This program is designed for those who wish to develop a deeper theological and spiritual foundation and a broader cultural understanding for ministry in churches, nonprofit organizations, and other vocational settings. During their second year, students who enroll in the MATM program will be immersed in field education, where they will seriously engage in theological studies at the graduate level in preparation for specialized Christian ministry and service in the church and/or in the world. By also providing a comprehensive introduction to the traditional disciplines, this course of study will seek at every point to integrate field experience and academic learning.
Normally two years of full-time academic work are needed to complete the program. There is a five-year statue of limitations on completion of the program.
MATM Program Requirements
- 72 credit hours program can be taken either part or full time with day and evening classes available.
- Field Education
- Integrative essay, which will be fulfilled by writing a 5,000-word essay on a topic that reflects theologically on a ministry focus of the church and demonstrates an awareness of the relationship between the chosen subject and at least two of the major areas of study required for the degree (Bible, theology/ethics, and church history). Three hours of credit can be awarded for the successful completion of the integrative essay.
- Bible Content Exam
MATM Program Curriculum Sequence
Courses are generally three credit hours. When followed on a full-time basis (12-13 credits), the program is completed in two academic years.
|TERM 1||Term 2||Term 3|
|Historical Studies I||Historical Studies II||Historical Studies III|
|Historical Books I||Gospels, Acts, and Johannine Epistles||Church and Society|
|Spiritual Formation||Prophets and Psalms||Introduction to Systematic Theology|
|Elective||Elective||New Testament Letters|
|Theological Reflection on Ministry||Theological Reflection on Ministry||Theological Reflection on Ministry|
|Church and Sacraments||Missiology||Integrative Essay|
|Introduction to Ethics||Christology||Elective|
MATM Program Concentrations
A concentration is available for Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry candidates who wish to prepare for ministries in evangelism and mission. Their course of study should reflect the balance of studies described above. Electives can be selected to focus studies on domestic, foreign, urban, or general mission and outreach.
Sample electives include:
Three Peoples of the Book
Evangelism in Context
Planting and Leading New Churches
History of Christian Mission
Mission in a Religiously Plural Context
Gospel and Culture
Cross Cultural Immersion
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
Introduction to Urban Ministry
Black Churches in Contemporary Public Life
The Future of the Church
Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
A concentration is available for Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry candidates who wish to prepare for ministries attending to Christian formation through spirituality and worship. Their course of study should reflect the balance of studies described above.
Sample electives include:
Bible and Worship
Biblical Roots of Christian Spirituality
Preaching in African American Traditions
Preaching as Spiritual Direction
Advance Homiletic Theory and Practice
Preaching the Headlines
Theology and the Practice of Holiness
Wisdom from the Desert
Protestant Encounters with Eastern Orthodoxy
Introduction to Christian Worship
Theology and Practice of Christian Worship
History of Sacred Music
Prayer and Christian Life
Theory and Practice of Christian Prayer
A concentration is available for Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry candidates who wish to prepare for further studies in pastoral care and counseling. Their courses of study should reflect the balance of studies described above.
Sample electives include:
Theology of Pastoral Care
Systems Theory: Family and Congregational Dynamics
Addiction, Grace, and Healing
Classical Texts in Pastoral Care
Theology and Practice of Holiness
Transforming Faith and Loss/Transition
Congregation as Caring Community
Death: Clinical and Pastoral Perspectives
Clinical Pastoral Education
Student Learning Outcomes
The purpose of the MATM program is to form theologically reflective women and men attentive to the theological shape of Christian vocation and practices. The course of study provides a comprehensive introduction to the traditional disciplines paired with an in depth exploration of a subset of Christian practices.
- Demonstrate the capacity to integrate the knowledge of Christian Scripture, history, and theology/ethics with the life of the church in the world.
- Formulate a biblical/historical/theological understanding of Christian practices and vocation.
- Demonstrate the capacity to exegete and interpret various contexts (e.g., congregations, agencies, communities) as the location of God’s mission.
- Demonstrate the capacity to reflect theologically on cultural, social, and ethical issues and how they shape Christian practices.
- Demonstrate the capacity to facilitate habits and practices of the corporate Christian life.
- Demonstrate the capacity to attend to communal discernment about the shape of personal and corporate Christian vocation.