Full Membership



Full members must have earned a Th.M. degree, its equivalent, or a higher degree in biblical studies, theological studies, or a related discipline. This educational requirement has two components: level of degree (ThM or higher), and academic discipline (biblical studies, theology, or related disciplines). Only full members have voting privileges. The ETS constitution (article 4) allows for exceptions to the educational requirements for membership based on significant contributions in the realm of theology through writing, administration, or teaching in evangelical educational institutions. Significant contributions through years of teaching or serving in administration are relatively easy to assess. What is more difficult is assessing an applicant’s writing. In general, for a body of publications to warrant full membership it must:

  • Be indicative of a level of biblical scholarship commensurate with the Th.M. or Ph.D. in biblical or theological studies
  • Contribute to the academic literature of biblical or theological studies
  • Demonstrate fluency in the tools, methods, history and literature of biblical or theological scholarship
  • Be published through a peer review process in an established academic journal or by an established academic press

Publications that are self-published, of a strictly pastoral nature, written for a non-academic audience, or not primarily based on biblical or theological research are not sufficient to support a case for full membership. These guidelines do not diminish the value of contributions that fall outside these criteria. Rather, these guidelines seek to delimit the type of writings that might serve as a substitute for the academic study and competency represented by a Th.M. or Ph.D in biblical or theological studies.

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