Local Church Ministry, M.A.
There are those interested in or involved in vocational ministry who want to pursue postgraduate study, but pursuing a 75-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 in this master of ministry degree.
The Local Church Ministry MA degree will provide a solid biblical and theological underpinning as well as a balanced training in pastoral counseling skills and intercultural studies. This Masters in Chaplaincy will provide solid foundational training that prepares individuals for ministry.
The following types of students are encouraged to consider this program:
Those already having had several years of vocational ministry experience who desire further theological study in order to be better prepared for a chaplaincy role.
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.
The Master of Arts program in Local Church Ministry is for those who need formal training, including those who already have several years of vocational ministry experience but desire further theological study in order to be better prepared for the pastoral role.
Vocational ministry looks different depending on various contexts all of which are enhanced when they are grounded in and founded upon formal theological study.
Spiritual Formation Pastor
Children’s Pastor or Minister
Church Ministry Directors
Parachurch Ministry Staff
Educational Ministry Professor
Discipleship or Formation Professor
This course combines both theory and practice. It introduces a functional methodology of organizing and developing the elements of a sermon.
Through reading and writing, pastoral interviews, you will learn about: servant leadership, mentoring, visionary leadership, and leading as a change agent.
The course will also encourage experience in creative methodologies of preaching, methodologies designed to impact 21st century listeners.
Through course material, individual reflection, and small group experiences, learners will explore the biblical foundations of relationships, personal relating style, small group dynamics, and roles and conflict management skills.
This course seeks to promote appropriate ministry perspectives especially as applied to the local church in North America.