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Ministers must know the scriptures and how to interpret them, but they also must understand the world and the people to whom they are called to minister. Milligan’s liberal arts education provides a unique broad-based preparation for ministry of all kinds. This is combined with concentrated study in a thorough Bible curriculum taught by distinguished faculty.

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Curriculum

Study of the Bible has been foundational to Milligan College since its inception. As the mission statement of the college indicates, Bible stands at the core of the “Christian worldview” that shapes all else about the college. Milligan believes this serious study of scripture should always be connected with service (or “ministry”), and so the majors are focused on teaching, ministering, or serving others in some way.  View the curriculum in the Catalog »

Ministry Leadership Program

We need a new generation of leaders to serve the church — visionary leaders who have classroom and book knowledge, but who also have immersed themselves in practical ministry experience and been mentored by innovative ministry practitioners over the course of their entire college experience. Milligan’s Ministry Leadership Program offers a comprehensive ministerial formation unlike any other.

Semester in Ministry

One exciting internship opportunity is the innovative Semester in Ministry program with Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Maryland, where students gain hands-on experience in supervised ministry and spiritual formation, as well as take academic courses for credit. Learn more at www.MountainCC.org/sim.

Successful Graduates

Our alumni are serving around the world as ministerial leaders in congregations of all sizes, missions organizations, and various educational and non-profit organizations. Many also have pursued graduate studies and report back that they were better prepared than most of their peers.

Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan College

Emmanuel Christian Seminary is an embedded seminary within the School of Bible and Ministry that programs graduate options for our Bible students. Programs include a Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts in Christian Ministries, and Doctor of Ministry. Milligan undergraduates have the option of taking a select group of seminary courses at the graduate level toward both their undergraduate and master’s degrees. Learn more at ecs.milligan.edu.

Faculty

Milligan has over a dozen Bible and ministry professors who hold Ph.D.’s from Boston University, Duke, Harvard, Indiana University, Notre Dame, and the Universities of Denver and Toronto. They are recognized and published scholars, and all have years of ministerial experience in a variety of areas. Most importantly, they are excellent teachers and caring mentors.

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (6 Year BA+MDiv)

Highly motivated students interested in pursuing seminary after college can save a year of classes and tuition by completing both a bachelor’s degree from Milligan College and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan in just six years. Learn more »

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Academic Programs

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Bible

Minor

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Bible

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Because the Bible minor is intended strictly as a study of scripture, it is suitable for any student, regardless of major, who desires a deeper foundation in the Bible. It consists of six courses, equally divided between Old Testament and New Testament and includes the basic survey classes (BIBL 123 and 124).

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Biblical and Theological Studies

B.A., Major

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Biblical and Theological Studies

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The Biblical and Theological Studies major provides a focused study of the Bible, church history, and theology to prepare for graduate studies in preparation for a vocation of teaching.

This major is part of the Ministry Leadership Program.

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Biblical Languages

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Biblical Languages

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Certificate of Graduate Study in Counseling Ministry

Certificate, Graduate

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Certificate of Graduate Study in Counseling Ministry

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The Certificate of Graduate Study in Counseling Ministry is a 19-hour curriculum that introduces students to basic knowledge about both secular and Christian perspectives on counseling and how these may be applied in a church-based setting. The intent of this program is to prepare students to apply counseling theory and practice to ministry settings. Students are prepared for work in churches, mission agencies and other settings in which informal counseling and support groups are often provided.

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Children's Ministry

B.A., Major, Minor

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Children's Ministry

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The Children’s Ministry major prepares students for faithful, dynamic, and effective children’s ministry in local churches and other contexts. Ministers for both children and youth will find this program effective for service preparation, as will people working with camps, Christian schools, evangelistic efforts, and other parachurch ministries.

The Children’s Ministry major is part of the Ministry Leadership Program.

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Church Leadership

B.A., Major, Minor

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Church Leadership

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The Church Leadership major prepare students for faithful, dynamic, and effective leadership in local churches, as well preparation for seminary. Students are prepared to:

  • interpret Christian scripture responsibly
  • identify and critically analyze appropriate sources in academic research
  • understand and assess contemporary church beliefs and practices in light of church history
  • reflect theologically on contemporary culture and to discern the challenges and opportunities for the church to embody a faithful presence within that culture
  • approach church leadership in ways that reflect sound theological, philosophical, cultural, and practical understandings of ministry
  • gain competency in preaching effectively
  • develop the personal and spiritual maturity necessary for church leadership

This major is part of the Ministry Leadership Program.

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Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

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Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

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The practice of Christian ministry is an increasingly complex and demanding task. Although the standard pre-ministerial educational program (MDiv) already includes substantial credit hours beyond the baccalaureate, many ministers express a desire for a disciplined program of continuing education that will enable them to integrate their practical learnings in ministry with additional advanced-level course work. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree has been developed to meet these needs.

Increasing religious pluralism in the United States and Canada, the expansion of world religions, and the globalization of theological education call for more breadth and depth in the education of Christian leaders. Emmanuel Christian Seminary is committed to the world mission of the church. Thus, it offers the Doctor of Ministry degree with a concern for addressing the need for the continuing education among leading servants within the church.

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Greek

Minor

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Greek

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Students who pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree, especially Bible majors, may study Koine Greek to fulfill their language requirement through the intermediate level. In addition, students may choose to complete a minor in Greek.

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Hebrew

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Hebrew

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Elementary and Intermediate Hebrew are offered regularly at the seminary for graduate credit and advanced standing and fulfill the language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Intercultural Studies

B.A., Major, Minor

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Intercultural Studies

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The Intercultural Studies major prepares students for faithful, dynamic, and effective engagement and ministry in intercultural contexts. Possible careers include serving in churches, on the mission field (domestic and foreign), and with social agencies. Students are prepared to:

  • Reflect holistically upon a given culture and discern the challenges and opportunities for embodying a faithful Christian presence within that culture
  • Approach intercultural engagement in ways that reflect sound theological, philosophical, cultural, political, and practical understandings of ministry
  • Interpret Christian scripture responsibly
  • Identify and critically analyze appropriate sources in academic research
  • Understand and assess contemporary church beliefs and practices in light of church history
  • Develop personal and spiritual maturity necessary for intercultural engagement and ministry

This major is part of the Ministry Leadership Program.

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Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (M.A.C.M.)

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Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (M.A.C.M.)

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The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degree is a 48 credit hour degree that seeks to further equip students for ministries in pastoral leadership in local churches and ministry settings.  The degree program blends online and on-campus learning for students who are not able to participate in the residential MDiv program.  Courses will offer instruction in Scripture, theology, and history of the Christian tradition with special attention to the Stone-Campbell tradition.

The program will offer opportunities for spiritual formation and growth, mentored ministry experience, and connections with other students through a cohort design. Students will also have opportunities to develop specific skills in ministry with attention to their ministry contexts.

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Master of Arts in Religion

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Master of Arts in Religion

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The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) is a degree designed to provide a basic understanding of the theological disciplines for further graduate study or for general educational purposes. The MAR permits a student to study in some depth in one of the following five areas:  Christian Theology, Church History, Historical Theology, New Testament, or Old Testament.

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Master of Divinity

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Master of Divinity

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The Master of Divinity is considered the standard program of ministerial education and is formally required for ordination by many churches. This degree aims to provide a breadth of education in all the areas of theological learning, with special focus on the practice of pastoral ministry.

Whether you choose to pursue ministry on the mission field, in a rural church, in an urban counseling center, as a military chaplain, as a college professor, in a megachurch, as a hospital chaplain, or any other venue, you will need to have the background and training that provides a deep well of resources for you to draw on. The MDiv at Emmanuel Christian Seminary can get you there.

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Missions

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Missions

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See “Intercultural Studies”

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Student Ministry

B.A., Major, Minor

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Student Ministry

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The Student Ministry major prepares people to lead in ministering to and with young people in the local church and various parachurch ministries such as campus ministry, camps, youth organizations, evangelism efforts, and much more. Students are prepared to:

  • Stay abreast of current changes in youth culture and communicate effectively through all those changes
  • Serve in a leadership role of ministry in the church
  • Function as part of a team/staff relationship
  • Interpret Christian scripture responsibly
  • Identify and critically analyze appropriate sources in academic research
  • Understand and assess contemporary church beliefs and practices in light of church history
  • Reflect theologically on contemporary culture and discern the challenges and opportunities for the church to embody a faithful presence within that culture
  • Approach student ministry in ways that reflect sound theological, philosophical, cultural, and practical understandings of ministry
  • Teach effectively
  • Develop the personal and spiritual maturity necessary for student ministry
  • Be well-equipped to pursue seminary or graduate education

This major is part of the Ministry Leadership Program.

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Worship Leadership

B.A., Major, Minor

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Worship Leadership

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The Worship Leadership major prepares students for worship leadership that is scripturally sound and musically and artistically competent. Approach worship leadership in ways that reflect sound theological, philosophical, cultural, and practical understandings of ministry. Synthesize and apply musical learning. Understand, communicate, and perform in a variety of musical styles…and more.

This major is part of the Ministry Leadership Program.

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Faculty

Dr. Paul Blowers

Paul Blowers

Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Phone: 423.461.1505
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Curtis Booher

Curtis Booher

Associate Professor of Christian Ministries

Phone: 423.461.8778
Contact via email
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 118

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Dr. Susan Higgins

Susan Higgins

Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education; Professor of Sociology and Missions; Area Chair of Social Learning

Phone: 423.461.8739
Contact via email
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 116

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Dr. Jack Holland

Jack Holland

Professor of Christian Ministries; Professor of Christian Care and Counseling - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Phone: 423.461.1526
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. John Jackson

John Jackson

Associate Professor of Bible and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8794
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 111

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Dr. Ron Kastens

Ron Kastens

Director of Ministry Leadership Program

Phone: 423.461.8492
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Office: McMahan Student Center, Lower Level

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Dr. Philip Kenneson

Philip Kenneson

Associate Dean of the School of Bible and Ministry; Professor of Theology and Philosophy; Area Chair of Biblical Learning; The Kenneth E. Starkey Chair of Bible and Christian Ministries

Phone: 423.461.8797
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 112

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Mr. David Kiger

David Kiger

Theological Librarian & Assistant Director of Library Services

Phone: 423.461.1541
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Office: Seminary Library

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller

Vera Britton Chair of Bible; Professor of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8747
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 120

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Dr. Miriam Perkins

Miriam Perkins

Associate Professor of Theology and Society - Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan

Phone: 423.461.1556
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Rollin Ramsaran

Rollin Ramsaran

Dean of Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Professor of New Testament

Phone: 423.461.1524
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney

Associate Professor of World Mission and New Testament; Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries Program - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Phone: 423.461.1550
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Garland Young

Garland Young

Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean; Professor of the Practice of Religion and Greek

Phone: 423.461.8720
Contact via email
Office: Derthick Hall, 107

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