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Master of Arts in Educational Ministries (MAEM) Degree Program

Some may feel called to ministry, but not necessarily to the role of senior pastor or preacher. If you’re interested in ministering to the congregation, building networks and connections among church members, and uniting the body of Christ, the Master of Arts in Educational Ministries will serve as excellent preparation. You’ll learn to build nurturing, cooperative learning communities through individualized care.

Typical Student

M.A. in Educational Ministries students are concrete, critical thinkers with servants’ hearts. They are interested in exploring how biblical exegesis intertwines with a deep understanding of people and culture. This interdisciplinary, intergenerational degree fuses faith and practical learning to prepare you for various ministries.

Potential Careers

  • Youth or children’s ministry
  • Teaching in Christian education
  • Para-church ministry
  • Educational coordination
  • Congregational life and development ministry

Program Distinctives

  • Intentional learning community provides personalized, supportive experience
  • Meaningful, sustained interaction with peers in the field
  • Rigorous courses promote critical thinking and engaging discussions
  • Option for independent study tailored to your unique interests
  • Mentored Ministry component provides supervised practical ministry opportunities

Program Details

Sample Courses

Degree Goals

  • To understand the basic content and themes of the Old and New Testaments in their historical and cultural settings as well as the historical and theological dimensions of the Christian faith
  • To demonstrate the ability to faithfully and effectively teach the Bible in culturally relevant and appropriate ways
  • To foster love for God and his Word and therefore to cultivate the practices of spiritual maturity and Christ-like character, and to understand the Christian’s ethical responsibility in church and society
  • To acquire a biblical perspective and Christian worldview on cultural influences and to learn to engage those as they are at work both outside and inside the life of the church
  • To gain exposure to and significant personal experience in life in and among peoples of cultural backgrounds other than one’s own—both Christian and non-Christian
  • To faithfully and effectively present biblical truth, in both evangelistic and educational terms, to those who are not Christian believers.

Spotlight Alum

“I chose the MAEM because I wanted to create a solid education structure and develop long-term curriculum materials that would help prepare young students for meaningful membership and participation in the life of the church. Gordon-Conwell has helped me to think more critically and reflectively—not only in the biblical sense, but also in the way that I approach people.”

Sunny Seo, MAEM ‘07
Youth Pastor, Chodae Community Church | Norwood, N.J.


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