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Local Church Ministry, M.A.

Overview

  • Residential
  • Deploy

There are those interested in or involved in vocational ministry who want to pursue postgraduate study, but pursuing a 90-hour M.Div. is impractical or undesirable. The 48-hour Master of Arts in Local Church Ministry is a wonderful alternative! It includes theology and hermeneutics, spiritual formation and prayer, and a variety of practical ministry courses. The M.A. in Local Church Ministry also offers a concentration in Women’s Leadership.

The following types of students are encouraged to consider this program:

  1. Those already having had several years of vocational ministry experience who desire further theological study in order to be better prepared for the pastoral role.
  2. Students desiring additional theological study for their particular field of ministry.

This is a terminal degree program for those who do not plan to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree in the future.

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.

Curriculum

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  • Deploy
  • TH 5010 Systematic Theology I

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 5020 Systematic Theology II

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 5090 Hermeneutics

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 5140 Biblical Backgrounds

    Credit Hours: 3
  • NT 5020 New Testament Introduction

    Credit Hours: 3
  • OT 5000 Old Testament Introduction

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 6600 Principles and Practice of Prayer

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 6010 Spiritual Formation

    Credit Hours: 3
  • MI 5050 Intercultural Ministry

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 6460I Ministry Philosophy for the Church

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 6210 Expository Preaching and Teaching

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 7000 Leadership in the Local Church

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 5040 Interpersonal Comm. & Conflict Management

    Credit Hours: 3
  • TH 5280 History of Doctrine and the Church

    Credit Hours: 3
  • PM 7300 Local Church Apprenticeship

    Credit Hours: 6
  • PM 7320 Church Apprenticeship II

    Credit Hours: 3
  • DLC 5100 Embracing Sanctification

    Credit Hours: 3
  • DLC 5200 Thinking Critically in Ministry

    Credit Hours: 2
  • DLC 5300 Becoming a Mature Disciple

    Credit Hours: 3
  • DLC 5400 Research & Writing

    Credit Hours: 1
  • DLC 5500 Practicing Biblical Hermeneutics

    Credit Hours: 3
  • DLC 5600 Understanding Biblically Healthy Churches

    Credit Hours: 3
  • DLC 5700 Exercising Flexibility in Ministry

    Credit Hours: 3
  • DLC 5800 Applying Biblical Exegesis

    Credit Hours: 3
  • DLC 5900 Articulating Biblical Theology

    Credit Hours: 3
  • DLC 6000 Embodying the Love of God

    Credit Hours: 3
  • DLC 6100 Embracing Cultural Diversity

    Credit Hours: 3
  • DLC 6200 Articulating Personal Theology

    Credit Hours: 3
  • DLC 6300 Resolving Leadership Conflict

    Credit Hours: 3
  • DLC 6400 Communicating God’s Truth

    Credit Hours: 3
  • DLC 6500 Initiating Transformational Change

    Credit Hours: 3

Entry Requirements

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  • Deploy

In order to be considered for enrollment in the Master of Arts program at Grace Theological Seminary, you must fulfill certain admissions requirements:

  • A four-year bachelor‘s degree or its equivalent (for international students) from a recognized institution of higher learning. Graduates of Bible colleges, liberal arts colleges, and state colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission, the student must provide:

  1. Official transcripts for all undergraduate work or graduate transfer work
  2. A personal reference
  3. A spiritual life reference
  4. A church endorsement
  5. Additionally, international applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.

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.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission, the student must provide:

  1. Completed Application
  2. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and completed graduate work
  3. A personal reference
  4. A spiritual life reference
  5. A church endorsement
  6. Additionally, international applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.