Master of Arts in Discipleship
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.
Students will demonstrate an ability to interpret and teach biblical and theological truths that promote spiritual growth in a local church or ministry.
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.
Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of disciple-making principles, processes, and strategies in and through the church and its ministries.
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)
Basic Ministerial Competency Component (18 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 (6 hours)
Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)
Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)
Personal Disciple Making (M)
Discipleship Strategies (M)
Discipleship Competency Component (18 hours)
Discipleship Core (12 hours)
Teaching the Bible
Leading Team Based Ministry (M)
Discipleship Concentration (6 hours)
Select 6 hours** from a combination of electives:
Children and the Christian Faith
Guiding Collegians in their Faith Pilgrimage
Disciple Making for Youth and Families
Ministry to Women Electives (Discipleship)
Disciple Making through Small Group Ministry (M)
Discipleship Special Event
Discipleship Project or Special Topic
Total Required: 36 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.
**Students should consult with a faculty advisor for guidance in choosing electives that best fit personal, educational, and vocational goals. Other courses may be substituted upon approval by the Discipleship and Ministry Leadership Division Chair. Check with the Curriculum Coordinator or the Concentration Advisor for more information on acceptable courses.