Master of Arts Curriculum

Course titles are subject to change.

The Master of Arts degree requires the completion of the MA core and one concentration and well as six hours of electives. See a list of recent and upcoming electives.

Master of Arts Courses

CORE CLASSES

MISS500 Cultural Context of Ministry (3 hours)

This course explores the most relevant contexts in which a person's ministry takes place, including the unity and diversity of local contexts, social and cultural contexts, denominational contexts, national and global contexts, as well as the kingdom context. Special attention is given to the broader Christian context of the cohort, such as the roots of American denominationalism for North Americans.

BIBL 500 The Bible as Christian Scripture (3 hours)

This course develops the two-fold skills of 1) reading the Bible in context and 2) reading it with the eyes of a Christian. The classic tools of inductive Bible study are presented alongside strategies for appropriating the Bible today.

THEO 500 Introduction to Christian Theology (3 hours)

This course reviews the historic beliefs of orthodox Christianity, including the nature of revelation, God, Christ, the Spirit, creation, humanity, sin, salvation, the church, and the end of the age.

MIN 561 Research Methodology (1 hour)

A basic introduction to writing papers, finding and assessing sources, organizing material, documentation, and style.

CHST 500 Global Christian History (3 hours)

This course surveys the progress and development of Christianity around the world from its inception to the present day, with special attention to the rise and anticipated dominance of two-thirds world Christianity in the southern hemisphere.

MIN 590 Capstone Project (2 hours)

An individually designed program accomplished primarily in the candidate's place of ministry. The written report will provide significant insight into the area explored. The project may have use primarily for the student and others interested in that area. Graded on a CR/NC basis.

LEADERSHIP CONCENTRATION

LEAD 540 Non-Profit Management: Strategic Leadership (3 hours)

This course explores key non-profit management principles and skills, particularly those that are unique to churches and faith-based organizations. It will deal with the planning missteps that bring growing non-profit organizations, including churches, to a halt. It will also address strategic issues such as: when and how to introduce new ideas, meeting organizational needs without stifling spiritual needs, how and when to add multiple celebration experiences, prayer strategies to maintain focus, why building too soon or too big will stunt organizational growth, planning realistic budgets for growth without overestimating potential, and how to "cell" a growing organization. (Practical)

CONG 520 Building a Multi-Generational Church (3 hours)

This course presents a careful explanation of how almost any church or ministry can utilize key research-based steps to grow into a healthy multi-generational ministry. The course traces the root of congregational and organizational conflict to the differences between generational perspectives and preferences. Topics covered in the course include: Defining the multi-generational model, the sources of inter-generational harmony, and methods of identifying generational needs. Finally, effective ministry strategies that build multi-generational congregations and ministries will be explored. (Practical)

SPIR 550 Spiritual Life and Leadership (3 hours)

This course focuses on the inflow and outflow of a deepening spiritual life which results in difference-making leadership.

LEAD 560 Power, Change, and Conflict Management (3 hours)

This course examines several theories of the nature of change and change management as they interface with church management and administration. The course particularly examines the nature of power structures within the congregation and how to facilitate constructive change while maintaining fidelity to the mission of the group. (Practical)

PROC 520 Transformational Communication (3 hours)

This course is designed to advance the graduate student's understanding of and facility with transformational communication and/or the task of feeding a congregation spiritual truth from the Word of God. The course will focus on the three primary areas: the analytical tools needed to understand the cultural context and personal needs of the audience, the exegetical tools required to bring scriptural and Christian truths to bear on those needs, and the personal tools needed to communicate truth clearly and with conviction. The overall thrust of the course is to prepare students to understand and enact the leadership role that preaching and transformative communication plays in shaping the life of a church and other ministry contexts.

CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY CONCENTRATION

CONG 530 Family Ministry in the 21st Century (3 hours)

This course explores the sociological dynamics of family systems in order to develop appropriate models of care, counseling, and ministry programming for families. Students examine potential dysfunctions present in the home and explore effective communication within the family, spiritual formation in the home, and ways to create partnerships between the church and home. The course also looks at various models of family ministry in the local church.

SPIR 550 Spiritual Life and Leadership (3 hours)

This course focuses on the inflow and outflow of a deepening spiritual life which results in difference-making leadership.

CONG 550 Child and Adolescent Development (3 hours)

This course explores the dynamics of child and adolescent development with a view to developing appropriate models of programming and ministry for children, teens, and their families. Students examine the thinking of classic and contemporary developmental theorists and explore ways in which these works inform and enrich children, youth, and family ministry.

CONG 540 Programming and Management Strategies in Family Ministry (3 hours)

This course explores the administrative dimensions of youth and family ministry, how to bring the resources of an organization together in such a way as to maximize working relationships of people and programs for the benefit of both the organization and the individuals who comprise it. Students will examine the biblical bases for visionary leadership and the practical skills of creating and maintaining healthy programs for youth and families.

PROC 525 Transformational Communication with Children and Youth (3 hours)

This course exposes students to the tools of effective communication in teaching and preaching children and youth. It explores the role of biblical narratives in youth and family ministry and the impact of learning styles, culture, and personality on effective communication