Christian Ministry (MA)

ACU’s Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a flexible degree program designed to equip you for competent leadership in ministry fields such as youth and family ministry, children’s ministry and education ministry. This online Christian ministry degree is also ideal if you’re looking to deepen your theological knowledge for a career outside ministry, such as in education or social service.

With many elective hours, you are able to personalize your online ministry degree to match your particular ministry passions and interests.

Ready to be a part of a graduate community dedicated to helping you answer God’s calling for you? The master’s degree in ministry will help you tackle the leadership challenges and prepare you for life-long service and success.

Apply now or contact us for more information about our Christian ministry degree online programs today. Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is also available as a residential program in Abilene.

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Meet the Program Director

Dr. Mindi Thompson is an Associate Professor and Director of Distance Education. She joined the Graduate School of Theology in 2011. Dr. Thompson received her Ph.D. from Luther Seminary where she focused on the Old Testament. She holds an M.A. from Emmanual Christian Seminary, and her B.A. and A.A. are from Minnesota Bible College.  She earned the honor of Outstanding Faculty of the Year for the College of Biblical Studies at ACU in 2015. She is the co-author of the book, To the Ends of the Earth: Cultural Considerations for Global Online Theological Education and author of the publication, Reading Leviticus 19: Issues for Interpretation.

“One of my favorite scripture passages is the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 19:11-27). As a woman with leadership gifts serving in a church tradition that doesn’t always welcome those gifts, it can be a challenge to find ways to use my talents. I’m convinced, though, that when I stand before the Lord and he asks me to give an accounting for how I used the gifts he gave me, ‘They wouldn't let me!’ won’t be a good excuse. My calling is to remain faithful with the little I’ve been given, trusting that God will grow it into something useful for his purposes.”

Degree Highlights


Ministerial leadership

Ministry and Bible

Student and family ministry

Spiritual formation


Credit hours: 48

Program length: 30 months

Example Coursework

Biblical Exegesis

History of Christianity

Systematic Theology

Foundations of the Theology of Ministry


Graduate School of Theology

Upcoming Start Dates

January 11, 2021

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Justin Whiteley ('16) | M.A. in Christian Ministry

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What outcomes can you expect from an online graduate degree program for ministers?

History: Graduates will have a basic understanding of the history of the Christian faith

Practice: Graduates will have knowledge and skills related to a particular aspect of ministerial practice

Integration: Graduates will have ability to integrate theological and theoretical concepts with concrete ministry situations

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application and application fee.
  • An official transcript of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent.
  • A cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA.
  • Two letters of recommendation (may be submitted through the online application).
  • Personal statement of interest.
  • Writing assessment.

See full ACU online graduate admission requirements here. For a comprehensive list of admission requirements for our Master of Ministry degree program, online, please contact a Graduate Advisor.

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