The Master's College has developed one of the strongest Biblical Studies programs anywhere in the United States. The Department of Biblical Studies stresses the understanding, interpretation, and application of biblical literature. The biblical material is studied in light of its original historical environment so that an authentically biblical understanding can be applied to the theological and cultural issues of the modern age. The department attempts to assist all students in developing a biblical worldview in which the principles and norms derived from the Word of God are applied to the whole of life. Spiritual values are emphasized so that practical spiritual growth is experienced along with academic achievement.
The Department of Biblical Studies provides guidance for the effective preparation for ministries of teachers, missionaries, church leaders, and other ministering personnel. In addition to the intensive, one-year Institute program described below, there are seven baccalaureate emphases offered. Each of these emphases is designed to prepare students for graduate and professional study of the Word, as well as for support ministries in churches and in other Christian organizations.
Each emphasis is overseen by one or more of the Bible faculty, as listed in parentheses below:
The Master's Institute (Tom Halstead)
The Master's Institute is a one-year, intensive Bible training program designed to aid the church in "equipping the saints" by providing students with a solid foundation in the Word of God. The program consists of 30units of Bible courses and upon completion an Award of Achievement will be awarded. In addition, the Institute provides the opportunity to transfer into the baccalaureate program at The Master's College and still complete a bachelor's degree in four years.
TESOL Award of Achievement (Tom Halstead)
The purpose of the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program is to provide students with the theory, skills, and experience needed to competently instruct adult students in the skills of the English language. This program is designed for students who wish to participate in cross-cultural ministry in the United States or abroad using the recognized profession of teaching English.
Women's Ministries Award of Achievement (Betty Price)
The Women's Ministries Award program is designed to train women for ministry to other women in accordance with the Titus 2 model of older women training younger women. We want to convey that the Christian character of women is foundational to any kind of training and equipping for ministry in the local church, in parachurch ministries or in cross-cultural missions. The desire is to train women to serve under the leadership of their pastor and elders in their local church or under the appropriate leadership in other ministries so that they are trusted and valued by those God-ordained leaders in the church or other Christian ministry. Through the Women's Ministries program we seek to train women in the knowledge and understanding of God's Word so that they think biblically and serve out of a strong biblical foundation.
The Women’s Ministries program is available to all TMC undergraduate women students, whatever major, for equipping, or for preparation for a specific ministry. This program is also open to women from local churches who will also be taking these classes so there will be new opportunities for TMC college women to interact with older women who love Christ and want to be better equipped for ministry.
The program consists of 15 units of academic work related to personal Bible study, discipleship, counseling, public speaking, event planning, evangelism/outreach and more. Most or all of these courses can be completed through elective courses. Upon completion of the 15 units, you will receive an official Women’s Ministries Award of Achievement.
Bible General (Abner Chou)
The Bible General emphasis is specifically designed for those students who want to major in Biblical Studies, but are not certain about a specific emphasis, or they would like to take several courses in a number of emphases in order to be more well-rounded generally. While not specifically designed for graduate school, taking certain courses within this emphasis will certainly be helpful in graduate school or seminary.
Bible Exposition (Todd Bolen, Dennis Hutchison & Daniel Wong)
The Bible Exposition emphasis is a study of the Word of God in its entirety, and is specifically designed for those who desire to serve in Christian ministry or for those who plan to go on for graduate work or seminary.
Biblical Counseling (Ernest Baker, Bob Somerville & John Street)
This emphasis consists of a study of the principles and aspects of biblical counseling, and is designed to prepare God's people to meet counseling related needs wherever they exist with the sufficient and superior resources God provides. The course of study trains students to counsel people in the local church. It emphasizes the proper interpretation and specific application of Scripture in ministering to people.
Biblical Languages (Steven Boyd & Will Varner)
The Biblical Languages emphasis consists of three years of Biblical Greek and one year of Hebrew, and is designed primarily for those desiring graduate work, either in seminary or in languages and Bible translation.
Christian Education (Greg Behle)
The Christian Education emphasis examines the concepts of Christian education, including youth. It is designed for those students who desire to enter the educational program of the local church, including junior high, high school, or college. It is also valuable for that student who desires the mission field, Christian school, or the teaching ministry.
Intercultural Studies (Tom Halstead & Lisa La George)
This emphasis focuses on understanding cross-cultural ministry, and is specifically designed for those who desire to serve in a full-time cross-cultural capacity. Students will be required to study language, church planting, cultural anthropology, and missionary life while living on the mission field for one semester. Upon their return the student will serve in an ethnic church, similar to the culture they desire to minister in.
Theology (Brian Morley & Paul Thorsell)
The Theology & Apologetics emphasis is a comprehensive study of theology and Apologetics in which a student will not only focus their attention to systematic theology, but also be able to better understand Christianity in relation to other worldviews, religions and philosophies. It is designed for those students who desire to further their education in seminary, and eventually serve in a pastoral or teaching capacity.