Master of Arts in Church Ministries

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Program Snapshot

60 Credit Hours 21 Classes
2 Years to Complete
$310 Per Credit Hour Learn more
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Next Start Date June 3

Christ's Church deserves the very best leaders.

The M.A. in Church Ministries prepares persons for a variety of roles in the church or para-church organizations. The program integrates theology with leadership studies and provides a broad curricular experience that includes missions, evangelism, worship, and worldview.

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Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Number Description Credit 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
27060 Systematic Theology I: Theological Prolegomena, and the Nature and Works of God 3
27070 Systematic Theology II: Christ, Salvation, and the Holy Spirit 3
27080 Systematic Theology III: Baptist Theology of Scripture and the Church, and Eschatology 3
28700 Christian Apologetics 3
32100 Personal Evangelism & Devotion 3
32960 Introduction to Missiology 3
40200 Introduction to Biblical Worship 3
Total 36
Church Ministries Concentration
Course Number Description Credit Hours
40080 Christian Leadership 3
45150 Christian Discipleship 3
45260 Discipleship Ministry 3
45400 Christian Teaching 3
Leadership and Discipleship Electives 6
Total 18
Course Number Description Credit Hours
Unrestricted Electives 6
Total 6

Total Master of Arts in Church Ministries: 60

  1. Continuing students should consult the Academic Catalog for the year in which they started for course requirements as the current requirements may have changed.

Frequently Asked Auestions

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The M.A. in Church Ministries will prepare students for local church ministry.

Students who are serving (or plan to serve) in full-time ministry are encouraged to consider the Master of Divinity program, as it contains a more robust core of bible, theology, and ministry training.

Students with an accredited bachelor’s degree (in any field/major) are eligible to apply for this concentration. It is not required that applicants have an academic background in biblical or ministry studies.

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Yes. Students with previous divinity credit may be able to transfer their credit into programs at Southern Seminary. See our Transfer Credit page for more information.

Church Ministries faculty includes:

Justin A. Irving

Professor of Leadership

John David Trentham

Associate Professor of Leadership and Discipleship

Resources as a Southern Seminary student

Academic Support

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Flexible Course Options

With multiple course delivery options you’ll find classes that fit around your schedule.

  • 100% online degrees
  • Main campus courses
  • Hybrid campus intensive options

Financial Aid

We are committed to making your education affordable. Our Financial Aid office can connect you with institutional & outside sources of aid.

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Text: (502) 305-3554


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