With The Church, For the Church

The Midwestern Training Network is a group of individuals and churches that are partnering with Midwestern to pursue an accredited, accessible, and affordable Master of Theological Studies. Combining the rigor of academic study with real ministry experience, our concentrations in Church Planting, Preaching & Pastoral Ministry, and Leadership have been developed by proven ministry leaders to deliver a truly unique and effective educational experience. The program is simple: students take eleven core classes and four field practicums in their area of emphasis. Similar to the Doctor of Ministry model, our practicums challenge students to apply what they are learning under the guidance of their field supervisor.

Students can begin the program at any time they choose, since the program has six entry points throughout the year. Core classes can be taken fully online, on-campus, or in our innovative hybrid format. The remaining ministry practicums can be completed in any ministry setting.

Whether you’re a church looking to develop your staff or interns, or an individual preparing for a lifetime of ministry, we encourage you to consider the Midwestern Training Network.

Master of Theological Studies

11core classes

4field practicums in your area of emphasis

Core classes

Old Testament Survey I

Old Testament Survey II

New Testament Survey I

New Testament Survey II

Theology I

Theology II

History of Christianity II

Introduction to Apologetics

Christian Ethics

Introduction to Hermeneutics

Missiology

Church Planting Practicums

Church Planting Leadership

Outreach Strategy and Methods

Community Research and Exegesis

Church Planting Logistics: Financial & Legal

Preaching / Pastoral Ministry Practicums

Preaching I: Sermon Preparation

Preaching II: Sermon Delivery

Pastoral Ministry/Leadership

Church Evangelism/Discipleship

Leadership Practicums

Personal Leadership Development

Organizational Theory & Management

Leading and Managing Change

Leadership Team Development

Sample 2-Year Schedule

Students who participate in the Midwestern Training Network receive the benefits of complete flexibility. Classes can be taken at any pace or location including online, on-campus, or at special conferences. Below is a sample of how a student can complete this program is just two years.

Classes are offered (O) Online, (C) Conference, and/or (P) Practicum

Fall Term

Introduction to Hermeneutics (O/C)

Old Testament 1 (O)

New Testament 1 (O)

Spring Term

Old Testament 2 (O)

Ethics (O/C)

Church Planting Leadership (P)

Summer Term

New Testament 2 (O)

Apologetics (O/C)

Church Planting Logistics: Financial & Legal (P)

Fall Term

Theology 1 (O/C)

History of Christianity 2 (O)

Community Research and Exegesis (P)

 

Spring Term

Theology 2 (O)

Outreach Strategy and Methods (P)

Missiology (O)

FAQ
  • Q

    What makes the Midwestern Training Network unique?

    • A:The Midwestern Training Network combines rigorous theological education with practical ministry experience, offering a truly innovative and immersive educational experience. This combination coupled with our practicums, innovative delivery models, and flexible programming make the Midwestern Training Network unlike anything else in the world.
  • Q

    What does the MTS cost?

    • A:Costing only $300/hour, Midwestern’s Training Network is one of the most affordable accredited degrees in North America. Midwestern Seminary and College is also one of the few evangelical institutions in North America that participates in Federal Student Loan programs. The school also offers a few other select scholarships.
  • Q

    Is financial assistance available?

    • A:Yes. Midwestern Seminary and College is one of the few evangelical institutions in North America that participates in Federal Student Loan programs. We also have a few other select scholarships available.
  • Q

    Can I complete my degree online?

    • A:Yes. Though many students will choose to take classes at our main campus or through conferences, students enrolled in our MTS program can take up to 100% of their degree online.
  • Q

    When can I start?

    • A:Midwestern Seminary offers six unique entry points throughout the year making it easy to begin the program anywhere, anytime. With Midwestern’s convenient class schedule, you are never more than eight weeks away from being able to start your MTS.
  • Q

    How does The Midwestern Training Network benefit my church?

    • A:The Midwestern Training Network is a resource for your church to help you keep, recruit, and train leaders and pastors by offering them a unique opportunity of theological and practical training while serving in your church. Whether your church has one student or twenty students, we have designed the network to help you train leaders for the church.The uniqueness to the program is that it allows you as the church to use strategic practicums in which you get to choose the ministry setting, the style, and the reading list, enabling you to invest your own DNA into the student. You also lead cohort discussions and lectures over the classes the student is taking, enabling you to further invest through interactive classroom style training. Finally, you have the chance to offer a fully accredited masters degree in partnership with your churches training of leaders for the church.
  • Q

    Is the Midwestern Training Network for individuals or churches?

    • A:Whether you’re a church looking to develop your staff or interns, or an individual preparing for a lifetime of ministry, we encourage you to consider the Midwestern Training Network. If you are a church, we desire to help you train leaders for the church. If you are an individual, it is our desire to help you be trained for ministry, both theologically and practically. We would love to help you get connected to a church that is part of the Training Network or talk with your church about how they can become part of the Training Network.

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Your Education

100% of credits earned in the Midwestern Training Network are fully transferrable to continue a Master of Divinity (+36), or to even begin one of our many doctoral programs with minimal additional classes needed.

MTS +3

MDiv +36

Doctorate ASAP