Master of Arts in Church Ministries

Master of Arts in Church Ministries

 

The Master of Arts in Church Ministries degree program is a two to two-and-one half year (60 semester hours) program of studies distributed among the following fields: Biblical Studies, Theological-Historical Studies, Church Ministries, and Christian Education. This includes three hours of approved field supervision. This program allows the student to prepare for a variety of ministries in a church or church related institution, including pastoral ministry. A student may choose to focus elective studies in a particular area of church ministry (Christian education, missions, pastoral counseling, youth, evangelism and discipleship).

Students may earn the Master of Arts in Church Ministries degree by taking semester-length courses either on the Jacksonville, Texas campus or the Arkansas Extension site. In addition, many courses for this degree can be taken in one week Motion classes or in other distance education formats.


Personal Objectives

 

Upon satisfactory completion of the Master of Arts in Church Ministries program the graduate should be able to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Minister competently as a pastor, associate pastor, or as a pastoral counselor to a local church congregation.
  • Minister on a professional level as a minister of education or minister of youth in a church or church related institution.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in the field of Christian ministry and education in various contexts of and support roles required in Christian ministry.
  • Understand and be able to communicate biblical and theological truths in the context of Christian ministry.
  • Demonstrate personal growth and spiritual maturity as needed for leading various Church ministries.
  • Function at an acceptable level in further professional studies in Christian ministry.

Vocational Objectives

 

The Master of Arts in Church Ministries program allows the student to prepare for a number of ministerial opportunities. The program is recommended for those who are studying for any of the following ministries:

  • Minister of Christian Education
  • Minister of Youth
  • Minister of Outreach/Discipling
  • Minister of Evangelism
  • Campus Minister
  • Pastor or Associate Pastor
  • Missionary
  • Pastoral Counselor

 
  • Master of Arts in Church Ministries (M.A.C.M.) Requirements (60 Hours)
    Biblical Studies (12 Hours)
    • OT 511 Old Testament Introduction and Survey I
    • OT 512 Old Testament Introduction and Survey II
    • NT 511 New Testament Introduction and Survey I
    • NT 512 New Testament Introduction and Survey II

    Theological-Historical Studies (12 Hours)
    • TH 511 Systematic Theology I
    • TH 512 Systematic Theology II
    • CH 511 General Church History I
    • CH 512 General Church History II

    Church Ministries (18 Hours)
    • PM 511 Pastoral Ministry
    • PM 514 Principles of Disciple-Making
    • EV 512 Biblical Evangelism and Disciple-Making
    • PM 532 Supervised Ministerial Leadership Experience
    • PR 511 Special Studies in Expository Preaching
    • PR 611 Homiletics

    Non-ministerial students may substitute electives for PM 511, PR 511, and PR 611. Students my substitute an approved Clinical Pastoral Education, Pastoral Ministry, Religious Education, or Missions internship for PM 532.


    Christian Education (12 hours)
    • RE 511 Principles of Church Administration OR
      RE 512 Administrative Christian Leadership
    • Elective in Christian Education
    • RE 536 Principles of Christian Counseling
    • Elective in Christian Education

    Ministerial students lacking prior studies in church administration must take RE 511.


    Electives (6 Hours)
    • Elective
    • Elective

    No more than three courses numbered 300-400 may be taken. The remainder must be courses numbered 500-600. The candidate for the Master of Arts in Church Ministries degree must complete a minimum of twenty-four semester hours of classroom work in residence at BMA Seminary. Up to twenty-seven (27) semester hours of work may be transferred from an accredited institution toward the Master of Arts in Church Ministries degree.