Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.)

This is a degree for the professional clergyman, who can demonstrate twelve (12) years in active Christian Ministry
but has not had any formal academic training. Admission to this program requires an entrance examination and the
12 years of ministry must be documented to be of a full time, professional nature. The student is expected to
undertake degree work much the same as for the Th. D. requirements.

Doctor of Theology

Doctor of Theology (Th. D.)

This degree is designed for students with a graduate degree in religion, a M. Div., or its equivalent, who wish to
pursue research in original research in areas within the scope of Independent/Old Catholic or Celtic Christian belief
and practice.

This requires two full years (24 months) under the direction of assigned members of the faculty
program. A dissertation must be submitted at the end of the research experience, contributing original work to the
body of understanding in the field of study.

All research work may be completed at the student’s location, but the
defense of the dissertation must be done on campus and in person. This provision does not suggest that the
student’s research committee may not require personal meetings.

Honorary Doctor of Divinity

Honorary Doctor of Divinity (D. D.)

The Honorary of Doctor of Divinity is awarded by Whithorn School of Theology very selectively and rarely and never upon independent application. It is included in this list so that students and the general public may recognize the nature of the degree when it is presented.

The Doctor of Divinity degree is presented to people in the general community who have made a significant contribution to religion and Christianity by their work and/or activities.

This degree is an honorary degree and can not be earned by academic means or applied for independently. The person selected for this degree must demonstrate major contributions in Christian care and love, reflecting the highest standards of devotion and self sacrifice over the course of a lifetime.

The candidate for this degree must be selected by the Board of Directors and approved by the Board of Trustees, of Whithorn School of Theology. The degree is seen by Whithorn School of Theology to be a degree issued in Episcopal Recognition and Honor for a Christian life well lived.

Master of Divinity

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
(90 Credit Hours)

The Master of Divinity program is designed to prepare religious leaders competent to serve in various situations and contexts, and more particularly to provide professional training for church-related ministries. The heart of the program is the required biblical, theological and practical course subjects which provide a broad foundation for an effective ministry within the wide spectrum of churches in which its students will minister, and more particularly within the autocephalous sacramental movement. Prerequisite for entry into the program is a baccalaureate degree and a basic ability in the research, study and writing skills needed in a graduate program of study.

  • Section 1 General or Core Areas of Study

+Introduction to Ministry
+History of Christianity
-History of Celtic Christianity
-History of the Independent Sacramental Movement
+Old Testament
+New Testament
+Christian Doctrine
+Essential Teachings of the Christian Churches
+Current Directions in Theology:
-Liberation Theology
-Feminist Theology

  • Section 2 Moral Doctrine

+Christian Moral Theology
+Contemporary Moral Issues
+Professional Ethics
+Bioethics
+Ecological Ethics
+Conflict Resolution

  • Section 3 Ministerial Needs

+Worship
+Preaching
+Pastoral Care
+Counseling
+Spiritual Direction
+Religious Education
+Queer Studies
-Nature of Queerness
-Ministry to Queer Persons
+Clinical Pastoral Education

  • Section 4 Ministerial Field Placement

+Training in the needs of the student’s specific ministerial choices such as but not limited to religious community, social services, prison chaplaincy, hospital chaplaincy, hospice ministry, campus ministry, et cetera.

  • Section 5 Language Arts

+Recommended: Study of a language, classical or modern, to the level of a proficient reading knowledge.

Master of Arts in Celtic Christianity

Master of Arts in Celtic Christianity (M.A.C.C.)
(40 Credit Hours)

The Christian Church, as it spread into the Celtic lands of the western part of Europe, developed its own particular traits as it influenced, and was influenced by, the Celtic peoples of those lands. This program, building upon the history of the Celtic peoples, studies the Celtic culture and the Christian Church that served it, showing forth all its richness and depth, and at the same time points to the values it can contribute to our Christian life today.

Organization of the program:

– For each topic the student will read one or more books as assigned.
– The student will then write a reflective report on each book read.
– The topics in Parts 1 and 2 are required for all students.
– Each completed topic earns three credits.
– The final research paper earns five credits.
– To be granted the degree the student must successfully complete a minimum of 40 credits.

  • Section 1 – History of the Celts

1. Early history (before Christianity)
2. Celtic Christianity
3. Celtic monasticism
4. Brehon laws

  • Section 2 – The Celtic Christian Church

1. Celtic Mythology
2. Celtic Christian religion
3. Irish penitentials

  • Section 3 – Elective Areas of Study

1. Celtic theology
2. Celtic spirituality
3. Spiritual direction in Celtic spirituality
4. Celtic liturgies
5. Celtic saints
6. Celtic holy places
7. The voyage of Brendan the Navigator
8. The Pelagian controversy
9. The theology of John Scotus Eriugena
10. Celtic Christian communities today
11. Other areas of study are possible, at the request of the student

  • Section 4 – Research and Reflection Paper

Length: 20-30 pages
Topic: student’s choice.

Bachelor of Sacred Theology

Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.)
(165 Credit Hours)

The Bachelor of Sacred Theology program is designed to provide the needed theological and spiritual formation for candidates desiring to serve in Holy Orders who may not have any other applicable undergraduate degree work. The program follows the old English tradition of reading for orders during eleven terms of study. To that end, the student will complete eleven certificate programs in a specific order:

Bachelor of Theology

Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.)
(60 Credits Systematic Theology in addition to 60 Credits Biblical Studies)

The Bachelor of Theology program is designed to provide a basic formation in Sacred Scripture and in systematic theology. It is offered to all Christians who want to deepen their knowledge of Scripture and theology, and to all students generally who desire basic knowledge in those two areas.

  • Systematic Theology (60 Credits)

Section 1 Nature of Theology (3 credits)
BT201 What is Theology
BT202 Scope and Purpose of Theology
BT203 General Revelation and Natural Theology

Section 2 Scripture (5 credits)
BT204 Special Revelation
BT205 Inspiration and Authority of Scripture
BT206 Infallibility and Inerrancy
BT207 Canonicity
BT208 Scripture and Authority

Section 3 Nature of God (5 credits)
BT209 Knowledge of God
BT210 One in Essence
BT211 Three in Person
BT212 Incommunicable Attributes
BT213 Communicable Attributes

Section 4 Acts of God (3 credits)
BT214 Decrees
BT215 Providence
BT216 Creatio Ex Nihilo

Section 5 Creation (2 credits)
BT217 Angels and Demons
BT218 The Creation of Man

Section 6 Reality of Sin (3 credits)
BT219 The Nature of Sin
BT220 Original Sin
BT221 Transmission of Sin

Section 7 Promises of God (1 credit)
BT222 The Covenants

Section 8 Christology (8 credits)
BT223 The Christ of the Bible
BT224 The Christ of the Creeds
BT225 The Names of Christ
BT226 The States of Christ
BT227 The Offices of Christ
BT228 The Substitutionary Atonement
BT229 Why Did Christ Die
BT230 The Extent of Atonement

Section 9 The Holy Spirit (6 credits)
BT231 The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
BT232 The Holy Spirit in the New Testament
BT233 The Paraclete
BT234 The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
BT235 The Gifts of the Spirit
BT236 The Fruit of the Spirit

Section 10 Faith for Today (8 credits)
BT237 Are Miracles for Today
BT238 Common Grace
BT239 Election and Reprobation
BT240 Effectual Calling
BT241 Saving Faith
BT242 Justification by Faith Alone
BT243 Adoption and Union with Christ
BT244 Sanctification

Section 11 The Catholic & Apostolic Church (10 credits)
BT245 Perseverance of the Saints
BT246 The Church: One and Holy
BT247 The Church Catholic and Apostolic
BT248 Biblical Images of the Church
BT249 Worship in the Church
BT250 The Sacraments of the Church
BT251 Baptism
BT252 The Lord’s Supper
BT253 Death and the Intermediate State
BT254 The Resurrection

Section 12 Kingdom Come (6 credits)
BT255 The Kingdom of God
BT256 The Millennium
BT257 The Return of Christ
BT258 The Final Judgment
BT259 Eternal Punishment
BT260 Heaven and Earth Made New

Associate of Biblical Studies

Associate of Biblical Studies (A.B.S.)
(60 Credit Hours Biblical Studies)

The Associate of Biblical Studies program is designed to provide an introduction to the study of Holy Scripture. The program is 60 semester hours in length and provides a foundation for the study of Scripture for all Christians and especially for those desiring to enter the pulpit ministry.

  • Old Testament Survey

    Section 1 Creation and Blessing (5 credits)
    ABS01 Creation
    ABS02 The Image of God in Man
    ABS03 The Fall
    ABS04 The Covenant with Abraham
    ABS05 The Patriarchal Blessing

    Section 2 The Giving of the Law (6 credits)
    ABS06 Joseph, Moses, and the Exodus
    ABS07 The Passover
    ABS08 The Giving of the Law
    ABS09 The Tabernacle
    ABS10 Arron and the Priesthood
    ABS11 Old Testament Sacrificial System

    Section3 The Land and its People (6 credits)
    ABS12 Joshua and the Conquest of Canaan
    ABS13 The Cycle of Judges
    ABS14 The Monarchy
    ABS15 David
    ABS16 Solomon and the Temple
    ABS17 The Divided Kingdom

    Section 4 The Prophets Part I (6 credits)
    ABS18 Elijah
    ABS19 Isaiah
    ABS20 Jeremiah
    ABS21 The Exile
    ABS22 Ezekiel
    ABS23 Daniel

    Section 5 The Prophets Part II (3 credits)
    ABS24 Ezra and Nehemiah
    ABS25 Amos and Hosea
    ABS26 Joel, Micah, and Habakkuk

    Section 6 The Wisdom Books (5 credits)
    ABS27 Characteristics of Wisdom Literature
    ABS28 Psalms
    ABS29 Ecclesiastes
    ABS30 Job

  • New Testament Survey

    Section 7 The Coming of Christ (4 credits)
    ABS31 The Intertestamental Period
    ABS32 John the Baptist
    ABS33 The Birth of Jesus
    ABS34 The Early Years of Jesus’ Life

    Section 8 The Early Ministry of Christ (6 credits)
    ABS35 The Baptism and Temptation of Christ
    ABS36 Jesus’ Inaugural Address and Public Ministry
    ABS37 The Teachings of Jesus: Parables
    ABS38 Interpreting Parables
    ABS39 The Miracles of Jesus

    Section 9 The Later Ministry of Christ (6 credits)
    ABS40 The Caesarea-Philippi Confession
    ABS41 The Transfiguration
    ABS42 The Triumphal Entry
    ABS43 The Cross
    ABS44 The Resurrection
    ABS45 The Ascension

    Section 10 Messages to the Early Church (4 credits)
    ABS46 Pentecost
    ABS47 Expansion of the Early Church – Acts
    ABS48 The Conversion of Paul

    Section 11 Messages to a Growing Church (6 credits)
    ABS49 Romans
    ABS50 1 and 2 Corinthians
    ABS51 Prison Epistles
    ABS52 1 and 2 Timothy
    ABS53 Hebrews
    ABS54 General Epistles

    Section 12 The End Times (3 credits)
    ABS55 Introduction to Revelation
    ABS56 The Christ of Revelation
    ABS57 The Glory of God