Skip to main content

Academics

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.)

DR. SCOTT STEVENS
Program Director

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a two-year program focused on the application of the principles of ministry. It consists of 36 semester hours in which four hours may be earned by completing a thesis or advanced ministry project. This curriculum provides opportunities for intensive study in Christian scriptures, theology, and ministry at the graduate level.

All courses are offered online, adding to the convenience of the program. Areas of specialization include Business Leadership, Children’s Ministry, Sports and Recreation Ministry, Spiritual Guidance, Youth Ministry, Theology, and Missions. Students are equipped with the ministry skills necessary to fulfill their calling in the Kingdom of God.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
Scholarship information can be found here.

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS INFORMATION
Cost | Admission Requirements | Transfer of Credit

NEXT STEPS
Request Information  |  Apply Now

Courses

Course List

To see course descriptions, visit the Academic Catalog.

M.A.C.M. Requirements (36 Hours)

Ministry Studies – 6 hours from the following:
RLGN 5301 Early Childhood Ministry
RLGN 5302 Elementary Children’s Ministry
RLGN 5303 Family Ministry
RLGN 5304 History of Missions
RLGN 5305 Strategies for Missions
RLGN 5306 Theology of Missions
RLGN 5307 Youth Evangelism and Discipleship
RLGN 5308 Youth Cultural Issues
RLGN 5312 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion
RLGN 5350 The Educational Ministry of the Church
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry
RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice

Christian Traditions – 6 hours
RLGN 5300 The Baptists
RLGN 5360 World Christianity

Biblical and Theological Studies – 6 hours from the following:
RLGN 5309 New Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul
RLGN 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture
RLGN 5319 Old Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5320 Old Testament Theology
RLGN 5330 New Testament Theology
RLGN 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology
RLGN 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology

Specialization (12-15 hours)
Business Leadership – 12 hours from the following: 

HIED 5303 Christian Servant Leadership or MBAE 5301 Entrepreneurial Leadership
Any 9 hours from the Master of Business Administration curriculum other than MBAE 5301 

Children’s Ministry - 15 hours from the following: 
HIED 5303 Christian Servant Leadership 
RLGN 5301 Early Childhood Ministry 
RLGN 5302 Elementary Children’s Ministry 
RLGN 5303 Family Ministry 
RLGN 5350 The Educational Ministry of the Church 

Sports and Recreation Ministry – 12 hours from the following: 
HIED 5303 Christian Servant Leadership 
KINE 5301 Current Trends and Issues in Sports and Exercise Settings 
KINE 5304 Sports and Exercise Psychology 
KINE 5305 Principles of Advanced Human Performance 

Spiritual Guidance – 12 hours from the following: 
RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice 
Nine (9) hours from the following: 
COUN 5303 Counseling Children and Adolescents 
COUN 5304 Professional Orientation in Counseling 
COUN 5312 Lifespan Development 
COUN 5327 Sociocultural Issues in Counseling 
COUN 6301 Marriage and Family Therapy 
COUN 6322 Crisis and Trauma Intervention 
COUN 6326 Addictions Counseling 
COUN 6351 Faith Integration in Counseling 

Youth Ministry - 15 hours from the following: 
HIED 5303 Christian Servant Leadership
RLGN 5350 The Educational Ministry of the Church 
RLGN 5303 Family Ministry 
RLGN 5307 Youth Evangelism and Discipleship 
RLGN 5308 Youth Cultural Issues 

Theology - 15 hours from the following: 
RLGN 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul 
RLGN 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture 
RLGN 5319 Old Testament Exegesis 
RLGN 5309 New Testament Exegesis 
RLGN 5320 Old Testament Theology 
RLGN 5330 New Testament Theology 
RLGN 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology 
RLGN 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel 
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology 

Missions - 15 hours from the following: 
HIED 5303 Christian Servant Leadership 
RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice 
RLGN 5304 History of Missions 
RLGN 5305 Strategies for Missions 
RLGN 5306 Theology of Missions

Electives – 3-6 hours from the following (to reach a total of 36 hours depending on the Specialization):
Any Bible and Theology Foundations courses 
Any Ministry Foundations courses

Thesis Option (4 hours) – Students may elect to complete a thesis (requiring completion of both of the following courses). Completion of RLGN 6101 and RLGN 6301 will substitute for one Biblical and Theological Studies course or for one Ministry Studies course.
RLGN 6101 Thesis/Ministry Project 1
RLGN 6301 Thesis/Ministry Project 2*
* RLGN 6301 requires the successful completion of a thesis or ministry project report.
•    A thesis or ministry project report must be determined to be “Acceptable” on all criteria identified in the grading rubric (available online in the Manual for Research Theses and Ministry Project Reports) in order for the student to receive credit (grade of CR) in RLGN 6301 Thesis/Ministry Project 2.
•    If the student submits a thesis/report determined to be anything other than “Acceptable” on any of the criteria in the grading rubric (or does not submit a thesis/report at all), the student will have the following options:
(a) The student may request that the professor give the student an Incomplete for the course. The student must complete the thesis/report by the due date determined by the professor to receive credit (CR) for the course. The student who fails to satisfy this requirement will be given the opportunity to choose one of the two options below.
(b) The student will receive a grade of NC (no credit) for the course and register for RLGN 6301 Thesis/Ministry Project 2 for the next semester.
(c) The student will receive a grade of NC (no credit) for the course and register or an elective course to complete graduation requirements for the MACM degree.

Overview

MISSION STATEMENT
Through advanced biblical, theological, and practical study, the School of Christian Studies graduate programs seek to equip men and women to become Christian servant leaders who possess the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill their calling in the Kingdom of God.

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
The nature of graduate education is to foster an environment with the student as an active participant in the learning process as leader, researcher, and practitioner. Significant time is spent on the review of the literature of the discipline. The activities of the course are writing intensive, engage the biblical text more closely and thoroughly than is typical in an undergraduate course, require careful, detailed analysis of diverse and conflicting interpretations, incorporate reflective thought on the part of the student, include an increased expectation of independent research, and necessitate a search for additional resources to bring to class to inform discussion. At their discretion students may work in collaborative groups to complete the course goals and objectives, but each student must be prepared to participate personally in seminar discussions and presentations.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
For the Master of Arts in Religion and the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, students will complete a total of 36-37 graduate credit hours with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average. Students must complete all requirements for the degree within five years of being granted full admission. Read more about the requirements on the Graduation Requirements page.

DISMISSAL FROM PROGRAM
1. Students who fail to achieve full admission after the completion of nine graduate hours will be dismissed from the program.
2. Students who fail to maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise the grade point average. Following that semester, failure to regain at least a 2.75 grade point average will result in dismissal from the program.
3. Students who earn a grade of “D” or “F” in any one course may be dismissed from the program based on a recommendation from the Program Director and Dean.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
 1. Students will (a) construct a biblical approach to ministry and (b) design a personal philosophy of ministry grounded in Scripture and tailored to his or her calling, personality, and gifting.
 2. Students will demonstrate skills in Christian ministry such as (a) leading devotions on biblical concepts and passages and (b) planning worship services.
 3. Students will demonstrate the ability to prepare Bible studies or sermons
 4. Students will (a) demonstrate knowledge of the seven pillars of leadership, and/or (b) evaluate models of Christian leadership, and/or (c) demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of Christian servant leadership to ministry situations.
 5. Students will apply key principles and strategies used in contemporary global missions.
 6. Students will demonstrate skills in using the various methodologies of biblical interpretation in analysis of selected biblical texts.
 7. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the significance of major doctrinal themes of the Christian faith, their biblical foundations, and their historical and contemporary expressions.
 8. Students will identify and explain the basic contributions to moral philosophy and Christian ethics of key figures of the Western tradition.
 9. Students will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of evangelistic methods used worldwide.
10. Students will defend the biblical and theological basis for evangelism and display proficiency in sharing the gospel in a variety of contexts.

Manual for Research Theses and Ministry Project Reports
Course Rotation

Summer 2020
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Fall 2020
RLGN 5300 The Baptists
RLGN 5301 Early Childhood Ministry

RLGN 5306 Theology of Missions

RLGN 5319 Old Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology

HIED 5303 Christian Servant Leadership 

Spring 2021
RLGN 5304 History of Missions

RLGN 5307 Youth Evangelism and Discipleship
RLGN 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture 
RLGN 5330 New Testament Theology 
RLGN 5350 The Educational Ministry of the Church 

 

Summer 2021
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Fall 2021
RLGN 5302 Elementary Children's Ministry

RLGN 5303 Family Ministry
RLGN 5308 Youth Cultural Issues
RLGN 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul 
RLGN 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel 
RLGN 5360 World Christianity

 

Spring 2022
RLGN 5300 The Baptists

RLGN 5305 Strategies for Missions
RLGN 5309 New Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5312 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion
RLGN 5320 Old Testament Theology

RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice

Summer 2022
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Additionally the Thesis/Ministry Project courses [RLGN 6101 and RLGN 6301] will be offered as needed.