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Diploma of Christian Theology



The Diploma of Christian Ministry (DCM) is designed for believers who to develop their biblical understanding.  This is great for believers, lay leaders, pastors, and other people serving the Lord.

Enrollment Requirements

Applicants for the DCM must meet the following requirements:

- Be a professing Christian active in their home church

- Be at least 17 years old


Courses for the DCM are $90, and that includes your textbook and all related fees

The annual cost of the DCM program is $360 and students may prepay if they desire.  Because the tuition is already so low, we are not able to offer a discount for prepayment.  


Each course in the DCM lasts 8 weeks, for a total of 2 classes per 16 week semester.  Each class is 3 credits.  

Classes are taken in the following order:

- Semester 1A: Hermeneutics (THEO100)

- Semester 1B: Theology (THEO110)

- Semester 2A: Pastoral Counseling (THEO120)

- Semester 2B: Church History (THEO130)

- Semester 3A: Church Leadership (THEO200)

- Semester 3B: Biblical Teaching Methods (THEO210)

- Semester 4A: Old Testament (THEO220)

- Semester 4B: New Testament (THEO230)

Course Overview

Hermeneutics (THEO100) teaches students how to study their Bibles, drawing out the meaning of the text.  Students will complete outline exercises and become knowledgeable about the science of Biblical interpretation.

Theology (THEO110) introduces students to Christian theology.  Students will be familiar with the concepts of Biblical inherency, salvation, the Trinity, and more.  

Pastoral Counseling (THEO120) introduces students to basic skills needed to help those suffering.  Students will complete reading assignments and create case studies to develop fundamental counseling skills.

Church History (THEO130) studies the reformation event.  Students will learn of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, and the circumstances surrounding his break from the Catholic Church.  

Church Leadership (THEO200) helps students develop and understanding of church leadership fundamentals. Students will learn basic administration and leadership techniques.

Biblical Teaching Methods (THEO210) focuses on developing the students ability to teach others within their church, with a focus on Biblical exposition. This course will help those who will lead small groups, Sunday School classes, and even pastors preparing to preach. 

Old Testament (THEO220) takes students through an Old Testament in a survey.  Students will be exposed to the different types of literature and events of the Old Testament.

New Testament (THEO230) takes students through a New Testament survey.  Students will become familiar with the gospels, epistles, and the different doctrines of New Testament theology.


The Shepherd's Bible Institute is unique in that we do not administer tests.  In our experience, tests have proven to be a poor method of evaluation.  

Rather than tests, each student will complete a weekly reading assignment.  Students will also make original contributions to in-class discussion based on the coursework to date.

Additionally, students will complete regular writing assignments, due at the beginning of class their assigned week.

Students will be evaluated based on participation, both in class and online, and through their turned in assignments.  

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