The Master of Arts in Discipleship and Family Ministry is a practitioner’s degree program that prepares persons for specialized ministry in discipleship and/or family ministry. The program integrates theology with discipleship and/or family ministry but also includes foundational coursework in leadership. Graduates of this program will be prepared for ministries in discipleship and children’s and family ministry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a growing, Christlike character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Students will be able to understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate competence in the area of discipleship and family ministry.
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 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
Family Ministry Studies (12 hours)
34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
45250 Family Ministry Through the Lifespan 3
45400 Christian Teaching 3
45800 Discipling Children 3
BGS Applied Ministry: 44920 (2 hours)
M.A. Core 39
Family Ministry Studies 12
BGS Applied Ministry
Total: 53

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