the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Church Ministries

The Master of Arts in Church Ministries is a ministry practitioner’s degree that prepares persons for a variety of supporting ministries in the local church or in Christian ministries. The program integrates theology with leadership studies and provides a broad curricular experience that includes missions, evangelism, worship, and worldview. Graduates of this program will be equipped to lead in several areas, including discipleship, youth and children’s ministry, college ministry, women’s ministry, and executive or denominational leadership.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrates a growing, Christlike character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Understands the Christian worldview and has a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Demonstrates significant knowledge of the Bible, can interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Integrates systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Demonstrates competence in local church leadership.
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980  Written Communication (if required) (2)
42490  Cooperative Program (2)
Biblical and Theological Studies (27 hours)
20200  Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220  Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
22100  Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200  Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220  Introduction to the New Testament II 3
25100  Introduction to Church History I or
25120  Introduction to Church History II 3
27060  Systematic Theology I 3
27070  Systematic Theology II 3
27080  Systematic Theology III 3
Missions, Evangelism and Ministry (12 hours)
32100  Personal Evangelism 3
32960  Introduction to Missiology 3
35040  Leadership and Family Ministry 3
40080  Pastoral Leadership1 or 3
40200  The Worshiping Church
BGS Electives (6 hours)
Choose 2 from the Following:
40200  The Worshiping Church 3
45150  Worldview, Culture, and Discipleship 3
45250  Family Ministry Through the Lifespan 3
45400  Christian Teaching 3
Free Electives (6 hours)
BGS Applied Ministry: 44920 (2 hours)
M.A. Core 39
BGS Electives 6
Free Electives
6
BGS Applied Ministry
2
Total: 53

1Pastoral Leadership (40080) is reserved for men. Women will take The Worshiping Church (40200).

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.