Frequently Asked Questions

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Is MI Accredited?
Is MI a Lutheran school?
Do the students graduate with a degree?
How does MI handle grading?
What kinds of jobs are available upon graduation?
Who teaches at MI?
What is the curriculum?
Does MI teach Greek or Hebrew?
Does one need a college degree to apply?
What is meant by character formation or mentoring?
Does MI offer options for people wanting a shorter program?
Can I take classes online?
Is there a school like this one near me?
How do I get an application?
Where can I find your Non Discrimination policy?

Is MI Accredited?.

MI offers a non-accredited (credentialed) degree that allows for certification/licensing through Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, The International Ministerial Fellowship and many other Christian denominations and agencies. We believe it is important that seminaries be held to the highest standards of accountability.  The Master’s Institute offers a demanding and innovative non-accredited route to assure our students and partners of the quality of an MI education.  Any meaningful evaluation of our work will necessarily vouch for at least these things:

  • A rigorous academic curriculum that provides students with a thorough grounding in Biblical Studies, Theology, the History of the Church, and an understanding of the dynamics of practical ministry
  • The integration of hands-on and reflective learning in carefully selected internship environments concurrent with work in the classroom
  • The Christian health and wholeness of our graduates, having been carefully tended through an ongoing spiritual and character development process

We believe that “the proof is in the pudding,” and we have chosen to pursue a highly relational approach to training leaders.  Our graduates’ readiness for fruitful and effective ministry is well attested, and we find our credibility in the following:

  • The close relationships and our responsiveness to the leaders, churches and church networks we have been called to serve
  • Our accountability to our students, Board, and church partners to remain faithful to our God-imparted vision, mission, core values, and philosophy of education and leadership development
  • The breadth, depth, experience, and credibility of our faculty
  • The quality and proven track records of our graduates who are now in the field doing Kingdom ministry in the power of God’s Holy Spirit

Benefits of this approach to theological education:

  • Flexibility in structuring an effective approach to transformational learning, allows us to build the program to meet the needs of the students, the Church and the communities involved
  • Flexibility in making necessary changes quickly, allowing us to adapt to changing cultures and seasons as needed
  • Freedom to focus financial and personnel resources on the mission of the school
  • A better opportunity to send graduates out to do the ministry God has called them to with little or no financial burden.

Why MI has chosen this approach to training leaders:

  • We want to retain professors who are currently engaged in fruitful ministry and can teach at a seminary level – whether they are passionate practitioners or have a terminal degree
  • As a seminary that does not have tenured professors, we are better able to ensure theological orthodoxy with regard to education
  • We want to free our professors and staff in this program from demands of accrediting agencies in order to invest their time and energy to the mission: spending time with the students, studying and writing publications and course curricula and ministry
  • We want the freedom to accept second career students who may not have an undergraduate degree, but do have the maturity, character, giftedness and calling from God to be a healthy and effective leader in the Body of Christ
  • We want to be good financial stewards and utilize the partnership we have with existing seminary libraries, in addition to drawing on the wealth of library resources available via the Internet helps us keep our tuition low and allows students a greater chance to graduate with little or no debt

Is MI a Lutheran school?

Our statement of faith is evangelical, creedal, and sacramental. Being Lutheran is an issue of substance rather than style, of theology rather than methodology. We are Reformational in our understanding of the authority of Scripture and the centrality of grace and faith. We are an approved Seminary for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, and have placed students in Missouri Synod, ELCA and non-denominational settings.


Do the students graduate with a degree?

MI graduates receive a Master of Divinity (Mdiv) or Certificate of Completion (Micro-Mdiv and School of Ministry) along with letters of recommendation from some of the faculty and staff of MI, their mentor or the church at which they interned. Seminary students graduate with solid leadership training, equipping them to serve as pastors, church planters, missionaries, worship leaders and director of music ministries, youth or Christian education ministers, para-church ministers, or workers in other areas of leadership. Many MI graduates are currently employed as senior, associate or youth pastors, and missionaries.


Grading.

The faculty, or, in some cases the Director, Spiritual Formation or the Dean of Students, will evaluate your homework assignments for “Clarity of Thought” and “Comprehension.” The papers are evaluated using the traditional grading system, A-F.

Your grade is more than a measurement of performance; it reflects your preparation as you are being formed for Kingdom ministry. MI is equally concerned with excellence in character and equipping for leadership as it is with academics. If a student were to get an A in theology and a D in character, we would have missed our goal. We are training leaders who can think biblically and who’s character is conformed to the image of Christ.

 


What kind of jobs are available upon graduation?

Graduates are currently serving in the ARC (Alliance of Renewal Churches), LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ), HNI (Harvest Network International) Churches, the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), or have returned to their sending church in some leadership capacity or as a church planter of that congregation. Other church networks are also beginning to discover MI and may receive MI graduates in the future such as Evangelical Free churches, Covenant churches, Vineyard churches, and more.

MI has teamed up with IMF (International Ministerial Fellowship) to help with licensing and ordination. MI will assist students, as requested, in finding a position suitable to their gifts and training and will continue in this relationship with them throughout their ministry if desired. Placement is the primary responsibility of the graduates and their relational networks.


Who teaches at MI?

MI has a staff of adjunct professors. Some are pastors in the Twin Cities who have a gift and passion for communicating the Christian message. Some are seminary professors whose values and gifting fit well with our program. We teach from the Lutheran perspective on Reformation (Word alone, Grace alone, Faith alone).


What is the curriculum?

MI’s curriculum is fashioned in a seminar format, with each weekly seminar running from 8:00 – 3:30 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Most seminars are contained in one week. Occasionally, a seminar will extend for two weeks. Classes include biblical studies, systematics (the work of the Spirit, the nature of man, etc.), church history, apologetics (a defense of the faith), and practical theology (leadership, spiritual formation, discipleship, etc.).


Does MI teach Greek or Hebrew?

Students desiring to study Greek/Hebrew are encouraged to do so through intensives or summer courses through various seminaries. MI does not currently offer a Greek or Hebrew class.


Does one need a college degree to apply?

Younger students are encouraged to complete their college degree before applying. Second-career people who sense God leading them into some form of ministry and who demonstrate Christian maturity and leadership are welcome to apply to MI’s credentialed program whether or not they have a college degree. (Equivalencies for life experiences, leadership, and Christian service are considered.)


What is meant by character formation or mentoring?

Academic training is insufficient for Christian leadership. Students need character formation. The MI approach is three-fold: Biblical teaching is one-third of the program, character formation and hands-on leadership training are the other two-thirds. Character formation includes weekly personal time with a mentor who helps to give encouragement, direction, and correction when needed, group mentoring (students meet together for encouragement and accountability), and personal daily devotions (which includes the reading of devotional classics). The mentoring is personal and relational rather than academic. Students are more likely to be asked questions about how they are handling temptation or strengthening their devotional life than about homework assignments.


Does MI offer options for people wanting a shorter program?

MI offers two options, both are congregationally driven leadership development models.

The Master’s Institute School of Ministry (SOM) is designed to provide training in significant leadership and ministry skills to believers for effective Kingdom ministry in local churches and the workplace. SOM provides participants with the opportunity to receive an impartation of the heart and passion of the teachers through the empowering of the Holy Spirit in a place that is safe for growth and transformation.
The Micro-MDiv is an 18 month masters level program that develops advanced leaders in their congregational context. Credits from this program are transferrable to the credentialed MDiv if completed at a masters level and approved by MI faculty.


Can I take classes on-line?

Courses are offered on-line


Is there a school like this one near me?

We only have one school located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.


How do I get an application?

Click here for a Credentialed Seminary and Micro-Mdiv application request form.

Click here for the School of Ministry application process.


 

Non-Discrimination policy.

The Master’s Institute admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded and made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship or other school-administered programs. The Master’s Institute recognizes, respects, and honors diversity due to an individual’s culture, race, and ethnicity.