EQUIP-MBS BACHELOR OF MINISTRY(90 CREDIT POINTS)
If you would like to serve in ministry as a pastor, gospel worker or local church leader, then the Equip-MBS Bachelor of Ministry is a helpful pursuit. This degree provides the theological framework and spiritual formation you will need in order to equip you in your future service in your local church or para-church organization. You will learn the foundations of the Bible and how to interpret the text accurately, discover the richness of Church history and how it still shapes our practice today, and gain an understanding of how to lead or operate a ministry.
Training For Ordination
Our diploma and degree courses prepares you for ordination in your denomination. Our flexible course pathway allows you to continue to remain in ministry at your local church while you grow in your theological capabilities. Our degree courses also requires a short internship with a church or para-church organization to help further strengthening your experience and applying your theological knowledge to work. These courses are aimed in preparing you for life-long ministry, so you will be solidly grounded in God’s Word in which ever context God will put you in. We aim to help you serve while you train theologically.
To fulfil the requirements of the Bachelor of Ministry you need to complete 90 credit points which is the equivalent of three year full time study. However, the course can be taken part-time.
The 90 credit points may be taken from three subject pools:
|Pool||Description||Points per Subject|
|Certificate Pool||100 level subjects that may be taken as classes or self-study.||1 point|
|Degree Pool||200 level subjects that may be taken through Intensive classes.||3 points|
|General Pool||MBS Subjects or recognized subjects through other institutions.||1 – 3 points|
This degree is awarded by MBS (not the ATA). To be awarded the Bachelor of Ministry, a student must fulfill all the requirements of the Master of Christian Studies (except the requirement of a previous degree), as well as an additional 30 credit points as follows. Unless otherwise noted, any combination of subjects is allowed to make up the credit points in each section as found below.
|Biblical Studies||6 points|
|Biblical Theology 4 or OT/NT Theology||3 points each|
Any of NT201-229 or OT204-227 not previously counted
Any other Biblical Studies subjects in DP or GPS
3 points each
3 points each
|Theology, Church History and Society||3-9 points|
|Issues in Theology||3 points|
|Reformation Church History (DP Course CH206)||3 points|
Malaysian Religion IIA
Any other Theology or Church History subject in DP or GPS
3 points each
|Applied Theology||12-21 points|
|Guided Spiritual Formation (Spiritual Direction) (DP PC249A)||3 points|
|Selection of DP Subjects in the Area (EM, PC, DM). See Appendix 3||3 points each|
|Selection of general pool subjects in the area (Counselling, Preaching, MBS, STM). See Appendix 2||1-3 points each|
|Languages||0- 9 points|
|DP Greek LA004A or MBS equivalent||3 units|
|DP Greek LA004B or MBS equivalent||3 units|
|DP Intermediate Greek LA010 or MBS equivalent||3 units|
|DP Hebrew LA003A or MBS equivalent||3 units|
|DP Hebrew LA003B or MBS equivalent||3 units|
|DP Intermediate Hebrew LA011 or MBS equivalent||3 units|
|DP OT209 Hebrew Exegesis or MBS Equivalent||3 units|
Any subjects completed under other awards may be counted towards this award provided they meet the above criteria.
* Internship refers to either a 6-week full-time or 8-months part time (weekends only) placement in a church approved by Equip and MBS, where they are trained and involved in ministry. Internships are compulsory, but do not attract any credit.
Note: Any subjects completed under the Equip-MBS Certificate of Theology or Diploma in Theology may be counted towards the Master of Christian Studies. Certificate subjects can only be counted if they are passed with at least a Credit.
Note: DPS and GPS must include at least 6 points in applied theology including 3 points in Christian education. They must also include 3 points in Hermeneutics. DP and GP subjects cannot be duplicates of each other.
To receive the Bachelor of Ministry, it is also required to complete the same course requirement of the Master of Christian Studies of 60 credit points as follow:
|Division of points:||Min||Max|
|Certificate pool subjects||Must include Bible Overview, Biblical Theology 2 (Promise to Fulfilment)||2.0||9.0|
|Degree pool subjects||10 core subjects, 3 Exegesis subjects, 2 other subjects||45.0||45.0|
|General pool subjects||6.0||13.0|
|10 Core Degree Pool Subjects for M.C.S (with MBS assignments: 1 essay 30%, 1 other assessment 10%) 3 credit points each|
|CH201||The Church to 1550|
|CH206||The Church from 1550 to Modern Times|
|TH210||Doctrine of God and Christ|
|TH211||The Holy Spirit, Grace, Hope|
|TH213||Ecclesiology and the means of Grace|
|NT201||Content and Setting of the Gospel Tradition|
|NT202||The Early New Testament Church|
|OT201||Old Testament Foundations|
|OT202||Old Testament Prophets and Writings|
OT Exegesis Degree Pool Subjects for M.C.S. (with MBS assignments: 2 exegetical papers 10+10= 20%, 1 essay 20%)
|OT 205||Genesis, Deuteronomy, Samuel|
|OT 206||Pre-exilic Prophets|
|OT 207||Exilic Prophets and Wisdom Literature|
|OT 208||Psalms, Post-Exilic Literature|
NT Exegesis Degree Pool Subjects for M.C.S. (with MBS assignments: 2 exegetical papers 10+10= 20%, 1 essay 20%)
|NT 205||Luke & John (not with NT210)|
|NT 206||Romans & 1 Corinthians (not with NT211)|
|NT 207||Selected letters of the Pauline Corpus and the Book of Revelation|
|NT 208||Hebrews and selected NT letters|
|NT 210||Luke & John (Greek Text)|
|NT 211||Romans & 1 Corinthians (Greek Text)|
Apart from the above requirements it is a necessary to complete an internship with a duration of either 6 weeks full-time or 8 months part time (weekends only) in a church/ministry approved by MBS and Equip, where they are trained and involved in ministry. Internships are compulsory, but do not attract any credit.
Credit From Previous Studies
Any subjects completed under the Equip-MBS Certificate of Theology or Equip-MBS Diploma of Theology may be counted towards the Equip-MBS Masters of Christian Studies provided that the student obtained at least a Credit (Certificate Pool) or pass (degree or general pool) for their final mark.
|Equip-MBS||RM 500||RM 300|
For Equip-MBS students only
|MBS Student Union Fees||RM 50 per semester|
Transfer of Credit Fees:
RM 15 per module
RM 110 per module
RM 110 per module
Before being accepted into their course, students will be required to complete a detailed registration form and attend an interview with Equip. They may be required to attend another interview with MBS if so desired by MBS.