Master of Arts in Christian Education

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve in educational ministries (including ministry to children, youth, and adults; church administration; social work; ministers of discipleship, assimilation, 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. Students will be able to design, implement, lead and assess a spiritual growth process within a ministry setting.

  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of foundational principles from the disciplines of human development and philosophy of education.

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

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Randy Stone (Curriculum Coordinator and Educational Foundations Advisor)

  • Dr. Jody Dean (Mentoring, Leadership and Administration Advisor)

  • Dr. Donna Peavey (Children’s Ministry Advisor)

  • Dr. David Odom (Youth Ministry Advisor)

  • Dr. Beth Masters (Collegiate Ministry Advisor)

  • Dr. Joe Sherrer (Adult Ministry Advisor)

  • Dr. Hal Stewart (Discipleship Ministry Advisor)

  • Dr. Loretta Rivers (Social Work Advisor)

  • Dr. Emily Dean (Women’s Ministry Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (33 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 (8 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1 

3

Systematic Theology 2 

3

Baptist Heritage

2

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

+

+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.

Disciple Making Competency (6 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Discipleship Strategies (M)

2

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M)

1

Personal Disciple Making (M)

1

Ministry Studies Competency (10 hours)

course

hours

Church Leadership and Administration (M)

3

Teaching the Bible 

3

Teaching Practicum (M)

2

Counseling in Ministry
OR
Interpersonal Relationship Skills

2

Christian Education Component (21 hours)

Christian Education Core (12 hours)

course

hours

Foundations of Christian Education 

3

Lifespan Development 

3

Lifespan Discipleship 

3

Disciple Making through Small Group Ministry 

3

Ministry Leadership Electives* (9 hours)

course

hours

Ministry Leadership concentrations
Adult Ministry Leadership
Children’s Ministry Leadership
Collegiate Ministry Leadership
Leadership and Administration
Women’s Ministry Leadership
Youth Ministry Leadership
OR
Educational Foundations/Doctoral Preparation Electives
Educational Foundations or Statistics**
Social Work Courses and Elective
OR
Generalist (No concentration)

9

Electives Component (6 hours)

course

hours

Free Electives***

6

***Social Work students must take these 6 hours from Social Work electives.

Total Required: 60 hours

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

*Ministry Leadership Concentrations

Students may choose to concentrate their study in a particular field of ministry. A concentration consists of at least 6 hours of course work in one area of study and the remaining 3 hours may be Christian Education electives including mentoring, clinical field projects, independent directed studies, or special events. Required concentration courses are listed below. Consultation with a Christian Education professor, especially the lead professor, is suggested when selecting course options.

Required Courses by Concentration

Adult Ministry Leadership

course

hours

Leading Adult Ministry 

3

Leading Family Ministry 

3

Children’s Ministry Leadership

course

hours

Leading Children’s Ministry 

3

Children and the Christian Faith 

3

Collegiate Ministry Leadership

course

hours

Leading College Ministry

3

Guiding Collegians in Their Faith Pilgrimage

3

And Two of the Following:

The History and Philosophy of Collegiate Ministry 

3

Youth and College Culture

3

Special Topic in College Ministry

3

Mentoring in Discipleship Ministry

3

Educational Foundations/Doctoral Studies Preparation
(Choose two from three)

course

hours

Historical Foundations of Christian Education 

3

Foundations in Educational Psychology 

3

Introduction to Educational Research and Statistics** 

3

**(Required for PhD/EdD Admission)

Leadership and Administration

course

hours

Leading Team-Based Ministry 

3

Risk Management in Christian Ministry 

3

Women’s Ministry Leadership

course

hours

Foundations in Ministry to Women

OR

Ministry to Women through the Local Church plus 1 hour in Ministry Planning or Discipleship elective

3

OR

3

Advanced Ministry to Women
OR
Mentoring in Ministry to Women

3

Youth Ministry Leadership

course

hours

Leading Youth Ministry 

3

Disciple Making with Youth and Families 

3

Social Work***

course

hours

Introduction to Social Work 

3

Social Work Practicum 

3

Social Work Elective 

3

***Note: Those taking the Social Work concentration also must take 6 hours of Social Work electives in place of their Free Electives listed in the degree plan. The Social Work elective options can be found in the Division of Church and Community Ministry section of this catalog.

NOBTS and the University of Southern Mississippi have partnered to create a unique dual degree program that combines the Master of So- cial 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.