Explaining the Differences between Master of Arts in Christian Ministry Degree Paths

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program equips students for a lifetime of service in a variety of church or church-related ministries. The program provides an opportunity for you to increase your knowledge of sound biblical and theological principles. In addition, you will receive practical training to help equip you for service in your area of ministry. The 36-hour M.A. of Christian Ministry degree is designed to prepare those called by God to fulfill His purpose for them in their ministry context. 

The Masters of Arts in Christian ministry at NGU is divided into three specializations that include: Church Growth and Revitalization, Discipleship and Spiritual Formation, and Missions and Evangelism. 

All three concentrations adhere to the following schedule: 

36 – Credit hours in the MACM degree 

18 – Months to complete the degree 

16 – Weeks per on-campus term 

8 – Weeks per online term 

5 – Start dates throughout the year 

3 – Formats for your study: on-campus, online, or hybrid 

0 – Year of ministry experience required 

So how do the specializations differ? We provide a rundown below: 

Church Growth and Revitalization 

The goal of this specialization is to assist students to gain knowledge and skills essential for leading plateaued and declining churches in different settings to a condition of revitalization and growthAdditionally, the Master of Arts in Church Growth and Revitalization equips students with the conceptual tools to understand and work effectively in growing and revitalizing churches.  

  • The course fulfills the following curriculum competencies: 
  • Theological and historical perspective: the course will give a theological foundation and historical understanding of church revitalization and growth during modern church history. 
  • Biblical exposition: The student will study passages of Scripture that speak to the revitalization and growth of the local church. 
  • Interpersonal relationship: The course stresses the importance of interpersonal skills as an essential aspect of church revitalization and growth. 
  • Effective servant leadership: this course is structured to provide an understanding of the relationship and practice of servant leadership to church growth and revitalization. 

Missions and Evangelism 

The M.A. in Missions and Evangelism is a degree for leaders who are committed to specialized training in missions and evangelism in order to better share the gospel and make disciples locally and to the ends of the earth. Students will engage in historical, biblical, and theological studies related to missions and evangelism. In addition, students will receive practical training that will help them develop a missional lifestyle in church, community, and the marketplace. 

This degree will prepare students for the intellectual and practical challenges to effective missions and evangelism faced by the modern church. If you are interested in a course of study that will challenge you to look deep into some key themes in missions and evangelism and will prepare you for service in today’s world, then this is the right specialization for you. 

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation 

The Master of Arts in Discipleship and Spiritual Formation degree will help you grow in your personal walk with the Lord and your understanding of God’s Word so that you may help others grow in their relationship with Christ 

Through this degree, you will be equipped to help followers of Christ grow as mature disciples and to equip men and women for the ministry of discipleship, spiritual direction, and spiritual formation in the local church. As you expand your understanding of the Word of God, you also will explore significant historical traditions that help develop Christian spirituality. In addition, you will learn to practice disciplines in spiritual formation that will assist you to mature as a disciple and to make mature disciples of Christ. 

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