Equip, in partnership with the Malaysia Bible Seminary (MBS), provides opportunities for students to study modules on the Bible, theology and church history through the Equip-MBS Bachelor of Ministry.

About the Course

If you feel called into ministry as a pastor, gospel worker or local church leader, then the Bachelor of Ministry is a helpful pursuit. This degree provides the theological framework and spiritual formation you will need in order to equip you in your future service in your local church or para-church organization. You will learn the foundations of the Bible and how to interpret the text accurately, discover the richness of Church history and how it still shapes our practice today, and gain an understanding of how to lead or operate a ministry.

 

Course Structure

To fulfil the requirements of the Bachelor of Ministry you need to complete 90 credit points which is the equivalent of three year full time study. However, the course can be taken part-time.

The 90 credit points may be taken from three subject pools:

Pool

Description

Points per subject

Certificate Pool

 

100 level subjects that may be taken as classes or self-study.

0.5 points

Degree Pool

200 level subjects that may be taken through Intensive classes.

3

General Pool

MBS Subjects or recognized subjects through other institutions.

1-3

 

 

This degree is awarded by MBS (not the ATA). To be awarded the Bachelor of Ministry, a student must fulfill all the requirements of the Master of Christian Studies (except the requirement of a previous degree), as well as an additional 30 credit points as follows. Unless otherwise noted, any combination of subjects is allowed to make up the credit points in each section as found below. 

Subject

Credit Points

Biblical Studies

6 points

Biblical Theology 4 or OT/NT Theology

3 points each

Any of NT201-229 or OT204-227 not previously counted

Any other Biblical Studies subjects in DP or GPS

3 points each

3 points each

Theology, Church History and Society

3-9 points

Issues in Theology

3 points

Reformation Church History (DP Course CH206)

3 points

Malaysian Religion IIA

Any other Theology or Church History subject in DP or GPS

3 points

3 points each

Applied Theology

12-21 points

Guided Spiritual Formation (Spiritual Direction) (DP PC249A)

3 points

Selection of DP Subjects in the Area (EM, PC, DM). See Appendix 3

3 points each

Selection of general pool subjects in the area (Counselling, Preaching, MBS, STM). See Appendix 2

1-3 points each

Internship*

0 points

Languages

0- 9 points

DP Greek LA004A or MBS equivalent

3 units

DP Greek LA004B or MBS equivalent

3 units

DP Intermediate Greek LA010 or MBS equivalent

3 units

DP Hebrew LA003A or MBS equivalent

3 units

DP Hebrew LA003B or MBS equivalent

3 units

DP Intermediate Hebrew LA011 or MBS equivalent

3 units

DP OT209 Hebrew Exegesis or MBS Equivalent

3 units

Any subjects completed under other awards may be counted towards this award provided they meet the above criteria.

* Internship refers to either a 6-week full-time or 8-months part time (weekends only) placement in a church approved by Equip and MBS, where they are trained and involved in ministry. Internships are compulsory, but do not attract any credit. 

Note: Any subjects completed under the Equip-MBS Certificate of Theology or Diploma in Theology may be counted towards the Master of Christian Studies. Certificate subjects can only be counted if they are passed with at least a Credit.

Note: DPS and GPS must include at least 6 points in applied theology including 3 points in Christian education. They must also include 3 points in Hermeneutics. DP and GP subjects cannot be duplicates of each other.

 

To receive the Bachelor of Ministry, it is also required to complete the same course requirement of the Master of Christian Studies of 60 credit points as follow:

   

60 points

 

Division of points:

Min

Max

Certificate pool subjects

Must include Bible Overview, Biblical Theology 2 (Promise to Fulfilment).

2.0

9.0

Degree Pool Subjects

10 core subjects, 3 Exegesis Subjects, 2 Other subjects

45.0

45.0

General Pool Subjects

 

6.0

13.0

 

10 Core Degree Pool Subjects for M.C.S (with MBS assignments: 1 essay 30%, 1 other assessment 10%) 3 credit points each

CH201

The Church to 1550

CH206

The Church from 1550 to Modern Times

TH210

Doctrine of God and Christ

TH211

The Holy Spirit, Grace, Hope

TH212

Christology

TH213

Ecclesiology and the means of Grace

NT201

Content and Setting of the Gospel Tradition

NT202

The Early New Testament Church

OT201

Old Testament Foundations

OT202

Old Testament Prophets and Writings

 

OT Exegesis Degree Pool Subjects for M.C.S. (with MBS assignments: 2 exegetical papers 10+10= 20%, 1 essay 20%)

OT 205

Genesis, Deuteronomy, Samuel

OT 206

Pre-exilic Prophets

OT 207

Exilic Prophets and Wisdom Literature

OT 208

Psalms, Post-Exilic Literature

 

NT Exegesis Degree Pool Subjects for M.C.S. (with MBS assignments: 2 exegetical papers 10+10= 20%, 1 essay 20%)

NT 205

Luke & John (not with NT210)

NT 206

Romans & 1 Corinthians (not with NT211)

NT 207

Selected letters of the Pauline Corpus and the Book of Revelation

NT 208

Hebrews and selected NT letters

NT 210

Luke & John (Greek Text)

NT 211

Romans & 1 Corinthians (Greek Text)

 

Internship

Apart from the above requirements it is a necessary to complete an internship with a duration of either 6 weeks full-time or 8 months part time (weekends only) in a church/ministry approved by MBS and Equip, where they are trained and involved in ministry. Internships are compulsory, but do not attract any credit.

Credit From Previous Studies

Any subjects completed under the Equip-MBS Certificate of Theology or Equip-MBS Diploma of Theology may be counted towards the Equip-MBS Masters of Christian Studies provided that the student obtained at least a Credit (Certificate Pool) or pass (degree or general pool) for their final mark.
 

Application

Before being accepted into their course, students will be required to complete a detailed registration form and attend an interview with Equip. They may be required to attend another interview with MBS if so desired by MBS.

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