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Master of Arts in Practical Ministry

Master of Arts in Practical Ministry (MAPM)

The MAPM prepares graduates for specialized roles in churches or other ministries. Students ordained in denominations that do not require the MDiv often use the MAPM to enhance their knowledge and ministry skills.

Program Director

Gore, R. J.

Professor of Systematic Theology
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Program Goals

The Seminary seeks to develop the following in students in this degree program:

  • Concepts. Graduates will interpret the Bible and draw on the church’s theological and historical heritage as they apply the Bible’s message to faith, life, and ministry in contemporary contexts.
  • Calling. Graduates will identify, develop, and use their abilities and spiritual gifts to advance the church’s mission to worship and serve Jesus Christ.
  • Character. Graduates will serve the church with evident Christian character and integrity in their personal and professional lives.
  • Competence. Graduates will serve the church effectively using skills required for lay and parachurch ministry, especially teaching, leadership, and soul care.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Make appropriate use of relevant (a) Bible passages and (b) confessional standards, as they integrate their course material to their (c) ministry contexts.

2. Identify, develop, and use personal abilities, gifts, and gained knowledge to strengthen their church’s worship of and service to Jesus Christ.

3. Demonstrate growing Christ-like character through writing and practice of ministry.

4. Preach and teach the Bible clearly and passionately as to engage the mind and move the heart.

Program Requirements

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution with an acceptable grade point average. (See “Admissions” for details.) Students who lack an undergraduate degree may be awarded the Certificate in Practical Ministry by completing the same curriculum.

Students must complete 36 hours of coursework as outlined below with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain in good standing and maintain eligibility for financial aid. The program may be completed in as little as two years of full-time study. Students must normally complete the program within six years.

MAPM students may register for only one directed or independent study.

Students may transfer up to one-half of the credits required for their degree, but no more than half of the credits may have been previously applied to another graduate degree; only courses with grades of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher may be transferred. Transferred and cross-registration courses may not be used to satisfy residency requirements. Students with relevant undergraduate degree programs may be eligible to be considered for Advanced Standing with Credit. Advanced  Standing is not automatic and may not exceed one third of degree requirements. In consultation with their program advisors, students may transfer courses from BibleMesh or Reasons to Believe. Only courses that are not offered by Erskine and are necessary for degree completion can be transferred. Contact the Associate Dean’s office for details and approvals – or 864-379-6595.

  • PM 502 Christian Vocation and Transformation
  • BI 501 Bible Survey*
  • BI 502 Principles of Exegesis
  • OT 501 Old Testament I
  • OT 502 Old Testament II
  • NT 601 New Testament I
  • NT 602 New Testament II

*BI 501 Bible Survey is required of first-year students who have not passed the Bible Challenge Exam

  • CH 551 Survey Church History
  • ST 551 Systematic Theology I
  • PM 507 Evangelism
  • PM 705 Supervised Ministry
  • Electives (6 hours)

MAPM with Concentrations - 48 hours

Students may add 12 hours of coursework in one of the concentrations below for a 48-hours degree.

* indicates that students may take other electives approved by the student’s academic advisor

Required Courses (3 hours)

  • PM 608 Pastoral Care and Counseling

Electives (9 hours) *

  • PM 570 Ministry Throughout the Life Cycle
  • CO 580 Family and Marriage Counseling
  • PM 715 Family Ministries
  • PM 774/775 Clinical Pastoral Education I/II

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • CE 505 Christian Education
  • CE 713 Teaching the Bible

Electives (6 hours) *

  • CO 570 Human Growth and Development
  • PM 715 Family Ministries
  • PM 720 Children and the Church
  • PM 725 Youth Ministry
  • PM 733 Effective Ministry with Adults

Evangelism and Missions (12 hours)

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • PM 742 Developing the Missional Church
  • ST 780 Apologetics

Electives (6 hours) *

  • MS 775 Islam in the West
  • PM 745 Church Planting and Renewal
  • PM 786 The African-American Church

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • PM 610 Introduction to Chaplaincy
  • ET 711 Christian Ethics

Electives (6 hours) *

  • CE 551 Spiritual Formation
  • CE 750 Promoting Spiritual Growth
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