The Master of Arts in Church Ministries (M.A.C.M.) is a two-year program, consisting of 54 semester hours, and offering options for concentration in three areas of ministry: Discipleship and Christian Formation, Missions, and Ministry Leadership. The program for the degree of Master of Arts in Church Ministries is structured so that each student receives a balanced exposure to Biblical, historical, and theological studies through the required courses and develops skills and competence in one of the three areas of professional preparation.
MASTER OF ARTS LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon graduation, students will be able to articulate, practice, and lead others to practice Pentecostal Worship, Holy Witness, and Covenant Community.
Pentecostal Worship: Graduates will be able to . . .
- Articulate a biblically-based and historically shaped understanding of the theology and practice of Pentecostal worship.
- With sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, creatively and collaboratively plan and lead believers into theologically faithful and contextually relevant practices of worship.
- Lead congregations in the distinctive practices of Pentecostal worship (including anointing and prayer for the sick, altar services, spiritual gifts, the Lord’s Supper, footwashing, water baptism), leading from within an identification and union with the spirituality of the people.
- Effectively preach and teach the gospel to the variety of generations, cultures, and socio-economic groups in church and society.
- Cultivate participation in the practices of worship in home, community, and marketplace so that worship is integrated into all areas of personal and corporate life: personal, social, private, and public.
Holy Witness: Graduates will be able to . . .
- Lead a lifestyle of personal witness and evangelism in light of the imminent return of JesusChrist.
- Cultivate one’s personal gifts of evangelism and participate in local evangelism in the local church.
- Develop a personal lifestyle and corporate witness to social holiness.
- Practice the discipline of prayer for unreached people.
- Discern and participate faithfully in the global mission and witness of the church.
Covenant Community: Graduates will be able to . . .
- Cultivate community fellowship and hospitality by modeling and nurturing healthy relationships in the local church.
- Articulate a biblical/theological and historically faithful understanding of the corporate identity or koinonia of the church.
- Live and minister in accountable relationships with congregations, bishops, pastoral peers, and denominational leaders.
- Articulate an understanding of the holistic nature of gospel practice and the Pentecostal theology of healing.
- Practice and lead others in prayer for the miraculous and in intercessory prayer for the sick and hurting persons.
- Contribute to the development of counter-cultural communities of faith (contrast societies) for and in the world that manifests a lifestyle of meeting needs, co-suffering, and sacrificial advocacy.
- Work for the creation communal environments of holistic healing by responding hospitably and redemptively to the needs and concerns in their context in collaboration with other community resources.
- Provide pastoral care, counseling, and spiritual direction appropriate to ministerial calling and relevant to the needs of persons in institutional (jails, prisons, nursing homes, hospitals, etc.), community, and church contexts.
- Covenant with a community of ministerial peers for continuing personal accountability, mutual care and support, pastoral development, missional collaboration, and living an exemplary moral life in personal financial matters, family relationships, ministerial conduct, and in private life.
- Exegete the Scriptures, lead group Bible study, and effectively communicate the Word.
- Practice personal and corporate spiritual disciplines (including prayer, fasting, Bible study, waiting upon God, and personal worship) supportive of Pentecostal spirituality.
- Reflect critically upon their story in light of the truthful biblical story in order to form the individual and the community.