Master of Arts in Christian Ministry Course Requirements (36 hours)
The Master of Arts in Christian ministry is a 36 credit-hour degree program designed to equip men and women for competent leadership in ministry in churches and other settings. Training is provided in specialized ministry areas such as missions, youth and family ministry, campus ministry, preaching, spiritual guidance, urban ministry and others. Students are also expected to gain proficiency in scriptural and theological studies.
Students may take classes on campus or online. As many as 24 hours may be earned in the distance format; however, at least 12 hours must be earned in residence. These classes are often offered in an intensive format (weekend or one-week classes). The M.A. in Christian Ministry includes a comprehensive examination based on a case-study approach.
The educational goals of the program are: to provide foundational training in the basic theological disciplines (biblical, theological, pastoral); to enable discovery of strengths for ministerial leadership; to provide training in spiritual formation for effective work in ministry settings; and to teach specific ministry skills appropriate to the student’s calling (youth ministry, children’s ministry, campus ministry, urban ministry, etc.).