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Master of Divinity

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  • Details
    Introduction the Master of Divinity

    Developing Christian leaders for participation in the kingdom mission and in various forms of ministry is the primary function of the Master of Divinity program. You will develop personal resources as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to become a spiritual leader. Graduates are equipped for a variety of pastoral ministries: chaplaincy, military chaplaincy, church planting, mission, youth ministry, and other church staff ministries as well as for participation in the kingdom mission. It also prepares capable individuals for doctoral studies.

    The NAIITS MDiv will specifically apply the understanding of a Spirituality of Wellness in Community to all Pastoral Care and Mentored Ministry units. In this way, the program will be culturally appropriate for both North American and African-originated Indigenous learners. This approach is:

    Situated in a well-developed Christ-centred Indigenous theology
    • affirming the ongoing intentions of Creator expressed in the declaration of “good” and “very good” at creation over human relationships, over all our relations, and over the land and seas, all of which exist tor Creator’s pleasure and purposes
    • honoring traditional Indigenous ceremonies and practices
    • honoring the healing gifts of the land and those brought forth by all our relations with whom we share this place.  
    Based in an asset framework including internal and external resources
    • recognizing, but not centering the psychoneurological, genetic, physical and systemic effects of multi-generational trauma
    • while acknowledging Historical Trauma, focusing on issues of wellbeing.
    • centering Indigenous voices and seeing persons as protagonists in their own histories and their current realities
    • Moving beyond decolonization into communities active in wellness
    • Actively safeguarding the wellness of those contributing to its development and facilitation
    In partnership with Sioux Falls Seminary and together with the Meachum School of Haymanot we are pleased to offer both an Indigenous North American and an African-originated Indigenous stream.
  • Course Framework

    FOUNDATIONS (4-7 credit hours)

    Foundation Requirement: Biblical Literacy

    3

    Readiness for Ministry
    Assessment

    1

    Symposium Seminars

    3

    BIBLICAL STUDIES (18 credit hours)

    Hebrew I

    3

    Hebrew II

    3

    Greek I

    3

    Greek II

    3

    Hebrew Scripture Foundations

    3

    New Testament Foundations

    3

    HISTORICAL STUDIES (6 credit hours)

    Christian History in Context

    3

    World Religions

    3

    ASSET-BASED
    TRAUMA-INFORMED
    PASTORAL CARE (15 credit hours)

    15

    Informed Pastoral Accompaniment

    3

    Mentored Ministry Placement

    9

    Spirituality of Wellness
    in Community

    3

    SPECIALIZATION (27 credit hours)

    GLOBAL INDIGENOUS

    AFRICAN-ORIGINATED

    Theology I: Indigenous
    Perspectives

    HAYMANOT I

    3

    Theology II: Theology and
    Ethic of the Land

    HAYMANOT II

    3

    History of Christianity I

    SANKOFA I

    3

    History of Christianity II

    SANKOFA II

    3

    Colonization and
    Decolonization

    UBUNTU

    3

    Telling the Stories

    PREACHING THE WORD

    3

    Indigenous Spirituality and
    Formation

    DISCIPLESHIP

    3

    NT Exegesis

    NT DERSAT I

    3

    OT Exegesis I

    OT DERSAT I

    3

    ELECTIVES

    Missional Ecclesiology

    (3)

    Ethics in Intercultural Context

    (3)

    Indigenous Practice of Andragogy - TEMHERT

    (3)

    Indigenous Leadership
    Development - BOKONZI

    (3)

    Indigenous Research and Writing

    (3)

    GROWING HEALTHY IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE CHURCHES

    (3)

    URBAN APOLOGETICS

    (3)

    URBAN YOUTH MINISTRY

    (3)

    MISSION

    (3)

    UJAMAA

    (3)

    OT DERSAT II

    (3)

    NT DERSAT II

    (3)

    Total Credit Hours:

    79

  • Scholarship Applications

    Scholarship Application

    While not guaranteed, NAIITS attempts to offer a tuition-directed scholarship for the MA program(s), which is made available through the generosity of faculty and friends. If you believe you might qualify for the scholarship, you are encouraged to apply according to the following guidelines.

    BASIC AWARD
    $100 per credit hour taken per award period deemed eligible to a maximum lifetime
    award of $5000.


    Requirements for Consideration

    1. North American based scholarship awards are directed primarily toward Native North American, then other Indigenous peoples – in that order. Non-Indigenous students may apply and be considered, but will not be guaranteed.

    2. Scholarships will be awarded solely at the discretion of NAIITS faculty and/or administration, which may make other awards as deemed appropriate.

    3. Students must be enrolled or accepted into one of the NAIITS degree programs.

    4. Students must be enrolled full time in two consecutive semesters for the year in which the scholarship is being awarded. Full-time status for degree programs is considered reached at 6 hours per semester.

    5. Students must reapply for scholarships each year. NOTE: Subsequent withdrawal from courses to below the above level, or failure to complete courses in the semester for which the award is given will disqualify the applicant from reapplying for one full year.

    6. Applications must be received by March 1st to be considered for the April 30th awards and by July 1st to be considered for the August 30th awards respectively.

    7. Students who are applying for other student aid in their country of residence must complete and file required documents personally – they will not be filed by NAIITS.

    NOTE: Successful applicants are not prevented from applying for scholarships from other sources of funding.



    Download the Scholarship Application form here

  • Apply Now

    ADMISSION PROCEDURE

    We are excited about your interest in studying in the NAIITS/Acadia program.

    For Admissions information please contact NAIITS at
    admissions@naiits.com

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NAIITS - An Indigenous Learning Community
NAIITS An Indigenous Learning Community (formerly the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies) is one of two members of Indigenous Pathways (IP), a nonsectarian, non-profit organization dedicated to working together with the Indigenous community NAIITS’ focus within IP is the development and articulation of Indigenous perspectives in theology and practice. We encourage Indigenous learning styles and world views in our instruction as we facilitate the development of a body of work addressing biblical, theological, and ethical issues from Indigenous perspectives. NAIITS currently has five program partnerships offering graduate, and post-graduate degree or award programs.
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