Graduate School of Theology - Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
MASTER OF ARTS IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY (MACM)
Melinda Thompson, Advisor
ACU Box 29416, Abilene, Texas 79699-9416
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 chaplaincy). 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.
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.
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:
BIBM 602 GST Orientation
- Tools, 9 hours:
BGRK 611, 612 Elementary New Testament Greek I, II
BIBL 627 Biblical Exegesis
- Bible core, 9 hours:
BIBL 610 Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament
BIBL 620 Advanced Introduction to the New Testament
Text Selection, 3 hours
- History and Theology, 9 hours:
BIBD 660 Introduction to Systematic Theology
BIBH 651 History of Christianity I
BIBH 664 Advanced Restoration History
- Ministry, 9 hours:
BIBM 603 Foundations of the Theology of Ministry
BIBM 629 Field Education or its equivalent with the approval of the MACM advisor)
BIBM 648 Christian Spiritual Formation
- Ministry Electives, 3 hours.
- English Bible exam.
- E-portfolio review or thesis defense.
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