Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To service as a ministerial staff member (particularly as executive pastor, church administrator, church ministries director, lifespan ministry leader, worship leader, or associate pastor) in local churches as well as missions, denominational agencies, and other related ministries.

Program Outcomes

1. Knowledge and understanding of essential ministry administration and leadership practices used in local churches and its ministries.

  • Assessment: Use of embedded assignments and evaluations within core courses.

2. Skill in creating a ministry leadership development strategy to help churches fulfill the great commission.

  • Assessment: Using a standard rubric to evaluate the strategic discipleship plan developed for a local church or ministry.

3. Growth in personal and spiritual maturity.

  • Assessment: Embedded Assignment from Introduction to Spiritual Formation.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Randy Stone (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Jody Dean (Concentration Advisor)

  • Academic Advisor in the Registrar's Office

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency (18 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (9 hours)

course

hours

Exploring the Old Testament

3

Exploring the New Testament

3

Biblical Hermeneutics

3

Christian Theological Heritage Foundation (3 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1 

3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciplemaking Competency (6 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Evangelism Practicum

2

Introduction to Spiritual Formation

1

Personal Disciplemaking

1

Discipleship Strategies

2

Ministry Leadership Competency (12 hours)

Ministry Leadership Core (12 hours)

course

hours

Teaching the Bible

3

Leading Team-Based Ministry

3

6 hours from the following:

Risk Management in Christian Ministry

3

Church Business Administration

3

Disciple Making through Small Group Ministry

3

Mentoring in Discipleship Ministry

3

Ministry Leadership Concentration (6 hours)

course

hours

Select 3-6 hours** from the following:

Leading Children's Ministry

3

Leading Youth Ministry

3

Leading College Ministry

3

Leading Adult Ministry

3

Leading Family Ministry

3

Foundations of Ministry to Women

3

3 hours** may be from the following:

Stress and Conflict Management

3

Special Topic in Leadership

1-3

Lifespan Discipleship

3

Clinical Field Project

3

Worship Leadership

3

Total Required: 36 hours

*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.