The Master of Arts in Church Ministries is a two year (60 semester hours) program of studies that prepares you for a variety of ministries in a church or church related institution, including pastoral ministry or a particular area of church ministry (for example: Christian education, missions, pastoral counseling, youth, evangelism and discipleship).
Who Is It For?
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
- Pastoral Counselor
Goals for This Degree
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.
Master of Arts in Church Ministries (M.A.C.M.) Requirements (60 Hours)
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.
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 621 Survey of Baptist Heritage
Church Ministries (18 Hours)
- PM 511 Pastoral Ministry
- PM 514 Principles of Disciple-Making
- EV 512 Biblical Evangelism and Disciple-Making
Non-ministerial students may substitute electives for PM 511, PR 511, and PR 611.
- PM 532 Supervised Ministerial Leadership Experience
- PR 511 Special Studies in Expository Preaching
- PR 611 Homiletics
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
Ministerial students lacking prior studies in church administration must take RE 511.
- RE 536 Principles of Christian Counseling
- Elective in Christian Education
Electives (6 Hours)