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M.A. in Christian Ministry

Meaningful Ministry Training at the Graduate Level

The M.A. in Christian Ministry program explores general concepts of ministry to equip students for a lifetime of service in a variety of church or church-related contexts. The degree is highly flexible and designed to prepare you for your unique calling.

Students learn how to be effective pastoral ministers through practical, biblical, historical, theological, and general ministry-related courses. They also have the opportunity to apply what they learn in relevant ministry contexts and dialogue with ministry leaders in the field. A generous variety of elective courses can adapt to your personal calling in ministry, resulting in a customized degree plan.

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“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”

— MARK 10:45

How Our Graduates Impact Their World

Graduates use their skills in shepherding and servant leadership to serve as age-group ministers, pastors, and leaders in non-profit or para-church organizations. They are also well equipped to pursue roles in recreation ministry, men’s and women’s ministry, missions, or in denominational organizations.

 

Experienced Faculty. Servant Leaders.

Learn from faculty practitioners who teach not only from the textbook but also from their ministry experience. We intentionally integrate Christ-centered, servant leadership principles into every aspect of study—from the courses students take, to the professors who teach. This DBU distinctive sets our program, and our graduates, apart.

Designed to Meet Your Needs

We enable you to pursue graduate study while balancing career, family, and ministry. DBU graduate students have many options for completing their degree, including schedule flexibility and financial aid.

Course Convenience

  • Online Courses
  • Hybrid Courses (Part Online, Part Classroom)
  • Evening Courses
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The Degree Program

The 36-hour M.A. in Christian Ministry consists of:
24 hours, Core Requirements
12 hours, Concentration in one of the following:

General Ministry, Christian Ministry and Education, Counseling Ministry, Family Ministry, Leading the Nonprofit Organization, Heritage and Missions, Worship Ministry, Ministry Leadership, Professional Life Coaching, Urban Ministry
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Course Descriptions
The M.A. in Christian Ministry also offers a Chaplaincy Program.

Program Goals

  • Provide a flexible, easily adaptable program of study that allows students to pursue their specific calling
  • Understand key biblical, hermeneutical, theological, and historical concepts relating to Christian ministry and mission
  • Engage in practical ministry experience through the local church and church related endeavors
  • Identify the potential of various 21st century ministry contexts
  • Clarify one’s calling to Christian ministry

Meet the Director

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Dr. David R. Smith
Program Director
Email: davidsm@dbu.edu
Phone: 214.333.5375

Somewhere today a minister is preparing a Bible study to present this evening. In the same city the executive director of a non-profit Christian agency reviews her schedule. A denominational officer clicks on his computer to evaluate a statewide ministry strategy. Is God calling you to Christian ministries like these? Over your lifetime, could Christ lead you into a variety of ministry leadership posts? If so, consider pursuing a graduate degree in general ministry that prepares you to engage in ministry wherever God leads. In the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program, you will study church history and systematic theology, but you will also take courses that lay a foundation for ministry in diverse contexts. You can add a concentration that is specific to the direction that God has indicated in your life. Contact Dr. Smith to discuss this exciting and valuable opportunity in ministry preparation.

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Partnerships


FORGE

DBU's Graduate School of Ministry and Pine Cove's Forge have partnered to allow Forge alumni to earn up to 18 hours toward a master's degree in ministry.

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Sky Ranch

DBU's Graduate School of Ministry and Sky Ranch have partnered to allow participants in their Legacy Fellowship to earn up to 12 hours toward a master's degree in ministry.

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Accelerated Degrees

Are you a current or prospective Undergraduate student? Get your Master's faster with our Accelerated Degree Programs.

Dual Degrees

Broaden your career possibilities and increase your competitive edge with our Dual Master's Degree Programs.

Advanced Certificates

Wanting to pursue graduate studies, but not ready to complete a master's degree? Consider an Advanced Certificate Program!

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