Designed for pastors, lay leaders, and those dedicated to serving others through Christian ministry, the Master of Ministry degree develops a theological foundation in biblical Exegesis, spiritual formation, and church history while delving into contemporary leadership, strategic planning, and evangelism techniques that can immediately be applied.
Required practicums allow students to apply their newfound knowledge within a church setting. This degree is not for those seeking to teach theology at the university level. Still, rather, it prepares students to effectively teach, mentor, preach, evangelize, disciple, and serve as administrators within the local church, para-church, or other church-related ministry as they train and encourage others in Christian service.
To customize your degree to suit your calling, options are available for an additional emphasis.
- Leadership Emphasis
- Pastoral and Crisis Care Emphasis
Core Course Requirements
Introduction to Inductive Methodology
This course introduces students to the Inductive methodology of Bible study. Students will discover and apply interpretation to scripture by exploring five major questions: who, what, when, where, and how.
Students who are familiar with the Inductive methodology of Bible study will focus on word studies, genre analysis, and parts of speech to improve inductive skills.
Selective Genres of Old and New Testaments
Self-Assessment and Development
This course explores the first step in becoming an effective minister: self-understanding. Students analyze their preferred ways of interacting with others along the four continuums described by Myers and Briggs, clarify their relational voice, identify their spiritual gifts, and articulate their desired master role in ministry. The assets of personal characteristics, experiences, passions, relationships, and expertise inform the self-assessment and development process.
Church History and Christian Movements
The course will explore the rise of the Church under persecution, orthodoxy vs. heresy, doctrinal developments, the rise of the Roman Papacy and opposition to it during the Middle Ages, the Protestant Reformation, the development of modern denominationalism, modern Roman Catholicism, the ecumenical movement and current developments. The range of various denominations and faith groups within Christianity will be explored.
Christian Education and Ministry Integrative Practicum Capstone
The first half of this course addresses the background and development of Arminian theology. It would demonstrate that classical Arminian theology has a rightful place in the Evangelical church in relation to Reformed theology and sustains important differences from Calvinism. The second half of this course would address the theology of John Wesley, focusing on God as “holy love” as a central theme and giving particular attention to the doctrine of Christian Perfection.
*This course may be substituted for BINT 5023.
Additional Course Requirements
Church’s Ministry to Families
The major focus of this course is to provide biblical programming that addresses the systems and needs of family life in the local church and community. Parental arrangements and family structures of contemporary society will be studied.
A study of the methodology in organizing material into proper sermonic form. Students will apply valid methods of textual analysis and outline construction. (Content includes Developing a Sermon Series; Steps in Sermon Preparation, Propositional Preaching, Outlining the Sermon, Developing the Theme of the Sermon; preparing for expository preaching, the process of expository preaching; and practice in sermon presentation) Guidance on preaching effectively to diverse groups of hearers in light of cultural challenges in a variety of congregational and community contexts is given.
Biblical Leadership, Coaching, and Ethics
Essential biblical principles bearing on the purpose and character of leadership will be analyzed within the biblical context and in terms of the contemporary understanding of leadership and coaching others in a diverse society. Strategies for establishing and maintaining moral and ethical integrity in one’s life and ministry will be explored.
Evangelism in a Post Modern Era
An emphasis is given to discovering how the entire church can be involved in ministries that produce a growing “disciplining” Christian community. New Testament principles and strategies of evangelism and discipleship will be studied, as well as their application through contemporary methodologies. Students will also be challenged to creatively develop evangelistic strategies applicable to their current church or ministry setting.
Leading Strategic Change
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverb 29:18). These words formulate the theme for this course. In a changing world, church leaders and churches are called to examine and re-examine the vision and mission of their organization. This course will provide key administrative principles in not only strategically planning for change but also understanding when and how to implement change.
Spiritual Formation from a Wesleyan Perspective
This course would challenge students to explore and apply theological principles of Wesley’s Means of Grace as building blocks that empower and energize one to live and lead with spiritually-formed Christ-like character.