Immerse is a four-year Master of Divinity program that engages you within a local ministry context for a journey of biblical and theological reflection, skill development and personal growth, helping you build the character and knowledge essential to ministry leadership. A ministry mentor and an academic mentor work with you throughout the program to help you develop the skills, competencies and character you need to be an effective minister of God.
What’s Different About Immerse?
Mentored-Ministry Learning Model
Live out your academic assignments in the context of your life and ministry through the Immerse competency-based learning model. Guided by a team of mentors, work through a series of carefully-crafted learning experiences that help you accumulate and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and character required in ministry leadership.
Partnership with the Church
Immerse is based on partnership between ACTS Seminaries, denominational networks and local churches working together to mentor students through the program and ultimately, endorse graduates for positions of leadership and influence. Your education takes place within your ministry context, which means you don’t need to quit your ministry position to train for ministry.
The Immerse program outlines 27 Ministry Learning Outcomes in which you need to demonstrate mastery before graduation. Assignments, instruction and your mentoring relationships will lead you step by step in developing your competencies in these areas that are essential for effective service in ministry.
Online, Live-Stream and Flexible Seminary Study Options
At ACTS Seminaries, we make your ministry education more accessible by offering a number of online, live-stream, modular and other flexible study options.
Talk to us today to discover course options available to you.
* This degree is granted conjointly by Trinity Western University and the seminary in which the student is enrolled.
Rather than traditional courses, the Immerse MDiv leads you to develop the essential competencies for ministry through mentored ministry and education. We call these competencies Ministry Learning Outcomes. They are centered around three key elements of ministry - the Mission of God, the Mode by which God's mission is brought into the world and the Manner in which we participate in that mission.
IMS 501: Mission: Reach: Faith
IMS 601: Mission: Reach: Gospel
IMS 701: Mission: Reach: Culture
IMS 502: Mission: Disciple: Scripture
IMS 602: Mission: Disciple: Holiness
IMS 702: Mission: Disciple: Worship
IMS 503: Mission: Multiply: Vision
IMS 603: Mission: Multiply: Hope
IMS 703: Mission: Multiply: Community
IMS 504: Mode: Personal: Call
IMS 604: Mode: Personal: Prayer
IMS 704: Mode: Personal: Wisdom
IMS 505: Mode: Relational: Incarnation
IMS 605: Mode: Relational: Influence
IMS 705: Mode: Relational: Family
IMS 506: Mode: Structural: Church
IMS 606: Mode: Structural: Groups
IMS 706: Mode: Structural: History
IMS 507: Manner: Conviction: God
IMS 607: Manner: Conviction: Revelation
IMS 707: Manner: Conviction: Creation
IMS 508: Manner: Integrity: Humility
IMS 608: Manner: Integrity: Grace
IMS 708: Manner: Integrity: Justice
IMS 509: Manner: Skill: Communication
IMS 609: Manner: Skill: Leadership
IMS 709: Manner: Skill: Love
Effective leadership requires wisdom, knowledge and humility to lead wherever God has called, whether in full-time church ministry or leadership in the marketplace and community.
Pastoral Ministry courses are designed to equip you with a philosophy of ministry as well as practical skills in the major areas of pastoral ministry - preaching, pastoral care and leadership.
ACTS Seminaries welcomes applicants who confess faith in Jesus, are members in or connected with a local church, and possess a desire for academic and spiritual growth within the ACTS Seminaries community. A bachelor degree from an accredited university or college is the standard academic prerequisite, along with a current ministry position that includes significant leadership responsibility. Other admission requirements are listed on our Apply page.
Step 1 - choose your degree program
Step 2 - fill out the online application form
Step 3 - submit your references and transcripts
The seminaries that constitute the Associated Canadian Theological Schools admit qualified women and men of any race, nationality or ethnic origin. Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. ACTS may consider applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements, provided they can demonstrate the ability to succeed at the graduate level.