Master of Arts in Church Ministries (MACM)


The Master of Arts in Church Ministries (MACM) is designed to equip persons for a competent ministry in congregational or other settings. Students take foundational studies, a ministry emphasis, and engage in integration and contextual study including a capstone ministry project in the course Ministry in Context.

Educational Goals and Opportunities

This program of preparation includes not only intellectual but also ministerial and spiritual elements. In developing the understanding and skills necessary for ministry leadership, Students in the MACM program pursue the following goals:

  • To gain an understanding of the various theological disciplines that undergird and inform ministry in the churches
  • To develop the capacity for critical and constructive theological reflection across the theological curriculum, especially with regard to the content and processes of one’s chosen ministry specialization
  • To cultivate the ability to communicate clearly about one’s ministry and with those to whom one ministers
  • To attain skills in the design, implementation, and assessment of ministry in the chosen specialization
  • To grow in spiritual maturity, especially as a leader in ministry. Spiritual growth takes place in five arenas within the program: click here for more information.
  • To acquire an understanding of the variety of traditions, beliefs, experiences, and ministries of people of faith, especially within the Christian churches, and a capacity to engage in mutually beneficial dialogue and cooperation with people in ministry from differing racial and creedal bodies

The Curriculum

The curriculum of the Master of Arts in Church Ministries program consists of the following components: 48 credits (16 three-credit courses) including seven foundational courses, four ministry integration courses, three ministry focus courses, and two electives.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements for the Master of Arts in Church Ministries are as follows:

  • Satisfactory completion of 48 credits, according to the core requirements
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all courses taken at St. Mary’s. Note: Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 risk academic probation or dismissal.

Course Requirements

The following courses are required for the Master of Arts in Church Ministries.

Foundational Courses (7 courses)

  • TH601 Introduction to Theological Study, Research & Writing
    Note: TH601 is normally a pre- or corequisite for other courses in the program; students with prior theological study may petition to waive this course and substitute a free elective.
  • BS600 Orientation to Biblical Studies
    Note: BS600 is normally a pre- or corequisite for most other courses in biblical studies in the program; students with prior academic biblical study may petition to replace this course with a biblical elective.
  • BS621 The Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Bible
  • BS622 The Literature and Theology of the New testament
  • ST601 Foundations of Systematic Theology
  • MT600 Fundamentals of Theological Ethics
  • PT718 Christian Worship

Ministry Integration Courses (12 credit hours ~ 4 courses)

  • PT601 Foundations of Christian Ministry (normally the first ministry course taken)
  • One course in the oral interpretation of Scripture: students take one of the following
    • PT604 Biblical Storytelling
    • PT709 Preaching in the Black Church Tradition
    • PT719 Crafting the Sermon
    • Another suitable course
  • Three hours of practice of ministry: students take either one course or three modules
    • either one 3-credit practicum course chosen from:
      • SP791 Spirituality
      • PT794 Clinical Pastoral Education
      • PT797 Urban Ministry
      • RE798 Youth Ministry
      • RE799 Religious Education
    • or three 1-credit practice of ministry modules offered in conjunction with many Practical Theology courses, such as Christian Worship, Pastoral Care, Chruch Administration, Urban Ministry
  • PT799 Ministry in Context (usually the final course in the program)

Ministry Focus Courses (3 courses)

Students take three courses in a focused area of ministry, which is declared an Emphasis with approval of the Director of the Master of Arts in Church Ministries Program. (Students may choose not to focus.)

Electives (2 courses)

Any two courses in the curriculum