Master of Arts in Church Ministries
Cooperative Programs of Preparation for Ministry
The Ecumenical Institute of Theology has a long history of cooperation with the churches and denominations of greater Baltimore. Formal relationships have been established with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland to prepare persons for lay ministry. Similar arrangements with other churches are being explored.
Participants in these programs pursue several special courses in conjunction with the regular curriculum for their chosen track, as well as a special program of spiritual and/or ministerial formation within their denomination, in fulfillment of the degree requirements for spiritual formation and growth.
ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF BALTIMORE LAY ECCLESIAL MINISTRY FOCUS
Roman Catholic students may choose to affiliate with the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Division of Ministry Formation and Development, which works with current and prospective lay ecclesial ministers. Interested students should contact the Division of Ministry Formation and Development at 410/547-5470 for questions regarding academic formation or tuition assistance. Students interested in religious education may also wish to contact the Division of Evangelization and Catechesis at 410/547-5406. Students interested in youth ministry may also wish to contact the Division of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at 410/547-5372.
Students affiliated with the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Division of Ministry Formation and Development work with that division to fulfill the spiritual growth and mentoring requirements of the Ecumenical Institute's M.A. in Church Ministries program. These students are also required to take the following courses:
- BS700 Biblical Interpretation in the Church, which must be taken as the biblical interpretation course
- ST690 Perspectives in Roman Catholic Theology, which must be taken as an elective
- MT/ST691 Contemporary Roman Catholic Ecclesiology and Ethics, which must also be taken as an elective
In addition, PT/ST761 Roman Catholic Sacramental Theology and Canon Law for Pastoral Ministers is a required course for candidates in the Congregational Leadership, Pastoral Care, and Religious Education tracks, and is recommended for candidates in the Youth Ministry track.
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF MARYLAND MINISTRY FOCUS
The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has an Office of Ministry Discernment Programs to assist students in the process of discerning a call to lay or ordained ministry. Interested students should contact the Office of Ministry Discernment Programs at 410/467-1399 or 800/443-1399. Students interested in Christian education or youth ministry should also contact diocesan missioners in those areas at the same numbers.
Students considering or preparing for ministry in the Diocese of Maryland are strongly urged to take the following courses:
- BS700 Biblical Interpretation in the Church
- H/ST707 The Anglican Tradition and Ethos