Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Grand Rapids
Theological Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we're dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.

Create Without Ceasing

Master of Arts in Christian Formation

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary ministry graduates excel as knowledgable, character-driven leaders in our world for Christ. As a result, they demonstrate lifelong commitments toward learning, serving and leading which set them apart in their respective ministry and vocational contexts.

Program Outcomes

With an emphasis on developing basic competencies essential to the study of the Bible and related theological literature, our Master of Arts in Christian Formation curriculum and course work requirements prepare you to achieve seven learning outcomes.

01

Biblical Interpretation

Conduct basic biblical interpretation and application with reference to the English Bible texts.

02

Basic Understanding of Christian Theology

State a basic understanding of the primary elements of Christian theology.

03

Personal Spiritual Formation

Demonstrate basic knowledge, values, and practices essential to personal spiritual formation.

04

Cultural Intelligence and Exegesis

Demonstrate basic competency in cultural intelligence and cultural exegesis.

05

Christian Philosophy

Demonstrate a distinctively Christian philosophy of spiritual formation that is informed by sound educational theory and best practices.

06

Effective Communication

Exhibit the knowledge and skills necessary for the effective communication of biblical truth.

07

Spiritual Discipleship

Demonstrate proficiency to direct people, resources and programs necessary to the effective spiritual formation of individuals and communities.

The diversity at GRTS has caused me to be slower to speak and quicker to listen. I’ve learned that my perspective is not always the majority nor is it the correct one. I’ve appreciated that element to my education here.

Timothy Bassett (M.A. ’19)

Educational Effectiveness

We take seriously our responsibility to deliver on the promise to provide excellence in graduate theological education. Expert faculty, flexible scheduling and the support of a diverse learning community help ensure you receive the academic preparation and practical experience you need to thrive in your career.

  • 100% of Master of Arts in Christian Formation students achieved the highest outcome (i.e., making good progress in readiness for ministry) at the mid-point assessment.
  • 100% of Master of Arts in Christian Formation students achieved the highest outcome (i.e., making good progress in readiness for ministry) at the exit assessment.

This data was taken from the results of a variety of surveys and other evaluative instruments administered in recent years at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

Related Programs

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary offers several programs designed to feed your spiritual formation. Take a look at some of the additional programs we offer.

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Undergraduate

At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below.

Adult

Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

Graduate

Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we’re dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.