Emphasis Areas in the Master of Arts in Christian Studies

By Lauren Abraham

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If you are passionate about ministry and looking to further your education, pursuing a Master of Arts in Christian Studies is a great option. Earning this online theology degree can help you to grow in your biblical knowledge and to serve and lead others for Christ.

At Grand Canyon University, students can choose from a variety of emphases upon pursuing their online master’s degree in Christian studies. These degree programs, offered by the College of Theology, allow individuals to tailor their degree to what they are passionate about. As a result, they will be prepared to pursue a fulfilling career in ministry.

Christian Leadership

The Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Christian Leadership prepares individuals to practically apply biblical and theological knowledge in leadership settings. Specifically, students in the program learn to lead Christian groups through crises and change. They study spiritual formation and the Christian faith from a variety of different perspectives influenced by culture. As a result, graduates of the program have an understanding of what it means to lead, serve and nurture spiritual growth. Graduates can use this degree to lead others in their area of influence. For example, an individual working in the secular world can use this degree to develop as a Christian leader and make a positive impact for Christ in their field.

Pastoral Ministry

Individuals who desire to become a pastor can earn a Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Pastoral Ministry. The pastoral ministry courses in this program equip students to prepare sermons and identify the needs of others in a congregation. Throughout this online master’s degree, students learn basic principles of biblical interpretation and the use of biblical language tools. In addition, they learn techniques for the preparation and delivery of sermons. Graduates of the program are equipped to address issues and face challenges that may arise in the day-to-day work of a pastor. They will lead their church in developing Christian character and embracing the Word of God. In addition to being equipped to become a pastors, individuals with this degree can work in other positions in which they provide spiritual guidance and care to others. For example, they can become healthcare chaplains, retreat leaders, religious educators and Bible study leaders.

Urban Ministry

The Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Urban Ministry program is designed for individuals who want to lead in urban settings. Students in this program examine how the church can express its mission in urban settings and the ethical implications of doing so. Coursework includes the study of the doctrines of revelation, spiritual growth, God, humanity and the world. Students in the program are shaped into spiritual leaders by mastering the topics of theological structures and themes of the Old and New Testament historical and literary documents. Graduates of the program are prepared to mentor others in their spiritual growth, use biblical language tools and address issues and circumstances unique to inner cities.

Youth Ministry

Those who are passionate about working with youth and leading them to Christ can pursue a Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry. In the program, students learn techniques used in mentoring and providing pastoral care for young people. They learn to identify with youth and guide them through their development and times of crisis. Individuals with this degree have knowledge of the major doctrines of the Christian faith, and are able to apply this knowledge to their practice. They are prepared to work alongside a pastor in providing biblical guidance and helping young members of their congregation to grow personally and spiritually.

For those who are passionate about ministry, earning an online master’s degree in Christian studies can open many doors to share Christ with others. In choosing an emphasis for their degree, they will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to work in a unique setting and make a positive impact for Christ in the community.

Grand Canyon University is committed to educating students from a distinctively Christian perspective that is rooted in a rich evangelical heritage. To learn more about GCU, visit our website!

Written by Lauren Abraham, a junior majoring in communications at GCU.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.