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Educational Distinctives



Most seminaries focus on one or two characteristics for their students. Moody Theological Seminary seeks to produce balanced and exceptional leaders in all four vital areas of Discovery, Integration, Engagement and Teaching. Students come to MTS and discover scholarship that not only transforms but produces leaders who can integrate the balance of skills necessary to make them truly exceptional.

Delivering the unique blend of practical Christian training and sound biblical scholarship requires that we value and employ the following:

The Scholarship of Biblical Discovery

This is exegetical research that engages the biblical text in order to state new paradigms supported by biblical exegesis while engaging with contrary and complementary critical scholarship.
[Study the Word]

The Scholarship of Engagement

Also known as applied biblical research, this engagement takes a specific bib­lical/theological discovery and shows its application in life in varied settings. 
[Study / Live the Word]

The Scholarship of Biblical Integration

Utilizing reflective observation of basic/applied Bible research, this discipline brings together two or more areas of biblical discovery in a creative synthesis.
[Study / Live the Word]

The Scholarship of Preaching and Teaching

Draws on other three scholarships in order to communicate and impart skills in a format that can be acquired, integrated and applied within specific audi­ences.
[Teach the Word]


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"I chose MTS—Michigan because of its mission to train and equip godly leaders based on Scripture. There is no way I could lead my church spiritually if I didn't have a solid, strong foundation in the Scriptures."
— Joe, Brighton, Mich.
Master of Divinity