Provide ministry leadership.

The Master of Arts in Christian Formation is designed to develop basic competencies essential to the study of the Bible and related theological literature, while also nurturing knowledge and skill development in the enactment of educational ministry leadership.

  • Overview

    • School: Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
    • Division: Bible, Religion & Ministry
    • Degree Type: Master of Arts
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Program Details

    • Program Length: 2-4 years
    • Credit Hours: 65
      • Bible (15 credits)
      • Theology (17 credits)
      • Christian formation (24 credits)—Specialization (9 credits), ministry residency or thesis (8 credits)
    • Career Options: Pastoral ministry, youth pastor, associate pastor, para-church ministry or Christian education

    Formative Ministry Training

    "The Christian Formation program at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary doesn't just give you the theological skills needed to teach others, but it teaches you how to think critically about how the message is heard.

    "It puts you in the place of your audience to help you reach the fullest potential of your teaching abilities."

    — Jake Houf (M.A. '16)
    GRTS Alum