In the fall of 2017, YTI will launch an innovative new Master of Divinity program at the Yellowstone Center for Faith, Adventure, and the Arts in Bozeman, Mont.
This three-year residential program aims to bridge the gap between classroom learning and practical ministry. Residential ministry training programs tend to use a systematic format that unnecessarily separates the education process in ways that do not accurately reflect the connection between life and ministry. As a result, concepts learned in the classroom become difficult to transfer into practice.
YTI’s M.Div. will seek to integrate the learning process through four tracks: Scripture, Faith and Life, Worldview and Culture, and Practicum. Ministry work is incorporated into each track. Students will serve in churches, hospitals, and nursing homes, as well as on the public grounds of YTI’s parks, gardens, cafés, and fields throughout their time in the program, allowing for application of the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in real life experiences.
Each student in the 72-credit M.Div. program will be assigned an academic advisor, a spiritual director, and a ministry mentor to guide them as they complete their tracks. Students will not receive letter grades for their achievement in the tracks. Instead, competency will be measured through committee interview and evaluation. Remedial work will be recommended to students to address areas of deficiency. If necessary, a student may enroll in a track for an additional term in order to master weaker areas, or may elect to transfer to the M.A. program.
The goal is for each student in the program to leave a “master” of divinity, not simply with a master of divinity degree.