The world is changing, and a seminary degree equips you for the challenges and opportunities of ministry. Our Master of Arts in Christian Formation program is fully accredited and designed to train you for ministry in today's culture as an associate pastor, youth pastor or Christian educator.
Here, we desire to equip you with holistic ministry training for your role as a future ministry professional. In particular, this degree program deepens your knowledge of the Bible, foundational ideas in the Christian faith and basic competencies essential to the study of related theological literature. It teaches you the essential aspects of theology. And it nurtures your knowledge and skill development with regard to the enactment of educational ministry leadership.
Starting in the fall 2020 semester and going forward, we are moving to a HyFlex approach to the classroom experience. HyFlex means hybrid-flexible, and this course design model combines three different learning modalities into one class.
The M.A. Christian Formation program requires completion of 65 credit hours, including a strong emphasis on Bible and theology as a foundation for ministry. With flexible scheduling options that include on-campus, online and accelerated classes, completion of this self-paced degree program takes approximately two to four years.
We encourage you to arrange your course plan in a way that fits your own desired course loads, interests and available dates and times. The average full-time student takes 11 credits per semester; the average part-time student takes five to six credits per semester.
Relevant Ministry Training
Our M.A. Christian Formation program provides specialized areas of training that reflect the many ways in which you can follow God's call to ministry. Each ministry specialization track requires nine credit hours; in addition, you will also complete an eight-credit-hour ministry residency under the direction of a seasoned ministry mentor. Choose from six areas of ministry specialization.
- Campus and Student Development Ministries
- Formation and Soul Care Ministries
- Intercultural Ministries
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Small Group and Discipleship Ministries
- Student and Family Ministries
Discern Your Call to Ministry with Us
Take the next step to explore your calling to ministry, personal strengths and future vocation. Call us at 800.697.1133 to request information about our Master of Arts in Christian Formation program and financial aid options. Or, you may schedule an in-person campus visit.