Graduate School of Theology - Master of Arts in Christian Ministry


Tim Sensing, Advisor
ACU Box 29416, Abilene, Texas 79699-9416

Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building, Room 302
Phone: 325-674-3792 or toll free: 888-242-5360
Fax: 325-674-6180

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) is a 48-hour degree designed to equip individuals primarily for church ministry roles other than preaching. This degree prepares students for competent leadership in some form of specialized ministry in congregations or other settings (courses available in children’s ministry, youth and family ministry, education ministry, missions, and gerontology). The MACM degree is normally two years in duration for a full-time student. Persons admitted with some advanced theological study or with extensive undergraduate studies in Bible, religion, and ministry may receive up to 9 hours of advanced placement. Consult with the advisor.

Non-Resident Program
The Graduate School of Theology offers a 48-hour program whereby non-resident students can obtain the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM). This degree provides an opportunity for students from around the world to remain in their current jobs while taking course work to advance their ministry skills. Students may select courses from several formats to complete the MACM, including one-week intensive, weekend intensive, and Internet courses.

The Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools which requires that all students complete part of their degree in residence. This residency requirement may be met through one-week intensive and weekend intensive courses. Substantial reading preparation is required for all intensive format courses so students must register several weeks in advance to receive the reading assignments. Currently, the Graduate School of Theology offers resident courses on the ACU campus and at the ACU Education Center at DFW in Irving, Texas.

Students must complete all degree requirements within seven years. The MACM degree requirements are the same for both resident and non-resident students.

Major Code: MACM

Requirements for the MACM are:

  1. Orientation:
    BIBM 602
    GST Orientation
  2. Tools, 9 hours:
    BGRK 611, 612
    Elementary New Testament Greek I, II
    BIBL 627
    Biblical Exegesis
  3. Bible core, 9 hours:
    BIBL 610
    Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
    BIBL 620
    Advanced Introduction to the New Testament
    Text Selection, 3 hours
  4. History and Theology, 9 hours:
    BIBD 660
    Introduction to Systematic Theology 
    BIBH 651
    History of Christianity I
    BIBH 664
    Advanced Restoration History
  5. Ministry, 12 hours
    BIBM 629
    Field Education or its equivalent with the approval of the MACM advisor)
    BIBD 640
    Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
    BIBM 607 Introduction to Christian Ministry
    BIBM 648 Christian Spiritual Formation
  6. Electives, 9 hours.
  7. English Bible exam.
  8. Oral comprehensive exam or thesis defense.
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