Editorial -- By: Richard L. Mayhue
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TMS rejoices over the first ten years of blessing granted to us by the grace and goodness of The Master (1986–1996). Major highlights of this inaugural decade have been detailed in a recent report prepared for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As you read the portion included below, please join with us in thanksgiving to Almighty God.
“The quality of education achieved over the first five years (1986–1991) at The Master’s Seminary has been summarized in the WASC team report written as a result of the October 22-25, 1991 WASC reaffirmation visit. It noted,
The Seminary has been very intentional in its development of an M.Div. program with few analogies in the U.S., distinguished above all by its almost single-minded commitment to the preparation of ordained pastors for leadership in the local church. Thus, its program focuses on three elements—classroom study of the Bible, Theology, and Pastoral Ministry; six semesters of internship (i.e., field education); and six semesters of Discipleship Lab. These elements of the curriculum are designed to work together not only to prepare students academically, but also to mold their character and equip them to serve effectively in church leadership. This educational vision is undergirded by the presence of the Seminary on the campus of Grace Community Church, together with the involvement of a number of students (estimated by both administration and students at over fifty percent of the student body) in the wide-ranging ministries of this Church (p. 23).
Given the fundamental focus of the Seminary, the structure of the M.Div. program seems well-oriented to its goals. The model itself—combining church-based involvement, personal discipleship, and academic study—is worth applauding, and it is not insignificant that at the level of degree structure, the Seminary is on the cutting-edge of reform in seminary education in this regard. In all three areas of the
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formal aspects of the academic curriculum—Bible, Theology, and Pastoral Ministries—a logical progression is detected, and discussions with the Faculty indicated a high degree of familiarity with how one aspect of the program integrates with other aspects. All of the interviewed alumni expressed high levels of satisfaction with the program, believing that the Seminary prepared them well for the ministries in which they are currently involved (p. 24).
“TMS has attempted to build on this good beginning during the past five years (1991–1996). This tenth year (1995/1996) in its short history produced the tenth consecutive increase in enrollment (up from 95 students in 1986 to 234 in fall 1995)...
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