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.
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.
LEAD 540 Non-Profit Management: Strategic Leadership (3
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.
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
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
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