Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve in a full or part-time position as pastor or ministerial staff member of a local church.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate their ability to engage in critical and constructive theological reflection regarding the content and practice of pastoral ministry.

  2. Students will demonstrate improved skills in evangelism, preaching, worship, leadership, and pastoral care.

  3. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the biblical, theological, and historical foundations of pastoral ministry.

  4. Students will grow spiritually through their studies and relational experiences in the program.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Greg Mathias (Program Supervisor)

  • Dr. Bo Rice (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

Pastoral Ministry Core (18 hours)

course

hours

Evangelism (M)**

OR
Christian Missions (M)**

3

Pastoral Ministry (M)

3

Proclaiming the Bible 

3

Counseling in Ministry

3

Church Revitalization (M

3

Pastoral Leadership

OR

Church Leadership and Administration (M)

3

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.

**Student must take the course which was not taken as a component of the Master of Arts Core above.