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M.A. in Christian Ministries

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) is a professional degree designed to prepare women and men for competent leadership in specialized ministries in their faith communities. This degree seeks to develop the general theological understanding required as a basis for specialized ministries and to nurture the practical abilities and skills needed for the special form of ministry expected. The program is built upon biblical, historical, theological and contextual foundations and seeks to prepare both lay and clergy candidates for a vocation of specialized ministry in unique contextual settings in the life of the Church.

Overview

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degree is a professional credential designed to prepare women and men for competent leadership in specialized ministries in their faith communities. The degree seeks to develop the general theological understanding required as a basis for specialized ministries and nurture the practical abilities and skills needed for that particular ministry form.

Program Goals

  • Demonstrate a fundamental grounding in theological studies and be able to locate their specialized vocation in the larger context of the Christian heritage and calling.
  • Understand contextual and cultural dynamics related to human and ecclesial needs, modes and models of response, and relevant resources specific to settings in ministry.
  • Possess specific competencies related to their areas of ministry that enable them to contribute more effectively to their faith communities and institutions.
  • Practice the values inherent to learning community in which critical and constructive insight is valued and the content and dynamic aspects of specialized ministries assessed in a collegial manner.
  • Commit to cultivate holy love of God and neighbor demonstrated by a knowledge of and practice in the Christian disciplines including works of service, with particular attention to a Wesleyan understanding of the means of grace.

Degree Map

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Hrs Course ID Course Name
Early
3 CD501 Vocation of Ministry (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 BT501 Biblical Narrative
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 CH501 Church History—One
3 CS601 Christian Ethics
3 TH501 Basic Christian Doctrine
3 WO510 Worship Leadership in the Church
3 PC510 Care of Persons
Final
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley
3 CD605 Gospel Catechesis: Transformative Discipleship [PRQ: TH501]
3 CH502 Church History Two
3 CL605 Christian Leadership Identity
3 MS708 World Religions and Mission
3 MM514 OR MM520 Mentored Ministry—One [PRQ: CD501, MS501]
3 MM614 OR MM620 Mentored Ministry—Two [PRQ: MM520/ MM514]
3 MM714 OR MM720 Mentored Ministry—Three [PRQ: MM520/514, MM620/614]
3 PR610 The Theology and Practice of Preaching [PRQ: NT(IBS)510 or 511, TH501]
As Needed
3 Elective Course
3 Elective Course
3 Elective Course
3 Elective Course