Local Church Ministry, M.A.
Deploy is a competency-based theological education model that enables students to get ministry training while remaining in their ministry context. The Deploy curriculum is organized around competencies, rather than traditional courses, and has been shaped through collaboration between seminary faculty and frontline ministry leaders. Through Deploy, Grace Seminary offers a Master of Arts in Local Church Ministry (42-credit equivalence). The M.A. degree path provides excellent training for those who aspire to or are involved in vocational ministry. In many ways, the M.A. is a condensed version of what is included in the M.Div. (90-hr eq.), with the exception of Greek and Hebrew. This degree includes coursework in theology, hermeneutics, spiritual formation, and a variety of leadership and practical ministry competencies. Deploy students also receive ministry-coaching from onsite mentors who serve alongside of them in their ministry context.
In order to be considered for enrollment in the Master of Arts in Local Church Ministry offered through Deploy, applicants must fulfill certain admissions requirements:
- A four-year bachelor‘s degree or its equivalent (for international students) from a recognized institution of higher learning, with a GPA of 2.5 or above. Graduates of Bible colleges, liberal arts colleges, and state colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.
- Note: A student who received his or her pre-seminary education at an institution that is not accredited or who achieved less than a 2.5 GPA in pre-seminary education may be admitted on academic restriction.