Each student will have the choice of writing a Theological Paper or an Exegesis Paper to meet the requirements for graduation. Students are required to write a 15 page paper and defend it before a panel of pastors, theologians and church leaders. Your paper should research, explain (in your own words), exegete, and defend from your research.

Students are expected to take care in developing this written assignment. Correct grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling are minimum requirements for this assignment. Mechanics and structure will make up a portion of the total grade for this Composition paper.

Your paper should fulfill the following requirements:

  • Cover page
  • 15 pages
  • Typed double-spaced.
  • No additional lines between paragraphs or section headings.
  • Times New Roman 12 point font (or equivalent).
  • One-inch margins.
  • Title centered on first line one, with the first line of text beginning on line five.
  • Page numbers in upper right hand corner and title page.
  • Reference page, title page, and appendices are not included in page count.
  • APA style in-text citations and a reference page will be expected.
  • Keep all drafts; they are to be attached to the back of the final paper when you turn it in.


Each student will stand in front of a set of paneled experts, pastors and theologians to explain, support, describe, defend their, research, theory and doctrine of the paper.

Due Date

Your final paper is due two weeks to the day before your defense date and there will be no stipulations. If turned in late you will be penalized ten points per day. This paper will not be accepted if more than three days late.


New Breed School of Ministry adheres to the 80/20 rule. Specifically this means that 80 percent of your paper should be original work and 20 percent of your work should come from references, citations and quotes. Plagiarizing another’s words or ideas (passing them off as your own) can result in loss of grade or failure.


In addition to content, your paper is evaluated based on APA format, and may lose points for improper or absent references or citations, lack of a title page, no topic/sections headings, poor organization, insufficient or excessive length of report, spelling errors, grammatical errors, and other miscellaneous content problems. Proofread your work before submitting it to.

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