Can you become a pastor without a seminary degree? Yes! A master of divinity degree is not the only way to go. You should understand that seminaries are training students who may or may not have any Bible background. Students may attend seminary with a degree in business or engineering or elementary education, or any other bachelor’s degree. That means the seminary is starting from ground zero in training people for ministry, just like the Bible college. Both are teaching introductory theology and Greek and so forth.
We invite you to investigate for yourself the direct overlap between our pastoral degree and the M-div program of your seminary of choice.
Here’s a breakdown of how five prominent seminary M-div programs compare to Montana Bible College’s pastoral degree.
As you can see, our pastoral degree can stand toe to toe with top seminary M-div programs. Some might worry that our bachelor’s level courses are not taught up to master’s level; however, our graduates who do go on to seminary are consistently testing out of the maximum number of credits allowed by the seminaries. And our graduates who do not pursue seminary are thriving in ministry. If you absolutely MUST have a master’s degree, then by all means, pursue seminary training, but if you need solid pastoral education, then consider your options carefully.
Additionally, Montana Bible College has other advantages you should consider.
• Start by comparing the cost! The numbers speak for themselves.
• Second, consider that the entirety of MBC’s bachelor’s program, including the general education courses, are taught as an integrated whole, teaching math, science, history, economics and the like from a Biblical perspective.
• Third, realize that Montana Bible College’s discipleship program connects students with godly mentors from the beginning of their freshman year. And we disciple you all the way through to graduation. We are small enough to know our students individually. We challenge you to find a seminary that will give you the kind of personal attention you will get from MBC!
• Fourth, given the fact that most seminaries are located in urban centers, their primary area of ministry awareness and context is the urban and suburban church. MBC, however, is primarily geared toward ministry in the town and country context. No other pastoral training center we know has such a focus.