Preparation for Ministry
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a degree that introduces a wide arrange of tools and relevant information for ministers, people desiring deeper theological and ministerial study for a non-professional ministry, and for students who want to advance their ministerial leadership skills while remaining in their current jobs. The M.A. in Christian Ministry is especially geared for people who want to serve churches as an associate minister (such as youth, campus, children and family, or educational minister) or for leaders in churches and ministries who may not desire an official or professional role in a ministry. Additionally, it is an ideal degree for a church member or leader who desires advanced study in theology, scripture and ministry, yet does not seek a career in ministry.
The M.A. in Christian Ministry can be done both in full-time, residential study, or as a distance student.
The M.A. in Christian Ministry prepares ministers to be spiritually formed and increase their theological tools and knowledge. The curriculum is designed to give students the same broad exposure in the theological disciples as a Master of Divinity degree, but it does not go to the same depths as an M.Div. Because of this, it is an ideal degree for ministers who are unable to relocate for full-time study or who desire a shorter, more flexible degree designed around a student's particular ministry interest. This degree is also helpful for ministers who already have ministry experience and seek to learn more about Scripture, history, theology, ministerial practices, and tools for study.
Ministry in Non-Church Contexts
The M.A. in Christian Ministry is also a desirable degree for students seeking a theological rationale for their ministry in a non-professional setting. Many students pursue a joint degree in the M.A.C.M. along with the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy or a Master of Science in Social Work. By combining the Christian Ministry degree with these, students enrich their theological understanding – helping them to apply theological principles in their work. As such, spiritually formed people can connect their work to God's Kingdom as they utilize a diverse set of tools and experiences in their work and ministry.