MA in Church and Community Ministries

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To prepare students to minister effectively in church and commu- nity ministries within the local church and social service agencies.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will apply a biblical and Christ-centered worldview to real-world issues likely to be encountered in fields of practice.

  2. Students will be equipped with practical skills in their social work courses.

  3. Students will apply principles of church and community ministry in their specific ministry contexts.

  4. Students will demonstrate personal and spiritual maturity in classes taken in fulfillment of this degree.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Loretta Rivers or Dr. Jeanine Bozeman (Curriculum Coordinators)

  • Dr. Kevin Brown (Concentration Advisor)

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (17 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (9 hours)

course

hours

Exploring the Old Testament 

3

Exploring the New Testament 

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics 

3

Christian Theological Heritage Competency (3 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1
OR
Systematic Theology 2 

3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (5 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)

1

Interpersonal Relationship Skills

2

Church & Community Ministries Component (21 hours)

Church & Community Ministries Core (21 hours)

course

hours

Church Community Ministries 

3

Introduction to Social Work 

3

Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families 

3

Social Work Practice with Groups 

3

Social Work Practice with Organizations & Communities 

3

Social Work Practice and Christianity 

3

Social Work Practicum 

3

Electives Component (9 hours)

Elective Courses (9 hours)

Choose 3 courses from the following:

course

hours

Social Work Practice with Children and Families 

3

Social Work Practice with Juvenile Delinquents 

3

Death, Loss, and Grief 

3

Social Work Practice with the Aging & Their Families 

3

Social Welfare Policy and Planning 

3

Total Required: 47 hours

(M) Indicates course is also available in a mentoring format.

*All graduate students must take this course during orientation in their first semester: however, students will not receive a credit hour or be charged for the course.

NOBTS and the University of Southern Mississippi have partnered to create a unique dual degree program that combines the Master of Social Work degree from USM with the MA in Church and Community Ministries, the MDiv Specialization in Christian Education, or the MA in Christian Education. The MSW from USM prepares students for professional practice and licensure, while the NOBTS degree prepares students for Christian service in churches and community agencies.