Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
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, Arts & Worship, Intercultural Studies, and Pastoral Studies.
The Arts and Worship Studies concentration equips students to design, organize, and integrate the arts into corporate expressions of worship that facilitate spreading the Gospel. Students are taught a whole-life concept of worship, which incorporates biblical and theological reflection through an Apostolic Pentecostal lens. Central to this concentration area is the design of worship with attention to the cultural needs of a particular congregation or group.
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 staffs. 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 UGST faculty has set the following objectives for the M.A.C.M. degree with the approval of the board of directors and in conjunction 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).
- Produce graduate level biblical and theological reflection from an Apostolic Pentecostal tradition that is in conversation with the context of broader Christianity (ATS: Religious Heritage)
- Engage with diverse contexts in which ministry occurs using multiple theoretical perspectives (ATS: Cultural Context)
- Commit to ongoing spiritual formation in community rooted in loving God and actively serving others in the world (ATS: Personal and Spiritual Formation)
- Develop ministry competencies in a discipline related to the student’s sense of calling
- Demonstrate leadership in ministry programs from design, through implementation, and into assessment of effectiveness
- Conduct research in the student’s area of specialized ministry