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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

MA in Christian Ministry (macm)

Whether you plan to serve in a church, para-church, mission, campus ministry or marketplace setting, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) will prepare you for effective ministry wherever God calls you. Combining excellent academic training and practical ministry skills, the MA in Christian Ministries provides a solid foundation in multiple disciplines and enhances students’ proficiency in serving the Lord and others.

Potential Careers

  • Pastors & Church Leaders
  • Para-church Leaders & Staff
  • Missionaries
  • Campus Ministry
  • Marketplace Ministry
  • Community Organizers

Program Goals

  • You will be spiritually grounded. You will understand who you are as a child of God and will be faithful in developing your relationship with Christ and with his people.
  • You will be biblically grounded. You will acknowledge the authority of God’s inerrant Bible and its centrality in governing Christian life and practice. You will understand the main themes and emphases of the Old and New Testaments and have a grasp of the overall message of the Bible and its implications for all aspects of life.
  • You will have a basic competence as a biblical interpreter. You will grasp the basics of interpretive methodology and will have practice in using tools and techniques to handle the Bible well.
  • You will be historically and theologically adept. You will appreciate the historical and doctrinal heritage both of the Christian church as a whole and of the specific group or groups of which they are a part.
  • You will be culturally and globally aware. You will recognize the importance of understanding the culture in which you minister and will possess experience in interpreting your particular ministry context in light of Scripture. You will be aware of what the Lord is doing to establish his kingdom throughout the world and will see your own ministry in direct connection to the worldwide mission of his church.
  • You will be equipped with ministry skills. You will gain experience and skills in the particular ministry to which you are called.

Program Distinctives

  • Development of a firm biblical foundation to equip students for effective ministry
  • World-renowned faculty members training new leaders in the Church
  • Access to other top-tier institutions, including Harvard Divinity School and Boston University School of Theology, through the Boston Theological Interreligous Consortium
  • Emphasis on global engagement provides opportunities for hands-on missions experience
  • Access to other top-tier institutions, including Harvard Divinity School and Boston University School of Theology, through the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium
  • Field-Based Mentored Ministrycomponent provides supervised practical ministry opportunities and carries course credit
  • Rigorous courses offered during evenings and weekends to accommodate your schedule
  • Emphasis on Urban Ministry Leadership
  • Integration of biblical, theological and historical disciplines with a critical understanding of the social, cultural and economic conditions in the urban context
  • Academic courses contextualized to the current needs of the city
  • Conveniently located in the heart of the city
  • Emphasis on deep spiritual formation, global engagement and practical training
  • Quality contextualized theological education and hands-on training
  • Rigorous courses offered in various formats (evenings, weekends, week intensives and online/hybrid) to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient, economical and innovative adult education system
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from your home
  • Access to library resources and classes at other top-tier institutions through the Carolina Theological Consortium
  • Quality contextualized theological education and hands-on training
  • Rigorous courses offered in various formats (evenings, weekends, week intensives and online/hybrid) to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient, economical and innovative adult education system
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from your home
  • Quality contextualized theological education and hands-on training
  • Rigorous courses offered in various formats (evenings, weekends, week intensives and online/hybrid) to accommodate your schedule
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from your home

Courses

48 Credit Hours (16 Courses)

The MA in Christian Ministry (MACM) includes nine foundational courses (core requirements), six concentration electives, and one open elective.

Foundational Courses (Core Requirements)

Exploring the Old Testament

Exploring the Old Testament (OT500) highlights the big picture of the Old Testament through the lens of God’s relationship with his people. We will explore the content, context, message, and purpose of each Old Testament book. We will see how each book fits into the overarching story of the Old Testament and how the unfolding narrative points forward to Jesus as the climax in the story of redemption.

Exploring the New Testament

Exploring the New Testament (NT501) traces the revelation of the Good News of Jesus Christ from the time of Jesus’ inauguration of God’s Kingdom, through the international missionary work of the Apostle Paul, to the Church’s communal life and witness in the first-century world. We will explore the content, context, message, and purpose of each New Testament book and see how they show the fulfillment of Scripture’s overarching narrative.

Interpreting the Bible

Interpreting the Bible (OT/NT517) builds a broad foundation for responsible and productive study of Scripture by orienting students to the essential tools and issues in the field of hermeneutics. The course enables students to adapt the knowledge and skills acquired to their specific ministry contexts.
Prerequisites: OT500 & NT501

Theology Survey I

Theology Survey I (TH501) focuses on the theological method, revelation, inspiration, and canon of scripture; existence and attributes of God; Trinity; creation and providence; human nature, and original and actual sin.

Theology Survey II

Theology Survey II (TH502) focuses on the person and work of Christ, predestination, conversion, justification, sanctification, and the work of the Holy Spirit; perseverance; the nature and mission of the Church; sacraments, and eschatology. Prerequisite: TH 501

Survey of Church History

Survey of Church History (CH500) surveys the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost in Jerusalem to the present day worldwide movement.

Understanding Culture

Understanding Culture (CT520) assists Christians in the task of translating Christianity into the various cultures where it abides, attending to the traits, values and patterns of specific cultures so that as Christ enters that culture he both rectifies what is broken and lifts up what is sacred.

Ethics Course

Ethics (Any ET) explores how Christians can make and enact good, wise, and faithful ethical choices and develop moral character and community in the midst of a complex world.

Spiritual Formation for Ministry

Spiritual Formation for Ministry (MC/SF501) develops a working knowledge of spiritual formation leading to a lifetime of continuing education. Special emphasis is given to spiritual exercise and small group practice for personal application and for leadership in ministry. Alternative: Dynamics of Spiritual Life (CH/SF591)

Electives

Six concentration electives and one open elective:

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The six concentration electives you choose should be drawn from either the division of Practical Theology or Counseling. This includes the following course subjects and associated course codes:

CL — Christian Leadership
CO — Counseling
EM — Educational Ministry
EV — Evangelism
MC — Ministry of the Church
PC — Pastoral Counseling
PR — Preaching
YM — Youth Ministry

Optional Concentrations

In addition to the standard MACM, Gordon-Conwell offers multiple predefined concentrations. These concentrations provide you a focused plan of study.

Church Planting

Communication Skills

Leadership

Spiritual Formation

Urban Ministry

You Can Afford Seminary!

Scholarships and financial assistance are available.