Program Details

Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Pastoral Ministry

Offered By: College of Theology
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
Approx. Course Length:
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Total Program Credits:
38 Credits
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program

Overview

Learn to Serve the Needs of a Congregation

The Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Pastoral Ministry is offered by the College of Theology to prepare you with biblical and theological knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge in pastoral leadership settings. Learn how to become a pastor by preparing sermons and identifying the needs of those in your congregation. Pastoral ministry courses can be taken online or at one of Grand Canyon University's campus locations.

Degree Outcomes

Prepare for Daily Duties as a Church Leader

Throughout this MA Christian studies degree, you learn the basic principles of biblical interpretation and the use of biblical language tools, as well as techniques for preaching and the preparation and delivery of sermons. Explore how to address issues that arise in the day-to-day work of a pastor and prepare to face potential challenges.

This advanced pastoral ministry degree immerses you in understanding how to apply biblical passages, languages and tools to help your church embrace the Word of God and develop strong Christian character. Pastoral ministry coursework includes a study of spiritual growth and the major Christian doctrines such as revelation, God, humanity and the world. Topics of study also encompass the theological structures and themes of the Old and New Testament historical and literary documents.

What You Will Learn

Know the Daily Duties of Ministry

Topics of study you explore include:

  • Spiritual formation and mentoring
  • A pastor's work, including day-to-day responsibilities and duties of running a ministry
  • New and Old Testament Foundations
  • Systemic Theology

Career Outcomes

Prepare for the Joys of Leading a Ministry

This MA of Christian studies with an emphasis in pastoral ministry degree prepares you to provide spiritual guidance and care to members of their church or congregation. Those seeking a degree in pastoral ministry may include pastors, pastoral associates, health care chaplains, religious educators, retreat leaders and Bible study leaders.

Course List

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Major:
38 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
38 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in ministry and theology. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course is a study of spiritual growth focusing on students’ own spiritual formation and application through mentoring of others.

Course Description

This course is a study of the daily practice of pastoral ministry and the ethical issues that arise in the context of leading in ministry.

Course Description

This course surveys the text and historical background of the Old Testament with an introduction to hermeneutics and the proper interpretation of the books of the Old Testament.

Course Description

This course surveys the text and historical background of the New Testament with an introduction to hermeneutics and the proper interpretation of the books of the New Testament.

Course Description

This course is a systematic study of the biblical bases, historical development, and theological formulation of the Christian doctrines of revelation, God, creation, humanity, sin, and the Person of Christ, as well as their implications for individual and corporate Christian life. Attention is also given to theological prolegomena. Prerequisites: BIB-501 and BIB-502.

Course Description

This course is a systematic study of the biblical bases, historical development, and theological formulation of the Christian doctrines of the works of Christ, salvation, the Holy Spirit, the church, and the last things as well as their implications for individual and corporate Christian life. Prerequisites: BIB-501, BIB-502, and HTH-505.

Course Description

This course is a study of the Christian worldview and other dominant worldviews—religious and secular—and their role in the contextualization of the Christian message and mission. Prerequisites: HTH-505 and HTH-550.

Course Description

This course is a study of the basic principles of evangelical biblical interpretation, exegesis, and application, especially in the context of ministry, including an introduction to the use of biblical language tools. Prerequisites: BIB-501 and BIB-502.

Course Description

This course is a study of the techniques involved in preaching, including techniques for appropriate contextualization of the Christian message and preparation and delivery of sermons. Prerequisite: BIB-650.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

Online

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Evening

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.