2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Ministry (MAM)

The Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) program is designed to provide professional ministry development, primarily in church and church-related ministries. Students receive foundational preparation for a broad range of careers. The career marketplace for graduates from the MAM includes pastors, church and church-related staff members, Christian education specialists, student ministry professionals, and specialists in children's ministry.

This degree program provides individuals with contemporary biblical and theological scholarship that is transferable to ministry and brings vitality and commitment to service. This degree program endeavors to produce individuals who are marked by character qualities consistent with biblical servant leadership, competent in service to God and humanity through the use of essential skills in communication, leadership and management, and committed to a set of core values and beliefs that align with the historic Christian faith.

Please see the program curricula here:

  • Church Planting, MAM
  • Formational Children and Family Ministry, MAM
  • Leadership Studies, MAM
  • Pastoral Studies, MAM
  • Youth & Young Adult Ministry, MAM

Purpose

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Ministry degree is to prepare students to effectively minister in both local church and church-related contexts. Students develop a solution orientation to the challenges of ministry and learn to integrate both biblical precepts and the Christian faith with their professional practices.

Program Competencies

The Master of Arts in Ministry program equips students for ministry in the church and society by developing:

  • A foundational knowledge of the narrative, content, and interpretation of the Bible for the purposes of the development of a biblical worldview.
  • The skill sets necessary in effectively communicating the Scriptures.
  • The skills necessary in the process of personal spiritual formation and discipleship of others.
  • The character and competencies necessary to be an authentic servant leader.
  • A biblical philosophy of ministry and leadership practice applicable in the context of contemporary culture.
  • The knowledge and skill sets necessary to lead individuals, teams, and organizations.
  • The skill sets necessary for assessing organizational health and strategizing for organizational development.
  • Knowledge and skill sets appropriate to the selected ministry concentration.
  • Experiential learning and research skills for maintaining life-long education.

Locations Offered

Note: Not all concentrations are offered at each site.

Washington, DC

Lancaster, PA

Boca Raton, FL

Program Information

Educational Philosophy

The Master of Arts in Ministry is founded on six basic educational commitments. These commitments represent the educational philosophy on which the program is structured. The student entering this program can expect that course design and faculty selection will reflect this perspective on teaching and learning. These are:

  • We believe the Bible provides the philosophical and practical foundations for ministry in any context-therefore, in every course, classroom content and Scriptural principles are integrated and applied to professional practice.
  • We believe that the character of the leader is crucial for impacting ministry-therefore, courses seek not only to educate the mind in ministry competencies, but also to nurture the development of biblical character qualities in our students.
  • We believe that a graduate curriculum should balance contemporary scholarship and professional practice-therefore, classroom content facilitates the reflection of relevant theory with the application of learning to real-world situations. In addition, each faculty member is a seasoned practitioner in their field, allowing students to benefit from the praxis of their in-depth knowledge and professional experience.
  • We believe the mentoring process is the most effective means to equip people for ministry-therefore, each student is assigned to a faculty advisor, who guides the academic process from matriculation to graduation and provides ministry counsel and encouragement.
  • We believe adults grow more effectively in nurturing communities-therefore, the graduate student is viewed as a self-directed learner and adult learning methods are emphasized, making the classroom environment an educational workshop that emphasizes interactive methods that utilize the professor and student’s unique gifts and life experience.
  • We believe in life-long education-therefore, courses emphasize critical thinking skills that relate to all of life and ministry, and provide the practical research skills for maintaining continuing education in Christian ministry beyond a formal degree program.

Academic Advising

Each student is assigned a Student Experience Specialist who will help them through the admissions process, orientation, scheduling, registration, graduation, and other academic matters relating to the student’s progress through their program. Furthermore, a Faculty Advisor will be assigned to each student for assistance with Field-Based Experience and to provide a guide through the program. Final responsibility for the fulfillment of all program and graduation requirements rests with the student; therefore students are encouraged to be proactive in relating to their Student Experience Specialist and Faculty Advisor during academic studies.

Continuous Enrollment

Continuous enrollment is encouraged and expected in all Capital programs. It is understood that extenuating circumstances occur which may prevent a student from enrolling in a given semester. However, this should be viewed as an exception so the program can be completed within the five-year limit. Should a student not enroll for a 180 day period, he/she will be placed on non-student status and will need to reapply. A readmission application is available from Adult Learner Services (717-560-8282). Student records will be reviewed once a year during the summer months. See Planned Return Policy for further details.

Program Completion

The maximum length for program completion is five years from the date of admission. An application for an extension may be obtained from Adult Learner Services (717-560-8282). Students not completing their degree or certificate within five years and not receiving an extension will be placed on non-student status. A Readmission Application may be obtained from Adult Learner Services. Student records will be reviewed once a year during the summer months.

Graduation Requirements

The following requirements must be successfully completed in order to receive a Seminary degree or certificate:

  • Satisfactory completion of all course work
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Fulfillment of all financial obligations
  • Adherence to biblical standards and ethics in living one’s lifestyle

Graduate Certificate in Ministry

The Graduate Certificate in any of the MAM concentrations is a 24-credit program for individuals who do not need the MAM degree. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Certificates section of this catalog.

Concentrations

Church Planting, MAM

Curricular Structure

The Master of Arts in Ministry program consists of 48 credits and a non-credit Orientation Seminar. The curriculum is designed as follows:

Orientation Seminar 0 Credit
Biblical and Theological Studies 12 Credits
Ministry Praxis 9 Credits
Advanced Ministry Praxis - Church Planting 21 Credits
Field-Based Experience 6 Credits
Program Total 48 Credits

Location Offered

Boca Raton, FL

Biblical and Theological Studies (12 Credits)

The following Biblical and Theological Studies courses are required unless the student has entered the program with advanced standing. Advanced Standing is granted to those students who have completed 30 hours or more of undergraduate Bible and theology courses. Students with less than 30 hours may receive partial Advanced Standing credit proportionate to undergraduate or graduate Bible and theology studies completed. Student’s official transcripts will be evaluated during the admissions process and the student will be informed of their Advanced Standing status during their admissions interview.

BTC 523Biblical Narrative - Old Testament

3

BTC 533Biblical Narrative - New Testament

3

BTC 563Biblical Interpretation

3

BTC 573Introduction to Christian Theology

3

Ministry Praxis (9 Credits)

MIN 504Communicating Biblical Truth

3

MIN 509Spiritual Formation & Discipleship

3

MIN 510The Leader's Life & Work

3

Advanced Ministry Praxis - Church Planting (21 Credits)

MIN 505Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

MIN 507Leadership Development & Team Building

3

MIN 508Organizational Change & Conflict

3

CPL 501Theology, History & Models of Church Planting Movements

3

CPL 502Exegeting Culture for Church Planting

3

CPL 504Church Planting I

3

CPL 505Church Planting II

3

Field-based Experience (6 Credits)

The field-based study experience is an integral part of the total degree that is designed to develop greater competence in ministry. In consultation with their faculty mentor, students will select among the first two options below to fulfill the 6 credits of program requirements.

Ministry Internships

Students are provided an opportunity to gain practical ministry knowledge by serving in an approved church, church organization, non-profit organization, governmental organization, school, or under the mentorship of a Christian leader. Students invest a total of 120 documented hours, per 3-credit internship course, in observation and activities under the mentoring of a qualified organizational leader. Internship sites and supervisors must be approved in advance by the student’s faculty mentor. Mentorships are offered to students already serving in a paid ministry position. Details of the mentorship will be developed with the assistance of the student’s faculty mentor. Ministry Internships or Mentorships are charged tuition at the same rate as other 3 credit courses.

MIN 590Ministry Internship

3

MIN 591Ministry Internship II

3

Formational Children & Family Ministry, MAM

Curricular Structure

The Master of Arts in Ministry program consists of 48 credits and a non-credit Orientation Seminar. The curriculum is designed as follows:

Orientation Seminar 0 Credit
Biblical and Theological Studies 12 Credits
Ministry Praxis 9 Credits
Advanced Ministry Praxis - Children & Family Ministry 21 Credits
Field-Based Experience 6 Credits
Program Total 48 Credits

Location Offered

Lancaster, PA

Biblical and Theological Studies (12 Credits)

The following Biblical and Theological Studies courses are required unless the student has entered the program with advanced standing. Advanced Standing is granted to those students who have completed 30 hours or more of undergraduate Bible and theology courses. Students with less than 30 hours may receive partial Advanced Standing credit proportionate to undergraduate or graduate Bible and theology studies completed. Student’s official transcripts will be evaluated during the admissions process and the student will be informed of their Advanced Standing status during their admissions interview.

BTC 523Biblical Narrative - Old Testament

3

BTC 533Biblical Narrative - New Testament

3

BTC 563Biblical Interpretation

3

BTC 573Introduction to Christian Theology

3

Ministry Praxis (9 Credits)

MIN 504Communicating Biblical Truth

3

MIN 509Spiritual Formation & Discipleship

3

MIN 510The Leader's Life & Work

3

Advanced Ministry Praxis - Children & Family Ministry (21 Credits)

MIN 505Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

MIN 507Leadership Development & Team Building

3

MIN 508Organizational Change & Conflict

3

CFM 501Foundations of Children and Family Ministry

3

CFM 502Spiritual Formation of Children and Families

3

CFM 503Missional Families in a Global World

3

CFM 504Global Children’s Ministry

3

Field-based Experience (6 Credits)

The field-based study experience is an integral part of the total degree that is designed to develop greater competence in ministry. In consultation with their faculty mentor, students will select among the first two options below to fulfill the 6 credits of program requirements.

Ministry Internships

Students are provided an opportunity to gain practical ministry knowledge by serving in an approved church, church organization, non-profit organization, governmental organization, school, or under the mentorship of a Christian leader. Students invest a total of 120 documented hours, per 3-credit internship course, in observation and activities under the mentoring of a qualified organizational leader. Internship sites and supervisors must be approved in advance by the student’s faculty mentor. Mentorships are offered to students already serving in a paid ministry position. Details of the mentorship will be developed with the assistance of the student’s faculty mentor. Ministry Internships or Mentorships are charged tuition at the same rate as other 3 credit courses.

MIN 590Ministry Internship

3

MIN 591Ministry Internship II

3

Leadership Studies, MAM

Curricular Structure

The Master of Arts in Ministry program consists of 48 credits and a non-credit Orientation Seminar. The curriculum is designed as follows:

Orientation Seminar 0 Credit
Biblical and Theological Studies 12 Credits
Ministry Praxis 9 Credits
Advanced Ministry Praxis - Leadership Studies 21 Credits
Field-Based Experience 6 Credits
Program Total 48 Credits

Locations Offered

Greenbelt. MD

Lancaster, PA

Biblical and Theological Studies (12 Credits)

The following Biblical and Theological Studies courses are required unless the student has entered the program with advanced standing. Advanced Standing is granted to those students who have completed 30 hours or more of undergraduate Bible and theology courses. Students with less than 30 hours may receive partial Advanced Standing credit proportionate to undergraduate or graduate Bible and theology studies completed. Student’s official transcripts will be evaluated during the admissions process and the student will be informed of their Advanced Standing status during their admissions interview.

BTC 523Biblical Narrative - Old Testament

3

BTC 533Biblical Narrative - New Testament

3

BTC 563Biblical Interpretation

3

BTC 573Introduction to Christian Theology

3

Ministry Praxis (9 Credits)

MIN 504Communicating Biblical Truth

3

MIN 509Spiritual Formation & Discipleship

3

MIN 510The Leader's Life & Work

3

Advanced Ministry Praxis - Leadership Studies (21 Credits)

MIN 505Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

MIN 507Leadership Development & Team Building

3

MIN 508Organizational Change & Conflict

3

LSP 501Leadership Theory & Practice

3

LSP 502Development of Organizational Leadership

3

LSP 503Psychology of Leadership

3

LSP 509Leadership Style Analysis

3

Field-based Experience (6 Credits)

The field-based study experience is an integral part of the total degree that is designed to develop greater competence in ministry. In consultation with their faculty mentor, students will select among the first two options below to fulfill the 6 credits of program requirements.

1. Ministry Internships

Students are provided an opportunity to gain practical ministry knowledge by serving in an approved church, church organization, non-profit organization, governmental organization, school, or under the mentorship of a Christian leader. Students invest a total of 120 documented hours, per 3-credit internship course, in observation and activities under the mentoring of a qualified organizational leader. Internship sites and supervisors must be approved in advance by the student’s faculty mentor. Mentorships are offered to students already serving in a paid ministry position. Details of the mentorship will be developed with the assistance of the student’s faculty mentor. Ministry Internships or Mentorships are charged tuition at the same rate as other 3 credit courses.

MIN 590Ministry Internship

3

MIN 591Ministry Internship II

3

2. Academic Option

With the permission of both the Faculty Mentor and a Chair of the appropriate Seminary Department, students may be allowed to take elective courses in their program or an independent study appropriate to their ministry goals. Students must make a formal written proposal in order to exercise this option.

Pastoral Studies, MAM

Curricular Structure

The Master of Arts in Ministry program consists of 48 credits and a non-credit Orientation Seminar. The curriculum is designed as follows:

Orientation Seminar 0 Credit
Biblical and Theological Studies 12 Credits
Ministry Praxis 9 Credits
Advanced Ministry Praxis - Pastoral Studies 1 Credits
Field-Based Experience 6 Credits
Program Total 48 Credits

Locations Offered

Greenbelt. MD

Lancaster, PA

Biblical and Theological Studies (12 Credits)

The following Biblical and Theological Studies courses are required unless the student has entered the program with advanced standing. Advanced Standing is granted to those students who have completed 30 hours or more of undergraduate Bible and theology courses. Students with less than 30 hours may receive partial Advanced Standing credit proportionate to undergraduate or graduate Bible and theology studies completed. Student’s official transcripts will be evaluated during the admissions process and the student will be informed of their Advanced Standing status during their admissions interview.

BTC 523Biblical Narrative - Old Testament

3

BTC 533Biblical Narrative - New Testament

3

BTC 563Biblical Interpretation

3

BTC 573Introduction to Christian Theology

3

Ministry Praxis (9 Credits)

MIN 504Communicating Biblical Truth

3

MIN 509Spiritual Formation & Discipleship

3

MIN 510The Leader's Life & Work

3

Advanced Ministry Praxis - Pastoral Studies (21 Credits)

MIN 505Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

MIN 507Leadership Development & Team Building

3

MIN 508Organizational Change & Conflict

3

PAS 502Local Church Revitalization

3

PAS 503Theology, History, & Practice of Worship

3

PAS 513Advanced Homiletics

3

PAS 520Designing Strategic Models of Adult Discipleship

3

Field-based Experience (6 Credits)

The field-based study experience is an integral part of the total degree that is designed to develop greater competence in ministry. In consultation with their faculty mentor, students will select among the first two options below to fulfill the 6 credits of program requirements.

1. Ministry Internships

Students are provided an opportunity to gain practical ministry knowledge by serving in an approved church, church organization, non-profit organization, governmental organization, school, or under the mentorship of a Christian leader. Students invest a total of 120 documented hours, per 3-credit internship course, in observation and activities under the mentoring of a qualified organizational leader. Internship sites and supervisors must be approved in advance by the student’s faculty mentor. Mentorships are offered to students already serving in a paid ministry position. Details of the mentorship will be developed with the assistance of the student’s faculty mentor. Ministry Internships or Mentorships are charged tuition at the same rate as other 3 credit courses.

MIN 590Ministry Internship

3

MIN 591Ministry Internship II

3

2. Academic Option

With the permission of both the Faculty Mentor and a Chair of the appropriate Seminary Department, students may be allowed to take elective courses in their program or an independent study appropriate to their ministry goals. Students must make a formal written proposal in order to exercise this option.

Youth and Young Adult Ministry, MAM

Curricular Structure

The Master of Arts in Ministry program consists of 48 credits and a non-credit Orientation Seminar. The curriculum is designed as follows:

Orientation Seminar 0 Credit
Biblical and Theological Studies 12 Credits
Ministry Praxis 9 Credits
Advanced Ministry Praxis - Student Ministry 21 Credits
Field-Based Experience 6 Credits
Program Total 48 Credits

Location Offered

Lancaster, PA

Biblical and Theological Studies (12 Credits)

The following Biblical and Theological Studies courses are required unless the student has entered the program with advanced standing. Advanced Standing is granted to those students who have completed 30 hours or more of undergraduate Bible and theology courses. Students with less than 30 hours may receive partial Advanced Standing credit proportionate to undergraduate or graduate Bible and theology studies completed. Student’s official transcripts will be evaluated during the admissions process and the student will be informed of their Advanced Standing status during their admissions interview.

BTC 523Biblical Narrative - Old Testament

3

BTC 533Biblical Narrative - New Testament

3

BTC 563Biblical Interpretation

3

BTC 573Introduction to Christian Theology

3

Ministry Praxis (9 Credits)

MIN 504Communicating Biblical Truth

3

MIN 509Spiritual Formation & Discipleship

3

MIN 510The Leader's Life & Work

3

Advanced Ministry Praxis - Student Ministry (21 Credits)

MIN 505Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

MIN 507Leadership Development & Team Building

3

MIN 508Organizational Change & Conflict

3

STM 501Student Development, Culture & Contextualization

3

STM 502Student & Family Systems Counseling

3

STM 503Thinking Theologically in Student Ministry

3

STM 504Spiritual Formation of Students

3

Field-based Experience (6 Credits)

The field-based study experience is an integral part of the total degree that is designed to develop greater competence in ministry. In consultation with their faculty mentor, students will select among the first two options below to fulfill the 6 credits of program requirements.

Ministry Internships or Mentorships

Students are provided an opportunity to gain practical ministry knowledge by serving in an approved church, church organization, non-profit organization, governmental organization, school, or under the mentorship of a Christian leader. Students invest a total of 120 documented hours, per 3-credit internship course, in observation and activities under the mentoring of a qualified organizational leader. Internship sites and supervisors must be approved in advance by the student’s faculty mentor. Mentorships are offered to students already serving in a paid ministry position. Details of the mentorship will be developed with the assistance of the student’s faculty mentor. Ministry Internships or Mentorships are charged tuition at the same rate as other 3 credit courses.

MIN 590Ministry Internship

3

MIN 591Ministry Internship II

3

Application and Admission

Individuals seeking admission to Seminary programs must complete the following application steps. Decisions for admission to these programs are made using each application piece listed as criteria.

  1. Application Form: Complete the online application and submit the $40 application fee. Once your application has been received, you will be contacted by an Admissions Representative who will guide you through the application process.
  2. Autobiographical Essay: Write an autobiographical essay. Guidelines for the essay are found here or from Adult Learner Services (717-560-8282). This essay is designed to provide applicable life content as well as demonstrate the applicant's writing ability. Applicants will be evaluated on: confirmation of acceptance of Christ as personal Savior, developments in spiritual growth, statement of ministry goals, and rationale for desiring a master's degree. This autobiography has specific guidelines (please follow link above) and is designed for assessing the above content as well as writing ability.
  3. References: Ask two people who are qualified to evaluate your ministry/work experience and potential, to complete the reference form on your behalf. Reference forms are located online here.
  4. Request Official Transcripts: Contact all institutions through which degrees have been awarded to request official transcripts to be sent to Adult Learner Services (717-560-8282). These must be official transcripts sent directly from the degree granting institution(s). There must be a transcript from an accredited institution showing completion of a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  5. Computer Proficiency Form: Please complete the online computer proficiency form.
  6. TOEFL Score: Non-native speakers of English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If the applicant has an undergraduate degree from an accredited American college or university, he/she is exempt from the TOEFL requirement. If required, the TOEFL test score must meet the following minimum for admission: paper score 550; computer score 213; or internet score 79. The applicant's skill score in writing will also be considered in the admissions decision.
  7. Personal Interview: Following receipt of the above items, a personal interview will be arranged with a faculty member.

Advanced Standing

The following Biblical and Theological Studies courses are required unless the student has entered the program with advanced standing. Advanced Standing is granted to those students who have completed 30 hours or more of undergraduate Bible and theology courses. Students with less than 30 hours may receive partial Advanced Standing credit proportionate to undergraduate or graduate Bible and theology studies completed. Student's official transcripts will be evaluated during the admissions process and the student will be informed of their Advanced Standing status at the admissions interview.

BTC 523Biblical Narrative - Old Testament

3

BTC 533Biblical Narrative - New Testament

3

BTC 563Biblical Interpretation

3

BTC 573Introduction to Christian Theology

3

Application Response

Applicants will be notified within three weeks of the submission of all application materials with regards to their acceptance into a program. Five decisions are possible.

  • Full Acceptance: The applicant is fully accepted with no deficiencies or leveling requirements.
  • Accepted with Deficiencies: The applicant is accepted into the program with admission's academic deficiencies identified. The applicant will be informed as to the necessary steps required to achieve full acceptance.
  • Accepted on Review Status: The applicant is admitted pending further review. This may be because a part of the application was incomplete (e.g. a score was not received in time) or because the applicant did not meet one of the admission's requirements.
  • Delay: The applicant may receive an application delay. This may be due to the program being filled, a change in the applicant's life situation, or an event preventing the applicant from attending the first program session. Delayed status applicants will not have to reapply to the program but must pay the program down payment fee.
  • Declined: The applicant who is declined will be notified by mail or email. Specific reasons for the decline are not provided.

MAM Faculty

Resident Faculty:
Hal K. Pettegrew, PhD
Richard S. Rhoads, MA

Adjunct and Visiting Faulty:
Wesley L. Feltner, PhD
Thomas L. Kiedis, PhD
Randal E. Pelton, DMin
L. Currie Tilley, Jr., EdD