BIB 510 – Interpreting Scripture Today

Mark Wessner, PhD 

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies for Leadership
MB Seminary President

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Interpreting Scripture Today

How do the Scriptures, the Spirit, and the interpretive community work together to discern the message and meaning of the Bible? How do we read the text carefully so that we can live it out with wisdom and faithfulness? In this introductory course, learners will develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the historical, literary, theological, and confessional value of both the Old and New Testaments, with special attention given to the Bible’s interpretation and application in the Mennonite Brethren tradition.

Ready to dive in? Choose from one of three learning options available to strengthen your person or ministry: enrolling in graduate studies (for credit), registering for continuing education, or attending the teaching weekend for personal interest.

You can earn graduate credit by enrolling in our Ministry Foundations Certificate program and successfully completing each Ministry Foundations course. To qualify, you will need to apply and be accepted as a graduate student at MB Seminary. In addition to attending each Teaching Weekend (the course intensive that spans Friday night and all day Saturday), each course also has required readings and assignments that need to be completed over the term. In some partnership contexts, the course schedule is designed to run sequentially and can be completed within one academic year. Once you have successfully completed all four courses, you will receive our Ministry Foundations Graduate Certificate (worth 12 graduate-level credits). If desired, you can choose to enrol in another Certificate option, a master’s degree program, or explore transferring these graduate credits to another institution.

All leaders are learners, and many people and workplaces recognize the value-added benefit of continuing education. Now, you can receive official recognition by integrating ministry and learning together through our Ministry Foundations Continuing Education Certificate. This certificate (and continuing education credit) is achieved in two parts: by attending a teaching weekend and by completing an applied ministry assignment. After successfully completing all four courses, you will earn the Ministry Foundations CE Certificate that provides you with an official record of completion and can be used to satisfy a credentialing body.

If pursuing graduate credit or a continuing education certificate is more than you need at this time, we invite you to consider participating in our teaching weekend for your personal interest. You’ll gain valuable insights and ideas from leaders in their field and strengthen your personal knowledge and ministry. No assignments or readings are required.