Master of Religious Education

Lincoln Christian Seminary’s Master of Religious Education (MRE) is a two-year (60-hour) professional degree for those preparing for leadership in various educational ministries of congregations and Christian institutions. The program emphasizes education that is theologically informed, culturally relevant, practically oriented, and personalized for the individual. This degree is also designed to meet the typical requirements for entry into advanced programs in education like the EdD and PhD. The objectives of this program are to equip students to be educational leaders through:

  • the comprehension of educational foundations.
  • a thorough knowledge of Biblical and theological studies.
  • the formation of a pastoral disposition.
  • the development of proficient educational practices.

Students will develop an integrated praxis approach to Christian education in their ministry setting and be prepared to enter advanced programs in education.

BI 501 Introduction to God's Word* 3
BI 610 Scripture in Context 3
CH 801 Implementing Restoration Movement Principles Today** 3
LS 501 Graduate Research and Writing 0
LS 601 Shaping the Heart of a Leader 3
TH 600 Turning Points in Systematic Theology 3
One course from Christian Ministry Field 3
Choose one of the following:1
NT
NT
OT
OT
610
611
610
611
Interpreting the New Testament I
Interpreting the New Testament II
Interpreting the Old Testament I
Interpreting the Old Testament II
3
3
3
3
Or
BI
BI
603
604
Interpreting Scripture I
Interpreting Scripture II
Two courses in Bible or Theology
3
3
6
CE 601 Educational Leadership and Administration 3
CE 605 Human Development and Ministry 3
CE 663 Theology and History of Christian Education 3
CE 747 Instructional Strategies 3
CE 800 Christian Learning and Curriculum 3
CE 897 Supervised Ministry Project 3

Choose courses in the Christian Education area with the help of the faculty advisor

60 credit hours

* Students with an undergraduate degree from a Bible college may substitute a Bible or theology course for this requirement. Students without a Bible college degree may proficiency out of this course and substitute a Bible/Theology elective. Refer to the Seminary catalog for proficiency information.

** Students who have completed a college course in the history of the Stone-Campbell Tradition (Restoration History) and have passed with a “C” or higher may substitute a history course.

1 Proficiency testing is available for OT 610 and NT 610. Students passing the proficiency in one or both language areas will then need to substitute Bible or theology electives for these hours.