The 34-credit Marrow of Theology program is a streamlined theological curriculum for laypeople, non-vocational elders, or men who are not sure if they aspire to full-time ministry. It is not intended to replace a fuller, more traditional theological education for those who aspire to the ministry. However, it provides an introduction to theology and a platform on which to build further theological studies for men who later may move into the Divinity program.

Students enrolled in the Marrow program will choose a “major” or an area of emphasis (see below). Note that the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) requires a previously earned baccalaureate degree. Those without an undergraduate degree may still qualify for enrollment in the Marrow program and would earn the Diploma of Theological Studies (D.T.S.) upon successfully completing the program. All credits from the Marrow program are transferrable to the Divinity program. The student must complete the Marrow program within 6 years from the time of his enrollment.


Program Emphases

Emphasis on Exegetical Theology - 34 Credits

Nine core courses (23 credits) in exegetical and biblical studies supplemented by electives from other theological disciplines.

  • RW 101 Research & Writing
  • LT 161 Logos Academic Training
  • ET 501 Elementary Greek I
  • ET 502 Elementary Greek II
  • ET 511 Old Testament Introduction
  • ET 512 New Testament Introduction
  • ET 621 Hermeneutics
  • ET 701 Old Testament Theology
  • ET 801 New Testament Theology
  • 11 Elective Credits from ET, HT, ST, or PT

Emphasis on Historical Theology - 34 Credits

Eight core courses (16-18 credits) in historical and systematic studies supplemented by electives from other theological disciplines:

  • RW 101 Research & Writing
  • LT 161 Logos Academic Training
  • HT 501 Creeds & Confessions
  • HT 511 Early Church
  • HT 512 Medieval Church
  • HT 521 Reformation Church
  • HT 522 Modern Church
  • ST 501 Apologetics
  • 12-15 Elective Credits from ET, HT, ST, or PT

Emphasis on Systematic Theology - 34 Credits

Eleven core courses (28 credits) in systematic theology supplemented by electives from other theological disciplines:

  • RW 101 Research & Writing
  • LT 161 Logos Academic Training
  • ST 501 Apologetics
  • ST 502 The Word
  • ST 601 God & Decree
  • ST 602 Man & Sin
  • ST 701 Christ
  • ST 711 Salvation
  • ST 721 Holy Spirit or ST 821 Ethics
  • ST 801 Church
  • ST 811 Last Things
  • 6 Elective Credits from ET, HT, ST, or PT

Emphasis on Practical Theology - 34 Credits

Ten core courses (17 credits) in practical studies supplemented by electives from other theological disciplines:

  • RW 101 Research & Writing
  • LT 161 Logos Academic Training
  • PT 501 Calling & Cultivation
  • PT 611 Preaching & Teaching
  • PT 621 Pastoral Theology
  • PT 701 Church Ministry
  • PT 702 Biblical Counseling
  • PT 801 Missions
  • PT 911 Preaching Practicum
  • PT 921 Ministerial Practicum
  • 15 Elective Credits from ET, HT, ST, or PT