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 0
Scripture and Interpretation (15 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
Theology and Tradition (12 hours)
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
Ministry and Proclamation (12 hours)
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
35040 Leadership and Family Ministry 3
40080 Pastoral Leadership or 3
40600 Foundations of Worship
Church Ministries Core (6 hours)
Choose 2 From the Following:
40600 Foundations of Worship 3
45150 Worldview, Culture, and Discipleship 3
45250 Family Ministry Through the Lifespan 3
45400 Christian Teaching 3
Free Electives (6 hours)
Field Education (2 hours)
Students must take two semesters of field education from the following options. These courses are required for degree completion.
45190 Leadership Field Education: Survey 1
45193 Leadership Field Education:Leadership 1
M.A. Core 39
Church Ministries Core 6
Free Electives 6
Field Education 2
Total: 53
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.