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Master of Arts in Christian Ministry


The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree is designed to provide students with a graduate level education from within the evangelical tradition. Its purpose is to train and educate men and women for various kinds of Christian service. This program is targeted to three groups of people: (1) those who would like to enter Vocational Christian service on the staff of a local church or a parachurch ministry; (2) those already involved in vocational Christian service who desire to improve their biblical and ministry skills; and (3) lay leaders within church and parachurch ministries who desire advanced training so as to broaden and extend their effectiveness for the cause of Christ.


Theological & Biblical Studies
The program of study for the Theological Studies and Biblical Studies and concentrations is a general curriculum that includes classes in biblical studies, theological studies, and select ministry skills. Graduates in either of these concentrations are prepared to knowledgeably interpret and apply the Bible, develop and utilize some advanced ministry skills, and address contemporary issues in our culture and the world.

Ministry Leadership
The Ministry Leadership concentration is designed for students who desire to enhance their skills and training in order to serve in administrative or leadership positions within local church or parachurch (church-related) ministries.  Various offerings relate to ministry skills, ministry leadership, teaching and speaking skills and the biblical and theological foundations for ministry in the contemporary world.  

Rural Church Ministry
Rural Church Ministry concentration emphasizes preparation for ministry in a rural church setting. These courses, held in the summer, are to be taken at Rural Home Missionary Association (RHMA) in Morton, IL.

Counseling Ministry
The concentration in Counseling Ministry is designed for the student who wishes to be involved in counseling and/or educational ministry in the local church or with a Christian organization/program.  The concentration seeks to provide an integrated, interdisciplinary focus that emphasizes a Biblical foundation, contemporary learning and counseling strategies and practical experience.  The Ministry Concentration in Counseling is not designed to lead to licensure as a professional counselor.

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