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. Randy Stone (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Hal Stewart (Concentration Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (18 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 

3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (6 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)

1

Personal Disciple Making (M)

1

Discipleship Strategies (M)

2

Discipleship Competency Component (18 hours)

Discipleship Core (12 hours)

course

hours

Teaching the Bible 

3

Leading Team Based Ministry 

3

Lifespan Development 

3

Lifespan Discipleship 

3

Discipleship Concentration (6 hours)
Select 6 hours** from a combination of electives:

course

hours

Children and the Christian Faith 

3

Guiding Collegians in their Faith Pilgrimage 

3

Disciple Making for Youth and Families 

3

Ministry to Women Electives (Discipleship) 

3

Disciple Making through Small Group Ministry 

3

Discipleship Special Event 

3

Discipleship Project or Special Topic

1-3

Mentoring 

3-6

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.