31 October 2023 |
Andrews University’s Theological Seminary is introducing three new initiatives designed to enrich the Master of Divinity (MDiv) Program, according to a recent article in the Andrews Agenda.
First, the new MDiv Urban Ministry Concentration aims to equip future pastors with tools and resources tailored for metropolitan settings. As they transition into urban pastoral roles, they’ll receive continuous support and mentorship from seasoned professionals, ensuring they are not only prepared academically but also practically.
Second, the Seminary is unveiling a dual degree program combining MDiv with a Master of Health Administration. This latest addition joins three other established dual degrees, namely the Master of Social Work, Master of Public Health, and Master of Science in Community and International Development. By bridging healthcare administration and pastoral ministry, students will be poised for diverse roles in healthcare management, chaplaincy, and even private and governmental healthcare environments.
Finally, in partnership with the Florida Conference, the MDiv will offer a cohort conducted entirely in Spanish. This pioneering effort, the first in the North American Division (NAD), caters to those with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry aiming for an MDiv. Jiri Moskala, the Seminary’s dean, highlighted the significance of this endeavor, emphasizing its potential to enhance pastoral education. Similarly, Fernando Ortiz, the MDiv Program director, expressed that this initiative will enable Spanish-speaking pastors to elevate their ministries and potentially pursue doctoral programs or chaplaincy endorsements. Alan Machado, president of the Florida Conference, expressed enthusiasm about partnering with the Seminary, eager to elevate the academic and biblical knowledge of Hispanic pastors.
These innovations address a pressing demand for well-educated pastors in the NAD. Andrews University is optimistic about the transformative impact these programs will have, preparing a new generation of ministry leaders.