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ABOUT THE MASTER OF DIVINTY

Our mission at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) is to teach, form, and nurture women and men for public ministry in a context that is Christ-centered, faithfully Lutheran and ecumenically committed. Our focus is on preparing students to succeed in a variety of ministry settings, but especially in congregations. Many of our students are Lutheran, but not all of them are. At LTSS we believe that being Lutheran means being in relationship with other denominations. That’s why some of our students are Methodists, some are Baptists, and there are students from other denominations as well.

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree is a three-year program (92 credit hours). The MDiv curriculum seeks to shape the entire person for faithful service to the church and to the world.

The major components of the curriculum are fourfold:

  1. Religious heritage: Students understand the Christian heritage through the study of scripture, theology, and church history.
  2. Cultural context: Students understand various cultural contexts of Christian ministry through particular courses and ministry experiences.
  3. Personal and spiritual formation: Students grow in personal faith, emotional maturity, moral integrity, and public witness as members of a community in which they study, worship, and serve together.
  4. Ministerial and public leadership: Students practice and reflect upon various kinds of ministries in their internships and other field education experiences.

The faculty will teach, form, and nurture students so that graduates:

  • Understand scripture, theology, and church history.
  • Interpret scripture as a witness to God’s faithfulness in Jesus Christ and communicate this message of scripture clearly.
  • Can interpret and communicate the Gospel that honors both the Christian faith and the contemporary multicultural world.
  • Are mature so that they can be effective ministers and disciples in a variety of ministry settings.

Divinity Accreditation

CURRICULAR OPTIONS

The MDiv degree requires 92 credit hours. Courses are divided into tiers. Tier One courses do not have prerequisites; Tier Two courses have at least one prerequisite. Tier One courses may be taken in any order and combination. Tier Two courses may also be taken in any order and combination as long as the prerequisites have been met. Tier Three courses are contextual education courses.

Some students enter seminary with extensive academic background in religious studies and theology. Others have experience in ministry which may be relevant to certain courses. If you think you are one of these students, please contact the Registrar (registrar@lr.edu) who will consider your circumstances in consultation with the Dean of the College of Theology or other appropriate faculty and staff.

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Divinity Curriculum Requirements

Program Contact

The Rev. Dr. Mary Sue Dreier

Professor of Pastoral Care and Missional Leadership, Director of LTSS Academic Programs
LTSS Campus

Divinity Faculty

The Reverend Dr. Ginger Barfield

Titles: Executive Director of the Academy of Faith and Leadership, Professor of Theology
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Phone Numbers:
School: 803.461.3253

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carder

Titles: Senior Visiting Professor of Theology
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School: 803.764.1812

The Rev. Dr. Mary Sue Dreier

Titles: Professor of Pastoral Care and Missional Leadership, Director of LTSS Academic Programs
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Phone Numbers:
School: 803.461.3315

Dr. Brent Driggers

Titles: Professor of New Testament
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Phone Numbers:
School: 803.461.3231

Dr. Lamontte Luker

Titles: Professor of Hebrew Scriptures
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School: 803.461.3230

Dr. Susan McArver

Titles: Professor of Church History and Educational Ministry
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School: 803.461.3227

The Rev. Dr. Brian Peterson

Titles: Professor of New Testament, Bible, and Mission, Coordinator of Internships
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School: 803.461.3225

The Rev. Dr. David Ratke

Titles: Professor, Religious Studies, Dean, College of Theology
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School: 828.328.7183

The Reverend Dr. James Thomas

Titles: Associate Professor of Church and Ministry, Director of African American Ministries
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School: 803.461.3239
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