Prepare for ministry in a changing world.

The world is changing. A seminary degree should equip you for the challenges and opportunities of ministry. The Master of Arts in Christian Formation is designed to meet the needs of ministry training for today's culture. You will develop a deepened knowledge of the Bible, learn essential aspects of theology, foundational ideas in the Christian faith, and specialize in an area of ministry. 

Program highlights

  • 65 credits
  • Strong emphasis on Bible and Theology as a foundation for ministry
  • Choose from 6 areas of ministry specialization 
  • Fully accredited program 
  • Flexible scheduling 
  • Complete up to 1/4 of your degree online
  • 77% students receive financial aid - grants and scholarships are available
  • Complete your program while working full-time

Ministry Degrees at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

Explore our degree programs to see what would fit your ministry goals best as you further your education.

Program Specializations

The MA in Christian Formation degree provides specialized areas of training that reflect the many ways in which you can follow God's call to ministry. 

Course Plan

Our program checklist shows the list of courses required for each part of the degree program. Depending on how many classes you want to take each semester, the typical student completes the program in 2-4 years. Full-time students take 11+ credits per semester and part-time students take 5-6 credits per semester.

Flexible scheduling means you only need to be on campus 1-2 times each week.  

Degree Completion Plan

The following document is a sample of how you might schedule courses for the Master of Arts in Christian Formation degree program. The admissions team can help you to design your course plan in a way that fits your schedule.

M.A. Degree Plan

Career Opportunities

  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Youth Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Para-Church Ministry
  • Christian Education

Student Learning Objectives

Students who complete the Master of Arts in Christian Formation curriculum will be able to:

Core Curriculum

  1. Conduct basic biblical interpretation and application with reference to the English Bible texts.
  2. State a basic understanding of the primary elements of Christian theology.
  3. Demonstrate basic knowledge, values and competencies associated with spiritual, worldview and leadership formation.

Christian Formation Specialization

  1. Synthesize the historic biblical and theological perspectives that inform the Church's task for educational ministries.
  2. Evaluate teaching and learning theories for the purpose of crafting a distinctly Christian philosophy of educating God's people.
  3. Identify and demonstrate the skills necessary for the effective communication of biblical truth so that Christian character may be formed.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the developmental tasks in life cycles in order to contextualize appropriate strategies for addressing human needs.
  5. Analyze current societal realities and in turn conceive effective educational ministries for today's world.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in directing people and the programs necessary for effective educational ministries.