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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.

Curriculum

The core of the major consists of courses in Bible, church history, and ministry. Students then build upon that core with their specific ministry concentration (children’s, pastoral, youth, etc.).  View the curriculum in the Catalog »

Internships

Serious study of the scripture should always be connected with service or ministry, and so each concentration in our Bible major is focused toward teaching, ministering, or serving others in some way. Students are required to complete a ministry internship and many have part-time ministries at local churches.

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 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.

 

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Bible

B.A., Minor

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Bible

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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 each concentration in the Bible major is focused toward teaching, ministering, or serving others in some way.

The Bible major aims partly to prepare people for leadership ministry in the church, in this and other cultures, or to equip the student otherwise to understand and teach the content and meaning of scripture.

Concentrations include Children’s Ministry, Missions, Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry, and General Studies.

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Certificate of Graduate Study in Counseling Ministry

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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

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Children's Ministry

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Ministering to children in our society has become a significant service for Christians. Childhood is obviously a formative time of life, and being able to help children come to know Jesus as the Christ through scripture and the love and support of the church rises to great prominence as a form of Christian ministry. Children’s ministers quite often meet the needs of entire families in the process of helping and ministering to children.

The Children’s Ministry concentration in the Bible major, as also the Children’s Ministry minor, prepares a person to participate fully in a ministerial staff of a local church and be able to assume other roles in addition to the focus on children.

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Doctor of Ministry

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Doctor of Ministry

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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

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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 periodically and will fulfill the language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

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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 Christian Ministries

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Master of Christian Ministries

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The Master of 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 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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Missions service to the global church has always been central to the educational mission and purpose of Milligan College, whether that service takes place locally or in more distant regions of the world.

The course of missions study at Milligan College is designed primarily to prepare people for missions’ leadership ministry in the church. For this reason, its strength has long resided in its interdisciplinary structure, offering students a wide diversity of missions options via examples from church history, more contemporary situations, and internship placements.

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Pastoral Ministry

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Pastoral Ministry

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The Pastoral Ministry minor prepares people for serving Christ in a variety of ways, especially as a bi-vocational or volunteer leader. With the basic concept of Milligan College that “every Christian is a minister” of some type, this minor can prepare people specifically for service in a church setting or a church-related organization. Classes with this focus form a significant part of each major in the area of biblical learning, and the use of them as a minor provides a supplement to whatever other major is selected, positioning a person for effective service in a broad range of roles.

 

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Worship Leadership

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Worship Leadership

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Worship leadership prepares a student to participate in the ministry staff of a local church and lead Christian people in worship that is scripturally sound and musically or artistically competent. By building on the basic education received in this Milligan degree program, a student can appropriately develop the worship and musical or artistic strengths of a church and personally function in other ministry roles if needed or desired. The liberal arts foundation and the cross-concentration in ministry focus provide an excellent platform on which to stand and lead, or to continue to build more specialized leadership.

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Youth Ministry

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Youth Ministry

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The youth ministry concentration in the Bible major prepares people to lead in ministering to and with young people, and that may include those from early childhood up through early adulthood. Both youth ministers and children’s ministers will find this major effective in basic preparation for service, as will campus ministers, workers with various parachurch ministries such as camps, youth organizations, evangelism efforts and many more. Because of the strong foundation incorporated into this concentration, people will have basic preparation to move into other areas of ministry from a traditional role.

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Faculty

Dr. Paul Blowers

Paul Blowers

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

Phone: 423.461.1505
Email: pmblowers@milligan.edu
Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Curtis Booher

Curtis Booher

Associate Professor of Christian Ministries

Phone: 423.461.8778
Email: CBooher@milligan.edu
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
Email: SGHiggins@milligan.edu
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
Email: JBHolland@milligan.edu
Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Liesl Huhn

Liesl Huhn

MBA Program Coordinator; Secretary to Counseling Program; Adjunct Instructor of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8676
Email: LHuhn@milligan.edu
Office: Price Business Complex

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Dr. Philip Kenneson

Philip Kenneson

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

Phone: 423.461.8797
Email: PKenneson@milligan.edu
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 112

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Dr. E. LeRoy Lawson

E. LeRoy Lawson

Distinguished Professor of Christian Ministries - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Email: ellawson@milligan.edu
Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller

Vera Britton Chair of Bible; Professor of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8747
Email: JDMiller@milligan.edu
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 120

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Dr. Miriam Perkins

Miriam Perkins

Associate Professor of Theology and Society - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Phone: 423.461.1556
Email: myperkins@milligan.edu
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
Email: raramsaran@milligan.edu
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 Christian Ministries Program - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Email: mlsweeney@milligan.edu
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
Email: RGYoung@milligan.edu
Office: Derthick Hall, 107

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