The general objectives of all Antioch School programs are:
- Comprehensive development in character, skills, and knowledge for effective ministry.
- Life development and lifelong learning orientation.
- Recognition of and participation in the centrality of the local church in the plan of God.
- Ability to master biblical content, benefit from significant contributions of scholars, and build strategic models of ministry accordingly.
The general objective of Ministry degrees is to help train those who desire to be part of a leadership and ministry team that is one-minded in ministry vision and philosophy. Out of this team would come those who commit themselves long term to local church leadership or those who desire to train to be part of a missionary team involved in planting or establishing churches in other areas.
The general objective of Theology degrees is to help train those who desire to understand thoroughly the unfolding message of Scripture itself as a guidebook for life and ministry, paying special attention to the implications of that message in one's personal life, ministry, and culture.
Notes on Degree Programs:
All programs are built on the foundation of a Life and Ministry Development Portfolio System that includes a personal Motivated Abilities Pattern (MAP) from People Management's System for Identifying Motivated Abilities (SIMA®).
The B.Min., M.Min., and C.Min. are closely aligned with the competencies developed through Leadership Series I courses on the biblical foundations for church and ministry.
The B.Th., M.Th., and C.Th. are closely aligned with the competencies developed through Leadership Series II courses on biblical theology and theology in culture.
The D.Min. in Global Church-Based Theological Education is closely aligned with the competencies developed through Paradigm Transformation Projects.
The D.Min. in Theology in Culture is closely aligned with the competencies developed through Biblical Theology-in-Culture Projects.
The major differences between the levels are related to the depth and manner in which competencies are assessed.
- Certificate programs are assessed at a rudimentary level.
- Bachelors programs require a high minimum level of basic competency to be demonstrated.
- Masters programs require demonstration of advanced competency through evidence of extensive implementation in ministry settings.
- Doctoral programs are assessed on the basis of mastery of and contribution to the philosophical issues that underlie theological education and biblical theology-in-culture.
The D.Min. programs may require participation in live or online seminars.
The B.Min. and B.Th. may be taken as "degree completion" programs in which general education and free electives are earned at other institutions prior to or during enrollment in the Antioch School programs.
A normal sequence of study begins with a Ministry degree (B.Min. or M.Min.) prior to a Theology degree (B.Th. or M.Th.) because the biblical foundation for ministry needs to be in place before a complete study of biblical theology and theology in culture is done. We recommend that most students begin with the B.Min. or M.Min. and proceed to the M.Th. However, students may start with the B.Th. and M.Th. if they wish to include both a core biblical foundation for ministry and a complete study of biblical theology in a single program.