Master of Arts in Christian Ministry:
(48 credit hours)
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program is designed for men and women seeking further preparation for effective ministry and personal development. The M.A.C.M. can be completed with as little as two years of full-time study and up to six years of part-time study. Students will develop biblical and theological competence, methods, and skills in the practice of ministry, and will cultivate their personal ministerial goals. The M.A.C.M. is available in four tracks: General Studies, Intercultural Studies, Pastoral Care and Counseling, and Leadership Studies.
The Intercultural Studies concentration equips leaders with an understanding of God’s mission for the Church and the interpersonal and intercultural communication skills essential for productive ministry in cross-cultural settings at home and abroad. The program integrates a range of disciplines and methodologies that inform and affect the task of world evangelization, the planting and nurturing of the Church, and the discipling of God’s people. It also trains, empowers, and prepares missionaries and other cross-cultural workers for roles in the intercultural application of theological education, education abroad, chaplaincy, community involvement, and the development of leaders.
The Pastoral Care and Counseling concentration responds to the urgent needs of pastors, ministers, and caring members of the body of Christ to receive training in the best practices for helping the hurting. This concentration offers the student an opportunity to study the integration of theology with counseling theory and provides training in the tools and techniques necessary to meet the counseling challenges faced by pastoral staff. While this concentration does not lead to the qualifications for state counseling licensure, with this education students will be prepared to provide comprehensive care and counseling ministry of various types and diverse settings.
The Leadership Studies concentration offers courses in communication, leadership, structure, team building, values, and cultural understanding from a Christian perspective. Through this concentration, Christian leaders will establish a strong foundation in theory and practical components essential to success in the leadership of churches and other Christian organizations.
Program Learning Outcomes
The UGST faculty has identified the following program learning outcomes for the M.A.C.M. degree which are aligned with the Degree Program Standards of the Association of Theological Schools. Students will be responsible for demonstrating the achievement of all objectives through the Capstone Project (Internship, Internship Paper, and defense).
1. Graduates of the MACM program will be able to produce graduate-level biblical and theological reflection from an Apostolic Pentecostal tradition that is in conversation with the context of broader Christianity.
2. Graduates of the MACM program will be able to engage with diverse contexts in which ministry occurs using multiple theoretical perspectives.
3. Graduates of the MACM program will develop in the practice of ongoing Spiritual Formation.
4. Graduates of the MACM program will practice ministry competencies in a discipline related to the student’s sense of calling.
5. Graduates of the MACM program will conduct research in the student’s area of specialized ministry.