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Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Christian Ministry, MA


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Offered in Columbia SC

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) degree is a two-year program (49 credit hours) consisting of a theological core curriculum and three separate tracks for specialized ministry: Congregational Ministry, ELCA Deacon and Methodist Studies. The open-ended congregational ministry track allows students from any denomination to pursue academic interests that best support their individual ministries. The ELCA deacon track prepares students to serve as deacons in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Methodist studies track can be used to fulfill the Disciplinary Basic Graduate Theological Studies (BGTS) courses and certain other conference membership and ordination requirements in the United Methodist Church. 

Program Admission Requirements

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Core Requirements: (22 hours)


Congregational Ministry Track (27 hours)


Total Credit Hours: 49


* Students may substitute with any approved LED course in the University’s MA in Leadership program.

Degree Outcomes


All graduates of the Master of Christian Ministry (MACM) program will:

  • Demonstrate emotional and spiritual maturity and faithful living appropriate to public ministry.
  • Demonstrate theologically informed and self-reflective engagement of distinct human cultures and communities.
  • Demonstrate competencies necessary to cultivate anti-racist discipleship

Graduates of the MACM Congregational Ministry track will also:

  • Analyze Christian scripture and traditions with reference to their original contexts.
  • Interpret Christian scripture and traditions in ways that cultivate Christian community and discipleship.
  • Demonstrate leadership in areas of pastoral ministry that generate discipleship and positive change in the church and the world.
  • Interpret Christian scripture in ways that are life-giving to God’s people.
  • Demonstrate pastoral leadership skills for the cultivation of Christian discipleship in others.

Graduates of the Methodist Studies track will also:

  • Analyze Methodist traditions with reference to their original contexts.
  • Interpret Christian scripture in ways that are life-giving to God’s people and in faithful dialogue with Methodist traditions.

Graduates of the ELCA Deacon track will also:

  • Analyze Lutheran traditions with reference to their original contexts.
  • Interpret Christian scripture in ways that are life-giving to God’s people and in faithful dialogue with the Lutheran Confessions.

 

Seminary Degree Program Add-On Options


LTSS students may earn a formal concentration in one of three areas: Biblical Studies, Theology, and Faith Formation. Concentrations consist of nine (9) credit hours in general electives. Courses required by a degree program do not count toward a concentration.

Biblical Studies: Choose 9 hours among BIB electives.

Theology: Choose 9 hours among THL electives. With the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, a student may apply up to three hours in biblical studies (BIB) or church history (CHS).

Faith Formation: Choose 9 hours among CED electives. With the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, a student may apply up to six hours in relevant education (EDU) or ministry (MIN) courses.

 

LTSS students may earn a formal cognate in Leadership. Cognates consist of nine (9) credit hours in general electives. Courses required by a degree program do not count toward a cognate.

Choose 9 hours among the following courses:

 

LTSS students may earn a formal cognate in Counseling. Cognates consist of nine (9) credit hours in general electives. Courses required by a degree program do not count toward a cognate. Students enrolled in a counseling cognate will be assigned a secondary advisor from the Counseling program.

Choose 9 hours among the following courses:

 

LTSS students may earn a formal cognate in Sustainability. Cognates consist of nine (9) credit hours in general electives. Courses required by a degree program do not count toward a cognate.

Choose 9 hours among the following courses:

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