Master of Arts in Ministry

Master of Arts

Ohio Christian University has developed its Master of Arts with a major in Ministry to enhance the ministry skills of pastors and lay leaders in the local church. The program will prepare students to serve even more effectively in the church and society, whether they are in paid or lay ministry.

Major Objectives

Upon completion of the major, a student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a deep love for God by continually practicing spiritual disciplines.
  2. Analyze Christian theological thinking through the centuries and its effects on the church and culture and the effects of culture and church on Christian theological thinking.
  3. Conduct independent research and evaluation of biblical and theological literature and apply knowledge to enhance ministry practices.
  4. Analyze situations and choose the proper interventions to help others cope with crises. (Pastoral Care and Counseling)
  5. Demonstrate skills in church administration, preaching/teaching, handling sacraments and rituals, and care giving in the local church. (Practical Theology)
  6. Conduct research that leads to enhanced ministry practices.

36 Semester Credits

The Master of Arts with a major in Ministry is comprised of 36 semester credits: 24 semester credits from the below required courses plus 12 semester credits from one of the following concentrations:

  1. Practical Theology
  2. Pastoral Care and Counseling
  3. Sports, Recreation, and Fitness Ministries

All courses contribute to the ability to enhance students’ ministry skills. All graduates of this major must be grounded in the Bible, theology, and historical thought and context of the church.

Required Ministry Courses

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