjp/). Students in this concentration will complete the required course of study for the concentration at BTSR. The concentration components for this concentration will reside primarily with the summer institute of the Center, an accredited program with a world-class reputation and an established record of leadership in the field of justice and peacebuilding. The program includes students from over 50 countries representing many cultures.
Students enrolled in the M.Div./JP concentration will take required courses that satisfy the M.Div. degree program goal and standards. The concentration components in justice and peacebuilding will primarily be attained through the CJP in its Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) and related curricular coursework in addition to integrative program components at BTSR. The CJP describes its program as, “Intended for people active in peacebuilding and related fields, SPI offers four 7-day sessions, each with a number of courses running concurrently.” Students will need to apply directly to the CJP, be accepted into the program and comply will the program requirements of the CJP in order to satisfy the concentration requirements.
Concentration Program Goals:
1. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of biblical interpretation, ethics, Christian tradition and theology, and communicate this understanding in a meaningful way.
2. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding, appreciation, and skills in justice and peacebuilding, with emphases in restorative justice, and/or conflict resolution.
3. Students will be able to demonstrate integration of learning related to the biblical, theological, and historical perspectives with ministries of justice and peacebuilding, restorative justice, and conflict resolution.
The Program of Study for the M.Div. in Justice and Peacebuilding concentration:
Required courses in the Biblical Studies area: 8
B1111Introduction to the Old Testament I
B1112Introduction to the Old Testament II
B1511Introduction to the New Testament I
B1512Introduction to the New Testament II
B1091Biblical Interpretation in the Church
BXXXX/X Biblical language (2 terms)
ONE of the following:
B1070Models of Biblical Interpretation
B1080Topics of Biblical Interpretation
Required courses in the Historical/Theological Studies area: 7.5
HT2111 Introduction to the Christian Tradition I
HT2112 Introduction to the Christian Tradition II
HT2160 The Baptist Heritage
HT2311 Christian Theology I
HT2312 Christian Theology II
HT2410 Introduction to Christian Ethics
HT2610 Introduction to Christian Mission
HT2650 World Religions
Required courses in the Ministry Studies area: 5
M3206 Exploring Ministerial Identity
M3211 Intro to Christian Spirituality
M3410 Basic Pastoral Care
M3110 The Ministry of Preaching
M3815 Introduction to Christian Worship
M3486 Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution
Open Electives: 2
Up to two open electives from any area, from the CJP, a thesis, or Justice and Peacebuilding Project
Supervised Ministry in Justice, Peacemaking, and/or Restorative Justice: 2
M3321 Christian Ministry I
M3322 Christian Ministry II
Four courses from the CJP Summer Peacebuilding Institute: 4
PAX533 Analysis: Understanding Conflict
PAX503 Practice: Skills for Peacebuilding
Two electives as described below.
Students may choose the remaining courses in following areas: Trauma, Faith-Based Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice, Development, Organizational Leadership.Students may also choose to complete an additional course (a total of five (15 credits))for the Graduate Certificate from the CJP. The CJP summer institute meets from May to June with four 7-day sessions.
Total semester hours: 85 required semester hour credits for completion