Master of Arts (M.A.) in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling

This program is not accepting new students effective January 2011.

The objectives of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling program is to produce students able to:

    • Minister in a support role based upon an ability to serve with a clear biblical and theological foundation
    • Understand the nature of the family and to develop ministry strategies from a biblical perspective in light of contemporary culture
    • Define strategies for evangelism and church planting
    • Support pastors of local churches in matters of leadership and people management
    • Have exposure to a variety of communication skills including expository preaching, small-group leadership, teaching, and one-on-one dialogue
    • Assess counseling needs and develop listening, guidance, and relational skills

This degree program is designed to prepare the student who will occupy the office of pastor or related church ministry. The various functions, duties, and responsibilities of the pastor will be examined, as well as preparation in dealing with each of these aspects.

This program consists of sixty credit hours of classroom, specific and/or independent studies.

Breakdown of core curriculum…
Class Class Description Credits
CCO 600 Women: The Misunderstood Majority
3 Credits
CCO 610 Law for the Christian Counselor
3 Credits
CCO 618 Pastoral Counseling
3 Credits
CCO 620 Pastoral Counseling Across Cultures
3 Credits
CCO 622 Mediation 3 Credits
CCO 634 Marriage Counseling
3 Credits
CCO 652 Christian Counseling 3 Credits
HIS 502 History of Christianity I
3 Credits
MIN 501 Homiletics: Moves and Structures
3 Credits
MIN 505 Making of a Leader
3 Credits
MIN 611 Pastoral Theology
3 Credits
MIN 612 Pastoral Care in the Church
3 Credits
THE 661 Biblical Hermeneutics
3 Credits
CED 612 Writing Research Papers Across the Curriculum 3 Credits
    Bible Electives
6 Credits
    Lab work
6 Credits
    Thesis 6 Credits
    Total: 60 Credits