MA in Church and Community Ministries
To prepare students to minister effectively in church and community ministries within the local church and faith-based social service agencies.
Students will apply a biblical and Christ-centered worldview to real-world issues likely to be encountered in fields of practice.
Students will be equipped with practical skills in their social work courses.
Students will apply principles of church and community ministry in their specific ministry contexts.
Students will demonstrate personal and spiritual maturity in classes taken in fulfillment of this degree.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Adam Hughes (Program Supervisor)
Dr. Loretta Rivers (Program Coordinator/Advisor)
Basic Ministerial Competency Component (17 hours)
Biblical Exposition Competency (9 hours)
Exploring the Old Testament
Exploring the New Testament
Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics
Christian Theological Heritage Competency (3 hours)
Systematic Theology 1
NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program
Disciple Making Competency (5 hours)
Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)
Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)
Interpersonal Relationship Skills
Church & Community Ministries Component (18 hours)
Church & Community Ministries Core (12 hours)
Church Community Ministries
Introduction to Social Work
Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families
Social Work Electives (6 hours)
Elective Courses (6 hours)
Choose 2 courses from the following:
Social Work Practice with Children and Families
Death, Loss, and Grief
Social Work Practice with the Aging & Their Families
Electives Component (3 hours)
Elective Courses (3 hours)
Total Required: 38 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.