The Certificate in Baptist Studies can be earned within the M.Div. degree and is designed to serve the academic and formational requirements of those preparing for ministry—ordained and lay—in the Baptist tradition.
Students who declare their interest in the certificate are assigned a Baptist advisor. To receive the certificate, they must complete courses in Baptist Studies, and they have the opportunity to participate in a spiritual formation group that focuses on Baptist identity and formation.
The Baptist House of Studies prepares students for Baptist ministry through theological education and participation in a supportive community as they are being formed for Christian ministry at the Divinity School.
The requirements for the certificate are:
- Completion of two courses in Baptist studies (“The Free Church” and “Free Church Theology”) and a third component that may include a third course (either a special topic course in Free Church Studies or another elective approved by the director of the Baptist House) or participation in a 2nd or 3rd year spiritual formation group on topics of Baptist identity and formation
- Satisfactory fulfillment of the review of the student portfolio with a Baptist faculty member
- It is also preferable that at least one field education placement be in a Baptist setting.
For more information, contact:
Research Professor of Theology and Baptist Studies
Director, Baptist House of Studies