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M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership

Mission Statement

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership with concentrations in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Women's Ministries is designed as a professional program for specialized ministry. It has been developed for those whose calling to Christian service is to positions of leadership for which the Master of Divinity or other professional degrees are not normally required.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership, students will be able to:


Identify the basic contents of all books of the Old and New Testaments and the broad historical and cultural background information relevant to the study of the Old and New Testaments.


Exegete and apply a biblical text properly through application of historical-grammatical hermeneutics.


Explain the major doctrines of Christianity, including their biblical basis, historical development, and contemporary relevance, and assess non-evangelical doctrines from an evangelical perspective.


Describe and explain (a) a basic knowledge of Spiritual Theology (the integrative study of Scripture and the ministry of the Indwelling Holy Spirit regarding the nature, process and directives of spiritual transformation in Christ) (b) their experience and understanding of the Double Knowledge of God and oneself in truth and (c) how these impact personal vocation and ministries in the local church.


Employ empathetic listening skills in leadership and counseling contexts.


Develop strategies and programs for pastoral ministry in church or parachurch environments.


Employ ministry skills in leadership areas such as preaching, administration, teaching, counseling, and worship.


Develop redemptive church ministries to their communities in society and culture, being relevant to current sociopolitical issues and ethical problems.


Employ leadership capabilities to deal with the growing complexity and challenges that leaders face daily as they guide people toward shared goals.


Describe how their own personal growth issues may hinder their ability to minister.


Curriculum Map

A Curriculum Map shows which courses in a degree program are responsible to intentionally develop each PLO at the Introductory, Developing, and Mastery levels.

Assessment Plan

An Assessment Plan is a listing of the student work that will be used to assess achievement of each learning outcome.

Assessment Schedule

An Assessment Schedule is a 5-year schedule that indicates when each of the PLOs will be assessed and when the comprehensive Program Review will occur.

Annual PLO Assessment Reports

The Annual Reports from each year’s PLO assessment.

Program Review Executive Summary

The Executive Summary report from the most recent comprehensive Program Review.