The Master of Divinity is the standard degree for ordination. The MDiv provides a well-rounded curriculum of biblical & theological studies, church history, and leadership studies.
Program Overview The Master of Divinity is a fully accredited, 73hr, three-year program that prepares students for leadership in local congregations, and for military and hospital chaplaincy. The degree design provides students with a biblical and theological framework, and critical skills and tools, for effective congregational leadership. Leadership courses include field assignments located in, and applied to, the student’s current ministry.
Program Highlights – Convenient: all courses offered in non-traditional, flexible formats – Affordable: tuition cost is $499 per course, with available financial aid – No prerequisites: any accredited Bachelor degree or equivalent accepted – Multiple Locations: Cincinnati, Indianapolis – Mentoring and Coaching: both during and after the program through the Center for Church Leadership
Courses Include – Pastoral Epistles – Contemporary Culture in Theological Perspective – Public Theology: Faith & Society – Old Testament Theology in Contemporary Contexts – New Testament Theology in Contemporary Context – eTools for Biblical Exegesis & Research – Early Church History – Cultural Frameworks of Ministry – Leadership & Management for Ministry – Assessing & Managing Congregational Health – Models & Methods of Congregational Outreach – Human & Financial Resource Management – Issues & Trends in Worship – Assimilation & Discipleship – Pastoral Care & Counseling – Creativity in Teaching & Preaching – Capstone Portfolio
Tom Thatcher is Professor of Biblical Studies and Dean of the Russell School of Ministry. He holds an MDiv from CCU and received his PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Tom is the author of numerous books and articles on the New Testament and early Christianity, and he is also a Partner in the Elemental Churches consulting group.
Professor of Biblical Studies (1992). BA, MA, MDiv, Cincinnati Christian University; PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville); University of Cincinnati.
Professor of Christian Ministries (2011). Associate Dean, Russell School of Ministry. BA, Johnson University; MDiv, Emmanuel Christian Seminary; DMin, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Russell School of Ministry/Music & Worship
If you ask Ken Read about himself, he would likely say that he is a highly-dysfunctional follower of Jesus who has discovered that he is not as talented as he had imagined and has better friends than he deserves. Then he would likely talk about his family and his ministry. Most people who know him would describe him as a creative. Dr. Read grew up in Cincinnati and has lived here most of his life, with the exception of ministries in Illinois and Kentucky. He and Ellen are parents to eight children and grandparents to about twenty (the number changes). Professionally, he has been a worshiper and a worship leader, a church planter, and a teacher. Ken is a published songwriter, and a member of ASCAP. His books include **Created to Worship** (College Press), and books on Christian living. Dr. Read teaches courses that are near the intersection of the subjects of music, worship, culture and creativity.
University of Kentucky School of Fine Arts D.M.A. (Composition) project: “The King’s New Clothes” (opera and defense) Cincinnati Christian University M.Min. (Church Music Emphasis) Miami University (Oxford OH) M.M. (theory/composition) thesis: “The Harmonies of Michael W. Smith: Changes in Gospel Music in the 1980s” Cincinnati Christian University M.A. (practical theology) thesis: “An Analysis of Person and Number in Selected Hymnals in Light of the Psalms” University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music B.M. (music theory major; secondary piano/ voice/ composition); summa cum laude; member, Pi Kappa Lambda
Russell School of Ministry / Music & Worship
Bobby Jackson graduated from CCU and entered full-time ministry, experiencing a variety of settings in churches from small to mega, from established to new multi-site plants. In them, he has served as worship leader, disciple-maker, preacher and teacher. Here at CCU, his focus is on coordinating the spiritual life on campus through chapel and other gatherings, and overseeing the Teaching Church program. Mr. Jackson teaches Calling and Spiritual Formation, Music Team Leadership, Worship Leadership, and directs Fusion Worship Ensemble.
Assistant Professor of Music & Worship (2016). BM, MAR, Cincinnati Christian University.