Master of Arts in Discipleship

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve in educational ministries (particularly as minister of discipleship, small groups, spiritual formation, assimilation, spiritual maturity; and associate pastors) primarily in local churches, as well as missions, denominational agencies, and other related ministries.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate an ability to interpret and teach biblical and theological truths that promote spiritual growth in a local church or ministry.

  2. A. Students will be able to create and lead a comprehensive discipleship strategy and the spiritual growth process for a church or ministry.

    B. Students will demonstrate the importance of a disciple- making strategy and discipleship for the individual, church, and denomination.

  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of disciple-making principles, processes, and strategies in and through the church and its ministries.

  4. Students will demonstrate growth in personal and spiritual maturity.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Adam Hughes (Program Supervisor)

  • Dr. Hal Stewart (Program Coordinator/Advisor)

Program Requirements

Master of Arts Core (27 hours)

Biblical Studies (12 hours)

course

hours

Interpreting the Old Testament 1

3

Interpreting the Old Testament 2

3

Interpreting the New Testament 1

3

Interpreting the New Testament 2

3

Theological/Historical Studies (9 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2 

3

Baptist Heritage

3

Applied Ministry Studies (6 hours)
*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format

course

hours

Evangelism (M)

OR

Christian Missions (M)

3

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (M)

3

Discipleship Competency Component (18 hours)

Discipleship Core (12 hours)

course

hours

Lifespan Development 

3

Lifespan Discipleship 

3

Teaching the Bible 

3

Leading Team Based Ministry (M)

3

Christian Education Electives (6 hours)

course

hours

Select 6 hours from any combination of Christian education courses.

6

Total Required: 45 hours

(M) Indicates course is available in a mentoring format, as well as other formats.

*One course from the Applied Ministry Studies section must be taken in a mentoring format.