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2021-2022 Academic Catalog5001 North Oak TrafficwayKansas City, Missouri 64118-4697Switchboard: 816-414-3700Registrar’s Office: 816-414-3713 or [email protected] Office: 816-414-3733 or [email protected]: www.mbts.eduWhile this Catalog was prepared utilizing the best information available at the time of publication, Spurgeon Collegereserves the right to make corrections and changes without further notice in accordance with new policies andprocedures.Spurgeon College is a school of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary'sprograms offered through Spurgeon College are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). HLC isrecognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education (USDE).

Board of TrusteesTerm Expiring 2022Ben O. Character, Oxford, ALRandall H. Tompkins, Alexandria, LALarry W. Sheppard, Broken Arrow, OKDavid C. Shanks, Fort Worth, TXJacob A. McMillian, St. Joseph, MOBryan C. Pain, Duncan, OKTerm Expiring 2023Courtney E. (Gene) Dempsey, Kent, WAC. Rex Smith, Paducah, KYEdward I. Mattox, Farmington, MIM. Lee Roberson, Hobbs, NMFrankie J. Melton, Jr., Heath Springs, SCLarry L. Lewis, Columbia, MOTerm Expiring 2024Charles S. Wesner, Wellton, AZJeffrey L. Dial, Little Rock, ARDarrow Perkins, San Diego, CAPhyllis J. Mason, Owing Mills, MDDouglas C. Rule, Ridgeland, MSJason R. Gentry, Hallsville, MOJon L. Sapp, Topeka, KSLarry Lewis, Evansville, INJohn Rainwater, Little Rock, ARTerm Expiring 2025Jonathan Hayashi, Kearney, MONathan Rose, Liberty, MOCarl (Jason) Spade, Parkersburg, WVDaniel Torres, Brooklyn, NYStephen J. Weeks, Philadelphia, PALisa W. Gunn, Clinton, MSRalph B. Lassiter, Omaha, NETerm Expiring 2026LeRon G. West, Tulsa, OKNathan Naoumi, Las Vegas, NVChad McDonald, Lenexa, KSDavid Meany, Collierville, TNEmmanuel Fontaine, Saugus, MAJames Sineath, Indialantic, FLMason (Lane) Harrison, Ozark, MO

Table of ContentsAcademic Calendar . iiRegistration Calendar .ivBiblical Foundation . 1Perspective . 13Programs of Study List. 16Student Handbook . 17Financial Information. 29Academic Information. 44Programs of Study . 62Curriculum – Course Descriptions. 110Administration . 130i

Academic CalendarFall Semester2021-2022Online Terms A and C Classes Begin . August 23On-Campus Classes Begin . August 23MWI Term 1 Classes Begin . August 23Convocation. August 31Labor Day (Classes Canceled) . September 6Last Day to Apply for December Graduation . September 15Online Term D Classes Begin.September 20For the Church Conference. September 27-28MWI Term 2 Classes Begin . October 4Reading Days for On-Campus Classes . October 11-15Online Term A Classes End . October 14Online Term B Classes Begin . October 18Online Term D Classes End.November 11Thanksgiving Break for On-Campus Classes . November 22-26On-Campus Classes End . December 8Online Term B and C Classes End . December 9December Commencement. December 10Winter Term & BreakWinter Session . December 13 – January 14Spring SemesterOnline Term A and C Classes Begin . January 17On-Campus Classes Begin . January 18MWI Term 3 Classes Begin . January 18Convocation. January 25Online Term D Classes Begin . February 14Last Day to Apply for May Graduation . February 15Reading Days for On-Campus Classes . March 14-18Online Term A Classes End . March 10Online Term B Classes Begin . March 14MWI Term 4 Classes Begin . March 7Easter Break for On-Campus Classes . April 11-15Online Term D Classes End . April 7On-Campus Classes End . May 4Online Term B and C Classes End . May 5May Commencement. May 6ii

Summer Term & BreakOnline Term A Classes Begin . May 9On-Campus Classes . May 9-Aug. 19Memorial Day (Classes Canceled) . May 30Southern Baptist Convention . June 12-13Online Term B Classes Begin . June 27Online Term A Classes End . June 30Online Term B Classes End. August 18Online Term C Classes Begin . May 9Online Term D Classes Begin . June 6Online Term C Classes End. August 18Online Term D Classes End . July 28iii

Registration CalendarFall 2021Schedules PostedRegistration OpensTuition & Enrollment Due DateClasses BeginLast day to add a classLast day to drop with 100% refundLast day to drop with 50% refundLast day to drop without academicpenaltyClasses EndDecember CommencementFinal Grades DueWinter 2021-22Schedules PostedRegistration OpensTuition & Enrollment Due DatePre-Coursework BeginsLast day to drop with 100% refundOn-Campus SessionLast day to drop without academicpenaltyPost-Coursework EndsFinal Grades DueSpring 2022Schedules PostedRegistration OpensTuition & Enrollment Due DateClasses BeginLast day to add a classLast day to drop with 100% refundLast day to drop with 50% refundLast day to drop without academicpenaltyClasses EndMay CommencementFinal Grades DueOn Campus &Term C-OnlineApril 1, 2021April 8, 2021August 16, 2021August 23, 2021August 27, 2021August 27, 2021Sept. 17, 2021November 1, 2021Dec. 8, 2021 oncampus, Dec.9,2021, Term CDec. 10, 2021Dec. 19, 2021Term A - OnlineTerm B - OnlineTerm D - OnlineApril 1, 2021April 8, 2021August 16, 2021August 23, 2021August 25, 2021August 27, 2021September 3, 2021September 10,2021October 14, 2021April 1, 2021April 8, 2021October 11, 2021October 18, 2021October 20, 2021October 22, 2021October 29, 2021November 5, 2021April 1, 2021April 8, 2021Sept. 13, 2021Sept. 20, 2021Sept. 22, 2021Sept. 24, 2021October 1, 2021October 8, 2021December 9, 2021November 11,2021Dec. 10, 2021October 24, 2021Dec. 10, 2021Dec. 19, 2021Dec. 10, 2021Nov. 21, 2021On CampusSeptember 13, 2021September 20, 2021TBDTBDTBDTBDTBDOnlineSeptember 13, 2021September 20, 2021December 6, 2021n/an/an/an/aTBDJanuary 23, 2022n/aJanuary 23, 2022On Campus &Term C-OnlineOctober 1, 2021October 8, 2021January 10, 2022January 18, 2022,on campus,January 17, 2022Term CJanuary 21, 2022January 21, 2022February 11, 2022April 1, 2022Term A - OnlineTerm B - OnlineTerm D - OnlineOctober 1, 2021October 8, 2021January 10, 2022January 17, 2022October 1, 2021October 8, 2021March 7, 2022March 14, 2022October 1, 2021October 8, 2021February 7, 2022February 14, 2022January 19, 2022January 21, 2022January 28, 2022February 4, 2022March 16, 2022March 18, 2022March 25, 2022April 1, 2022February 16, 2022February 18, 2022February 25, 2022March 4, 2022May 4, 2022, oncampus, May 5,2022 Term CMay 6, 2022May 15, 2022March 10, 2022May 5, 2022April 7, 2022May 6, 2022March 20, 2022May 6, 2022May 15, 2022May 6, 2022April 17, 2022iv

Summer 2022Schedules PostedRegistration OpensTuition & Enrollment Due DateClasses BeginOn CampusFebruary 21, 2022February 28, 2022TBDMay 9, 2022Term A - OnlineFebruary 21, 2022February 28, 2022May 2, 2022May 9, 2022Term B - OnlineFebruary 21, 2022February 28, 2022June 20, 2022June 27, 2022Term C - OnlineFebruary 21, 2022February 28, 2022May 2, 2022May 9, 2022Last day to drop with 100% refundLast day to drop with 50% refundLast day to drop without academicpenaltyClasses EndFinal Grades DueTBDTBDTBDMay 13, 2022May 20, 2022May 27, 2022July 1, 2022July 8, 2022July 15, 2022May 13, 2022June 3, 2022June 10, 2022August 19, 2022August 28, 2022June 30, 2022July 10, 2022August 18, 2022August 28, 2022August 18, 2022August 28, 2022Summer 2022Schedules PostedRegistration OpensTuition & Enrollment Due DateClasses BeginTerm D - OnlineFebruary 21, 2022February 28, 2022May 30, 2022June 6, 2022Last day to drop with 100% refundLast day to drop with 50% refundLast day to drop without academicpenaltyClasses EndFinal Grades DueJune 10, 2022June 17, 2022June 24, 2022Midwestern Women’s InstituteFall 2021MWI Classes BeginLast Day to Drop MWI ClassesMWI Classes EndSpring 2022MWI Classes BeginLast Day to Drop MWI ClassesMWI Classes EndJuly 28, 2022August 7, 2022Term 1August 23, 2021September 3, 2021October 1, 2021Term 3January 18, 2022January 28, 2022March 4, 2022vTerm 2October 4, 2021October 15, 2021November 19, 2021Term 4March 7, 2022March 25, 2022April 29, 2022

Biblical FoundationTHE SEMINARY'S IDENTITYSpurgeon College is the undergraduate institution ofMidwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, an entity of theSouthern Baptist Convention. As such, it is guided by theseminary’s identity and principles. The Seminary's primarysource of support is the Southern Baptist CooperativeProgram. The Seminary is governed by a board of 35 trusteeselected by the Southern Baptist Convention with 7 trusteeselected on a rotating basis each year. In accordance with theProgram Statement for seminaries adopted by the SouthernBaptist Convention in 1979, Midwestern is primarily agraduate professional school. It is accredited by theAssociation of Theological Schools and the Higher LearningCommission. It provides academic programs leading to theMaster of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of TheologicalStudies, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Counseling, Doctor ofEducational Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy in BiblicalStudies, as well as undergraduate studies.The Seminary's Relationship with TheChurchesOne Faith, One Task, One Sacred Trust: A CovenantBetween Our Seminaries and Our Churches"You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is inChrist Jesus. And the things that you have heard from meamong many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who willbe able to teach others also." II Timothy 2:1-2For over 135 years, the churches of the Southern BaptistConvention have looked to their seminaries for the trainingand education of their ministers. These six schools wereestablished and undergirded by Southern Baptists in order thatour churches may be served by a more faithful ministry.This is a critical moment in the history of the SouthernBaptist Convention---and for our seminaries. The sixseminaries serving this denomination bear a precious andperishable responsibility on behalf of our churches, for we areentrusted with those who will be their ministers, pastors,preachers, and servants.Looking to the dawn of the twenty-first century, wehereby restate and reaffirm our commitment to the churcheswe serve, to the convictions those churches hold and honor,and to the charge we have received on their behalf.One FaithThe church of Jesus Christ is charged to contend for thefaith once for all delivered to the saints. Our seminaries,charged with the theological formation of ministers, must takethis charge as central and essential to our mission. In an age oframpant theological compromise, our seminaries must send nouncertain sound.Biblical FoundationLet the churches of the Southern Baptist Conventionknow that our seminaries are committed to theologicalintegrity and Biblical fidelity. Our pledge is to maintain theconfessional character of our seminaries by upholding thosedoctrines so clearly articulated in our confessions of faith; byteaching the authority, inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibilityof the Bible; by maintaining the purity of the Gospel andaffirming the identity of Jesus Christ, by whose blood we havebeen redeemed and in whose name alone salvation is to befound; and by proclaiming with boldness the precious andeternal truths of God's Word.In this we stand together, and we stand with ourchurches. We understand that those who teach take on anawesome responsibility, and will receive from our Lord astricter judgment. We stand before this convention and ourchurches to declare that we stand together in one faith, servingour Lord Jesus Christ.One TaskOur mission is to prepare ministers for service. Wecannot call ministers, nor appoint them to service. Ministers,called by God and commissioned by our churches come to usin order that they may through our seminaries receive learning,training, and inspiration for service. Preachers, evangelists,missionaries, and those who minister throughout the life of thechurches come to our seminaries with the hope that they willleave their programs of study better equipped, armed, andmatured for the faithful exercise of their calling.Our mission is to remain ever true to this task. We declareour unflinching resolve to provide the very finest programs oftheological education for ministry. We will match theologicalfidelity to practical ministry, passion to practice, vision tocalling, and honor to service. This is our task.One Sacred TrustOur schools are not generic institutions for religiousstudies. We are the six theological seminaries serving theSouthern Baptist Convention. We belong to you--we belongto the churches of this Convention. We are proud to carry yourcharge, and we declare our fidelity to you as a sacred trust. Inthis trust we stand before the Southern Baptist Convention,and we stand together.Through the trustees elected by this Convention, ourchurches must hold our seminaries accountable to the faithonce for all delivered to the saints, to the essential task oftraining and educating ministers, and to the sacred trust thatunites our seminaries and our churches.As the presidents of your seminaries, we declare ourunbending and fervent resolve to uphold all of thesecommitments. We will lead our institutions so that no harmshall come to your students and ministers; so that they will berooted and grounded in the truth; so that they will be trainedas faithful and effective preachers and teachers; so that theywill bring honor to the church and not dishonor;and so that we shall be able to give a good answer and receivea good report when we shall face that stricter judgment whichis to come.Page 1

This is our pledge, our resolve, our declaration. OneFaith, One Task, One Sacred Trust.Signed by the Presidents of the six Southern Baptistseminaries in the presence of the Messengers to the 140thSession of the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Dallas,Texas, June 17, 1997.The Seminary's Confession of FaithThe Trustees of Midwestern Baptist TheologicalSeminary, upon the founding of the seminary in 1957, adoptedas the Seminary’s confession The Baptist Faith and Message,which was adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in1925. The revisions to The Baptist Faith and Message madeby the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963, 1998 and 2000have been subsequently adopted by the Trustees. TheSeminary's current confession of faith, The Baptist Faith andMessage, 2000, along with the report of the convention's lateststudy committee, is as follows:Report of the Baptist Faith and Message StudyCommittee to the Southern Baptist Convention. Adopted,June 14th, 2000.The 1999 session of the Southern Baptist Convention,meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, adopted the following motionaddressed to the President of the Convention:"I move that in your capacity as Southern BaptistConvention chairman, you appoint a blue ribbon committee toreview the Baptist Faith and Message statement with theresponsibility to report and bring any recommendations to thismeeting next June in Orlando."President Paige Patterson appointed the committee asfollows: Max Barnett (OK), Steve Gaines (AL), SusieHawkins (TX), Rudy A. Hernandez (TX), Charles S. Kelley,Jr. (LA), Heather King (IN), Richard D. Land (TN), Fred Luter(LA), R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (KY), T. C. Pinckney (VA),Nelson Price (GA), Adrian Rogers (TN), Roger Spradlin (CA),Simon Tsoi (AZ), Jerry Vines (FL). Adrian Rogers (TN) wasappointed chairman.Your committee thus constituted begs leave to present itsreport as follows:Baptists are a people of deep beliefs and cherisheddoctrines. Throughout our history we have been a confessionalpeople, adopting statements of faith as a witness to our beliefsand a pledge of our faithfulness to the doctrines revealed inHoly Scripture.Our confessions of faith are rooted in historicalprecedent, as the church in every age has been called upon todefine and defend its beliefs. Each generation of Christiansbears the responsibility of guarding the treasury of truth thathas been entrusted to us [2 Timothy 1:14]. Facing a newcentury, Southern Baptists must meet the demands and dutiesof the present hour.New challenges to faith appear in every age. A pervasiveanti-supernaturalism in the culture was answered by SouthernBaptists in 1925, when the Baptist Faith and Message was firstBiblical Foundationadopted by this Convention. In 1963, Southern Baptistsresponded to assaults upon the authority and truthfulness ofthe Bible by adopting revisions to the Baptist Faith andMessage. The Convention added an article on "The Family" in1998, thus answering cultural confusion with the clearteachings of Scripture. Now, faced with a culture hostile to thevery notion of truth, this generation of Baptists must claimanew the eternal truths of the Christian faith.Your committee respects and celebrates the heritage ofthe Baptist Faith and Message, and affirms the decision of theConvention in 1925 to adopt the New Hampshire Confessionof Faith, "revised at certain points and with some additionalarticles growing out of certain needs " We also respect theimportant contributions of the 1925 and 1963 editions of theBaptist Faith and Message.With the 1963 committee, we have been guided in ourwork by the 1925 "statement of the historic Baptist conceptionof the nature and function of confessions of faith in ourreligious and denominational life " It is, therefore, quoted infull as a part of this report to the Convention:(1) That they constitute a consensus of opinion of someBaptist body, large or small, for the general instruction andguidance of our own people and others concerning thosearticles of the Christian faith which are most surely heldamong us. They are not intended to add anything to the simpleconditions of salvation revealed in the New Testament, viz.,repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior andLord.(2) That we do not regard them as complete statementsof our faith, having any quality of finality or infallibility. Asin the past so in the future, Baptists should hold themselvesfree to revise their statements of faith as may seem to themwise and expedient at any time.(3) That any group of Baptists, large or small, have theinherent right to draw up for themselves and publish to theworld a confession of their faith whenever they may think itadvisable to do so.(4) That the sole authority for faith and practice amongBaptists is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.Confessions are only guides in interpretation, having noauthority over the conscience.(5) That they are statements of religious convictions,drawn from the Scriptures, and are not to be used to hamperfreedom of thought or investigation in other realms of life.Baptists cherish and defend religious liberty, and denythe right of any secular or religious authority to impose aconfession of faith upon a church or body of churches. Wehonor the principles of soul competency and the priesthood ofbelievers, affirming together both our liberty in Christ and ouraccountability to each other under the Word of God.Baptist churches, associations, and general bodies haveadopted confessions of faith as a witness to the world, and asinstruments of doctrinal accountability. We are notembarrassed to state before the world that these are doctrineswe hold precious and as essential to the Baptist tradition offaith and practice.Page 2

As a committee, we have been charged to address the"certain needs" of our own generation. In an age increasinglyhostile to Christian truth, our challenge is to express the truthas revealed in Scripture, and to bear witness to Jesus Christ,who is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life."The 1963 committee rightly sought to identify and affirm"certain definite doctrines that Baptists believe, cherish, andwith which they have been and are now closely identified."Our living faith is established upon eternal truths. "Thus thisgeneration of Southern Baptists is in historic succession ofintent and purpose as it endeavors to state for its time andtheological climate those articles of the Christian faith whichare most surely held among us."It is the purpose of this statement of faith and message toset forth certain teachings which we believe.Respectfully Submitted,The Baptist Faith and Message Study CommitteeAdrian Rogers, ChairmanThe Baptist Faith and Message, 2000I. The ScripturesThe Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired andis God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure ofdivine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for itsend, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. Itreveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is,and will remain to the end of the world, the true center ofChristian union, and the supreme standard by which all humanconduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. AllScripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus ofdivine revelation.Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34;Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8;Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.;17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.II. GodThere is one and only one living and true God. He is anintelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator,Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinitein holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and allknowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past,present, and future, including the future decisions of His freecreatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, andobedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us asFather, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes,but without division of nature, essence, or being.A. God the FatherGod as Father reigns with providential care over Hisuniverse, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of humanhistory according to the purposes of His grace. He is allBiblical Foundationpowerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father intruth to those who become children of God through faith inJesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.;Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10;Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13;Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24;5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15;1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17;1 John 5:7.B. God the SonChrist is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation asJesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born ofthe virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will ofGod, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands andnecessities and identifying Himself completely with mankindyet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personalobedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross Hemade provision for the redemption of men from sin. He wasraised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to Hisdisciples as the person who was with them before Hiscrucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at theright hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God,fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliationbetween God and man. He will return in power and glory tojudge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever presentLord.Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53;Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5;27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46;John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11;16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24;7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34;10:4;1Corinthians1:30;2:2;8:6;15:1-8 ,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5;Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians1:13-22;2:9;1Thessalonians4:14-18;1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3;4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9;Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.C. God the Holy SpiritThe Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. Heinspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Throughillumination He enables men to understand truth. He exaltsChrist. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness,

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention. As such, it is guided by the seminary's identity and principles. The Seminary's primary source of support is the Southern Baptist Cooperative Program. The Seminary is governed by a board of 35 trustees elected by the Southern Baptist Convention with 7 .