Thirdmill Seminary Programs

Distance Education Disclosure

Thirdmill Seminary academic programs are fully online. While our faculty engage students only in the online, digital classroom, students also work with their pastors and mentors in their local ministry context.

 

We assess modest fees to process student applications and to evaluate student's work in Thirdmill Seminary courses. Please contact us to inquire about possible cost-of-living adjustments based on your country of residence.

 Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate program is to introduce students to the primary resource for a sustainable Christian ministry by interpreting and communicating the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament. This 12-credit hour certificate requires satisfactory completion of the program under the supervision of faculty with the encouragement of fellow students and mentors.

 

Requirements for Applicants 

1) Completed application form and payment of application fee

2) Pastor’s or Mentor’s recommendation form that documents applicant’s ministry gifts and activities

3) Bachelor’s degree

4) Official transcripts from undergraduate programs

5) Government-issued identification

Course Requirements for Graduate Certificate                                     

Kingdom, Covenants and Canon of the Old Testament (2 Credits)

Kingdom and Covenant in the New Testament (2 Credits)

Electives (8 Credits chosen by the student)

 

Master of Arts in Christian Studies

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Christian Studies program is to provide foundational resources for a sustainable Christian ministry by interpreting and communicating the biblical text; building and utilizing an orthodox theological framework; and, by developing lifelong learners (disciples) who depend on the Holy Spirit’s gifts and use the means of grace skillfully in their context for their own growth in Christlikeness and for the growth of those they serve. 

This 50-credit hour degree requires completion of the program under supervision of the faculty with the encouragement of fellow students and mentors.  Students who are admitted to this program having already completed the Graduate Certificate can apply those credits within this program, reducing the required number of credits for completing the Master of Arts to 38 credits.

 

Requirements for Applicants 

1) Completed application form and payment of application fee

2) Pastor’s or Mentor’s recommendation form that documents applicant’s ministry gifts and activities

3) Bachelor’s degree

4) Official transcripts from undergraduate programs

5) GGovernment-issued identification

Bible Courses

He Gave Us Scripture I (3 Credits)

He Gave Us Scripture II (3 Credits)

Kingdom, Covenants and Canon of the Old Testament (2 Credits)

Kingdom and Covenant in the New Testament (2 Credits)

The Book of Acts (2 Credits)

The Pentateuch I (3 Credits)

The Pentateuch II (3 Credits)

He Gave Us Prophets (3 Credits)

The Gospels (3 Credits)

Heart of Paul's Theology (2 Credits) 

Bible Credits = 26

Theology Courses

The Apostle's Creed (3 Credits)

Building Your Theology (2 Credits)

We Believe in God (2 Credits)

We Believe in the Holy Spirit (2 Credits)

We Believe in Jesus (3 Credits)

What is Man? (3 credits)

Your Kingdom Come: Eschatology (2 Credits)

Making Biblical Decisions (3 Credits)

Discipleship Practicums (3 Credits) 

Capstone (1 Credit)

Theology Credits = 24

50 Credits Total

Discipleship Practicums and Capstone

In partnership with their local mentors and ministry supervisors, our Discipleship practicums provide students with the opportunity to plan, participate in, reflect on, and evaluate three essential aspects of congregational ministry:  

 

1)  Worship -- the ministries of Liturgy, Word and Sacraments 

2)  Nurture -- the ministries of Christian fellowship, education, and spiritual care; and, 

3)  Outreach – the practices of evangelism, hospitality, and community service.

 

The Capstone Portfolio and Presentation revisits key assessments throughout the Bible and Theology curriculum, as well as each discipleship practicum and its ministry project. Each student’s portfolio collection, analysis and presentation addresses three research questions that arise from each of three, primary resources for ministry: 

 

1) The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments 

2) the Practices of Christian Life in the Local Church; and 

3) the Cultural and Institutional Contexts in which the student is called to serve. 

 

Each student’s Capstone Presentation is a celebration of their learning that appropriates key themes and practices from our curriculum into their plans for ministry.

 

Special Note for Students who are Pursuing Ordination

Be sure and contact your ordaining body to find out their specific requirements. Typically, they will have a general curriculum that provides guidelines for those who are preparing for ordination. Thirdmill Seminary’s curriculum is designed to provide instruction in the Bible and Christian theology. We believe that the local and/or regional church body is in the best position to supervise and evaluate the formation of ministry skills in candidates for ordination.

Thirdmill Seminary is not accredited, but is seeking accreditation with an agency that measures learning outcomes in accord with the best practices of distance education, and is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.  We offer a curriculum that is already being used by accredited partners in the United States, United Kingdom, and Asia.

 

Seminary for the Third Millennium is authorized under Florida Statute 1005.06 to operate as an institution of higher learning that is exempt from government oversight as a religious institution.